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Monthly Archives: July 2012

  • Wise Decision-Making

    Posted on July 9, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “ Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.” When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king inawe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.” I Kings 3:27-28

     

    Wise decision-making is not accidental, but intentional. There is a humble understanding of the need for the Lord’s insightful solutions to very serious issues. Wisdom comes over time to those whose priority is wisdom hunting. Like a patient outdoorsman who looks for the best time and place to bag game, so seekers of wisdom are always in search for scriptural trophies of truth. Wise-decision making works for humble seekers.
     
    Wise-decision making is necessary for a life that leverages the Lord’s favor. The Almighty is on the look out for those who align themselves with His agenda. He is wisdom—He offers wisdom—He blesses wisdom. So, wise are we to daily look to God for His game plan. We especially need wisdom when we have conflicting conclusions to consider. Are you facing a dilemma that’s life or death? If so, ask Jesus, what’s the wise thing to do?
     
    “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:17-18
     
    What if someone decides for you? Will you decide to respond in humble determination or drift away as a victim? Sometimes the unwise choices of a boss or parent produces a crisis that is out of your control. It could be a compromise of character in a business deal or an addictive personality that produced severe problems. Wherever you find yourself, you can find wisdom to work through your turmoil. Or, if your options are outcomes from success, Holy Scripture can give you insight into excellent financial stewardship.
     
    Furthermore, your best decisions are made when the emotional short-term pressures are submissive to the long-term objective realities. Hence, fear submits to faith. Greed submits to generosity. Discontentment submits to gratitude. Impulsiveness submits to patience. Are the choices you face today focused exclusively on your needs or are you motivated by something much bigger than yourself? Wisdom asks God for clarity.
     
    “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
     
    Prayer: Heavenly father, I seek You for wisdom and discernment to do Your will.
     
    Related Readings: 1 Kings 3:9; Daniel 1:17; Matthew 7:7; James 3:13
     
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  • Trust Perseveres

    Posted on July 8, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    For the King trusts in the Lord, through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken. Psalm 21:7

     

    Trust in God perseveres. It perseveres the higher it goes in responsibilities or the lower it goes in lost opportunities. Whether in the excitement of promotion or the discouragement of demotion it still trusts God. In fact, the more responsibility we gain, the more we need God. The more it seems we are capable, the more we realize we are incapable without Christ. Power may tempt us to lower our guard in trusting God, but the more responsibility and power we are entrusted with, the more we need to trust the Lord.  Kings and Presidents need Christ as much as or more than paupers and priests. Trust is not contingent on our felt need. It is contingent on our having the ability to breathe. As long as we have breath in our lungs, we desperately need the Lord. Self-confidence is an obstacle to our holy confidence in Christ. He sees us through. Trust in Him perseveres.
     
    Trust perseveres because it is buoyant in its belief in the unfailing love of God. The love of God stands secure in the face of suffering. The love of God licks the wounds of a lacerated soul. The love of God provides the grace to forgive and to forget. The love of God continues in the face of ugly odds because it is optimistic of what we can hope for in Christ. God’s love draws us into intimacy with Him. It is when God loves us that we feel safe. It is when God loves us that we feel secure. It is when God loves us that we feel support and encouragement. The love of God covers our sin of unbelief. It is a buttress for our belief. It is the love of the Most High that lifts us when we are at our lowest to continue trusting our sympathizing Savior. He is high and lifted up, so He can lift us up. He looks down on us with compassion. Because He is trustworthy, we trust.
     
    No one is higher than Almighty God. He is the Most High. We have the privilege, the opportunity, and the obligation to go right to the top. The Holy Spirit is God’s gatekeeper. By faith we can trust Him to intercede on our behalf. Our faith may be faltering in our confusion, but Christ clarifies. Do not give up because of the complexities of your current situation. Go to the Most High to unravel the mess in which you find yourself. He is the decision maker. He is your maker. He knows how to guide you through this uncertain process. The Most High has the needed perspective to see you through. It is by faith that we do not completely falter. Trust Him to tell you what you need to know. Persevere.
     
    The fruit of trust is perseverance. The lethal high winds of adversity may attempt to uproot your faith, but you will persevere. You will persevere in your marriage though our culture gives you a pass for divorce. You will persevere in your job even though you have been passed over by someone less qualified. You will persevere as a parent because this may be your time to mature and grow up. You will persevere as a leader because God is not finished spreading your influence. You will persevere as a Christian because you trust God. By God’s grace you will not be moved. Allow Him to grow your character. Stand strong. Allow Him to love you through this time of transition. Trust perseveres.

    Taken from Reading #12 in the 90-day devotional book, “Seeking God in the Psalms”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

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  • Heavens Handprints

    Posted on July 7, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “ See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”  Isaiah 49:16

     

    You are marked by God’s handprints; from head to toe He has identified you with Himself. His hands molded you and made you into who you are. His hands are so enormous that He has engraved everyone into His palm. Like a life-sized dye cast, He has shaped your soul. This is why you desperately need His tender touch. You need the hand of God to reshape you daily into His original design and purpose.
     
    The hand of God never changes, but you do. You can lose the shape of our Savior and forget who you are: a child of the King, forgiven, guiltless, and grace-filled. You are free to forgive and are set loose to serve others. He has engraved your name into His hand, never to be removed or soiled. Indeed, His hand is your protector.
       
    Satan and his schemes must pass through the hand of your heavenly Father to get to you. It doesn’t mean you are always shielded from Satan, but it does mean you still rest in the Lord’s care, even in the middle of chaos. Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:28-30).
     
    Therefore, allow your heavenly Father to hold you with His caressing hands of compassion. There is nothing more reassuring than the loving embrace of the Lord. His hands will not crush you, but comfort you in your time of struggle. The hand of the Lord is an extension of His everlasting love. Peace and security are the residuals, which stay with you after God has handled you. His hands handle you so you can handle others.
      
    Every day you meet people who are recipients of your handprints. You can extend open hands of acceptance or closed hands of rejection. You can embrace others with hands of understanding or distance yourself with hands of shallow assumption. You can offer a helping hand of service or expect other hands to serve you. Just as the hands of your heavenly Father mark you, so you mark others.
     
    Your spouse and children are covered in your handprints. They can be healthy handprints, or handprints of emotional baggage and spiritual confusion. Hold them close, and help them feel your love and acceptance. Be vulnerable and truthful. Become open-handed about your dreams and your fears. A close-fisted life is insecure, distrusting, and distant. An open-handed life is secure, trusting, and intimate. Handle others as your heavenly Father handles you because you are a product of His grace. See the scars from the unjust nails in your Savior’s hands. See your undeserving self in your Savior’s hand. His hands are your salvation.
     
    Taken from July 8th reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE
     
    Post/Tweet this today: Handle others as your heavenly Father handles you. #acceptance #care
     
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  • Aloneness Feeds Fear

    Posted on July 6, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “The Lord God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" He said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid." Genesis 3:9,10

     

    Fear accompanies the feeling of aloneness. Like a child attending a new school, people who are alone can be anxious and unsure. Aloneness attacks celebrities flush with fame and single parents reeling from a ravaged relationship. Indeed, isolation increases when someone choses to isolate themselves from relational risk. The downside of not venturing out to engage community can cause a crisis of faith. It is not good to be alone.
     
    Ironically, a person can feel lonesome even while surrounded by people. Close proximity to a caring community does not guarantee the sense of belonging. Are you suffering from the feeling of insecurity in your aloneness? Have you drifted from connection to concerned confidants or deserted spiritual disciplines? Do you acknowledge the Lord’s pursuit of your affections? His desire is to flush out your fear and replace it with faith.
     
    “Why do you pursue me as God does?” Job 19:22a
     
    There may be loved ones that long to love you out of your secluded state of mind. If you are a spouse quietly suffering by yourself, take a risk and open up to your husband or wife. Don’t let the shame of your sticky situation bar you from bearing your soul. Men especially can hold in concerns for fear of being perceived as weak, or incapable of carrying out their responsibilities. But freedom comes by not concealing, but by revealing your feelings. So, don’t maintain a stoic image and miss intimate encounters with others.
     
    Most of all let the Lord love you in and through your loneliness. There is no need to try to hide from His presence, because He is ever present. It is vain to run from His watchful eye, because He is always on the look out for you. Wise are we not to seclude ourselves from our Savior’s sensitive spirit. Stay enlisted in the Lord’s service—experience His miraculous works of grace. Invite into your life God’s love and feel His warm embrace. Christ followers are not alone—you are a part of His body, created for companionship.
     
    “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to remain alone.” Genesis 2:18a
     
    Prayer: Almighty God, by faith replace my feelings of aloneness with Your affection.

    Related Readings: Job 7:19; Psalm 102:7; Ecclesiastes 4:8,11; John 8:16, 29; Romans 14:7

    Post/Tweet this today: Freedom comes by not concealing but revealing your feelings. #freedom #feelings
     
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  • Glad in God

    Posted on July 5, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “You have put gladness in my heart,?more than in the season that their grain and wine increased.” Psalm 4:7 NKJV

     

    There is a gladness God gives that cannot be generated by the world. His Spirit brings a smile to a face that faces fiery trials. Jesus gives joy in a job loss or the jettison of an opportunity. The Lord puts gladness in the heart of His children when they hurt or do not feel well. His wellspring of cheerfulness comes in a close relationship with Christ. Indeed, when mortality rubs shoulders with immortality there is an abiding enjoyment.
     
    Happiness based on circumstances comes and goes based on the whims of the world, but God’s gladness is consistent. We can be sad at the state of our affairs and still be glad in God. Grief and joy coexist in Christ as He mourns and rejoices with us. A heart in touch with Jesus needs His truth and comfort. If we obsess over obstacles out of our control we strive in discontent; sad. When we leave the results to God we are content; glad.
     
    “In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” Isaiah 25:9

    Furthermore, there is a great gladness that comes by simply and regularly celebrating your salvation in Jesus Christ. Is this old news to you or has your soul never gotten over its freedom from sin and hell and its liberty in the Lord? The good news of your eternal redemption and abundant life in Christ is cause for raucous celebration. Gratitude creates gladness. Appreciation to the Almighty is a recipe for genuine joy.

    Lastly, the grace of God is at work in people and in ways we have yet to experience. The evidence of His amazing grace is all around us. Your children, family and friends who have remained true to the faith make you glad. Their smiles make you smile. Their laughs makes you laugh. Their happiness makes you happy. You invested in others spiritually, emotionally and financially—now you are blessed with a harvest of happiness. Above all else, because God has made you glad, your gladness is a gift you give for Him.

    “When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.” Acts 11:23
     
    Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your gift of gladness, may I give it generously.
     
    Related Readings: Psalm 68:3; 69:32; Joel 2:23; Acts 13:48
     
    Post/Tweet this today: When mortality rubs shoulders with immortality there is an abiding enjoyment. #glad #God
     
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  • Blessed Nation

    Posted on July 4, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.” Psalm 33:12

     

    God blesses a nation because of its prayers, not its power. He blesses a nation because of its character, not its commerce. He blesses a nation because of its trust in Him, not its advanced technology. God blesses a nation because of its fear of the Lord, not its fear of man. God blesses a nation who loves God and expresses that love in caring for the impoverished and diseased. God blesses a nation because of His church, not the size of that nation’s economy.
     
    Prosperity may be the result of a God-fearing nation, but it is not the cause. People believe in God when they get enough of themselves and realize there has to be more to this life than simply meeting their every need. God blesses a nation when individuals gather corporately in vibrant Christian worship; the church is God’s means to awaken a nation. Nations who try to control the church lose God’s blessing. God’s blessing cannot be governed.
     
    Every time government intercedes to manage faith, the faithful become more marginalized. Countries that restrict church competition and rely on a state-church monopoly miss the mark. The church is meant to be released to restore the ravished character of culture. Christians are “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-14) in the midst of decayed and darkened nations. When believers gather together in a bond of love they create a thirst for righteousness and shed light on the ways of the Lord.
              
    Wise nations encourage competition among churches. Freedom of religion feeds faithfulness in God. God expects His church to grow and engage with the culture. This is how He changes a nation. When countries have church choices, they can compare and choose what is best for their families. A church that drifts into irrelevance and isolation is of little concern to Satan.  He wants religion to come across as ambiguous and antiquated. Churches that are alive and well serve a mighty and compassionate Christ.
     
    These types of trusting institutions make a difference in their communities. A church that is alive and growing becomes a catalyst for good things. Indeed, God blesses nations where the church is allowed to compete. Stewardship trumps entitlement. Sick churches are not kept alive by outside funding. They either change or close. God blesses nations when His bride’s worship is alive, engaging, and relevant.
          
    Therefore, avoid churches where membership is just a status symbol. Attend church where God is loved and feared, and worship where you see the Lord high and lifted up. Soak up the teachings of the Bible that transforms your life. Band together with a group of believers who are disciples and who disciple others in the faith. Choose a body of believers where the character lessons you teach your children at home converge with their small group lessons on Sunday. If church is not working for you, then pray to find one that works best in this season of life.
                 
    God blesses nations who humbly seek Him. “…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
     
    Taken from July 4th reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE
     
    Post/Tweet this today: God blesses a nation because of its prayers, not its power. #prayer #power

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  • The Little Tiny Bug

    Posted on July 3, 2012 by Family Christian

    By John van der Veen. Social Media at Family Christian.

    The other day, after I was working in my garden, I was sitting by our dinning room table enjoying time with our family.  After sitting there for a while, I felt something crawling up my leg.  Now living here in the South, the possibility of getting a "carry-on" from outside is pretty common.  Regardless of what it was, I am glad that it was on my leg as opposed to being on my head or some place worse.

    As I looked at the little fella, I became a little curious by him.  He, I am sure it was a he, was quite small.  Round-ish, with some sort of black "armor" type of exoskeleton thing.  He was not biting me, just sitting there in the hair of my leg.

    I picked him up.
    He fell on the floor.

    I picked him up again.
    Again, he fell on the floor.

    Almost like he was playing dead.  Or playing with me.  Not like a dog plays with his owner, but like a cat plays with a mouse, and I was the mouse.

    I think to some extent this was his defense mechanism.  Almost a "if-I-fall-to-the-ground-no-one-will-notice-me" attitude.
    "Just forget about me."
    "Don't think about me anymore."
    "I am nothing."
    "See, just a speck on the ground."
    "Don't worry.  It's almost like I am not even here anymore."
    Hmmmm.  Doesn't that remind you of someone?

    Here is the truth.  The devil doesn't want us to believe in him anymore.  He wants us to just forget about him.  To not worry about the little stuff.  Because if we forget about him, then we won't be surprised by the fact that he has taken over so many areas of our lives.

    Remember, satan is a beautiful creature, and he can disguise himself incredibly well.
    What are you being tempted by right now?
    Is it beautiful?
    Is it valuable?
    Does it sound good?
    Can it make you feel good?

    Let me remind you of something.  Satan has no power over you.  If you are in Christ, you are free.  Keep in mind that "our adversary, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).  We have to keep our eyes open to really see him.  So the call on our lives is to "put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil (Eph 6:11).  The choice here is will you give into the temptation or not.

    So what happened to the bug?  He is gone.  Forever.  After the fourth time falling from my finger, I brought him to the porcelain bowl.  Flushed down the drain.
  • A Prayerful Nation

    Posted on July 3, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

     

    A nation that prays pays forward a faithful legacy to the next generation. But a prayerless nation jeopardizes the favor of God for future families. Indeed, when a people “progress” past prayer in their psyche, pride has captured their hearts. Only humility can conquer the enemy of estrangement from Almighty God. Yes, a posture that kneels in submission to the eternal Sovereign, Jesus Christ, is positioned to hear from heaven and be healed.
     
    Our nation exhibits humility when we recognize a National Day of Prayer and observe its solemnity in quiet reflection on the roots of our religion. This day is more than symbolic of a nation brought to its knees because of its neediness. It is a day of dependency that sets the stage for the following days of the year. A group of states that dedicate a day to Christ state that they need a savior for their sins. Prayer pronounces its desire for God.
     
    “So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” Exodus 10:3

    Will we stand by in silence as public figures who humbly pray to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are mocked by some? Or will we join them in prayer in our homes, at work, in a restaurant, at sporting events and during civic gatherings? Shyness is the excuse of those who are scarred. Humble prayer births in us a holy boldness that expresses itself in joyful praise of Jesus. Yes, some will scorn us, but it is better to be known as being courageous for Christ.
     
    The soul of a nation with a prayerful persona is sensitive to sin. Bad behavior is not ignored or excused. Fiscal stewardship, integrity and relational purity are the norm, not the exception. A country with a conscience invites the blessing of Almighty God. Thus, do your part by gathering your family together in confession and repentance to Christ.
     
    Healing comes to a homeland that sees righteousness as the remedy for its ills. Wave the banner of belief in God over your personal and professional life for His glory. Contrite prayer begins with the Lord’s people in His house of worship. His people humble themselves first because they know better—they are responsible to live righteously. Your life is a light for the Lord, so shine brightly for your Savior Jesus. Pray He heals our land.
     
    “He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.” Exodus 15:26
    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I bow in humble adoration, please heal our land for Your sake.
     
    Related Readings: 1 Chronicles 16:11; Psalm 14:1; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 1:21

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  • Grace in Vain

    Posted on July 2, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” 2 Corinthians 6:1

     

    There is a vanity associated with someone who has been saved by the grace of God, but who does not appropriate the grace of God. Ironically, they believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sin, but they do not behave like they believe. Pride has a way of working itself back into the good graces of a life that is not governed by God’s grace. Humility, on the other hand, flourishes in the hothouse of a heart that appreciates and applies God’s grace.

    We are all in danger of forgetting how faith in Christ changed us and brought us into a place of grace. The flesh forges ahead of faith and facilitates graceless living. Before we know it we are back to bad habits, putting grace on the back burner of our belief. Hence, we need reminders of the transformational work of the Holy Spirit that seizes the heart of a life in submission to Almighty God. Grace empowers a humble heart.
     
    “They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.” Mark 7:7
     
    Furthermore, grace becomes vain when it is crushed under the weight of loveless legalism. Grace converts knowledge about God into knowing God. You are protected from man-made rules that grasp God’s glory when you use grace as a filter for your faith building. For example, your family may need your financial support, so make sure you do not feed the poor in Africa and ignore your relatives at home. Legalism is hard and inflexible—grace is gentle and moldable. Legalism lacks compassion—grace gives grace.
     
    Graceless living loses Christians creditability. Are you a church member who gossips in the name of prayer or are you a gracious saint who prays with quiet confidentiality? Are you a religious person who holds a grudge or are you a gracious Jesus follower who forgives freely? Are you a proud and self-centered believer or a sinner saved by grace? Praise the Lord, that we the redeemed are a container and dispenser of God’s grace. You are a cherished co-worker with Christ—His grace grows in your humble, teachable heart.
     
    “But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “ GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” James 4:6, NASB

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, by faith I receive Your grace, so I can extend Your grace.
     
    Related Readings: Proverbs 3:34; Matthew 22:12; 1 Corinthians 3:9; 15:2

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  • Heart Probe

    Posted on July 1, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed. Psalm 17:3

     

    God’s spirit is interested in probing our hearts. He knows the heart is the source of our speech and conduct. The heart can conceal our anger or release it in Christ-honoring conversation. Unreleased anger is ugly. It eventually comes out in damaging portions. If our heart goes unexamined, then we drift into a sick state of denial. We lose touch with reality and lead others into our wrong thinking. On the other hand, a healthy heart keeps us honest and engaged. It is the tender touch of Jesus that reminds us to look inward. If we don’t manage our motives and confess our sins, we create a mess. Our hearts can be a hindrance or a conduit for Christ-centered living. So how do we exercise the Spirit’s examination of our heart and soul? What is necessary to make sure we come under the scrutiny of our Savior Jesus? How do we get to the heart of the matter?
     
    A heart probe by God does not happen accidentally. It occurs intentionally. Just as we daily determine to take care of the physical dimension of our heart, so we are instructed to exercise our spiritual condition. Appointments, good or bad activities, and life responsibilities can all crowd out our candid conversations with Christ. So margin for our Master is a must. We cannot spend all of our time doing the work of God while ignoring the voice of God. Goodworks from an unguarded heart only give an illusion of selfless service. Our works cannot resolve a conflicted heart. It is only under microscopic probing by the Holy Spirit that we see ourselves for who we truly are. Sometimes selfishness comes into focus. Other times timidity surfaces because we are afraid of conflict. It is in these moments of discovery that we invite God’s grace to enter and heal our hurting heart.
     
    Our words, or the lack thereof, are evidence of what dwells in our heart. Sometimes the Holy Spirit checks our heart and moves us to silence. Trust trumps the trouble we face, and we exhibit long suffering with the Lord and other people. This is a heart of faith. Other times, the Spirit prompts us to speak up. We are unclear of the outcome but He gives us the courage to converse. This is a heart of boldness. Whether in silence or speech, it is the Holy Spirit that governs a heart controlled by Christ. Therefore, do not allow your words to get ahead of your heart. Don’t speak your mind until your heart has been examined and set free by the Spirit. Sometimes a simple good night’s sleep brings perspective into focus. Bare your soul before your Savior before you boldly confront others.
     
    Your heart probe may come from a variety of exercises. It may be a prescription of perpetual prayer that penetrates your heart with grace and forgiveness. It may be the treadmill of trust that builds endurance and creates within you a stronger heart of faith. Sometimes our Savior’s stethoscope of conviction discovers sin that needs confession and repentance. Above all else, lay your heart before the Lord. Ask others to validate the Lord’s probing and promptings. Resolve, by God’s grace, to keep short sin accounts. A Spirit-probed heart produces right speech, spoken the right way. Effectiveness on behalf of our heavenly Father hinges on a healthy heart. Therefore, allow the Lord to examine it often. The Spirit’s scripts are just what we need. Administer them daily.
     
    Taken from Reading #11 in the 90-day devotional book, “Seeking God in the Psalms”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE
     
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