Wise?

Wise?

Divine wisdom is available to us, but we forget to seek after it because we question whether we will hear the answer. God desires for us to hear and receive His wisdom even more than we ourselves. 

Our past errors in hearing God make us unsure, and we doubt what we think is of Him. We hesitate to trust what we hear and end up going with what we know for sure, with natural instincts leading instead of His spirit. We also question the divine wisdom that comes through others because past events have broken our trust.  

Forgiving ourselves for our mistakes, by God’s grace, is the key to opening our hearing of faith. We need to understand that we hear partly and that our hearing improves as we grow in the knowledge of who He is. Trusting that He loves us, even when we err, helps us pursue His wisdom with fervency. 

We can come boldly to the throne of grace, ask, and receive His wisdom by faith. Keeping a journal and talking to Him about what we sense in our spirit becomes a joyful journey of discovering His love, guidance, and care, from glory to glory! 

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

 

Seeking the Kingdom

Seeking the Kingdom

We seek spiritual food before physical or emotional food. Even though our spiritual hunger is the most important, it is often neglected. We are to seek the Kingdom first and His righteousness. To seek means to crave, go after someone or something with an intense desire. When we have a need in the natural, it defies logic to look for a spiritual answer, yet it is what fulfills us in every area. 

The Kingdom is the realm where Jesus Christ rules. When we seek His leadership, we come under His authority and directives. He leads us to His provisions with love and care. Our need of Him is greater than our need for anything else.  The key is to seek His righteousness, not ours. 

Looking at our own righteousness hinders us from abiding in His. We realize our unworthiness, our falling short of His glory, and question whether we deserve to have Him to meet our needs. His Kingdom and His righteousness go hand in hand.  We are in right standing with God because of what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross.  This reality leads us to rest in Him. We can trust His provisions because of our position in Him. God honors our hunger for Him, from glory to glory. 

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

The I AM in the A.M.

The I AM in the A.M.

The best time to direct our voices to God is first thing in the morning, before we turn our attention to anything else. When we can grasp and experience this precious time with the Lord, we will look for it daily.

When our focus is to address Him first, it affects our bible reading. We express our love, gratitude, and need for His guidance and wisdom; all while knowing that He hears us.  Our worship leads to our fervent prayers. Our fellowship with Him comes first. Distractions occur, but we refocus on the Lord as soon as possible. Even in our rushing moments, our communication with Him helps us handle the pressures of the day. 

God delights in our pursuit of His presence. It is from our personal relationships with Him that everything else flows. When this precious time becomes a habit, it also becomes a priority through the rest of our days. Before we get coffee, before we take a shower, before we eat, before we do anything, we are to talk to the Lord. He talks back and we learn to recognize His voice, from glory to glory! 

Psalms 5:3 “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”  

 

Stand Fast!

Stand Fast!

We are free from the penalty of sin; but we must persevere in walking free from its power. We are free from the captivity of satan; but must persist to resist his temptations and insults. We are free from the legal ordinances of the ceremonial law; but we must persevere to remain free from the pressure of observing legal rituals, customs and habits. We are to stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has set us free. We do so by yielding to the Holy Spirit.

We do not read the Word, pray, fast, or do things for the Lord because we have to; but because we can do so as a child of God. Our will is to do His will. As we walk in the Spirit, we bear the fruit thereof. Self-discipline is one of these fruits. Even when our flesh doesn’t want us to, it helps us do what is beneficial for us. Everything we do by the spirit is not an obligation: it’s a decision and a joy.

When things are said or done around us to try to entangle us again with a yoke of bondage, let us look to Jesus. The yoke He bore on His shoulders carrying the Cross is all sufficient. We rest in Him. We serve Him and others with a cheerful heart, not entangled with encumbrances, but one with Him. We stand fast in our freedom in Christ, from glory to glory!

Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

 

 

From Fasting to Feasting

From Fasting to Feasting

It’s through feasting on the abundance of the riches we have in Christ that we are able to fast from what hinders our freedom.

Our enemy throws fiery darts at us to destroy our destiny, but he can see that God has given us the opposite. We feast on God’s peace when confusion comes. We feast on God’s love when rejection comes. We feast on God’s truth when lies come. We feast on all that we have in Christ to fast from all that comes from our enemy. This is done in every area of our lives: spirit, soul and body. We feast on drinking water so we can fast from sodas. We feast on healthy food to fast the unhealthy ones. We feast on good relationships to fast from those that may be hurtful.

Not only does feasting help the fasting, but the opposite is also true. When we fast and overcome the desires of our flesh, by God’s grace, we are able to feast like never before. We run more swiftly to the table the Lord has prepared for us in the presence of our enemies. The enemy can only watch; he cannot come to that table. In Christ, we feast and are full, Hallelujah! Our spirit is strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. The reward of a fast is a greater feast of the things of God. We fast and feast, from glory to glory!

Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.”

 

Borderline

Borderline

The boundaries we set in place cannot be trusted apart from the boundaries God, Himself, sets on our behalf. He protects us from ourselves. He secures our borders, even in our unawareness of the need. We might feel restricted when, in fact, we are protected. He tears down borders we think are firm in order to enlarge our territory.

For our protection, some relationships come to a halt; others remain when we wish they wouldn’t. A door closes to a potential job, while another we didn’t want keeps coming around. A loan application gets rejected. The house we wanted to purchase goes to another buyer. The fences the Lord builds around us hinder unseen enemies from making inroads into our lives. Insignificant encounters can become relevant opportunities. As we look back on our lives, we praise God for making peace within our borders when we needed His help.

We all matter to the Lord. Regardless of the measures we take in the natural to secure our safety, only the boundaries God establishes for us remain stable and impenetrable. We belong to Him and He watches over His property. He works all things together for the good. We find God is our shield and defense, from glory to glory!

Psalm 147:14 “He makes peace in your borders, And fills you with the finest wheat.”

 

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