The God We Serve

Before reading this post enjoy watching “The Twilight Zone S03E08 “It’s a Good Life”” on YouTube (video below)

This short episode really got me thinking and thankful that our Heavenly Father is NOT like the little boy in this episode of The Twilight Zone.

I am thankful that our creator cares and loves us. He is compassionate, gracious & merciful, perfect in justice.

When we don’t get what we deserve, it’s a real good thing (mercy) and when we get what we don’t deserve, it’s a real good thing (grace)

Classic Newsboys song “Real Good Thing”: 

The fear we have for our God is not like the fear man & authorities of this world try to heap on us. We need not fear God with the same type of fear the adults had in the Twilight Zone episode either.

 The “fear” we possess for God is a reverent respect & trust that He knows and does what is best for us, His loves His creation & children and desires that we love Him too.

Psalm 139 – Give thanks to the Lord , for he is good! 

His faithful love endures forever. 

Give thanks to the God of gods.

 His faithful love endures forever. 

Give thanks to the Lord of Lords.

 His faithful love endures forever. 

Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.

 His faithful love endures forever. 

Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully. 

His faithful love endures forever. 

Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters.

 His faithful love endures forever. 

Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights—

 His faithful love endures forever. 

the sun to rule the day,

 His faithful love endures forever. 

and the moon and stars to rule the night.

 His faithful love endures forever.

 He remembered us in our weakness.

 His faithful love endures forever.

 He saved us from our enemies. 

His faithful love endures forever.

 He gives food to every living thing. 

His faithful love endures forever. 

Give thanks to the God of heaven. 

His faithful love endures forever.

Psalms 136:1‭-‬9‭, ‬23‭-‬26 NLT

http://bible.com/116/psa.136.1-26.NLT

May we see God as He really is, knowing that He lives us, even at our worst. 

But God has shown us how much he loves us — it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us! By his blood we are now put right with God; how much more, then, will we be saved by him from God’s anger! We were God’s enemies, but he made us his friends through the death of his Son. Now that we are God’s friends, how much more will we be saved by Christ’s life! But that is not all; we rejoice because of what God has done through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has now made us God’s friends. 

Romans 5:8‭-‬11 GNB

http://bible.com/296/rom.5.8-11.GNB

What a blessing to know that God wants a two way love relationship with Him. He isn’t looking to condemn us, it is His desire that all be saved.

Remenber John 3:16 and the very next verse…For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its saviour. (John 3:17 GNB)

 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1‭-‬4 NIV


The Farmer & The Tenant Farmer

Then Jesus began teaching them with stories: “A man planted a vineyard. He built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. 

Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country.

 At the time of the grape harvest, he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop. 

 But the farmers grabbed the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed. 

 The owner then sent another servant, but they insulted him and beat him over the head. 

 The next servant he sent was killed. 

Others he sent were either beaten or killed, until there was only one left—his son whom he loved dearly. 

The owner finally sent him, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’ 

“But the tenant farmers said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ So they grabbed him and murdered him and threw his body out of the vineyard. 

“What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do?” Jesus asked. “I’ll tell you—he will come and kill those farmers and lease the vineyard to others

 Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? 

‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord ’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.’ 

” The religious leaders wanted to arrest Jesus because they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. But they were afraid of the crowd, so they left him and went away.
Mark 12:1‭-‬12 NLT

http://bible.com/116/mrk.12.1-12.NLT

This parable Jesus told makes me ask myself, “What kind of stewart am I? Am I listening & accepting The Son of The Land Owner? Am I a good tenant?”

As I develop my relationship with Christ I continue to accept the discipline The Son of God gives and learn from Him what He desires.

God’s Will & Our Plans

I did several posts on looking into what God’s Word says about God’s will.

Prov. 16 goes along really well with those post but deserves a post of its own…

Proverbs 16:1-9

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. 

Commit your work to the Lord , and your plans will be established. 

The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. 

Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord ; be assured, he will not go unpunished. 

By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.

 When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 

Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice. 

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Proverbs 16:1‭-‬9 ESV

http://bible.com/59/pro.16.1-9.ESV

God’s got us and we’ve got God.

By What Authority

When Jesus returned to the Temple and began teaching, the leading priests and elders came up to him. 

They demanded, 

“By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?” 

“I’ll tell you by what authority I do these things if you answer one question,”

 Jesus replied. 

“Did John’s authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human?” 

They talked it over among themselves.

 “If we say it was from heaven, he will ask us why we didn’t believe John. But if we say it was merely human, we’ll be mobbed because the people believe John was a prophet.” 

So they finally replied, 

“We don’t know.” 

And Jesus responded, 

“Then I won’t tell you by what authority I do these things. 

“But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. 

Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go.

 “Which of the two obeyed his father?”

 They replied, “The first.” 

Then Jesus explained his meaning: “I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do. For John the Baptist came and showed you the right way to live, but you didn’t believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. 

And even when you saw this happening, you refused to believe him and repent of your sins.
Matthew 21:23‭-‬32 NLT

http://bible.com/116/mat.21.23-32.NLT

God gives each of us an opportunity to accept His authority. As a result He enters into our lives and works from the inside out.

Praise Him.

This song is based on Luke 1:46-55 (Mary’s song): 

https://youtu.be/6F33Y7OgXzM

Like 1:46-55:

Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! 

For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. 

For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. 

He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him. 

His mighty arm has done tremendous things! 

He has scattered the proud and haughty ones. 

He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble. 

He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands. 

He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful. 

For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever.”

Luke 1:46‭-‬55 NLT

http://bible.com/116/luk.1.46-55.NLT

Amen


Drumming & The Brain 

I read an article my niece Andrea sent me regarding “The Secrets of Drumming and The Human Brain”

I know from personal experience that rhythm and music has a way of opening up our minds to things we would otherwise miss.

My blog title is called “Mode of Transportation” because I want to express to anyone willing to read through all means of communication are out there what is in my heart and keeps me in step.

Only so much can written. The rest can be said without words by a great photograph, an amazing drawing or song.
For more on the subject of drumming & the human brain go to:https://truththeory.com/2017/08/03/neuroscience-drumming-researchers-discover-secrets-drumming-human-brain/

God’s Will vs. Our Emotions

Note from: day 7 of the @YouVersion Plan 

“What the Bible Says: The Blessing of God’s Will.”

Blessing #6: We can reduce subjectivity.

Subjectivity involves emotional choices, making decisions detached from any verifiable facts.

 Feelings and hunches rule a subjective person. 

In the train of life, emotions make a great caboose, but they make a lousy engine. 

When emotions take the lead, they can really lead you astray. 

If anger, euphoria, or even boredom is the primary motivation behind a decision, you should wait for a better reason. 

Personal note: I recall my son Alexx saying how when he was driven mainly by emotions he would stop and not make any major decisions right away, just based on emotions.

If you reflect back on the decisions in your life that you most regret, how many were emotional, spur-of-the moment decisions? 

An emotional decision will gratify you for a short time but can shame you for a lifetime. 

Do not make emotional decisions.

Sometimes we think strong feelings are proof of God’s will. Powerful emotions, such as that feeling of first falling in love, can influence us to make rash, unwise decisions. 

Instead of following our hearts, God expects us to use our minds and His wisdom when we make decisions, which can greatly reduce dangerous emotionalism.

The fact that God knows what you will choose does not mean you must choose the right thing. 

Desperate to discover this elusive “God’s will for me,” people reach foolish, subjective conclusions. 

When this becomes a pattern, we are being led around by our emotions, and this elevation of emotions to a place of authority in our lives causes misapplication of Scripture and dangerous decision-making. 

A common example is the way Christians handle Colossians 3:15, which Paul included in a series of practical instructions about living with other believers in the fallen world. 

He wrote, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

Since the time I was very young, I was taught that a key element in making good decisions is the question, “Do you have a sense of peace about it?” 

After all, as long as you feel peaceful inside, the decision must be the right one, right? 

Among Christians, the standard of “having peace” is primarily derived from this verse, which has nothing to do with wise decision-making.

Here’s the argument: “Pastor James, I’ve really studied Colossians 3:15. The word rule means direct or act as an umpire, so the verse means that we must let God‘s peace act as an empire

What I’ve discovered is that when I’m out of God’s will, I feel anxiety and discomfort, which feels an awful lot like an umpire’s whistle

Hear the call, “OFF SIDES!!!”

But when I’m in God’s will, I feel peace, which is the Holy Spirit’s confirmation that I’m doing God‘s will. 

As long as I have that sense of peace, I know I’m in God’s will for me.”

But let’s go back to Scripture and check the context of this verse…

This entire chapter is all about living as a person who has been “raised with Christ” (3:1). It includes a series of broad commands that give us reliable direction: 

  • “Seek the things that are above”(3:1).
  • “Set your minds on things that are above” (3:2).
  • “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you” (3:5).
  • “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (3:12).
  • “Put on love” (3:14).
  • “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (3:15).
  • “And be thankful” (3:15).
  • “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (3:16).
  • “Do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus” (3:17).

That “peace priority” looks a little different among the active commands that surround it. 

How often do we miss opportunities to put all the other commands on this list into practice while we passively “wait for peace”? 

The last four items on the list above are results that follow practicing the first five commands. And we cannot miss the tone of this entire passage

CONTEXT IS KEY

The context is relational strife. 

The heart of this chapter isn’t verse 15 but verses 12 and 13. 

Read them slowly: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, 

  • compassionate hearts, 
  • kindness, 
  • humility, 
  • meekness, and 
  • patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, 
  • forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive

 (Col. 3:12–13).

 “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”

That’s the point of Colossians 3:15. 

It has absolutely nothing to do with a peaceful sense of finality in a decision about something uncertain as a signal for me that God agrees and everything to do with forging relational peace.

According to God’s Word, we must 

  • forgive, we must 
  • love, and we must 
  • work toward relational peace with all people. 

Romans 12:18 drives home this point:

So let’s declare a moratorium on asking people if they have peace about their decisions. 

Hard, truthful, God-honoring decisions often come with feelings like fear, discomfort, and even pain. 

Meanwhile, countless willfully sinful actions are taken by people who report feeling at peace about their choices.

If that challenges our traditional thinking, we can study Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. 

Was Jesus following God’s will? 

Perfectly, always. 

“Not my will, but yours, be done,” Jesus prayed (Luke 22:42). 

Did Jesus feel a sense of peace? 

No! 

In fact, the tension of obedience to God was so great that Jesus seat “great drops of blood” (22:44).

 Peace is not primarily about feelings but about the cooperation of truth and action. 

Jesus never lost the state of peace with God because He willingly accepted feelings that were anything but peaceful. 

Let’s dispense with the notion that obedience to God always brings good feelings and that disobedience brings anxiety.

Peaceful feelings are simply not a reliable indicator of wise decision-making. 

Relying on peaceful feelings can lead to awful decisions. 

By recognizing that God’s will is that we apply His wisdom and guidance to our decision-making, we reduce the subjectivity of our choices. 

In the Bible study/reading plan:   “What the Bible Says: The Blessing of God’s Will.” from  @YouVersion 

For seven days I considered the blessings that flow from conforming our beliefs to Scripture. 

God’s Word leads us to set aside the notion that we are seeking a personalized, customized will of God for our lives. 

We replace that doomed quest with obedience to God’s Word in our decision-making. 

We decide to place the weight of most of our choices on what God has already said, rather than on vague hopes that He might have some individualized, personalized direction for us. 

This results in the following evidences of a healthy spiritual life:

– freedom from anxiety and guilt

– freedom to recognize the validity of equal options

– freedom to challenge immature and unwise decision of loved ones—and an openness to having our own decisions challenged

– freedom from indecision

– confident choices with minimal subjectivity

Pray:
Father God, I am confident in your ability to accomplish your sovereign will. Nothing will undermine Your master plan. I commit myself to obeying Your Word

Thank You for those instructions for living. 

So I accept that I need not worry about a hidden plan for my life. 

Please, help me to make wise decisions, to be committed to your Word, to be open to hearing from Your people, and to trust that You can handle whatever I choose. 

Thank You for the challenge and the freedom to serve You. 

In the name of Jesus, my Savior and Master, I pray. Amen.

God says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”

James 1:5 NLT

http://bible.com/116/jas.1.5.NLT

Col. 3: Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 

For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. 

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. 

Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. 

Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 

Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.  

You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. 

But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 

Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him

In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. 

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. 

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. 

Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.

 For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. 

And always be thankful. 

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. 

Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. 

Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. 

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged. Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.  

But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done.

 For God has no favorites.

Colossians 3:1‭-‬25 NLT

http://bible.com/116/col.3.1-25.NLT

This is from:  day 7 of the @YouVersion Plan “What the Bible Says: The Blessing of God’s Will.” Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/2RM

Roulette, Fortune Cookies and Other Bad Ideas For Seeking God’s Will

Notes from: day 6 of the @YouVersion Plan
“What the Bible Says: The Blessing of God’s Will.” (Link at bottom)

Blessing #5: We can avoid indecision.

The Bible gives absolutely no plan for discovering God’s individual will.

In fact, the idea of a personalized, divine will for our lives creates a lot of indecision.

People spend inordinate amounts of time agonizing between good choices.

Believers are stuck waiting for “the revelation,” looking for it and longing for it while important decisions need to be made.

People can become dangerously indecisive, or worse, they can manufacture evidence to prove to themselves that God has in fact directed them individually.

Those who insist that faith involves waiting for God’s go-ahead on every decision often end up angry at God for not being specific. They resent Him, even though…

God has given them a wonderful opportunity to make many small choices according to their preference and all big decisions in accord with scriptural wisdom.

For example, some sincere Christians practice what can only be described as Bible roulette.

Wanting to know God’s will, they flip open the pages of a Bible and drop their finger down on a verse, expecting God to direct their random pointer finger.

Where is the danger in that?

They will take words and phrases out of context, apply them to situations they are facing, and make tragic decisions.

Bible roulette is a foolish, dangerous way of trying to determine God’s will!

So are Christian fortune cookies

Well-meaning Christians buy Scripture memory cards (sometimes shaped like loaves of bread or treasure boxes). They flip open the lid, draw the card, and expect to magically get a word from God regarding their lives.

These simple tools designed for Bible memorization get misused as God’s will-telling oracles.

Rather than relying on the wisdom of God’s open Word and the power of the Holy Spirit, they want to treat God as a fortune-teller and His holy Word like a crystal ball.

He wrote a whole Book for us! And we are to study “to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). We must carefully, wisely handle God’s Word.

In addition to Bible roulette and Christian fortune cookies is the first-thought approach.

An old friend of mine explained, “Whenever I want to know what God’s will is, I just pull the lever on my recliner, lie back in the chair, put my feet up, and try to clear my mind of every single, possible thought. Once my mind is completely empty, the next thought that occurs to me—that’s God’s will for me.”

Perhaps that’s more aptly called the “empty-headed” approach to God’s will, and that is such a bad plan!

It provides an invitation to Satan.

Jesus gave a chilling description of what happens to an empty space that isn’t immediately filled with something good (Matt. 12:43–45).

The Bible never tells us to clear our minds of everything.

The Bible does tell us to fill our minds with the truth of God’s Word (Romans 12:2).

We can be drawn into silly little superstitions, trying to discover or even control God’s so-called specific will for our lives.

Don’t get caught up in trying to discover an individual plan for life’s minutiae, only to discover the hard way that it does not exist.

God’s True Word: So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you:
Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.
Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.
Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.
Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:1‭-‬2 MSG
http://bible.com/97/rom.12.1-2.MSG

Another way to put it plain is: Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 NLT
http://bible.com/116/rom.12.2.NLT
This is from day 6 of the @YouVersion Plan What the Bible Says: The Blessing of God’s Will. Check it out here:
http://bible.com/r/2RM
EXTRA FROM MY POST: Pigeon Superstition -I noted…
In the beginning of the flick, Link to Movie, “Mr. Nobody”, They show a pigeon in a box with a potato chip hanging just out of reach. The pigeon wants to reach it & learns to move a little box that is also in the room. He moves the box OVER so it is under the chip & uses it as a step to reach the chip.

Then, they show a controlled feeding door. The door is opened by the pigeon tapping a lever (in the box) that opens the door.

However when they open the door randomly, exposing the food, the pigeon is confused on how to open the door.

Wanting to be in control and still believing in his ability to open the door to eat, the pigeon tries all kinds of movements to open the door-

If the pigeon is flapping its wings when the door opens it thinks that is the way to open the door, it becomes superstitious.

How often this happens to humans, we think if we do some ritual & get some type of feeling or self gratification from it we keep doing it thinking that is what we need to keep doing.

God is not a God of conditions & superstitious acts that will get us into a relationship with Him or to live with Him in eternity

The God of the Bible givesunconditionally.

His grace & mercy is what we need, it is a gift, notgained by anything we could ever do.

He wants a relationship not a religious obligation or some superstitious behavior.

🎵🎶Extra Extra🎶🎵

Song “That’s Exactly” by NewWorldSon:

God’s Will (bigger than ours)

As I’ve been reading God’s Word, studying it and applying it the @YouVersion Plan called  “What the Bible Says: The Blessing of God’s Will.” has been very helpful. This is what I found on day 4  :

Blessing #3: We can recognize the validity of equal options.

Sometimes we get two or more options, and they’re all good ones. How phenomenal that God would bless us with equal options.

It doesn’t matter which we choose. We can choose the one we like. 

God does not hide behind every choice to see if we make a wise decision, hoping to trap us in a mistake. 

God is excited to unfold his sovereign plan that incorporates our decisions, even if we do not fully understand how. Sometimes there are equally good options.

In the traditional view of God’s individualized will, there’s one house you’re supposed to buy and one house you’re not supposed to buy, and you had better figure it out and not buy the wrong house. 

In the biblical view of God’s will, either of the houses may be fine. God will use you on either street. In either place, life will be a mixture of wonderful and hard.

In the traditional view of God’s will, we agonize, “Which car is it, Lord? I can’t decide. I know you have one in mind; show me, God.” Back and forth, back and forth, crying out to God, “Lord, is it the Ford or the Chevy? Which car do I choose? Should it be blue or white?” 

Could it be that God’s will for somebody is a blue vehicle? 

Forget all that. 

We can relax and recognize the validity of equal options. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 ESV

http://bible.com/59/pro.3.5-6.ESV

For the @YouVersion Plan called  “What the Bible Says: The Blessing of God’s Will.” go to: http://bible.com/r/2RM



God’s Divine Will vs. Human’s Desires

Note from day 5 of the @YouVersion Plan

 “What the Bible Says: The Blessing of God’s Will.” 

 If a decision is truly God’s will then we cannot question it, but if we see most decisions as expressions of human will (no matter what the deciders try to call them), then we have an opportunity to approach them in love and express a biblical alternative for a potentially wiser choice. Walking in wisdom and helping others to do the same is truly the will of God according to the Word of God.  

God’s Word: My son, 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.

 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. 

Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

Proverbs 2:1‭-‬10 ESV

http://bible.com/59/pro.2.1-10.ESV 

For more of the @YouVersion Plan

 “What the Bible Says: The Blessing of God’s Will.” 

Go to: http://bible.com/r/2RM

God’s Will -on a continual date with Him (Psalm 31 & Prov. 3)

One of David’s prayers:

For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge

Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord , faithful God. 

I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the Lord.

 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.
Psalms 31:3‭-‬8 ESV

http://bible.com/59/psa.31.3-8.ESV 

Prov. 3 

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. 

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:1‭-‬4 ESV

http://bible.com/59/pro.3.1-4.ESV

Note verse 5-6:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord , and turn away from evil. 

It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. 

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. 

My son, do not despise the Lord ‘s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. 

She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed. 

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew. 

My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck. 

Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. 

If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 

Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. 

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. 

Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you. 

Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you. 

Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm. 

Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways, for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence. 

The Lord ‘s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous. 

Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. 

The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.

Proverbs 3:5‭-‬35 ESV

http://bible.com/59/pro.3.5-35.ESV

The wise man builts his house (life) on the rock (God’s wisdom, even so The Lord Jesus Christ)…

Mt. 7 -Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.  

And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24‭-‬27 ESV)

http://bible.com/59/mat.7.24-27.ESV

Each step, each moment I find myself walking hand in hand with Jesus in a personal relationship with Him. As a read His word He directs my path & builds me up in Him.