Isaiah 47:10 No One Sees

You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’ Isaiah 47:10

God had chosen to use Babylon to punish the Israelites for their rebellion against Him. In the process of doing that, Babylon became very proud and felt that they were the top authority and in complete control. They went further in the punishment of the Israelites than God had wanted them to do. Now God was calling them into account for their actions.

The world as a whole lives in a way that does not believe in God in any way. They live in sin because that is all that they know and they do not believe that God exists. The person who lives this way is living the only way that they know how to live.

One of the sad things is that many believers live in very much the same way. Individuals have personal sins in their lives that they commit in their house behind closed doors when they are alone. They feel as if no one is around and that no one can see them.

Buying into the world’s ways of doing things happens by many believers. They forget that God is right there at all times. God can see behind closed doors and into the mind of every person.

You may have some of these challenges in your own life. It may be direct actions or it may just be in your thoughts, either way it is sin that you are holding onto in your life. You may try to justify that sin and feel as though no one sees it. However, remember that God is there and sees and knows all.

Do not allow the wisdom and knowledge of this world or your own wisdom and knowledge to fool you into thinking that God does not see or know what is going on. Give those sins and habits to God and allow Him to crucify them. Allow God to remove all sin from your life.

Always keep in the front of your mind that you are never alone and that God sees and knows all. Allow Him to create in you a new heart and mind. You are a new creation. Do not live in the old sinful ways.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will give all sinful habits to God; that you will seek God’s strength to turn from all sin; and that you will listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance to you.

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Isaiah 11:1-3 What You Have

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him–the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD–and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:1-3

God had promised David that he would have a son on the throne of Israel forever. At the time of Isaiah, the nation had been split and was about to be destroyed. It did not look like there would be anyone to sit on that throne.

In this passage, Isaiah gives a prophecy about one, who was from the lineage of David (Jesse was David’s father), who would sit on the throne again. This one would have God’s Spirit resting on him, giving him wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, and knowledge of God. He would delight in fearing God–following and obeying God. The one to come was Jesus.

As Jesus walked on this earth, all of these things described Him very well. The people saw that He was one who delighted in God. Jesus became the root for those who would come after Him.

One of the things that Jesus said was that He was the vine and you are the branches. Jesus is the original branch, and you are to be like Him.

This means that everything that Jesus has, you can also have. You are attached to Him and are nourished by Him. When Jesus left the earth, He sent His Holy Spirit to be upon you, just as He was on Him.

Having God’s Holy Spirit on you gives you wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, and knowledge of God, just as it gave all those things to Jesus.

Do not rest your wisdom, understanding, counsel, power and knowledge on yourself, or in that of other people. Look to God’s Holy Spirit to guide you. God is with you and wants you to be just like Jesus. Jesus was the perfect example of how to live a life for God.

How are you living your life today?

Are you living it in the ways of this world, under your own power?

Or are you living and walking in the Spirit of God?

I pray today that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will trust in God’s counsel; that others will see God’s Spirit in your life; and that you will delight in serving and obeying God.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 Wisdom And Sorrow

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. Ecclesiastes 1:18

There are people who love to gain knowledge. They graduate high school and continue on with college for many years, changing their degrees multiple times before getting a degree. They read many books always learning more and more.

Others learn to use that knowledge in good ways, gaining a lot of wisdom. They are able to help and guide many people in various ways because of their wisdom they have gained over the years.

There is a bad side to having that much wisdom and knowledge. Solomon understood this, since he was the wisest man who ever lived. Many people do not understand this, and just want more wisdom.

Having wisdom, means that you will understand what is going on in light of eternity. You will have a deeper understanding, rather than just looking at things on the surface.

One may ask, why is this such a sorrowful thing? Or why would this bring about grief?

As you look at things that are going on is this world, you will see sin everywhere. You will see people talk about love and peace, but in reality are talking about selfishness and love of self. The ways of this world will be promoted as good.

God’s Holy Spirit will give you a spirit of discernment to understand what people are really saying or doing. On the surface it may look and sound good, but their heart may be far from God. This is where sorrow and grief comes in.

Jesus was described as a man of sorrows. He understood where the people of this world were headed. He understood the hearts of men. All of this great wisdom and knowledge brought about such a great sorrow that no man can ever fully understand.

Part of being a believer, is to become like Jesus. God gives you His Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding. This will help you see into the spiritual realm of this world. It is then that you will have sorrow and grief, seeing people dying daily without knowing Jesus. People are daily walking into an eternity in hell and destruction.

This is why you need to spread the gospel message of Jesus to all that you can, as fast as you can.

I pray today that God will fill you with wisdom and knowledge; that you will have wisdom in what God is doing; that you will have wisdom in what is occurring in this world; and that you will spread the gospel message to everyone you meet and know.

Proverb 1:7 What Not To Despise

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Colleges are found all over the world teaching nearly every subject one can imagine. People love to have knowledge. There are some people who appear to be professional students. They continue going to college, changing their major on a regular basis, getting more and more schooling, but never getting the degree.

As much as people love to get knowledge, many reject wisdom and real instruction. A very simple way to put what wisdom really is, is to say that it is knowing how to use the knowledge that has been gained correctly.

Very few people really like to be told what to do or the best way to do something. Once they get a little knowledge, they feel that they know all there is to know. This is where they become a fool.

The very basis of all knowledge and wisdom must come from knowledge and fear of the God. He is the one who created everything in the beginning. He knows what is best in every situation. Without God as the foundation of everything, all a person has is false beliefs and lies. Everything without God is man-made and will crumble in the end.

The world likes to start out their teaching with the thought that there is no God. Since this happens, everything else begins to fall apart. They do not like to be told how to live their life, which is what God likes to do. People wonder why there is such crime and hate in this world,  but refuse to believe in the God of love and His directions for their lives.

As a believer, you must allow God to guide and correct you. He will teach you the best way to live your life. The best way may not always be the most fun or the least painful, but it will be best for you in the long run.

God is there to guide you into all truth. Knowing and fearing (trusting, honoring) God is the foundation of a great life. This is the best start of knowledge and wisdom.

What or who is the foundation of your life?

Is it the things and knowledge of this world?

Or is it God?

I pray today that you will respect and honor God with your life; that you will seek the wisdom of God for your life; that you will not despise God’s directions to you; and that you will be filled with God’s wisdom.

Hebrews 2:1 Pay Careful Attention

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” Hebrews 2:1

In the last chapter, the author talks about Jesus. He describes who He really is and what He has done. Now he tells the people to pay the most careful attention to what they have been told. The purpose is so that they do not drift away.

What is it that they heard? It was that Jesus is God, He is the creator of everything, and He provides salvation for everyone.

Along with these few things that the writer wrote about, the people had probably heard Jesus speak in person at some point. They probably had heard some of the teachings from the apostles and other disciples.

Today, every believer has heard many teachings about what Jesus has taught. If you have read the Bible at all, you have also heard many more things that God has said. These things cover ways to live that will honor and please God.

To pay the most careful attention is to keep your focus on what God has said. Study His Word and memorize it so that it will be hidden in your heart. When you do these things you will not begin to drift away.

This drifting away is the slow walk away from God and His Word. You can look around you and see how many people, who claim to believe in Jesus, are living in a way that is directly contrary to what Jesus taught. Others have even began to outright deny God, because they have drifted away.

This happens when you are not in God’s Word daily. When you begin to compromise how you live. When you start to accept the way the world tells you how to live your life.

Are you going to allow yourself to begin to drift away from God?

Take time every day and throughout each day to seek God and read His Word–the Bible. Take time to pay very close attention to what He says. Pay attention to all of the small details, not just the big stories everyone knows. God can use you and do more with you if you strive to live the way He tells you to do so.

I pray today that God will reveal His truths in His Word to you; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit in understanding the Bible; that you will have a deep hunger to know His Word more; and that God will keep you from drifting away.

1 Timothy 2:3-4 What God Wants

“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3-4

Paul is stating that something is good. What is this good thing? It is the praying for everyone and giving thanks for everyone for the purpose of leading peaceful and godly lives. This type of living pleases God.

Why does this please God? It pleases Him because He wants everyone to be saved. He wants people to know the truth. Knowing the truth will set a person free. Remember that Jesus is the truth. If a person knows Jesus, he can be set free.

In order for a person to be saved, he must know the truth–Jesus. He must know that he is lost and dying, on a path of destruction. He must know that Jesus can change all of that.

The only way a person can know about Jesus is seeing Jesus in someone else and another person telling him about Jesus. Someone has to be a witness to who Jesus is and what He can do.

This is where living a godly, holy life comes into the picture. Living a godly life is living your life-like God. Acting, thinking, and speaking just like God would.

As Jesus walked on this earth, He walked the perfect godly, holy life. People would come to Him because they could see that He was somebody different. Jesus was somebody who portrayed who God is. He was willing to tell the people the truth. His truth was given to set people free from their bondage to sin and death.

Jesus did not live this way for a popularity contest. It was not to just look and sound good. It was to love God with all of His heart, soul, mind, and body, and to do what God wants Him to do. His whole purpose was to bring salvation to the people.

How are you living your life today? Are you loving God with all that is in you? Are you striving to fulfill His purpose, to bring many to salvation?

Every person around you needs to know Jesus. Live your life-like Jesus as an example and tell them about Jesus today.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to live a godly, holy life; that you will change your ways to live for God; that you will live to please God; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Colossians 1:9-10 How To Please God

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God” Colossians 1:9-10

Paul had heard that the Colossians were believing in Jesus and were working at spreading the gospel message. Their belief in Jesus was not just with words, but came with action. He tells them that he and others are praying for them to know the will of God.

Knowing God’s will can only come by the wisdom and understanding that the Holy Spirit gives. Only the Holy Spirit can fully understand God. Man’s finite mind cannot fully understand the infinite God. His Holy Spirit can break that down for man to understand.

The purpose for knowing the will of God is not to be puffed up and think that one is special, but to live a life worthy of the Lord Jesus and to please Him. People who have great knowledge often try to be in control of others with that knowledge.

You are to use the knowledge of God’s will to spread the gospel message. Every believer is supposed to bear fruit in this world. The fruit is showing love and compassion to others, and to draw others to Jesus and into a close relationship with God. The more knowledge that you have about God the more you will know what He desires. God’s whole focus is to love people and help them be the best that they can be by knowing and loving Him. He wants every person to have the abundant life that Jesus provides.

Why do you want to know God’s will? Is it only to look out for yourself? Or to use it against others?

Or is it so that you can show others who God is and bring them to a saving knowledge of Jesus? Is it so that you can live your life the way God wants you to live it?

I pray today that you will know God more and more; that you will know His plan for your life; that you will live your life according to God’s will; that you will bear fruit for God; and that your life will please God.