No Filter

Do you live with a filter? Do you find that you are constantly living behind a veil, not revealing your truest passions, avoiding certain emotions, or beliefs? Many of us do! We do this because we are not fully aware of God’s love and acceptance of us. When we recognize that God’s love is pure, deep, and rich, it frees us to accept who we are. You may be thinking: “Ernst, there’s some things that I want, feel, and like that I don’t think God is in agreement with.” Perhaps. But perhaps you are identifying with a limited view of […]

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When tragedy hits…

This week started with some bad news. I heard of a couple of deaths of people. Even though I did not know them personally a few people that I do know were shaken up. In the face of tragedy, many times you’re not sure what to say. I sat in my living room thinking about the situation and then I felt the Lord share something with me. He said: “In the midst of tragedy, feed on my faithfulness”. I immediately knew what that meant. In the midst of a time of grief the best thing you can do is to […]

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Where do you stand?

“He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.” Proverbs 28:25 Would you consider yourself to be a proud person? Pride isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it can be as we see in the context of verse 25. To be honest with you, I never considered that someone who doesn’t trust in the Lord is showing a form of pride. But as I look carefully at this verse I see that’s exactly what’s happening when we do not trust in Him. This verse compares two people: the first […]

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Only the best

“Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.” Proverbs 22:29 If there is one thing I’d like you to embrace today from Proverbs 22 it would be the value of excellence. Excelling is not only getting better but going beyond average. The promise we see in this verse is that the person who excels will not stand before unknown men but will instead be brought before great and influential people. So what is it that you do? Are you a student, a career woman or man, […]

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He will defend you

(Day 20 of 31 days of wisdom) “Do not say, “I will recompense evil”; wait for the Lord, and He will save you” Proverbs 20:22 Are you currently a victim of injustice? Are you in a situation where someone is intentionally out to hurt you? Do you feel afraid because of attacks that threaten your reputation? Perhaps someone is looking to get you fired from a job or working a plot that will bring you great loss. I have great news for you today: God is your defender! In looking at the verse again, we are first instructed not to […]

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A Good Thing

Day 18 of 31 Days of Wisdom If I had to guess the top three verses quoted in the book of Proverbs, I’d probably say all three are found in this chapter. The first would be verse 10 which says, “the name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and they are safe”. The second would be verse 18: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it will eat its fruit”. And the very last one is verse 21 which says, “He who finds a wife finds a […]

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Plan to succeed

Day 16 of 31 Days of Wisdom Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed. Proverbs 16:3 (Amplified Version) One sure way to fail at anything is to leave the Lord out of it. Including the Lord in your plans means to get His perspective BEFORE you decide to move forward on a major endeavor. Including the Lord in your plans is not making a decision and then asking God to bless it. We should […]

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Taming your temper

Have you ever been so angry that you felt you were about to explode? How did you handle that situation? The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about how we conduct ourselves in moments like these. As a Christian, it is okay to get angry. We have the right to express our anger. How and when we do it is always the tricky part. Consider Proverbs 14:29, which says:   “He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly.”   From this verse, we see that anger (or wrath as noted above) […]

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Something to hope for

Day 13 of 31 Days of Wisdom   Have you ever had your hopes crushed? Something you wanted so bad and then it just didn’t happen? We probably all can relate to a moment like that. Proverbs 13:12 speaks to that experience:   “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”   Some people find it hard to hope because they are afraid of being disappointed. They’d rather suppress any desire they have so that if it doesn’t happen, they won’t get hurt. But is that healthy? Is that how we should live […]

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Cure for anxiety and depression

Day 12 of 31 Days of Wisdom Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25 One of the leading causes of anxiety and depression isn’t a hormonal imbalance or a tragic experience. It’s the lack of a good word in your heart. A good word (a word of hope, joy, and grace) is the remedy for anxiety and depression. Today we see people taking their lives because they lost a job, didn’t get accepted to a particular school, or a loved one left them. When people experience tragedy a word enters […]

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