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    YOU Have Authority Over Yourself!

    Hi girls! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. Lately, I’ve been so busy, I feel I haven’t even had the chance to rest from the holidays yet. When I get super busy like that with very little opportunity for rest, I find that my focus gets thrown off and my perspectives on life get a little skewed.

    When I start to feel like that, my favorite book to turn to is Ecclesiastes. King Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes late in his life. By the time Solomon wrote this book, he had experienced a lot of life. He had wealth, many wives and concubines, fame and more wisdom than anyone could possibly know what to do with.

    However, many of Solomon’s wives worshipped foreign gods and not the God of Israel. So Solomon built altars for them to use when they worshipped these false gods. I often wonder why Solomon didn’t use his vast wisdom that God gave him and decide against building these altars.

    Anyway, as Solomon got older, he began to think back on his life and his decisions. Many of his musings are written in Ecclesiastes.

    I found that I really liked Ecclesiastes 5:5-6a.

    “It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it. Don’t let your mouth make you sin.” (NLT)

    I love the way the NLT phrases that last part, “Don’t let your mouth make you sin.” To me, that phrasing makes it so obvious that we have a choice either to be in control of our heart, mind and body, or to let them control us. Don’t give your parts permission to force you to sin; take control over them and bring them into submission according to God’s desires.

    The New Revised Standard Version says, “Do not let your mouth lead you into sin.” Can you picture what it would look like if your mouth hopped off your face and started leading you around everywhere?

    It would look ridiculous, right?

    This is a reminder that I need often. I’m a really emotional person and sometimes it feels like I really don’t have any control over myself. But the truth that Solomon presents us with here is that we always have control over ourselves. In fact, he says “don’t let” which means don’t give permission. Our bodies need our permission to do anything and this includes the thoughts we think and the words we say.

    I know sometimes it may not seem like it, girls, but God through Jesus Christ has given us authority over our own bodies, so let’s not let any part of our bodies lead us into sin.

    Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool. – Ecclesiastes 5:3

    Girls, what are some ways we can take authority over our thoughts, words and actions?

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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