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God’s Wisdom Test

Gods Wisdom Test

In church we are currently studying the book of Proverbs.  When we began to study this book in our notes we were given what was called God’s wisdom test for our “wise” choices.  Since then I have referred back to this several times, because of that I want to share it here. I am always questioning my choices, and are the things I am thinking about good in the eyes of God, or is it something that is just what I want.  I know I have shared before on ways to check your motivations.  But this one has come straight from the bible and I love that.

  1. The Compliance Test: God’s standard of excellence and maturity.
    • Is what I am thinking about doing in accordance to the wishes, demands, and requirements of God and His Word?
      • Your Word is a lamp for my steps; it lights the path before me. Psalm 119:105
      • All of scripture is God-breathed; in its inspired voice, we hear useful teaching, rebuke, correction, instruction and training for a life that is right so that God’s people (you and me) may be up to the task ahead and have all we need to accomplish every good work. 2 Tim. 3:16-17
  2. The Conscientious Test: God’s standards of moral and ethical principles and truths
    • Is what I am thinking about doing controlled and done according to the one’s inner sense of what is right by God’s Word and His Holy Spirit?
    • Would I want everyone to know about this decision?
      • The path of integrity is always safe, but a person who follows a crooked way will be exposed. Prov 10:9
      • So if you know the right way to live and ignore it, it is sin-plain and simple. James 4:17
      • Be sure that your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23
  3. The Choice Test: God’s standards of a more desirable and holy condition.
    • Is what I am thinking about doing based on what God says is excellent toward Him and others?
    • Will it make me a better DISCIPLE of Christ?
      • Run away from immature desires. Instead direct your passion to chasing after righteousness, faithfulness, love and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord with pure hearts. 2 Tim. 2:22
      • Here is a last piece of advice. If you believe in goodness and if you value the approval of God, fix your minds on the things which are holy and right and pure beautiful and good. Model your conduct on what you have learned from me, on what I have told you and shown you, and you will find the God of peace will be with you. Phil 4:8-9
  4. The Control Test: God’s standards of self-control and devotion.
    • Is what I am thinking about doing becoming destructive, dysfunctional and debilitating toward my relationship with God and others?
    • Could it become an ADDICTION/OBSESSION?
      • Don’t invite that insufferable tyrant of sin back into your life so you won’t become obedient to its destructive desires. The question before you is: What will be your master? Will it be sin-which will lead to certain death-or obedience-which will lead to a right and reconciled life? Rom. 6:12, 16
      • Let us drop every extra weight, every sin that clings to us and slackens our pace….stay focused on Jesus. Heb. 12:1-2
  5. The Consequence Test: God’s standards of our witness and influence
    • Is what I am thinking about doing going to result in God’s glory or will I choose to diminish His glory and cause others to stumble?
    • Will it harm OTHERS?
      • God does care when you use your freedom carelessly in a way that leads a fellow believer still vulnerable to those old associations to be thrown off track. 1 Cor. 8:9b
      • Even if we believe that it makes no difference…whether we do these things, still we cannot just go ahead and do them to please ourselves; we must bear the ‘burden’ of being considerate of the doubts and fears of others…Rom. 15:1-2
  6. The Cause Test: God’s standards of our responsibility on the use of time, talent and treasure.
    • Is what I am thinking of doing the best use of the borrowed time and resources that God has entrusted with me for His kingdom?
    • Is it the best use of my TIME and LIFE?
      • So be careful how you live; be mindful of your steps. Don’t run around like idiots as the rest of the world does. Instead, walk as the wise! Make the most of every living breathing moment because these are evil times. So understand and be confident in God’s will, and don’t live thoughtlessly. Eph. 5:15-17

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Stolen {A Review}

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I recently finished the book Stolen by Katariina Rosenblatt, PhD, this was an eye-opening book on the horrors of sex trafficking and how it happens here in the United States.  While it was a very good book however it was not a book that I enjoyed.  I don’t mind reading about serious topics and generally enjoy it yet I could not connect well with this book.  It seemed like the author wrote the book purposefully just to promote her organization There is H.O.P.E. For Me, Inc.

The book was eye-opening in revealing just how easily children can fall into sex trafficking and how manipulative the people can be.  It also goes to show me the many reasons I have to be thankful that I never fell into anything like this.  It did well to explain why people find it so hard to escape from this kind of lifestyle even when they want to do just that.

The authors story is an amazing one, because she shares the ups and downs that she has faced to become free.  All in all it was a good book, just not one I felt a personal connection with.

 

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Breathing Room {Review}

Breathing Room

 

This book caught me from the introduction, I found myself sharing pictures of quotes.  It is a much-needed book, a combination of recovery and Christianity, Leeana Tankersley has reached out to a population that is often ignored.  Most Christian living books offer helpful advice, yet many come from a perspective of having it all together. This book is different in the fact that it approaches things from a recovery standpoint.  What I mean by recovery isn’t just a recovery from addictions, although it may help with that, but a recovery from the times that life has sapped you of everything you have to give and you simply have nothing left.  This book is for those that have been there and need to understand that life goes on and it gets better.  This book is for those people who feel like they are the only ones who have ever felt THIS way.  She talks about coming apart and how hard it is, and the questions we may have about ourselves and our faith as we go through this struggle.  This is not a typical book about rest, or even about falling apart or getting yourself together.  This is a refreshing view of doing life while giving yourself grace, taking responsibility and giving yourself permission to be human and have feelings that might not line up with everyone else’s view of reality.

This is the perfect book for that person who feels like they just don’t know how to go on, or they don’t understand how they got in this mess to begin with.  She gives you practical steps and principals for processing things and for reclaiming your life.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Reads Blog Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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On Resting and Waiting

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I have gotten out of the habit of writing daily. With trying to figure out what is going on with my health that keeps me exhausted all the time and working 48 hours a week, I haven’t had a lot of words.  Today though I would like to share some of the things that I am learning.  There is an importance to resting and simply being still before Jesus.  Sometimes we need to simply be with Christ and not striving to accomplish anything.

Over and over God is teaching me this need for rest, and a Godly balance.  I also find that I am in a period of waiting for direction from God.  I found this posted on Facebook the other day and jotted it down, I don’t recall who shared it….but I wanted to share.

Waiting. It means you don’t have the control you’d fought for, agonized over, attempted to create. It means you must surrender what you think is best and the time frame you think it must take place. It means you trust that God does indeed, know better than you, has your best interest in mind and will not leave you, forsake you or forget you.

I have also joined with Revell reads to do some book reviews and I will be posting them among my other posts as I find a new rhythm for this season.  I have two posts planned for you really soon.

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Lord Undo Me

From the Archives Originally Posted October 8, 2012

I heard this prayer on Klove, last year, and it was really powerful.  I had thought of it again recently and wanted to share it here.

Lord Undo Me

I don’t really worship these days
I don’t really stand up to praise you with songs
Or prayers or actions
or with anything
I am full of all the right moves
I am full of all the right words
I am full of all the right religion
But it is all just illusion
I am really
Lonely
Lost
Calloused
Jaded
Cynical
Too religious
Too realistic
and well really just to lazy
to worship you anymore
I have lost my first love
I have lost the joy of your presence
But most of all I have lost the fear of your glory

Father I need to see you again
Like Isaiah I want to stand in awe of your glory
To fall down at your feet
To come face to face with your
Perfection,
Radiance,
Goodness,
Holiness,
Awesomeness
I want to stand before you and see you for who you are
and me for who I am
I want to be undone

I want to know me for who I really am
I want to see the depths of my heart
And know that you are the only way
You are the only truth
You are the only life
I want to see me and understand
What it really must have taken for you to
Love me
Care for me
See me
Speak to me
Want me
Communicate with me
Die for me
Die for me
Die for me

Lord, I want to stand in that place where all I can see is your glory
And my sin
Because in that place I can’t help but worship you.
Lord let me come undone
Undo my heart
Lord, undo my heart
break down these walls that I love so much
No, wait don’t,
I’m scared I don’t know if I can handle this
don’t
But I can’t live this way anymore
I can’t stand here in this half-life
this going through the motions life
this not really alive life
Father, I need you so come in and do what you must
Cut out the tumor on my heart
Break down the walls that I love
Lord let me come undone
Undo my heart
let me worship you again

*Blake Williams

Original Post  http://www.klove.com/blog/jd/post/2011/10/31/Undo-Me-Poem.aspx

****Again I did not write this, and I am not taking credit for it, but I simply wanted to share.

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Stepping Out

In every life there are seasons, some are harder than others.  In some seasons you can see dreams and you can see progress and somehow that is where life now finds me.  As always though when it comes to seeing progress and seeing dreams, that does not mean that things will be easy.  There is always a cost, sometimes a small one, sometimes a bigger one.  Currently the cost is leaving my comfort zone to reach into the unknown.  Those of you who know me know that I love routine, and I am not a huge fan of change.

I find that sometimes my obedience is delayed because of this.  Sometimes the risk of failure appears so big, fears and insecurities speak so loudly, that I resist.  I find excuses, I delay, but eventually I always end up at that point of surrender.  The struggles are real, and I fight with it a long time.  The insecurities can eat a person alive if you are not careful.  But there is something that is bigger, something that outweighs all the problems. That something is knowing that if this is Gods plan then the battle has been won.

This past weekend I was able to attend the Beth Moore Simulcast at our church.  It amazed me how much she spoke to my current circumstances.  It served as a great reminder to me of what really defines me, and what does not.  I want to share with you a declaration that she shared with us, but since I do not have permission to share her image you will need to visit her Identity Declaration.

 

God has changed my heart lately and after fighting it for almost a year, I have agreed to lead a small bible study group for women.  A friend from church was willing to host it for me.  For some of you this may seem like nothing, but for someone who has struggled in the past with social anxiety disorder and is an introvert, it’s kind of huge.  The group is only 6-7 people.  But that makes it perfect sized for me.  Not only has God handpicked these women, but He has been in every detail.  I came away from the first meeting amazed and greatly blessed.

I see how God can use this for the bigger vision that He has said I can do.  But more I see Him creating in me a heart for community.  I have never desired to spend time around others, yet I find myself making time to meet with people.  I am learning that in this world with so many people hurting that community is one thing that many people have neglected.  I know that I have never really made time for meeting with others, and have rarely been invited to do so.  Now though it seems that God may use my loneliness, and this new desire for people to draw me into the community that He created us for.

It is a coming out of my comfort zones, but I have never been more blessed.

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