Posted by: TLC Fellowship | February 4, 2013

ANTs & UNCLE

By Pastor Deborah Reed, Pastor of Life Development at TLC Fellowship

7People have tamed all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures. 8Yet, no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison.  9With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. Yet, with the same tongues we curse people, who were created in God’s likeness. 10Praise and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen!   ~ James 3:7-10

“Wow, why not just give up.  If the Holy Bible says my mouth is uncontrollable then it’s uncontrollable!  But James goes on to say this should not happen.  So is God setting me up to fail?  Why would He ask me to do something that’s impossible to do? Every failed attempt is a constant reminder that I am not righteous.”

Yeah, these are the kind of torturous thoughts I can have running rampant in my head.  I’ve heard them referred to as ANTs:

  • Automatic
  • Negative
  • Thought(s)

The only way I know to safely exterminate my ants is by crying—UNCLE:

  • UN
  • Conditional
  • Love
  • Eternally

Yes, it is true that my human willpower alone cannot control every thought that comes into my head and then seeps out of my mouth.  I know God is not setting me up to fail.   It is not the nature or character of my Heavenly Father.   God is constantly reminding me in His Word and through the Holy Spirit that He is my source of strength.  He is my source of unconditional-love-eternally.  Nowhere is this truer than in my thoughts.

There is a direct correlation between my right thinking and speaking with the amount of time I spend with God.  There will never come a time when I declare, “I am finished!”—that I have read, studied, prayed and heard enough from God.  At best what I have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of my spiritual condition.   It’s like the manna that fed the children of Israel in the wilderness.  It was only good and fresh for one day.  If they tried to store it up for the next day it would spoil with worms.  God wanted to train them (and me) to depend on Him daily for survival.

Yes, I’m sure that my unbridled lips have hurt other people.  But the one most injured by my thoughts and my words is usually me. I believe A.N.T.s must be Satan’s favorite pets because they are so effective.   Separated from the UNCLE I will self-destruct and be rendered useless. God reminds me that I too am created in His likeness.  He loves me as much as He loves Jesus.  God has a plan and purpose for my life and He won’t allow ANTs to destroy it.  God promises never to leave me, nor forsake me. So I can count on His love eternally!!!

Prayer: Dear God, I am so thankful that you tell me not to lean on my own understanding…but, to lean and trust in you.   You provide all the power I need.  I am never ashamed to cry-UNCLE. Amen.


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