Yield to Wisdom.

The foolishness of God is wiser than your wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than your strength. If you rely on your own wisdom in all things you fail to seek the will of God. If you seek the will of God you will have divine wisdom in your thinking and peace in your heart. In all matters, ask Christ to go with you and bless you in what you are about to undertake. Yield to His wisdom.

Even the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 1 Corinthians 1:25

And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom but with words taught us by the Spirit. And so we explain spiritual truths to spiritual people. 1 Corinthians 2:13

Let the teaching of Christ live in you richly. Use all wisdom to teach and instruct each other by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16

Now, brothers and sisters, we ask you to appreciate those who work hard among you, who lead you in the Lord and teach you. 1 Thessalonians 5:12

Obey your leaders and act under their authority. They are watching over you, because they are responsible for your souls. Obey them so that they will do this work with joy, not sadness. It will not help you to make their work hard. Hebrews 13:17

But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to all people, so he will give you wisdom. James 1:5

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Conquer Your Will

This is the confidence you have in approaching God: that if you ask for anything according to his will, he hears you. Submit yourself, then, to God; come near to him and he will come near to you. Do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is, that you turn away from your own will which, being of the flesh, always leads you astray. Conquer your will.

Jesus answered, If people love me, they will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John 14:23

So do not be foolish but learn what the Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:17

So give yourselves completely to God. Stand against the devil, and the devil will run from you. Come near to God, and God will come near to you. You sinners, clean sin out of your lives. You who are trying to follow God and the world at the same time, make your thinking pure. James 4:7-8

The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17

And this is the boldness we have in God’s presence: that if we ask God for anything that agrees with what he wants, he hears us. 1 John 5:14

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Psalm 25:18

Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

It is best when our prayers about our troubles are linked with our confessions about our sins, when we are not only concerned with our pain but also remember our offences against God. It is best to take both sorrow and sin to the same place. It was to God that David carried his sorrow: it was to God that David confessed his sin. Like David, we must take our sorrows to God. Go to Him, whatever your troubles may be, and you will find Him able and willing to relieve you. But, like David, we must also take our sins to God. We must carry them to the cross so that they may be washed away with the blood. David asks for relieve from his suffering, but the next breath he asks to be forgiven his sins. He cries, “Lord, I would be glad to have my pain removed, but do as Thou will; but as for my sins, Lord, I know I must have them forgiven; I cannot endure their curse for a moment.” Like David, a Christian counts his sorrow less than his sin; he can bear with what troubles should continue, but he cannot support the burden of his transgressions.

Based on an original writing of Charles Spurgeon.

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Proverbs 15:33

Before honor is humility.

Humiliation always brings a positive blessing with it. If we empty our hearts of self, God will fill us with His love. He who desires close communion with Christ should remember His words, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Stoop if you would climb to heaven. Jesus descended so that He could ascend; so must you. You must grow downwards if you are to grow upwards; the sweetest fellowship in heaven is for humble souls. God will deny no blessing to a humbled spirit. All riches and treasures of God will be given to the soul which is humble enough to receive it without growing proud because of it. God blesses us to the full measure of what it is safe for Him to do. If you do not get a blessing, it is because it is not safe for you to have one. Our heavenly Father knows if He were to let your proud spirit win a victory, you would pilfer the crown for yourself. When a man is sincerely humble, and never reaches for a grain of praise, there is no limit to what God will do for him. Humility makes us ready to be blessed by the God of all grace, and qualifies us to deal rightly with our fellow men. The salt of humility cannot be used in excess.

based on an original writing of Charles Spurgeon

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Accept What Comes

Always be prepared to give an answer when asked to explain the hope that you have. Even if you should suffer for doing or saying what is right, you are blessed. If it is God’s will, a harvest of righteousness and peace is your reward for not becoming weary of what is right. Evil will try to undo good works, but boldly facing evil strengthens what is good. Do not surrender, and be strengthened by your faith. Accept what comes.

Jesus looked at his followers and said, You people who are poor are happy, because the kingdom of God belongs to you. You people who are now hungry are happy, because you will be satisfied. You people who are now crying are happy, because you will laugh with joy. People will hate you, shut you out, insult you, and say you are evil because you follow the Son of Man. But when they do, you will be happy. Luke 6:20-22

We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

We have all had fathers here on earth who disciplined us, and we respected them. So it is even more important that we accept discipline from the Father of our spirits so we will have life. Our fathers on earth disciplined us for a short time in the way they thought was best. But God disciplines us to help us, so we can become holy as he is. We do not enjoy being disciplined. It is painful, but later, after we have learned from it, we have peace, because we start living in the right way. Hebrews 12:9-11

A person might have to suffer even when it is unfair, but if he thinks of God and stands the pain, God is pleased. 1 Peter 2:19

If you are trying hard to do good, no one can really hurt you. But even if you suffer for doing right, you are blessed. Don’t be afraid of what they fear; do not dread those things. But respect Christ as the holy Lord in your hearts. 1 Peter 3:13-15


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Believe in Miracles

Miracles are the evidence of God’s existence shown to you so that you might more easily believe in him, yet those who believe without seeing are even more blessed for they walk by faith instead of sight. Grow your faith and you will grow more intimate with the Lord. Even if you’ve never seen one – believe in miracles.

Jesus went everywhere in Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Good News about the kingdom of heaven, and healing all the people’s diseases and sicknesses. The news about Jesus spread all over Syria, and people brought all the sick to him. They were suffering from different kinds of diseases. Some were in great pain, some had demons, some were epileptics, and some were paralyzed. Jesus healed all of them. Matthew 4:23-24

So in Cana of Galilee Jesus did his first miracle. There he showed his glory, and his followers believed in him. John 2:11

Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or believe because of the miracles I have done. John 14:11

God also proved it by using wonders, great signs, many kinds of miracles, and by giving people gifts through the Holy Spirit, just as he wanted. Hebrews 2:4


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Remember the Poor

Have you ever wondered why God allows so many people to be poor? Doesn’t it seem odd when He could make them rich instead, if only He pleased? He could lay bags of gold at their feet and rain diamonds from the sky! Yes, He could make the poor very rich, but He chooses not to. He allows the poor to suffer and go without. Why is this, why does He permit anyone to be poor?

God permits some people to be poor to give those with plenty an opportunity for showing their Christian love. If there were no poor in the world we would lose the privilege of demonstrating our love by giving. Jesus taught that we should prove our love not only in word, but also in deed. If we truly love Christ, we shall care for all people who are loved by Him. Those who are dear to Him should also be dear to us. The poor, then, are dear to us. And because they are dear to us, we should help them.

But how can it be said that it is a privilege to give to the poor? Isn’t it their privilege to receive what we give? Remember the words of Jesus, “Inasmuch as you have done for the least of these, you have done it for me.” Wouldn’t it be a joyous privilege to give relief to the one who saved you, who gave you eternal life? Help the poor with a generous hand and a loving heart, knowing that all we do for them is the same as doing it for Christ himself.

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Make a Difference

Jesus told us to use our earthly resources to gain friends by making a real difference in their lives, and then lead them to Him. Therefore, do not hold on tightly to what you have been blessed with but apportion it for the greater good. The faithful steward will be trusted with more. Make a difference.

Give, and you will receive. You will be given much. Pressed down, shaken together, and running over, it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you. Luke 6:38

Each one should give as you have decided in your heart to give. You should not be sad when you give, and you should not give because you feel forced to give. God loves the person who gives happily. 2 Corinthians 9:7

The only thing they asked us was to remember to help the poor – something I really wanted to do. Galatians 2:10

Do not forget to do good to others, and share with them, because such sacrifices please God. Hebrews 13:16

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Protect the Weak

In everything you do, help those who are weak in strength, self-control and faith. Bear with their shortcomings, do not exploit them, and remember Jesus’ compassion for those unable to help themselves except by their dependence in him. Protect the weak.

I showed you in all things that you should work as I did and help the weak. I taught you to remember the words Jesus said: It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

We who are strong in faith should help the weak with their weaknesses, and not please only ourselves. Romans 15:1

But be careful that your freedom does not cause those who are weak in faith to fall into sin. 1 Corinthians 8:9

We ask you, brothers and sisters, to warn those who do not work. Encourage the people who are afraid. Help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14

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Armor of Faith

Faith is the foot of the soul that marches along seeking the will of God. Love can make the feet move swiftly, but faith is the foot which carries the soul. With faith I can do all things; without faith I shall neither have the desire or the power to do anything in the service of God. To find the men who serve God best, you must look for the men of the most faith. Little faith will save a man, but little faith cannot do great things for God. If you love darkness, and are satisfied with gloom and misery, then be content with little faith. But if you love the sunshine, and desire holy rejoicing, then demand of yourself to be full of great faith. March on, Christian soldier; march on in the full and impenetrable armor of faith. (based on a Charles Spurgeon writing)

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