As I was reading Proverbs the other day I couldn’t help but thank God for allowing us to know such life-giving, almighty wisdom! That He didn’t hide such incredible wisdom from us, but rather allowed us to access it readily, at any time. In reflecting on how generous and loving God is to share His wisdom, I felt encouraged to share the wisdom I have found, of which I treasure greater than anything else!
(Disclaimer: The wisdom I have gained is not my own but what God has graciously allowed me to learn through reading His Word, seasons of testing, and blessed guidance- to Him be ALL the glory!!!:))
If you try to measure up to the demands/standards placed upon you by others, or yourself- emptiness will soon follow. For, we are called to live in the image of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, selflessly, for the good of others, and God’s Kingdom— this is where true life is found!
Money, earthly “treasures”, and lavish gifts are all fifthly rags compared to the riches we will find in Heaven. That whatever items and belongings we own now will be left here on earth, holding no more value than the dust…
“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” -Genesis 3:19
Regardless of what we have been led to believe, love isn’t just a feeling- but a choice, through good, bad and painful seasons.
Hardship is inevitable- yet NOT a sign of weakness or shame. Rather, a reminder that we are conquerors through, and only through, leaning upon our Almighty God, and Father!
Trials are often a sign that God has incredible plans waiting for you, and through testing He is preparing you for a greater battle!
“Blessed is she who has believed that the LORD will fulfill His promises to her. “-Luke 1:45
Thankfulness. There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for; a sure-fire medicine for a bitter, discontent, ungrateful heart!
Pride is the greatest of evils. I’d rather be a fool, than a haughty and proud person. (Although I’d really hope to be neither…)
Prayer is an honor, not an obligation. Prayer is more powerful than even the greatest human strength, or knowledge, (probably because the Holy Spirit is within us!) It is a GREAT gift that God allows, in doing so, our words would reach the Heavens, to the Creator of the Universe!!
Fact: People lived thousands of years without the ability, and great honor of being able to come to the Lord in prayer…They relied upon a high priest, or anointed one- like Moses, who went up the mountain to talk to God for them! We are blessed by the gift of the Holy Spirit!
The “cheat sheet” and guide to life is in our very own reach- the Bible. Wisdom that people have spent a lifetime trying to uncover is readily available to us in the Bible… just waiting for us to seek out its wisdom…
Church attendance, much like reading the Bible, is a gift! I assure you, if you skip church, the “church police” aren’t going to bust down your door… Yet God sees ALL things, He desires, if nothing else, just 1 hour of the 168 hours He graciously gives us each week. It is an honor and joy to get to praise Him for what He has done for us, to come into His presence, and gain wisdom that triumphs a lifetime!
You become who you surround yourself with. Choose God-fearing, encouraging, life-giving company- not foolish, prideful people. Our perspectives, choices and hearts are contagious, choose wisely!
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” -Proverbs 4:23
Forgive others quickly, no matter what they have done, for your Father in Heaven has forgiven you infinitely more than that person has ever done to you! It’s the very least we can do, as we live in God’s great grace and mercy…
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” -Colossians 3:13
Judgment hurts you, rather than helps you. I’m pretty sure, (although I can’t say for certain for God,) when we are judging others, He is saying, “Really? Let me go get all the books filled with all the sins I have forgiven you of…”
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you…” -Matthew 7:1-2
Being a Christian literally means “follower of Christ”- so let’s live like it! It is a great and powerful honor to carry His nand! Thus continually seeking to know who Christ is, is a great first step! (The Gospels are a great source: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the Bible.)
Also, in being a Christian, there are many different kinds of Christians; Lutheran, Methodist, Catholic, etc. Yet, when we get to Heaven to be with the LORD, I highly doubt He is going to split us up into groups… I can hear it now, “Lutherans go over there, Catholics stay over here… No, no, don’t go towards the Methodists…”
So, let’s not get caught up by the labels we carry or differences among churches– the most important thing is that we fear, and seek the Lord, daily, and love God and others as Christ did.
As I once heard, “Children are watching you every day to learn how to be a human…”
Thus, divorce, arguing, bitterness, poor habits, worry, and lack of seeking God, are all learned habits you are passing along to future generations. Be an example of strength, diligence, love, and a God-fearing child of God!!
For those who know death, life here on earth is short. Don’t spend it regretting what you could have done- or in bitterness. Live with eternity in mind!!! Do it today, yes— today!
Tithing isn’t a burden, it is an honor! God isn’t asking you to sacrifice 10%, He is allowing you to keep 90%! HE is the source of all good things, and has blessed with an able body, work, and a roof over our head!
“But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and he shines forever without change or shadow.” -James 1:17
Use the gifts God has given you; we are given gifts for a reason!! (That means action- moving, applying, trusting.) If you were given a gift: an I-phone, new pair of Nike shoes, book, laptop, CD, or car… you wouldn’t just say, “That’s nice”, and then leave it in it’s packaging, or try and exchange it—you use it!
Whatever you are facing in life right now, trust and lean upon Him! He created you, He created the Universe, He conquered death… I’m pretty sure He can handle it…
Love is not limited, we aren’t going to run out—give and share freely! I assure you, it is much more pleasant to love than hate.
Lastly, God loves you— He really, really does.
You are just enough. And simply blessed.