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Hi Everyone! It's Friday! We have reached the conclusion of another week of great reading and great fellowship. Wendy has compiled a list of all the prayer requests for husbands and this weekend she hopes to add a button on the right hand side of her blog that we will be able to access to see those names and be able to pray for them. If Wendy does not have your name there, please e-mail her. Wendy is excited about what the Lord is going to do in the lives of our husband's as we pray for them. She doesn't want to forget the men either. She had one gentleman contact her and give her his wife's name. She appreciates both the men and women who are doing this study. God's Word is for everyone.
She begins today with two of her favourite scriptures. They are from the New Testament. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Then in Hebrews 4:12-13, “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.”
That's our Word. That's what we're digesting every single day. Today as Wendy read about Elihu and his further counsel and defense of God to Job, she came to Job 36:5-6, “God is mighty, but he does not despise anyone. He is mighty in both power and understanding. He does not let the wicked live.” The word “wicked” rebuked Wendy. It also judged the thought and attitude of her heart. She felt wicked would include a murderer, someone beyond reproach, a menace to society and she was thinking all kinds of things of what wicked would mean. Guess what she found out? Wendy is wicked. Wicked refers to those guilty of a crime, hostile to God, or guilty of sin against God or man. That pretty much covered Wendy as she is pretty much guilty of sin against God or man, as well as being guilty of sin and being hostile towards God at one time or another. But, she loved what he said about the wicked. He says in verse 11, “If they (the wicked) would listen and obey God, then they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives.” If Wendy will listen and obey God, she will be blessed with prosperity throughout her life.
What does prosperity mean? Does is mean Wendy is going to have a lot of cars, a fine home to live in, the choices foods around her, the greatest wardrobe that any woman could ask for, that her husband financially would be able to quit his job and be able to hunt and fish and they'd be able to travel the world? What does prosperity mean? Prosperity means good things, benefits, welfare, happiness and bounty. None of those material things are listed there. Welfare, our overall being, benefit, good things, happiness, if we will listen and obey. According to Wendy's study, 'listen' and 'obey' come from the same word and mean the same thing. To hear with attention or interest, listen to understand, give heed, consent, agree or grant request.
Today Wendy got some rebuking, teaching, training and her thoughts and heart were judged. She's wicked. But, if she listens and obeys God, she will be blessed. Wendy wants some of that. How 'bout you?
(All thoughts transcribed from Wendy's blog to aid those whose computers are not capatible to view these videos.)