Don’t Let Your Pride Get In The Way

Solomon’s wisdom is that we must not let pride get the better of us by allowing ourselves to reject correction from a person we know has experience in a difficulty we are going through Ecclesiastes 7:5-6.

If we fail to humble ourselves in such a case, we will likely later regret passing off the correction as nothing more than arrogant interference. That can be a major misjudgment, as Proverbs 11:2 bluntly reminds us, “When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.”

Do You Think God Is Unfair?

As we have gone through and experienced trials in our life, most of us at one time or another have wondered whether God has been fair in the way we’ve been treated. Our Creator, in His infinite wisdom, has designed experiences to help us understand and grow so we might consider as many ramifications and outcomes of those experiences as possible. We usually glean most of our information and understanding from the disasters and tragedies that occur in our life.

What we often lack in these trials are His perspective and truth. As He gives these through the revelation of Himself, we begin to perceive and understand His loving grace, abundant generosity, infinite patience, ready forgiveness, stable oversight, and unswerving commitment to concluding His wonderful purpose successfully.

The next time you think God is coming down hard on you, which you see as unfair, remember that He only has your best interests in mind. He sees your future, your ultimate success and is always there for you.

New Years Resolutions from God

Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. • The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. • Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. • But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.—Romans 13:11-14

In yesterday’s post I talked about making new years resolutions and the importance of following through on them. If you thought about making some resolutions for the new year but were unable to come up with any that were important to your life, then the verse above from Romans should help you.

To help you break them down into understandable, bite size chunks, here they are from the verse above.

1. Lay aside the deeds of darkness.
2. Put on the armor of light which is God’s word.
3. Behave properly with no carousing or being drunk.
4. Do not involve yourself with sexual promiscuity and sensuality.
5. Do not behave with strife or jealousy.
6. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ by becoming a Christian.
7. Make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

I am certain that if you follow through on keeping these resolutions you will find yourself blessed beyond measure and having a peace that passes all understanding. Remember, God is there to guide you and bless you if you will let Him.

Where Do You Go For Wisdom And Strength?

Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments.…Psalm 119:105-106

When you are faced with daily struggles, trials and tribulations, where do you go for the strength to see your way through? All of us at one time or another have faced problems in our daily living. How you’ve handled them is important.

As we’ve all discovered, trying to solve life’s issues can be difficult unless we have help and a direction from a reliable source. God’s word is that source. It contains wisdom and direction unmatched in any other resource. All of the self-help books in the world, when combined, still pale in comparison to the much needed guidance we receive from the bible.

God’s word, the holy bible, gives us all the direction and strength we will ever need to navigate our way through the problems we face during the day. Placing your faith and trust in God’s word is pivotal to allowing God’s power to work in your life.

If you desire success today in whatever you are doing and want to manage your problems with wisdom then read, study and know God’s word. It is the only source of help you will ever need.

My Thoughts After Reading James Chapter 1:1-27

After reading James chapter 1 in the bible I am struck by the idea of our need for faith. It is something we must have and direct toward God, the Father.

James 1:2-3 says we should consider it all joy when we are faced with various trials in life. These trials will test our faith with the idea that our faith will in turn produce endurance.

Sometime trials are not brief in duration but instead can last for a long time. God wants us to know He is there with us and will be with us during those trials and testings giving us the endurance we need.

Another key component in facing our trials is having wisdom from God. He gives us wisdom liberally if we ask Him for it. I believe He wants us to ask Him so we can be successful in facing our trials and making decisions.

I pray Father that this day you will give me your wisdom to face the day and make the right choices with faith through your Holy Spirit. Bless me with your Holy Spirit, O’ Lord. May I be sensitive to His leading.

I praise you Father for these and all other blessings you give me. In Christ’s name…..Amen.

It’s Your Choice!

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.— Proverbs 28:26

We have a choice to make. We can trust the thinking of our own minds governed by our sinful selves, or we can walk in the wisdom born from minds governed by the Spirit of God. With the first option we get to do things our own way, but the end result is death. With the second option we must humbly submit to the leading of the Spirit, but the end result is life.

The choice is ours.

Facing A Crisis—Your First Line of Defense

1 Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by. 2 I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me. 3 He will send from heaven and save me; He reproaches him who tramples upon me.—Psalm 57:1-3

When you face a crisis, what is your first line of defense? The natural response is to attempt to fix the problem on your own. God, however, gives us a different way to handle difficulty.

David was no stranger to pressure or sudden appearances of evil. When he wrote Psalm 57, he was facing many hardships—including pursuit by King Saul, who wanted to kill him (1 Samuel 24:1-22). The shepherd’s response was to cry out to God and take refuge in Him until the calamity had passed.

Let’s learn from David’s example by exploring his words. Today’s passage has much to teach about the One to whom he cries.

First, David refers to God as El Elyon, or the Most High God. With all power and wisdom, He is the only one who can help us in our need.

Second, God is said to be our refuge. If He is a place of shelter for our soul, then we need not fear. He hovers over us and protects us when crises arise and leave us feeling helpless.

Third, the psalm expresses complete confidence that the Almighty can and will accomplish anything it takes for His purpose to be fulfilled. He’ll do whatever is necessary to intervene on our behalf, to hold accountable those who oppose us, and to surround us with His love and truth.

During His time on earth, Jesus brought great passion to His life and ministry. Therefore, we can approach Him when emotions run high. If your heart is troubled, cry out to the Lord. Know that you come before the throne of Him who is a powerful protector, capable and willing to do all you need.