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By: Online Pastor Dianne Ashton
“Open Heart Surgery"
Contributor: Rev. Dianne Ashton
September 22, 2021
Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”.
It is so important to hear the word of the Lord. The word of the Lord is dynamic and powerful and it accomplishes great things. His word releases grace, power and revelation which allow us to grow in faith and in our commitment to the Lord. His word is the sword that He has given us that we might fight and defeat Satan.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
We enter into the Lord’s rest by submitting to the surgery of His word. His word is anything that He speaks and it embodies His character. It is living, active, piercing and discerning. It is razor sharp. On one hand it brings healing to those who submit to it in faith and on the other hand it pronounces condemnation to the one who rejects it. The word of the Lord penetrates so precisely and thoroughly our inner being that it discerns the fine line between soul and spirit.
We must eagerly hear the Lord’s word, seek to understand His word, love His word, allow His word be our joy and delight, accept His word, hide it deep in our hearts, trust in it, put our hope in its promises, obey His word by living according to it and proclaim His word. God’s word accomplishes that which He pleases and purposes and it prospers in the thing for which He sent it. The power and effect of God’s word is never canceled or rendered void.
Prayer for the week:
Lord God Almighty, you know our thoughts and the intent of our hearts. We open our spiritual ears so that we may hear your word. Lord, we submit ourselves to the surgery of your word for it is our hearts desire to enter into your rest. Thank you for your word that accomplishes that which you please, purpose and prospers in that thing for which you sent it, in Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen.
“Simply ask for Wisdom ”
Contributor: Rev. Diane Taylor
September 6, 2021
James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
In such a time as this, we need God’s wisdom more than anything. We live in this world with everything coming at us. We are bombarded with the way of the world and the things of this world. There is so much information that comes into our hearing, that sometimes leave us baffled and confused. We don’t know what to believe or who to trust. And if that is not enough, day by day we are faced with the responsibility of making decisions for our lives, that will affect us one way or another. Often times we are quick to make decisions without seeking God’s input and are left with the consequence of our fleshly choices.
We must rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us in every decision we make, no matter how nervous it makes us feel. When man’s wisdom says, follow your heart, it feels like the right thing to do, I can see how things will turn out. God’s wisdom says, you cannot trust the flesh but trust the Spirit of God, it might not feel comfortable to you at the moment, but when you have peace in your decision and you cannot see how things are going to turn out, know that God is working in it and His way is best. We can always trust the God of our salvation to steer us in the right way. He knows the beginning and the end. He works all things for our good.
God’s wisdom is different from man’s wisdom. What the world claim to be wise, God calls it foolish and what God calls wise, the world sees it as foolishness. But God has chosen the foolish things of this world to put to shame the wise, and the weak things of this world to put to shame the things which are mighty. But we who are in Christ Jesus should glory in Him for opening the door through His blood, allowing us access to the wisdom of God. God wants us to ask Him for wisdom. Don’t think you are not worthy enough to receive the wisdom of God. Don’t think you are not holy enough to gain the wisdom of God. Don’t let the things of this world that seem to be wise distract you from seeking God’s wisdom first in all you do. Let the world continue to boast in its wisdom, we as children of God will boast in the God who gives us wisdom. We can trust and depend on God’s wisdom which is able to sustain us in troubled times and help us to navigate through rough waters. Man’s wisdom will fail but God’s wisdom never fails. So just ask Him, He will give it freely.
Prayer of the week
Our loving Father in Heaven, how great is your love towards us. You said if we ask, it shall be given to us. So, we ask this day for the wisdom that comes from on high to help us to walk uprightly before you. We declare that we know nothing, and you know everything. Father God, fill us with the knowledge of your will, through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that we may live a life worthy unto you and pleasing in every way. Lord, I thank you for your wisdom. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.