Category Archives: Wisdom

November 6th 2017 – Your Uniquely Gifted

“For what gives you the right to make such a judgment? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)

God has uniquely gifted you in special ways because He has special things for you to do. Enjoy the calling God has gifted you with, but be careful where your eyes wander. It can be easy to begin coveting another’s gifts. When we get wrapped up in envy, we can neglect our own calling, pridefully telling God that He gave us the wrong gifts. Ask yourself, on who does pride misplace your reliance? Pride is a dangerous thing, and it has wrecked many a man despite the best intentions.

(Romans 12:3) “Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”

So, how do you explore your gifts? You won’t unearth much sitting on your couch. Pray and ask God how you can help. Through serving the Lord, you will begin to identify those things God has equipped you to do. As you use your gifts, you will discover and develop skills you didn’t know you had. Gifted musicians spend hours practicing; the more you use your gifts the more gifted you become. Are you faithfully using your gifts?

“We have all been given gifts by God. We should develop our gifts for the glory of God and to bless others.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for loving me. Thank You for uniquely gifting me with talents and resources. Lord, I want to use my gifts for You. I want to experience the joy You have for me. Lord, I know I have been ungrateful for the gifts You have given me. Forgive me. Forgive me for being so distracted by what others are doing and not focusing on what You have blessed me with. I offer You all of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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November 1st 2017 – An Important Privilege

“Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done.” (2 Chronicles 26:3-4)

If you were to take a poll of the world’s most important jobs, you would no doubt find teachers, policemen and others like them at the top of the list. While those in these positions are indeed important, I wonder how many would place parents at the top of that list. God tells us in His Word that children are a blessing from the Lord and yet many parents today seem to see children as a hindrance. Children are not a hindrance to abundant life but can be a catalyst for mothers and fathers to experience life to the fullest. The key is to see parenting as the sacred task that it is. When we do, we realize the importance of guiding our children into the arms of Jesus.

(Proverbs 22:6) ” Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Each person’s life will impact the world in some way. It may be good or bad depending on choices made, but it will impact someone. When a mother and a father dedicate their lives to demonstrating Jesus to their child and speaking about the things of God, they are adding years to their lives impact. The legacy left to their children will echo throughout their life and on into the next. In fact, it could be said that the influence we have on our children echoes into eternity. We see this clearly in the passage above. Uzziah was crowned at sixteen and because his father led him in the ways of the Lord, he was prepared to lead the people according to God’s Word. We may not be over kingdoms, but how we lead our children can impact their lives and the lives of their children and their children’s children forever.

“Parents you have been given a sacred task in raising their children in a godly manner.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your love and for the opportunity to be Your child. Lord, I thank You for the children You have given me and for the honor of being a parent. Help me to come alongside my children to raise them according to Your Word. Give me wisdom and insight in how to encourage and discipline rightly so that they may see Jesus in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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October 29th 2017 – The good Gardener

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:1-2)

What an amazing and loving Heavenly Father we have.  He is always at work within us to help us grow up.  Many people look at verse two and see the words “takes away” and think that God gets rid of those who do not bear fruit.  That is not what it is saying.  This verse means that God lifts up those who are having problems bearing fruit and works with them.

A wise farmer doesn’t destroy his branches, he lifts them up, cleans them, and reties them to the vine.  Our loving Father does the same thing.  He is out for our best and will keep working with us to produce much fruit.

Remember, good trees naturally bring forth good fruit. We are good trees planted in the house of the Lord. If you love God and you have accepted His free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ then God’s love is poured out on you. God is working on the inside to help you produce a great harvest that will last you throughout all eternity.

It’s important to know that it’s not what you do, but it’s letting Him do the work within you.  Too many times, we say, “I need to do this or I need to do that” before God will work in my life; it’s just being legalistic. God wants to do the good work within you and as He does and good things develop within your heart, you will see that these fruits of the Spirit will become obvious to others.

If you let God do this pruning within you, you will see that the fruits of love, joy, and peace will start growing, and you’ll look back and say, “Is this really me?” Remember, the fruits of the Spirit are not works of law but gifts of grace.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank you for always being “The Good Farmer”, Its Your pruning that produces good fruit in my life. I welcome the planting of the seeds through Your Word to grow and live in me. As I do, You will clean my heart so that the fruits of the spirit can operate big time within me.  I praise You for all that you do in my life. In Jesus’ precious name,  Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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October 22nd 2017 – Dare to Dream Big

“Now glory be to God, by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.” (Ephesians 3:20)

Faith is choosing and believing God’s dream for your life. Nothing starts happening in your life until you start dreaming. God gave you the ability to dream, to create, to imagine. Dreaming is an act of faith. Everything you see on this planet started as a dream.

So, how do you get God’s dream for your life? You do three things:

First: “Dare to ask for it!”

(Ephesians 3:20) says,“Now glory be to God, by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”

If you want God’s blessing on your life this year, you must dare to ask for it. You must say, “God, what’s your dream for my life? What do you want me to do?” Then you ask yourself, “What would I attempt for God if I knew I couldn’t fail?” Let that expand your vision.

Second:” Believe God’s promises!”

The Bible says in (Jeremiah 32:27), “I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?”

Never let an impossible situation intimidate you. Let it motivate you to pray more, believe more, trust more, experience more, learn more, and grow more. Faith always works in the realm of the impossible.

I once heard Pastor Jesse Deplantis say “Dare to dream impossible dreams! God is able to manifest the desires He places in your heart for His good Will by your faith.” God’s will in your life: impossible, possible, and done.

Third: “Dream Big!” Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” (Psalm 2:8).

The size of your God should determine the size of your goal. You haven’t really believed God until you’ve attempted something that can’t be done in the power of the flesh. If you want to know how big your dream should be, ask yourself two questions: How much time do you have to give to it? If it’s a dream you can give the rest of your life to, then you can really dream big.

What are you shaped to do? What are your spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences — the five things that make you “You. What do you love to do? What are you gifted to do?

“Dream great dreams for God. It’s the first step in your walk of faith.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me a solid word from scripture that I can trust in. Thank you for confirming Your Word. Please help me to be consistent in reading Your word and listening to Your Spirit in all I do, Nothing is impossible with You by my side, where I dare to dream big, dare to set high goals, Help me plan, help me to Dream Big! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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October 12th 2017 – Rightly Dividing God’s Word

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

To rightly the divide the Word of God it takes times of reading it, meditating on it, and also studying it.  Each way opens up the truth of the Word.  I look at the Word of God like a miner seeking for gold. Yes, he might get lucky and find some on the top, but most gold takes a lot of digging and working.

When we open our Bibles and start reading it, sometimes things can jump right off of the page and we are amazed and we get all excited.  But there are other times that we read the Word and nothing really hits us.  That’s when we need to ponder and chew on it for a while.  Do it during the course of the day.

You might say, how do I do that? Here, let me show you a couple of different ways.  When you find a verse that speaks to you write it down or put it on the wallpaper on your phone, then, throughout the day look at it, say it a few times and think about what it’s saying to you personally.

Before I got a Smartphone, I used to write scriptures on 3 by 5 cards and carry them with me, or hang them in places I would go, like a mirror, or on the door of the fridge.  Be creative and you will see that you will be digging up nuggets before you know it. His Word will be rightly divided in your life and you will be used for the kingdom of God, who is not ashamed.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Starting today, I’m going to be a doer and a digger of the Word.  I’m going to let the Your Holy Word have first place in my life and study it so that I can rightly divide it and not be ashamed. I also ask that you allow me to experience Your word visually while reading and meditating on it. Give me insight and understanding on the scriptures. We ask this in Jesus precious name. Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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September 25th 2017 – Unlimited Resource

“He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily.” (Nahum 2:1)

Tests and trials are a part of life and often push us to our limits in so many ways. During these times, what do you turn to? Do you first run to others seeking those who feel the same way you do? Do you find yourself to be anxious because you are constantly looking down the road of life waiting for the next attack? Maybe you run to your money or addiction to seek answers or comfort. Whatever the case may be, the truth is, when we do not run to God first, we will not last long.

As followers of Christ, we have the unlimited resource of wisdom and power available to anyone. He is our Father God and He desires to help us in times of need. We may be able to limp along on our own wisdom and strength for a time, but when we trust in the Lord’s strength and His infinite wisdom, we will never grow weary. Today you will encounter difficult situations. Don’t be surprised by them but simply use them as an excuse to draw closer to God. Need wisdom? Ask the Father. Desire strength? Find it in Jesus.

“When you aew faced with a problem, seek God first before relying on your own wisdom or strength.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your generous love for me. I am so grateful that I can run to You in times of need and You will hear my cry. Father, I ask for Your strength and wisdom today. No matter where I find myself I ask that You would guide my steps and use me for Your purposes. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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September 21st 2017 – God Directed Decisions

Written by Roy Squyres

Hear what the Holy Spirit of JESUS speaks to our inner being.

“The body of Christians in Derbe and Lystra were strengthen in their trust in Jesus, and souls were won to Christ daily. Now when Paul, Silas, and Timothy had gone through Phrygia and Galatia, they were forbidden by The Holy Spirit of Jesus to speak the Word in Asia (the Roman State). They came into Mysia, and decided to go into Bithynia, but The Spirit did not allow them to go. So they went through Mysia, down to Troas.

In Troas Paul was given a Night Vision. The Holy Spirit showed Paul a man in Macedonia standing and pleading with him saying ‘ Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ Now when Paul saw the Vision, immediately they made plans to go to Macedonia, understanding that The Lord Jesus had directed them to speak the Good News to them.” (Acts 16:5-10 paraphrased)

Paul, Silas, and Timothy had been building up the Body of Christ in Holy Faith, and God was blessing and multiplying Souls to the Church daily. In their mission decisions, they decided to go to the Roman State of Asia. But The Holy Spirit shut the door to their fleshly decisions. They next decided to go to Bithynia, and again The Spirit of Christ would not allow them to go. So they travelled through Mysia into Troas.

The Hidden Truth is we all often make decision that are not necessarily the Lord’s Will for us. And often there is a inner battle of Decision Making between fleshly will and Spiritual Will. Many times we are deceived by making our own plans and not truly seeking God’s Will be done. But God’s Spirit was over-riding their own plans and was directing their steps.

1. Proverbs16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, but The LORD directs his steps.”

2. Proverbs 19:21 “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless The LORD’S COUNSEL (Written WORD)—that will stand.

3. Proverbs 20:24 “A man’s steps are of The LORD; how then can a man understand his own ways.”

4. Jeremiah 10:23 Jeremiah cried out to the LORD, ” O LORD, I know the way (steps-decisions) of a man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.”

5. Hebrews 6:9-20 Encouragement to grow into Maturity, “Beloved We are confident of better things concerning you that accompany Salvation, for GOD is not unjust to forget your work of love toward His Name, you have ministered to the saints, and We desire you to show all diligence and the full assurance of hope until the end,—that you imitate those through Faith and Patience who inherit God’s Promises—because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself saying, ‘Surely blessing I Will bless you, and multiplying I Will multiply you.’ Thus God shows more abundantly that His Promises are unchangeable in His Word Counsel, and Purpose, Guaranteeing it by His Own Oath, that you have strong consolation and hope, for it is impossible for God to lie. Your Hope is the anchor of your soul, truly fixed, and allows you to enter the very PRESENCE of God by The Lord Jesus Himself, our High Priest forever.”

I am sure Paul, Silas, and others at this point fasted and prayed for they understood that God’s true fast and prayer is to separate the flesh to The Spirit of God, not to be seen or heard by others, and the Spirit cleansing them from fleshly bondage

(Please read Isaiah 58:3-12) God’s true Fasting and Praying to separate from self-deceptive choices.

Paul expressed this quiet truth of seeking God’s Will and Guidance in 2 Corinthians 2:12,13, “When I came to Troas,—a Door of opportunity opened to me by The Lord—I had no rest in my spirit.”

I believe they sought The Lord in earnest Prayer and Fasting which the Holy Spirit of God Himself sent a Night Vision to Paul, and showed Paul the purpose and direction in exactly where to go and what to do. God is Faithful and Will Guide and Direct our ways (decisions), to His Honor and Glory, when we “seek Him with all our heart!

He has Promise to guide and direct us, Proverbs3:5,6; “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not trust your own understanding;  In all you ways (steps-decision) acknowledge Him—JESUS AND HIS HOLY WORDS—and He will Direct you steps.”

GOD WILL give us Specific Guidance and Direction!

YOU WILL LET HIM—WON’T YOU?

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Roy Squyres

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Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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September 17th 2017 – True Wisdom Begins with God

“For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;” (Proverbs 2:6)

I’m sure each of us could use a little more wisdom. After all, life is complicated, and we can always use insight into raising kids, loving our enemy or working at our jobs. Each area of life brings challenges that demand wisdom to overcome. The good news is that God desires to give us wisdom if we ask.

(James 1:5) “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.”

When we ask in faith, God says He will give wisdom liberally. This is wisdom that spills over us like a cup overflowing with water. While God does give us wisdom when we ask, He is not going to simply pour out all the wisdom we will ever need in one sitting. That would be great to receive perfect understanding after one prayer, but often we must come back to Him time and time again. This helps us understand our dependence on Him, and it also builds up our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Like a child, we come to our Heavenly dad needing guidance, and He responds in love. What’s even better is that He never gets tired of us asking. He loves it. So as you begin your day, seek God for wisdom. No matter what area of life you need understanding in, you can ask Him, and He will respond in abundance.

“True wisdom begins and ends with God”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for listening to my prayers and for the promise of wisdom. Today, I ask for wisdom in my life. Give me understanding in how to deal with my life so that You are glorified when others see me. Guide my steps so that I walk in the good works You have for me to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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September 8th 2017 – Watching our Words

“Perhaps you think we’re saying these things just to defend ourselves. No, we tell you this as Christ’s servants, and with God as our witness. Everything we do, dear friends, is to strengthen you.” (2 Corinthians 12:19)

Relationships are difficult. They require work, constant attention and above all, they should be filled with love. Of course, this is easier said than done in many cases. What happens when you are dealing with a difficult or stubborn person? Often, we begin identifying what is wrong with the other person, but what if we looked first at ourselves? What if we first asked, “How should I respond?”

(Proverbs 15:1) “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”

In our flesh, we don’t feel like returning anger with a gentle answer, but it will put the fire out. A harsh word makes it escalate. It’s amazing how much the Bible mentions about the effect of our words. Watching your words can make your job better, relationships better and give you less regrets later. Do you want to change the people in your life? Start by changing yourself and the perfect place to begin is with your words. Respond in love, and God can do amazing things in all your relationships.

“By being slow to anger and choosing to love people even when it’s hard, you can be changed today. Every relationship you have including your job can be improved today.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for the love You have shown me. Help me to show love in my relationships and to watch my words. Give me the strength to be slow to speak and slow to become angry. Lord, help me also understand that Love is also a choice, and help my heart choose love in the tough times when I dont always feel like it. May my actions of being slow to anger and expressing love even when it’s hard, change the world, one relationship at a time. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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September 7th 2017 – Follow Me, Do The Things I Do

“And when they had come to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:18-21)

If you are living the same way you did before you met Jesus, then something is wrong. “Do you mean the bad things I used to do… like lying, drinking, and profanity?” Yes, but only in part because this kind of thinking is what’s wrong with the modern day church. We tend to focus on the ‘things’ we have turned from and not on the ‘One’ we’ve turned to. You see, we should be following Jesus. Jesus said “Follow Me” and “DO the things I do.” What did Jesus do? He reached out to the hurting, loved the unlovable, and He challenged the religious people of the day. We have made Christianity all about what we ‘don’t do’ so that when we don’t smoke dope or drink ourselves into a coma, we think we are living the Christian life. Certainly that is part of it, but it is when we love and serve one another that we are really living the Christian life. Look at the difference Paul made through his ministry. The world would never be the same because of the life of Paul.

Paul wrote, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:1)

What is your commitment to God? You can judge that by your commitment to ministry, to the Church, and to serving others. Think about it. The fruit of our faith should be active. We should be ‘Bible-doing’ and not just ‘Bible-reading’. It is my job to ask the hard questions and to help you with the answers. Here’s a hard question… Are you making a difference? You probably already know the answer, but if you are not serving the Lord and others, then you are probably not making a difference.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for the gifts and abilities You have given me. Please forgive me for the times that I have failed to use them to glorify You by serving others. Please give me a burden for the hurting, the unlovable, the unsaved, and for my family in Christ. Give me opportunities to exercise that burden. Lord, I thank You for saving me from the bonds of sin. Please help me to serve You with all of my heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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