Intentions vs Actions

God says in the Bible that He sees the heart of a person. We are responsible for what we think about all the time, what fills our heart, our intentions. We may have good intentions but it is misinterpreted. We still did good by meaning well. It really is the thought that counts to God. Our actions matter too. Our actions are actually an extension of our intentions. Intention precedes action. This is what God means when He says that out of the abundance of the heart thr mouth speaks. Speaking is an action as much as physical work. Both are the fruit, the proof of the good of your intentions and heart.

I used to hear this word “intentions” captured by humanism and various other Eastern religions but I want very much to explain that they do not own this word. It is a very good word that they use for a different purpose, as in to focus on calm or clear the mind or other seemingly worthy causes. But God and I do not mean this. It is very dangerous to clear one’s mind- makes a blank slate for evil to slip in. The whole idea of having good intentions is the idea of inputting truth from God’s Word, the Bible, and having that truth and a desire to please God bubble over into desiring or willing to please God so much you intend to do something good for God or someone He made as an act of worship. This is the pure and blessed form of intention I am speaking of. This is so beautiful it is glorious. And God honors it. ❤

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God’s Will

I saw a poignant billboard that read, “God’s will is God’s Word”. I don’t believe God’s will is some mysterious thing we have to seek years to find. I believe it is right in front of us in God’s Word, the Bible. I believe that if you read and sincerely obey what it says and pray, you are in God’s will. And a step deeper in obedience is using the gifts and talents He gave you for Him by serving others and worshipping. And the rest of it is cludging and distractions. I believe firmly God is not elusive but very near, awaiting our humble prayer and obedience.

This is controversial for so many, but I believe sincere and humble obedience must accompany faith to prove it. Faith alone is like owning a cloud. Doesn’t benefit anyone until it rains. Obedience is the rain, allowing people to benefit. Faith alone is not enough to be in God’s will because His Word is so clear that once we have true faith, we exercise true obedience. And His blessings for us result from humble obedience and prayer and worship.

Our will being put under His will is the key. We decide He matters most and we want to follow His Word rather than our own desires and whims. He is God, after all. That is the crux of everything.❤

It Occurred to Me

I look forward to doing what God wants me to do, no matter what that is. He gives me enjoyment and makes it fun to be where He wants me to be at the moment. This is HIS gift to me for obedience. It is beautiful. I am not sure how else to describe it. He makes me want to do it. Either He gives me this enjoyment from whatever task before I start by giving me the desire or after I obey when someone else asks me for Him to do it. And it occurred to me… God is very cool.❤

The Free Will Conundrum 

I pray often for the unsaved to be saved, that God would move their hearts, soften them, change their minds. I do not want anyone lost. I want them saved and going to heaven, especially everyone. I love these beautiful people God made! I love you! ❤ But the thing is this free will God gives everyone. It is a conundrum, it really is. On the one hand, what an amazing gift to allow us to decide for ourselves whether or not to choose the right side, God’s side versus the wrong side, evil and rejection of God. You see, He requires choice because He is love and love is nothing if not generous and true. Love is not self-serving and longs for sincere love back but does not demand it.

 If we were puppets, God would be imperfect, a tyrant demanding us to follow and obey Him or die. God is loving and will not demand our worship but gives us a sound mind and opportunities and thr Bible to know Him, salvation through Jesus to be saved, blessings in our lives to see His goodness, longings for Him deep in our souls, and His beauty of His glory in His creation and in us and all He has made to make His presence obvious. 

So with ample chances and opportunities to accept salvation ample nd choose God, His desire and mine is that people use these many many chances to decide to be free, be God’s, be loved and loving, worshio, serve God. People can decide. But at some point, the lack of making a dedicated choice will be the undecided’s or procrastinator’s or lukewarm’s or rebel’s choice because time will be up. He will come for those of us deciding to be His firmly and faithfully. It will be too late. And I pray people will get their act together before too late is here and they realize too late lasts forever.

So yes, we have free will and can choose to serve God or ourselves/evil/anyone other than God. And yes, we are big stuff for being able to decide our eternal fate for ourselves. We are free to be wise or fools. So, let’s all be wise and choose God to serve and obey now so too late doesn’t show up before we expect it. God loves us so much!❤❤❤

Will Power

Born stubborn and with an extremely strong will, I assumed most of my life’s biggest struggles were defeated by my own strong will power. I firmly believed that. So much so that I actually prayed many times for God to help other people but helping me wasn’t necessary. “They need you, I’m good”. So foolish was I! Indeed, my greatest strength was realized when God allowed my will power to be broken down and me to humble my heart and realize I am weak but God is strong. What needs to be strong is always strong… God. My will power focuses the strength on me but humble prayer focuses me on God, the Winner. I attached the link for the new song for my kids tomorrow in worship God gave me for them if you are interested. Anyone may use it freely. “All we need is faith and a humble hearted prayer and God will answer us best”. https://youtu.be/u-Mj_VbFqYQ

Seeking and Finding God

I always wonder at people who are seeking God and His will. The first part is rather awkward if you think about it. It is like walking through the woods and becoming frustrated because you can’t find any trees. God made everything and He is everywhere. He is always eager to have a conversation because He happens to love us and thinks He did good making us (and He did!). So, it isn’t a matter of seeking God like He is lost but like we are. Deciding to hear Him is the thing, realizing full well you may have to change be some stuff for Him to be a regular part of your life, well that is what generally keeps people seeking half-heartedly and not finding. And His will is almost as easy to find. His Word (the Bible) is His will. Obedience is what He wills for us, our hardest and most rewarding job. Worship He requires and that is easy. No one is better or stronger or more artistically rich or smarter than God. So there it is. Is a relationship with God that simplistic? Yep. It is. That is as long as we avoid distractions and wrong turns along the way. And He is accessed best by  believing and thanking His Son Jesus Christ for saving us from our sins. Jesus is our mediator between a holy God and us because He lived as we do and understands us better than we do. So there it all is. The whole kit and kaboodle. How to be saved and assured that we will walk with God now and forever when our now is our then. And all of life is better closer to the One who gave it to us. He is amazing! 🙂