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The Head

We are to use our faculties, our heads, to discern, grow and learn. To be wise and give an answer for all occasions.

If we don’t learn and discern, we put ourselves in jeopardy.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Since you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest.

Since you have forgotten the Law of your God, I also will forget your children.

Hosea 4:6

God expects and demands us to apply. To learn foremost of spiritual things. Yes, we live in the New Covenant so grace does abound yet He is the same God who require our knowingly to participate, understand His Word and His creation which our abilities permit.

For we are created in His image. We are created wonderfully with amazing gifts. I hope this post I shared helps you as it did I.

Our brain, with its three pounds of squishy grey and white matter, contains nearly 100 billion neurons or microscopic nerve cells. Each neuron forms connections to other neurons, which in turn could lead to one quadrillion (1,000 trillion) connections. A piece of brain tissue the size of a grain of sand contains 100,000 neurons and 1 billion synapses. When a neuron is stimulated, it generates an electrical impulse that travels from cell to cell at a speed of 268 miles per hour. The brain has many times more nerve lines than all of the telephone lines in the world combined. The electrical signals from 200,000 living thermometer cells, half a million pressure sensing cells, and 3 to 4 million pain sensing cells, plus all the signals from the eyes, ears, nose, and taste buds are all routed to it, and it simultaneously keeps everything in our body working in ordered harmony.

Serving as a biological hard drive that runs cerebral software, the brain operates as the control center for the entire body—providing us with the capacity for thinking, reasoning, emotionalizing, memorizing, verbalizing, recalling, imagining, and creating. All the while, it autonomously controls and regulates all pulmonary, cardiovascular, pituitary, and digestive functions—without our conscious participation.

It has rightly been said that “The brain is the last and grandest biological frontier, the most complex thing we have yet discovered in our universe.”

I found all of the preceding information from multiple sources while doing research for a book I’m currently writing.

May this provoke all of us to lift our hearts and hands in praise to our Maker!

Emeal EZ Zwayne

Not only are we humans wonderfully made, we Christians have access to the all knowing Godhead. Some may skim the infinite intelligence of God by practicing spiritual principles but we can a a bonafide personal relationship by knowing and experiencing God.

As we engage our head and heart, we can experience God fuller.

The Heart

We are to work and live with our heart / souls forward.

You can read a devotional about this verse here.

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26 AMP

To fully engage our heart, our soul, our being and more fully engage and control our emotions, we need to connect our spirit to God’s Spirit. When we repent of our sin regularly as needed and believe and love God with ALL of our heart, soul, mind and strength God promises to make wonders happen as the above verse signifies.

Godfidence (Confidence in God) comes from being fully trusting and engaged on more than a knowledge level with God. Understanding truth is important and so is experiencing it. Let’s take a solid que from King David who spoke this and many similar sentiments:

My heart is steadfast, O God,

my heart is steadfast andconfident!

I will sing, yes, I will sing praises [to You]!

Psalm 57:7 AMP

My heart is steadfast, O God;

I will sing and make music with all my being.

Psalm 108:1

The words we speak and thoughts we think stem from our head and heart. Let’s make sure our thoughts are good and align our hearts.

Mary had heart and was blessed immensely. What a wonder she experienced.

God Himself stated David was a man after His own heart. Let’s emulate David: The good shepherd, mighty warrior, the soothing musician and steadfast servant of the LORD.

The Hands

Colossians 3:23 connects to our hands as well. Our work should then flow to action. Wisdom is knowing how to apply knowledge into situations. Achievement is doing it.

The hands are analogous to doing stuff, to work, to action.

God oftentimes prefers to work through people, His willing servants and sometimes even His wayward and enemies. He wants us to engage with doing by faith, not just by or sometimes despite our sight.

He is a God of action and doing. When he called Nehemiah to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, it took resources, problem solving (head), commitment to the cause (heart) and certainly hands for the work. We sometimes need to multitask as described:

Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens loaded themselves so that everyone worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other.

Nehemiah 4:17

God often refers to His strong right hand. Jesus Christ is there, at and as His right hand. When we are in accord with God’s will, there will be challenges as we shall be against the world but greater is He that is me than the world. Furthermore, this world is not our forever home. So as pilgrims, we are called use our whole being, including our helping hands to serve Him and others.

These three parts are connected in a trinitarian way. They each effect and affect one another: Head, Heart, Hand. One supports another. We are to use our Head to know what right, to guard our hearts and ultimately do what’s right, because it feels right because we know it’s right because God made it so.

Ultimately, it’s all about relationship internally and externally.

BooYa!

Word of the year 2022 – STEADFAST

I have been focusing on one word for the year.

Except, last year I had two as ABIDE grew out of my scripture vs of the year along with OPTIMIZE.

This year, its the word STEADFAST.

Its a a great habit to focus and dig mighty deep and regularly focus on a word.

This year, I am able and shall integrate my word of the year with my Scripture verse of the year.

Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose].

1st Corinthians 15:58, Amp

Of that verse, I am focusing on this segment:

“Be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord”

and from that

“Be steadfast”

These verses are complimentary:

Psalms 57:7 My heart is steadfast (confident, ready, committed) O God, my heart is steadfast andconfident! I will sing, yes, I will sing praises [to You]!

Hebrews 6:19 AMP This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells],

Psalms 112:7 He will not fear bad news; His heart is steadfast, trusting [confidently relying on and believing] in the LORD.

Isaiah 26:3 AMP “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].

Psalm 51:10 AMP Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me.

2 Peter 3:17 AMP Therefore, [let me warn you] beloved, knowing these things beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men [who distort doctrine] and fall from your own steadfastness [of mind, knowledge, truth, and faith],

Psalms 119:5 ESV “Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!”

Ruth 1:18 “When she saw that she was steadfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.”

Colossians 4:2 ESV “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”

Act 7:55 KJV “But he (Stephen), being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly (intently) into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

SteadFast to me means:

Stead: Steady, Reliable, Constant, Consist, Sturdy, Faithful, Dependable

Fast: Quick, Agile, Run, Accelerator

Therefore, I am remaining Steadfast with continual improving; kaizen.

What’s your word and/or verse of the year?

Share it in comments if you dare.

(TNJP-LGVP) Think, Ponder & Meditate on these (non)things- Philippians 4:8

TNJP-LGVP

True Noble Just Pure – Lovely, Good report, Virtuous, Praiseworthy.

We are encouraged to mediate on these things. To mediate is to ‘think deeply’, to ruminate upon, to ponder. This verse illuminates and it at the very core and the essence of my blog; Pondering Life : Pursuing Success – God’s way (not my way nor your way per se but rather Yahweh (Ya-way)!

The four F-E-A-Rs of life

My Pondering

There are four fear of life, just as there are four types of love. People often confuse them. The four are:

False – Evidence – Appearing – Real

(See past lies to truth)

Contrary to modern popular thought, there is a real devil. His name is Lucifer, at least it was. Satan is the father of lies, deception and trickery. He is evil incarnate but he like a chameleon. He is alluring, sexy and powerful on the surface yet rotten, putrid and demeaning at his core. One moment of sinful pleasure leads to a world of forever hurt.

He duped Eve and complicit Adam. He fakes a lot of people out. Literally everyone at some point but not Jesus, thank God.

This type if FEAR is false. It’s fake. It’s not real; an illusion. We need to know the truth and punch through this type of FEAR. Positive affirmations overcome this kind of FEAR. Counting your blessings help overcome the stinking thinking. Don’t permit the devils thumb to keep you depressed.

Forget – Everything – And – Run

(Flee danger to safety)

This is a legitimate fear so that we don’t get hurt. Its about not to touching the hot stove, not running across the street without looking both ways, not disobeying your parents, not breaking the law. Flee from evil. Don’t place yourself into weakness and temptation. Think twice before speaking, think three times before doing.

It’s based on staying safe and plenty of NOTs. It also has plenty of to DO. Like being prepared. It’s practicing the 5p’s – Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Think first aid kits, security systems, locking the doors at night, getting home off the streets before midnight.

In a spiritual self sense, we are sheep for the slaughter against Satan and his demons – without our Spiritual armor, without the support of our angelic host, with the power of righteous fervent prayer and with the Word.

So flee temptation and avoid weaknesses inherent in your flesh. Know thyself. Sometimes the best way to avoid losing a battle, is to avoid it…especially when outgunned.

Face – Everything – And – Rise

(Stand up and fight, be brave!)

When God calls and equips, fight the good fate. Hate what He hates. Love the sinner but hate the sin. When your back is up against the wall, stand and fight.

This especially when we need to armor up and join your band of brothers. There are no Lone Rangers, for even he had his trusty horse Silver and his friend Tonto.

There is a time and place for everything. A time for peace and a time for war. Sometimes, just by couraging up, these FEARS flee and dissipate.

Bear in mind, our greatest power comes from our ally in Heaven. Our prominent power comes by prayer.

Forever – Enthralling – Awesome/And – Respectful

Holy FEAR

Last but far from least is Holy FEAR. This is the beginning of all wisdom as Solomon and his father David spoke of much. God is almighty and it is a dreadful thing for a sinful person to encounter the supremely righteousness and holy God.

As CS Lewis wrote in the Chronicle of Narnia regarding Aslon, the Lion character representing Christ the Lord, “He is not safe but He is good.”

God is forever holy, righteous and just. He will not be mocked…for long. He who laughs last, lasts best. God doesn’t laugh at our woeful predicaments but He does laugh at our defiant foolery.

God is enthralling. He us mysteriously remarkable. He encompasses all that is good.

He is awesome to no ends. Mighty in power and wit. God is utterly invincible and worthy of worship.

God deserves our respect and awe for not only what He has done, is doing and shall do but more so for who He is. The Holy of Holy; the great I AM.

This person deserves and demands our full obedience and respect. This is what a Holy FEAR is.

Summation

As we stay fixed and focused upon what is essential TRUTH, as we move from temptation to SAFETY, when we are a BRAVE lion heart, all the while acknowledging God in a RESPECTFUL manner overcoming the negative debilitating FEAR skying to the HOLY empowering FEAR Whose core is LOVE.

Don’t make a bad exchange rather Decide, Commit, and Succeed. – Psalms 106:20

“They exchanged the glory of God
for the image of an ox that eats grass.”

Psalms 106:20

My Pondering:

What a travesty!

The people of Israel, just fresh off seeing God’s wonderous work and amazing miracles as God in Egypt by the 10 plagues, snake sticks and parting the Red sea, they traded God almighty for a lame cow. Obviously there was bit more to it than that like the lure of Satan and sin to have a drunk/drug orgy fest. The bottom line is they made a terrible decision. That is sometimes all it takes. In a moment of rage, weakness or temptation we can forfeit a true blessing and break a bridge of trust.

Look and observe.

Do not way too many people still do the same today?

False religions abound with their artificial cheap gods. Even so called non-religious people applying unfounded faith in evolution, Darwinism, big bag from nothingness and their great, great x100,000,000 daddy was some slimy ameba.

Is there not clear and obvious intelligent design in virtually everthing we enounter; the universe, atom, stars, dna, atmosphere, the eye, eagles, water, skin, starfish, etc, etc, etc? Yes. Does that in itself mean there is a designer and creator of all this? Yes. Yet, there are still 2 big hurdles 1) faith properly placed in Jesus 2) Repentance; turning away from self / sin and to God / righteousness. In the Bible, God tells us we humans left to our own accord prefer darkness rather than light. History no doubt has confirmed this over and over.

I wholely believe God loves love. For love to exist there must be a choice of not to love so He gave us free will to choose. At the same time, He retains His sovereignty. We all have to decide and a non decision is by default a NO. The simple but tough decision is YES. Today, tomorrow and forever. Yes God! Lets not backslide and hunker up to a lame ox.

DECIDE

I have decided to follow Jesus. It’s my decision. It’s the best decision I have ever made and ever shall. If you haven’t, step forward in faith. I decided to get married. That’s was another monumental one. Another solid J for me, for I married a wonderful lady named Jill. And I have decided to seek joy.

Decide to live for God’s glory.

COMMIT

If it’s a good and just decision, then I should and need and have to fully commit or its just a whim, a half-hearted nod. Full, 100 percent faith forward commitment. If I fail, I will fail falling forward.

Commit to a noble purpose based upon solid Biblical principles.

SUCCEED

Once we make a good decision and fully commit to succeed on behalf of God’s glory and not some kind of ox, donkey-ass or selfish ambition, we can’t but help to succeed. Not because of our own grit and effort alone but for the purpose and propellant of God. His will will always prevail. Yes, will – will.

Succeed because that’s winners do and if God is for us, does it matter who is against us?

Let’s pray

Lord, I need You! We all need you. Help us to seek you and not your creation. Help us to worship You only and not something false, including self.

Your pondering matters too

Please share any comments, questions or thoughts you may have. None of us are as smart as all of us. TEAM Together Everyone Achieves More.