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Are You Paying Attention

I took a marketing class that taught me about discernment. We studied TV, music and magazines, and asked TONS of questions: who is the target audience? What is their “truth claim”? Are their claims valid?
 
I’m still asking those questions today.
 
Let’s see if you can spot the truth claim from this movie quote:
 
Where other men blindly follow the truth, Remember, nothing is true.
Where other men are limited by morality or law, Remember, everything is permitted.
We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins.
 
(So, truth and sin don’t exist, but dark and light does. And dark can serve light.)
 
Yeah… I started yelling at the movie. (Not my finest moment.) But it leads me to ask – are you paying attention? Do you recognize the truth claims being fed to you? And…are you comparing their “truth” to the Word of God, the author of Truth?
 
This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:5-9

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Out of the Abundance

“You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34

When I was in high school and college, “Oh my God” was a common exclamation for anything and everything. I was around that kind of language all the time, and you guessed it, I easily adopted it. That phrase became part of my natural (that’s for sure) speech patterns.

When I was born again at age 40, no one had to tell me to stop saying that. The Holy Spirit, alive and well in me, convicted me every time I said it. He changed my behavior. It didn’t happen overnight, but it did happen. Part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is self-control, and that includes our ability to control the tongue (even though James tells us it’s a restless evil, full of deadly poison).

Know that language is, according to God, always a heart issue. Two applications here:

  • Ourselves – Do some soul searching today. If you say something ungodly, the question is “So what’s in my heart, that THAT just came out of my mouth?”
  • Loved ones - Have you talked to someone about an unhealthy speech pattern they have? If your relationship is strained and they think you’re a nag, take a stealth approach and up the prayer that the Holy Spirit would gain more ground in this loved one’s life. You can’t make a person change, but believe me, the Holy Spirit can. He wants to, and He knows exactly how to do it.

“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Col. 4:6).

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