Mood: hug me
Topic: Wisdom for the way
The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps - Proverbs 16:9. Nothing wrong with planning. Nothing wrong with thinking it through. Nothing wrong with doing your charts, listing all the pros and cons, talking it over. But was you are moving along, stay sensitive to the quiet, yet all important prompting of God through His Holy Spirit.
Its easier to steer a moving car. Just get the car rolling and you can push it into the filling station to get the gas. But its hard to get it moving from a dead stop. So you are on your way, you are making your plans, you are thinking it through. Just stay open. As author Henry Blackaby says, "Watch to see where God is at work and join Him!" Just go there. Why do you want to be anywhere God isn't at work? (The Mystery of God's Will)
Cambodia Trip in April 9-17. Weekly Prayer for people and work in Cambodia.
Verse Study: Reading God's Word out of context is dangerous. To know His word and message we need to spend time. Try the following steps
CONTEXT: Describe the story or sermon that the verse is taken from, indicating what is happening, who is speaking to whom, etc.
POINTS OF SIGNIFICANCE: Note the main lesson learned from the verse about life, or about the world, or about God, or about yourself. Note the key words or phrases in the verse and what you can learn from them. Note how the verse relates to other parts of the Bible. Note what practical situations can be applied in your life from the lessons learned.
James 1:2-12 (Amplified Bible) 2 Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. 3 Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. 4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. 5 If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. 6 Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.
7 For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord,
8 [For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides]. 9 Let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his elevation [as a Christian, called to the true riches and to be an heir of God], 10 And the rich [person ought to glory] in being humbled [by being shown his human frailty], because like the flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun comes up with a scorching heat and parches the grass; its flower falls off and its beauty fades away. Even so will the rich man wither and die in the midst of his pursuits. 12 Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor's] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.