Five Minute Friday: Speak

But speaking the truth in love [in all things—both our speech and our lives expressing His truth] (1)

I speak with my words and my life. And my Father tells me in Ephesians 4:15, to speak the truth in love, in all things, both with my speech and my life, “expressing His truth,” (AMP).

Speak the truth in love, in all things… it does not matter if is unpopular, or scary, or pushes me way out of my comfort zone. This is what He requires of me, to speak the truth in love with my words and with my life. To express His truth. Not my opinions. Not the opinions of learned men and women.

And what aspect of His truth am I to express in this season when just last week, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis, and people of similar views and beliefs, expressed clearly, with their words and their actions, hate? This – “And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands and territories. This was so that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grasp for Him and find Him, through He is not far from each one of us.”* He is near and He loves and calls me to love those who hate me.

 

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community, on Saturday, for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Speak.” 

*Acts 17:26-27 (AMP)

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Advent Week 2: Day 6 PEACE

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This verse describes Gideon’s reaction to God’s compassionate response to  his (Gideon’s)expectation that he would be destroyed because he had “seen the angel of the Lord face to face!” “It is all right,” the Lord replied. “Do not be afraid. You will not die.” (Judges 6: 22-23, NLT). In the midst of what was likely abject terror, God spoke words of comfort and assurance to Gideon. Out of that experience, Gideon received the revelation that “the LORD is peace.”

God does not only give peace. He is peace. And I am reminded of a truth shared by Ann Voskamp in her book, The Greatest Gift, “God gives God.” He gives us who He is.

In addition, to Judges 6, examples of this truth are found in verses such as Psalm 71:5 (AMP), “For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust and the source of my confidence from my youth, ” and Psalm 28:7 (NIV), “The Lord is my strength…”

Prayer

Father, this Advent season, may we have a fresh understanding of the truth that You give who You are. May it sink deep into our spirits. Also, help us to remember that You, LORD are peace and everything else that we need.

Advent Week 1: Day 6 – Hope

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Advent Week 1 : Day 4 – Hope

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Five Minute Friday: Surrender

 

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Joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday Community for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is “Surrender.”

All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

Refrain
I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

The lyrics above are the first verse and the refrain of the hymn, “I surrender all,” written by Judson W. Van DeVenter in 1896. I learned this hymn as a child and, for many years, thought that my surrender to God was a one-time deal, much like is seen in images of various generals surrendering after losing a war. Life has taught me, however, that my surrender is a daily, sometimes, minute by minute process. And a life-long one.

I have learned that I may have surrendered to Him in one area of life only to discover that there are other areas where I am resisting and pushing against His Lordship. And He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is sovereign apart from me. But it is my obedience, it is my surrender with every choice that I make which establishes His Lordship in my life, and liberates me to experience the fullness of life that He desires and designed me to have. Surrender.

To read posts on this prompt by other members of the Five Minute Friday community, click here.

 

Only

 

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John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

“In this is the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9.

Only. Defined as “alone in in a class or category.” In this the last day of the 31 days series, it is fitting to turn my attention to the Only Son, Who God give for us and Who also willingly offered Himself up for us.

The Son.

The One Who is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us.

The One through Whom grace and peace came.

The pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

The One Who is the only mediator between God and mankind.

The One Who is God but made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant. And being found in an appearance as a man humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on the cross.

The One Who is the Light of world.

The One in Whom the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily.

The One in Whom we are complete.

The Beloved in Whom we are accepted.

The One Who is our High Priest.

And our Shepherd.

And Who ever lives to make intercession for us.

The Lamb.

The Lion.

The Soon coming King.

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Day 31 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge. Today’s prompt is “Only.”

Click here to read previous posts for the series, 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.

Thanks to every one who read one, some, or all of the posts in the series. Special thanks to GiGiMandy, Ladymanni, and Granonine.

Aware

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After giving thought to today’s prompt on and off for approximately 2 hours, I am aware, cognizant of the fact that I do not know what to write in response to this prompt. I have considered and discarded various themes and options so I have decided to engage in a stream of consciousness process, hoping that something fairly coherent emerges.

I am thinking of the role context plays in my awareness. For example, if I am driving, I tend to be focused on the road, traffic lights, other drivers, etc., However, when I am a passenger, I see things that I was oblivious of while driving.

I am thinking also of the role emotions such as anger can play in what I give attention to, that which stands out. For example, I can become more aware of and be annoyed by the quirks of a loved one during times of conflict. But what can help me overlook those quirks is being aware that I also have flaws and quirks and I also need grace extended to me. And that I am a recipient of God’s grace and mercy every moment of every day.  I can forgive and He helps me to do just that as often as I need to do so.

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Day 13 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge. Today’s prompt is “Aware.”

Click here to read previous posts for the series.31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge.