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Self-righteous confidence depicts prideful behavior and has the ability to create an almost stench-like ambiance in which people run from, not to you. I would be willing to suggest that almost all of us have encountered this type at one point in our life or another. Quite possibly, we were or are examples of this depending on the circumstance or the situation at hand.

Humble confidence, enveloped in the assuredness of absolute faith in the Lord and in the things He says we can do through the awesome and powerful name of Jesus, is accompanied by grace. This grace is displayed in humility toward others through the avenue of encouragement and service, also according to need and situational circumstance. Its ambiance has a tendency to draw people in because it is secure.

Let’s think about these two displays of behavior that speak volumes to the audience they serve. Both display a boldness. Both may have productive outcomes. Both imply a type of power. Both are conducive to their demeanor. Both rely on inner thoughts. But the latter displays an integrity of trust through a foundation of faith.

“…according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.  In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”  Ephesians 3:11  (NIV)

Relationally speaking, the fruit of our confidence depends upon the heart behind it. Motivation and desired outcome are definitely driven by the heart.

“Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God.”  I John3:21 (NIV)

So the question for me becomes, What drives my heart and does the passion behind it reflect a self-righteous confidence or a humble confidence filled with the grace of Jesus?

What about you?

 

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As I begin this precious week of writing, I am in awe of the faithfulness of our Lord. He is the God of Wonders. He is the God of Grace and Mercy. He is the God who knows our hearts, our souls, and our minds. He is the God who watches over us, forgives us, and blesses us according to His good and perfect will. He is the God who loves us completely and unconditionally through all things, and He is the living God who endured the horror of the cross for our sins so we could be with Him in joyful eternity forever!

So it is that God does/did all this for us, for me? YES! I know all of the above is true! It is for this reason I can be confident that my needs, my heart’s desires, my hopes, and my plans, beyond a shadow of a doubt and according to His good and perfect will, will be given to me with His Blessings of success!

 

 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”

~ Proverbs 16:3

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

~ Jeremiah 29:11

Joyfully I Celebrate that I am…

Confident, yet humble.

Assured in my security.

Filled with faith, for He is faithful.

Humble, in adoration, for He is Lord.

Please join me throughout this week as we explore how confident assuredness, filtered with humility, has the power to impact our lives in ways only God can envision.

 

 

 

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Romans 7:15-20 could be said about my life — that I do those things I don’t want to do, and don’t do those that I truly desire to do. I want to be pure in heart (Matthew 5:8), but who can ever be pure? You can. I can. Jesus wasn’t saying that we will never be inconsistent, make a mistake or fail, because the Bible clearly teaches the “heart is deceitful above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9). So, when I cry out as the psalmist, “create in me a clean heart, O God” (Psalm 51:10), where can I turn and how do I find purity of heart?

Pure doesn’t necessarily mean flawless. One translation of the word “pure” is single or focused. So, to be pure in heart means to have a single-minded devotion to Jesus. To be pure in heart, we follow Mary’s example (Luke 10:41-42) and keep Jesus the center of our focus. When we focus on Jesus, we can celebrate wisdom and guidance from God that will inspire us and direct us in His planned steps of service to God and others (Psalm 51:6, 111:10).

Dear Lord Jesus, draw my heart to You so I hunger to sit at Your feet as Mary did. Empty my mind of all those tasks that clamor for attention. Quiet my heart to hear Your voice. Shut out the voices of the world, Lord, long enough that I hear Your whispers of love today. I need today to be reminded, Lord God, that I am loved with an everlasting love that can never be taken away or diminished. Amen.  

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As a full-time (80-plus hours a week) professional, mother and wife, multi-tasking became both an art and a well-honed science. One day, my daughter innocently commented as we followed a hearse that she hoped the view I had someday from a hearse would be slow enough so I could enjoy how beautiful the world was. WOW! Talk about a wake-up call!

My life was so much like the life of Martha (Luke 10:38-42), that not only did I fail to give my Lord focused time and attention, but I also rarely gave my full attention to those I dearly love. Life was lived with the sense that I had to do “more,” accomplish “more,” serve “more” — almost as though I could accumulate enough merit badges like a girl or boy scout to earn God’s recognition and rewards.

My daughter’s innocent comment resulted in a life-changing perspective to be more like Martha’s sister, Mary, whom Jesus recognized as a wisdom seeker when He indicated, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her” (Luke 10:41-42, The Message).

Whether in leading an organization, in parenting, or in mentoring and relating to others, there is an obvious need to seek wisdom. Wisdom may mean searching out knowledge and asking the critical questions to guide decisions; or, on occasion, it may mean focused listening. May you be a wisdom seeker today — take time to pause and listen to Jesus and those you love.

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“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.”

~ Matthew 5:8 (The Message)

Finally we are seeing a glimpse of spring! But even in the harshness of winter, there is beauty in the glistening snow and crystallized branches on the trees. Yet, spring brings so many amazing sights with the breakthrough of the first blossoms of yellow, white and purple flowers, along with the plethora of green as the trees and bushes bring forth new life. Then comes the sounds of the birds… all of these are glimpses of the creativeness and imagination of our Creator God, and, perhaps bring a song to your heart or a smile.

I am able to enjoy the beauty of nature more fully when I am focused on God’s abundant love. When my mind is filled with the tasks of the day, the challenges, frustrations, or pain being experienced by those I love, those glimpses of beauty become clouded or even ignored. So, echoing the words of a contemporary singer, today may we each “put right” our minds and hearts so that we can celebrate “seeing”—fully experiencing and recognizing God in all the wonders of His creation.

Purify my heart

Touch me with Your cleansing fire

Take me to the cross

Your holiness is my desire

Breathe Your life in me

Kindle a love

That flows from Your throne

Oh purify my heart

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So and so always knows what to say. She just seems to have the right response at the right time.

Know anyone like that? I do. I admire them. I always seem to have my foot in my mouth so often that I’m pretty sure I have a Nike imprint on my gums.

If only there was a playbook on what to do or say at the right time or place. There is, but to understand it, there needs to be an understanding of Christ. A relationship. When we read God’s Word, we can read about many different times when Christ had just the right words, when He chose silence, or when His actions met a need perfectly. Reading about His life here on earth gives us wisdom on what to do or say at the right time or place.

Consider when Lazarus, Jesus’ friend, died (John 11:28-44). He wept. He didn’t have a grand speech about what a great friend or what an amazing life he lived… He wept. Just cried in grief.

He was a man of few words at times. When He called the disciples, He did so with two words: “Follow Me.” They were direct and easy to understand.

Get to know God. Read the Bible and get to know Him better. The more you know Him the more you can recognize His wisdom and know what to do and say at the right time. You can be Christlike in any situation, for “it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose… so that you may become blameless and pure… Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life” (Philippians 2:13, 15-16a).

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This little light of mine

I’m going to let it shine

This little light of mine

I’m going to let shine, let it shine, let it shine…let it shine.

My little one was belting this out in the back seat while at the same time kicking the back of my seat… after being told too many times not to. The song seemed pretty pointless. Singing about letting God shine through her while at the same time willingly disobeying me?

The relationship we talked about yesterday, the one that gives us Holy Spirit-guided wisdom, is not just for us. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit and we have the wisdom of God, we are going to shine! Others are going to see God through us.

Daniel 12:3, “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”

We can have a little light of mine or shine like a star! We can have the wisdom to make good decisions. Good decisions and wise choices make our light shine. Like the brightness of heaven!

What dulls our light? Not living out what we know is right. It’s kicking the back of the seat while singing about shining your light.

When we shine, others want to shine too. They really truly want to be a part of that light. Leading just by shining. Or as a child in my little one’s class said, “We need to be a flashlight.” Shine it ahead so others too can see what God has for them and can follow the path of the Lord.

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