I have been reading about walking in the light today and this led me to thinking about walking in wisdom. If I ask God for his wisdom and help that then enables me to be much better at walking in the light, allowing God to highlight those areas of my life that need work and those where I am heading in the right direction. As there is no darkness whatsoever in God his light helps me to become a better Christian as he highlights those areas that need work.
1 John 1:5 – Here is the message we have heard from him and announce to you. God is light. There is no darkness in him at all.
I have based this poem on Proverbs 8
WISDOM CRIES OUT
Wisdom cries out, understanding raises her voice, I rejoice, the paths cross and she takes her stand, I understand that this is where I make my choice, be watchful turning away from the simplicity of humanity, rejecting the old foolish ways, listening for trustworthy things that God says, I open my mouth knowing that I will speak what’s right, the light of God shines through my thoughts, my actions and my words, I detest wickedness, my words are blessed, upright to those who share in the knowledge for those no longer in bondage for those who see that God’s instruction is more precious than silver, his knowledge more prized than gold, his wisdom more treasured than rubies, that no desire of the human heart can compare, for those who use these gifts lift themselves above evil, above arrogance and pride, they have the insight to flee from evil behaviour and perverse speech, decreeing that they have power and wisdom to fight for this Kingdom, for those who love as they are loved, seek so that they find the riches and honour bestowed on them by God, the God who formed me long ago, gave birth to me, all my days destined for me, constantly watching over me, filled with delight day by day I rejoice then listen as he says, blessed are those who keep my ways, who listen and are wise, who do not disregard my word but watch daily at the door, for you have found me and you have found life, received favour from the Lord, beneficiary of the ultimate sacrifice.
I have a business opportunity and have been praying for guidance. I have run my own business for many years but this is really a first for me, a big decision to make now I am a Christian. I feel it is so important to follow God’s plan in every aspect of our lives and as such I asked my prayer support group for prayer. These are the 4 verses I got back, wise words indeed:
- Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
- Proverbs 16:3 – Commit to the Lord whatever you do and he will establish your plans. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.
- Proverbs 16:9 – In their hearts humans plan their course but the Lord establishes their steps
- Proverbs 19:20 – Listen to advice and accept discipline and at the end you will be counted among the wise
God this is your life, your sacrifice for me freed me to be me, but see here’s the thing, I want to bring my every thought, care and concern to you, commit it all to you, trust in my Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding, for you have been planning my life since before time began and I understand that I have free will but still say your will be done on earth as in heaven, I listen to advice, I accept discipline, I submit to him who died for me, I ask that you will steer my course, establish my steps, make my paths straight, I wait for your direction, I ask for your protection, commit my decisions to you, trust you to guide me in the paths of righteousness for your name sake, trust you to take my life and let it be used exclusively for thee.
Gave my testimony to 120 women today, was not as nervous as I thought and was truly blessed by the response I got, God is certainly using my story and to him be the total glory for saving me from my sin. Part of my testimony revolves around my belief that God called me out of the gay lifestyle and that I believe this is both biblical and God’s will for my Iife. I was chatting to some ladies about this and how I truly believed in the Old Testament and New Testament references to homosexuality/sexual immorality and when I got back to my seat I just felt God giving me this reference.
Proverbs 7: 2-3 – Guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
To me it was like a massive endorsement of my testimony, that I was listening to his word and obeying him, praise God.
This is my word and my word is the truth, guard it closely, hold it close to your heart, demonstrate your faith by believing the truth that comes from my teachings, treat each word with care and love, don’t be deceived by the enemy, false teachers and preachers, don’t try and twist it to suit your desires, allow my fire to burn in your soul so that you may be whole, allow the Holy Spirit to lead you, I love you, you are the apple of my eye and I want you to desire to draw close to me, to take everything I have to give, to live a full and fruitful life, to make sacrifices as required, desire to know me more, to receive all I have in store for you, hold my word close to your heart and you and I will never be apart.
At my last counselling session we covered friendships (or lack of in my past) and how I struggle now to really form friendships or believe in the ones I have. This is a product of my childhood, unfortunately carried with me through life, but now, as a Christian I am seeing that people are different, I am learning to drop my guard a bit more and allow people in. There is still sometimes a feeling of “don’t let them get too close for fear of getting hurt” but you know what, I know I won’t get hurt and I am beginning to allow myself to believe that people are there for me come what may, they won’t let me down. Had some prayer about this today and am just so grateful to God for the people he has put in my life, I know over time I will be able to put my “friendship” issues behind me and start to trust more. I wrote this for the small circle of Christian friends in my life who (probably unknowingly) are helping me on this particular journey, this being just one more barrier to break down to help me move forward.
Proverbs 18:24 – One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
FRIENDS (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE)
You’re one of the people God gave to me, I asked God for you and he delivered, every person put into my life for a reason, part of his perfect preparation for my future, a God-ordained friend for my times of adversity, a certainty in my uncertainty, a rock, a tower of strength who goes to great lengths to be there for me and here’s what I’m learning, God loves me personally, powerfully, passionately, where others have promised and failed God has promised and succeeded, his love unfailing and when I was aching, my heart breaking he gave me my friends, my co-warriors he reached down from above and lifted me from the deep waters and I ought to have seen that he would surround me with strength and security, delivered by those who sincerely care for me and I don’t have to worry or be filled with anxiety about your feelings or friendship for me, I need do nothing more than I do cos you guys are filled with God’s love too, you mirror his ways, his love shines through you, and you see the best of me, build me up, support me and offer me sanctuary when I allow insecurity to get to me and today I praise God that he gave you to me, I praise him for friendships that will last for eternity.
Really seeking God’s help with issues in my mind, got to face it it’s still a problem and I have to tackle this and the only way I know is to hand it to God, and he has told us if we listen to him he will protect us and I believe that he will, this is my issue to hand over and that’s not so easy…
But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm
Listening Lord, listening for your voice, reaching out to you and asking for your peace, asking for release from fear, asking that you will draw near to me when the darkness descends, defend me from all sinful desires, don’t let me listen to Satan’s lies, help me to listen, tune my ears to you so that I can claim my place of safety, my time of ease and please God show me how to move in to your resting place free from turmoil and things that spoil my time with you, draw me ever closer and give me closure as I hand this turbulence over.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
OK so message for today from Proverbs, be careful how you think for your life is shaped by your thoughts. So positive, positive, positive from me today.
I am being oh so careful today, to let nothing get in the way of the positives, be creative in my thoughts, thinking of all the Lord has done for me, the ways in which he’s set me free and how he wants me to be me and that means free, free to worship, free to praise, free to serve him all my days and I’m amazed at how he appraises every situation in relation to my frailty and buffers me from difficulty, he really wants me to be free and I worship you Lord as I see that you are truly here for me, I may not see the long term plan but trust that I am in your hands, I trust you that you have my back and I love that you keep track of all my fears, all my concerns, you have turned my life around and in you true peace I have found.
Another scripture I have been given is:
Proverbs 3: 5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight
IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM
Wake up, pay attention. Maybe I forget to mention, in all your ways acknowledge him, express recognition of your God, he’s no apparition, he’s real, he’s valid, he’s the definition of true love, prince of peace who released you from a life of pain and never again will you find another who treats you as a loving father.
So trust in him with all your heart, hand him every part of you that needs repair, needs his loving, infinite care. Don’t listen to your own mind, for you will be inclined to lean on your own understanding (which often results in a crash landing).
Better to be handing all things to the Lord whose word is binding. The bible a blinding reminder of his wisdom and might, acknowledge that he is the light this world waits for, and your path will be made straight as you grow and learn, you will be ready when he returns.