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March 21, 2013

Preparing for Home

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2 Corinthians 5:8-10. Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil. 

There are only 3 more days before we begin what the Christian Church calls Holy Week.  We’ve looked at a few verses in God’s written word about knowledge and wisdom and hopefully have decided to seek them through study, meditation, prayer and coming together with other believers.  We read Jesus grew in knowledge, stature and wisdom in the same way and also through obedience.  It’s a question of where we want to spend our time and efforts.  God has it for us to receive but we must commit to do our part.  I pray you will join me in continual growth as we wait and prepare for our Lore Jesus to take us home.

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March 20, 2013

Know His Voice

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Revelation 13:18. This calls for wisdom:  Let the one who has insight calculate the beasts number, for it is mans number, and his number is 666. 

As we prepare and watch for the return of Jesus for His Bride, the church of. Elite era, we are told to use insight and wisdom.  We are to be on guard for the anti-Christ.  Jesus warned many would come and claim to be Him (Jesus).  This is why it is so important for us to know His voice.  I will not write about pre, mid or post tribulation for the believers.  I am not concerned about the future because I know my future is in the hands of God.  Whatever er He allows me to face He will give me the knowledge and wisdom to do so in His love and grace.  Our question is have we practiced listening enough to know His voice?  When one we love talks we know them by their voice.  Let us be sure we know His.

March 19, 2013

The Lamb

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Revelation 5:12. all of whom were singing in a loud voice: “Worthy is the lamb who was killed to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might. and honor and glory and praise!”

Jesus is the Lamb Who received power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory and praise.  He received this because He walked this earth in total obedience to God the Father.  When we accept Jesus and follow Him we share in what He receives because He said we are joint heirs with Him.  As joint heirs and through His Holy Spirit we are given access to His power, wealth, wisdom and might.  Our question is are we willing to use what He has available for us?  If we are we must walk in obedience and not in self-indulgence.  We must walk in trust He will give us all we need to follow His example.  It is only through the shed blood of God’s perfect lamb, Jesus, that we become worthy of these gifts.  

March 18, 2013

Godly or Worldly Wisdom

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James 3:17. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical. 

Our question today is how do we discern the difference between what the world calls wisdom and the wisdom from God?  This verse describes the attributes of Godly wisdom.  Pure is without selfish motivation.  Peaceable brings agreeable results.  Gentle brings soft words when correction is needed.  Accommodating takes all needs into consideration.  Full of mercy shows empathy to those who are hurting.  Good fruit encourages the growth of the fruits of the Holy Spirit found in Galatians.  Impartial means not favoring the person or answer we like the best but the answer from God.  Not hypocritical is the follow through of living out the wisdom we presume to speak.  None of this is possible for us without knowledge of God’s Word and a willingness and commitment to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

March 17, 2013

Ask for Wisdom

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James 1:5. But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him.

Don’t have wisdom?  Ask God.  He will give us wisdom to use the knowledge we have received as we search His written word.  There is one thing we are told.  (James 1:6-7) “But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord,”. We must believe God’s faithful to do what He promises.  Wisdom is built on knowledge.  As we do our part,God will  do His part.  He has given us all we need.  We have His written words of wisdom in the Holy Bible.  We have His Holy Spirit to interpret the meaning of those words to us. We have brothers and sisters in the family of God to gather with and encourage each other through sharing the knowledge and wisdom we receive.  I walk in trust God gives me wisdom to write these devotions.  Will you also walk in trust?  He is faithful to give you the wisdom to share the knowledge with others n the way He calls you’ve it writing, speaking, helping, leading, healing or any other ministry.  

March 16, 2013

Far and Wide

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2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

No one is ever too young (or too old) to have the Word of God, the scriptures contained in the Hole Bible, share with them.  Jochebed, the mother of Moses, had only 3 years to fill him with the holy writings.  Then he was taken to a worldly university to grow in the ways of the Egyptians.  It was the words and wisdom implanted in him his first 3 years that made possible his receptivity to God’s direction to lead the Hebrews from the slavery in Egypt to establish the nation of Israel.  Through this came later great leaders and even the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. We never know how far and wide our words will lead.  Our question is are we learning and sharing the words of knowledge and wisdom found in the Holy Bible?

March 15, 2013

Conduct Ourselves

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Colossians 4:5. Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities.

Our question is what are we to do with the wisdom we receive?  We are to use it.  We are to (Colossians 4:6) “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone.”  So often we let opportunities pass by.  Doors and ears are open to hear and receive the good news of God’s salvation but we are so distracted with our own thoughts, we fail to see them.  Our speech is often rushed or self-centered instead of gracious.  Sometimes it is seasoned with harshness and selfishness rather than the tastiness of the salt of God’s love.  Let s start our days asking God to make us more alert to the voice os His Holy Spirit showing us open doors and ears and speaking with gracious words of love to share the salt of His salvation with others.  

March 14, 2013

Dwell in Us

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Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God.

Let the word of Christ dwell in us. To dwell means to reside or live. First we must know the word of Christ. His word is recorded for us in the Holy Bible. For the word to dwell in us we must read, study meditate and ask the Holy Spirit to show us hoW to apply it to our lives in our time and place. We are not only to do this, we are to share what we learn with others and encourage them with what we have learned. We are also to sing the words as music helps bring the words into our emotions and beings. With all of this comes humility as we grow to understand who we are in comparison to Who Christ is. Our question is will we choose to make the effort to Obey this so we may be rich n Christ Jesus?

March 13, 2013

Walk the Talk

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Colossians 2:23. Even though they have the appearance of wisdom with their self-imposed worship and false humility achieved by an unsparing treatment of the body-a wisdom with no true value-they in reality result in fleshly indulgence. 

Many people are full of good talk.  The expound on things to show how much they know.  The say they are humble so much that there seems to be pride in their “humility.”  They are quick to give advice and tell others what they should do.  At a glance they seem full of wisdom.  We are told to look at the fruits and not so much at the person.  It is by the fruits in Galatians 5 that we can determine the knowledge and wisdom of a person.  As I have been writing this Lenten series on knowledge and wisdom and am amazed at the responses.  I know my knowledge and wisdom are quite limited.  Without the trust that God gives me the words to write I could write nothing.  Jesus said the stones could praise Him if the people were silent.  God used a mule to speak to a prophet.  Our question is are we willing to listen and then do our part in opening our mouth or writing what we hear?  God has something for each one of us to hear and share.  What does He want you to hear and share today?  How does He want you to share it?  When we quit hearing it is because we haven’t followed through with what we last heard.  May I encourage you to listen today and share with someone what you hear.

March 12, 2013

Assurance Brings Wisdom

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Colossians 2:2-3. My goal is that their hearts, having been knit together in love, may be encouraged, and that they may have all the riches that assurance brings in their understanding of the knowledge of the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

One thing that blocks us from understanding the knowledge and mystery of aged through His Son, Jesus, is the lack of unity in love; love of and in Christ as well as love of each other.  We concentrate on the differences of beliefs, interpretations, culture, financial and social positions rather than our unity of being in the family of God.  We say what church or denomination we attend before we say we are a follower of Jesus Christ.  Our question is are we willing to overlook our differences and look at the love God has for us and the love through His Holy Spirit He wants to give us for each other?  Wo are we not to love someone God loves?  Let us choose the unity of love and open our minds and hearts to the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ, His love for the Father and for us and His obedience to the Father. 

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