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The Better Life ~ Wisdom From God’s Word

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“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10)

Everybody has their own spiritual journey through God’s wisdom, no matter where you are in life. Be open to everyone’s own personal wisdom journey ~ God’s Word continues to teach each one of us personally (Proverbs 4).

The world considers the good life ~ Fast cars, bigger houses, wine, women and song, head knowledge, the more, the bigger, the merrier.

What do you consider the good life? Family, fishing, no worries, peace,  no pain,  financial security,  opportunities to learn,  info commercials (we’ll throw in two for the price of one), sunshine, Jesus in your life?

Do you experience God’s wisdom and power? Is God’s power evident in your life?

For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6). Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding (Proverbs 3:13). Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding (Proverbs 4:7).

So, how do you go from the good life to the better life?

Strengthen your faith. Read God’s Word and get to know Him personally. His purpose is to build you up. “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32).

Gain God’s wisdom, it will help…

Guide your decisions. “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). Gaining God’s wisdom is to benefit us and guide our decisions, to light our path. When we walk in darkness, we hurt ourselves and others.

Enhance your life. “He also taught me, and said to me; Let your heart retain My words, keep My commands and live…Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go, keep her, for she is your life” (Proverbs 4: 4-13). God’s wisdom is the key to our lives.

We should reflect upon God’s Word in a thoughtful way, appropriating its truths personally and applying them to life (Joshua 1:8).

Be rich in your relationship with Him, not in material things that will one day be no more.

God’s wisdom will…

Change your heart. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper that any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:13). God’s Word and wisdom is available and will set you free.

Let God cut away excess baggage. Its not easy, it will be miserable and hurt at first (like going through surgery, they have to cut you to get you better), but it will be worth it.

Some things that can keep you from understanding God’s Word: Difficulty~ There are many different translations are out there available that can help you understand. Familiarity ~ Familiarity breeds contentment. We don’t approach it with God’s wisdom and power. Priority ~ Read a Proverbs a day. DON’T let God’s Word lose its power in your life or breed contentment.

Prioritize God’s Word in your life.

Approach it with enthusiasm. “As new born babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,” (1 Peter 2:2). What is it you desire (crave) in life ~ coffee, chocolate, popcorn, vacationing? We must feed on the Word of God.

Experience it with consistency. “Bereans were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). It is not a matter of a period of time, it is being consistent. The devotional “The Daily Bread” is a great place to start, or reading a Proverbs a day. Keep it simple, yet DO IT everyday and your appetite and enthusiasm will grow. Just engage His Word consistently.

Discuss it with others. “These words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up” (Deut. 7:6-7). Share what you are learning. We all come from different backgrounds and we gain great insight hearing another share.

Act on it with immediacy (immediately). “Be doers of the word, not hearers only, deceiving yourselves…for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was” (James 1:22-24). The only way God’s Word can transform us is by applying it to our lives, to act upon it. What can I do with it today? How can I apply it to my life today?

Engage in God’s Word and see the appetite He gives you for His wisdom.

God’s Word is not information, it is transformation. It is not just to make us smart and wise, but to change us. It has the power and ability to change lives! Let Him and His wisdom show and teach you how to live the better live.

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Seeing People As God Sees Them

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Seeing through God’s eyes ~ Part 2

Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).

“But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8).

Now He was teaching in the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God (Luke 13:10-13).

Jesus noticed this woman and He notices you also. He knows every hair on your head!

Here are five things to help you see others…

1) Look around. How often do you observe those around you who need help?

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd (Matthew 9:36).

Attention is necessary for a healthy life. Like a baby who needs constant attention, so the lives of people need attention.

The Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26).

There is something peaceful when someone notices you. Life is good, life is peaceful. Connect with God. Connect with others. Slow down, you never see Jesus in a hurry. Have compassion on others.

2) Take a risk. Notice the cast away, lonely, down troddened. Jesus always took risks. A risk of what others will think of Him…

For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? (Matthew 5:46-47)

For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if one died for all, then all died…(2 Cor. 5:14).

Take a risk. Let someone know you’re going to pray for them. Do a random act of kindness. Who can you act like Jesus to?

3) Reach out to someone who is not receiving love.

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).

Ways to reach out:

Jesus saw her…Look around, observe those around you who need help.

Jesus spoke to her…Do you know the power of your words? They are powerful. They speak life or death, blessing or curses.

Jesus put His hands on her…He personally touched her. We all need human touch. It is very powerful.

Tell someone this week you love them and give them a great big hug!

4) Expect some criticism. Don’t be more concerned with policy than people.

The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Luke 7:34).

For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost (Matthew 18:11).

5) Seize the moment. Make a difference in someones life.

My little children, let us not love in the word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth (1 John 4:18).

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you,…(1 Thess. 3:12).

Do as Jesus did, you can’t  imagine or conceive what will take place!

Thyatira ~ A Tolerant Church

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You’ve Got Mail…What Jesus says to the churches

The trade was coming to them and they were becoming prosperous. Partying and immoral lifestyle become their way…Compromise, compromise (Rev. 2:18-29)

What is said about Jesus?

These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire (they are piercing), and His feet like fine brass (His footing is firm) (v.18).

He cares for us in the midst of difficulties. He holds our lives ~ He won’t drop us when we need Him to hold us.

What is said about the church?

He knows your work, love, service,  faith, and your patience, and as for your works, the last are more than the first. Nonetheless, I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent (vs. 19-21).

Don’t follow Jezebel’s teaching of adultery, sexual immorality, or idol worship (vs. 22-23). Don’t drop your guard in the midst of your faith journey.

Going through a season of life with all going well may be an expression of God’s patience (grace) and not His blessing.

He is waiting for us to REPENT. This says Jesus is so full of love and grace, He has patience with us. We CANNOT be engaged in “the world” and God’s both.

The challenge of faithful Christian’s? Hold fast what you have till I come (v.25).

Balance the truth and be tolerant ~ because Jesus sure does.  Grace, grace and more grace.

Truth without tolerance equals legalism…So about rules they forget about God’s love. People without joy, hateful, always measuring people, deceptive. Good on the outside, rotten on the inside.

Tolerance without truth equals compromise…tolerant, everythings just fine. So open minded their brains fall out.

Truth with tolerance equals balance…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).

So, how do we balance the two?

1. Is this a major or minor issue according to the Bible? Don’t major on the minors.

Principle: In major issues have unity. In minor issues have diversity. In all issues show grace.

2. Do you have a Biblical conviction about the issue? Know what God’s Word says.

Principle: If its doubtful, its dirty. God with what and how God convicts you (Romans 14:5-22).

3. How will your decision impact an immature believer? We are not an island of ourselves.

Principle: I have a responsibility to others.

4. Will this reflect my love for the Lord?

Principle: I must remember whose I am, then consider if an activity or attitude will demonstrate my love for jesus.

5. What would my spiritual role model do? WWJD…What Would Jesus Do?

Principle: Spend time with mature Christians

The incredible reward? I will give them the morning star (v. 28).

Jesus Christ Himself is the morning star. “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star (Rev. 22:16).

What role of influence can you play in another person’s life? Ask God to use you and that you will not compromise God’s truth of Jesus.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (v.29).

God’s truth is still the truth no matter what society says or does…

Pergamos ~ A Confused Church

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You’ve Got Mail…What Jesus says to the churches

What Jesus says to Pregamos, a confused church ~ Revelation 2:12-17

How do we live a godly life in a world that is far from God? How do we clear up confusion?

You’ve Got Mail…Go to God’s Word to read it.

Respect the authority of God’s Word. These things say, He who has the sharp two-edged sword (Rev. 2:12).
For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12)

The truth is the truth no matter what people think. There are many who won’t believe God’s Word, but that doe not stop the truth from being the truth. God’s truth will erase any doubt.  We all need a standard to live our lives. Let God’s Word be our standard ~ not the world.

Recognize the dangers of a lie. I know your works and where you dwell, where satan’s throne is…(Rev. 2:13-15). Keeping everyone satisfied ~ Everything is just fine ~ All roads lead to the same place. LIES!

* Satan’s throne warns us of the popular lie. A desire to just want to fit in ~ Everybody’s doing it. LIES! 

* The Balaamites ((Numbers 22-25) warn of the pleasure lie. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas ~ You can do this or that, it’s all okay ~ I’m not hurting anyone. LIES!

* The Nicolaitans warn us of the personality centered lie. Don’t align yourself to be led astray by leaders. You deserve better ~ You don’t need to be treated like that ~ Do your own thing, God just wants you to be happy. LIES! 

Repent of the sin of encouraging false teaching. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth (Rev. 2:16).

If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth,who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself (1 Timothy 6:3-5).

Lies make their way into our lives through relationships. Trust God’s truths above your thoughts, opinions, television, ads, magazines, etc. Don’t fall for the lies. Don’t be an enabler.

We can’t argue with the truth ~ truth is truth!

Rejoice in your relationship with Christ. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it (Rev. 2:17).

The hidden manna: Jesus Christ, Bread of Life, who wants to satisfy our needs.

The white stone: an intimate relationship for eternity with Jesus ~ between you and Jesus personally.

Don’t let your guard down. Don’t fall for the lies of the world. Stay faithful, don’t buy into the junk of our world today. Do what Jesus says ~ Have ears to hear what the Spirit says. He is faithful. Stand on the truthful promises of God. His Word is living, active, and intimate.

Remember, this world is not our home.