Seek Jesus And You Seek Wisdom

In Chronicles 9 Queen Sheba visited King Solomon and she experienced his wisdom. She had HEARD of his wisdom and didn’t believe it until  she went to see him and experienced it for herself. There is a similarity to her seeking King Solomon and us seeking Jesus. Do we really want to seek Jesus, experience Him for ourselves or do we want to let someone else lead and guide us through so called church? I choose to seek Jesus for myself. Know the truth from my own experiences with Him. We can only KNOW something through experience. In Proverbs 9:10 it says worship and reverence for God is the chief and choice part [ the beginning ] of wisdom. The knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding. First we have to have a respect for God and a heart that worships Him before we can receive His wisdom.To have a heart for worship means we have to be born again. The Bible says we can only worship in spirit and in truth, so if we aren’t born again of His Spirit we can not worship Him. We are dead in our sins until we are made alive by God’s power.  Chronicles 9:23  says God put wisdom in Solomon’s mind. I like what Joyce Meyer says in my Bible in putting the Word to work, she said, God-given wisdom is far more valuable than wealth.

I came across a native american proverb the other day that makes a lot of good sense.

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I believe the native american had life right. They lived off the land worshiped and reverenced God, protected the planet and loved others. After all that’s how we got Thanksgiving. But the white man ruined everything. Not so wise. The native american was wise. White man is all about money and wealth and statue. Native americans just wanted to enjoy the life they had with what God provided because that was enough. Jesus is enough. God has given us everything we need but Satan wants us to think we need more worldly things to fulfill us. It’s the presence of God and His wisdom that will fill us. When we experience it we will see that this is what we have been longing for all along. I  have native american heritage on my dad’s side and I don’t know if that’s why I am drawn to native americans. But even as a child watching those old cowboy movies I always rooted for the native americans. I have a need lately to listen to their music and chant. It connects me with God in a deeper more intimate way than the christian music today. I believe I’m on a journey from surface relationship with God to a deeper one.

Second Chronicles 15: 1-4, The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach and without the law. But in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them.

If I seek God (Jesus) as craving for Him, I will find Him but if I become indifferent and forsake Him, He will forsake me. The Lord is with me while I am with Him. So when I am feeling alone and like God isn’t there, it is me forsaking Him.

KEEP SEEKING JESUS, NOT WEALTH!

 

No Pay Back

How often do we really give without wanting something in return. I want to share a story about my father-in-law that has touched me and I hope it does the same for you. My hope is that you will see how your actions do make a difference in your little world. That you can really leave a good legacy if you just give yourself away. First I want to tell you that my father-in-law passed May 15, 2009.  He left many lessons for my husband to live by and that is what this story is about. I will refer to my father-in-law as dad.

When dad was here he was always making sure his kids had everything that they needed. Even after we were married and in our own homes he would come and make sure we had gas, food and money. He was a very giving person. He never concerned himself with material things for himself, only what we all needed. My husband recalls many times (so do I) when dad would come by or they would be in the car and he would pull out his money and say you need something? Here take this, he would peel off a twenty and hand it to us. My husband would say, ” Dad I’ll pay you back, thanks.” Dad said,” No son, I give to you so one day you will be able to give to your kids. You will be paying me back by helping them.” The impact of these words were felt today when my husband was in the car with our daughter. She wanted twenty dollars for something. They had gone to the ATM to get some money and when he got in the car and peeled off a twenty to give her, he saw dad in his mind giving him a twenty and started to cry.

He told me he felt like dad today, giving her the money. So you see what paying it forward really means? Give to others so they can give to others and so on. This is the legacy I hope I leave! This is making a difference in the lives of our loved ones. Give yourself away, it’s a beautiful thing!

The weird thing is when they were on the couch looking at what she bought with the money, I thought to myself how he gave her money to buy something she wanted so they could then sit together and let her share her joy with him. He gave her money, she gave him fulfillment in his heart to see her happy. His dad would be proud!