James 3:17 Wisdom From Heaven

 

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But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy ad good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17

Wisdom is just the knowing how to apply the knowledge that a person has in the best way possible. The world has a lot of wisdom, but it is faulty. The wisdom of the world is selfish and full of envy. It is about self and what one wants for himself.

In places where there is selfishness, there will always be disorder, discontent, jealousy, envy, hatred, cheating, and lying. The person is always striving to get the most out of life at any cost.

The wisdom that comes from God does not have any of those characteristics in it. God’s wisdom will always aim for peace, without compromising His standards. It is concerned with what others are going through or needing. His wisdom submits to those in authority, rather than forcing others into submission.

It has the mercy of God upon others who have done wrong, rather than throwing the book at the person. Heavenly wisdom will be filled with good fruit, the fruit of the Spirit, because it is led by His Holy Spirit. It will treat every person the same regardless of position, money, character or anything else, just as Jesus did and still does. God’s wisdom will always be sincere and true, not joking around and not changing all the time.

In simple words, the wisdom that comes from God will always put God and others first because of love. This is the wisdom of God that is found in Jesus. He put others, who did not love or want Him, first by dying on the cross for them. To the world this does not make sense, because it does not know true love–Jesus.

As you seek wisdom keep in mind how God’s wisdom will look in this life. See why you need that wisdom and how you will use it correctly in your life. Do not allow yourself to be full of selfishness and envy because of some wisdom that you may possess, that is not of God.

Allow God to give you His wisdom so that you may be His witness in this world of who He really is and what He is really like. Don’t be like the world, but like Jesus in this world.

I pray today that God will fill you with His wisdom; that you will know how to use God’s wisdom correctly; that your life will be one like that of Jesus; and that you will love as God loves.

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Hebrews 7:26 The Perfect High Priest

 

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Such a high priest truly meets our need–one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Hebrews 7:26

People go to many different people for help. They look for all different types of help in order to help them get through their days here on this earth. Thousands of counselors and psychiatrists are attempting to help people every day around the world. Along with those people, there are thousands of priests and ministers that people go to for help and guidance in their lives.

Some will view these people as the best source of help. They take their words to heart and believe them. While they may have some good advice to give, they will also fall short in the end. They are not perfect.

In the Old Testament the believers had to go before a high priest to atone for their sins or to worship God. In order for the priest to atone for the sins, he had to atone for his own sins first. He was not perfect and was unable to be there for every person himself.

Jesus came later and became the perfect high priest. He did not have to atone for any of His own sins, because He had never sinned. Jesus now sits in heaven at the Father’s right hand, ready to meet the needs of every believer. The foremost need is removal of sins, after that there are many other needs that believers have.

Instead of just running to a man, priest or other, here on this earth for help and guidance in life, the believer must go to Jesus. Men on this earth will be busy or absent, and they have failures. Jesus does not have any failures and is always available.

You will have struggles that you will need help to overcome. You will have needs that you need someone else to help with. While it is good to seek other people to help, your first focus should be to go before your high priest–Jesus. Go to the One who created everything, the One who is perfect, pure and blameless. He will always make the perfect choice for you.

Think about how great it is that you have someone who can help you around the clock and always makes the perfect choice. Jesus will truly meet every need you have, if you go to Him and trust Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your High Priest and Savior; that you will trust Jesus for every need you have; that you will run to God first with all of your needs; and that you will strive to be like Jesus, holy, blameless, and set apart for God.

1 Timothy 5:22 Hasty Reactions

 

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Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. 1 Timothy 5:22

Harsh reactions to someone who has done something wrong is very common. People are very quick to want to hit back at the person who hurt them or even hurt someone else. Not always is it a physical strike, but there still is some type of strike against the person.

Some people are very quick to physically fight a person they are mad at. Others will verbally attack or slander the person. Often this is done very quickly with no real thought as to what they are doing or saying. It is a unthought reaction.

Others are not very quick to react on their own, but are quick to follow the crowd in a negative reaction. All across the nation people are very quick to judge and condemn a person in the news media for something that they have no real clue as to what really happened. They hear a small part of the news condemning the person and every one jumps on board to also judge, with no true evidence.

Riots and violence are often started in this way. People are swayed by the sins of others and led down the wrong path. No one wants to be left out or thought of as wrong.

Paul stated that one should not be hasty in acting in this way. Acting rashly can be a sin and the believer is supposed to keep himself pure. Jesus did not act suddenly or rashly. He acted out of obedience to His Father, not out of sudden emotion or sway of the crowd.

Believers in the church often condemn someone without proof or leave a church on the word of one person because of a rash decision.

There will come times when you are pushed to make a rash decision. Stop and pray to God about what to say or do. Find out what the Father wants you to do. In this way you will not be caught up in the heat of the moment and sin against God or others.

It is easy to go with the crowd and sin, but it is better to go with God and be pure. Do not be quick to lay hands or words of judgment upon another person.

I pray today that God will guide you in your words and actions; that God will reveal to you the truth; that God will keep you pure from all sin; and that you will be His witness in this world. 

Philippians 2:14-15 Shine Like A Star

 

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Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky Philippians 2:14-15

One thing that a person can count on hearing in a workplace is complaining and arguing. There are very few people who do not complain about their work or argue with someone about politics or sports.

People are often not happy with whatever situation that they are in, so they then complain about it. Some are worse than others, but most people have something to complain about. Complaining about the weather, the spouse, the children, the bills, the news, the breakdowns, the government, illness, injuries, the neighbors and the list is endless.

Along with complaining they want to argue about everything. They argue about how to get something done, or why something should not be done. This can also run in every area of life.

Those in the church are not a whole lot different. They complain about the songs sung, the level of sound, the length of the sermon, and how things are done. They argue about the best way to do something, doctrines, and traditions.

Most do not try to be mean or a downer about their complaining or arguing, but they are still doing it.

Paul says that one is to do everything without complaining or arguing. If this is done, one will be blameless and pure and will shine like a star in the sky.

If a person is not complaining or arguing, he is trusting God in every situation, he is putting others first, and he is showing love to everyone. Doing all of these things is not normal in this world. As he does this, he will stand out as different and shine brightly. He will show the purity and holiness of God in this dark, depraved world.

Think about the words you speak each day. How often do you complain to someone about something? How often do you argue with someone about something?

Turn your eyes on to God and trust that He is in control with your best in mind. That will help you keep from complaining.

Know and understand God’s love for all people, this will help you keep from arguing with them. Know and speak the truth in true love.

Shine like a star.

I pray today that you will trust that God is in control; that God will give you the words to speak; that you words will be words of love and encouragement; and that God will guide you to be pure and blameless in this world.

Colossians 1:22-23 Reconciled, So Keep Going

“But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation–if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.” Colossians 1:22-23

Every person who does not follow Jesus is an enemy of God. They follow their own desires and sinful ways rather than follow God. God, in His great love, has chosen to provide a way to be made clean and holy. This is through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

In yourself, you can never be free from accusation. Once you have sinned one sin, you are guilty for all of eternity. That action can never be changed on your own. Jesus has chosen to take on that sin and remove it from your life, if you let Him do so.

The removal of the sin in your life is only done by faith in Jesus and what He has done. If you have believed in Jesus and what He has done, you are now able to be presented before the Father as holy and blameless.

However, this can be done if you continue in your faith. You must continue to believe that your sins have been removed. You must continue to believe that Jesus is presenting you as holy and blameless. You must continue to strive to live for Jesus as He lived for His Father.

Know what you know and stand on that. Do not give in to the lies of this world. Do not allow yourself to be moved into believing that Jesus has not forgiven you.

Keep your eyes and mind focused on what Jesus has done for you. He is wanting to present you to His Father as blameless, so do not allow yourself to go back into sin and bring blame back on yourself. Live your life for Jesus today. Jesus bought you at a high price, now live for Him.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has given you; that you will hold fast to your faith in Jesus; that you will not be moved in your belief in Jesus; and that you will share Jesus with others.

Matthew 5:8 Pure Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8

Many believers would love to a have a vision of God. They would like to know and hear God better. Yet, as they go through life many do not know and hear God better.

In this verse Jesus states that to see God your heart must be pure. What does this mean?

The heart is often represented to show what you desire and follow after. In the world people often follow after fame or fortune or things. The common desire is for self.

Most people are seeking to find what they can for themselves. This can even be disguised behind the belief it is for the family. Men will work extreme long hours to get enough money to provide for his family. The provision will be an extra-large house, the newest cars and elite college for their children. In all it is often to make themselves look good because their family looks good. Rarely is it for God or others.

Faults can even be found in the church. Some will do a ministry, not because they are called by God to do it, or a desire to reach the lost or build a new believer, but to look God. Very often it is trying to be on good terms with God.

The pure in heart will be doing things with the right motive. They will desire only the things of God and for God and His kingdom.

Jesus did not try to build a large house and gain things in this world. His focus was to do God’s will while He was on this earth.

Your heart should be in the same way. God desires you to flee all sin and repent of the sins you have done. He desires you to follow Him with all of your heart. He desires you to serve others as though you are serving Him. He desires for you to obey Him in everything. He desires you to be His witness wherever you go.

Where is your heart today? Is it pure? Or does it have wrong desires and motives? Ask God to show you how pure your heart really is. Ask God to give you a clean, pure heart.

I pray today that God will change your heart; that you will seek God with all of your heart; that the desires of your heart will be to follow God only; and that you will see God.