Tag: wisdom

Seasoned with salt!

Scripture reading for September 11th:  Colossians 4, Psalm 32, Proverbs 28

Key Scriptures: Colossians 4:2-6 “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it, with thanksgiving.  At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the Word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison–that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom towards outsiders, making the best use of the time.  Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

Paul’s final instructions contained a call to prayer for the church and for him and his ministry as a prisoner in a Roman jail.  He never asked to get out, but for open doors for God’s Word and boldness to declare the mystery of Christ Jesus the Lord.  He wanted to make it clear and know when to speak and what to say to each person, not wasting any precious time.  Watchful prayers and faithful witnessing will bring God-directed results!

Faith Confession:  Lord, help me to watch and pray for missionaries and evangelists who are preaching the Word.  Give me open doors and boldness as I preach Your unchanging Word.  Season my speech with the saltiness of the Gospel.

Proverbs 28:20 “A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.”  

 

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Give and God will supply!

Scripture reading for September 5th:  Philippians 4, Psalm 28, Proverbs 24

Key Scriptures:  Philippians 4:17-20 “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.  I have received full payment, and more.  I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.  And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever.  Amen.

Paul closed his letter to the Philippians thanking them for sharing and sending offerings to help him.   They were one of the only churches to do so at this time.  He had received their gift and expressed his thanks, stating that they were “a fragrant offering” and they pleased God as well.  He also shared that their gifts would increase the fruit of souls won and reached and that would also credit to their account.  In turn, they could count on God meeting all their needs through Christ’s unfathomable riches!  Amen!

Faith Confession:  I choose to be generous and give to the work of our Lord, tithes and offerings.  I am thankful for fruit that will bring glory to our Lord Jesus.  My God will supply all my needs if I am generous towards His kingdom.

Proverbs 24:3-4 “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”    

 

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No boasting allowed!

Scripture reading for July 5th:  1st Corinthians 1, Psalm 134, Proverbs 10

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 1:26-29  “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.  But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”  

Human pride loves to boast about talents, accomplishments, feats of strength, and mental acumen.   Paul reminded those in the church that by the world’s standards for boasting, no one had much to boast about.  In fact, God so ordered His church that their only boast could be in His own greatness, goodness and mercy expressed in Jesus Christ.  All our human strengths or accomplishment pale before Christ Jesus our Lord.

Faith Confession:  My boast is in the greatness, goodness, and mercy of my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.  In my weakness and lost state, He is my wisdom from God, my righteousness, my sanctification and my redemption.  (1 Corinthians 1:30)

Psalm 134:1-2  “Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord!  Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord.”

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Multiplying ministry with character.

Scripture reading for May 13th:  Acts 6, Psalm 95, Proverbs 2

Key Scriptures:  Acts 6:2-6 “And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the Word of God to serve tables.  Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.  But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.”  And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, . . .”

As the number of believers multiplied and diversified, the apostles soon felt the need to multiply the leadership and spread out the duties of pastoral care.  They gathered all the disciples and shared their priority of prayer and preaching God’s Word.  They also shared their solution–the appointment of  Spirit-filled helpers to serve the widows.  They chose seven men–full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom to come along side and serve.  Character was more important than talent.

Faith Confession:  Thank You Lord for this insightful record of how You helped the leaders in Your church to keep their priorities straight and chose helpers full of the Spirit and wisdom.  Give me wisdom to multiply those serving Your church.

Proverbs 2:6-8 “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints.”  

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Dealing with deliverance!

Scripture reading for March 18:  Luke 11, Psalm 55, Proverbs 24

Key Scriptures: Luke 11:24-27  “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, I will return to my house from which I came.  And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order.  Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there.  And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”

Jesus instructed His disciples concerning casting out of evil spirits.  He told them that they had the power in His Name to cast them out of an individuals.  He told them that the evil spirit would seek another home in someone else, but would ultimately try to return.  If the delivered person failed to fill his ‘house’ with the Holy Spirit, the evil spirit would return and find other even worse spirits and that man would be in worse bondage than before.

Faith Confession:  Lord, give me wisdom to help those bound by evil spirits to find deliverance in Jesus’ Name and to fill their ‘house’ with Your Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 24:3-4  “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

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Faith can overcome fear!

Scripture reading for February 14th:  Mark 5, Psalm 33, Proverbs 2

Key Scriptures: Mark 5:14-17  “The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country.  And people came to see what it was that had happened.  And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind and they were afraid.  And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon- possessed man and to the pigs.  And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region.”

Jesus had cast a legion of demons from a man who was possessed and tormented.  He sent the demons into a herd of pigs and the demons drove them into sea to their deaths.  This caused the townspeople to fear Jesus’ great power and ask him to leave their region.  Faith for further healing and deliverance was stopped by a spirit of fear!  Jesus instructed the man who had been delivered to stay and share about the Lord’s goodness.

Faith’s confession:  Lord, deliver me from forces of darkness that cause fear and give me boldness, faith and love to share with others the great deliverance that Jesus Christ brought in my own life.  (Action step:  Share your personal testimony of deliverance with someone God has placed in your life today.)

Proverbs 2:6-7 “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, . .”

 

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Healthy Self-Talk!

Scripture reading for January 11th:  Matthew 9, Psalm 9, Prov. 9

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 9:20-22 “And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, for she said to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will be made well.”  Jesus turned, and seeing her He said, “Take heart, daughter: your faith has made you well.”  And instantly the woman was made well.”

Jesus was on His way to minister to the daughter of a ruler of the synagogue when He encountered this woman who had the long-time issue of blood.  This woman had decided by faith that if she could just touch Jesus’ garment, she would be healed.  She had confessed this to herself.  Healthy self-talk can promote faith–a deep trust in Jesus and His miraculous ability.  Jesus stated that her faith had made her well!  Healing happened instantly!

Faith’s Confession:  Lord I know that I can go to You with any need or health issue and You have the willingness and power to provide and heal.  (Faith Action:  Reach out to the Lord with a current need for you or a loved one, using a faith confession.  Talk to yourself about Jesus!)

Proverbs 9:10-11 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.  For by Me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.” 

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Steadfast Love and Mercy!

Scripture reading for October 24th:  Jeremiah 9-12, Hebrews 9

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 9:24, 27-28  “For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. . . “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.”

Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, entered the actual Holy of Holies in heaven.  He took the ultimate sacrifice, His own blood to atone for our sins.  He is coming back to earth again a second time, not to deal with sin again, but to save completely those who are trusting in Him!  What wisdom God and Christ have revealed to all who will hear!

Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus says the Lord:  “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your mercy to me to personally pay for my sins with Your own blood.  Thank You for revealing Your mercy to me!  Amen.

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Listen to Jesus!

Scripture reading for September 6th:  Proverbs 5-7, Colossians 1

Key Scriptures: Colossians 1:15-17  “He (Christ Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all created things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  

Jesus Christ is God!  He alone is over all creation, visible and invisible.  He is over all authority in heaven and on earth.  He created all things and He sustains all things.  He is before all things and will endure after all things!  What an awesome God we serve!  We would do well to pay attention to Him in everything!

Proverbs 5:1  “My son, pay attention to My wisdom, listen well to My words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.”

Prayer:  Lord, I worship You for Who You are–God Almighty, my Creator, author of all wisdom and giver of knowledge.  Give me ears to hear Your instruction today and always.  Amen.

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Humbly boasting in Christ!

Scripture reading for July 5th:  Job 37-40, 1st Corinthians 1

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 1:28-31 “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.””

Paul stated plainly that God chose the weak and lowly things of this world in order to shame the proud and those claiming to be wise.  Through Jesus Christ, God’s amazing wisdom, abundant righteousness, sanctification and redemption are available to all who humbly accept.  That’s something to humbly boast about!

Job 37:23-24 “The Almighty–we cannot find Him; He is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness He will not violate.  Therefore men fear Him; He does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Jesus Christ, our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption!  Help me to humbly boast in Him alone!

 

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