3 Keys to Living the Right Life

Key #3 to living the right life

We can live a life and live it wrong or live it right.

#1 THE RIGHT ATMOSPHERE

# 2 THE RIGHT ENERGY SOURCE

#3  THE RIGHT INFORMATION

  • WE CAN’T LISTEN TO JUNK AND SEE A ROSE GARDEN.

WHAT WE TAKE IN DETERMINES WHAT WE SEE.

IF WE GET BAD INFORMATION, FRIGHTENING INFORMATION YOU’LL BEGIN TO SEE A WORLD OF FEAR AND HOPELESSNESS.

EVEN RIGHT NOW WHAT ARE YOU TAKING IN?

THE DISTRACTIONS OR THE TRUTH OF THE WORD?

JEREMIAH 15:16 ““Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.”

Jeremiah 15:16 ESV

  1. WHAT THE LORD SAYS ABOUT YOUR SITUATION IS WHAT MATTERS.

JUDGES 6:12 WE READ ABOUT GIDEON

THE MIDIANITES AND AMELEKITES WERE OVER TAKING ISREAL BUT GIDEON WAS FOUND SPEECHLESS WHEN THE LORD HAD SENT AN ANGEL TO TELL HIM “YOU ARE A MIGHTY MAN OF VALOR”

“YOU ARE A MIGHTY MAN OR WOMAN OF VALOR”

HE DIDN’T FEEL LIKE A MIGHTY MAN OF VALOR.

HE FELT LIKE A WIMP NOT A WINNER.

GOD WAS PUTTING THE RIGHT INFORMATION IN HIM. SO GIDEON WOULD SEE HIMSELF AS GOD SEES HIM!

GOD DOESNT CALL YOU LIKE YOU ARE, HE CALLS YOU LIKE YOU’RE GOING TO BE.”

THATS WHY MANY TIMES WHEN YOU START TAKING A MESSAGE IN IT STARTS SPEAKING THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING.

HE’S TRYING TO MAKE US UNDERSTAND ITS NOT WHAT YOU ARE

ITS WHAT YOU SHALL BE!

GOD DOESN’T SEE YOU DEFEATED, OR BOUND. HE SEES YOU AS AN OVERCOMER.

IT’S TIME TO GET THE RIGHT INFORMATION, CHANGE THE INFORMATION THAT YOU ARE TAKING IN.

3 Keys To Living the Right Life

We can live a life and live it wrong or live it right.

If you want to live the right life…

1. The right atmosphere – creating the right atmosphere with praise.

2. The right energy source – The power of the Holy Spirit

If you’re fighting the flesh with the flesh you’re not going to win.

Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness.”

A. The problems, challenges or addictions that we try to “fight” we will always lose.

But we have a Energy Source

1. We have a supernatural energy source — for the believer THE Holy Spirit

PRAYING IN AN UNKNOWN TONGUE,

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT,

A LANGUAGE THAT GOD GIVES will give us the energy, the

1 CORINTHIANS 14:2 “FOR ONE WHO SPEAKS IN A TONGUE SPEAKS NOT TO MEN BUT TO GOD.”

WE BYPASS THE NATURAL MIND, AND OTHER OPINIONS when we pray in the spirit

PAUL SAYS IN 1 COR. 14 “I THANK GOD I SPEAK WITH TONGUES MORE THAN YOU ALL”

WHEN YOU PRAY IN AN UNKNOWN TONGUE — IT’S THE BELIEVERS ENERGY SOURCE.

It disrupts the enemies plans short circuits

ISAIAH 28:11 “WITH STAMMERING LIPS AND AN UNKNOWN TONGUE HE WILL SPEAK TO HIS PEOPLE, IT’LL BE A REFRESHING. IT’LL BE A ENERGY SOURCE…”

IT’S WHERE WE GET OUR ENERGY FROM! It’ refreshing, it will edify the Believer!


ROMANS 8: “WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO PRAY, THE SPIRIT HIMSELF WILL INTERCEDE FOR US.”

HE WANTS TO PRAY FOR THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD THROUGH YOU…

HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

  • YOU GET BAPTIZED IN THE Holy Spirit
  • YOU GET FILLED WITH THE Holy Spirit

AMERICA NEEDS TO BE FILLED WITH THE Holy Spirit

⁃ IT WILL MAKE YOU LOVE EVERYBODY

⁃ WOULD’NT BE ANY RACE ISSUES

⁃ IT WOULD MAKE YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER

⁃ BE FOR ONE ANOTHER

⁃ ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER

⁃ THERE IS TOO MUCH HATE

⁃ TOO MUCH FLESH

WE NEED THE POWER OF THE Holy Spirit BACK IN OUR LIVES!

Ever After Me

I find myself speechless at times when I think about the love of the Father, the reckless, fanatical all consuming father who was there before it all was made, or created. Bible says that He knew us even before we were conceived. He knows the plans, He has the blueprints to our lives and by trusting Him He will unveil those plans as we walk by faith as we do the Will of the Father. In this story we see the pursuit of the Father and His love for mankind.

Here is a story of a man who was blind from birth. Who has never seen the sunrise or sunset. He’s never seen the birds of the air or anything that moves nor has he seen the handiwork of God’s creation, until now.

We don’t have to know everything about God before we come to Him. He is a mystery. But yet in the pursuit of Him, He unravels the mystery before our eyes so that we may see the works that He displays in our lives!

Ever Before Us

John 9:1“As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.”

‭‭Jesus knew him without asking any questions of when or how he was blind. Jesus seen Him available for a miracle.

“Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

‭‭John‬ ‭9:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I believe when we lose the wonder of God we begin to be blind to the opportunities of what God can do in our lives and as well as others.

Always After Us

“Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.”

‭‭John‬ ‭9:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Being sent in order to be healed was the least that this man could do. Just imagine the anticipation, the hope that was stirring inside of this man and the enthusiasm as he washed his face in the pool.

“One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.””

‭‭John‬ ‭9:25‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Always After Me

“Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.”

‭‭John‬ ‭9:35-41‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Jesus was looking for this man? And He found him. In a place where Jesus knew where he would be. At His feet. It’s where He has found me and you. He is always ever after me.

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3 Keys to Living the Right Life

KEY #1

Do you ever wonder if you’re living the right life? In Proverbs it talks about a way that seems right to a man but in the end it will lead to destruction. That’s the price we pay if we go our own way. But Jesus says in John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am lthe way, and mthe truth, and nthe life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Key # 1 – The Right Atmosphere

3 keys to living the right life

Psalm 34:1-4 “ 

We can live a life and live it wrong or live it right.

Psalm 34:1-4

 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;

The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

And let us exalt His name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me,

And delivered me from all my fears.

When we begin to magnify God and praise God that is the key to deliverance.The enemy chooses fear because it is so gripping.

In our life we create the atmosphere. 

Emotions create atmospheres 

If someone is sad angry, upset without a word being said from their spirit you feel whatever they are feeling.

But when we MAGNIFY

When you praise the Lord you confuse the strategy of hell.

When you praise the Lord you take control of the territory you are in.

From worry to worship.

From panic to praise.

How?

Praise is a divine invitation 

That’s How we get Gods favor and blessings and God responds to the atmosphere of praise, thanksgiving, of gratitude!

So whatever situation you may be in, press in to Him! Give Him praise and see how things can change!

Purpose of His Presence

There is nothing like going on vacation to see those who you haven’t seen in such a long time. Knowing the activities and adventures that you will embark on are priceless. The time that you will spend together laughing, maybe crying about stories that you have experienced in the past are priceless. Maybe it’s just a phone call to hear their voice that you haven’t heard in a long time. That time together is priceless.

That is how it is with the Lord, David says in Psalms 63:5

“Daily I will worship you passionately and with all my heart. My arms will wave to you like banners of praise. I overflow with praise when I come before you, for the anointing of your presence satisfies me like nothing else. You are such a rich banquet of pleasure to my soul. – Passion Translation

Q: So What is The Purpose of His Presence?

A: He, the Holy Spirit keeps you from wandering and causes you to separate (consecrate) anything else that is trying to take His place.

Matthew 4:18-22

18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”[a]20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

There was something about Him that made these men leave behind their lives their livelihoods all that they have ever know they threw it away for the cause of Christ. What was it? They saw His Presence so valuable.

Psalm 16:11

“You make known to me cthe path of life; 

in your presence there is dfullness of joy; 

at your right hand are epleasures forevermore.”

Do you see His Presence so valuable and so priceless?

Choosing to Worship

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Psalms 103:1-4

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

David knew the grace and deliverance of God many times. In these 4 verses we see a fundamental truth.

Let me start out by mentioning that when we choose to rejoice, when we choose to pray no matter what circumstance, God is going to show up in a powerful way.

Rejoice no matter what!

This is sometimes the hardest thing to do is when your in the middle of something is to get your praise on. But it is very essential to keep focus on Him as He directs your steps.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ” Rejoice always; pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

When you enter His presence with praise, He enters your circumstances with power.

You have the choice to give or withhold praise.

I see David’s heart in these scriptures it was like he was telling himself…

Self, I don’t care what you feel like right now, 

I don’t care what trials I’ve been through this week,

 I don’t care what the situation I’m in right now.

 I don’t care what others might think or say about me…

As long as I’ve got breath in these lungs, I’m going to bless the Lord, and all that is within me, I’m going to bless His holy name!

We are told in Hebrews 13:15 “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

When we live a life fully surrendered to Him, I believe what may come will not be a total surprise to us. We know we are in His hands and everything is in control.

Psalms 107:1-2

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, in whom He has delivered from the hand of the enemy.”

Forget not His benefits

We bless Him because:

He’s good

He’s forgiving

He’s freed us

He’s healed us

He’s with us

He’s for us

Choose This Day to Worship

REST UNDER GOD’S WING

You may feel free and peaceful one day, then the next day life happens. Someone hurts your feelings. Satan sets you up to steal your joy. Your feelings lie to you. Life happens, and you have to get adjusted again.

To continually guard against the fiery darts of the enemy, you will have to renew your mind each day. You will have to get up in the morning knowing that before you set your feet on the ground, satan is going to try to invade your thoughts. He will try to make you think of all the junk you didn’t reconcile the day before. He will purposely try whatever he can to get you down. You have to make a conscious effort to stay ahead of him every day.

You have to be the one to drag that tired body out of bed, grab that cup of coffee, and get in your favorite Bible study chair to arm yourself with the Word of God. You have to get to that dwelling place with Jesus immediately and call on Psalm 91:1 ” He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” If you do, then even if the day ahead of you is crazy busy and filled with a to-do list that is a mile long, you can remain at peace because you’ve chosen to stay under His wing.

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Because sin is alive in our bodies (Romans 7:23) and because we are beset with weakness (Hebrews 5:2), the kind of shame we often experience is a potent combination of failure and pride. We fail morally (sin), we fail due to our limitations (weakness), and we fail because the creation is subject to futility and doesn’t work right (Romans 8:20). We also fail to live up to other peoples expectations. And because we are full of sinful pride, we are ashamed of our failures and weaknesses, and will go to almost any length to hide them from others. Our shame frequently encourages us to hide in the wrong places. But what about in worship? Do we hide in worship?

Let’ read John 12 ” Six days before ithe Passover, jJesus therefore came to Bethany, kwhere Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner forhim there. lMartha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table.mMary therefore took a pound1 of expensive ointment made from pure nard, andanointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with thefragrance of the perfume.

Here is where we see Mary, the one in whom Jesus cast out 7 demons, the Mary we see setting at His feet while Martha is yelling in the background to have Mary help her prepare a meal. And we see here in John 12 when Mary takes the ointment that was worth a years wages and carelessly breaks the jar and anoints his head and feet.

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There were two things women did not do at this time in culture. 1) It was during dinner 2) women never exposed their hair.

Yet, she anointed Him during dinner and the fragrance filled the house.

When we are in the presence of the Lord, powerful reactions occur and this is why Mary was able to do what she did without care for the backlash she would receive.

When was the last time we worshipped the Lord unashamed?


IMPOSSIBLE/POSSIBLE

I Believe God puts us in impossible situations sometimes just to show us His power, His strength, His grace that when we are at our weakest point that is when His Grace is sufficient. It is possible to live a life for Jesus but only trusting Him and not ourselves.

Paul, who wrote to the Corinth church in 2 Corithians 13:4 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

A ‘thorn in the flesh’ was given to Paul so he wouldn’t become conceited. We might think it is strange that God would allow this. But this shows you that God will be given the glory for the power in our lives. At times we may think God has given us a ‘thorn in the flesh’. The struggles we encounter have no match for His Grace and that’s what God is trying to show us that His power is made perfect in our weakness. Only when we submit and wait on Him.

Exodus 14
The Israelites who were led out of Egypt, hundreds of years into captivity were finally delivered! But when God’s people came to the Red Sea they were met with an impossible situation. An advancing army, Egypt’s army with the Pharaoh leading the way were coming right at them. In front of them was the Red Sea, no way to cross, no way out. what seemed impossible was about to become possible right before there eyes.

God is telling us three major points that the body of Christ, His people must do in order for us to conquer impossible situations.

“Don’t be afraid, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, for the Egyptians that you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you only to be silent.” – Exodus 14:13,14

  1. Don’t be afraid
  2. Stand still
  3. See what God will do

Steps Back to God

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

I’ve been there, I think you have too. Maybe situations in your life has caused doubt and has pushed you away from God. Maybe it’s just being lazy in our prayer time or not getting in His Word like we used too. Could be a number of things. But complacency is dangerous.

When I slack in my prayer time or don’t read His Word I can start noticing small things that tell my spirit man that I better get back on track. There not condemning but a subtle reminder to seek Him!

In 2 Chronicles God has given the formula for restoration. It’s all about repentance. That word repentance is never heard of in churches. There to scared to mention the word or afraid they might lose a tithe payer. But it is the foundation of restoration. Sin must be dealt with in order for God to complete the work in our lives!

Are You In or Out?

When we first got saved, the life we lived was no longer for ourselves but for Him. We were now his. There was an exchange that took place; God totally raptured our hearts, and we had a fire inside of us that could not be contained. But as the years go by, the trials, temptations, testings, more trials and questions can slowly begin to put out the fire we once had at one time. Because of the insecurities, the opinions of others which can easily shape us in the image of what others say about us. Instead of finding our identity in the One who created us can lead us into a downward spiral of comfortable Christianity.


Revelation 3:1-3

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”

Jesus is talking about the church of Sardis. This city of Sardis was known for its luxury, and the easy way of life. But these people were never committed, they were in and out with their faith. Just like the people, the city looked strong from the outside but it had weak points along the city walls. So weak that it got taken over twice! The people however were physically alive but in the spirit they were dead, they were sleep walking, or you could say going through the motions.

“A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,…”
~Proverbs 6:10

It takes no time for the enemy to rock the Christian asleep, I’ve been there. I have a consistent prayer life and I try to be in the Word at least once a day. But If I am not careful, I can let distractions; those fiery darts from the enemy intervene with what God is asking me to do. That’s why we must put on all the armor of God everyday.

STAY COMMITTED. STAY ALIVE. STAY AWAKE.

Our capacity of knowing who He is will never increase if we stay in our comfort zone.

Questions

1] Are we living for Him only when it’s convenient for us?
2] Are we finding out that we can’t live this life in our own strength?
3] Are we totally dependent on Him?

 

 

Calvary’s Shadow

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When I was younger, I loved playing hide-n-seek. I don’t mean to brag but I was a great hider. Whenever me and my sister would travel to my grandmothers house for the weekend, my grandmother would always make sure to sneak in a game of hide-n-seek. I was the best at it because I had a sweet spot that no one could find me in.

Years later and I’m grown up and not much has changed. I’m still great at hiding. I’m just not as great as finding my sweet spot. There isn’t one human on this earth that doesn’t know how to hide. We just often fail to hide in the right place.

Where we choose to hide will either lead us to a place of Victory (Jesus) or a place of Defeat.


The Psalmist, David, made huge mistakes. More than once he failed God. He could have hidden behind all of his mess, but he knew where to refuge. He hid himself in the Lord, he hid himself in Calvary’s Shadow.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

  • Psalm 91:1,2

 

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Are You Committed?

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History tells us of men who almost made it. “If I were to ask you what Charles Pinckney, Horatio Seymour, Alton Parker and James Cox have in common?” Most people would not know who these men were. These men ran for the United States presidency. Obviously these who did not win, but almost won.

History does not reward the man who almost succeeds, only the one who does succeed. Gods Word also tells about men who almost made it but failed.

For example, the rich young ruler, or King Agrippa, who admitted they were “almost persuaded.” These men apparently died near the door but not inside it. Our World is full of religious men who are so close yet so far.

In my high school days, how long ago those days were. I was not committed at all. My favorite day of school was the last day. I was late to school, and I never paid much attention. I just didn’t have the desire to put forth the effort.

If I was to live a Christian life like my high school days, I would never make it.

The key to living a committed lifestyle for Him is yielding/surrendering our lives to the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”

This verse tells me that plans are not made on our own THEN committed to the Lord.

//Application//

Three words that sums this up        Commitment involves work

//The Challenge//

What are some ways that you can be committed?

  • Prayer life
  • Get in the Word

 

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A WAY


We all have those moments/seasons where the hustle and bustle of life, distractions left and right, struggles that seem to get stronger, temptations here and there, But we read in 1 Corinthians 10:13 ” No temptation has overtaken man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”.

At times we feel that there is no way out but God always makes a way. How? and why?


Isaiah 43:18-19

Remember not the former things. Nor consider the things of old, behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

So the how?

Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God

  1. Before God can do a new thing in our life, most of the time, God has to break us. What do I mean? let’s read Luke 24

13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

  • Those men were troubled, they didn’t truly understand what had happened, but we read Jesus drew near.
  • Anytime that there is adversity we have two choices. We can choose to be distracted by the circumstance and loose focus of where He is at and who He is! Or we can embrace the adversity and look to Him!

28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther,29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”

So the why?

  • It’s always in the breaking when Jesus can do the real work that He is always intending to do, but it takes our obedience which is the key to building your faith.
  • The Holy Spirit revealed to me that if the men did not bid Him to come, they would not have had that personal encounter that they needed!

We are all in this walk together, a journey called faith but He is drawing Himself near to you and all He is asking is that you would bid Him to come closer. Give Him that issue and trust Him completely.

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COMPLETE SOLITUDE

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Genesis 32:23,24

23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.

Jacob was left alone and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. It seems as if the man waited until Jacob was alone, until he was separated from folk who knew him, until he was secluded from things that might have been his source of comfort or strength, until he was at his most vulnerable.

The man waited until Jacob was alone and then came to wrestle with him. The moments before the big moment that come to change our entire form happens; a breaking and shifting of ages, a transition. The ground begins to shake.

This is what happens when we are in complete solitude with the father. Our culture trains us for motion and multitasking – not for slowing and simplifying. We know solitude means confrontation. You see, solitude removes distractions and leaves us, for a few minutes, alone with God. He might ask us to stop doing something or start something we don’t want to. But if we avoid his confrontation, we’ll miss His companionship, counsel, comfort, restoration and so much more. Let’s take some time alone with God.

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GLORY TOOOOOO GLORY

GLORY TOOOOO GLORY

Why would a good and loving God allow us to go through such things?

  • death of a child
  • Diseases
  • Injuries
  • Financial hardships
  • Worry
  • Fear

There are seasons of our life where God has to put us under the microscope; leads us through the fire, begins to take us through some afflictions that we start asking questions of why?

So what are the reasoning’s behind all this?

 

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

What is Paul saying in those two verses?

That we all, even the just are going to face difficulties at times, those struggles/afflictions that you have, the pain of a lost loved one, the questions that you don’t understand now; we must walk by faith and not by what we see.

“that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose”

  • Romans 8:28

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When we are being transformed from Glory to Glory

It’s in the “Toooo” that builds our faith, endurance, & character.

 

So how do you look at your current situation?

know that there is PURPOSE behind every affliction!

That God will not leave you!


 

Whenever we enter into His presence with praise, He enters our circumstance with power.

 

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Don’t be a fool

It’s April Fools’ Day, and whatever its origins, the Scriptures have something to say about playing the fool.

There is uncertainty about how and when people began mocking the fool on the first day of April. Many think it goes back to sixteenth-century France when the nation changed from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian. April 1 had been the end of a weeklong festival celebrating the coming of Spring and with it the new year. Now the new year changed to January 1. Some refused to make the switch, or lived in rural areas and didn’t get the word, and were mocked as fools by those who made the change.

Others think the origin may be in a scribal error in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales that had readers thinking the “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” — and the fox’s fooling of Chauntecleer the vain cock — occurred on April 1 (when Chaucer actually meant May 2). Still others connect the day to celebrations in ancient Rome, Persia, and India.

But however murky the true origin of April Fools’ Day, what’s clear enough is the Christian teaching about what makes a person truly foolish.

Wisdom: The Skill of Living

The Book of Proverbs provides the Bible’s densest teaching about wisdom and folly, and what quickly becomes plain is that the biblical concept is radically God-centered.

God himself is the source of wisdom. Thus, it is the fool who says in his heart there is no God (Psalm 14:1; 53:1), and Proverbs gives us the refrain, “the fear of the Lᴏʀᴅ is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 1:7; 2:5; 8:13; 9:10; 15:33). True wisdom begins with God and has its constant source and supply in God. So, says Tremper Longman, Proverbs teaches us that “relationship precedes ethics” (Intro to the OT, 269).

According to Longman, “wise” is the biblical word to “describe the person who navigates life well” (How to Read Proverbs, 13). Wisdom is

the skill of living. It is a practical knowledge that helps one know how to act and how to speak in different situations. Wisdom entails the ability to avoid problems, and the skill to handle them when they present themselves. Wisdom also includes the ability to interpret other people’s speech and writing in order to react correctly to what they are saying to us.

Wisdom is not intelligence pure and simple. . . . Biblical wisdom is much closer to the idea of emotional intelligence than it is to Intelligence Quotient. Wisdom is a skill, a “knowing how”; it is not raw intellect, a “knowing that.” (14–16)
The biblical concept of wisdom is, in large measure, analogous with the idea of maturity. The wise person is one who is mature in his knowledge of God — based on God’s self-revelation — as well as his understanding of himself and his surroundings. The wise person is able to “navigate life well,” in the real world, as defined by God in the Scriptures.

The Folly of Not Navigating Well

Meanwhile, the fool does not possess such skill. He does not navigate life well in God’s universe, from God’s perspective, in God’s categories. The very essence of foolishness is the suppression of God’s truth (Romans 1:18).

Folly is not just silly, but sinful (Psalm 69:5; 107:17; Romans 1:22). Fools desperately need to “learn sense” (Proverbs 8:5), but instead they hate knowledge (Proverbs 1:22). They are complacent (Proverbs 1:32), easily frustrated (Proverbs 12:16), reckless and careless (Proverbs 14:16), and crooked in speech (Proverbs 19:1). Fools are prone to “a hasty temper” (Proverbs 14:29), “anger lodges in the heart of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9). Fools “walk into a fight” and invite a beating (Proverbs 18:6).

The fool despises instruction, even from the ones who love them most (Proverbs 15:5), and thus brings misery to his own biggest fans (Proverbs 17:21).

While the wise have learned the beauty and value of righteousness, “doing wrong is like a joke to a fool” (Proverbs 10:23). While the wise are able to hold back quietly, “a fool gives full vent to his spirit” (Proverbs 29:11). And as Jesus taught, while the wise are “rich toward God,” the fool presumes on “many years” and “lays up treasure for himself” in this life (Luke 12:19–21).

A fool is “like an archer who wounds everyone” (Proverbs 26:10) and “like a dog that returns to his vomit” (Proverbs 26:11). It is better to meet up with “a she-bear robbed of her cubs” than a fool in his folly (Proverbs 17:12).

Prideful, Mouthy, and Alone

Because the biblical notions of wisdom and folly are God-centered, at the very heart of folly is pride and self-sufficiency. The fool is arrogant, and the arrogant are fools. The fool says in his heart there is no God — and sees no need for God, quite frankly. The fool is “wise in his own eyes” (Proverbs 26:12), “right in his own eyes” (Proverbs 12:15), and “trusts in his own mind” (Proverbs 28:26). He feels that he has all his ducks in a row and doesn’t need others’ input — especially not God’s instruction.

The fool is more the talker, less the listener. “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion” (Proverbs 18:2). “A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul” (Proverbs 18:7). He is one “with many words” (Ecclesiastes 5:3) and “multiplies words” (Ecclesiastes 10:14). “The woman Folly is loud” (Proverbs 9:13). The fool “gives an answer before he hears” (Proverbs 18:13).

While the wise aggressively listen and long for the counsel of others — and “the wise of heart will receive commandments” — ruin comes to “a babbling fool” (Proverbs 10:8). It is “the mouth of a fool” that brings ruin (Proverbs 10:14).

The fool not only suppresses his need for God’s words, but also for the counsel of others. “A wise man listens to advice” (Proverbs 12:15). Keeping company with the wise is essential in learning wisdom (Proverbs 13:20). Fools would rather talk than listen. They may say they love to “have others in their lives,” but they don’t really want to hear any correction. They would rather utter slander (Proverbs 10:18) than heed reproof (Proverbs 15:5).

While wisdom leads to life (Proverbs 3:18; 16:22), folly ultimately leads to death (Proverbs 5:23; 10:21).

All the Treasures of Wisdom

For the Christian, the radical God-centeredness of wisdom in the Proverbs takes a radically Christ-centered shape in the New Testament.

Jesus himself, as the fullest and final revelation of God (John 1:18; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:1–3), is now-revealed as the secret to true wisdom. As the God-man, he is the perfect embodiment of divine wisdom in human form — he is the life of God in the soul of man — and in him “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). To those who are perishing, “the word of the cross is folly,” but to those who are being saved, it is God’s power and the paragon of wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:18).

If wisdom is the ability to navigate life well, in God’s world, on God’s terms, now we see that it can mean nothing less than having him who is “the way, the truth, and the life,” the only one through whom we may come to the Father (John 14:6). And so to present anyone truly wise, truly mature, it is “him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom” (Colossians 1:28).

Only in Jesus can those born into folly, increasingly manifesting foolishness, on a crash course for destruction, be set free to true wisdom and ultimate life. “We ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another” (Titus 3:3). But Wisdom himself saved us (Titus 3:4–5).

Only in Jesus can we truly have Wisdom and then be sufficiently changed to not merely mock folly, but pity the fool.