Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Prov. 3:5-6 (NLT)

Power flows from priorities. When our priorities are aligned with God’s Word and God’s will for our lives, we have the illimitable resources of God available to us – His strength, His provision, His peace, and His direction.  The measure of our success is in direct proportion to the extent we put God first in everything we do.  If you want success in your marriage, put God first in your marriage. If you want success in your business, put God first in your business.  If you want success over your finances, put God first in your finances. Continue reading

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Prov. 3:5-6 (NLT)

Nothing is more reassuring to a child than the voice of their mother or father.  It’s amazing to watch how they respond to a comforting word spoken softly, yet with confident assurance and love.  It’s true in our relationship with God as well.  As His children, we long to hear His voice. Continue reading

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Prov. 3:5-6 (NLT)

How do you know which path to take in life? What is the will of God? These are among the most asked questions of a Christ follower.  When your heart is tender toward God, your desire is to please Him and do His will.  For the most part, the Bible is crystal clear when it comes to the difference between the right and wrong path in life. (See Psalm 1 as an example.) But, when you need clarity for decisions that aren’t specifically addressed in Scripture, how do you know the will of God? Continue reading

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Prov. 3:5-6 (NLT)

“Seek His will in all you do….”  Consider for a moment, as you meditate on this passage, the command to seek God’s will in everything you do.  Do you do that? If you’re like most of us, you may seek God in the major decisions of life. You call on Him in times of crisis and need.  But, do you really seek His will in all that you do? The daily decisions we think we can handle without prayer are often the little foxes that spoil our vineyard as Solomon wrote in his Song of Songs.  It’s easy to develop a disposition of independence, thinking we can handle life – until it falls apart.  Jesus told His disciples to ever watch and pray.  He implored them to “come apart” in times of solitude with God so that they would not “come apart!”  Do you feel like your life is unraveling? You’re coming apart at the seams in your marriage, your relationships, your career; you’ve begun to drift in your relationship with God.  It wasn’t intentional.  Life just became so busy with daily demands and overcrowded schedules that there didn’t seem to be time to pray. Continue reading

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Prov. 3:5-6 (NLT)

What does it mean to trust in the Lord with all your heart?  As you meditate on this passage, you’ll discover a pattern that is consistent throughout the Bible and makes memorizing easier.  Scripture often explains itself as one part of the verse builds upon the other.  When the Bible says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart”, it gives a practical understanding to what that means in the next phrase, “do not depend on your own understanding.”  In other words, when I’m trusting God, I’m not relying on my limited perspective.  I’m believing that God is in control and, despite whether I understand things or not, He will accomplish His purpose for me. Continue reading

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Prov. 3:5-6 (NLT)

Life becomes so much more carefree when we learn to put our trust in God for everything!  If you are relying on your own ability, resources or others as the object of your trust, you’ll become anxious and worried.  None of those sources are all powerful, all knowing and ever present.  In fact, it’s putting way too much pressure on others when you put your trust in them!  People are not infallible.  They will let you down.  But, God is perfect, powerful and loving!  He is the only true source worthy of our complete trust. Continue reading

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Prov. 3:5-6 (NLT)

If you want your soul to flourish, this proverb is one of the best to nourish your heart and mind as you meditate on its command and promise. Remember: whatever you nourish will flourish! Carve out some time this week to meditate on this passage in Proverbs 3:5-6.  These are the simple steps to meditation that we’ve been practicing the last few weeks. Continue reading

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.” ​Matt. 5:14-15 (NLT)

Have you ever driven through a mountain pass at night and, as you make your way around a foothill, you see the lights of the city below? Whether you’re flying on a clear night or driving through a mountain pass, the lights of a city are unmistakable. The same is true of a city on a hill. Continue reading

 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.” ​Matt. 5:14-15 (NLT)

If Jesus is our source of light, how do we stay connected to Him so that our lights shine in a world filled with darkness?  One way is through His Word, the Bible.  The Psalmists said,

“Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NLT)

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