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Pray for 'wisdom from above'



'The wisdom from above is...peace loving.' James 3:17 NLT

Some people seem to thrive on conflict. They are always picking on others, arguing, disagreeing or trying to get something started. They fight just for the sport of it, not because they passionately believe in a particular cause. They are quick to jump in and expend their energy fighting other people's battles in which they have no stake. These people seem confident but they make poor decisions, so others learn to ignore them and not take them seriously. They need to 'always win' in order to feel good about themselves.

When it comes to your relationships with others, you need 'wisdom from above'. When you have it, you won't need to put everyone else on the mat just to show how strong or smart you are. True self-confidence, including confidence in your ability to make good decisions, comes from within. 'The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and...good deeds. It shows no favouritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness' (James 3:17-18 NLT).

When you operate according to these scriptural principles, you'll know whether or not a battle is worthy of your attention. If you keep your eyes on the prize that God has set before you, you'll realise that some things simply aren't worth your time and attention. As a result, you'll make better decisions about your life as well as your relationships.

Soulfood: 2 Ki 21-23 Mark 14:1-11 Ps 73:1-16 Pro 13:17-19,

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'Your Father's got you'



'No one can steal them out of my hand.' John 10:28 NCV

On a hot Florida afternoon, a little boy swimming in the lake behind his house didn't see the alligator that was following him. His father, who was gardening, saw it and yelled to his son to turn back. Too late! Just as the boy reached his dad, the alligator reached the boy. In an incredible tug-of-war the father grabbed his son's arms while the alligator snatched his legs. The alligator was determined, but the father was too passionate to let go. A farmer driving by heard the screaming, leaped from his truck, and shot the reptile. Remarkably, the boy survived, and after weeks in the hospital he was interviewed by the local paper. He showed the reporter the terrible scars on his legs, then with obvious pride he added, 'I've got great scars on my arms too because my dad held me and wouldn't let go!'

Jesus said, 'No one can steal [you]...out of my hand' (John 10:28 NCV). It's not that the enemy won't try. He'll make you think you're so far from God that there's no way home. He'll send others to attack you with discouragement and guilt. He'll tempt you to walk away from God. You may even make poor choices that leave you spiritually and emotionally scarred, but when you belong to God no one can have you! No circumstances can take you away from his love (see Romans 8:38). No consequence can steal you from the hand of your Father.

'Your Father's got you!' Let those powerful words of assurance give you peace.

Soulfood: 2 Ki 18:17-37 2 Ki 19 2 Ki 20:1-21 Mark 13:24-37 Ps 80:12-19 Pro 13:13-16,

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You'll get through this storm



'The storm was very bad, we all lost hope.' Acts 27:20 NCV

There are times in life when God seems distant. We pray but feel abandoned, at the mercy of our circumstances, afraid and hopeless.

Paul was no different. He'd longed for an opportunity to preach in Rome and was on his way there when a hurricane struck his ship, plunging everyone into despair. Paul had not only foreseen the loss of the vessel, its crew and cargo, but his 'own [life] also' (Acts 27:10 NIV). And his warning was disregarded by the captain, the pilot and the centurion in charge of him. Consequently, Paul and 276 fellow passengers were placed in a life-threatening crisis, and there was nothing he could do about it. Terrified, he and his companions declared, 'We finally gave up all hope of being saved' (Acts 27:20 NIV). After fourteen days at sea without sun or stars to guide them, and just when the hurricane was fiercest, God sent an angel to Paul. 'Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you' (Acts 27:24 NIV). They were cold, soaked and hungry when their ship finally ran aground on an island south of Italy. Every circumstance pointed to tragedy and the demise of Paul's dream of preaching in Rome. However, when the sun rose on the island of Malta next morning, it became clear that God had piloted them through the storm to the exact destination he had planned for them. And Paul ended up declaring God's Word before Caesar in Rome.

So take courage - you'll get through this storm!

Soulfood: 2 Ki 16:1-20 2 Ki 17 2 ki 18:1-16 Mark 13:12-23 Ps 80:1-11 Pro 13:11-12,

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