As we start our day this is something that we need to consider…How are we filling ourselves up? Are we filling ourselves with good things? Are we filling our hearts with good things? Are we filling our minds with good things? Are we filling ourselves so that we have enough to make it thru the day? Are we filling ourselves so that we have more than enough and can overflow into the world around us? Do you realize the impact if we fill up with the right stuff and enough that we can then share? Do you realize the impact if we fill up with the wrong stuff and enough to overflow?
So let’s be prepared for each day! Let’s fill ourselves up with the right things so that we can pour into the lives of the people around us! Let’s consider what things the bible speaks to us about overflowing in…
- Righteousness – Isaiah 10:22
- Love – Philippians 1:9
- Generosity/Giving – Proverbs 3:10
- Joy and Peace – Romans 15:13
- Provision – Joel 2:24, Joel 3:13
- Faith – John 14:12
- Wisdom – 2 Chronicles 1:10
- Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 6:19
- Spice – Matthew 5:13
- Light – Matthew 5:14-16
- Jesus’s anointing – 1 John 2:27
- Anointing – Acts 10:38
So let’s get filled up this morning with more than just food. Let’s get filled up with things that can overflow into the lives of the people around and that will be beneficial! Let’s start with the Word of God and ask God to fill us up with wisdom. Let’s align our lives to Jesus and walk out our day filled with the Holy Spirit to overflowing speak truth in love to the world around us! Let’s be salt and light! Let’s share the joy and the peace that is within us daily because today is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s choose to live it out today!
Bible In One Year 2017(Day16):Proverbs 2:1-11,Matthew 12:22-45,Genesis 32,Genesis 33
Today’s devotional (day 16 of Bible In One Year 2017) speaks to the overflow of the heart and provides us with 3 things to consider…
1. Store up God’s word in your heart
2. Go on being filled with the Holy Spirit
3. Wrestle with God in prayer
So are you filled up? Filled up to overflowing so that when you when you are pouring out, it is out of the overflow and not just draining you out by the end of the day? Get filled! Get prepared! Receive the gifts of the Spirit! Allow God to pour into you daily what you will need and some extra for all those around you who will need some!
The way I start my day is in God’s Word. I know that when and if I miss my reading I am not filled up and so at some point during the day I will run out and my attitude changes. So let’s take time to focus on God’s Word! Let’s make time to focus on God’s Word and what He has to say to us today in preparation for what is about to happen!
Moral Benefits of Wisdom
1 My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9 Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
–from Proverbs 2
As we take time to read and meditate on God’s Word, it fills up our hearts and our minds! As we make time to read and meditate on God’s Word, we have the sword of the spirit ready for the battle that is ahead of us! Some of it may stick the first time but as we repeat, more of it will stick and empower us for the things that are yet to come. We need to receive and accept God’s Word as God’s Word – it may have been written out by many authors across many years, however, it is God breathed or God inspired! We need to listen to it and apply it! We need to call it out and search it! We know from Matthew 7:7 we need to ask, seek, and knock! God’s Word is valuable and so we need to seek it out like our lives depend on it, because they do! By doing this as we see from today’s reading we will understand and find knowledge of God! This will fill you up and set you up to be able to find success and find protection by God’s shield! It will help you to live with discretion and understanding which will provide safety!
Next we can pray and ask the Holy Spirit to fill us up! We can ask Him to fill us to overflowing because He knows what will happen today and how we need it most! He knows the wisdom we need! He knows what will come our way that will need to be torn down. He knows who will be coming our way and how we will need to speak and interact with them! He knows how the devil will try to tempt and trip us up and how to help us be prepared.
Jesus and Beelzebul
22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.
30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
The Sign of Jonah
38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”
39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here.
43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
–from Matthew 12
People can tell by the fruits we produce who we really are! We can’t be pretenders without eventually getting caught! We need to be planting good seed in order to be reaping good fruit! We need to allow the Spirit of God in to help clean things up so that we can produce good fruit! We need to be filled with good things otherwise the overflow from our mouth will reveal the garbage inside of is really is! I heard Willie Jolley once say “Garbage in, garbage sticks”. Which was very different from the normal saying of “Garbage in, garbage out.” It’s because although some of it comes out, some of it sticks – ever noticed that in your garbage can? The garbage man doesn’t take all of it away, just the stuff that comes out when it is dumped into the truck. So let’s make sure we are filling ourselves up with good!
So as we prepare for this day, let’s be like those from the past. Let’s not leave till God is going with us! Let’s not stop until God gives us the answers we need! Let’s press in today so that we can be filled to overflowing with God’s purpose and plan and attitude for this day!
Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau
32 Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.2 When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.
3 Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. 4 He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now. 5 I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female servants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.’”
6 When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”
7 In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well.8 He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape.”
9 Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps.11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraidhe will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.12 But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’”
13 He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau: 14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15 thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. 16 He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, “Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds.”
17 He instructed the one in the lead: “When my brother Esau meets you and asks, ‘Who do you belong to, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?’ 18 then you are to say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.’”
19 He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: “You are to say the same thing to Esau when you meet him. 20 And be sure to say, ‘Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.’” For he thought, “I will pacify him with these gifts I am sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me.” 21 So Jacob’s gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.
Jacob Wrestles With God
22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”
But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”
“Jacob,” he answered.
28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”
29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”
But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.
30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”
31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.
Jacob Meets Esau
33 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. 2 He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.
4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. 5 Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked.
Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”
6 Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down. 7 Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.
8 Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?”
“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.
9 But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”
10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God,now that you have received me favorably. 11 Please accept the presentthat was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.
12 Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”
13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die.14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”
15 Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.”
“But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”
16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir. 17 Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.
18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city. 19 For a hundred pieces of silver, he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent.20 There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.
–from Genesis 32-33
Today’s Devotional: Bible In One Year 2017 (Day 16)