Week # 13 Wisdom Builder Isaiah 26:3-4

How often do you experience perfect peace?  We live in a world that moves at a breathtaking pace that leaves many at the end of the day feeling further behind than when it began.   This weeks  “Wisdom Wellspring” verse Isaiah 26:3-4 reminds us that perfect peace is found in our mindset, not necessarily the circumstances of life.    Take a moment and read the verse out loud and make note of who will receive perfect peace and who provides it.

Those whose minds are steadfast” God keeps in perfect peace.   What is the key to a steadfast mind?  According to Isaiah the key is trust in the Lord.  So if we really do trust in the Lord, why do we spend so much time feeling anxious for the day and our future?  We are failing to use the key to peace and a steadfast mind.  We don’t believe enough in the Lord to trust him with everything.

Guilty as charged!  I have to admit the times I am not at peace are completely linked to the times I’m not trusting God with every area of my life.  It’s hard because it isn’t natural to let go and trust.  But when I withhold my trust it reveals an area of unbelief or lack of faith in my Rock.  Can you relate to this struggle to believe and trust?

Currently our family is in a big trust season.  Many Military families can relate.  It is the waiting period just before my husband will be told where our family will move next.  Sometimes we are given options ahead of time and others we just know it’s coming.  Over the many years of this process and fretting over the what if’s, when’s, and how’s that start to race through your mind when you don’t have control we have a solid belief that God is always in control.  Our confidence in God grew through the experience of looking for how God’s purposes for each location drew us closer to him.  We now are able to have a steadfast mind securely trusting in the Lord to put us exactly where he can use us for his purposes.  It has taken many moves to build our faith and trust in this area of life but I can honestly say the Lord is keeping us at perfect peace as we wait and trust him for the outcome.I don’t know what you are experiencing in your life right now but I hope you find encouragement to trust in God like Jesus did during his time on earth.

As I reflect on this verse I keep being reminded of the story in Mark 4:35 -41(hover over the scripture reference to read it) where Jesus calms the storm for the disciples.  Take a moment to read it as a refresher.

Who made the decision to travel across the lake?  Jesus did.  Why do you think the disciples and Jesus were having opposite experiences on the stormy waters?  I believe Jesus was trusting his Father completely to watch over him as he rested through the storm and the disciples minds were not steadfast so they were easily overcome with fear based on their visible circumstances.  Oh how I desire to have a steadfast mind like Christ in all my circumstances of life.  What was his response to the panicked cry of the disciples?   His response was one of perfect peace.  He didn’t respond to their emotional babble rather he spoke to the situation in the power the Lord gave him- “ Quiet! Be still!”  Then he questioned the fearful and faithless response of the men.

Like the disciples we too are in a daily battle for a steadfast mind.  The original Hebrew word for steadfast provides a visual picture of a laid siege or depending on protection.  So if we think of our trust in the Lord being the key to secure the laid siege in our mind— the belief in the sovereign power of God in all our circumstances.  We are locking into God’s perfect peace.   Isaiah says God will keep us in perfect peace when we are locked into trusting him.  The hebrew word for keep speaks to watching and guarding.  It even describes the meaning of keep as to guard with a military camp within as a protection from penetration.  This is a very exciting visual.  Can you see it taking form in your heart?

Our faith comes from God who gives us the ability to believe in Christ our Savior.  An individuals belief and acceptance of Christ puts us in a new position of peace with God(Romans 5:1-2).  That leads to a personal faith increasing our belief and trust in the Lord’s sovereignty.   Which then reinforces our protective siege of God’s truth in our heart and mind.  We secure our steadfast mind with the key of trusting the Lord.  When we trust on the Lord and not ourself then God is able to complete his work.  He will keep us in perfect peace by his guard within~ our peace with God himself our eternal Rock!

Do you trust in the eternal Rock to provide you with perfect peace?  If you are struggling today with answering with an honest “yes” then take a moment to reflect on what Jesus meant in John 14:27 when he spoke of peace.  He was not leaving and giving peace as the world defines it.  An absence of war or fighting.  The peace Jesus refers to is the peace experienced in closeness with God and the security provided by him that creates an atmosphere of tranquillity beginning within.  He is all about transcending the limited experiences of this world.  If that isn’t enough then consider the symbolism of the Hebrew word for Rock in Isaiah 26:4.  Begin by imagining a steep cliff that is used for a personal refuge.  It is a place that symbolizes one of  security and defense.  That are provided because it is known to be inaccessible and it’s foundation is immoveable.  That is what God is for you~ your refuge, your security, your defense, your immovable foundation, and your eternal perfect peace!

Will you trust the eternal Rock with your today, tomorrows, and eternity?

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring“. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #12 Wisdom Builder 2 Corinthians 7:10

Wow it is hard to believe this is the twelfth week of 2017 already!  Twelve treasure verses down and forty more left to discover this year.  This week we will reflect on 2 Corinthians 7:10 with the purpose of storing it in our hearts.

Godly sorrow.  What does it mean to you?  Can you recall a time that you experienced sorrow?  Romans 2:4 suggests that “Godly sorrow” is our personal awareness in response of the “riches of His kindness, forbearance and patience” towards humanity and us individually.  The very purpose of the Lord’s kindness is to lead us to repentance because his desire for us is to experience his gift of salvation that “leaves no regrets.”   I believe “the no regrets” it’s referring to is eternal life.   Which is opposite of those who only have worldly sorrow– regret or sorriness of not achieving a standard or goal rather than in response to God’s kindness.

We all experience some level of sorrow and regret in life because none of us have the ability to achieve perfection in this world.   I am challenged daily with where my sorriness leads me.   I know I am naturally very selfish in my thinking and actions.  This tendency permits me to regularly view life through the lens of my perspective rather than God’s perspective.  Reflecting on this verse reminds me that I should be more concerned with how my actions or lack of action effects my relationship with the Lord and others desire for relationship with him- “Godly sorrow”.  Rather than personal regret or embarrassment for how my choice has effected my reputation, my opportunities, my relationships, or my life in general.   I hope you get the point.

Recognition of the perspective we are looking at our life from is the first step in following the kindness of God to repentance that builds a solid relationship with him full of love and grace rather than empty regrets.  Chances are as you read this something has stirred within and brought to mind a time when you too experienced remorse.  May I suggest that the weight of any regrets we have now is pale in comparison to the regret we will experience in eternity if it is spent separated from God.  Jesus spoke of the tormenting regret that awaits those who only respond to his kindness with “worldly sorrow” in Luke 16: 19 -31.  The scene ends with a rich man in Hades.  After living his life of luxury with a selfish perspective.  He is now living in eternal torment begging for relief as he looked into paradise where “Father Abraham” could see and hear his pleas for water and rescue.   Abraham replied “between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.”(Luke 16:26)  The rich man then begged Abraham to send someone to warn his five brothers who were still alive “so that they will not also come to this place of torment.”(Luke 16:28)  My prayer is that those within my influence will experience the kindness of God and refocus their perspective to build a solid relationship with Christ.

Which lens are you looking through today?  God’s perspective or yours?

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring“. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week # 11 Wisdom Builder Psalm 4:8

Did everyone remember to turn their clocks back this Sunday morning?  If not I hope you enjoyed your sleep.

Uninterrupted sleep in safety is a blessing most of us don’t consider very often.  Unless, we have been directly affected by the effects of not sleeping well we are most likely to take it for granted. Whether it’s due to an unsafe situation, environment, or in many cases a medical condition related to ourself or a loved one.  Wherever we are on the scale of our sleep experience taking a moment and recognizing that the Lord is the giver of sleep and safety  is time well spent.   It is estimated that nearly 40 million people within the U.S. alone suffer from chronic medical conditions linked to sleep disorders and another estimated 20 million live in unsafe home situations that prevent them from sleeping in safety.  King David who wrote this Psalm was very familiar with the looming threat of danger that brought the subject of sleep into many of his writings.  David recognized that the Lord is his source of peace, his sustainer, giver of sleep, and his protector that keeps watch over him as he slept.

This week as you treasure this verse in your heart I pray where ever you are on the peace, sleep, and safety spectrum that this verse will help turn your eyes to the Lord.  For he alone is the God of peace, the God who sustains, and the God who protects us and blesses us with sleep.  That is what Psalm 4:1-8 leads the reader to do—- “….let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord…… for you alone Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

 

How do you hope to experience God this week– as your peace, sustainer, or protector?

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time.  This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”.  Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and to view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #10 Wisdom Builder Romans 5:8

This weeks treasure verse is Romans 5:8.  Here we are reminded of God’s demonstration of his love for us.  He chose the proof of his extravagant, never ending love to be one matchless in cost,  immeasurable in accomplishment, and pure perfection all in one.  The one true God displayed his enduring love for sinful humanity when he provided the only acceptable sacrifice— his very own sinless Son, Jesus Christ– required for the canceling out of all the sins of humanity.  God did not wait for us to recognize our sin and then demonstrate his love for us.  No, he showed “his love while we were still sinners”.   This kindness extended by the Lord was done with the purpose of leading humanity to repentance(Romans 2:4) and reconciliation with himself to experience intimate relationship with him once again. A relationship like he shared with Adam and Eve before sin entered our world(Genesis 3:1-24).  I encourage us each to take a moment to reflect on the extravagance of the Lord’s sacrifice to reestablish a direct

personal relationship with us.  How does his sacrifice speak to your heart?

Lent season, a time to reflect on our lives in light of the meaning and results of Jesus sacrifice, started last Wednesday.  Some choose to set aside this 40 days before resurrection Sunday(Easter April 16th,2017) to reflect and even to partake in honoring the sacrifice of Christ with a personally fasting or giving up something to demonstrate their love and appreciation for Christ’s love for them.  (If the concept of lent is new to you find out more at this link http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/lent-101-honoring-the-sacrafice-of-jesus-1382259.html )  

As you have been reading this  reflection, you may be feeling the Lord nudge your heart or even have feelings that you need to do something as your personal demonstration of your love for your Savior.   That is lovely and beautiful.   A good scripture to keep in mind as you reflect on how you will express your love is Psalm 51: 16 -17 “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring you it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.  My scarf, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”

 

Lord I pray that we will present to  you the delight of your heart with a personal sacrifice of a broken and contrite heart before you.  A heart that responds to your kindness that leads to repentance and a desire to live in an intimate love relationship with you through the indwelling of your spirit in our hearts.  Thank you Lord for your matchless expression of love toward us while we were still sinners.  In Jesus’ Holy name,  Amen.

Is there a word in the dictionary that describes how you feel about God?  I’d love for you to share it with me.  He is my Rock!

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring“. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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