Understand

Discussing the truthI know a person who has hearing aids in both ears, but he doesn’t hear well. Let me rephrase that, he doesn’t understand very well. I’ve had people with hearing aids tell me that the volume of the room in amplified, but it can make it harder to understand a single conversation. They may be hearing a conversation across the room. There are other times when I’m in a conversation and there is much more than words being said. The body language is saying something much different than the words coming from a person’s mouth. To understand another person is a bit tricky.  To understand another person means that I totally grasp and perceive what they trying to communicate with me.  I’m learning to ask clarifying questions to make absolutely sure I understand what is going on.

Paul writes letter to the churches that he helped start and get going. After some of these churches got going, they had some problems creep in and disrupt the fellowship. He lays some groundwork to explain his position of leadership. Paul is a humble leader. He is not a “pushover”. He is confident in his calling from the Lord. He is also confident that the Lord is speaking in him and through him. He explains God’s wisdom to the church in the early chapter and it’s important to understand his position throughout the entire letter to the church at Corinth. Check this out…

10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. (1 Corinthians 2:10-13 NLT)

I’m thankful that all my thoughts are not public knowledge. I don’t always manage my thought life as well as I want. In fact, I don’t always manage my words like I should either and they are both well connected. This passage reminded me that the words I speak the understanding of my heart come from God’s Spirit inside of me. I need to continually welcome Him to take over my heart and my being so that I can have His discernment skills, His wisdom and His words. The Holy Spirit has given me wisdom many times as I say things out loud and then realize that I’m simply not that smart. I want to understand God’s Word and hear His voice so clearly that my thoughts and words are clearly from Him. I want to speak words from Him. I want to love like He loves. I want to live for Him. This is only possible when I let His Spirit take charge of my heart and my soul. I must empty me of me and let Him take over. My thoughts and my words will change when He’s in charge. My understanding of others will expand and my understanding of the things of God will expand as well.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

The Thought Counts

 

Thoughtful little girlI remember joking with someone once and told him or her that I “thought” about him or her and it’s the thought that counts! I was definitely being a bit sarcastic. I do think it’s important to be thoughtful and kind. I also think that I need to put action behind my thoughts in order to bless and care for others.

Solomon was offering a prayer of dedication at the Temple of God that he and his team had built. I love his synopsis about what happened when David wanted to build the temple. Check this out….

7 “My father David had it in his heart to build a temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel. 8 But the Lord said to my father David, ‘You did well to have it in your heart to build a temple for my Name. 9 Nevertheless, you are not the one to build the temple, but your son, your own flesh and blood—he is the one who will build the temple for my Name.’

Forgive, and deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts (for you alone know the human heart), 31 so that they will fear you and walk in obedience to you all the time they live in the land you gave our ancestors. (2 Chronicles 6:7-9; 30b-31 NIV)

When I talk to the Lord, I’m talking to the ONLY ONE Who knows my heart. He knows the purity and the depth of my thoughts. He knows if there is pride and arrogance in my heart. He knows if there is compassion and humility in my heart. He knows the deepest motives of my heart. That has scared me at times – only because I know my heart too.

I believe the only way to keep my heart pure and clean is to surrender my heart to the One Who made my heart. He wired me to love. He wired me to have a heart of love and compassion. I think the environment I live it pulls me to be more self-focused and self-centered. I believe that pride is a major sin inside my heart. I actually think that most every other sin can be traced to the pride in my heart.

The Lord desires to work in my heart and transform my heart. If my heart is clean and pure then it will come out in my behavior. I can correct my behavior for a short while and maybe fake a few people out. I can never fool or fake out the Lord. I believe that working on my heart is working on the infrastructure of all that I am. Everything I am and want to become comes from deep in my heart. My hopes, my dreams, my ideas, my love, my compassion…- all come from my heart. If I “thought” about it, it’s because it’s in my heart. I believe that my thoughts of my heart need to be lived out in my daily activities for sure.

Pressing On!

Dwayne