"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting , so you can respond to God’s giving . People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
It’s the time and season of preparation for what God is going to unleash into your life.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline;
whoever learns from correction is wise.
To learn, you must love discipline;it is stupid to hate correction.
A good man obtains favor from the Lord,But a man of wicked intentions He will condemnWhen you love discipline and embrace correction, favor is multiplied in your life
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for“God resists the proud,But gives grace to the humble.”6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
11 Then Elkanah returned home to Ramah without Samuel. And the boy served the Lord by assisting Eli the priest.Eli’s Wicked Sons12 Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord 13 or for their duties as priests. Whenever anyone offered a sacrifice, Eli’s sons would send over a servant with a three-pronged fork. While the meat of the sacrificed animal was still boiling, 14 the servant would stick the fork into the pot and demand that whatever it brought up be given to Eli’s sons. All the Israelites who came to worship at Shiloh were treated this way. 15 Sometimes the servant would come even before the animal’s fat had been burned on the altar. He would demand raw meat before it had been boiled so that it could be used for roasting.16 The man offering the sacrifice might reply, “Take as much as you want, but the fat must be burned first.” Then the servant would demand, “No, give it to me now, or I’ll take it by force.” 17 So the sin of these young men was very serious in the Lord’s sight, for they treated the Lord’s offerings with contempt.18 But Samuel, though he was only a boy, served the Lord. He wore a linen garment like that of a priest. 19 Each year his mother made a small coat for him and brought it to him when she came with her husband for the sacrifice. 20 Before they returned home, Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife and say, “May the Lord give you other children to take the place of this one she gave to the Lord.” 21 And the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.22 Now Eli was very old, but he was aware of what his sons were doing to the people of Israel. He knew, for instance, that his sons were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle. 23 Eli said to them, “I have been hearing reports from all the people about the wicked things you are doing. Why do you keep sinning? 24 You must stop, my sons! The reports I hear among the Lord’s people are not good. 25 If someone sins against another person, God can mediate for the guilty party. But if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede?” But Eli’s sons wouldn’t listen to their father, for the Lord was already planning to put them to death.26 Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the Lord and with the people.
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.- it’s easy to cast your cares to someone who cares for you
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
21 And the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.22 Now Eli was very old, but he was aware of what his sons were doing to the people of Israel. He knew, for instance, that his sons were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle. 23 Eli said to them, “I have been hearing reports from all the people about the wicked things you are doing. Why do you keep sinning? 24 You must stop, my sons! The reports I hear among the Lord’s people are not good. 25 If someone sins against another person, God[g] can mediate for the guilty party. But if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede?” But Eli’s sons wouldn’t listen to their father, for the Lord was already planning to put them to death.26 Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the Lord and with the people.
Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the Lord by assisting Eli (2nd mention of this phrase). Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon.2 One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God.
Proverbs 8:35For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord;
When your eyes/focus are on Jesus, favor follows you.When you are with Jesus, you can’t help but have favor rub off on you.
19 So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord. 21 Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.
The gospel is nothing more than good news.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. 15 And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.”
16 Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen: 17 The God of this people Israelchose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it.
36 “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption; 37 but He (Jesus) whom God raised up saw no corruption. 38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.
1 John 2:12
I write to you, little children,
Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38 and stood at His feet behind Himweeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
So he said, “Teacher, say it.”
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped themwith the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
40 Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you:
41 ‘Behold, you despisers,
Marvel and perish!
For I work a work in your days,
A work which you will by no means believe,
Though one were to declare it to you.’”
Blessing and Conflict at Antioch
42 So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us:
‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles,
That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
49 And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region. 50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. 51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit
Always have the sense that all your sins are forgiven.
2 Peter 1:5-9
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
Focusing on forgiveness of sins is the key to victory over your sins.
Joseph is the character in the bible who speaks to us most of Jesus. Joseph was rejected by his brothers, so was Jesus (rejected by the Jews), Joseph was the beloved of his father, so was Jesus, etc
The Five Times Joseph Wept
The book of Ruth can be seen from dispensational aspect or devotional aspect & personal application (sermon today).
Famine doesn’t mean you need to move.
Decisions we make to relocate our families just because of economic conveniences is a very shallow decision. Your priority should be a good church. Jesus is number one and He can feed your family.
Everything was against Ruth.
BUT she confessed grace. By law, she’s disqualified. Law is about you, but grace is all about God - when it’s about you, you have a problem, but when it’s about God, it’s all about His grace and mercy.
A kinsman redeemer needs to be:
Don’t confuse your identity with what you do. You are NOT a CEO/cab driver/teacher/pastor, you are the disciple whom Jesus loves.
Your security must never be in what you do.
Jesus came to be our close relative. He is full of grace and truth. If you want to see God, see Jesus. Jesus is the exact expression of God; when He cleansed the leper, smiled and hugged the young children.
“He has not observed iniquity in Jacob,
Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel.
The Lord his God is with him,
And the shout of a King is among them.
It does not say there is no iniquity, just says that God DOES NOT see the iniquities and it’s because of the burnt offering (Jesus).
God sees all His people planted by the waters. (Numbers 24:6)
The supply from heaven never fails.
The idea of devotionals come from Israel; they had weekly scripture readings - the torah and haftorah.
What Jesus did for us is greater than what Adam had before he fell.
Adam only had creation, we have redemption.
Adam was in charge of the garden, we are in charge of the universe because we’re joint heirs with Jesus.
When the enemy attacks you and you know how to respond in faith, you will gain more ground than you had before.
We need daily bread from God.
“’Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Some people eat supplements everyday and forget the bible; they don’t believe what Jesus says. You need to get into the Word of God (food) daily, but how? You need guidance.
3Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field;
4And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.
How to study the Word of God from the story of Ruth? We’ll be finding nuggets of how to study the Word of God in Ruth.
The Word of God is like a field.
Jesus taught us to labour; there’s one labour we have to do - labour to enter His rest.
Reading the scriptures and praying in tongues are not toilsome labour, if anyone tells you it is, they don’t see Jesus.
When you labour in the things of God, you will enter into rest.
‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the Lord your God.’”
26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
There are different levels of learning the Word of God as seen in the story of Ruth. Ruth started off at level zero. Her only job was to glean what others were harvesting. The harvesters are like the teachers/pastors, they are harvesting God’s Word, winning souls.
There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz. 2 So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.”
And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.”
3 Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.
4 Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!”
And they answered him, “The Lord bless you!”
5 Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?”
6 So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, “It is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab.7 And she said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house.”
8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, “You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women.9 Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.”
10 So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”
11 And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. 12 The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”
13 Then she said, “Let me find favor in your sight, my lord; for you have comforted me, and have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.”
14 Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back.
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
Are you living by your own resources or God’s resources?
God does not understand scarcity.
Put your eyes on Jesus.
15 And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. 16 Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.”
17 So she gleaned in the field until evening, and beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. 18 Then she took it up and went into the city, and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned.
So she brought out and gave to her what she had kept back after she had been satisfied.
19 And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where have you gleaned today? And where did you work? Blessed be the one who took notice of you.”
So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.”
20 Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “Blessed be he of the Lord, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!” And Naomi said to her, “This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives.”
Why must Jesus buy us from the market of condemnation and guilt?
“And the Lord will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, ‘You shall never see it again.’ And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.”
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
“And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel.” (Joshua 10:14 [NKJV])
How many of you want to be like Joshua, whose voice God heeds? The man in this verse is Joshua, for whom God caused the sun to stand still when he spoke. We know that earlier on in his life, God told this same Joshua, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8 [NKJV]). Joshua was a meditator, a man who pondered on and muttered the Word, and my, what fruit his ministry and leadership had. God heeds the voice of the man who heeds His Word!
You see the Word of God expresses the will of God. It shows us what God is like and what His desires towards us are. When you know the will of God for you, which is exceedingly good, you begin to have faith. Don’t look at whether you have faith. You might feel that you do not have faith, but the moment you go into the Word and meditate on it, you begin to understand His will. And as you understand His will, faith comes effortlessly. The Lord gave Joshua this key of meditation that caused him to be able to lead successful campaigns against the enemies and bring the nation of Israel right into the Promised Land.
This year, like Joshua, you may be facing the unknown. You know, maybe you feel that the Lord wants you to go in a certain direction but you are not sure about how to do it. Many a times we like to ask the question, “God, what should I do? God, I feel this desire. God, I think I have this calling; I was given a word. Lord, what should I do? What should I do? What should I do?!” But when you look up back to Joshua 1:8, it says, “you shall meditate on the Word day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.” You will know what to do when you meditate. As you meditate on the Word, beloved, you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.
And not just success at the very end, but also success during the journey. You won’t just be the kind of person who says only at the end of the school term or of a project at work, “I now have good success. I got all A’s! The project was a success!” But the Lord wants to make your way prosperous as well. God wants you to enjoy your journey as you’re arriving at your good success. God does not wait for you to celebrate your good exam results after you finish them. God wants you to enjoy from now! Every day, every hour, God wants to make your way prosperous.
Head knowledge becomes revelation when there is meditation. You see, knowing the Word of God is not an intellectual exercise. It is an exercise of godliness. It’s about chewing, pondering and musing over His Word and letting it bring life. When there’s true revelation, there will be a revolution in your life.
The Bible says that angels heed the voice of His Word (Psalm 103:20). Angels move into action when they hear the proclamation of God’s Word. Let’s say for example, you’re supposed to make a presentation. As you’re feeling nervous, and negative and fearful thoughts are coming, say to yourself, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 [NKJV]). I can do all things, not by myself, but through Christ—why? Because it is Christ who is strengthening me!
You know as you meditate like that, you find the power of God released and your thoughts begin to change. It’s not just about the replacement of negative thoughts with positive thoughts. You are replacing them with the Word of God that endures forever! The Lord says that when He sends His Word, it will accomplish what He pleases and will not return to Him void! (Isaiah 55:11)
Moreover, you are releasing grace when you meditate. In fact, Peter reminds us that grace and peace are multiplied to us, in the knowledge, not intellectual knowledge but intimate knowledge, of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:2). As this intimate knowledge of Jesus springs forth as you meditate, you are turning on the tap of heaven’s inexhaustible grace!
Meditation is not work, because it is the very thing that brings us rest. And as we meditate on Jesus and His Word this year, we shall surely enjoy and experience all that our Heavenly Father has prepared for us.
This is Part 2 of the sermon on this year’s theme, Part 1 is here (preached on 1 Jan 2012).
Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will not be anxious in the year of drought.
Don’t complain about the situation, learn to speak God’s Word into it instead.
You can ask God for good days.
Jabez means trouble/sorrow, but he prayed for 3 things, he changed his destiny by praying.
Because the earth is fallen, God does not move until His covenant man (us) ask for it through prayer as it is only then that He will be able to intervene legally. (when man fell, he gave his authority over to the devil).
Meditation is chewing on God’s word.
The moment you start chewing on God’s Word, you’ll be at rest even if you are stressed. You cannot be chewing if you’re not resting.
In every church, there are people who are like cows grazing, they come on Sundays and hear the Word and forget about it during the weekdays. You need to meditate, keeping chewing on the Word of God.
Focus on the Word and the results will follow naturally. Don’t worry about the results.
The Bible calls God’s Word seed, and seed will germinate.
Focus on meditating this year.
God likens the blessed man to a tree.
7 “For there is hope for a tree,
If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And that its tender shoots will not cease.
8 Though its root may grow old in the earth,
And its stump may die in the ground,
9 Yet at the scent of water it will bud
And bring forth branches like a plant.
Jonathan Edwards: "How it comes about, I know not, but I’ve noticed that at those times when I have read the scriptures most, I have been most lively and in the best frame"
You can’t hear the Word of God/read the Bible all day long, but you can meditate. (memorise verses and you can chew on them all day).
Bring up the Word of God in every situation.
When you meditate on God’s Word, He promises that whatever you do shall prosper.
The Bible is scientifically accurate, but it’s not about science, it’s about Jesus.
The Bible unveils one Person and one Person only; Jesus. In all the stories in the Bible, even the laws, are all about Jesus.
If even the moon does not shine,
And the stars are not pure in His sight,
He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
When the morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
You don’t need to be educated, you just need the Holy Spirit.
When you have the Spirit, you can say things that are accurate without knowing it all.
In the Old Testament, don’t find laws to meditate on, find the promises of God.
In the New Testament, meditate on the redemptive truths of Jesus.
Everytime God talks about meditation, it is linked to prosperity.
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
1 Timothy 4:7-8
7 But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
Colossians 1:16-17 (NASB)
16 For [x]by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He [y]is before all things, and in Him all things [z]hold together.
1 Timothy 4:8
Fitness comes from exercise, but health comes from the Lord.
The world sees humility from the outward, but real humility is boasting in the Lord and not yourself.
WHAT IS GODLINESS?
Psalm 1:1-4 (KJV)
1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
1 Timothy 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God[c] was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.
1 Timothy 4:15
15Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
First, study and feed on God’s Word for yourself until your soul is happy.
3 Secrets of George Muller for A Long Healthy Life
1 Timothy 4:15-16
15Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the LORD
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
15 To declare that the LORD is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
Invest yourself in the power of God’s Word in 2012.
- Pastor Benjamin @ Marked Camp 2010