The Grapes are bigger than the Giants!

Numbers 13:23, 27 They cut off a branch of a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them…”But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large.”

From Larry Stockstill’s Blog

How do you view impossibilities? 

 Do they intimidate you and stop you dead in your tracks before you ever even attempt to defeat them?  I have found that there are usually 2 different ways to approach an obstacle in your life. The story of Israel’s twelve spies always helps me when I am facing an impossibility.  They focused on the giants but Joshua and Caleb focused on the grapes!  God called this kind of faith a “different spirit”:  “But my servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land he entered and his descendants will take possession of it” (Num. 14: 24)

Everybody feels it when there are giants lurking around.  I have faced situations where my knees literally grew weak.  I have always had to regather my spirit and take my stand of faith. Here Are A Few Of The “Differences” In A Different Spirit.

Peace instead of Panic 

Caleb “quieted the people” (Num 13:30). A leader must move in quiet assurance in the midst of terrifying symptoms and odds.

Jesus told the raging storm, “Peace, be still.” He had an inner calm while the storm was in a full gale.

Opportunity instead of Obstacles 

Caleb called the land full of giants an “exceedingly good land.” His mind recorded the beautiful cities, vineyards, water supplies, and homes instead of the walls, defenses, and giants.

We must see the potential rather than the problems.

Alignment for the Assignment 

Caleb knew that “If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us in….” (Num. 14: 8). He searched his own life by prayer to be sure there was nothing within him that was “out of alignment” [See last four blogs on lightnside.com] with the perfect will of God.

We cannot face giants from without if we have tolerated giants As you face this huge problem ask yourself, “Is there anything in my life that would keep me from standing strong in this battle I am about to enter?”

Submission instead of Rebellion 

“Only do not rebel against the Lord.” To resist and move in the opposite direction from God is dangerous. Numbers 11 was their complaining; Numbers 12 was their criticism; Numbers 13 is their stubborn refusal to follow the direction of spiritual leadership.

When we honor those in spiritual authority, a blessing is released.

Spiritual Warfare instead of Natural Warfare 

“Their protection has been removed from them and the Lord is with us…” (Num. 14: 9). Caleb could see into the spirit world that the enemy’s armor was already removed. Walls and armor were worthless against God’s hornets! We must see our enemies as stripped of their defense against us, stripped of their power when Christ rose from the dead. See your enemy as already defeated by the resurrection of Christ. It has no power to intimidate or defeat you.

Peace, opportunity, alignment, submission, and spiritual warfare should be within you every time you face a giant.  Look for the grapes whenever you see giants coming toward you.

What is the giant you are facing and what do you need to do to prepare to defeat it?

LARRY STOCKSTILL

Let this borrowed and anointed blog bless your Lightnside as it did mine.

Psalms 51:11b step 4 Holy Spirit in me

Psalms 51:11b “don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.”

Who is the Holy Spirit?

To many, the Holy Spirit is like a smaller or lesser God than God the Father and Jesus, The Son of God. However, the Holy Spirit is equal in importance and power to the other members of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is so powerful and has so many benefits that the enemy of our soul does all he can to discourage people from focusing on who the Holy Spirit is and how He can impact your life.

The Holy Spirit was in the creation of the world. God spoke, and the Holy Spirit hovered over the waters in creation mode (Genesis 1.) The Holy Spirit empowered prophets and kings in the Old Testament.

Holy Spirit in action

As Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River in the New Testament, the Holy Spirit came and remained in Him. He was the first that the Holy Spirit remained…but Jesus is not the last. Oh, no, After Jesus died on the cross, He resurrected and told the disciples and other followers to go to the upper room and pray until God sent the Holy Spirit to them. And it happened; the Holy Spirit came in power and transformed each person. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, incredible miracles and church growth took place. More and more people received the Holy Spirit, and the mighty anointed church of God, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, grew, and now all the world knows about Christ.

Jesus has a few things to say about the Holy Spirit in John 14:16-17 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.”

John 16:13-15 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’

Acts 1:18  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

While David did not have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, he at times was anointed by the Holy Spirit to fight bears, lions, and giants and to lead the nation of Israel. 

A must-read book about the Holy Spirit

I recommend a great book, “The God I never knew” by Robert Morris.   (pictured above)

Let the truth of the Holy Spirit empower your Christian Walk.

 Realignment prayer summary

  • Create in me a clean heart (confession)
  • Restore the right spirit within me (healing of mind and emotions)
  • I need God’s Presence in my life (protection, health, peace)
  • I need the Holy Spirit every day (Power, guidance, direction, endurance)

Realign your lightnside often.

Psalms 51:11a  Realignment Step 3 – God’s Presence

Psalms 51:11a “Do not cast me from Your presence.”

God’s Presence

Oh, the wonder of the presence of God. There is nothing like it on this earth. David needed a new heart and a restored spirit for himself. But the reason he desired them the most is the following two parts of realignment with God. With a new heart and refreshed spirit, God will come down to us, and His presence will cover us. God will not stay where the heart is full of pride, anger, unforgiveness, and other sins. God will not remain where emotions and our spirits seek the world’s pleasures. 

Without God, there is an emptiness that cannot be filled with anything on the earth or our efforts. There is in all of us a desire to reach something out of our grasp, something only God can bring…His presence in us.

Moses and Teen Challenge

Exodus 33:14-15   The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”

As an Adult & Teen Challenge student spends a year at one of our centers, they learn a lot of Bible verses and life skills. The mentoring and counsel of professionals and staff are wonderful. But the greatest gift a student can take with them as they leave the center is the Presence of God in their lives.  

Psalms 91 summarizes the benefits of living with God’s presence in your life.

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Do you have God’s Presence in you?

Moses knew even though God saved Israel out of bondage and was instructing them on how they should live, he needed the Holy, Almighty, Glorious, Presence of God to make salvation and truth alive in a daily walk.  

Do you feel something is missing in your life? Chances are you are seeking something only God can bring. Follow the steps of David as he asks for a new heart through repentance and honesty to God. Ask God to restore your spirit and emotions. Then ask God for His presence over you. Spend time in the morning away from any electronic screens and talk to God. Rest in His presence. Practice this each day.

God’s presence is a guiding lightnside.

Psalms 51:10b Realignment step 2 – Steadfast Spirit.

Psalms 51:10b “And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Renew a steadfast spirit in me!

Our spirit

Our spirit is the quality of us that connects with others. Our spirit also connects with the supernatural world of God and our enemy’s kingdom. The animal kingdom does not have this spirit. The animals only have natural senses and their specific nature. We, humans, can observe ourselves in this world. We can create, imagine, inspire, reason, and receive revelations. All these qualities and more are a part of our spirit.  

Damaged spirit

When we pray, our spirit connects with God’s Spirit. We can pray to the Holy Spirit and receive direction and comfort. Sometimes our spirit can become darkened and damaged. Our spirit and emotions may become unhealthy through pain and suffering or sinful lust.  

Have you ever felt overwhelmed and could not get your breath to be calm? It’s a good sign your emotions and spirit are hurting, and you may be seeking help in the wrong places. When we hurt, sometimes our spirit seeks pleasure and escape. While we all need times of rest, our spirits can become connected to the temptations of our supernatural enemies.

Enemies of our spirit – healing from God.

Ephesians 6:12-13 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

The enemy attacks when we are unarmed without God’s presence, and our spirit is damaged. When Jesus was led into the wilderness, He became physically frail after forty days of fasting. It was at this time the enemy came to attack Him. Jesus overcame by the word of God, and in Luke 2:12-13, “Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.” Jesus was in a weakened state both in body and spirit, but the angels of the supernatural world ministered to Jesus and sustained Him.

This is what David is saying and asking God to do for him. 

He says, “God, my spirit, emotions are out of whack. I am hurting and weak. I need a touch from the supernatural world of God to renew my spirit and make it steadfast and Godly. God touch my emotions and help me connect to others as I should.”

The NLT says “Renew a loyal spirit within me.”

The KJV says “Renew a right spirit within me.”

The Living Bible says “Filled with clean thoughts and right desires.”

Are you in a place of pain and frustration and want to escape? 

Open your Spirit to God. Pray and tell him you need Him to renew your spirit and emotions. Each day pray this prayer of Psalms 51:10-11 and allow time for your Spirit and God’s presence to bring healing to your heart and spirit.

Meditate on Creation and God’s Word

Spend some time looking at God’s creation. Reduce time on social media, tv, or phone and meditate on God’s creation and His word. You will feel restoring your spirit and emotions as God ministers to you.

Blessings to you as your lightnside grows brighter with the fuel of eternity.

Psalms 51:10a: Realignment Step 1: New Heart

Psalms 51:10a “Create in me a clean heart, O God!”

A New Heart

Psalms 51 is a great verse to read and pray frequently. It is especially needed in times of trouble or pressure. Our fallen nature and emotions sometimes get us out of alignment with God. You can lose your footing and begin to slide toward some of the traps of the fallen nature, helped by the enemy of our soul, Satan.

I use this verse often to align myself to a right relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. This verse is divided into four sections we will cover in four blogs. I hope you will be blessed by my thoughts, and may the Holy Spirit give you even more revelations from this scripture.

Part 1. Create in me a new heart, O God.

Create in me

As we travel in this life, our heart collects various poisons. As events of pressure, pain, or even pleasure come along our paths, our heart is affected. The poisons of the enemy and our fallen nature begin to collect and grow in the fertile environment of our hearts. Pride, anger, desire, and resentment can increase, affecting our spirit and relationships with God. We can also be filled with the wrong fuel, like failure, brokenness, fear, intimidation, and faithlessness. Our hearts are like a womb that can grow whatever is planted.

Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Life revives around our hearts. The problem is we cannot use our hearts to fix our hearts. That would be like trying to examine our vision with bad eyes. We are not capable of restoring our hearts after they become poisoned. We need a new heart. A damaged heart cannot fix itself.

A new heart

I ask God to work in me to do what I cannot do and create a new heart in me. The process is for us to first look into your heart and repent of what is there. Identify your sins, identify your failures to God. Look in the past days and repent the thoughts, feelings, and sinful actions to God. Ask Him to forgive you. Ask Jesus to flood this new heart with His precious blood that will never lose its power. The first part of realignment is to understand you need a new heart, and only God can do this in you. David understands without a new heart, we are on a downward path to trouble. Confess and bow before the cross.

Oh God!

My greatest need is the creative work of God with a new heart.
A new heart where the Holy Spirit can live. One that can be filled with hope, faith, love of Christ, and joy.

Let the Lord create in you a new bright lightnside heart.

Holy Spirit – God’s power in us

 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20).

 The apostle Paul speaks specifically of God the Holy Spirit in this verse. 

Since Jesus resurrected from death and ascended back to heaven, the Holy Spirit came to earth and was poured out to Christians in the upper room. He is still being poured out upon Christians today. Acts 1:8 say “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…”

We can mature as Christians by learning more about the Holy Spirit. As we grow in the knowledge of Him, we can grow in understanding and strength as His voice and power are implanted into our spirit. As we focus on Ephesians 3:20, we can learn the following:

He (the Holy Spirit) is able to do exceedingly abundantly more in our lives.

Notice Genesis 1:2-3 it was the Holy Spirit moving over the dark earth as God said, “Let there be light,” and by God’s voice and the power of the Holy Spirit, there was light. In the same way, the Holy Spirit can work exceedingly and abundantly in our own lives. Paul did not preach by his wisdom and knowledge, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:4 “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.”

 He is able to do what we ask.

If you have received Christ as your savior, the Holy Spirit is in you. He can hear your prayers. Speak to Him as one of the Godhead. Pray to God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is able to do what you ask of Him.

He is able to do what we think (but dare not ask)

He reads our thoughts, and sometimes we imagine things for which we dare not ask. The Holy Spirit even knows our dreams. It just might be the Holy Spirit who is birthing those dreams in your life if they are about Godly things!

 The Holy Spirit has all knowledge and all power. 

He is able to do all that we ask or think, for he knows it all and can perform it all. Sometimes we do not know what to do, but the Holy Spirit knows. He is waiting for you to seek His advice.

 His expectations are higher than ours. 

He can do more than all we ask or thinkThe Holy Spirit has greater plans for you than you have for yourself. He will challenge you and empower you to more extraordinary achievements for God.

According to the power that works in us.

We restrain this power by not seeking and trusting in Him. Notice the words at the beginning of the verse and the end. “Now to Him who is able…according to the power that works in us.” We are the ones who need to rely more on the Holy Spirit to give us power, wisdom, the words to say, and directions during the day.

All these things are available to you as you grow in knowledge and reliance on the Holy Spirit, the third God of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is almighty, all-knowing, omnipresent, lives in the past and future, and He is your personal friend sent by God to equip, empower, and mature you to be a witness to others of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

It is ok to pray to the Holy Spirit as God or Jesus. He is one of the Gods in the Trinity. Speak to Him and ask for wisdom, power, and enlightenment of the Scriptures. You will learn to hear His voice and feel His power in you. 

Let your LIGHTNSIDE burn brighter and stronger by the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit working in you.

Nevertheless

I ministered at a family funeral this last week. Part of the sermon used the word “Nevertheless.” This is a powerful word I used when dealing with my father’s sudden death in 2008. It’s a truth worth hearing again. May it bless you today.

My father a few years ago in a car accident. 

Perry Rose – Veteran – Godly Father

He was a great father and a good Christian man.  While meditating on things that bring healing and hope I came across a powerful and unusual word in the Bible that has helped me greatly to process the loss and give me comfort. The word was spoken by Christ at a time of His greatest challenge.  It was in the Garden of Gethsemane when He was only hours away from death on the cross.

During this time the humanity of Christ was in total agony.  In His mind and imagination came the visions of what was going to physically happen soon.  He had seen other people crucified.  Not only the physical death but He was to die for all man’s sins. The stress of the situation is recorded in Matthew 26:38My soul is sorrowful, even to death…”  The Bible records that His physical, mental, and spiritual condition was so stressed that even His sweat was mingled with blood.  The rock He cried out to God on was red with Jesus’ struggle. In Matthew 26:39 Jesus spoke to His Father in prayer and said “Father if there be any other way…please let this cup pass from me.” 

Then Jesus spoke a powerful word. 

You will not think of this word as one of the great words like faith, hope, or love. It’s not recorded in the Ten Commandments or the Beatitudes.   The great word Jesus spoke was “nevertheless”.  What an odd word to find comfort in!  It is a word of transition.  It means although the topic before the word is true, the topic after this word is more true.  Jesus said to his Father “neverthelessnot my will but Yours”. Everything changed! Jesus rose up a conqueror of death and brought hope to all of us through His death on the cross.

2 Corinthians 3:14-16 But their minds were blinded… a veil lies on their heart.  Nevertheless, when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

The word is used in 2 Cor. 3:14-16 where the Bible talks about those without Christ living in a darkness of Spiritual realities.  Many are living day today trying to find peace and direction without God.   All their efforts lead eventually to emptiness.  Peace and purpose in life are fulfilled only through Christ.  The Bible says there is a veil covering their hearts and minds keeping them in a state of darkness.  Even as Christians share their experiences it seems unclear or even foolishness to them.  However,  in verse 16 the word “nevertheless” is used to say as they turn to Christ the veil is taken away.  Peace, hope, and direction in life have come to them through a relationship with Christ.

As I answered the life-changing phone call letting me know my dad had died the world turned upside down for me and my family.  Although many people are experiencing death each week the permanent emptiness settled on our family.   This word kept coming back to me…nevertheless.

Dad is gone; nevertheless, I will one day see him again.   His advice can no longer be received; nevertheless, he has raised me with a life of examples and wisdom.    The death was instant and without warning, nevertheless, he was a righteous man ready to meet God.

Nevertheless – A healing word.

The word nevertheless helps us deal with the realities of life that are hard, painful, and frustrating by reminding ourselves of the truths in Christ that are promised in God’s word.  It helps us deal with life by claiming God’s promises.  You might be in a difficult place today.  With Christ you can say…nevertheless the promises of God are true.  It may seem a silly word to focus on but it can replace fear with faith, stress with confidence, and sadness with joy.

God has a “nevertheless” promise for you.

Simon Peter fished all night with no luck.  Jesus asked him to simply place the net on the other side of the boat!  His response changed his life forever in Luke 5:5 he said to Jesus “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing:

nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.’’ 

Simon Peter’s net was full and so can your heart be full as we apply God’s words to our situations. Let your lightnside be full of nevertheless power.

Psalms 19:7-14. Instructive Protection

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.  Psalm 19:7 NIV

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The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless,     innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

God’s word affects our mind, spirit, and path.

The greatness of God’s word and its effect on our lives are recorded in the second half of this Psalms. The word is active. It is alive and brings with it an active influence on one’s life.  Even if you don’t remember what you read yesterday,  the fact that the word went through your mind and heart, creates a reaction.  This Psalms records the effect of God’s word in your mind and soul.

Attributes and Reactions

The Psalmist elegantly describes the attributes of God’s words then list’s their effect on our mind, body, and soul.  God’s word is perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, firm, more precious than gold. The Word produces refreshing, wisdom, joy, light, endurance, righteousness, and sweetness.  Want to be sweeter to others?  Answer: God’s Word!

There are also some preventive properties in God’s Word.  These properties are the added results beyond the benefits mentioned above.  These properties are like taking vitamins or getting a flu shot.  Protection and insulation are the added benefits of God’s word. This protective effect of a daily intake of scripture is found in verses 11-13.

Verse 11: “BY THEM” (the daily dose of God’s word):

We are warned – Understanding consequences of choices.

Exposes hidden faults cannot see –  Brings to the surface hidden behaviors and beliefs that have secretly caused us harm.

Keeps us from allowing willful sins to rule over us. 

Keeps our life away from choosing life-destroying paths. 

Because of the scrubbing, correcting, healing and joyful work of God Truths we conclude and desire with David as we say with lightnside:“Let our words and thoughts be pleasing to God. My Lord (relationship), my Rock (security), my redeemed (active Grace and Mercy).” 

Be still, and know that I am God

Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God

Be Still

I woke up this morning with this thought in my heart. It was on my heart but not on my mind. My mind was thinking about today. My mind was thinking about projects long term and short term. My mind was thinking about what I should do first, then second, and so on.

Again…Be Still…

That means not checking the email, looking at Facebook, or turning on the TV. It means to “Be Still.”

I realize this verse is not so much a command but an invitation.
Not so much a duty, but rather a voice that can only be heard in stillness. I begin to be still. I pushed away thoughts and agendas and sit, quietly and still; open to Him who was calling.

God was in the stillness. He was in the quiet. When we rely more on our heart and spirit rather than our mind and agenda, we enter into His world—the place of peace, rest, comfort, love, and relationship.

I set awhile this morning without verbal prayers. I am still. I see Him smile. I see Him cover the earth with His glory. I feel Him cover me with His glory. His presence is in me. Christ’s blood pumps hope and strength through me. I am still.

and know

…and know… convinced, proven, evidenced, experienced, and knowledge without a doubt. Faith for what is not yet seen. Promised wisdom when needed. Knowledge of provision on the path. Absolute trust. I KNOW.

…That I am God.

The almighty, everlasting, all-knowing, merciful, holy God. Your ways are higher than mine. Your callings come with guidance as we walk the path you have chosen for us. You are with me. You are the Father of all. You are above, below, and surround me. I take some time in Your presence to tell myself and God, Thank You.

Today I will be still; take time to be in Your presence.

Right now. Breath deep. Feel with your heart and spirit. You have a Heavenly Father above you with no shadow of turning away. Be sill, and know He is God. Lightnside.

Psalms 15 Living with the wealthy

Psalms 15:1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?

Have you ever looked online at the beautiful mansions the highly wealthy live in? The size, the view, the life. I would love to move to an estate looking out to the sea with a golf course next door.

One problem …money.

David is looking on a hill where the future temple of the Lord will be built. But I also believe he was looking beyond the hill into eternity when he asked God, “who can live in your tabernacle in the heavenliness?” “Who can make it to heaven and live in the mansions built for the saved?”

15:2 The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;

God begins with an overall general requirement. Who can live in heaven? The one who walks a blameless life. Someone who is always honest with themselves and others. Big Problem! We cannot be perfect because we sin, but the Holy Spirit and the Grace of God in our lives help transform us toward this requirement.

15:3 whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others;

This verse reminds me of the scripture that smacked me in the face. Ephesians 4:3 “Be completely humble, and gentle. Be patient even with those who do you wrong.” OUCH! God says we must watch out tongues. Do not get even with others. (Forgive me, Lord, and help me with my tongue.) Always tell the truth.

15:4-5 who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

These are high character traits required to live on that eternal holy hill. The great news is this; we have a Holy Real-Estate Agent who wants to put us into that mansion on God’s Holy Hill. Jesus Christ paid the price for us to live there. Christ used His blood to clean our broken and sinful lives. He sent the Holy Spirit to help us live up to Psalms 15. We will never be successful in this life, but Psalms 15 ends with these words…

“Whoever does these things will never be shaken.”

Let your lightnside shine towards that Holy Hill.