“The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere” ~James 3:17, NIV
God spoke to me today via one of my church members. He knows that I have a heavy burden pressing on my heart and sent this message to comfort me.
I felt a tap on my shoulder and turned around and received this note:
It reads ” For you this week “Peace Be Still.” Well, God Himself might as well have penned it! I felt so grateful and emotional. If I may be candid for a moment, I still struggle with the notion of how much God loves me. I don’t deserve it yet He is still crazy faithful and loves me with an everlasting love.
Father, how grateful I am that you have found me worthy of your favor, mercy, and lovingkindness. You know everything about me-even down to the amount of hairs that I have on my head, and yet you love me anyway. I thank you Father for seeing my pain and wanting to provide comfort. I thank You for Your compassion. I thank You for this message that I know was from You. Thank you for using such a sweet lady to send it. Thank You for Your reassuring Word Abba. In the healing blood of the Lamb, Amen.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
God will use anything to communicate with us. And perhaps He chose my favorite drink to convey His message as He knew I’d comprehend it easily. Case in point, yesterday I was making a cup of tea;
and as soon as I dropped bag into the steaming mug of water, it instantly started changing color.
It dawned on me that sin works in the same way. As soon as we allow it into our lives, it immediately taints every other aspect. We have to be careful what we expose ourselves to for this very reason. Because of this, I choose not to watch every television show that airs, buy many of the latest CDs, or go to the hippest places in town. I don’t want to infiltrate my mind and eventually my heart with garbage. “Garbage in, garbage out” as the old saying goes. And scripture warns us to guard our hearts for everything we do flows from it.
I have enough negativity in my life and I don’t need additional doses. Even Tea has been twisted by the world. “Sipping” or “spilling” tea means to listen to gossip or spread it. Sad. Sin everywhere.
I’m thankful that God chose to share this vivid example with me as it’s one I won’t soon forget. God is talking and I’m listening.