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What’s the Intention of Your Questions & Conversations?

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In my morning devotions today I made a new discovery: “foolish questions”. There is indeed something called a foolish question. We see this in the following scripture:

2 Timothy 2:23 King James Version (KJV)

But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

We always hear that there is no question that is foolish and this is indeed true, but what makes a question foolish, is the intention behind the question.

What’s the Intention of Your Questions & Conversations?

If a question is being asked to cause strife, then according to Paul it is a foolish and unlearned question. In other words the person is being ignorant and only seeking to cause problems. Selah!

The Strong’s Concordance translates the word “foolish” from the original language as “foolish talk”. That’s why we see the NIV, HCSB and NLT  versions talking about foolish, stupid or ignorant arguments:

New International Version (NIV)

Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels. 

New Living Translation (NLT)

Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.

Be very careful with the questions you ask and the arguments and conversations that you get into. If they are meant from strife, avoid them like a plague! God’s calling is for us to be wise.

Watch your conversations!

Blessed is He Who Remains Focused

 

I look again at Psalm 1 and the more I study this psalm, the more and more revelation is given by the Holy Spirit.

Take a look at verse 1:

Psalm 1:1 

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Look at it in this way: Notice the slowing down of the individual talked about in verse 1. The psalmist talks about the man walking in the counsel of the ungodly, then standing in the way of sinners and he ends up sitting in the seat if the scornful. This verse can be symbolic of the person who becoming tired or weary in the things of God. As one moves from walking, to standing and then to sitting, it means one is becoming tired and ultimately resting, and when you rest you are not alert enough to see when the enemy is coming or to even strategize against the enemy.

The verse if therefore telling us that: Blessed is the man who does not backslide, lose focus nor get weary in the things of God.

Then the scripture goes on to say:

Psalm 1:2-3 

 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

My interpretation: Blessed is the man who stays focused in the Word of the Lord, making sure to meditate on it day and night. Blessed is the man who does not allow the cares of the world to pull him away from God and cause him to be weary or go into a sitting position.

Remember the disobedient prophet in 1 Kings 13 who only disobeyed God but instead and proceeding along the path which God has told him to walk on, he did the opposite and also stopped to take a seat. This was indeed a powerful prophet who heard the voice of the Lord and spoke thus saith the Lord, but it was at the point when he took a sitting position that he was distracted and fooled by the old backslidden prophet; a situation which led to his death.

This man shall be like a tree planted by the riverside if he stays focused. In other words, this man shall walk in the prosperity of the Lord. This man shall walk with such an anointing that whatsoever he touches it will prosper. Whatsoever He does shall be done well and God shall direct it. Any other way shall cause one to perish.

If you are in a backslidden state today, God is calling you to simply run back to him. He is calling you to refocus your eyes on Him. Confess your sins and get back on true.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The Wrong Associations Can Cause You to Fail…Find The River

Psalm 1:1-3 

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalm 1: 1-3 is loaded with such great revelation about your Christian life. God wants you to have the right associations in this season because prosperity is around the corner waiting for you. Just get in alignment.

Here is a brief analysis of what is being said in this scripture:

This scripture obviously indicates that unblessed is the man who walks in the counsel of the ungodly, who stands in the way of sinners and you sit in the seat of the scornful.

There are so many of us who know the Lord but somehow we are still caught up with the wrong people. We continue to seek the counsel of those who have refused to turn over their lives fully or at all to Christ.

You have given your life to Christ, yet still you are entertaining your sinful friends. You say nothing when they joke about the godly things. You say nothing when they utter the ungodly, but yet you have given your life to Christ. Not to mention the scornful with which you still fellowship. You still call them and find them as a source of entertainment. These are the ones who scorn the godly and the things of God. They also treat you with scorn because you have given your life to Christ and have chosen a different way. It’s time to remove yourself from such company!

It is time to let go of all associations with such people, because the word clearly states that when you keep such company you WILL NOT PROSPER. It is only the godly that flees all associations with these kinds of people who are well known for pulling you back down into the lifestyle from which you had been delivered on the day you gave your life to Christ. These are the ones hindering you from being successful. Time to turn your back and walk away from such persons.

You may be new to Christianity but God wants you to know that His desire for you is to bless you and see you successful.

You are called to be like a tree by the riverside. That means that you are called to flourish. Anything next to a river can never die. As the roots of the tree goes down, they will find their way towards the water and will continue to drink. Animals are never thirsty when a river is around. The ungodly suck us dry and God does not want this for you.

Find yourself next to the riverside instead of next to the ungodly because God has a great purpose to work out in you and it will call for you to fixed next to his river.

Sit beside the still waters so that your soul can be filled with all of Him. Sit beside the still waters of the river and allow your roots to go down. That’s where daily meditation on the word of God as mentioned in verse 2 comes in.

As you meditate on the word of God day and night, you allow the roots of your body, spirit and your soul to find the river of living water, which is Jesus. You allow your roots to drink from the river of living water and as you are nourished with the living water of God, you become automatically filled with the ability to be successful and whatever you touch as mentioned in verse 3, will prosper.

Walk next to the river, stand next to river, sit next to the river and receive the prosperity that God has for you. Anything that sits beside a river will be green and green = prosperity.

 

More than Four Walls

It’s time for christians to see beyond the four walls of the physical church building.
Church is indeed necessary and we see that God commands that we have fellowship with one another in Hebrews 10:25. It reads: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”.
Miracles, signs and wonders take place in the house of the Lord, but it is time for us to balance the equation out and demonstrate this same power on the outside.
The issue: While constantly sitting inside the church we forget the dying souls on the outside that need to be strengthened and revived. We forget evangelism. We forget that the unsaved needs to know a savior. We get caught up in being amongst our christian friends all the time and we forget that the unsaved also need to see the signs, miracles and wonders as well.
We get so caught up with ourselves and all the different activities inside the house that we forget to GO. Jesus WENT.
We forget to talk to those who don’t know Jesus because we are too caught up with ourselves…
CHURCH IS MORE THAN FOUR WALLS…
CHRISTIANITY IS MORE THAN FOUR WALLS…