Saturday, June 29, 2013

I Will Serve Him

I feel better after talking to the Lord. I feel better after hearing from the Lord. There’s nothing like the word of God spoken to my heart to ease my mind and coordinate and focus my attentions and intentions. Thank You, Jesus!
“And it shall come to pass that, before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 66:13)
The faithfulness of God is something - probably the only thing - that I can bank on; and that’s not a bad or tragic thing.  I’m fallible… all people are, so disappointments and disagreements are just part of the package of human relationships.  I’ve contributed more than my share to judgements based on misconceptions and the like; it happens.

BUT GOD isn’t like that.  Daddy doesn’t misunderstand things - He’s not thick-headed at times, like me - He’s right-on-the-money perfect, 100% of the time.  He’s completely and totally trustworthy and faithful, and He is also the perfect confidante.  Amen.

I know I say it frequently, but it's totally true:  Who wouldn’t serve a God like that?
“God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear; though the earth be removed and the mountains cast into the midst of the sea…” (Psalm 46:1-2)
There is nothing like His awesome hand of blessing on us. Its soft, assuring caresses are all I care about and live for, friends. When my focus gets fuzzy, He corrects me - gently and faithfully - and I am His again in concentration and obedience. He never faults me or chides me… He only accepts me and returns me to His bosom in strength. He never casts me away, though sometimes I walk away, carelessly distracted by my flesh or the enemy. But, like a father with his daughter on the playground, He follows me from a safe, unhindered distance and, and if I fall, He lifts me up right away and pats away the dirt before sending me back to play.  He does that for all of His kids.  He is so deserving of our devotion and love and praise.

He is wonderful, and I will serve Him... indeed, I will serve Him and obey Him and love Him and trust Him, all the days that I live. Amen.

Daddy's Girl

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

You are NEVER Alone

"O, God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come.
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal Home."

(Isaac Watts, 1719)

I woke with the words of this ancient (now public domain) hymn on my mind and heart; the angels were singing its melody in my ears, as it is very familiar to me.

Its words are comforting, worshipful, and true.  My heart's desire is that we all realize and remember that we are not alone in this life and certainly not in this world. Daddy has not left us to our own devices, friends... nor will He, ever.

Any threat or feeling of loneliness is a lie from the enemy because, as children of the Most High God, we are not fatherless; we are not orphans or desperate waifs battling life on our own with nothing and no one to protect and defend us.  If that is our state or our belief, we do not know the God of All Comfort, and we are living far beneath our privileges!

"Under the shadow of thy throne,
thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
 and our defense is sure
."


Saints, that says it all.  The Lord bless you today and always with His Strong Arm of Encouragement and Love.

DADDY'S GIRL



"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Choose Your Pantry

We are vessels with God-given ability to choose the cupboard in which we dwell and the pantry from which we are supplied.
 
Whether cup or plate or pitcher or tray, Heaven's cupboards are beaming and its glistening pantries are sweet-smelling and abundant.  Christ is in everything of His supply, born and reaped of His character.  His storehouses bulge with bounty and the nourishing nectar of wisdom dripping from His lips.  He IS the pantry door, and stands smiling fervently as the brightness of Daddy's being illuminates His form.

The Best of
The enemy also stands at the door of his pantry barking enticements like a carnival con man. Lies always appeal to the flesh, so it heads over to his door for a tentative peek and sniff. This is always where the trouble begins.

But as we grow closer to God through continued exposure to His Presence, trust builds in us that His character is perpetually greater than the enemy's, and His offerings bear only life - never death.  It's up to us, though, to believe God's Truth or reject it.

I've chosen to accept and apply the blood-soaked earplugs (drawn from Christ's own body), which make me deaf to satan's chiding, deaf to his enticements and lies so I can be aligned with Daddy's Divine nature and enjoy the harvested delights of His pantry.

"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (2 Peter 1:2-4)
How about you?  The Lord has given you all that you need, friends, and He stands waiting for your decision.  It's time to choose your pantry.


DADDY'S GIRL



"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Daddy's Always Flippin'!

Daddy has a tremendous heart of redemption, and He never misses anything.  From providing mankind with the Second Adam in Christ Jesus, to soothing Eve's mother heart with Seth, the Lord is our eternal Balm and Rectifier.  I love that about Him.

As most of you know, my mom went to Heaven more than 20 years ago and, over that time, Daddy has healed my wounds of grief at her loss and applied the salve of Himself to lushly replace any loneliness threatening my heart.  Particularly, He did it through bringing people to me who have nurtured my emotions in places of loss.  He'll do that for anyone who allows it, Saints.

Lynette is one of those people, my pastor is another, and still another has been my pastor's mother, Betty.  I woke up thinking about her today and decided that, in Daddy's Girl, I would express a bit of my love and appreciation for her life and all that God has done in reminding me of my own dear mother, through her.  Though elderly now, she's still with us. Betty, I love you.

My mom and Betty were born the same year and possessed of the same life values.  That was a huge comfort to me when I began to know Betty, and my heart embraced her quickly. Their birthdays are only one month apart, they both zealously love God, and were used of Him prophetically very intensely early in life.  I love my mother Amy, and I love Betty but - most of all - I adore what I see in the heart of my Father Who knows all things, feels all things, and grieves with every one of His dear children when they grieve.

The Lord knows exactly what it is to "hurt so bad" at the loss of a dearly loved one, all you want to do is die so that you can be with them.  He knows the warping frame of grief and how it can dominate a life given over to it beyond the time of mourning.  Such was mine for the first 30 days after my mom's passing.  I wanted to die to be with her.  I didn't want to walk this course, let alone run it - and Abba knew that.

So He took that part of grieving from me, along with its perversities.  After those 30 days I felt its absence, and was glad... well, relieved actually - inordinate grief is a heavy shackle.

Over the past 21 years, I've also been given sisters in the place of the ones I lost to fleshly choices, and mourning in every way has been changed to JOY just as Daddy promises.  By His loving power, He even brought my mom back to me.  (Read a bit about it here.)  The ability of our God to redeem anything of loss in the lives of His children is astounding to me. His attention to detail is matched only (and completely) by the loving-kindness of His heart. No matter what befalls us, if Daddy allows it, He can "flip" it on our behalf.

Don't kid yourselves, beloved - death is not "a part of life" - death is death, and Abba despises it.  Scripture plainly calls it an "enemy", and it was never welcomed in Daddy's creation, but crashed God's party like a drunken bandit, through the entrance of sin.

Sorrow, and crying, and pain, and death all will be destroyed one day.

In the meantime, I praise the Lord for the living redemption He has provided in my life and the lives of His kids everywhere.  He specializes in healing wounds and mending hearts of the deadliest abusive hurts.  He brings healing, restoration, and JOY; He brought Lynette and my pastor and Betty... and He'll bring all the things of renewed life and love to all who will allow it.

Amen.

DADDY'S GIRL


"...fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Get Well Soon!

Hi everyone.  It's Lynette (Sharon's best friend and twin sister in the Lord).  My Good Samaritan best friend caught what she helped me get past and is now in the process of getting past it herself, with my help.


Therefore, posting will be put on hold until she is feeling well enough and we solicit your prayers to that end.


Thanks for understanding and agreeing with us for her quick recovery.


Lynette Joyce

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day Now Has Meaning

It wasn't that long ago that Father's Day meant nothing good to me.

It was a big, bloody thorn in my side because - like so many men and women - I associated the term "father" with sadness, loss, rejection, and general negativity.

But not anymore.

Because of what Christ has accomplished according to Daddy's plan, the day's been reborn in JOY to my heart.  Its very notion now evokes feelings of safety and the reality of my heavenly estate.  Truth is, I am blood-washed and secure in Daddy because of Jesus' sacrifice and my agreement with it.  Truth also is I have nothing to fear, worry, or complain about, ever.

A Holy Parallel

Years ago I heard this riveting analogy, which I've never forgotten, because it registered the truth of Daddy's longing for reconciliation with mankind like nothing ever had: 

Like an expectant father, the Lord Jehovah paced back and forth on eternity's floor as His only begotten Son lay nailed to a cross, suspended between Heaven and earth. Abba watched Him, closely, and His eyes welled with tears as Christ's obedience slowly ripped open the veil between us and our rightful inheritance... the veil erected by sin... the veil Yahweh hated because it separated our frail forms from His loving breast...

...Abba watched Him... and watched Him ravaged by our sin.  Pacing continually in Glory's illumination the Father waited... and waited... for all to be "accomplished" - Paid in Full.  His own heartbeat filled His ears as mankind... His most beloved creation... was bought back for Him with blood.

Then it happened.  Christ Jesus, our Wonderful Savior said, "It is finished.  Father, into Your hands I commend My Spirit."  The ministry of Reconciliation had come to earth to swaddle the lives of Yahweh's children and bring them back to Him.  All Jesus' need do was sprinkle His perfect blood upon the eternal mercy seat, and reunion with the Father would be ours!

Saints, when Christ applied His spotless blood upon the pardon throne of God, the Father LEAPED through the New Veil of Christ's body (giving us legal right to Him) and swept us up in His Arms!  HALLELUJAH!

The Godhead burst forth in JOY and song as Abba rocked us in His Bosom, kissing over and over our faces and chins as His grateful tears bathed us in renewal, pardon, and strength.

BLESS HIS HOLY NAME!

Blissful Assurance

And I know assuredly, by Holy Spirit's gentle power that there is nothing more precious to Abba in Heaven or earth's creation, than me... than you... than we. Amen.

So I intend to spend this Father's Day resting in my Daddy's Arms. The strength of His Mercy, Protection, and Love for me encircles me continually... in Him I am reborn to purpose and meaning on earth and to eternal life in Heaven.  Daddy's soothing, transforming, and nurturing breath covers and rolls me in Goodness like fragrant, soft powder clings to a new babe's belly.

I now smell sweet, because of my Father's deeds, and I lay comfortably couched in His faithfulness. I know my purpose and my cause; I know my life will go on, eternally - keenly balanced and blessed, in Him.  So it's with triumphant JOY that I shout:


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, DADDY!

Your sacrifice and nourishment have made it sweet to me.
I am My Heavenly Father's girl, and truly blessed to be!


In His Favor I Remain...
Daddy's Girl




"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Growth in Giving

Caring for others is better than being cared for; Daddy is right (big surprise there), it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy being pampered every bit as much as the next person but, finally, I am really learning the intense reward involved with linking to the benevolent heart of Abba concerning what we give.  The Lord loves to receive our praise, honor, and glory... but what truly fuels His jets about it is the blessing praising Him generates for us. Think about it - our giving always draws blessing from Him.  It always causes Him to give even more.

My Twin Sister, Lynette
The JOY of the Lord gives us strength. Praise evokes the Presence of God. Prayer moves the hand of God in our lives. Our every action in righteousness brings an even greater response and reaction in reward from God's coffers.  That's just simply how it works.

God urges us to be obedient, tenderhearted givers because such righteousness is literally what strokes the pump of His supply in blessing towards us. Through it, He teaches us about the wisdom of give-and-take in relationships and that we're meant to be helpers, one to another.  Righteousness yields righteousness; blessing yields blessing.  It's God's law of reciprocity at its finest and it's tied to the inherently sacrificial, altruistic nature of love.

I'm learning that first-hand in many things but, particularly, this week I'm learning it in caring for my twin sister Lynette who has a chest cold; her first in many months.

Regular readers of Daddy's Girl know how special Lynette is to me; she's usually the one caring for me, whether I'm ill or not.  She wholly supports God's blog and website ministries over which I'm a grateful steward, and will often come to my home to cook, clean, run errands, and do whatever she believes will free up maximum concentration time.

You've heard it before and it's still true - Lynette is wonderful; an awesome example to me of unselfish love and plain old friendliness.  It's something I've not experienced to this extent since my mother's passing.

Well, with this cold oppressing her - now it's my turn to show the heart of God that's been developing in me over the years in areas of nurturing and caring thoughtfulness.  Also in terms of blatant domestic service - another thing I haven't truly re-embraced since Ma died. Apart from the gratifying buzz of helping out a friend, I just flat-out need the practice... know what I mean?

Daddy has very gentle ways of transitioning us kids into places of benevolence and hospitable service towards our brethren.  This cold of Lynette's affording me opportunity to yield to God's fruitful work in me is a sweet and easy case in point.  The big kahuna step of showing such kindness to my enemies, however, is still a work in progress!  ;0)

Thanking God for His merciful blessings and wishing Lynette a speedy recovery,
DADDY'S GIRL


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Faithful Music

"O, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is GOOD; for His mercy endures forever."

(Psalm 136:1)

An encouraging truth:

Daddy is the Song in our hearts;
Jesus knows all the lyrics,
and
Holy Spirit sings it to us
when our memories fail.


He'll never leave us, nor forsake us.
Daddy's Girl


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

God Says You're Worthy

Too often, because I don't believe I'm worthy to receive certain gifts from God, I short us both. Layers of unworthiness and fear of rejection are exposed in me and gently peeled away from the true fruit of my life each time I read this verse from 2 Samuel:
"I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah.  And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more!" (2 Samuel 12:8)
The part that cuts me in two is where God says to David, "And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more!"  That's just what a Daddy would do, Saints - give us more.  Honestly, until now I've never felt worthy of that.  While many of God's gifts I've accepted, it's been almost an emotional reflex to sidestep His incalculable generosity, due to lies I had embraced.

Because of them, I had to learn from scratch what a God-defined "father" is, and I'm still learning that there's infinitely more to know.  That phenomenally giving component of the Father's heart that says 'okay, I've already given you everything - I've given you more than you'll ever need or use or spend, but that isn't the point.  The point is that I LOVE YOU... you're My child, and I will do anything for you.  So if you want more, I'll give you more.' 

That's the part that melts me.

I grew up with an earthly father who neither felt nor did any of those things because a spirit of anti-Christ was in him.  He couldn't give me unconditional love because he didn't have it himself.  But our Merciful, Loving, Heavenly Father is nothing like that!  That's the understanding I've been slowly drawn into by Daddy's delicate hand... that's what's still so radically different from my raising that its blatant, shameless passion still shocks me.

God's unconditional love is not only enduring, it's desperate; desperate to be known and trusted and permanently absorbed.

'I love you, you're My child, and I will do anything for you.'  What an anointed position we hold to have Almighty God say that to us!  For His words are not hollow like ours often are... His words impact and resonate everlastingly and, for each love-starved soul, they carry eternal meaning, fulfillment, purpose, and depth.  They hold the restorative power and signature of His Divine Nature as our Eternal, Heavenly Caretaker; and they positively never fall void to the ground.

The Best of
I'm not used to that.  Even after all this time, the depths of this truth have not fully plumbed my mind or emotions.  My heart seeks its grasp, and the Father yet extends its redemptive Light to my weary soul.  Holy Spirit is getting there, though; and each time I read that simple verse He speaks Abba's flesh-killing kindness to my countenance, and I am delivered further.

My friends, in Jesus...  we   are   worthy.  Unworthiness has robbed us too long.

The Father wants us fitted with the understanding of WHY we are worthy in His eyes, and not perpetually unworthy of His Goodness and Blessing, as the flesh would have us believe. This is what He told me...
"You are worthy because I love you.  My love for you makes you worthy in my sight.  I deemed you worthy of saving because of My Great Love, and no one can take that away from you.  Not even you."
That's the truth, y'all.  Why were we deemed worthy by Abba to be saved?  "For God so LOVED the world..." - THAT'S why.  "For God so loved..." - unconditionally and desperately - that He would do anything for us.  And He did; He did everything and - in eternity - He'll give us even more.
"Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God..." (1 John 3:1a)

DADDY'S GIRL


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

God ALWAYS Hears

I am in love with the truth that the True and Living God hears us every time we speak to Him.  He hears us - literally - every time we think to Him.  Really now, how awesome is that? This is the Almighty, Everlasting, Omnipotent God... and His focus is on me.  His focus is on you.  That's not a clanging attempt to boost our morale, folks... it's ABSOLUTE TRUTH!

Do you ever let your mind travel on such realistic paths?  After all, God's works are actually more of a reality than earth's happenings.  I didn't always know that, I confess, but I do now; and I am in love with His very existence.

What got me thinking along these lines is that I remember a brief prayer I said before going to bed Thursday night.  I've been very blessed in every way concerning God's goodness in my life, but I wanted a "manifest encouragement" to uplift my soul even more - so I asked God for it.

The Lord lives to encourage us, y'all - seriously.  He knows that - just as a little baby needs constant affirmation in growth and goodness - WE NEED IT DESPERATELY also, with every step we take in His commissioning.  There's no such thing as "arriving" to the point where we no longer need His encouragements and love... what a horrible place that  would be!  Do our children ever reach the point of outgrowing our love and desire to affirm them? Absolutely, positively not (and it really doesn't matter what they say, they'll always need it and desire it because God created us all that way).  So when I asked it of my sweetheart Daddy, He gave it to me, because He heard me asking. He felt my sincerity, and it drew on His tender heart of mercy towards me.

I love that solitary truth right there... it means everything in the world to me.  My Father hears my prayers, for real.  He literally hears them with His ears over all the elated "noise" of Heaven; over all the intensity of running every universe with joy and power and Majesty and might... He hears my seemingly microscopic cries - my minuscule pulses of desire and request, HE HEARS... because none of them are counted meaningless to Him! That's my favorite part.  That's the part that dissolves me in tears of love and thanksgiving when I sincerely consider its truth, friends... O, yes... that's the part.

The Eternal God is poised on the edge of His Throne, listening with hand-to-ear for the faintest beat of my heart towards His benevolent, merciful countenance, and He's waiting to grant all the mercy I request, all the goodness  brightly aligning my heart to His.

There is no one in existence I love more than the Lord.  No one.

The best part is, because He is The Almighty God... He feels the same way toward all of His children, individually - simultaneously - without end.  I am in Love with the TRUTH that all of us can have all of Him, simultaneously, forever and ever.  Amen;  and there is not a single breath or wisp of air in my lungs that He has not allowed; His "sanctioning" abides with me.

Every molecule of salt in my tears He has tasted, and every notion of my heart's full intents touch His ears.

THAT'S  our God.

Daddy's Girl

(Btw, yesterday this blog was read in Communist China and then in Japan; a first for my writings. Also, I heard from a brother in Christ I hadn't heard from in a long while; those things uplifted my heart tremendously. That's the "manifest encouragement" God granted.)



"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

God is "Deeper Still"

One of my favorite people ever is Miss Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom.

Do you love God enough to forgive someone who's brutally beaten your loved one?  Do you love Him enough to look "beyond" yourself and your emotions, expectations, and standards to "do the right thing" according to what He's  defined and specified?  Corrie did.
Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom

If you're familiar with her story poignantly revealed in the film "The Hiding Place", or if you clicked on her name at the start of this post and read her bio synopsis, you know she ultimately refused to give in to the inner struggle spawned by the intensely cruel and impoverished mentalities of Nazi regimes invading Holland and her beloved Netherlands in the 1940s.  Indeed, after much agonizing personal conflict, she submitted to the Name Above All Names and embraced forgiveness.

Friends, in our walk with Daddy, it's critical that we choose as did Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane: "Not My will, but Thine be done."  That's what Corrie embraced and, through God's power, she was supernaturally enabled to forgive one of the most vile of the prison guards present during her unjust incarceration.  She never concealed her inward struggle to forgive, nor did she fail to praise the True and Living God for rising up within her in the power of reconciliation.

No matter what trouble we're in, no matter the circumstance, it is imperative that we ask Daddy to seal within us the indisputable truth of His Mighty Presence and Power to overcome.  Only then can we testify in His Authority, as did Corrie and her sister Betsy:

"There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still."

O, how I love that truth!  Hallelujah!  Those words, inspired by God, have changed my life's perspective entirely and given me strength and courage where there once was none. Thank You, Jesus!  Thank You!  That statement, and the magnetic faith it wields, comes by witness of one who lived depths of depraved persecution I may never personally experience (but, then again - I might).  Corrie knew AND lived proof of its resounding veracity!  I praise God for His shining example within her and all those like her, who yield to the Spirit of Christ living in them.
"I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me.  And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God Who loved me and gave Himself for me."  (Gal. 2:20)
No matter how low we are pressed, God's hands can reach omnipotently deeper to lift us up, encourage us, redeem our hope, restore us, heal us, and save us from trouble.  Truly believing this will enable us to submit to Holy Spirit's directives and follow Jesus no matter how difficult pressure from the world gets, and no matter how viciously we are persecuted for trusting in His Name.  That is my personal prayer and my prayer for all of us as we venture further into the fiery heat of these last days.

I look very much forward to meeting Miss ten Boom in Heaven, where I will quote her words to her, and add these in agreement:
"The Eternal God is your refuge; and, underneath, are the Everlasting Arms..." (Deut. 33:27a)
Hallelujah.
DADDY'S GIRL


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

What Makes a "Good" Daddy's Girl Post?

I've written several posts for Daddy’s Girl that have made me cry; that's also made me wonder... what’s a really good post all about?

IMO, what makes a really good post is being able to emit truth in keeping with the entire blog’s aim. In this case it’s “extolling the tender heart of God”, and most posts hit a definite bullseye on that.

Freedom of Expression

Whenever I can effectively say what I mean and have readers literally “see” it and be blessed by it according to God’s definition, the post is good. I admit that, by God’s power entirely, Daddy’s Girl hits the mark with most readers. I love this blog. I love all the blogs He's given me, but Daddy’s Girl is most special to my heart because, in it, God allows me the freedom to emote (i.e., gush all over the place) about His goodness by testifying of my actual experiences in His Presence, hearing His voice, listening to Him, loving on Him, and being loved by Him. I let you in to the secret living room of my heart, which Abba has fully occupied and furnished.

Sharing Truth

The Best of
God and His mercy enables me to share - JOYFULLY - the truths of what He’s doing within me in transformation of my character and appetites to that of His Dear Son Jesus. Testimony makes good, solid, touching, sometimes life-changing posts. Extolling the Godhead, the Three in One, is equally necessary to praising Abba alone and - when you really see it clearly - to love and extol One is to love and extol All, for They agree in one, according to scripture.

When Holy Spirit surges in my heart as the Father’s truths are being communicated through the powerful vehicle of blogging, I know I’ve written a “good” post. Truly, I am just the scribe in them, but God graciously communicates His truths and wisdom through my emotional bent and the uniqueness of personality He’s given me. That is generous above all things done to me in writing, as far as I’m concerned. God allows me to make His truth my own in the ways I convey it to others touched by my particular writing "voice". Only a gracious, loving God would do that.

So, friends - extolling God and acquainting others with the depths of His true character (in the ways He's revealed it to me) is the complete goal of Daddy’s Girl.

Doing that makes each post good.


God bless all of you,
DADDY'S GIRL


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Truth About Pride

Several years ago, I asked the Lord if there was any redeeming value whatsoever in pride.

He said no.  Lots of people struggle with that truth.

But what the Lord further explained to me is that pride, at its very foundation, is based on a lie - because use of the term and its forms, in effect, proclaims the speaker as the ultimate "source" of blessing, provision, or accomplishment, etc.
 Thankfully, we serve a gracious, omniscient Creator, and He knew my queries wouldn't stop there.

The Best of
For example, I've heard obviously sincere, loving fathers refer to their daughters as "their shining pride", and their words melted my heart.  So, naturally, I brought that specific statement before God in further quest for His Truth. I thought, how could that clear expression of love be a lie?  Knowing that I craved truth WAY more than "being right", God told me very simply that the father's love, per se, wasn't a lie; the problem lay in his erroneous use of the word "pride" to express his heartGod said that, actually, what that dad's heart felt toward his daughter was JOY - not pride.  His daughter gave him intense delight and constant reason to rejoice at her very existence.  He considered his daughter a gift and treasured his God-given stewardship over her.  But the Lord was the true Source of everything he relished about their relationship. The tender heart God furnished within her enabled supernatural wisdom (and therefore) obedience to be applied to her life's dealings, which thoroughly delighted her dad. But GOD Himself Sourced every component of righteousness within her.  He also Sourced the counseling tongue of her father in teaching her righteous ways.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."  (James 1:17)
If we truly believe every word of this verse, we can never accept "pride" in any form as kindred to our spirits, and glorying and boasting (as scripture also states) can only be truthfully done of knowing the Lord. There is no such thing as "good" pride and "bad" pride from which to choose, for it is total untruth that anyone or anything other than God could ever be a genuine "source" of anything good or perfect in existence.  Righteousness is birthed by God alone.  All created beings, spirits, or entities are (or have been) merely recipients and grateful stewards of His bounty.
"For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?" (1 Cor. 4:7)
God is Love, and Love is not boastful or puffed up.  So even God Himself didn't convey prideful sentiment towards His very own Son Jesus at His baptism but, instead, expressed His pleasure and - more precisely translated - "delight" in the person of Christ, in alignment with His critical and eternal desire to be our perfect Example in all things. Friends, that's truth enough for me!  Bless His Holy, Patient Name!

Also, I believe it would be remiss of me not to point out what the tragic, delusional embrace of pride did to the former "anointed cherub who covered" the very Throne of God.  There is no story more simultaneously wretched, heartbreaking, and rife with admonition than his, IMO. Senseless and willful union with pride, looking to himself as source, left Lucifer bereft of every single element of beauty, magnificence, and glorious intention God had bestowed upon him.  Period.
"Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise and skillful person glory and boast in his wisdom and skill; let not the mighty and powerful person glory and boast in his strength and power; let not the person who is rich [in physical gratification and earthly wealth] glory and boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] riches;
But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I Am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord." 
(Jer. 9:23-24, AMP)
I thoroughly bless the Lord for His unfailing Truth and Love and Honesty.

Amen.
Daddy's Girl


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)