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  • Discerning God's Will

    Posted on April 25, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

    God’s will is the goal of every sincere seeker of the Lord. His will is not allusive, but attainable to His children—it is good and acceptable. But discernment is a process of testing and approving—so that a Christian’s faith and character grows—and Christ’s best is clarified. Discerning God’s will is a spiritual exercise in divine due diligence.

    God’s will does not contradict God’s word. For instance, the Lord does not lead couples to live together outside of marriage. Men and women are meant to come together in marriage. It is the commitment of “becoming one” that God blesses. Indeed, the general principles for living are already outlined in the Bible—to know Him is to know His will.

    “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better” (Ephesians 1:17).

    What about career decisions? How do you know God’s will for work? If you are single you have the freedom and risk tolerance to travel the world. If you are married, it is a joint decision for Jesus. His will resides in righteous motives. Don’t be afraid to leave and don’t feel guilty for staying—just make sure His peace precedes your decision-making.

    Christ’s best for you consists of wise stewardship, the alignment of your passions, gifts and experiences, and your investment in others. You can be certain Jesus wants to use you to draw people unto Himself—and family is your first priority for ministry. So, don’t run ahead and leave them exposed to the enemy. Patience produces right relational results.

    “Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience” (Colossians 1:11).

    God does not delight in keeping His children in the dark, so pray often and pray believing. It is in prayer that the Holy Spirit reveals His ways. Clarity may come in the form of a scripture verse, another person’s example or godly counsel. The flesh pressures for a decision, but the Spirit leads. You can trust the Lord to lead you in His providential path.

    His will is not forced, contrived or manipulated. It’s not a complex Rubik’s cube; instead it aligns around your God-given unique purpose on the planet. Why did He create you? What gives Him the most pleasure? Place your life, skills, gifts, experiences and calling in the best environment to glorify God. Peace accompanies the discernment of God’s will.

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

    Prayer: Am I waiting on the peace of God, as I am prayerfully determining the will of God?

    Related Readings: Isaiah 53:10; Acts 21:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; James 4:15

    Post/Tweet today: God’s will does not contradict God’s word and peace accompanies the discernment of God’s will. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

  • Live Like We're Dying

    Posted on April 24, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days;let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere hand breadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath,even those who seem secure. Psalm 39:4-5

    It's easy to live life like we have unlimited days before we die. Men especially can think they are bullet proof, indestructible to life’s constant flow of burdens and blessings. I acted like that until I encountered a life threatening health issue two years ago at age 52. Suddenly, my mortality caught up with my body. Reality and fear of dying reminded me I might not see a grandchild graduate from kindergarten, much less college. I began to value each day as God’s unique gift.

    Following death immortality in heaven is instant for the Christian, thus we pass through this life on a mission for our Lord. If that so, why do we sometimes live like our purpose is for this life alone? Denial--we think, if we don’t think about death, it will stay at bay, or at least not depress us. But death is one of the Lord’s reminders of why we need Him. Our inevitable death is cause for utter dependence on our heavenly Father. Death’s unpredictability calls us to Christ’s predictability.

    “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

    So by God’s grace, how can we live like we are dying? One way is to embrace and celebrate each day as a gift from God. A gift not to be squandered in self focus or taken for granted with thankless prayers. Gratitude adds energy to life and attractiveness to our attitude. Another idea is to enjoy what we have, not obsess over what we don’t have. Contentment contributes to peace of mind, physical health and emotional wholeness. We have all we need in Christ Jesus.

    Lastly, we gain a heart of wisdom when we treat each day as an opportunity to be an ambassador for Almighty God. A heart focused on the Lord wants others to come to know God through His son Jesus. So, we humbly share the wisdom of God for the purpose of people knowing God. Wisdom has a sense of urgency based on the fact that Christ is in control, but aware that today may be the last day to invite another soul to Jesus. We live like we are dying when we share the everlasting gospel of Christ. Because we trust Him with our soul, we die daily and trust Him with our life.

    “Teach us to number our days,that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach me to number my days, so I gain a heart of wisdom to live like I am dying.

    Related Readings: Job 14:5; Psalm 118:24; Proverbs 20:24; 1 Corinthians 15:31; James 4:13-17

    Post/Tweet today: Gratitude adds energy and enjoyment to life and attractiveness to our attitude. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

  • Moral Failure

    Posted on April 23, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1

    What happens when someone we really respect fails morally? They fall hard because they were perceived as super spiritual, having walked with the Lord for a long time. We may feel betrayed, angry, saddened and surely we grieve. Private sins exposed by the confession of a public figure jolts our faith. However, it's the Lord’s reminder that we look to Him, not man, as our standard of behavior. By God’s grace we pray healing and restoration for our fallen brother or sister in the faith. We who are spiritual are to repent of any latent sin, lest it bring us down in public shame.

    We pick them up, hold them up, and build them up. Restoration is a long process that requires patience, forgiveness and accountability. Yes, the friend who has failed morally must want help for healing to happen. A humble and contrite heart is what the Holy Spirit uses to bring about spiritual and emotional wholeness. Like the place of protection provided by the city of refuge in the Old Testament (Numbers 35:25), those in moral recovery need a safe environment. Bad habits created over the years by secret sins take time to change. Let the Spirit rebuild their soul.

    “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7).

    What if we are the one who has been caught in a sin or sins? Our phone texts are found out to be inappropriate. Our moral and financial compromises are discovered after months or years of business travel. The attention of our girlfriend or boyfriend gets the attention of our spouse. We are ensnared by the trap and illusion of pornography and our prayers don’t seem to help. No one is beyond the restoring grace of God. But, the Lord’s discipline may very well precede working through the pain, guilt and shame. Since He loves us so much, He keeps us honest and accountable.

    If the Lord can restore and use the imperfect lives of Abraham, David and Mary Magdalene for His glory, He can do the same work of grace in us. We are all a work in process and we will fail along the way of life. It's the right response to failure that leads us to success. We learn to say I was wrong, I was foolish and I need loving accountability in my life. Humiliation that leads to healing is a trophy of God’s grace. Lift up the fallen, hold up the hurting, build up the broken!

    “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes” (Proverbs 24:16).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the grace and love to lift up a friend who has fallen morally.

    Related Readings: Matthew 18:15; 1 Corinthians 3:18, 8:2; 2 Corinthians 2:7; James 2:8

    Post/Tweet today: Bad habits created over the years by secret sins take time to change. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

  • Work of God

    Posted on April 22, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." John 6:28-29

    The work of God is to believe in the One God sent--His son Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus is the foundation for good deeds done to serve the needs of humanity. Unless total trust in Christ motivates our actions, we become the main attraction. It's not a benevolent heart that inspires the best service, but the compassionate heart of our Savior. The works of God first require belief in our risen Lord Jesus. Yes, righteous acts that last forever flow from faith in the Righteous One.

    Furthermore, in our attempt to do for God, we learn to walk with God. The character behind our conduct becomes more like Christ. Our mind muses on the wisdom of God and our heart is held captive by Christ’s love. We rest in the reality that our value is not in what we do, but in who we are, because of what Jesus has done for us. Hallelujah, faith is the key that unlocks our storage unit of God’s unfathomable riches. We have grace to give after we receive God’s unspeakable gift.

    “And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:14-15, KJV).

    Are my works for God self-centered or inspired by the Holy Spirit? Are my actions instructed by the Almighty or by activities in my own power? I struggle with the need to be admired for doing the works of God, instead of dying to the desire for attention. As I learn to delight in the Lord, I am delighted by the success of others. The desires of my heart align with the desires of Christ’s heart. There is no Kingdom competition when the glory of God is the end goal of His servants.

    The work of the flesh loves the headlines of feeding thousands or writing to tens of thousands. But the work of the Spirit goes to Jesus in humble gratitude for He has the words of eternal life. The flesh clamors for public accolades, but the Spirit prefers private heartfelt conversations. Thus, we do the work of God as we live our life in total trust of Jesus. We trust Him to lead us as parents to do the next right thing with our child. We trust Him to show us His way of wisdom with our finances. The work of God trusts God. It acts justly, loves mercy and walks humbly.

    “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I trust You to work Your works in and through my life.

    Related Readings: Psalm 64:9; John 6:68; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Galatians 2:16; James 2:18-19

    Post/Tweet today: Our value is not in what we do, but in who we are, because of what Jesus has done for us. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

  • Hope When Afraid

    Posted on April 21, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water;and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid." John 6:19-20

    The disciples, fresh from Jesus feeding the five thousand, toiled away in a terrific storm. They feared for their safety and were frightened by a ghostlike figure walking on the water toward them. They did not recognize their Master--the One who calms the seas. In a similar way, just after we encounter a problem, we can easily forget a prior act of God’s favor. Yet, faith in Christ’s work is meant to keep fear at bay. He who provides in our need can see us through uncertain times.

    Sometimes our Savior tests our trust in Him. He allows us to struggle in our work. He leads us to labor hard for His sake, even as we make minimal progress. Our work is not an end in itself, but a means to grow our faith in Jesus and learn how to rest in His peaceful presence. Yes, those we work with need our support and our example of looking to the Lord during economic storms. If our jobs were easy, we might become proud and self sufficient. So in hard times, hope in God.

    “He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea” (Job 9:8).

    Current circumstances may be calm, but we are wise to prepare for the coming storm. By God’s grace we sink the pylons of our faith deep into the cement of our Savior Christ Jesus. His foundation of faithfulness cannot be shaken. He is our solid rock that cannot be moved by temptation or manipulation. We rest in the cleft of the Rock of Ages--Almighty God. He shelters us in the storms of life. Hope in Him gets us through scary situations. Fear fades in the face of faith.

    Do you find yourself in the middle of a crisis of faith? Has a health issue rocked your world? Has someone else’s decisions destroyed your peace? Whatever worries you have, Christ can cure. He walks toward you to calm your heart in crummy circumstances. Be hopeful in Him and fear will finally run its course. The same Holy Spirit that interceded on your behalf in past prayers, intercedes for you now. Be hopeful for your Creator can cease the storm. Rest in and with Him!

    “You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance” (Psalm 66:12).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, let my only fear be of You. When I face fear, keep my hope in you.

    Related Readings: Psalm 33:18; Daniel 10:12; Matthew 28:10; Acts 18:9; Revelation 1:17

    Post/Tweet today: Current circumstances may be calm, but we are wise to prepare for the coming storm. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

  • Alive and Well

    Posted on April 20, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. Mark 16:14

    Jesus Christ is alive and well. His earlier followers, taken aback by His death, initially denied His resurrection. They rejected reliable testimonies and refused to receive the truth of Christ’s rising from the dead. However, when they encountered the risen Lord He rebuked them, and then loved them. Unbelievers can loathe the Lord. Deists can deny Christ’s deity. Agnostics can be apathetic over His resurrection, but He is alive and well.

    Contemporary Christ-less cultures could care less about Christ’s resurrection, but it does not lessen His Lordship over them. Everyone will one day confront Christ, “…at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:10-11a). Easter is an excuse for Jesus followers to celebrate His resurrection, and His relevance.

    The Lord is alive and well in your heart. His resurrection resulted in Christ taking up residence in your soul and transforming your life. By faith you believed and God gave you grace upon grace. Because He has risen from the grave, He has given all who confess Him as Lord, abundant grace on earth and the promise of heaven with Him. “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:7). He is all you need.

    Lastly you can live large for the Lord, because He has triumphed over sin, sorrow, death, and hell. Easter is your eternal encouragement that He is alive and well. There will always be doubters, but don’t dwell there. Focus on the undeniable force of faith that has captured you and millions before you. Because He has risen, you can rise above your circumstances, your hurt, and your fears.

    “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all” (Acts 4:33).

    Prayer: Am I a disciple that ignores His power, or one who proclaims His power?

    Related Readings: Numbers 14:11; Matthew 28:17; Acts 10:41; 1 Corinthians 15:1-58

    Post/Tweet this today: Christ’s resurrection resulted in Him taking up residence in your soul. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com

  • Eyewitness News

    Posted on April 19, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. Acts 3:15

    Eyewitness accounts are compelling evidence for truth. These first hand witnesses bring creditability with their character. They are especially trustworthy if they stick to the facts even when it costs them their lives. When Jesus was arrested by foes, Peter and John were arrested by fear. However, when Jesus rose from the grave, Peter and John’s courage rose with Him. They saw, touched, talked and ate with Jesus after He came back to life. God’s power empowered them!

    Yes, we were witnesses of this idyllic resurrection power when we were born again. Once we were dead to faith, now we are alive to trust in Christ. Once we were dead to assurance of heaven, now we are alive to the security of eternal life. Once we were dead to the Son’s salvation, now we are alive to His grace. Once we were dead to our Heavenly Father’s love, now we are alive to His affection. Once we were dead to the Spirit’s help, now we are alive to His leading!

    "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life" (Romans 6:4).

    If a case for Christ’s resurrection were presented in a court of law, a thorough jury would find Jesus guilty of being raised from the dead by His Heavenly Father. The compelling proof is on the side of the plaintiff, Holy God. The devil is on the defensive, as all his arguments were destroyed in one fell swoop at the resurrection of Christ. Your risen Savior Jesus, rises above the evil arguments and taunts of Satan. The empty tomb empties the enemy’s arsenal of deception. Jesus lives!

    You stand on the solid rock of Christ’s resurrection, as experienced in person by His disciples and 500 other followers. You base His Story on the historical fact of Christ's entering the grave dead, and walking out of the grave alive on the third day. Furthermore, your own faith experience with Jesus is your eyewitness evidence of engaging your risen Savior. You are His channel of hope to the sick, the lost, the disabled, the rich and the poor. You are a witness!

    "He [Jesus] was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time" (1 Corinthians 15:4-6).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father thank You for raising Your Son Jesus from the dead to give me life.

    Related Readings: John 2:22; Acts 2:31; Romans 8:11; Philippians 3:10-11; Colossians 3:1

    Post/Tweet today: The devil is on the defensive, as all his arguments were destroyed at Christ’s resurrection. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com

  • Compelling Cross

    Posted on April 18, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:13-15

    The cross is compelling because Christ is compelling. His character is compelling by the depth of its delivery; His love is compelling by the extent of its capacity; His holiness is compelling by the respect it demands; His forgiveness is compelling by the thoroughness of its cleansing; His power is compelling by its ability to disarm the enemy and deem him powerless.

    Therefore, the cross compels Christ’s followers to be like Him. There is nothing neutral about the cross. Either it compels you or it repels you. The cross either frees you to forgive or it drives you away, stuck in a cycle of cynicism. The cross either leads you into a life of hope or it discourages you to remain in a state of fear and uncertainty. You cannot embrace the cross and self at the same time. It is not possible.

    If it were possible, it would not be advisable. "A house divided will not stand" (Luke 11:17). A heart divided will collapse under the weight of diluted loyalties. Therefore, the cross compels you to make a radical commitment to Christ. For a moment, the cross looked like man’s torture chamber. But it turned into God’s remedy for redemption. The cross is not a symbol of compassion; it is compassion. Man won the physical battle that day, but God won the spiritual one. It took physical death to triumph over the enemy in the spiritual realm. Thus, the cross gives you the power to overcome.

    Go back to the foot of the cross. This is where the love and the blood of Christ flowed down together for you. This is a rare combination that for generations has compelled millions to extend the love of God to the lost and the least. The foot of the cross is compelling because it is the location for the most leverage. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). But what about the suffering we incur as we bear His cross?

    The cross you bear is compelling (Luke 14:27). It is compelling because it reflects the sacrifice and salvation of the cross of Christ. Moreover, the cross you hold high in word and deed draws all men to Jesus (John 12:32). Christ compels all cultures, denominations, races, and socio-economic classes. His cross invites and even demands a response.

    To remain neutral is not an option. The cross either compels you to repent, or it repels you to remain in your sin. You can choose a divine destiny or one of your own making. The cross means death to self and sin, but life in Christ. “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34b).

    Prayer: Am I compelled or repelled by the cross? How can I bear Christ’s cross with grace?

    Related Readings: Galatians 6:12-14; Philippians 2:8; 3:18

    Post/Tweet today: There is nothing neutral about the cross of Jesus Christ. It either compels us to repent or it repels us to reject. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com

  • Conflict Resolution

    Posted on April 17, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over." Matthew 18:15

    Christians tend to skirt conflict. Some perceive it as unspiritual, however Jesus teaches it is spiritual.  Healthy conflict is necessary for relational and spiritual growth. It is required to keep clean accounts with others and stay focused on Kingdom priorities. Conflict resolution can be uncomfortable, but if ignored, it can become ugly, even explosive.

    There are two roles in the beginning stages of conflict resolution. One role is the confronter—the other is the receiver. If you are the confronter, it is critical to communicate the facts of the situation. If you are loose with the truth and cavalier in your confrontation, the situation will worsen—so have the details documented and verified.

    The second critical aspect of the confronter is the spirit of the conversation. Do not inflict an accusatory tone in your voice. You are there in a spirit of reconciliation and healing. Avoid a condescending attitude, as you are a potential candidate for the same concerns you are bringing to your friend. It is with a spirit of humility and grace that you confront.

    “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).

    You speak the truth in love. The receiver on the other hand needs to beware of defensiveness, denial and defiance. When confronted, the receiver needs to listen carefully and not interrupt with petty excuses. After hearing out the accuser, the receiver can correct any misconceptions and inaccuracies with a mature and level headed spirit.

    In most cases, the receiver of correction needs to apologize. Nine out of ten times a sincere apology from the one receiving the rebuke remedies the situation. On the other hand, a combative environment will just escalate the debate into a stalemate. It is better to lose an argument and win a relationship. Treat each other as God does and everyone wins.

    If there is not a private resolution, then there is the option of mediation. Mediation can involve one or two additional people. If two more are invited, it is an effective practice for each party to select one person each who is respected by all.  Everyone one should agree that the conclusion of the mediator(s) is the final word.

    To engage with another is to care. To ignore and even gossip about another is betrayal. The mature follower of Christ seeks to lovingly warn others of the consequences of unwise decisions. When you take the time to confront another you could save them from embarrassment and humiliation. Grace gives an opportunity for change. Praise God for those who have done the same for us. We need each other. Confronting now, precludes confrontation later. Diffuse the conflict bomb now and avoid an explosion of egos later.

    “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses” (Proverbs 27:6).

    Prayer: Whom do I need to lovingly confront over a concern, because I care for them?

    Related Readings: Genesis 21:25; Job 6:24; Mark 8:33; Galatians 2:11-13

    Post/Tweet today: It is better to lose an argument and win a relationship. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com

  • Emotionally Love God

    Posted on April 16, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    “Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart.'” Matthew 22:37a

    Emotionally love God for faith has feelings: feelings of gratitude for God’s grace, feelings of joy for friendship with Jesus, and feelings of hope for a heavenly home. Emotions are meant to engage eternity, not be wed to the world. Worry can wreck a life if a heart is consumed with what it can’t control—so trust Jesus with your feelings.

    Because the heart is the seat of emotions, we are wise to guard our hearts. Wisdom appoints the sentinels of grace and truth to protect feelings by grounding them in faith. Pride makes promises to your heart it cannot keep. For example, it may capture your emotions with selfish-ambition, only to ruin relationships. Humility on the other hand, handles your heart with tender care. It leads it into unselfish service and true fulfillment.

    “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23).

    We can trust our feelings with the object of our love - Jesus. Our heavenly Father wants to hear our heart - when it breaks under the weight of worry - or when it explodes in joy.

    Love for the Lord is more than a mental exchange of information and learning - it is a heart engagement that feels affection for Almighty God. Faith feels what God feels.

    Truth transforms how we feel: what breaks the heart of God breaks our heart. Lost sinners break our heart - injustice breaks our heart - murdering the innocent breaks our heart - starvation and disease breaks our heart. Also, what brings Jesus joy brings us joy: love, faith, forgiveness, hope, trust, service and generosity all bring a smile to His face.

    “The Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God” (John 16:27).

    Indeed, a heart moved by God is moved to action. You are faithful to the Lord and His priorities when your emotions feel His pain and celebrate His pleasures. It is not enough to just feel good, sense empathy or experience guilt - true love expresses itself in action. Your heart-felt love for your heavenly Father moves you to write a generous check, roll up your sleeves to serve, intentionally forgive and earnestly pray for others.

    Release your emotions to Christ and He will channel your energy into productive activity. Emotionally love the Lord and He will empower you for eternity’s agenda. Lovers of God are known by God and are able to radically receive His love and give it liberally.

    “Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God” (1 Corinthians 8:2-3).

    Prayer: How can I love the Lord, so I am able to express my positive and negative feelings?

    Related Readings: Joshua 22:5; Proverbs 24:12; 2 Corinthians 9:7; Philippians 4:7

    Post/Tweet today: A heart moved by God is moved to action. #wisdomunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com

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