Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish (Prov 12:1)~~ To grow in knowledge, we must admit ignorance or error. For either we did not know the truth about a subject, or we held a false position on that topic. We may even have taught others wrongly, and we will have to admit we taught them an error. Only noble souls can admit ignorance or error, for many will protect their reputation at any cost. To grow in knowledge, someone must teach us. We must submit our mind and will to them. We must admit their superiority in knowledge. We must admit our inferiority. This requires humility, which many people do not have. Only noble souls can willingly submit and be taught by another person. In order to love knowledge, we must love to be taught by others. To grow in knowledge, we must change. Progress requires change, but change is humbling and difficult. Change means letting others see we were lacking or wrong; change means altering long-established habits; change means explaining our new actions to others. Only noble souls can change, for the cost of changing is too great for most people.
The greatest key to progress and success, in any area of our life, is our appreciation and acceptance of instruction and reproof. Jesus Christ has much to teach us to make us perfect. And it will only happen if we are ready to receive instruction, and if we appreciate reproof. If we are humbly eager to be taught of Him, He will send teachers to increase our knowledge. Do you love to be taught? Are you okay with being corrected? Can you take being told when you are wrong? Do you appreciate those who tell you how it ought to be done? Are you thankful for reminders to change? Wise and noble hearts will strongly answer, “Yes!”.
…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matt 17:20)~~ It is good for us to distrust ourselves and our own strength. In our abilities and ways, we concern ourselves with those things that we see as limitations. So much so that many times we stress out over things we think about when we’re trying to succeed in life. We literally start doubting and losing the very foundations of our faith because of things we think about as challenges to us. Our obstacles in life are not physical artifacts (literal mountains) that tangibly impact us, but more about the thoughts and fears in our minds (that seem bigger than anything we could overcome)! This is the most prominent devilish attack…
The extraordinary power of Satan must not discourage our faith, but quicken us to more earnestness in praying to God for the increase of it. By faith, we can overcome those fears…not in an embattled standoff, but bringing our very thoughts captive to the word of Christ; to means by which Satan’s strongholds in the soul are beaten down. When you walk in this faith in the Lord, He keeps in perfect peace the mind that is stayed on Him; because that mind trusts in Him (Isa 26:3). When you praise the Lord for His hand on your life, He clears that obstacle from your mind (moves the “mountain”) and rewards your faith…you are no longer held hostage by that obstacle…For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear (Rom 8:15); For God hath not given us the spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7)…Friend, go forward FEARLESS in FAITH today, knowing that God has made the way for you and He has made your path clear…moving that mountain out of your way!!
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Ps 27:13)~ There is nothing like the believing hope of eternal life, the foresights of that glory, and foretastes of those pleasures, to keep us from fainting under all calamities. Life can be awesome one minute and a downpour of trials the next, but seeing God work, even in someone else’s life somehow strengthens me to bear up under my own burdens. Knowing that God is always at work for us keeps me inspired to pray in faith, knowing that ultimately He will deliver me in trials and keep me from destruction.
Sometimes YOUR blessing comes from seeing Him bless SOMEONE ELSE! Let us encourage each other to wait on the Lord, with patient expectation, and fervent (passionate) prayer. Since we know that much comes from the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous in God, we should be that much more inspired! Plus, It may bring the deliverance of your own favor! Try praying for someone else today and even better, try praising The Lord for blessing someone else’s life; and watch what these selfless acts bring you! The key here though is not that YOU get something out of it, but that to GOD goes the glory! When you are truly asking the best for someone and truly thankful and praising because of what God does for them, the blessing of warmth in your own spirit will take place. Believe me, you will find that blessing to be much more than you might ask or think! Take true joy in seeing someone else blessed and in turn may YOU be blessed!
Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it; Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (Acts 2:24, 26-27)– But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 15:57)~ O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (1 Cor 15:55)~ my heart is saddened to know a young man who passed away today after an accident – he was only 15 but I’d known him and his family since he was around 5 and this loss is so tragic! Our young friend is gone way too soon and this just hurts so many of us!
It’s a struggle to come to grips with it but I’m rejoicing in that the finished work of Christ means that the death that took our young friend to the grave will remain there when He gets his incorruptible risen new living body in Christ. His earthly body is now truly empty as His soul now rests in The Lord. The feeling of loss may seem a defeat to us when we lose a loved one… it truly hurts but God’s promised comforter reminds us that our friend is now standing in Victory circle, forever rejoicing and praising The Lord our God in Heaven! Blessed be the mighty name of Jesus, without whom none of this would be. Once again, the devil thinks he’s won and destroyed lives, but once again because we believe, the enemy and death are defeated and the devil is a LIE!
Forever rest in the peace of God my young friend! Amen!
I will send my terror before you and will throw into confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you (Ex 23:27). I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust (Ps 91:2)~ To have seen the dangers I’ve seen this week and to see it avoid me! The enemy set out to eliminate me but the Hand of God was on me. I came within seconds of being a crime statistic but He moved the enemy on and moved me and my family out of harm’s way and we were spared and unharmed. In that fearful situation I had complete confidence and calm… Perfect peace. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident (Ps 27:3) – I’m so thankful today that He has His hand on me. Let this be a confidence for YOU: God is able and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him!
But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. — Luke 5:16
Our society wants us to spend every waking second of our lives doing something. As a result, the pace of life can become quite daunting. There are clients to meet, deadlines to make, calls to return. We run at 10,000 RPM for the entire day, then make our way home and have to deal with cooking dinner, washing laundry, and getting the kids to bed.
We must learn to slow down in life. Racecars cannot be repaired while on the track, so why do we think we can “be still, and know” God (Psa. 46:10) when we cannot find the time to take a break?
But there is a way to slow down when we’re running full throttle all day and night. It’s called margin. Put another way, it could be considered a reserve or simply breathing room. Jesus thought it was important enough that he made it a routine part of his life on earth–he recognized his earthly limits and took time to get recharged.
Consider this: When you don’t have any margin in your life, you cannot fully accomplish the things God reveals for you to do.
There are numerous ways we can introduce breathing room into our lives. We can learn to say no when we’re already overloaded with tasks. We can anticipate the unexpected and add some time to the front end of meetings. We can take opportunities to laugh, cry, and rest. We can also take time to help others in ways that allow them to experience breathing room in their lives.
Don’t move so fast that God’s voice is lost in the everyday. Take time to slow down and breathe so you can grow and get to know the Savior as a friend.