James 3:17-18 NKJV – Seeking the wisdom of God

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

I can be scatter-brained every now and then. It’s true. My mind gets going in so many directions that it is hard to find my way out of a paper bag. I am not a person who operates very well by multi-tasking. I am the kind of person that has to keep my thoughts on a single point of interest. I find security in knowing if I keep my mind on the task at hand, I won’t get lost. When I try to do too much, I get frustrated and confused and don’t succeed very well. I wish I could be more multi-task oriented, but that is not how God created me.

So this brings me to our Scripture. The wisdom that God gives is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits and is without partiality and hypocrisy. That is what I desire. Because let me tell you, when I try to do things in my own wisdom, there isn’t much wisdom of what this Scripture promises. Just the opposite. And in all of this confusion, what do you suppose are the attitudes displayed for the world to see? Yeah. Not good.

Scripture illustrates a range of attitudes towards other people, some of which are commended, while others are condemned. Commended attitudes include love, forgiveness, helpfulness, kindness, hospitality, generosity, humility, patience, submission, gentleness, and unselfishness. Condemned attitudes include pride, jealousy, judgment, anger, hatred, and partiality. So you can see why pursuing the wisdom of God in all things is so important. I’ve been thinking a lot about living out my faith as Jesus did. What I mean to say is demonstrating “Christ Alive” in everything I do so that others may see the difference that is in me. Christ in me defines or should I say should dictate how I react, what choices I make, and how my attitude is displayed. It “should”. Do I make mistakes? Yes. Do I let things get to me? Yes. Do I let my guard down? Yes.

But Scripture says, “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” (Psalm 103:8 NKJV) AND “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NKJV) Friend, I desire to live and demonstrate a peaceable life and manner, filled with the wisdom of God as I ask for it, always pursuing gentleness and a willingness to yield or submit to others. That is what we all should desire, but sometimes we will fail. How do we get back up when we realize the attitude we just displayed was not our best? We seek forgiveness; both from the affected people and from God. How do we seek the forgiveness of others and of God? First and foremost, humble submission. When we humble ourselves to those we may have offended or at least may have seen something in us that does not glorify God, we demonstrate an attitude that pleases and is commended by God. Secondly, spend some time in prayer seeking God to forgive your actions and to fill you with His wisdom in all things.

I spoke of being scatter-brained in the beginning. Maybe it’s not scatter-brained, but rather we sometimes get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the world and we lose track of our identity. Let’s focus on living out the wisdom of God and demonstrate that Jesus is alive in us. Therein lies our true identity.

Dear God, we call upon Your Name and seek Your wisdom. Thank You God that you are merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy when we fail and try to live out our life in our own wisdom. Help us Lord to live out our life in Christ Jesus. Guide and direct us to demonstrate Jesus is Alive in everything we do. For Your glory and honor. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me believe God!

Psalm 19:14 NKJV – My declaration

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

I look at this Scripture as a prayer of humility that seeks God’s intervention into our whole being as we recognize where our all in all comes from. David prayed that he could not bear that a word or thought of his should miss being accepted by God. It didn’t matter to David if his human actions were accepted by others here on earth. What mattered was that his thoughts were witnessed by the Lord.

This scripture verse declares what lives very deep in my heart and all too often, I forget to declare it. It would serve us very well that we declare this verse before we start our day. Before we begin to walk, and work, and go about our lives. Before we even speak another word, we should lift our voices to heaven and make known this request.

Having a prayerful relationship with God is vital for a believer. This is where we can draw our strength from, where we can feel God’s protection, where we receive God’s wisdom, where God restores us, and where the Holy Spirit empowers us to live in this world. The world would like for us to just go about our day and “Just do it”. Get about what needs to be done. And sometimes the world wants us to believe it doesn’t matter what we say or who we push around, as long as we get the job done. Well, that’s not good. I’ve been a victim of that and I must confess a partaker in it as well. I have been caught up in the rush of things and have failed to recognize that my actions were not acceptable in God’s sight.

There are times where we just have to slow down, realize where we are and what we are doing and ask ourselves, “Is all that I am saying and all that I am doing OK with God?” It reminds me in a way of what my mother used to do with two adventurous twin boys who had no intension of slowing down or stopping. She would always say, “I’m going to count to ten before I say something or do something that I’ll regret.” When we heard that we knew we had gone too far. And Mom understood she needed to stop and take a breath.

Friends, David understood how important it was to honor God in all he said and did. He could not even bear the thought of failing in this area. Join with me in declaring this Scripture each day. May the Lord receive it and may He return favor and blessing to all of you.

Dear Lord, I declare that my words and my thoughts are pleasing unto You. Lord, You are my strength and my Redeemer. May all that I say and do give glory and honor to You. Help me Lord realize that it doesn’t matter if my words and actions are accepted by the world. It only matters that I can demonstrate Jesus Christ Alive in my life. Help me and teach me to walk always in Your ways. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!