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

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No Doubt


Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.” Mark 11:23 AMP

On the fence. Half a mind. Hem and haw. Jury is still out. Left hanging in the air. In a quandary. Shilly-shally. Toing and froing. In two minds. Up in the air.  All these are idioms for doubt and delay.  Uncertainty. It is suspended animation. The opposite of moving mountains! You can’t move anything very far without a clear decision to move it at all.

Since everything starts with the condition of the heart, let’s start this journey into the “no doubt” zone with thanksgiving.  If like Joshua, we start to give an accounting of everything that God has done, it is like turning an engine over to start.  It begins to stir faith up inside of us.

Then, if we search our heart and listen to God, he will navigate us. He will point our engine in the right direction.

Once we have directions, we can test it.  We can double-check with God.  Then take a step.  If we are certain what God wants and quick to take that step in faith, He breathes on it.  We will know in our spirit that it is Him. He will bring forth fruit from a single act of faith.  Things will shift.  The worrisome things go away.  We have to choose His way. Not our own. Not based on the familiar. Not based on reason. Not based on what we see.

Father God, give me the faith to move mountains. Give me the boldness, courage and wisdom to step into it. I pray I hear Your voice clearly. Let me be speedy to be obedient.

James 1:6, Joshua 23, 2 Corinthians 4:18

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

No Doubt

Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.” Mark 11:23 AMP

On the fence. Half a mind. Hem and haw. Jury is still out. Left hanging in the air. In a quandary. Shilly-shally. Toing and froing. In two minds. Up in the air.  All these are idioms for doubt and delay.  Uncertainty. It is suspended animation. The opposite of moving mountains! You can’t move anything very far without a clear decision to move it at all.

Since everything starts with the condition of the heart, let’s start this journey into the “no doubt” zone with thanksgiving.  If like Joshua, we start to give an accounting of everything that God has done, it is like turning an engine over to start.  It begins to stir faith up inside of us.

Then, if we search our heart and listen to God, he will navigate us. He will point us in the right direction.

Once we have directions, we can test them.  We can double-check with God.  Then take a step.  If we are certain what God wants and quick to take that step in faith, He breathes on it.  We will know in our spirit that it is Him. He will bring forth fruit from a single act of faith.  Things will shift.  The worrisome things go away.  We have to choose His way. Not our own. Not based on the familiar. Not based on reason. Not based on what we see.

Father God, give me the faith to move mountains and the boldness, courage and wisdom to step into it. I pray I hear Your voice clearly. Let me be speedy to be obedient.

James 1:6, Joshua 23, 2 Corinthians 4:18

Water in the Desert


“He cracked open rocks in the wilderness and provided them with all the water they needed, as plentiful as the depths of the ocean.” Psalm 78:15 The Voice

The more I read about the Israelites in the desert, the more I marvel at God.  They lived day to day by miracles.  And yet, they still became numb to them after a while.  Every drink of water and every bite of manna was a miracle.  This scripture describes not just a trickle, but water “as plentiful as the depths of the ocean.”

It makes me pause and reflect.  What part of my life might Jesus want to deliver me from or cleanse in order to start over? How would I respond to that place of utter dependence on Him?  Those hard places of utter dependence require complete trust. Complete gratitude. Complete surrender.  It requires a trust in the deep, passionate love that our Father has for us.  Trust that He wants only the best for us.  Every single piece of our journey has a purpose.  We are being prepared for the greatest purpose of all…His kingdom purpose.  All in His ways, His thoughts and His timing.

Otherwise our hearts may become hard.  Our minds begin to reason that we know better.  We think we know better than God what is best for ourselves. We begin to question and doubt. We lose our expectation that He will deliver.

Father, I pray for wisdom, discernment and understanding.  I pray for a humble and pliable heart that is willing to surrender and be sensitive to Your Word.  Thank you for Your great love for me Father.  The greatest love story ever told. Fill my heart with a hope and expectation that I will see You move daily in my life.

Psalm 78:13-20, Isaiah 55:8-9

Walk in Faith Gracefully

“But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.” Romans 8:25 AMP

This scripture really gets at the grace part of faith.  To me it describes how to walk in faith gracefully. As we walk forward with a listening ear for God’s direction – into the unknown, sight unseen – it is to be with patience and composure.

Patience: 1. An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. 2. Quiet, steady perseverance; even tempered care; diligence.

Composure: Serene, self-controlled state of mind; calmness; tranquility.

To accomplish this it requires a focus in the Spirit, on God’s plan, in a state of complete trust. Otherwise fear, doubt, worry and anxiety start to creep in.

I picture that I have blinders on to block out distraction, focusing my eyes on a bright light ahead. No sense of panic. No sense of floundering, being lost or left behind. I simply walk toward the beacon that has been placed in front of me for direction. I imagine that on a stormy night that is what the beacon from the lighthouse looks like. The captain has been navigating according to His compass, maps and headings but he can’t physically see anything. Then he captures a glimpse of the light. It confirms for him that his course was true, even if he may have felt uncertain at times. It affirms his choice to follow the course that had been laid out. The light guides him the rest of the way – past even the rockiest of shores.

Father thank you for being a beacon in my life to confirm and affirm Your direction. Help me use all the tools that You give me wisely. May I be full of patience and composure on this journey regardless of what I can or cannot see!

Romans 8:31, Psalm 19:8, 2 Corinthians 1:24

Expect Something Good and Beautiful

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“8 We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.” Romans 8:28 The Voice

I love my pastor and his wife, Pastor Fred and Helen. They stretch me. They don’t sugar-coat it. They tell it like it is. In the midst of it I am also confident that they love me and want the best for me. In our last service Pastor Fred shared that God has given us the authority to move obstacles out of our way by speaking to them.  I’ve gathered lots of wisdom from his messages, but this one really hit me between the eyes.  It was simple.  I speak them out of my life.  The catch is that I must have no doubt and believe that what I speak will happen.  God’s word says that He can help me with that too! All I have to do is ask. So this morning, I was tired of the mountains of obstacles.  It was time for them to go.  So I spoke to them.  Loudly.  So, here is how it went:

Good morning Father! Thank You for Your tender care. I trust You Father to line everything up perfectly for me and my family. I trust You.  To the mountain of doubt, I say “Flee from me!” To the mountain of unbelief, “Crumble at the sound of my voice in the Name of Jesus my Blessed King and Redeemer!” To the mountain of fear, “Be gone never to return!” My Father has great plans for me! It is for me to be prosperous! Mountain of poverty, “Go now far away from me in Jesus Name because my Father has given me an abundant life!” Praise God, my God – the One True God! Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Lord God my Creator and Creator of all the earth – Creator of All – You are My God; my God who loves me and wants only the best for me! Father God, I ask for these things in ample portions: faith, steadfast belief in You, confidence, boldness, prosperity, abundance in all things, wisdom, a generous heart, love, compassion, kindness, grace and mercy.  Help me be more like You every day, Father. I pray that the image of You in me will come forth shining brighter than the stars! In Jesus Name I ask these things, Amen.

I hope this encourages you to speak to any mountains in your life.  You do not have to tolerate them, make the best of it, or make room for them.  You can give them a proper eviction notice!  Tell them they have to go.  Whether it’s discouragement, depression, finances, relationship issues – sit in prayer and let God help you identify your mountains.  I think we all have some.  We just don’t have to live with them anymore.

Mark 11:22-24, Matthew 14:26, Romans 8:28-30, Philippians 1:9-11, 1 Chronicles 4:9-10