Week # 26 Proverbs 29:25

Proverbs 29:25Proverbs 29:25
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25 The fear of man proves to be a snare, But whoever puts his trust in Yahweh is kept safe.

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“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”

The quote from Lecrae says it all!  Trust in the Lord and live free and safe rather than living for people’s acceptance only to live caged in fear until who you were meant to be dies a slow death.  Live each day free in Christ living out God’s plan for your life!

This has been a personal struggle for me that I shared about in “What will they think?”.  Click here to read more.

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Warrior~Princess Sherry

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Proverbs 4:23Proverbs 4:23
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23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it is the wellspring of life.

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

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Week #25 Hebrews 12: 14-15

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14 Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord, 15 looking carefully lest there be any man who falls short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby the many be defiled;

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“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

 

We live in a world searching and longing for peace.  How often does your own heart cry out for peace and ask “why can’t we all just get along?”  It is an age old question.  The answer to the why is we  are all selfish at the core of our being.  This selfish nature guides each individuals personal definition of the requirements for peace according to their view point.  It makes it difficult for continual peaceful interactions in our world.  I am very thankful that the Lord only asks us to “make every effort”  for peace with our neighbors.  Personally, just making the effort has it’s challenges.  Would you agree?

What exactly is making every effort?  Is it just saying sorry when we offend or is there more required of us– the barriers of God’s eternal peace and grace?  I believe it is more because Peter includes that we are to live in peace and be holy.  The call to be holy as related to living in peace with everyone suggests saying sorry would be only a small part of living in peace with others.  In 1 Peter 1:13-161 Peter 1:13-16
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13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, Literally, “gird up the waist of your mind” be sober and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ— 14 as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, 15 but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy; for I am holy.”

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, Peter addresses our call to be holy.  To be holy is to live as Christ who overcame selfish desires born out of pride to live sinlessly for our freedom from sins deadly power and to welcome us into his eternal heavenly family.   To be holy requires the transforming power of the Holy Spirit that we discussed in Week 4 Romans 12:2Romans 12:2
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2 Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.

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. “Our weekly scripture memorization is an important part of transforming our thoughts and conforming our behavior to those that please the Lord.”

So when you face life’s circumstances that challenge your ability to “make every effort to live at peace with everyone”  remember you are being transformed into the image of Christ who was, is, and forever will be holy through His divine power.  Our job is to stay focused on Him and powered up through our relationship with God.   It isn’t easy to continually make efforts for peace in our own strength.  I truly believe the challenges we face are all part of our transformation process.  Without the challenges we wouldn’t experience the divine power at work in our lives.

 Our efforts for peace are part of the harvest.  When we sow seeds of peace we harvest relationships that are ready to receive seeds of God’s grace and truth.   Where peace and grace are abundant bitterness is unable to take root in hearts and relationships.

One day we all will get along, but until then let’s make every effort for peace in our corner of the world.

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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 4:23Proverbs 4:23
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23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it is the wellspring of life.

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

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Week # 24 Psalm 56:3

Fear has the power to grip us to the point of making us believe we are powerless.  Our response to fearful situations reveals our power level and our level of vision clarity  provided by our life lenses that we learned at over the past two weeks.  I know this all too well.  I vividly remember the day I was gripped by fear in a way I had never experienced.

It was a beautiful Summer day in Germany, we woke up that July morning to news of fresh snow fall on the mountain we would be exploring, the Zugspitze.  We took the train up the mountain with great anticipation of the fun and beauty that was before us.  The train alone was exciting for the kids, who were 10, 7re 10, 7
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7 The anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the children of Ammon.

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,and 6 years old at the time.   They were excited to see snow since we had just moved to Germany from the state of Georgia.  We were not disappointed.  Everyone was able to walk in the snow and through snowballs, it was joyous.  Then my husband spotted his reason for making the journey— the summit.  He wanted to climb the rock face and touch the cross at the summit.  I gladly supported him.   The children and I remained on the safety of the observation deck where we could enjoy the view as Daddy made his climb and take pictures to record his triumphant accomplishment.  He returned to us so excited and he wanted to take our oldest with him.  Reluctantly, I let her go.  I was trying to convince myself to trust that this was a good decision.  I’m married to a natural risk taker and adventure seeker, unlike myself, and our measure of safe is determined on far different scales.

So against my better judgment off she went with her Daddy.  She returned safely and full of smiles.  Her excitement was contagious so of course her little sister and brother would not be left behind.  One by one they went, with each one it became much harder for me to watch as they climbed the rusty ladder leading to the summit rock face.  My fear grew as I noted the safety precautions that other local families had been using as they climbed.  They linked everyone together with ropes and wore helmets.  I struggled to believe this was still a good idea and began to let fear cloud my vision. I could see my petite 6 year old stretching to reach each bar until she climbed onto the rock face.  Then she took hold of an iron rope that served as protection from falling off the edge.  It started about her waist level as she moved closer to the summit her arm stretched  higher and higher until it was fully above her head holding on.  My heart raced, I was pacing, and gripping my son and daughters hands very tightly.  Then, she let go of the rope.  Now making her way holding only her Daddy’s hand.  At this point I was struggling to verbally encourage myself that it was going to be okay.  She might be on the edge of a mountain summit but she was going to be just fine.  Right Lord, just fine, you are going to keep her safe?  And He did she returned to me full of smiles and excitement that she did it!  She was a big girl!

Then it was time for me to release my baby boy to this adventure.  You would think at this point my trust would have been greater since there were two successfully completed trips.  Rather than trust my husband and the Lord I continued to look through my clouded lenses of fear. The view of what I believed to be true— this was dangerous and my husband is not recognizing the serious hazards he is exposing our children too without any safety equipment.   I just knew the other side was even more dangerous than the side I could see.  I wanted to have control but I wasn’t in control.

Zugspitze summit

That is when it happened.  He crested the top of the ladder and stood up on the rock face.  As he took each step on the mountain, I found myself pulling my girls closer to me and the wall of safety behind us.  I became glued to the wall and forced my daughter to do the same not letting them move to watch them climb.  In my mind somehow this was keeping the situation under control.  I was gripped with fear.  I was acting irrationally.  Tears were swelling in my eyes and I felt breathless.  I was angry that my husband would do this to me.  Why was he willfully putting our children is such a dangerous situation?  My oldest remembers trying to assure me and tell me it was safe up there.  What was keeping me from hearing her and from believing her?  Fear.

Looking back I can see that I was living in low battery mode since we were busy moving overseas and trying to get some exploring done as a family before my husband’s unit deployed.  I was fortunate to have a few moments to myself let alone find time for a regular quiet time and my prayer life was sporadic as well.  My focus was not on my daily relationship with the Lord leading to my blurry vision that opened the door to fear.  I missed out on experiencing the exhilarating moment of the Zugspitze summit as a family because I forgot to recharge my night vision goggles(NVG’s) and they lost there power.  If I had them powered up they would have helped me look at life from God’s perspective—-to live life unafraid of mere mortals.  A  life lived with God in focus and the world slightly blurred.

If I only would have had my NVG’s powered up then I would have been able to view the truth my daughters were trying to help me see.  I was so gripped by fear I wouldn’t let myself even consider what they were telling me.  As I held them tight against the wall they were trying to encourage me— saying: “It’s safe Mommy.  You can’t see it from here but it is flat up top with lots of room to walk and the view is really cool.”

Being bound by fear left me closed off from the truth that was right in front of me.  It is very scary to think I was open to such paralyzing fear.  It truly wasn’t until months  later that I realized how I had masked the truth of the situation.  I was sure that I was the only one with the truth.  How could I be wrong?  But I was very wrong.  That situation opened my eyes to some very serious trust issues I had.   I thought I trusted God, but did I fully trust Him with everything?  I thought I trusted my husband, but did I truly trust him with our children?  The truth remains, only when we are fully trusting and believing in God’s sovereignty  are we able to walk through the darkness of this world unafraid, cross the tightropes of life with balance, and climb to the mountain summits with confidence and courage.

Let’s live our lives abundantly on full power with our “spiritual heart full of love for God and His people, and a trusting daily relationship with Him.”   Remembering to recharge and “strap on our NVG’s to help us clearly see the Lord at work and keep trusting that He does and will work all things for good” when we wander into the fearful places of life.  Fear has no grip in a heart and mind that trust God to work all things for good.  Let’s practice our self defense moves—- powered up with trust in God with clear vision allowing us to avoid and escape the assault of fear.  We will reverently fear the Lord alone because “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”(Proverbs 1:7Proverbs 1:7
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7 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge; But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.

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) and the “fear of man will prove to be a snare”(Proverbs 29:25Proverbs 29:25
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25 The fear of man proves to be a snare, But whoever puts his trust in Yahweh is kept safe.

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).

What will we chose today trust or fear according to Psalm 56: 3-4Psalm 56: 3-4
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3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. 4 In God, I praise his word. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?

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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 4:23Proverbs 4:23
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23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it is the wellspring of life.

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

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Week #23 2 Peter 1: 3-4

The low power flashes across the screen on our electronics,  the change oil light, low fuel, and check engine light flash and chime on our vehicle dashboard, and the low water light flashes on our coffee maker.  All of these signs are built in to help us maintain the effective and uninterrupted performance of, in some cases, the necessities of daily life in our modern world.  What happens if we ignore the initial flash and put off attending to the warning signs?  Immediately  nothing.  But if neglecting to respond becomes a habit we might find our self in distress trying to remedy the issue in a rush and frustration.  I’m sure I am not the only one with a story or two of delayed response.  As our experiences flow through our minds I’d like us to consider what low power lights flash for us personally in our spiritual life.

I imagine that most of us have a cell phone that we use on a regular basis.  So let’s consider what happens if we don’t plan to recharge it’s battery regularly.   If we neglect to be purposeful we have a greater potential for a power crisis.  Can  anyone relate?  Similarly, we must plan to recharge our spiritual life to live a godly life that honors the Lord.  Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of our need to stay charged with the divine power that God has given to us to live a godly life with Him.   Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1: 3-42 Peter 1: 3-4
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3 seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue; 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and exceedingly great promises; that through these you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.

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that God has given us everything we need.  The days that it feels like we don’t have everything we need to live a God honoring life are the days we need a super charge of His divine power.

This first week of June puts us right on the edge of Summer and all it’s activity.  For me it will be full of moving vans, visiting family, unpacking, setting up a new home, and prepping to send kids to college.  I know if I don’t plan for personal spiritual power charging it is not going to happen.   What do I mean by spiritual power charging?  In basic terms it is daily devoting time to build my relationship with Christ and allow Him to empower my day.  These daily connection points  will look different from time to time but are centered around constantly building my knowledge of Him and His precious and great promises for me, as His child.  I plan to have each morning begin with prayer and a minimum of reading a daily verse that is sent to my email just to help me start out focused on God being my everything.   Also, to help keep my heart focused on Him, during busy times, I will listen to worship music throughout the day.  Bonus charge sessions in the Summer are when I get to pull out my Bible, read a section of scripture, and record my thoughts in my journal.  I’m praying for many bonus charging sessions this season because life is so much more fun and abundant when lived on a full spiritual charge!

We have to remember God gave us all the divine power we need to live a godly life for Him.  We just need to stay connected to Him, our power source, to live out the  fully charged and abundant godly life He has purposed for each of us.

What is your charging plan?

How are you staying connected?

 

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 4:23Proverbs 4:23
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23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it is the wellspring of life.

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

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