01 October: Frustrated Intelligence

There are few things more annoying than not being able to think swiftly in an argument or debate; few things more frustrating than not being able to solve a problem or puzzle when you’re sure you’re staring at the answer…

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 1  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


When I think of how far I could have gone in life (had I been able to outwit those opposing my ideas), or how confident I’d be today (if I didn’t have a myriad of memories reminding my of how stupid I’ve been), I wouldn’t be so frustrated with my emotional intelligence, my intellectual intelligence, my cultural intelligence, or even my spiritual intelligence. And so again, lovely words greet me at the start of another day…

Written in the 1st Century AD, today’s chapter shows that the Creator God has destroyed the wisdom of the wise. He’s frustrated the intelligence of the intelligent.[a] So it doesn’t matter who we are or how clever (or dull) we may be, we can have confidence as children of the Creator God.[b]  If this isn’t enough to give you HOPE today, Paul tops it all with telling us that God is faithful. [v9] It’s not about us; which person we’re following; or group we’re connected with. [v10-17] In fulfilment of His own ancient prophecies, the Creator God has frustrated human intelligence, over-turned our human wisdom, and wiped our ‘card table’ clean. [v19-25]  A new game has started and He’s using cards from His own ancient deck. Through HIStory and He’s GRACE, we’re called indiscriminately into fellowship with His flawless Son [v9] – in order to make us flawless…

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to connect with the God of Grace? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[c]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”

Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. [Psalm 47:6]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…

  • The World:  The Republic of Paraguay[d]
  • Your Nation:  The Armed Forces at home and abroad
  • Yourself:  The “fruit of God’s Holy Spirit”[e] in your life
  • Your concerns for today
Jesus said, “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. [John 15:16]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”

O Lord – the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and loving-kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments – I’ve sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled by turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances. [Daniel 9:4-5]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”

Thank-you Father that by Your own ancient declarations, I can rely on Your protection and make peace with You. [Isaiah 27:5]

“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”

When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[f] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = A Good Caretaker

Jesus said: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” [Matthew 6:33]

[a] Isaiah 29:14

[b] John 1:12 (Context: v1-13)

[c] Matthew 6:5-15

[d] http://www.operationworld.org/country/para/owtext.html

[e] Galatians 5:22-23

[f] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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