THE FATHER vs. fathers

Our earthly fathers may not always be an example of our Heavenly Father.

The following is from day 2 of the @YouVersion Plan

The Heart Of Man: Overcoming Shame And Finding Identity.

Check it out here:
http://bible.com/r/1BF

“We are sons and we are to call him Abba – there is something in us that knows what it is like to be so small and so protected by a great father. Most of us didn’t have one, but those who did know what it is like to crawl up in his lap and have him beam over us.”

Often, we are confused, tripped up, even crippled by earthly fathers who were wounded by their own wounded fathers. Many of them weren’t even sure they wanted to be fathers. You may have experienced firsthand being parented by a father who didn’t really want to know you or be known by you. To have the person who was supposed to love you most not want to know what hurts you, or what brings you joy is devastating. To be hit, verbally or physically, by someone who knew how to parent only by fear and dominance can handicap you. This early impression can take a lifetime to overcome.

It is hard for us to believe that we have this kind of powerful, adoring, intentional Papa. Depending on your background it might be difficult to see God the Father in this intimate way. However, one of the beautiful truths of being a follower of Jesus is that God is your Father when you feel like it’s true and when you don’t, and you are a son or daughter when you run and hide and when you stay and enjoy His presence.

Reflection: What do you struggle to believe is true about God the Father because of your earthly father?


“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?
Matthew 7:7‭-‬11 MSG
http://bible.com/97/mat.7.7-11.MSG

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FAMILY WITH MISFITS

Before my immediate blood related family members misunderstand me, let me clarify, I’m talking about everyone who is related or will be related, blood related, through the blood of Jesus Christ.

God’s Family is:

  • Not a clique of people who think they are all like minded people.
  • Not an organization.
  • Not some type of members only club.

God’s family is open for all who want & need belonging.

Watch “Newsboys Family Of God (Lyric Video)” on YouTube

Lyrics:

“Family Of God”

I know ya thinking… you’re the only one
I see you hiding out ‘cause of what you’ve done
All your shame got you on the run
I been there, too, and it just ain’t fun

This is a message to the saints
The table has been set, so take your place
There is no more condemnation
There is only grace
We are family here
Colors and stains disappear
There is no doubt you belong
This is the family of God

No matter who you were when you walked through the door
Here you’re no orphan anymore

Brothers and sisters by blood
This is the Family of God
Oh, we are
Sons and daughters of the King
We are
We are the royal family

Hey drifter, you can come on home
You’re no stranger, yeah, you are known
Heavy burdens, leave ‘em at the door
‘Cause this is our Father’s world
For this is our Father’s world

This is a message to the saints
The table has been set, so take your place
There is no more condemnation
There is only grace
So, child of God
Your adoption, it is done
This family is forever
And we’ve just begun


So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!
Romans 8:12‭-‬17 MSG
http://bible.com/97/rom.8.12-17.MSG

What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.
1 John 3:1 MSG
http://bible.com/97/1jn.3.1.MSG

Would any of you who are fathers give your son a stone when he asks for bread? Or would you give him a snake when he asks for a fish? Bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:9‭-‬11 GNB
http://bible.com/296/mat.7.9-11.GNB

Go to 👉I love the Father but have trouble with others in the family if you’re struggling with going to or being part of the church.

Also 👉 Messiah’s Misfits

to see how Christ related to & accepted those who other consider “misfits”.

What Does The Fog Say?

Day 1 of the @YouVersion Plan Depression: A Devotional For The Wounded Spirit. Check it out here:
http://bible.com/r/gA

-this is part of it…

For many, there can often be the misconception that when you find Jesus, you’ll stop feeling bad and life will be pretty. But that’s not reality, is it? Friends and loved ones die. Unjust suffering occurs. Our friends can betray us. Sometimes we’re left in what seems like a never-ending night, perhaps without even an obvious cause.

For a few more thoughts I find helpful go to: The Suicide Fog Blog (Where Did This Fog Come From) . 👈this was one of the best illustration for what happens when living with *GAMES OR TRICKS GOING ON IN OUR MIND…such as Bi-polar disorder and how to cope.

*Our bodies are complex organisms.

  • The physical side seems obvious. We feel pain, aches, soarness, bruises even a paper-cut gets our attention.
  • The mental side is harder to understand. Some how chemicals in our brain can cause us to not be in touch with reality. There are hundreds of issues we can deal with and the best psyc. Doctors in the world are still striving to learn more about that side of us.
  • The Spiritual side (our hearts/souls/inner being) is also part of who we are, what convicts, drives, motivates us.

This blog & my personal written journals help me look at how things really are, not just how I think they may be.

One last link on this: 3 Things To Do While In The Fog

A Simply Story We ALL Need To Hear

Jesus went across to Mount Olives, but he was soon back in the Temple again.

Swarms of people came to him. He sat down and taught them.

The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery.

They stood her in plain sight of everyone and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him.

Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him.

He straightened up and said, “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.”

Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt.

Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest.

The woman was left alone.

Jesus stood up and spoke to her. “Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?” “No one, Master.” “Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.”
John 8:1‭-‬6‭, ‬6‭-‬11 MSG
http://bible.com/97/jhn.8.1-11.MSG

It’s up to each individual person to believe this story or not. It’s up to each individual to what degree they believe in and of Jesus.

Christians, believers, it is up to us to love them regardless of their choice.

Watch “Fireflight – Unbreakable” on YouTube


EXTRA –

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.”

The Pharisees objected, “All we have is your word on this. We need more than this to go on.”

Jesus replied, “You’re right that you only have my word. But you can depend on it being true. I know where I’ve come from and where I go next. You don’t know where I’m from or where I’m headed.

You decide according to what you can see and touch. I don’t make judgments like that. But even if I did, my judgment would be true because I wouldn’t make it out of the narrowness of my experience but in the largeness of the One who sent me, the Father.

That fulfills the conditions set down in God’s Law: that you can count on the testimony of two witnesses. And that is what you have: You have my word and you have the word of the Father who sent me.”

They said, “Where is this so-called Father of yours?”

Jesus said, “You’re looking right at me and you don’t see me. How do you expect to see the Father? If you knew me, you would at the same time know the Father.” He gave this speech in the Treasury while teaching in the Temple. No one arrested him because his time wasn’t yet up.

Then he went over the same ground again. “I’m leaving and you are going to look for me, but you’re missing God in this and are headed for a dead end. There is no way you can come with me.”

The Jews said, “So, is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by ‘You can’t come with me’?”

Jesus said, “You’re tied down to the mundane; I’m in touch with what is beyond your horizons.

You live in terms of what you see and touch. I’m living on other terms.

I told you that you were missing God in all this. You’re at a dead end. If you won’t believe I am who I say I am, you’re at the dead end of sins. You’re missing God in your lives.”

They said to him, “Just who are you anyway?” Jesus said, “What I’ve said from the start. I have so many things to say that concern you, judgments to make that affect you, but if you don’t accept the trustworthiness of the One who commanded my words and acts, none of it matters. That is who you are questioning—not me but the One who sent me.”

They still didn’t get it, didn’t realize that he was referring to the Father.

So Jesus tried again. “When you raise up the Son of Man, then you will know who I am—that I’m not making this up, but speaking only what the Father taught me. The One who sent me stays with me. He doesn’t abandon me. He sees how much joy I take in pleasing him.”

When he put it in these terms, many people decided to believe.

Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”

Surprised, they said, “But we’re descendants of Abraham. We’ve never been slaves to anyone. How can you say, ‘The truth will free you’?” Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. A slave is a transient, who can’t come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.

I know you are Abraham’s descendants. But I also know that you are trying to kill me because my message hasn’t yet penetrated your thick skulls. I’m talking about things I have seen while keeping company with the Father, and you just go on doing what you have heard from your father.”

They were indignant. “Our father is Abraham!” Jesus said, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would have been doing the things Abraham did. And yet here you are trying to kill me, a man who has spoken to you the truth he got straight from God! Abraham never did that sort of thing. You persist in repeating the works of your father.”

They said, “We’re not bastards. We have a legitimate father: the one and only God.” “If God were your father,” said Jesus, “you would love me, for I came from God and arrived here. I didn’t come on my own. He sent me. Why can’t you understand one word I say? Here’s why: You can’t handle it. You’re from your father, the Devil, and all you want to do is please him. He was a killer from the very start. He couldn’t stand the truth because there wasn’t a shred of truth in him. When the Liar speaks, he makes it up out of his lying nature and fills the world with lies. I arrive on the scene, tell you the plain truth, and you refuse to have a thing to do with me. Can any one of you convict me of a single misleading word, a single sinful act? But if I’m telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Anyone on God’s side listens to God’s words. This is why you’re not listening—because you’re not on God’s side.”

The Jews then said, “That clinches it. We were right all along when we called you a Samaritan and said you were crazy—demon-possessed!”

Jesus said, “I’m not crazy. I simply honor my Father, while you dishonor me. I am not trying to get anything for myself. God intends something gloriously grand here and is making the decisions that will bring it about. I say this with absolute confidence. If you practice what I’m telling you, you’ll never have to look death in the face.”

At this point the Jews said, “Now we know you’re crazy. Abraham died. The prophets died. And you show up saying, ‘If you practice what I’m telling you, you’ll never have to face death, not even a taste.’ Are you greater than Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you think you are!”

Jesus said, “If I turned the spotlight on myself, it wouldn’t amount to anything. But my Father, the same One you say is your Father, put me here at this time and place of splendor. You haven’t recognized him in this. But I have. If I, in false modesty, said I didn’t know what was going on, I would be as much of a liar as you are. But I do know, and I am doing what he says. Abraham—your ‘father’—with jubilant faith looked down the corridors of history and saw my day coming. He saw it and cheered.”

The Jews said, “You’re not even fifty years old—and Abraham saw you?” “Believe me,” said Jesus, “ I am who I am long before Abraham was anything.”

That did it—pushed them over the edge. They picked up rocks to throw at him. But Jesus slipped away, getting out of the Temple.
John 8:12‭-‬59 MSG
http://bible.com/97/jhn.8.12-59.MSG

Music Effects (The Conductor)

This post isn’t on musical effects but about the effect music has on me.

As you watch & listen to this clip consider how it effects you…

Watch “Snarky Puppy, Metropole Orkest – Gretel” on YouTube

I may be going out onto a limb here, like one of the characters in the stories I write (hello Dr. Rooosha) but when I listen to music, especially like this one, my mind goes on a trip.

To me, it is like a drug. I am so moved.

When I played percussion for various bands I felt like I was part of something so much larger than me. Being the drummer I never felt like I was in control of the rest of the band; however I was a significant part of the whole and if I dragged (played slower) or rushed (played faster) it would cause the whole band or orchestra to move in that direction. As the drummer (part of the rhythm section -drums, bass & piano) I also followed the bass primarily and if they dragged or rushed I would try to remain consistent but would often be swept away or carried by them rather than carry them.

That is why we have to follow the chief conductor.

Music “To the chief musician” Bill Himes:

We must give our attention to the creator, the conductor of life, in order for all the parts of life’s orchestration to come together & not only make beautiful music but to have the effect HE wants.

Music, “All That I am” (William Himes)

Note: The above piece was written during one of the darkest & hardest times in Bill Himes’ life as his wife was terminally ill with cancer.

I wrote a piece called “Living Hope” that was only on audio cassette tapes and has been loss forever: however, my hope remains. Bill Himes helped me write one of my fist arrangements, “Teach Me How To Love Thee”, again only recorded and preserved onto cassette tapes but it still remains in my heart & as a prayer in the ears of my master Jesus Christ.

The only thing that will last is God’s Word…

so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11 NIV
http://bible.com/111/isa.55.11.NIV

The lasting effects of God’s Word in my life will last forever.

May you make it so in your life as well.

Strong Enough ~ Living Proof

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.
Philippians 2:13 AMPC
http://bible.com/8/php.2.13.AMPC

Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy.
Philippians 2:16‭-‬17 NLT
http://bible.com/116/php.2.16-17.NLT

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:11‭-‬13 NLT
http://bible.com/116/php.4.11-13.NLT


EXTRAS –

  • If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ,
  • if his love has made any difference in your life,
  • if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you,
  • if you have a heart,
  • if you care —

then do me a favor:

Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.

Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top.

Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.

Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human ! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

What I’m getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning.

When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience.

Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up.

Better yet, redouble your efforts.

Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God.

That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give HIM the most pleasure.

Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed!

Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society.

Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God.

(Be living proof)

Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns.

You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing.

Even if I am executed here and now, I’ll rejoice in being an element in the offering of your faith that you make on Christ’s altar, a part of your rejoicing.

But turnabout’s fair play—you must join me in my rejoicing. Whatever you do, don’t feel sorry for me. I plan (according to Jesus’ plan) to send Timothy to you very soon so he can bring back all the news of you he can gather. Oh, how that will do my heart good! I have no one quite like Timothy. He is loyal, and genuinely concerned for you. Most people around here are looking out for themselves, with little concern for the things of Jesus. But you know yourselves that Timothy’s the real thing.

He’s been a devoted son to me as together we’ve delivered the Message.

As soon as I see how things are going to fall out for me here, I plan to send him off. And then I’m hoping and praying to be right on his heels. But for right now, I’m dispatching Epaphroditus, my good friend and companion in my work. You sent him to help me out; now I’m sending him to help you out. He has been wanting in the worst way to get back with you. Especially since recovering from the illness you heard about, he’s been wanting to get back and reassure you that he is just fine. He nearly died, as you know, but God had mercy on him. And not only on him—he had mercy on me, too. His death would have been one huge grief piled on top of all the others.

So you can see why I’m so delighted to send him on to you. When you see him again, hale and hearty, how you’ll rejoice and how relieved I’ll be. Give him a grand welcome, a joyful embrace! People like him deserve the best you can give. Remember the ministry to me that you started but weren’t able to complete? Well, in the process of finishing up that work, he put his life on the line and nearly died doing it.
Philippians 2:1‭-‬30 MSG
http://bible.com/97/php.2.1-30.MSG

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing.

Then the God of peace will be with you. How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
Philippians 4:8‭-‬14 NLT
http://bible.com/116/php.4.8-14.NLT

Win or lose in this world’s eyes, come hell or high water (a flood) Christ give us strength to carry on.

Hope = Opposition & Opportunity

One Stone, One Throw, One dead giant

Be living proof

R & R from Religion thru  Rhythms of Grace.

This morning I want to look at “R & R”. Those can stand for Rest & Relaxtion or Refreshment and Recreation.

The context in which Jesus talks about rest in Matt. 11 is a relief from Religion Jesus gives His perspective…

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].
MATTHEW 11:28 AMP
http://bible.com/1588/mat.11.28.AMP

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with mewatch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 MSG
http://bible.com/97/mat.11.28-30.MSG

I’ve done many posts on Relationship vs. Religion, mainly because Christ emphasizes a relationship with Him rather than trying to please God through religious rituals.

As we read His word & develop a relationship with Him (walk with Him) each moment in our lives we grow in His grace, we fall deeper in love with Him and we find that what He wants loyalty out of (motivated by) love not obligation.

Grace is God giving us what we do not deserve.

He gives an unconditional love, unlike the world we know around us.

G.r.a.c.e. = God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense

So, we don’t need to try and earn God’s love, we can’t. We owe a debit we can not pay. He paid a debit we can not pay. And He paid that debit even though He did not owe it.

We are freed from sin, guilt, pain & spiritual bankruptcy all because of Christ.

He gave/gives His life as a gift. He laid it down, no one took it from Him, He willingly laid it down for all.

All we must do is pick it up. As we pick-up Christ’s life, His Spirit fills us and we live new, different, justified & free.

Jesus says,

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. [Jer. 6:16.] For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 AMPC
http://bible.com/8/mat.11.28-30.AMPC

Stuck In Own Little World

We all live in our own little world and if we are born again we are not of this world. We may not related very well to things around us and long to be with Christ in glory, where we find no more pain, no more tears, dieing or death.

People say, “No man is an island.” Others are connected to us and we are connected to others. We are effected and effect. We are over shadowed and cast our shadow. However, sometimes we feel like we are all alone and that we can’t identify with others and yet when we interact with others they inspire & influence us and may even tell us of how we’ve inspired & influence them.

The thing is, sometimes there seems to be a big stretch of water between each of us, like an island, but we need only to find the bridge.

As important as a relationship with others is, even more important is our relationship to Christ & His body.

The following is an excerpt from day 1 of the @YouVersion Plan “The Heart Of Man: Overcoming Shame And Finding Identity”

A picture is painted of a table with our Heavenly Father at the head of that table, head over all of us, joining us in relation to Him & each other, fit together in Him, in perfect harmony.

The depth and goodness of the relationships provide an atmosphere where pain and loss, grief and loneliness do not carry the same power as they would in isolation. And healing is not just a theory, but an ongoing practice that takes place day in and day out.

Perhaps you have experienced this kind of community and safety – most likely you have longed for it.

Even at this bountiful table or community, however, we notice something very early on. Not all of us are able to fully enjoy the meal. Sometimes we’re preoccupied and struggle to stay in the moment.

Maybe that’s how it is for you, too. Half here, with friends or family, and half in your own head . . . islands away.

But never the Father. He is always there, and He sees what no one else can.

Even while He is blessing and enjoying everyone at the table, He understands that we are islands away, and He’s already planning how He will bring us back home.

Looking back at the account of the early Church we see a community & connection much needed:

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper ), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
Acts of the Apostles 2:42‭-‬47 NLT
http://bible.com/116/act.2.42-47.NLT

When in a relationship with God He is faithful in His promises to His Children:

Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.
Isaiah 55:2‭-‬3 NLT
http://bible.com/116/isa.55.2-3.NLT

Check out day 1 of the @YouVersion Plan “The Heart Of Man: Overcoming Shame And Finding Identity” by going to 👉http://bible.com/r/1BF

Maybe we just don’t feel worth to gather at a table with others, let alone with Christ. We want deep fellowship but feel like we are not welcome & don’t belong.

Well, none of us are worthy but Christ is our redeemer, God is our righteousness and He forgives & makes us right. He will take away the pain & shame.

What if our shame was a bridge not a barrier?

You & i are not alone.

May we come to Christ, hear Him and enjoy deep fellowship in Him & each other.

God’s Kings vs. Our Kings (Proverbs 16) part 4

This is part 4, looking at 4 focal points in Proverbs 16 (plans, success, wisdom, kings)

The specific focus in this part is God’s Kings (Kingman ship, kingdom & rulings) vs. Our kings (self, leaders & lifestyle).

The king speaks with divine authority; his decisions are always right.

Kings cannot tolerate evil, because justice is what makes a government strong.

A king wants to hear the truth and will favour those who speak it.

A wise person will try to keep the king happy; if the king becomes angry, someone may die.

The king’s favour is like the clouds that bring rain in the springtime — life is there.
Proverbs 16:10‭, ‬12‭-‬15 GNB
http://bible.com/296/pro.16.10-15.GNB

In our societies we experience political leaders (types of kings), some good some…well, not so good. However, our lives need not revolve around any particular leader of religion, politics or places.

Christ is our ultimate King. He is The King of all kings.

In Him we will find fullness and The perfect plans, true success, wisdom beyond our abilities and a kings who is above all.

This look at Proverbs 16 has helped me see Jesus as my planner, one who gives & makes me a success in life, teaches wisdom and all because I’ve made Him my king.

God’s Wisdom vs. Our Wickedness (Proverbs 16) part 3

I noted 4 main subjects in Proverbs 16 this morning –

  • God Plans vs. Our plans
  • God’s Success vs. Our success
  • God’s Wisdom vs. Our Wickedness
  • God’s Kings vs. Our king

Now let’s look at God’s Wisdom vs. Man’s wickedness.

Everything the LORD has made has its destiny; and the destiny of the wicked is destruction.

The LORD hates everyone who is arrogant; he will never let them escape punishment.

Be loyal and faithful, and God will forgive your sin.

Obey the LORD and nothing evil will happen to you.

When you please the LORD , you can make your enemies into friends.

Kings cannot tolerate evil, because justice is what makes a government strong.

Those who are good travel a road that avoids evil; so watch where you are going — it may save your life.

Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall.

Pay attention to what you are taught, and you will be successful; trust in the LORD and you will be happy.

A wise, mature person is known for his understanding.

The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.

Wisdom is a fountain of life to the wise, but trying to educate stupid people is a waste of time.

Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive.

Evil people look for ways to harm others; even their words burn with evil.

Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships.

Violent people deceive their friends and lead them to disaster.

Watch out for people who grin and wink at you; they have thought of something evil.

Long life is the reward of the righteous; grey hair is a glorious crown. (The hoary head is a crown of beauty and glory if it is found in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation). [Prov. 20:29.]
Proverbs 16:31 AMPC)
Proverbs 16:4‭-‬7‭, ‬12‭, ‬17‭-‬18‭, ‬20‭-‬23‭, ‬27‭-‬31 GNB
http://bible.com/296/pro.16.4-31.GNB

The Proverbs speak a lot about wisdom, right from the start…

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:1‭-‬7 NIV

Wisdom is the opposite of foolish just as righteousness is the opposite of wicked. I see God comparing and contrasting the two all the time.

Jesus shared this parable about the wise & the foolish, the righteous & the wicked,

“So then, anyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain poured down, the rivers overflowed, and the wind blew hard against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on rock.

But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain poured down, the rivers overflowed, the wind blew hard against that house, and it fell. And what a terrible fall that was!”

When Jesus finished saying these things, the crowd was amazed at the way he taught. He wasn’t like the teachers of the Law; instead, he taught with authority.
Matthew 7:24‭-‬29 GNB

God’s Wisdom far out weighs ours. His thoughts are not our thoughts (Is. 55). Our very best is like filthy rags compared to Him & all He is (Note one translation is, “We are all like one who is unclean, all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight. We all wither like a leaf; our sins carry us away like the wind.
Isaiah 64:6 NET -new English translation).

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.
James 1:5 NIV

Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom?

Here’s what you do:

  • Live well,
  • live wisely,
  • live humbly.
  • It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts.

Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving.

Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.
James 3:13‭-‬16 MSG

Back to Proverbs 16;

You may think everything you do is right, but the LORD judges your motives.

The LORD hates everyone who is arrogant; he will never let them escape punishment.

Be loyal and faithful, and God will forgive your sin.

Obey the LORD and nothing evil will happen to you.

When you please the LORD , you can make your enemies into friends.

It is better to have a little, honestly earned, than to have a large income gained dishonestly.

It is better — much better — to have wisdom and knowledge than gold and silver.

Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall. It is better to be humble and stay poor than to be one of the arrogant and get a share of their loot.

Pay attention to what you are taught, and you will be successful; trust in the LORD and you will be happy.

A wise, mature person is known for his understanding.

The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.

Wisdom is a fountain of life to the wise, but trying to educate stupid people is a waste of time.

Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive. Kind words are like honey — sweet to the taste and good for your health. Evil people look for ways to harm others; even their words burn with evil. Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships. Violent people deceive their friends and lead them to disaster.
Proverbs 16:2‭, ‬5‭-‬8‭, ‬16‭, ‬18‭-‬24‭, ‬27‭-‬29 GNB

Wisdom & righteousness only come from God. If we are not linked, synced & joined with Him we have neither wisdom or righteousness.

He is our righteousness and wisdom oonly comes from Him.