December 7, 2018 Memory Verse

 

Psalm 147_5

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Philemon 1:6 Partnership To Grow

 

Partnership

I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Philemon 1:6

Partnerships are something that is used all over the world. It is two or more people, businesses or organizations that work together. People partner with each other to build a business. Businesses partner with other businesses to build each other up.

In a partnership each person or entity involved will bring something that the other needs. Together more can be done than when separate and alone. One partner can be strong in an area the other is weak in, thus strengthening each other.

Although there are many people who are willing to partner with others to build up better, there are also many who do not want to partner with others. This is often seen inside of churches.

Many people in churches and even whole churches, refuse to partner with others to build up God’s kingdom. The refuse to be partners with others because they do not believe exactly the same. Often they differ a little or a lot on some doctrinal belief. One church may use instruments, while another does not believe in their use. One may believe in speaking in tongues, while another does not. These things are seen in both churches and individuals.

Every person and church needs others to help be stronger. No one should work completely alone. Every one needs someone else’s help.

The church, the body of Christ, is made up of people who are individuals, yet, they are to build each other up. Each one can build each other’s faith in God. They can lift each other up when one is down. They can guide each other in God’s word and truth.

As you partner with other believers, you can build someone else up and they can build you up. In this way it can deepen your understanding of what Christ has given you. It can help you understand more of who God is and how He works.

Each person has his own story to tell about what He has learned from God. Be willing to partner up with others to share your story and build them up. As you partner with others, more of this world can be reached for Jesus. And you will also be strengthened in your belief in God.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has given you; that you will partner with other believers in Jesus; that you will work to build others up in Christ; and that you will be deepened in your faith in God. 

Colossians 1:9-10 Knowledge For A Purpose

 

Boy reading the Bible

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, Philippians 1:9-10

Gaining knowledge is something many people are seeking. Millions of people around the world go to college every year to gain some knowledge in some field in life. They want to do better in life and feel that knowledge will help.

Knowledge can be good, if it is the right knowledge and used in the right way. Knowing how to sin and promote sin, does not do a person any good at all. The reality is that every person has built in knowledge in how to sin and promote it. It is the sinful nature in man that does that. All that knowledge will do is bring death to the person.

There are many who are seeking knowledge of God, they want to know who God is and what He is like. Thousands of people are in bible colleges or in bible studies around the world, just to know more of the bible. They are seeking head knowledge of who God is and what the Bible says.

Paul tells the people of Corinth that he is praying that God will fill them with knowledge through the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. However, the purpose is so that they can live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him with bearing good fruit.

There are many believers who can quote many scriptures and every doctrine, yet are not living for God. They cut people down, they lie, they cheat, they steal, and do not make any disciples. They are doing their own thing and not pleasing God by doing what He wants.

You have to seek God to find out what He wants for you. You need to find out what good works He wants you to do each day. How can you live your life in a way that is worthy of what Jesus did on the cross for you?

How can you use the knowledge that God has given you to build His kingdom?

Strive to please God in every way.

I pray today that you will know God’s word and will for your life; that God will show you how to live for Him; that you will bear good fruit for God; and that God will fill you with His wisdom.