God Is Writing Gold with the Muck from Your Past

As a church family at CrossPoint Lindsborg, we’ve been studying the Book of James together. A common theme found in this book deals with our words.

Now, whose mouth has ever gotten them into trouble before? Yep, me too.

Our mouth gets us into trouble all the time. In fact, James makes us wonder who can tame the tongue. It seems like a hopeless subject.

“For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:7-8).

Meditating on this calls for thorough self-reflection. If you’re like me, it doesn’t take long to remember a time when we lost our cool. I’m guilty of not being a great example with my words.

We may joke from time to time about the way we boss others around, sarcastically poke fun, or refuse to apply a filter over our mouth, but we should take this stuff seriously.

Learning from James about the ways we fall short with our words can leave us feeling disappointed. However, if you can hear with the Spirit’s help, this isn’t meant to make you feel guilty; it’s supposed to convict you.

There is a massive difference between guilt and conviction. One exists to tear you down; the other exists to build you up.

The lessons available to us from James don’t exists to guilt you into feeling bad about yourself. God doesn’t work that way. The lessons are meant to mature you and equip you. They exist to sanctify you.

Now, in addition to the subject of sanctification, there is also redemption.

That’s right. And this is where I need you to start feeling more hopeful in your circumstances. Redemption is within reach. God is able to take your mistakes, and your poor choice of words, and redeem them for good.

Let me remind us of a beautiful truth — God made us from dirt. Yep, dirt.

“Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature” (Genesis 2:7).

As I’ve been working through the Book of James, God has been encouraging me with this glorious truth — God created us from dirt and he’s writing a beautiful testimony in our lives using the mud from our past.

God is sovereignly working all things together.

It’s true that we have slipped in our words. We have destroyed with our words. Our speech is imperfect and disappointing. Even so, Christ will have the last word. You won’t have the last word. They won’t have the last word. Christ will.

Do not lose heart in your current situations. Life can be brutally hard at times. Sometimes it’s due to our shortcomings, and other times it’s due to others.

God is writing a beautiful story in your life using the muck from your past.


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21 thoughts on “God Is Writing Gold with the Muck from Your Past

  1. “There is a massive difference between guilt and conviction. One exists to tear you down; the other exists to build you up.” Incredibly important distinction to make! The Holy Spirit should always encourage Godly change, not condemnation.

  2. That’s some good news! Nice post Pastor! I just re-read the book of James last night, one of my favorites…of course I have 65 others too. 😉 Thanks for stopping by and following my site as well. I look forward to reading more from you.

  3. Excellent post. Thank you! I can remember when the Holy Ghost convicted me about the power that resides in the tongue and how important it is to watch what I say. I have always been very good at “putting someone in their place” with words when I felt crossed or disrespected. I have never been in a physical fight because I was so effective in throwing blows with my words. The Holy Ghost let me know that I should use that same intensity to edify and lift up – to understand that my words have power. I came to understand that I could change the outcome of many situations by changing what I said. This has made such a difference in my interactions with people – even those who approach me in a hostile manner.

    I pray daily for the Lord to guide each and every word that comes out of my mouth, always keeping this scripture in mind, “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Matthew 12:37 KJV).”

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