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About Just Wanna Live Right

There are so many things that God is showing me in my Christian walk. And I want to share some of my life experiences with others. Life comes at you with some tricky hands and some of us feel like we have to live with the cards that we are dealt. But NO...you don't! God always gives us a way of escape! You don't have to do things the way the world does...you CAN do things the way God does. Let's talk about it...

Holy Monday

As I was led to do a blog about Holy Week.  Let’s chat about Holy Monday, but first let me say this.

Most churches have had to scale down their usual sercvices and even closed their doors because with COVID 19 creating physical distance from one another, we are not permitted to gather together.  It is important during this time that we remember we all have a personal relationship with God and our continued worship, prayer and time with God should not decrease nor stop because of this.  You are responsible to keep connected.  You are responsible for your prayer time with God.  You are responsible for your worship.  The church building should not keep you from that.  Philippians 2:12 says “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”  You are responsible to seek God out yourself.  We usually hear an abbreviated version of the story of Holy Week leading up to Easter, but let’s read it and know for ourselves.  Know about the sacrifice, the pain, the beatings, the determination, the love that Jesus had for us and what he went through to save us!

Read with me today… Luke 19:45-48

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Jesus is once again in the temple and angry about how the merchants  and money changers are treating this holy place.  They were being dishonest, deceiving the people and my study bible notes say the commercialism in God’s house frustrated people’s attempts at worship. Money changers would change the foreigners money but inflate the exchange rate to make more money for themselves.  The merchants would increase the price of the sacrificial animals so they could make money for themselves.  And all this is happening inside the temple’s court.

My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’

Sadly I must say, this has a familiar resemblance to some of the things that are happening in the church even today.  We as People of God should be doing everything we can to remove any barrier in the sanctuary that would get in the way of worship, of God’s presence.  All that other stuff is a distraction.  Its actually a bit frightening to me that someone would think their needs are more important than God and worship.

This same behavior is happening in our stores also with price gouging the COVID 19 pandemic.

I believe this pandemic is a permissible movement from God to get our attention.  he clearly told me one day that “this is a RESET”  He is calling us back to Him in a more intimate way, we are to sit back at His feet and hear from Him.  Things a shifting and changing.  We should not be the same when this passes over.  And He picked a significant time to bring this to our attention.

Be still and hear God in this time.

The Beginning of Holy Week – Palm Sunday

Today I was led to do a blog about Holy Week.  Most churches have had to scale down their usual sercvices and even closed their doors because with COVID 19 creating physical distance from one another, we are not permitted to gather together.  It is important during this time that we remember we all have a personal relationship with God and our continued worship, prayer and time with God should not decrease nor stop because of this.  You are responsible to keep connected.  You are responsible for your prayer time with God.  You are responsible for your worship.  The church building should not keep you from that.  Philippians 2:12 says “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”  You are responsible to seek God out yourself.  We usually hear an abbreviated version of the story of Holy Week leading up to Easter, but let’s read it and know for ourselves.  Know about the sacrifice, the pain, the beatings, the determination, the love that Jesus had for us and what he went through to save us!

Read with me Luke 19:28-42.

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What is known as Palm Sunday…

As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, the people threw palm branches onto the rode; in his path…yelling

Hosanna!  Hosanna!

He who comes in the name of the Lord is truly blessed
and is King of all Israel. 

Jesus had become very popular by now, many had heard of him or witnessed his great and mighty works.  Healing people, raising people from the dead, bringing freedom and truth to their lives.  Although he was well known, he did not make a grand entrance in to the town.  He knew who he was and the authority that came with it, but he didn’t broadcast it.  He came into Jerusalem on a lowly donkey.  Always a person who walked in humility and without being grandiose, Jesus rode a donkey that was not even his own, but one borrowed.

The whole scene of Jesus coming in on a donkey was prophecy coming to pass.  This same thing was said in Zechariah 9:9. Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your kings comes to you, righteous and victorious, low and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Palm branches symbolize triumph and victory!

Today we celebrate PALM SUNDAY…most churches (when they are open) would pass out palms to all members and visitors.  My Dad always makes crosses out of the palms and we would hang them in our cars or up in the house.  I’ve seen people put them in the back window of their car.  And I also hang them up in my house, sometimes replacing the ones from last year or adding them to the bunch from the years past.  It’s a reminder to me of what this Holy Week is about and what Christ endured.  His crucifixion and how he rose from the dead for me.  Little ole me.  Wretched mess…me.  Again a symbolism of triumph and victory!  So if you’ve ever wondered what the fuss was about on the Sunday before Easter, now you know.  Prophecy is coming to pass and Jesus begins his journey to the cross for you and I.  Willfully and obediently he is moving towards his death.  His love for us is immeasurable.

I’ll continue this chat tomorrow to see what the Monday of Holy Week holds.

Below are some ideas of what you can do with your palms.

http://4soils.com/blog/five-things-to-do-with-your-palm-sunday-palms/

Here 4soils.com offers five things you can do with your Palm Sunday palms to keep the spirit of the day fresh in your hearts all year long.

1. Make the classic Palm Cross from your branch. Tuck the Palm Cross in your Bible, place on your desk or like my mom, tuck behind your vanity mirror.

2. Include your palm branches in your Easter centerpiece. Tuck your palm fronds in your Easter flower arrangement as a reminder of Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week.

3. Have a family Palm Sunday parade. Get our kids in the spirit and march around your backyard joyously shouting “Hosanna.”

4. Return your palms to your church for Ash Wednesday next year. Some churches still follow the tradition of burning last year’s palms to use as the ashes on Ash Wednesday.  Ask if your church follows this tradition and if they do not, they may be able to direct you to a local church that does.

5. Offer your palm to a friend or neighbor or stranger. Offering the palm branch can be a way of sharing God’s love, the miracle of Christ’s resurrection and the Good News of the life everlasting.

Proverbs Reading – Chapter 12

The Purpose of Proverbs is to impart wisdom for godly living.

Solomon’s fathering advice to young people and all who seek wisdom will greatly benefit from these wise words.   Discover the source of wisdom, the value of wisdom and the benefits of wisdom.   Proverbs gives practical suggestions for effective living.   They should call a person to action.  The verses tell how you can live in close relationship to Him and offers positive advice that helps you to make good and righteous decisions. –  notes of the Life Application Study Bible

PROVERBS 12  

This chapter doesn’t have a titles but has some really great nuggets of wisdom for you.

Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.  Loving instruction is loving to learn and be taught.  Part of wanting to be taught is being willing to accept correction and to learn from the wisdom of others.  If you can’t take constructive criticism then you are dealing with pride.  Pride is NOT a character trait of Christ or God.

A good man obtains favor from the Lord, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.  Sometimes you will see wickedness bring success to some people and wonder how is God allowing that to happen.  Remember, we are given free will to choose good or bad.  The decision is ours.  But the successes we see are temporary. Dishonest people grow more and more dishonest. Evil behavior just turns to ore evil.  The Study Bible says, if you are not a success by God’s standards, you have not achieved true success.  A success that God will be pleased with.

The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand.  There is  stability with God and with a righteous person.  The wicked will eventually have nothing.  That’s why we continue to hear that the righteous will last and the wicked work is temporary.

The world tells us that we should retaliate when someone talks about you, insults you, or embarrasses you; but that retaliation doesn’t solve anything.  It just encourages trouble.  Instead answer slowly and quietly.  Your positive response will bring about positive results.  We’ll read in the 15th chapter more about that.

Verse 19 says, the truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.  You can’t go wrong with the truth.  The truth is God and He is not man, He doesn’t lie.  You can count on everything God says.  He will do what He says.  Truth will last forever.  Lying is a temporary fix.  It is but for a moment.

May sound crazy, but a modest person is noticed more than a person who shows off.  Again another scenario where the modest person is more lasting than a show off person.

Waste has become a way of life for those who have plenty. But waste is a sign of laziness and it is poor stewardship.  Make good use of everything God has given you.

Death is the end of life and for those who do not know God, they may be afraid of death.  Maybe because that is an unknown place and fear of leaving people behind or the pain we are expecting.  When you know the Lord, death is just another step, it is not final; it is the first step into eternity.

Proverbs Reading – Chapter 11

The Purpose of Proverbs is to impart wisdom for godly living.

Solomon’s fathering advice to young people and all who seek wisdom will greatly benefit from these wise words.   Discover the source of wisdom, the value of wisdom and the benefits of wisdom.   Proverbs gives practical suggestions for effective living.   They should call a person to action.  The verses tell how you can live in close relationship to Him and offers positive advice that helps you to make good and righteous decisions. –  notes of the Life Application Study Bible

PROVERBS 11

I hope your reading the chapters with me.

“The day of wrath” refers to when we die or to the time when God settles accounts with all people.  On judgment day, each person will stand alone, accountable for all of his or her deeds.  At that time, no amount of riches will buy reconciliation with God.  Only our love for God and obedience to him will count. (Life Application Study Bible)

This chapter continues to speak about the consequences of the righteous and the wicked.  Whether you make a good choice or a bad choice…they both yield consequences.  There will be a reaction to your action.  Which team are you choosing to be on?

We were all given free will to make whatever decision we want.  But the Word of God tells us that those who choose to make God decisions will be rescued, reconciled, redeemed, restored, and covered by God.  God’s covering doesn’t stop life from happening to you, but you are not alone in it, you have someone and something to lean on, gain strength from and guidance.

Verse 14 is something I live by…”Where there is no counsel the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”  I use the people God has put in my life.  I go to them, talk with them, get advice from them and direction.  I don’t pride myself in making decisions all by myself.  I know for me that is not helpful and my way of thinking is not always right.  I would rather have good solid advice to follow me than to have human wisdom that may only be a temporary fix.  One person’s perspective and understanding is severely limited. (not all the facts, blinded by bias, emotions or wrong impressions)  Develop the ability to make right decisions.

God neither sleeps nor slumbers.  He sees EVERYTHING!  What you miss seeing, God sees.  You will not go unpunished if you do wrong.  God will either deal with you here on earth or on judgment day.

Your words can hurt like weapons or they can build up like tools.  Sadly, most times people will use their words to destroy.  Most people have received more destructive comments than those that build up.  Let your words make a difference in someone’s life.  Uplift, comfort and encourage.

Just Wanna Live Right

January 18, 2020

The Purpose of Proverbs is to impart wisdom for godly living.

Solomon’s fathering advice to young people and all who seek wisdom will greatly benefit from these wise words.   Discover the source of wisdom, the value of wisdom and the benefits of wisdom.   Proverbs gives practical suggestions for effective living.   They should call a person to action.  The verses tell how you can live in close relationship to Him and offers positive advice that helps you to make good and righteous decisions. –  notes of the Life Application Study Bible

PROVERBS 10  The title of this chapter is Wise sayings of Solomon

This chapter is said to specifically have been written by Solomon.

Verse 1 says, ‘A wise son makes a glad Father.’  Meaning Dad is proud and happy when his son/daughter makes good choices and decisions.

‘But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.’  I can think of a situation where the Mother is worried about her son, who is hanging in the streets and choosing a lifestyle that is foolish or a daughter who is chasing a man that doesn’t love and respect her and has her doing things that are not right.

God’s principles for right living bring lasting happiness.  Proverbs gives us general situations in the examples.  They don’t apply to every aspect of life.  But basically letting us know that the life of a person who seeks God is better in the long run than the life of a wicked person.

Some people bring unhappiness on themselves by choosing wrong living, but righteous people are those who love the Lord and are seeking to follow him.

Everyday has 24 hours filled with opportunities to grow, serve and be productive.  What are you doing with your 24 hours?  Let us see time as God’s gift and seize your opportunities to live for Him.

In the notes, it gives a chart of examples of ‘wise learners’ and ‘foolish failures.’

  • Wise Learners – Gladly accept instruction… Foolish Failures – Ignore instruction
  • Wise Learners – Love discipline… Foolish Failures – Hate correction
  • Wise Learners – Listen to advice… Foolish Failures – Think they need no advice
  • Wise Learners – Accept parents disciplines… Foolish Failures – Mock parents
  • Wise Learners – Are on the pathway to life… Foolish Failures – will go astray
  • Wise Learners – Will be honored… Foolish Failures – End in poverty and disgrace
  • Wise Learners – Profit from constructive criticism… Foolish Failures – Harm themselves by refusing criticism

Verse 20 stood out to me, ‘The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, the heart of the wicked is worth little.’  I’ve always thought, as a Christian that it probably isn’t the wisest choice to seek advice or counsel about godly matters (which is pretty much everything in my life) from someone who God.  The advice probably wouldn’t be as helpful.  I want to get counsel from someone who will speak truth, even if it hurts.  And someone who knows how to talk to me in a way that is teaching and encouraging.  Don’t hurt my feelings to teach me.   Who do you get advice from?  And when you seek advice, what do you honestly want to hear?  The truth may not always feel good, but when given in love; it will do what has sent it to do.  Counsel from a righteous person is like choice silver…it is valuable, you can give it to others, doesn’t lose it’s worth.

Verse 22 ‘The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.’  The notes say, Wealth is a blessing only if we use it in the way God intended.’  Can you honestly say you are using the wealth/blessings/resources that God has given you in the way He intended?  How are you helping others?  Are you paying your tithes with what He has given you?  Are you spending wisely?

Fear the Lord and prolong your days…be aware of the wicked and the destruction that follows them.  Choose righteousness.

Proverbs Reading – Chapter 9

The Purpose of Proverbs is to impart wisdom for godly living.

Solomon’s fathering advice to young people and all who seek wisdom will greatly benefit from these wise words.   Discover the source of wisdom, the value of wisdom and the benefits of wisdom.   Proverbs gives practical suggestions for effective living.   They should call a person to action.  The verses tell how you can live in close relationship to Him and offers positive advice that helps you to make good and righteous decisions. –  notes of the Life Application Study Bible

PROVERBS 9  The title is The Way of Wisdom

The 1st verse says, Wisdom has built her house.  Then goes on to describe the different preparations of the house with food, drink, furnishings, etc.  Wisdom is responsible and takes care of those who are simple.

Wisdom and foolishness are compared in this chapter.  Wisdom appeals to the mind while foolishness appeals to the senses, but the pleasures of foolishness are temporary.  Wisdom brings a satisfaction that lasts forever.

Wisdom lacks nothing, is complete and perfect.

How you respond to criticism speaks volumes of who you are.  Learn from your critics

Wisdom begins with knowing God, having a relationship with Him.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

The opposite of wisdom is foolishness…folly.  She lures in the simple, those who lack understanding.  She tells them that stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.  Making all the wrong things sound like they are good.  She will tell you that your wrong is right and deceive you.   And you will follow her not knowing that she is leading you straight to destruction, to death, to hell.

But when you look for wisdom you then have the understanding and knowledge of where foolishness can lead you.  You would choose that path if you choose wisdom.

Proverbs Reading – Chapter 8

The Purpose of Proverbs is to impart wisdom for godly living.

Solomon’s fathering advice to young people and all who seek wisdom will greatly benefit from these wise words.   Discover the source of wisdom, the value of wisdom and the benefits of wisdom.   Proverbs gives practical suggestions for effective living.   They should call a person to action.  The verses tell how you can live in close relationship to Him and offers positive advice that helps you to make good and righteous decisions. –  notes of the Life Application Study Bible

PROVERBS 8  The Excellence of Wisdom

This chapter reads like a poem to me.  Speaking of so many important values of Wisdom.

The study notes state that wisdom is portrayed as a woman who guides us, makes us succeed, was present at the time of creation and works with the Creator.  That those who hate wisdom, love death.  And wisdom should affect every aspect of one’s entire life.

Imagine if we could be a people where all the words of our mouths were with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse be in them?

Wisdom says…I AM understanding, I have strength.  Just as with the Lord, those who diligently seek wisdom will find her.

Wisdom was there from the beginning of time.

Pride and arrogance are the evil way.  Love for God and love for sin cannot coexist.  Throw evil ways away!

Re-read this chapter and pull out the words or sentences that stand out to you.  Meditate on them.  What is God saying to you?  Journal what you feel God is saying to you and what your hearing in your heart.

And please share in the comments.