[NFBF-Melbourne] Weekend Devotion: (Sun., July 5, 2020) FW: Godly Friends Help You Make Good Decisions

Joyce Taylor dr.joycetaylor56 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 5 04:37:32 UTC 2020

Hello Everyone!  “Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever” (Psalms 106:1).  To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalms 136:5).


Be encouraged today knowing that God is our source and He is all-knowing!  His wisdom surpasses all of our understanding; He is omniscient.  God tells us in Prov. 3:5-6 to “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  Verse 6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths; and finally Verse 7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”  If we are not surrounding ourselves with the wise (those that build us up, encourage us and speak truth, then we need to check out our association.  Why should we hang around turkeys when we can connect with eagles and fly high!  Proverbs 13:20  ¶He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed”.


Lord, we thank you, in advance, for granting us the serenity to accept the things that we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the WISDOM to know the difference!


God bless,


Dr. Joyce Taylor, VP, MSCC

Communities of Faith Committee Member


Be blessed by Pastor Rick Warren’s message below:


From: Daily Hope with Rick Warren <connect at newsletter.purposedriven.com> 
Sent: Saturday, July 04, 2020 5:06 AM
To: Joyce Taylor <dr.joycetaylor56 at gmail.com>
Subject: Godly Friends Help You Make Good Decisions 






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By Rick Warren — July 4, 2020

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“Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”

Proverbs 13:20 (NLT)

When you trust God to make tough choices easier, he gives you wisdom when you ask for it. One way he does that is by directing you to people who know and practice his Word. He gives you connections with godly people who will point you in the right direction.

You need to get some godly people in your life who love and obey the Bible. You were never meant to practice God’s wisdom on your own.

Proverbs 13:20 says, "Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble" (NLT).

This is important because the quality of your life and the quality of your decisions will be determined by who you spend the most time with.

Are the people you hang out with the most helping you or hurting you? Are they building your faith or your fear? Are they causing you to worship or to worry? Are they stress relievers or stress generators in your life?

This time of social distancing presents some unique challenges to obeying this verse. We’re just not hanging out like we used to!

While we’re in a season of uncertainty and isolation, you can still keep company with wise people. For instance, technology allows you to stay in touch through phone or video. Then, be intentional about connecting with people every day—people who will encourage you and point you to God’s Word and help you make wise decisions.

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Talk About It

*	Think of your most important friendships. Are those people causing you to worry or worship?
*	Have you used the pandemic as an excuse to distance yourself from people? What can you do today to make a connection with someone who will encourage you in your faith?
*	Why do you think God wants us to help each other make wise decisions? Why can’t we do it on our own?

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 <http://messaging.saddleback.org/ct/55725087:6KBkFdbYN:m:1:3025321960:89D4BE4425A556B7340F1DE5A52B7A49:r> Series Summary 

Message 1: Real Faith Versus Fake Faith
Message 2: A Faith That Loves My Neighbor as Myself
Message 3: A Faith That Shows Respect to Everyone
Message 4: A Faith That Leads to Emotional Health
Message 5: A Faith That Stays Calm in a Crisis
Message 6: A Faith That Anchors Me in a Storm
Message 7: A Faith That Walks Through the Valley of the Virus
Message 8: A Faith That Plants Seeds of Peace
Message 9: A Faith That Isn't Troubled by Troubles
Message 10: A Faith That Makes Tough Choices Easier
Message 11: A Faith That Counters My Bad Habits

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