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Keeping Your Heart – Biblical defining a fool

We did a Bible study the other evening, it was awesome…it really got me thinking about some junk going on in my life.  Junk, in this case is just circumstances…everybody has junk at one time or another, it’s unfortunate, but it happens…blah blah blah.

MensBibleStudySo the theme of the Bible study was “keeping your heart.”  It was an AWESOME study…and well timed.  As I re-read the scriptures brought forth and spent time in prayer.  God showed me some important things in my life and in His scripture.

Spending time with people who are where you want to be will help you get from where you are to where you need to be.  It’s called mentorship, it’s also called accountability.

Helping-MentorThe Bible is chock-full of excellent examples of mentoring relationships. See Moses learning from his father-in-law, Jethro in Exodus 18. Follow Moses mentoring of Joshua in Deuteronomy 3:28. It’s amazing to see spiritually hungry Elisha run past the other prophets to get to Elijah’s side 2 Kings 2:1-16, passionate about being mentored. Follow David’s growth as his mentor-peer, Jonathan, introduces him to political leadership. Other kings were mentored by their religious teachers.

In the New Testament our supreme model, Jesus Christ, mentored the Twelve and the Three. One of the three, Peter, in turn had some type of mentoring relationship with Barnabas ( Galatians 2:11-13 ).

This applies to ALL areas of our lives.

As a Christian, if you want to be a better Christian, a Godlier person, a person closer to God…you spend time with those people who are Godlier than you are.  You spend time with people that KNOW how to pray, people who are encouragers.

In the gym, if you want to be stronger, you train with people that are stronger than you are. Makes sense, sometimes I just need a reminder.

So, in MY life, that’s where I want to be.  A better Christian, a better preacher, a better father, husband, and better fit than I’ve ever been so that I can be a better example and serve God better than I ever have.

(If I’m to receive criticism here – this is where it’s going to come from) So, as it Walk-a-Mile-in-My-Shoes-criticismseems, as we press on toward the mark…Satan roars his ugly head.  It seems that sometime we have to endure things…junk…and sometime people that have been placed in our lives through no fault of our own.  It’s tough because I find myself battling with my self because I do not want to be judgmental…I’ve been judged by others and it’s NOT fun and biblically unsound.  At the same time we have to face situations and see the fruit for what it is.  The scripture that I ran into was Proverbs 23:9, one translation says Do not talk to a fool, and another says do not speak in the hearing of a fool.  That is what I needed to hear.  As I battle with people that appear to be fools…alas, the Word of God also says we should, aside from not being judgmental, we should not call someone a fool in Matthew 5:22.  I’m not calling anyone a fool, but I’m witnessing the biblical definition of a fool.

I had to go look up the definition of a fool:

1. One who is destitute of reason, or the common powers of understanding; an idiot. Some persons are born fools, and are called natural fools; others may become fools by some injury done to the brain.

2. In common language, a person who is somewhat deficient in intellect, but not an idiot; or a person who acts absurdly; one who does not exercise his reason; one who pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom.

3. In scripture, fool is often used for a wicked or depraved person; one who acts contrary to sound wisdom in his moral deportment; one who follows his own inclinations, who prefers trifling and temporary pleasures to the service of God and eternal happiness.

4. A weak christian; a godly person who has much remaining sin and unbelief.

5. A term of indignity and reproach.

So there’s my thoughts for this evening…I have been very careful to not name names or spread gossip.  These are my personal battles, as I strive to better myself, I find myself questioning myself.  As I study and write down my thoughts I can better analyze my thoughts and motives.  I hope that no one gets offended by my thoughts…on the contrary, I hope that someone gains something from my study.

As I wrap this up…YES, keep your heart – protect your heart as you encounter people and junk that you may not be able to control…you and only you with the power of the Holy Spirit can keep your own heart.

I’m Lovin’ It

McDonald's I'm Lovin' itThis morning, after fighting with the alarm, we finally got up and around.  Got the kids off to school…that 7am bus is a killer when you have 2 2 year olds to get ready and get them on it.  This logo to the left is how I feel this morning…

Got a full plate of stuff to do today but it always starts out best with my Bible reading and prayer time.

We had “church” last night at the coffee house.  It was church minus the steeple…it was good, had 3 teens, 3 kids, & 6 adults…hey, Jack, it’s a start.  It’s the most clear vision I’ve had since our resignation.

The title to my devotion this morning was, “Checklist Before Taking New Territory”  In Joshua 1:2-3 it says in the Amplified Version – Moses My servant is dead. So now arise [take his place], go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, the Israelites. Every place upon which the sole of your foot shall tread, that have I given to you, as I promised Moses.

As I seek God’s direction for my, my life, my family, and my ministry…I seek CLEAR VISION.  We should all have that, a clear vision of exactly where God wants us, what He wants us to be doing, how He wants us to do it.  There should be no doubt that you are serving God where He wants you.  That’s my prayer this morning, that God would clear the vision for me…as it comes into focus that I’d be willing to make the appropriate steps to move into the new roles that He is placing me in.

Be blessed today…God loves you and so do I.

 

Beautifully Imperfect – Already messed’em up?

January 3rd…how are your new year resolutions coming along?  Already Beautifully Imperfectmessed’em up?  A lot of you already know about my resolutions as far as health and fitness go…let me just tell you that yesterday was HORRIBLE as far as my plans…maybe they got messed up a little, but FAILURE it was not, after all it’s only failure if you QUIT.  I didn’t cheat yesterday, it just wasn’t the best diet day that I’ve had, but certainly not the worst day I’ve ever had.  I also didn’t blog yesterday either and it is a DAILY goal of mine…BUT, here I am…I did not QUIT this either.  I came across this picture this morning after reading my devotion, it just fit too well not to include it.

Let me just say that I am totally stoked. Upon weighing in this morning after

muscle

getting up and getting the coffee on, my weight this morning was 201…dropped two pounds since yesterday!  Now, I didn’t do as well as I wanted to yesterday but results happen when you don’t quit, just because you didn’t do as well as you wanted to it doesn’t mean that you have failed.  So today is a NEW day.

DEVOTION FOR TODAY

My devotion for today came out of Psalm 119:33 it says “Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end.”

Three things you find in book of Psalms over and over again: knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.

KNOWLEDGE is that which is gained by our education and what we are taught. UNDERSTANDING speaks more of discerning, which enables us to see the sense in what we have been taught.  We need inner illuminations to discover what the teaching means to our lives.  WISDOM, on the other hand, is a gift from God.  James referred to wisdom as coming from above in James 3:17.

The psalmist made it clear that de desired to know God’s will in order to do God’s will.  He was both teachable and had a desire to learn.  There is a tone of humility and and dependence…he was not filled with just intellectual curiosity but also a desire to comprehend God’s truth in order to use this truth in a life of obedience to God.

We NEED to apply this to God’s word…not just know it, and understand it, but pray that God would give us the wisdom to apply it.  THAT is when the fruit starts spilling out of us and not only is God pleased but people start seeing the fruit of your knowledge and understanding of God and your relationship with Him.

The same should apply daily to ALL of our resolutions, if they are truly worth keeping.  We should PUSH ourselves to be THE BEST that we can do, first with God, then with everything that He has given us.

Be blessed today, read His word, seek knowledge and understanding, pray for and ask for wisdom to apply it.  Not only is it God’s will for you and your life, that is what makes a leader.  You are loved today…

Hope you are blessed and encouraged by this…leave a comment if you are reading this, I am certainly reading them and it encourages me as well.  Now for my coffee and then the gym.

Integrity

Integrity – My morning scripture, Psalm 119:1…I love this!  The bible doesn’t call us to be sinless, in our fleshly nature, that is an impossibility.  However, it calls for us to be blameless, THAT is integrity.  Integrity is the opposite of duplicity and hypocrisy, which is the pretense to be something we are not.  The most difficult life to attempt to live is the one you are not.  Yet, the most blessed and least difficult to live is the life you have been given; be who you are!

Blameless is from the Greek word, memphomai. Which means irreproachable, faultless, or unblamable.

That is the man I want to be.  That is the preacher, husband, father, son, business owner, & leader that I want to be…an open book without fear of what someone may find.  How about you?

Refuge

One of my favorite things is personal devotion time and getting into my John C. Maxwell, “Leadership Promises For Everyday” – Occasionally, I’ll be posting my devotion revelations…this one is especially good, even though this is a leadership devotion – this is for EVERYONE!

Psalm 91:1-2(NIV)

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91 is one my most favorite passages in the Bible.  It has become a running joke at Liberty Grove Assembly of God (We’re on Twitter too @LibertyGroveAG), every time I get into God’s word, THAT scripture becomes my favorite…I believe that it should be the same for EVERYONE…we should all get excited when we open God’s word.

Anyway…there are 6 Promises throughout this text as outlined by John Maxwell but I want to add some revelation that I have received in addition to this, we should all be able to pick up on some of this and use it…I believe ALL of God’s word is applicable to our lives exactly where we are…theology alone and the words in the Bible alone are fruitless if we can’t or don’t apply them.

 

1. God’s Promise Some times it doesn’t feel like you have anyone that you can talk to, like you’re totally alone.  With Christ it NEVER has to be that way.
2. God’s Protection  As you take risks or step out, God keeps you safe.
3. God’s Peace  You don’t have to feel insecure in unknown territory.
4. God’s Perspective  God gives you an eternal view of life that keeps you steady.
5. God’s Provision  Regardless of your needs, God meets them.
6. God’s Power  In adversity, God delivers and helps you reach your goals.