Words of Wisdom April 5

Memory Verse
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
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In The Grace New Testament Commentary, J. Paul Tanner writes the following on Hebrews 13:5-6: “The author [of Hebrews] combines a quotation from Deut 31:6 with another from Ps 118:6. The point of both is to alleviate fears and help one find his security in the Lord. Since the Lord will “never leave us nor forsake us,” we can be comforted in knowing that whether we have money or not, we can always have the greatest treasure of all, namely, God’s fellowship. Those in the community who feared what man might do (e.g., persecution and loss of possessions)
could claim the promise, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear”.

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Words Of Wisdom March 29, 2020

Memory Verse
“For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?” (Psalm 18:31).
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Psalm 18:31-36 reminds us as the people of God to thank God for His perfection and His provision. Theologian Alan Ross writes: “This praise [in vv. 31-36] sets the pattern for the saints to follow. It begins with a hymn-like onfession of faith, affirming that Yahweh alone is God. The verse uses rhetorical questions to make the point: “Who is God but Yahweh?” meaning there is no god besides Yahweh. “Who is a rock, except our God?” meaning our God alone is the source of all strength and security (the metaphor of the rock is treated more fully in Deuteronomy 32:4, 15, and 18). The point is that no other deity can be trusted, and no other deity should receive praise that is due to the
LORD.” Thank God that He is rock-solid in good times and in bad times!

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Words Of Wisdom March 22, 2020

Memory Verse
“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD,is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation’” (Isaiah 12:2).
 
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This verse tells us the “secret” to overcoming fear—faith in God: “I will TRUST and NOT BE afraid.” Isaiah sees God as His “salvation,” that is, His deliverer or rescuer. When a person is drowning, they call out to a lifeguard. When a believer is being thrown around by the waves of life, she should cry out to the divine lifeguard—the Lord Jesus Christ (the word YAH here is short for God’s name YAHWEH). The Psalmist said: “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3). But Isaiah has an even better strategy: “I will trust and NOT BE afraid.” Since God takes care of sparrow and flowers (see Matt 6:30-33), He will take care of you. There is no need to be afraid!

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Words Of Wisdom March 15

Memory Verse
And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that  who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps'” (John 4:36–37).
 
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Concerning John 4:36-37, Bob Wilkin wrote: “Jesus now launches into a brief discussion of eternal rewards. Anyone who does God’s work, “receives wages and gathers fruit for eternal life.” Wages (misthos) refers to eternal rewards, not eternal life. The former is a free gift (cf. 4:10); the latter a payment for work done. Gathering fruit for eternal life refers either to leading other people to faith in Christ (and hence to eternal life) or to laying up treasure for oneself, which will be useful in one’s eternal experience. In light of 1 Cor 3:5–15—which is surely based
on the Lord’s teaching here—the latter interpretation is suggested. However, possibly the Lord meant both things with the one expression. The work of God is a team effort. Neither the sower nor the harvester is more important or more highly rewarded.”

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Words of Wisdom March 8

Memory Verse
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither
he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the
increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6–7).
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As we love others and share the message of life with them, we
become the means by which God brings people to a saving
knowledge of Christ. Paul planted. He shared the saving
message with people in Corinth and across the world. Apollos
watered. He ministered to the same people Paul had and was
also used by God. Paul and Apollos were the means, but God
was the cause of the salvation of the people Paul and Apollos
ministered to: “God gave the increase,” i.e., “caused it to grow.”
We must never forget: “Without God, we can’t. Without us, He
won’t.”

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Words of Wisdom March 1, 2020

Memory Verse
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be
wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
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The world into which Jesus sent His disciples to share His truth
would not always be receptive to it. In fact, sometimes it would be
hateful and even harmful. Thus, Jesus warns them to be wise
and harmless so people are not needlessly provoked. Peter
would later tell us to treat people with gentleness and respect as
we share the message of life (see 1 Peter 3:15).

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Words of Wisdom Feb 23

Memory Verse
“For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being
saved and among those who are perishing” (2 Corinthians 2:15).
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When we obey God and do things that please Him, we are “the
fragrance of Christ” to Him, and He loves it. You would think that
any kindnesses that we show to those without Christ (“who are
perishing”) would be enjoyed as well. However, this is not always
the case. V. 16 says: “To the one we are the aroma of death
leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.
And who is sufficient for these things?” Sometimes, no matter
how kind and gracious we are to unbelievers, they will not like (or
want) what we have to offer them, and we will smell like “death”
to them. We remind them of their animosity toward God and they
don’t want anything to do with us. Don’t give up! Keep planting,
watering, and harvesting for God!

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Words of Wisdom Feb 16

Memory Verse
The grass withers, the flower fades. But the word of our God stands
forever (Isaiah 40:8).
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Isaiah 40 was written during a dark time in Israel’s history: the
Babylonian exile. God promised that Israel would flourish in a
Messianic Kingdom on earth, but this might seem unlikely to
Jewish slaves in Babylon. God comforts them, because while
bad things happen temporarily on earth, “the word of our God
stands forever.” Later, Peter reminds believers that just as God
keeps His promises to Israel, so also, He keeps His promises of
salvation: having been born again, not of corruptible seed but
incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides
forever, because… the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now
this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. (1
Peter 1:23-25) No matter what happens, we can rest assured
that God’s Word is truth.

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Words Of Wisdom February 9

Memory Verse
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us
run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the
author and finisher of our faith… (Hebrews 12:1–2a).
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In Luke 10:4, Jesus told his disciples to not take anything with them as
they went out to speak on His behalf. They were not to speak to anyone
on the way to their destination either. The idea here is the provision of
God. Just as God had provided for His chosen people for 40 years after
the Exodus from Egypt, He would for provide for those going forth to
proclaim the kingdom. Another lesson in Christ’s words is the importance
of not getting distracted in the work He gives us to do. By refusing to
stop and talk with people on the way to their destinations, the disciples
would avoid getting entangled in situations that may prevent them from
doing what Jesus had asked them to do. In the parables, Jesus
reminded us that many of His followers become unfruitful because of the
“worries of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for
other things” (cf., Mark 4:19). Lay aside the things that prevent you from
serving God and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and His Word!

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Words Of Wisdom February 2, 2020

Memory Verse
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as
serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
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Being a follower of Jesus will not always be easy. Jesus said so Himself
in many places. He told His disciples that following Him would involve
“carrying a cross” (Matt 16:24), that is, suffering for His sake. In “The
Bible Knowledge Commentary,” Louis A. Barbiere, Jr. states: ” It would
be essential for them [the followers of Jesus] to be as shrewd as snakes
and as innocent as doves, that is, wise in avoiding danger but harmless
in not forcibly opposing the enemy.” As messengers for our Lord Jesus
Christ, God calls us to share the message of life with “humility and
respect” (1 Peter 3:16). When others are not open to our words (or even
if they are hostile or rude toward them) we are to be gracious in how we
react as well as wise in how to move forward. Sometimes, it is best to
just move on and leave the person in God’s hands. The Apostle Paul
was willing to die for Jesus, but he always sought to escape that
outcome if there was any way possible.

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