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Daily Bread: The Complacency of Fools Wisdom is available to everyone

Wisdom is available to everyone

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Daily Bread, Foolishness, Wisdom
Prepare
Would you know it if wisdom came knocking at your door? Take time to praise the Lord Jesus Christ for the sacrifice He made on the cross, making it possible to have wisdom and obtain forgiveness from our sinful ways.

Read
Proverbs 1:20-33

Explore
For more than 55 years I have taken the proverbs to heart. When I have wisely chosen to obey implicitly, amazing results have followed. When I have foolishly chosen to ignore clearly revealed divine principles, I have paid the price. I have played the fool.

But there is hope. Although this section of Proverbs is quite stark (just meditate on verses 26 and 27 for a while), the passage actually opens by saying there is wisdom available to all. A spirit filled follower of Jesus Christ can learn vital lessons by simply looking at life – by simply opening their eyes (v.20). Just by watching the world you can learn amazing things!

You must meditate on what you see, through God’s eyes. If you don’t – if you stick to your simple ways (v 22) and reject God when He calls (v 24) – there are serious consequences.

When we open our eyes to what God has before us, the promise is incredible. We can’t ignore it. After rebuking the complacent fool, God almost explodes with joy. “If you only listen – you will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm” (v 33).

Don’t try to change it. It says what it says. Now go live by it.

Respond
Lord, open my eyes that I might live in your safety. I don’t want to play the fool any longer.

Have you gone through a difficult situation and regretted not listening God?

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Being Thankful When Family Disappoints You

Why do we grumble and take for granted the people we love most?

Written by Joy on 06/12/2015
Series: Weekly Devotional
“Giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20

God knows we often grumble and complain so he reminds us throughout scripture to give thanks. When we focus on the things we lack, we can forget to appreciate what we have. God wants us to give thanks for everything! How can we be thankful for our spouse, children and parents when they don’t meet our expectations? Here are three reasons:

1.God is Good
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His faithful love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1).

When we give thanks we confirm God is good. It acknowledges we are placing our hope in a good God Who has given us these relationships for a purpose. Even if your spouse or children do not believe in Jesus Christ, (1 Corinthians 7:16), God may work through you to save them.

Even if you have a poor relationship with your parents, God will always be there for you—ready to show His unfailing love as your Heavenly Father. If your family has accepted Jesus Christ, then you can truly thank God that he promises to complete what he started. God can use our relationships to lead us to Him and strengthen our faith.

2. It is God’s Will for You
“Give thanks” is written as a command over and over in scripture. It is not a suggestion or a feeling. It takes a deliberate choice. “Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Paul sang praises and thanked God even while he was in prison. We too can give thanks “in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” who has given us salvation, eternal hope, and everything else good in our lives, including our family.

3. The Holy Spirit Fills Us
God never commands us to do something without giving us the power to do it. “…Understand what the Lord’s will is. …..be filled by the Spirit: speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making music from your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for everything to God …..” (Ephesians 5:17-20). The key is being filled with the Spirit! Ask God to help you give thanks and fill your heart with joy.

It’s easy to dwell on the annoying things our loved ones do instead of rejoicing over the blessing they are to us. Keep your thoughts focused on good things that are worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8) Say the words, “I’m so thankful for you.” Appreciation lightens the heart, (Psalm 138:1), and spreads to those around us bringing peace, love and unity. (Colossians 3:12-17)

Pray this week:

Lord, please fill me with joy and thanksgiving for my family. Open my eyes to the blessing they are in my life. I am choosing to thank you for the people around me.

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Here’s Why You Should Never Throw Away Your Banana Peels… Who Knew They Were So Healthy?

Bananas are one of nature’s greatest treats. Not only do they have a distinct, delicious flavour, they’re also packed with vitamins and minerals, including potassium and magnesium. They’re also a great source of fiber and they’re the go-to food for athletes who need a fast-acting carbohydrates to get a quick energy boost. Awesome!

But what about the peel? Sure, you can use them to decimate your opponents in a round of Mario Kart, but outside of video games, you probably don’t really think twice about them and you just throw them away. But as it turns out, chucking your banana peels is a huge mistake because they may actually be the best and healthiest part of the fruit! How is that possible? Well, check out these surprising ways that you can be using banana peels.
Believe it or not, you can actually eat raw banana peels. But before doing that, make sure you clean them thoroughly. Some people eat the peels just like that, while others choose to blend them with other fruits. But if raw isn’t really your thing, you can try boiling them for about 10 minutes before eating them. If the idea of eating the peel is still too much for you, consider scraping out as much of the insides as possible with the spoon and consuming this portion. Benefits include…

reducing cholesterol and preventing cardiovascular disease and strokes; the peel contains more fiber than the banana itself!
boost your mood, as the peel contains amino acids to trigger your serotonin
reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration thanks to the banana peel’s lutein, a powerful antioxidant that protects your eyes
You can also apply the banana peel to different parts of your body for some amazing benefits:

whiten your teeth by rubbing the inner part of the banana peel on your teeth on a daily basis
reduce wrinkles by rubbing the banana peel on your face, leaving the residue on for about half an hour before washing it off
eliminate warts by securing a piece of banana peel on the affected area with a bandage and leaving it overnight; repeat until the wart falls off
sooth the itch and pain of bug bites by massaging the peel on the affected area

Read more at http://www.metaspoon.com/peel-banana-benefits-health/?cat=exerheal#cEm0dolOvswHhksE.99

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