live long and be blessed. If you don’t your lives will be short and miserable.’
You’d think that choice would be a no-brainer. Given the option of life and blessing or death and disaster,
who in his right mind would choose the latter?
Amazing as it may seem, countless people do.
That’s not God’s will for them, however. He doesn’t want anyone to choose death. He wants us all to
choose life. He said it again and again, ‘Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me
and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!
(Deuteronomy 5:29 NKJV). Still, because God created us with free wills, the decision is ours. We can do
what we want.
God has already done His part. He has made His wisdom available to all of us. He has written down in
black and white the Word that will set us free and prolong our days on the earth.
God’s will for us is to enjoy length of days and years of life worth living. If we’re not enjoying life, we’re
not doing it right.”
(Gloria Copeland – excerpts from her book: Live Long, Live Strong)
For the next 3 months, I will be working on gaining wisdom, and when I started reading Gloria’s book, I
didn’t realize just how much knowledge is in there. If/when people tell you that it is not God’s will for you
to be healed or complain about life, you know you don’t really need to hear that. You have to make a
decision and decide what you are going to allow into your ears. That is SO important. It is a mind-set and
we have to change the way we may have been thinking and align it to what the Bible says.
Next week we will take a break from Gloria’s book and return with a message from Ron Carpenter.
Have a great Sunday,
New King James Version (NKJV)
Security in Wisdom
1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father,
And give attention to know understanding;
2 For I give you good doctrine:
Do not forsake my law.
3 When I was my father’s son,
Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,
4 He also taught me, and said to me:
“ Let your heart retain my words;
Keep my commands, and live.
5 Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
And the years of your life will be many.
11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
And when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun,
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble.
20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
4 Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.