Tag: wisdom

Grace and wisdom to live righteously!

Scripture reading for November 8th:  1st Peter 2, Psalm 75-6, Proverbs 8

Key Scriptures:  1st Peter 2:20-24  “For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure?  But if you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.  For to this you have  been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps.  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth.  When He was reviled, he did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly.  He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.”  

Peter commended those who were suffering for their good deeds and because of their identification with Jesus Christ.  He said that their endurance was graciously noted by God.  Why?  Because suffering believers are following Christ’s example.  He never suffered because He sinned, but because He was righteous and was identifying with us.  In Him we have the power of sin broken and ability to live and even suffer in righteousness.  His grace through the cross sets us free.

Faith Confession:  I embrace the example of Jesus Christ for the grace to suffer for doing His will and wisdom to live for righteously.

Proverbs 8:10-11 “Take My instruction instead of silver and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.”  

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Our Great High Priest

Scripture reading for October 17th:  Hebrews 4, Psalm 58, Proverbs 23

Key Scriptures: Hebrews 4:14-16  “Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  

The writer of Hebrews saw Jesus Christ as our great High Priest.  He was able to come to our aid, because He had been tempted in all ways like other human beings.  Unlike other humans, Jesus Christ was without sin.  Because of this, death and the grave could not hold Him and He was resurrected to the right hand of God.  We can have confidence to draw near to Him on the throne of grace and find help and mercy anytime we need it.

Faith confession:  I have a great High Priest, Jesus Christ, who understands my weakness and is able to come to my aid.  I can go to Him anytime and have confidence in His wisdom, instruction,  mercy and help.

Proverbs 23:22-23 “Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.  Buy truth, and do not sell it; by wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”  

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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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