God Reveals A Spiritual Truth to Mr. John P Smith

Recently, WordPress notified me that John P. Smith, a fellow blogger, was now “following” at http://www.tgifmasterminds.com and that they would receive an email every time I published a post on “Conversations With God Using Scripture”.  WordPress also invited me to go see what they were up to.  So, I did!  I clicked onto Mr. Smith’s post entitled, “Accessing Your Spiritual Guidance”, and boy, oh boy was I truly blessed and enlightened.

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You might want to go see what they’re up to! Perhaps you will like their blog as much as they liked yours!    Accessing Your Spiritual Guidance 

******************************************************************************* Outlined below are the steps the Holy Spirit directed me to follow as I searched the scriptures to confirm without any doubt Mr. Smith’s theory on how a person’s intent frequency can positively or negatively access their spiritual guidance as he reported in his blog entitled “Accessing Your Spiritual Guidance”.  Quoted below is Mr. Smith’s thesis sentence:

“Our intent is the most powerful tool we have for raising our frequency. There are only two possible intents in any given moment: to learn with God/Spirit about loving yourself and others, or to protect against your pain and avoid responsibility for your feelings. When our intent is to protect and avoid we seek to control – through our various addictions – our feelings, others’ feelings and behavior, and the outcome of things. When our intent is to learn, we seek to take responsibility for our own feelings and behavior by discovering what we may be thinking or doing that is unloving to ourselves and others, and what would be loving.

Now the first exercise the Holy Spirited directed me to do was to get my Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible and look up scriptures with the word “intent” in them. (Intent (n) means:  state of mind; purpose; volition.)

2 Samuel 17:14 – Here we read where Absalom, the heir-apparent and son of King David was bent on (intended) killing his father (King David), in order to usurp the throne and forcibly rule over the people of Jerusalem.  It was also Absalom’s intent to engage Ahithophel and receive his advice on the best way to annihilate King David.  Both men later died in their attempt to dispose of King David and the king’s life was spared.  John Smith writes that the initial spiritual truth that caused the deaths of the son and the adviser was this:  The spiritual realm exists at a higher frequency than we do here on the physical plane of Planet Earth.  And since neither Absalom nor Ahithophel accessed the spiritual realm and their intent was not to learn with God/Spirit, (received a divine revelation from on high) both men lost their lives.

 

2 Kings 10:1, 17, 19, 30 – In these verses we read where Jehu was on a mission for the Lord.  Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left him none remaining.  And when he (Jehu) came to Samaria, he slew all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the saying of the Lord, which he spake to Elijhah.  But Jehu did it in subtlety, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal.  And the Lord said unto Jehu, “Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.” KJV

(Jehu’s intent was to learn and to take responsibility according to instructions from on high.)

Additional Scripture references of possessing a ‘good intent’ and/or to protect against pain and to control are listed here:  Biblical stories are found in 2 Chronicles 16; Ezekiel 40; Daniel 4; John 11, and 13; Acts 9 and 10; 1 Corinthians 10; Ephesians 3.

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I wish to thank Mr. John P Smith, immensely, for writing his blog on How To Access Your Spiritual Guide.  I encourage everyone to read it in order to gain a deeper understanding of your motives when praying for others and wishing God’s blessing on them.  I am also of the opinion that through Mr. Smith’s revelations from God everyone will want to seek a more genuine relationship with our Lord and to converse with our Heavenly Father more often during our time here on earth.

Thank you once again John, for allowing me to expound on your writing.

Scripture Lesson:  “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.  I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  They looked unto him, and were lightened:  and their faces were not ashamed.  This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.  The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.  O taste and see that the Lord is good:  blessed is the man that trusteth in him.  O fear the Lord, ye his saints:  for there is no want to them that fear him.  The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger:  but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.  Come, ye children, hearken unto me:  I will teach you the fear of the Lord.  What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?  Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.”  Psalm 34:3-13

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God Inhabits The Prayers Of His People

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With Uplifted Hands And With Shouts Of Joy We Will Praise You, Lord!

A few months ago, a guest minister was invited to speak at my church.  Her message to the awaiting congregation was spirit filled and impacted practically all in attendance as she expounded on effective ways to use God’s holy word when praying specifically for life’s situations.  For surely, as you know, one of the main ways God works in our lives is through praise and worship.

Do you want God to ‘show up’ in due season with HIS answers to your prayers?  Or do you abandon your partitions when you do not receive an instant reply?  Or worst yet…do you commence ‘helping’ God by taking the situation into your own hands?

Well, here is where I share with you a most positive method of how to partition God’s throne  whereby you cannot revoke your prayer request because you are not capable of doing so.  Here is what the visiting itinerant preacher had to say:

Begin your prayer time with God by imploring Him to do something for you as he has already proven he can do through scripture.  Pray the doxology prayer over yourself!

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance towards you and give you peace.”  Numbers 6:21.

 When praying and/or conversing with God, make your statement then add one or two of these scriptures, incorporating chapter and verse:

Dear Jesus, according to Ephesians 1:17, 18 and 19, I sincerely ask that You allow Your blessings to cover me with the spirit of wisdom, the hope of your calling and the exceeding greatness of your power as I attempt to lead your people on this awesome journey to…(name the place or situation here)

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“Dear Heavenly Father, just as it is written in Ephesians 3:16, I beseech Thee to keep me and strengthen me with Thy might and holy spirit and cause me to be routed and grounded in love…as I go forth in Your Name to…(name your situation here)

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“Most Holy and Everlasting Father, just as it is written in 1 Peter 1:4, I humbly approach Your throne to ask You to keep me from the corruption that is in the world through lust and pornography and to keep me from falling and present me faultless before the presence of Your glory with exceeding joy as it is written in Jude 24.

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Are you getting the picture?  Okay, let’s continue…

Dear Lord, may your face shine upon me as I make your ways not only my ways, but also known upon the earth  as written in Psalms 67:2, and as stated in Daniel 12:3, and help me to turn many to righteousness, with a zeal for good works as so proclaimed in Matthew 5:16.

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Our Father which art in heaven, I come to you today on bended knee asking that you be gracious unto me so that I might receive all that pertains to life and godliness as the one you called the Rock has stated in 2 Peter 1:3.  I truly need your grace and mercy so that I might abound to do every good work and turn sufferings into the power of God’s love  down here on earth as it is in heaven according to 2 Corinthians 9:8 and 12-9.

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Dear Jesus, it is my everlasting desire that I may have fullness of joy in Your presence as recorded in Psalm 16:11 and that my total being may reflect Your countenance and magnificent glory just as it is written in 2 Corinthians 3:7, and that You will shower me with good things so that I might bring gladness to those Whom You have assigned to my hands and that You and You alone might be glorified in accordance to Psalm 4:6 and 7.

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Without a doubt, Heavenly Father, You are my Way-maker, my Peace as I am yoked to Your Son, Jesus Christ, just as it says in Matthew 11:29.  Because Your peace surpasses human understanding and overcomes all human fears as recorded in Romans 5:1 and John 14:27.  I pray this prayer in the precious Name of Jesus our Lord, Amen

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Okay, no doubt, some of you are thinking this method of praying is too hard for me.  I wont ever be able to remember which scripture matches which prayer request.  So, let me put your mind at ease.  Just take one suggested prayer request that best suits you.  Make your partition, short, sweet and sincere.   Pray this same prayer for 3 days.  You will be surprised just how much your brain (mind) can comprehend.  You will have it memorized in less than 3 days.  TRY IT…YOU”ll like it!

After mastering that conversation with God…try another one.  Keep this up for just 3 weeks and you will be armed with an arsenal of scriptures, an inspiring testimony that you can share and teach to others and a whole new way to converse and pray to God.

(And don’t forget to always give God all the praise, all the honor and all the glory.)  Amen!

Billy Graham once said: “God gave us the Bible, His Word, so that we may hear from Him. So that we can be challenged. So that we can be encouraged. So that we can be changed. Hebrews 4:12 is one of several passages in the Bible that explains the power of God’s Word.”

Scripture Lesson:  For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of the soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12

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God’s Quiz As Posted On The Internet

This blog is not plagiarized.  IT’S A REPRINT!  I saw an article on the internet this week and thought it was worth introducing to my followers.  The author of this article is Jennifer C. Martin and the pictures are from the internet.
There were only 5 questions posted on the quiz and for me they were very easy.  But I challenge you to give this quiz to your grandkids or any one else you wish to introduce to the Holy Bible.  Posted below in red is the actual website and author of this piece.  Click it if you wish to take the quiz on your own.  (I found downloading this article extremely laborious.)

Despite the fact that the main religion in the United States is Christianity, most people don’t actually know much about the Bible. Whether or not you believe The Bible is literal, one cannot understate its significance to our culture. This famous book compilation has stories present in three of the world’s major religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. For many, it’s the direct Word of God! And one of the best things about the Bible is the rich stories that were told. Everyone should have some basic awareness of what these stories are, and why the Bible means so much to so many people all around the globe.
So in this educational quiz about the Bible, we asked questions about some of the obvious choices, like Abraham and Jesus and Mary. However, we also had a few questions about things you might not recall. Do you know who Lydia in the New Testament is? You should! The great thing about this quiz is that it’s fun, educational, and helps you be aware of the things in the Bible you may have forgotten. If you grew up going to Sunday School and church, this quiz should be easy-peasy… right? Learning stories from the Bible might have been a part of your daily life! So, without further ado, here is our Biblical figures quiz. Hopefully you haven’t forgotten them all! Do you? Prove it… and maybe we can guess your education level on top of it.

God Invites Us To Pay It Forward

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Extend a Helping Hand – Pay It Forward

I learned something today.  It was amazing.  I had never thought of this ‘truth’ before.  This new eye-opening and informative statement caused me to wonder if others had somehow missed this fact, too.  Here it is…

“When the average person becomes a Christian, he or she is not necessarily thinking “horizontally” about what just happened–that they have agreed to be adopted into a new family of people.  Instead, they are usually thinking “vertically”—that is, looking upward towards a new-found relationship with the Almighty God and Jesus Christ.”

What is not realized at the outset is the fact that the Kingdom of God is like a composite of family members.  And that God ordained the creation of a new family community right here on earth made up with those who have become his followers–in the horizontal atmosphere.  Basically, the walls that contain the family is called the church; and the place without walls is the heart of the confessed believer.

ISN’T THAT GOOD NEWS!

Jesus’ first group of followers were also a community.  Better known as the 12 disciples or apostles, this group of men were all baptized, ate and prayed together, performed wonders and signs, and ministered to the people. (Acts 2:41-47)

What about you? 

Since your conversion, have you been responsible in introducing someone else to Christ?  I asked myself this question and without much hesitation, could recall several opportunities where the Holy Spirit had given me the unction to approach total strangers.

Once when I was eating alone in a restaurant, I noticed a young lady also eating alone seated not too far from me.  After a while, I introduced myself and invited her to join me.  I learned she had just relocated to my city and was looking for a new beginning.  What an opportunity to inquire if she was also looking for a new place of worship.  The conversation proceeded from there and ultimately, she became a member of my church.  The rest is history.

Last week I celebrated a milestone birthday with a grand party with a host of family and friends.  After reading an article in the AARP monthly magazine, I followed suit on what a reader and contributor to the magazine had done.  I read where she had given a sum of money to each party participant and had asked them to pay it forward.  As a result, she had received feedback from some of her guests with inspiring stories of gratitude.  I decided to do the same thing.

Since I had more than 80 party goers, I only gave each one a dollar and asked them to add to it if they so desired, but to pass it on by paying it forwarded with a blessing that God would be glorified.  For me, that turned out to be the highlight of my birthday bash.

You know, the older I get, the easier it becomes for me to keep the faith, to defuse doubt, to trust God, to entertain strangers, to find time to meditate, and to visit the doctors with reassurance that God’s got it!  So, in all of my getting, I am striving to get an understanding in the things of God that will bless his people in their going out and coming in.  My true desire is to pay it forward!  Amen!

Lord, Lest I forget, Lead me to Calvary….

3:48 Take a few minutes to click and play this song while you meditate on the Scripture below.

Scripture Lesson:  “We are no longer Jews or Greeks or slaves or free men or even merely men or women, but we are all the same–we are Christians; we are one in Christ Jesus.”  Galatians 3:28 (Living Bible)
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God Designed Us With Precision

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That’s me in the center of my Drumba Class beating with precision!

Because my birthday celebration is upon me, I have found myself giving over to silent, impromptu, heartfelt and sincere prayers of thanks to our gracious, loving and kind Lord of Host for ordaining me these expanded years of life. For the Bible says; “The days of our years are threescore years and ten…” Psalm 90:10

Yet, God has given me much more…

Not only was He generous in giving me extended years of life, but He has also designed my innermost being to remain healthy and sustaining for most of them…notwithstanding the stripes Jesus Christ suffered on the cross for my salvation.  Plus the strength to beat those large balls to death to lively music in my Drumba classes.

So, I can say with assurance; “I praise you, {Lord}, because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  Psalm 139:14

God Placed Natural Healing Wisdom At Our Fingertips…

Do you realize that God did not just make us with precision, He also gave us access to bona fide natural medical remedies to cure what ails us.  As you know, for centuries, people have been using herbs for their culinary and medicinal benefits.  Listed below are 7 herbs that are still being widely used today for healing and restoration.  Some of their uses in biblical times and today are listed.

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Aloe

Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes.  About  seventy-five pounds (for burial).  John 19:39

Today’s use is for burns, rashes and to lower blood pressure.

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Cumin

(Jesus said in regards to tithing) Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!  You give a tenth of your spices—mint, anise and cumin (for cooking).  Matthew 23:23

Today’s use is for your digestion system, breast feeding, and coughs.

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Lemon balm

As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead.  Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt (for bartering).  Genesis 37:25

Today’s use is for making soothing salves and oils.

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Bitter Herbs

That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs and bread made without yeast. (seasoning)  Exodus 12:8

Today’s use is for kidney stones, digestive system and the urinary tract.

Mustard Seed

 

He (Jesus) told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field (Medicine and teaching).  Luke 13:18, 19

Today’s use is for common colds, soar throats, muscle and back relaxing, and as a hair conditioner to treat damaged hair.

Myrrh

All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad (for burial). Psalm 45:8

Today’s use is as a cleansing agent, and to help with ulcerated throats and mouth sores.

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Olive Oil

Command the sons of Israel that they bring to you clear oil from beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually ( illumination).  Leviticus 24:2

Today’s use is for cosmetics, medicine, cooking, and soaps, and was also used as a fuel for traditional lamps.

 

I’ll be the first to admit that with drug stores and pharmacists so readily available, I do not avail myself to a lot of natural healing.  But I have tried olive oil and aloe for medicinal purposes.  Once, when I was a teenager, my grandmother had me to chew on a dandelion root to cure my cramps.  And another time she picked some wild mint from the front yard and had me chew it to alleviate a sour stomach.  Both experiences worked.  Boy oh boy, how I wished I had preserved all those ‘ole time’ remedies!

As I prepared for this blog, the Holy Spirit reminded me of this verse:   “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”  Revelation 22:2

I thought to myself, God is interested in every thing I do.  He walks with me and talks with me and tells me I am His own.  How wonderful and blessed I am to have such a friend in Jesus.  (And I pray that that is your desire, too.)  As for me, I will continue to serve Him until traveling days (and birthdays) are over.  Amen!

Scripture Lesson:   I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.  O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.  I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”  Psalm 34:1-4

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 God Whispered “Count Your Blessings”

 

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Yes, we all need to go to God in prayer

As a child, while in the first decade of my life, there was a song I sung in Sunday School entitled, “Count Your Blessings, Name Them One By One”.  Well, this morning, as I’m approaching the 8th decade of my life, the Lord whispered, My Child, count your blessings.

(There is no sweeter sound to hear early in the morning then the sweet, sweet, voice of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.)

So, the first thoughts that ran through my mind were the spiritual gifts that the Lord has so graciously showered on me.  Did you know that there are spiritual gift survey tools that can help you discover and exercise your God-given gifts?  Most Christians have a dominant spiritual gift and many Christians have more than one gift.  I’ve been tested and my dominant spiritual gift is Hospitality.

But for some reason, this morning as I was praying and preparing to write my blog post for this week, the Holy Spirit directed me to one of my minor gifts, my gift of ministry.  You see, I love to pray for all kinds of situations, for example; my fellow believers, strangers, lost causes, world events, highway accidents, police and fire truck sirens, and stumped toes.  Yep! Just about anything. Smiling face with halo

Praying personally for people is the hardest assignment…though.  Why?… because there should be a method for the moment.  And that lesson was what the Holy Spirit wanted to remind me of this morning.

When ministering to others and when they specifically ask you to pray for them, I was reminded by my Heavenly Father to A-S-K!

  • ASK the person what exactly do they want Jesus to do.  Do not just look at their physical appearance or listen to their ranting about their circumstances.  Preference your question with scripture by saying:  Jesus asked the blind man in Mark 10:51 “What do you want me to do for you?”
  • ASK the person how long they have encountered the problem.  This inquiry gives you and the person time to pause, think, relax and breathe.  This question also gives you time to ascertain if the person is harboring any unconfessed sins such as guilt, or resentment.  Remember how Jesus prayed in Mark 9:21 “Jesus asked the boy’s father, ‘How long has he been like this?'”
  • SEEK the persons eyeballs!  Yes, always look them dead in the eyes. If the person turns their head away, or will not look you in the eyes, this could indicate that they are afraid or uneasy.  This could also be caused by many other things.  Are you too close to them…in their space.  Or are there too many other distractions such as no privacy or maybe you both need to sit down or kneel or something.  Look around.  Be vigilant.  For your information, Matthew 6:22-23 says, “The eye is the lamp of the body.  If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.”
  • SEEK the Lord.  Your first prayer for the person may be one for any unconfessed sins, resentment or guilt.  OR the timing may not be right.  Remember the cripple man in the Bible who was put at the gate called Beautiful every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.  But he did not receive what he really needed until Peter and John passed by him one day.  Acts 3:1-5
  •  KNOCK on the door of the Holy Spirit.  Ask Him to come in and sup with you and the person you are ministering to.  Wait on Him.  This may take a few seconds or minutes.  Begin your time together by just whispering a soft prayer or invitation for the Holy Spirit and Jesus to come into your mist prior to your partitioning Them for aide for the person you are praying for.
  • KNOCK again if necessary.  After you have prayed and neither of you since the anointing of the Holy Spirit, pray again.  Or perhaps you need to schedule another time or solicit two or three other prayer partners to corporately pray for this person.  Some things come through prayer and fasting.   Matthew 17:21

Thank you Holy Spirit for this time together.  My prayer is that God will be glorified whenever someone feels the need to call on another to be ministered to in prayer.  And if the name called is mine, please, God, allow me to be somewhere listening and remembering all the many blessings you have given me.   AMEN.

– Merle Haggard – I’ll Be List’ning

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God Wants You To Become More Christlike

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EAT THE WORD

Out of the frying pan and into the skillet!  That was the first thought that entered my mind as I started to write this week’s blog. Where did that thought come from I asked myself?  Dear Lord are you there?  Are you trying to tell me something?  Speak Lord, for thy servant is listening.

And thus, our conversation began…

Did you know that becoming like Christ has nothing to do with transforming your personality, but everything to do with transforming your character?  However, to understand this statement, you first must know the definition for both words.

  • Personality – The sum of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics of an individual.  (These features can be honed by the individual.)
  • Character – The inherent complex of attributes that determines a person’s moral and ethical actions and reactions. (These features can ONLY be honed by Christ.)

I intentionally highlighted the difference between these two words to make it absolutely clear what the Bible teaches us.  Yes, we are wonderfully and uniquely made in the image of God and he does not want us to lose this uniqueness.  But what he does want is for us to develop our character in the image of the beatitudes listed in Matthew Chapter 5.  In other words, God desires our character to be a blessing to others and not to make you a god but to transform you to be godly.

The lesson to be learned is this…develop your personality not just to be a unique individual that is all about “me-myself-and I”.  BUT use your unique personality to be a nurturer to others.  Allow your moral and ethical characteristics and actions to be a source of power God can use to mold you into his godly person.

Rick Warren, author of the book, The Purpose Driven Life writes; “Christlikeness is not produced by imitation, but by inhabitation.”  So why not consider to ‘let go’ of your methods of what is good and perfect and ‘let God’ fortify your spiritual growth and development.

Personal testimony….

It wasn’t that long ago when I personally struggled with this dilemma.  I wanted so much to be just like my older sister.  But she was much smarter than I.  She dominated the accolades from our parents.  I was always being compared to my sister as being ‘not as smart as M______’.  As an adult, I began to recognize that what I really desired as a child was to mimic my sister’s personality.  And that flawed thinking almost destroyed my ability to allow God to do a good work in me by developing my own character borne out of my love for Jesus Christ.

GOD HAD TO ERADICATE ALL MY CHILDHOOD THOUGHTS OF THINKING THAT I COULD NETHER BE AS GOOD OR AS HUMBLE AS HIS SON, JESUS.  I WAS IGNORANT OF THE FACT THAT GOD CAN DO ANYTHING, BUT FAIL.

Perhaps you, too, were raised in the shadow of someone else.  If you have ‘been there and done that’ get over it!  Come to realize that even though you can develop your own personality, only God can develop your character.  I once wrote this line in a prose writing you can revisit in the very first blog I published on WordPress entitled “Mr. Character”. (*)

 “Mr. Character, I salute you for those unselfish efforts you have attempted to perform in the lives of others. You know, you are really like a mirror…that is, you reflect in every mood. Every experience you encounter is automatically revealed.”

Little did I know that when I was addressing “Mr. Character,” I was actually addressing God.  And YES, I jump out of the frying pan into God’s holy skillet!

Scripture Lesson:   Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.  Romans 12:2

(*)  NOTE:   For the complete reading of “Mr. Character” click Archive month of May 2018 to the right of this page. Then scroll down to the article)

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