Have you ever felt like someone took a position, a promotion, or a recognition that was meant to be yours? Did it shake you? Did it leave you wondering if God had forgotten you?
This week God brought 1 Kings to my mind. It’s not a passage I’ve ever spent much time in, so when he laid it on my heart and mind I was excitedly curious to see what was there for me. I’m sure many of you are like me and would have no idea what to say if someone asked you about the story in 1 Kings, so let me summarize it for you (and do check it out when you have a chance)…
1 Kings opens with King David as a very old man, not in the best of health and definitely headed to the end of his days. As so often happened in those days, when a king was nearing the end, all sorts of people came out of the woodwork to claim themselves as the next king. In this particular story that guy was named Adonijah. Now Adonijah had a reasonable claim to the throne. He was the 4th son of one of David’s many wives. The problem was, King David had publicly declared years prior that Solomon (his son) would be king (1 Chron 28:5-7). This did not deter Adonijah and he began throwing lavish parties for himself and proclaiming himself as king. There were several people in the king’s court who knew Adonijah was not to be king, and one of those people was a loyal prophet named Nathan. So Nathan went to Solomon’s mother (Bathsheba) and encouraged her to go to King David and remind him of his promise to make Solomon king. She does just that, and to make a long story short, King David once again proclaims Solomon as the future king and anoints him as such before his death. I’m sure we all remember what happened after that…Solomon was one of the most highly regarded kings ever, and was considered one of the wisest men on earth.
There are few things that God spoke to me through this passage:
1. When God anoints you as royal, NO one can take that away from you.
When you accepted God as the ruler of your life, you became a daughter or son of the king. I love how it is stated in 1 Peter 2:9-10 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (also check out Galatians 3:26, 2 Corinthians 6:18, Galatians 4:7 for awesome promises on being a daughter or son of Christ). Unlike an earthly royalty, your heavenly royalty cannot be overthrown.
Solomon wasn’t a random choice made by King David, he was the choice made by God as we read in 1 Chronicles 28:5-7 “Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.”
What God has anointed and called holy, no one can overthrow. He has anointed YOU and called YOU holy, your position is secure and your inheritance is sure. No one can usurp your rights or take away the plans and positions God has for you. Many will try, but none will succeed.
2. He really does work ALL things together for our good.
Did anyone else catch that Solomon’s mother was Bathsheba? THE Bathsheba? The one who truly was never meant to be with the king? If you don’t know her story, you can read it in 2 Samuel 11. It’s one of the all-time famous scandalous stories in the Bible. Bathsheba was a married woman and king David should never have slept with her. He even went so far as to have her husband killed! But EVEN SO, God brought redemption to this story. In the midst of our mistakes and sin, God is merciful and works within our failures to bring about the good He has planned. We cannot overthrow God’s plans for ourselves nor anyone else’s. If you feel like you’ve messed up God’s plans for your life be assured that you have not! He is still at work and desires to redeem you and work all things in your life for good.
3. As sons and daughters of the king, we have a legacy to uphold and pass on.
1 Kings 2:1-4 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he (king David) said. “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.”
Be obedient to God and obey His commands and teachings. This can seem challenging when we’re first learning to walk with our King, but as we grow and deepen our relationship with Him we find ourselves desiring to be obedient and uphold his laws. A good king doesn’t force people to serve him, obey him and follow him; when a king is good, people want to do those things! And I’m sure you’ll agree with me that our King is abundantly good! He is the King OF Kings! I love that living in obedience doesn’t only mean that we prosper, but that those who come after us will prosper as well if they keep His ways. Our charge is simple and the reward is great.
So friend, do not be shaken!! You are royalty, God has a good plan for you, and in obedience to Him you WILL prosper.
A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of going for a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The path up to our viewpoint wasn’t too strenuous but it was strewn with rocks, branches, and level variations that made us hike with caution and pay close attention to the path. At the top of hike we were greeted by incredible views of green forests below and neighboring rocky peaks. As I sat admiring the stunning view I started thinking about all the times in the Bible God met with people on mountain tops. Abraham encountered God on a mountain when he took his son up as a sacrifice (Gen 22:1-14), Moses met with God more than once on a mountaintop ( Exodus 33 & 34), Elijah met with God on a mountain (19:11-13) and the prophet Isaiah assures us that Mount Zion will be the site that Jesus destroys death forever (Isaiah 25:6). Jesus also went up a mountainside when He called his 12 disciples (Mark 3:13).
What is it with God and mountains? I must confess that sitting on that rock ledge surrounded by such majesty gave me a humbling sense of the power of God. You’ve probably experienced something similar during times you’ve had an incredible view.
As I prayed about what God wanted to speak to me about meeting people on mountain tops, here’s what He brought to my heart and mind:
God brings us to the mountain...
Because it gives us a bigger vision/changes our perspective.
When you’re hiking on the valley floor, the thick brush and vastness of the trees make it impossible to see very far in any direction. You are forced to focus on only the things immediately in front of you and around you. When you get above the trees, you can see far and wide. The same is true in life. Sometimes we get so focused on the circumstances immediately surrounding us that we forget there is a bigger perspective. God wants us to seek out His bigger perspective and trust that the things He sees are far greater than we can see from our current position. As we pursue Him and He moves our focus from the valley floor to the mountain, our perspective begins to change.
Because fewer people are there.
God desires alone time with us so He can speak to us one-on-one. Although He is so incredibly faithful to speak to us at any time and in any situation, He longs for us to make the time to be with Him alone, no distractions. It takes extra effort to get up the mountain, to steal away to a quiet place with God, but when we do, we are rewarded with the space, time and focus to hear His voice and share our hearts with Him.
Because getting there is not easy, it’s a journey.
The first time you hike a trail up a mountain it’s hard, it’s exhausting and you may get a few bumps and bruises along the way. But there are lessons in that journey. You grow in your knowledge of the area, you learn places to avoid and you discover what’s important to carry with you and what’s important to leave behind. Our journey with Christ is the same. We learn along the way, and each time we meet with God at the top, we get stronger and faster for the next journey.
As we ascend, He descends.
Although I think we often feel as though we’re constantly having to stretch and grow and journey further to meet God, what we don’t see is how far He descends to meet us. He goes more than half way in meeting with us. He will travel to the base of the earth to meet with us, but He delights in guiding us up the mountain to meet with Him. Our mountain tops are His valleys. He wants you to know that there is no height nor depth in which He can’t reach you. He loves you enough to call you away to sacred alone time with him, to descend from the highest of heavens to give you a bigger perspective and to teach you along the journey of knowing Him more.
This week I had the honor & privilege of being interviewed on the She Walks In Truth Podcast! Every week a different woman of faith is featured to encourage you on your faith journey.
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Over the long weekend, I took the opportunity to watch one my newest favorite movies – Wonder Woman. Isn’t it so great?!?! I know I’m not the only one who watches it and fantasizes about having those skills!
As I was watching it this time, something jumped out at me that was an important reminder for my soul. When Diana is a young teenager her aunt (Antiope) is training her for battle. Over and over again Diana is knocked down and overpowered by her highly skilled aunt. But Antiope knows that Diana has more strength in her than she believes, so after many times of being knocked down her aunt calls her out saying “You are stronger than you know, you have greater powers than you believe.” As I watched that scene this time, I felt God speaking to my spirit “You are stronger than you know. You have greater powers than you believe.”
The strength & power that Diana possesses doesn’t come from her own knowledge nor her own physical strength, it comes from deep inside her. In the same way, I was reminded that my strength and my power doesn’t come from my own ability either; it comes only by the Holy Spirit inside me. The Holy Spirit was promised to each of us in John 14:16 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” And guess what happens when we acknowledge and activate that spirit inside us? Acts 1:8, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” So how do we activate this power?
Every story of great strength and power in the Bible was preceded by the hero/heroine on their knees asking God to give them strength. Samson in Judges 16:28: “Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.”
Esther preparing to go before the King in Esther 4:16: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” Indeed she did not perish and won freedom for God’s people.
In Daniel 6:10 when he heard the decree that no man was allowed to pray to anyone but the king: “he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” Shortly thereafter he was thrown into the den of lions and the Lord sent an angel to close the lion’s mouths.
How quickly I forget that I have access to the greatest power in both Heaven and Earth. When Diana finally recognized and stepped into the power residing inside her, she changed the course of her life and her world. While I know this story is fictional, it causes me to think about what we could change in our lives and in the world around us if we would simply recognize and step into the strength and power we have been so graciously gifted.
This week I’ve really been praying for God to reveal His plans to me for certain areas of my life. I know I have been living obedient to Him and walking in the things He’s called me to. While I don’t know every step of where He’s taking me, I’ve felt fairly certain of the outcome. Recently though, God has been moving us in ways I wasn’t expecting. Don’t you hate that? When you’re feeling so good about where you are and happy about the things you’re certain you’ll accomplish for Christ and then He shakes it all up? I shouldn’t be surprised. Life with Christ has always been an adventure for me, with Him taking me through life in ways I never expected to go. But still, when it happens, I get a little anxious and want to question the change in direction.
As I was praying about this today, God brought me to 1 Chronicles 28. It’s a surprising twist in the story of King David (although I feel like there are many unexpected turns to his story!). If you’ll remember, David was a shepherd boy who was good at music when his story started taking unexpected God-sized turns. After some seriously crazy circumstances, David became King. As King, he made plans to build a temple that would house the ark of the covenant. Surely carrying out this plan was something God had put into place when He chose to make David king those many years prior. Here’s what we read in 1 Chron. 28:
“King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my fellow Israelites, my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’”
Ok, let’s pause here for a second. Do you think that when God told him this, he was at least a little bit surprised? I would have been! He had been making detailed plans and plotting out this temple for a long time. In fact verse 12 of this passage tells us that the holy spirit had put in his mind detailed plans for the courts, the temple, the buildings, the store rooms, the upper and inner rooms and the treasuries. He also gave him instructions for the various servants in the temple and what each of their roles should entail. Furthermore He even designated the weight of gold & silver for all the things that were to be used in service for the temple. If it were me, I would certainly be thinking “why in the world would God give me these extremely specific instructions if He didn’t intend for me to carry them out?” I’m certain I would have questioned it and maybe have even been a little upset with God. But isn’t that the enemy’s way? He wants us to question the things we hear from God; he’s been doing it since the day he asked Eve “did God really say?” I don’t know about you, but I am guilty of allowing this question to penetrate my thoughts.
So, if it wasn’t King David’s role to build out this detailed temple, what was he supposed to do? Let’s pick up in verse 4:
“Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the tribe of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel. Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.’”
I have no way of knowing whether or not King David questioned God’s decision, wrestled with rather or not to obey, or even if he felt disappointment. But I love that he took this moment in the passage to acknowledge the incredible thing God had done – made him King of Israel. That in and of itself was an incredible miracle and a powerful calling regardless of the current command that he was not to carry out the plans he had so carefully laid in place at God’s instruction.
What if he had not listened to God and decided he had put in too much work at this point to give the project to someone else? It was a holy spirit inspired project after all, certainly God would have been pleased even if he did choose to build it? Thankfully we don’t know what would have happened if he had been disobedient to this unexpected change of plans by God. But we do know what happened because he obeyed. In 1 Chron. 29:27 we read that David ruled over Israel for 80 years having enjoyed a long life, wealth and honor. And in 1 Chon. 29:25 we read “The Lord highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royal splendor such as no king over Israel ever had before.”
It certainly is tough when God chooses to throw plot-twists into our lives, and especially surprising when we’re currently walking in obedience to him. But throughout His word and in my own life up to this point, I have seen and experienced the faithfulness and overwhelming blessings that come with listening, trusting, and obeying every direction of the Lord, even when it seems like He must have something wrong. I am reminded in these passages of scripture that God saw and sees a future so far beyond us that we should never hesitate to trust that He is unfolding a path that will not only bless us, but will effect generations to come.
1 Chron. 28:8 “So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.”
My husband and I haven’t lived what most people would deem an “ordinary” life. We’ve lived in many different cities, in many different countries. We’ve held a myriad of jobs, which had a myriad of schedules. We’ve chosen not to have kids, and we love to volunteer. This life we’ve chosen would seem scary and chaotic to many people we know, and that’s ok. I praise God every day that He gave me a husband as adventurous and as un-ordinary as me. We love our life.
I have been asked on more than one occasion how I can be comfortable selling everything we have and moving to a place we’ve never been; or how I can be ok with jumping into a new job I have no experience in, or how I can take big risks without knowing the outcome.
The answer is, it’s because I know my Creator well. I believe the verses that say “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:8-10)
There is no where I can go that I won’t be able to hear His voice. There is nothing I can do that will be unreachable to Him. There is no plan, no path, no course that will supersede the ones He has put in place. His hand will always hold me fast.
I’ve had those verses in the Psalms underlined in my Bible for several years now, but as I prayed this morning about what to share, trolling through my Bible for the words God would have me write, these verses jumped out at me again. They are an important reminder to me at this time, but I sense that there are probably others of you reading this who need to be reminded that His hand will hold you fast. Whether you’re in a “scary” place in your life or you’re needing to take a step into something unknown, His promise to you is the same.
I think about Jonah sitting in the belly of that big fish for three days. Cold, alone, and in total darkness, but even there he knew that he was still reachable by God…and he was. God was holding him fast even in that impossible place. Daniel in a deep lion pit, Esther in the court of a king, Deborah on a battlefield, Moses in a desert – all held fast by the hand of the Lord.
I’m guessing you don’t find yourself sitting in the belly of a fish or the pit of a lion, or the court of a king; but it may feel like it, or it may feel as if you’re walking into one of those. But hear me today as I share God’s promise with you: EVEN if you are His hand will guide you, and His hand will hold you fast. You have nothing to fear beloved child of the King. You are not alone and you NEVER will be.
In general I would say I’m a lover, not a fighter. However, if you challenge me on something I’m passionate about I will no doubt battle my heart out!
I’m currently studying the Armor of God with an awesome group of women at my church. We are daily diving in to Priscilla Shirer’s deep insight surrounding Ephesians 6:10-19. God has been speaking to me in a myriad of ways on this topic, so I thought I’d share a couple things that have really stood out to me.
As I’m sure many of you did, I learned about putting on the armor of God as a kid in Sunday school. The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit were all prominently displayed in plastic on whichever child had raised their hand first. We were told that we must “put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” (vs 11). I was cool with that. I had salvation, I knew the Holy Spirit lived in me, so I just had to be truthful, live right, make peace and not neglect my faith. Seemed like being a Christian meant wearing the armor; I couldn’t really separate the two. It also seemed like a lot to live up to.
One of my favorite things about deep Bible study is learning the background or history of scripture. So much of the New Testament is Jesus fulfilling the prophecies and lessons of the Old Testament. But if you haven’t taken the time to research, you wouldn’t know. Priscilla points out that Paul calls Christians to put on this armor because God himself did. Isaiah 59:16-17 records God putting on these very pieces of armor to battle for His people who had fallen to the evil one. Suddenly, I understood this armor in a different light. It’s not just an arbitrary armor of God, it is THE armor OF God! Do you see the difference?
Imagine yourself as a young person during the middle ages, countries always at war for new territories. Surely you would hear stories about battle heroes and perhaps you would dream of someday being like that hero yourself. When the time came for you to go to battle, you would be given armor that would hopefully protect you in the same way it protected that hero. But imagine if that hero came to you and gave you HIS armor. The armor that had seen many battle fields, stood the test of time and won many victories. That armor would be something special! And that is exactly what God has done for us. He’s not calling us just to put on any old armor, He is handing us HIS armor, the very armor He wore into battle for us over and over before Christ came to earth. What a glorious honor! And how overwhelming is His love for us that He doesn’t want us to battle with anything less than His victory-proven armor! It changes my view from something I “need” to do as a good Christian to something I am honored and humbled to do as His daughter. Wearing HIS armor I am ever protected, ever at peace, and can so clearly see truth. These are things I want in my life, not things I feel burdened to have to put on.
Verse 13 says “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” If I had been writing this verse, I would have written, ‘take up the full armor of God so you can go out there and show them who’s boss!’ But he doesn’t say that. He says “stand firm.” Here you are all gussied up in this incredible victorious armor but all He wants you to do it stand?? That’s right. Because all those pieces of armor you put on are protecting you from every enemy that comes at you. You just need to stand firm in the confidence that that armor will protect you! You stand confidently and you pray (vs 18). You will get battle weary if you’re flailing around, swinging at anything that looks like it may hurt you; and without God’s armor, that’s exactly what you’ll feel like you need to do. But your Father loves you too much for that.
So, tomorrow morning, kneel before your Father in Heaven and allow Him to do you the great honor of bestowing His armor to you, then get up and put it on! You are wearing your Father’s armor now, you can stand in peace.
Eph 6:10 – “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of HIS might.”
During my time in college I had the privilege of interning for the first woman Mayor of San Diego. I worked in the PR department and we were in charge of putting together press releases that reflected the voice, character and heart of the Mayor. So, to prepare for this role, I spent hours reading articles about her, learning about her positions on the issues facing our city at the time, and studying her character in the leadership decisions she had made up to that point. Part of my job was putting together talking points for her interviews so it was crucial that my “voice” reflected hers.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to reflect God. What it takes to ensure that my thoughts, my character, and my stance on issues are reflective of God’s voice.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”
The only way we are transformed is through God’s spirit. Thankfully those of us who have given our lives to Christ we have his spirit living inside us. But it’s not enough that He’s just there. We have to speak to him, read about him, learn where he stands on the “issues” and study the character of his leadership if we are to accurately reflect His voice.
Spending time studying the Word of God, gives us a good understanding of his character. Don’t just read the same stories over and over, dig into the scriptures, be curious and seek for answers. The more time you spend digging into the word, the more you understand who God is. The book of Luke is a treasure trove of lessons on God’s character as Jesus reflected them here on earth. Watch how He interacted with people and what He taught them. There is a lot we can learn about reflecting God’s character through scripture.
Secondly, we need to hear God’s voice in our own lives. That means we must spend time in prayer; time with the one whose voice we are seeking. Proverbs 2:1-5 says “My daughter, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” I don’t know about you, but I definitely want to find the knowledge of God! His knowledge will give me the wisdom I need to reflect him in my decisions.
And lastly, once we’ve heard His voice, we must take action when He calls us to. The more we obey, the easier it becomes to act with confidence, knowing that our actions are reflective of God. The beautiful part is, every time we obey, our faith increases, making it easier to obey the next time around.
If we want to reflect the character, the heart, and the voice of God, we have to spend time digging into the Word, talking and listening to Him through prayer, and acting on the things He calls us to.
1 Corinthians 15:49–“Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.”
Let’s not just be people who TELL others we know God, let’s REFLECT him in all areas of our lives!
Wow friends! What a couple weeks it’s been! I have really been struggling. Grief (from the loss of our fur baby) hit me way harder than I ever could’ve expected. On top of that, I’ve faced personal deep hurts, setbacks and frustrations that I never expected this month and it has affected every area of my life.
Thankfully, God in His great mercy never gives us more than we can bear (although it certainly feels that way sometimes), and so in the midst of myself, in the midst of my hurt and sorrow, God stepped in. He always seems to step in in the least expected way.
This week I’ve been in Las Vegas attending the annual conference for my health and wellness business. I almost didn’t go. With all that has been going on, and the sadness in my soul, staying home seemed much more safe and easy. But thankfully I have an incredible husband who pushed and encouraged me to go. Once I made the decision to go, I began laying out in my head who I wanted to see, what I wanted to accomplish and what my overall agenda was for the long weekend.
The first day was rough for me. While I was enjoying my time, negative thoughts and comments were popping into my mind unexpectedly and the weight of the sadness and hurt I was carrying internally was distracting me from focusing on anything but myself.
When I returned to my hotel room that night, God in his merciful grace spoke to me and said “Dezerai, this conference is not about you. Stop looking at your own agenda, stop looking at how others will fit into your plan and start serving! You are here to serve. Go down there tomorrow and serve those girls on your team. Look for where I’m working and be an encourager.”
Whoa!!! Mindset shift!!!
The grief and hurt that I was carrying into this weekend was NOT what God had planned for me. When I chose to set those things aside and focus on serving, my time became rich! My time became joyful and purposeful! I focused on speaking words of life, on being open and sincere, and on being an encourager. Do you know what the outcome was? In return I felt life, people were open with me, and I felt encouraged!!!
What an incredible God to remind me of the example He portrayed so well! A life focused on service supersedes our struggles & our expectations, and brings our focus into alignment with what our Heavenly Father sees, and where He wants His spirit to be poured out through us!
Mark 10:45 says “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Throughout his ministry on earth, Jesus focused on serving people, encouraging them, and teaching them. He is the perfect example of how we need to set our focus.
I want to encourage you this week (especially if you’re struggling) to lift up your head and look for ways to serve those around you. Who can you encourage? Who can you speak a kind word to? Ask God to open your eyes to see where is He at work and partner with Him in that work. Then allow your spirit to experience the joy that comes from serving others in this way. YOU are faith, hope, and love.
I have some pretty strong opinions. Opinions on everything from political policy to the best place for a burrito. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone believes their opinion to be the right one. It can be easy to become lost in a world of opinions. Faced with controversy, doubt, divisiveness and mistrust on a daily basis, where do we turn? Who do we trust? What is truth and where should we stand?
In the world today there are “truths” being thrown around with great vigor. I’m not just talking about “truths” spewed by those who don’t know Christ, but more importantly the things being shared from believers. Within our own faith community opinions about where we should stand politically & socially abound. We have divided ourselves often times in very painful ways.
It’s time to shift our focus. It’s time to take our eyes off each other and turn them heavenward.
The reality is, it doesn’t matter what I think or what you think on any given issue; the only thing that matters is what the Bible says. What does God’s word say? What does Jesus say? - this is the only truth that matters. We desperately need wisdom in these days!
The Bible warns of us about seeking wisdom outside of Christ. In Colossians 2:2-3 it says “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”
James paints a beautiful picture for us on what it means to have Godly wisdom in James 3:17 “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
WOW. What would it look like if we began viewing and approaching the issues of our time in this manner? Godly wisdom replaces hatred with peace-loving, it replaces aggressiveness with submissiveness, condemnation with mercy, and partiality with impartiality. How much could we change the tide of our neighborhoods, our cities, our countries, if we approached issues with this type of Godly wisdom!? We all think we’re the wisest when it comes to where we stand on an issue, but if where we stand is not the Word of God, we are standing in the wrong place.
We have to start turning to the Word of God for answers! We cannot seek them anywhere else. The only way that we as Christians survive & battle in this world is by knowing the word of God; by knowing it inside and out. His word is truth, it is sharper than any two-edged sword, it splits the smallest fibers of truth and lies!!
To know the Word is to know the Father & to know the Father is to know truth.
Let’s get wise. Let’s be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks (1 Peter 3:15). The only way this happens is by knowing the Word of God. Every answer we seek can found there. And every answer we give can come from there.
Let’s be people who can say “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.” (1 Cor. 2:7)
Proverbs 4:7 says “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Though it cost you ALL you have – that is a pretty big statement, wisdom, the wisdom that comes from God is literally more valuable than anything else you can attain.
Prov 17:27-28 An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
The Lord desires for us to operate out of deep wisdom and understanding; we must make it a priority.
Hi! I'm Dezerai, a woman passionate about living in my purpose, about creating a life on purpose and about challenging you to do the same. I speak, I write, and I hang out with my husky and my handsome husband in the beautiful Napa Valley.