Really Believe: Free To Embrace Wisdom

Really Believe Wisdom

Most of the time things aren’t the way they seem.

In my previous Really Believe post: Free From Worry, I wrote about how worry must flee when we really believe because of  God’s promises, like Proverbs 3:6.  Well, the verse right before that? Is Proverbs 3:5 (but you knew that, didn’t you. :). And in that verse, God tells us not to lean on our own understanding. It’s like saying, “Don’t believe what you see!”

Let me tell you a story:

Eight years ago, my 5 year old son with autism jumped out the window.  His bedroom was on the first floor, so he had a soft landing.  Five years ago, his bedroom was on the 2nd floor and he jumped out the window again. At first,  he threw some toys out the window and watched them gently glide down (he must have heard the “good angel” telling him not to do it!) Previous experience told him it didn’t hurt to jump out the window.  Larry-Boy did it in the movie, and he flew! These past events led him to believe it would be fun to jump out the window so he decided to try it.  And down he went, gravity chasing him until he hit frozen ground.  (Now he is is 13 and his room is in the basement, just in case!)

In his reality? It is fun to jump out the window.  In truth? He could have broken his neck!  Thank God he had his Baymax-sized angels at the ready! Sage walked away from it with only soreness and a mild concussion!

That is the way it is when we rely on our own understanding, when we believe what we see.

*We get hurt.

*We make bad decisions about relationships that “aren’t what they seem”.

*We walk around in false beliefs about the way situations are, and not even know it!

And by doing so, we are led into so many unnecessary negative experiences and emotions, like anxiety.

John Bloom puts it this way:

And by doing so, we are led into so many unnecessary negative experiences and emotions, like anxiety.

“You see, in order to handle the knowledge of good and evil, one must possess 1) the ability to completely comprehend all possible options and contingencies (omniscience); 2) the righteousness and wisdom to choose the right course; and 3) the power to make reality conform to the right course (omnipotence).

In other words, only God can handle such knowledge…..So many of the things that cause us the most difficulty and heartache in life, the source of so much of our anxiety, fear, doubt, and anger with others and with God, is the result of leaning on our own understanding.”

I know I need to be more intentional about using my spiritual eyes.  Even with goggle sized lenses, only our physical vision improves.  The only way to improve our vision to see true reality, is to lean on God’s understanding.

Then we will be transformed as God renews our minds.  That is why Rom 12:2 tells us “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

If I were to really believe God, I would not fall into the tricks and traps from the enemy, nor would I fall into false beliefs and the consequential reactions.  I would be free from confusion and chaos that misinterpretations of reality lead me into.

We were never meant to lean on our own understanding, just as we know it isn’t best for our children to lean on their own understanding.

Releasing our grip on the physical reality, allows a whole lot of mess to roll off our backs. And by leaning on God’s understanding, we are emotionally and spiritually cushioned by His wise words.

Releasing our understanding frees up our arms to embrace Wisdom. 

But that also means that I must humble myself in the sight of the Lord and let him lift me up (James 4:10) so I can have His view.

He will guide me, He will let me see with his eyes a little bit more than I did before.

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Really Believe: Free From Worry

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As a special needs mom, I crave a sense of certainty about how I help my kids, how I advocate for them, and about their future.

Really believing what God says about who He is (capable, all knowing, all powerful, love) and who I am (chosen, loved,  guided, prepared, able, strong and courageous) is the key to being free from worry, doubt and anxiety.

Even so, I find trusting God completely an every day struggle.  Can you relate?

Let’s imagine how our struggles change when we really believe God:

* The mountains looming in our darkened path are flattened out before us as we take our first steps.

* Confidence embodies us as the Holy Spirit guides our steps and marinates us in His power.

* God infuses us with courage to go about the tasks He prepared for us.

* God wins the battle before we even start to fight.

When we really believe God, Worry and Fear have no choice but to leave. We can't worry and really believe in the same breath.

This is what I have been mulling over like the spices in Apple Cider. Mmmm-mmm. How I love this time of year!

And I really love how things look when I see them filtered through believing God, instead of through my distorted lenses this world hands me.

Our special-needs parenting travels a windy, untrodden path. It is not flattened down by the mounds of parents raising typical children. We pave the way for our kids through tall weeds and strong trees, trying to figure out what works, what doesn't, what gets us through just one more hour.

But God? He has this knack in directing our steps. He is the one who paves our path and offers to be our guide. (Proverbs 3:6 and 16:9)

When I really believe those promises, I can breathe out the stress Fear force feeds me, and breathe in the life-giving air God offers.

The other day I heard a new song (Christ In Me, by Tim Timmons). It was love at first sight. It’s melodic arms of hope-filled lyrics reached around me with a nice warm hug:

This song reminds me that God has this life-thing all figured out. And it reminds me that I can believe God and give up doubt, again.

I know I am not the only one who forgets to really believe. If we aren’t careful, we will be swept up with the circumstances and problems thrust before us on a daily basis.

That fact gives all the more reason to take the time each day to remember what God tells us is true,  and to stick the stake in the ground for the first time each day, and declare:

I really believe Christ in me!

How would your life look differently if you really believed Christ in you?

This is the first post in the Really Believe series, where I will explore some of  the things that are bound to change if we really believe God. 

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