Wisdom

#wisdom
“For the LORD grants wisdom! From his“For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭2:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Wisdom comes in two ways: It is both a God-given gift and also the result of an energetic search. Wisdom’s starting point is God and his revealed Word, the source of “knowledge and understanding” (2:6). In that sense, wisdom is God’s gift to us. But he gives it only to those who earnestly seek it. But because God’s wisdom is hidden from the rebellious and foolish, it takes an effort to find it and use it. The pathway to wisdom is strenuous. When we are on the path, we discover that true wisdom is God’s and that he will guide us and reward our sincere and persistent search.
God gives us wisdom and victory, but not for drifting through life or acting irresponsibly with his gifts and resources. If we are faithful to him and keep our purpose in life clearly in mind, he will keep us from pride and greed. (Tyndal Study Bible)
We all start our life’s with no knowledge. As infants, we know nothing. Then what happens our parents set on a course of teaching us. Preschool, Primary school and then High school, our parents try to give us the best education possible. Just like the commentary explains this process is strenuous. My kids will vouch for it’s tough. You have to work hard to achieve these worldly things.
You see God created heaven and earth. So just like the commentator says He is the source of knowledge. Wisdom is God’s gift to us.
I have always been amazed at the wisdom of Pastors. Yes, they have also searched and studied. At the end of the day, their wisdom is a gift from God. Know I understand where that wisdom comes from. Just like I said yesterday, He will reward us with wisdom and blessings, only if it glorifies Him.
We have all heard this, “it was revealed to me” Does it not start to make sense. That’s why it’s easier for some than others. Just like sin keeps us from God, rebellion and foolishness will keep us from wisdom. It’s through strenuous persistence that wisdom will come. God gives it to those that earnestly seek it.
Just like we are mandated to spread the Good news and to be on Fire for God, we are not to drift through life aimlessly. We are to use these talents.
“ Lord I pray that you give me wisdom. That I will share that wisdom with the world. I thank you for revealing Your knowledge to me. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Understand

#understand
“Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
The implication of these questions is that no one has fully understood the mind of the Lord. No one has been his counselor. And God owes nothing to any one of us. Isaiah and Jeremiah asked similar questions to show that we are unable to give advice to God or criticize his ways (Isaiah 40:13; Jeremiah 23:18). God alone is the possessor of absolute power and absolute wisdom. In the final analysis, all of us are absolutely dependent on God. He is the source of all things, including ourselves. He is the power that sustains and rules the world that we live in. And God works out all things to bring glory to himself. The all-powerful God deserves our praise. (Tyndal Study Bible)
I ask myself, why has God only know, changed my ways. Why did He take so long with me? If you had asked me a couple of years ago that this is my destiny I would have said you are crazy. How do we know what is going to happen to us? If it were up to us where would we be? God has the final say in everything and brings Glory to Himself. He will only do that rewards Him, If we are blessed in the process, what a bonus.
I watched the movie Noah last night. Can you imagine being in Noah shoes. For him to have done what God asked of him, it was so bizarre, but he, Noah had faith, look at the result. Could you understand God’s will in this. Very strange I must say. Would you have been obedient.
So I asked again what His will is with us?
Does this mean that he wanted me to develop wisdom first? Will I ever know? You see it’s not important. All we need is faith, trust Him for everything? The Bible says faith the size of a mustard seed. On wow is a mustard seed small. It makes me think, if you plant that small seed, look at the result. Then if you nurture and care for that tree, the results are even more outstanding. The same will happen if you nurture and care for your salvation. Do God’s will. Think what can happen if you nurture and care for somebody in need.
I don’t question anymore; I just have faith. Will we ever understand our walk in life. What the reason is for all the happenings. Scripture says we will never understand His ways.
My thought travels to our jobs, can you imagine we nurture and care for that as much as other things in our life’s. What will the result be?
“Lord I live by Your rules. I thank you for taking care of me. I pray for wisdom to lead others to You Lord. All the glory to You God. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Hot or cold

#hotorcold
In Revelation 2 and Revelation 3, Jesus speaks personally and specifically to seven churches. Listen to His words to the group of believers in Laodiciea:
(Revelation 3:15-16
) know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of My mouth.
In a nearby city, Hieropolis, there was a hot springs that was often used for medicinal purposes. When the water was hot, you could drink it. When someone mistakenly drank it when it was lukewarm, they got sick. Jesus says to this group of believers — if you were spiritually cold and had no interest or profession…I could handle that. Certainly, if you were spiritually hot — following hard after Me with a purpose and passion — that would be great. But your lukewarmness turns My stomach and — Jesus gets pretty graphic here — it makes Me want to throw up.
Now, I am pretty certain that you don’t want Jesus say that you make Him want to spit you out of His mouth. So, let me give you a description of what a lukewarm Christian looks like. It’s just between you and me (and God, of course), so evaluate your spiritual life against these characteristics of spiritual lukewarmness. Ready?
1. You seldom read the Word of God outside of church.
2. Your prayers can be best described as “emergency flares” rather than open and consistent communication with God.
3. Corporate worship is optional. You mix it in when it doesn’t interfere with anything else.
4. Corporate worship is social and strategic. It’s a place to see friends, share your frustrations about politics, and maybe even schedule a business meeting or two.
5. Your “Religion” is more about form and tradition than it is about a relationship with the living God.
6. You can be described as a “Creastor.” You are there for the Christmas Eve and Easter services, but that’s about it.
7. You say that you are a Christian, but it has little or no impact on the way you live.
That’s what a spiritually lukewarm person looks like. You can see why Jesus says that lukewarmness makes Him sick. My challenge for you today is to turn up the spiritual heat. Spend time daily in God’s Word; learn to communicate with Him as your best friend; be an engaged worshipper with a real and fresh personal relationship; let your light shine in such a way that people will see your good works and glorify your heavenly Father. That’s the person Jesus is looking for! (By Ron Moore The Journey)
We are to be on fire, a shining light and declare. We can’t be a little flicker. Can people see from the way you live that you are on fire for God? It’s not just what happens on Sunday and in your private space. Are you a true example? Are you telling people about the Good News? Can they see it in your daily behaviour out there in the real world? Have you made a difference?
“ Lord I pray that I am on fire for you. Lord, I repent my sin. Lord, I pray for all the sinner out there, let the Holy Spirit work in them. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Together for good

#togetherforgood
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬
God works in “everything”—not just isolated incidents—for our good. This does not mean that all that happens to us is good. Evil is prevalent in our fallen world, but God can turn every circumstance around for our long-range good. Note that God is not working to make us happy, but to fulfil his purpose. Note also that this promise is not for everybody. It can be claimed only by those who love God and are called by him, that is, those the Holy Spirit convinces and enables to receive Christ. Such people have a new perspective, a new mindset. They trust in God, not in life’s treasures; their security is in heaven, not on earth. Their faith in God does not waver in pain and persecution because they know God is with them. ( Life Applications Study Bible )
Again a busy little pub. Missing special people I care for and recently met. What has struck me how we as humans crave company, meaningful company. In the last couple of years, I have become tired of meaningless interaction. It is such a breath of fresh air when you meet significant people. With a meaningful contribution. It is life changing.
I chatted with a friend and customer of mine this morning. He commented on my commitment to God. I explained that it is life changing. He then went on to defend his position that he is spiritual and not entirely sure about the “Church.” He questioned the view of the church what they stand for and all the doctrines. There is so much stuff out there about that I need not comment. Let me say he is a very good man. I wonder what it is about Religion that does not attract a guy like that? I wonder because I don’t have the answer to that question. I seek that wisdom. I believe it will be the remedy to this broken world. From my experience, I think the Church is changing, and it is attracting more people like him. It’s about attracting all young and old from all walks of society.
The point I am trying to make is that God has a plan for our lives. “He causes everything to work together for the good of those”. There is nothing in life that does not come with a price. Everything we do has a price financially or other. If you want to be in perfect health, then you have to eat well and exercise. It’s the same for spiritual health you going to have to practice it. Read meditate pray and stay in the Word of God. If you don’t do that, you will stagnate.
Good will come to those that are called for His purpose. Again that price, we need to understand God’s purpose in our life. If we do and act on it, all good will come to us. As the scripture promises.
In conclusion there are so many people in this world that are good; however, they don’t act according to God’s purpose. I am not sure they understand the good that will come to them if they do. So as Christian’s and the modern Church we should convince them of these things. Be that significant friend. I challenge you. God’s favour will follow.
“Lord, I pray that people see the way in my fellow believers and me. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Declare

#declare
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.(Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬)
Have you ever been asked, “How do I become a Christian?” These verses give you the beautiful answer: Salvation is as close as your own lips and heart. People think it must be a complicated process, but it is not. If we believe in our heart and say with our mouth that Christ is the risen Lord, we will be saved.
In telling others about Christ, an effective witness must include more than being a good example. Eventually, we will have to explain the content, the what and the how of the gospel. Modelling the Christian life is important, but we will need to connect the mind of the unbeliever and the message of the gospel. There should never be a debate between those who favour lifestyle evangelism (one’s living proclaims the gospel) and confrontational evangelism (declaring the message). Both should be used together in promoting the gospel. (Tyndal Study Bible)
It was the power of the Holy Spirit that was released over the world when Jesus died, that works in us. It’s that voice in the back of head saying that is wrong. It’s the power of that Spirit that resurrected Jesus from the dead to His Father in heaven.
Well, it’s that simple, just like the scripture says. Believe it and then declare it openly in public that’s all you have to do. It’s that easy.
The key to remember is that’s it’s a combination of these two things. Not just the one. The first part, believing is the easy part. The second part is declaring in public that’s where many fail. The words that come to mind is closet Christian. Please remember I am not judging, just highlighting what the Bible says. It is important to take a stand in life, why not the one with benefits. Forgiveness of sin, eternal life and the peace of God.
Many of us have tribulations, what we don’t realise is that all the answers are is the Bible. The one thing I learnt is that staying in the Word and close to God motivates you. What I also experienced was that spreading the Good News keeps you accountable, because you can’t say something and do something else.
“Dear Lord make me bold for You. Give me the confidence to spread the Gospel. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Pray and thankful

#prayandthankfull
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands—be joyful, never stop praying, and be thankful—often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we will begin to see people in a new perspective. When we do God’s will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful.
We cannot spend all our time on our knees, but it is possible to have a prayerful attitude at all times. This attitude is built upon acknowledging our dependence on God, realising his presence within us, and determining to obey him fully. Then we will find it natural to pray frequent, spontaneous, short prayers. A prayerful attitude is not a substitute for regular times of prayer but should be an outgrowth of those times.(Tyndal Study Bible)
Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? Paul said that believers should never stop praying. A Christian’s persistence is an expression of faith that God answers prayer. Faith shouldn’t die if the answers come slowly, for the delay may be God’s way of working his will. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering—in ways that he knows are best.
Paul was not teaching that we should thank God for everything that happens to us but in everything. Evil does not come from God, so we should not thank him for it. But when evil strikes, we can still be thankful for God’s presence and the good that he will accomplish through the distress.
Always be joyful, do we have anything to be sad about? We complain yet we have many blessings to be grateful for. The first that comes to mind is your health.
I met an elderly couple on Saturday, their son has suffered a couple of brain tumours and has deteriorated to such a point where he cant walk anymore. His parents know have to look after him. Can you imagine how that must affect them? So yes we have much to be joyful for. What amazed me was their attitude towards their son’s misfortune. They were positive and looked forward to him recovering completely. It was so refreshing. You see all things are possible through God that gives us strength. Jesus worked many miracles.
I walked out to meet him and said that I would pray for his healing. What I learnt as a Christian and a trick to stay from sin, is to pray. When you think of prayer, you think it should be kept for special times. It’s just the opposite you can pray all day if you like. I do because it keeps me on the straight and narrow. It gives me strength and guides me to do the right thin.
What I experienced is, to be completely spiritually at peace you should move close to God. One of the ways I achieve that is in prayer often. I pray continuously to get direction from God and the Holy Spirit. Remember these words God works in mysterious ways. Just be patient. Amen.
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Confess

#confess
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Confession is supposed to free us to enjoy fellowship with Christ. It should ease our consciences and lighten our cares. But some Christians do not understand how it works. They feel so guilty that they confess the same sins over and over; then they wonder if they might have forgotten something. Other Christians believe that God forgives them when they confess, but if they died with unconfessed sins, they would be forever lost. These Christians do not understand that God wants to forgive us. He allowed his beloved Son to die just so he could offer us pardon. When we come to Christ, he forgives all the sins we have committed or will ever commit. We don’t need to confess the sins of the past all over again, and we don’t need to fear that God will reject us if we don’t keep our slate perfectly clean. Of course, we should continue to confess our sins, but not because failure to do so will make us lose our salvation. Our relationship with Christ is secure. Instead, we should confess so that we can enjoy maximum fellowship and joy with him.
True confession also involves a commitment not to continue in sin. We wouldn’t be genuinely confessing our sins to God if we planned to commit them again and just wanted temporary forgiveness. We should also pray for strength to defeat temptation the next time we face it.
If God has forgiven us for our sins because of Christ’s death, why must we confess our sins? In admitting our sins and receiving Christ’s cleansing, we are: (1) agreeing with God that our sin truly is sin and that we are willing to turn from it, (2) ensuring that we don’t conceal our sins from him and consequently from ourselves, and (3) recognizing our tendency to sin and relying on his power to overcome it. (Tyndal Study Bible)
I see daily that people know they have done wrong but don’t acknowledge it. I fall into that habit. The only way to fix things is that one has to acknowledge there is a problem. If you can’t admit a mistake, how will you ever fix it? It’s just like an athlete that has the wrong training program. He is training, but incorrectly. To fix it he has to acknowledge the mistake.
So just like asking forgiveness for our sins, it releases us and brings us closer to God. Only once you have admitted you wrong can you move closer to a solution.
There are a couple of things that stand out for me in the commentary above. Firstly, true confession involves a commitment not to continue in sin. Note that you can’t conceal your sin from God, He knows everything. Most importantly to me is recognising that we can’t rely on our own strength and understanding. We have to rely on God for that. We need to pray for strength from God. (Read the Bold Section again.)
“Lord I pray for Your strength and understanding. Keep me from sin and wrongdoing. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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