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Wisdom

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Today I want to look at wisdom.   Wisdom:  #1.  The ability to discern or judge what is true, right or lasting; insight                     #2.  Common sense; good judgment.                 #3.  The sum of  learning through the ages; knowledge. I like all of these definitions.  As you can see by the first definition, wisdom often goes along with discernment.  We need wisdom to discern how to use good judgment.  I also like # 3.  Those that have known Jesus personally for many years frequently have an abundance of knowledge that the immature believer may not have obtained yet. I look to women and men in our church body for counsel knowing they have years of experience and wisdom.  Many have given me Godly advice.  I so appreciate their guidance.  Spiritually, wisdom should look different from the world’s definition.  #2 says to use common sense.  What seems right to us is NOT always correct with God.  Proverbs 2:6 Amp. “For the Lord gives [skillful and godly] wisdom; From His mouth come

Blessed

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 I am aware this past week of how blessed I am.  My husband and I have been able to go on a weeks vacation.  We have had a week of relaxation, which we needed. What does being blessed mean?  The Bible Dictionary defines blessed as “make happy or prosperous; enjoying spiritual happiness and the favor of God.” Deuteronomy 11:26-27 “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse. (27) the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today;” From this scripture we see we must obey the commandments of the Lord to receive a blessing.  Deuteronomy 11:22 says “For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do — to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him” It sounds simple.  “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.  And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”  John 14:21 Luke 11:28 But He said, “ More than that, blesse

Decluttering the Soul

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  I need to start by saying this title isn’t my own.  I read what someone wrote about Decluttering the Soul and it intrigued me.  I know about decluttering our home – I’ve recently done a lot of that in the moving process.  Decluttering my Soul is a new concept. In reading what this author said, I started thinking about attitudes I have that need to go.  What thought patterns do I hold on to that don’t serve me well – that actually hinder me from hearing God?  Psalms 51:10 NKJV “ Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  Do I pray that scripture and mean it when I ask God to create a clean heart? Psalms 119:11 says, “ Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Do I know God’s word so that I am able to stop sin before I am tempted?  Can I totally let go of a negative thought or behavior, or does it pop back up and I have to deal with it again?  We need to trust what God says in Isaiah 43:25 TLV “I, I am the One who blots o

Freedom

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As I ponder the word freedom (A state of exemption from the power or control of another), I have discovered it has more than one meaning to me. Freedom immediately makes me think of my personal freedom in our country.  I have always experienced freedom of choice.  Religious freedom, who I wanted to marry, what career I wanted and where I want to travel are a few of the choices I have been allowed to make.  I have always been thankful to be born in the USA yet I can see that some freedoms are being taken from us and that is a concern for all. But….. I have come to understand that my ultimate freedom is in Christ.   John 8:32 & 36 NLT  ( 32)“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  (36) “So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”  Once I accepted Jesus as my savior my freedom was guaranteed. The most important thing to assure our freedom is the condition of our hearts.  God looks at out hearts and His desire is that we have a heart that is free.  Prover

Gratitude

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 Gratitude: A feeling of thankfulness or appreciation. This word has come to me several times recently.  I have so many things to be grateful for, but do I have an “attitude of gratitude.”  I also have many areas of my life that I am concerned about. Do I feel grateful even when there are areas that are uncertain?  Philippians 4:6 NLT “ Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” Recently there was a possible serious health issue with a close family member.  Initially I was anxious, but I chose to believe God was in control.  I was extremely grateful when the results came back with a clean report. I had been examining myself and asking what my attitude towards God would be if the results were different.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”  This is who I want to be.  Grateful in ALL circumstances. Sometimes I “feel” grateful.  My