Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Spiritual Insight

"God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore." (1Kings 4:29 NIV)
  • God is the one who gives insight.
"I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes." Psalm 119:99 NIV)
  • Insight is gained through careful study and thought of God's Word. It is not through scholarly study, but rather contemplating what the scripture says and means, and what my response should be.

 "My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge." Proverbs 5:1,2 NIV)
  • Wisdom and insight go hand in hand. They result in discretion and knowledge when they are not only considered, but heeded and put into practice.

 "There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord." Proverbs 21:30 NIV)
  • Wisdom and insight are to function in accordance with God's Word and His will.
"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ- to the glory and praise of God." Philippians 1:9-11 NIV)
  • Knowledge and insight are the guardians or parameters of love and how we can discern what is best. There are often many options of good, but only one is best. The true test or characteristic of the best is if it leads us to be pure and blameless and filled with the fruit of righteousness. We will be more fruitful and exhibit the fruit of the Spirit when we apply knowledge and insight, and choose the best over the many good options. This will bring praise and glory to God. It is only through Jesus that we can do this. It is not in our own strength or ability, but rather relying on and surrendering to Jesus.

 "Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this." 2Timothy 2:7 NIV)
  • God does give us insight.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

I AM ...You are

"I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:9,10 (NIV)
I went to great lengths for you. It took great effort. I did this because of My burning passion and unquenchable desire for you. I have decreed and proclaimed that you are Mine. I give you life, meaning and purpose. It is  in relation to Me that you have your true self - for I AM and you are. You are My servant - responsible and accountable to Me. You are to serve others by putting them first, their needs ahead of yours. 
I took you, called you and chose you for Myself. I did not reject you. I did not leave you behind or overlook you. I have kept you in mind; you are not out of My thoughts. I have not forgotten you. Do not allow anxiety or fear or worry to prevent you from fulfilling My plan and purpose for you. Don't be discouraged, don't give up!
Remember who I AM. I AM your God. All that I AM is available to be experienced on your behalf. I AM all-powerful. My power is available to work on your behalf, strengthening you. I will empower you and enable you to do those things I have called you to do. I will come alongside you. All that I do is right, just and good. My favour will be upon you as you rely on my strength and power.
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