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Tag Archives: Ephesians

  • God’s Full Armor

    Posted on March 5, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11

    God’s armor is required for followers of Jesus to defeat the enemies of Jesus. Spiritual surprise attacks increase for those serious students of Scripture who decrease their status for the sake of the gospel. The devil is determined to deter disciples of Christ who wage spiritual warfare on their knees in prayer. However, the armor issued by heaven has never lost a battle. Like wooden arrows striking titanium, Satan’s schemes are no match for God’s defensive gear. He’s a loser.

    Have you, by faith, put on the full armor of God? Or are you exposed to suffering wounds by wearing half the world’s armor and half heaven’s protection? Indeed, the armor of the world: financial security, status and autonomy all seek placement in your spiritual protection. However, these are pseudo protectors of your mind, body, soul and spirit. Temporal trusts facilitate a false sense of security, but only trust in the Lord’s protection provides eternal security. You stand firm in Him.

    But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder. Luke 11:22

    Spiritual battles require spiritual resources. Furthermore there are evils forces behind our fractured relationships and the conflicting desires within our heart. Beyond the surface of our struggles are demonic spirits with evil intent. Therefore, we intentionally and prayerfully put on the full armor of God, so we are equipped to engage the enemy. We speak the name of Jesus and fluster Satan’s foray to get us to doubt. “In Jesus'name,” fuels our faith and frustrates the devil.

    Lastly, God’s defense for you is an armor of light. Yes, His protection exposes and expunges the devil’s deeds done in darkness. The light of the Lord’s armor shines on your path, so you are able to confidently take your next steps in His will. You are a child of the light, thus, walk in the light as He is in the light. Awaken to Almighty God’s ability to resource you with His weapons of righteousness. Disrobe any worldly armor and cover your whole being in the full armor of God.

    So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12

    Prayer: Heavenly Father by faith I put on Your full armor so I can stand firm in You.

    Related Readings: Psalm 35:1-3; Jeremiah 46:3-5; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:8

    Post/Tweet today: When we speak and act in Jesus' name, it fuels our faith and frustrates the devil. #jesusname

     

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

  • Strong And Mighty

    Posted on March 4, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

    A body fails for lack of strength, but the human spirit is sustained by strength in God. Yes, God our Savior takes us from strength to strength. His strength gives spiritual discernment to dismiss temporal taunts of discouragement and provides insight to embrace eternal encouragement. Yes, the world offers weakness. Guilt and shame from sinful activity is exhausting, but prayer and perseverance in righteousness are rejuvenating. God’s strength gives focus to walk in wise ways.
    Have the wiles of the devil worn you down? Has uncertainty rattled your faith? If so, lean into the Lord and tap into His everlasting strength. Belief in Him will get you through another day and He will arm you with courage to face future temptations. Jesus gives you enough strength for today and you can still trust Him with the cares of tomorrow. Hope in the Lord will renew your strength. Like an IV tube channels liquid nutrients to the body, so hope gives stamina to the soul.
    Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

    Those in power succeed well when they depend on Divine power for their success. His mighty power gives us wisdom to know the best decisions to make. His mighty power delivers us from disease and gives us determination to overcome injustice. His mighty power empowers us with inner energy to toil on when we are tired and say no to sin when we are tempted. Indeed, God’s tower of power suffers no outages, it's live 100% of the time! He gives us power to share Jesus.

    Therefore, as a child of God you are not powerless, but you are empowered by your heavenly Father to be strong in Him. Satan shudders when he sees you in quiet contemplation with Jesus. The enemy knows his deceit and lies are exposed under the powerful light of the Lord. Wise are you to let your weakness become the Lord’s strength. Smart are you to submit your strengths to your Savior, so they are powered by His Holy Spirit. Yes, strong and mighty are you in Christ!

    I [Paul] pray you will know his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead. Ephesians 1:19-20
    Prayer: Heavenly Father you are my strength and shield. Thanks for empowering me for You.
    Related Readings: Psalm 27:14; Haggai 2:4; Acts 2:24; 1 Corinthians 16:13; Colossians 1:29

    Post/Tweet today: Jesus gives you enough strength for today and you can still trust Him with the cares of tomorrow. #strength

     

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.
    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry
    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

  • How Do I Know If I'm Called

    Posted on February 1, 2013 by Wendy Blight

    Wendy

    "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

    I stood at the sink and gazed out the window. In that moment, the Lord impressed the strangest words on my heart: "Wendy, your house will become a house of prayer and teaching."

    The thought of opening my heart and home to share Jesus was not even a blip on my radar screen. I did not know a soul in this new town and had no idea what God meant by those words. Was He really calling me to teach and pray for women?

    As I sought God's will for that time in my life, He led me to Ephesians 2:10: "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." It was the start of God confirming His calling in my life at that time.

    Here are some steps the Lord showed me to know I was hearing Him correctly:

    Humble your heart before the Lord.
    Humility is necessary for a teachable heart. To discover our calling, we must set aside our agendas and surrender to God's. We cannot have a predetermined plan and then invite God to complete it. We need to ask, "What are You calling me to do right here and now?"

    Examine your life experiences and current circumstances.
    God uses life experiences (family, education, vocation, spiritual gifts, trials, etc.) to mold, train, and equip us. Sometimes what we want to hide - the horrible trials we want to forget - are the very things God wants to use the most.

    We all suffer trials. Sometimes we surrender and lean on God. When we do, we come out the other side victorious and God is glorified. Nothing is worthless. Everything has value. God uses it all to shape us for our calling.

    Apply your gifts, talents and abilities.
    Gifts and abilities will give you the strongest indication of what your calling is. God will match your calling with your capabilities. He equips those He calls.

    In determining your calling, look at your gifts:

    • What are your strengths?
    • What brings out your passion?
    • How do people respond when you act in your giftedness?

    Read, study and pray God's Word.
    As we seek God's calling, He will direct our steps and confirm what He says. The most common way He does this is through His Word. He can also use avenues like pastors, friends, and Bible studies to direct us, or even things in the culture around us.

    Trust in God's timing and in His answer.
    God will lead you to do things that require you to TRUST in Him. They will always be perfectly orchestrated and timed to display His honor and glory.

    The more you need God to do a task, the more you will rely on Him. If you feel rushed, unorganized, and lack inner peace, these are signs you are not in His will or it is not in His timing.

    As I opened my home for my first Bible study, joy and amazement filled my heart as the women came through the door one by one. Tears streamed down my cheeks as I remembered God's Word to me that first day in my kitchen. "Wendy, your house will become a house of prayer and teaching."

    What has He told you that you are called to do?

    Father in heaven, thank You that You have good plans for us. You know our every need, deepest desires, and hurting places. Lord, as we seek to know You and the calling You have on us more, would You open the eyes of our heart to see the wonderful things You have planned? In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Related Resources:

    Replace any lack of self-confidence with lasting God-confidence with A Confident Heart by Renee Swope!

    Reflect and Respond:
    Humble your heart before the Lord.
    Examine your life experiences and current circumstances.
    Apply your gifts, talents and abilities.
    Read, study and pray God's Word.
    Trust in God's timing and in His answer.

    Power Verse:
    Philippians 1:6, "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." (NLT)

    © 2013 by Wendy Blight. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org

  • 5 Things to Help You Stop Thinking and Start Doing

    Posted on January 17, 2013 by Lysa TerKeurst

    Lisa

    "Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think." Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)

    My husband Art asked if I would do a 21-day cleanse with him. I wasn't excited.

    I thought, I already eat pretty healthy. And 21 days is a really long time to eat like a rabbit. Plus, I don't want to make a commitment I won't keep.

    So, I gave him a safe answer: "I'll think about it."

    And honestly, that's all I would have done had he not asked me 217 more times.

    Have you ever said "I'll think about it" and still found yourself "thinking about it" months later? Me too. But I didn't want this to be another challenge where I just thought about it, I wanted it to be able to say, "I did it! I finally did it!" I knew I needed to place my trust in the Lord to help me accomplish this - and He was faithful.

    As we start a new year, I wonder if you are tired of just thinking, and are ready to accomplish some things you've been putting off. If so, I'd love to share what I learned.

    Here are 5 crucial things you can do to stop thinking and start doing:

    1. Success breeds success.

    Get around others who are doing that thing you need to do. Hearing Art talk about and prepare for the cleanse made it more front and center in my life. Being around people who are doing what you need to do makes the first move less scary. And they can help you push through the not-so-fun times.

    Remember to pray and connect with God daily. This is key to developing a healthy attitude. Taking challenges head-on won't always be pretty, but going to the Lord for comfort and motivation is what kept me going.

    2. Stock up for success.

    Art and I went to grocery stores that carry healthy foods to stock our refrigerator with everything we'd need to be successful. Now, I wish I could say this trip was without conflict. It was not. He wanted to spend what seemed like hours making out a list. I'm emotionally allergic to spending hours making out a list. Just take the list provided in the instruction book and get what you need for heaven's sake.

    Ahem.

    Anyhow, no matter what your new thing is, chances are you'll need supplies to invest in your success.

    3. Schedule for your success.

    Before we started this cleanse, we found a 21-day time period several of our kids were away during a school break (which meant I didn't have to prepare food for others!) You better believe I did a happy dance over that.

    It's important to schedule whatever you're tackling and keep this appointment. Be diligent about not letting life crowd out this important commitment.

    Set a start date. Track your progress with mini-goals. Set a completion date with a reward built in to keep you motivated.

    4. Share your success.

    As you have successes, share them with your friends. They may get excited and join in too! During the 21-day process, I told a friend that I drank both my cleanse smoothies with only one dramatic gag. This was a big accomplishment! At the end of our conversation, she said she'd like to join me.

    How cool! I went from being a moper to a motivator. And that propelled me to keep going that much more.

    5. Build on your success.

    Once you've accomplished your one thing, you'll have GREAT momentum. Use this to help you tackle something else you've been putting off.

    While it might feel like you can't face this big challenge, I want to encourage you. Ephesians 3:20 teaches that God's mighty power is at work within us. Many times we try to do things alone and work solely within our limitations as humans.

    The Lord wants us to lean on Him. To ask for help to do the impossible. I know it might be hard, but we need to bravely claim God's promise to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

    And with God's Spirit in us, I think 2013 just might be the year we say, "I did it! I finally did it!"

    Dear Lord, I'm grateful for another year and another chance to lean on You. Equip me with Your strength as I face my biggest challenges. All things are possible with Your Spirit in me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Related Resources:
    If you're committing to a healthier lifestyle in 2013, let Lysa TerKeurst show you how to crave God more than unhealthy food in her New York Times bestselling book, Made to Crave.

    The Made to Crave Devotional has amazing daily encouragement as you tackle your greatest challenges. Click here to order.

    Reflect and Respond:
    Is God calling you to face a challenge in your life?

    1) Write down one challenge you'd like to tackle.
    2) Make an action plan. Use the 5 tips above to formulate the steps you'll take to create motivation.

    Power Verse:
    Matthew 19:26, "Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'" (NIV)

    © 2013 by Lysa TerKeurst. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org

  • New Dreams for a New Year

    Posted on January 14, 2013 by Family Christian

    Amy

    "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

    Adulthood often seems like the place where dreams go to die. As a little girl my heart brimmed over with dreams. My parents' and teachers' encouragement convinced me anything was possible, so my prospects increased by the day.

    I pictured myself traveling the countryside curing animals like James Herriott in All Creatures Great and Small. I envisioned myself as nanny-extraordinaire like Mary Poppins or an exquisite singer like Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music.

    The advent of middle school challenged my girlish dreams. Not-so-encouraging peers, realizations of my limitations, and a few failures and hard knocks made me more cautious about my future. Although some dreams remained, others died along the way.

    Sitting in a room of friends recently, I listened attentively as they shared a graveyard of dreams. Some dreams were killed by belittling from people who should have been supporters. Other dreams died a slow death when the realities of rent and grocery bills took precedence. Still others had been set on a shelf under a dusty dome of "some day." They wondered if God had forgotten the dreams in their hearts.

    They aren't alone. The Bible records story after story of dreamers who had to wait for the fulfillment of their dreams.

    Abraham dreamt of a promised nation.

    Isaac dreamt of a beautiful woman in a strange land.

    Hannah dreamt of a child.

    Samuel dreamt of a godly king.

    God is not only the weaver of dreams, but He answers them as well. God has limitless creativity, and His creation longs for the opportunity to create and build and produce things of value. He is the one who plants dreams in our heart to be held until the time is right to bring them to life.

    I encourage you today to take out your dreams, resuscitate them if necessary and examine them. There may be childhood dreams that need to be allowed to slip away, like balloons gently released into the sky. But what about the others?

    Are there any buried dreams that need to be dusted off, held in your hands and offered back to God? He's the one who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine with the ideas He's given. Offer those dreams a new start in this New Year.

    Dear Lord, I embrace the dreams You've given me. Help me resist discouragement and hold on to them until I see Your power bring them to reality. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Related Resources:

    Do you ever feel like you're not good enough, smart enough, or valuable enough? If you struggle with self-doubt, pick up a copy of A Confident Heart by Renee Swope for biblical truth and encouragement!

    Reflect and Respond:
    Is there a dream you've let die and need to bring back to life?

    Start a journal and write down your dreams. Read them aloud to God and ask Him to show you the ones that He's placed in your heart to hold.

    Power Verses:
    Psalm 37:4-6, "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun." (NIV 1984)

    Psalm 20:4, "May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!" (ESV)

    © 2013 by Amy Carroll. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org

  • New Dreams for a New Year

    Posted on January 14, 2013 by Amy Carroll

    Amy

    "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

    Adulthood often seems like the place where dreams go to die. As a little girl my heart brimmed over with dreams. My parents' and teachers' encouragement convinced me anything was possible, so my prospects increased by the day.

    I pictured myself traveling the countryside curing animals like James Herriott in All Creatures Great and Small. I envisioned myself as nanny-extraordinaire like Mary Poppins or an exquisite singer like Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music.

    The advent of middle school challenged my girlish dreams. Not-so-encouraging peers, realizations of my limitations, and a few failures and hard knocks made me more cautious about my future. Although some dreams remained, others died along the way.

    Sitting in a room of friends recently, I listened attentively as they shared a graveyard of dreams. Some dreams were killed by belittling from people who should have been supporters. Other dreams died a slow death when the realities of rent and grocery bills took precedence. Still others had been set on a shelf under a dusty dome of "some day." They wondered if God had forgotten the dreams in their hearts.

    They aren't alone. The Bible records story after story of dreamers who had to wait for the fulfillment of their dreams.

    Abraham dreamt of a promised nation.

    Isaac dreamt of a beautiful woman in a strange land.

    Hannah dreamt of a child.

    Samuel dreamt of a godly king.

    God is not only the weaver of dreams, but He answers them as well. God has limitless creativity, and His creation longs for the opportunity to create and build and produce things of value. He is the one who plants dreams in our heart to be held until the time is right to bring them to life.

    I encourage you today to take out your dreams, resuscitate them if necessary and examine them. There may be childhood dreams that need to be allowed to slip away, like balloons gently released into the sky. But what about the others?

    Are there any buried dreams that need to be dusted off, held in your hands and offered back to God? He's the one who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine with the ideas He's given. Offer those dreams a new start in this New Year.

    Dear Lord, I embrace the dreams You've given me. Help me resist discouragement and hold on to them until I see Your power bring them to reality. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Related Resources:

    Do you ever feel like you're not good enough, smart enough, or valuable enough? If you struggle with self-doubt, pick up a copy of A Confident Heart by Renee Swope for biblical truth and encouragement!

    Reflect and Respond:
    Is there a dream you've let die and need to bring back to life?

    Start a journal and write down your dreams. Read them aloud to God and ask Him to show you the ones that He's placed in your heart to hold.

    Power Verses:
    Psalm 37:4-6, "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun." (NIV 1984)

    Psalm 20:4, "May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!" (ESV)

    © 2013 by Amy Carroll. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org

  • Teach Children Wisdom

    Posted on January 6, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    “Pains as of a woman in childbirth come to him, but he is a child without wisdom; when the time arrives, he does not come to the opening of the womb.” Hosea 13:13

     

    Children need to be taught wisdom. Yes, sometimes it’s hard for them to grasp its meaning because of their age and stage in life. Wisdom comes through understanding and applying God’s Word to life's experiences. Many individuals are limited in their perspective of both, so wisdom guides them away from unwise decision-making. Wisdom is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give your child. Therefore, make its knowledge inviting and practical.

    Tell stories of individuals who made wise decisions and the positive effects that followed. Then contrast these uplifting illustrations with those who chose an unwise path and suffered harm as a result. Stories stir the heart and illuminate the mind. We owe it to our offspring to engage them in conversations about real live people. Otherwise they remain oblivious, in a bubble of unrealistic living. Indeed, wisdom comes by allowing them to spread their wings and begin decision-making while they still live under your roof.

    Start out while they're young by helping them make money decisions. Show them the pattern of “share, save, and spend” from your own financial management. Then lead them to do the same. Watch them smile as they experience the joy of generosity. Be proud as their discipline and patience grows. They will be able to save for something they want, purchasing their prize with cash. Be an example of smart spending, you may become a recipient of its fruit as your child learns how to be a savvy shopper.  Financial wisdom is a practical gift whose principals you can use to train your child (Ephesians 6:4).

    Good judgment in choosing friends is another facet of teaching your child the ways of wisdom. Make sure children understand the propensity to be like the people they “hang out with” (Proverbs 13:20). It’s wise to choose friends whose faith is growing and robust. Go with friends who lift up, instead of those who pull down. It is unwise to flirt with friendships that dilute growth with God. Discuss why they need to avoid friendships that become a wedge between child and parent. Wisdom does not settle for the shallow acceptance of just any friend. Wisdom has a high standard for friendship. Challenge your children to pray for friends who complement their faith, who move them closer to their heavenly Father. Wise friends rub off on your children in wise ways.

    Lastly, discuss with your child regularly the wisdom of God. He gives wisdom (Proverbs 2:6). Read with them from the Bible, and discuss the meanings of particular verses. Make the discussion of Scripture a part of your everyday life. Take your Bible to church. Underline the phrases that leap from the page into your heart and mind. Then discuss its application to your life over lunch. Ask your child to hold you accountable to the truth God is teaching you.

    You cannot improve on the wisdom of the Lord. God’s wisdom will follow them the rest of their lives. It will be with them when you are absent. You can be at peace when you have a child who is wise in the ways of God. You are wise when your goal is to grow a wise child. Wise children become wise adults. 

    Post/Tweet: It is unwise to flirt with friendships that dilute growth with God. #friends

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

  • Agreed Expectations

    Posted on December 29, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”
    (Amos 3:3).

     

    Sometimes it is difficult to agree upon expectations, and in reality, we deal daily with expectation management. We are expected to do certain things at work, at home, and in friendships. We also project expectations on others. We know God expects faithfulness from us, and we have our expectations of Him, but expectations can get us into trouble.

    We can expect the wrong things Our expectations can be unclear or unrealistic or unrighteous. The same can be said of what others expect of us. At work you thought one outcome was expected while your supervisor expected something different. Even after the goals were put into writing, there were still different interpretations of the facts.

    Indeed, it is easy to corral expectations of simple tasks. I can expect or even require my children to complete their homework. This is not unreasonable. I would be an unfit parent if I did not provide some framework of expectations for my children. However, I would be an equally ineffective parent if I had expectations of my children but did not communicate them with grace and understanding. Clarifying expectations takes time.

    “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

    Furthermore, the more your trust grows in a relationship, the fewer the expectations Trust precludes the need for expectations. Trust causes many expectations to expire. When you place your total trust in God, you default to character expectations. You expect His love to be unconditional. You expect His forgiveness to be infinite. You expect to avail yourself of  His wisdom. Your expectations are character driven rather than cynically driven.

    It becomes about God’s will, not our wants. Healthy expectations revolve around God and His desires. The focus is off me but on God and others. He orchestrates the concert of life; so the goal is to discover His role for me and follow His lead. Then the motive with people becomes one of serving them in order to carry out God’s plan for their lives.

    How can you facilitate understanding God’s will for your spouse, child, or work associate? This is not always easy to discern but character-driven expectations can get to the point of their true need, and you can help meet that need. Focus on building trust in the relationship, and communication will flow more clearly and compassionately.

    Focus on fewer expectations and more on trust. Allow your expectations to begin and end with the character of God. Expect less, you will receive more. You can expect His faithfulness. Agree to expect what God expects, and allow your expectant desires to birth God’s will. “And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us” (2 Corinthians 8:5).

    Prayer: What does the Lord expect of me in the life roles He has assigned to me?

    Related Readings: Job 29:21; Psalm 5:3; Matthew 20:1–16; Philippians 1:20 

    Post/Tweet: Focus on fewer expectations and more  trust. Expect less,  you will receive more. #expectations© 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

  • Walk in Wisdom

    Posted on December 7, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16 NKJV

     

    The wise walk with a humble posture always learning from their Lord Jesus. They avoid a proud, protruding chest that leads to fits of folly. A wise walk is circumspect of its motives, seeking to remain prayerful and pure. Wisdom requires a regular audit of its actions so gullible assumptions and arrogant attitudes are kept at bay. Evil is on the prowl to produce fools who impatiently ignore wisdom for immediate emotional gratification. 

    Our walk in wisdom is meant to be steady and sure. Yet, there will be times we take two steps forward by faith and one step back to readjust from a reality check. Yes, a wisdom walk is not without temporary detours from human frailty, as we learn and grow. But, humility and a heart of obedience bring us back to the wise route. We walk wisely when we keep our eyes focused ahead on Jesus. He is our wisdom and He gives us wisdom.

    “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God— that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:30

    Your walk in wisdom contributes to a wise stewardship of time. Fools waste time, but the wise redeem time. Literally, foolishness goes into debt to pay back squandered days, while wisdom is credited with time to spare. For example, by God’s grace you take time with your young children to instruct them in the ways of God, so in the long run you save time by reaping the benefits of your adult child’s wise decisions. Invested wisdom compounds.

    Yes, because you live in the last days, there is no time to frolic with fools. Be intentional to walk with the wise and invest wisdom in emerging faithful leaders. Your wisdom is an asset from Almighty God given for you to grow and give away. You manage wisdom best when your pride decreases and your humility increases. So, humbly walk in wisdom!

    “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3:13

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, grow me in humility as I walk in Your wisdom.

    Related Readings: Proverbs 13:20; Hosea 14:9; 1 Corinthians 1:24; Ephesians 1:17

    Post/Tweet today: Fools go into debt to pay back squandered days, while wisdom is credited with time to spare. #wisdom

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

  • Walk in Love

    Posted on December 6, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    “And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2

     

    A walk in love is a walk that imitates Christ’s love. It is a journey with Jesus that stops and stoops down to assist those who have fallen into a ditch of discouragement and despair. It is a stroll with our Savior that seeks out sinners—not in condemnation, but in compassion and forgiveness. A walk in love looks for ways to bless without expecting anything in return. Like Jesus love still loves as it walks through difficulty, even death. 

    Our walk of love looks out for the poor, the widow, the orphan, the single parent, the sick and the sinner who is far from God. We are compelled by Christ to love the lowly and the outcasts of society, because we were once enemies of God in desperate need of love. We can now sing from the depths of our hearts, “Love lifted me, love lifted me!” We were stuck in sin’s pit and love lifted us up to love. Love elevates us to offer grateful love to all.

    “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

    Who do you know who needs a loving word or kind deed? Perhaps you anonymously assist in the yard work or home repair of a single parent or widow in your neighborhood. Love may lead you to quietly pay for the school tuition of a friend’s child who can’t afford to further their education. Pray for ways to creatively use your relationships and resources to bring hope and solutions to other struggling souls. Love is intentional.

    Above all, lean into the Lord’s love as the source of your service and love. Check your motivation and make sure it is for your Master’s glory and from the Spirit’s power. Do people smell your life as a perfume of praise to Jesus? Are you a pleasant aroma of grace and forgiveness? The deeper you develop your love relationship with Christ, the deeper and wider you will love others. Walk in love as a witness to your radical love for God!

    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, love me deeply so I can love others deeper.

    Related Readings: Leviticus 19:18; Psalm 21:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22

    Post/Tweet today: The Lord’s love lifts us up to lift up others in love. #love

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

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