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Wisdom Revealed Wisdom comes from immersing ourselves in the Word of God

Wisdom comes from immersing ourselves in the Word of God

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Bible, Daily Bread, Wisdom
Prepare
What are you doing to gain knowledge and understanding of the world around you? Take time to think about your view of the Word of God. What does it really reveal about successful living?

Read
Proverbs 2:1-22

Explore
I’ve always been drawn to knowledgeable people. Scientists, entrepreneurs, philosophers, political leaders – those who provoke thought and explore reason. They are intriguing to me, and the conversations are engrossing.

But as I have traveled the world, meeting many such individuals, I have never been more intrigued and blessed by the seemingly uneducated people (in the world’s eyes) who yet have a powerful understanding of the Bible. Their wisdom – as explained in this passage – goes beyond anything this world can ever fully give.

So what’s the secret of true wisdom? It lies in verse 1 – “Store up my commands within you.”

Knowledge of the word of God is foundational for living a fulfilling and truly successful life. The riches within the Bible are incredible, and they are for all! If only we were to turn our ear to wisdom and apply our hearts to understanding (v 2). We would find knowledge (v 5), victory (v 7), protection (v 8), understanding (v 9), discretion (v 11), safety (v 12-18), and righteousness (v 20). That’s a pretty good list!

Wisdom found in the word of God begins with the fear of the Lord. That is the rock. You build upon it through His words and His commands. And so as not to forget it, we MUST memorize and meditate on it daily. It is vital to our spiritual lives! God’s Word is a powerful tool, revealing wisdom and producing unimaginable, thrilling, even staggering results.

Respond
Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing your truth to me through your word. Help me to hide it in my heart, that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:11).

1 Corinthians 1:30 says, "It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption." 

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The Bible – Our Greatest Treasure

How God’s Word Transforms Us

Written by Dan Lee on 07/02/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Bible, God
I treasure your word above all else; it keeps me from sinning against you.

Psalm 119:11
The Bible is unlike any other book. It was written by 40 authors chosen by God, over a period of around 1,500 years. Yet, it displays remarkable unity and consistency.

For many years, most people did not even have the Bible in their own language (and even today, some don’t). So being able to read the Bible is a rare and priceless treasure.

So, what is the Bible about?
In the Old Testament, we see God creating the universe and putting mankind on the earth. We see the tragedy of Adam’s fall and the rise of the nation of Israel. We see Israel’s failure to faithfully follow God and accept how much they need a Redeemer.

In the Gospels and Acts, that Redeemer arrives – we see and hear what the Lord Jesus did here on earth and learn the way of salvation. The church is born and the gospel spreads.

In the Epistles, we receive clear instructions for living as Christ’s followers as part of His body.

In Revelation, we see how God will bring an end to history. We eagerly anticipate Jesus’ final redemption of His people and the beginning of a glorious eternity in God’s presence.

From beginning to end, the Bible is all about Jesus. As he said in Hebrews 10:7, “And so, my God, I have come to do what you want, as the Scriptures say.”

Knowing all this should make us excited to spend time reading the Bible. And we should not come to it casually as if it were a novel or a magazine. We approach God’s word with purpose, keeping these principles in mind:

1. Read it Regularly
Just as we need food every day to feed our physical bodies, reading the Bible every day is like food for our spiritual lives.

Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me.”

How do we live a fruitful life? By staying joined to Jesus. And we stay joined to Jesus through prayer, and by reading His word.

2. Read it for Obedience and Direction
We don’t read the Bible just to gain information, but much more! We read it to see how God is directing us to live. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp that gives light wherever I walk.”

We should have the attitude of young Samuel, when he was first called by God, “‘I’m listening,’ Samuel answered. ‘What do you want me to do?’” (1 Samuel 3:10).

When you read the Bible, look for promises to hold on to; commands to follow; and sins or attitudes to turn away from — all in the power of the Holy Spirit.

3. Remember what you read
It’s hard for us to remember everything we read. Just looking at something only one time does not usually make it stay on our mind.

So when you open the Bible, it’s good to have a notebook or a journal. When you see something important, or feel that God is telling you something, write it down. If you want to respond in prayer to God’s word, you can write that too.

Even if you don’t have a notebook, you can highlight or underline verses right in your Bible.

Any of these practices will make it easier for you go back and meditate on the things that God is showing you from His word.

Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “What God has said isn’t only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts.”

It is a great privilege to have God’s holy Word revealed to us, and to let it do its work in our lives. Even when it may be uncomfortable or even painful at times.

Pray this week:

Lord, I know that Your word is precious. By Your Holy Spirit’s power, help me to love Your word and to spend time in it regularly, so that You can do Your work in my heart, and glorify Yourself in my life.

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7 Tips For Motivating Your Team (Even When The Going Gets Tough)

“ When people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with, and prioritize their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.” 

Stephen Covey'

You can spend months defining your team’s core values, articulating your Mission and Vision, and fashioning a flexible, up-to-the-minute strategy — but your whole tower will crumble if your team members don’t feel motivated enough to execute rapidly and consistently.

If their collective attitude boils down to “Who cares?” then you’ve lost the game before you’ve even begun.

If that’s true, then who’s at fault?

Well, you can blame your team if you like. You can even punish them for being unmotivated — a dangerous form of self-sabotage that will most likely force you farther toward failure. Or you can decide to shoulder the responsibility and work to engage your team and rev their motivational engines.

 

7 Tips For Motivating Your Team (Even When The Going Gets Tough)

The Lowdown
“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” So said legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, who had plenty of experience with both commitment and motivation.

The son of a second-generation Italian-American butcher whose business prospered during the Great Depression, Lombardi grew up with daily exposure to the type of commitment required not just to survive but to thrive during hard times. He later earned a football scholarship to Fordham University, where he picked up the skills necessary to excel as a coach at West Point, and later with the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, and Washington Redskins.

What can you do to inspire your team to the Lombardi level of commitment? Start by showing them you believe in them; you are going to hold them to a higher standard, because you have confidence they can achieve it.

Try these tips, especially when the going gets tough:

 

1. Make sure everyone understands the big picture
If your team isn’t already familiar with the organization’s main goals, then lay them out in plain language.

Show them where they fit within the organizational structure, and why their work moves everyone toward those goals. Make them feel valued, so they’ll have reason to engage with and “own” their jobs.

2. Give them what they need
If team members lack the right tools or training, they may not feel capable of or confident about doing the tasks you’ve assigned them. Whether they need training, a new computer, a smartphone, or a better printer, make it happen, so they can move forward with confidence.

If they express a need for something to help them be more productive, and you fail to provide or approve it, they soon will stop coming to you with improvement ideas.

3. Plan carefully
Because long-term strategies rarely survive their first brushes with reality, you’ll need to collaborate with your team on how to best achieve them, because they probably know best. Review the plans and get everyone involved in how to proceed.

Give them active, important roles in building those plans, as well as controlling deadlines, scheduling, project management, and scope creep.

4. Establish performance goals
Provide reasonable objectives to shoot for, both as individuals and as a team, but make everyone stretch a little to reach them.

The goals can take the form of quotas, profit margins, commissions, projects completed early and under budget, or whatever else matters to your company or team.

5. Provide tracking metrics
Along the way, show them how they’re doing.

If the team realizes they’re they front-runners in a company-wide sales race, for example, they may work extra hard to stay there; or if they’re in second place, they may redouble their efforts to take first.

Consider it a report card for the team, one that may inspire them to kick it into high gear.

6. Be there for them
Lead from the front, ready to smooth the path and provide anything they need to in order to execute.

During a crunch time or crisis, roll up your sleeves, and work side-by-side with them until everything’s back to normal.

7. Celebrate successes
When something goes right, even something small, make sure your team knows you appreciate their efforts.

Public pats on the back are cheap, and in some cases, just as effective as cash. You can also provide treats for the break room, or take everyone to lunch when things go well.

 Flávio Rodrigues Vieira Flávio Rodrigues Vieira
Analista de negócios / Business Analyst • Mainland 3

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There’s only one God — and it’s not you!

The Idolatry of Control
There’s only one God — and it’s not you!

Written by Dan Lee on 27/09/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: God, Control, Sovereignty
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

Proverbs 16:9
We might not think of Control as an idol. Yet anything that we come to value more than God, is an idol. And as humans, we love to feel like we are in control of our own life, our destiny.

We believe we have control over our health, our job, our finances, and our relationships. However, that’s not the case. There is only one Sovereign, one Master of the Universe, and it is God, not us.

Here are just three important things that we cannot control ourselves, but God does:

1. How long we will live
We can take care of our bodies with proper diet and exercise. We’re told that this will allow us a long, healthy and full life.

But how long will we really live? That’s up to God. There are no guarantees no matter how hard we try.

Psalm 139:16 puts it plainly: “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

An accident or attack can end our life at any moment regardless of how careful and healthy we are.

Because of this, we can’t trust ourselves with our lives. Rather, we must put our trust in God, for He has each moment planned.

2. Our Success
There are countless articles here on the internet that explain how to gain success from business, schooling, and changing your mindset. But, does that mean that success is guaranteed if only we just work hard? Not necessarily.

“Look here, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.’ How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” James 4:13-14

Just think… sometimes a business opportunity promises success. Though you might make a lot of money, you could also lose all of it. Or as this verse says, you might not even be alive tomorrow! (Also see Luke 12:16-21.)

3. Other People’s Decisions
Just as we believe we can control our own success, we believe we can control other people’s decisions and opinions. But, can we really?

“As for my companion, he betrayed his friends; he broke his promises” (Psalm 55:20).

Even if we are loving and kind, those closest to us can disappoint or even betray us. Marriages, can result in infidelity, friends can break promise, and children often go astray, even when we parent them the best we know how. Other people are simply not under our control.

So, what does this all mean? Should we stop trying to care for our bodies, stop trying to make plans, or to stop building good relationships? No, the Bible tells us that these are all important (1 Corinthians 6:19; Luke 14:29).

It does mean that we seek God’s will above our own, and remember every day that His plans are the ones that will never fail! The more we submit to His will and His plans, the more we will experience His peace and joy — even when things don’t turn out the way we planned.

Pray this week:

Lord, forgive me for thinking I am in control of my destiny. Thank You that my life is in your entirely capable hands. Help me seek first Your Kingdom (Matthew 6:33) and trust you with my life.

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