The thoughts of the Diligent

Pr 21: 5 ¶ The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want. Saw this picture, and my Canadian roots made me think about the industrious beaver depicted on our coins, a symbol of work… Pr 10:16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: […]

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I have been thinking about the word diligent this morning:
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I read this Scripture, and decided to look up a few more:

Pr 21: 5 ¶ The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

Saw the beaver picture, and my Canadian roots made me think about the industrious beaver depicted on our coins, a symbol of work…

Pr 10:16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

Pr 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Pr 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

Pr 14:23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

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Our work produces prosperity, and it seems that when we are diligent in what God has called us to do, we see plenteousness, blessing, abundance, in every area of life. Notice here that abundance begins in our thought life, we need to see it first in our mind, and then in the hustle and bustle of our muscle applied to a dream or a project, great things occur. Notice Proverbs 14:23 here, there is work involved with the dream. Just talking about it doesn’t get the job done, in fact, it leads to poverty.

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I could say I’m called of God, and then pretend to be praying, while surfing the internet, watching videos, or being entertained, but there would be no substance to what I teach or preach, you can get by on a few hymns, quips, and quotes to break the ice in a meeting, but God has no dumb sheep, we all have the mind of Christ. If we claim to be leading for God, we need to be going somewhere, and if we claim to be feeding the flock of God, we need to have fresh bread, broken and fresh from the oven of our prayer life, hot from the coals of heaven! No one wants stale, moldy bread, too hard to even break or chew!

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Jesus is the bread of life, and I have determined to spend my life, preparing, baking, and serving the fresh bread of His Word to His people, in the heart and center of a God given vision being accomplished progressively for as long as He might leave me here in the earth. How about you?

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Are you hungry?

Or are you filled up with the things of this life that will never satisfy…

There is a hunger in every heart, that only Jesus can fill!

Let’s pray:

‘Father, here we are again, hungry to know you more. Show us the area’s were are called to work for you, and help us to be faithful and diligent in them, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen.”

The thoughts of the Diligent

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Pr 21: 5 ¶ The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

Saw this picture, and my Canadian roots made me think about the industrious beaver depicted on our coins, a symbol of work…
Pr 10:16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

Pr 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Pr 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.


Pr 14:23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.


Our work produces prosperity, and it seems that when we are diligent in what God has called us to do, we see plenteousness, blessing, abundance, in every area of life. Notice here that abundance begins in our thought life, we need to see it first in our mind, and then in the hustle and bustle of our muscle applied to a dream or a project, great things occur. Notice Proverbs 14:23 here, there is work involved with the dream. Just talking about it doesn’t get the job done, in fact, it leads to poverty.

heavenly calling
I could say I’m called of God, and then pretend to be praying, while surfing the internet, watching videos, or being entertained, but there would be no substance to what I teach or preach, you can get by on a few hymns, quips, and quotes to break the ice in a meeting, but God has no dumb sheep, we all have the mind of Christ. If we claim to be leading for God, we need to be going somewhere, and if we claim to be feeding the flock of God, we need to have fresh bread, broken and fresh from the oven of our prayer life, hot from the coals of heaven! No one wants stale, moldy bread, too hard to even break or chew!


Jesus is the bread of life, and I have determined to spend my life, preparing, baking, and serving the fresh bread of His Word to His people, in the heart and center of a God given vision being accomplished progressively for as long as He might leave me here in the earth. How about you?

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Let’s pray:
‘Father, here we are again, hungry to know you more. Show us the area’s were are called to work for you, and help us to be faithful and diligent in them, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen.”

Singing Their Sermon – What are you listening to?

Singing their sermon – The Power of Words

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Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof

Thinking about one of the ‘boom chucka boom ‘ cars that drove by me one day, pumping violent murderous rap music into the airwaves, with about every imaginable cuss word being loudly inserted for effect.

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I know the power of words, that lead to thoughts, that will eventually lead to deeds…for it is written:

Proverbs 23:7 [Full Chapter]

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:

Thoughts Words and Deliberate Deeds!

I believe you could take anyone, and pump their minds full of that murder, hate, profanity, perversion, and adrenaline and produce a criminal…

Spoke with a young man one day about it, and he said: ‘Don’t mess with my music! It’s just songs…’

Sometime later, I was speaking with a medical doctor that volunteered in a facility for troubled teens.

I asked him how best to relate to some of these troubled young people, and what he thought about this ‘gangster rap’ kind of music.

His response was enlightening:

He simply asks them how much the artist pays them to ‘sing their sermon.’ He then explains to them that every song is a sermon, a message to the world. When an artist is producing lyrics to songs that are not edifying, every time we sing their song, we are advertising for the artist, and not getting paid for it.

If their lyrics line up with Scriptural truths, then we glorify God in music, no matter what style of music is used. If they lyrics portray violence, sexual depravity, hatred, and profanity, then we feed those things in our lives, and eventually open the door to performing that which we listen to.

“Trust me, that artist ain’t going to take your rap, or do time for the crimes you commit’

Our mind is a precious gift, a garden to be guarded, guided, grown, and transformed into the mind of Christ.

We can’t plant weeds in the garden and expect good fruit…

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Be a true superhero, today – it begins in your mind…

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Let’s pray:

‘Father, show us what we are putting into our minds each day. Help us to put in what is good, clean, passionate, and pure, and to intentionally remove movies, music, and messages, that are contrary to You and Your love. In Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’

Here is another article I wrote you might like:https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/discussing-cussing/

Thoughts Words and Deliberate Deeds!

Thoughts Words and Deliberate Deeds!

Thoughts Words and Deeds

Thoughts:
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Ro 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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We work on getting our minds transformed by the Word of God, and we constantly, in this fight of faith, must take our thoughts captive to the Word of God. We resist, rebuke, and stand against thoughts that appear contrary to the Word of God, and in a general sense, this we must do, in order to live a holy life, in thought, and in purity of heart.

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Our heart of hearts, our human spirit, the place where Jesus lives when we received us, only has three gates: Our eye gate, ear gate, and mouth gate.

To walk in holiness and purity, we must guard what we look at, hear, and speak.

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Yet, sometimes, we move according to the Word of God, assuming we know to do right, and discover troubling Scriptures, one’s that allow the living God, breathing room.

Imagine the distress of Joseph, engaged to married to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and then to discover her to be pregnant!

He loves her, and the law would have her stoned for her unfaithfulness, yet he decides, to simply break the engagement, and to put her away quietly.

Outwardly, I would agree with his decision, yet God speaks to hearts..We know the story:

Mt 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

His godly principals got rocked by the voice of the Creator of the universe!

We think godly thoughts, for this we are commanded to do:

Is 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
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Yet, while Joseph was fighting his internal battle of decision, he was interrupted by the higher thoughts of God:
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Moral of the story: It is good to be a man of principal, a godly man, but when God Himself speaks, it is better to be a man of God!

The same thing goes with words:

Jesus taught us: Mt 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Jas 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

So we need to watch our words, to grow in maturity…

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Then, there are our deeds:
Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Jas 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
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The primary work of faith is words, yet God expects us to do something with what we believe. We need to act upon what we believe, and what these corresponding actions need to be, to manifest and demonstrate our faith, boil down to this:

Whatever He says: ‘DO IT!’.

Seems this phrase has become my battle cry these past couple of years, as daily, I seek His face, His voice, for clear direction in this calling and mandate upon my life. You do too.

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Quickly, as you sell out to Jesus, you discover, that Mt 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

It is a spirit led lifestyle that pleases God, a living relationship with a living God, not merely a religious exercise.

Jesus was our example, He only did the will of our heavenly Father: We can too!

In general, we carefully guard our thoughts, our words, and our lifestyle, walking and ever moving forward in faith in sometimes nothing else than His written Word.

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Yet there are times, we face impossibilities, and if we are honest, we do not know what to do.

We ask Him for wisdom, and His way to be revealed, but if we don’t know, we don’t know.

Spiritual intelligence in leadership is in this verse:

1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.,
We know in part, and prophesy in part…

Let’s pray:
‘Lord Jesus, You are my Lord, my Shepherd, my pastor. May I be faithful to think right, speak right, and act right before You today. For the brutal, or unknown circumstances of my life, may I have the courage to wait, and hear, what You would reveal I must do, in light of what Your reveal. May I ever hear Your voice, and whatever you say, may I instantly obey, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’