Psalm 119:36,37 ESV

Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in Your ways.
Psalms 119:36-37 (ESV)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wisdom Cries Out!

This just really  got me this morning.

So check out what wisdom is to start with. Then go down and see what the very first chapter says about those who ignore it.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7 (ESV)

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
Proverbs 9:10 (ESV)

Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence. The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Proverbs 15:32-33 (ESV)

Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

Notice how it cries out in the following situations

  • When it is loud
  • At the entrance of places you go

Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you,when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.

Look above at Proverbs 15:32-33. Humility comes before honor. When we ignore good counsel and get angry at constructive reproof we are not being humble.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2 (ESV)


Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18 (ESV)


One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
Proverbs 29:23 (ESV)

Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices. For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”
Proverbs 1:20-33

We may not have been killed by our lack of wisdom but we can all say the for every foolish act we have committed we have reaped negative consequences. Foolish acts that are not from complete ignorance are because we have scoffed at wisdom somehow. Or we were complacent and we did not have the proper respect for what God has directed in that matter. Something to think about and how sad as young people we don’t get this at all…

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Hand painted and digitally edited “Sunset Frigate”  Begs to be “Haiku’d”

 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Selfish Ambition and Jealousy

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.  But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
James 3:13-18

Interesting how they go hand in hand. I wonder if first comes selfish ambition then jealousy follows when someone else gets what your ambition is trying to procure? Or even

It all results in the opposite of God’s wisdom which is first pure…Check out the open to reason part. I know a couple of people who I think are on the edge of mental illness (I have been there too) who have all the opposite of the wisdom from above and one of the main items is that they are not merciful or open to reason. Especially when they are having an “Episode”. I am not saying that they are there because of jealousy or selfish ambition (that was my downfall for sure however) but it does make you wonder if it plays a part.

Does terrible self esteem have any thing to do with selfish ambition? Wanting to be more than who you are? Wanting to be loved the way you want to be loved. It is kind of a jealousy when you want to be or have what others have. Just a thought…

I guess if we are not “peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” we should check ourselves and ask why.

 

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First attempt. I am going to re-illustrate it, same drawings different paint process.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Whoa! Check out this Passage from the the Bible

FYI – this isn’t about unbelievers. It is a warning to God’s people. Yes it was to the first nation that God chose, but since we are all now “Israel” if we are Christians…hmmmm.

“Hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but see not, who have ears, but hear not.
 

Do you not fear me? declares the LORD. Do you not tremble before me? I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail; though they roar, they cannot pass over it.
 

But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they have turned aside and gone away.
 

They do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.’
 

Your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have kept good from you.
For wicked men are found among my people; they lurk like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men.
 

Like a cage full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; therefore they have become great and rich; they have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy.
Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the LORD, and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?”
 

An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land:the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?
Jeremiah 5:21-31 (ESV)

 

On a lighter note – Some new doodles:

mouse good with flowers cat and flowers ram2