Give me eyes of GRACE…

Seven Things God Hates:
Here are six things GOD hates,
 and one more that he loathes with a passion: 
eyes that are arrogant, Proverbs 6:16-17a (MSG)

The NKJV and KJV both say “a proud look.” The NLT says “haughty eyes.”

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines “haughty” as “blatantly and disdainfully proud.” It defines “disdainful” as “contemptuous and scornful.”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve read this verse countless times without stopping and assessing myself to any serious degree. Why? Because right there at the top of the list of things God hates is something I’ve excelled at since I was a little girl. Proud, arrogant, haughty eyes. Being judgmental.

Think about our everyday routines and how much judgey behavior and thinking we indulge ourselves in. [Read more…]

Wisdom, Understanding and Clarity

Proverbs 2: 1-6 tells us that applying his words and commands and treasuring them is the key to wisdom and understanding…

My child, listen to what I say,
    and treasure my commands.
Tune your ears to wisdom,
    and concentrate on understanding.
Cry out for insight,
    and ask for understanding.
Search for them as you would for silver;
    seek them like hidden treasures.
Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord,
    and you will gain knowledge of God.
For the Lord grants wisdom!
    From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

 

Practical steps to a life of wisdom, understanding and clarity :

  • Purpose to receive.
  • Stop and think about what I am hearing from the Word.
  • Think about how it applies to everyone.
  •  Then, how it applies to me in general.
  • Then, how it applies to me specifically. Then, how it applies to whatever my current situation or circumstances are.  What the Holy Spirit is whispering to my heart.  Making it personal. That is how to receive.
  • Purpose to treasure and see as precious 
  • be conscious of the value of the Word.
  • Stop and think about the fact that the Creator of everything cares about me and my life specifically and wants me to have peace, to know everything I need to know, to see clearly…to succeed at all that He has assigned me to do. 

All of this is active; not passive. It isn’t going to just happen to us. We have to be intentional.

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Wisdom – the Checklist

Imagine how differently areas of our lives would have played out had we operated in the wisdom of God rather than our own understanding.

Good News, Proverbs 1:2 tells us that understanding and insight are available – that we can KNOW and comprehend wisdom. We can perceive wisdom and have insight.

Proverbs 1:2 (AMP)
That people may know skillful and godly Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight.

Proverbs 1:2 (NKJ)
To know wisdom and instruction, 
To perceive the words of understanding.

One of our greatest spiritual desires and commitments to the Lord should be that we may know skillful and godly wisdom and have great spiritual understanding and insight – AND employ and apply it in all areas of our lives. We know that God wants us to be led by the Holy Spirit in every aspect of our lives every day.

Proverbs 1 also tells us that wisdom cries out to us…it isn’t elusive or hidden. It isn’t playing hard to get.

Sounds good, right? So, how do we get more wisdom?

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