Jesse’s Favorite Pic

This is a re-post of my favorite photo I’ve taken. It is a self portrait I took during my father’s fight with cancer. I was working at the time and I came across this place with perfect light. I wanted to capture how I felt: sad, worried, down on the outside, but on my knees crying out to my Heavenly Father on the inside. When I got home I showed it to my Dad that night and he quoted Psalm 57:1-3 and wept. He said it captured how he felt 90 percent of the time. He died a few short weeks later. I encourage you as you go about your day to be careful how you treat people you run into, you never know what kind of heart ache they are going through or pain they are in. “Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me.”  Jesse Phillips

Simple Truths

Here are a few simple truths that Randy (my father-in-law) pointed me towards in the scripture. Over time these truths have been a great help to me in daily life and decision making. I hope they will be a help to you as well.
How to receive wisdom from God concerning His will…
A Willing Heart
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. John 7:17
Here Jesus promises that if we are truly willing to do the will of God, we shall know of the doctrine (God’s will). The will of God and the doctrine are synonymous here. I think being truly willing to see God’s will apart from our own desires is the hardest part of knowing the will of God.
Ask
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. Jam 1:5
God promises liberal amounts of wisdom for those that would ask. When we ask for wisdom, we should expect to get it.
Seek
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. Prov 2:1-6
Wisdom and knowledge from God comes from his words / commandments. We must incline our ears, apply our hearts, search, and seek like a treasure hunter searching for treasure if we hope to find wisdom from God. If we are not looking in God’s word while we ask for wisdom, we hinder the Lords ability to give us the wisdom He promises.
Guided in the Truth
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: John 1:12
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Gal 4:6
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you in all truth: John 16:13
… thy word is truth. John 17:17
When we believe on Jesus, we become a son (John 1:12). When we become a son, God sends His Spirit into our hearts (Gal 4:6). This same Spirit teaches and guides us in God’s Word (John 16:13) (truth = Gods Word, John 17:17). If we are not looking at the truth, we hinder (quench, 1 Thess 5:19) the Spirit of God’s ability to guide us in truth.
Everything we need in God’s Word
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Pet 1:3-4
Everything that we need for living a godly life is found in God’s promises. (God’s Word). It is through these promises that we can actually be partakers of his divine nature (“ conformed to the image of his Son,…” Rom 8:29) in this life, thus escaping corruption in this world.
Faith In God
Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Rom 14:22
What is faith, and how can we have faith that is between us and our Lord?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:17
And being not weak in faith, he(Abraham) considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Rom 4:19-21
Faith in God is knowing the Word (promise) of God, and believing that promise to be true.
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)2Cr 5:7
If Abraham would have been walking by sight, he would have looked at the circumstances, and said that God was not going to do what He said. Abraham knew what God had promised, and he believed the promise of God despite the impossible circumstances. This was called being strong in faith. So, in order to be “strong in faith” (Rom 4:20), you must
1) have a promise from God.
2) Believe that God is willing and able to do what he said.