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Weekday devotionals for Christians

The Beginning of Wisdom

Pro 3:7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 
Pro 3:8
  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. 

     These two verses address similar topics that we have gone over, and topics that are talked about in abundance in the book of Proverbs, fear of the Lord and wisdom.
There is a contrast in verse 7 concerning the fear of the Lord.  The contrast is made between being wise in our own eyes and the fear of the Lord.  At first glance, the two topics do not seem to contradict each other, but with further study that contrast becomes apparent.  When we are wise in our own eyes, we start to believe that we do not need other important things in our life; like God, the Bible, Godly fear, Biblical Wisdom, etc.  When we can remain in much need in our eyes, we stay humble.  When we stay humble, we realize that we are greatly lacking and need help.  Proud people do not take help, unless they are forced to take it.
The fear of the Lord causes us to always consider God’s point of view and perspective in matters that we have control over.  The fear of the Lord has saved many people from heart-ache and sorrow.  We will not get arrogant like our flesh wants to get, when we have the fear of the Lord.  I also want to point something else out: God is going to do what He needs to do, whether or not I have fear of Him.  “What is my point”, you may ask?  The “wheels of God’s Will”  keep turning regardless of my decisions and therefor I might miss out on something good from God if I do not adopt His will from having Godly fear.  In closing I will say this, God has some wonderful things for you and I to receive, but one thing that will hinder us from receiving those things is our submission to His will.

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March 1, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Next Generation

Pro 7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
Pro 7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
Pro 7:3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
Pro 7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
Pro 7:5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

Here we have the writer of Proverbs…Solomon, instructing his son to do some things in this chapter.  He is doing this to help keep his son away from the pitfalls of life…yes, a strange woman is a pitfall for a young man!  In order for his son to avoid pitfalls, he must first set some things in place in his life that would prevent the son from falling for the strange woman.  Our young ones will allow things and people in their life that do not deserve to be in their life and in doing so, they will fill the void that the wisdom would have and should have filled.  Our young people, for the most part, do not look down the road and see the “big picture”.  Therefor they do not make the wisest of choices, so they need mom and dad to tell them what they need.

-Question…what are you telling them?  Are you living for the next generation?  Are you passing down wisdom to the next generation?  The young ones will learn from someone, will it be you?   I hope so!

 

 

 

January 24, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Heart is Talking

Pro 1:8  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Pro 1:9  For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.  

We see here an example of a father continually reaching out to his child, his son.  The Father is constantly reminding his son to hear instruction.  More importantly, he is reaching out to his son’s heart and continually drawing it close to him. That is the thing that is most important with any type of training, teaching, or child rearing.  With all of that said, even Solomon had to say, ” son, pay attention”, “listen-up”, “look at me”, “are you listening to me?”  Why do I point this out?  Because I get so frustrated with always having to make that type of statement to my children.  What ever statement you make, how ever you make it; even the wisest man ever to live had to make that statement to his son (I hope that encourages you).  By the way, how old was his son?  No one really knows how hold his son was at this point, He could have been 10 or 20 or 30.

The writer is affirming his son of the benefits of listening to and following his parents instruction in verse 9.  Notice also the next verse.  My son if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.  Here we have a mom and dad battling with the wrong crowd over their son’s heart.  Look at what they did.  They did not confront the wrong crowd, because the fool is not worth their time…but their son is:

Pro 26:4  Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

They reached out for their son’s heart instead of confronting “his friends”.  The fool does not have enough wisdom to understand what is needed, that is why the parents will not waste their time on the fool, because the fool has a funny way of bringing out the worst in people.  What will you do with the heart of your child?  Did you know that God is reaching out for your heart?  He does not care about the fools, He cares about you!  He wants your heart, because He wants you!  He wants you to have the blessed life.  That life will not come from the sinners, it will only come from listening to your heavenly daddy!  Listen closely, can you hear His heart?

January 23, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are You Listening?

Pro 1:20  Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

Pro 1:21  She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

 

Wisdom is actually begging us to listen to her.  It is hard to believe, but what is taking place is that what we really need is pursuing us.  Usually we pursue the things that are the most beneficial to us.  In this day and age that we live in, we are used to “scam artists” that are trying to trick us into to buying something that we do not need, want, or use.  Their sales pitch is so good, that we often do not even let them try their sales pitch on us for fear of being “taken for a fool”.  When I  spent 4 days in New York City with my wife on our anniversary, we were approached by MANY people to try to get us to buy something from them.  Only a few individuals did we actually buy something from (after I looked into it on my terms) and we were like that because we have been scammed before.

When it comes to Christ, wisdom, or Christ-like things; we don’t have to worry about being scammed.  God pursued us when we did not know our need:

Joh 6:44a  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:

Wisdom is now pursuing us, will you answer the call and allow her to make you wise?  The choice is really yours!

January 19, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment