>What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean…. Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.' For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man 'unclean'….
Matthew 15:11, 17-20
Father, being from You and not of the world I know that all that I need can only come from You. No man can protect, provide and bring purpose to my life- only You can do that Father. Protect me Lord. Protect me from myself. Protect me from allowing others fears to seep inside of me where I lose my focus on You. Protect my heart Lord. Protect it from desiring the instant gratification the world provides. Protect it from harm, from those who would want to control it and my mind. Protect me from buying into the lies that others tell. Protect me from telling lies to myself and others.
Provide me with 'clean' words of truth, even if that truth causes pain for someone else who would rather seek comfort in darkness. Provide me with the words to heal when I am in pain so that I don't hurt others, even if they are the ones that caused my pain. Provide me with the courage to walk away from anything or anyone who is not bringing Your light into my life and the lives of others.
Show me my purpose Father. Show me the path, even when I veer off in another direction. Show me how I can be the best ambassador serving You and Your children. Show me how to avoid falling in the trappings of others who are miserable because they choose not to have a relationship with You Lord. Show me how to say "no" to temptation, how to turn my head and my heart away from yearnings of the flesh. Show me the real intent of those who surround me. Show me how to remain focused on Your plan for me, and not be seduced by dreams and desires for instant gratification. Reveal to me the wolf in sheep's clothing, the seducer only out for self, and the manipulator who is around to cause havoc and gleam in victory. I thank You Father for all that You do, even when I mess up. In Your name I pray. Amen.
We must watch what we say to and about ourselves, and to and about others. We must take responsibility for our part in our interaction with others; just because a touch, a hug, a joke, or a comment was done/shared 'innocently', that doesn't mean that it was taken that way. We can't merely say, "that's their problem" because their problem can soon become our problem. A mild flirtation from your viewpoint, can be an overt action to the person being flirted with, and to onlookers. Once again, your actions or inactions are ultimately your responsibility, because when things go wrong everything comes back to you.
Think of the workplace sexual harassment claims, they are real and growing rapidly. I know of someone who is facing a huge lawsuit from an intern because his actions and inactions were misconstrued. She kept a journal, has emails and some other 'evidence'. There was even a voice mail left by him that has been considered questionable. That's the 'uncleanness' of the heart seeping through. I have learned over time that I should refrain from doing or saying anything to people that could be misconstrued by others as inappropriate, and I also must not form relationships with people that could be deemed as inappropriate. We don't have time to be side-tracked from God's plan!
We must always be prayerful. We must immediately change our thinking when something negative seeps in; we must say "you are a liar" and force the negativity out. We must not allow our hearts to be misled. If our focus is on God, and we pray to Him constantly throughout our day- then we can tell the difference between something of God and of the world. We can tell the difference between God's voice and His light, and that of our mortal mind that is clouded and fractured. Before we say or do something, let's first stop and think about God; think about whether we'd do and say this in front of His son, Jesus. If you have to think about it, then You know you're about to be on a slippery slope of 'uncleanness'. Stop and walk away.
If you haven't grown in your relationship with God and Jesus to strongly consider this, then ask whether you would do or say this in public, in front of your closest family members, your children, your boss, co-workers or employees? Would you want what you did or said put on the Internet and on every television news station? Would you want to see it in the newspapers? If the answer is no, then walk away and don't do it. Don't send that compromising picture, letter, card, email or text message, don't make that phone call or leave that voice mail. Don't angrily drive over to someone's home or workplace to confront them. If you wouldn't want to explain yourself and your actions afterwards, then opt to not do it. Our 'dirt' has a way of slamming us in the face when we least expect it! We can never take back something we have said or done.
When put that way, it may seem more simple to comprehend. God wants you to do right, to live right, and to represent Him the right way- so whatever positive and righteous methods you need to take to do this, then do it. I needed to read this scripture I found today. I simply turned to it and my eyes saw the passages, and I began to type as I prayed and reflected on the verses. Maybe this message was meant for you, maybe someone you know may benefit from reading it. I don't know. I simply share what flows through me. One day it may be a short message, and then there's days like today where I pray and reflect until everything is said.
It's Thursday, a new day- make the most of it and stayed prayed up!
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