How To be “Considered Wise”

Proverbs 17:27–28 “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”

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What is God saying? The silent seem smart.

How will I obey? Be quick to listen and slow to speak with my family today.

Who will I tell? My daughter Anna. She has her head on my shoulder right now as I finish my personal Devo.

How can you apply this verse to your life today? 

Our Leader is a Need Meeter – Psalms 107:19-20

Psalms 107:19-20 “’LORD, help!’ they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.”

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What is God saying? God is a “need meeting” Leader. In times of trouble we can cry out to Him for help.

How can we obey? Go to Him in prayer and ask Him to “give us this day our daily bread.” Specifically, I am going to Him with a troubled heart asking Him to lead me.

Who will we tell? Tell someone today about our “need meeting” Leader.

Are you in trouble, distress, sickness or even facing death? Cry out to God for help. 

As part of my desire to follow Jesus everyday, I am reading the One Year Bible and daily asking the questions above.

A Supernatural Change of Heart

Note: I fasted from social media pictures (FB, Instagram) and from my blog during the Easter season to focus more on my private prayer life. It was incredible and transformational. I challenge you to consider what good things may distract you from the greatest things and consider times of fasting to focus your life on following Jesus everyday.

Deuteronomy 30:6 “The LORD your God will change (literally circumcise) your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love Him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!”

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What is God saying to me? Moses has been speaking to Israel at length about the need to listen to and obey God. Remember the Shema: “Love the Lord your God with all you heart, with all your soul and with all your might.” Now Moses says that even this response will happen as a result of God’s work in their lives – GRACE.

How will I obey? I am going to ask God in prayer to change my heart and the hearts of my kids to love Him completely so that we may live.

Who will I tell? Miller.

Are you trying to love God with all your heart and soul on your own? Invite Him to do open heart surgery.

As part of my desire to follow Jesus everyday, I am reading the One Year Bible and daily asking the questions above.

What happens when someone who knows Scripture becomes a Jesus follower? – Matthew 13:52

Matthew 13:52 “Then (Jesus) added, ‘Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.’”

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What is God saying to me? God can do incredible things with someone who knows the Bible that “becomes a disciple.” I am reminded of the testimony of Paul.

How will I obey? I know a gifted teacher who is educated in the Scripture. I will look for an opportunity to train him to follow Jesus as a disciple.

Who will I tell? The PLT

Do you know the Bible? Follow Jesus everyday and watch him pull gems of truth out of your storeroom.

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

“But, I’m a good person…” – Matthew 9:12-13

Matthew 9:12-13 “When Jesus heard this, he said, ‘Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.’ Then he added, ‘Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: “I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.” For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.’”

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What is God saying to me? Many “think they are righteous” apart from Jesus. “But, I am a good person…” As I seek to follow Jesus everyday, I must destroy this mentality in me.

How will I obey? I want to read more into my new identity as a saint that occasionally sins as it relates to this verse. I just added this article to my reading list for later today: http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2012/01/sinners-who-are-forgiven-or-saints-who-sin-robert-saucy/

Who will I tell? My accountability partner

Apart from Jesus, Do you think you are righteous or do you know you are a sinner?

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

Living with Faith in God’s Faithful Love – Psalms 138:8

Psalms 138:8 “The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.”

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What is God saying to me? Three days ago God gave Rebecca and me our second daughter. Ellie (fullness of God) Marie (asked of Child) was born healthy after a complicated pregnancy. We are overwhelmed with thankfulness. This morning I started in my Bible reading plan by reading Psalm 138 out loud over Rebecca and Ellie. It blessed us so much that we read it out loud a second time. It is a Psalm of thanksgiving (vv.1,4) in response to God’s faithful and loving involvement in our lives.

How will I obey? The NLT’s placement of the word FOR in verse 8 challenges me. “The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” David is able to be confident in God’s plans being accomplished in his life because of his faith in God’s faithful love. In addition, he prays for God’s involvement in his life in light of God’s faithful love. Today, I want to be confident in and pray for God’s plans being accomplished in Ellie’s life. I want to do the same in relation to Rebecca’s recovery. However, I don’t approach him not knowing His character. I must have faith in God’s faithful love.

Who will I tell? Rebecca

How can you live with an active faith in God’s faithful love today?

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

A Heart Transplant – Ezekiel 36:25-27     

Ezekiel 36:25-27 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.”

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What is God saying to me? God is a God of new life. He washes us, gives us a new heart and gives us His Spirit. Why? “So that you will follow My decrees and be careful to obey My regulations.”

How will I obey? Knowing I am clean, new and empowered by the Spirit, I will obey today. I will claim this identity, out loud, throughout the day.

Who will I tell? The men who hold me accountable.

If you are a Christian, do you know you are clean, new and empowered by the Spirit? Be who you are.

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

Turning Blessings Into Idols – Ezekiel 16:16

Ezekiel 16:16 “You used the lovely things I gave you to make shrines for idols, where you played the prostitute. Unbelievable! How could such a thing ever happen?”

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What is God saying to me?  I’m struck by the reality that we often take the blessings that God gives us and turn them into idols.  Maybe it is vocation, appearance, giftedness, a home, vacation, hobby or even a friend, spouse or child.

How will I obey?  How could this happen? Blessings become idols when we do not remember who gave them to us.  God says “You used the lovely things I gave to you… (italics mine)”  When we remember where the blessing comes from, we praise the creator, not the creature (Romans 1:25).

Who will I tell? Rebecca

Take a minute to thank God for the greatest blessings in your life.  Worship Him not them.

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

 

“Let all My Words sink deep into your own heart first… then go…” Ezekiel 3

Ezekiel 3:1-4 (NLT) The voice said to me, “Son of man, eat what I am giving you—eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he fed me the scroll. “Fill your stomach with this,” he said. And when I ate it, it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. Then he said, “Son of man, go to the people of Israel and give them my messages.”

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Ezekiel 3:10-11 Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not.”

What is God saying to me? I cannot pass what I do not possess. I must take in God’s Word deeply before I can give it out.

How will I obey? I am going to adjust my morning devos this week and emphasize prayer before I begin to read Scripture. I will ask the Holy Spirit to fill my stomach and let all His Words sink deep into my heart.

Who will I tell? The team that I teach with in our church.

How can you ingest more of God’s Word?

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

Leaders, are you offering superficial treatments for a mortal wound? – Jeremiah 6:13-14

Jeremiah 6:13-14 “From the least to the greatest, their lives are ruled by greed. From prophets to priests, they are all frauds. They offer superficial treatments for my people’s mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when there is no peace.” – God

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Praying for God’s people in my city to find true healing.

What is God saying to me? It is clear that the sin of God’s people falls back on the leaders of God’s people. “The priests did not ask, ‘Where is the lord?’ Those who taught my word ignored me, the rulers turned against me, and the prophets spoke in the name of Baal, wasting their time on worthless idols” (v.2:8). “So I will go and speak to their leaders. Surely they know the ways of the LORD and understand God’s laws.” But the leaders, too, as one man, had thrown off God’s yoke and broken his chains” (v.5:5). Clearly, the leaders of God’s people are offering superficial treatments for a mortal wound.

How will I obey? As a leader of God’s people, I must not teach life and it improved but Jesus and Him crucified. He is the only one that can heal our mortal wound. Also in our One Year Bible reading today: “For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross” (Colossians 1:19-20).

Who will I tell? My morning Bible study.

Do you know Jesus? Do you know how He can treat your mortal wound and heal you from the inside out? If not, please e-mail me through the links provided or extend a blind comment to this post. There is no greater joy in my life than to help people follow Jesus.

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.