Spirituality: Stop Destructive Gossip and Live at a Higher Spiritual Level!
Use Words to Encourage and Stop the Gossip
one’s spirit quickly.
Gossip is negative, mean spirited,
It is an addictive, bad habit for the gossiper.
Gossip will pull the gossiper, and those
around him or her, down to the lowest spiritual level.
If all that isn’t bad enough, God considers gossip a serious sin in the same league as murder, God hating, and other wickedness. (Romans 1:28-32) Gossipers are not in right fellowship with God.
“A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.”
— Proverbs 20:19 NIV
Harmless Good Fun Or Destructive Gossip?
I’m sure you will agree that gossip is something we should not take lightly. What is truly unfortunate, is the fact that most Christians do not consider gossip a sin or wrong! At most, they consider it an insignificant bad habit.
Gossip is a key factor hindering growing prosperity in many people’s lives. And unfortunately, it is rarely recognized. Almost instantly, without thinking twice, gossipers will let rumors, bad-mouthing, confidential information, and idle, malicious talk fly out of their mouths.
If only they knew the damage they are causing! The Bible tells us that a Christian who’s mouth is out of control, deceives his own heart and his religion is worthless. (James 1:26)
Let’s face it: Gossip is not harmless, good fun. It carries a negative tone of abuse that is often demeaning, critical, judgmental, harmful, and hurtful. This is why God has much to say about it and warns us of it’s destructiveness.
Dealing With Gossip
Everywhere from family, work, school to church settings, gossip has become a common destructive factor. It is clearly evident that busybodies are everywhere these days. But the question to ask ourselves is: “Am I guilty of gossip?”
Gossip is often disguised as concern for others or as asking for prayer. However, whenever there is talk about others in an unfavorable way, there is gossip.
Keep in mind: Gossip is a sin that separates us from God and hinders our prosperity. God does not bless sin. Gossipers often deal with unexplainable troubles and rarely get their prayers answered. (Psalm 66:18, John 9:31)
“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”
— Proverbs 13:3 NIV
Tips to Deal With Gossip:
- AWARENESS. We all have tendency to gossip from time to time. To overcome this tendency and have a more spirit-filled, gossip-free life requires awareness when it happens.
- PRAYER. It doesn’t matter if you are struggling with a gossip addiction or if you are a victim of gossip, turning to God in prayer is a must. As a gossiper, repent and ask for forgiveness and pray that God help you take control of your words and make them words of encouragement. As a victim, pray that God bless the other person and help them become free as He helps you maintain a forgiving, loving heart.
- AVOID. Stay out of other people’s business and avoid association with those who gossip. Refuse to engage in gossip.
- CHOOSE. Decide to speak words of encouragement, hope, and love. Steer conversations in a positive direction. Choose to be silent if only destructive words of gossip are on your lips.
- LOVE. Walk in love and address gossipers directly and privately in attempting to resolve your issues with them. If confronted for gossiping, be humble and in love be willing to work out your issues.
Believe me: Gossip can spread quickly like a deadly infection. Do not be ignorant of the destruction it carries. You can put a stop to the negative spirit of gossip and choose to walk in love and a higher spiritual level in life.
May your mouth always speak words of encouragement and may your life be full of growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing!
Soar higher in Him,
Spirituality – Should You Be Doing Some Clean Up In Your Spiritual Life?
The Power of Making Your Spiritual Life Sparkle
ones that get tended to last.
We get up every morning and look in
the mirror and begin our routine of showering,
brushing, and getting all prettied up.
Our homes, yards, cars, etcetera all get our attention
and cleaned up as needed; but, what about our spiritual home?
Too Busy To Clean?
Life gets busy. That’s no surprise. Soon our housecleaning gets moved to the bottom of the “to do” list until one day we can’t see through the dust on the TV screen. As we look around everything is dull and dirty and no longer beautiful to look at.
Amazingly, after a little time and effort scrubbing, things are sparkling clean and enjoyable once again.
How Did My Spiritual Life Get So Dirty?
Have you noticed how easily the dust and cobwebs seem to have a way of building up without really seeing it happen? Well in fact, our spiritual life gets dirty much the same way.
There are times we commit an obvious sin and it is like falling in a mud puddle; we are clearly dirty and need of some major clean-up. However, the sin in our daily lives is more often like the dust and cobwebs that slowly dirty our spiritual home, almost unnoticed.
In our busy lives we too easily get used to irritable thoughts, selfishness, jealousy, disrespect, lazy attitudes, lack of commitments, and more. Failure to spend daily time in God’s Word and fellowship with Him leads to doing things that displease Him, and at the same time we do not even realize the dirty film they are leaving on us.
Have you gotten too busy with other things in life that you’ve neglected to clean the dust and cobwebs from your spiritual home.
Time to Clean Up The Mess and Make Your Spiritual Life Sparkle!
The solution for the dust, dirt, and grime that comes into our lives, is to clean it up quickly and regularly. The longer we allow it to remain the greater the mess and the more difficult to remove. If neglected too long it results in unsightly stains.
Once the cleaning process has begun, it usually leads to a closer examination, which then tends to require more cleaning. So it is with a close examination of our spiritual life.
The sinful dirt that we have allowed to slowly accumulate in our lives, and have become accustomed to, is not okay with God. He is not accustomed to dirty sinful behaviors. God desires that our lives be pure and clean so that He can see the beautiful reflection of His Son in us.
“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart…”
— Psalm 24:3-4
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
— Psalm 51:10
How can I improve my spiritual life? Be willing to ask yourself this question daily as you do a self-examination of your spiritual home. Ask God to help you see areas that need cleaned up. He not only wants to open your eyes, He wants to help you clean in order to see your natural and spiritual life shine and sparkle!
May your spiritual life be clean, pure and overflowing with growing prosperity!
God bless you always,
Empowerment – When Temptation Comes a Knocking Why Not Let Honor Slam the Door Shut?
Spiritual Warfare – What Do You Do When You Are Tempted?
source with God.
In life, temptations are going to come to all of us and…
try to zap our power and take us down.
Why give into these attacks?
Empower yourself to overcome…
by tapping into the power source of God.
What Do You Do When You Are Tempted?
When temptation comes a knocking it is time to look to God. Remind yourself that He is always with you. Look at the temptation that is knocking on the door and then look to God. It is not easy when the attacks come, but it is possible to overcome if you stay plugged into God.
Keep in mind, that we always have the choice to honor God in any situation, or we can choose to dishonor Him; and at the same time disrespect ourselves.
Do You Dwell On Dishonorable Thoughts?
Do not be fooled into believing it is okay to dwell on thoughts that, if acted on, would dishonor God. Put a stop to those dark, negative thoughts right away, before they open the door to trouble. Let honor to God slam the door shut when temptation comes a knocking.
Before the knock ever comes, make a sound decision not to dishonor God and not to disrespect yourself. Never lose sight of Him. Thank God for His mercy and grace when we fall short and need it, but purpose to set your standards higher.
Why Lie to Yourself?
Do not be deceived into thinking you can get away with sin without disrespecting yourself. That is a lie. Why would you want to lie to yourself? Don’t you have enough people lying to you right now? Let’s face it, sin always catches up to us.
So when the temptations come, don’t lie to yourself and think you will get away with acting on them. Instead, challenge yourself with questions. Will God be honored and glorified in me if I do this? What message do I give others if I do this?
Living a Higher Life of Honor
Temptations will come, but you don’t have to open the door. You can choose to live a higher life of honor and show others how to do the same. If you are struggling and already opened the door to temptation, then turn to God. Choose to honor God and He will empower you to slam that door shut.
“God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:13
God knows what we are cable of. When we walk in honor, love, peace, and prosperity, we send a valuable message to others. It brings glory and honor to God when His children live right, claim victory over evil, and use their God-given blessings to bless others.
The truth is: What God has for our future is so much better than anything the enemy may be tempting us with. We can overcome temptation when it comes a knocking and choose to live in God’s best for our lives by honoring Him.
May you live empowered, always honoring the King of kings, and enjoying a life of growing prosperity!
God bless you,
Casting Crowns – East To West (Live) Christian Music Video
“East To West” (Live) by Casting Crowns
“… I know You’ve cast my sin as far as the east is from the west
and I stand before You now as though I’ve never sinned –
But today I feel like I’m just one mistake away
from You leaving me this way –
Jesus, can You show me just how far the east is from the west?
‘Cause I can’t bear to see the man I’ve been
rising up in me again –
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
You know just how far the east is from the west
from one scarred hand to the other…
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
— Psalm 103:12
Enjoy this music video and praise God for His mercy!
God bless you always,
P.S. This song and more by Casting Crowns can be found on amazon.
Lifehouse Everything Drama Video
If You Are Battling to Hang on – Don’t Quit!
There is a God Who Wants to Help!
I know this video skit is popular and you may have already watched it, but it is worth viewing again…
We have an enemy in this world. We are not ignorant of that. But just remember we have help available.
I encourage you … whatever battle you are going through – Don’t Give Up! Keep fighting!
Cry out to The Living God and He will help. Ask His forgiveness. There is nothing anyone has done that the blood Jesus paid on the cross can’t wash away and make as white as snow. Put your trust in Jesus. In Him is the power to overcome and be victorious!
POWER TO OVERCOME:
“Behold, I give to you power to tread on serpants and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” — Luke 10:19
“Bless the Lord, you His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His Word.” — Psalm 103:20
A PROSPEROUS FUTURE:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11
God loves you! 🙂 And Jesus too!
God bless you,
P.S. The enemy tried to take my life, but The Living God pulled me out of the pit and makes me stand victorious! That is why I know He can do the same for you . . . and I know He will do for my daughters who I see the enemy attacking . . . don’t fight your battles alone, keep crying out to The Living God for help!