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Nothing in this blog is intended to contradict or replace the need for professional counseling, or medications. It does not purport to tell you what to do or to agree with you or take sides.  It may, however, help you work more effectively with counselors, doctors and medication, as they help you do your part to grow in GRACE. These are the thoughts of a man who loves the Lord Jesus Christ and has found in his own life that all scripture is given by inspiration of God for 5 things:

1.To help him know what the Bible says practically about living a healthy obedient life.

2.God’s word reproves him, showing him that he is far more messed up than he could ever have realized on his own—but God loves him, and can handle “it”, all of “it”—chief of sinners and all! He finds is helpful to remember that everyone else is just as messed up and God loves them and helps them. So he reminds himself to “lighten up and do your part to letting God and others help you”.

3.God’s Word corrects what it has reproved in him, as he works with accountability and support to apply the principles.

4.God’s Word  then equips him for all the life situations that come along.

5. Having let God’s Word help him, he loves to share with others, as one beggar with another, the principles that have helped. Asking them to prayerfully consider these ideas but go to the Word and be “Bereans” and ask whether these principles are really what the Bible says.

So , here goes with “In my life I’ve found–what do you think?

 

“HEART I WANT IT ALL”–GOD

GIVE ME YOUR HEART! (You may take this message personal, or you may assume that this is just God talking to Verle and he should listen up! True, but maybe both?)

(So your want to please me?  Keep my commandments!
Where should you start and what is the most important commandment?
I’m glad you asked.
Love me with all your HEART, SOUL, AND MIGHT or as I said in my New Testament, with all your  (HEART, MIND) SOUL, AND STRENGTH.
So why don’t you start by giving me your heart?  Unfortunately, I’ve run into a lot of people who think that their heart is mine and they show up at church clean and smiling and singing me praises and they even seem to get a bit high on the “worship” but I don’t look at this outward appearance, I look on their hearts , and their hearts are far from me.
Are you wondering if this might be your condition? Good, that means that you are probably very close. I like it when you don’t jump to the conclusion that you are doing perfectly fine. Those that are sure they are OK, seldom are. Don’t  forget that your heart will deceive you and is desperately wicked and you can’t know it. You say you’re not deceived? How would you know? That’s what deceived means, that you think it’s OK when it isn’t.  Ask me, go ahead and ask me to examine your heart, search it and show you it’s content and lead you in new heart pathways.  I’m really good at it and would be happy to oblige.
First of all, let me convince you that giving me your heart is really a big important deal to me.  If I want you to pay attention to something, I should only have to mention it once, right? But you are so often like a child and force me to raise my voice or call you several times before you listen! So, if I really want to grab your attention, I will repeat myself twice. If I really, really want your attention I might repeat myself three times! Let’s see how badly I want you to pay attention to giving me all, yes all, of your heart; take all your inner thoughts into captivity and direct them to me!)



Deuteronomy 10:12) And now, Verle, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee?

but to:

A.fear the Lord thy God,

B.to walk in all his ways,: thou shalt do them with ALL thine heart, and with all thy soul. Deuteronomy 26:16

C.to love him,  with ALL thine heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy might.  Deuteronomy 6:5

D. to serve the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart and with ALL thy soul,

E. seek  him with ALL thy heart and with ALL thy soul. Deuteronomy 4:29,    2 Chronicles 15:12   enter into a covenant to seek the Lord God of your fathers with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul;

F.Pass the test, don’t wander from my word:  Deuteronomy 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul.   2 Kings 23:3 to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book.

G. Make it a family affair:  Deuteronomy 30:2  return to me,obey my voice, thou and thy children, with ALL  thine heart, and with ALL thy soul; 1 Kings 2:4 If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with ALL their heart and with ALL their soul,(they shall be blessed)

H. Pay attention to what your are doing Joshua 22:5 But take diligent heed to walk in all my ways,  and to cleave unto him, and to serve me with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul.

I. Make a covenent and keep your promise2 Chronicles 15:12enter into a covenant to seek me, the Lord God of your fathers, with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul; 2 Chronicles 15:15And rejoice at the oath: swearing with ALL your heart, and seek me with your WHOLE desire; and your will find me!

 

CURING MY HEART

A scriptural meditation on the “heart cure”

HEART: The inner “chatter”, what I am really thinking deep within while my outside actions and words seem fine.

My heart is deceitful above all things! If I want it cured and truth full I will need  the Holy Spirits help to:

Take heed, keep my soul diligently so that I don’t let what God has done go out of my HEART. Then I can teach God’s truth to my children and grandchildren because they can see beyond my words to my heart. Deuteronomy 4:9/           Be humble, (having a sense of worth strength and security from God while admitting my own weak messed up self) See God’s love in the uncomfortable consequences he brings to help me deal with my iniquity= (Deciding for myself what is right, doing it in my strength, and moaning about how hard it was and taking credit.)Leviticus 26:41/         Put my time effort thoughts money creativity and risk into seeking relationship with God, seeking his kingdom’s welfare, seeking his righteousness.  Matthew 6:21/              Stop living for pleasure and discipline my heart to enjoy life Gods’ way and I must be open to feedback and willing to change.  Deuteronomy 10:16/         Take heed to my inner thoughts which can easily believe the lie that there are other priorities in life besides God. Deuteronomy 11:16/             Lay up Gods’ words in my heart and in my soul by keeping them in front of me at all times. Deuteronomy 11:18/                Talk with others about the wonder of Gods’ truth and think on them and obey them.  Deuteronomy 30:14/             “Set my heart” unto ALL Gods’ words if I expect my children to not pick and choose their obedience. Deuteronomy 32:46, 1 Chronicles 22:19/           Take diligent heed to serve God with ALL my heart and soul. Joshua 22:5/           I must actively put away the spending of my heart-thoughts on non-God issues and instead incline my focus to Him. Joshua 24:23/           Like Hannah, pray and say, “My heart rejoiceth in the Lord because I rejoice in thy salvation Chronicles 16:10 and 1 Samuel 2:1.2 /            Don’t allow my heart to faint, fear, tremble, or be terrified  Deuteronomy 20:3 /            Return my heart to God by putting away other priorities, prepare my heart unto God and serve him with truth and ALL my heart, considering all he has done for me.1 Samuel 7:3 and 1 Samuel 12:20/          Be single hearted for God 1 Chronicles 12:33/           Let my heart smite me when I have sinned and beseech the Lord to forgive  2 Samuel 24:10/             Find in my heart to talk to God  1 Chronicles 17:25/         Ask God to keep his truth forever in the “imaginations” of my heart and to prepare my heart unto God   1 Chronicles 29:18/       Have in my heart to ask for wisdom and knowledge to help God’s people 2 Chronicles 1:11/   Let my heart be glad and merry  over remembering the good things God has done 2 Chronicles 7:10/            Lift my heart from the gutter into the ways of the Lord and learn to hate evil 2 Chronicles 17:6/        Learn to act out of a “perfect” heart” thinking and imagining on God’s ways continually with all my heart not just part.2 Chronicles 19:9 and 2 Chronicles 31:21/            Let God give me a tender humble repentant “soft” heart 2 Chronicles 34:27 and Job 23:16

FAITH HOPE

FAITH: the kind of belief that forces me to act on my belief and this strengthens and gives substance to my HOPE.

HOPE: the active inner discussion of, picturing of, appreciating of, the promises that I can’t yet see but (because God cannot lie) are absolutely real. This HOPE empowers and pushes my FAITH, which causes me to act on the promises and builds my FAITH and strengthens my HOPE and round and round.

There are lots of things that we believe that do not demand action. We believe that it is 186 million miles to the sun, but are unlikely to do anything different as a result. Faith is a specific type of belief in a cause and effect world that if we obey then God will do something wonderful. The devils have faith in God that causes them to act. James 2 19 “the devils also believe, and tremble.” They react in the certain knowledge of their doom. We act in the certain knowledge of God’s love and promises. If someone said that they believe that they will be given a million dollars if they went to the bank today, but they did not go. They:

  1. don’t believe it
  2. don’t have any sense of needing money
  3. don’t have any picture of how much money that is
  4. really don’t want to be in the position of having to be grateful
  5. don’t think that they deserve it
  6. think that they can earn even more money on their own by not wasting time picking up the million

So what do I believe? How should I then live? 2 Peter 3;11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of person ought I to be in all holy conversation and godliness?

How can you tell if a body is alive? It breathes! Even so, James 2;26 faith (the body) without some form of action (breathing) is dead. If you say you believe that there is a bomb in the room and you sit there. You are either suicidal or frozen or don’t believe it. If you hide under the desk you are unwise but at least you believe what you say. Even so faith does not always result in wise action but it always results in action. I find that if I try feebly and imperfectly God meets me in my obedience and empowers it, gives it good results and teaches me to act even more wisely.

RADICAL MINDFULNESS

Remember the rule? If you want to know what godliness looks like—just picture what you normally do and then godliness will, pretty much, be the opposite!

So what is my normal state of mindfulness? Well, not to be mindful at all! I let my focus drift to the future the past and everywhere else. If I manage to pull my focus to the present I tend to take for granted the good and even find fault or resent it and picture and long for my present reality to be something else:

WHAT DO I HAVE?

WHO IS IN MY LIFE?

WHAT CAN I DO?

WHO AM I?

If only I had more then I would be happy, then I get more and am not happy. Look at how rotten my car is my house is my food is etc.

If only that person loved me or that one was my friend. These people I have are selfish ungrateful electronic addicts who suck my dry and return nothing etc. etc.

There is no point trying because I would just screw up everything. I can’t do this and I can’t do that and since I can’t what is the point of trying. What I could do wouldn’t change anything!

Look at me I am unlovable, I wish I was someone else.

RADICAL MINDFULNESS:

What do I have? Let me savor it and thank God for it, take care of it and share it with others. GRATITUDE

Who is in my life? Let me love on them and learn from them, enjoy them, be glad to see them and encourage them, and seek their best interest. LOVE (both phileo and agape)

What can I do? I can move my body members as servants to God according to a growing awareness of God’s principles in action and then delight in what God is able to make out of it. OBEDIENCE

Who am I? Let me delight in God’s design and craftsmanship and how it ministers to others and allows me to be a useful part of the body, rejoicing in the gifts of others. WORSHIP ( I would that everyone could be just like I but it is OK they can be them and didn’t God do a good job on them too!) I Corinthians 7; 7   11;1  II Corinthians 11;5  Acts 26;9

We look at reality with God’s eyes seeing the good and the evil but not RESENTING not going round and round on the details  then we seize the moment with God’s help.

Problems: we accept ourselves and God’s sovereignty when we can’t fix it. After all, no one gets away with sin or God would be mocked. We bless and minister to and pray for those who curse and use us. We set limits on the problem when we can and fix what we are able.

People: we love on them and learn from them and encourage them in the Lord and set limits when we need to.

Tasks: grab with all your might.

The we ask : IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE GOD WANTS ME TO DO ABOUT THIS SITUATION RIGHT NOW? If not, Lord help me let go and grab the next piece of life

REJOICE IN THE OTHER’S GIFTS

I remember a teacher who was asked to do a class at a longer seminar. The main speaker would talk then people could break up and go to smaller classes. The seminar made the mistake of asking the main guy to do an elective class and so no one showed up to the teacher’s class. He was complaining to the Lord who replied, “What do you want me to do? Make the other guy less interesting, less useful so people would come to your class?”

He made some apostles, some evangelists and preachers and teachers and some heads and some feet and a few of us are hangnails but all are of the body and all are needed.

Are there people in your church who are super eloquent, beautiful, sing like angels, are great with children, can act in public with no discomfort, are gifted with their hands?

You can tell if you have a problem with comparison by: do you praise and enjoy their gifts and then don’t want to be around them because you feel “less” by your own comparison. 2 Corinthians 10:12 measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. Most of the time we think of the problem of feeling superior by comparison; but most of the people I know do the comparison that leaves them feeling less beautiful or wise or gifted. Have you ever thought that they might be isolated and lonely precisely because God needed to give them special abilities but now no one wants to hang around with them. Isaiah 45;9 10 shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou?or thy work, He hat no hangs? Who unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman what hast thou brought forth? I was raised with all manner of pottery in the house and often the cheapest ugliest pot was used most often and served the greatest needs.

So let those of us who see ourselves as “the least” learn to do our part knowing that we are much more necessary and remember to like and hang out with the prettier pots so they won’t be lonely.