Take Out The Trash!


Scripture:

Luke 6:45

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Proverbs 4:23

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 10:19

Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

Observation:

–  “You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.

– Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.

– The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.

Application:

We have all heard the saying “You are what you eat” but have you ever thought of it under biblical terms? You are what you say and do! The truth is that we are what we fill our hearts with. That is what guides and directs us. That is what determines what we say and do. You cannot get good fruit off a bad tree and it is usually the fruit that we measure others and ourselves by.

So what are you filling up with? Are you immersing yourself in God and living by his standards or are you slowly seeping into the world? Above all else we are called to guard our heart because that is from where everything flows. We can’t guard or hearts while listening and viewing things that are not of God. We can’t guard our hearts by reading trash. We can’t guard our hearts while failing to measure our words and letting gossip and lies spill form our mouths.

So inevitably by not carefully guarding your heart you fill up with trash. What is the product of trash? More trash! Thank God that he provided a way out of this endless, useless, cycle! He made a way for us to stake our claim in Him and fill up from his fountain of life! We can do this by reading his word, listening to music that glorifies him, surrounding ourselves with God fearing friends, and taking out the trash in our lives.

What are you full of? Is it garbage?  Do you have some trash that you need emptied? Are you bearing fruit that is pleasing to Him?  He has made a way even when you think there is no way out!




My children often beg to watch certain shows or listen to certain music that their friends do. I feel like we are sometimes in constant battle over this. (Justin Beber, Sponge Bob, Shake it up Chicago, iCarley, and many of the older Disney/Nick shows… Just to mention a few) But I started to notice that after watching them their attitudes turned to dis-respect, sassy, and rude. Not the behavior that we are trying to desperately instill into them of Christ! After switching to more wholesome and educational shows I would notice a difference in their attitudes. They were more loving and obedient and didn’t have trash spilling from their mouths. After a while I would allow them to return to the “other” shows thinking that the situation was corrected. But then again out came trash flowing freely from their mouths. Well here is why, you are what you fill up on! Duh!!!! These scriptures have re-enforced my original thinking and have challenged me to stay the course and not give into peer pressure thrown upon my children! It is my job as parent to monitor what goes in so that Christ comes out!

Prayer:

Lord, Thank you for your love and forgiveness. Thank you for giving us a way to come back to you even when it seems that we have strayed too far away. Thank you for loving us even when we fill ourselves up with trash of the world’s ways. And most of all thank you for emptying that trash from us when we turn to you. Help us to immerse ourselves with things that please you and you alone so that we may bare good fruit for you and your kingdom. Help us to love those around us as you love them and see past what they say or do into what you will for them. Amen




Saw this video on a friends blog post and thought it was a fitting prayer for today!
Here is her blog post with some great ideas to “fit in” the word!
http://mosaicofmoms.com/?p=1620&fb_ref=AL2FB&fb_source=timeline


One thought on “Take Out The Trash!

  1. Great thought for the day. I am really working on “guarding my mouth” right now so this is really appropriate. I sometimes “react with my mouth” so this is an area of challenge for me. Thanks for sharing this!

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