Washing My Mouth by Christine Abraham

“If we are going to hold a seed in our hand…make sure it will be one that will bear much fruit, fruit that will last.” -Kelly Minter, Nehemiah Bible Study

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A senior manager called me into her office for correction. Little did I realize I was about to fall down a slippery slope. She influenced me with her superior title and position. And so, I followed her authority. 

“Christine, you are being too soft and too nice. I want you to call your agents on a group message. And I want you to yell at them for underperforming. You need to use cuss words. Get mean and get mad.”

My cheerful chin fell lower on my face. I was at a crossroad of disappointing people. Would I disappoint my boss, or my agents?

“And, Christine, when you make that call, I want you to copy me on the message. And also copy the owner of the brokerage. Do it today or you will lose your job tomorrow.”

Obedient to her demands and motivated to keep my job, I made that call. On a group message with 250 agents, I cussed them out for not meeting expectations. I used words that were washed out of my mouth with Irish Spring Soap when I was a child.  Apparently, this was “leadership.”

The next day, one of the agents walked into my office and closed the door. He was a retired police officer and old enough to be my Dad. “Christine, we all talked about that call you made. We know it was not your true voice or even your words. In fact, we think (name of boss) told you to make that call and to cuss at us. And we are disappointed that your character is changing because of her.”

He was correct in his assumption. And thankfully, called me out. 

Disgusted with my character transformation under the leadership of my boss, I quit my role as Sales Development Manager. I found comfort in being myself and standing on firm ground. Shaking off people approval, I discovered it was okay to be myself. Made in the image of Christ. 

DAILY VERSE

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)

LIVING FOR TODAY

I am living for today when I seek to please God, not man. People can never be satisfied no matter how hard I work to fit into their box. It’s my choice to allow the character of Christ to reflect in me. Wherever I walk and whatever I say, may my words magnify the One who is my love. May His Fruit always be upon my lips. 

The Eyes of Abandonment by Christine Abraham

“One day you feel like you are on top of the world. The next day it feels like the world has fallen on top of you.” -Barb Roose, Surrendered Bible Study

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He walked into my life, head hanging low. Making eye contact with this young man would require the clockwork of time. Childhood abandonment was imprinted deep into his heart. 

Emotionally orphaned, his birth Mom left him behind in his native country and relocated to America. One of eighteen children, he was fathered by a man with sexual addictions. 

After seven years of separation, birth Mom married an American from the registered sex offenders list. Then she brought three of her sons to America. Living united in the land of the free. 

Trust would challenge his stronghold of abandonment. He wanted reassurance that he was truly loved. He tested people and relationships. Pushing hard. To see if they would leave. 

“I sent you a son,” said the Spirit of God. 

A reminder, God sent His only Son to overcome abandonment by the world. Though He laid down His life, healed the sick, disempowered demons, and crushed Satan… the world abandoned the Son of God.

Except for the remnant. Those who saw love in His heart have experienced transformed lives. They picked up their cross and followed Him. Never abandoned by God. 

DAILY VERSE

For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NLT)

LIVING FOR TODAY

I am living for today when I break free from a stronghold of abandonment. When Truth embraces my heart and anchors to my soul. I am loved wherever Jesus resides, regardless of my foreign country, toxic parents, or downward eyes. Jesus does not forsake my trust.  

 

 

 

7 Bible Verses About the Armor of God

The Armor of God is a popular Bible theme. What does the Bible say about the Armor of God. There are Bible Verses About Armor of God which reference His protection, love, and salvation. 

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Bible Verses About Armor of God

Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid. (Psalm 35:1-2 NIV)

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. (Psalm 91:4 NLT)

The night is nearly over, and the day is near; so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:12 CSB)

Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11 CSB)

For this reason take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. (Ephesians 6:13 CSB)

But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. (1 Thessalonians 5:8 NLT)

The Full Armor of God

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17Ephesians 6:10-17 NIV)

Confessions From the Prayer Closet by Christine Abraham

“Does your prayer closet look like a war room or a living room?” -Priscilla Shirer, Armor of God Bible Study 

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My best friend lived two doors down the street. She saw the ambulance and firetruck in front of my house. After the emergency team drove away, she pounded on my closed door. Still hyperventilating, I confessed a weakness I could no longer hide. My prayer closet was now a war room.

After sobbing through a long story about low platelets and a rare blood disease, she boldly said: “Chris, you’re a private person. Get over yourself and tell people what’s going on so they can help you.” So I told her my husband turned purple… head to toe, unknown cause. He was in critical care. His platelet count was ONE.

Before this, my neighbors only saw Living Room Christine. I typically greeted them with the smell of clean furniture and fresh baked cookies. It was unconventional for me to greet them with a messy home. And heart. 

Getting over myself, I dumped my misery with each sob from my mouth. She heard… “he’s going to live… no longer dying… they moved him out of intensive care. He will be home soon.”  Actually, it was on the downside of my crisis when I finally opened my heart. 

Then I understood God planted me near Christian neighbors. When they heard my story, they started bringing meals. Mowing the lawn. And saying words that cut to my heart: “We’re praying for you.” 

The day my husband came home from the hospital, neighbors placed Welcome Home banners across the lawn. Multi-color balloons decorated the garage door. My three-year-old daughter cheered like a happy toddler. The baby in my womb wiggled a bit. 

This is the first of many war room moments. God’s heart and tenderness became more visible in my life. Leaving the comfort of my living room has helped me overcome enemy attacks from Satan. Here I learned to get over myself. And trust God again. 

DAILY VERSE

The good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light. (1 Timothy 5:25 NLT)

LIVING FOR TODAY

I am living for today when I trust God with all my heart. Pouring out my feelings helps me accept weakness and embrace comfort. My spiritual war should not isolate me from people who are called to love their neighbors. Confession, weakness,  and getting over myself brought me into peace with God. 

17 Bible Verses About Privacy

What are the Bible Verses About Privacy. There are not too many Bible Verses About Privacy, but after searching, I found these Bible verses about private or privacy. 

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Bible Verses About Privacy

Gather all the people— the elders, the children, and even the babies. Call the bridegroom from his quarters and the bride from her private room. (Joel 2:16 NLT)

Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. (Matthew 6:4 NLT)

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6 NLT)

And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” (Mark 9:28 NKJV)

Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.” (Luke 10:23 NIV)

Then the commander took him by the hand, went aside, and asked privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?” (Acts 23:19 NKJV)

So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due. (1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT)

I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain. (Galatians 2:2 NIV)

And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:19-21 NKJV)

Then Joseph hurried out [of the room] because his heart was deeply touched over his brother, and he sought privacy to weep; so he entered his chamber and wept there. (Genesis 43:30 AMP)

For the devious are repulsive to the Lord; But His private counsel is with the upright [those with spiritual integrity and moral courage]. (Proverbs 3:32 AMP)

What I say to you in the dark (privately), tell in the light (publicly); and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops [to many people]. (Matthew 10:27 AMP)

But sexual immorality and all [moral] impurity [indecent, offensive behavior] or greed must not even be hinted at among you, as is proper among saints [for as believers our way of life, whether in public or in private, reflects the validity of our faith]. (Ephesians 5:3 AMP)

Don’t bad-mouth your leaders, not even under your breath, And don’t abuse your betters, even in the privacy of your home. Loose talk has a way of getting picked up and spread around.  (Ecclesiastes 10:20 MSG)

A hostile world! I called to God, to my God I cried out. From his palace he heard me call; my cry brought me right into his presence— a private audience! (2 Samuel 22:7 MSG)

The one who prays using a private “prayer language” certainly gets a lot out of it, but proclaiming God’s truth to the church in its common language brings the whole church into growth and strength. I want all of you to develop intimacies with God in prayer, but please don’t stop with that. Go on and proclaim his clear truth to others. (1 Corinthians 14:4 MSG)

So, when you pray in your private prayer language, don’t hoard the experience for yourself. Pray for the insight and ability to bring others into that intimacy. If I pray in tongues, my spirit prays but my mind lies fallow, and all that intelligence is wasted. So what’s the solution? The answer is simple enough. Do both. I should be spiritually free and expressive as I pray, but I should also be thoughtful and mindful as I pray. I should sing with my spirit, and sing with my mind. If you give a blessing using your private prayer language, which no one else understands, how can some outsider who has just shown up and has no idea what’s going on know when to say “Amen”? Your blessing might be beautiful, but you have very effectively cut that person out of it. (1 Corinthians 14:13 MSG)