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Christ Crucified!

Scripture reading for August 25th: Isaiah 17-19, Psalm 62, 1st Corinthians 1

1st Corinthians 1:20-25 “Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

Paul reasoned with the Corinthians concerning his message of salvation. Paul preached Christ Jesus as crucified for the sins of mankind. His cosmopolitan audience in Corinth consisted of Greeks and Jews and other Gentiles from various parts of the world. The Greeks put a premium on wisdom and human intellect. Jews were open to God, but constantly wanted signs. Jesus gave them the ultimate ‘sign’, comparing his death and time in the grave to Jonah’s three days and nights in the big fish. But God’s ‘wisdom’ is actually the power of God for salvation. “And because of Him, you are in Christ Jesus, Who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1st Corinthians 1:30)

Psalm 62:5-7 “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. He only is my Rock and my Salvation, my Fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty Rock, My Refuge is God.”

Prayer: Father God, Your amazing wisdom to bring salvation to all through Your Son is my only hope and my Refuge. Thank You for Your salvation and for giving all men opportunity to hear and know You and experience Your gift of righteousness and being set apart for Your forever family. Use me to preach Christ crucified, resurrected and coming again in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is my only boast!

Isaiah 19:19-21 “In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of Hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, He will send them a savior and defender and deliver them. And the Lord will make Himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them.”

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Building your life on the Rock!

Scripture reading for January 11th:  Matthew 7

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 7:24-25  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who build his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”  

To have a home that stands the tests of water, storms, and wind, it must have a strong foundation.  To have a life that stands the tests of the world, flesh, and the Devil, that life must be anchored to the Rock of Jesus Christ.  According to Scripture, Jesus Christ is our Wisdom from God!  (1st Corinthians 1:30) These verses promise everyone a guarantee of a life-foundation that will stand up to any test!  Hearing God’s Word and putting it into daily practice will never fail to anchor our lives to the One who spoke the word in the first place.  His words are true in floods, storms and winds!  This foundation will stand up to anything coming against it.

Contrasting this was the man who built his house on the sand as a foundation. To have a sand foundation was to hear the word of God and ignore obedience.  When the storms came, this fool’s house fell with a great crash!  Jesus was warning against any foundation other than the applied word of God!

Observation for over-comers:  Check the foundation of your life–are you hearing and applying the word of God to all areas of your life?  “By Wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”  (Proverbs 24:3-4)

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What do you want from God?

Scripture Reading for April 3rd: 1st Kings 1-4

I often ask people who come to me for advice a simple question.  If you could do anything you wanted, what would you do with your life?  This question opens us up to many possibilities and helps us discern the true desires of our heart.  If we have truly committed our way to the Lord and delight ourselves in Him, He tells us that He will give us the desires of our heart!  (Psalm 37:4)

Newly crowned King Solomon had an encounter with the Lord.  He had gone to Gibeon to sacrifice to the Lord and that day offered a thousand burnt offerings!  Extravagant worship marked the life of this newly anointed king!  That night as Solomon lay asleep, the Lord appeared to him  in a dream and said: “Ask for whatever you want Me to give you.” (1st Kings 3:4-5)  Solomon first thanked the Lord for his kindness to his father David in placing him on the throne.  Then he confessed his need for God’s help in ruling His people.  He asked for a discerning heart and wisdom to rule wisely.  (1st Kings 3:7-9)

This pleased the Lord!  Solomon was granted what he asked for and also given by grace what he did not ask for!  God gave him riches and honor so that there would be no equal among kings of that time. (1st Kings 3:10-14)  God’s Word has proved true in history in the life of this son of David!

What would you ask the Lord for today?   Are you passionately worshiping the Lord each day–offering Him extravagant worship and thanksgiving for who He is and His great faithfulness?  Would you ask for riches and honor or something physical?  These things are fleeting and of no eternal value if you are not delighting yourself in the Lord and willing to offer Him what you currently have!

Jesus Christ has been made to us wisdom from God! (1st Corinthians 1:30)  God is no respecter of persons!  He offers us the same choice given to King Solomon.  Ask today for what you want God to give you!  Wisdom is found in Jesus Christ and a true walk with the wisest King of Kings who has ever been!

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What do you want from God?

Scripture Reading for April 3: 1st Kings1-4

I often ask people who come to me for direction in their lives a simple question.  If you could do anything you wanted, what would you do with your life?  This question opens us up to many possibilities and helps us discern the true desires of our heart.  If we have truly committed our way to the Lord and delight ourselves in Him, He tells us that He will give us the desires of our heart!  (Psalm 37:4)  We will want what He wants!

Newly crowned King Solomon had an encounter with the Lord.  He had gone to Gibeon to sacrifice to the Lord and that day offered a thousand burnt offerings!  Extravagant worship marked the life of this newly anointed king!  That night as Solomon lay asleep, the Lord appeared to him  in a dream and said: “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” (1st Kings 3:4-5)  Solomon first thanked the Lord for his kindness to his father David in placing him on the throne.  Then he confessed his need for God’s help in ruling His people.  He asked for a discerning heart and wisdom to rule wisely.  (1st Kings 3:7-9)

This pleased the Lord!  Solomon was granted what he asked for!  God gave him riches and honor in addition so that there would be no equal among kings of that time. (1st Kings 3:10-14)  God’s Word has proved true in history in the life of this son of David!

As we think about the question God asked Solomon, what would you ask the Lord for today?   Many would ask for riches and honor first, thinking about what would make them personally happy.   When you are a worshiper of the Lord, your focus on God brings His desires into your heart.  When we see God’s greatness and understand His great plan of reaching the world, we ask for wisdom and anointing to complete our mission.

Jesus Christ has been made to us wisdom from God! (1st Corinthians 1:30)  We are told that if we lack wisdom, we can ask God for it and He will give us liberally! (James 1:5-7)  He encourages us to make the same choice King Solomon made.  Wisdom is found in  knowing Jesus Christ and daily drawing from His wisdom.

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What do you want from God?

Scripture Reading for April 3: 1st Kings1-4

I often ask people who come to me for advice on direction for their lives a simple question.  If you could do anything you wanted, what would you do with your life?  This question opens us up to many possibilities and helps us discern the true desires of our heart.  If we have truly committed our way to the Lord and delight ourselves in Him, He tells us that He will give us the desires of our heart!  (Psalm 37:4)  We will want what He wants!

Newly crowned King Solomon had an encounter with the Lord.  He had gone to Gibeon to sacrifice to the Lord and that day offered a thousand burnt offerings!  Extravagant worship marked the life of this newly anointed king!  That night as Solomon lay asleep, the Lord appeared to him  in a dream and said: “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” (1st Kings 3:4-5)  Solomon first thanked the Lord for his kindness to his father David in placing him on the throne.  Then he confessed his need for God’s help in ruling His people.  He asked for a discerning heart and wisdom to rule wisely.  (1st Kings 3:7-9)

This pleased the Lord!  Solomon was granted what he asked for and also given by grace what he did not ask for!  God gave him riches and honor so that there would be no equal among kings of that time. (1st Kings 3:10-14)  God’s Word has proved true in history in the life of this son of David!

As we think about the question God asked Solomon, what would you ask the Lord for today?   First, are you passionately worshiping the Lord each day–offering Him extravagant worship and thanksgiving for who He is and His great faithfulness?   If you are not in love with the Lord, your heart will not be focused on doing His will.  Would you ask for riches and honor or something physical?  These things are fleeting and of no eternal value if you are not delighting yourself in the Lord and willing to offer Him what you currently have!

Jesus Christ has been made to us wisdom from God! (1st Corinthians 1:30)  We are told that if we lack wisdom, we can ask God for it and He will give us liberally! (James 1:5-7)  God is no respecter of persons!  He offers us the same choice given to King Solomon of old.  Ask today for what you want God to give you!  Wisdom is found in Jesus Christ and a true walk with the wisest King of Kings who has ever been or ever will be!

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