Wisdom’s Gentleness

In the book of Hebrews, we are told that God’s word is alive and active…that it is.  Two weeks ago I read the book of James, then yesterday I read again and it spoke differently to me. How is that?  I suppose that is the alive and active part grows, adapts and changes to what we need at any given time in our life.  The Holy Spirit guides us as we dig into the word.

When we are humble, and seeking for what the Lord has for us to grow, the word of God will speak, we need only listen for him.  Be still, and know.  How many times have I read about the tongue, a horse, steering of a ship and fire in James 3?  I taught on it.  Yet it still has a new lesson for me.  A lesson on humility, a lesson on wisdom and a lesson on gentleness.  If you have not read James in a while, go and read it.  It is not a long book.

What words spoke to me differently this time than in the past? Verse 13 “Who is wise and understanding among you?  He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom’s gentleness.” (HCSB)

As I praise and worship my Father with my mouth, I pray not to be cursing my brother or sister with the same.  I pray my actions and my words show wisdom’s gentleness as I go about my life.  May my worship and praise to the King be reflected in my life and in my actions.

Perhaps since our ladies group this year is seeking to “Gain a Heart of Wisdom” those words just jumped out at me. Earlier this summer, I looked up all sorts of verses on wisdom.  There are many!  This verse was not on my list. Perhaps is was timely, wisdom’s gentleness, I planted that seed in my head, wisdom’s gentleness.  I want my speech to be seasoned with gentleness.  I kept reading those words, and I believe they took root when I needed them to act.  Living and active, God’s word ~ Yes, it is!

I have been contemplating my word for 2017, I thought it would be joy, but now I am thinking it may be gentleness.  The Holy Spirit is always working on my heart, for that I am thankful.  God is so good, don’t you think?  His grace and gentleness abounds.

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I pray you bask in his grace and gentleness as you enter into this holiday season.  

As you look at Christmas, look at it simply, look at it as it is; a wonderful gift of love to you from a gracious Father.  fullsizeoutput_718

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Blogging through the bible…For Such A Time As This

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I love the book of Esther…having completed an in depth study with Beth Moore less than a year ago, I was entering this study looking at the first 10 days rather light heartily. Certainly, I would remember what I learned last year.  Instead, the Lord showed me that every time is fresh and new, like looking out the window and seeing the snow that blanketed the ground overnight. Seeing a view like that is fresh and new, even if you are not looking forward to going out in it or driving in it, you still love and appreciate it’s beauty.


I see Esther, poor in spirit, humble and obedient. I see Mordecai, gently leading and guiding her, standing firm on what God has taught him. I see the pride of the King and Haman…now we go on to the rest of the story… focusing on what is good and how we can apply this story of the orphaned little girl whom God used in a mighty way. We all have our story, we all can be used by God, we all have the power to influence people. May God bless you all on this journey!

So, now, having read half of the book of Esther, new nuggets are coming out at me.  From chapter 1, I am reminded that my Lord, King Jesus, freely offers forgiveness and grace!  I have an inheritance with the Father that cannot be repealed as Queen Vashti’s was by her earthly King.  My inheritance is set; it cannot be given away to someone else. Through his eyes of  love God sees his children as perfect and complete, none better than another.  Reading this reinforces in my mind the desire to do my best, for him, in whatever I do.  He gave his best for me.

The King may have exchanged Vashti for Esther, but, God had a plan for Ester’s life and for his people.  He was preparing the way for that to come to pass. God’s fingerprints cover the book of Esther, even though his name may not be mentioned.  

Pride, what do we know about it from bible?  We have all heard the famous verse, “Pride comes before the fall”.  Well, think about those words, the fall of Adam and Eve came about from pride. Pride seems to be at the root of most sin.  We see in Esther great pride of Haman and also of the King Ahasuerus.  Haman’s pride was so great he ordered every Jew be killed and even after that was ordered he became filled with wrath against Mordecai for not bowing down and trembling before him.  Oh, my, Haman, if he only knew the gallows he was having built would be used for his own death and all the mighty honor he was having the king give would not be going to him, but to Mordecai.  

The drama continues in the book of Esther, like a play of drama, pride, passion, rising and falling.  The story encompasses it all!  The story, of the little orphan girl, the girl who’s course was set for the purpose of saving the lives of the people of her heritage in her kingdom.  We know the end of her story.  God wrote it perfectly.  

She allowed it to be carried out because of her pure heart and her respect for her adopted father, Mordecai.  Her obedience to his leading in her life put her in the proper place for such a time as this.  Our obedience and respect for our Father will put us in place for his story of our lives to be perfectly cast and acted out…we are now living in our for such a time as this. How we respond is up to us.    

 Have a listen to Mandisa’s song about Esther

 

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Determination

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“GAZE AT ME; GLANCE AT PROBLEMS—THIS IS the secret of living victoriously.   Your tendency is to gaze at problems for prolonged periods of time, glancing at Me for help… I have called you to live supernaturally, and I have empowered you to do so…  Invite Him (the Holy Spirit) to alert you whenever you get overly focused on problems so you can redirect your attention to Me.”  From the daily devotional by Sarah Young, Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence.

This little devotional is speaking to me this year.   I am currently working through several different studies and reading plans,  one of them being the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study Made to Crave.  Last week the word was #EMPOWERED, this week’s is #DETERMINATION.   I have found one short devotion confirming both to me. Choosing a healthy lifestyle with healthy food choices, choosing to crave God instead of food;  how perfectly this ties it together!

In the Made to Crave study, we were encouraged to use a craving as a prompt to pray.  In doing that I achieve VICTORY!   Rather than letting a craving control me, my thoughts will go to prayer, therefore setting my sights to gaze on Jesus.

Gaze at Jesus, not just glance, but gaze.  Wow!  Think of driving up the top of a mountain, seeing a rest stop and pulling over to admire the view, or looking over another amazing part of creation, such as the Grande Canyon or Niagara Falls.  That is gazing, with wonder and amazement, looking out and wondering how anyone could not believe in a creator at such a sight.   I am sure you know the feeling.

Gaze at Jesus, how much love he had for us to walk the road he walked.  The pain he suffered, the death he died, he died so you and I could live free! He claimed victory when he rose to live again.

I know that we can live victoriously through Christ as we allow him to lead and direct us.  Our thoughts and our actions, day-to-day, are directed by him.  We make a choice in allowing his direction to guide us or not. Determination is, or is not, in the choices we make.  I am determined this year to focus on my Savior and doing what is pleasing to him.

~Day- to-day, in every way, choose to let Jesus lead~

~Set your gaze on him~

Winter Study Good morning girls

Winter Study Good morning girls

If you are looking for an online Bible study, I always am blessed by the Good Morning Girls studies.

January is a time for fresh new starts, new goals, new dreams.  Why not start with a new study.  This can be your daily devotional time, a time to reflect and grow in your walk.  If you enroll and want to join a Face Book Group, I am a part of one and will be happy to connect you.

There are different areas in my life that I want to be intentionally focused on, how about you?

God Bless and have a wonderful day.

FOCUS ON BLESSING, YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF BLESSED