Saturday, July 10, 2010

WHAT OUR HEART LOVES


 A teachable Heart is a Humble Heart  and one that also pleases our Lord through obedience to His Leading.

A Heart that seeks forgiveness Also Knows to Seek Correction. 

For the True Believer, the ability to hear and heed correction Is a Gift provided to us to help us grow and strengthen our hearts that belong to and Love our Lord!
Complete Obedience is Pleasing and Better to our Lord than sacrifice is.  And truly, those that are not Obedient to His leading, aren't going to sacrifice anything He tells them to either...but that is a different teaching that I am working on.

Coming upon this story at the same time I was also studying God's Wisdom added to my understanding, knowledge and provided me with More confirmation, that Correction is Always a Good thing to seek, accept,  learn from And Live By Daily!

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On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger and its crew embarked on a mission to broaden educational horizons and promote the advancement of scientific knowledge. The most outstanding objective of the Challenger 51-L mission was the delivery of educational lessons from space by teacher Christa McAuliffe. A lesson was, indeed, delivered, but not one which anyone expected.
Just 75 seconds after liftoff, tragedy struck. Before a watching world the shuttle suddenly erupted overhead, disintegrating the cabin along with its crew. The debris of metal, blood and bones plummeted to earth, along with our nation's glory.
What had gone wrong? 
That was the pressing question everyone asked. As teams of researchers examined the wreckage, the specific cause was soon found. The problem was with the O-rings (circular rubber seals), which had been designed to fit snugly into the joints of the booster engine sections. Evidently, the O-rings had become defective under adverse conditions, and the resulting mechanical failure led to the tragedy. Was that the whole story?
The truth eventually got out. The New York Times put it frankly: the ultimate cause of the space shuttle disaster was pride. A group of top managers failed to listen carefully to the warnings, advice and criticisms given by those down the line who were concerned about the operational reliability of certain parts of the booster engine under conditions of abnormal stress. Just think: heeding criticism could have saved seven human lives
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The ability to hear and heed correction or criticism is commended in Scripture, particularly in Proverbs.

Being teachable, able and willing to receive correction, is a mark of the wise, the mature and the obedient  in their Spiritual and natural lives.

Just as God sends correction to us to Be a Help in our Spiritual and Emotional growth and maturity, 
we as parents, sisters, brothers, and good friends will Pass on what we learn from God In the name of Jesus to our children, our sisters and brothers and our good friends.

For Iron Sharpens Iron! 
"Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend [to show rage or worthy purpose]."  Proverbs 27:17
 
Many though seem to Feel the need to make excuses, to get defensive, and simply will ignore the Wise corrections and directions sent by the Holy Spirit to them. Their immaturity, pride, ego, and their fears, keep them Unteachable, Unwilling and rebellious to the Love of God. 
 I HOPE Soon  that those with this type of heart will come to see and accept His Truth And begin to Live His Truth Every day, In the name of Jesus, Amen!

"The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice" (
Prov. 12:15).

"Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice" (
Prov. 13:10).

"A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool" (
Prov. 17:10).

Yes the ability to take advice, correction, and rebuke is considered a mark of the wise, But, the inability to hear, receive and allow it to change the heart, is a mark of the fool. Both the wise and the fool reap according to their ability to take criticism:


"He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded" (
Prov. 13:13).

"Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning" (
Prov. 9:9).

"He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding"


  There is Spiritual and natural treasure to be gained in being able to accept constructive criticism.  David exclaims in
Psalm 141:5: "Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it." 
David knows the profit of gaining wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. 
He knows rebukes are an act of kindness, the result of being blessed, and also a honor as they exhibit God's love for us.

Ask yourself: How do I look at a rebuke?  How do I perceive constructive criticism, correction or counsel?What Is the condition of my heart? 

What does your view and reaction to correction say about your time spent  in prayer, Asking God to teach you, to Love you, to help you, to change you, to forgive you And correct you?
Exactly what are you thinking when you pray for Him to do those things in and for you?
He Will present His Truth to you,  (to any of us that seeks His Truth),  to Face, accept and allow His Truth to change your heart, your thinking and your actions. His Love is our Truth.

And please, do not tell yourself that,  'I am only human' and ' I make mistakes'.
What else did you think you to be if not human?

That is an excuse used to be 'let off the hook' of being filled with wrong thinking, foolish ways, a pride and arrogant
filled and unteachable mind and heart.  Saying that,  is a way of Trying to validate being wrong without changing, it's saying you are NOT able to change, When Truth Be Told, You may Not Want to Change!

The point is not that we make mistakes, of course we do, the point is being corrected so NOT to Keep making the Same ones over and over And to hopefully eliminate the making of many new ones.

  The character of a Wise person is seen as their Willingness to Receive Correction and constructive Criticism to grow and mature.

(Prov 12:15) "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearketh unto counsel is wise."

  Many of the verses in the Book of Proverbs provide a comparison example  Giving wisdom about the fool and the wise person.

  The wise person recognizes her/his fallibility And desires to grow from the correction God will provide.  The wise person does Not want to stay the same negative, needy, wrong hearted person.  Truly the wise person does not want to be displeasing to God, but wants to be continually changed by our Lord in order to be used and to continue for Each Day, to Fulfill the Will, the Plans, and the Purposes of God for their life In the name of Jesus.  In order to do that, one Must seek and accept correction from the Holy Spirit through what ever way or who ever God has chosen to send this correction through.

  Many times there will be resistance to hearing and /or accepting constructive criticism and correction by many people we are sent to be a Help To. No matter how much love and grace that we speak from, they will try to find fault with the tone you spoke with, the words you said, All in All, God's Truth Cuts Deeply into our flesh and convicts. Just AS It is suppose to do. It is Not a time to take anything personal, or to allow yourself to be offended by the words and actions of these fool hearted people.  

 Truth be Told and known…it isn't that what we said was harsh or mean, so much as they were being foolish hearing through pride and ego.
 
And the same holds True for us when we do not want to hear God's truth about some part of our heart that is need of His correction.

Many of us at different times do not want to Face the Truth about an issue, a problem, a set of circumstances, our hearts, our ways and our thinking.  In order to Hear the Truth, and to accept it, we Must Face What it has come to Repair/Correct in us...And too many people do Not want to 'deal with that just now'!

For we Already Know, that the way of the fool seems right to her/him….it is right in her/his own eyes.

Again, another foolish decision to make as God's Timing Is Never Wrong!  And when God's Timing says,  it Is Time to deal with something--IT'S TIME TO DEAL WITH IT!  Do Not miss out On His opportunity to do what you need to do!

( Prov 13:10) "Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom."

  Pride Always results in contention or quarrels. It will always try to tear down what God is building. Pride does Not want the Peacemaker to speak and provide 'A Word from our Lord'.
  The second half of the verse tells us that there is wisdom in the well advised person.

  What's the point? 
The wise person avoids quarreling. Standing her/his ground in God's assignment, delivering the message, and whether it is received or not, will not tempt the Wise person to argue.  The Wise person does not waste their Daily Portion of energy or time, but allows More of God's Love, compassion, long-suffering and self-control to pour out from them.  Making Good use of their Daily Portions provided new each and every day.

  The person who wisely receives counsel, and uses her/his energy to listen, to learn, and to work at Allowing God's  changes to be established and take root, will be in a position to be Greatly Used by God, they are Teachable.

  On the other hand, if the person who because of pride and presumption pours their time and energy into quarreling, being defensive, fighting, pouting, etc. Then this person is bound to continue to make the wrong decisions and bad choices over and over and over again.  Which will ensure that they stay caught in a loop of living the negative consequences of their bad choices and wrong decisions.
This person's motives and the condition of their heart will grow bitter, angry, pitiful, and revengeful.

  A good question for all of us to ask ourselves daily is, which one am I more like?

(
Prov 17:10) "A reproof enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool."

  The wise man listens quickly and carefully.

  A willingness to receive criticism is a mark of the wise.

  The Wise and the Fool Reap According to their Ability to Receive Criticism.

(
Prov 13:13) "Whoso despises the word shall be destroyed: but he that fears the commandment shall be rewarded.   A Fools pay for rejecting criticism, wise persons are rewarded for receiving it."

 Prov 13:13 (Amp) "Whoever despises the word and counsel [of God] brings destruction upon himself, but he who [reverently] fears and respects the commandment [of God] is rewarded."




On feet of Faith & Peace
Joshua 1:9/ Isaiah 52
Resting In His Faithfulness,
One Day At A Time By Faith.
©2010 WisdomTeachesme

3 comments:

TalithaCumi said...

This is a most excellent message filled with Mother/Father God's crystal clear message of abundant Love. Over and over again, Holy Spirit tells us to hearken unto truth, to wake up and come on and follow Him who saves and Loves us. Jesus never intended to neglect us until we were near drowning. He still has Love to pour into us, leading and learning to offer, places where He has prepared for our arrival. Pride and foolishness only serve to distract us from His voice and Will. Wisdom, our dear sister, humbles our spirit and controls our flesh...opening our ears and hearts to listening, learning, and growing. Thank you sister for enlightening this Truth with Holy Ghost clarity!

-ML

ILLUSIONALSILENCE said...

I am so glad that I read this because it something that I never think about. I feel that some parts of this happen to me without conscious effort on my part, but just to be more aware of what is being asked will make all of the difference in the world. I Love the scriptures and like the stories and content of the entire blog.

wisdomteachesme said...

@TC & IS
Thank you Much for your Love and Kind words about my work for our Lord and the changes being made to the blog!
I truly Appreciate the both of you!

I am grateful and humbled to be called and chosen to Work for Him.

I pray the Lord continue to teach, correct, heal, bless and lead you both in the name of Jesus!