Archive | August 2012

Lean on Him

Worrying News (53/365)

1 Peter 5:7 NIV

Many of us are going through some pretty challenging times right now. For some it may be loss of a job, a health concern, financial worries..the list goes on and on. God never promised we would be spared  difficult times or challenges. He does promise however, that He will go through them with us if we ask Him.  Sometimes it takes getting to the end of our own strength before we allow Him to do just that.

When we come to the end of our struggling we have a Father that loves us so much and is just waiting for us to turn to Him for help. I couldn’t possibly recall each and every time in my life ,that God has revealed His love for me. There have been too many. I do remember that in some of my darkest days, such as the time of our son Daniel’s death, I know He answered my cries and brought comfort where I didn’t think there would ever be any again.  He has answered so many specific prayers over the years in ways only He can do.  I am so grateful we serve a loving, compassionate Savior.  The Bible has several words for those of us walking through difficult times.  If you have asked Christ into your heart you have all the privileges of being part of the family of God.  Take heart and hear what the Bible has for us..

Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Phillipians 4:6-7 NIV Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

1 Peter 5:7 NIV Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.   

What a beautiful promise that is!

The book of Isaiah has another beautiful word for each and every one of us.

Isaiah 41:10 NIV 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Take Him at His word and ask for His strength to go through your struggle.  And finally one of my favourite promises of Christ,

Matthew 11:28-29 NIV 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

I am glad we serve a living God that does NOT turn a deaf ear to His kids.  If you are struggling, call out to Him and watch His hand begin to move in your life as you lean on His arms of compassion and mercy! Give Him a chance to show you just how much He loves you!

Abiding and the Beatitudes

I have been slowly reading and digesting the Beatitudes. I love that they contain  so many wonderful nuggets of God’s wisdom. These nuggets were given to us from Jesus Himself and therefore we know they are to be treasured. When you read them, you can’t help but notice the contrast to “natural” behaviors or responses. It is impossible to live the beatitudes without abiding in Christ and that is how we are to live.   As it says in 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ”  As we  yield our areas of  weakness and character to Christ

and allow Him to move in and through us, we are able to be the people He has called us to be. When we move  in our own strength we fail miserably and soon get discouraged at just how unloving we can be!

The Beatitudes are a reminder that it is impossible to live a truly happy and satisfying life that is pleasing to God without yielding to the Holy Spirit and allowing God’s love to guide us in our walk. The meaning of “blessed” when used in the Beatitudes refers to “happy.”  Not just a surface happy but a deep soul happy.

Matthew 5:1-12 NIV 5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.   He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 
Blessed are the pure in heart,  for they will see God. 
Blessed are the peacemakers,  for they will be called children of God. 
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

It is impossible to be “happy” in the above situations if we are NOT abiding in Christ. They require a selflessness that the flesh just won’t succumb to . However, when we are walking closely with the “lover of our soul” we long to be as He is.

Lord give us a hunger to be more like you. To love as you love and walk in sweet communion with you so that we too may be truly happy! Amen

Sermon On The Mount

Sermon On The Mount

Doo doo doo Lookin’ past my back door..

Beyond

Beyond

Short of living in a bubble, most of us are well aware of the mess this world has become. We only need to pick up a newspaper or read the online news to see that mans inhumanity to man is everywhere, parents are murdering their children, children are murdering their parents, people in positions of leadership are abusing children and wars and rumors of wars are increasing. It is just one hot mess!  Some respond by turning off the news and refusing to expose themselves to anything negative. Some wrap themselves in a family cocoon and don’t look outside their own little world. Some keep themselves busy with their career, job or hobbies and just put the woes of the world out of their mind.  As followers of Christ, we need to be aware of things going on outside of our own four walls. If we have no idea of what is going on in our neighborhoods, communities and the world in general we  have no idea of where or how we can best serve. Missions have been birthed on needs observed.  If we don’t see the need, we can’t provide the solution.  Though the most obvious need  for all is salvation, often before the gospel can be preached or shared other practical needs have to be addressed. For example, going to a drought ridden African country and preaching the gospel alone is not going to accomplish the same  as going there and providing the people with food and water and the gospel.  It is  often the practical demonstration of Christ’s love that  first  draws other’s to our Savior!  The same analogy can  be applied in our own communities. First we see a need, then we offer our service in meeting that need and then have the opportunity to share the love of Christ with others.  Perhaps it’s time for some of us in the body of Christ to look around and see if there are outside needs that God would like us to become involved in. Our mission field doesn’t have to be continents away. It can be just down the street. Pray and ask God to open your eyes to the needs around you and show you how you may be used to meet those needs. He doesn’t require us to be perfect before we can be used. We just need to have a sincere heart and make ourselves available.

Phillipians 2:1-4 NIV 2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Galatians 5:13-14 NIV 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 5:14-16 NIV 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Proverbs 11:25 NIV 25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Why is it so important to look outside our own lives and reach out to others?  This verse sums it all up…

John 3:16 NIV 16 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.

 

From Fear to Peace

I am a bit of a news junky.  I do like to keep up with what is going on in the world politically, socially and economically. There was a time in the past, when I had to stop watching the news. It would upset me a lot. I would see stories of children being abused or murdered, injustices worldwide, wars etc. and get so overwhelmed with the wickedness in this world that I would be upset for days afterward. I used to hear rumors of wars and see news articles about things that I knew were forerunners to the Lord’s return but instead of looking forward to it,I would worry about how it would affect my family, friends, unsaved loved ones etc.

I no longer watch and fret. I now watch and pray. I see how much closer we are to seeing many of the predictions in the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel come to pass but instead of reacting out of fear, I now react by using the signs as a springboard to pray for the people I love and those who need God in their lives. Fear tends to paralyze us. It keeps us on an emotional roller coaster. When things around us are going well, we feel good but when things around us are difficult we are tense and edgy and lose all our inner peace. I now think of the difficulties in life as opportunities to see God’s awesome hand move in my life or the lives of those around me.

As Christians, God provides us with a peace that truly does pass all understanding. When we stay close to Him, He replaces worry with trust and fear with peace.  I really am so thankful that though things around us can be turned upside down, God promises to go with us through the turmoil and see us through to the other side.  Let’s look at a few of the promises we have to take hold of…

Psalm 119:165 NIV 165 Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. 

Isaiah 32:17 NIV 17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;  its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

Psalm 29:11 NIV 11 The Lord gives strength to his people;  the Lord blesses his people with peace.

and finally Romans 5:1 NIV 5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you are lacking  peace in your life and are struggling with fear, it’s time to look to God’s word for the truth of who you are and what you have in Christ Jesus. 1 John 4:17-19 NIV 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.19 We love because He first loved us.

The peace that passes all understanding is not just for a select few. God promises it for all believers. If you’re struggling with fear, ask God to show you through His word, promises of hope and peace. They are there for the taking.

A member of the Free Syrian Army takes positio...

Psalm 27:3 NIV Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear; 
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.

The Importance of Praise

I attend a church where praise and  worship are very important. We have a Pastor that has the heart of a worshipper and therefore encourages praise and worship.  It is such a beautiful part of our services. I also love to listen to worship music outside the walls of the church. It is a big part of my life. Today there are so many amazing singers/bands/groups that love to worship so we don’t have to look far to find music to worship alongside of. Some wonder why we would want to spend time singing praises to God?

David gives us plenty of reasons in the next 5 verses….Psalm 100:1-5 NIVShout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.    Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

Though we all need some down time relaxing from work etc., many of us waste a lot of time doing things that really don’t bring about any positive changes in our lives. We may watch too much  mindless t.v., listen to radio programs that may have very little long term positive impact on our lives or read articles that clog the mind with useless facts.

As followers of Christ spending time in our Bibles and prayer are vital and so is praise and worship.  Spending time in God’s presence in an atmosphere of praise and worship draws us closer to Him. We focus on who God is and the reasons we love Him so much.  I always come away from a time of worship and praise spiritually recharged!

If you haven’t made praise and worship a part of your life, it just may be time to do so.  You will grow deeper in your love for Christ as you spend time in His beautiful presence!

Long to Worship You

Long to Worship You (Photo credit: loswl)  Psalm 92:1 NIV 1 It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High.

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Too BAD for God, I don’t think so..

It is an awesome thing to see what happens to a person when God truly gets a hold of their heart. Most believers know people who once lived a pretty crazy life that have been completely transformed by accepting Christ. Churches are full of people that never imagined they would one day joyfully serve God. Drug addicts, murderers, thieves and every possible type of sinner have been known to fall before God and ask for acceptance through Christ. He has not nor will He ever refuse anyone that comes to Him with a sincere heart, regardless of their history or baggage.

The Bible tells us of one man whose main purpose in life was to persecute the Christians and bring all he met under the law. That man was a Pharisee named Saul of Tarsus, who later became Apostle Paul, follower of Christ . Saul lived a life zealously devoted to killing and destroying those who shared and lived the gospel. He felt it was his moral duty until Christ met him on the road to Damascus!

 Acts 9:1-19 NIV 9 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”“Yes, Lord,” he answered.11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.

Here is a man determined to snuff out the early Church and yet God in His mercy saw something in Saul (soon to be Paul) that caused Him to transform His life for good. So how did things go for Saul from there?…

 Acts 22:12-21 NIV 12 “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. 13 He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him.14 “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15 You will be His witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name.’17 “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance 18 and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’19 “‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. 20 And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’21 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ”  

Though he had done horrible things to Christ himself by persecuting the early Christians, Acts 9:4 NIVHe fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”  God saw His potential and brought about a most  beautiful change that only His Spirit could do.  Saul was then given his new name Paul (some believe it was a custom after baptism to receive a new name representing new life.) Acts 13:9 NIV Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit.

Paul went on to preach the gospel to both the Jews and the gentiles and write thirteen, (possibly fourteen) books in the New Testament. He became one of God’s greatest preachers of all time!

We should NEVER forget that there isn’t anyone with breath, that is too far gone for God to change. Though we look at the outer man, God is able to see the heart and know what that person is capable of once transformed by the blood of His Son and with the anointing of His Spirit. God can use those same character traits that we may find offensive, for His glory. Never underestimate what God can do for anyone. Instead ask God to save them and anoint them for service! Nothing is too big for our God.

the Conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus...

the Conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus as painted by Michelangelo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Call to Obedience

As believers we don’t have to look far to see that there is a great deal of teaching on t.v. and in all forms of the media emphasizing God’s mercy and His love.  It’s vital that we understand how important both of these things are in our lives. Without God’s love He wouldn’t have demonstrated mercy in saving us from our sins and selves. We should never forget the price Christ paid in His demonstration of that love for us! We also need to be mindful of the great mercy He demonstrated at Calvary and the great mercy He demonstrates daily in our lives. Our God is an awesome God that loves us with a love we cannot really even fathom.

Unfortunately, we have to look a little harder to hear balanced teaching on God’s judgement. When we become children of God, we have an advocate that goes to God on our behalf interceding for us. That is Jesus. He doesn’t leave us to our own devices but provides through the Holy Spirit a means of hearing His voice and teaching us His ways. With the word of God (Bible) and the Holy Spirit we are well equipped to serve God. If we slip up, we have Jesus interceding on our behalf and have only to confess our sins to be forgiven. We are not however,  to take for granted God’s mercy or His forgiveness. There is plenty of words of warning to each of us with regards to continuing in willful disobedience. Once God has made it clear through His word and through His Spirit that we are to surrender a behavior or activity to Him and we continue on and ignore that gentle voice it can become a very large obstacle in our prayer life and in our communion with God. As with any good parent, there are times we correct our kids and do so for their own best interest. If they continue to ignore us and carry on in their disobedience there is always negative consequences.  It is the same in our walk with God.

Just as a parent can see the dangers of disobedience in the future of their children, God can see the danger it will present in our lives. It is out of love for us that He calls us to a walk of obedience.  Not as a slave but as a child. A child that He longs to give the experience of joy, peace and freedom that come from close communion with Him. That communion can only grow through our obedience to His voice. The Bible is very clear on the importance of obedience in response to the price Christ  paid for us, just as it is clear on the opportunity for restored fellowship with God when we mess up by turning to Christ and asking forgiveness.

Job 36:11 NIV 11 If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.

Romans 1:5 NIV Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.

Matthew 7:21 NIV 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

1John 2:3-6 NIV We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,”but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

Acts 5:32 NIV 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

And finally the following sums it all up… 1John 2:1-11 NIV 2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,”but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command;its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness.10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

Let’s keep a balanced look at the cost of serving God. We are blessed beyond anything we could ever imagine but it does not come without a price and that price is to stay in communion with the “lover of our soul” and in doing so, we are called to walk in obedience.

Psalm 85:8 NIV 8 I will listen to what God the Lord says;He promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—but let them not turn to folly.

No man/woman is an island..

In the garden of Eden, God said it was not good for Adam to be alone. It is the same today, we need one another. We have been created for fellowship. If we neglect spending time with others we can become lonely and bitter. The majority of us love to get together with family and or friends and spend time talking, laughing and just sharing life. It can be like a tonic that rejuvenates us!

As Christians it is just as important that we spend time with  fellow believers. God has equipped us all with different gifts and strengths that are made to be shared. We can gain so much from one another. When dark times come, it’s great to know there are other people not only praying on your behalf but available when you need an encouraging word. Then there are times when we may need some fine tuning in our thinking or actions and who better to receive it from than another believer who has your best interest at heart.

We are so fortunate to have a second family that is there to build us up in our faith, encourage us, correct us when we are going off the tracks and to share the amazing things God is doing in our lives.  No wonder the scripture says in Hebrews 10:25 NIV 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

If you’re not currently attending a church where you can use your strengths and  gifts and receive the benefit of the strengths and  gifts of others it’s time to find one.  God knows the need we have to give and receive encouragement and therefore warns us not to stop meeting together.  There are so many benefits that come from gathering together with fellow believers.  Here are just a few verses that demonstrate some of them…

Acts 15:32 NIV 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.

Colossians 3:16 NIV 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

1 Peter 4:8-10 NIV Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 

For anyone that doesn’t have a Church family, I would encourage you to pray for direction in finding one.  It can be such a great blessing in your life, both in giving of yourself and in receiving from others!

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.~John Donne

It’s time to put aside spiritual laziness

As Christians we need to daily be refilled with God’s wisdom. We can make poor decisions that may have disastrous effects by making decisions based on  feelings alone. When we operate without God’s wisdom we often lack good long term judgement. Perhaps the reason so many Christians are fumbling from one bad situation to the next is because they don’t feed themselves daily on the word.  Instead, they run from one person to the next asking for help and guidance.  I am sure we have all done this at one time or another but it is a really foolish way to go through our walk.

God will not give us a pass for laziness when it comes to falling into sin or our love waxing cold. We are to be diligently seeking Him and to do so requires we get into the Bible regularly. Anything less is asking for trouble.  Some would rather have a t.v. preacher pray for their problems instead of getting on their face before God and seeking answers from the only one who can truly bring about the BEST result. We have an obligation to keep our hearts and thoughts right before Him and the only way to do this is through studying His word and praying.

There are Pastors worldwide overwrought with burdens from their parishioners who should be seeking God for their answers and not running to their Pastor every time they have an issue.  This isn’t to say we shouldn’t go to our Pastors when we need advice, prayer or counselling.  That is why God has anointed some for leadership but we are NOT to be running to them or anyone else because instead of seeking God ourselves we have chosen to be lazy and want someone else to get on their knees before God and seek His wisdom on their behalf!

Unless we are a new believer, we need to put away the milk and start eating the solid food of God’s word for ourselves. We need to be daily spending time with the “lover of our soul” and not always asking someone else to do it on our behalf.  We need to grow up!  It is each of our own responsibility to keep our walk with God right. No one else can do this for us. Then, as we come together collectively as a body, we are able  to worship and pray in power and might. Each one contributing out of what God has given them.

There will always be situations where we need the intercession of others. It is a blessing and privilege as a Christian to have each other to turn to when in need.  However, this shouldn’t be our daily routine.  Let’s put away spiritual laziness and wake up to our own spiritual responsibility.  When we do so, we are a mighty collective force!

1John 2:27 NIV 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

Psalm 119:18 NIV 18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

2 Timothy 3:14-17 NIV 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures,which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Joshua 1:8 NIV This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Psalm 119:105 NIV 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

And finally…. 2Timothy2:15 NIV 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Commit yourself to spending time studying and in prayer daily and watch how God will give you the wisdom you need to walk your journey of faith and be a blessing to others!

James 1:5 NIV 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.