Good afternoon. Happy Monday to you all. I pray your weekend was a blessed one.
TFTD: Let dead things stay dead
A few of my friends decided that we would enter into a “positivity” challenge for the month of June. This is a time where we think, speak, and act positively. I know this may seem like an impossible feat for some, but it’s something that will definitely help us to grow. For the most part I would consider myself to be a positive and happy person, but then there are times when I give way to complaining and murmuring. I began to notice that these types of attitudes and behaviors stifle productivity.
I was reminded of the following scripture:
Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
This scripture tells us that we have the power to bring life or death to a situation with our words. That’s deep! Have you ever complained about a “dead” situation so much that you ended up bringing it back to life? Let me clarify, have you talked about something from your past; like a failure, a bad relationship, a tough experience, etc., so much that it felt like it was happening today? I know I have and I’ve even caught myself doing that in the present day. It’s time to let dead things stay dead. Stop resurrecting things that should be buried. It’s time to saturate the atmosphere with positive energy and to give up on meaningless destructive speech.
Romans 8:11 (NKJV) says,
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
As believers, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us and we need to stop using that power to raise up dead issues. Stop bringing up the issues of your past, stop trying to resurrect dead relationships, stop trying to speak life into your past behaviors and attitudes. We need to use the power that dwells in us to encourage the discouraged, to uplift the people with heavy hearts, to bind negativity and to speak positive things into the atmosphere. Stop misusing the power that dwells within you. Let dead things stay dead.
Romans 6:9 (NKJV) says,
9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
This scripture let’s us know that death no longer has dominion over Christ and since the same power dwells in us, death doesn’t have dominion over us. So stop allowing dead things to have dominion over you. When you allow negative thoughts to rule your mind, your speech, and your actions, you are allowing dead things to control you. Negativity breeds negativity and in turn it causes death. It causes death to your hopes and dreams. It causes death to your productivity. It causes death to your way of living and the people around you. Let dead things stay dead.
Join me in this challenge to become a more positive person. When negative things, people or thoughts come your way, turn them over to God. Don’t give life to these things or these people.
This challenge will not be easy, but it will be so rewarding if you seriously give it a try! Let dead things stay dead!
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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