wisdom

All Wisdom & Knowledge

As I read Proverbs 8 today, verses 22-31 clearly spoke to my heart of God’s infinite Wisdom. Wisdom and knowledge are attributes of our perfect God. Have you ever stopped to think that these existed within His very being before one thing was ever created? I stand in awe of my God’s abounding knowledge that I cannot begin to fathom. Throughout my life I have had flashes of something inexplicable that I could not hold in my brain, and fleeting glimpses of things so powerfully simple they would stir my heart. Are these quick flashes a mere glimpse of the wisdom and knowledge of Him or of His Presence? They go beyond anything I could ever attempt to describe. Before our minds can put a name to it, He is there. Before we can define the quickening in our hearts, He is there. He is present in the split seconds of awe and wonder and the invisible sense of enormous peace. His Spirit shouts in silence for my ears and heart alone to hear. His wisdom is more than abounding with a full knowledge that my soul cannot contain or comprehend. This infinite treasure remained a magnificent mystery to me, until it became unlocked at the very utterance of my “Yes!” to my Savior.

image

 At the very moment of our surrender He lovingly gives us new eyes to see, a new heart to feel, and a new mouth to testify to His wisdom and knowledge. We are given the ability to recognize His Presence. Through His Word, true and complete wisdom is defined for us for all eternity. It is a letter from God’s heart abounding in infinite knowledge and eternal love that has always been there … simply waiting for us! Each day as I sit in quiet time with my Father, I have come to understand the indescribable blessing of His Word. 

O Lord, May the daily outpouring of that blessing be what my soul continues to thirst for. May it be a longing that will remain in my heart until the day I stand before You, my King!          

Written by: guest blogger Jeanne East

Christian Educator

Are you curious to know how much fear, worry and anxiety is impacting your life? Take our free quiz to learn how fearful, worried and anxious you really are?

Start Doing These 4 Things to Flourish, Thrive, Be Successful or Fortunate

I don’t know any person who does not want to be blessed, happy, fortunate, and prosperous; however, I know many people who attempt to do so by listening and following ungodly advice.  Eve “walked” in the counsel of the ungodly in the garden.  Genesis 3:4-6 says:

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Eve was tempted in the garden because she listened to Satan.  She sinned in the garden after she pondered what he said to her.  She believed the lie, and finally acted on it.  I always find it interesting to read that Eve saw that the fruit was “desirable for gaining wisdom.”  I believe she thought that because Satan told her if she ate of it she would be “like God knowing good and evil.”   Where do you go to find wisdom?  Eve went to a source God told her NOT to go to.  

Imagine what may have happened if she had chosen not to listen to Satan.  Or imagine what may have happened if she had chosen to not ponder on that counsel and believe it, but had run to God instead.  After she disobeyed God she gave the fruit to Adam and he ate it.  Then together they hid from God.  

Do you ever find yourself trying to “hide” from God?

Today, we can try to “hide” from God by avoiding our more “godly” friends, not attending church, stopping our bible study or devotionals and disregarding prayer time.

Do you ever find that when you choose to disobey God that you seek company in your disobedience?  

I think it is interesting that Eve “gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.”  Ultimately, Eve followed the counsel of the ungodly, then offered the fruit of disobedience to her husband.   

image

Psalm 1:1-3 below shares with us the four things we need to focus on if we want to thrive.

Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly (following their advice, their plans and purposes), nor stands (submissive and inactive) in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down (to relax and rest) where the scornful (and the mockers) gather.  But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.  And he shall be like a tree firmly planted (and tended) by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper (and come to maturity.)- Psalm 1:1-3 Amplified Version

1. Delight and Desire the law of the Lord

2. Habitually Meditate: Ponder and study God’s Word and instructions.

3. Believe: Believe and agree with the teachings you have meditated on.

4. Act: Live it out!  You will be like a tree firmly planted…and everything you do shall prosper.

Where do you go for counsel and direction?  Who do you call when you have a difficult decision to make?  Are you listening to ungodly counsel if any areas of your life?  

Written by Jamie Shaver

Are you curious to know how much fear, worry and anxiety is impacting your life? Take our free quiz to learn how fearful, worried and anxious you really are?

Avoid Becoming A Drama Queen With These 3 Tips

Do you ever find yourself being “caught up” in drama with family, neighbors, co-workers, or  friends?  It can be an enormous distraction to an otherwise productive day.  “Drama” in relationships can also create tension, division, and emotional pain.  

 ”Drama” is any situation or series of events having vivid, emotional, conflicting, or striking interest or results: for example, the vacation we planned with our friends was filled with a lot of drama.

In talking with women regularly about their lives, I have heard about conflicts and misunderstandings that have caused emotional pain, turmoil, and the loss of relationships.  

image

Here are 3 tips to creating a drama-free life, as well as some scriptures showing what the Bible has to say about each.

 1)Stop gossiping.  This is idle talk, especially about the personal or private affairs of others.  The word idle means: having no worth, importance or significance.  The Bible states this about gossip:

 Proverbs 16:28

"A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends."

Proverbs 18:7-8

“The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.”

Proverbs 20:19

"A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much."

Proverbs 26:20

"Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down."

 2)Stop Justifying Your Actions.  Do you desire to have peace?  Peace comes only when we are living in line with God’s will. If you are following God’s will, you won’t need approval from your dad, mom, friends, neighbors or co-workers.  Often times we can create a lot of drama in our lives by trying to get others to “see our point of view,” or to agree with a decision we made.  It doesn’t matter what other people think of you; what really matters is what God thinks of you.  If someone has a problem with a decision you are making or a way you choose to live your life, if you know you are right before God you have no need to defend yourself and justify your reasoning before others.  Often times we do this because we fear the rejection of men. We fear we may hurt someone’s feelings. Frequently at the root of our action is our pride and fear that others will not approve of us. In the end, when you try to please man instead of focusing on pleasing God, it’s your feelings that are hurt and God finds our man-pleasing ways detestable. 

Ecclesiastes 5:7

"Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God."

Luke 16:15

"He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”

 3)Start Praying: Ask God for wisdom and guidance.  There is NOTHING that is too big— or too small— for God to care about in your life.  He is a God of details.  He knows all things.  Read His Word and expect that He will answer your question.  

 James 1:5

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."

When King Solomon asked for knowledge, God was pleased and He gave it to Him.  

2 Chronicles 1:7-11

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”

How would those who know you best describe you?  

A. Being a daughter of the King?  Or:

B. Being a drama Queen?

Written by Jamie Shaver

Are you curious to know how much fear, worry and anxiety is impacting your life? Take our free quiz to learn how fearful, worried and anxious you really are?