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It is better to build children than to repair men.
Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

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A new year has begun with its challenges and opportunities. We donít know what this year will bring, but we do know who holds the future in His hands. If the challenges of this year are to be opportunities, we need to place our trust in God. It is a time to draw ever closer to Him. When we seek Him, He promises to be there for us.

I want to share greetings from a Bread reader and supporter: I wish for youÖÖ..

A year of health and healing (even better health than youíve realized before)

A year of increase

A year saturated with great peace (the peace of God that passes understanding)

A year of joy (joy coming from the inside out and the outside in)

A year of buried dreams resurfacing and coming to pass

A year of miracles

A year of hope, faith, and love

The changing of the seasons on Bethlehem Acres is very subtle. We had some show of color on our few maple trees and the Chinese tallow trees, but now that color is gone. Our lilies are brown as is much of the grass. (It stopped growing many weeks back.) The only color now is seen on a few Azalea blooms scattered among the bushes and the red powder puff balls. If we have any more heavy frosts or freezes, we will lose that color.

We have had an influx of birds to brighten up our days. Our cardinal pair has not been flying at our windows as much lately, but other birds are enjoying Bethlehem Acres. The squirrels are very busy as usual. We have had several deer in our back yard this fall and winter. We see the rabbits feeding in the yard frequently. We have not seen much of the wild turkeys, though. There is also a large group of wild hogs in our woods. Most of our traffic around here is in the form of wildlife.

We do have our volunteer/visitor back after his time in New Jersey and New York after the storm that devastated that area. Nelvin is a FEMA inspector, so he had to leave here soon after arriving to stay for the winter. He has now decided to make Florida his home, but will be closer to the Sarasota area. While he is here we plan to get a few projects done to keep the office in repair.

Pray for us as we make plans to get BREAD written, printed, and mailed this year. We, like so many other ministries, need a miracle provision from the Lord. As we pray, He will hear and answer. PRAY!

Bible Study Intro:

INTO ALL THE WORLD

Christians are charged by Jesus to do certain things once they believe in Him:

They are to fast!

They are to pray!

They are to give!

And they are to go!

One of the last things Jesus told His disciples was to go into the entire world and to share His glorious Gospel! This commandment has carried forth to believers today. Before Jesus said we were to go into the entire world, there were several other times when He said we were to go. All of the times we are told to go, are directly concerned with Godís Gospel.

Part One: GO INQUIRE

Go ye, inquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us. (2 Kings 22:13)

To receive anything from the Lord, we need to know how to inquire of Him for wisdom. We need wisdom to know what He wants us to do in any given situation. Josiah was one of the good kings of Israel. He began to reign when he was only eight years old. After he had been reigning several years, he sent word to the high priest to restore the house of the Lord: the Temple. The high priest found the book of the law and took it to Josiah. After Josiah read the book, he rent his clothesóan act of deep sorrow and regret. Though he had done good things during his reign, Josiah found things in the book of the law that made him know that God was displeased with some of the things the people were doing. It was then that he sent the priests to inquire of the Lord, so they could make changes in their lives.

Josiah had the book of the law read to the people and then they renewed their part of the covenant with God. (God always keeps His part.) The king and the people would now keep Godís commandments and do what the words of the covenant required of them. This promise was kept for a while, but soon the people, and the king, forgot some of the commandments.

The book of the law that Josiah read is part of the Old Testament of the Bible. Since Jesus came to earth and returned to His Father, we also have the words of the New Testament. We need to read Godís Word daily to inquire of Him how we should conduct our daily lives. Throughout both Testaments, there are words of wisdom and words to guide us into living in ways that are pleasing to the Lord.

 

GO TO THE LORD

There is no other source of wisdom or guidance that is any better than going directly to the Lord who created us. God is not only the source of our very breath and life; He is the source of all we need to sustain life. He is the source of all knowledge and wisdom that we need to live a good life.

Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:5, 6)

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)

When you understand the awesomeness of the Lord you will have the reverential fear of Him that the Proverbs describe. When you fear the Lord you are able to find knowledge, wisdom, and understanding because you seek Him. The knowledge of God is much more valuable than any other knowledge. Knowledge can be nothing more than a group of facts. Wisdom is knowing how to best utilize the knowledge of God, and understanding leads you to greater comprehension of Godís will and Godís ways.

Davidís son, Solomon, was anointed to follow in his fatherís footsteps as king of Israel. Solomon knew how God had blessed his father during his years as king. As Solomon sought the Lord, God came and asked Solomon what he wanted God to do for him. Solomon did not ask for fame or fortuneóhe asked for wisdom to lead the people.

Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like. (2 Chronicles 1:10-12)

Lest you think that wisdom is only found in the Old Testament, or that Solomon was the only wise man, letís look at some of the things Paul had to say about wisdom. Paul was a well educated man before he met the Lord. After his encounter with Jesus, Paul spent some time in the desert learning from the master teacher: the Holy Spirit. Paul stated that the wisdom and knowledge of God was beyond comprehension with the natural mind.

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)

Paul knew that knowledge of other things would one day vanish. Knowledge would fill a man with pride, and would lead to all manner of evil intent. But, the knowledge of God will cause you to be successful in Godís eyes.

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place. (2 Corinthians 2:14)

Knowledge of God will lead you into maturity and a godly lifestyle. You will triumph over the devil and worldly knowledge. Godís knowledge will never change or vanish. It is eternal.

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (Ephesians 4:13)

Go to the Lord, seek Him, and you will find salvation and wisdom to become all that God intends for you to be. You will grow to be like Jesus.

 

LEARN HIS WILL

When you come to God and become His child, you will begin to learn about Him. His Spirit will lead you into truth and show you the path to right living in Godís sight. The will of God is revealed throughout His Word: the Bible.

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Colossians 1:9, 10)

It was a prayer of Davidís to have the Lord teach him His will through the work of the Holy Spirit. This is the same concept that Paul spoke of to the Colossian church. It is the same prayer we need to pray daily: to learn the will of the Lord and walk worthy of Him.

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalm 143:10)

Jesus verified that the children of God would know His will. He said that those who did the will of The Father would be His brothers and sisters. Knowing the will of the Lord will keep you on the right path. You will know when a doctrine or practice is in line with Godís will and His Word.

If any man will do Hs will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. (John 7:17)

Jesus said that He came to do the will of His Father. That will was for Him to be a servant. All that Jesus did on earth as an example for us was serving and meeting the needs of others. Jesus did not think about His own needs or even His wants. He came to do what His Father asked of Him and that was to bring the lost sinners back into the family of God. Jesus did all that He did out of loveóthe same kind of love that caused The Father to send Jesus to earth to live and then die for mankindís salvation. We are to follow His example and also serve others out of love for the Lord.

Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; (Ephesians 6:6)

Many people serve others thinking that they are doing what is good and pleasing to God and to men. Many serve just to feel more important to others or more accepted by them. These people are trying to please men. When your heart is full of love for the Lord, you will want to serve others, because this is what pleases God.

 

   

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