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Why You Should Pursue Godly Wisdom

When I found out the late Reverend Billy Graham had a habit of reading a proverb a day I thought this was a great Bible habit that I wanted to adopt.

Although my parents are not yet saved, they have their fair share of adages that I grew up with, ranging from all sorts of topics like airplane etiquette to being proactive. 

I think it is safe to say that most advice people give us is intended for our benefit.

But as I’ve aged I know with what dependability I can rely on God’s wisdom to steer me right. People can help us too by delivering the encouragement needed to guide us into God’s unique purpose and direction for us. But after everything I’ve walked through in my life, my heart says God knows best. Jesus knows best.

 

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

As humans, we have many questions about life, because there are many things we don’t see in our lifetime. Such as: when we were born, when we expire, who our parents were before we knew them, and why people behave in certain ways.

 

But God’s wisdom, and that contained in the Bible, is comprehensive and expansive to guide humans in all areas of life and to help us understand the weightier matters.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Before accepting Christ, I got lots of advice and because I was not yet saved, I overvalued the opinion man whether good or bad. Superficial or deep, I absorbed what people said like a sponge.

 

‘Outside voices said things like:

What have you contributed to society?’

‘You look crazy’

‘You should be happy to take care of your (relative)’

‘You should be getting all As in school…’

 

I actually adopted other peoples’ advice, comments and thoughts as if they were my own because I was desperately looking for guidance.

A lot of the advice I got involved the word ‘should’, but ‘shoulds’ without real care and concern rarely motivate us to change (Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend).

Or if other peoples’ shoulds do motivate us, they can lead to resentment and an unhealthy preoccupation: (that John Piper writes about in his book Don’t Waste Your Life) to be liked above all else.

 

When I was in rebellion and isolated from advice, I was relying on my ‘own understanding’ which God tells us NOT to do in Proverbs 3:5-6.

 

Why? It is spiritually dangerous to be relying on either of these two positions: relying exclusively on others’ opinions or on one’s own.

Being unbalanced in either of these areas denies God the ability to work and move in your life. If God gave us each individual personalities, gifts and talents we owe it to ourselves and God to trust in the vastness of God’s grace (demonstrated through Jesus on the cross) to let the Holy Spirit be the helper and guide of our soul as God intends.

 

The Good News is that we have access to God’s wisdom through Jesus’ work on the cross and by asking God for what we need in prayer and conversation. The Bible is our guide to see what all-knowing God recommends.

 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

This verse shows us that God expects us to have a posture towards Him where we ask Him what’s on our minds and take proactive steps to follow what God has placed on our hearts.

God set the things he did in you for a reason and the world needs what you have.

God encourages each one of us to be discerning and prudent in our thoughts, actions and behaviors. Proverbs makes it clear that the wise embrace discipline and correction and have many counselors, only the ‘selfish‘ maintain isolation.

Proverbs indicates just how valuable wisdom is because it guards our life from unnecessary evil, sin and pain.

Since God’s wisdom is personal, proverbs makes it clear that we need to filter outside advice with a grain of salt – filtering in through our psyche and judging for ourselves what to do or where to go based on God’s will.

God wants to speak wisdom into your life regarding the dreams and questions you have, the path you take and the company you keep.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5 NIV

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Feeling Discouraged?

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Contrary to how you may be feeling at the moment, we receive many spiritual blessings daily.

James 1:17 NIV Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

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Make a short list of what you are happy or grateful for today (it can be mundane :)). Seriously, do it now.

Below is my list,

  • The beautiful weather
  • An encouraging and insightful talk with my stepfather
  • A gentle correction from God to avoid evil thoughts
  • A photo opportunity with my best friend
  • A roommate that helps me pay the rent so I can live the way I do
  • A difficult person that God is helping refine my spiritual walk with

Do you see what happens when we take our minds off of ourselves and immediate circumstances and focus on our blessings?!

Our mindset changes to prepare our hearts to worship the Lord, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

God’s love and generosity is endless and He gives to each person as He sees fit.

Guard your heart against the temptation to envy other people’s blessings and wonder at God’s faithfulness and favor in your own life.

Maybe God is delivering you a ‘blessing in disguise’ at this very moment…

Many people pride themselves on being a great gift-giver but the truth is we can trust God to provide for us and do a better job of it than we can.

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him. Matthew 7:11 NLT

Trust God and put your faith in Him to provide for you and let His abundant blessings and love bring you joy.

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God bless!

 

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How God helped me Worship in Public

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I am a very candid and timid person.

However God has replaced my doubt with faith when I turn to Him.

Faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

One of the coolest moments of breakthrough for me was participating in worship services. I was terrified of dancing and singing in public. My friend can attest that no matter how hard we tried – even though we loved every moment of the concerts we went to -we just couldn’t dance in public. Our eyes would shift awkwardly from each other, starting to blush, secretly hoping the other one would start dancing first or that everyone else in the crowd would suddenly appear blind folded so we could privately dance and belt out a tune away from disapproving eyes. What held us back was a fear of criticism and for a while I couldn’t worship in church due to the same fear.

I was able to confide this to someone close to me. She was able to speak truth into my life that I was being, as an introvert, too self focused in this area. If I was really walking in faith, worship is about my relationship with God and that’s what really matters.

God changed this CAN’T into a CAN. He changed what seemed impossible for me to do into something that is possible and brings me great joy.

I am content to sing and sway for the sake of my soul, for the sake of worshiping my God, and not being afraid to do so because it is Him I serve and my heart longs to worship. He is irresistible as He draws me closer to Himself during worship.

Although the world may seem judgmental and scary at times Scripture says:

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

Where is God calling you to be vulnerable so He can meet you and exceed your expectations in that place?

Jesus died and rose from the grave to prove that He can conquer all things and loves us beyond measure. Since God is all powerful he can break any addiction, lie or hindrance  that stands in the way of being close to Him.

Put your faith in Him today.

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Suicide, Depression and the Hope of Jesus

Godly hope in the midst of celebrity suicide

I was scrolling through a Facebook feed when I noticed that Linkin Park was trending. Next I saw an article about a tribute to Chester Bennington –a tribute? This isn’t good… come to find out the singer of the rock band Linkin Park had taken his own life – suicide.

I cried. I could scarcely believe someone who I had connected to so well during my lifetime through his music had just taken his own life. It’s shocking and terribly sad.

I received the Meteora CD for my 14th birthday. I listened to it in my CD player over and over again. It was easily my favorite album.

Even when I went camping I still brought Linkin Park with me – letting the older generation have a listen because I wanted them to experience it too.

At times, as an adolescent, it felt like Chester was going through some of the same things I was experiencing — pain, disappointment, skepticism, bitterness and anger.

From the foreword introduction with the sound of breaking glass that segways perfectly into the first loud rock song to Chester’s singing and growling and Mike Shinoda’s rap rhymes the whole album is so raw and palpable. I found this kind of emotional honesty breathtakingly refreshing. Chester was able to express his emotions  in a way I wish I could at the time. I admired him speaking so openly about the not-so-niceties of the human condition. Chester references in one of his songs looking for “somewhere I belong”; maybe you too are looking for somewhere you belong.

If so, keep reading!

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I want to let you know about a place with an open invitation where we belong. This place is not a location you would find on a map but it’s a faith journey instead into an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord.

What do I mean by this?

I’m inviting you into (if you don’t already have) a real relationship with Jesus, the living and loving Son of God.

His testimony is given to us in the Bible.

Jesus -who is God’s son and part of the divine trinity- was born of a virgin woman on Earth and lived a holy life preaching of His Father in heaven and how God wants us to live: loving God , Jesus and one another.

Jesus then went to die on the cross as a blood sacrifice for all people in order to reconcile our broken relationship with God (our relationship was tainted by our destructive desires aka sin that keep us away from God). But Christ did not only experience death, He rose from the grave to show us His power over death after his crucifiction. 

Only by Jesus’ death and resurrection as holy and blameless God coming to earth in the form of a man dying innocently on the cross for our repeated offenses can we receive the gift of eternal life and forgiveness for sin. There are profoundly serious consequences spiritually and eternally for the ways in which we act. Jesus chose to pay that penalty for us and offer us escape from sin and death in exchange for an eternal relationship with Him.

….Maybe you’ve cheated your way in business, lied in a relationship or struggle with an addiction…

Jesus can forgive and heal us but we must choose to call and believe in Him. God says that we must adhere to Jesus and stay connected and rooted in Him to be productive in any area of our lives.

““I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.

“Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:1-4‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear your comments below 🙂

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