August 4 / Proverbs 4 / Mark 7

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Proverbs 4:7, 13, 21-22

The most important thing in life is knowing the one true God, Yahweh. And this thru Jesus Christ who revealed Him in flesh.
Do whatever it takes to get to know Him.
We need constant reminding of this, of what is truth, because we
are bombarded, accosted even, as soon as we step into the world. It’s message is in our face repetitively every single day. What are you doing to counter it? Time with God alone and in His word is vital to our seeing clearly. If we fail to be intentional in our seeking of God and what He says is truth, we become shortsighted and blind, feeling our way around this world, stumbling the whole way.
Truth is God’s gift to us showing us how to rightly interact with His reality that He made and knows better than anyone.
Remind each other.
Write it down. Keep it before you always.
Pray constantly.

Proverbs 4:23
Be careful what you think,
because your thoughts run your life.
As the old saying goes:
Sow a thought, reap an action.
Sow an action, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a destiny.

Mark 7:18-23
Until you come to terms with the fact that any lack of peace in your life comes from within you and not from outward circumstances, you will never experience the shalom that the Holy Spirit wants to give you thru His healing.
Change from deep within you, the hidden recesses of your inner self,
is what is required. Nothing less will do. Modify your behavior all you want. You’ll still have the war within that God has taken care of thru Jesus, a war that is unnecessary but contingent upon our surrender.
Knowing God relationally thru Jesus Christ is the victory. The closer you get to God in a real sense, conversing with Him, hearing from Him, the more all that other stuff will fade into the distance and not even be a though after a while, let alone any type of annoyance. Getting to know God and tasting His goodness tangibly puts so much to rest that it’s difficult to even explain. You’ll be so preoccupied with Him and His greatness, that things which once bothered you will not just seem trivial, but will disappear, being engulfed by the beauty, pure awesomeness, and magnitude of  YHWH, LOVE, CREATOR, SOURCE, ALPHA, OMEGA, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT*.
Your quality of life depends upon your level of surrender.
*(Who I like to call “Hannah”)

 

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