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"Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm37:4)
The Value of Practical Wisdom
When People hear my name do they think of God?
“A good name is better than precious ointment. And the day of death than the day of one’s birth.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1, NKJ)
It is so important to God for us to have a good name. The “aroma of my character” reflects on the name of Jesus. Upon your death you will be remembered for what you have done. *Death is always a reminder of God’s control.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8)
Seeds of discouragement can’t take root in a grateful heart. One of the keys to living a good life is to have gratitude. Gratitude is a muscle we must feed, condition, and exercise frequently. We honor God by choosing to focus on the good in every situation, opportunity, relationship, or pursuit. Every obstacle that stands in our way can be seen in a positive light if we CHOOSE to use it for the glory of God. Ultimately it’s a matter of of perspective and how we choose to see it.
"Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”
Before I gave my life to Christ I would often live overly cautious and struggle embracing uncertainty. I would draw strength from feeling a sense of control while determining the outcomes. Now there are many problems with this thinking but I will start with the most obvious. I was missing the mark on my full destiny God had for me because I was waiting for absolute certainty before I could step out and conquer my fears.
While it is true that we can never earn our salvation, true faith will always result in a changed life & good works. True Faith involves a commitment of your WHOLE self to God. Take this scripture into mind;
18 But Someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18, NKJ)
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
The source of so much of our anxiety, fear, doubt, and anger is the result of leaning on our own understanding. It’s easy for me to give God 60%, 70%, or even 80% of my trust but when embracing uncertain paths ahead that last 20% is always difficult to let go of. To be honest that last bit I hold onto is typically spent anticipating problems, planning for every obstacle ahead, and striving for control. It’s this pattern of thinking that holds us back from wholeheartedly giving ourselves to the Lord and experiencing life at it’s fullest.