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In addition to this weekly WORD of wisdom, you will also be blessed by reading one chapter (day of the month) from Proverbs every day.
Proverbs 8:17 – I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
In this scripture, and a common theme throughout the book of Proverbs, we see wisdom personified. In other words, it takes on the form of a person, and beckons us to her. She, wisdom, speaks of her love for those who love her. Now let’s not lose sight of the fact that wisdom in the Bible is the wisdom of God, and when we seek the wisdom of God we are in fact seeking Him.
This scripture reminds us that love is an action word; as it suggests that loving wisdom means seeking her early, and our reward – the way she loves us back – is by honoring our diligence and allowing us to actually find her.
Throughout the New Testament it is evident that Jesus rose early each day to seek His Father. (Mark 1:35) is one example. I’m certain He was onto something here. There is something special about rising early before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. In the still, quiet hours before dawn, God’s still, quiet voice can be heard much clearer. It’s much easier to just drink in His Word, and the Holy Spirit moves in a special way. We know that God loves us all, but this scripture is a reminder that those who show their love for Him by seeking Him early, before we do anything else, will reap the benefits of finding Him.
The latter clause of Matthew 26:41 reminds us that our flesh may have trouble rising early, even if we have a burning desire for more of God. This is where the press Paul speaks of in Philippians 3:14 comes in. We press because we have faith that God will meet us there in a special way in the quiet stillness of the morning (Hebrews 11:6).
Pray that God continue to put in you an increased desire for Him and His wisdom, and that He show you how you can honor Him and show your love for Him and His WORD by rising early to seek Him and give Him the first fruits of the day. He will do it! (Philippians 2:13).
Here are some frequently asked questions and applicable Bible answers about living for Christ.
Why do my prayers often go unanswered?
Sometimes it may be difficult to have faith if our prayers continue to go unanswered. We have to understand that God is in control and that if we are not praying His will, then we will have unanswered prayers. According to 1 John 5:14, we can have confidence that He hears us when we pray His will. James 4:3 lets us know that we will not get what we pray for when we are praying our own desires. When we take our focus off of what we want, and focus on God and His will as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:42), His holy spirit will let us know what we are to pray for (Romans 8:26). Then, we must be patient because God doesn’t do too many things in a hurry. Pray that He give you a thirst and hunger for Himself and His will, along with more patience and sensitivity to His holy spirit. He will do it!
Does God understand when I don’t forgive?
You may have been treated very badly by someone or even experienced something horrifying by the hand of another, and you may feel you have a right to hold onto your feelings of anger and/or hatred. But you do not. In the book Limitless Love, Gloria Copeland likens unforgiveness to poison. Poison that is taken by one, while expecting another to suffer or die. The WORD of God is very clear about forgiving each other if we expect God to forgive us (Matthew 6:14-15). Jesus was the perfect example of how it is possible to forgive even the most heinous of actions: As mockers of the Son of God began their assault, one that would leave Him beaten beyond recognition and the flesh torn from His body, Jesus prayed to our Father in Heaven to forgive them (Luke 23:34). God understands your pain and heartbrokenness, but He cannot condone unforgiveness. His Son paid dearly with His life so we do not have to live that way. Do not allow ungorgiveness to destroy you. Give Him your pain and let Him heal you and make you whole. He will do it!
Can I lose my salvation?
Can you really lose something you have not yet attained? If a college student were to drop out of school before finishing the required coursework, would it make sense to say he/she lost their degree? Salvation is a process which begins when we give our life to Christ, and the process won’t be finished as long as we are in these mortal bodies. Philippians 1:6 tells us we can be confident that God will complete the good work that He starts in us. However, this can only happen if we do our part by submitting to Him, and staying in the race. Revelation 3:5 makes reference to not blotting names out of the book of life. This promise is conditional – to he /she that overcomes. Hosea 6:3 lets us know that knowing the Lord is conditional – if we follow on to know. No Believer, still living, should be claiming that he or she is saved, but rather is being saved. Visit our FREE GIFT ♡ page to read more on this topic. Stay in the race!
Can I really hear from God?
Have you ever listened to someone talk about God and heard them say, “God told me…”? That used to drive me nuts. I used to wonder why God spoke to others but did not speak to me. Well God does not play favorites when it comes to talking to His children. We just have to learn how to get still and listen. Communicating what God is saying to us as a church body, (Revelation 3:22) and individually (John 10:27) is an important function of the Holy Spirit that God breathed life into when we were born again. The most common way God speaks to us is through His WORD. That is why it is important that we meditate on and learn what His WORD says (Psalm 119:11). He wants us all to hear Him and to be able to know what it is He is leading us to do or not to do. He wants us to seek Him for answers. His Word (God) promises that we will find Him and the answers we seek if we really want them (Jeremiah 29:13). That means that He will make sure that we hear from Him. He will always confirm what it is He is saying if we are truly seeking Him and not our own will. Believing that we hear God through His WORD is a very important part of our faith walk (Romans 10:17) so our enemy will try to convince us that God does not care enough about us to speak to us individually. Expect to hear from God. Get still, meditate on, and pray His WORD and watch your faith soar, knowing that, yes, absolutely, you can hear from God!
Is it okay for believers to not attend church?
For whatever reason, at times believers may feel they can get what they need to grow spiritually, and serve God without having a church home and attending on a regular basis. Don’t be deceived. This is a trick of the enemy because he knows there is power in numbers, and that we are weakened when we are alone and not part of a body of believers. Hebrews10:25 warns to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together… and Proverbs 11:14 speaks of safety in the multitude of counselors. If you are not part of a body, be prayerful about finding a church home – God will lead you to the right place!
Should I tithe?
The answer to this question depends on what you want: to be in charge of your own finances or to submit that area of your life over to God. Do you trust God? Do you believe 1 Corinthians 10:26 that says the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof? If your answer is “yes”, then why not put your money where your mouth is. There are many who would say “Yes, I trust God,” but their actions say differently when they hold back when it comes to being obedient to His WORD (Proverbs 3:9 and Malachi 3:10) and giving. The Bible tells us that God will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). To me, that means an unlimited source for my needs. When we realize that everything belongs to God, including what we like to call “my money,” and how much God loves us and wants to bless us, we no longer struggle with giving back to Him the first fruits of our increase.
God does not ask for ten percent of our income because He needs our money. He asks for it because He wants our faith to increase so He can bless us beyond our imagination. Giving that ten percent is one way we can exercise our faith and show God that we trust Him, for we know without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). We should tithe not only when we can spare it, but also when we feel that we cannot, and must give out of our need. I can’t tell you how many times I tithed and obediently gave an offering instead of doing what I felt I needed to do; such as paying a bill, or buying groceries for me and my family, and God moved on my behalf. More importantly, my faith in Him, His love for me, and the plans He has for me grew (and continues to grow) stronger. I thank God for the opportunities to give because He always gives back and we know that we can never beat God when it comes to giving.
If you struggle with tithing, pray that God speak to your heart and give you wisdom and spiritual understanding about tithing and giving. Then test Him and watch your faith increase. See if He won’t show up to bless you! (Malachi 3:10)
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