So many people go through life trying to do things with their own strength. They wrongly believe that they are able to overcome the trials, challenges and obstacles of life with their own ability and when they have tried and failed over and over again they find themselves discouraged, disheartened and many times depressed. What I have found to be true is that with my own strength I can accomplish very little. But when I bring the Lord with me into that same equation, amazingly answers come quicker that I had ever thought or imagined before. I believe it is because God wishes to show Himself strong on behalf of those who depend on His wisdom and understanding. Having a humble heart pleases the Lord because it shows Him that we don’t have the answers, but we trust that He does. (Psalm 138:6-8) (2 Chronicles 16:9)
In the Old Testament when Solomon became king of Israel he walked according to God’s statutes and found favor with the Lord. One night he had a dream where God asked him what he would like to receive from the Lord. Instead of asking for riches or power or that his enemies would be killed, Solomon asked for wisdom and understanding. The Lord was so pleased with his request that God said Solomon would be the wisest man who had ever lived. And because his request was for wisdom so that he could rule over Israel righteously, God also showered him with riches and favor that had never been seen before King Solomon existed. When we seek after the right things, God adds to us everything else also. We just have to have the right priorities so that we may walk uprightly before the Lord and fulfill His plans for our life. (Proverbs 1:2-9) (1 Kings 3:1-15)
My friend do you want to be blessed then seek after wisdom. Do you want to live a long and prosperous life then seek after understanding. Do not allow the trials and challenges to steal your joy or make you question God’s love for you. Stay strong, stay focused, stay faithful to the Lord and you will see your life be used in ways that you never thought or imagined would be possible. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or even think because His ways are higher and better than ours can ever be. Trust Him with your life and see a miraculous change take place. (Proverbs 2:1-8) (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to seek the wisdom of the Lord for your life so that it may be a blessed life each and every new day that you see.
One rich man owned 19 horses when he died. In his last will and testament he had written that upon his death, half the horses he owned should go to his only son; one fourth to the village temple and one fifth to the faithful servant. The village elders could not stop scratching their heads. How can they give half of the 19 horses to the son? You cannot cut up a horse. They puzzled over this dilemma for more than two weeks and then decided to send for a wise man who was living in a neighboring village.
The wise man came riding on his horse and asked the villagers if he can be of any help to them. The village elders told him about the rich man's last will and testament which stated that half of the (19) horses must be given to his only son, one fourth must go to the temple and one fifth to the faithful servant.
The wise man said he will immediately solve their problem without any delay whatsoever. He had the 19 horses placed in a row standing next to one another. Then he added his own horse as the 20th horse. Now he went about giving half of the 20 horses that is ten horses to the son. One fourth of 20-that is 5 horses were given to the temple committee. One fifth of twenty-that is 4 horses were given to the faithful servant. Ten plus five plus four made 19 horses. The remaining 20th horse was his own which he promptly mounted, spoke a few inspiring words, and rode back home.
The villagers were simply dumfounded, full of disbelief and filled with admiration. And the parting words of the wise man were inscribed in their hearts and minds which they greatly cherished and passed on to their succeeding generations till today.
The wise man said: In our daily lives, in our daily affairs, simply add God's name and then go about facing the day's happenings. Ever come across problems in life that are seemingly insurmountable? (Like the villagers, do we feel that such problems cannot be solved?).
The wise man continued: Add the God Principle in our daily lives and the problems will become lighter and eventually will disappear. In the manner of the ice which, with the addition of the heat principle will turn into water, and that will eventually evaporate as steam and disappear. And how do we add God's name in our daily lives? Through prayers, filled with true love and devotion with sincerity of purpose and dedication that only total faith can bring about. Meditation is a powerful means of directing the mind Godward.
But without true love and devotion entering into it, it remains like a boat without water. It is not difficult to push a boat that is floating in water, but extremely hard to drag the same boat on dry land.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Proverbs 4:5-9 “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.”
Hebrews 11:1-3 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars”
Psalm 138:6-8 “Though the LORD be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly: but the proud He knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me: Thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and Thy right hand shall save me. The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of Thine own hands.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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