Knowledge Wisdom Belief Truth

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Knowledge my perspective: a result of learning, the state of knowing things. May be based on truth or lies and thus may be altered, negated, or destroyed.

From dictionary.com: acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; familiarity or conversance, as with a particular subject or branch of learning; the fact or state of knowing; the perception of fact or truth; awareness, as of a fact or circumstance

Wisdom my perspective: proper discernment of knowledge and how to apply it; how to rightly put knowledge together. Seeing things from God’s perspective

From dictionary.com: knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight

Belief my perspective: interpretation of knowledge and wisdom, involving the heart; it is this upon which we act. Because this system involves feelings, attitudes, emotions, and perspectives, and may be based on truth or lies, beliefs are subject to change.

From dictionary.com: an opinion or conviction; confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof; confidence, faith, trust; a religious tenet or tenets; religious creed or faith

Truth my perspective: anything and everything God says; God established truth; not subject to alteration, negation, or destruction; it is not in man’s power to change or destroy truth.

From dictionary.com: the true or actual state of a matter; conformity with fact or reality; a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like; actuality or actual existence; an obvious or accepted fact; truism; platitude

My heart’s cry: Lord, may I know and believe Your Word (Thy Word is Truth, John 17.17). Give me wisdom (James 4.2, 3; Proverbs chapters 8 & 9), that I may rightly divide Your Word (2Timothy 2.15) and apply it to my moment-by-moment actions, thought, words, and attitudes. May that which I believe ever align with all Your Truth, and may no lie slip in to cause disobedience (James 2.19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.). May I ever be guided by Your unfailing Love. Amen.

Obedience and Blessings

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I am blessed to use several devotionals throughout my day and week. One of my sources of inspirational reading is the blogs I read from YOU! I so appreciate your interpretation of and encouragement in God’s Word.

Another that I read and study daily is Quiet Walk’s Walk Through the Bible daily devotional, found here: http://www.walkthru.org/qw-daily-devotional

Today’s readings inspired me to go off on some tangents about obedience (one of my favorite topics). It starts with a Bible passage I love, where Hezekiah spreads Sennacherib’s letter before his Lord, in the temple. The discussion pointed out that, “God is not reluctant to bless us. But we must be sure we are eligible by being faithful to Him.”

God is a God of faithfulness! He loves to shower His blessings upon us. But we must position ourselves to be eligible to receive His blessings.

How?

By being obedient.

How to be obedient?

READ GOD’S WORD!

Without God’s Word, it is easy to assume and visualize in our minds how we can be obedient to God. We can (and do) make up anything we want to push ourselves into believing we are pleasing Him, while in reality we are conniving to please ourselves.

God is our plumb line, our source of Truth, of reality. Everything we do or say or think or feel must be aligned with the Truth He gives us in His Word.

Mind you, blessing does not always mean a lovely life filled with roses and lemonade. Blessings come in all forms. Sometimes a blessing looks like a face of anger or a scary situation or a blocked road or even death, to turn us to the direction God wants for us. If we are in tune with God, if we know Him, His Word, His Spirit of Truth, then He WILL guide us.

None of us is always obedient. We try, and God forgives. The devotional this morning continued with this passage from Joel 2.12, 13: Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Sometimes we are afraid to be obedient to God, fearing we won’t get what we want. God knows our hearts. If we will but surrender to Him, He gives us joys we cannot imagine – even better than what we thought we wanted!

Pray with me:

Lord, I praise You. I worship Who You are, and I bow before Your throne of glory. I acknowledge my weakness and my sin. I come before You, knowing You love me, You welcome me, and You want Your best for me. Increase my faith in Your goodness. Guide me to read more of Your Word, instruct me in the way I should go. Give me a heart that yearns for You, a heart that desires above all else to know You and please You. Give me eyes and a heart to see the beauty and peace and joy of Your Ways. Amen.

Am I God?

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As I read various articles about God in America or religion around the world, statistics are presented in a multitude of formats about the belief systems of people and cultures.

A large percentage of people believe that, if they’re good enough, they’ll go to heaven.

Many believe there is no heaven, and no hell.

Some believe everyone goes to heaven.

Some believe in God, some believe there is no God, some believe in other gods.

Some believe the Bible is the living Word of God, and that it is Truth – all of it.

Others believe the Bible is a good book, and that it has some lessons we should follow.

Whatever anyone’s belief, there is a basic Truth that exists, whether a person believes it or not. I think we can all agree that not everyone’s truth can be true due to the conflicting beliefs.

In the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, the devil tempted Eve to eat the fruit. The temptation was this: “You will be like God.”

That powerful draw: “You will be like God” is with us every day.

Let me establish this: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth. I believe in His holy Son, Jesus Christ, Who came to the world to be our Savior. I believe in the Holy Spirit, Who dwells within believers. And I believe all three, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are One.

Those who believe in “God,” in general, believe that He created all that we see. Some of those believe that He created everything, then left us alone to do with it as we will. Others believe He is intimately concerned and involved in every minute detail of everyone’s lives. (I place myself in the latter category.)

Some believe that God loves some people, or groups of people, more than others. Some believe God loves every single person with an intimate, immense, perfect love. (Again, I believe the latter.)

Here’s the point: because a person believes in one way, or one system, does not make it true. No person is God. Just because we believe something does not give us the power to cause it to become true.

God gave us the freedom to believe whatever we want.

My recommendation is to read what God says about everything. He’s the Creator; He made the rules. The safe bet is to follow the rules.

He is God, and I am not. If I don’t like something He says, I’d better get over it and dig into His explanation. I’m not going to win any arguments against Him because I’m the one who’s wrong.

We must get over ourselves and bow before our loving, almighty, perfect God.

Isaiah 45.5-7: I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Expectations

Do you go to the movies? Sometimes we go to a movie after we’ve heard all about it: seen the ads, watched the trailers online, heard our friends talk about it. We go with expectations. If everyone loved the movie and raves about it, our expectations are high. I hate going to a movie with high expectations; I’m almost always disappointed.

Expectations

I believe the truth will set us free from expectations.

Truth and expectations are related. However, make sure where the plumb line of your truth lies. Some think we live by our own truth, that we should do whatever our conscience and personal happiness monitor tells us.

“Expectations” is a relative term. It often depends on how we feel.

Our expectations are related to what we hold as truth.

Take a look at your own expectations. You expect your spouse to be kind and understanding? Think your kids should be grateful? You get angry when things don’t go as you think they ought? You expected good health for yourself / your loved one / your friend / children? You expected a smooth drive to your destination today?

Hard truths:

  • You don’t deserve to live; you deserve to die. (Romans 6.23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.)
  • You don’t deserve to be happy; you deserve to suffer the consequences of your sin. (Psalm 34.16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.)
  • Truth is what God says (read His Word), not what the world says. (John 17.17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.)
  • Truth is what God says (read His Word), not what your conscience tells you. (Romans 8.13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.)
  • You don’t have any goodness in you; neither does anyone else. (Psalm 14.2, 3 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.)
  • There is no way you can go to Heaven without Jesus. (John 14.6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.)
  • You don’t have any good works in you; nobody has any good works in them. (John 15.5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.)
  • God created evil. (Isaiah 45.7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Proverbs 16.4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Colossians 1.16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.)

Those truths are what we are in and of ourselves: nothing, evil, dead, wrong, lost.

EVERYBODY IS! We cannot expect other people to be any better than what we are. We can expect that we hurt other people, and other people hurt us – really, really badly.

Disappointment, disgust, disapproval, disillusionment, disrespect, bitterness, jealousy, hurt feelings – all these come from expectations.

But look!

The truth is, we must set our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12.2); the Perfecter of who we are and who we can become.

Also true:

  • God created us in love (Jeremiah 31.1 I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving devotion.)
  • God redeems. (Isaiah 44.24 the LORD, thy redeemer… he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself)
  • God will guide you into truth (John 16.13 … when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…)
  • He cherishes you. He is powerful and can save you. (Zephaniah 3.17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.)
  • God gives us hope. (Isaiah 44.22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.)

God says we are loveable, cherished, special, and made in His image. Through Christ, we are redeemed, worthy, righteous, and alive.

When I go to movies, I try to set my expectations to zero. If I have low expectations, then I can be pleasantly surprised (maybe) with how it turns out.

We can similarly set our expectations when dealing with people. Are we to set them at zero, expect the worst from everyone? There is no set pattern. God doesn’t work that way. Set your heart and mind on God. See what He says. But do remember that we are all fallen – ALL of us. Forgive. Give grace. God’s grace.