How to Seek God So You Will Know What to Do...
“Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.”
Proverbs 4:7 NLT
Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Sounds simple. Then why do we find it so hard to make decisions?
First, what is wisdom?
Search for images of “wisdom” on the internet. You’ll likely get images of books and owls! But book knowledge is not the same thing as wisdom. The world thinks that wisdom is something you purchase with tuition and class fees, rather than being a daily, lifelong process of growth. The kind of wisdom that God wants us to ask for us the kind that helps us discern His voice daily so that we can receive His guidance, walk in His will for our lives, and have peace. This kind of spiritual wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-3).
Getting wisdom is important because it is the spiritual knowledge by which we gain true and lasting happiness. Proverbs 3:13 says, "Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gets understanding." Proverbs 24:13–14 says, "My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off."
Gaining wisdom provides hope! The hope we receive from God is the hope that does not fail us.
“And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).
Wisdom is the key to lasting happiness. Proverbs 19:8 says, "He who gets wisdom loves himself." In other words, do something good for yourself: Get wisdom! In Proverbs 8:32–36 “wisdom” is speaking and she says, "And now, my sons, listen to me: happy are those who keep my ways . . . Happy is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord; but he who misses me injures himself; all who hate me love death." Gaining wisdom and insight is a true gift that will encourage and strengthen us to live in a world that does not seek God. Proverbs 16:16 says, "To get wisdom is better than gold; to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver." It is a matter of life and death. The ultimate, eternal happiness that all people long for will only be found by those who first "get wisdom" from God.
How do we get wisdom? Simply ask for it!
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).
Next, what is judgement?
Judgement is a close relative of wisdom. If wisdom is the spiritual knowledge we need to obtain life, happiness, hope, and peace, then judgement is the discernment of knowing how and when to apply God’s wisdom in our lives. Judgement helps us make spiritually healthy and positive choices in life that lead us to God's will.
How do we develop good judgement?
Anything that needs to be developed requires exercise, practice, and repetition. If we want to develop muscles, we must exercise, lift weights, eat right and be consistent. Developing judgement requires the ability to learn from our mistakes, have patience with ourselves and others, seek God’s guidance before making decisions, and seeking wisdom! If you want to develop good judgement, spend time each day talking with God in prayer, reading His Word, and asking for wisdom as you consider the choices you have to make in life. Often times when we wait on God’s answer to a choice we need to make we will see God open the way to a resolution or show us the next step to take. Having patience is key! How many times do we rush head to make a decision, and then ask God to bless it?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
"But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord”" (1 Kings 22:5).
God’s wisdom is well beyond the knowledge of man. When we are in a place of needing direction and insight for life’s problems, we can seek after God’s counsel to receive wisdom and understanding for our next steps. He knows the beginning and end; therefore, we can’t go wrong with His guidance. We can write out the pros and cons. We can try to weigh out every option in our minds. We can talk about our situation to death. However, we all have to come to a time of trusting and believing in God to lead us in the right decision as we seek His voice and wait patiently for the next step. When we put all our trust in Him, He gives us the direction we need to move in. His faithfulness will come through for us as we press forward in faith, in spite of the odds often being stacked against us! Making a decision with God’s wisdom will often look different than what the world expects us to do.
Developing good judgement also comes from asking God to renew our minds and by not following the wisdom of the world. Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” The renewing of our minds is not a one-time occurrence rather it is a daily process.
As we engage in the process of renewing our minds and seeking a personal and intimate knowledge of the Holy One through the Word, we will develop the wisdom and judgement that shows us the way to walk each day!
“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”” John 14:21 NLT
Will God love us more if we follow his commands?
Earlier in the book of John, Jesus told the disciples in the upper room on the night before He was crucified that he was not leaving them alone. He would send the Holy Spirit to indwell the disciples on the day of Pentecost. The key word “love” (“agapao” in Greek) appears over 20 times in John 13-17. This is a kind of love that is self-sacrificing and unselfish. It means to love another dearly and fondly. That kind of love has a divine origin and was demonstrated by Jesus dying on the cross for us.
Two types of people are mentioned in John 14:15-24 – those who love the Lord and those who do not. The first are believers, who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and who obey His commands. They love the Lord and the evidence of this is seen in their words and actions. They have a heart surrendered to God’s will for them. The others are unbelievers, who do not have the Holy Spirit and do not obey the Lord’s commands. They cannot obey them because they do not love the Author of the commands. They don’t know His heart and how much He loves them.
John 14:21 says that obeying the Lord’s commands is evidence that one is a believer. For example, the disciples were told to “love one another” and this would show others that they were followers of Christ (John 13:34-35). The believer is loved by God the Father and God the Son, and they will make Themselves known to him in a special way: “We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23-26). Of course unbelievers are also loved by God, but it’s a one-sided relationship as the love is not reciprocal: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8; John 3:16).
John 14:21-26 shows that because believers have a relationship with the Lord and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, the Son reveals Himself to them in a way that is not possible for unbelievers to understand or experience. So, increased love for God and obedience to His commands doesn’t mean that He will love us more, but it is evidence that we will experience the special intimacy of knowing Him better in response to Him loving us first.
“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (1 John 4:10)
Good afternoon my dear friends!
Being a history buff, I wanted to share with you a “Today in History” nugget. Today is known as “The Ides of March”. Bet you don’t know why! Well, in 44 AD, Julius Caesar, dictator of Rome, was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate house by 60 conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. The Ides of March was a period of time about thirty days prior (in what is our modern February) to today.
A soothsayer had previously told Caesar that the Ides of March were to be a dangerous time for him, possibly deadly. Caesar, being the dictator for life, wasn’t about to be told what was going to happen, as he saw himself as the Roman god. The story goes that as Caesar was on his way to the Roman Senate, he ran into the soothsayer and told him “The Ides of March have come!” (Meaning that this period of time had been completed.) The soothsayer replied to him “Yes, but they haven’t gone!”
The rest, they say, is history. Caesar was killed that day, and the Roman Empire would never be the same.
Do you ever wonder what you would do if someone could tell you the very day that you were going to die? Would you hire Van Halen and have Saint Clair’s biggest and craziest bash? Would you spend every last penny and travel around the world engaging wine, women (sorry ladies… men) and song? Would you spend that time before making things right with people that had been estranged to you? Would you spend more times with your loved ones, confirming your love for them? If you hadn’t had a real relationship with Jesus, would you make that a new priority?
The fact is, we of course don’t know when our lives will end. All we know is that they will, right? Jesus said that the days we’re living in are called “The End Times”. “The Last Days”. “The End of the Age”. He also said that no one knows when that last time will indeed happen, except the Father God.
So what are you going to make of your last days? Will you spend them like any other day? Will you procrastinate, deny it, or otherwise waste them? The truth is, we’re to spend each of our days here as gifts from God, loving Him and loving those around us. These are days of healing. Rejoicing. Renewing. Second Chances.
If I haven’t seen you in church lately, come back to Fishers and worship with us. Be renewed. Refreshed. The apostle Paul summed it all up this way: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Please plan your Good Friday and Easter worship. Good Friday worship will be on the 30th of March at 7:00 pm, and Easter Sunday, April 1st, at 10:00 am. If you have been or will attend at another church, that’s wonderful! Good Friday and Easter celebrations are another amazing way to bring back your enthusiasm and love of regular worship. Praise be to God for His unending love in Jesus our Lord and Savior!
Peace in Jesus our Lord and Savior,
Elijah was an ambassador for God. He prayed and God withheld the rain for three and a half years. Then Elijah prayed again, and God sent the rain. In 1 Kings 18, Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to see whose god was the real God. They built an altar and called to their gods, but nothing happened. Then Elijah built an altar and even poured water all over it. Then He asked God to bring down fire from heaven. The Lord did this and consumed the entire sacrifice.
Sometimes we find it hard to ask for what we need. Perhaps it is because we are independent and too proud. We want to be self-reliant. We want to do things our way or we don’t want to do it at all. However, there comes a time when we have to say: “God, I see no way around this without your help. Lord, please undertake for me.” When you attempt big things for God, then you have to ask Him for what you need. When you come to the end of yourself It is a good place to be, because then when you see movement, God receives the glory. Our part is to come to Him in prayer and ask and wait in faith with an open heart and mind, trusting that He will make a way.
God’s Word contains the truth about Jesus... Jesus IS the Word!
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1).
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14).
When you meditate on the truth of God’s Word the Holy Spirit will show you how to apply it, giving you a rich and full life! This wisdom that God gives us not meant just for our individual benefit, but we can bless those around us when we teach and counsel others with these life-giving truths. If you have been transformed by God’s Word then pray for opportunities to share with others how God has changed your life. He will work through your story to bring Jesus to those around you. You will receive joy as your heart overflow with thankfulness for these opportunities. #dailytruth #themessage #teach #counsel #wisdom #thankfulness #yourstorymatters #stclair #saintclair
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 NLT
Praise God that we have an opportunity to start fresh every day, asking God to renew our hearts and minds in Jesus, the Word!
Many people who profess to be religious leaders and scholars know the Bible inside and out, but they have not met its Author. The reality is that the Christian faith is all about a Man, and this Man’s name is Jesus Christ.
When we read the Word and God starts to speak to us through it, then we can find true intimacy. God will reassure us and give us direction. We will begin to notice His influence in every area of our life and in every decision we ask Him to help us make. There is an overwhelming abundance of peace for the child of God that sits everyday in the presence of Jesus to pray and read the Word.
Zacchaeus heard about Jesus and climbed a tree so he could be closer to him and see for himself who Jesus was. He wasn’t going to let the crowds or his short stature (we are told Zacchaeus was a small man) get in the way of being in Jesus’ presence. After hearing Jesus’ words he said...
“I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.””
Luke 19:8-10 NLT
Do we run to Jesus in this same way? Do we make sure that nothing will stand between our time with Jesus in God’s Word and in prayer? Do we hunger after the things of God, not letting busy schedules, distractions, the noise of the world, and sin get in the way?
In Acts 4:13 we read, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” NIV
That is the bottom line.
What the world is looking for is not you and me, but Jesus Christ. The degree to which Jesus is involved in your life determines how effective you will be in kingdom work. Spend time with God. Have intimate times with the Lord, and watch your life and the lives of those around you change.
Good afternoon Fisher friends!
I’m sitting in my new office watching the snow fall outside. Okay, it’s not really an office, it’s a desk in Cameron’s room which doesn’t see too much of Cameron since he now has taken over Christian’s room. Regardless, I love to work in front of the window looking outside. Even today it’s pretty cool to have a “window on the world”.
Here’s a reminder of things coming up in March:
1. Today – “Be Nasty Day”. Please don’t enjoy this too much.
2. Sunday March 11 – Daylight Savings Time ends! We’re going to talk about CPR. Good stuff!
3. – Earmuff Day. Put ‘em on or store ‘em for the season?
4. – National Goof Off Day. Once again, don’t enjoy this one too much. At least at work!
5.------------------------------------------- Okay, here’s the important things ----------------------------
6. Palm Sunday March 25 – We come together to celebrate the start of Jesus’ “final mission” to save us from our sins and guarantee our salvation. The crowds cheered His arrival in Jerusalem; they jeered Him and demanded His death just days later.
7. Good Friday March 30 – The day the earth quaked and fell dark as Jesus died on the Cross. Jesus came as a hero and died as a common criminal. For you.
8. Easter Sunday – The celebration of all celebrations! The tomb that Jesus was placed in couldn’t hold Him. The miracle of His resurrection guarantees our resurrection also, through faith in Him and this holy event.
May God continue to bless you with His precious gifts to you. My prayer right now (and continuously) is that any of you that haven’t been to church lately would do so this Sunday. Even if you go to a church other than Fishers, please attend!
May God bless you and keep you,
We live in a world of people filled with little hope or knowledge of God. We can see the effects of that when we watch the news or read the paper. Senseless violence.... natural disasters... unknown diseases... hunger and malnourishment... What hope is left for this world?
In the midst of all this darkness, we have a helper. Jesus, the greatest Friend who has ever lived, has promised to be with us in our troubles and give us peace in our darkest times. Jesus told us that the world would be a dark place...
“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.””
John 8:12 NLT
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 NLT
... But there is hope! Jesus is our hope and our helper!
Today He says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you ... I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isa. 41:10).
Jesus Christ has never let me down. He is more than my Helper; He is my Protector. He is the One who looks after my children when they go to school. He is the One I trust when I ask Him to station His angels around my home. I want to encourage you today to start concentrating on what Jesus says about you, and what He says He is providing for you, and not on what is going on in this crazy, dark world.
Today, pray and refocus on Jesus and His love for you. We can be joyful even in the midst of this dark world because He has promised never to abandon us.
#dailytruth #nofear #freshhope #strength #help #peace #peaceofmind #refocus #stclair #saintclair
Prayer is a powerful weapon that we can yield against the enemy. As we humble ourselves before God (James 4:10) and approach his throne with confidence (Hebrews 4:16) we can be assured that God hears our prayers, lifts us up, and gives us the faith to stand strong in whatever situation we are facing. Prayer not only changes things, it changes us as we draw near to our Heavenly Father to sit in His presence and receive mercy, wisdom, and grace through the power of the Holy Spirit inviting us to come and receive.
When you’re speaking to God, you don’t need any set format. You could be sitting at work, driving to the grocery store, or working on a project and God will lay someone or something on your heart to pray for. This prompting is God’s holy invitation to partner with Him in prayer. What may only seem like a fleeting thought may be God asking you to intercede in prayer for change to take place. First Thessalonians 5:17 tells us, “Pray without ceasing.” This is the kind of prayer that is woven into the daily fabric of our lives at any moment of the day.
You can talk to the Lord, sing, cry, and argue with the Lord. I think He would prefer you to be angry and share that with Him rather than not to speak to Him at all. Think of your own children—when they don’t speak to you, that’s when you get concerned. So speak to God about all your needs, cares, desires, dreams, and concerns and you’ll be surprised how God answers.
Our God is the God who can change the wind (Exodus 10:19), bring the rain (Psalm 148:8), calm the seas (Matt 8:26-27) and ignite the fire (1 Kings 18:38) to bring about His will and purposes for God’s people. Remember, however, that prayer is not a proverbial grocery list that you take to God; He wants you to be His friend. He’ll talk back to you, not necessarily audibly, but in your heart and through nature, through godly people, or circumstances.
When you go out today, speak to Him. Tell Him about your joys, expectations, anxieties, and fears, and you’ll feel a lot better reminded that the Lord of the universe is looking out for you!
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.”
Psalms 18:2 NLT
Good morning my brothers and sisters in Christ!
A thought came into my mind this morning and I absolutely can’t shake it. And it’s a good thing! “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
I know that sometimes, even with the Word of God on our tongues, it’s easy to recite them, but not really give thought to them. So it was with the verse above. It’s a great statement of a daily worship we can have with Him.
As this was rolling around in my head, I thought to myself “If this is God’s day, and I’m supposed to rejoice in it, then how will I do that?” What will our day look like as we acknowledge that every minute of every hour of every day is God’s, and we are to treasure every moment?
Better stated, ask yourself: “If this is the day the Lord has made…”, then how are we going to finish that sentence:
“This is the day the Lord has made; so I will rejoice in it these ways”:
God’s peace and love upon you all as you rejoice and are glad in this is the day the Lord has made.
Yours in Christ,
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
WORSHIP SUNDAY 10:00 AM
301 N. 6th Street
St. Clair, MI 48079
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