Understand the Lord’s Will

Bob RoaneLoving and Trusting God, Wise living

Be very careful, then, how you live (and walk), not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17) This post builds on Be Wise, Not Unwise and Make the Most of Every Opportunity Doing God’s Will Judy was …

Make the Most of Every Opportunity

Bob RoaneLoving and Trusting God, Wise living

Be very careful, then, how you live (and walk), not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17) This post builds on Be Wise, Not Unwise Edward’s Resolutions Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) was an American pastor. As a young …

Be Wise, Not Unwise

Bob RoaneLoving and Trusting God, Wise living

Be very careful, then, how you live (and walk), not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17) A Classic Film Many of you know the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” made in 1946. It’s a fictional story …

The Faulty Walnut and God’s Remedy

Bob RoaneJoy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God, Wise living

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9) The Faulty Walnut Alain de Botton is a British author and public speaker who …

Three Uses of God’s Law

Bob RoaneCounseling, Wise living

I desire to do your will, my God. Your law is within my heart….The unfaithful ones did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by His law…..Blessed is the one You discipline, Lord, the one You teach from Your law….The Lord brought out His people with rejoicing, His chosen ones with shouts of joy…that they might keep His precepts …

Three Categories of God’s Law

Bob RoaneCounseling, Wise living

Delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night and your ways will always be prosperous….All His laws are before me; I have not turned away from His decrees….The law of their God is in their hearts. Their feet do not slip….All His laws are before me. I have not turned away from His decrees. …

Helping One Another

Bob RoaneCounseling, Service, Wise living

Command Christians not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure …

Resist the Devil

Bob RoaneCounseling, Jesus Christ, Wise living

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded….Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:7-10) Satan is God’s Defeated Foe William Gurnall (1616–1679) was an English pastor …

Gladness in Christ

Bob RoaneCounseling, Jesus Christ, Wise living

Sing to the LORD, you saints of His. Praise His holy name. For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime. Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me. O LORD, be my help. You turned my wailing into dancing. You removed my sackcloth …

Focusing on Christ

Bob RoaneBible Study, Loving and Trusting God, Wise living

Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies. Make your way straight before me….Teach me your way, Lord….Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. (Psalm 5:8, 27:11, 31:3) Note: When I talk about focus on Jesus, I mean focusing on God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. …