I don’t believe clarity can come until distractions are put away. Clarity can come in noise or a crowd but rarely does so. Focus has to be reached and in practice in order for clarity to arrive. So what is clarity? Clarity is seeing the truth in its pure, clear meaning and purpose. There is a lack of distortion and confusion, a lack of bias and subjective reasoning. Clarity is the objective, unadulterated realization of pure truth. When we ask God to give us direction, what we are really asking Him is to give us clarity on what we should be doing. And God is the only One who can give this clarity because He is truth. He gives it gladly and lovingly to those humble seekers of Him who ask for it. Clarity is beautiful. It makes clear what was muddled. It makes certain what was speculation or confirms what you believed if you were on the right track. Clarity is a goal and time spent alone with God and in the Bible is generally the best way to receive this gift. ❤
From a family that jokes a lot and teases and cajoles, I was once like that with my words. It seemed funny. It got a lot of laughs. But I recently repented of that and used my humor in a different way. Why? All harmless fun, right? I underestimated the power of words, they are so over-under and over-spoken that it is easy to become careless to their power. It struck me as I was reading my Bible how few words were spoken. How often there was silence as a reply. How very powerful and full of meaning and purpose those words were when spoken. Any joking, teasing, kidding where another person or yourself is berated is not in line with “let your yes be yes and no be no; anything more than yes or no is of the devil” or “speak only with words that edify each other”. I realized I needed a word adjustment. People are precious and valuable to God and He wants us to help each other on every level in worship to Him. We should not say anything to another person we would not say to Him. That is my new goal. I will serious up a bit with my words and put that energy into truthful encouragement. Of course, I have to talk, but I will talk gooder. Lol I will retrain myself to only edify, encourage with truth. Looking forward to the challenge of becoming habitual at it. 🙂 ❤
One of my gifts is encouragement. Why? Because I do my best to tell the truth. Encouragement is not the same as flattery. Flattery tickles the pride. Encouragement speaks truth to empower truth to move forward. True encouragement can only come from truth. Again, not flattery. Flattery has a hidden motivation while encouragement is motivated by truth to further someone to act on truth. That is what it is. When do you give it? When someone you see needs it or is wavering or searching out truth. There is that truth word again. And what is encouragement not? Anything else. Encouragement is not trying to bend someone to your own agenda or truth. It is not molested by snippets of lies. It is not motivated by greed, desire, pride, covetousness, self-righteous indignation, personal opinions, etc. Then it ceases to be an encouragement and starts being a sin. Quite a different matter. Better to save your voice and leave it alone. But if truth from God’s Word is welling up within you and you see someone working on truth, sharing truth and a good truthful word with them to help the cause of truth/God, well that is a win for everyone and as refreshing as rain on a hot day. There is a purity in that, a feel good moment, a real quality that breathes in life into it, inspires, recharges, produces thankfulness to God. ❤
By smallness, I do not mean the size of physical form. Just to get that right from the start. The one good thing about evil being so dominant in the fake news entertainment (as there are few and far between true journalists anymore but I digress) or anti-social media or entertainment media is that whatever they are saying, the opposite is true. If they say he did, you can bet he didn’t. If they say families are healthy without a mom and dad, you can bet they are unhealthy. If they say follow your heart, follow your head because your heart is the most easily tricked. If they say true, it is a lie. It is so laughably predictable with all the evil/lie prevalence around us. So if the world says your goal should be to get rich and powerful and popular and well known, you can bet my goal is to get smaller, meaning humble. If man is god, mine isn’t, I’ll stick to God being God. So look with these truth eyes and invert every line you are given and you will be closer to the truth than you imagined. ☺
There are those of us who are independent and extraverted, naturally in charge either because people believe us to be or because we are loudest in the room, those who are almost defiantly unwilling to relinquish control or charge of the situation, ambitious, driven, energetic, hard working born leaders. This is a small number of the population and that is on purpose, thank you, God. I can say that because I am one of them and know that if everyone had this type of drive and energy, there would be this massive imbalance and tenderness and gentleness being seldom seen. Just the truth here. But I have learned that people consider me strong because of something else. It has nothing to do with my powerfully energetic exterior or fighting driven loud soul. It has everything to do with God choosing to strengthen me by great trials and losses that would kill most and tried to even me. And God chose to hear my prayer and help me and rescue me. I lost valuable, treasured, loved friends around the same time as losing Daddy. They all died at once. One was bad, three was devastating. Among other stressors occurring the same time, I was a vegetable, an empty shell of this powerhouse I once was. The go-to girl, the girl who would do it and make it happen, the brazen girl who fearlessly stared or fought down every obstacle and battle was a naked, trembling leaf. I had never experienced such depression. And God chose to fortify me again, build me up side out with the full knowledge that He was the strong One and I was the broken shell His strength was restoring and strengthening. I would be lost were it not for the grace of God. I would be alone and unloved were it not for His grace. I would be nothing washer it not for Him. And this knowledge, attitude of contrition, this appreciation and joy at being given a millionth chance, this wisdom that God is the strong One, this is the real strength of me. And now that I have this, glory all to God, I recognize it in other people because God gave me a bonus of empathy. I can see this silent strength in quiet ones, children, elderly/very mature people, sisters and brothers in Christ, some really poor people, so on. I can feel it. I could not feel much before my lesson was taught me or I felt the wrong things and focused wrong. Strength is spiritual first and foremost. It is humbly drawing close to God, the source of strength. Then the strength trickles down to the mind and then physical. Internal has to come first or it is useless. I had it eight from time to time before but now fully understand it. God is our strength. We are strongest close to Him. It is really that simple. Remember always that God keeps things simple and clear, so if it sounds confusing or complicated, there is an enemy whispering sweet lies into your ear to keep up defeated. Always remember that. Recognize it and rebuke the enemy out loud in Jesus’ name and draw close to God, read the Bible, pray. God will give you strength and wisdom if you humbly ask Him. He is very, very generous!
The only spiritual cure for damaging, sometimes fatal addictions is the truth of the Bible. Before you call me a simpleton for not understanding psychology, let me explain. Addictions spiritual issues and are founded and perpetuated by lies, lies like “This will make me feel better,” “I have control over it,” “It’s not a sin,” “It am not hurting anyone,” “It’s ok because I am really a good person,” “It’s ok because I do good things to balance it out,” “It is fine because God knows I love Him,” “No one will find out,” “Everyone does it,” “If you knew what I’ve been through, you would see why I need this.” There are many more lies and after a while of these lies (which are sins themselves), the truth becomes riddled with guilt and foggy at best. What is true anymore? See, these lies are plants of demonic forces, sent to deceive and ultimately destroy you and even those who dare to love you. Deception must be confronted with the truth or it continues to fester. When Jesus was tempted in the desert after not eating for 49 long days in a weakened state, He only defended Himself with Bible quotes. He did not reason or go into His upbringing or explain or joke around or use sarcasm. He said the Bible says so and so. God said so and so. And He told Him to go. Did it work? Absolutely. Bible is truth. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” “As you forgive, you will be forgiven.” That includes yourself. Pray, humble your heart to God, opened your Bible and just read. Truth opens your eyes and love shatters the strongholds. Resist the temptation and read the Bible more. Command the voices in your head (evil spirits) to leave in Jesus’ name. Read more Bible. All of it is truth so read anywhere. God will help you. He loves you more than anyone can!
I am sarcastic. And contrary to who might believe differently, I am very intelligent in a lot of areas. No one is intelligent in every area. Lol And I love satire. It makes me think while making me laugh, the absolute best combo to me in a man, in words, in pictures or movies, whatever. So stumbling upon Babylon Bee, I started appreciating their satire on some of the unacknowledged (within the church) flaws of the church. And I love Calvin & Hobbs for the he same reason, speaking of life and humanity. Far Side had some good stuff, you get my point. But it is ironic that as one walks around right now, it is strongly as the he hough we are walking around in a satire. And I only realize this because of following a strong conviction to stop wasting valuable time on anti-social media and start living life fuller, making eye contact when speaking, no tech during conversations or at dinner anywhere, etc. And I, waking up from the fog I had not realized I was accustomed to, looked around and saw zombies. People giving likes, sharing how amazing they are to the universe, communicating without saying one word of substance or complete truth or actually talking. They were glued to their anti-social media addiction during dinner out, walking together, on dates (every one would be a first and last date lol), not making eye contact, avoiding a real conversation, etc. Noone touched, no one acknowledged a human around them. It was like a satire of what life would be like if zombies did invade and then started liking our tech and using it. And I guess if I were trying to keep people distracted from the truth that would be an invaluable tool. Get them hooked on themselves and feeling like they are doing something worthwhile while quite the opposite is true. And so many words that so not mean exactly what was understood leave one wondering if truth matters to anyone anymore or just perceived truth. Anyway, got me thinking and thankful God helped me to quit my anti-social media addiction and wake up to His absolute truth. How much richer my life is with Him and with truth! I am free! I can be fully doing what I am supposed to be doing. It is beautiful!!! And my kids are so much happier and laughter filled now too. Truly beautiful! I am thankful! ❤