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DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELLGod will give us wisdom in every area of our lives. This wisdom helps us use facts that we know and truths that we understand to make right decisions in our daily lives. God desires for each one of us to have spiritual understanding.

Ephesians 1:17 NKJV

“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…”

I. God Gave Solomon Wisdom

1 Kings 3: 12 NKJV

“…behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.”

When Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice burnt offerings, the Lord appeared to him in a dream. In the dream the Lord asked Solomon what He should give him. Solomon told the Lord that He had been so good to him already. The Lord had shown Solomon great kindness because of David, his father. Then Solomon asked the Lord for an understanding heart so that he could discern between good and evil as he judged the people.

The Lord was pleased with Solomon’s request. Solomon had not asked the Lord for wealth, riches, long life, nor help in defeating his enemies. Instead Solomon had asked the Lord for a wise and understanding heart.

Because the request pleased the Lord, He not only gave Solomon what he asked for, but He gave Solomon wealth, riches and honor also.

The Lord had answered Solomon’s request in an abundant measure. The abilities that were given to Solomon were exceptional. Solomon is known to have been the wisest man that ever lived, and that wisdom was given to him by the Lord.

II. God Gave Daniel Wisdom

Daniel 2:19 NKJV

“Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.”

King Nebuchadnezzar’s army overthrew Jerusalem and took the strong, healthy, and intelligent young men captive. One of these young men was Daniel. The king wanted these young men to forsake their God, and to work for him and serve his gods. However, Daniel and his three friends did not forsake their God. They stayed loyal and obedient to God no matter what happened.

God gave Daniel and his three friends knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom. God also gave Daniel understanding in all visions and dreams.

One night King Nebuchadnezzar had dreams that troubled him so much he could not sleep. He called the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to come to him and tell him his dream. The Chaldeans told the king to tell them the dream and they would give him the interpretation.

The king told them that he would not tell them the dream, and that they were to make known to him the dream and the interpretation. If they could not tell the king what he had dreamed about and the interpretation of the dream then they would be killed. If they could tell the king what he had dreamed about and the interpretation of the dream then they would be rewarded and receive great honor.

The Chaldeans told the king that there was not a man on earth that could do both- know what the king had dreamed and know the interpretation of the dream. The king became very angry and he ordered all the wise men killed. When the king’s order was being carried out they sought Daniel and his friends to kill them. When they came to Daniel he ask why the wise men were being killed. The captain of the king’s army told Daniel all that had happened concerning the king and his dream. Upon learning what had happened, Daniel went in to see the king. He asked the king for a little time, that he might be able to tell the king the dream and the interpretation. The king agreed and Daniel went to his three friend to tell them. The four of them prayed and sought God for the dream and the interpretation.

God revealed the dream and the interpretation to Daniel in a night vision. Daniel was very thankful to God so he blessed Him, thanked Him, and gave Him praise.

Daniel went to the captain of the king’s army and asked him to take him to the king so he could tell the king what he wanted to know. When Daniel approached the king he told him that the God in heaven had made known to him the dream and the interpretation.

After Daniel told the king what God had revealed to him, he received favor, great gifts and honor.

III. God Gave Joseph Wisdom

Genesis 41:39 NKJV

“Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.”

Joseph was favored by his father, Jacob, because he was the son of his favorite wife, Rachel. This favoritism caused Joseph’s brothers to be jealous. One day Joseph was sent out into the fields where his brothers were taking care of the flocks of sheep, to check on them.

Joseph’s brothers saw him coming and they plotted to kill him. One of his brothers, Reuben, told the other brothers not to kill Joseph but to throw him into an empty water hole and leave him there. Later on while Joseph was in the empty water hole a group of Ishmaelites came by and the brothers sold Joseph to them.

Acts 7:9-10 NKJV

“And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.”

Joseph was taken to Egypt and sold as a slave to Potiphar, who was the captain of the guard in the army of the Pharaoh. While at the house of Potiphar, Joseph found favor and he was placed in charge of everything at Potiphar’s house. Later on when the wife of Potiphar lied about Joseph he was thrown into prison.

While in prison Joseph found favor in the sight of the prison keeper. He placed Joseph in charge over the prison. While in prison God continued to fill Joseph with wisdom and understanding. Joseph was given the ability to interpret dreams.

After a long period of time Joseph was called upon to interpret a dream for the king. God gave Joseph the interpretation to the dream. When Joseph interpreted the dream for the king he acknowledged that God had given Joseph discernment and wisdom. The king placed Joseph over his house and the country. There was no one greater than Joseph except the king.

Genesis 41:37-41 NKJV

“So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, ‘Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?’ Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.’ And Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

Because of the wisdom that God had given Joseph he found favor in the sight of the king.

IV. True Wisdom Comes From The Fear Of The Lord

Proverbs 2:6 NKJV

“For the Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding”

The dictionary describes wisdom as knowledge (information) and good judgment, wise conduct, wise words. Wisdom can also mean abiding success or victory. It describes understanding as the power or ability to know; intellect; intelligence; comprehension.

When we have wisdom we use the facts that we know and the truths that we understand to make right decisions in our daily lives.

Real (true) wisdom comes from God and it begins when we place our faith in Him. Fear of the Lord is a deep respect and reverence for God and unto God. When we fear God the thought of Him fills us with awe and wonder. The fear of the Lord is very important in receiving wisdom. Our wisdom depends on our knowledge of God and our submission to His will. To gain true wisdom we must place a high regard on, and honor God and His will for our lives in every situation and circumstance.

Proverbs 1:7 NKJV

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Job 28:28 NKJV

“And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,

And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”

There is no use in knowing “things” if you do not know God and reverence Him. Not fearing (reverencing) God is the same as rejecting wisdom. True wisdom is found in the fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-7 NKJV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”

 

Proverbs 9:10 NKJV

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

V. Ask God For Wisdom

James 1:5 NKJV

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

As a believer in Christ Jesus if we lack wisdom we should pray ask God for it. God will answer our prayer. He will freely and generously give to us an abundant and plentiful supply. When we have to ask for wisdom God will not be disappointed in us. He desires for us to ask Him for anything that we lack, and that includes wisdom and understanding.

Dear Father,

Thank-you for the wisdom that You give me in every area of my life. True wisdom comes from You alone. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may I use the wisdom that You give me to make right decisions in my daily life. Help me to submit to You and Your will. May I trust in You with all my heart, and may I lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways let me acknowledge You and follow Your directions for my path.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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Wild About God

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daily bread - CopyWhen we are WILD about God our lives will show it. Our words will be Wholesome, we will be people of Integrity, and we will be Loyal and Devoted to God.

I. Wholesome

The word wholesome suggests a person of morals. Moral means good in character or conduct; virtuous; capable of understanding right and wrong.

When we are wild about God it will show in our conduct. Our conduct should be holy. Our lives and everything about us should be totally dedicated to God. We are to separate ourselves from the sin of this world.

1 Peter 1:15-16 NKJV

“but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy’ ”

Abigail is an example of a wholesome person. Her character and conduct were above reproach.

1 Samuel 25:3 NKJV

“The name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. And she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance; but the man was harsh and evil in his doings. He was of the house of Caleb.”

Nabal was a very rich man. He had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. His home and business were in a wilderness area. He was a target for thieves and bandits because of the location and because of his great wealth.

At the time of sheep shearing, David sent word to Nabal asking for a reward for the services that he had been given. David and his men had protected the flocks of Nabal as well as his possessions. Nabal would have plenty of money on hand from the sale of the wool to pay David and his men. David had left the amount of the reward due up to Nabal to decide since no certain price had been set.

When David’s men went to Nabal to ask for what they were due, Nabal acted like he didn’t know David and spoke of him in a mocking tone. Nabal even suggested that David was a runaway servant.

The behavior (conduct) of Nabal and his response to David’s men was very foolish and defiantly the wrong thing to do. One of Nabel’s workers went to Abigail and told her everything that had happened. Both, what David and his men had done for them and the way that her husband had treated David’s men. The servants were very angry at Nabal because his actions put their life in danger.

Abigail knew that her husband was wrong and that she would have to take matters into her own hands. She immediately knew that she need to try to make things right with David. She gathered up a lot of goods to give to David in hopes that he would accept it as compensation for what he and his men had done for Nabal. Abigail sent the provisions to David right away by some of their servants. After the servants had left with the things to give to David, Abigail followed after them.

When Abigail saw David she got off her donkey and fell on her face before him. Humbly Abigail began to plead for mercy and forgiveness for Nabal. Abigail understood that the right thing to do was to show David respect and honor. Her words to David showed him that she was a wholesome woman, full of truthfulness, and virtue and morals.

David called Abigail’s speech blessed because through it God had kept him from avenging himself with bloodshed. After receiving the provisions from Abigail, David told her to go in peace to her home because he had heeded her words and had respect for her.

When Abigail returned home Nabal was very drunk so she did not say anything to him about what she had done. The next morning, after Nabal had sobered up, Abigail told him about giving the provisions to David. When Abigail told him about all that had happened Nabal heart became as stone, and after ten days Nabal died. His death was the result of God’s judgment upon him.

II. Integrity

Daniel 6:1-4  NKJV

“It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom; and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss. Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.”

Integrity is being honest and just in all that you think, feel, and do. It also means sincerity; uprightness; wholeness; completeness; soundness.

When we are wild about God it will show in our integrity. Our integrity will be consistent in godly character no matter where they are, or who is around or not around. We will be honest and just in all that we think, feel, and do.

Proverbs 28:6 NKJV

“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity

Than one perverse in his ways though he be rich.”

Daniel is a example of a person with integrity. No matter where he was or who he was around, he was always the same. He always showed godly character and remained faithful to God.

As a teenager Daniel was taken to the ungodly kingdom of Babylon to become a slave. The king of Babylon wanted young men without physical defect, that were handsome, intelligent, educated, and quick to understand as his servants. Daniel met these qualifications so he was chosen to become one of the king’s servants.

Daniel 1:3,4 NKJV

“Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good -looking, gifted and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and who they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.”

Although Daniel was surrounded by ungodly people he made a decision to follow God and to remain faithful to God. God blessed Daniel for doing what was right by giving him knowledge, wisdom, and the ability to interpret dreams and visions. After a while Daniel was appointed as one of the governors in Babylon by king Nebuchadnezzar. The very night that Daniel was made a governor king Nebuchadnezzar was killed and Darius took his place as king. Daniel found favor in the new king’s sight because of his integrity, his attitude, and his ability to do his job well.

This made the other governors very angry and jealous. Together they sought a way to get rid of Daniel. All the other governors showered the king with lots of praise and adoration and worship. Then they talked the king into making a royal decree that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except the king, shall be cast into the den of lions. The proposed decree pleased the king so he signed it.

Daniel obeyed all the laws of the land, however the other governors knew that if the law of the land went against the law of the God that Daniel served he would obey his God. They also knew that Daniel prayed to his God on a regular basis, which would go against the new decree that the king had signed.

When Daniel heard about the decree that the other governors had talked the king into signing he went to his house. There he went to his upper room where he prayed and gave God thanks three times a day. Daniel opened his window toward Jerusalem, like always, and knelt down on his knees and prayed to God.

The men that had plotted against Daniel were watching from outside. They knew that Daniel would continue to pray to God and they wanted to catch him in the act so that they could tell the king. Directly upon seeing Daniel pray they reported it and the king. The king was greatly troubled because he did not want to have Daniel thrown into the lion’s den. He like Daniel, but because it was a royal decree, and could not be changed, he had to order Daniel thrown into the den of lines.

Daniel was brought to the lion’s den and before being thrown into it the king told Daniel that the God that he served would deliver him from the lions. After they threw Daniel in the den a large rock was placed over the top to seal it.

From the den the king went to his palace and spent the night alone, fasting and not sleeping. Early the next morning the king hurried to the den. Upon arriving at the den the king called out to Daniel. Daniel answered the king and told him that God had shut the mouths of the lions.

The king was very happy and he ordered Daniel to be brought up out of the pit. Then the king commanded that the men who had accused Daniel to be brought and thrown into the lion’s den and thrown in, along with their wives and their children.

Daniel’s life was a powerful witness to everyone around him. His integrity lead to the king recognizing that the God that Daniel served was the one true living God.

Daniel 6:26-27 NKJV

“I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.

For He is the living God,

And steadfast forever;

His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed,

And His dominion shall endure to the end.

He delivers and rescues,

And He works signs and wonders

In heaven and on earth,

Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”

III. Loyal

Loyal is being true and faithful to love, to a promise, to a duty, or other obligation. It is also being faithful to those in authority over you. When we are wild about God it will show in our loyalty. We are to be true and faithful to God. In our Christian walk, faithfulness is staying true to God in our thoughts, words, and actions.

When there was a famine in the land, Elimelech took his wife, Naomi, and their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, to live in another country, where they would have food to eat. After a period of time Elimelech died and his two sons married Moabite women. The women’s names were Orpah and Ruth. After about ten years the two sons died. This left all three of the women widows.

One day, Naomi heard that the famine in Bethlehem was over. She decided to return to her homeland where she could be around relatives and friends. Naomi and her two daughter-in-laws, Orpah and Ruth, pack up and left for Bethlehem. While traveling Naomi stopped and told her daughter-in-laws to go back to their parent’s homes so that they might be able to find another husband and be happy again.

Naomi kissed both of them good-by but they told her that they would return with her to Bethlehem. Naomi told them that it made her very sad to leave them, but that there was no reason for them to go with her. She wanted them to be happy with their own families.

Orpah and Ruth began to cry. Orpah kissed Naomi good-by and she left. Ruth continued to cry and to cling to Naomi. She did not want to leave.

Ruth 1:16-17 NKJV

“But Ruth said:

‘Entreat me not to leave you,

Or to turn back from following after you;

For wherever you go, I will go;

And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;

Your people shall be my people,

And your God, my God.

Where you die, I will die,

And there will I be buried.

The Lord do so to me, and more also,

If anything but death parts you and me.’ ”

When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined in her heart to stay with her she stopped asking her to leave.

Ruth is a good example of loyalty. Ruth was determined to remain loyal to Naomi no matter what. God blessed Ruth for her loyalty. Ruth found favor in the sight of man because of her love and sense of duty toward Naomi. Later, God provided a new husband (Boaz) for Ruth.

Ruth 2:10-12 NKJV

“So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, ‘Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?’ And Boaz answered and said to her, ‘It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.’’

If we demonstrate our love for God by remaining loyal to Him we too will be rewarded. A crown is promised to all who are faithful. Just as Ruth firmly declared her choice to follow Naomi, we must firmly declare our choice to follow God.

James 1:12 NKJV

“Blessed is the man who endures temptations; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

IV. Devoted

Devotion means deep, steady affection; loyalty; faithfulness; the act of being devoted or devout.

Devote means set apart for some person or purpose; give up. It emphasizes giving up seriously to a single purpose, shutting out everything else.

When we are wild about God it will show in our devotion to Him. Devotion to God involves all aspects of our life, wherever we are and whatever we’re doing- in public or in private. God desires for us to be single-minded. If we are double-minded we will be unstable, even in our devotion to God.

James 1:8 NKJV

“He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

Anything can take our attention away from God, both good and bad things. Good activities, including church programs, schedules, and campaigns, as well as bad circumstances, such as worry, fear, sickness and tragedy, can distract us from God. Anything that we allow to crowd out our time with God separates us from intimacy with Him.

How we spend our time gives us a good idea of what things are the most important to us.

Matthew 6:19-21

“Lay not up for yourself treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

These verses tell us not to store up treasure on earth, but to store up treasure in heaven. It tells us that where our treasures are there our hearts will be also.

We must not let ourselves become distracted by things or people in our love and devotion to God.

Anna is an example of a person that was devoted to God and to ministering to Him. She was an elderly prophetess, maybe around 106 years old. She lived in Jerusalem. Anna was married for seven years when her husband died.

The Bible tells us that Anna stayed in the temple day and night worshipping God. She spent all her time praying and fasting. She spent her time ministering to God.

Luke 2:36-37 NKJV

“Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.”

Anna was in the temple when Joseph and Mary brought baby Jesus to present to the Lord. When she saw Jesus, she immediately gave thanks to God. She physically saw what God had already shown her in the spirit.

The dictionary tells us that devotion means having a strong attachment or attraction to a person or cause. To be devoted is to be dedicated, to be completely applied to some activity, purpose, or person. To have devotion to someone or something means you won’t allow anything to distract you from doing what needs to be done.

Anna was devoted to worshiping God. She had a strong affection for God, and completely dedicated her whole life to ministering to Him through prayer and worship. She didn’t let anything distract her from her purpose. Her purpose was worshiping God and she knew it. Fulfilling her purpose brought great joy and blessings to her. God showed Anna His secret, who the Redeemer was, because of her intimate relationship with Him.

Luke 2:38 NKJV

“And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”

First and most importantly we should be devoted to God. Nothing should ever distract us. We should be devoted to knowing Him, obeying Him. and to living a life that is pleasing to Him. We should not be lukewarm concerning our devotion to God and to the things of God. To “know” someone describes an intimate relationship that includes our emotions, enthusiasm, eagerness, zeal, passion, love, desires, unity, agreement, and harmony.

Jeremiah 24:7 NKJV

“Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”

We must talk to God, learn about Him, and listen to Him. We must allow Him to pour His love into us and change us. When you love someone, you want to spend time with that person. Jesus loves us and wants to spend time with us. We are His bride. He enjoys our company! Jesus wants us to feel the same about Him. He wants us to love Him so much that we want to spend time with Him.

God demands obedience. We must be devoted to obeying God. Sincerity and obedience are prerequisites for worship that pleases God. He desires that everyone have an intimate relationship with Him, but you cannot if there is disobedience or sin in your life. To truly know God intimately you

must first make sure that there isn’t any unconfused sin standing between the two of you.

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

You cannot be devoted to obeying God unless you allow Him to take your heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 11:19-21 NKJV

“’Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,

that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord God.”

Each one of us should be devoted to living a life that is pleasing to God. A life that reflects Jesus Christ. When we spend time with God, He can change us. He makes us more like Him. When we draw close to Him, He comes into our lives, our thoughts and our hearts. The more time we spend in God’s presence, the more we will reflect Jesus. We should not be halfhearted in our love and devotion to God.

Revelation 3:16 NKJV

“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

God desires to shower us with His incredible love and to reveal Himself to us. God wants us to delight in Him, to be devoted to Him, and to desire to be in His presence.

Psalm 27:4 NKJV

“One thing I have desired of the Lord,

That will I seek:

That I may dwell in the house of the Lord

All the days of my life,

To behold the beauty of the Lord,

And to inquire in His temple.”

Like Anna, during our times of intimacy with God, He will whisper secrets, mysteries and revelations into our ear. When we draw close to God, we begin to experience peace and joy that we can’t find anywhere else. When we fill ourselves up with God’s purpose, to worship Him, our souls will find a special delight.

Dear Father,

Help my life to show that I am truly “W.I.L.D.” about You. May my words be wholesome, let me be a person of integrity, and cause me to be loyal and devoted to You.

By the power of the Holy Spirit may my conduct be holy and my character and conduct be above reproach, even when I am surrounded by ungodly people.

Let my life be a powerful witness to everyone around me. May my integrity cause others to recognize that You are the one True God.

In my Christian walk may I show loyalty and faithfulness to You in my thoughts, words, and actions.

May my devotion to You show in all aspects of my life, wherever I am and whatever I’m doing- in public or in private.

Don’t allow me to become distracted by things or people in my love and devotion to You. Holy Spirit, cause me to be devoted to knowing God, obeying Him. and to living a life that is pleasing to Him. Don’t allow me to become lukewarm concerning my devotion to God and to the things of God.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.