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Proverbs 11 5-11-19

May 11, 2019

Ever feel like you’re going the wrong way on a one-way street? That everyone is against you? Take heed!

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

We can have a biblical perspective and still have a wrong perspective. What?! It’s TRUE. How? By having an OC (Old Covenant) view vs. a NC (New Covenant) view. Concerning wisdom, many equate it with knowledge. The catch is that knowledge by itself puffs up (1 Cor. 8:1). We can become proud and arrogant. The test is to see if we are comparing ourselves to others, but using others as our standard conflicts with other verses (2 Cor. 10:12 for starters).

PRIDE is like sand in an engine, which causes much damage and can bring it to a grinding halt. Love based on humility and mutual respect (NC) is the oil that lubricates the engine and makes things run smoothly.

PRIDE reveals itself through anger. Remember this: A proud man is an angry man, and visa versa.

There is another danger to having an OC perspective: POWER. Either through force or manipulation, many use the Scriptures to dominate others and to get their own way, which is spiritual abuse. God disciplines anyone who mistreats his brother or sister this way.

16 He [Paul] writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. 2 Peter 3:16

The third danger of an OC perspective is POVERTY. When the enemy uses Scripture to lie to us AND WE BELIEVE HIM, he will beat us down and rob us of our joy. We are overcomers of the evil one! We are “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37). We are blood-bought and redeemed; we are adopted and one of His!

The only true perspective of Scripture is the Holy Spirit’s perspective. Ask Him. Listen to Him. Get beyond your feelings and allow Him to guide you into all truth. And remember: LOVE is the OIL of His truth.

I saw a plaque recently that I thought summed up how we are to love each other:

HOME- where you treat your friends like family and your family like friends.”

Proverbs 10 5-10-19

May 10, 2019

Absolutes are important. Is there such thing as “absolute truth?” Absolutely! There IS a bull’s-eye.

15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

God’s perspective IS truth. Jesus said that He is TRUTH (John 14:6). We tend to base truth on our circumstances. For instance, if we are rich, we tend to think that we are deserving of special consideration. If we are poor, then we tend to think one of two ways:

  1. We deserve nothing, which leads to poorer and poorer self-esteem and circumstances,
  2. We deserve to be taken care of, which leads to theft or welfare (legal theft?).

The wise man, Agur, had this to say:

8…give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. 9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” Proverbs 30:8-9

Jesus said to ask for our daily bread (Matt. 6:11), which is grace for today along with guidance (Heb. 4:16). Both are dependent on the Holy Spirit. In fact, ALL of Jesus’ teachings pointed to dependence upon the Holy Spirit. Paul puts it all into perspective when we look at it from a ministry perspective:

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all things through Him [Jesus] who gives me strength [and guidance]. Philippians 4:12-13

The point is: Are you rich? Then be grateful, and ask the LORD to show you why you are rich. Who does He want you to bless with your riches? He will show you one person at a time. Keep in mind this verse: 9 “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves [evangelism and ministry], so that when it [life and subsequently worldly wealth] is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” Luke 16:9. Don’t be afraid or too conceited to associate with people of low position (Romans 12:16). They may be the very people that He wants you to bless! Example: Be a big tipper along with being gracious to servers in restaurants. Show Christ to them.

Are you poor? Then consider yourself strategically placed by God for a specific purpose and to reach specific people. Your gratefulness for God’s special placement will shine brightly in the dark place of poverty. Keep in mind this verse: “…Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” Mark 10:21. You are ahead of the game! Continue to follow Him as He works through you to minister to those around you who are in spiritual poverty as well as physical poverty.

For those of us in the middle, remember that Jesus said that we are to consider ourselves spiritually bankrupt (Matt. 5:3) and that everything we have comes from His hand, both materially and spiritually. Let us “fix our eyes on Jesus” and allow Him to guide our steps and handle what we have and don’t have. Let’s keep in mind His perspective:

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where  moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-20

Let’s remember that our Father owns “the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10),” and makes us rich in His love and mercy and grace.

“Oh, how great is the love that the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” 1 John 3:1 and Hebrews 4:16

Does He love us? ABSOLUTELY, regardless of our material position. God’s perspective IS truth. Let’s run with that today.

Proverbs 9 5-9-19

May 9, 2019

Anger mirrors the wrong side of God. We must make sure that we are displaying God’s love and mercy.

10 The Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Jesus came to show us a different side than what Solomon knew. His wisdom was based on God’s judgement and wrath (*OC). It is what is in store for those who reject Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, the Life (John 14:6), The Door (Luke 13:23), and the Gate (John 10:7). He is the entry into a whole new relationship with God, one that goes beyond His judgement and wrath and into His love, His acceptance, His adoption, His presence, and even His inheritance!

Therefore, we must learn to go beyond our own propensity toward anger and learn to love as He loves. Consider these verses:

Matthew 5:21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders is subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.

James 1:19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth [which includes anger] and the evil that is so prevalent [in a lot of marriages] and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you [from all kinds of pitfalls, temptations, hidden snares, heartache, and damage to your soul, marriage, and other relationships].

Let’s follow some logic here.

  • If we are commanded to marry a fellow Christian and not be unequally yoked (2 Corinthians 6:14), then our mates ARE our brother or sister in Christ, respectively.
  • If they are our brother or sister, then Christ’s command concerning anger applies.
  • Guys, if we get angry with our wives, then we come into judgement and our prayers will be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, in the same way [in the same love for the Father] be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker [more delicate] partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. With all the rain we have had lately, I ran across a really good analogy of the difference between men and women in the marriage relationship. Guys are like rain gauges; they are put into the path of the storm to measure rainfall. Women are like barometers; they are kept in a safe place to measure air pressure. Men are tough; women are sensitive. Men are general; women are specific. Both are needed; both have different applications.
  • If we continue in pride, then we WILL get an attitude adjustment from the LORD (see James 4:6). He allows us to live with the consequences of our bad choices all the while walking through those consequences with us. HE is the only one who can turn consequences into eventual blessings. Romans 8:28 is still in play here.

Let’s avoid any consequences by making sure that we are loving our brothers and sisters as Christ loves His church. Let’s be willing to die for each other all the while living for each other.

One more verse: Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves…[even to the point of humiliation, just as Christ suffered on the cross, thus identifying with Him in His sufferings, as indicated in 3:10].

*OC = Old Covenant or Testament

Proverbs 8 5-8-19

May 8, 2019

Want to sharpen your ability to Hear God? Read His Word with the intention of hearing the Spirit speak to you. He WILL!

8:1 Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?

The people of the OC (Old Covenant) didn’t understand the concept of the Holy Spirit because He had not come in the manner that He comes to us (see Acts 2). But the Spirit WAS STILL AT WORK in them through the wisdom that came through God’s words in Scripture. Solomon understood the role of wisdom in his life as is exemplified in this chapter:

6 Listen, for I [wisdom] have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.

12 I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.

14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.

17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

David perceived the concept much better than most as is emphasized in Psalm 119. Here are some excerpts:

2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart–

10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.

24 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.

27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.

33 Teach me the way… 34 Give me understanding… 35 Direct me in the path… 36 Turn my heart toward your statutes… 37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things… 38 Fulfill your promise… 39 Take away the disgrace I dread…

60 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.

And that was all OC! In the NC (New Covenant), we have the Holy Spirit inside us to teach us and guide us and to interpret the written words of God for us. Paul certainly understood:

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

When the thought comes to us, “I don’t have time to read the Word today,” understand that Satan is whispering to you. DON’T LISTEN!!! Instead, let’s rely on what we KNOW: God speaks to us through His Word. So, the question becomes, “Do I really want to hear from God today?” Let’s get the journey for today started on the right foot and the right path by submitting to the authority of God in our lives. He will never lead us astray!

Proverbs 7 5-7-19

May 7, 2019

Becoming like Christ is a process. Are you up to it? It can be arduous and will take our entire lives.

24 Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. 25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways [away from My way] or stray into her paths [from the path of righteousness].

When we were saved, Jesus came to us and called us. He asked us to give Him our heart and life and to follow Him from now on. We said, “Yes!” From that point on, we were HIS! He picked us up, cleaned us up, dressed us up (with the robe of sonship along with sandals and the ring of sonship), and then He did something very special–as if He hadn’t done something special already– by signing adoption papers and adopting us as His children! He made us heirs and co-heirs with Jesus Christ! We Are Family!!!

15b the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba [Aramaic for “Daddy”], Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:15b-17

These sufferings that we are to share are wrapped up in the process of us becoming like Him. It’s part of the discipline of Christlikeness. We can study all we want and pray all the time, but it’s not until we are tested [in what we know] that we truly KNOW it. It is by experience that we gain perspective and camaraderie with Christ.

Jesus is getting us ready for His kingdom. He is also using us to reach out to a lost world and to minister to His family. He uses our experiences to shape us into His likeness. We strive to think like Him, act like Him, and ultimately to be just like Him. We will do whatever He asks (none of what I call “selective service” where we CHOOSE how we want to serve Him). We will go through whatever trials and messy circumstances that come our way knowing that He is using them to mold us into His image.

The picture at the top of this page is from Ron DiCianni and is of a man sitting on a pedestal and is being chiseled by God’s hammer and chisel. I would consider that process painful! Yet, it is necessary for the Artist to bring the “inner man” to the surface. Michelangelo was asked how he knew what to make out of the stone. He replied that it is simple; the person was already in there and he was just setting him free.

We, too, are on the pedestal of life, and God is using His tools–sometimes a hammer and chisel, sometimes emery cloth–to bring out the inner person, the one that looks just like Christ. He’s in there! We just need to allow Him to “work our salvation from the inside out (Phil. 2:12).”

So, in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, let’s take joy in the fact that God is working everything out for our good and is bringing about our Christlikeness through those circumstances. Let’s revel in His companionship and guard it jealously. Instead of pining for the end of our trials, let’s lean into them and glean all we can from them in learning to be like Christ. Hang in there; heaven’s coming!

Related verses:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Romans 8:28-29

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling [from the inside out], for it is God who works in you to will and to act [the desire and the power] in order to fulfill His good purpose [for us to be just like Jesus]. Philippians 2:12-13

6 being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Proverbs 6 5-6-19

May 6, 2019

Do you hear from God? Does He speak to you? The purpose of the Cross was so that He could live in us. How COOL!

20 My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 21 Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. 23 For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life…

These words were a hint of what it would be like in the New Covenant. God’s plan all along was to not just re-establish His connection with us as it was in the Garden of Eden, but to go BEYOND to what it is in Christ: “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” Galatians 1:27 The cross/tomb/resurrection was God’s plan for us to become mobile thrones by which He lives and reigns in our hearts.

The Spirit did, indeed, speak to people through His written Word in the OC (Old Covenant), so these verses could be taken literally. Even so, The Holy Spirit “visited” people rather than lived in them. Their faith was in the future when Messiah who would come and redeem them.

We have the privilege of living in that future! Christ has come and redeemed us! He now lives in our hearts!!! What does this mean?

  1. We are one with Him and are now NEW CREATIONS. “The old has passed away; the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17
  2. We are His children. We have been adopted and are now co-heirs with Jesus Christ! Romans 8:16-17, 1 John 3:1
  3. The entire point of salvation is for fellowship with God. Christ Jesus is God in the flesh, and the Spirit is Jesus in us!

Vice President Pence got hammered for stating that he talks to Jesus and Jesus talks to him. What people don’t realize is that VP Pence’s relationship with Christ is what Christianity is all about! It’s the ONE THING that sets it apart from all other religions. So, if we are going to get hammered about something, I can’t think of anything better!

Let’s make sure that we take advantage of our unique opportunity to know God. Connect with Him right now and stay connected throughout today. How can we ignore so great a salvation?

Proverbs 5 5-5-19

May 5, 2019

What is your main desire? Is it to do as you please? Is there something that dominates your thoughts? Or is it to please the LORD?

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight…[otherwise,] 23 for lack of wisdom [you] will die, led astray by [your] own great folly.

Each morning, I hear His Spirit whisper to my heart to spend some special time with Him. I begin by reading His written Word. As I mull over (ponder) what I have read, I pray it back to Him, paying close attention to the Spirit to confirm that I am thinking correctly. I may check the internet to see what others think about a subject or to corroborate a fact. I certainly link passages of Scripture together as they cross reference each other.

This morning, I was reading in Mark about the crucifixion of Jesus. As I was reading, this verse stood out to me:

Mark 15:38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

It occurred to me that something of this magnitude should be easy to corroborate. Not so! At the same time, there are several aspects that DO validate its occurrence:

  1. It was a physical impossibility [the curtain was 30 feet high and several inches thick], so it was counted as a miracle.
  2. At least two priests probably became believers and gave testimony to its occurrence [it takes two witnesses]. They might have even been on duty when it happened! The chief priests would not have wanted anyone to know and would probably have sworn all the other priests to secrecy. It’s not documented anywhere, but most things weren’t at that time in history.
  3. Mark wrote his gospel account within 20 years of the event, so there would have been plenty of witnesses still alive to refute his story if it were not true. Also, Matthew included the event (Mt. 27:51) in his Gospel some years later. Since it was written for his Jewish brothers, it stands to reason that they would be aware of the event.

There are several things to conclude from the veil being torn from top to bottom:

  1. God did it. He gave us access to Him and, more importantly, it gave Him access to us!
  2. With His Spirit now living inside of us, we become MOBILE THRONES!
  3. The Old way of doing things was done. A New way has come (2 Cor. 5:17).

The writer of Hebrews sums up the importance of the event and, in doing so, corroborates its authenticity:

Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

My fellow believers, let us focus on our LORD Jesus today and make Him our main desire. May He dominate our thoughts today! He has made us pleasing to Him. Thank You, Lord Jesus!!!

Proverbs 4 5-4-19

May 4, 2019

We’re gonna follow someone. If we really want to be in charge of our lives, we ought to choose to follow Christ.

10 My son, accept what I say…11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths…20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight; keep them within your heart.

With Christ, we know exactly what we are getting: Eternal life, a close relationship with the Father, His Spirit within us, and an ADVENTURE! He promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. What He doesn’t promise is health, wealth, and to fulfill all our wants and desires, hopes and dreams. He asks, instead, for us to give up our wants and desires, hopes and dreams for His sake. He doesn’t promise an easy road or a safe one, only a secure road. Look at it:

  1. We live in a sin-sick world;
  2. It has been ravaged by sin–the Great Flood, which nearly split this world apart (I have a 3-D globe that shows the fault line; it goes clear around the earth!), death, pestilence, volcanoes, drought, tornadoes, hurricanes, the ice age, etc.
  3. Mankind has treated itself badly: Wars, inquisitions, slavery, torture, betrayal, murder–we get the picture.
  4. Jesus wants us out of this world and into His. He has a plan.

The problem is that WE HAVE AN ENEMY. His name is Satan. He wants whatever God doesn’t want. God doesn’t want us to destroy ourselves with sin, but Satan does. He will let us think it’s our idea even as he leads us down a dark road. The only way to be sure is to walk in the light of God’s love and His Word.

Jesus came to give us the opportunity to know the truth. He says, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:31. He continues, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

What IS this truth of which He speaks? We find it in John 3:19-21,

19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Let’s walk in the light of His love today. Call on His name. Worship Him. Fellowship with Him. FOLLOW HIM.

Proverbs 3 5-3-19

May 3, 2019

Do we still expect God to answer us according to the Old Covenant? Why? The New Covenant is so much better!

[3:1] My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, [2] for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.

King Solomon wrote Proverbs according to God’s covenant with the people of Israel, which was a works-based covenant: “If you will do this, then I will do that.” The problem is that no one could keep the Old Covenant fully. Enter: Jesus and the New Covenant! Jesus fulfilled the law by living a sinless life. He then fulfilled the law’s requirement by becoming the Sacrificial Lamb for the sins of the world.

NOTE: His sacrifice was made outside of time and, therefore, can be applied to all mankind. See Rev. 13:8. His blood was already on the altar for Isaiah. See Isaiah 6:6-7. His blood was shed once for all. See Heb. 9:28, 10:10.

Let’s compare these first two verses of chapter 3 to New Covenant thinking:

v.1 “Forget” can also be “forsake” or “ignore.” During the OC [Old Covenant], they didn’t have individual copies of the Scriptures, and forgetting was understandable [hearing it read once a week at synagogue was all they got]. We do. Not only do we have written copies available (how many Bibles do YOU have?), we have His Word written on our hearts.

Hebrews 8:10 This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people [quoted from the OC].

Ours is the greater privilege, but also the greater responsibility. As the Holy Spirit reminds us of what God has told us, we must choose to obey or to “forget.”

v.2 If we were to say that “prolong your life” meant heaven, people would accuse us of spiritualizing the statement. In a sense, they are correct; it’s what Jesus did. His statement to Pilate was, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews.” John 18:36. Jesus doesn’t want us to stay in this world any longer than we have to. He wants us to be with Him and to see Him in His glory (John 17:24).

Prosperity works the same way. There is so much to this life beyond material goods and money: Family (both physical and spiritual), the presence and participation of the Spirit in our lives, and the satisfaction that comes from living for Jesus, to mention a few. Then, we have the hope and prospect of heaven.

Instead of expecting God to bless us in this world, whether it’s health, wealth, successful relationships, recreation, or even happiness, let’s put our hope in what He has promised us in heaven with Him:

  1. A glorified body with no more pain, hunger or thirst, or age;
  2. NO SIN NATURE!!!
  3. His eternal presence, which includes His love, joy, and peace;
  4. A crown–which we will lay at His feet!

Until then, let’s remember that we already have His Presence, His Words written on our hearts, and eternal life, which has already begun!*

*If heaven is where Jesus is, and Jesus is in our hearts, then heaven has already begun for us! The reverse is true for hell: If hell is a place without the presence of our LORD, and a person rejects the Spirit’s knock on his heart’s door, then hell has already begun for that person. Sobering, isn’t it?

Proverbs 2 5-2-19

May 2, 2019

We cannot base how we live on how we feel physically. Our soul is forever young, but our bodies betray us.

11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

1:5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—

Those who come to Christ for salvation are wise. We have chosen the Stone that the builders rejected and have received Him as the Cornerstone of our lives (Mark 12:10-11).

We now have as our Companion the Holy Spirit, who guides us into all truth. He speaks the words of Jesus to us, and glorifies Him through us (John 15:13-14). The Spirit IS Jesus in us (Col. 1:27)!

The more we get to know God, the better we get at discerning truth. We get better and better at being able to tell the difference between His voice and our own voice.

Our biggest hindrance is our own bodies. Even as we grow spiritually and become more and more like Christ, our bodies are dying and seem to fight us tooth and nail. We have this promise:

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

This process is a continuous process; He is always at work in us.

17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

The things we go through in this life may seem insurmountable, but by focusing on what is in store for us, we will overcome!

18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

So, here’s our truth:

1. We are dying daily. We have hardships and struggles.

2. God knows and through His Son has given us His Spirit to walk with us and guide us.

3. We focus on what He had in store for us rather than on anything in this world: health, wealth, security, pleasure, etc.

We can do this [life] because God’s got this [everything]. Trust Him.