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muscari-562110_1280 field_We Fight our Battles Through FaithIt’s important that we do not lose hope no matter what we go through.

Reading is the way out of ignorance, and the road to achievement. Our mind needs nourishment, for it is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited (Puitarch). We must learn everything we can but be bold enough to think for ourselves. When we give our best selves and think for our selves we end up taking risks. When we have done our best, we also have to learn that we still need to rely on God. Our best-no matter how good-is incomplete if we leave God out of the picture. Negativeness is always lurking around waiting to take over. If we allow ourselves to dwell on negatives, on hurts, on mistreatments, we will be negative thinkers. To make the most out of life, all of us need to stop, think and analyze, and use the talents God has given us. People will always try to break us and tear us down. Therefore, it is important to remember that no one can make us feel inferior without our permission (Eleanor Roosevelt). Our place of abode, country our ethnicity will only hold us back if we let them. For it is not where we have come from but where we are going that counts. If we observe and reflect and commit ourselves to giving our best, we will come out on top.

Francis Bacon reminds us that knowledge is power. It enriches life itself and makes us better people. It broadens our grasp of the world around us, for it is the key that unlocks all doors. Our brain is the center of and for information. It works most effectively with consciously retained information. If we make every attempt to increase our knowledge in order to use it for human good, it will make a difference in us and in our world. Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant, and interesting (Aldous Huxley). Reading activates and exercises the mind. It pushes us to use our imagination and make us more creatively inclined. If we develop in-depth knowledge, it will enable us to give our best to others and help to make a better world. It does not matter where we come from or what we look like. If we recognize our abilities, are willing to learn and to use what we know in helping others, we will always have a place in the world. God created us, loves us, and wants to help us to realize our potential so that we can be useful to others. When we rely on our relationship with God, it also makes us more capable individuals. We should do our best and let God do the rest. If we acknowledge our need for God, he will help us. We do not have to be victims of circumstance. If we give our best we cannot lose. We are still able to grow as long as we are alive. If we want a successful life-a life of inner peace and of contentment-we have to work for it. God expects us to do our best at everything. By thinking big we can transform our world.

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The ascent and descent of Saul, from the tribe of Benjamin

The leadership of Samuel proved essential in preserving, protecting and defending the land of the Israelites. Samuel served foremost as the prophet and interpreter of the will of God. He had battled the Philistines and had occupied the seat of judgment, settling disputes among the people. The Bible says that God spoke to Samuel, telling the prophet that he was being rejected by the Israelites in similar fashion to their rejection of the Almighty after their delivery from bondage in Egypt. Samuel was instructed to warn the tribes of what would happen during the reign of an earthly king. God instructed Samuel to give the people a king. His choice was Saul, who is described as an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites, and who stood a head taller than any other man. Saul was a son of the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest of the Israelite tribes but also one with battle experience. With Saul as king, some of the internal quarreling among the larger tribes might be quelled. Only a month after becoming the first king of Israel, Saul received a call to action. For a brief period, Saul had returned to a life of farming at Gibeah. Upon his return from the field one day, he was confronted with a messenger from Jabesh-Gilead bearing news of the horrific ultimatum. Saul took action chopping a pair of oxen into pieces and dispersing them by messenger across Israel, decreeing:’This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone who does not follow Saul and Samuel’ (1 Samuel 11:7).

Saul marched his formidable force, aligned in three divisions, to meet the enemy. He attacked under cover of darkness, neutralizing any advantage of superior arms that the Ammonites might have Saul’s troops fell upon the Ammonite camp and wrecked havoc, killing until the sun was fully risen in the sky. The raising of the siege of Jabesh-Gilead brought Saul tremendous prestige, and at Gilgal all of Israel affirmed his position as their sovereign. However, even as he rejoiced in the victory, the newly embolden king made preparations to eject the Philistines from his country. For both offensive and defensive reasons, he established a small standing army, numbering only 3000, with 1000 soldiers under his son, Jonathan, at Gibeah, and the other 2000 with Saul at Michmash and in the neighbouring hills around Bethel in the territory of Benjamin. Jonathan, the eldest of Saul’s sons, struck the Philistine outpost at Geba, which the interlopers had garrisoned to maintain control of the Israelites in the vicinity and killed the Philistine governor. This was followed by Saul’s anouncement of the action and a rallying cry to the Israelites to join him at Gilgal; ‘Let the Hebrews hear!’ So all Israel heard the news: ‘Saul has attacked the Philistine outpost, and now Israel has become a stench to the Philistine!(1 Samuel 12:2-4).

The ability of both Samuel and Saul to arouse the religious fervour of the Israelites and spur them to military action played an important role in their subsequent efforts to rid the land of the Philistines. Saul had relocated his force to Geba, which Jonathan had previously occupied. Saul, his force now dwindles to a mere 600 soldiers, had also raised the ire of Samuel, who had instructed him to wait seven days for the prophets arrival at Gilgal. The Bible relates that Saul was disturbed by the desertions and chose not to wait for Samuel, taking it upon himself to offer a burnt sacrifice to God. Samuel chastised Saul for his lack of faith, pronouncing that Saul’s kingdom would not endure. Meanwhile, the Philistines, probably aware of the disagreement between Samuel and Saul and of the mass desertions that had occurred among the Israelites, sent three strong raiding parties against Ophrah, Beth-Horon and the valley of Zeboim along the rim of the Judean desert. With the Philistines now in control of the pass of Michmash, and their destructive forays laying waste tot he surrounding towns and villages, Saul marched his small army to Migron. On the day of the battle of Michmash, it is said that only Saul and Jonathan were armed with a spear or sword. With Saul and the Israelite army in the most precarious of situations, it was Jonathan who seized the moment. When Saul’s lookouts observed what was happening, the king ordered his meagre forces to assemble and discovered that Jonathan and his armour bearer were missing. The Israelites executed a frontal assault against the disorganized Philistines, and in the melee many Hebrews who had been with the Philistines changed sides, joining Saul’s force.

Villagers who had fled the raiding parties and deserters from the ranks of Saul’s army were now heartened enough to harass the Philistine withdrawal for miles. Saul had ordered his army to fast on the day of battle, possibly to prevent his soldiers from pausing in the pursuit of a beaten enemy and to maximize casualties. Jonathan, ironically, did not hear the command, and Saul ordered the hero of the battle, his own son, put to death. Only the outcry of the soldiers and the possibility of a mutiny saved Jonathan’s life that day. Saul had been vexed by both God’s silence when he had asked for direction in continuing the battle against the fleeing enemy, and by Jonathan’s impetuous act-even though the result was a victory. Saul, the Bible says, was later victorious against the enemies of Israel on every side. During one confrontation, the famed single combat of David and Goliath took place. During the ensuing years, Saul would fall into disfavour with God, and become a rival of David, the future king of Israel. Ultimately, he perished, along with Jonathan, at the battle of Mount Gilboa.

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Genesis stories: A look at Jacob and his family

People will run from one well to another until Christ gives them the spring water springing from the rock which is himself. People become responsible when they realize that they are accountable to others and must answer for their actions. Even if we interiorize our search for God, we are sinful people who cannot find his inner presence without being called by him. The only bridge between God and humankind is Christ: Son of God become man, both God and human.

All of us are impressed by dreams and we try to interpret them. Psychologists may use dreams to discover significant experiences or wounds suffered in the past. Dreams may also indicate and express premonitions and intuitions. The Bible shows us God or his angels using dreams to communicate with us. When God intervenes through a dream, we know it by its consequences. We also know that the spirit of darkness can disguise himself as an angel. When, in our days, large segments of humankind tend to lead their lives according to dreams, it has little to do with faith.

Stories found in Genesis are a window into how crooked, jealous and deceitful humankind has been since the beginning of history. Take for instance the story of Jacob and his wives. Jacob had two wives: Leah and Rachel. Leah was given to him in deceit. He married both, but he loved Rachel more. With his wives came maidservants: Zilpah for Leah and Bilhah for Rachel. Rachel was barren and Leah was not, and a competition ensued between the two to give Jacob children. They even gave their maidservants to Jacob to sleep with and both also had children for him. The four ladies produced a total of twelve children for Jacob, popularly called the twelve tribes of Israel.

The names of Jacob’s children are as follows: Reuben meaning He saw my humiliation; Simeon meaning he heard; Levi meaning he will be attached; Judah meaning I will celebrate Yahweh; Dan meaning he has given me justice; Naphtali meaning I have fought; Gad meaning happiness has come; Asher meaning for my delight; Issachar meaning he made a wager; Zebulun meaning he has given me a beautiful gift; Joseph meaning he has added and Benjamin meaning the son of my right.

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Bible study: Abraham our founding father in faith
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God is always expressing self through works, and creation continues to live and exist in God. Worldwide conflicts may turn as black quickly from our dreams into a reality which is not very pretty. Creation was God’s way of expressing the Godself. God calls whom he wants and gives to one person what he does not give to another. God gives more so that we produce more and so that everyone may benefit from it, but God gives definitely what he wants.

In our own day, economic necessity forces so many immigrants to leave their country without knowing where to go or how their lives will be affected. God is testing us, he knocks on our hearts to see what the echo will be: will we be able to let go of our own wisdom and enter into his plans. On account of sin, every person is born and lives as if he or she were in a foreign land. Our own reality is hidden from us as long as we are not rooted in God and in communion with him. Our religions and ideologies, products of our culture, do not permit us to go beyond the limits of a world we make to suit ourselves. To become aware of our vocation we need God’s call and we need to be willing to get out of this vicious circle. Faith will never occur without separation which is why God foresaw it in each one’s life: leaving our parent’s house, beginning to work, getting married. Faith prepares us to face even more painful separations that will place us entirely at the service of God. As believers, we can never think that we have arrived. Until the end of our lives, we are pilgrims, drawn by an ideal never quite reached and always attentive to God’s signs to see where God is waiting for us. God is patient.

Those whom God calls are never isolated because they always meet other friends of God. God loves all women and men, and wants to save all even when they do not know him. If you remain conscious that God calls you to be a free person and one who free others, he will give you the opportunity to do it. When God makes us his friends he gives us responsibility for the world. Just as with friendship between people, friendship with God means sharing everything.

God saves his best gifts for those who remain faithful during times when he takes all hope away from them. We know without doubt that God approves our dedication to a particular task if on some occasion we have shown that we are willing to let go even of that task, if God wills it so. God guides those who seek to do his will, above all when they choose to marry; he will enable them to meet the person best suited to help them realize this desire. How many lost opportunities in our own life: stupid things in life have bewitched us and caused us to miss what alone is worth keeping.

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Human sexuality: developing a sense of self
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Some people know their interests early on, and others must search for a longer time.

Most diseases can cause irreversible damage if untreated.

Knowing yourself is crucial for developing satisfying relationships with others, choosing a career, and accepting and enjoying the person you really are.

The way you see yourself is your self-concept. A person who has a realistic self-concept is aware of his or her strengths and weaknesses. Closely linked to your self-concept is your self-esteem. Self-esteem refers to the amount of confidence you have in yourself and to the satisfaction you feel about yourself.

Your family has a great influence on your personality.

The way others see you and your responses to their opinions also affect your self-concept and self-esteem. The more unsure of yourself you are, the more other people’s opinions affect you. Criticism should cause you to examine your reasons for acting and your basic beliefs.

Hormones are chemicals produced by your body.

Fatigue can greatly affect your emotions.

Part of learning who you are involves finding out what you truly value. Your values are those things that you consider worth while and worth pursuing. Your responses to your different activities can provide you with clues to your values. Once you determine your values, you can do more to live your life according to the things that are important to you.

When you are trying to discover your interests and values, it’s important to analyze what exactly it is you like about an activity.

You may try several hobbies, past times, and jobs before finding ones that suit you.

A realistic catalog of your strengths and weaknesses can also help you discover who you are-and who you can be. Your strengths can tell you much about yourself and your possibilities. Knowing your weaknesses can also help you learn about yourself.

Discovering who you are may involve exploring a number of roles.

When you need to make a decision, find a quiet time to sit down and list your choices.

Determining the issue is an important step in the decision-making process.

Steps in the decision-making process: no matter what kind of decision you need to make, there is a step-by-step process that can help you make a good choice. (1) Choose a convenient time, place, and situation in which to work, (2) determine the issue, (3) brainstorm possible solutions, (4) evaluate each possible solution by listing the pros and cons of each one, (5) choose the best possible solution, (6) decide on when and how to put the solution into effect, (7) evaluate the solution. A step-by-step decision-making process helps you choose a solution that is likely to work.

Each person is unique. A combination of heredity and experience determines each person’s characteristics. Experiences help determine a person’s self-concept and self-esteem. People with a realistic self-concept and high self-esteem can take criticism in stride. Making yourself aware of your good points and your successes can improve your self-esteem.

The changes that are taking place in your mind and body affect your feelings not only about yourself but also about other people.

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Christian strength comes with power and courage and use it to uplift others
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Turn to God for strength. He offers us all we need. Often, as obedient Christians, we make great efforts with our feeble spiritual muscles. But ultimately, our own strength always fails. When Christ’s spirit works through us, the Christian life flows smoothly; in his power we accomplish his purposes. Let Christ bear our burden. Only he has the might we need in our lives.

When we rely on God’s strength, we tap into his mystery. Not some small pool of power that fails at a critical moment. The Christian’s strength is mighty, because God is mighty. He who created the universe does not have a short arm that cannot reach down to our situation. Shining stars testify to his authority. Galaxies in space are ordered by his hand. He can order our life too. Ask him to use his strength in our life, and we will have all we need.

Being a Christian can take lots of courage. As the world around us becomes increasingly hostile to God and our personal lives become tense because of our beliefs, we feel the challenge. But we are not defenseless. Christians through the ages have faced these troubles and triumphed. The Lord who supported them gives us strength, too. Let us stand fast for Jesus, calling on his spirit to strengthen our lives. Then we will be strong indeed.

So God has made us strong in some area-perhaps by experience, as we have struggled to obey him. Now we must respond to him. Don’t criticize those who have different experiences or other strengths, or carp about the failings of new, weak Christians. Instead, use our power to uplift others. Come alongside and help. Then God’s strength will have helped us both.

Sometimes we are unable to take on life. Paul knows how we feel. He didn’t see himself as the perfect apostle we often imagine he was. Knowing his own flaws and failures, Paul recognized the work Jesus did in him every day. God made his servant sufficient to his tasks. He’ll do it for us, too, as we walk in faith and seek his strength.

God promise success to Joshua if he obeyed his word. That promise works for us, too. But sometimes we may not feel that obeying God has brought us great prosperity. Just wait. It may take time, the success may not take the form we expect, or we may not see the results until we reach heaven, but God will prosper those who do his will. He promised it, and his promises never fail.

Faithfulness to God or success in the world, we may have to choose between them. Seeking the world’s goals brings short-term benefits, but only God provides abundant and on going blessings for those who put serving him first in our lives. Though worldly blessings last for a day, a year, or a few years, they cannot remain for eternity. When you consider success, think of the kind that really lasts.

God’s definition of success might be a profitable land that provides for it’s people and peace that provides a blessed life. Money and other possessions are important but not really necessary. But the peace of living in God flows freely to those who abide in him. We can call this success and apply it to our spiritual life.

It is not wrong to pray for success. The Bible connects success to God’s salvation. Prosperity or any other achievement means little when it’s separated from God’s will and our obedience to him. When we ask to attain something; we need to also seek God’s saving grace in that part of our life. Then, we’ll have real success-spiritual and temporal blessings.

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Physics: Brief summary on measurement

Until the end of the eighteenth century, the study of material things was treated as a single aspect of human thought and called natural philosophy.

All measurements in Physics, even of such things as electrical current, are related to the three chosen fundamental quantities of length, mass and time. In 1960, the general conference of weights and measures recommended that everyone should use a metric system of measurement called the international system of units. The SI units are derived from the earlier MKS system, so called because its first three basic units are the metre, the kilogram, and the second.

The SI unit of length is the metre, originally defined as the distance, at 0 Celsius, between two lines on a platinum-iridium bar kept at the international office of weights and measures at Sevres near Paris. In 1983 the general conference of weights and measures redefined the metre as the length of the path travelled by light in a vacuum during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second. For most practical purposes we still have to use metal standards which are checked by an interference comparator and this uses the wavelength of light. Various other metric units of length are related to the metre by either multiples of submultiples of 10. Thus, 1 kilometre=1000 metres, 1 metre=100 centimetres, 1 centimetre=10 millimetres. Very small lengths are measured in micrometres and nanometres, 1 metre=1 000 000 micrometre or 1 000 000 000 nanometre.

For measuring the diameter of a piece of wire and similar small distances, a micrometer screw gauge is used.

The mass of a body is the quantity of matter it contains, and the basic SI unit of mass is the kilogram. The standard kilogram is the mass of a certain cylindrical piece of platinum-iridium alloy kept at Sevres. Its various multiples and submultiples are: 1 tonne=1000 kilogram, 1 kilogram=1000 grams, 1 gram=1000 milligrams, and 1 gram=1 000 000 micrograms. The weight of a body is the force it exerts on anything which freely supports it and normally, it exerts this force owing to the fact that it is itself being attracted towards the earth by the force of gravity. The unit of weight which is a force is the newton. An important distinction between mass and weight is that the mass of a body does not depend on where the body happens to be, whereas the weight of a body can vary from place to place.

The volume of a liquid is measured in litres. The litre is 1000 cubic centimetres and, when the standard platinum-iridium kilogram was constricted in 1889, it was intended to be the mass of 1 litre of pure water at the temperature of its maximum density, 4 degrees Celsius. The litre was then officially defined as the volume of 1 kilogram of pure water at 4 degree Celsius. 1 Litre=1000.028 centimetre cube. At the time it was decided to leave the matter as it stood and to divide the litre in 1000 equal parts called millilitres so that, 1 cubic centimetre= 0.999 972 ml. In 1964, the general conference of weights and measures redefined the litre as equal to 1000 cubic centimetre. This means that the litre is, by its new definition, related directly to the metre and not the kilogram. The measuring cylinder is for measuring flask and the pipette for getting fixed pre-determined volumes. The burette delivers any required volume up to its total capacity, usually 50 cubic centimetre, and is long and thin to increase its sensitivity. Burette divisions generally represent 0.1 cubic centimetre, but measuring cylinders may be graduated at 1, 5 or 10 cubic centimetre intervals according to size. Readings on all these instruments are always taken at the level of the bottom of the meniscus or curved surface of the liquid. Mercury is an exception, as its meniscus curves downwards. Care should betaken to place the eye correctly so as to avoid parallax errors. When taking readings, the pipette and burette must be upright and the cylinder and flask must stand on a horizontal bench, otherwise errors may arise from titling.

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Witnessing is sharing love, kind words, turning from wrong, being compassionate and living out forgiveness
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God means you to be a light set where the world can see it clearly-not a hidden flame behind closed doors, with curtains drawn. Being a light isn’t always easy-people see everything you do, and they don’t always like it. Don’t let the critics stop you. Your works were ordained to glorify God, not to make people comfortable. Be you and shine today.

Many of us have a hard time sharing our faith. So when we hear Paul’s encouragement to Philemon, our hearts lift, knowing we aren’t the only ones who struggle. The challenge of witnessing to others is worth it. The salvation of others and our own appreciation of our Lord is reason to share his love.

Your words are a vital part of your witness. Speak to an unbeliever ungraciously, and chances are good that she will never forget it. But study and grow in the word; then speak wisely and generously to others, and God can use your words to win them to his kingdom. People respond well to kindness and flavourful speech. Use your words as witness of God today.

No condemnation. What a wonderful thought for sinners. Forgiven, we know the comfort of having heaven as our ultimate destination. No argument okays sin. The joy of our freedom must lead us to turn from all wrong. Our Lord gives the strength to grow in him.

Tit-for-tat retribution for evil is not a principle of our compassionate God. We understand this if we’ve received his undeserved salvation. With such a gift, God has opened our hearts to treating our enemies as he has treated us. If we refuse to count up each wrong and repay it with harshness, lost souls may understand God’s compassionate salvation. By doing right, even when we receive wrong in return, we become powerful witnesses.

Because all christians are forgiven sinners, not perfect people, the need for forgiveness does not stop at the church door. So Paul calls us to live out compassion not only to the world but within our congregations, as well. As we set aside anger and other harsh attitudes, we live out the forgiveness all believers have received. This is a better way to share his love.

In the workplace, meekness isn’t often seen as a positive thing. “Looking out for number one” is the theory of many who tout assertiveness as the way to get the most out of life. But God doesn’t say that ultimately, those who follow him faithfully and show their belief to the world will not be the “nice guys” who “finish last,” but the inheritors of this earth. God has mapped out a plot of earth for you.

You do not really work for your boss. Yes, you report to the one whom your company hired in that position, but ultimately, you do everything for God, not a man or woman. So even if your boss isn’t great to work for, remind yourself that you are accountable to Jesus. No matter who has the position above yours, your Lord is always in charge of your future.

Whether we work at a computer or on a factory production line, those of us who work with our hands shouldn’t feel unimportant. Manual labour is serious business in God’s sight. Christians who quietly, faithfully go about their business day by day make an important contribution, bearing God’s message to a wide range of people. What a testimony our lives become when we live our best selves.

Let your work be effective. Don’t make sure the boss knows every good thing you do. Seek God’s favour, and he will see to it that your work really gets the job done, whether you’re caring for a child, arguing a legal case, or waiting on a customer. Our Lord makes his people productive for him as they serve others in his name.

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God is concerned with our hopes and joys which lead us straight to heaven

Facing trials can cause us joy, though its hard to imagine. But God calls us to joy when unbelievers persecute us because of our faith or when our situation is merely difficult. It is a joy to him that we have stood firm in faith, and he calls us to share his delight. That doesn’t mean we seek out trials but that we face the situation hand in hand with God. In trials, our spiritual strength increases.

The trouble you face here on earth will seem small in heaven. No pain from this life will impede you there. Blessing for faithful service to God will replace each heritage that discourages you today. When trials and troubles beset you, cook ahead to heaven. Jesus promises you an eternal reward if you keep your eyes on him.

Trials have a purpose in our lives. As a smith heats up Gold to purify it, God heats up our lives to make spiritual impurities rise to the surface. If we cooperate with him, sin is skimmed off our lives, purifying our faith. Cleansed lives bring glory to God and joy to us. If a trial lies before you today, envision the joy ahead.

Despite his deep troubles, as Jeremiah sorrowed over Judah’s exile, hope remained in his heart. Though he and his nation faced terrible trials, the prophet understood that God would still uphold them. God’s compassion never fails his hurting people. No matter how we struggle, we share the prophet’s hope. God alone comforts our hearts as we stumble along a rocky trail.

As God’s child, you have his ear 24/7, if only you will pray. Every need, trouble, or praise is his concern and not only will he hear about your trials, but he will deliver you from them. If you feel discouraged by your troubles, you need not stay that way. Just spend time with Jesus. His help is on the way.

You are wise. The Bible says so. You don’t need a lot of education or a certain IQ. Real wisdom is found in God. Simply obey your Lord’s commandments and make knowing him well your first priority. Seek after wisdom, and you will find it in him. As you daily search for truth in the word, your understanding grows.

To this world, God’s wisdom doesn’t look very wise. Anyone who denies Jesus is blind to the depth of insight God showed in sending his son to die for us and then raising him from the dead. But those who accept his sacrifice understand that God’s ways are greater than ours and his astuteness far outweighs our own. As his wisdom fills our once-foolish lives, we gains a new perspective on his perception.

Wisdom without humility isn’t wisdom at all. When we feel astute under our own power, we are actually in big trouble and are heading into foolishness. The truly wise person recognizes that all wisdom comes from God, not frail humans. As we tap into his mind and connect with his astuteness, we are wise indeed. No one is wiser than God.

The virtuous woman’s mouth speaks kindly wisdom. Hers is no sharp tongue that destroys relationships. As we seek to do God’s will, truthful yet caring speech must be ours. Wise words heal hurting hearts. If we have trouble knowing what words bring God’s healing, we need only to ask him to let his Spirit bring wisdom and kindness to our tongues. When we speak as his Spirit directs, we are wise indeed.

Listening to others who are wise brings us wisdom, too. Before we make serious choices, we need to seek the counsel of others. We recognize the wise ones as those who have experience and faith ad who have made decisions that blessed their lives can pass their wisdom on to us, too. There must be wise persons whom we can consult.

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Ask Jesus to protect you from temptation so you can lean on God’s greatness

No matter how powerful it seems, you need not give in to temptation. God always provides you with an escape hatch. When temptation pulls at you, turn your eyes to Jesus. Replace that tempting object with him, and you will not fall.

Jesus can help us when temptation strikes because he has walked a mile in our shoes. He knows how strongly sin attracts us but because he never fell prey to it. He can effectively show us how to resist even the strongest enticement. The biggest mistakes we make are not calling on him and not persistently seeking his powerful and when Satan repeatedly lures us into sin. Let us ask Jesus for help.

Sometimes we don’t feel freed from sin. Temptations draw us, even though we love Jesus. So his words here can be both comforting and challenging. The Jews wanted to trust in their spiritual history, not God. That plan didn’t work well for them, and it won’t work for us, either. We can’t reply on history or our past deeds to put sin behind us. What will work is leaning on Jesus everyday, trusting him to make us free indeed.

God does not draw us into temptation. He is holy, unable to tempt anyone into wrongdoing. The attraction to sin comes from within us, because our evil desires lead us toward sin. When we face situations that encourage our own wickedness, they are not designed by God to make us fall. Instead, they provide opportunities to turn to him and progressively turn away from iniquity. No evil within us is so great that God is not greater still.

If you are feeling surrounded by temptations know that God hasn’t forgotten you. He knows how to protect his children from harm and offers his wisdom to his children. Maybe you need to avoid places that could lead you into sin-that may mean taking an action such as finding a new job or new friends. When God is trying to protect you, don’t resist. Sin is never better than knowing him.

Psalm 136 reminds us to be thankful. It reminds us of the wonders of God’s power and his enduring love. The God who protected Israel watches over you, too. Even when there may be little in your life to rejoice about, you can always delight in him. Give thanks to God. He has not forgotten you-his love endures forever.

A believer thanks God for loving him and tearing him from the claws of original sin; a man of faith recognizes that God saves him everyday, whenever he is in trouble. God does this in your life, too. He is working on salvation in your life now and for that you need to offer him thanks.

Even in eternity, you will be thanking God. The appreciation of God’s mercy by his people never stops. Without his grace, we would be forever separated from him, lost in the cares of sin and a hellish existence. The bliss of heavenly eternity could not be our inheritance. Find the words to thank Jesus now and show him your love. Maybe it’s time to get started on your eternal appreciation of your Lord.

Strong christians are thankful christians. As we realize all Jesus has sacrificed for us and appreciate our ability to live the christian life on our own, we remember to praise our Saviour for his grace. Today, we can be rooted in Jesus, strong in our faith, and thankful to the one who has given us these blessings. Let’s overflow with appreciation.

We respond to thankfulness with our hearts. It is important to thank God. Because he will always be merciful to you whether you rejoice easily or hit the floor with a thud, if you have trusted in the Saviour, he still loves you. That is something wonderful to give thanks for.

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