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September 3rd, 2015

Feast on the Word of God

“And he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.’ So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. And he said to me, ‘Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.’ Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey. And he said to me, ‘Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with my words to them.’” Ezekiel 3:1-4 (ESV)

After receiving one of the most glorious visions ever recorded in scripture, Ezekiel now receives his calling. The Lord speaks over him a prophetic mission to go to the rebellious house of Israel and call them to repentance. Within this prophetic calling, the Lord also delivers Ezekiel a promise that the words he speaks will not be his own; rather through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Ezekiel will proclaim “thus says the Lord.” The Lord so passionately wants Ezekiel to recognize the importance of proclaiming His word that He calls him in the vision to actually eat the scroll before him containing His written words. Ezekiel must feast on the word of God before he can adequately proclaim the word of God.

Ezekiel’s preparation, while not as dramatic, is an example for us today. We too have been called to proclaim repentance to a rebellious household, but in order to proclaim faithfully we must first have an intimate knowledge of God’s truth. Otherwise, what would we proclaim? Human wisdom or intuition? Opinions of men based on experience? The words of man cannot help those in rebellion, but the words of God certainly can. Know the word of God and pursue truth. Then, having feasted on the word of the Lord, call others to join you at His bountiful table.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Ezekiel, Wisdom & Understanding, Word of God.
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August 28th, 2015

A Source of Wisdom

“Then all the commanders of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, came near and said to Jeremiah the prophet, ‘Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the LORD your God for us, for all this remnant–because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us–that the LORD your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.’ Jeremiah the prophet said to them, ‘I have heard you. Behold, I will pray to the LORD your God according to your request, and whatever the LORD answers you I will tell you. I will keep nothing back from you.’” Jeremiah 42:1-4 (ESV)

Do people within the sphere of your influence run to you in times of trouble for wisdom from the Lord because they know of how closely you walk with Him? Jeremiah was a man who walked closely with the Lord and the leadership of Judah knew it. In a moment of panic after the assassination of Gedaliah, the leadership runs to Jeremiah to have him intercede on their behalf. Jeremiah promises to pray for them and communicate whatever word the Lord gives him to them without reservation. Jeremiah was their connection to the Lord because of his faithfulness in every circumstance.

What about you? Are you known for your faithfulness to the Lord? Do those who are far from the Lord come to you for help and prayer? May we be a people so in-tuned with the Spirit of God that whenever those around us at work, school, or in our neighborhoods have trials and tribulations, they immediately come to us for wisdom and prayer. May the Spirit of God flow from us as we have sought Him continually in prayer and in His word. Become a place of hope for those in need as you radiate the fruit of the Spirit, having been transformed by the gospel.

And as a final thought today, thank the Lord for the Jeremiah’s in your life, whom you run to in times of distress to find wisdom and discernment from the Lord.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Discernment, Jeremiah, Wisdom & Understanding.
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September 3rd, 2012

Feast on the Word of God!

“And he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.’ So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. And he said to me, ‘Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.’ Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey. And he said to me, ‘Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with my words to them.’” Ezekiel 3:1-4 (ESV)

After receiving one of the most glorious visions ever recorded in scripture, Ezekiel now receives his calling. The Lord speaks over him a prophetic mission to go to the rebellious house of Israel and call them to repentance. Within this prophetic calling, the Lord also delivers Ezekiel a promise that the words he speaks will not be his own; rather through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Ezekiel will proclaim “thus says the Lord.” The Lord so passionately wants Ezekiel to recognize the importance of proclaiming His word that He calls him in the vision to actually eat the scroll before him containing His written words. Ezekiel must feast on the word of God before he can adequately proclaim the word of God.

Ezekiel’s preparation, while not as dramatic, is an example for us today. We too have been called to proclaim repentance to a rebellious household, but in order to proclaim faithfully we must first have an intimate knowledge of God’s truth. Otherwise, what would we proclaim? Human wisdom or intuition? Opinions of men based on experience? The words of man cannot help those in rebellion, but the words of God certainly can. Know the word of God and pursue truth. Then, having feasted on the word of the Lord, call others to join you at His bountiful table.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 239: Ezekiel 1-4)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, September 3rd, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Ezekiel, Wisdom & Understanding, Word of God.
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August 28th, 2012

A Source of Wisdom

“Then all the commanders of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, came near and said to Jeremiah the prophet, ‘Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the LORD your God for us, for all this remnant–because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us–that the LORD your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.’ Jeremiah the prophet said to them, ‘I have heard you. Behold, I will pray to the LORD your God according to your request, and whatever the LORD answers you I will tell you. I will keep nothing back from you.’” Jeremiah 42:1-4 (ESV)

Do people within the sphere of your influence run to you in times of trouble for wisdom from the Lord because they know of how closely you walk with Him? Jeremiah was a man who walked closely with the Lord and the leadership of Judah knew it. In a moment of panic after the assassination of Gedaliah, the leadership runs to Jeremiah to have him intercede on their behalf. Jeremiah promises to pray for them and communicate whatever word the Lord gives him to them without reservation. Jeremiah was their connection to the Lord because of his faithfulness in every circumstance.

What about you? Are you known for your faithfulness to the Lord? Do those who are far from the Lord come to you for help and prayer? May we be a people so in-tuned with the Spirit of God that whenever those around us at work, school, or in our neighborhoods have trials and tribulations, they immediately come to us for wisdom and prayer. May the Spirit of God flow from us as we have sought Him continually in prayer and in His word. Become a place of hope for those in need as you radiate the fruit of the Spirit, having been transformed by the gospel.

And as a final thought today, thank the Lord for the Jeremiah’s in your life, whom you run to in times of distress to find wisdom and discernment from the Lord.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 233:  Jeremiah 41-45)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Discernment, Jeremiah, Wisdom & Understanding.
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September 9th, 2009

Asking God

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Col 1:9 (NIV)

One of the most profound prayers you can pray for others is for them to know God and to do His will. Knowing and doing God’s will is the purpose of life. God has provided the way in Jesus for us to know God personally and to obey His will completely.

The knowledge of God’s will comes through spiritual wisdom and understanding. In his letter to the church at Corinth, Paul affirmed, “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14 NIV). Spiritual discernment comes from the Spirit of God living inside of you. At the moment of conversion, you were filled with the Holy Spirit. He lives in you to teach you and to remind you of the things Jesus did and said (John 14:26).

Pray that others might be saturated with the knowledge of God’s will. When you pray for others, ask God to give them spiritual wisdom and understanding. As they come to know God’s will they will have the opportunity to choose to obey God’s will. You will be involved in the process through the avenue of intercessory prayer. What a wise investment of your time! You can impact the lives of others through praying specifically for them to know and to do God’s will.

Are you in the center of God’s will? Have you asked God to fill you with the knowledge of His will? Are you willing to ask God for spiritual wisdom and understanding to know His will? Bring honor to God by obeying His will.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category God's Will, Prayer, Wisdom & Understanding.
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July 24th, 2008

The Good Life (3)

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17 (NIV)

Doing life God’s way involves obtaining and employing heavenly wisdom. What does that kind of wisdom look like? James has already explained the components of earthly wisdom in the previous three verses. We learned that earthly wisdom is characterized by selfishness while heavenly wisdom is characterized by selflessness. Selfishness is an expression of earthly wisdom. Selflessness is an expression of heavenly wisdom. Jesus, of course, is our model to follow.

  • “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Phil 2:3-4 (NIV)
  • “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross!” Phil 2:5-8 (NIV)

Heavenly wisdom becomes a practical expression in your daily living. As you do life God’s way, you will live a life of moral purity. You will be peace-loving, considerate of others, and submissive to God’s agenda. Heavenly wisdom will be evidenced through your lifestyle of mercy and good fruit, being impartial and sincere. What kind of wisdom are you exhibiting through your conversation and your conduct? Will others be drawn to Christ or repelled from Christ?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, July 24th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Good Life, Wisdom, Wisdom & Understanding.
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July 23rd, 2008

The Good Life (2)

“But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” James 3:14-16 (NIV)

James distinguishes between earthly wisdom and heavenly wisdom. Your conversation and your conduct will demonstrate the kind of wisdom you are operating from. The way you treat others will indicate the wisdom you draw from. The earthly wisdom that James identifies comes naturally. Heavenly wisdom is supernatural and is reserved for the child of God. However, it is possible for a believer to operate in the realm of earthly wisdom and neglect the wisdom from heaven.

The poison of envy and the toxin of selfish ambition are earthly, unspiritual, and of the devil. The good life that God calls us to is not rooted in earthly wisdom which is marked by selfishness. Earthly wisdom feeds the cravings of the sin nature. The gratification of the flesh is centered in earthly wisdom. The devil seeks to get people to resist heavenly wisdom and to settle for the vanity of envy and selfish ambition. Disorder and every evil practice are the byproduct of a self-centered life steeped in earthly wisdom.

Take personal inventory. What kind of wisdom are you drawing from? Does your life give evidence to the good life God has designed for you?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Good Life, Wisdom, Wisdom & Understanding.
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July 22nd, 2008

The Good Life (1)

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3:13 (NIV)

What does the good life look like? The good life is doing life God’s way. God has created you for His glory. You are here to fulfill God’s will. God has included you in His master plan. In order to do life God’s way, you will need God’s wisdom. Moses felt overwhelmed by God’s assignment to deliver the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. Notice what Moses requested of God.

  • “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” Ex 33:13 (NIV)
  • “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Prov 4:7 (NIV)

Wisdom is something that is given by God and is also something that you seek. What you will discover in your love relationship with God through the saving work of Jesus on the cross is that God invites you to participate with Him in doing life His way. Would others consider you wise and understanding? Have you demonstrated the good life by doing life God’s way?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Good Life, Wisdom, Wisdom & Understanding.
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