Today I am reading day 5 of Joseph Prince: Pursue God’s Wisdom:
Delight In Jesus Daily
The Bible tells us, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly” (Psalm 1:1). This means that while there is some wisdom in ungodly or worldly counsel, the blessed man doesn’t depend on it nor walk in it. On the contrary, his delight is in God’s Word, which is the person of Jesus (Psalm 1:2, John 1:14). This means that he seeks and depends on the Lord’s counsel.
So let your delight be in Jesus. See Him in every page of the Bible as you meditate on God’s Word day and night. Allow Him to strengthen, counsel and lead you.
Beloved, be wary of seeking and following ungodly counsel that promises quick short-term gains that could do you more harm than good in the long run. Instead, delight yourself in Jesus and His counsel, and you’ll bring forth fruit in season, your leaf (your health) will not wither and whatever you do shall be abundantly blessed!
Today I am reading day 4 of Joseph Prince: Pursue God’s Wisdom:
Your Answer Is Found In The Person Of Jesus
The solution to all your problems is found in the person of Jesus.
If you are worried about your daily provisions, I encourage you to see Jesus as your provider—the One who multiplied five loaves and two small fish to feed more than 5,000 people with 12 baskets full of leftovers.
If you need healing for a chronic condition, see Jesus as your healer—the One who has all the compassion as well as the power to heal all manner of diseases.
If you need wisdom for a particular situation, see Jesus as your wisdom—the One who always has the right answer and response to every challenge. And know that He is in you and with you to guide you in your decision-making.
Beloved, the wisdom of God will always lead you to the person of Jesus. So ask the Holy Spirit to give you a personal revelation of Jesus in the area of your need today. He Himself is the solution for your every need!
Today I am reading day 3 of Joseph Prince: Pursue God’s Wisdom:
Always Involve Jesus
You don’t need miracles when you are consistently walking in God’s wisdom. In other words, when you walk in His wisdom, you won’t be surviving from one bailout to another because you won’t be making bad decisions that get you into trouble every now and then.
My friend, before you make a career move, start a new business, or make a significant purchase or investment, involve Jesus. Don’t exclude the Lord. He is your wisdom and He knows everything. He knows all the hidden clauses and He knows what’s going to happen in the future.
If someone pressurizes you to sign an agreement because the offer is “only valid for today,” take a step back. Don’t make a hasty decision. Wait upon the Lord. Be prepared to walk away from this “great opportunity” if you don’t sense His peace and wisdom leading you to sign the agreement.
Beloved, learning how to flow with Jesus your wisdom will save you money, time and tears!
Today I am reading day 2 of Joseph Prince: Pursue God’s Wisdom:
Jesus Is Your Wisdom
God wants you to walk in His wisdom. The good news is that God already gave you wisdom when He gave you JESUS. The Bible tells us that Jesus “became for us wisdom from God.” So all the wisdom you need in life already resides in you because Christ is in you by His Spirit.
Because Jesus is your wisdom, I encourage you to learn to take Him as your wisdom in every situation. If you are facing a challenge at work and you don’t know how to resolve it, look to Jesus. Tell Him, “Jesus, YOU are my wisdom. I thank You that You will provide me with the best solution.” If you have a wayward child, tell Him, “Jesus, thank You for wisdom in loving and raising this child well.”
Beloved, as a child of God, you are most blessed to have Jesus, in whom resides all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Take Him as your wisdom every day and watch Him guide you into good success in all that you do!
Today I am reading day 1 of Joseph Prince: Pursue God’s Wisdom:
Ask The Lord For Wisdom
We need God’s wisdom for the challenges we face every day. His Word declares that wisdom is the principal thing. So today, I want to encourage you to prioritize asking God for wisdom with regard to any challenge that you might be facing.
In the Book of James, we learn that if anyone 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).
God is most pleased to give you wisdom generously when you ask Him for it. And His wisdom will help you to identify the root cause of the problem confronting you and the best way to solve it.
My friend, in all your daily pursuits, pursue God’s wisdom. Ask and thank Him for it every day, and see yourself overcoming every challenge!
Today I am reading day 258 of Joseph Prince’s Devotional:
Christ Your Wisdom Will Give You Good Success
1 Corinthians 1:30 30But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God…
It is believed that there has never been a wealthier king than King Solomon. God gave him wisdom that not only made him wise in matters of justice, but also brought him gold and silver. (1 Kings 3:12–13)
According to a report by the Illinois Society of Architects in 1925, the cost of Solomon’s temple in terms of existing values would have been about US$87 billion! The priests wore garments costing more than US$10 million! These amounts only cover what Solomon spent on the temple and not his personal assets.
We can go on talking about the riches of King Solomon, but the Bible tells us that there is one greater than Solomon. (Matthew 12:42) His name is Jesus, and He is the most prosperous Man who ever lived and who will ever live.
If there was a need to feed the hungry, He simply multiplied whatever food was placed in His hands. On one occasion, He multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed 5,000 men, not counting women and children. And incredibly, there were 12 baskets full of leftovers. (Matthew 14:15–21)
If any of His own faced lack, it was not long before abundant provision flowed to them. Once, when His disciples caught nothing after a whole night of fishing, He merely spoke a word of command and schools of fish obeyed, swimming toward His disciples’ boat so that they received a net-breaking, boat-sinking load of fish. (Luke 5:1–7) In another incident, He provided the money for the temple tax, even if it took a fish to bring it to them! (Matthew 17:24–27)
My friend, this same Jesus has become for you wisdom from God. If you are a businessman, with Christ in you, you have wisdom that is greater than the wisdom of all the world’s business gurus put together. And if you are a student, Christ in you will manifest wisdom that is greater than all the wisdom of the brilliant minds in the academic world.
Beloved, believe that because Jesus, God’s wisdom, is in you, there is no reason you cannot prosper today, and astound the world in the same way Solomon did!
Thought For The Day
Because Jesus, God’s wisdom, is in you, there is no reason you cannot prosper today.
Today I am reading day 197 of Joseph Prince’s Devotional:
Christ, The Power And Wisdom Of God
1 Corinthians 1:24 24… to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
People today run after two things: miraculous signs and wonders, and knowledge. It was no different in Bible times. The apostle Paul acknowledged that “Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom”. (1 Corinthians 1:22)
So when Paul preached Christ crucified as God’s solution to them, the message was “to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness”. (1 Corinthians 1:23) They didn’t understand how getting a revelation of Jesus and His death could give them the miracles they needed or the wisdom they wanted.
Beloved, we don’t have to run after miracles or wisdom today. We just need to run after Jesus because He is “the power of God and the wisdom of God”. The more we know Christ and Christ crucified, the more we will have the power and wisdom of God.
Several church members have shared how they have seen the power of God blast financial debts out of their lives. Not knowing what to do about their debts, they looked to the Lord to deliver them. And the Lord was able to do so mightily because He is indeed the power of God.
So if you are facing a financial debt, Christ has the power to remove the debt. And because He is also the wisdom of God, He will show you where you went wrong and teach you how to stay out of debt!
Let me give you another illustration. Let’s say a man, whose wife has left him, looks to Jesus to bring his wife back. Christ, the power of God, brings about a miraculous restoration of their marriage. But it is Christ, the wisdom of God, who will teach the husband how to keep his wife by showing him what he had done wrong and what to do to strengthen the marriage. If the husband does not have this wisdom, it will only be a matter of time before the same problems surface and his wife leaves him again.
My friend, Christ is both the power and wisdom of God to us. As the power of God, He removes obstacles in our paths. As the wisdom of God, He continually directs our paths!
Thought For The Day
As the power of God, Christ removes obstacles in our paths. As the wisdom of God, He continually directs our paths!
Today I am reading day 140 of Joseph Prince’s Devotional:
Moved By The Spirit, Not Human Honey
Leviticus 2:11 11‘No grain offering which you bring to the Lord shall be made with leaven, for you shall burn no leaven nor any honey in any offering to the Lord made by fire.
Imagine yourself walking past the prodigal son sitting in the pigpen. (Luke 15:11–24) You look at him and see him salivating for the pigs’ food. Believing that it is good to show kindness, you give him money to buy food for himself.
That is human kindness that says, “I am a Christian. I should be kind, good and forgiving.” Such human sweetness or kindness may be likened to honey. Interestingly, while we elevate it, God tells His people not to bring Him a grain offering with honey in it.
The grain offering speaks of Jesus’ life on earth. Not mixing honey in the grain offering speaks of how the compassion and goodness we see in Jesus during His earthly ministry were all divine. There was no “honey” of human goodness that is tainted with human weakness.
In retrospect, the worst thing one could do for the prodigal son was to give him money when he was in the pigpen. Not only would he not have gone home, but what the Lord was doing in his heart would also have been spoiled. This is what happens when we go by the goodness of our human hearts instead of the goodness of God in our hearts, which is directed by His love, wisdom and perfect timing.
My friend, God does not want you to be moved by what you see but by His Spirit. There were many needy folks surrounding Jesus during His time on earth. But He did not heal every sick person around Him, feed every hungry stomach he passed or raise all who were dead. Isaiah 11:2–3 tells us that the Lord was not moved by what He saw or heard. He was moved only by the Spirit.
You too have the Spirit in you. (1 Corinthians 3:16) Be moved by Him. Follow the peace that He puts within your spirit to do or refrain from doing something. That peace is the peace of God. Acting on that peace will cause God to be exalted, and His divine goodness and kindness to really be a blessing to you and others!
Thought For The Day
Don’t be moved by the honey of human kindness but by God’s Spirit.
Today I am reading day 20 of NIV Once-A-Day At the Table Family Devotional:
The Source of Wisdom
Psalm 119:99 I understand more than all my teachers, because I meditate on your instructions.
• How can you tell if someone is wise?
• What is the wisest thing anyone has ever said to you?
In the Garden of Eden, the serpent — the devil — had a specific strategy for getting Adam and Eve to sin. Look at his words to Eve in Genesis 3:1: “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Notice how he tries to make Eve question God’s words.
Satan knew that whatever useful knowledge Adam and Eve possessed came from God. He knew that if he could plant doubts in their minds about God’s words, he stood a good chance of making them sin. Unfortunately, his strategy worked. In fact, it worked so well that he still uses it today.
For us, the Bible is the source of wisdom. God’s Word helps us distinguish right from wrong and equips us to make the best choices for our lives. Naturally, then, that is Satan’s target. He tries to get us to doubt God’s Word and underestimate its importance. He tries to convince us that it’s boring or too hard to understand.
The way to defend yourself against Satan’s attacks is to meditate on what the Bible says. If you fill your mind with God’s wisdom, you will have the confidence to shoot down temptations and doubts.
My Prayer to God
Dear God, thank you for giving us your wisdom in the pages of the Bible. Please bless our efforts to meditate on your Word and let it make a difference in our lives. Amen.