Is it good for a Christian to curse? – Part II

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Why do we curse? The chief reason is usually the result of pain, frustration or anger, right? Sometimes the cursing/swearing slips out before people realize it. So, how do we control these reactions?

Tip 1: Change the way you think and you change the way you respond. Once you cleanse your thoughts (what the Bible often calls your “heart”), your responses will holy (or holier), more Christ-like responses. Remember, there is a difference between an “oops” and a lifestyle.

Tip 2: Immerse yourself in God’s word. Spend meaningful amounts of time. Study God’s commands, promises and resources. It will change your thinking and ultimately change your heart. Yes, it takes time. But, eventually, your responses will align with God’s way and God’s word.

Tip 3: Make sure your “diet” reflects what you want to emote. Thinking about the food you eat. If you feast on junk food, you exude junk (low energy, dim eyes, health problems, etc). Same is true spiritually. Feast on trashy reality shows, lusty music with filthy Godless content and eventually, that’s what will come “out” of your life. You may control yourself on Sundays and Wednesdays, but, Honey, eventually what is inside will come out.
God’s Word says it all:
Luke 6:45
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart…”

So, in the end, it is the content of our hearts that monitor our reactions. Reminds me to pray what David prayed. You know the one.

It’s Psalm 51:10:

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Amen or whatever?

Read Part I

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Tell me, should Christians curse or cuss?

cur Follow Me on Pinterest Girl, too much cursing on television these days.

I remember when George Jefferson saying H-E-L-L in the 70?s was a big, huge deal. Watch prime time television and you will see times have certainly changed. I’ve seen folks cursing on television (the real curse words) and pray right after! *Whew*

So the question becomes, is it ok for Christians to curse?

Some Christians say ?yes, it is fine for Christians to curse? and use profanity. What do you say?

In my opinion, you have to consider the source when Christians curse and condone doing so. Here is my take (not a judgment, just an observation): these Christians typically have not prayed more than 5 minutes at a time in their entire lives. Maybe they have, if they needed money, or they were going through a hard time in life. Hey, a difficult enough trial can push an atheist to his knees ? much less Christian. I promise you they do not get up early (or stay up late) to spend time with the Lord, to read His word every day or pray behind a closed door.

At the most, these Christians likely limit their prayer time to the occasional jovial “shout out” to God while driving home from work or folding laundry or, worse, watching television. These folks fall into the category of “Me and God are cool?” or “Jesus is my Dawg?” sort of Christians.

In the end, I guess, the question is NOT “is it ok for Christians to go around cursing?” as much as it is “Do mature, godly Christians curse” Ahhh, that’s an easy answer. NO! Grow up!

 

Am I wrong?  am I right?  Read Part II here


I challenge us both, let’s grow in the Lord and move beyond the worldly way of behaving. Let’s surrender our entire lives (including our mouths) to Christ and allow Him to change us, challenge us and wash us in His word. Even as baby Christians, we should strive to be like Christ and to be pleasing in His sight. Yes, it takes time. Yes, it is difficult and yes, it may be inconvenient. Attend church regularly, hang out with the Christians at your church and learn a new way of living, growing and striving. AND, if the majority of “seasoned” Christians in your church live just as carnal and worldly as sinners (people who live in and practice sin), THEN FIND A NEW CHURCH. Hey, no church is full of perfect people, but the majority should be growing as a result of God’s regenerative power and a strong, Bible-based teaching. If not, run!


 

Next post: 3 Tips to get your mouth saved!

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Ephesians 4:29 ” Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only…”

Colossians 3:8 “But now you must also rid yourselves of ….as these: anger, rage….filthy language from your lips”

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Check out this great article by Dr. Jared Wellman called “Is cursing or swearing a sin?” on the Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry website.

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Day 1 – Joyce Meyer 3030 Challenge

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What I felt like…

Today, I began “day 1” of the Joyce Meyer 30/30 challenge.

After 23 years of walking with the Lord, Bible study is nothing new to me. But, let me tell you, every distraction that could rear its ugly head boldly did so today.

To add some variation, I planned to spend time with the Lord during my lunch hour. I was going to eat at my desk and jet home for an hour of joyful worship, praise and researching His word. But, I had a wonderful and [all too rare] opportunity to see my dearest friend before she leaves town.
Postponement #1.

Then, I figured, I would study and pray while my little guy ate his dinner. However, he was wound up from the first day back at school. All I can say is there was jumping, chattering … and a bullhorn (long story).
Then my wonderful oldest boy dropped by for a visit. Postponement #2. “No problem” I thought to myself. “There will be time later”.

Oh yes, I simply *had* to work on GodsyGirl’s WordPress settings (which are a hot mess and journey in faith). Postponement #3.

After that, my husband comes home…EARLY! “Hey, Pastor Brooks/Baby/Sweetie”. Postponement 4-10.
Rest assured. I finally got my time with my sweet Savior. He led me to in path He never has before. The time revealed deep-seated wounds I thought had long healed. The tears turned to shock and the shock eventually to praise. I know the praise will render healing by and by.
I’ll tell you all about it in my next post.

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Yup! I’m doing the Joyce Meyer 3030 Challenge

I had one of my sudden brainstorms. As I was preparing for bed, I decided to do something that

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makes no sense at all. But then, again it makes all the sense in the world.

It started with spontaneous channel surf. It lead me to Joyce Meyer’s program. I must admit, I don’t watch as often as in the past, but I will still catch her from time to time. I know the “deep”, “learned” people of Christiandom don’t often appreciate her. I’ve heard them blather. I usually think, “You’d trade your shiny Lexus for a 1/3 of her ministry, so just hush”.

Anyhoo, Joyce has been a significant part of my Christian “child training” some years ago. Remember the sermon about the grocery carts?

Well, she has issued a challenge for meaningful, consistent Bible study. I know, right? Most mature Christians are already doing this (more…)

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Go, Florida Godsy Girl!

Recently, a Florida woman destroyed a satanic display at the state’s capital.  The Christian Post featured an interesting article detailing the incident.  In my recent conviction to be more relevant and bold in my Christian faith, I say a hearty  “YAY-YUH”!

Now, I don’t advocate vandalism or doing anything to hurt others, but I celebrate Ms. Susan Hemeryck of Florida for standing for Godliness!  She embodied the spirit of David when he fought Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:26 and boldly declared “who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” A GodsyGirl warrior, for sure!

I challenge you (and me, too) to find ways to express our Christian beliefs to a dark and dying world. People need to know we are here, unintimidated and willing to be salt and light. Further, new Christians must know they are not alone in their beliefs. Shame on the Christians running scared, standing silent and hiding from Satan. They do not understand their authority and that is sad.

As for Ms. Hemeryck, I pray for God to bless her faithfulness, to protect her both naturally and in the spirit.  I pray that no weapon formed against her will prosper and that the mighty angels of the Lord will protect her now and forevermore, in Jesus name.


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Tylenol lost their minds!

Google the term relevant and you’ll see this definition:

rel•e•vant
ˈreləvənt/
adjective
closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand.


As a Christian, I want to be relevant. Don’t you? I want to be a relevant person in my personal life and I want to be relevant in my ministry. Have you discovered how difficult it is to be both relevant and silent?

For example, Tylenol recently reformatted a Norman Rockwell portrait
replacing the traditional parents with gay parents. If you search Google for the original Rockwell portrait “Freedom From Want”, you will see how beautiful the original painting is.

You won’t recognize it now.

I took the time to send an email to Tylenol. All Christians should do the same. The link is www.tylenol.com/contact-us. When most citizens speak up, they are called progressive. When we do speak our positions, we are called “intolerant”, but I don’t care. I will also reach out to those lost in sin, but I will never tolerate it. Please share this on your Facebook and spread the word. Other segments of the world are very vocal about what they believe and its time we do the same! It’s time all Christians become relevant. Speak out. Vote with your money, advocate with your voice.

If you want to see the comments I sent to Tylenol. Let me know.

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Possible Goodbye…

I recently had someone post to my blog and send an email to my subscribers.  I’m not sure what kind of hack this is.   But, I’m not having it!

But, I have added some new security measures.  Needless to say, if it happens again – I will shut down this blog. I think WordPress is probably safer, so I’ll move there. 

The next scheduled post will share my take on Tylenol’s attack on the family image. That one will be from me.  However I will never send you some link. 

Thanks for your patience and please pray doesn’t happen again.

Thanks,

Terri/GodsyGirl

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Disappointed with Holidays?

Beat the Christmas Blues, Godsy Girl!

Have you noticed the holidays are not very merry for some? Sometimes it is merited, sometimes not so much. Here are some tips for some common holiday “blues” culprits:

Holiday love may mean
something else this year

1. Everyone else is not (NOT) experiencing a storybook Christmas. Movies, and social media can
paint an unrealistic picture. Remember Facebook is not an all-inclusive analysis into the lives of others. It’s just a snippet, a piece of their lives. Everyone breathing is engaged in life’s struggle in one form or another. Be happy in your current season. Find the best of your life season. There is a blessing somewhere.

2. Banish the ghosts of Christmas past. Want to be good and depressed? Let me tell you what will depress you for sure – ponder and glorify on the “beauty and wonder” of past holidays. What if this year’s Christmas pales in comparison to the former ones? It’s okay. You can still enjoy this Christmas. Focus on the blessings and live in the
now.  Better yet, reach out in kindness to someone else. Call an old friend, just because. Volunteer…to be a blessing.

3. Manage your expectations and do not build a fairytale expectation in your mind. You can expect

You may expect your pie to look like this, but….

your adult kids to come home Christmas. But, they may not. You may expect your holiday meal to turn out one way only to have it turn out another. Keep your expectations realistic about this holiday season. God can do anything, but sometimes, we have to accept life for what it is while He is at work. Amen?

Remember, YOU (not other people, not Facebook, not movies, not past experiences) define your ability to be happy this holiday season. Secondly, live in the present, not the past. Finally, keep your expectations based in reality and you will have a great holiday season!

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Where is God when you need Him?

Sometimes it can appear as if God is doing nothing. It can seem as though He is asleep at the wheel, gone out to lunch or even on an extended vacation.

Good thing we are not saved by what “appears” to be so or what things “seem” like.

The Word of God clearly states that God is a God who neither slumbers nor sleeps. He is always in control and fully aware of what goes on in the lives of men – especially those who belong to Him. Don’t allow the enemy to fool or deceive you with that “where is/was God” crap. That type of thinking makes me angry and I know it must frustrate our Faithful Lord.

In the Bible, there are several (maybe even countless) examples of when someone could assume God it wasn’t on the job. For example, when Moses went up to the mountain, the children of Israel had to wonder. Then there is Joseph. Each hour, minute and day that He was in that prison cell for a faulty” wrap”, people had to wonder if the God of Israel was alive. Finally, as Jesus went to the cross, you know many were shaking their heads assuming that if God existed, He was surely defeated. But, we know the victorious conclusion of these stories. God was there. The entire time, God was executing His plans of actions in the midst of each of these situations, even when it didn’t “seem” like it. More often than not, the people saying God is not at work (or real or involved) are people with immature spiritual minds. They may know tons of scripture, they may be involved in their local church, but they are nothing more than baby, infantile Christians groping through life with a type of Godliness, but denying the power thereof.

They have no capacity to fathom the depth of God’s works. Instead, they are doing the best they can with their limited carnal knowledge trying to “fix” situations or at the very least, trying to figure them out.

Let me tell you something. True maturity is realized when one relinquishes the need to attempt to figure God out. He is the God of the universe and far beyond our comprehension. We are called to worship Him and obey – that’s it.

Don’t be a big, “ole” spiritual baby!

Again, we simply need to trust Him regardless of how things “look”. After all, faith is the cornerstone of Christianity. It’s also the most difficult part of it. Faith is a very necessary element to ensure the peace of God to reign and guard our hearts. So, close your spiritual eyes, Godsy Girl and just fall backward into the arms of a loving God. Trust that He is strong and powerful enough to take excellent care of you.

No amount of fighting, worrying, or striving can accomplish an iota of what faith in the all-powerful Be still and know that He is God in three beautiful persons, ok? Jesus intercedes for you, the Holy Spirit guides, energizes and directs you and the Father is the great I AM. You’re covered.
God of the universe can do. God moves as his people pray and as His people pray, He moves (How clever, I must remind myself of that often).

So don’t be fooled, Godsy Girl. God is indeed at work in the affairs of man. He’s also indeed at work in every, single area of your life. It may “appear” like all hell has broken loose. But, it hasn’t. Turn off the television, stop listening to people with limited faith and trust your God to work in impossible situations. He can. Pray that God will open your eyes so that you may see with eyes of faith.

Be encouraged.

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Keep it simple, Stupid….is stupid

I don’t really like the term “keep it simple”.

I especially dislike the whole K.I.S.S. maxim (“Keep it simple, Stupid”). For one, I don’t like being called stupid. But, I have other reasons. Let me explain.

Sure, it is best to keep things streamlined, but this is not a universal law. Recently, someone at work asked my advice on creating training. My response was to start with the end in mind. For example, write 3 learning objectives outlining what trainees should learn and what competencies they should cultivate. Another colleague chimed in and said “Oh, just keep it simple”. In my opinion, this person was advocating for the ever so famous “shoot from the hip and hope for the best” approach. *Ugh* This approach rarely works and when it does it is more of an emotion-rooted experience than a learning experience.

But, that’s me talking shop talk. Now, let me return to the subject.

The “shoot from the hip” activities may be “fun”, but often miss the mark. As ministry leaders, we are sometimes guilty of this, but that’s another blog most as well. Think about it. Any success is the end result of several smaller successes. For example, if you attend a wildly successful event, more than likely people worked very hard behind the scenes to bring it to pass. I’ll bet people worked in teams to plan execution. They likely discussed many elements of the events and sent dozens of emails. There was a plan, a process.

To further illustrate this point, think of a Christian you admire. I’m sure their Christian witness is the result of many smaller processes. They spend time ready the Word. They may read books about the Christian walk while transforming and renewing their minds. Prayer is probably a huge part of their maturation process. They likely “soul trained” as illustrated in my favorite book of the moment, “ “The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows” by James Bryan Smith. My cousin and mentor, Eileen Epps Hamilton introduced me to this book. Check out her blog, “In the Word Ministries:  http://itwministries.org/

All this to say: yes, life can be simple. But, it only looks simple to those experiencing [or benefitting from] the end result.  What do you think?

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