Scripture: Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 9:23-24, MSG).
God’s Message: “Don’t let the wise brag of their wisdom. Don’t let heroes brag of their exploits. Don’t let the rich brag of their riches. If you brag, brag of this and this only: That you understand and know me. I’m God, and I act in loyal love. I do what’s right and set things right and fair, and delight in those who do the same things. These are my trademarks.” God’s Decree (Jeremiah 9:23-24, MSG).
Observation: God values and desires a personal intimate relationship with Him far above everything else. He delights in loving and holy character traits in His people. Wisdom, power and riches, though not necessarily bad things, they are of far less value to God than the value mankind would normally place on them.
Application: Relationships require communication, in this case prayer, and a good portion of communication should be listening. Relationships involve love and trust.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus I help me to know and understand you better. I choose to spend time with You in prayer. Help me to take the time to listen to You, and not to run off to the next thing that is demanding my attention. Help me to walk in a manner that is worthy of the relationship that You have chosen to have with me. I confess, that there are times, when that I have trouble loving and trusting You, please help and encourage me in these times. Thank You.
This article, Resting in Christ, explains the foundations of entering the rest of God. Primary focus is upon relationship and believing in the finished work of Christ.
Our Purpose, by Brian Trenhaile, MTh. Our purpose, both individually and collectively, is to be in fellowship with God. Our purpose also includes reaching out to others so that they too can be in fellowship with God.
Worked on the art side of the Scripture Jewels website (www.scripturejewels.com). Put scriptures on scenary photographs and linked them back to the source constributing the pictures (www.digital-picture-gallery.com). It looks a lot better now IMHO.
Meditating on Psalm 140:13 which says: "Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence." Then thinking that Christ gave me His righteousness and sanctification (holiness, see I Cor. 1:30) so because of Christ I dwell in God’s presence. That’s also what Romans 5:1, 2 says "Therefore, being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ by whom also we have access into this grace wherein we stand.”
Wiseco Development Corporation Inc. is wrapping up on the finishing touches for a house in Kahaluu, Oahu, Hawaii. The house is a masterpiece. Tim Wisenberg is a maestro of home construction, everything is so pristine. Here are some examples of the kitchen in this house.
I just uploaded a new website, it is located at: www.scripturejewels.com. The Bible is full of many wonderful truths, maxims and stories. This site is intended to bring out the gems, jewels and nuggets present in the Holy Bible. Special emphasis is on encouragement of the believers and practical application of the Word of God so that God can be experienced on a personal level and not just intellectually. Feel free to make comments on topics you are interested in or suggestions for improvement to the website.