Wisdom Wednesday

Psalm 119.114You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your Word. Psalm 119:114

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and as promised we have the Scriptures and quotes from Carrie ten Boom. I pray that these will be a blessing to your day!

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Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

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Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

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Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

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Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16

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I sought the Lord, and He answered me;
    He delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to Him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard Him;
    He saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
    and He delivers them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:4-8

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2 Corinthians 5.7

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Had my fill…

Matthew 5.6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.
Matthew 5:6

Have you ever just come to your end with someone or a situation and found yourself saying, “I’m fed up?” Perhaps it is a person who is like a thorn, no matter how you try, no matter what you do, there is always something. Perhaps it is some dynamic within the home or family. Or that work situation that just won’t get any better. You find yourself talking to yourself, to others, even to God saying, “I have had my fill, done.” Been there, done that.

May I share that when this is me, God usually sends me a Word that says, “really? Fed up, had your fill, done? It’s because you are allowing your flesh on your plate. You’re eating from the wrong plate. Let’s get that cleaned off your plate, fill it properly, and walk through again.” My response: “Oh Lord, really?”

He says, “Yes, let’s go through it again and see if it is any different when you walk in My Word and Spirit.” Then He will take me to Galatians 5. 

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

In other words, the Lord tells me that in that moment “you’re full of yourself.” I will let you know when you are done and it certainly isn’t when you are filled with flesh instead of My Word and Spirit. You’re in no condition to make those decisions right now. Wisdom is needed and your flesh cannot give it to you. “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.  The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding (Proverbs 4:6-7)”

He is so loving and gracious to give me a greater invitation, the Bread that gives life to the all of life.  

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Come to My table, eat of Me and allow me to clean your plate. You belong to My family and My table is always full- eat… drink… and find satisfaction. Bring all the struggles right here, leave them here, eat…drink…I will truly fill you and you will find the nutrition, strength, and peace you need. Now…eat from My Word, drink of My Spirit and rely on Me and go walk in My sufficient grace. You’re not done, I Am your God and I work all things together for good for those who love Me and are called according to My purpose.

Yea, Lord! All Your ways are perfect! I feel like going on!

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Helping by prayer…

2 Corin 1.10-11

10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” 2 Corinthians 1:10-11

So yes, the suffering is real but Paul knows who is his very present Deliverer. The One who is able to save and protect. He had a great understanding of Matthew 10:28, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

In fact, the following is what he had to say when in a Roman prison writing to the Philippians. He was willing to suffer for the cause of Christ.

12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.

Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

What I believe God would have us see in both the Corinthians and Philippians Scriptures on today is the the role of prayer in deliverance. We often say, ‘if only I could do something or I don’t know how to help.” These verses tell us the effectiveness of prayer and James 5:16 declares that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Paul is giving testimony to this truth!

The wonderful thing is that we do not have to know name or need. There are some things that are needed because we are on the battlefield for the Lord: wisdom, anointing, discernment, protection, sound doctrine, open doors, language barriers, strength, courage…and of course, we pray specific needs when we know them. The principle here is straight from Scripture, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people (Ephesians 6:18).”

We don’t even have to leave our homes to be found faithful! 🙂 Come on, let’s get on with it, let’s strengthen our brothers and sisters through fervent and effectual prayer!

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Hope for today: lifted, healed, and praising

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1 I will exalt You, LORD, for You lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2 LORD my God, I called to You for help, and You healed me.
3 You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; You spared me from going down to the pit.
4 Sing the praises of the LORD, you His faithful people; praise His holy name.
5 For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

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Hope for today: my strength and song

HopeThe LORD is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. Exodus 15:2

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Hope for today: Jesus immediately reached out

Hope He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:29-31

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Hope for today: the Helper

Hope“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness about me.”
John 15:26

 “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13a

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The Lord opposes our enemies

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20 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. 21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. 22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. 23 My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. 24 Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces. 25 Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

27 “I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run. 28 I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way. 29 But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.

31 “I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the desert to the Euphrates River. I will give into your hands the people who live in the land, and you will drive them out before you. 32 Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods. 33 Do not let them live in your land or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you.”

The Lord has brought the Israelites out of Egypt, revealed His awesome power on their behalf, given the Tens Commandments and the civil laws, and now promises His presence as they move forward to claim the good and spacious land He promised.

Once again, we are privileged to see that the Lord is the promised-keeping God who does lie or forget what He has said. Years before He promised Abraham the land they are to enter and God has not forgotten.

“On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates—19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites,Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites (Genesis 15:18-19).”

The Lord remembers His covenant and in verse 20 He says to the Israelites, “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” This angel must be the Angel of the Covenant, the pre-incarnate Christ. Who else is able to forgive rebellion and has “my Name” in Him than the One who is divine? His presence into history is revealed at other times in the Bible as well:

  • The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur.” Genesis 16.7
  • “In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.” Isaiah 63:9
  • “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.” Malachi 3:1
  • “Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” 14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.” Joshua 5:13-15

In verse 21, the Lord tells the Israelites that they are to pay attention to and listen to what this angel has to say. In verse 22, He literally repeats himself. He knows how slow we are listen and obey.

The Lord repeats, If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say.” He then gives a list of “I wills.” Blessings contingent on obedience. It is a great blessing to read thru the Scripture to see what the Lord told the Israelites to do… and not do…and all the I will’s.

I am blessed as well that in His wisdom, the Lord told the Israelites, But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.”

I pray that these verses encourage you to see through the life of the Israelites the heart of God for His own. He is not moved by our being a “hurry-up, give it to me right now” people. The all-knowing God moves in His time to fulfill His plan and purposes in our lives. He know us, the circumstances we face, our maturity to handle both the blessings and the struggles, the enemies we face. He knows what is too much for us and places a barrier.

Little by little, the Lord uses the struggles, trials, suffering, and disappoints to increase and strengthen our relationship with Him…and all along He is driving out our enemies and so we are able to take possession of His blessings in this earthly realm.

So thankful that God was/is “an enemy to my enemies” of sin, guilt, rebellion and shame! Bless the High Name of Jesus who has all ready driven out and destroyed our last enemy, death (1 Corinthians 15).”

One day, those who have believed and trusted the completed, finished work of Jesus, the Lord has promised us a new land, the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21), where there will be no enemies and will live in His Presence forever. A prepared place for a prepared people- prepared by the blood of the Lamb! Hallelujah to His Holy Name!

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Hope for today: I no longer live

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“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
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Hope for today: joy comes

HopeSing the praises of the Lord, you His faithful people; praise His holy name.
For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.”

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