Posts Tagged ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’

God Chooses the Weak

April 9, 2014

From 365 Promises

ChosenWeak

1 Corinthians 1:27-31 AMP
27 [No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame.
28 And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are,
29 So that no mortal man should [have pretense for glorying and] boast in the presence of God.
30 But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin].
31 So then, as it is written, Let him who boasts and proudly rejoices and glories, boast and proudly rejoice and glory in the Lord.

Let him who boasts- boast in the Lord!
He chooses the weak to confound the world.

Jeremiah 9:24 AMP
24 But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.

Related:
Reliance Upon the Spirit[blog]

Gifts of Grace

September 6, 2010

Romans 12:6-8 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

1 Corinthians 12:31 But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.

1 Peter 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

It’s interesting that the word for gifts here is charisma.

From Netbible Rom 12:6; 1 Cor 12:31; 1 Peter 4:10

charisma gifts[5486]
1) a favor with which one receives without any merit of his own {due to the power of divine grace operating by the Holy Spirit}
2) the gift of divine grace

The gifts, received without any merit of one’s own, a sign of divine grace operating by the power of the Holy Spirit thru Jesus Christ – given to faithfully serve others.

Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

From Netbible Ephesians 4:7
charis grace[5485]
2a) of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtue

Gifts not to boast or rejoice about, not to be claimed as one’s own, but to serve faithfully, to grow up in all things into Him who is the head––Christ{ Eph 4:15} …

Luke 10:17-20 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

1 Corinthians 1:31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”
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Psalm 34:2-3 My soul will make its boast in the LORD; The humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.
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Related:
Sharpen Your Blade{prayer}