Posts with the tag “wisdom”
You Have A Destination
by Ministry Support on October 7th, 2021
“Be very careful, then, how you live— not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” - Ephesians 5:15-16 Yesterday we talked about walking with a purpose and not sleepwalking through life. When you walk with a purpose, you are doing so because you have somewhere to be. You have a destination. This is walking, guided by the Spirit rather than by your o...
Are You Sleepwalking?
by Ministry Support on October 6th, 2021
“Be very careful, then, how you live— not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” - Ephesians 5:15-16 If someone gave you $86,400 in cash today, and you could spend or invest it however you wanted—the only rule is that you cannot save any of it, tomorrow it is all gone—how much of it would you utilize? The question seems crazy. We would answer, “AL...
Go To God First
by Ministry Support on May 28th, 2021
David was in great danger; for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in spirit for their sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. David said to the priest Abiathar son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him,...
by Ministry Support on April 25th, 2021
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be lo...
The Blessing Of Responsibility
by Ministry Support on April 13th, 2021
In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:11-12)As we continue to look at Paul’s words to the Ephesians about the blessings we receive from the Son of God, I see a fou...
Looking Through New Lenses
by Ministry Support on April 12th, 2021
With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he outlined in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:8-10)Last year, I started having vision problems. I noticed whenever I had to read things up close the lines were blurry. The eye doctor gave me ...
The Blessing Of Revelation
by Ministry Support on April 11th, 2021
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he outlined in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:7-10...
Power Over Fear
by Ministry Support on April 6th, 2021
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3)In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he offers so much wisdom and guidance on how to overcome fear. In his letter, he wanted the Ephesians then, and us now, to know that the power of Christ and Christ alone was sufficient to sustain them during dif...
Excitement For God’s Word
by Ministry Support on January 4th, 2021
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42) On two occasions in the second chapter of Acts, the Bible says that the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching. From this statement, we get a sense that these believers were dedicated to the Word of God. The most obvious sign that people love their church shows ...
by Ministry Support on December 12th, 2020
But I will rejoice forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. (Psalm 75:9) When it comes to closure, if it’s something you really want, you must find it within. You can’t always expect other people to give it to you. Notice the shift in the Psalmist’s language. The Psalmist says in the last verse “as for me, I will praise the God of Jacob.” Up until this point, the psalmist has talked ab...
Figuring Out Why
by Ministry Support on December 10th, 2020
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) “Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” These popular words of prayer were penned by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. The prayer has been popularized b...
Look Beneath The Surface
by Ministry Support on December 5th, 2020
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) By reading the story of Abigail and Nabal, we can see that bad relationships can form when the people within the relationship prioritize the wrong things. A...
Don’t Settle For A Fool
by Ministry Support on December 2nd, 2020
Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was clever and beautiful, but the man was surly and mean; he was a Calebite. (1 Samuel 25:3) In our text, we have recorded a rather fascinating narrative about a woman named Abigail who is married to a man named Nabal. In one sense it seems as if she has so much going on for her. She is described as smart and attractiv...
Learning God’s Will In God’s Presence
by Ministry Support on November 1st, 2020
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. – Ephesians 5:17 Anyone who has spent any time with God knows that discovering the will of God is anything but an exact science. There aren’t six easy steps like the scientific method, and boom, you have the will of God for your life. In fact, it’s not like that at all. It’s a journey that requires careful attention and con...
Don’t Lose Focus
by Ministry Support on October 27th, 2020
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2 Something we all need to understand is that the key to recovery has a lot to do with where your focus is. Albert Einstein once said, “If you want to live a healthy and happy life, tie it to a steady goal and a vision.” Paulo Coelho talked about focus this way “When...
Who Are You Focused On?
by Ministry Support on October 26th, 2020
Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negeb and on Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag, burned it down, and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great; they killed none of them, but carried them off, and went their way. When David and his men came to the city, they found it burned down, and their wives and sons and ...
Praying Instead Of Complaining
by Ministry Support on October 25th, 2020
David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue; for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue. – 1 Samuel 30:8 What is the first thing you do when you experience loss? Do you question God? Do you get frustrated, angry, and confused? Do you act on this anger and frustration? It’s important for us to examine how we act and react to si...
Be Angry, But Don’t Sin
by Ministry Support on September 12th, 2020
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. (Ephesians 4:26) There is a common misconception about anger that needs to be cleared up. Feeling angry about something is not a problem. It’s not sinful. Even God gets angry. Psalm 7 talks about how God is a righteous God and a God who also feels anger and indignation. And if God, who is without sin, can be angry, then we know an...
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