Changed Life – Wisdom

Life changesThis world we live in is constantly changing. People are changing. Jobs are changing. Relationships are changing. Change is an everyday event in our world. Heraclitis said: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man”. I have learned that I must embrace change that happens. I’ve learned new and amazing technology that has made my life easier, but in some ways, the pace of life became faster. Not all change is good and healthy. There are some things that have not changed for example, the laughter of a child still melts me. The innocence of a child, the beauty of a bride on her wedding day or the beauty of a baby born. I want to be keenly aware of the things in my life that have changed for good and things that have changed oh so slowly that I hardly noticed.

I came across a verse that is a quote from Jesus this morning that I didn’t remember ever hearing because it was from the New Living Translation and it spoke right to my heart. Check this out…

35 But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.” (Luke 7:35 NLT) –Jesus

I want to be a seeker or wisdom. I love the Word of God and I believe that my life has grown in wisdom and discernment because of the daily discipline of seeking the Lord’s heart through His Word. I’m definitely NOT the smartest guy, but I am hungry to know the Lord more today than I knew yesterday. It’s hard to argue about a changed life. I want to follow the wisdom that comes from the Lord. Check this out…

God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. (1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT)

13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:13-18 NLT)

“There is a wisdom of the Head, … there is a wisdom of the Heart” – Charles Dickens

I want to continue to grow in wisdom and understanding of the Author of Wisdom. I can find hundreds of quotes on wisdom, but none more significant that what Jesus is saying. I want the choices that I make today and every day to display wisdom that comes directly from the Lord. I am forever changed because I know the Author of Wisdom and THE Creator of the World.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

 

Changed Heart

 

Girl holding a heart-shaped boxI had good friend who was re-introduced to the Lord and his heart was changed. He was so different than the person he had been before. There is a real difference in someone who has a relationship with the church and a person who has met Jesus personally and trusts Him with everything. This friend was more kind, generous and loving. Not long after this transformation, he passed away suddenly with a heart attack. While God had forever transformed his heart and soul – his physical heart was still in bad health.

I believe that who I am as a person comes from my heart. I surrendered my heart to the Lord years ago, but it is really a daily experience NOT just a one-time event. I believe that I’m forever different when I continually surrender my heart to the Lord.

I enjoyed walking through the story of Saul becoming king. He was not expecting an event like this at all. Samuel the prophet told him what was about to happen and it happened just like he said. Saul’s future was about to change quickly. Check this out…

6 The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7 Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.

8 ‘Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.’

9 As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day. (1 Samuel 10:6-9 NIV)

No matter how hard I try, I can’t change my heart like The Lord can change my heart. He removes my bitterness and fills my heart with love and forgiveness. He takes out my anger and gives me peace. His Presence in my heart changes every part of my life. I am profoundly different because The Lord rules and reigns inside my soul.

I was reminded of this line in a song by Kari Jobe, called: “Always Enough”. The bridge says: “If I have You, I have EVERYTHING but without You, I am nothing.” That pretty much sums it up. Saul without God in his heart is just another man, but with the Lord in his heart, He can be king. I want to the Lord to continually stay inside my heart and help me serve others and lead others for His Kingdom’s benefit.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Changed Man

 

Abstract Silhouette PrayingI’ve met people before that I knew when I was younger and they are completely different than when I first knew them.   I believe it is in me and everyone – the power to change. I have noticed people who were once arrogant and haughty become humble and kind. I’ve seen people who were messed up with drugs and alcohol start pursuing the Lord and leave that reckless and worthless addiction in the rear view mirror. Change is not always easy to make especially when it’s drastic, but change is really always happening. It is often slow and subtle.

Judah really seems to have changed. In the life of Joseph it is interesting that Judah becomes the spokesperson for the family. I don’t believe he was bent on killing Joseph years ago when the brothers were so frustrated with his dreams. Judah was the one who suggested that they sell him into slavery. I do think that he has changed even now.

Joseph manipulates them a bit to get his brother Benjamin to come with them to buy grain. He then puts their money back in the mouth of their sack a second time, but asked his steward to put his special silver cup in Benjamin’s sack. There is method to this madness. After the steward is sent to check the bags for the cup and it was found in Benjamin’s sack, all of the brothers went back to town to find Joseph. Judah becomes the spokes person for the group. He makes passionate plea to Joseph and explains that the health of their Dad is not very good. Check this out….

33 ‘Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. 34 How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.’ (Genesis 44:33-34 NIV)

I’m impressed with Judah at this point. He even puts his life on the line to save Benjamin’s. He also spells out very clearly how he made a promise to his dad in order for Benjamin to be allowed to come in the first place. I do believe that inside every human being is the ability to do good things and live a life of honor. We all have choices and my choices today often determine the outcome of my tomorrows. I have a feeling that Judah really regretted being part of the scheme that sent Joseph in to slavery those many years ago. Here he is offering his life for the life of his youngest brother. I do believe that no matter what I’ve become or where I’ve been, the Lord ALWAYS invites me back and notices my heart change. He builds people out of brokenness into incredible strong and honorable people. I’m so glad He changed my heart.

Pressing On!

Dwayne