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We have all been there.  We pull out instructions to put an item together and it does not work.  It’s as though something is missing.  Maybe it’s the words, they don’t quite describe or explain what we need to know.  In those cases a lot of people give up.  I never do.  I simply…pray and ask God for His Wisdom and Insight.  I have learned to do that at the start of my day. 

Or better yet, ever met anyone who tries to tell you what the Bible says when their lack of revelation is all too clear…I pray in those instances too…I don’t correct; I just allow the Holy Spirit to lead me.

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1 Corinthians 2: 7

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Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. James 5: 16

I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!   To you and your families!   Special Blessings and we hold you in our prayers.  Please let the Wisdom of God lead you each day. 

 

 

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.” (1 Peter 2:9)
COMMENT: In the Old Testament the priests were intercessors for the ordinary people. They made sacrifices for them to cover their sins. Once a year a priest went into “The Most Holy Place” and made a sacrifice for himself and the people. This was called The Day of Atonement. (Exodus 30:10) When Jesus died on the cross it is told that the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom denoting that we New Covenant Christians can now have direct access to The Throne of God to obtain mercy and grace (Hebrews 4:16); we need no intermediary. (Mark 15:38) Of course, this doesn’t mean that we should not ask others to pray for us. Our Lead Scripture tells us that we don’t need priests to intercede for us because we are priests. Jesus, the High Priest of our confession, has taken His blood into the Most Holy Place. There is no longer a need for animal sacrifices but we are to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving. (Psalm 116:17)
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Hebrews 9: 11-14
WISE SAYING: HE WHO KNEELS BEFORE GOD CAN STAND BEFORE ANYONE.
  Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire  

 

 

……even God, who ….calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” (Romans 4:17b) COMMENT: I am not sure of the authenticity of this story, but I heard about this Church whose theology was based upon “positive thinking”. At the end of a particular service, as the pastor was greeting the congregation, he stopped one of the parishioners and asked him about his wife. The husband responded that she was sick. The pastor quickly corrected him and asserted: “Oh no, she just thinks she’s sick. Two Sundays later, we are at the same scene and the pastor, once again, inquires about the man’s wife and he said “she’s dead!’ He responded: “Oh, she thinks she’s dead!”

I suspect that some Christians believe that participants in the so-called “Faith Movement” lie and actually deny that the circumstances that have come upon them exist. . . .just like the pastor in our story. However, it is my understanding that they don’t deny the existence of the circumstances, but they deny the right of the circumstances to be manifested in their lives based on the promises of God. By confessing God’s promises, they are “calling forth things that are not as though they were.”

 

SCRIPTURE STUDY: Job 22:28, Proverbs 4:20-22, 12:14 and Romans 10:17

 

WISE SAYING #1: AS LONG AS I CAN SEE IT, I CAN USE MY FAITH AND THE WORD OF GOD TO CHANGE IT WISE SAYING#2: WHEN TRIBULATIONS COME, PREACH THE WORD OF GOD TO YOURSELF. . Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. . . . .” (Romans 12:2)


COMMENT: Dear Saints, I often talk about some of my character flaws, but today I want to tell you about a “victory”! When I first became a Christian I read a booklet that told me to start sitting in the front of the church so I would not be distracted by others. Well, as time went on, I realized there was another reason to take a front seat. . . . . I need a lot of room when I worship the Lord. A couple of months ago a new couple joined our Church and one Sunday morning I walked up the aisle to see “my space” occupied by the newcomers. I was pleased that my response was calm as I took a seat across the aisle. I was pleased because I know that if the same situation had taken place a few years ago, my self-centeredness would have been on display.
I’m sure I would not have said anything to the couple, but I am positive that I would have made it my business to arrive early the next Sunday and “reclaim” my seat. The “squatters” haven’t been in church for several Sundays but I have respected their “territory” by leaving it empty. If, in the future, someone decides to preempt my current “abode”, I thank God that I will react in the same godly manner I just told you about.
SCRIPTURE STUDY:1 Corinthians 13:4 – 7
WISE SAYING: ANGER IS ONE LETTER SHORT OF DANGER!

Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire

“WITH THE LOVE OF GOD, WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD” 

“Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.” (Psalm 32:11)

COMMENT: Are you ready for another adventure into the 1940’s? Well, as I have previously mentioned, in my day, we had many songs that were encouraging and uplifting. One of those is called “Sunny Side of the Street”. (Actually, this song came out in the 30’s during the Great Depression. Come to think about it, it may very well be apropos for 2010.) Here are a couple of lines: “Get your hat and get your coat. Leave your worries on the doorstep. Just direct your feet to the sunny side of the street. I used to walk in the shade with the blues on parade. But I’m not afraid, I’m a rover, who’s crossed over.” Of course this kind of thinking helps a person have a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA). Well that may be fine for the world, but it is not sufficient for us Christians. The Bible tells us that it rains on the just and the unjust. (Matt; 5:45); those who just have PMA can only depend on themselves when those storms of life occur. However, Children of God have the all-loving, all-powerful and ever-present Lord to depend upon. However, we can learn a few things from that secular song. In Matthew 6:25 Jesus commands us not to worry. Our “sunny side of the street” is to walk in the Light. . . . Jesus is the Light of the world.

SCRIPTURE STUDY:John 1:6-13

WISE SAYING: MAN’S WAY LEADS TO A HOPELESS END — GOD’S WAY LEADS TO AN ENDLESS HOPE.

WISE SONG LYRIC: NO MATTER THE STORMS THAT COMES MY WAY. NO MATTER THE TRIALS THAT I MAY FACE, YOU PROMISED THAT YOU WOULD SEE ME THROUGH, SO I WILL TRUST IN YOU.

Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire Please visit my Wisdom Blog by clicking below: www.wisdom4u.wordpress.com Gene McGuire
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