Walking in His Presence

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This year I had set my face to be more focused on God and his plan; not just my own. I have spoken with several people who agreed with me that its hard to walk in his presence and fellowship when our minds are focused on entertainment or have a lack of focus that allows anything and everything to come into our minds unfiltered. PS 89:15 states, ” Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, OLord.” For me to have the success I’m looking for this year in my walk with the Lord, I had to make some decisions that were hard for me. For instance I removed all secular music from my IPOD. When I inquired of the Lord about my daily love for secular music and then turning it off and turning on the “praise” music switch; the Lord showed me James 3:11, “Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?” So for me it can’t. I’m not under the “law.” I don’t think God hates secular music or those who sing it. But when I read in Revelations whats happening around the throne of God in his presence; it doesn’t seem to be salt water. It’s fresh praise. Has God asked you to do something similar that requires a different direction and or passion that’s different than what you are used to? I may not be able to accomplish what God wants me to accomplish if I keep walking the same way that I always have. If I desire something different then God will require me to do something different. I’m excited to see where this path takes me.
Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people learn to walk in God’s presence daily not just when its suits them.

ASK; Ask, Seek, Knock

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Once again you get to see me work with acronyms. This isn’t original with me but I heard a man say that “ASK” means to Ask, Seek, and Knock. He based this off of Matthew 7:7-8 ” Keep on asking and you will receive what you ask for, keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.” 8) For everyone who asks receives, everyone who seeks finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Have you ever experienced asking seeking, knocking and NOT receiving your answer? Well, God is not a liar but I have. I have found that persistence is the huge key to this verse. Another perspective I want us to consider is that I have also found that the right answer I seek is very much dependent upon me asking the right question. Often times I’m quick to ask, seek , knock before I have fully thought out what it is I’m “TRULY” seeking for. I need to better define my question so that i can receive the very thing I’m truly looking for. When consulting I have heard people say that they “don’t know what it is they are looking for but will know it when they see it” (bologne!) Perhaps persistence in asking the right question will define what they are seeking and what door they really need to knock on.
Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people place just as much importance on the question as they do the answer.

Helpful Hints

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I have been asked where Howard’s Helpful Hints came from. The quick answer is that I dispersed them throughout my book “Excel at Living a Centered Life.” The longer story is that I have always desired to invest in people. I like learning and I like helping people learn. Proverbs 4:7 NIV states, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” The Bible tells us to pay whatever price necessary to get wisdom. As you see with my website and blog, I have added links and links to help you get wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. I encourage us all to pay the price to get wisdom. Have you ever noticed that the more you pay for something the better you take care of it? I certainly have. Today’s economy and tomorrow’s dreams require it. I have had to shut off my TV and the naysayers and learn the word and what God says about my economy. I look at Malachi 3 and I’m trusting God to keep me in his economy as I tithe and seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. Wisdom is indeed the principle thing.
Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people pay the price to find and get wisdom!

Edging God Out

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I have been reading a book by an author i will name later. But she was writing about having temptations in our lives and actually choosing the temptation. My readers know I love acronyms and my acronym for sin is that it is a “Sickness In Nature.” She has a different but similar slant. She mentions when we choose sin we are feeding our ego by “Edging God Out.”
Can you relate to that?
In James 1:13-15 its states:
13When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
We all sin and fall short. It comes with having human DNA. However we have a choice. When you stumble turn in your bible and pray I John 1:9-I John 2:2. Our Father is a wonderful forgiving Father! He will not edge you out!
Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people run to God; not from God