A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, September 29, 2014
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5
A few weeks ago, I had a dream that I was really focused on brushing my back teeth, and as I continued to scrub them with my toothbrush, a gold crown appeared around each tooth. This illustration brought to mind James 1:5, and my need to constantly seek God’s wisdom.
Teeth represent wisdom, and brushing teeth represents “cleaning one’s thoughts or words.” A toothbrush symbolizes the Word of God, and gold is the color of God’s Word, with a crown being “authority, reward, rule, honor, power.” (© 2010 Milligan, Understanding the Dreams You Dream; © 2011 Thompson and Beale, The Divinity Code).
God was giving me a gentle reminder that I needed to spend more time with Him. I had lost focus on what’s most important—resting in my Tender Father. Too often, the much-needed wisdom from above gets covered over with the muck of distractions of the world, which we allow. God’s wisdom takes a back seat to the busyness of our schedules and the demand of people and responsibilities. This should not be so, sons and daughters of the Most High Father! We are Kingdom kids; and as such, we need to maintain our focus on the family business which is the affairs of the Kingdom.
Shana Wilson sings a heavenly mandate in her highly-anointed song “Give me You” that we must put into practice: “Give me You, everything else can wait. Lord give me You, Lord give me You. Give me You. Everything else can wait. Lord give me You. It’s me oh Lord, I’m on my knees crying out to you. It’s me oh Lord. I’m on my knees. Give me you. Oh Lord give me You” (© 2012 Shana Wilson).
We must contend for our time with our Heavenly Father. In truth, we must contend for God Himself. Our spiritual lives depend on God giving Himself to us each and every day. It is not the Father who withholds Himself from us, but it is we who withhold ourselves from our Creator when we put everything else first—even family. The order must be God, family, church, work, other. Any other order is out of order and will cause us to be out of flow with God’s Holy Spirit, and to not make the best decisions and practices because we have muddied over God’s wisdom.
The more responsibilities that are put on me, the more I must put everything aside and make time with my Father. The more demands that contend for me, the more I must fiercely contend for time with my Divine Daddy. And so must you too.
My New Spirit-Filled Life Bible Commentary whispers of James 1:5 “the wisdom which may be had by asking ‘in faith’ is not intellectual knowledge or philosophical speculation, but spiritual understanding. When God grants a gift, He does so liberally and without reproach, that is, generously, not stingingly, condescendingly, or grudgingly. ” (© 2002 Thomas Nelson, Inc.).
The wisest way to appreciate and operate in this gift of wisdom is to spend time with the Giver of all good gifts, Who gave the best Gift of all—Himself, in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, and died so that we may live abundantly through and with Him.
Father, forgive us for not spending more time with You. Help us to always put You first. We call forth Your Divine Order. Bring Divine Order to our lives, our marriages, our families, our employment, and every other area that affects us. And give us wisdom, Oh God. You said in Your Word that anyone who lacks wisdom, to let them ask. We admit that we lack wisdom, and we come before Your Holy Throne, and we ask. And we receive and believe by faith that we have and walk in Your wisdom. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are wise because we spend time with You first and foremost each and every day. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to always seek God first. Choose to seek and walk in the Father’s Will, ways, and wisdom. Determine to stay connected to the Vine Who is Jesus Christ (John 15:5). And continue to fight the good fight of contending for your Precious Father; for God, Who contended for you on the Cross, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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