proverbs 3:5 6

Don’t just read these verses. Read them and remember them. Remember them when something doesn’t go your way. Remember it when you want something big to happen. Remember them when you want to get into a relationship, and remember them when you get out of one. Remember them when you’re looking for jobs. Remember then when you’re looking for somewhere to live. Remember that God is taking care of you, He'a directing you to where you ought to go, but you’ve got to be willing to look for Him in order for everything to work out.

anonymous asked:

Hello! I've been following you guys since I was a teenager (when you guys also would have been teenagers!) and I remember you wrote a post once on whether you were sure the animation industry is what God really had in mind for you, or something like that. Well, I suppose I'm going through the same thought process now. The industry seems like an impenetrable fortress at the moment. What I want to know is, what's it really like on the other side? Are you happy?

We’re so sorry this took forever to answer! We’ve been so busy that we haven’t had the energy to write an answer for those more thought provoking messages.

You’re right! There was a post or two with those concerns in mind. Don’t know where it is now, but it’s somewhere in the archives.

Any Christian who knows how important it is to walk with Christ also knows the importance of being the best you can be for Him and others; to truly show His love and compassion. But the question always seems to be for the Christian , “Is this where He wants me to be? What area of work would best be fit for my growth as a Christian?”  There’s this mentality that the entertainment industry is not exactly the first place a Christian should be offering their skills to. They should be in the Church, or going on Missions or other jobs that appear to be a more hands on effort for reaching the message of Christ and “using our abilities for Him”. Sure, it’s encouraged, but God would just be counter productive if he only used His children to be confined to areas of the Church . God will find the most resourceful way to use you for His Glory because He is a creative God who will NOT limit the use of our abilities. Sometimes that means going into the belly of the beast. Give it some time and lots of prayer. The thing is, you never know where you’re going to end up, but when you know you’re in the right place, you will have peace about it!

It’s no hidden secret that the majority of people who work in the entertainment industry are not very keen on Christians in particular, despite it containing people who claim to be accepting of people who have different in beliefs. We know we’ve had a few experiences where people would send us rude comments, messages, or just go out of their way to ignore us simply because we have God in our profile. And this has happened with a few people in animation as well. We haven’t even actively said anything thing to anyone except put a three latter name in our bio. And it usually never fails that we lose followers on social media even after some kind of post that mentions anything in the slightest bit about God. Not to say that people on the other end haven’t experienced negativity from Christians who were un-Christ like in their execution of their differing beliefs either, but more or less, we are very few in this industry. And if there are more Christians actively working in the industry, sometimes they don’t want to risk their career and connections because of their belief, so they keep God more under wraps.  

So what is it like? It’s been fine, but sometimes it feels lonely. But we have met a few that we can comfortably have conversations with regarding God. But we have also come to know and care about those who don’t know God, and have become what we would consider our friends. We can just simply show our love and pray for them that they may find God. Use your abilities that will be portrayed positively. It doesn’t have to be that you need to be drawing pictures of Jesus or walk around with a Bible in tow everywhere you go. But your actions and sometimes your answers to certain situations can really be a defining trait that people will make the connection with if people know about your faith in God.  We believe God is leading us somewhere. And He is leading you somewhere too. This is just one pit-stop to another destination in our life. He has the master plan. And it’s not always easy, but God will be there to guide you in your steps and lead you where He knows it’s best for you. Trust us, we did a lot of praying too and had doubts as well.

As for being happy? Well, we’re doing pretty okay! Happy is kind of a broad term for  something that seems like we need to experience 24/7. Because like any human, we’re not always happy. We have our rough days, days of doubt, anxiety, sadness, frustration, confusion, etc. But we can have Joy and seek Peace knowing the God is with us and that we can rely on Him .

One of our favorite verses because in times of uncertainty, there is Hope. We just need to trust. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 (New King James version)

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

How To Know God’s Will

Proverbs 3:5-6

Sadly, we frequently fool ourselves into believing that what we want to do is also what God wants us to do. Therefore, when we believe we have heard from the Lord, it is quite important for us to ask some serious questions.

Is it consistent with the Word of God? God will never tell you to do something that goes against His perfect, unchanging Word. If you feel called to do something contrary to Scripture, you can be certain that it is not the Lord who is urging you to do so.

Can you confidently ask God to enable you to do this? If you are feeling uneasy about requesting God’s help and empowerment, that may be a sign the direction did not originate with Him. We must never be ashamed to call upon the Lord’s power in the endeavors He sets before us.

Is it wise? The heavenly Father never calls us to act foolishly. Therefore, if there is no discernible purpose in the action, you may need to question whether the message was from Him.

Does it fit with your identity in Christ? We are God’s children, who are being conformed day by day into the likeness of Christ. If you feel led to do something that goes against the image of Jesus in your life, then you can be sure God hasn’t called you to do it.

The Lord has not left us in a void without help. He is here with us, in the presence of the Holy Spirit, enabling us to hear His voice and perceive His guidance in our life. Before rushing into action, be sure that you have heard Him correctly.

Trusting in the Lord with all of your heart means not depending on yourself or anyone else when it comes to anything in your life, big or small. Often times, as much as it may seem like we have the power or the ability to control certain areas or situations in your life, God is truly the One who is in control. Yes, it is true that we have free will, but if we’re honest, how many times has our free will led us to a place where we didn’t want to go? How many times have we made decisions that we thought were right, only to find that they led to destruction?

This is why it’s important to trust the Lord with every single step:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
-Proverbs 3:5-6

We live in a world where instant gratification is widely accepted. When you break something, you just go buy a new one. When you want a new look, you can do anything from changing your makeup products to surgically altering your facial features. If you want a new relationship, just leave your boyfriend or your husband and go get a new one. So often times, we think we know exactly what we want and we spend all this time searching for something that will make us feel more complete, only to be left with even more unanswered questions than we had before. We put so much pressure on ourselves to create the lives we want, when really, what we should be wanting is for God to lead us. Hasn’t He always been there? Isn’t He the One who places the sun in the sky day after day, providing us with food to eat and clothing to wear? Isn’t what He provides all we really need?

There’s nothing inherently wrong with trying out a new hair color or moving to a new city, but if you’re doing it because you’re looking for that satisfaction and that peace about where you are right now and where your life is headed, you won’t find it out in the world somewhere. It all begins with trusting in the Lord for any gratification or satisfaction your heart desires. You don’t need a new boyfriend or a new job in order to start believing that trusting in God is worth it. It is worth it to trust in Him in every area of your life on this very day, for He is the One who knows your future and lays out the path before you. He was the One that you could trust yesterday for your today, so you can trust him for tomorrow too.

Written by @morganhnichols for #QWCDevos

What does the Bible say about decision-making?

The Bible offers many principles to aid the process of making decisions that honor God. The following list is not exhaustive, but it does represent many teachings of Scripture.

First, begin with prayer. First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” If we should pray in all situations, we should certainly pray in times of decision-making. As we pray, we ask for wisdom (James 1:5).

Second, define the issue. Wise decisions are informed decisions. It is important to understand what options are available. Once the factors are known, options can be further considered and evaluated.

Third, seek biblical wisdom. Some decisions become easy, if there is one clear choice consonant with God’s Word. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” When we follow the teachings of God’s Word, He guides our path and provides knowledge to make wise choices.

Fourth, seek godly counsel. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” Sometimes, consulting with a friend or family member is enough. At other times, consulting with a pastor or other trusted voice can make the difference between a harmful decision and a helpful one.

Fifth, trust the Lord with your decision. In other words, if you’ve make your decision with prayer, sound wisdom, and biblical counsel, trust God for the outcome. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Sixth, be willing to admit mistakes and adjust accordingly. In most cases, there is no wisdom in continuing down a wrong path after you have discovered it is wrong. Be willing to admit mistakes or failures and ask God for the grace to change.

Seventh, give praise to God for your success. When your decisions result in personal success, the temptation is to believe it is due to your own power, talent, or genius. However, it is God who blesses our efforts and gives strength. “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven” (John 3:27).

Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Remember the Lord in all you do, and he will give you success.
—  Proverbs 3:5-6 NCV

 A lot of us misinterpret what the Bible means when it exhorts us as believers to “be strong”. When we face adversity, we might rely on our own abilities and strengths to carry us through and then wonder why the situation only seems to get worse. We may have the head knowledge that God will never leave us but we still want to cling to as much control over our situation as we can, with the expectation that He will reward our efforts.
See, there’s a vital part of scripture we’re missing. When God tells us to be strong, He tells us to be strong in the power of HIS might. There’s not one mention in the Bible of relying on your own inner strength. We’re to trust in Him with ALL our heart and lean not on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
We each have a part of ourselves that wants to maintain some kind of self sufficiency but true freedom can only be found when we’re entirely dependent on God.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,not of works, lest anyone should boast. 

When you get down to it, grace is really the core message of the gospel. None of us are enough in ourselves. That’s why Jesus died; to cover our imperfections with His perfection. To reunite us to God and instill in us a new nature, because self effort simply wasn’t enough to get us where we needed to be.
If your strength’s been depleted and you feel exhausted from the weight of life’s troubles, take heart. You CAN do all things- but it’s through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:13) Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7) God promises to never leave His children. He’s right there with you to help you weather the storm. Trust in HIS power, and He promises you’ll see the victory.

Ephesians 6:10-11
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

1 Peter 5:6-7
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Deuteronomy 20:4
For the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you-

Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge. With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way.
—  Proverbs 3:5-6
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

(via jesustotheworld)

Today, maybe you’re at a crossroads and need to make an important decision.

I want to encourage you that it is not always about seeing everything perfectly, but more about trusting a perfect God absolutely.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. (Psalm 37:23 NKJV)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. (Psalm 32:8 NKJV)

Bible Verses Masterpost Against Aphobes

Some bible verses that keep my positive within the discourse and  hatred from aphobes. 

Please reblog and add your own verses! 

Note: (and I can’t believe I have to say this again)                                     

I do not mean “Bible verses against LBGT people.” I mean “Bible Verses against Aphobes”, ergo, the people that hurt, bully, harass, and make light of the things that asexuals and aromantics go through and struggle with. This is meant to be a comfort to those, like myself, whose mental health has been hurt by the discourse and hatred. 

If you don’t like it, that’s okay! Just block me or the blacklist the tags: “religion mention”  and “Christianity”. Don’t spread hate in my posts.       

But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.  (Jeremiah 20:11)

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.(Matthew 5:12) 

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. (John 15:18) 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (Romans 8:35) 

 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. (1 Peter 4:16)

Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death. (Psalms 9:13) 

My friends, do not try to punish others when they wrong you, but wait for God to punish them with his anger. It is written: “I will punish those who do wrong; I will repay them,” says the Lord. But you should do this: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. Doing this will be like pouring burning coals on his head. (Romans 12:19-20)

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.   Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. ( 1 Thessalonians 5:11-15)

LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble: you will prepare their heart, you will cause your ear to hear: o judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress. (Psalm 10:17-18)

 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

More Than a Worship Leader

Regardless if you are on the platform or not, you are first a worshiper, and second a leader. God’s called you to minister to all and to guide his people in praise. Importantly, He’s called you to Himself (Isaiah 43:1). Aside from being on the worship team, there is more to your identity than what you realize.

In Exodus 3, God calls Moses alone by a burning bush. This was Moses’ first encounter of worship. What’s interesting here is that we see Moses being moved from a man of doubt and excuses to a man of definitive obedience and growth in God’s will.

He is God’s worshiper. As he moves closer, he discovers more about who God is beyond himself. Not through the power of his staff, the assurance of Aaron, or even the miracles themselves, but Moses is beginning to understand his complete identity in the Lord His God.

The second encounter of worship happened when Moses stood before the people. God performed His work and spoke His word through him. Even the assembly became aware of God’s compassion and mercy beyond the miracles and the messenger.

The uniqueness of Moses’ leadership was found in his humility and vulnerability before God and man. Upon this foundation, Moses was able to lead the masses, yet he understood His dependency to God.

When I first began worship ministry, I firmly believed that my first calling was to be a worship leader. But as I continued every week and searched for deeper significance, I realized that my identity was not fully resting in Christ Himself. I was simply clinging to the title.

When I wasn’t leading, I felt disconnected and even placed aside. Sometimes I wondered if I was even on the right path. The truth is, when we put self and our ambitions ahead of Christ, we stand on another foundation that will suffer loss (1 Corinthians 3:10-12).

Know this, worshiper, you are His kid first. Just as a child looks to his earthly father for provision, we look to our heavenly Father for eternal dependency. When we tap into our identity in Christ, allowing this to absorb the fiber of our very being, God renews our minds, transforms our senses, and shapes our will (Romans 12:2). As we are changed, our desires change, our priorities change, thus our delight in Him also changes.

No matter if we are in the action of leading worship or taking part in worship among the church, we are instruments of His grace. Did you know that leading worship, or being led in worship, are one-in-the-same, because it involves relationships?

I love this quote from Jack Hayford: “The inevitable fruit of vital worship will be a transformed people who become transforming instruments of God’s grace and deliverance to the world.”

In those times when you are feeling undeserving about your position on the team, or uneasy when you’re not on the platform, be reminded of your identity: it’s about who you are in Christ, not what you do for Christ.

God works His ministry through you to impact other people. You are worthy to God, and He has enlisted you to serve, not based on your own merit, but by His grace. Our Christ-like attitudes serve as a pathway to help usher people into worship.

Aside from your position on the team, your service in the church, and even your talent unto God, your identity is first found in Christ. It’s up to each of us to seek out and follow His will. As Proverbs 3‬‬‬ indicates, He will direct our paths. When we do, we can be comforted by His presence and mindful that each of us are instruments of His grace.

1 Corinthians 3:10-13
Isaiah 43: 1
Exodus 3
Proverbs 3: 5-6

Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”

This is one of those verses that I tend to know and quote and start to “lose” the true meaning somewhere in the “memorization” of it. But really…. how powerful is this verse?!?! It’s not about “reading” the verse. It’s absorbing it, being a doer of the Word! Do what He says! Lean on Him, trust Him, surrender my feeble thoughts and ways and understanding to Him. He will direct me if I truly give Him the wheel … and stop trying to be a backseat driver too!

“When we don’t renew our minds, we naturally lean on our own understanding because that’s all there is for us. But if you renew your mind to God’s Word and His way, you will walk in more and more freedom day by day, moment by moment.” - Devotional: ‘Getting God’s Perspective On Your Life’ by Nancy Alcorn