Saturday, August 06, 2016

"Bullets From The Tongue" -08/06/16 - Jeremiah 7-9

"spreads malicious gossip" (9:4)

 "Ricochets are a hazard of shooting because the bullet that ricochets poses a danger of causing collateral damage to animals, objects, or even the person who fired the shot.
In rare cases, ricochets can return to the shooter".
It is amazing how quickly the ricochet process begins.

There have been times, even though I am speaking in truth events which have occurred, I am doing so in a malicious way.
It has been during these moments I am wanting bad things for some. I am wanting to hurt others as they have hurt me.
It is amazing how quickly satan has "self" pride right there on a serving platter and I dish it right up.

 I have experienced my words of malice ricochet back, causing my heart to become bitter and angry.  My vision becomes so intent on "self" it distorts all words I hear and how I perceive those about me. It becomes no longer just one person, it becomes numerous ones, from whom I begin taking many things said personal.

Because I am taking my eyes off of ABBA.

 It is then my life becomes obsessed with the "wrongs" done to me. I  begin to feel it is my responsibility to have revenge. To defend myself. To expose the hidden.

"Self" pride will create the heart into an ugly monster.

Thankfully, my ABBA takes the bull by the horns and holds me accountable.
My love for Him brings me to my knees in confession.  He gives me strength to ask  those I have spoken against for forgiveness.  He gives me strength to forgive them. I have found this only works when I allow Him to break my "self" pride.  Only then, am I able to have a  Christlike reaction.  Regardless of others actions.  It is only through ABBA I am able to pray for them and love them.

He has also led me to pray I will become like "water on a duck's back", when I am attacked.
He has shown me, it isn't me they are attacking, but Him. And most of all.  He has helped me to keep my mouth shut, more often than not. (Which is a miracle in itself.)

This process of change He has and is doing within my heart, has brought me so much closer to Him. It has given me a freedom from the ricochets.  A freedom  I wouldn't exchange for anything.

How amazing is He! He who can transform the ugly heart into His beauty.
So love loving my ABBA.

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