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Tag Archives: John

  • Love Gives

    Posted on March 28, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

    Love gives. It gives intentionally and indiscriminately. Love gives. It gives individually and internationally. Love gives. It gives bountifully and without bias. Love gives because generosity is its nature. A soldier who gives for love of country, or a mother who gives for love of her child, reveals their character. A husband who loves his wife gives her emotional attention. A wife who loves her husband gives him physical affection. Love gives as a matter of course. It’s natural.

    God’s love is the gold standard. His banner of love is raised high above the most hideous criminal to the most innocent child. God gave the ultimate gift of His son Jesus, because He loved all of us; each one of us. Just as rays of sunlight warm all of us and each of us, so the love of the Lord is for the world, and each one. We are individually loved by Jesus. Since God is love, His love is effortless. His loving offer of forgiveness comes to us by belief in Jesus.

    “Who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

    How can we intentionally love the Lord, people, and ourselves? Love begins by being loved by the One who is love. Once we receive Christ into our life by faith, His very nature of love resides within us. The deeper we fall in love with the Lover of our souls, the greater our capacity to love. His love gives us peace, so we are able to offer calm in the middle of conflict. His love gives us patience, so we are able to extend a compassionate ear to a fearful foe. His love gives us forgiveness, so we are able to offer total forgiveness to a friend or family member. Love gives.

    Lastly, how can we love ourselves by giving to ourselves? We love when we give ourselves the gift of margin. Margin is time for prayer, exercise, thinking, reading, hobbies and being creative. We can love ourselves by having more or less time with people. Nonetheless, we love ourselves, so we are better prepared to love God and others. An unloved self is a loveless self. Not narcissism of course, but a healthy love of self, like Jesus loves us. Our soul care, emotional fitness, mental refreshment, spiritual nurture and physical rest all contribute to a loving life. Love gives. So, receive God’s love in Christ and from an overflowing heart of love--love generously.

    “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37-39).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, by faith I receive Your love into my life in Christ, so I am able to love like Jesus loves.

    Related Readings: Genesis 22:12; Isaiah 9:6; Romans 5:8, 8:32; Ephesians 2:4; 1 John 4:9

    Post/Tweet today: The deeper we fall in love with the Lover of our soul, the greater our capacity to love. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • Calculated Obedience

    Posted on March 27, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross]. John 3:14, Amplified

    Christ was compelled by love to obey His heavenly Father. He planned in His heart and mind beforehand, that He would die on the cross for lost souls. Jesus knew He must be lifted up on the cross, since this was God’s plan. In the same way, when we are certain of Christ’s commands, we must gladly obey. Our love for the Lord calls us into calculated obedience. We deliberately do our duty, as an honor--not as an obligation. Our prayerful plan is a follow through for our faith.

    What has God called you to do that requires your follow through? What has He placed in your heart to complete, that even as a child, compelled you? Like Jesus as an adolescent in the temple, how must you be about your Father’s business? Similar to a sunflower that moves itself toward the sun for sustenance, so you turn your soul in trust toward God’s son for spiritual nourishment. Calculated obedience comes when you plan ahead of time, what Jesus would have you do.

    “And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business” (Luke 2:49, NKJV)?

    Premeditated obedience is not always easy. We say, “until death do us part” in our marriage vows before God, but soon after the honeymoon period our spouse lets us down, sometimes severely. We commit to a contract at work, but surprisingly discover the other party is not upholding their end of the deal. We are loyal to our boss because of his integrity, but come to realize he has compromised his character. Is our commitment to do the right thing conditional, based on difficulty free circumstances and perfect people? Or, is it based on the ever dependable character of Christ?

    Most of all, make your calculated obedience to Christ preeminent. What Spirit-led sense of urgency is on your heart? Perhaps you define clearly what it looks like for you to finish well in your life roles. Write out a process to grow as a follower of Jesus, and to disciple followers of Jesus. Decide how to be financially faithful with a little, so when you are ready, you will do the same with more. Love for the Lord creates calculated obedience that God uses to bless others. Thus, as a matter of course, obey Him, because you love Him. Love feels it must fully obey.

    “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did” (1 John 2:6).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I desire to be compelled by Your love to obey You in a calculated way.

    Related Readings: Matthew 16:21, 24; 19:16; Mark 8:31; Luke 19:15; Acts 1:21, 20:21

    Post/Tweet today: Similar to a sunflower that moves itself toward the sun for sustenance, so we turn our soul in trust toward God’s son. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • Look Up To Live

    Posted on March 26, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. John 3:14-15

    Life has a way of turning our gaze away from God. Instead of looking up to be loved by the Lord, we look around us and feel love’s absence. Instead of looking up to trust Jesus, we look at distrustful people and are disappointed. Instead of looking up for wisdom from God, we look at the world’s wisdom and find it wanting. Instead of looking up for direction from the Spirit, we look at the spirit of the age, and feel lost. Yes, abundant life comes from looking up to Christ.

    Moses was a leader who wisely followed God’s instruction. He made sure to lift up what was important to the Lord, so His people could be healed. He didn’t argue with God about a better way, he simply obeyed. Time was short, so Moses quickly modeled the way to live for his followers. Similarly, we have a brief window of time to be a worthy example of obedience to Christ’s commands. Our family and friends look to us to learn how to best look up to the Lord.

    “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32).

    What are you facing that invites you to look up into the loving face of your heavenly Father? If sorrow, refuse to stay stuck in grief, but look up to the One who wipes away your tears. If hurt by another human being, look up to the One who heals broken hearts. If uncertainty, look up to the One who is wisdom and generously gives wisdom. If fear, look to the One who controls circumstances and consoles souls. The world’s remedies lack, so look up to the Lord and live.

    Most of all, we look at Jesus lifted up on the cross as the payment for our sins. We cannot begin to truly live until sin’s death sentence has been pardoned by God. The snakes’ venomous bites required the children of Israel to look up to the brazen snake on the pole to live. In the same way, sin’s poisonous infection can only be cured by looking up to Christ and believing in Him for the forgiveness of our sins. Look down, our hope dies. Look up and we live for the Lord--forever.

    “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him,and his resting place will be glorious” (Isaiah 11:10).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, by faith I look up to You for direction in how to live life for You.

    Related Readings: Numbers 21:4-9; Proverbs 30:4; Psalm 5:3; Isaiah 45:22; Micah 7:7; Luke 9:62

    Post/Tweet today: Life has a way of turning our gaze away from God, so instead, we look up to be loved by the Lord. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • Spiritual Freedom

    Posted on March 25, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. John 3:8

    The Spirit of God brings freedom to everyone born of the Spirit. Just as the wind is free to blow in any direction, so we are free to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading. He calls us to prayerfully persist against culture’s prevailing winds. Similar to a sailboat on choppy seas, we ride out the rough waters with the wind of God at our backs. We have freedom to do the right thing, because the Spirit of God empowers our actions. So, we listen for the Lord’s leading and join with Him.

    Sometimes the wind of the Spirit blows with the roar of religious revival; other times it barely brushes over our brow in peaceful assurance. Thus, as we remain under the Spirit’s influence, we are free to experience His effects. It’s not doing as we like, but doing what the Lord likes. He likes for us to love, so we love. He likes for us to serve, so we serve. He likes for us to forgive, so we forgive. He likes for us to laugh, so we laugh. Spiritual freedom likes what God likes.

    “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17, NKJV).

    Are you free in your faith or bound up in unbelief? Do you feel the freedom to follow the Spirit’s leading, or are you limited by the expectations of others? By faith, you can break out of your shell of fear and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life. Behead the tyrant of unbelief with the sword of the Spirit and enlist in the Lord’s army of the faithful. Pray in your heart, “Where- ever He leads, I will follow.” You have been set free from above, so you can live free here below.

    Spiritual freedom is a benefit of belief in Jesus, so we seek to steward it responsibly. It is not a pass for poor decision-making, but permission to pursue wise opportunities. We use our spiritual freedom to shun self-indulgence and invest in the needs of others. Yes, by God’s grace, we set up spiritual halfway houses outside the prison gates of hell, so we can love and instruct those who exit eternal damnation. People recently set free need to know how to responsibility use their new freedom. We are freedom fighters in the faith. Spiritual freedom is God’s gift of the Spirit.

    “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (Isaiah 61:1, NKJV).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me wisdom to use my spiritual freedom under the Spirit’s influence.

    Related Readings: Isaiah 40:13; Luke 4:18; 1 Corinthians 2:14-16, 3:1; Galatians 6:1

    Post/Tweet today: We have been set free from above, so we can live free here below. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • Curious About Christ

    Posted on March 24, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    He [Nicodemus] came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. John 3:2

    Some start their quest for Christ discreetly. Quietly they read a book about God or seek Him in the confines of a church or cathedral. It is a low key search for the Lord. Those who are just curious about Christ are not ready to follow Him in faith, but they are open to learning more about Jesus. For fear of being made fun of by their unbelieving friends, they may hide their faith experiment. Nonetheless, like a moth moves toward light, they draw closer to God’s warm love.

    Nicodemus was curious about Christ. He came to see Jesus by night for fear of being found out by his friends. Like many today, he acknowledged that Jesus was a gifted teacher from God, but did not accept Him as God. Yes, our Lord taught as no one else: with authority, clarity and humility. He taught beautifully and boldly. However, His teaching was not an end, but a means to reveal a person’s need to believe in Him, as their Lord and Savior. Christ taught to trust in Him.

    “The people were amazed at his teaching, because he [Jesus] taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law” (Mark 1:22).

    Are you just curious about Christ, or do you really know Him in a trusting relationship? Do you secretly seek Him or do you publicly profess Him? Curiosity about Christ is not enough, unless it leads to conversion to Christ. Curiosity can create a circumstance that educates and allows the Holy Spirit to draw a heart to Himself. So, seek to learn more of the Lord, so you can know the Lord. It’s not a sterile intellectual exercise that tingles your thoughts, but a spiritual transaction that transforms your heart. Engage in curiosity to move you closer, not further from God.

    Furthermore, curiosity can lead to conversion. Nicodemus eventually went public with his faith. He defended Christ to his peers and he accompanied Joseph to request and prepare the body of Jesus for burial. Thus, be patient with those curious in their faith. Be a catalyst for them to grow in their spiritual understanding by pointing them back to the study of Scripture. Pray with them, pray for them and support them in their search for God. Curiosity about Christ can lead to Christ.

    “Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:28)?

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, use my curiosity about Christ to grow my faith in Christ.

    Related Readings: Psalm 69:32; Isaiah 55:6, 58:2; John 7:45-52, 19:38-42; Acts 15:17

    Post/Tweet today: Curiosity about Christ is meant to move us closer to Christ, not further from Christ. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • I Really Should Have More Fun

    Posted on March 21, 2014 by Glynnis Whitwer

    Glynnis Whitwer

    "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." John 15:11-12 (NIV)

    Why is it so hard for me to stop working and just have fun?

    Other people have no trouble doing this. They look for any reason to drop the dust rags, ditch the dirty laundry, turn off the computer, and head to the park! Or the movies. Or a hike. Laughing all the way.

    I wish I were more like that.

    Couldn't the personality tests I've taken throughout the years just once show a different result? But alas, they always confirm what my family knows too well: I'm the responsible, serious one. The one who picks up cups and plates at someone else's party. And watches the clock at events to ensure they're on schedule. I'm the one who wants to make sure we get all the work done first — before any fun begins.

    Only the work is never done. When I finish one task, another sits waiting for me. There's always something more to do. As a result, I experience false guilt. All the time.

    Every strength has a good and bad side. The good side of being responsible is, well, I'm responsible. If I say I'm going to do something, you can be fairly sure it will get done.

    The bad side of being responsible is feeling like the weight of the world rests on me. It makes a girl crazy worrying about assignments that are hers — and even those that aren't. It's hard to relax. My heart can get resentful when others aren't carrying the weight of the world with me. How do they have so much time to not work?!

    The reality? Not every assignment is mine to do. To assume responsibility for more than is mine speaks of a lack of trust ... in God to do His job ... or in others to do theirs.

    I'm pretty sure this all-work-no-play routine wasn't the life Jesus intended me to live as one of His disciples. Carrying the weight of burdens that aren't mine to carry. Choosing to interact with a computer screen rather than being with people.

    The Bible values hard work, but Jesus' message is clear: Love God. Love people.

    In John 15:11-12, Jesus said, "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."

    Jesus, with more to do in His three years of active ministry than I'll have in a lifetime, focused on His main assignment — to love people. Sometimes that meant teaching them. Or serving them. Yet other times it meant just hanging out. Enjoying dinner with friends. Celebrating at a wedding party. Welcoming children. These fun times weren't empty of significance. Rather they were filled with value as Jesus showed love in a different way.

    We love God and others when we work. And when we have fun.

    This is a truth I need to apply to my life more often. My idea of loving others is often shown by serving them. But some people feel loved when I simply spend time with them. And for some, that time needs to be a little less task-oriented and a lot more laughter-filled.

    That's my challenge. To be intentional about having fun. To initiate getting together with others. To say yes when invited. To stretch outside my comfort zone. And to relax about the details.

    Work will always be there — but the people might not be.

    God has a pretty good handle on managing the world. I can leave that job to Him while I grab a loved one and make a lasting memory instead of checking something off my to-do list.

    Heavenly Father, thank You for creating us to laugh. Thank You for putting in us the desire to enjoy life. Help me learn to relax and show love to others without worrying about the details. Forgive me for putting work before someone who needed my time and attention. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Reflect and Respond:
    Is it hard for you to have fun? What holds you back?

    Think of one fun activity you can do with someone this week. Make a call, send a text or email, and extend the invitation.

    Power Verses:
    John 2:1-2, "On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. (NIV)

    Colossians 1:17, "He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." (NIV)

    © 2014 by Glynnis Whitwer. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    630 Team Rd., Suite 100
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org

     


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  • Created for Worship

    Posted on March 20, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market! John 2:16

    Christ was furious that His place of worship had been robbed of its original intent. The purpose of the Temple was prayer, worship and confession, but it had become commercialized for the sake of convenience and cash. Merchants muddled the grounds with their wares and currency exchanges, so the faithful could easily purchase their sacrifices to God. However, the holiness of the temple turned into the mayhem of a chaotic marketplace. Thus, Christ cleansed His temple.

    Have some of our churches gone to far by commercializing Christ in competition with worshipping Christ? Have we lost our central focus of prayer, worship, confession and Bible teaching for the sake of convenience and cash? Perhaps we invite Christ to cleanse our churches of any methods or programs that compete with His commission to make disciples. We make sure our mission is faith in Jesus. We worship God without the distraction of selling God’s resources.

    “For zeal for your house consumes me,and the insults of those who insult you fall on me” (Psalm 69:9).

    Furthermore, we have to ask ourselves, "Am I intentionally leveraging my time with the Lord’s people for my own personal gain?" "Am I using Sundays to serve, only so it benefits my work the other six days of the week?" A subtle solicitation of our services during the holy hour of worship can be as harmful as blatant selling. Men and women of integrity focus on who they need to be in God’s sight, rather than promoting what they do during the work week to fellow parishioners.

    Lastly, the Holy Spirit desires to regularly cleanse the temple of our heart. He knows motives become mixed; money seeks too much attention and pride is ever persistent to influence. So, we ask the Spirit to flush out selfish desires and any attachments that distract our personal worship of our heavenly Father. The temple of our heart needs noisy voices to be escorted out and peaceful prayers to be invited in to stay. Christ cleanses our hearts in readiness to worship Him.

    “And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers'” (Mark 11:17).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, cleanse the temple of my heart, so I can worship You wholeheartedly with Your people.

    Related Readings: Exodus 20:40; Isaiah 56:7; Jeremiah 7:11; Luke 2:49, 18:10; Acts 3:1, 22:17

    Post/Tweet today: The temple of our heart needs noisy voices to be escorted out and peaceful prayers to be invited in. #createdforworship

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • Jesus Mourns With You

    Posted on March 20, 2014 by Suzie Eller

    Suzie Eller

    "Jesus wept." John 11:35 (NIV)

    Colorful balloons and gerbera daisies filled the stage. Amber had asked everyone to wear something bright and cheerful — something that would have made her feisty, beautiful 8-year-old daughter happy had she been there.

    But Callie wasn't there. When this precious girl died, a piece of Amber's heart went with her. Some days, Amber went to bed amazed she had made it through another day.

    Well-meaning people told her to move on or to be grateful for the time she had with Callie. But the more she pushed her grief down, the more it came out in places she didn't want it to, and in ways that she didn't understand or expect.

    The Bible tells of others who grieved this deeply. In John 11, we are told Martha and Mary deeply mourned the loss of their brother, Lazarus. Four days had passed, and they learn that Jesus and the disciples approached the city gates.

    Martha rushed to meet Jesus. Mary did not.

    It's significant that Mary did not immediately come to Jesus. Mary is the one who had sat at Jesus' feet, capturing every word. Mary is the one who loved Jesus as a brother, but revered Him as Lord.

    Though Scripture doesn't share specifically why Mary initially remained behind, it does paint a picture of her state of mind. As Mary finally approached Jesus, she fell at His feet. There, she held up her questions, her doubt and her grief with open hands.

    And the Bible tells us, Jesus wept.

    One commentary describes this response to Mary as an "expression of the Divine in contrast to the human spirit." Jesus was so moved by the depths of sorrow from Mary and the others gathered, that the heart of God reached from heaven to weep with them.

    Not long after His encounter with Mary, Jesus experienced a sorrow greater than anyone has ever known. In Isaiah 53:4 it was foretold, "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted" (KJV). Heartache was an intimate companion to Christ's suffering on the cross.

    As Jesus wept, He understood the weight of Mary's grief. He didn't tell her to move on. Or that she shouldn't feel this way. Instead, Jesus offered inner peace for inner anguish as He mourned alongside her.

    Perhaps today you understand Amber's pain. You desire to live whole, but you live with untended grief.

    May I share comforting news? In the presence of Jesus, you don't have to numb it, escape from it or push it down. Your heavenly Father requires none of these. Just as Jesus welcomed Mary, He beckons you to come to a safe place, where your Savior is not afraid of sorrow. This safe place is a haven where the mending of your heart begins, as you are invited to express your grief with the One who was wounded and broken, and who carried your heartache upon Himself on the cross.

    It's been two years since Callie left this earth. Amber said her healing began the day she felt free to mourn her sweet Callie with the Savior who loved her best. Does she still miss her? Certainly, for Callie is a part of Amber's heart that will live on. But on those days when Amber meets grief — and those days will happen — she knows there is a safe place as she throws open the door to her heart and invites Christ in.

    Loving Savior, who promises never to leave me or forsake me, who understands the weight I've carried, today I invite You to weep with me. I feel joy that I can come to You with open hands to receive renewed life in the midst of my grief. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Reflect and Respond:
    Designate a specific time and place to express your grief with Jesus. Write your thoughts in a journal.

    Each week, go back and note the times you sensed God with you.

    Power Verses:
    Isaiah 40:29-31, "He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." (NLT)

    © 2014 by Suzie Eller. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    630 Team Rd., Suite 100
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org


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  • Be Hopeful

    Posted on March 18, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." John 2:19

    There was a parenthesis of three days following Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection from the grave. It was hard to be hopeful when it seemed so dark. Had the Romans won? Were the religious accusers right? For many disciples of Jesus, their hope died when He died. They forgot or failed to believe His promise to bring Himself back to life after a short delay. Since the Holy Spirit had yet to be given by Jesus, their hope struggled to survive. Hope was threatened.

    Are you suffering in a parenthesis of pain? Is your hope vague or nonexistent? Be reassured, in your loss you can still gain peace from God. You can be hopeful for the Holy Spirit indwells you to comfort, instruct and inspire your faith. Hopeful expectation energizes faith and creates spiritual stamina. Dreams die, but Jesus can bring them back to life: even clearer and more compelling. Relationships die, but Jesus can bring them back to life: real and robust. Hope expects life in Christ.

    No one takes it [my life] from me, but I [Jesus] lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again(John 10:18).

    Furthermore, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the primary reason His church continues to come alive around the globe. Why else would it endure? The church was launched from Jesus coming to life. It's still alive, because He’s alive. The empty tomb emptied the first disciples of themselves, and by faith, they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus still keeps His word. He rebuilds what man destroys. He gives hope to hearts empty of self and full of the Spirit. Faith in Him gives us hope.

    We can be hopeful because Jesus does what He says. He prepares for us a place after death. Our first breath in heaven will follow our last breath on earth. We will be in His presence forever. Our bodies will be destroyed, but He will give us a resurrected and glorified body. So, be hopeful in your hurt. Trust Jesus to heal your heart. Believe God to repair your broken marriage. Be hopeful you can become better. Your hopeful expectations just might inspire others to hope. Be hopeful!

    “Your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, hope in You helps me remain faithful to You and Your will.

    Related Readings: Psalm 71:5, 78:7; Luke 14:14; John 11:24-25; Acts 2:31; Philippians 3:20-21

    Post/Tweet today: Our first breath in heaven will follow our last breath on earth. #behopeful

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • Presence and Provision

    Posted on March 17, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:11

    Jesus instantaneously created wine from water. He could accelerate the fermentation process, as it was His creation. In response to the urgency of the immediate need, He suspended His natural law and replaced it with His supernatural miracle. Our Lord can take the plain water of our will, and transform it into the robust wine of His will. He expects us to believe and obey, and He will make a way. What cistern of concern can we give to Christ, so He can turn it into His provision?

    Furthermore, Jesus brought joy to the wedding ceremony with His presence and His provision. He had just come from the solitude of the desert where He listened to His heavenly Father and fought the devil. Now He supported the joyous public celebration of a husband and wife embarking on a lifetime commitment to God and each other. Where our Savior is invited He shows up with the aura of His glory. He can take our little faith and create much for His sake.

    “And when the Israelites saw the mighty handof the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trustin him and in Moses his servant” (Exodus 14:31).

    The fruit of the vine represented gladness in the Old Testament, with an ever present warning against drunkenness. In the New Testament, wine had the solemn honor of representing the blood of Jesus for the payment of our sins. Our warning at the Lord’s Supper is not to take the cup lightly by being glib about the sacrifice of our Savior. Communion is our consecration to Christ for His salvation, followed by a celebration of gratitude. He is our provision of new life in Him.

    Lastly, have you invited Jesus to join you in the maturing of your marriage? He is not just a glad wedding guest, but He desires to move forward with you as husband and wife. The ongoing miracle of His presence and provision is needed for your protection and peace. He takes your limited marriage experience and gives you insight on how to love each other well. The Lord longs for your marriage to grow, as your belief in Him grows. Holy matrimony gives Him glory!

    “I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance” (Philippians 1:19).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your presence and provision for Your creation.

    Related Readings: Ecclesiastes 9:7; Habakkuk 2:15; John 3:2, 12:37; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

    Post/Tweet today: He expects us to believe and obey, and He will make a way. #agentofcreation

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

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