A Quiet Heart

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“In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Living in a loud world requires cultivating a quiet heart and it is more like cultivating a garden than completing a to-do list.

It needs loving care and tending.

It needs to be protected from predators and weeds must be pulled.

New things NEED to be planted, old things NEED to be pruned.

Just as an untended garden grows wild and will produce good things as well as life-threatening weeds, it is the same with your heart.

However, you are not the gardener of your heart, God is. You are the soil.

As you invite Jesus in, He waters your soul. As you spend time with Him, the Holy Spirit pulls weeds. As you trust the Father, He plants seeds of faith.

It is a partnership but one that is different than you are used to.

Your most important job is to give God time, opportunity and full access to do His work in your heart.

A quiet, secure heart is of great value to those closest to you as well as the loud, insecure world around you.

Shut the world out and invite Jesus in today to landscape your heart with his amazing grace.

Set Free to Be You

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John the Baptist faithfully fulfilled what God had called him to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance.  More than once John was asked if he was the Messiah.
He replied with this:
A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:27-28‬ ‭NIV‬‬
John the Baptist knew who he was and he knew who he wasn’t – he was not Jesus.
There is only one Savior,  Jesus Christ.  You are not tasked with saving people, that is Jesus’ job (and He is good at it).
Your job is to faithfully point people to Jesus.
Knowing who you are and who you are not is vital in carrying out your own God-given assignment.
When God lays a burden on your heart, it will always be bigger than you and it will be something only He can do through you.
Pride burdens you with a sense of importance that only you can fulfill.
Pride traps you in perpetual misery about all the things you can’t do and about all the gifts you don’t have. Humility sets you free to do what God has called you to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance.
You are called to faithfully fulfill the assignment God has given you without trying to be someone you are not or function in gifts God has not given you.
John the Baptist held tight to the attitude that defined his life:
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬
It is all about Jesus.
Be honest with others about who you are and point people to Jesus.
Be set free to be who God has made you to be and simply endeavor to fulfill what God has called you to do.
What have you been given from heaven to do?
Are you doing it?

Answers 

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. (‭Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭9‬ NIV)

If you need clarity and direction from God today, begin by cutting your pride off at the knees. Pride will make you blind to see where God wants to lead you.

Remind yourself who is the Lord of your life (and that it isn’t you).

How you live your life is more important to God than where you go. 

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah‬ ‭6‬:‭8‬ NKJV

Need direction? Need answers?

1. Do what is right.

2. Let mercy be your standard in all interactions.

3. Walk humbly with Jesus.

There you go, my friend… it really is that simple.

Have a great weekend. 

Be Weird.

  
John the Baptist was weird but highly thought of. He faithfully fulfilled what God had called him to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance.

He was unique, the work God gave him to do was unique and he faithfully did it. 

More than once John was asked if he was the Messiah. 

He replied with this:

“A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:27-28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

John the Baptist knew who he was and he knew who he wasn’t – he was not Jesus. 

There is only one Savior and it is Jesus Christ.

You are not tasked with saving people, that is Jesus’ job(and He is good at it).

Your job is to faithfully point people to Jesus. 

Knowing who you are and who you are not is vital in carrying out your own God-given assignment. 

When God lays a burden on your heart, it will always be bigger than you and it will be something only He can do through you.

Humility is NOT about being painfully aware of all the things you can’t do, it is the ability to know who you are and who you are not

It is about faithfully fulfilling the assignment God has given you, whether for 2 people or 10,000, without trying to be someone you are not or function in gifts God has not given you.

Pride traps you in perpetual misery about all the things you can’t do and about all the gifts you don’t have. 

Humility sets you free to do what God had called you to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance.

Be weird. Be humble. 
Faithfully point people to Jesus.

“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Lead With Your Ears

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“Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear.

God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage.

In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭19-21‬ MSG)”

We tend to do the opposite: see anger rise up, lead with our mouths then follow with our ears. We speak before we listen and defend before we understand.

Being humble means you don’t have to prove you are right.

You don’t have to allow anger to dictate your reactions or your words.

Being humble is simply asking for God’s help and advice.

Being wise is following it and putting it into practice.

Choose wisdom, be humble and lead with your ears.

What the World Won’t Tell You

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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, (‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭3‬ NIV)

The world won’t tell you to do nothing out of of selfish ambition, in fact it will tell you the opposite in dressed up terms like, “dream big and work hard“, and “believe in yourself“.

It won’t say that the way to get ahead is to step aside and help someone else.

It won’t tell you that to way to true success is to look at your motives more than your actions.

It won’t tell you those things but God will.

God is more interested in who you are than what you do.

He cares more about the quality of your soul than height of your success.

You will not take your worldly success or status into eternity. No title other than “saved by the grace of God” will matter there.

“Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. (‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭1-4‬ MSG)

Your Inner Selfie

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Pride lands you flat on your face; humility prepares you for honors. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭29‬:‭23‬ MSG)

At times, it is so obvious. It rises up powerfully and demands self protection.

At times, it is not so obvious. It cloaks itself in sadness and encourages self obsession.

Whether obvious or subtle, pride always centers around self. It is always about you. It is your inner selfie demanding attention, protection, preservation.

The problem with pride is that it can not distinguish between truth and lies. It will fiercely protect whatever it knows even if all it knows is wrong.

The only thing to do with pride is to confess it and ask God to forgive it.

Ask for God’s help today to change your inner selfie and transform it into an inner awareness of His love, His grace and His goodness in your life.

When that happens, humility is born.