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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Life Manual For Victorious Living

Devotional


Wisdom from on High
The teachings of the Lord are our manual for victorious living. So much of what Jesus teaches is simple in its presentation, but yet so many find it difficult to grasp and to do as he commands, but the Holy Spirit teaches us. Christ desires that we come to him and learn of him. We forfeit so many blessings if we don’t humbly sit at his feet and learn. Worldly wisdom pales in comparison to heavenly wisdom; it is foolishness to God. (1 Corinthians 3:19)

We ought to reckon that as important as it is to be educated about the world in which we live, such learning should not take the preeminence, exalting men and fables over the knowledge of God the Creator.

Paul the Apostle was a brilliant man by earthly and religious standards, but when God apprehended him, he concluded that all his achievements were but “dung.” He knew that salvation was not to be found in any of these things, not even his religious credentials.

Armed with faith and the knowledge of Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, we can attain to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

“Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours. Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life or death, or things present, or things to come, all are yours. And ye are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” (1 Corinthians 3:21-22)

SCRIPTURE MEDITATIONS:
1 Corinthians Chapter 1; 1 Corinthians Chapter 2; Philippians Chapter 3.

Humility
When thou are bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room, lest a more honorable man than thou be bidden of him; and he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, “Give this man place,” and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou are bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room, that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, “Friend, go up higher.” Then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (Luke14:8-11)


Kindness
When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbors, lest they also bid thee again and a recompense be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and thou shall be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee, for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. (Luke 14:12-14)



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Show me Your ways, O Lord,
Teach me Your paths. Lead me
in Your truth and teach me, for
You are the God of my salvation;
on You I wait all the day.
(Psalm 25:4 & 5)


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