Tag: Proverbs 22:17-18

The mind of Christ is mine!

Scripture reading for September 3rd:  Philippians 2, Psalm 26, Proverbs 22

Key Scriptures: Philippians 2:3-8 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Our thinking and values determine how we behave.  When we are born again through faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit brings the mind of Christ into us and makes it available.  The Holy Spirit takes God’s Word and reveals it to us and it is up to us to meditate on it, obey it and make it our own.  Our actions will follow the example of Christ Jesus Himself–a servant, even unto death for the needs of others.

Faith Confession:  I believe I have the mind of Christ Jesus available to me through the indwelling Holy Spirit.  My thinking is now in line with God’s Word and I find delight in obeying and applying it to my life in order to reflect Christ to others and delight my Savior!

Proverbs 22:17-18  “Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to My knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.”    

 

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The Word of God Works!

Scripture reading for September 13th:  Proverbs 22-25, 1st Thessalonians 2

Key Scriptures: 1st Thessalonians 2:13-14 “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the Word of God, which is at work in you believers.  For you became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea.”

Paul commended the Thessalonians for their faith in receiving the Gospel he preached as God’s Word.  The Word of God was working inside these believers and producing the fruit of changed lives.  We should thank God for faithful pastors and disciples of Jesus who proclaim God’s Truth to His people.

Proverbs 22:17-18 “Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to My knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all them are ready on your lips.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for sending me those who wisely preached the Word of God.  Help me daily to hear Your Word and keep it in my heart, sharing it with others.  Amen.

 

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Be attentive to the words of Jesus!

Scripture reading for February 15th:  Mark 4

Key Scripture for over-comers:  Mark 4:24-25 “Consider carefully what you hear,” He continued.   “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you–and even more.  Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”  

Jesus told His followers that listening was important.  Listening is not just to hear, but to understand.  When we give full attention to Jesus and want to learn, He reveals more and more of His plans and us.  The measure of diligence and desire we give brings and even greater measure of reward.  On the contrary, if we are careless in our listening and desire to learn, we can even lose what we have already understood.  Spiritual life is not static, but must be growing through active listening and obedience to God’s instructions.    We will definitely reap more than what we sow!

Observations for over-comers:  Active listening is listening with the heart as well as the ears with the intent to learn and obey.  “Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.”  (Proverbs 22:17-18)

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