Category Archives: Wisdom

January 8th 2019 – Don’t Fall Victim to Mind Control

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8)

We decide what we put into our mouths. Food doesn’t simply jump in. We decide whether we will eat this or won’t eat that. We pick it up, take a bite, chew it (hopefully), and then swallow it. And when we start putting on weight, it’s happening because we put the wrong things in our mouths.

In the same way, we decide what goes into our minds. We let certain thoughts in, and we keep certain thoughts out. This is important, because the first temptation that came to Eve was to think wrong thoughts about God. We read in Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

Notice that he didn’t come to Eve and say, “Hi. I’m the Devil, the enemy of God. You’ve probably heard about me.” No, he was more subtle. He came slithering in like a snake.

That is what the Devil is a thief, a liar and a killer. He has come to steal, to kill and to destroy you. The devil will assault and attack your mind.

That is why we need to control what goes into our minds. It is there that we dream. It is there that we contemplate. It is there that we reason. With our minds we can reach into the past through our memories and reach into the future through our imaginations.

So protect and train your mind to think properly and biblically, not emotionally or sinfully. Fill it with the Word of God.

“Don’t fall victim to the devils lies”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I am grateful You are a God of truth. May I always be gracious toward others, keep me from the enemies false flattery. I don’t want to be manipulated by his lies any longer. Teach me and guide me through Your written word and with Your Holy Spirit within me. You are the God of truth, so may I always embrace truth and resist every lie. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

 Scriptural Seeds Ministries 

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December 29th 2018 – Just Because it’s Permissible..

Just Because it’s Permissible.. Does it Edify Me?

“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” (1 Corinthians 10:23)

When I was in my twenties and even thirties, I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted and never gain any weight. Because I was working in different locations everyday, my colleagues and I ate alot of fast food. I would often sypersize my meals. Day after day I would eat like that and never gain a pound. Now if I even think about some of these supersized combos, I put on weight. I just can’t do what I once was able to do.

(Hebrews 12:1) tells us, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us.”

What may be a weight to one person isn’t necessarily a weight to others. Sometimes we’ll see another Christian doing something, and we’ll say, “Well, I’ll go ahead and do that too.” But what may not be a hindrance to another person can be a hindrance to you.

Sin is sin. And sin is the same for everyone. But there are certain things that some may have the freedom to do that others don’t have. So we have to look at those things and not simply ask whether they are permissible. We also need to ask whether they are edifying. It is not a matter of asking, “Is this allowed?” It’s a matter of asking, “Is this going to build me up?” So ask yourself that question.

The apostle Paul said, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify” (1 Corinthians 10:23). In other words, just because something is permissible for a Christian doesn’t mean that you ought to do it. Maybe it could hurt you.

“What is ok for me is not always ok for others, we all have different struggles.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for the power I have in Christ to identify what is good and what is bad for me. It’s with Your power that I can control my thoughts and my emotions, rather than them controlling me. Help me focus on my ow issues than others, help me identify what may be ok for me is not always ok for others. Please protect me from myself and my own destructive sinful nature. Help me forgive myself and seek You first. It is because of Your promises of hope and salvation that I can rejoice no matter what the situation may be. Thank You Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

 Scriptural Seeds Ministries 

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December 26th 2018 – Develop Your Spiritual Passions

“We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)

God wants to change the way we live and the way we think. He does this by using the following seven areas. God wants us to grow as people and as followers of Jesus. In studying and teaching the Bible, I have seen that certain areas are absolutely critical. Meaning, if we fail in one or more of these areas, we will not be everything we have been called to be.

Seven Spiritual Passions:

1. Reading/studying the Bible
2. Praying
3. Evangelism/discipleship
4. Worship
5. Giving/tithes and offerings
6. Serving
7. Fellowship/family

Take a long look at this list. How are you doing in each one of these areas? Prayerfully rank yourself with a 1-10 in each of these seven areas. If you feel really bold, ask a loved one or friend to help you score yourself. Chances are, you are strong in some areas and weak in others areas. Spend time, pray and explore scriptures in the areas you are weak. God wants you to grow where you are weak. Be encouraged though because where we are weak, He is strong (2 Corinthians 13:9).

“The Bible, the Word of God, is our spiritual food and we should consume daily”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for salvation and Your Word. Lord, help me to recognize the areas where I am weak and make changes in my life that glorify You. Lord bring others into my life that will challenge me to develop my spiritual passions. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

 Scriptural Seeds Ministries 

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November 1st 2018 – Our Defense

“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble!”(James 2:19)

If the reporters were to interview Satan himself during this election process, we might be really surprised at how orthodox he is. For example, if they were to ask him, “Do you believe the Bible is the Word of God?” I think he would say, “Yes, I hate every word of it. But I know it is the Word of God.”

If they were to ask, “Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?” again, I think he would say yes. When Jesus encountered two demon-possessed men, the demons cried out, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God?” (Matthew 8:29) They knew Jesus was the Son of God.

James wrote, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble!” (James 2:19).

I think the Devil reads the Bible, but he reads it to misquote it. In the same way, false teachers memorize their little group of Bible verses to prove their false doctrine. And if we don’t know the context of those verses and what the Bible teaches, we can be pulled into their false teachings.

The Bible tells us that in the last days, false teachers will draw people after themselves who have an itch for novelty. They will tell people what they want to hear. Others will say there is no God at all.

For us Christians, the way to counteract that is to “share Jesus when we are prompted to people we encounter. For the leaders and teachers of the church, we need to Preach the Word of God! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2).

If you don’t know the Bible well, you can be misled. But if you’re conversant with the teaching of the Bible, when something false comes along, you’ll know the difference between what is true and what isn’t.

When voting this midterm election, we need to be diligent to prayerfully pick our candidates and continue to lift our country up in prayer…

“Be ready in season and out of season to share Gods truth”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for sharing your blessings and gifts with me. Please help me today to follow Your example and use these gifts to draw people to You. Please place friends, family, and acquaintances in my path every day so I can tell them about You. Thank You for working in my life, and using me to bless others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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October 9th 2018 – Beware of False Teachers

“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia – remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.” (1 Timothy 1:3-4)

In the body of Christ, we must be careful to guard ourselves against division and false teaching. These things will penetrate the body and can lead to sin as well as a misunderstanding of God’s Word. Often, those who come representing a “new way” or a “higher understanding” are deceived. Their doctrine is dependent upon human wisdom or even an evil motive. This is why many times throughout the scriptures the apostles warn against false teachers and bad doctrines.

Often, bad teaching comes from those who want to do it their own way. They are not content with God’s Word as the final authority so they twist it or reject it altogether. Don’t be deceived, this is dangerous. If we are to truly understand life, we need to look to the One who gave life. If we desire to know about this world, we must hold tight to the words of God who formed it. Most importantly, if we are to know how we can find forgiveness and eternal life, we have no other option than to embrace the Truth found in the Bible. When we live by God’s Words and not our own, we will find hope for this life and unending joy in the next.

“There is danger in living our lives by our own standards rather than God’s.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for the Bible. What a blessing it is to be able to read the very words of God. Father, guard my heart against false teaching and help me to stand firm on the Truth of Your Word. Hide Your Word in my heart so that I will not sin against You. Use me to share Your Word with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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September 27th 2018 – 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.

“One who uses the Bible as his guide never loses his sense of direction”

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 5th 2018 – Embrace Truth, Reject Lies

A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.”  (Proverbs 26:28)

This verse from Proverbs tells us that behind a lying tongue is hatred and flattery. These kings of actions will create a life full of pain for them and others around them. In today’s world lying has become a plague that is grieving the heart of God. It is not only rampant in society, but it has also spread among God’s own people. Even God’s ministers are not immune and many of them are infected with it.

According to many people, it’s considered rather harmless. Reference is even made to telling little “white lies.” Supposedly to some, these kind are O.K. These encompass speaking flattering words and compliments without really meaning them. Lying is now so commonplace that people are deceived into just accepting it as normal, instead of recognizing and resisting it. The practice of lying and dishonesty is now epidemic in our world. People lie and cheat on their income tax forms. People cover their adulterous affairs with lies. People lie about being ill in order to take off work. People lie when confronted with mistakes they have made, blaming others. People lie in order to get a promotion or favor. People lie to in order to get out of jams. People lie about others in order to get elected into government positions. The list could go on.

What does the Bible say about lying? A lying tongue is not only something God hates, it is also something that is an abomination to Him. It is one of the sins listed that God hates.

(Proverbs 6:16-19) “There are six things the LORD hates,seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.”

Evil lies that are used against people are told for the purpose of wounding and crushing others. This is so prevalent in the media. This is why God hates it so, as it is designed to destroy people and their reputations. A wicked person who tells lies one minute to destroy others, will not hesitate to use flattery the next minute, if it will advance his own selfish cause. Whether it is a lie or flattery, the motive is wicked and the words are designed to ruin others.

On the positive side, the Bible tells us that truth will end up prevailing over a lie. It is always better to tell the truth, as truth will ultimately endure over all lies. The Bible tells us that Jesus and His Word are truth. Therefore if I give my life to Christ and practice His Word, I will be able to walk in the truth and tell the truth.

(Psalm 100:5) “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations”

(John 14:6) Jesus answerd “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”

Lying is a sin that leads to other sins. In fact, when someone tells a lie, then they have to tell other lies to cover that lie. When someone lies about another, they practice hate. The Bible tells us that hatred is really murder in someone’s heart. We can see the progression – telling a lie, embracing hatred in one’s heart, and then an actual murder can follow those two sins. This is why lying is so deadly.

(1 John 3:14) “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.”

“God knows our secrets so let’s be honest with ourselves and others”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I am grateful You are a God of truth. Lord, help establish my lips to always speak the truth and not deceitfulness. Fill me daily with your Holy Spirit so that I am empowered to walk in love toward all my brothers and sisters in the Lord. May I always be gracious toward others, keep me from any false flattery. I never want to be manipulative, but to always be honest and sincere in all my dealings with others. You are the God of truth, so may I always embrace truth and resist every lie. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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August 29th 2018 – Beware

“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!” (Philippians 3:2)

Around 60 AD, the church at Philippi began to preach a different message than what Jesus had taught. Jesus’ message was that if we believe in Him, we will not perish but have everlasting life.

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26) I’m

To be forgiven of our sins, we just need to believe that Jesus’ death on the cross is the only way to be forgiven. That’s it. The church at Philippi began to say that people had to first become a Jew, be circumcised, and then they could become a follower of Jesus. That’s not at all what Jesus said. Humanity often wants us to ‘do something’ before we can be made right with God. It’s like putting our two cents in so to speak. The truth is, that’s what got us into trouble in the first place. Jesus has done everything needed so we can be forgiven of our sins. Beware of anyone who adds or takes away from the message of Jesus. It can be very harmful. There is nothing we can ‘do’ to make ourselves right with God. He is waiting with open arms for all who will call on Him.

“Anything beyond coming to Jesus in faith is works-based mentality.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your Son and doing everything necessary for me to have a relationship with You. Please give me opportunities to tell others that they can come to You just as they are. Thank You for caring for all of my needs and loving me so much. I do not ever want to put up obstacles for others to come to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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August 21st 2018 – Friend or Foe

“And Joab answered, “May the Lord make His people a hundred times more than they are. But, my Lord the king, are they not all my Lord’s servants? Why then does my Lord require this thing? Why should he be a cause of guilt in Israel?” (1 Chronicles 21:3)

We have a real enemy. Satan is not the little ambivalent cartoon character he has tricked people into thinking he is. The truth is, He wants to take you out. “The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy, I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

He will do whatever he can to derail you in loving and following God. Your adversary, Satan, operates in the darkness of selfishness and pride, and he will try to get you to do the same. When you walk in generosity, kindness or blessing others, you walk in the Spirit.

For reasons we don’t know, David wanted to number the people of Israel. Surely counting people is not the sin, but the motive of David’s census was. We see Joab, David’s friend, warning David against his decision. Had David heeded to his friend’s warnings, many lives would have been spared.

(Proverbs 27:6) “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

Are you willing to speak into the life of a friend? Are you willing even when it’s uncomfortable or difficult? Do you love your friends? People who always speak easy-pleasy things to you may not have your best interest in mind. Are you willing to hurt a friendship to prevent a friend from falling into Satan’s trap? Are you willing to allow a friend likewise to speak hard things to you?

“Our real friends will warn us when they think we are falling into the enemy’s traps”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Lord, I recognize that I am in a real battle and I have messed up. I have opened the door to the plagues in my life and hurt others and myself. Help me to put away all selfishness and pride. Lord, I do not want to live my life blaming others or making excuses for decisions I have made. Lord, forgive me. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for speaking to me and giving me victory through the blood of Your Son, Jesus. I am so grateful that my sin does not have to count me out. Strengthen me with determination to fight in the battle for the souls of others around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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August 16 2018 – Ture Wisdom Begins and Ends 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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