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God’s Wisdom by Billy Graham


PSALM 37:5 NKJV.   

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Commit your way to the Lord , Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

The Wisdom of God

To know the will of God is the highest of all wisdom. Living in the center of God’s will rules out all falseness of religion and puts the stamp of true sincerity upon our service to God. You can be miserable with much, if you are out of His will; but you can have peace in your heart with little, if you are in the will of God. You can be wretched with wealth and fame, out of His will; but you can have joy in obscurity, if you are in the will of God. You can have agony in good health, out of His will; but you can be happy in the midst of suffering, if you are in God’s will. You can be miserable and defeated in the midst of acclaim, if you are out of His will; but you can be calm and at peace in the midst of persecution, as long as you are in the will of God. The Bible reveals that God has a plan for every life, and that if we live in constant fellowship with Him, He will direct and lead us in the fulfillment of this plan.

Daily Prayer

In everything I do, Your will must be uppermost in my life, Lord. I, as Your child, trust You to lead me.

Major Themes LXXVIII – Faith


PSALM 116:1-19 NKJV

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I love the Lord , because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon  Him as long as I live. The pains of death surrounded me, And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the Lord : “O Lord , I implore You, deliver my soul!” Gracious is the Lord , and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful. The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord In the land of the living. I believed, therefore I spoke, “I am greatly afflicted.” I said in my haste, “All men are liars.” What shall I render to the Lord For all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the Lord . I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people. Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints. O Lord , truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord . I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people, In the courts of the Lord ’s house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord !

A Fresh Look at Psalm 19


Psalm 19:1-14 (NIV)

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
3  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
4  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
5  which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6  It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.

I like to divide this Psalm into three parts.  The first third, above, speaks of the glory with witch God has created the Heavens.  Who hasn’t looked up at the skies and marvelled in wonder?  They stretch as far as the eye can see and cast a background for the sun, moon and stars.  The Heavens present in grandiose magnanimy, with no end or interuption.  Only God could create something so magnificent, but we marvel not only at the creation, we are in awe of the creator who forged (with His words) this awesome creation.

7  The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8  The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
9  The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.
10  They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
11  By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12  Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.

The center of the Psalm is all about God’s law and statutes.  If we are close to the law, we are close to God.  I want to be sure, at this point, to assure my hyper-Calvinist friends that I am not advocating the snatching away of any liberties they have in that Christ set us free from the law of sin and death (Romans eight).  But I want to point out that if one loves Jesus for His sacrifice of love toward us, we want to do things (voluntarily) that please our loved one.  We won’t be perfect, but we will enjoy trying to please Jesus.  Yes, the ordinances are sweeter than honeycomb, because they bring us closer to His heart, and yes, by them are we “warned” when we are not pleasing to Christ.  But He forgives our hidden faults.

13  Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
14  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

 Finally, at the end of this great Psalm, we see that He helps us refrain from willful sins, as He has control of everything.  He helps us refrain so that we may be free from transgression.  He not only has power to save us, but also power to keep us.  Christ does this with His sweet presence, by helping us keep our attitude right.  We do this by turning over the words of our mouth and the attitude of our heart  to His care and keeping.  I want to be pleasing in His sight….don’t you?  And in this way, Psalm 19 is considered by some Bible scholars to be the perfect Psalm.

My prayer for you today is that you will love God’s law & statutes, because they bring us closer to our redeemer…that as we marvel at the heavens we will not forget the wonder of the Creator…and that our words and meditations truly will be acceptable to God!                     

A21 Prayer Guide – Day Two


PRAY FOR TRAFFICKERS

For conviction, repentence, and salvation

Isaiah 55:7, Romans 5:6-8, 2 Timothy 2:25

ISAIAH 55:7 NET
The wicked need to abandon their lifestyle and sinful people their plans. They should return to the Lord , and he will show mercy to them, and to their God, for he will freely forgive them.
ROM 5:6-8 NET
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.)   But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
2TIMOTHY 2:25 NET
correcting opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance and then knowledge of the truth

For criminal networks to dismantle

Psalm 7:9, Psalm 37:17; Psalm 37:20

PSA 7:9 NET
May the evil deeds of the wicked come to an end! But make the innocent secure, O righteous God, you who examine inner thoughts and motives!
PSA 37:17 NET
for evil men will lose their power, but the Lord sustains the godly.
PSA 37:20 NET
But evil men will die; the Lord ’s enemies will be incinerated – they will go up in smoke.

For the oppressors to be arrested and prosecuted.

ISAIAH 16:4 NET
Please let the Moabite fugitives live among you. Hide them from the destroyer!” Certainly the one who applies pressure will cease, the destroyer will come to an end, those who trample will disappear from the earth.
JEREMIAH 22:3 NET
The Lord says, “Do what is just and right. Deliver those who have been robbed from those who oppress them. Do not exploit or mistreat foreigners who live in your land, children who have no fathers, or widows. Do not kill innocent people in this land.
AMOS 5:15 NET
Hate what is wrong, love what is right! Promote justice at the city gate! Maybe the Lord , the God who commands armies, will have mercy on those who are left from Joseph.

Billy Graham on Psalm 119:9


PSALM 119:9 ESV

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.

Meditate on Scripture

Many of the difficulties we experience as Christians can be traced to a lack of Bible study and reading. We should not be content to skim through a chapter merely to satisfy our conscience. Hide the Word of God in your heart! A little portion well digested is of greater value to the soul than a lengthy portion scanned hurriedly. Do not be discouraged because you cannot understand it all. Go on reading. As you read, the Holy Spirit will enlighten the passages for you. Reading the Bible has a purifying effect upon the heart and mind.

Daily Prayer

Let the enlightenment of the riches of Your Word sink deep within my soul, Lord.

Mark of Divine Approval


“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1:12

Yes, he is blessed while he is enduring the trial. No eye can see this till it has been anointed with heavenly eye-salve. But he must endure it, and neither rebel against God, nor turn aside from his integrity. He is blessed who has gone through the fire, and has not been consumed as a counterfeit.

When the test is over, then comes the hallmark of divine approval — “the crown of life.” As if the Lord said, “Let him live; he has been weighed in the balances, and he is not found wanting.” Life is the reward: not mere being; but holy, happy, true existence, the realization of the divine purpose concerning us. Already a higher form of spiritual life and enjoyment crowns those who have safely passed through fiercest trials of faith and love.

The Lord hath promised the crown of life to those who love Him. Only lovers of the Lord will hold out in the hour of trial; the rest will either sink or sulk, or slink back to the world. Come, my heart, dost thou love thy Lord? Truly? Deeply? Wholly? Then that love will be tried; but many waters will not quench it, neither will the floods drown it. Lord, let thy love nourish mine to the end.

Faith’s Checkbook.

Verse of the Day for August 17th


http://bible.com/114/psa84.10.nkjv For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Psalms 84:10 WEB

For a day in your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Light in Darkness


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Black Country Living Museum – Darby Hand Chapel – inside the chapel – sign – O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness (Photo credit: ell brown)

August 12

Light In Darkness

“For thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness.” 2Sam. 22:29

Am I in the light? Then thou, O Lord, art my lamp. Take thee away, and my joy would be gone; but as long as thou art with me, I can do without the torches of time and the candles of created comfort. What a light the presence of God casts on all things! We heard of a lighthouse which could be seen for twenty miles, but our Jehovah is not only a God at hand, but far off is He seen, even in the enemy 5 country. O Lord, I am as happy as an angel when thy love fills my heart. Thou art all my desire.

Am I in the dark? Then thou, O Lord, wilt lighten my darkness. Before long things will change. Affairs may grow more and more dreary, and cloud may be piled upon cloud; but if it grow so dark that I cannot see my own hand, still I shall see the hand of the Lord. When I cannot find a light within me, or among my friends, or in the whole world, the Lord, who said “Let there be light,” and there was light, can say the same again. He will speak me into the sunshine yet. I shall not die but live. The day is already breaking. This sweet text shines like a morning star. I shall clap my hands for joy ere many hours are passed.
Faith’s Checkbook.