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Attitude of the heart is everything…

Things you regularly say are clear indicators of the attitude of your heart.

Pointing out the faults of everyone else won’t erase your own.

We all are guilty of it sometimes, but if we aren’t careful, it will take over our heart. We are at war with the spirit of this world…gotta stay alert and keep each other encouraged.

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking,be put away from you, with all malice” Ephesians 4:31″Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8

Lord, today I ask that you give me grace to allow your Word to penetrate my heart…and cut away the uncleanness that’s in it. Help me to speak only words of encouragement. Help me to live by example in Jesus name.

❤ percy

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Being Simple

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Psalm 119:130  (AMP)

130 The entrance and unfolding of Your words give light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple.

For a long time now I have thought of myself as simple. By simple I mean child like in my faith and really my method of living.  I simply want to be the best Jenni by fulfilling His purpose in my life with all that I am. I am simple also in my tastes; I love the Lord and His Word. Much of my time is taken in reading His word, studying and learning of Him. It is one of my greatest joys.  I am not book learned or school educated when it comes to seeking the Lord. I totally do it free style. He provokes my heart with a thought or an idea and I am off and running after Him in study.  I sometimes feel bad because I don’t feel qualified. Then I realize it is not about me, my credentials and learning do not matter to Him, only my heart does. I simply and plainly acknowledge that there is nothing good in me apart from Christ.

So when I think of myself as simple, it is not an insulting but a place of encouragement to me. I simply seek the Lord.  It has become a place of identity. Simply all that I am, comes from Him, His way of thinking and His way of doing, this is my life aim.

This scripture was brought to my heart as I was asking the Lord about this way of thinking I have. Oh how I love His Word! At first glance as I read this I wondered at His Word having to be unfolded. Not only am I to let His Word have entrance, to grant permission to all that He is, but also I must allow His Word to be unfolded.  What is unfolding? It is bit by bit being able to see Him in clear vision. I must learn to see the whole Jesus picture, or as much as my simple self can receive.

Of course, I had to look up the words in Hebrew but I also read a commentary that struck my heart.

This is taken from Barnes Notes on the Bible found on Biblehub.com

The entrance of thy words giveth light – The Septuagint translates this, “the manifestation (or declaration) – ἡ δήλωσις hē dēlōsis – of thy words enlightens.” So the Vulgate. Luther renders it, “When thy word is revealed, so it delivers us, and makes the simple wise.” DeWette, “The opening (revelation) of thy word,” etc. The Hebrew word – פתח pethach – means an “opening” or “entrance” – as of a gate, Joshua 20:4; Judges 9:35; and then “a door,” as of a tent or the temple, Genesis 18:1; 1 Kings 6:8; or the gate of a city, Isaiah 3:26; and then it means opening, insight, instruction. The word as used here seems to denote the opening or unfolding of the word of God; the revelation of that word to the mind. A door is open so that we enter into a house; a gate, so that we enter into a city; and thus the meaning of the word of God is “opened” to us, so that we may, as it were, enter in and see its beauty. The language does not, therefore, denote the entrance of that word into the mind, but, its being made open to us so that we may perceive its beauty, or may ourselves “enter” into its meaning, its mysteries, and its beauties.

It giveth understanding unto the simple – The word rendered “simple” literally means “those who are open to persuasion,” or who are easily enticed or seduced. Then it refers to the credulous, Proverbs 14:15, and then to the “inexperienced.” See Psalm 19:7, note; Psalm 116:6, note.

Here is what I am learning as I read this scripture.  Jesus is the Word (John 1:1, 14).  Jesus is the door (John 10:7).  Jesus is the light (John 8:12). When I enter into knowing Jesus, I come because He draws me (John 6:44). I enter into His Word. It is not just some random words on a page entering into my mind. It is Him, Jesus. He is alive and powerful. Where He goes is light.  As I entered into Him and He enters into me, I begin to experience His aliveness.  As His word flows out of my heart and out of lips, the declaration of it opens the way for me to enter further into Him. Faith is built by hearing His word, when I declare it, my heart hears it in my own voice, and I believe it. I am persuaded to embrace what He says as truth.

This is not a name it claim it kind of faith, but rather a faith built on letting His word be absolute on my lips and in my heart. This is how this actually plays out in my simple life.

It begins with me seeking the Lord. The Lord bringing to my heart a scripture. I begin to study it and meditate on it. I pray it. For example, recently the Lord brought this scripture to my heart.

1 Samuel 9:23-24  (AMP)

23 And Samuel said to the cook, Bring the portion which I gave you, of which I said to you, Set it aside.

24 And the cook lifted high the shoulder and what was on it [indicating that it was the priest’s honored portion] and set it before Saul. [Samuel] said, See what was reserved for you. Eat, for until the hour appointed it was kept for you, ever since I invited the people. So Saul ate that day with Samuel.

Here Saul was just going about his father’s business, looking for lost donkeys, yet the man of God, Samuel had reserved the best part of the sacrifice for him. Saul was a normal Israelite, who God had reserved the kingdom of Israel for.  That is you and I, as we obey in our lives, God has reserved the best parts for us. He has planned for our welfare. He has a place of authority and rule for us.

As I read this, I clearly heard it as if the Lord was speaking it to me personally. It was alive and real. It was unfolded and made clear. The Lord has reserved for me for I need. There is nothing I face or would face that God had not planned for and reserved all that I needed. I needed to see it. All week-long I meditated on this, asking the Lord to help me see it. I spoke about it with all who would listen. I spoke it out loud in my prayers. Faith began to be built-in my heart. He began to show me scriptures about His ‘Reserves.”

Proverbs 2:6-7

For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

He hides away sound and godly Wisdom and stores it for the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him); He is a shield to those who walk uprightly and in integrity,

Proverbs 13:22 (GW)

22 Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren,
but the wealth of sinners is stored away for a righteous person.

See, the Lord knew in about five days, I was going to face my car breaking down and a possibility that the head gaskets were bad. However, as this news was given me, all my heart could focus on was that God knew that this was going to happen and that He had set aside what I needed. I needed a lot. It is our only car and there is no money to repair it. I began to praise Him for His reservation for us and our car. I felt at peace about it. I had His light to see this dark situation and what was revealed was that God was in control and more than able to provide for us.

Ephesians 3:20-21 (AMP)

20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—

The reservation that God has for us, was superabundantly, far over and above all that I dare ask or think. Within two days, His reservation took the form of a friend handing us an envelope with $500, because God told him to. He did not know that our car was having issues. Then, my job made a mistake in my pay and when I went to work  I found a check for $200 waiting for me.

Where I live it is very hard to get immediate service. All five of the places we called said they could not work on our van for two weeks. But God had a reservation for us. We are going to have our van fixed this Friday. Even more, our van needs a special part. It is quite expensive, but it just so happens that my dad found the part for half of the price and is shipping it to us. This cuts the cost of repair in half.

His word brought discernment, the ability to see the situation and the solution and to navigate to it. His word assured my heart and calmed my emotions. His word helped me to comprehend that nothing is too difficult for God, ever.

Being simple for me, is allowing my heart, mind and body to be totally persuaded that God is real! God is real! His Word, Jesus is real! As I humble my heart, submitting my understanding, comprehension and discernment to Him, my life is filled with light, which is Jesus unfolded.

If you are reading this, I pray that you would begin to see what God has reserved for you. For most assuredly it is wondrous!

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Day 2: “Taming your Tongue”

Good morning my lovely friends! I am so excited after reading day 2 and day 3, that I woke up early and cannot wait to start on them!

Day 2: “The Flattering Tongue”

“These people…flatter others to get favors in return.”   ~Jude 1:16 (NLT)

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1) To please by complimentary remarks or comments.

2) To praise or comment, INSINCERELY, effusively, or excessively.

3) To represent favorably; gratify by falsification. (That portrait flatters her.)

4) To show to an advantage. (That haircut flatters her face.)

5) To play up the vanities or susceptibilities of; cajole, wheedle or beguile. (They flattered him into contributing a large amount of money for the foundation.

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Jude 1:16 (KJV)  “These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.”

Proverbs 28:23 (KJV)  “He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favor than he that flattereth with the tongue.

James 2:18 (KJV): For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.”

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I had a hard time with this study.

I write in my books-(colorful pens, today it is RED) in the margins, underlining, starring, exclamation points, circling passages..my study guide looks like it is bleeding from all the red ink in it!

I have written, edited, and rewritten this day’s study over and over. I am still not sure if it is exactly what I want it to convey, but if not, expect some further editing in the near future!

I think the problem stems from my own perception of what is flattery, and what is giving a compliment. My opinion was that there was very little difference between the two. That is, before I really began to investigate what the true meaning of the words were, and what they imply.

Admittedly, when I changed churches, and knew no one there at all, I felt isolated, and wanted to integrate myself into the congregation. I found that approaching the Worship Director with a sincere observation,  “I really enjoyed the choice of songs during worship and praise,” helped me get to know him, his wife and family sooner than if I waited until the next fellowship event at the church. But, the key here is that my words were/are not “A lie covered in a bed of flowery words.” They were/are a sincere description of how I felt/feel. But, I can also honestly say that my intent was to gain an intangible favor; and that was acceptance. The words I spoke had nothing to do with any feelings of “low self-worth,” I was just trying to make friends to fellowship with. As with the Sisters in church, I tried to find some common ground, whether it be our Bible covers, our clothing, our family life, whatever, to gain some meaningful friendships that allow me to fellowship beyond the perimeters of the church.

The author talks about how engaging in flattery is clear evidence of a lack of faith in the LORD’S ability to give favor to his children. Many times, it is clearly a Satanic attack. One remark said to us on a day we might be feeling emotionally fragile, can set off a whirlwind of self defeating thoughts, even if the remark was an innocent observation. This is clearly where the gift, and the use of discernment is valuable to us. We must be able to use our knowledge that the simple act of uttering the name “JESUS” will rebuke the intentions of Satan to destroy our faith in our LORD and SAVIOR. We must use our knowledge that only good things come from GOD, and not let our faith weaken even when we are ruled by our emotions-emotions of unworthiness, feeling unappreciated, unattractive, even unloved. We are vulnerable to flattery when Satan strikes at our insecurities and our hearts with all the negative emotions he has to offer.

Philippians 1:6 (KJV)  ” Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Je’sus Christ.”

Psalm 5:11,12  “But let all those that that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.”

The Bible is full of examples of the LORD giving favor to his FAITHFUL children, with absolutely NO ACTION on their part. The example of the LORD giving Joseph favor in Egypt, even after he was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph was not forgotten. The LORD rewarded his faithful servant with stewardship over Egypt’s entire food resources. What an honor. This man went from being a slave, to being held in high esteem by the King of Egypt.

So, what does this message tell me? It clearly shows me that no matter what the circumstance, the LORD has not forgotten me. He is till my stronghold and fortress in any and all storms.  That in my times of insecurity, when my eyes are downcast, Satan will rush in and pile all the negative emotions he can on me.

Knowing this, it is to my benefit to continually and without ceasing raise my eyes and ears to the heavens. I must use the discernment He has given me to sort the good intentions from the bad, to use words to glorify our LORD and not to deceive others, holding close the knowledge that Jesus always has my back, as long as I keep my eyes, ears and heart centered on Him.

Psalm 12:3:  The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaketh proud things.

As the author states “Is flattery worth being cut off from the blessings of God?

Today’s Affirmation: Job 32:21-22 (KJV)

“Let me not, I pray you, accept  any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.”

As I stated earlier; this day’s study was a real challenge. But like everything that has value, I had to work hard to get a complete understanding of the scripture.

To me, it is definitely NOT WORTH IT to be cut off from GOD for flattering someone. Nope, No WAY!!

Father, I am so blessed that you allowed me to open my mind and heart to gain knowledge of your word. I am also blessed that I am allowed to share my thought’s with others, and it is my prayer that someone, somewhere would draw closer to YOU by reading my thought’s and your quoted words. In Jesus name..Amen