Your Word for This Day: “The Night is Turning into Day!”

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 

“Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name… Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:4-5

When we encounter difficult seasons in our lives, our aim as children of God should be to become BETTER and not BITTER. We cannot allow our hard times to completely rob us of our peace, our joy and our sense of purpose in life. To help us in our journeys, there are some things that we must do when we feel like giving up. The first key is to recognize that the difficult situation is not bigger than God is.

The second key is:

2. Understand that this too will pass.

When we are going through bad times it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, we must remember that weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). This may have nothing to do with actual twelve-hour days and twelve-hour nights, rather we have night seasons and morning seasons.

In the natural, no season lasts forever. After summer comes autumn, after autumn comes winter, then spring and then the cycle repeats itself. In our lives, seasons change as well. Nothing lasts forever, not even difficult times. They always pass. Your night will turn to day. It must – it is the natural order of life. Encourage yourself by repeating this statement: “Nothing lasts forever. God has given me the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; He will turn my darkness into light. Although the night seems unending, morning will come again.”

Be encouraged today in all that you walk through! Hold on to the truth of the Word of God. Speak it. Declare it. Meditate on it. It shall surely bring you out!

 

Your Word for This Day: “God Always has a Plan!”

Friday, June 16, 2017

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20

Joseph encountered difficult times. He was sold into slavery by his own brothers. He was thrown into prison on an attempted rape charge by his boss’ wife. Those he helped while he was in prison forgot him when they were released, although they promised him that they would help him. He endured almost fourteen years of bad things happening one after another.

Yet, in the midst of it all, Joseph remained focus. He was focused because God had given him a dream of greatness before everything happened and nothing was going to take that dream away.

Has God given you a dream or a vision and you are beginning to lose hope?  Stay focused. When bad things happen, focus on the dream in your heart. Keep the dream alive; please do not let it die. You cannot control what has happened or may be happening even now, but you can control how you react to what is happening.

Joseph fulfilled his dream and his destiny. Later on, he chose to help those who tried to destroy him because he understood that they meant it for evil but God meant it for God.  God always has a plan. God is always up to something when we are down to nothing. Remember His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not like ours. He knows what is happening and He has the plan.

Joseph’s accurate response prepared him to rule and reign in his position of power when it came.  Your correct response in the midst of your adversity would also be preparation for your elevation when all is said and done.  Do you want to be elevated? Then learn from Joseph and go through your hard times focused and trusting God and He who has promised to bless you is faithful and He will give you double for your trouble if you will only endure to the end with the right attitude and spiritual position. Of this you can be sure.

An Excerpt from “Stuff Happens” by Diann J. Wilson

Your Word for This Day: “Stuff Happens”

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.” Ecclesiastes 12:13

In this journey of life, we have many different experiences. Some life events are very joyful and cause us to celebrate and be thankful, and there are life events that are sad and cause us to stop and think about the true meaning of living. As we face life head on, we will navigate through numerous emotions evoked by the many things we see, hear, and feel.

There are things, things, and more things. Life is full of experiences and events, and wherever you may travel in the world and whomever you may speak with, there is always a story of something that has happened or is happening. Things happen. STUFF HAPPENS! There is no getting away from things happening once you are alive and living on this earth.

We must come to the realization that there are things that we will encounter that we have no control over. God is the only one who has supreme control over life. He created life, He sustains life, and He alone has the ability to direct life. Not only does He have the ability but He also has the right and the authority to do so, for we are His handiwork. Nothing exists that was not created by the hand of our mighty God. That gives Him the legal right to be able to control and direct everything for His pleasure and purpose.

If we understand this important truth, we would be freed from a lot of unnecessary stress. We are reminded today that as children of God our duty, is to “Fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person” (NASB). This is our main responsibility and as we obey this instruction, it is God’s covenanted duty to take care of us in the good times and in the not so good times.

An Excerpt from “Stuff Happens” by Diann J. Wilson

Your Word for This Day: “The Benefits of Wisdom: Crowned with Glory”

Thursday, May 18, 2017

“My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.” Proverbs 1:8-9

A life lived with godly wisdom is a life well lived! The wisdom from above can only enhance our days on the earth – we learn how to see accurately and to walk in all that God has promised us. We learn how to accept, access and steward His blessings to us.

Wisdom protects us, watches overs us, promotes us and honors all who seek after it and apply it to their lives. We continue to look at the benefits of wisdom today with a very special one: Wisdom will crown you with grace and glory.

4. Wisdom Crowns you with Grace and Glory.

Proverbs 4:9 says “She [Wisdom] will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

When we embrace wisdom, she places an ornament of grace on our head. This is powerful for 2 reasons. One, grace is the unmerited favor of God toward us. It covers us – our imperfections, shortcomings and whatever else is considered to be a “blemish” in our lives. The grace of God shines through us and enables us to be seen in the light of God’s love. Two, grace is also the enabling power of God operating in our lives. With the ornament of grace upon our head, we are marked as God’s vessels through which His Spirit – the Spirit of Wisdom – is operating. With His grace, we are enabled to do what we didn’t even  think was possible.

Wisdom also delivers to all those who love her a crown of glory. Just imagine that! This crown also identifies us as God’s children. We are royalty and wear His glory because we are seeking for His guidance as we walk through this life, and this, my friends, is very important. God’s children will walk in His ways.
Isn’t this great? Wisdom adorns us with grace and glory. It will make you beautiful, and a joy to behold!

Moment of Reflection: What are your thoughts on being crowned with grace and glory? What difference will that make in your life?

Your Word for This Day: “Benefits of Wisdom: Honored”

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 

Seeking after wisdom is a win-win-win situation. We win because of all the benefits and rewards that come from living wisely. Wisdom wins because she is exalted and others get to see how important and valuable she is, and hopefully, will seek after her as well. People win as well as we share the wisdom that we have received with them.

Wisdom protects us, watches overs and also promotes us. Those who use godly wisdom will advance in life and walk in the abundance that God has provided for them. Today, in our in-depth look at wisdom, we will see that wisdom also honors those who find her.

3.Wisdom Honors.

Proverbs 4:8 closes off by saying, “She [Wisdom] will bring you honor, when you embrace her.”

In embracing wisdom – fully taking her in and making her an integral part of your life – you will be honored. This has a two-fold meaning: 1) Having wisdom in your life is in and of itself an honor. She is precious and only comes to those who really desire her in their lives. 2) As wisdom operates in your life, you will begin to be thought of and seen by others with great respect. When people begin to hear you speaking and see you acting wisely, they will notice the difference. Many will want to learn from you, and desire to know what you know.

Have you ever been in the company of a really wise person? I have and I love those opportunities to sit and listen to what he or she is saying so that I can learn from them and be able to apply the wisdom they have gained to my own life.

We must always remember just how priceless wisdom is. The process through which it is obtained is not easy. People have to press, seek, search to find wisdom and it is usually found in hidden places.  And those who make the journey will be honored by her.

Moment of Reflection: Name one person that you have met that is very wise? What are some of the nuggets of wisdom that you have received from him or her? How have those nuggets changed your life?  

Your Word for This Day: “The True Type of Wisdom”

Thursday, May 11, 2017 

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.” James 3:13

As we continue our study into wisdom, we are learning that living and maxing out  the ABUNDANT LIFE that God has provided for each one of us is only possible as we walk wisely, yielding to and depending on the precious Holy Spirit who is the SPIRIT OF WISDOM.

First, we must desire wisdom, and second, we must seek for wisdom. But, what type of wisdom do we want to have?
Did you know that according to the word of God there are 2 types of wisdom? Yes, there is EARTHLY wisdom and HEAVENLY Wisdom.

Think of this, have you ever gone to a friend to ask advice for a situation that you were facing, and after implementing the “wisdom” that they gave you, things were worse off than before? It is very possible that you did receive wisdom – earthly wisdom – and that did not help you.

Many times the wisdom we operate with is wisdom from the earth, and not wisdom from above. But, how do we know the difference?
Let’s turn to the Word for the answer. James 3:14-16 tells us:
But if you harbor (1) bitter envy and (2) selfish ambitions in your hearts do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil, for where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice,

Wisdom from the earth is of the devil. It is based on lies and it places the worship of man at the center of it. At its core, there is bitter envy and selfish ambitions. It seeks to promote oneself, even at the expense of hurting and deceiving others. It is sensual, meaning that this wisdom’s desire is to make us feel good at all times, even if it is not beneficial or honoring to God. Earthly wisdom gives birth to disorder and evil practices which are against the very heart of our Heavenly Father and the character of His true children.

My friend, yes, we desire wisdom and yes, we will seek after it – but let us make sure that we are not running after the earthly wisdom which leads to destruction and confusion. We want the true type of wisdom.

Have you ever received earthy wisdom? How did it affect you and your situation? What could you have done differently in the situation? 

Your Word For This Day: “Lord, Give Me Wisdom (Pt. 2)

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 

“Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.” Proverbs 3:13-15

Yesterday, we learned that that it wisdom is absolutely necessary for any person who desires to live a fulfilled, God-honoring, abundant life and be a blessing to others. If we lack wisdom, we lack what is needed to make sound and right judgments and the decisions that are in line with God’s word and will for our lives and those in our spheres of influence.

The good news is that wisdom is ours for the having! All we have to do is ask for it.  James 1:5 says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”

God desires that His children be wise. So, if we ask the Lord for wisdom, He will give it to us. 

So, how exactly does God give us wisdom? Well, there are two main ways that the Lord gives wisdom to those who ask for it: through Instruction and Devotion. Today, we will look at Devotion.

Wisdom is for the person who sees its value and therefore diligently seeks it. Proverbs 8:17 tells us, “I [wisdom] love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.”   Those who seek for wisdom will find it. This means they see wisdom as important enough to invest their time, energy and resources into obtaining it.

The interesting thing about wisdom is this… it comes to those who actually want it. Because it is so precious…so costly…so valuable…it requires a devotion to it. We must desire to receive wisdom from God so that we can live in a way that reflects His character and His heart. We must be devoted to the process of obtaining wisdom, because it will require that of you!

But, the journey is worth it.
This is the only life on the earth you have been given, how will you choose to live it? Do you desire wisdom enough to search for it? What are you willing to do to find it?