TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, November 14, 2017:
Most excellent; of the highest quality; most superior; unsurpassed; greatest.
But earnestly desire the greater gifts, and I will show you a still more excellent way. I Corinthians 12:31.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Do not be wise in your own eyes; but fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8
Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Often, when we are presented with choices of multiple deserts on a buffet table, the one that we thought looked the best was not the best. Too late we discover we did not make the best choice. We missed out on the most excellent choice.
We all have to make many choices in life. None is more important than choosing the best path in life to follow.
The verses in Proverbs 3:5-10 (above) give us a Godly compass for our life. It does not make any difference who you are, what you do, where you live, or what your vocation is, this concise trustworthy compass will help you find God’s best for your life.
The first point on this spiritual compass is trusting in God. This is the most important key to finding God’s best for your life. You must have faith in the Lord to control every area of your life. Remember He knows all things, He is all powerful, and He loves you perfectly. He will arrange every circumstance in your life to work out for your best if you trust Him with all your heart and seek to choose His most excellent way.
The second point of this spiritual compass gives us three requirements to receive God’s best in our life.
First, you are to rely on God only and not on your own understanding. There are many things we do not understand with our limited knowledge but relying on God with His profound wisdom will keep us on the right path.
Second, you must respect Him as your God by standing in awe before Him, worship Him, and obey Him. We are not to be wise in our own eyes and think we know better than God. Wisdom starts with fearing God and He is the only one who has the authority to govern every area of your life.
Third, God promises to make our paths straight. He will guide us to make right choices that will bring us into a right relationship with God. We need to trust His clear guidance to lead us on a spiritually healthy and wholesome way of life that will bring health to our body. God promises physical well-being for those who live wisely according to His will and choose the right way and the best way. The path of sin leads to alcoholism, drug addiction and sexual immorality that destroys the health of the mind and body.
Fourth, we are to honor God by giving back to Him some of the wealth He blesses us with, including time, talent and treasures. We should give God our best. First fruits, as in Proverbs3:9 above, refers to the best portion of the harvest. God deserves our best.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 3:3.
Jesus answered and said to him (Nicodemus), Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Help me to honor You this day as my Lord. Help me to put my complete trust in You and obey You in every area of my life. Help me to choose Your most excellent way so that I may experience life at its best.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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