What are you murmuring?!

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I can be a champion of murmuring negative things to myself and about myself. It is amazing how I can let a negative thought tank me and if I let it, my entire day. Negative murmuring for me ranges from thinking I am fat to God cannot possibly use me. Zach Williams’s song “Fear is a Liar” is most certainly true and I wish I did not buy fears lies as often as I do.

We are repeatedly encouraged in the Bible to meditate on Scripture. In Hebrew, the word “meditate” means “to murmur.” When Moses tells the Israelites to meditate on the word of God, what he is telling them is to murmur it to themselves. He is saying they should repeat the word softly out loud to themselves (see Deut 6). Joshua  is commanded to be strong and courageous (Josh 1:6). He is also to mediate on the Word day and night and to not let the Word depart from him (Josh 1:7-9). The Psalmists also write about the concept of meditating/murmuring God’s Word.

There are times when I am experiencing a satanic attack where I murmur to myself, “I am a child of the most High God” or “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed” over and over again until it brings me peace. When I am saying God’s truth softly out loud to myself, I cannot be saying lies and negativity. I would like to encourage you to take inventory on what it is that you meditating on. What is it that you murmur or mutter to yourself? Is what you are murmuring positive or negative? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal verses, truths and promises for you to murmur.  May we be a body of believers who want to murmur God’s truth and what God says about us rather than what the enemy, his minions and this world want to say about us or have us believe.

Father God, fear is a liar and yet all of us experience it. Lord, help us to meditate on Your Word. Help us to murmur Your Word day and night. May Your Word be so engrained in us that we cannot help but for You to be our first, middle and last thought each day. Lord may we NOT turn from Your Word. May we not look to the right or to the left but look to You, the Author and Perfecter of our faith (Heb 12:2). Thank You Father for the ability to be humble, open and transparent. Thank You for helping us to be honest about our vulnerabilities when it is so easy to run and hide. Lord, teach us to see ourselves as You see us. Help us to be obedient to Your Word and murmur Your Word even when it is difficult and unpopular. Thank You Father that Your Word NEVER changes. Thank You that You NEVER abandon us! Lord may we choose to murmur Your truth and murmur what You say about us (for ex in Eph 1:3-14) rather than what the devil and world say about us. Thank You that You do not leave us on our own. Lord, may You teach this precious reader how to murmur Your Word so that when the lies come, they can dispel them immediately. Thank You Father for being our all powerful God who knows us better than we know ourselves. In Jesus’s Name I pray, Amen.

 

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Blue Collar Theologian

My name is Mandy Sweigart-Quinn, I live in St. Petersburg, FL and I am a “Blue Collar Theologian.” I love Jesus! I am passionate about His Word (The Holy Bible)! I come alive when I can encourage others in their walk with Jesus (whether by writing or speaking). As a “Blue Collar Theologian” it is my aim to live/practice/work out my Christian hope with sincerity, authenticity and genuineness. As a “Blue Collar Theologian,” I strive to meet people right where they are (“Incarnational Theology”). I graduated in May 2019 from Capital Seminary and Graduate School with a Master's in Biblical Studies. In the Fall I will begin working on my PhD in Biblical Studies from the same Seminary. I am a passionate, excited and enthusiastic person! I love flowers, sports and sunsets. Since January 2, 2018 I have had the privilege of being married to Nathan.

3 thoughts on “What are you murmuring?!”

  1. Love this Mandy! I never knew meditate meant murmur! That is so helpful to know and I love the idea of having a couple key scriptures to literally say out loud whenever we’re thinking or believing lies. Thanks Mandy for sharing your incredible wisdom! 🙂

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  2. First “I pray that GoD is leading my comments on this blog. Amen”
    I do not use murmuring. If Satan is attacking through my thoughts, I usually pick up a book. My thoughts will soon be immersed in the story. I have tried music, but sometimes that will only reinforce negative thoughts. If Satan is attacking through things outside, say through another person, things are much more difficult. The person Satan is using will, in no way, perceive themselves as an agent of Satan. In this case, I must listen, endure, and do my best to let my Christian light shine. Those who know me will tell you that I often fail. We are only human. None of us, are perfect.

    I would like to share something with your readers I frequently do. I use The Lord’s Prayer as given in the book of Matthew as a guide for an in depth spiritual examination of myself, and my life situation. . This should be done in a time, and place with no distractions. Now, I begin saying The Lord’s Prayer. “Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth, as it is in Heaven.” I pause here to examine my will , as compared to God’s will. I take as much time as needed. I know God’s will for humanity in general, even though I may not know specifically, at this moment, what exactly it is for me. When I am satisfied here, I go on. “Give us this day our daily bread.” Pause again. I feel the bread is knowledge, as well as food, and all material things. I give thanks for all my blessings, and ask for knowledge. When done proceed. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Pause again. Examine all relations with other people here. Especially look at those relations that may be problematic at the moment. When you are done here go on. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.” Pause again. Examine all your material wants here. Also examine any desires that may not be material things. Be careful with wants, advertisers will bombard us with things that will glorify us among men, or so they would have us think. When we are done here say “amen”.

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