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Job 34:1-36:33; II Corinthians 4:1-12; Psalm 44:1-8; Proverbs 22:10-12
“Drive out a mocker, and conflict goes too; then lawsuits and dishonor will cease.” (Proverbs 22:10)
If you ever smell a stinky pot cooking just look at who’s stirring the spoon. It will surely be a chaotic person. I know it’s hard to believe but some people just thrive on confusion. They are messy, dangerous people. Proverbs encourages us to get them out of our circle.
Once you recognize this type of person it is important to take the step to part ways. Pray about it and let God give you wisdom. He will lead you to do what is right for all involved. Once you are obedient, peace will be an immediate byproduct.
Lord, I hate conflict. I pray that if ever I find myself in this sort of situation that You would protect me and all that You have blessed me with. Give me Your wisdom to handle all situations that come my way. I pray for mockers, that somehow you would touch their hearts and deliver them from the chaotic spirit that leads them. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Whose Fault Is It?
I Chronicles 11:1-12:18; Acts 28:1-31; Psalm 9:1-12; Proverbs 19:1-3
“A man’s own foolishness leads him astray, yet his heart rages against the Lord.” (Proverbs 19:3)
Have you ever made a bad decision? Did you suffer terrible consequences for that choice? Have you ever known anyone that smoked cigarettes and developed lung cancer as a result? How about the woman that chose to marry the abusive boyfriend, then lived in constant hell. We could go on and on with examples. The bottom line is many of us live independent of God when we make choices in life. We do what we want despite the advice of people and the possible blocks the Lord throws in our way to give us an opportunity to change our mind.
Considering it this way, do you honestly think it is fair to fault God for bad predicaments we find ourselves in due to our poor decisions or those of others? Come on. Seriously, we cannot blame God for not rescuing us every time. God is good. Good enough to allow us free will to make our way. Honor Him by accepting responsibility for your actions and allowing others to take responsibility for theirs as well.
Lord, I ask You to teach me how to yield to Your wisdom. I pray for conviction to hit me hard before I consider making what will be a bad choice. I ask You to forgive me for blaming You for the terrible choices I have made. Give me revelation concerning this because I don’t want to harbor bitterness toward You. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Have a Teachable Spirit
II Kings 13:1-14:29; Acts 18:23-19:12; Psalm 146:1-10; Proverbs 18:2-3
“A Jew named Apollos, a native Alexandrian, an eloquent man who was powerful in the scriptures, arrived in Ephesus. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught the things about Jesus accurately, although he knew only John’s baptism. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. After Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him home and explained the way of God to him more accurately. When he wanted to cross over to Achaia, the brothers wrote to the disciples urging them to welcome him. After he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace.” (Acts 18:24-27)
Priscilla and Aquilla saw promise in Apollos, but they recognized that he needed a little direction. Instead of being jealous and trying to smother the fire of his obvious gift, they acknowledged that he was an asset to the kingdom of God. They took him in and gave him further instruction so that he could flow even better. Apollos wasn’t held back but rather, after a season, was released to pursue the call on his life.
This is a great example of how discipleship should look. Even though he knew the scriptures, Apollos submitted to Priscilla and Aquilla and allowed them to speak into his life. In turn, they taught him what he needed and then sent him out with their recommendation.
Lord, help me to know my place in the body. Keep me humble. I pray for good, solid people in my life who can give me direction and instruction when I need it. I also ask You to give me wisdom if ever You need me to help someone else. I pray for a good attitude, no jealousy, no pettiness. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.