I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17
Wisdom is the ability to make the right choice with the knowledge that one has been given. Some cultures put a very high emphasis on the value of wisdom, while others do not care for it as much.
The wisdom of this world is short-sighted and temporary. It is limited by man’s simple ability to think and see what is immediately in front of him or his through his limited experience and training.
Revelation is a revealing of things that cannot always be directly seen. Very few people don’t want to have some kind of revelation in some area of his life. People pay a lot of money for psychics to reveal something in their lives. People fight to know what is going to happen in the work place or with their local neighbor.
The world’s idea of revelation is selfish and short-sighted. They want to know for their own benefit, how they can get ahead in this life, how they can bypass some bad situation in their life.
Paul stated that he was asking God to give every believer wisdom and revelation, but not for selfish purposes, but to know God better.
God is an infinite God. He is so far advanced above man, that man cannot begin to fully comprehend Him. Without God revealing Himself, no person has the ability to really know Him or even see Him. God is outside of man’s way of thinking and seeing.
Yet, even though God is outside of man’s seeing, He wants to be known and seen. He is willing to reveal Himself in this world and wants to open the spiritual eyes of men to see Him. The believer will see God and know His character through what can be seen by God’s great revelation.
Allow God to open your eyes and see and know Him more. You cannot know enough about God and who He is and how great His love really is.
As you grow in wisdom and revelation of God, you will begin to see His hand at work in the world around you. All fear will be removed and replace with His love. Strive to know God more and more in your life.
I pray today that God will reveal Himself to you; that you will have God’s wisdom in your life; that you will see God at work in and around you; and that you will know God more and more.
But now that you know God–or rather are known by God–how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? Galatians 4:9
While slavery still exists in parts of the world, for the most part slavery has been done away with. It is looked upon as a bad thing. No one wants to be a slave to anyone for any reason.
Regardless of what the national rules and regulations are, the majority of people in this world are enslaved to sin. They are bound up in sin that will keep them sinning more and more. Selfish desires overcome them and causes them to sin.
This is a conscious choice of most people to live that way. They see it as freedom of choice.
Every believer is taken out of that type of lifestyle. They are removed from the bondage and slavery of sin when Jesus had died and rose from the dead. He placed the powers of this world under His feet. They are no longer a slave to those forces.
Yet, there are many believers who turn back to those weak and miserable forces and allow themselves to be enslaved again.
This is done when a believer turns back to an old way of living or begins to live like the world again. He allows sin back into his life by choice on a regular basis. He refuses to turn away from sin. Lying, stealing, cheating, cursing, hating, porn, violence, hatred all become a part of his life again, a way of living. This is allowing the dark powers of this world to rule again in his life.
If you have accepted Jesus into your life and what He has done for you, you are known by God and also know God. He has set you free from the power of sin. He has pulled you out of that enslaved life of sin. Do not allow yourself to go back.
Take a look at your life on a regular basis and see you or what is enslaving you. Who or what has control over your life?
God should be the only one who has control over your life. Do not allow the things and sin of this world to enslave you and have control over you.
Turn away from the sin of this world and back to God.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know the freedom you have in Jesus; that you will give God full control of your life; and that you will choose to turn from sin to God every time.
One of the busiest seasons is upon us–Christmas season. Although it has two different holidays where most people get it off or at least partially off, they are busier than normal.
It seems as if there is always a million things to do each day and not enough time in the day to get everything done. With Christmas there is the time of trying to figure out who I need to get gifts for. Then decide what gifts should I get, along with what can I really afford to get. Along with the gifts, there are Christmas concerts, recitals, plays, and services going on almost daily somewhere. There are friends and family putting on events that you must attend.
As if that is not enough to make a person crazy, one must also decide which family member to go visit for Christmas, how long you will stay, how will you get there, and where you will stay during the visit.
At the home, you must also set up the Christmas tree and hang up or set up all the decorations. Decisions must be made on how the outside of the house and yard will be decorated. Then time must be taken to get all the supplies, change out all the burnt out lightbulbs and set it all up.
Inside the house, decisions on what deserts must be made. Baking all the Christmas cookies, cakes and candies are being done at a rapid pace.
As all this is occurring, most people are still working a regular job, taking kids to practices or school, cooking meals, doing the laundry, cleaning the house, and the list goes on.
With all of these things occurring, many people often regret Christmas or lose sight of what the meaning of Christmas is all about. On Christmas morning, some families pull out a Bible and read the story of the birth of Jesus. It is often the only time that they really thought about the meaning of Christmas in all the hustle and bustle of life and getting ready for Christmas.
As you are getting ready for Christmas think of this verse:
Look at the scene in this picture. See the trees, water and snow are sitting perfectly still. All of creation is sitting still knowing God is God and He is in control of it all. Nature does not show any hustle and bustle about anything.
Relax and get back to the real reason why you celebrate Christmas. It is about God loving this world so much that He gave His one and only Son to save you. It is not about all the giving and getting, lights and decorations, or even visiting family, it is completely about Jesus.
If you do not get all the decorations up, if you do not get everyone the perfect present, if you do not get some baked goods completed, it will be ok. Life in this world will still go on. Jesus will still save you from your sins.
Take a moment at least once a day, preferably many more times each day, to stop and thank God for the season. Give thanks to God for His great love in sending His Son to save you. Thank God for the greatest gift ever given–life.
Take a moment to realize the meaning of this great holiday. It is to remember what God has done for you.
Do not allow yourself to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this season so much that you miss out on what Jesus is doing in your life. Be still and know that He is God.
When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. Ezekiel 39:27-28
Israel had chosen, for a time, to sin against God by rejecting Him and following idols and other nations. Because of their sin, God sent them into exile to punish them. While in exile the Israelites would realize their great sin and turn back to God. He would bring them back to their homeland in Israel. At that point, they and all the nations, would realize that God is God. The nations of the world would see that God is holy and just.
It is common for people to think of the judgments of God to be harsh and cruel. They do not see the judgments, while living on this earth, are methods to get a person to look towards Him and turn from his sinful ways. Until the final judgment at the end of time, God is not judging with the intent of total destruction, but is judging to get a person to turn towards Him.
People who choose to walk away from Him may go through a time of punishment. God may exile them into a difficult situation to get them to turn their eyes back on Him. The exile today is not always being sent to another nation, but one that still displaces them from the familiar or comfortable.
If you are going through a time of feeling exiled from God, take a look at your life. Are you following God or are you following your own ways? If you are serving God with all of your heart, then it is probably an attack from the enemy.
If you are not serving God, it may be God trying to get your attention back on Him. God may be trying to restore you to where you should be. Allow Him to move you and know that He is God and He is holy and just in all that He does.
I pray today that you will know that God is God; that you will know the holiness of God; that you will serve God with all of your heart; and that you will know that God will not leave you behind as you serve Him.