Preaching to Me

Have any of you ever sat through a sermon and felt like the preacher was preaching just to you? No matter how crowded the church is, it feels like it’s just you and the preacher….. He is just nailing point after point and you feel like there’s a big sign over your head pointing you out. You are just praying that he finishes soon so you can run out of the church as fast as you can. I’m not going to lie, I’ve felt this before.

But not this past Sunday.

Quite the opposite actually. I did feel that Pastor Rick Bezet, of New Life Church (Greater Little Rock campus), was preaching directly to me, but I didn’t want to run out of the church….

God was working on my heart. He used Pastor Rick to reach me in a setting where I was completely engulfed in His word and surrounded by a faithful and understanding community of believers.

This particular message was about our words. We cannot control our words, but we can control our hearts. If our hearts are full of sinful wants and desires our mouths will surely speak them. The tongue is the hardest to tame.

James 3:1-12

We have to let go of the words that hurt us. They are not from God. He did not intend for us to hear that we weren’t good enough, smart enough, skinny enough, pretty enough or whatever other lies that are living in your heart. We have to forgive the people who said these things to us. We have to return to the goodness of God and remember His call for our lives.

Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. James 3:9 NLT

Father God please help me to only speak things from a clean and pure heart. Please help me to forgive the things others have said to me and please let others forgive me for the things I have said to them. Help me to be more careful of my words. Amen.

with love, Jana

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