https://esv.literalword.com/?q=jeremiah+8%3B+1+thessalonians+4 Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Monday, 17 July 2023: Jeremiah 8:5 — Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? Continually repeating sin signals a lack of genuine repentance and true fellowship with God. Jeremiah 8:6 — I have paid attention and listened, but they have not spoken rightly; no […]YEAR 2, WEEK 29, Day 17, Monday, 17 July 2023
The Best Seed 🪴
There once was a farmer who grew the most excellent wheat. 🪴
Every season he won the award for the best wheat in his county.🪴
A wise woman came to him to ask him 🪴
About his success. 🪴
He told her that the key was sharing his best seed with his neighbours so they could also plant it. 🪴
The wise woman asked, “How can you share your best wheat seed with your neighbours when they complete with you every year?”🪴
“That’s simple,” the farmer replied.🪴
“The wind spreads the pollen from everyone’s wheat and carries it from field to field. 🪴
“If my neighbors grew inferior wheat, cross-pollination would degrade everyone’s wheat, including mine. 🪴
“If I’m to grow the best wheat, I must help my neighbours grow the best wheat as well.” 🪴
This is not only excellent advice for growing the best crops but also great advice for how to live your life. 🪴
If you want to live a meaningful and 🪴
Happy life, and help others find happiness. 🪴
Remember: The value of your life is measured by the lives you touch with love, kindness, respect, and hope.🪴
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
God dwells in us as a result of His Love. How does He dwell in us? Through His Spirit. We have accepted the Spirit of God to reside in us, and this means that we are now subjected to his counsel and his guidance. We are not slaves to our selfish cravings or desires. We can now rise above them and live according to the way of the Spirit.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
It’s the classic bully scene. Opie Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show) faces the bully who has been extorting his milk money. Opie faces his fear and braces for the punch. Then…he laughs. He realizes that his worst fear has come to pass and it was not a big deal. He takes matters into his own hands and “tears into” the bully. In the end, he gets his nickels back. He has conquered. Any bully works the same way. Satan is no different. When we stand up to him, prepared to battle him, he has to “flee.” When we resist him, we prove that we aren’t afraid of him. He realizes that he has no chance with us, so he just leaves us alone. We emerge as conquerors…no…more than conquerors.
Lord, I thank You for giving me the courage to stand up to the enemy, and I thank You for being there to back me up. When I am strong in You, I have the power to resist Satan and I know he has to flee. Amen.🙏