Wisdom Listens

My Joyous Feature

Wisdom shall be listening to that spirit of life.

In an open mind, wisdom can cherish some empowerment.

Staying true into that mindful feeling.

Defying wisdom with some substantial power.

Out into that mindful journey wisdom can be carried along the way.

Memories shall fill the moment for wisdom.

Listen to that inner guide about the truthful meaning of wisdom.

In that mindful moment wisdom speaks for the individual.

Strong power shall be made with pure wisdom.

Taking that moment to cherish it through.

Empowering that power of wisdom.

Noticing something that can relate to wisdom.

Sticking around in that peaceful state when it comes to wisdom.

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Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

Today’s Scripture
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
(Hebrews 12:1, NIV)

Somebody’s Rooting For You
I grew up playing sports, and I’ve experienced the difference it makes to have somebody in the stands cheering for you. When you know they’re watching you, you hear them calling your name, you see their hands up in the air, it does something on the inside. It causes you to jump a little higher and run a little faster. You’ve got a greater determination because you know somebody is rooting for you.

Today, you have a great multitude in heaven cheering you on! They’re saying, “You can do it! You’re a winner! You are well able, strong and equipped. No weapon formed against you will prosper!”

No matter what difficulty you may be facing, you always have the home-field advantage. You are always surrounded by the voice of victory. Let that sink down deep into your heart today. Let it build confidence in you and give you the strength you need to keep moving forward into the abundant, victorious life He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Heavenly Father, today I am releasing every negative thing that has happened to me. I’m forgiving every person who has hurt me. I’m forgiving myself for mistakes I’ve made and releasing every disappointment so that I can live in Your peace and victory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By His Light, Not By Might By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: http://hourofpower.org/by-his-light-not-by-might/

“So he said to me, ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.’”

– Zechariah 4:6

Have you ever wondered what happened to the Israelites between the Old and New Testaments? Today, I want to share some of their interim history and how it’s significant to us in understanding the message of our Savior.

After the Babylonian exile and return to Israel, Alexander the Great (who was Macedonian), pretty much conquered the whole world. However, he died young and then his territories were split up among his generals. Seleucid was the guy who ended up ruling over the Middle East and Israel, and he was about as evil as they came. In fact, under the Seleucid Empire, the Jewish temple was turned into a pagan shrine! Fortunately, out of that era emerged a Braveheart-like character named Judas Maccabeus, whose father was a Jewish priest. Along with his brother, Shimon, they raised up a small army, and through guerilla warfare, were able to kick the Seleucid empire out of their land! At that point, they created their own Israeli state called the Hasmonean Dynasty, which was a huge victory for God’s people. Fascinatingly, at one point during their reign, Shimon and Judas entered the city of Jerusalem and all the people waved palm fronds at them while shouting “Hosanna.” Sound familiar? In fact, the palm frond was on all the currency of the dynasty because it symbolized an independent Jewish state, free from paganism. Clearly then, this is what was expected of Jesus when He made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, yet little did the people know that God had a plan that was far better! You see, even something as good as the Hasmonean Dynasty couldn’t last because human corruption always prevailed. After the Maccabeus brothers died, there was in-fighting, assassination, and betrayal, which opened the door for the Romans to step in and take over.

Friend, human governments don’t save, nor does military might. Rebirth happens on the inside, not through power and conquest. Though you may vociferously devote yourself to a cause (there’s nothing wrong with that), I encourage you to deal with matters of your heart and spirit first. Let a new thing spring up on the inside of you as you follow the lessons of Jesus and become His disciple. When you allow His life into yours, He illuminates your heart and changes you from the inside out. This is the way of His Kingdom — the only one that is unshakable, will never fall, never be corrupted, and never be overthrown. Firmly establish your citizenship there and all will be well!

Prayer
Jesus, I want your Kingdom to live in me. Change me from the inside out so that I can bring your light to the world around me.

Reflection
What do you learn about human nature by looking at the empires and dynasties of history? How can this apply to your life today?

Absolute Power Corrupts and Godly Power Perfects By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: http://hourofpower.org/absolute-power-corrupts-and-godly-power-perfects/

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’”

– 1 Samuel 16:7

We looked yesterday at some of the evil empires that tried to conquer and take down the Israelites during their early history, and we established that no matter how good the intentions of a conquering nation were, they ultimately fell prey to their own folly. Unfortunately, this was not only true of foreign governments but also of Israel’s own kings.

As you read the account of the Jewish people as recorded in the books of the Old Testament, one thing you see continually are kings who started out good and ended up falling prey to their lust for power and control. Time and time again, Israelite rulers went to the grave shaking their fists at God. Even David and Solomon, who are considered by history to be the greatest of the Hebrew kings, struggled to contain their fleshly passions. David was a murderer and an adulterer who made numerous wrong choices. What, then, classified him as a man after God’s own heart? How could a messed up king have gained the Lord’s favor in such a great way? One simple act — repentance. David paid attention to his conscience and focused on his inner life just as much as his outer, as proven by his vulnerable, soul-searching Psalms.

Friend, as the old saying goes, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Whether an empire or an individual, without tending to matters of the heart, you are destined for a fall. This is why the Kingdom that Jesus brought to earth was not one of military might, but of revolution of heart. The Lord knew that entire populations could only be transformed one soul at a time. This is why, as tempting as it is to strive for power, influence, and control in the structures of this world today, I encourage you to submit your way to the guiding Hand of your good God. Humble yourself, look to Him, and allow His might to flow in and through your life. When He is your source of influence, you will accomplish much more than you ever could in your own strength! Isn’t that great news?

Prayer
Thank you, Jesus, for starting a revolution in my heart. Transform me from the inside out so that your power can flow through my life.

Reflection
Do you focus first on external conquests or do you tend to the matters of your heart?

Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

Today’s Scripture
“…the righteous give generously.”
(Psalm 37:21, NIV)

Give Generously
Did you know that when you give to others in need, the Bible says it’s like giving directly to God Himself? When you step out and bless other people, you are honoring and blessing the Lord. The Scripture tells us to give our best, to give generously. In other words, stretch yourself. Go out of your way. It may be uncomfortable to walk over and pay for someone’s gas, but that’s being generous.

I encourage you today, look for ways to give generously and meet the needs of others. You can’t help everyone, but you can help someone. You can be the answer to someone’s prayers. Remember, people have many different types of needs. There may be someone who needs some encouragement. Give generously when you give that encouragement. There may be someone in your life that just needs a friend; they need some quality time. Give generously of your time and pour into that person. As you give generously to others, God will multiply those seeds in your own life in return!

A Prayer for Today
“Heavenly Father, today I am releasing every negative thing that has happened to me. I’m forgiving every person who has hurt me. I’m forgiving myself for mistakes I’ve made and releasing every disappointment so that I can live in Your peace and victory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Thursday, Fifth Week of Easter

John 15.9-11

Before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. During the supper, Jesus said to the disciples: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.”

The most beautiful creed is the one we pronounce
in our hour of darkness.
~ St. Padre Pio

May, the month of Mary

THE MEMORARE

Remember, most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who
fled to your protection,
implored your help
and sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you,
O Virgin of virgins, my mother.
To you I come; before you I stand.
Sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions but in
your mercy,
hear and answer me. Amen.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Thursday, Fifth Week of Easter

John 15.9-11

Before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. During the supper, Jesus said to the disciples: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.”

The most beautiful creed is the one we pronounce
in our hour of darkness.
~ St. Padre Pio

May, the month of Mary

THE MEMORARE

Remember, most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who
fled to your protection,
implored your help
and sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you,
O Virgin of virgins, my mother.
To you I come; before you I stand.
Sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions but in
your mercy,
hear and answer me. Amen.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux