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But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God … James 1:5

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.
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But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him. James 1:5

This Bible verse of the day is an inspirational quote about wisdom that is great to memorise.

This is a scripture of great encouragement whenever we are at a loss to know what to do about anything. Do you need help in running your business?  Do you need help in parenting your children?  Do you need help to deal with a particularly difficult work colleague?  Maybe you and your spouse are not getting on.  This scripture from the letter of James will help you.

This promise from the Word of God is that God will generously give us wisdom whenever we ask. What is wisdom?  I believe that it is an inspired insight from God for a particular situation.

These Bible verses on wisdom is particularly rich in detail from the Amplified Bible:

If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. James 1:5-6 (Amplified)

It’s important not to be double-minded but clear in what you are asking for in faith and expectancy knowing that God will supply all the help and insight you ask.

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But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him. James 1:5
If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God (James 1:5-6)
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God will provide abundantly. Philippians 4: 19

God will provide abundantly. Philippians 4: 19
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God will provide abundantly.  Philippians 4: 19

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 19

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And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 19
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 19

 

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A Bible verse on healing. James 5:15

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. James 5:15
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A Bible verse on healing.  James 5:15

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. James 5:15

The Bible verse of the day is a scripture on healing. It is also a Bible verse on faith and grace.
There are Christian believers who have taken this scripture by faith and have seen the healing of physical diseases and sicknesses for their loved ones even those on their death beds.
Smith Wigglesworth was a Victorian  preacher, born in 1859.  He was from Yorkshire, England and a plumber by trade before embarking on a full-time preaching and healing ministry. He was unschooled and when he did eventually learn to read, he only read the Bible. So powerfully was he used by God that nine people were raised from the dead under his ministry. These are apparently documented cases.
On one occasion the following account of healing was documented where a young man was bed-bound and close to death:
How marvelous would it be for these days of faith and miracles to be restored in this generation.  It is completely God’s will to pray for the sick and they would recover.  Here’s a website where healings today are being documented:
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;  they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16: 17-18 NKJV)
Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
(Luke 18:8)

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And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (James 5:15 KJV)
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (James 5:15 KJV)
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The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace … Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:22
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The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace.  Galatians 5:22

The verse of the day is a scripture about the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5: 22-23 are also wonderful bible verses about friendship.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness .. Galatians 5:22

Here the Apostle Paul is writing to the Christian believers at Galatia encouraging them to not be trapped into thinking that God requires religious rituals to be accepted by Him. He says that they are now under grace and not under law.

Paul begins to explain how Christians should now live and conduct themselves.

Firstly Paul says this:

For you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only don’t use your freedom for gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:13-14

Paul later explains what sort of behaviour is not loving. He also lists behaviour that prevents the inheritance of the kingdom of God.  Paul also says that we can only live free of such fleshly inclinations if we allow the Holy Spirit to help us. These are encouraging words to all believers in Christ.  Paul then lists “fruits’ of allowing Him to help us when we are weak in the flesh and enables us to love our neighbours. These fruits also help us to have rich friendships full of love, kindness, joy, peacefulness, goodness, long-suffering and faithfulness.

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:22
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Inspirational Bible verse about the word of God. Hebrews 4:12

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Inspirational Bible verse -the word of God is living and active. Hebrews 4:12

This verse of the day is an inspirational Bible verse on wisdom. It is also an encouraging Bible verse about faith and answered prayer.

 

For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

This scripture is particularly beautiful in the Amplified Bible which brings out the full, rich meaning.

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 Amplified

There is also reference to the sword of the spirit in Ephesians 6:

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints (Ephesians 6: 17-18)

There is nothing like the Bible that can have such a profound effect upon a person’s heart and life.  These wonderful scriptures found in the Bible are God’s delivery system whereby we learn about God and know God. The Holy Spirit makes these verses come alive in our hearts.

We need to feast on the Word of God to change dark areas in our hearts and lives but also we need knowledge of God’s word to pray effective prayers when we are assaulted by our enemy, the devil. The two-edged sword is the answer for all circumstances. Jesus used the very same weapon against the devil declaring ‘it is written’ during their confrontation in the wilderness.

When the word of God is spoken out loud  it is like a two-edged sword. Firstly; one side of the sword, this have been spoken by God and secondly, the other side of the sword,  when spoken by a believer. This is why scriptural based prayer is so important. By actually speaking Bible verses they have already been spoken by God.

Whenever you need prayer for a particular situation firstly find a Bible verse that covers your situation and secondly pray that scripture into your situation. God guarantees that if you pray the Word of God in faith, your prayer will be answered.

During your Bible study of these verses it is worth discovering two important Greek words used in the New Testament. The word ‘word’, is either logos or rhema. Logos means written word. Many of our English words are derived from ancient Greek. When you see words ending with ‘ology’ for example you know that it is derived from logos particularly academic studies that require reading the written word on a subject.

The word ‘rhema’ has a special meaning.  It means the inspired word of God given in unique circumstances. Of course all of the Bible is inspired by God but a rhema word is a regular logos word from the Bible but with an extra Holy Spirit dynamo attached when given to a believer for a particular circumstance. This is the sword of the spirit, the two-edged sword. When Jesus said to the devil, ‘man shall not live on bread alone but by every word that proceeds from God’ He was using a scripture as a rhema word to counter a temptation from the devil to turn a stone into bread when Jesus was hungry.

Many times in my own life I will find that a scripture that I know well and have somewhat taken for granted suddenly becomes enlivened and powerful in a unique or particular situation. Then, the Holy Spirit has given me a rhema word to help me – generally that rhema word becomes a sword of the spirit for prayer or declaration.

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God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
God’s Word is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

 

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By whose stripes you were healed … 1 Peter 2:24

who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2: 24
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A Bible verse on healing for today

Who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

The Bible verse of the day is a scripture on healing. It is also a Bible verse on peace and grace.

There are Christian believers who have taken this scripture by faith and have been healed of physical diseases and sicknesses. By believing and praying in faith that this scripture would be a reality in their lives healing had manifested in their bodies. Other Christians have taken communion affectionately remembering the Lord’s body that was broken for us. Others have had the elders of their church anoint them with oil. Other believers have hands laid upon them.

There is a Bible verse in the book of Isaiah, an Old Testament prophet that says:

Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:4-5

Jesus fulfilled this prophecy and the meaning is clear.

There is a scene from the excellent film The Passion of the Christ directed by Mel Gibson where Jesus is viciously whipped by two Roman soldiers. They used the terrible cat o’ nine tails where pieces of bone and sharp metal is placed in the whip’s many thongs rather like nine cat claws. As they hit their victim in tandem, there is no chance for recovery between each stroke. Flesh is ripped off the body exposing bone and shedding much blood.

Jesus bore this terrible punishment for us so we wouldn’t be punished in our body. Even our sicknesses are healed. Each lash of that vile whip meant each one of us who believes on Jesus can be healed in their body  The crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus head by the soldiers meant healing for our minds. What a wonderful saviour we have in Jesus!

Sometimes we punish ourselves because we feel guilty and condemned by our weak and sinful behaviour. This may manifest as overeating, over use of alcohol or other self-destructive, self-punishing  behaviour.

Always remember that Jesus suffered that terrible torture from the Romans for you, so your body and mind could be made well and whole. Later Jesus shed His blood on the cross ransomed your very soul from the devil so you may have eternal life with the Father.

If you do not know Jesus as your Lord of Saviour, please pray this simple prayer:

Dear God,
I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Rom. 10:9). I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Saviour of my life. Thank You for saving me!
In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

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who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2: 24
who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2: 24

 

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Prayer of salvation

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Dear God,


I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Romans 10:9). I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank You for saving me!
In Jesus’ Name I pray.

Amen.

 

Dear friend,

If you have prayed this prayer sincerely you have been born again.  This means that God, now your Father, sees you as His child.  He also sees your past erased and your sins forgiven because of what the Lord Jesus did on the cross for you.  This is what grace means – undeserved favour from God. You now have confidence towards God and have nothing to fear when you die because to depart the body is to be forever with the Lord.

Now, would be a good time to find other Christian believers – a church that preaches the Word of God.  Also, it may not be easy to understand at first, but, read the Bible and the Holy Spirit will enable you to understand more and more each day – it’s a lifetime’s joyful study for all of us.  A good place to start is John’s Gospel and then Paul’s letters to the Romans.  Also, you can pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus and He will hear your prayers.  You can also ask for the Holy Spirit to baptise you in his power and love – this will enable you to understand the Bible and strengthen you in your daily walk with God.  There is so much more to be said about the Holy Spirit but Jesus promised that when He returned to the Father the Holy Spirit would come and comfort and help the believers until the Lord’s return.

Best wishes

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For God so loved the world that He gave … John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 Barn owl picture in watercolour
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 A Bible verse on love.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
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He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we may ask or think … Ephesians 3:20-21

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think. Foxgloves and red admiral butterfly nature picture.
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The Bible verse today is about faith and is an inspirational Bible verse. It is also a Bible verse about love, particularly God’s infinite love for us.

Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3: 20)

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is one of most exciting letters. Paul speaks very powerfully about what Christ’s resurrection means and its effect upon believers then and today.

It is worth reading Ephesians regularly – faith will always arise in your heart and doubts about God’s transforming ability and great love will flee.

There are two portions in Ephesians were Paul prays for the Ephesians or you could say Christian believers living in Ephesus. It has been said, and testified by great men of God that if you prayed these portions for yourself every day, you would grow mightily in your faith and revelation knowledge of God. (I particularly recommend reading this in the Amplified Bible version which is free to read online.)

Firstly Ephesians 1:17 – 20 and Ephesians 3: 14-21 as follows:

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come. (Ephesians 1:17-20 (WEB))

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For this cause, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that you may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to him be the glory in the assembly and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 (WEB))

Our Bible verse for today is rather the climax to Paul’s prayers and these faith-building scriptures. This is what it says in the Amplified version.

 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, (Ephesians 3:14-21Amplified Bible (AMP))

The power that works in us is the Holy Spirit who strengthens, councils, comforts and guides us into all truth. What an amazing encouragement from the Bible when we may feel powerless or even lacking direction not knowing what God plans for us.

The prayer for today is Paul’s prayer to the Ephesians from above.

Dear Father of glory, of our Lord Jesus Christ may you give to me a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of you; having the eyes of my heart enlightened, that 1may know what is the hope of my calling, and what are the riches of the glory of my inheritance in the saints and what is the exceeding greatness of you power toward me who believes, according to that working of the strength of you might which you worked in Christ, when you raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at you right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come. (Ephesians 1:17-20 (WEB))

And

For this cause, I bow my knees to you Father of our Lord Jesus Christ from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that you would grant me according to the riches of you glory, that I may be strengthened with power through your Spirit in my inward man; that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith; to the end that I being rooted and grounded in love, may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that I may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to him be the glory in the assembly and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 (WEB))

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