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The Gift of the Word of Wisdom

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“Every gift works according to the Holy Spirit, not our spirit. We’re not working or manipulating the spiritual gifts, but we allow the Holy Spirit to manifest them through us by making ourselves available and receptive to His unction. However, if people have wrongly judged these gifts, as no longer in operation today or are in complete ignorance of them, they’ll not work through them. God works through willing vessels. We have to be careful because sometimes we may want to operate in a certain gift but the Holy Spirit does not want us to, therefore, we must always yield to His desires. In other words to one person, ‘the word of wisdom’ may be given and to another person ‘the word of knowledge’, and to another person ‘the gift of faith’ and so on, but we don’t personally choose which gifts are going to manifest. The Holy Spirit divides these gifts between us as He wills, not as we will it. In fact there are some gifts people may operate in often and there are some gifts a person may never operate in, during their lifetime.” – Pastor Carl

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God speaks to us today

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“It’s crucial that you know God speaks to you today and not only that, but He strongly desires and yearns for this communication. Now religious people will fight me tooth and nail on this, but by the end of this broadcast you will know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Lord still speaks today. In fact He actually craves for a time of fellowship with you, daily. Let me start out by clarifying that God sees you as a unique individual and thinks about you often. Do I have proof of this? I sure do. Check out Psalm 139:7-18, 17How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. God clearly wants to communicate with you as this scripture attests. His thoughts towards you are almost countless and He loves you so much!” – Pastor Carl

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The Names of God

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“Within this theme of ‘names,’ there are the names of God in English, the Hebrew names of God, then there’s about 33 names for the Holy Spirit in scripture, and finally for Christ alone, there are 117 names for Him also! The subject of names is very extensive and one broadcast isn’t enough to cover it all! I will certainly discuss all these other names at another time, so stay tuned but today we’ll focus directly upon the names of ‘God the Father.’ Now, we no longer hold names in high esteem as humanity once did in times of antiquity. ‘Back in the day,’ a name really meant something. You were granted a name by your parents because in Biblical times, it was arguably a prophetic expression of what the child would become or achieve in his lifetime. In the past, names also identified the character or nature of the person.” – Pastor Carl

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The Fear of the Lord

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“Let me ask you; is it a good thing to have a ‘fear of the Lord?’…Well the term, ‘fear of the Lord’ is mentioned 30 times in scripture and the vast majority of occurrences are in the Old Testament. But there are however, well over one hundred references to the fear of God in a positive sense. Now what does it really mean to have a “fear of God” or a “fear of the Lord?” Well the word ‘fear’ in Hebrew is usually either pa-khad or yir-ah. Pa-khad means ‘terror’, ‘dread’ or the literal emotion of fear that one experiences in dangerous situations. The other Hebrew term for ‘fear’ is yir-ah and in contrast means ‘piety’, ‘a state of reverence’, ‘worship’ or ‘awesomeness.’ So which one of these definitions best describes the reverential fear we should harbor for our Father in Heaven? The answer is both.” – Pastor Carl

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Why should I read the bible?

readbibleThe bible is the living word of God. Many people want to know more about God, but have not taken the time to pick up the book that was written for them by the Holy Spirit. The bible contains direction for every situation that can occur in this life. 2 Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” We like to call it our day-to-day road map.
 
For a believer, reading the bible is like having an ever-ready GPS to help you through the most difficult situations life brings. In the bible, you can find passages on topics such as healing and hope to ways to overcome difficult situations and how to find God’s plan for your future. Reading the bible is the true way to tap into all the kingdom has for you before and after you have received Christ. Consistent study is a great way to learn and grow as a believer, but also to keep the flesh in check and to make conscientious decisions.

 

Find the time to read: today!

Even as a long-time believer, it may be difficult to “find time” to read the bible or spare thirty minutes in your hectic schedule to study. Please do not accept that excuse! We have to make time for such an important part of our day. Having the instructions handy is a key function of success in any area of life. During a standard day, we each make decisions that impact our lives for days, weeks, months or even years. It’s much easier to be in tune with God’s perfect direction and perfect will when we focus on what he’s already shared with us in the Holy Bible.
 
The reason finding time to read every day is difficult is because it is so important to you and your future! Satan is the father of confusion, and if he can keep you away from the word of God, he can deceive you in your life. His power is in deception and ignorance, so don’t allow a lack of time prevent you from knowing and growing in the sound knowledge of God.

 

Is your foundation on the rock or on sinking sand?

In Matthew 7:24-27, there is a great story about a man that builds his house on a solid rock and another man that builds his house on sinking sand. The winds and storms of this life came and beat against both houses. The same issues, the same problems, and the same troubles came to the house of both men, but because the solid rock created such a strong foundation, the first man’s house sustained and thrived in the storm. The second man did not fare as well as the first because his house was not on the firm foundation. His house fell. This is a great representation of the importance of hearing and studying the word of God and applying it to our daily life.
 
Jesus said in Matthew 7:24 that anyone who hears the word of God and applies it is a wise man that builds his house on the rock. Once you have the truth about a situation in your heart, you can apply it. Don’t allow your house to fall by being negligent in study. Devote time to the word and you will find greater peace and wisdom in your spirit to tackle whatever comes up in this life; you will literally be standing on the word of God.
 
Do not let busyness dissuade you from studying what God has promised for you and your life in the bible.

 

How do I study?

Some individuals have difficulty understanding the word of God. The answer to this problem is simple: ask the Holy Spirit for guidance as you read and He will assist you in learning. And remember, as you study a specific topic such as faith or wisdom, it is important to find several scriptures on that subject to base your belief system on rather than just one. This will prevent confusion in your study and allow you to see the full breadth of what God says on the area in question. A great resource is a simple one-year bible plan to help stay on track in your reading.  
Many bibles have such a plan at the end of the book, but there are a wide variety of options online. One of our favorites is One Year Bible Online. Do you have a resource you use that we haven’t listed? Share with us below!

 

Want to learn more about the divine inspiration of the bible? Check out our study guide on the Holy Bible.