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ASK FOR WISDOM

Do you have a situation that seems to have no answer?   James chapter one says that if we lack wisdom we should ask God for wisdom.  He wants to give us wisdom.  But we should ask for wisdom AFTER we have decided what we really want to know - so that we will not be wishy-washy in our thinking after we have asked God for wisdom.  What is the point in asking God for wisdom and then doing our own thing?  We must remember that God is the one with the answers to our problems.  We must remember that every day. True wisdom comes from God who loves us and wants to give us the answers.  

WISDOM - UNDERSTANDING

 Do you lack wisdom?  Do you lack understanding?  The Word of God is the only place to find either or both of them.  Proverbs say that God has wisdom and gives understanding.  According to Timothy, we are to be workmen that do not have to be ashamed, because we study the Bible and rightly understand what God is saying.  Are you saying that you don’t understand ALL the Bible?  No one does, but don’t let that be an excuse for not trying to understand.  Ask for understanding before you begin to read.  Meditate on what you are reading and understanding, then put into action what you have read.

POWER OF GOD

 The power of God in His Word will become the power of God in us as we read, speak, meditate, and live daily the Word of God in our lives.  EASY?  NO!  But we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.  We have the Holy Spirit to guide, comfort, instruct, and reveal God’s Word and His ways to us.  Let us listen and live in the power of God each day. May we walk with peace on our feet and joy in hearts as we live, and move, and have our being in the wonderful Word of the living God!  

GROWING FAITH

 Faith that grows must be based on the Word of God.  It cannot based on anything else.  Many times we begin to believe and then we see things happening that cause us to quit standing on the promises of God.  People who we think have more faith than we have are those who know what God has said and they are not moved by what they see.  They are not moved by what they hear or feel.  They are only moved by what God’s Word says.  Most people are not there, but we should strive to get there.  Faith becomes strong as we hear, speak, meditate, and obey God’s Word.

EXERCISE

 Faith is a gift from God so now the question is: what are you doing with your faith?  Romans 12 says that God has given to every man THE measure of faith.  What does that mean?  It means that we are all given the same amount of faith.  You say: NO!  That’s not true, but it is true.  No! I have a friend that has a lot more faith than I do!  Your friend is exercising more than you are.  How do you exercise?  You read a promise of God, you meditate on it and then you DO what He said. You must then let that promise become reality in your life continually.  Easy?  NO!  Necessary?  YES!!

BRIGHT LIGHTS

 As the world around us grows darker, we must let our light shine brighter and brighter every day. Proverbs 4: 18-19 (AMP) But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day [to be prepared]. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.

OUR REFUGE

May we always remember that God is our refuge and meditate on  the words of the Psalmist David:  Psalm 62: 5-8 (KJV) My soul, wait thou only upon God; for thy expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.  (Selah means that we should meditate on these things)

FAITH

 What is faith?  Well, is it trust in God?  Or is it obeying God?  No.  Trusting God and obeying God are the results of having faith.   Do you realize that faith is a gift?  Do you realize that grace is a gift?  Ephesians 2:8-9, are very familiar scriptures to most people, but many times we fail to pay attention to ALL the words.  We are saved by grace through faith neither of which we had operating in us before we received Jesus.  The rest of the verse says IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD.  We cannot work to receive God’s free gift.  We receive it. Then faith grows by hearing and acting on God’s Word.  In these days, we will only be able “to stand” if our faith is grounded in what God has to say.

THOUGHTS

 What we see and hear are part of our emotional make-up. Many times what we hear is not the truth and what we see is not the truth, but we let  our minds meditate on these untruths.  When we do that we cause ourselves great grief.  We cannot allow ourselves to turn lies into truth in our mind and expect no problems.  What am I talking about?  Relationships for one thing.  We can not allow ourselves to always think people are talking about us, or they are rejecting us, or they are trying to influence someone else to dislike us.  We must know who we are in Jesus. We are accepted by God because of Jesus’ sacrifice. God loves us.  Let that be your thought today. Cast all other thoughts away and praise God. Walk by faith and not by sight.

LOVE, JOY, PEACE

 When love, joy, and peace rule in your heart, people will want to have what you have.  This is some of the spiritual fruit that is missing in today’s world.  It is not an easy thing to walk in love with people or to be JOYFUL while you do it, but if we can learn to keep our emotions under control we will have the wonderful blessing of living daily in the peace of God.  In this world today, living in the peace of God is a marvelous thing that we all need to do.  Not many people have peace in their lives.  Most live in a chaotic state of mind and activity.  They will be drawn to those of us who are walking in the love of God, the strength of His joy, and letting His peace rule our lives.  Be light!  Be salt! Let Jesus rule and reign in you.