25th February 2024


Living in God’s World, God’s Way

To live in God’s world God’s way requires wisdom from God.
Jesus is the Wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:30) & God freely makes His wisdom available to those that ask for it (James 1:5).
We need godly wisdom when it comes to our Thinking, Talking, Gazing & Going.
Our thinking & talking need a constant watch over them & a close guard.
We must also be attentive to where we set our gaze as it sets the direction for, & is an entry point to, our lives.
In addition, we need to pay attention to where our feet are taking. Being ever mindful of the paths we tread & places we visit.
Today we will focus upon applying divine wisdom to our going – the eyes being a key entry point into our lives.


Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil. Proverbs 4:26-27 NKJV


We are to ponder, give careful thought to & survey (analyze) the paths we walk upon & tread in this life.
When we do & apply godly wisdom to them our paths will be established (safe & secure).
We are to walk straight paths & not turn, swerve or deviate to the right or left.
There are also paths & places which we need to avoid & remove our presence from.
This takes conviction, courage & a sensitivity to our conscience & the Holy Spirit. SELAH
There are places to be & places not to be. Our feet take us to or from those places!!!

The Bible repeatedly makes a distinction between the straight paths of the Lord & the crooked paths of this world & the wicked.
Jesus encourages us to walk the narrow way that leads to life (Matthew 7:14). It takes strength to go against the flow!!
We are to stick to, & hold unswervingly to, the Lord’s paths of truth, righteousness & peace.
As we do that we are to avoid the detours of darkness & sidetracks of senseless pleasures.
The places we go & the things we do matter. They shape & mould us in healthy, helpful or harmful ways.
The way that leads to life is a more difficult path to take & tread. SELAH

Our feet take us to the places our hearts desire & in the direction our eyes have set.
Our Thinking, Talking, Gazing & Going are all closely interconnected & affect one another.
To walk in God’s world, God’s way we have to know & apply God’s wisdom in each of these area’s.
To walk in wisdom (Ephesians 5:15; Colossians 4:5) requires diligence, discipline, determination & attention to detail.
4 important D’s that the Holy Spirit is ever ready & willing to assist, support & strengthen us in.
We are not expected to walk alone & wonderfully Christ is always with us & by our side (Matthew 28: 20; Hebrews 13:5).
Don’t just follow the crowd, FOLLOW CHRIST & find life & life in all its fullness – Hallelujah!!!
Lord be in our EVERYTHING!!

For Reflection

  • In what ways do I consider & think about the paths I am walking & the places I regularly visit?
  • Is my conscience or the Holy Spirit convicting me about any of the places I frequent?
  • Meditate upon what it means to walk the Lord’s straight & narrow paths.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank You that Your paths are paths or truth, righteousness & peace,
Keep we walking them with conviction, courage & confidence.
Jesus, Wisdom of God, keep me on Your straight & narrow path,
Following Your still small voice that leads to life, & life in all its fullness.
Holy Spirit thank you that You are my constant strength & support,
Make me heedful & responsive to Your voice & that of my conscience too,
So that I may walk with wisdom in God’s world, God’s way.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

23rd February 2024

To live in God’s world God’s way requires constant attention of our Thinking, Talking, Gazing & Going.
Applying wisdom from God to each of these realms helps us to keep travelling the Lord’s straight path (Mark 1:3; Hebrews 12:13).
We have looked at how we need to be disciplined to guard & watch over both our thinking & talking.
Also, at how our heart & mouth are so closely & intimately connected. The lips reveal what the heart is full off!!
We must also be disciplined with our eyes & what we allow ourselves to look at. What goes in finds a way of coming out!! SELAH
Today we will focus upon applying divine wisdom to our gazing – the eyes being a key entry point into our lives.

22nd February 2024

Living wisely in God’s world God’s way necessitates the continual discipline of our Thinking, Talking, Gazing & Going.
If we will ask for it & also seek it out in His word the wisdom of God is readily & freely available for us (James 1:5; Proverbs 4:20-27).
Yesterday we considered our hearts as they are the source & fount of all our thinking.
The affections of our hearts affect all our actions so we must continually be attentive to them (Proverbs 4:23).
If we are wise, we pay constant attention to the state of our innermost being for from it flows a fount of life. SELAH
Today we will focus upon applying divine wisdom to our talking & speech – a massive challenge for us all!!

21st February 2024

Wisdom is living in God’s world God’s way. Living by godly wisdom is the safest way to live without regret!!
The book of James tells us that if we lack wisdom we only have to ask our heavenly Father for it (James 1:5).
God who is abundantly rich in wisdom will gladly & liberally supply it. Ask & you will receive – Hallelujah!!
Proverbs 4:20-27 outlines four realms – Thinking, Talking, Gazing & Going – where we can apply God’s wisdom effectively.
Today we will focus upon applying divine wisdom to our thinking – a continual exercise of the heart!!

20th February 2024

We began this year thinking about how we live for God in this world.
This season of Lent it is a good time to remind ourselves of what the Lord requires of us & reflect upon how we are doing.
The book of Proverbs provides wise instruction on how to live in a godly manner.
Proverbs 4:20-27 outlines four areas where we can apply God’s wisdom effectively.
This TFD series will therefore focus on what it means to walk in & apply God’s wisdom in our lives.

Thought for the week

God is love. It is the heart & core of His divine nature. He loves at all times & in all ways.
All His other attributes are tempered through His great & mighty love.
The Old Testament talks of God’s (hesed) loving kindness & the New Testament His unconditional (agape) love.
It is God’s great love that motivated Him to create us & to redeem us (Genesis 1:26-27; John 3:16).
All God is & all He does is satiated & saturated in His amazing, unfailing, enduring love.
Let us take time this week to ponder & prayerfully consider the wonder of the love of God.

9th February 2024


His Love Endures Forever

Psalm 136 exhorts us to give thanks to the Lord for His faithful enduring love.
Principally, we are to be thankful that the Lord is our Creator & Redeemer.
We have looked at each of great themes within the Psalm, which is both a creation & redemption hymn.
God’s unending & unfailing provision & protection is also evident & is something we are to give thanks for.
Therefore, today we will look at how the Lord is both our Provider & Protector.


To Him who struck down great kings,
For His mercy endures forever;
And slew famous kings,
For His mercy endures forever—
Sihon king of the Amorites,
For His mercy endures forever;
And Og king of Bashan,
For His mercy endures forever—
And gave their land as a heritage,
For His mercy endures forever;
A heritage to Israel His servant,
For His mercy endures forever.

Who remembered us in our lowly state,
For His mercy endures forever;
And rescued us from our enemies,
For His mercy endures forever;
Who gives food to all flesh,
For His mercy endures forever.

Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven!
For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 136:17-26 NLT


The Psalm celebrates the Exodus & then goes on to highlight how the Lord led the children of Israel through the wilderness.
In the process He was their mighty King & Champion, fighting their battles against powerful nations.
Overcoming great earthly kings & powerful enemies. God’s protection was evident over many years.
After delivering Israel from Egypt the Lord led them into the promised land which was their inheritance.
Awesome protection & powerful provision. His faithful enduring love demonstrated through both. SELAH
The people were God’s special possession (Deuteronomy 7:6 & 14:2) & the land was the people’s special possession!!

The Psalm also highlights God’s great care for all his people & every creature.
The sun & moon to provide light & warmth. Abundant food for all.
The God of abundance amply providing for our & all creatures every need (Matthew 6:25-34).
Somewhere to live & shelter along with food to eat. All this comes from the Lord who provides. SELAH
God’s great goodness & faithful enduring loving kindness again being powerfully demonstrated.

God’s faithful love is eternal & everlasting, it endures forever & is revealed through His protection & provision.
God is our protector & He is our provider. He faithfully, ceaselessly & unfailingly does both. Just awesome!!
Two amazing things that we are to be ever thankful for. Keep cultivating the attitude of gratitude. SELAH
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever. Hallelujah!!

For Reflection

  • In what ways do I daily experience the Lord’s great protection & faithful provision?
  • How am I expressing my thanks & appreciation for God’s protection & provision.
  • Meditate upon God being our protector & provider.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank You for Your great love for Your beloved children,
Revealed through Your enduring & faithful love as protector & provider.
Jesus, my Lord & Saviour, thank you for Your faithful love, and eternal friendship,
That You are with me & will never leave or forsake me.
Holy Spirit keep me exalting the Lord, each & every day,
Lifting Him high above everyone & everything else in my life.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

8th February 2024

Psalm 136 exhorts us to give thanks to the Lord that His faithful love endures forever.
Other Psalms pick up this great refrain too – notably Psalm 118.
Twelve times Psalm 136 extols & encourages the attitude of gratitude.
The people of God are to be constantly giving thanks unto the Lord, the Great God above all other gods.
Psalm 136 also praises & celebrates the Lord as Creator, Redeemer, Provider & Protector.
Yesterday we looked at God our Creator & today we will focus upon God our Redeemer.

7th February 2024

Psalm 136 repeatedly reminds us that God’s love endures & that it endures forever.
The psalm is celebrating that His faithful love endures forever.
God is elected as Lord of all far above & beyond everything & anyone else.
He is praised & celebrated as Creator, Redeemer, Provider & Protector.
Today we will think upon the Lord our Creator.

6th February 2024

God’s love endures & it endures forever. It never fades, falters or fails (1 Corinthians 13:7, 8 & 13).
It can be experienced now & it stands the test of time enduring forever.
It is a steadfast, faithful, enduring love that is ever available & fully accessible to the child of God.
Psalm 136 gives us an insight into this amazing Love of God.