Gentle As Doves

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

The world can be a nasty place. But just because we live in it, doesn’t mean we have to be of it. Through Christ we have a calling to live in holiness, not as the world does.

White dove with olive branch

While we go out doing His will we share His love and His ‘Good News’ with long-suffering, kindness, mercy, and grace. We are approachable, not considering ourselves above others. If we feel we are better then anyone else it means we are not walking in love. Without His love, how can we allow His Word to transform us, never mind reaching a broken world?

Some claim that a holier than thou attitude is a form of judgement, and that we are never to judge. In reality, it is a form of pride. Think of the term ‘passing judgment’. When most people talk about judging it is often to place blame or determine a person’s worth according to their own beliefs. Doing this makes the person’s beliefs their god. But, when we judge to only determine if something is lining up with God’s Word, we are not attacking. We are simply making a statement so-to-speak. That is a righteous and Biblical form of judgement. There is no hate involved towards the person. Our anger is always with the Enemy of our souls. This is part of being wise as serpents.

As people, we are all flawed and imperfect. God wants everyone to receive His redemption. Without proper Biblical judgment, no one would be determined to need a Savior. Our sins were not beyond His forgiveness, let’s not assume anyone else is beyond His forgiveness.

So go out as gentle doves, remaining approachable and in His love, so that one day the person you once determined to be separated from God, may turn around and be won over by your Godly lifestyle and become our sister or brother in the Lord.

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Queen of Foolish & Weak Things

I have decided that I want to be the Queen of the idiots…or kindly said….of the Foolish and Weak Things.

I have an overwhelming desire to open myself up for God to use my life for His will.

Sometimes I feel so inadequate to fulfill the calling Father has placed on my life.

But it is in my weakness that He is made strong. I want to submit myself fully and in all things to His Holy Will. And if I must be a complete fool to do so, then so be it!!!

1 Corinthians 1:27
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

There are some areas in life that seem to come so easily to me to submit myself under His will. Many people are even amazed at times because they tend to be what people perceive as the “big things”. But why, when it comes to everyday things, do I tend to want to do things my way? Who do I presume to know better then He?

What is funny (in a not so funny way) is that this attitude is a peeve of mine. My oldest son is a huge help to me, our family and our ministry. Every so often he will determine that the instructions or boundaries I gave him within a particular responsibility are not as efficient as his way. Doesn’t he realize that the instruction I gave him was for his own good? Doesn’t he know that the task is a little more difficult this way but it will bless him abundantly in the long run? How many times Father must have said that to me, but I didn’t want to hear it. It doesn’t matter that it was in yet another area He is refining me in and that I’ve been through this for what seems to be a million times already.

Father, refine away!!!! I submit fully to You in every way. If I dare try my own way, please knock some sense into me!

Isaiah 55:9
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts .

What Is Your Faith Worth?

This may seem like a silly question but far too many people, Christians included, have relied on others to tell them what to believe.

It is wonderful if, as a new Christian, you have someone to guide you; a person who will open the Bible and show you where to find the answers and even help you learn how to study. But you can’t stay that way forever.

I realized I couldn’t remember why I believed certain things. These were things taught when I was fresh in the Word. It was a time when any research that lasted more then a couple hours must have been exhaustive, at least in my mind.

In addition to spiritual growth, there are many reasons why we need to make each Biblical lesson our own. Many feel that Faith, Trust and Believing are one and the same. Our faith is given because we trust God. We trust God because we believe in His Word. But what do you believe? And more importantly, why do you believe it? I know that I am accountable for my believing. So, why would I take someone’s word for it instead of making the Word my own?

Making the Word your own does not mean private interpretation. What it means is that we must study the word in order to be sure that it is rightly divided and to the point that we “get it”. ( 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.) In my experience, every single study I have done to completion has always resulted in a “I got it” moment. That’s the moment when it all makes sense to you and you know the spirit of God is saying…Yes!

The Bible says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17). This of course is completely true. We are called to witness. As such, most people will hear the Word from our lips. Isn’t it important that the Words we speak be rightly divided so that we bring others into truth?

So what I am asking you today is…What is your faith worth? Do you have first hand knowledge of what the Bible says or did you let someone show you and just took their word for it? Isn’t it possible that as humans we are wrong sometimes? Isn’t it possible that God has something new to reveal to you? Don’t you want to be able to say “Father, I searched Your Word, I strived to understand You and Your Will with all that I am”.

This is not to say that all those who share the Word have bad intentions. Not at all! But the adversary can more easily fool us by making it appear good then by making it obviously bad. How many of you would go out and commit sin full well knowing how hurtful your actions are? How many of you, unknowingly, did something that hurt someone but didn’t know it until after you got the facts? This is what I am talking about.

We need to know that we know that we know the Word for ourselves. We can not be spoon-fed and self-feeding. We can not go out into this evil world standing boldly on the Word when we don’t really know it. It is not wise to build a house without some type of foundation. It is only a matter of time before the house weakens and collapses. We need the Word and we need first hand study. We live in a world with so many false teachings and so many half-truths to steal us from our Father.

My Lord is my rock, what an awesome foundation I aim to claim!

May God bring you to His truth.

Below are some verses I felt led to share. All are in KJV.

Proverbs 10:13

Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (we don’t know the depth of our faith until we are tested).

James 1:6

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

James 1:3

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Whole chapter is awesome!)

1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Ephesians 2:8

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Romans 14:23

And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Romans 3:28

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans 1:17

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

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Every Bird

“God Gives every bird it’s food, but He does not throw it into it’s nest.”

I read this in an email this morning and it just stuck with me. You know that saying, “Where God guides, He provides”? It implies action. Guiding is leading. Leading is moving. Moving is an action. In order to be lead, we must follow. Again, an action that must be taken. God can provide for us abundantly, but what good is it if we don’t take the steps to receive those gifts?

Much like in Luke 8:15, (But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.), we have a responsibility to take the steps
needed in order to receive. How can you expect to get a job if you do not look for one? How does a house get cleaned if we sit and watch tv all day? How can
you find your lost house keys if you don’t look for them? (And don’t say “By having my kids do it” lol).

It could be giving of yourself in service, it could be making a phone call, it could be applying for a job.
What ever it is, it does require you to act. God will never make that action required more then you can do. He may make the means available to act in a way
you would otherwise not be able to accomplish, but He will never make it an impossible task. You have to show your commitment to it and then the pieces will fall into place.

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