Undefiled Religion?

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, andto keep oneself unstained by the world.  James 1:26,27(NASB)

This has been on my heart for some time, and amazingly while looking for one or the other in the Word, I found them together! Isn’t God good?  I have been working on my tongue for many years and have been asking the Lord for HIS help in this area.  I am making progress, and I am aware of the importance of bridling the tongue.  It has the power to build up or tear down, and the words just don’t go back in a mouth as easy as they come out. 😉  Sometimes one persons humor becomes someones stumbling block.  Oh Lord help us to get some control over our tongues!  I think of Jesus beaten, and nailed to a cross and not one mean word came from HIS mouth.  HE surely didn’t deserve anything that HE recieved.  So it really holds no water to decide “they had it coming to them”.  My mind also goes to the other angle-what must non-believers think when someone who has openly stated their faith in God and then the mouth opens and anything BUT God comes out!  Makes me feel sick!  Princess, do you think we could make an conscientious effort to be aware of the things we are saying, and how it may hurt someone else, or make them walk away from God?  I am going to really put out the effort to step up Godly speech.

As thanksgiving approaches, my heart is pulled to those less fortunate.  I think of the single moms who really want to have thanksgiving but have no money to get the extra things, I think of the widows who are going to miss their husbands, and the orphans who have no idea what a family is or how awesome to be with family for Thanksgiving.  I often wonder why God puts that so heavy on my heart!  But it is clearly in HIS Word. The NIV says ‘look after the widows and orphans’…we so often say “I am just wanting to know God’s will in these things” and honestly it is right there.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if each professing Christian would find just one person to help with Thanksgiving, and just stretch the hand of Jesus every where? 

I find it interesting that the Lord found it appropiate to end that verse with “Keeping ones self from being polluted by the world (NIV), or stained by the world(NASB).  It appears to me that the less we are part of the world the more we are like HIM.  In the sense that our speech will reflect HIM and not the world.  Our hearts will want to help some one else, just to show our Jesus to someone else.

Do you love the Word?  I am so amazed over and over how everything we will think about or wonder..HE has already mapped out for us.  God is so good, and HE never changes.  I think the most awesome thing about God today that moves my heart is-HIS motives are pure, and HE really is showing us the way to go.  In the words of Rich Mullens…”why do I fight so hard for things I really don’t want, than to take what YOU give me freely”? 

Father God, My King, My strong tower, so often we find ourselves struggling, and sometimes it is at the hand of someone else, and sometimes it is at our own hand.  You are so good to lift us up and put us back on our feet.  Then you guide us again in the way that is Holy, but we run off to what sparkles.  Oh Lord be what sparkles in our hearts and sight, don’t let us fall to deception, tame our tongues.  Give us the hearts we need to help others, and to not feel so blessed that we turn from the less fortunate. But more than these-give us hearts that desire you so greatly that the world would have nothing for us.  YOU are and there is no other.  You are the only One worthy of our praise. Abba, have we thanked you today for how very good you are to us?  Thank you.

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14 responses to “Undefiled Religion?

  1. Amen and Amen.

    “Oh Lord be what sparkles in our hearts and sight, don’t let us fall to deception, tame our tongues. ” I love this. I may write on this phrase if you don’t mind!!

    Love you!
    steph.

  2. onedirection

    Your post always challenge me in more ways then one, I love your knowledge! I constantly have to remind myself to dig into the word and this week I have been digging into Psalms. I love how the Lord touches our hearts through the things that are written in the Bible and how much stronger my faith becomes when I dig in and how the things I struggle with seem to become less. I am blessed to be loved by such and amazing Father!

  3. Steph-please write about whatever the Lord places on your heart. I love that you visit!

    onedirection-I struggle from time to time too, but digging in the Word is the only way for me to stay close to HIM. I love that we have such a loving and caring Father, never had one on this earth, so I am still learning how cool it is to have one! love ya sister princess. (love Psalms have fun digging)

  4. Darla,

    Thanks for checking in on me. Life is very hectic right now and I am getting ready to be gone for almost a week. Not sure I’ll post a blog for a while. We are camping this weekend and then I leave Monday for several days in Nashville at the Lifeway National Women’s Ministry Leadership Event. I return next Thursday and then work on Friday and Sat. Whew!!! Not much time for writing.

    I love the reminder to watch our tongues. I work at a place where most are not Christians but they know what Christian looks like. I had one of the girls say to me about someone else, “She’s supposed to be this big Christian, but she is all the time sending me these raunchy email jokes.”

    The Lord used her to remind me to watch myself–tongue, fingers, feet and everything else that can get me in trouble or cause my testimony to suffer.

    The other thing that has me in the pondering mode is this Beth study on Proverbs. Whew, whew, whew, am I ever getting spoken to!!

    I’ll be checking email while I’m gone but probably won’t post anything on The Point blog. Love ya,

    Leah
    http://www.thepoint-leah.blogspot.com

  5. Laurie Lloyd

    Hi Darla,
    You knocked me over the head on this one. At 59 years old, my tongue has had ample time to do it’s fair share of starting fires. I work on this one daily and over the past 3 or 4 years, (being I am a slow learner), Gods been showing me that my tongue is an extension of what I take in through my eyes and ears. I am ashamed to admit that I used to feed on gossip to feel accepted. What I took in through my ears doubled by the time it rolled off my tongue. He has been helping me so much to think good thoughts and not take in anything I can’t fix by praying. I have had to remove myself from many “friends” in this area and it has been so peaceful. When I run into these people from time to time and the first words out of their mouth is questions about the gossip,
    it is such a reminder to me that I used to be a messenger of this gossip(ouch, stab!) and it feels so good to say “I don’t know” because I really do not, (ah, the bandaid to cover the stab). I am still a work in progress in this area, but I am not an arsonist here anymore, praise Him. He is teaching me what a real father is supposed to be and I am
    learning to trust Him more and more. He treats me like a Princess and I am starting to get used to that. I love you Darla, you make me think in the areas where I need the most growing up. You are my sister. God continue to bless you this week on the bus and personally walk this path, holding your hand. (His hand with your name “etched in it.):) He told me this morning to tell you He loves you:)

    Love you Big Time Too,
    Laurie in Ca.

  6. Laurie Lloyd

    Oh, by the way I have to tell you, I LOVE THE NEW TYPE YOU ARE POSTING WITH HERE!!! It is so easy on these tired eyes.:)

    Laurie

  7. GOOD GOOD GOOD WORD SISTER!

    I am with you 100%!

  8. tam

    “and to not feel so blessed that we turn from the less fortunate. ”

    I loved this in your prayer. I need to put that on the tablet of my heart!

    Darla, this is a fabulous post and such a good Word! Very convicting – thought provoking – but loving too!

    We are in the world but not OF it. You are right on!

    thank you so much for this word friend!

  9. Laurie Lloyd

    I have been meaning to tell you that the “Middle of the Bible” is so beautiful!!!Gives me goose bumps and I know it is no coincidence. Nope. God has little mysteries planted all over this earth, waiting to be discovered by the ones who are looking for them, seeking Him. I love His Detail in giving us pleasure.

    Love you girl, it’s Friday!!! Peace and Joy and Love for your weekend.
    Laurie in Ca.

  10. thouartloosed

    Darla,
    The hard part for me is admitting to myself that my tongue problem is really a heart problem. I have such a hard time monitering what I say because of the junk I allow in my heart. I’m learning-very slooowly-to abide in Christ and expecting Him to take over my heart.
    Thanks for the post.
    kathy

  11. Love this post. I think the hardest thing to bridle is the tongue! Atleast in my case. I love how these are all together too. I know one thing we can always do is pray for those alone this season.
    Much love,
    Angela

  12. Dear Darla,

    In all the good you have done here forgive me for pointing out the only ‘negative in you i could find.

    Please don’t feel that i am being negative because i see ALL your many many positives as do all other commenters here and that is prety much all down to your good works. i know this in my Heart to be True.

    the bad?

    “but digging in the Word is the only way for me to stay close to HIM.”

    Is this what you TRULY believe D? anyone else?

    Words in a book are all you have of Him you can ‘Trust’? Even one so perfect as the One written under His hand over all??

    God Gave you all Hearts as well as minds and a wonderful Creation containing five ‘known’ senses with which to KNOW His Glory that is ALL about you if you but open your eyes, end ears. Feel Him in the things you touch, Smell His Swet Perfumes and taste the Wonders He has provided you for your pleasure and His Glory.

    By all means read and take comfort in His Word – but at the risk of denying His many many ways He shows you DAILY that He cares for and loves each and every one of youas a True Father Should (and Loves so to do)?? How sad that would be if it were ever ‘True’ – for any Child of His.

    I read the Word of Jesus and smile Knowing the Love He contains and is willing to bestow upon anyone of us..

    I SEE His Glory in the Truly beautiful magical mathematical Creations we call ‘flowers’.

    The Wonders of the mathematical rythms of Music That He Created Seven Notes and 5 half-tones for inspire me to so much Joy sometimes i weep at the power and majesty and beauty of it.

    The tastes of the fruit of His bounty to me are a Daily reminder of how lucky i am to be able to enjoy His Fruits ‘in season’ – particularly over the last month His most Beautiful Strawberries – what a miracle they are ! 🙂

    But it is when i close my eyes, and my ears and lie down and open up my Heart to Him and be STILL and surrender completely to His Will that He enables me to Hear Him and the ‘secret’s that i have had hidden within me all along where He placed them before i was yet born that my Love for Him is at it’s strongest and i can BE with Him as much as my ego and humanity will allow me at present.

    He is allowing me to KNOW him more perfectly day by day and to Know myself and Overcome the ego that seeks always to drag us down and away from Him constantly.

    it is this ego ( with many faces) that i seek to destroy in order to remain faithful at ALL times to Him and His Word – The Living Word that Lives and Loves still as much as it did 2 000 years ago.

    Think not that the Good Book is the ONLY way to God for He is far greater than any mere book.

    The Scribes and pharisee’s sought to maintain the ‘book’ in their time and ssacrificed God’s Son by reason of it.

    Make sure you do not the same!

    God Lives!

    God Loves you with ALL His Heart…

    Do the same for Him in return…
    Love Him with your body and most especially your Heart and Soul.

    🙂

    love

  13. well that clears that up

  14. I believe that the Bible is God’sWord, and is alive and active around me and through me..in me…I can sense God and see HIM in the things around me, but I need to spend time with HIM in HIS word to regain focus and therefore know I am walking in HIS shadow not straying away…I am a wanderer at heart…and again seems like my words are not as clear to some as others…

    But Love love ya, and jason glad you stopped by..don’t know what your comment means but Kewl!

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