September 7, 2018 Verse Of The Day

 

Ecclesiastes 3_11

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John 13:7 Understanding Later

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Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7

The night that Jesus was going to be taken captive to be crucified, He sat down with His disciples to eat the Passover meal with them. He went up to Peter and washed his feet. Peter did not understand what Jesus was doing at the time. Jesus told him that later he would understand.

Parents often have to make choices for their family or children that the children do not understand. They will tell the child to do something a certain way and the child thinks it is crazy and does not understand why it has to be done that way.

Or in the workplace, the boss will change up how something is done. The workers do not always understand at the moment, but must comply with the change.

In both cases, often later the child or worker begins to understand why it was done a certain way. With the child, it may take years before that happens, but with growth and learning, the understanding begins to come about.

Believers run into the same situation with God. God will guide them down a certain path to do a certain thing, and the person may not understand why or what is going on. God is in heaven looking down on the earth from beginning to end. He sees the whole picture of all creation and all time. God is guiding everyone to walk in His path.

In order for God to do that, there will be times He will do things that do not make sense. Only with time will a person begin to understand. Looking back at situations will open the eyes as to what was really going on and why it occurred.

There will be times God will do things in your life, that at the moment you will not understand. Some of these things you will never understand until you step into heaven. Other things you may understand at a later time, after seeing the bigger picture.

Peter had to just trust Jesus in washing his feet, so that later he may understand what had happened. You also must trust God in working in your life, so that later you may also understand what He had done and why He had done it. Allow God to be in control and trust Him.

I pray today that you will see what God is doing in your life; that God will give you understanding; and that you will trust what God is doing.

Mark 8:21 Do You Still Not Understand?

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He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” Mark 8:21

Jesus had just finished feeding over 4,000 people with a few loaves of bread and fish. Afterwards, He and the disciples left by boat. On the boat Jesus gave them a warning about the Pharisees, yet, they did not understand. He asked how they could still not understand.

Understanding what is going on is often missed by a lot of people. They see things from the surface and do not see the deeper meaning of something that is occurring.

It is common for people to see the immediate situation rather than the big picture. When the big picture is not seen, there is often a misunderstanding of what is happening or could happen.

Many in the world know how to see the big picture of what is going on. Plans are made years in advance to change the mindset of the people to follow unacceptable behaviors. There are many actions that are acceptable today, that thirty years ago were not commonly accepted. In order to see that, one must be willing to see and understand what was happening to make the change.

Believers often see God at work in their lives or in the lives of others. They see or hear of some miracle, but then, almost immediately, do not believe God will meet a need they have.

Jesus had just revealed that He could make the impossible happen with feeding the 4,000. Yet, shortly afterwards, the disciples were feeling that they were in trouble because they did not bring enough bread. They did not understand what had just happened and what Jesus was now warning them about.

Every day you can see God doing great wonders and miracles. As you see these things occurring, you can know and understand that God is in control.

Take a moment and remember the last time God had provided something for you. That something could be a physical item, healing or a spiritual item. If He could do it then, why can He not do it now?

Think about how many times God has met your needs. Those needs may have been met by providing you a job, or through someone else, or by a miracle, but they were met.

Do you not understand how much God loves you? Do you not understand how much God can meet your needs?

Understand and trust God today?

I pray today that you will know the provisions God has given you; that you will know God can raise you above any circumstance; that God is in control; and that you can trust God in all things.

Hosea 14:9 Being Wise And Discerning

Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them. Hosea 14:9

Hosea finishes out this book with telling whoever is wise and discerning to understand the ways of the Lord. Those who will be righteous and following God will walk in the ways of the Lord. Those who are rebellious will only stumble in the ways of the Lord.

Often the ways of God are very strange to a person. On the surface many of the things that God has done in the past does not always make sense, until it is looked at from a bigger picture or afterwards.

Looking at the bible, why would God take the Israelites out of the desert and trap them between an impassable body of water and the enemy?

Why would God tell David he is the next king, then make him wait 30 years to become king?

Why would God tell Hosea to marry a prostitute?

Why would God have the Messiah, who was supposed to reign forever, die on a cross?

It is easy now to look back at each of those events and see what God was doing and why. It makes sense, when the end picture is also seen.

However, in day-to-day living right now, one cannot see the end, and often, not even the big picture. God asks people to do things that do not always make sense. He allows things in the lives of a person that appear to be horrible and wrong. God asks a believer to give all he has. God asks one to forgive and love the enemy.

If you are wise and discerning, you will be able to know that ALL the ways of the Lord are right. He is perfect in all that He does. If you want to be righteous, you will walk in them.

Those who are rebellious will find every reason to not walk in God’s ways. They will reject the things of God. They will claim to love God, but refuse to love and forgive their enemy. The ways of God will appear to be foolish to them and they will reject them.

Are you being wise and discerning today?

I pray today that you will know the ways of God; that you will trust the ways of God; that you will obey all of God’s directions to you; and that you will be wise and discerning of the path God has for your life.

Knowledge Is Power

Knowledge Is Power

With schools starting up around the nation, one of the common statements being heard is that knowledge is power. Students from kindergarten, all the way through graduate schools are told this statement. It is believed to be started by Francis Bacon, a philosopher and scientist, in 1597. This makes the statement several hundred years old.

The thought behind this statement is that if you have knowledge, you will have more power than someone else who does not have that knowledge.

Having this power is something that can be used in positive or negative ways. Some positive things that can occur with knowledge are: being able to read and communicate clearly; knowing how to do something safely; knowing what is happening around you correctly; knowing the warning signs that are showing; and knowing how to make things better. These are just a few of the many examples of how knowledge can help be a positive thing. They give you the power to do the correct thing in the best way possible.

Positive Power

At the same time, knowledge can be used in very negative ways. Having knowledge of a person’s past can allow one to destroy that person. Having knowledge of a person’s habits can allow one to overcome and hurt that person. Criminals use knowledge to steal from a person or business, or harm someone. Their knowledge gives them power over another person, who does not realize what they know. The media uses knowledge all the time to make or destroy a public person’s reputation.

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As a believer, the question can be asked if knowledge gives power or not? And is that a good thing or not?

Proverbs 9:10 New International Version (NIV)
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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Here is a common verse that many know. Fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to correctly use knowledge that you have been given or learned. To fully understand anything correctly, you must have knowledge of God. Without God at the forefront of all knowledge, there will be faults in the knowledge.

There is great power in knowing God. It is in knowing God that a person can know who He really is. In knowing God, one can also really know who he, himself, is.

The world tries to make knowledge a god. However, knowledge is just a tool that God can use. Knowledge, alone, does not make a person powerful, but it is in how that knowledge is used and what knowledge is used.

As you get to know God and gain knowledge about God, you will be empowered for greater things to be done. It is in knowing God that you get to know how much He really does love you, regardless of what you have done in the past. This knowledge empowers you to live more for Him.

Knowing God allows you to know the gifts that He has for you. God has given you His Holy Spirit to allow you to do greater works for Him.  Knowing that you have His Holy Spirit in you, also gives you power to have His peace and comfort at all times, in all situations in this life.

Knowing God

Knowing God and what He has done for you, gives you power to be able to tell others who He is, what He has done, and what He can do for them. If you do not really know God, you will not be able to stand up and really tell others about Him or what He can do.

Knowing God allows you to understand what is going on around you from an eternal perspective. You can realize the sin that is occurring or the work that God is doing in the lives of others. You can have understanding and insight into what people are really saying or how they are really living.

Knowing God also takes away the fear of what the world can do to you. In knowing God, you will know that you have a future in heaven that no man can take away from you. You have an eternal life to look forward to, if anyone on this earth should take your life here.

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Having the correct knowledge does really give you great power. It is not just in knowing things of this earth, but in knowing the God who made it all possible. It is knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior that gives you greater power than even the devil, himself, has.

It is God who has all the power. It is God who gives all the power. So, yes,  knowledge is power, but do you have the correct knowledge? The world’s? Or God’s?