Accepting Wise Counsel

accepting wise counsel

“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” Proverbs 19:20 NIV

I have found that doubt and unbelief contribute to me being slow to act in obedience to God’s Word. It keeps me from moving forward. The more often doubt and unbelief weigh into my decisions, the more delays keep me from receiving my heart’s desires. It can be a vicious circle.  The more delays, the more doubt and unbelief. It may start as a little thing.  It can continue to grow and rob me of more and more of what God has for me. Sometimes others see it before I do.  Their wisdom and counsel are a breath of fresh air. They give me new perspective to take back to the Lord in prayer.

Father, I repent. Help me be sure-footed and know that You are always with me.  I am never alone! Keep me firmly rooted in Your Word as a discipline to my heart.  Give me faith to move forward and believe for the best! Keep my heart humble and accepting of wise counsel.

Proverbs 2:1-9, 8:34-35





“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB

Sometimes our minds can get the best of us.  When I am struggling with my own reasoning and logic, I look at Paul.  Paul was an incredible figure in the New Testament. He was well educated and very versed in the scripture.  Acts chapters 21-30 are full of his adventures.  Here is what resonates with me about him:  First of all, he demonstrated superhuman faith.  Faith like his broke bondage in the natural world as well as the spiritual.  Imagine a prison break designed by God through praise and worship!

Second, he knew the voice of God and was obedient.  No questions asked.  He knew how to take every thought captive and step into obedience.  Even when everything around him screamed differently, he maintained his faith.  In prison. On a ship in stormy seas. In the face of angry spiritual leaders.  In front of high-ranking political authorities. He had a story to tell and he stayed true and obedient to it…No matter what things looked like.

God, give me supernatural faith to move large obstacles to glorify You.

Philippians 4:4-6, Job 6:24, 2 Timothy 2:25-26




1”The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.” 1 Timothy 4:1-2 NIV

There is a ton of counterfeit faith out there.  It seems like new twists pop up every day. Some are old and obviously not godly.  Others take what we know and subtly take the gospel truth out of our faith story.

Now is the time to test everything by the Word of God and prayer.  As Christians, our most central relationship has to remain in our relationship with God our Father.  It is easy to get distracted by the latest flashy and trendy thing.  Test everything so that you will not get taken off God’s path for you.

As a mature person in Christ, understand the power and authority that has been granted to you in the spirit.  This very thing – understanding who we truly are in Christ – is a very scary thing for Satan and his demonic forces.  We are a threat.

Look how Jesus was tempted in the wilderness (Matthew 4). Satan knows the Word of God and he knows how to twist it.  We must also know the Word of God so that we can tell the difference between the truth and the counterfeit.

Father God, please keep me tucked so deep in Your Word that anything that is not of You is easily seen and distasteful to me in every way. Walk with me and protect me from those that wish me harm.

James 1:2-4, Ephesians 6:12, 18; Proverbs 16:9



Rock The Boat

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“So don’t be afraid. I am here, with you; don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, help you. I am here with My right hand to make right and to hold you up.” Isaiah 41:10 The Voice

When I keep my eyes on Jesus it is much easier not to be afraid or anxious or worried.  Sometimes distractions come along that pull my attention elsewhere. It can knock me off-balance and create confusion.  When I feel that way, I know I need to recalibrate. In those moments I have to count on His word. That it is true and that He is faithful. I have to believe that He never leaves me even when my attention wanders. He is still there.  I have to trust that His strength is greater than mine.

Just like Peter, if I get distracted by a storm, I have to trust that He will reach down and pull me out of the water.

Father, thank you for Your Holy Word that is living water for my soul.  Thank you for showing me that I don’t have to be perfect.  I just have to step out in faith.  Help me be like Peter and walk on water knowing You are there to catch me if I fall.  Just don’t let me stay in the boat!

Matthew 14:27-32, 28:5-8




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“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22 NIV

Believe: to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so

If we believe, we will receive.  How do we come to believe? How do we come to that place of confidence? In what truth do we place our confidence? What if we believe in a false truth? Or a half-truth?

For me, believing is also about relationship.  I develop my relationship with God in prayer.  That is where confidence develops.  By practicing a walk of faith even more confidence in God’s truth develops. I pray to the one true Living God.  He is not dead.  He is not a trinket on a shelf.  He is not a decoration. He is a real, live entity that is actively looking after my welfare and guiding the direction of my life.

Without prayer, there is no dialog. No relationship. No download.  No confidence. Prayer is preparedness. In scripture, “sleep” often refers to no prayer, no relationship with God; not being aware of the spiritual realm.  Without prayer we operate only out of our five senses. As we pray, we enter into an intimate space where we can both listen and speak on a spiritual level.  We can experience joy, release, forgiveness, love, compassion, mercy and grace. Prayer can shift us and our circumstances.  Through that intimate time in relationship with God, He can change us.  Create transformation. A metamorphosis, just like the caterpillar to the butterfly!

Father, thank you for being a God of change! Help me to grow and change every day.  Help me be receptive to be used by You as a change agent for others.

Mark 9:22-24, Matthew 13:24-26, John 8:32, Revelation 1:8, 21:6, 22:13


Believe In Me

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20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21 NIV

God believes the best in us.  He had to believe in us in order to have made the sacrifice of His Son.  He knew we needed a way back to Him.  He still believed in us.  He loves and trusts us now. He believes in us with all our flaws. I know that sounds odd but it is the truth.

I have found there is tremendous power in believing in someone.  As a child, I think back to my Mom.  She had such trust and belief in me that it kept me out of harm’s way many times. Her belief in me was far more valuable that the temptation of the moment.  I still had moments where I stepped out of line, but I can tell you there were a lot less because I knew she believed in me.

Satan wants to deceive us into believing that we are so much less than who we are.  It is a huge threat to him if we understand the depth and breadth of our Heavenly Father’s love for us.  He does not want us to live in the power, richness, abundance and authority as children of the King!

If Satan can trick us into thinking less of ourselves, we are more likely to step out of the loving cover and protection of our Father.  If we believe how much our Father believes in us, maybe we would be less tempted to step into harm’s way too. If my Mom’s love did that for me, how much bigger is God’s love?  If I can wrap my head around how big God’s love is for me…Pow!

Father, I pray that my heart embraces Your love for me, so that I can extend Your immeasurable love to others.

John 10:42, 1 John 4:17, Matthew 18:6, John 6:35, John 11:25-27


We Are The Light Of The World

Embed from Getty Images“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 NIV

We are the light of the world. What does that mean? I sense that it means just that, go and be a light.  Don’t carry out my daily tasks as if it’s a burden on my back. Enjoy life! Enjoy each day! In the past I have had the misconception that following God is less joyful, less spontaneous…overall just less! That is a lie. Jesus came that we may have LIFE and have it more ABUNDANTLY.  We are to GIVE THANKS in all things. When we walk with Him we will have JOY. More than we can even imagine. All we have to do is accept God’s grace…and we’ll get it. The day awaits!

Father, thank you for this day.  Truly.  Hold my hand and walk with me.  Fill my day with Your abundant joy.

Matthew 5:13-20 , Ephesians 5:9, John 10:10