Thursday, June 18, 2009, 5:04 PM [General]


    Ephesians 1:13 (KJV)
    13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
    As I was looking at Ephesians 1:13, I was very encouraged!  One commentary explained that Paul, when speaking about being sealed, was talking about an official mark of identification on a document·  The person who placed the mark on the document had the authority.  You and I, because we have received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, are sealed.  God has placed His mark of authority on us.  A seal is for security and preservation, according to Strong's Concordance.  Because we're sealed by divine authority, we can know that we are secure and that we will be preserved!
     King Darius, an earthly king could not change anything to which he had placed his seal.  (Daniel 6:17)  Our God is a God who does not waver.  He does not change His mind..  (James 1:17)  Whatever He says He will do, He does! Psalm 119:160 (NIV)  160 All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.   Pilate ordered a seal placed on the tomb where they laid Jesus.  (Matthew 27:62-66)  He trusted that it would be secure.  How wonderful is it that Jesus has power over everything!  He rose from the dead, showing that we cannot trust in man for our security.  Psalm 146:3 (NIV) 3 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.  Pilate was a powerful figure but even his seal could not make anything secure.  A higher seal had been placed by the Father on Jesus.  He was delivered from the grave.  And so shall we be!
    Are you feeling insecure this morning?  The world tells us that everything is insecure.  Who will we believe.?  We may feel insecure because of our changing world.  Nevertheless, we know that we serve a God who is our security.  He gave His Word.  It was signed by the very blood of Jesus.  You and I are equipped with all we need.  Hebrews 13:20-21 (TLB)  20 And now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, 21 equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he who became the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting agreement between God and you, signed with his blood, produce in you through the power of Christ all that is pleasing to him. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen. Yes!  Everything has been signed and sealed!  We are delivered from our sins.  Colossians 1:12-14 (KJV)  12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  We are delivered from deception and temptation.   2 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
    9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: I am so encouraged this morning to remember that I am signed, sealed and delivered!  Delivered from the past, delivered in the present, and delivered in the future! 
    2 Corinthians 1:10-11 (NIV)  10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. What a joy to know.  What a hope to cling to.  Our God has made us His very own.  He has delivered us.  He will deliver us today.  And, he will continue to deliver us until we reach that place He is preparing for us!  (John 14:3
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    Friendship and the Responsibility that it Fosters

    Thursday, June 18, 2009, 10:08 AM [General]

    Readers responding to friendship request:

    Even though I made it perfectly clear that my intentions were honest and honorable, I believe that my responder is looking for more than friendship. For future references, friendship is lovely, and an opportunity to exchange ideas, and to be supportive, in no way meant to be a provocative encounter. Due to this young lady's senitive situation I will again look to more clearly define, what is to be a friendly coorespondence. I believe it is wise to continue a friendship for all to participate through the medium made available@ Beliefnet, and to be openly shared for all friends to read and enjoy.

    Naomi's Letter:


    I am more than happy in your reply to my email. How was your day? Mine is a little bit hot over here in Dakar Senegal. My name is Naomi ducas. I 'm 24, from Congo in West Africa, 5.10ft tall, Fair in complexion,(never married before) and presently i am residing in the refugee camp here in Dakar as a result of the civil war going on now  in my country.My late father Dr ALEFO DUCAS was the managing director of alco and Associates (Ltd) and he was  the personal advicer to the former head of state before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and killed my mother and my father in cold blood.
    It was only me that is alive now and I managed to make my way to a near by country Senegal where i am  living now in a refugee camp,

    and this computer is belonging to a reverend that has a church here in the camp.I would like to know more about you.Your likes and dislikes,your hobbies and what you are doing presently. I will tell you more about myself in my next mail. Attached here is my picture. .Like to see yours.
    Hoping to hear from you soonest.
    Miss Naomi DUCAS.

    NB I Agree to develop a long and seriouse relationship with you, but you must prove your sincerity now by delecting your profile so that i will be sure that you are no longer searching or seeing anyother woman because i am a jealiouse love sorry to say it, but i love telling the truth. I wait your reponce as soon as you delect your profile


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    To the Praise of His Glory

    Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 3:20 PM [General]


    Ephesians 1:12 (KJV)
    12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ
    The Apostle, Paul, was very excited about reminding us of all the blessings we have if we are in Christ.  He spent many verses in Ephesians 1, describing them.  He was among the first to trust in Christ.  He realized that it was not only so God could give him all the blessings he mentioned.  The best of these things would be that Paul would point to God's glory.  He knew he was destined and appointed to praise God.  You and I have also been given so much because we are in Christ.  All of that is not just to make us happy, although it really does!  It's so our lives can glorify God.  It's so others can see His glory in us.  Can they? 
    King David knew that, in order to glorify God, he had to be taught in God's ways.  Psalm 86:11 11 Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.  David wanted to glorify God.  Psalm 86:12 (NLT) 12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever,  Is that our desire this morning?  Is that our desire every moment of our lives?  It's not always easy to live lives that glorify God.  Those around us may not know Him yet.  They may be living worldly lives and some of the things that they do and have may be very attractive.  But, when we see those things and may be tempted by them, we need to remember just how much we've been given because we are in Christ.  The things of this world will pass away but the things God has given us will last forever.  With that in mind, it will be so much easier to do what the Apostle Peter urges us to do.  1 Peter 2:11-12 (NLT)  11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world. Everyone will, at God's appointed time, have to give Him the glory He deserves.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to, at that time, find out that our lives have been a testimony to his glory?  A testimony that cannot be denied.
    Peter also lets us know that we may very well have to suffer if our lives are proof that we are in Christ.  1 Peter 4:16 (NKJV)  
    16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.  Of course this suffering that Peter talks about is not the suffering that comes from our own wrong choices.  It is suffering because we have done right in the middle of a wrong world.  Can we glorify God if we suffer because of our testimony for Christ?  Or do we still have lots of anger inside of us that makes us lose our testimony if we are persecuted?  If we don't purpose, like David, to study, meditate on, and practice living in God's ways, given us in His Word, we will not have what it takes to bear up under undeserved persecution.  If we don't make a choice, like David, to glorify God now and forever, we may faint when persecution comes.  It is not only God's will that we should glorify Him daily, and even under trial great trial.  It is His will that we should glorify Him, even in death.  Peter really messed up just about the time that Jesus needed Him most.  Later on, because Peter was repentant, God used Him mightily.  Peter did glorify God as he was highly instrumental in the increase of believers in His day.  Peter did all of that in spite of the fact that Jesus had given him a peek at what would happen at the end of his life on earth.  It was not pleasant.  
    John 21:18-19 (NIV) 18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go."  19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!"  There are indications that Peter did, indeed, die an excruciating death.  Even in his death, Peter brought glory to God, just as Jesus said he would.  It's hard to imagine that kind of thing.  How could  Peter do that?  Peter turned from his old ways at the moment Jesus said, "Follow me."  Now, this wasn't the first time Peter had heard those words from Jesus.   Matthew 4:18-19 (KJV)  18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.  Peter had heard them before and tried.  He probably tried in his own strength.  He failed.  John 18:25  (ASV)  25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said therefore unto him, Art thou also one of his disciples? He denied, and said, I am not. Peter actually failed the test three times!  So, how did he become such a great apostle?  He was chosen.  Maybe you have been called and failed the test.  Maybe you have tried in your own strength and messed up like Peter.  It's not too late.  Turn and follow Jesus again.  Bring glory to God like Peter did when he finally realized his calling.  It's not really about the successes and failures that you and I experience.  It's all about God and His good plan.  We may fail at times but God never fails.  That, in itself, is reason to live for His glory!    Philippians 1:11 (NLT)  11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
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    Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 6:40 PM [General]


    Ephesians 1:11 (KJV)
    11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
    There is quite a bit of conjecture on Ephesians 1:11.  I confess that I am not intellectual enough to know who, among men, is right.  I do know one thing.  God is always right.  Even though you and I may not completely understand His plans and purposes, they are full of wisdom and His will is perfect, without flaw.  Because He was not willing that any should perish, He withdrew from the Jews, His originally chosen people, for a while because of their disobedience.  While that may have seemed cruel, it resulted in a place being made in the Kingdom of God for the gentiles.    Romans 11:13-17 (NLT)  13 I am saying all this especially for you Gentiles. God has appointed me as the apostle to the Gentiles. I stress this,  14 for I want somehow to make the people of Israel jealous of what you Gentiles have, so I might save some of them. 15 For since their rejection meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world, their acceptance will be even more wonderful. It will be life for those who were dead! 6 And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too. 17 But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree.
    God did all of this out of the good counsel of His will.  He worked it all out, from the disciplining of the Jews to the ingrafting of the gentiles.  His work is always powerful and effective, unlike some of our feeble attempts to get a job planned, executed, and completed.  He had all of this planned before He ever started creating!  When Job was being tested, he could not understand it.  But, God had a purpose, one that Job could not yet see.  Many times we can't understand the things that happen to us.  But, we can know this.  Everything that God does is good.  He made good choices before we were ever placed on this earth.  He made good plans for those who will trust Him.  (Jeremiah 29:11)    Job was totally devastated.  He didn't understand it at all.  Yet, he made this exclamation.   "Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him."  (Job 13:15)  Job could not see the purposes of God while He was in that place of testing.  We can't always see them either.  But, we know, by the fact that we're seeking God, that somehow, in His infinite wisdom, He has chosen us as His own.  John 15:16 (NIV)  16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Even in our troubled times, He is with us. Even when we don't understand all the details, we, like Joshua, can receive these words from the Lord.  Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)  8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
    There may be portions of the scripture we don't quite understand fully.  There may be times of trial by which we are baffled.  God is able and willing to teach us, when it is His time, and to give us more revelation.  God is able to take us through or deliver us from those times of trial, making us more mature in Him.  He does this because He has chosen us.  According to His plan.  That plan may be more intricate than we can wrap our minds around totally.  Whether we understand everything or not, we can trust our Heavenly Father.  His choice is to give good gifts to His children.  (Matthew 7:11)  His choice is to have obedient children.  (John 15:10)   Yes, He made these choices and then called us to Himself.    Romans 8:29-30 (NLT)  29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. God has also chosen to love those He called.  Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)  38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. I can't understand how a perfect God could have such a great love for sinful men!  But I receive it, along with the rest of His plans.  Wherever we are in our walk with God this morning, we can trust that He had it all perfectly planned and that His love will hold and shelter us until, as the old hymn says, "We'll understand it better by and by." 
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    In the Fullness of Time

    Monday, June 15, 2009, 1:40 PM [General]


    Ephesians 1:10 (KJV)
    10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
    Have you ever done the right thing at the wrong time?  The results can be less than admirable.    Timing means so much.  I'm so glad that God's timing is perfect.  It may not always feel perfect.  But since God is perfect, his timing is also perfect.  Before God ever made the world or made you and me, He had a plan.  He had already factored in everything and counted the cost for His creation.  Because He is God, He knew exactly what would happen and made plans to take care it.  Don't ask me how He knew.  We just have to know that He knows everything!  (1 Samuel 2:3)
    The plan that God had before the creation of the world is still in effect.  All that He has planned to do so far, He has done.  We can see it throughout the Bible.  Because He knew that mankind would be lured away from Him by the evil one, He offered His only Son to save us from our sin.  Because of Jesus, we can now have a right relationship with our Heavenly Father again.  He not only created us, He gave us the opportunity to make choices, and then He sent His Son to pay for our wrong choices!  He loves us so much that He bought back what was His in the first place!  But, He didn't do it at just any time.  He did it at just the right time, and in accordance with His good plan!  Galatians 4:4-7 (TLB)  4 But when the right time came, the time God decided on, he sent his Son, born of a woman, born as a Jew,  5 to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law so that he could adopt us as his very own sons.  6 And because we are his sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, so now we can rightly speak of God as our dear Father.  7 Now we are no longer slaves but God’s own sons. And since we are his sons, everything he has belongs to us, for that is the way God planned.  God is still in the process of working out His good plan and once again, at just the right time, He will bring everything together under the authority of Jesus!  Ephesians 1:10 (NLT)  10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.  Jesus operated in God's timing.  We see Him declare in Mark 1:15, "At last the time has come!.....God's Kingdom is near!"  Jesus did everything at just the right time, as He worked to fulfill God's plan.  One day, because of His obedience, God has planed to bring all things in heaven and earth together and we will see Jesus as King of Kings over everything.   It will happen at just the right time. 
    In the meantime, God is being patient because He wants every one of us to repent.  (2 Peter 3:9)  He lets us know, though, that there is an urgency in His call to us.  2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (NLT)  1 As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.  2 For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.  For each of us, the right time is today.  If we have not received the free gift of salvation, today is the day to accept it.  If we have received it, today is the day to meditate on it, be thankful for it, and walk in it.  A wise person will not ignore it!  Today, you may be going through some challenging times.  In those times, we need to remember that God has a plan.  If we are following Him, His plans for us are good.  They are not to harm us.  (Jeremiah 29:11)  He will carry out His good plans for each of us in His perfect timing.  We may feel like we cannot endure much longer.  But, God, in His perfect plan and His perfect time is perfecting us!  In our troubles, God's plan is not to crush us but to complete us.  1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV) 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  He cares for each of us.  Philippians 1:6 (GW)  6 I'm convinced that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus. He is conforming us, even as He completes us.  (Romans 8:28-29)  All things are working together for good.  They may not feel like good but they are in our lives, at this time, to make us ready for the time when God will bring everything together under the authority of Christ.  At that time, everything will bow to Him.  There is a contemporary worship song that says, "Come, Now Is The Time To Worship."  Now is the time!  When, in His time, God brings everything under the authority of Christ, wouldn't it be wonderful if we were already voluntarily bowing and confessing that He is Lord?   Philippians 1:9-11 (NLT )  9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,  10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Today, as that same worship song says, "the greatest treasure remains for those who gladly seek You now."  God does things at just the right time, for His good pleasure, and to give us a good future.  All the time is the time that we are called to submit to His timing and worship Him.  Come, now is the time to worship!  We can't possibly be out of God's timing when we are worshipping Him and giving Him the glory that belongs to Him!
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    Monday, June 15, 2009, 9:50 AM [General]

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    Making known unto us the Mystery of His Will..

    Sunday, June 14, 2009, 7:08 PM [General]


    Ephesians 1:9 (KJV)
    9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
    Today, there may be a chance that you are hearing about salvation in Christ for the very first time.  Before today, it was, perhaps, a mystery to you.  But, if you read His Word today and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, that mystery will be revealed to you.  If you are already a believer, it is a mystery no longer!  I remember when my sister and I were very young children.  My parents loved to surprise us at Christmas-time.  They were very good at keeping secrets.  Even if we did see packages in the top shelves of the closet, they were wrapped so that we could not see the contents.  They managed to keep everything a mystery to us until Christmas morning. Oh, the delight in coming out in the morning and seeing things we never thought we would get!
    God planned for you and me to be able to receive salvation.  Whether we are of Jewish descent or Gentile, we can receive it.  Salvation was still a mystery until God sent His Son and the ground under the cross was made level.  The revealed mystery is made plain to those who are in Christ.  What a blessing to know that we can have a new life.  We might be a doctor, a lawyer, a janitor, or a homeless person on the street, yet we all have the same opportunity.  A new life in Christ.  Colossians 3:11 (NLT)  11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.  When we receive the gift of that new life, the mystery is revealed.  All nations can believe and obey God if they choose to do so.  (Romans 16:25-27)   Anyone can receive eternal life.  (John 3:16)  Whoever will can receive Jesus.  Have you, by your free will, made that choice?  It isn't a mystery any longer.
    Why would God reveal this great mystery to an undeserving world?  Because He it was His delight to do so.  Just as it was the delight of my parents to reveal the contents of those Christmas packages, it was God's delight to reveal the fact that, in Christ, we can receive salvation.  My parents did not reveal those presents until it was just the right time.  God purposed to reveal the mystery of salvation at just the right time.  His time.  Galatians 4:4-5 (AMP)  4 But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law, 5 To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to tone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons].  As God told the Israelites long ago, He has good plans for His children.  (Jeremiah 29:11)  All those days before Christmas, my sister and I would long for the desires of our little-girl hearts.  We would wonder if it was really possible that we could have them.  Many times, it looked impossible.  Yet, I cannot remember a time when we were disappointed.  Our parents loved us and wanted to give us good gifts.  They purposed in their hearts to do it and they purposed when to do it.  How much more does our Heavenly Father love us and want to give us good gifts?  Matthew 7:9-11 (NLT)  9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?   10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!  11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.  Today is a good day to open that gift of salvation if we haven't already done so.  On Christmas morning, my parents revealed the gifts they had for my sister and I.  It would have broken their hearts if we ignored those gifts.  Do you suppose God's heart is breaking because there are some who ignore the revelation of the, once mysterious, gift of salvation?  If we have opened the gift of salvation, have we taken that gift and put it on a shelf or tossed it aside among less valuable things, forgetting that it's truly the greatest gift we have ever received?  Or, are we in partnership with God, helping others to see His mystery revealed?  God has made the mystery of His will perfectly clear.  What is that?  1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)  9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  His will for you and me is clear.  Repent and be saved!  Receive abundant life instead of death.  (John 10:10)   Aren't you glad that God chose to reveal His will and purpose rather than let it remain a mystery? 
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    Some of MySpace Friends: Music and Ministry

    Sunday, June 14, 2009, 1:34 PM [General]

    All Friends| # Click on any one of these artists and hear their music or blogs

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    From Beatirce's Page: A sneak peak!

    Sunday, June 14, 2009, 12:03 PM [General]

      BEATRICE's Blurbs
    About me:

    Get your own glitter and more at
    I love to sing to and about the Lord and write morning devotionals for my website, WWW.SONGANDAPRAYER.NET. You can find me reading or studying the Bible every day. I love the Lord and want to be like Him (but have a very long way to go!). I am married to Fred who has stuck with me for 28 years! All together we have six children (four are mine and two are his).They are all "ours". We have committed them all to the Lord, along with our grandchildren, great grandchild and those yet to be born. We have ten grandchildren and one great-granchild (with another on the way!) God has truly and bountifully blessed us in spite of ourselves!! I'm really too young for all of that but, hey, they are all a blessing and I love them fiercely!

    Who I'd like to meet:
    YOU! Please sign my guestbook.....

    I'd like to meet Guy Penrod, singer in the Gaither Vocal Band. What spirit and what a voice! Sure wish I could sing with him one day!! I would also like to meet people of all ages who have a desire to glorify the Lord and take the Church outside the walls.

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    God has given Christ as our Wisdom

    Saturday, June 13, 2009, 7:46 PM [General]

    Ephesians 1:8 (KJV)
    8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
    When we are in Christ, we are abundantly blessed, above and beyond belief!  If today, you find yourself outside of Christ, listen to Him calling to you to come to Him.   Matthew 11:28-30 (TLB) 28 Come to me and I will give you rest—all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke. 29 Wear my yoke—for it fits perfectly—and let me teach you; for I am gentle and humble, and you shall find rest for your souls; 30 "for I give you only light burdens."  You may be among those who are struggling under the heavy load that the world is putting on its inhabitants.  But, God is so willing to give you rest in Christ.  He is wanting to abound toward you in all wisdom and prudence!
    Are you having trouble making decisions?  Does this world's wisdom leave you at a loss?  If you sometimes feel befuddled by the wisdom the world has to offer, you're probably on the right track!  1 Corinthians 3:19-20 (NIV)  19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness"; 20 and again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile."  God is not too impressed with worldly wisdom either.  In fact, He calls it futile.  He catches those who are so wise in their own eyes.  That sort of wisdom only proves to be a trap.  One version of Ephesians 1:8, says that God showers us with all wisdom!  All we have to do is ask!  James 1:5 (NIV) 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. Could a loving Father make it any easier for us?  He assures us that He is ready and willing to pour out wisdom on us generously if we are in Christ.  This may be the day that someone needs that reminder.  I have to remind myself of that all the time and, when I do, I am encouraged to know that I don't need to count on this world's phony wisdom.  The God who supplies all of our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus will supply wisdom for us too!  (Philippians 4:19)

    That word, "abound," has within its meaning, "increase," "excellency," and "abundance."  Aren't you glad that God has already poured out for you and me an increase of, and even abundant, wisdom?  It's an excellent wisdom, much higher than we can find in this world!  He's also poured out in abundance, "prudence."  What is that?  I had to find out.  It is the ability to have practical wisdom, and prudence in the management of affairs, according to Vine's Dictionary.  It is basically to have understanding.  The original word appears only twice that I can find in the New Testament.  It is in Ephesians 1:8 and also in Luke 1:17, speaking of John the Baptist, regarding his ministry of  turning the disobedient to the wisdom of the just.  Luke 1:17 (NLT)  17 He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”   So, I am encouraged that it was God's plan all along to give us wisdom and understanding.  It is in Christ that you and I have these things.  We need not envy the world's wisdom and understanding.  After all, it has not produced much peace or rest!  But, in Christ, we can have rest and peace because God has given Him to be our wisdom.  1 Corinthians 1:31-31 (NLT)  30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.  31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”  If you are not yet in Christ, won't you receive Him today?  (John 3:16)  The wisdom of this world will only lead you into a trap of your own making!  If you are in Christ, tap into that storehouse of wisdom and understanding.  It will guide you safely through!

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