Summary: We are spiritually desperate for THE DIVINE GIFT of UNDERSTANDING to thrive in the family and church. We study 5 characters that grew in the process of understanding. Hurt people hurt people, let's travel the high road and understand.
HOW ARE YOU DOING? HOW ARE YOU REALLY DOING?
GOD GIVE US THE GIFT OF AN UNDERSTANDING HEART.
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
DO WE UNDERSTAND WHAT PLEASES GOD?
I AM BUT A CHILD IN MY THINKING! GOD I NEED UNDERSTANDING!
GOD GIVING ME AN UNDERSTANDING HEART...
THAT I MAY DISCERN GOOD AND BAD... AND HELP HURTING PEOPLE AND LEAD
THEM TO THE PRESENCE OF GOD!
1 Kings 3:3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only
he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice
there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon
that altar. 5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said,
Ask what I shall give thee. 6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David
my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness,
and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that
thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7 And now, O LORD my
God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child:
I know not how to go out or come in. 8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which
thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern
between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself
long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but
hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
James 1:5 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.
HOW ARE YOU DOING? NOW, TELL THE TRUTH, HOW ARE YOU REALLY DOING?
Psalm 142:4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me:
refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
Psalm 142:4 (MSG) Look right, look left— there's not a soul who cares what happens! I'm up
against it, with no exit— bereft, (BI-REFT - sad because what some one has gone through)
Have you ever asked a friend: HOW ARE YOU DOING?
Well, the answer might depend on several factors...
WHO IS ASKING?
HOW MUCH TIME TO I HAVE TO ANSWER?
DO THEY REALLY CARE?
I was at the local post office. I had one of those "killer headaches!"
One of my super positive friends said: HOW ARE YOU PASTOR?
I could not see straight, the light was really bothering me. I had just thrown up.
I wanted to get home and get in a dark room.
I said to my POSITIVE FRIEND: I am sick, I am terribly sick. I have a terrible headache.
She looked around and whispered: SHHHH! SHHHHH! YOU BETTER BE QUIET!
I looked around and said: WHY? WHAT IS GOING ON?
She glanced around again and said: THE DEVIL MIGHT HEAR YOU SAYING YOU
HAVE A HEADACHE?
I said: HONEY, THE DEVIL CAN LOOK AT ME AND TELL I HAVE A MIGRAINE!
I have thought of this many times? Should a person lie? Who is the Father of Lies?
My opinion when talking with a dear friend we should be honest. I can't say: I AM
WONDERFUL WHEN I CAN'T FOCUS MY EYES...
Hear and understand my heart. There are times we need to wear a mask and grin
and go on.
WE NEED AN HONEST INSIGHT... WITH TACT, BALANCE AND WISDOM.
I heard a friend tell the story HIS VERY YOUNG CHILD came with a question. The
parent knew someday the question would come, but the parent was not really ready to address
their child's question.
The child had been playing with other children and came in to ask the Father:
DAD, WHERE DID I COME FROM?
So the Dad sat the child down at the dining room table and started explaining life.
The Dad had purchased a book with some general graphics and the Dad told the boy about
"THE BIRDS AND THE BEES." For an hour and a half the Dad explained as best as he could
to use terms for such a small child. It was difficult and the Dad was sweating.