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Sunday, October 13, 2013
You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?17Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.19Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.20Therefore by their fruits you shall know them. (Matt. 7:16-20) Hello friends! My approach to this post will be broken down into the following three parts: 1) God grants serenity. 2) God grants courage. 3) God grants wisdom. Before I can move forward in this post, it's important to define all three areas that God will be more than happy to grant in our lives when we ask Him for them. God Grants Serenity What does serenity mean? According to the 1913 Webster's Dictionary, serenity means: Calmness of mind; eveness of temper; undisturbed state; coolness; composure. Asking God for serenity is a must in this crazy and chaotic world we live. Chances are pretty good that serenity is desperately needed whenever in dealing with children, or tied up in traffic, or in dealing with a difficult boss. The wise thing to do is to open your day in prayer before the Lord to help you in the area of serenity. God Grants Courage What does courage mean? Courage is as follows: That quality of mind which enables one to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear, or fainting of heart; valor; boldness; resolution. Most people are aware of this word and the importance of this characteristic in our lives. Asking God to grant us the courage to be able to confront anything may create fear and apprehension in us. Courage is one of the main elements in getting actively involved in evangelistic outreach knowing very well that people may very well not respond positively. Ask God to help you with courage throughout your day. God Grants Wisdom What is wisdom? Wisdom is as follows: The quality of being wise; knowledge, and the capacity to make due use of it; knowledge of the best ends and the best means; discernment and judgement; discretion; sagacity; skill; dexterity. Wisdom in my honest opinion is the most critical element that God grants. It is through God's wisdom where we can find both serenity and courage in our lives. The following verse says it all: "Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." (Job 28:28) My dear friends, God is more than willing and happy to grant you those three characteristics and so much more when you take the time and make the commitment to read the "ultimate personal development book", the Bible. I'm an avid book reader and have been blessed to read books of various kinds that play a major role in my personal development from a spiritual, personal, and professional standpoint, but none of those books will ever replace the Bible as the final authority over every single area of my life. Riches and prestige came to King Solomon because he made the simple request of asking for wisdom above everything else. I encourage myself and every single one of you to ask God for these attributes among the many more that the Bible is able to provide us. Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you always in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-).