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Seek the Wisdom from Above!

Scripture reading for November 4th:  James 3, Psalm 70, Proverbs 4

Key Scriptures: James 3:14-18  “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.  This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.  And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”  

Our world is full of jealous and selfish people who are out for themselves.  This brings disorder and chaos to society.  Christians must beware of this unspiritual and demonic form of earthly ‘wisdom’.   God’s wisdom is peace-loving and gentle.  It is open to reason and full of mercy.  It is impartial and sincere.  Christ’s followers sow this wisdom and the fruit of the Spirit of Jesus and reap a harvest of righteousness and peace.

Faith Confession:  I lay hold of the Wisdom from heaven as I ask God to fill me with His Holy Spirit.  I seek to sow God’s wisdom in the fruit of His Spirit to bring a harvest of peace, mercy and righteousness.

Proverbs 4:11-12  “I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.  When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.” 

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Your King Comes!

Scripture reading for January 29th: Matthew 21:1-27, Psalm 19:1-6, Proverbs 5:15-18

Jesus gave instructions to his disciples before entering Jerusalem.  They were to go into the village and find a donkey with her colt tied there and bring them to Jesus.  Jesus was in need of a special ride into town, because this would fulfill prophesy written by Zechariah nearly 600 years earlier. “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'” (Zechariah 9:9)  God has everything planned and for our faith and benefit, it is written down.

Jesus entered Jerusalem as their King and a large crowd followed Him and welcomed Him shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!”  “Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9)  The whole city was stirred and began to question whether or not this was Messiah.  Most considered Jesus to be a prophet of some sort.  However, the chants of the crowd seemed to indicate that this might be the long-awaited Messiah.

” Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out all who were buying and selling there.  He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.  “It is written,” he said to them, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.'” (Matthew 21:12-13)  What Jesus did next was shocking to the religious leaders of Jesus’ day.  He was angry as He turned over the tables and drove those who were changing money out of the temple.  This King took control over the temple and those in authority wondered where He got that authority!  His words were those spoken by Jeremiah as he addressed the religious leaders for their hypocrisy right before the captivity!  (Jeremiah 7:9-11)

It is easy to cry “Hosanna” and welcome the King.  It is not so easy to have the King come showing anger over our sins!  Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit now.  Are you allowing things in your body or spirit that will arouse the anger of a Holy King should He visit?  It is better to do housecleaning now and be ready to welcome Him!  Jesus came riding on a donkey to Jerusalem, but next time will come riding on a white horse as “King of Kings!”  (Revelation 19:11-16)

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The King Comes!

Scripture reading for January 29th: Matthew 21:1-27, Psalm 19:1-6, Proverbs 5:15-18

Jesus gave instructions to his disciples before entering Jerusalem.  They were to go into the village and find a donkey with her colt tied there and bring them to Jesus.  Jesus was in need of a special ride into town, because this would fulfill prophesy written by Zechariah nearly 600 years earlier.  “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'” (Zechariah 9:9)  God has everything planned and for our faith and benefit, it is written down.

Jesus entered Jerusalem as their King and a large crowd followed Him and welcomed Him shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!”  “Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9)  The whole city was stirred and began to question whether or not this was Messiah.  Most considered Jesus to be a prophet of some sort.  However, the chants of the crowd seemed to indicate that this might be the long-awaited Messiah.

” Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out all who were buying and selling there.  He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.  “It is written,” he said to them, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.’” (Matthew 21:12-13)  What Jesus did next was shocking to the religious leaders of Jesus’ day.  He was angry as He turned over the tables and drove those who were changing money out of the temple.  This King took control over the temple and those in authority wondered where He got that authority!  His words were those spoken by Jeremiah as he addressed the religious leaders for their hypocrisy right before the captivity!  (Jeremiah 7:9-11)

It is easy to cry “Hosanna” and welcome the King.  It is not so easy to have the King come showing anger over our sins!  Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit now.  Are you allowing things in your body or spirit that will arouse the anger of a Holy King should He visit?  It is better to do housecleaning now and be ready to welcome Him! Jesus came riding on a donkey to Jerusalem, but next time will come riding on a white horse as “King of Kings!”  (Revelation 19:11-16)

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