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Study this Book – Proverbs 20

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Even Though Philosophy

Even though, God is still God.

You’re probably wondering, what does that mean? Well, it means that no matter what, God is still God on High, period.

Every now and then, I read newly familiar scriptures and see a new life philosophy that needs to be put in place. The most recent one is called the Even Though Philosophy.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NLT)

17 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
    and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
    and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
    and the cattle barns are empty,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
    I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
    He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
    able to tread upon the heights.

 

Basically, Habakkuk says, even though it may look bad and times may be hard, I’ve got God. God is still good, and for that reason alone, we should rejoice.

Even though I’m jobless, I’ve got God. Even though I’m still single, I’ve got God. Even though I’m down to my last, I’ve got God. Even though my health isn’t what I need it to be, I will rejoice, because I’ve got God.

Even though it may not look or seem like it, I’m good because I’ve got God, therefore, I’ve got all I need.

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28

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I’ve found it easier to accept your age if you start saying it even before you’re there. I found myself saying I was 28, five months ago. So, now that I am, I am already used to the idea. However, getting older has never been hard for me. I’m like wine, the older the better. Ha ha.

Anyway, I am embracing the year of 28. The year of 28 as a married woman. The year of 28 as a career woman. The year of 28 as a writer. Most importantly, the year of 28 as a Christian.

It is time to step up in my walk with God, and it’s especially necessary. At 28, I shouldn’t have the same relationship with God that I had at 18. My prayer life should be deeper. My Bible studying should be more engaged. In other words, God should have more of me with every year, with every day.

So this year, my desire is to focus more on God and less on me. My career, marriage, writing, whatever it is, will automatically be better with my focus on God’s will in those areas. I’ll be better with my focus on God.

I declare 28 to be great as I focus on God’s fate for my life. Here we go.

 

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You Make Me Wanna Shout

ImageJoshua 6:5, 20

When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.”

When the people heard the sound of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it.

Shout – a loud cry expressing a strong emotion or calling attention.

Have you brought any attention to God lately? Let’s first acknowledge that it’s completely miraculous for a city’s walls to collapse from the shouts of the Israelites, certainly that should be pointed out.

But, let’s focus on the shout a bit more. It was more than noise. It was more than a battle cry. It was more than a disturbance or distraction of some sort. It was an acknowledgement. It was about God. It was about acknowledging what God was doing.

The Bible says they shouted as loud as they could. Friend, when God is doing something, you want to give all that you can. It may not necessarily be shouting, but it may be writing. It may be singing. It may be serving. It may be giving. The point is that when you want to make a big deal about God, whatever you can do the most of to the glory and honor of His name is what you want to do.

When you really focus on bringing attention to God, He’ll make you wanna shout. Ask the Israelites.

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My God Can Relate

I don’t think we can overemphasize the love of God. He really loves us. I can’t fully explain it, but He does. He doesn’t have to. He could just make us be whatever He wants us to be and feel however He wants to about it. But in His infinite wisdom and love He created choice. He created the choice to love us and the choice for us to love Him in return.

Think about it. God is perfect. And that’s the best we can do to describe Him because He is so much more than just that. And He deals with us. He created us. He uses us to create things. And we’re not perfect.

We don’t acknowledge God very often. Some people never will. But He still loves us. He still chooses to use us. Isn’t that love?

AND, He sent His Son to die for us. He saw our sin and imperfection and how empty Heaven would be without us there and decided He didn’t want that. So He sent His Son to die for our sins, past, present, and future.

His sent His Son from Heaven to earth. Perfection to imperfection. Purity to impurity. And why?

Because through His Son He would be able to further relate to us. And to a God that is Love, it’s more important for Him to be able to relate than dictate.

 

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God in a Bottle

Sketch26319224-1A lot of times I hear people say God isn’t real for some reasons that really just don’t make sense to me. But, I believe in God so supernaturally it’s not going to make sense to me.

Reason #1: He didn’t heal someone.

If God existed He would have healed someone that died that meant so much. As tough as this seems, what I hear is, God didn’t do what you wanted Him to do, therefore He isn’t real. People rarely do what we want them to do, but we don’t doubt their existence because of it.

Reason #2: People don’t act holy like the God they say they serve.

This reason is a people problem, not a God problem. As Christians, often times we don’t act like we should, and for that I’m sorry. If I didn’t act like a teacher, would that mean that I didn’t have classroom?

Reason #3: You don’t see Him.

Well, I’ve never seen my great great great grandfather, but I’m pretty sure He existed. I’ve never seen air, but I’m pretty sure I breathe it in. I don’t see my parents everyday, but they do exist.

Reason #4: It’s too far-fetched.

With all due respect, isn’t it far-fetched to believe that everything happens on its own? Isn’t it hard to believe that every intricate detail in creation made itself?

The unbeliever really is upset that God isn’t like us. He refuses to believe in a being that he can’t see. He would rather believe in nothing. My question is, why would I serve a God that is like me? I’m flawed.

A God that does everything I want Him to do is not a god. He’s a genie.

 

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Silently Divine

Sketch16012045As I read all that Christ endured, for me, I’m brought to tears. I’m nearly brought to shame in the behavior of mankind, mostly because that behavior is still alive today. And I just love Jesus. I think about how much I am not like Him, and I want to be. I really do. But he was so wonderful. He set such a great example for our ordinary lives, by enduring His extreme trials.

Let’s check this out:

Matthew 27:12-14

12 But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. 13 “Don’t you hear all these charges they are bringing against you?” Pilate demanded. 14 But Jesus made no response to any of the charges, much to the governor’s surprise.

When I’m right, it takes all that I have not to acknowledge how right I am. When I’m wrong, I still want to explain my perspective. But here we have Jesus, God, refusing to gloat. He’s refusing to state His case, although He has every right to if He wants to.

How divine is that? To know there is no need to prove your innocence or divinity, because you are God. What an example.

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.

Isaiah 53:7

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