There is something for positive self speech. Last night I spoke at our young adults group, I was fairly anxious about the message due to transitions and changes at our church. The core of the message was about worship, and what worshiping with our lives looks like, a piece of that message was on tithes and offerings. You see, our church, along with many others has seen a down-turn in giving, and one effect of this is staff cuts. One of my best and closest friends on staff was cut, and while it was extremely hard to see it objectively, God is showing us all a bigger picture.
I have to remind myself of who God has made me, and that in hard times there is no reason to water a message down, that His timing is always right. I also want to send the message, that this isn’t a problem with “church support” but something where people need to realize the relationship between “their” money and God.
The entire message was from Romans 12 – Let our bodies be a living sacrifice, holy – set apart, for Him. Verse by verse I broke it down into the spiritual acts of worship. I was surprised by the power and intensity that found its way through me; I suppose I had some emotion behind it. I have more on my heart to say, I think there is some break through that will happen in this group – lots of people responded to what God is doing and wanting to do – amen.
Father, continue to bring freedom into these young people’s lives, making their lives a holy sacrifice to you. In their speech, their work, their relationships, and in where they put their fruits (both figuratively, monetarily, and beyond). We speak in your authority peace, love, and grace – Amen.