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Psalm 45:1 (GW) -- My heart is overflowing with good news. I will direct my song to the king. My tongue is a pen for a skillful writer.

I need to learn to let my tongue be a pen for a skillful writer. I need to remember that i should not be the author of my words. I need to remember that every word that comes from my mouth should be praise to our Father in heaven.
On my own, my mouth says stuff i'd rather not say. I am only truly loving and worshipful when i allow my tongue to be the instrument through which God speaks. And He can put His words in my mouth if i let Him... I know because He has before, and my God does not change. Jeremiah 1:9 -- "Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth. The Lord said to me, "Now I have put My words in your mouth."

Ephesians 5:31-32 (NIV) -- "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery-but I am talking about Christ and the church."

So i'm thinking... In this passage (Eph. 5:22-33) Paul is using a metaphor. Jesus is "the husband", Christians are "his wife".
So then i'm replacing words, and this is what i come up with... For this reason Jesus will leave His father and mother and be united to Christians, and the two will become one flesh... Maybe i'm way off base here, but to me it sounds like: "Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself...(I Corinthians 6:15)" or "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (I Cor. 12:27)."

Throughout my life, i have been "attached" to many of my possessions... A blanket, a book, a computer, a car... i allow them a certain hold on my life. Maybe because they were expensive, or maybe because they had sentimental value... But as time passes by, i lose them, or they get broken, or just become obsolete.
While i've been allowing these things to become a part of my daily life, i come to rely more and more on them... i use them more and push other things aside to make way for these things.
Have you ever heard the saying "out of sight is out of mind"? When i become so fixed on the things i can see, i forget about the things i can't see.
Now according to the Bible, the things you can't see are the things that really matter. The things that will still be around even after you die, even after your children die.

Jesus says:
Matthew 6:19-21 -- Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

And if you have never heard the story about the rich ruler, it's Luke 18:18-30. The ruler wants to know how he can get eternal life, and Jesus tells him that he must sell everything he has and give to the poor and then he will get treasure in heaven. The ruler got very sad about this... Read the story ;)
But there is a reason that Jesus had to tell the man to sell everything and give to the poor... He wasn't just being mean. It's because if 'things' are so important to you, then where is God on your list? God should always be top priority in your life... Regardless of whether you just smashed up your car or whether you just got a computer virus, or your mom finally took away your baby blanket. Things can become IDOLS to us if we start to love them. We must be able to part from them at a moment's notice; your next breath may be your last.

I John 2:17 (NIV) -- The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

A Story that touched me today... I didn't write this myself.

Dart Test...

A young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in a seminary class, given by her teacher, Dr. Smith. She says that Dr. Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons.

One particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and knew they were in for a fun day.

On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many darts. Dr. Smithtold the students to draw a picture of someone they disliked or someone who had made them angry, and he would allow them to throw darts at the person's picture.

Sally's friend drew a picture of who had stolen her boyfriend. Another friend drew a picture of his little brother. Sally drew a picture of a former friend, putting a great deal of detail into her drawing, even drawing pimples on the face. Sally was pleased with the overall effect she had achieved.

The class lined up and began throwing darts. Some of the students threw their darts with such force that their targets were ripping apart. Sally looked forward to her turn, and was filled with disappointment when Dr. Smith, because of time limits, asked the students to return to their seats. As Sally sat thinking about how angry she was because she didn't have a chance to throw any darts at her target, Dr. Smith began removing the target from the wall.

Underneath the target was a picture of Jesus. A hush fell over the room as each student viewed the mangled picture of Jesus; holes and jagged marks covered His face and His eyes were pierced.

Dr. Smith said only these words... "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me (Matthew 25:40)."

No other words were necessary; the tears filled eyes of the students focused only on the picture of Christ.

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