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Words

Here is a letter I received from Dr. James Dobson that is worthwhile reading. Most of this letter comes from his book, Bringing Up Boys. This information is  important to everyone, whether you are parents of boys or not. May God bless you as you take time to read this.  

March 2004

Dear Friends,

It has been a little more than a year since I shared with you the first half of the chapter titled “Staying Close” from Bringing Up Boys. At the time (February 2003), it was my intention to follow up the next month with the concluding portion of the chapter.  However, numerous family-related concerns, each of which I felt deserved attention in my letter, arose throughout the subsequent months. As a result, part two of “Staying Close” had to be put on hold. But now as Spring 2004 approaches, I’m pleased to offer you the second and final installment.  I hope you’ll discover that it was worth the wait!

As a writer and speaker, the material I am about to share is very near and dear to my heart. It involves the words we use-or abuse-as we communicate with those around us. It has been suggested that the most powerful weapon in the world is not a gun or even a nuclear bomb, but rather, the tongue. I wholeheartedly agree.  The Scriptures repeatedly remind us that with our words, we can either encourage or discourage, forgive or condemn, lift up or tear down.  Although the following excerpt comes from Bringing Up Boys, it is applicable not only to those with a boy in the home, but to everyone.  As you read it, I encourage you to consider whether your own words are helpful or hurtful to those around you. While we are talking about relationships, there is another issue we should discuss.  It concerns the sheer power of words. They are so easy to utter, often tumbling out without much reason or forethought. Those who hurl criticism or hostility at others may not even mean or believe what they have said. Their comments may reflect momentary jealousy, resentment, depression, fatigue or revenge. Regardless of the intent, harsh words sting like killer bees.

Almost all of us, including you and me, have lived through moments when a parent, a teacher, a friend, a colleague, a husband or a wife said something that cut to the quick.  That hurt is now sealed forever in the memory bank. That is an amazing property of the spoken word. Even though a person forgets most of his or her day-by-day experiences, a particularly painful comment may be remembered for decades.  By contrast, the individual who did the damage may have no memory of the encounter a few days later. Former first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, told a story about her father, who never affirmed her as a child. When she was in high school, she brought home a straight A report card.  She showed it to her dad, hoping for a word of commendation. Instead he said, “Well, you must be attending an easy school.” Thirty-five years later the remark still burns in Mrs. Clinton’s mind. His thoughtless response may have represented nothing more than a casual quip, but it created a point of pain that has endured to this day.1

If you doubt the power of words, remember what John the disciple wrote under divine inspiration. He said, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”(John 1:1, NIV)  John was describing Jesus, the Son of God, who was identified personally with words. That makes the case about as well as it will ever be demonstrated.  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John each record a related prophetic statement made by Jesus that confirms the eternal nature of His teachings. He said, “Heaven and earth may pass away, but My words will  never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35, NIV) We remember what He said to this hour, more than two thousand years later.  Clearly, words matter.

There is additional wisdom about the impact of words written in the book of James.  The passage reads: “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.  Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body; but it makes great boasts.  Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.  The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:3-6, NIV)

Have you ever set yourself on fire with sparks spraying from your tongue?  More important, have you ever set a child’s spirit on fire with anger?  All of us have made that costly mistake.  We knew we had blundered the moment the comment flew out of our mouths, but it was too late. If we tried for a hundred years, we couldn’t take back a single remark.  The first year Shirley and I were married, she became very angry with me about something that neither of us can recall.  In the frustration of the moment she said, “If this is marriage, I don’t want any part of it.”  She didn’t mean it and regretted her words almost immediately.  An hour later we had reconciled and forgiven each other,  but Shirley’s statement could not be taken back. We’ve laughed about it through the years and the issue is inconsequential today, Still there is nothing either of us can do to erase the utterance of the moment.

Words are not only remembered for a lifetime, but if not forgiven, they endure beyond the chilly waters of death.  We read in Matthew 12:36, “I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken” (NIV)  Thank God, those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ are promised that our sins- our harsh words- will be remembered against us no more and will be removed “as far as the east is from the west” ( Psalm 103:12 (NIV)  Apart from that atonement, however, our words will follow us forever. I didn’t intend to preach a sermon here, because I am not a minister or theologian.  But I find great inspiration for all family relationships within the great wisdom of the Scriptures.  And so it is with the impact of what we say.  The scary thing for us as parents is that we never know when the mental videotape is running during our interaction with children and teens.  A comment that means little to us at the time may “stick” and be repeated long after we are dead and gone. 

By contrast, the warm and affirming things we say about our sons may be a source of satisfaction for decades.  Again, it is all in the power of words. Here’s something else to remember. The circumstances that precipitated a hurtful comment for a child or teen are irrelevant to their impact. Let me explain.  Even though a child pushes you to the limit, frustrating and angering you to the point of exasperation, you will nevertheless pay a price for overreacting.  Let’s suppose you lose your poise and shout, “I can’t stand you!  I wish you belonged to someone else.”   Or, “I can’t believe you failed another test. How could a son of mine be so stupid!” Even if every normal parent would also have been agitated in the same situation, your child will not focus on his misbehavior in the future. He is likely to forget what he did to cause the outburst. But he will recall the day that you said you didn’t want him or that he was stupid.    It isn’t fair, but neither is life. I know I’m stirring a measure of guilt into the mix with these comments. (My words are powerful too, aren’t they?)  My purpose, however, is not to hurt you but to make you mindful that everything you say has lasting meaning for a child.  He may forgive you later for “setting the fire,” but how much better it would have been to stay cool.  You can learn to do that with prayer and practice.  

It will help to understand that we are most likely to say something hurtful when we are viscerally angry.  The reason is because of a powerful biochemical reaction going on inside.  The human body is equipped with an automatic defense system called the “fight or flight”  mechanism, which prepares the entire organism for action. When we are upset or frightened, adrenaline is pumped into the bloodstream,  setting off a series of physiological responses within the body.  In a matter of seconds, the individual is transformed from a quiet condition to an “alarm reaction” state. The result is a red-faced father or mother who shouts things he or she has no intention of saying. These biochemical changes are involuntary, operating quite apart from conscious choice. 

What is voluntary, however, is our reaction to them. We can learn to take a step back in a moment of excitation. We can choose to hold our tongue and remove ourselves from a provoking situation. As you have heard, it is wise to count to 10  (or 500) before responding.  It is extremely important to do this when we’re dealing with children who anger us. We can control the impulse to lash out verbally or physically, doing what we will certainly regret when the passion has cooled. What should we do when we have lost control and said something that has deeply wounded a child?  The answer is, we should repair the damage as quickly as possible. 

 I have many fanatic golfing friends who have tried vainly to teach me their crazy game. They never give up even though it is a lost cause. One of them told me that I should immediately replace the divot after digging yet another hole with my club. He said that the quicker I could get the tuft of grass back into place, the faster its roots would reconnect.  My friend was talking about golf, but I was thinking about people.  When you have hurt someone, whether a child, a spouse or a colleague, you must dress the wound before infection sets in.  Apologize, if appropriate.  Talk it out. Seek to reconcile. The longer the “divot” bakes in the sun, the smaller will be its chances for recovery.  Isn’t that a wonderful thought? 

Of course, the apostle Paul beats us to it. He wrote more than two thousand years ago, “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26,NIV) That scripture has often been applied to husbands and wives, but I think it is just as valid with children.

Before I leave the subject of words, I want to address the issue of profanity.  I find it very distressing to witness the way filth and sacrilege have infiltrated our speech in Western nations.  Cursing and swearing are so common today that even our preschoolers talk like the sailors of yesterday.  It has not always been the case.  During my teaching days in a public junior high school, bad language was not permitted. I’m sure it happened when kids were alone, but not within the hearing of the faculty. One day, one of my better students used God’s name in a sacrilegious way.  I was very disappointed in her. Believe it or not, having taught several hundred kids per year, that was the only time I remember hearing a boy or girl talk like that.  I pointed out to her that one of the Ten Commandments instructed us not to use the Lord’s name in vain and that we should be careful how we talked.  I think she believed me.  That occurred in 1963. How radically things have changed since then!  Now almost every student, it seems, uses profanity- disgusting references to bodily functions and sexual behavior.  Girls curse as much as boys. 

Since President Bill Clinton’s escapade with Monica Lewinski in the White House, even elementary school kids have talked openly about oral sex, as though it were no big deal.2   More and more of them are trying it than ever before. As a matter of fact, sexually transmitted diseases of the mouth and throat are reaching epidemic proportions among junior- and senior-high students. We have become a profane and immoral people, both young and old.  Nevertheless, the ancient commandments haven’t changed.  This is what the Scripture tells us particularly about the casual use of God’s name. I will make known my holy name among my people Israel.  I will  no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the Lord am the Holy One  In Israel.  -Ezekiel 39:7, NIV They are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.   -Ezekiel 44:23, NIV Simply let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No”  be “No”;  anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

– Matthew 5:37 NIV

If we are to believe the validity of these and other passages in the Bible, our profanity is an offense to God.  It is a terrible thing to drag the names of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit through the gutter, using them as curse words or to punctuate our sentences in everyday conversation.  Even Christians often say, “God” in casual situations.  At times when I hear what is very sacred  being defiled and mocked, I utter a silent prayer, asking our Heavenly father to forgive our disrespect and heal our land.  It is time we stand up for what we believe and teach these eternal truths to our children. I am recommending herewith that you give major emphasis to your children’s language.  No, we shouldn’t be as legalistic as my father was.  The phrase “Hot dog!” is probably not a biggie.  But there is a place for clean, wholesome, respectful speech.  Especially, you should not permit your child to mock the name of God.

The primary reason I have provided Scriptures above is to help you teach these biblical concepts in your home.  Read and discuss “the Word” to establish this vital principle.  By teaching a reverence for things that are holy, you are demonstrating that our beliefs are to be taken seriously and that we are accountable to the Lord for the way we behave.  It is also a way of teaching principles of civility that should be a central objective of your leadership at home.

Dr. Dobson concludes his letter as follows. 

As our culture grows increasingly self-centered and mean-spirited, it is comforting to remember that, for us, God’s Word is an anchor in the stormy sea.  It is also, as the psalmist wrote, “a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path”  (Psalm 119:105, NIV)  If we will use the Scriptures to guide both the tone and content of our conversations, we will be very well served indeed.  With that I will bid you farewell until next month.  Thanks to those of you who continue to stand alongside this ministry through your prayers and financial support- they are deeply appreciated.  God’s blessings to each one of you.

Sincerely,  James C. Dobson, Ph.D.

Founder and Chairman

Focus on the Family  www.family.org

ENDNOTES

1. Martha Sherrill, “Mrs. Clinton’s Two Weeks out of Time: The Vigil for He Father, Taking a Toll Both

Public and Private,” Washington Post, 2 April, 1993,p.C1:

2. Laura Sessions Stepp, Parents Are Alarmed by an Unsettling New Fad in Middle Schools: Oral Sex,”

   Washington Post, 8 July 1999, p.1A

Publication’s title:  Family News from Dr. James DobsonIssue date:  March  2004Issue number: 3Statement of frequency: Published monthlyAuthorized organization’s name and address: Focus on the Family  Colorado Springs, CO. 80995This letter may be reproduced without change and in its entirety for non-commercial and non-political purposes without prior permission from Focus on the Family.  Copyright 2004 Focus on the Family.All rights reserved. International Copyright Secured.Printed in the U.S.A.

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Valuables

   We spend our lives collecting valuables. As babies, we grasp tightly to everything within reach. In childhood it is toys and trinkets.  In youth we collect  trophies, baseball cards and all kinds of stuff, better known as junk. Teen age girls especially tend to collect programs, and other memorabilia from dates and school activities. 

COLLECTORS

As we marry and our family grows, we enjoy collecting photographs and videos, letters, locks of hair, baby shoes, etc.  The more sentimental we are, the greater our collections. Some things, such as, stamps, coins, antiques, china, crystal, silverware, furniture, cars and property; we collect not so much for sentimental reasons as for financial appreciation. In fact, I've known of people who collect everything that comes into their house, including newspapers and every piece of paper that comes through the mail.  In time the house is wall to wall junk. It spreads out to the porch and into the yard. In many cases, our garages are so full of junk, we have no place to park the car. 

Some can't bear to part with anything.  "It might come in handy someday", is their reason. By the time our children leave home and we are empty-nesters, our houses are packed full of stuff.

DISPOSERS

One day we discover we have grown old and are forced to move into a small apartment.  We are forced to dispose of  valuable stuff. Auctions and garage sales force us to face the truth that our things were not that valuable.Age creeps on and one day we are faced with moving in with our children or into an assisted living place or a nursing home.

Too tired to think about it, our children come in to help us.  Ruthlessly they help us sort through our valuables together as we downsize from a full house of furniture, appliances, dishes, clothing and our other valuables  to one chair, one bed, one dresser and one small closet in which we transfer a few valuables of a lifetime.

Then one day we leave it all for eternity. We leave this world just like we came in- with NOTHING!

If we've lived for Christ. We're able to say with Job in Job 1:21 "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither:  the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."  Yes, at such a time we can worship the Lord.If we've been givers rather than hoarders,  not only can we hold lightly to the things of this world, but our generosity to Christ will pay off with eternal dividends in Heaven. 

Jesus is recorded in Luke 16:9 as saying, "And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness, that when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitation."   I believe Jesus is saying, "Invest  your money and your time in reaching many with the Gospel, so that when you arrive in Heaven, you may be warmly and gratefully received by those whom your sacrificial giving made possible their hearing the Gospel and being saved."

"For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?   Mark 8:36 

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Time

 

Time has always been a fascinating thought to me. As a little boy I often thought about time and the brevity of life and the unfathomable immensity of eternity.  Back then a year seemed like eternity, but as I have grown  older it seems as though time is speeding up and I can say with Job, ” My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.” 

Psalm 90 is a good chapter to think on when we think of  time and eternity.  Psalm 90:10 tells us the days of our years are three score and ten.   God gives us an average of 70 years to live on earth. Some live fewer years and some live more. Then in verse 12  the Psalmist reminds us that in the light of our 70 years life span

we ought to learn to number our days so that we can apply our hearts to wisdom.  So 70 years calculates to 25,550 days. I have now lived beyond my three score and ten years and that’s sobering!  Consider with me six thoughts about time.

1. Time is a gift of God.  Every breath we take and every heart beat is a gift of God and extends our life

 (our time) on this earth. Every day brings fresh new blessings and opportunities from Him.

:Lamentations 3:21-23

2. Time  is precious.  Dad, if you have little children at home, take advantage of every day.  I know you have to make a living and I know you are busy with important things; but nothing you do is as important as spending time with your children and doing things with them and letting them learn of God by observing your life. Dad, take them to church with you and let those little ones sit on your lap and enjoy the short time you have with them.  Have fun with them.  Most of us have our children with us for about 18 years or less, then they are gone.  That’s about 6000 days.  Cherish every day.  They are precious and soon you will be left with only their memories.

3. Time is opportunity. Every day presents new opportunities to bless and serve  or ignore and blaspheme the One who gives you life.  Paul challenges us in Ephesians 5:15-17  and Romans 12:11  to redeem the time.  That is, take advantage of every opportunity to serve and glorify God.  Don’t be lazy.  Proverbs 18:9  Time is too precious to waste.

4. Time is limited.  None of us know when our last day on earth will be.  Only God knows  that  and He has already determined that day.  As a child I first heard a little couplet that I’ve carried on my mind throughout my life.  You’ve, no doubt, heard it.  “Only one life; ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”   What a sobering thought!

5. Time is uncertain.   We don’t have yesterday.  It’s gone!  We can’t bring it back.  We don’t have tomorrow. It’s uncertain.  James 4:13-17  All we have is today; this moment.  We are not even given assurance of another hour.  II Corinthians 6:1-2   I urge you to go to my comments on Salvation and study them with your Bible.  If you are not certain of Heaven, get this matter  settled now.

6. Time will end.  God is eternal.  He lives beyond the constraints of time,  When He created our earth and solar system,  He created time.  Genesis 1:5   In the end times God is going to send His angel to this earth who will announce the end of time. Revelation 10:5-6  When time ends we will be in the realm of eternity forever in Heaven or forever in Hell.  Read the last  three chapters of Revelation and decide now where you are going to spend eternity. 

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The Secret Place

 In Psalm 91 the Psalmist encourages those who love the Lord and spend time in His presence with these comforting words.  This is the Psalm for the soldier in the fox hole; for the patient getting ready to enter the operating room;  for each of us when we walk through the darkest of circumstances. I encourage you to memorize this and hide it deep in your heart. 

 "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in Him will I trust.

 Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with His feathers and under His wings shalt thou trust..  His Truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; for  the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation;

There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Because He hath set His love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

He shall call upon Me and I will answer him.  I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life will I satisfy him and  show him my salvation."

Have you invited Christ into your life to be your Saviour and Lord?  If so, this wonderful Psalm describes you and your relationship with Him. 

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Self Examination

You are, no doubt,  familiar with the seven danger signals of cancer. Are you familiar with  seven danger signals of spiritual cancer?  According to II Corinthians 13:5  and I Corinthians 11:27-32  self-examination ought to be going on regularly.  Note that we are to examine ourselves and not others.  Here are seven questions to ponder.

 

1. What is my primary love, joy, desire and purpose in life? 

 

Is it  primarily temporal and material with little time or concern for spiritual and eternal values?   That’s not a difficult question to answer. It’s the thing about which you think day and night.  It’s the thing to which you devote the most time, money and effort.  It’s your passion in life.

 

Hebrews 11:24-27 speaks of Moses who had grown up in Pharaoh’s palace for forty years. We read that he refused to continue on in the palace with all its comforts and pleasures and chose to identify himself with the Israelites who lived in bondage in Egypt.  By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him (The Lord Jesus) who is invisible.  He looked forward to the day the promised Redeemer would come into the world.  He spent the next eighty years walking with God, leading Israel through the wilderness to their promised land of Canaan.  He lived for God’s glory.

 

The Apostle Paul also lived for God alone.  He testified in Philippians 1:21  “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”  As you read Acts and Paul’s Epistles, there’s no question that Jesus was everything to Paul.

 

Ask yourself these questions?  Is  my  primary focus of my life church and not on Christ Himself?  Will any church do as long as the people are friendly to me, the music appeals to me and there are activities for my family?  Does the lack of doctrinal content in the preacher’s sermons not matter to me  as long as the other factors are present?   Does it take the unusual to attract and hold me?   Is my interest primarily in healing meetings,  prophetic conferences,  going to hear famous preachers?  Does it take a special kind of music to satisfy me?  Must the church have support groups for me?   Is speaking in tongues more important to me than having the power of God’s Spirit on my life to serve Him effectively?

 

2.  Do I find it difficult to confess to God that I have sinned and to others that I was wrong?

 

It’s so much easier for us to see the faults of other than our own sins.  It’s so much easier for us to blame others and attempt to judge their hearts.  Beware if you have the idea that everyone is wrong except you.  I’m reminded of  an old man who  had a habit of sleeping in the park each afternoon.  One day some boys decided to play a prank.  While he slept they carefully rubbed limburger cheese in his beard.  When he awoke,  he immediately smelled something bad.  He leaned over and smelled a rose.  It stunk.  He went home to his wife and she smelled bad.   He sat down to the supper she had prepared and it smelled awful. He finally walked out of the house fuming that the whole world stunk.

 

When is the last time you went to your spouse or child and with a broken, humbled heart and admitted, “I was wrong.  I ask your forgiveness.”

 

3. Do I find it difficult to love others and let them know it?

 

Every husband ought to love his wife because the Bible commands it. Ephesians 5:25    Christians are commanded to love one another.  John 13:34-35  Do visitors who attend your church immediately sense genuine love for them?  Do they sense the love flowing through the church for one another? 

 

Do you excuse your lack of love of a Christian brother or sister with one of the following excuses? I can’t stand his personality or I can’t stand her pride and arrogance or I don’t agree with his ideas.   None of these things matter. We are still to love one another and receive one another as brothers or sisters in Christ. Read Romans 14  to understand your responsibility as a Christian towards such people in your life.  Am I  judging and condemning fellow Christians.  If rebuke is necessary, do I give it  in love and humility.  Our love for one another must be seen in acts and words of kindness and thoughtfulness.  Ephesians 4:29-32;  5:1-2.

 

4. Is my primary loyalty to men and movements, rather than to Christ Himself?

 

Godly men and movements need our support and loyalty.  But beware of blind loyalty. Men and institutions often move from their Biblical foundation.  Make sure your loyalty is to Christ, His Word. and with all who are faithful to Him.  Reject and reprove evil doers.  Ephesians 5:11

 

5. Is my interest in the Bible merely academic or is it personal?

 

Some only approach the Bible as a frog to dissect in the classroom.  Am I obeying what I understand?  Jesus asks, “Why call ye me Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46   When was the last time I was convicted and cleansed by the Word? Ephesians 5:26

 

6. How do I approach prophecy?

 

Am I argumentative about what I believe?  Do I have idle curiosity about details?   Or is it a purifying hope?  Philippians 3:20-21  I John 3:2-3

 

7. Do I tend to be unbalanced about something?

 

Good physical health depends on our body being in proper balance.  Our bodies’ ph must not be too acidic nor too alkaline. If too high or too low, it leads to poor health and disease.   The whole universe is in perfect balance. The Christian life involves a balanced understanding of seemingly opposing doctrines, such as:

1. Law and grace

2. The New Covenant vs. the Old Covenant

3. God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility

4. Resting in the Lord; yet actively serving Him with all our heart and strength.

 

We must all seek to avoid riding our hobby horses.  I as a preacher must especially guard against this in my own life.  We preachers tend to become unbalanced by  riding  certain doctrines or issues, carrying them to extremes.

 

It’s good to be introspective at times and  examine ourselves. At the same time, get beyond your introspection. Don’t waste your time trying to determine the degree of your spirituality. Don’t spend your life wondering how humble you are or how loving you are. Don’t measure yourself alongside other Christians.  Those who do are not wise.  II Corinthians 10:12  If you’ve not done it recently, read prayerfully and carefully through Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians to discover who you are in Christ.

 

Well, how did you do on the test?  If you are a Christian and making progress, rejoice. If God has revealed an area in your life where you need to make a change, may He help you to do it.  If you are not a Christian and  God is speaking to you about it,  say yes to Jesus right now. Ask Him to be your Saviour and Lord.  Then go to I John 5:11-13 and walk yourself through that passage and rejoice in the new life Christ has given you.

 

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