Lessons keep being taught! Open your mind and heart to truism in The Word.
My son, despise not the chastening of The LORD; neither be weary of His correction: For whom The LORD Loveth He correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
It is impressive that wisdom of and from The Lord is described in the feminine sense. Our Lord is no gender, in God’s image we are made, Amen.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. The LORD by wisdom hath founded the Earth, Amem
“All wisdom comes from The Lord,
and so do common sense
God gives helpful advice
to everyone who obeys Him
and protects all of those
who live as they should.
God sees that justice is done,
and He watches over everyone
who is faithful to Him.” Amen
God is Love, God is Wisdom. God’s Essence is wisdom and knowledge, and so it is!
By understanding hath He established the Heavens. By His knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
The joy of The LORD is my strength, Amen
And The Word shares: Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you,
Leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.”
Even, we offer a ‘sacrifice’ of praise unto The house of The Lord. Leave your sacrifice stay until all is well, Amen
Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” The terms “sacrifice” and “praise” might seem to be opposites. We think of sacrifice as offering something at great cost to ourselves. Praise, on the other hand, sounds joyful as it bubbles from a grateful heart. However, in the spiritual realm, sacrifice and praise are intertwined.
Praise does not always cost us something. We praise our dogs for fetching the ball and people for a job well done. Praise is often our response to some action that directly benefits us, and we feel generous because we extend it. We often find it easy to praise God from the same motivation. When He has blessed us, helped us, and protected us, we feel generous toward Him. We can sing, worship, and talk about how good He is because we can see it. That kind of praise, although worthwhile, does not cost us anything. It is not a sacrifice.
Then there are those times when God did not come through the way we thought He would. The medical test comes back positive. The spouse wants a divorce. A child is wayward. The mortgage company calls in the loan. God seems very far away, and praise is the last thing to bubble up from our hearts. We can’t see His goodness, and circumstances scream that He has forgotten us.
To praise God in those times requires personal sacrifice. It takes an act of the will to lay our all on the altar before a God we don’t understand. When we bring a “sacrifice of praise,” we choose to believe that, even though life is not going as we think it should, God is still good and can be trusted (Psalm 135:2; Nahum 1:7). When we choose to praise God in spite of the storms, He is honored, and our faith grows deeper (Malachi 3:13-17; Job 13:15).
The command in Hebrews 13:15 says that this sacrifice is to be offered “continually.” Our praise of God is not to be based on our opinion of His job performance. Praise cannot be treated as a “reward” we give God for His obvious blessings. Isaiah 29:13 says, “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Real praise continues regardless of circumstances. It flows continually from a worshiping heart in good times and bad (Acts 16:23-25).
The “sacrifice of praise” comes from a humble heart that has been purified by fire. It rises from a spirit that has chosen to honor God in spite of the pain that life is causing. Psalm 51:16-17 expresses this idea best when it says, “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”
We have recieved instruction to “Strive not with a man without cause” if there is cause settle it, if he have done thee no harm.
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. For the froward is abomination to The LORD: but his secret is with the righteous. The curse of The LORD is in the house of the wicked: but God blesseth the habitation of the just.
O cry unto The Lord! For The LORD is faithful! From everlasting to everlasting, Amen
“He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them.” Amen
Psalm 145:19 (NIV)
Are you in want or need? The Word tells us what to do, Amen!
Praise The Lord always, Amen!