God Promises Wisdom and Guidance

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God has given essential knowledge for His children is found in His Word. Lord’s word is wisdom and purpose is to have the ability to apply knowledge to everyday in life. It is in the reading and understanding of God’s Word that you obtain knowledge, and meditating upon that knowledge  brings wisdom.

Wisdom is one of God’s promises. Bible, James 1:5 says – “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” God gives wisdom and guides you. Bible, Psalms 32:8 says – “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Bible, Proverbs 3:5-7 has prophesied – “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. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.” God promises to guide you on His pathway. Bible, Isaiah 30:21 has prophesied – “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”

Why happiness is so important?

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What is Happiness?  It is a commodity that is being chased by every being in the world.  We all want it but very few have it and even those who have it, they find it difficult to constantly remain in that state.

Let us look at the question of Happiness closely.

There are two kinds of happiness.  One is what most of us chase.  This is an inner state of the mind that is induced by our circumstances.  When we get what we desire, we feel happy and when we don’t get what we expect, we feel unhappy, sad and anxious.

Thus this kind of happiness/ sadness is completely dependent on some external circumstance or object.  We all know the state of happiness when we get a new car, a new friend, go on a vacation or have a new addition to the family!  We may also feel happy when we get wealth, fame or acclaim.  This kind of reason for happiness is why women go shopping! Sadness is the opposite side of this coin.  We feel sad when we have a setback, when we may have lost a business or money or a friend or a loved one.

Thus this kind of Happiness and/ or sadness is two sides of a coin.

But as change is the law of nature, these states of happiness or sadness never remain the same.  They keep alternating with each other and we are not in control since our circumstances keep changing. Change is the order of the world just as night follows day. Another truth is that everyone has to face these changing circumstances. No one can escape from it.

When we realize this basic truth, we try to find that unchanging foundation on which we can rest our well-being.  That unchanging foundation is God Himself.  God is someone who doesn’t change and He is the only reality that can be depended upon.

Now we will ask the question.-Why is it necessary to be happy?

The question we must ask ourselves is – Why am I prisoner of my circumstances?  Why do circumstances have the power to make me happy or sad ? And isn’t my state of happiness or sadness simply a mental interpretation of my mental beliefs that may not be true?

We assume meanings and decide our happiness and sadness based on our limited understanding of life.

That leads to the second type of happiness.  That is the true state of happiness that depends on no external circumstances.  It can be called Non-Specific joy and it comes about because of the sheer gratitude and joy of being alive.  In India it is called Sat-Chit-Ananda. Or truth – consciousness – bliss.

The true seeker must try to be in this state of happiness rather than be in the duality of happiness/ sadness.

. Now question is why happiness is so important?
Although we may sometimes neglect to cultivate our own happiness, feeling happy is intrinsically important. If we are happy it has added benefits. These include us becoming more compassionate and feeling healthier both physically and emotionally. We become more creative, witty, energetic and fun to be around and it can also lead us to become more financially successful.

The fundamental reason why happiness is so important is that it’s extremely vital to our own goals in life and can help us achieve many other cherished personal ambitions and goals. Also, by being happy, we have the potential to change many other lives just by being ourselves.

How often have you been in a place and there’s been something about the mood or atmosphere that doesn’t quite seem right? When happiness is on board, this not only affects you but it has positive effects on all those with whom you come into contact.

So, it’s the ‘domino’ effect and it all begins with you as an individual. As you spread those feelings they are taken on board by those around you who also spread them in turn. If you can imagine the impact this would create if the feeling was then perpetuated and multiplied by hundreds, then thousands and then millions of people? There would be no use for wars or terrorism in the world which is another example of why happiness is so important.

These are the effects of being happy:

(1)Feel Good

(2)Live Longer

(3)Have Better Health

(4)Bounce Back Faster

(5)Are More Likely to Be Romantically Involved

(6) Solve Problems Better and Faster

(7) Look for the Win-Win

(8) Are Not Violent

(9) Are More Likely to Help Others 

(10) Feel blessed and Lucky in life.

 

God Promises for Healing – AADISHRI ARUN

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The promise of God is a statement which is eternal and unchanging like a rock but our promise to God is shaky.  We change our promise and stance every day and we doubt God also.  The contract that we have with God is thus incomplete.  God does what he is supposed to do but we are unfit vessels for His blessings.  Just as no matter how much water is poured into a broken vessel, it will always flow out, similarly all of God’s blessings flow out of our lives.  Like a letter that has a wrong address put on it can never reach its destination, similarly God’s blessings that are ever flowing out of His heart, never reach those devotees that are broken vessels-that denotes those of us who don’t keep their promises to God or who doubt Him.

What about the promises of God? How certain are they? The Apostle Paul, in writing about the promises of God to Abraham, addressed the church at Rome with these words: “For the promise that he should be heir of the world, was not to Abraham or his seed through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith . . . therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed” (Romans 4:13, 16). God’s promise to Abraham was first spelled out in Genesis Chapter 12. It was repeated in Chapter 22. Verse 18 reads: “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice”. God has given the promise of health and healing. Bible, Jeremiah 30:17 has prophesied – “For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord”

God promises health to us if we listen. Bible, Exodus 15:26 says –  “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your Go and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”

God heals us and forgives us. Bible, Psalms 103:2-3  has prophesied  – “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.”

Surrender yourself to God -AADISHRI ARUN

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Surrender is a key step in our journey towards self-realization.  Most of us rebel against surrendering to anyone outside of ourselves. We have been brought up to believe that we have to strengthen our ego, gain skills and knowledge and by that we can progress in our goals.  These goals could be spiritual or temporal. For us everything in life-including God-realization is a project. A project for which we have to work towards diligently.

The nature of God-realization is totally different.  It is only by completely surrendering to God’s will that we can be self-realized. Why is this so?  The reason is that when we are ruled by the Ego, all we can see is a limited world.  I, Me, Myself is what our life revolves around.  In that situation the world is divided into two categories.  The first category is Me and all those things that belong to me. The second category is those things that are not in the first category!

When we are ruled by our ego, we compete with the world for everything.  But the reality is that everything is a part of God. Only God is real.  And that the entirety of creation comes from within the essence of God. What if, in our body, the stomach started competing with the heart or the brain or the lungs? What if the stomach denied nourishment to these vital organs?

We all know that it would be foolish and suicidal for the entire body and for the stomach as well.  This may seem obvious to us but isn’t it how we behave when it comes to living in this world?

For God, we are all His children and He does not discriminate between His children.  He loves everyone equally.  So it is clear that if we are in our Ego, we cannot be in God.

When we realize this, we don’t know what to do.  The Ego is limited.  It does not have the vision or the capability to see beyond itself.  But this realization is a golden moment for the individual seeker.  This is the point when the Ego gives up and gets out of the way.  That’s when surrender takes place.  That’s when an individual gives up and puts himself in the hands of someone who is higher than his ego. This is why it is very important to understand the concept of surrender.

Surrender is of many types and there is confusion in the mind of the devotee about the meaning of the word surrender. Let me clear the doubts in this article.

When we think about, “surrendering to God,” we usually think in terms of letting God do what He wants with a SITUATION. This is certainly good – for most often God does use situations to bring us to surrender. However, if we limit surrender to our situation, we are liable to miss the point.

God may want us to surrender to a situation so that we may learn to surrender but more than that, God wants us to surrender ourselves to Him in all situations!

It is important for us to grasp the meaning of surrendering ourselves. Surrender is not with regards to a particular situation or object. We often think that this means, “Well, I will die to myself and put aside what I want in this thing, and allow God to do as He pleases.” Again – this is good. But it still isn’t the real issue.

To surrender myself to God means this: I will let God do in me whatever is necessary to get Himself glory, and whatever is necessary to make me into the person He is after. I hope we see that this is very different than surrendering in a particular situation. What I am talking about here is more than surrendering THINGS to God, and then standing back and letting Him work. No. I am talking about surrendering MYSELF to God. There is no standing back. And there is no simple, “cooperation with God.” Rather, the whole issue is my relationship with God. I – my whole self – is falling into His hands so that He can make ME BE what He wants through the current situation.

Actually, this is what Paul means when he talks about giving ourselves to God as a living sacrifice:

Surrendering your life means:

  • Following God’s lead without knowing where He’s sending you;
  • Waiting for God’s timing without knowing when it will come;
  • Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide;
  • Trusting God’s purpose without understanding the circumstances.

You know you’re surrendered to God when you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force your agenda, and control the situation. You let go and let God work. You don’t have to always be in charge. Instead of trying harder, you trust more.

You also know you’re surrendered when you don’t react to criticism and rush to defend yourself.

Surrendered hearts show up best in relationships. You are not self-serving, you don’t edge others out, and you don’t demand your rights.

Surrender is a battle term. It implies giving up all rights to the conqueror. When an opposing army surrenders, they lay down their arms, and the winners take control from then on. Surrendering to God works the same way. God has a plan for our lives, and surrendering to Him means we set aside our own plans and eagerly seek His. The good news is that God’s plan for us is always in our best interest unlike our own plans that often lead to destruction. Our Lord is a wise and beneficent victor; He conquers us to bless us.

There are different levels of surrender, all of which affect our relationship with God. Initial surrender to the drawing of the Holy Spirit leads to salvation. When we let go of our own attempts to earn God’s favour and rely upon the finished work of Lord on our behalf, we become a child of God. And there are times of greater surrender during a human’s life that brings deeper intimacy with God and greater power in service. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we exhibit traits of His character. The more we surrender to God, the more our old self-worshiping nature is replaced with one that resembles that of a saint. The scriptures, says that God demands that we surrender the totality of our selves; He wants the whole, not a part:

The goal of the human life should be as “It is no longer I who live, but God who lives in me.  And the life now I live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Such a life of surrender is pleasing to God, results in the greatest human fulfilment, and will reap ultimate rewards in heaven.