Grace and Peace be unto you, from God our Father and from the LORD Jesus Christ. Beloved, I wish you all Shalom. I am in Israel as I write to you and I am learning so much. I must tell you, I miss my church, IHP, and like the Apostle Paul wrote, “I long to see you”. (Rom 1:11) I am writing to you from Nazareth and I pray I can get this to you, the internet is not the best here. Today, January 7th, 2019, we begin our journey of fasting and praying. This is a year that God has anointed you to live. You are anointed to do this. This will be my declaration to you when I get back to IHP, this Sunday the 13th of January. Let’s look at the text for the week:
Prov. 1:1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
Prov. 1:2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.
Prov. 1:3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
Prov. 1:4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.
This morning, I want to encourage you from the scriptures. We at IHP are currently, studying the book of Proverbs and I felt led to share a small passage with those that are joining us today on our fast. As believers we should be a people of discipline and we should be informed. One of the things we learned here about Judaism is that the studying of God’s word is a mitzvah. It is a command from God. It is for us as Christians as well.
2Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. KJV
As we begin this fast and ask God for the ability to live this year better than we ever have, we should be focused on improving ourselves by studying the word of God. Here are some benefits we should look for. One goal I should expect by studying the word of God is gaining wisdom and discipline. Wisdom and discipline are two things I want to procure more of this year. One of the best definitions of wisdom I ever heard is, wisdom is the “application” of knowledge. Having knowledge is never enough for the believer. If I have knowledge and do not apply it, how can it benefit me or my community? If I know prayer works and never pray, do I have the right to question the efficacy of prayer? I need to apply the wisdom found in the word of God.
Today, I want to apply wisdom. Know what is right and do it. There is no guarantee it will be easy, nor was there ever a promise that it would be, but it will be beneficial. Know what is right and do it! The benefit will come. You may not see it immediately, but it will manifest itself in due time. Learn what is right and apply it. Watch God come through and move mightily in your life.
Remember beloved, drink all the water you can drink and take one bowl of Soup after 3PM. I pray this blog was an encouragement to you. Please, plan now to bring someone to church with you this week. This is part of what we are called to do. This too is wisdom. If you are not a member of a church, you need a place to run as if every step matters, come to In His Presence Family Worship Center at 1673 Dean Street, Brooklyn NY, every Sunday at 8 AM and every Wednesday at 7:30 PM. Some of the best people in the world are there and we would love to have you as our guest.
If you would like to sow into this word, please obey what God is saying and give. Go to this link, http://ihpfwc.org/online-giving.html you can give by downloading our ‘Givelify’ app and going to In His Presence Worship Center. This gives you a one-step option. Honor the LORD with your substance. Proverbs 3:9
Also, new this year, download the IHP app. Go to where you obtain your apps, Google Play for Androids or the App store for iPhones and look for In His Presence FWC. Download the app and stay connected.