“It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.”
We often pride ourselves when we find a good bargain, often neglecting to consider the outcome for the seller.
God did not devalue us when He chose to give His only begotten Son so that we could believe on Him.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
He knew what Price was required and paid willingly.
We are bought with a high price, the blood and life of the very Son of God, Jesus Christ. We have nothing to boast about of our own merit or value, but only in what He did for us.
“There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.”
Biblical understanding is worth far greater than any piece of gold or collection of jewelry. The great cost that God paid so that we could know Him and have His Word is worth more than any material object in this world.
“But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me. It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.”
The possession of Wisdom today is a very rare thing, a precious jewel.
May we consider just how rare of a Gift we have within us today.
Exodus 11-12 | Matthew 10 | Proverbs 31
“The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.”
It is so easy to forget that we are God’s creation. If our ears can hear, it is God who allowed it. If our eyes can see, it is God that gave us sight.
“Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.”
It is also easy to love sleep. If we spend most of the time that God gives us sleeping our lives away, we will miss out on the purpose that He also gave us.
It is time for us to open our eyes to what the Word of God has to say.
“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”
It is time for us to be satisfied with the Bread of Life.
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
God has given us everything that we need written within the pages of His Word. If we cannot find the answer, perhaps we should not be asking the question. We have no wisdom without seeking Him.
May we open our eyes today to what God has for us.
We will not find true purpose or passion without seeking Him through the Word of God that He preserved so that we could know Him.
Exodus 9-10 | Matthew 9 | Proverbs 30
“Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.”
Integrity is to be shown in our testimony, the way we present ourselves to others and ultimately to God. Even in children, we can see whether or not they have been taught right and wrong by their actions.
“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
What we do matters; for our actions display what and who we really are. To speak of doing something without actually doing it, makes us dishonest instead of trustworthy. We are known by the fruit of our doings.
“I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
When our faith is tried by fire, will they come forth as praise unto Him?
1 Peter 1:7
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
When our ways are tried by God, will we come forth as gold?
“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
God knows us, and He knows the state of the fruit our lives.
What fruit do you have today?
Exodus 7-8 | Matthew 8 | Proverbs 29
“Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.”
A variety of messages only leads to confusion, which God is not the author of.
1 Corinthians 14:33
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
The Truth must be consistently seen in all that we say and do. Though our methods may be different, our Message must remain the same.
“A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.”
Think of a pair of scales. In order to create a balance, the weight must be the same on both sides. A true balance is achieved when the exact amount of weight is placed on either side of the scale so that the platforms align perfectly.
The devil desires to confuse the minds of those seeking God by multiplying sources that claim to speak the Truth. All roads of religion do not lead to Heaven; only by the blood of Jesus Christ will we ever reach the gates of pearl.
A false doctrine and the Truth do not weigh the same.
Confusion and error are an abomination to the Lord.
Where there is no Truth, there is no salvation.
Where there is no Truth, there is no relationship.
Where there is no Truth, there is no eternal life.
Do not allow the devil to deceive you into believing that a false doctrine is the Truth. If your belief does not stand upon the Truth of the Word of God, you have no Truth at all.
What the Bible says is wrong, is wrong.
What the Bible says is right, is right.
There is no gray area when weighing Truth and error.
There is cannot be a balance when things do not weigh the same.
“A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.”
Weigh your belief against the Truth of the Word of God today.
Exodus 5-6 | Matthew 7 | Proverbs 28
“A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes. Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?”
Who could say that? What a prideful and very incorrect judgment.
“Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.”
Job had it right. Since there is nothing good about us, we cannot make ourselves clean. To say that we are pure from sin erases any pureness about us and replaces it with pride.
“In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.”
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
How dangerous it is to proclaim to be anything on our own. We are nothing outside of what God has done for us in His gift of His only begotten Son so that anyone in the world could believe on Him.
“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”
1 Corinthians 4:4
“For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.”
Our righteousness is as filthy rags compared to the Holy Righteous God we claim to serve. If we dare to declare that we had even a fraction to do with our salvation, we have no salvation at all.
1 John 1:8-10
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
Exodus 3-4 | Matthew 6 | Proverbs 27
“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.”
It has been said that integrity is doing what is right even when it is not convenient, strongly adhering to a code of moral values.
Biblical integrity is shown through the lives of many people in the Scriptures. The most well known would probably be Job. Despite all the persecution and trouble he endured, he remained faithful to God. Even when his wife urged him to throw in the towel, his integrity never wavered. Job’s testimony still shines today and encourages us to keep the faith in the midst of our trials.
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”
When we walk with integrity, we can speak the Truth.
“LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.”
When we walk with integrity, we are secure.
“Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.”
When we walk with integrity, we will see it in our children.
3 John 1:3-4
“For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
When we walk with integrity, we will see His direction.
“The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.”
Allow those around you to see a difference in you.
Walk with integrity today, and every day.
Exodus 1-2 | Matthew 5 | Proverbs 26
“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?”
Faithfulness is rare today, while selfishness abounds.
It seems as though we are more concerned with ourselves than ever before.
“Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.”
Proclaiming our own goodness is a dangerous thing.
“Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.”
Promotion is from the Lord; it is not something we can manipulate ourselves. Anything we achieve on our own is sure to fail, but that which God ordains and constructs will never falter.
“I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.”
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
It is wise to be faithful, for He is Faithful.
1 Corinthians 1:9
“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
A true Christian desires to be like Christ; therefore since He is Faithful, may we allow seek to be faithful in everything that we do.
Genesis 49-50 | Matthew 4 | Proverbs 25
“Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.”
The Wisdom of God is like a well of water that never runs dry.
Just as the oceans cannot contain the love of God, there is nothing that can hold the depth of the riches of Him.
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
As we seek His Wisdom, we receive the ability of discernment. The Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of our hearts, and as a result of this process we can learn to discern between Truth and error.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
We cannot have discernment without knowing the Truth and choosing to apply the Truth to our lives. His Wisdom is always available to anyone, we need only ask Him.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Draw it out. Apply the Word to your heart and life today.
Genesis 47-48 | Matthew 3 | Proverbs 24
“The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.”
If we use cooler temperatures outside as an excuse for our lack of service, it is truly the coldness of their heart that is the real reason. Our actions reveal far greater than our words.
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”
May we not allow the cold to keep us from sowing the Seed of the Gospel everywhere we go; otherwise, when Christ comes we will surely be empty-handed. We have the choice to plow now, or beg later.
We have become a lazy people, always wanting a fast outcome or solution. The Christian life is not a sprint, but rather a marathon of walking for and with the Lord Jesus Christ. Seek His direction today. Pray that you would be fruitful instead of slothful. There are plenty of opportunities to reach others, if only we would take the time to plow the field before us.
“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
The Seeds that we do not plant will never bring forth fruit.
The only unsuccessful Gospel witness is the one that is not given.
His Word will never return void.
Genesis 45-46 | Matthew 2 | Proverbs 23
“The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.”
How we react in the midst of strife says a lot about who we are.
It takes two to fight; and it take Wisdom to decide whether or not it is worth the contention.
There is a difference in fighting for what is right, and fighting to be right.
We must stand up for the Truth, but arguing for the sake of winning is simply foolish.
“If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.”
Abraham showed great Wisdom when he chose to end the strife between him and his nephew, Lot. Instead of enduring the contention, the two peacefully parted ways and God honored the decision.
“And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.”
Instead of fighting, choose to wisely cease the strife within your life.
Ask the Lord to reveal and remove anything or anyone that is hindering your walk with Him. The process of pruning may hurt at first, but it is necessary if we truly desire to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”
Genesis 43-44 | Matthew 1 | Proverbs 22
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