August 31 - Pressured.
“Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.”
Three words in this verse come from the same root word, which refers to pressing, squeezing, or forcing.
Repeated pressure creates strife.
“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”
When we are pressured, we become confused.
God is not the Author of confusion, so therefore our feelings are not from Him.
1 Corinthians 14:33
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
Oppression and strife originate from a devising evil.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Our enemy seeks to devour God’s children by distracting and depressing.
When people pressure us, we must remember that there is a greater enemy behind their actions.
We can have great peace when we allow the Word of God to make us unoffendable.
“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
Choose to be humble and avoid any pressure, strife, or confusion that will distract you from the purpose God has for you today.
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
Ecclesiastes 7-8 | Revelation 5 | Proverbs 31
August 30 - Cover Our Mouths.
“If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.”
From the first phrase of the verse, it is clear that it is foolish to try and lift up ourselves. Promotion is not for our doing, for it belongs to the Lord.
“Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”
There is only One who is to be lifted up.
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
Who are we compared to Him to lift ourselves up?
“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.”
If we will humble ourselves before Him, He shall reward us according to His will.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
Agur gives us great advice for those times when we desire to lift ourselves up or when we have evil thoughts.
Covering our mouths will prevent us from saying something that we cannot get back and will later regret.
“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”
Ecclesiastes 5-6 | Revelation 4 | Proverbs 30
August 29 - Going Wisdom.
“There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any; A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.”
Each of these things are majestic in their going.
He is the king of beasts, because of his strength. A lion fears no one, and is bold is their pursuit. It is no wonder why God chose to use a lion as the example of how we should be bold as Christians.
“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”
He is fit for running the race set before him. So should we run well the race we have been given.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
An He Goat
He leads the pack, and is the first to go forward. We can learn from his example and apply this principle of leadership to our life. Who are we leading?
2 Timothy 2:2
“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
No one rise up against Him, for there is no one like Him. We serve the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
1 Kings 8:60-61
“That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else. Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.”
When Solomon asked for Wisdom, he had a purpose in mind.
He knew that going forth without Wisdom from above, he would surely fail.
2 Chronicles 1:10
“Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?”
Ask the Lord for going Wisdom today.
Ecclesiastes 3-4 | Revelation 3 | Proverbs 29
August 28 - The Little Things.
“There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.”
Ants, conies (similar to rabbits, but live in rocks), locusts, and spiders may seem like little things to us, but God chose each of these animals for a very specific reason. They are written within the inspired pages of Scripture for our learning.
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
We tend to look at ants as little mindless creatures that serve virtually little purpose. If you have never studied how ants behave as a group and work together for the good of all, take some time to do so. There is much wisdom found in their behavior, and we would be better to learn from them.
God uses the things we see as little to do great things for Him.
There is nothing insignificant when the Lord chooses them for His glory.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.”
If we will simply humble ourselves, we can be used by the Lord to do great things for His glory.
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Ecclesiastes 1-2 | Revelation 2 | Proverbs 28
August 27 - Disturbances.
“For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.”
Many things in this world are disturbing.
In these verses, the Scriptures dwell on three things that are disquieted or disturbing, while all four things mentioned are a burden to those around them.
A servant is not meant to reign.
A fool is never full of wisdom.
An odious woman would make a hard wife to live with.
A handmaid is not to take the place of a wife.
“Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.”
When a person who begins as a servant is entrusted with power and authority, there is often a season of disquietedness where they become proud and scornful.
Things that are disturbing are often the exact opposite of what is expected or considered the norm.
Consider what you find disturbing?
How does it compare to the descriptions above?
What are we to do amongst such disturbances?
Cast the disturbances around you upon our Saviour today.
1 Peter 5:7
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
He desires to help you bear the burden you are facing, and promises to sustain you along the way.
“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
Remember to pray and seek His will in every thing that you do. As you pray, thank Him for the headaches and heartaches that disturbances cause, for without them we could not grow as close to or become more like Him.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Job 41-42 | Revelation 1 | Proverbs 27
August 26 - Denial Of Wickedness.
“Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.”
Denying our wrongdoing is very dangerous.
If we make a habit of denying the sin in our lives, we will soon become immune to that sin.
Professed innocence is evidence of deception.
1 John 1:8
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
1 John 1:10
“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
Until we are willing to admit that no good thing dwelleth in us, we will remain in our sin and our fellowship with the Lord will be disrupted.
1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Forgiveness is waiting for those that refuse to deny the Truth.
Job 39-40 | Jude | Proverbs 26
August 25 - Too Wonderful.
“There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.”
Three things are listed here that we simply cannot trace:
We cannot trace the course of an eagle as it soars through the sky.
We cannot trace the path a snake slithers across a rock.
Only the Creator can.
Although man made, it is nearly impossible to trace the exact movements of a ship as it is tossed in the waves of the sea. Storms can cause us to drift away from the course we had intended to travel.
Some things are just too wonderful for us to comprehend.
They are simply magnificent just as God intended them to be.
The unsearchable riches of Christ are too wonderful, for He is Wonderful.
“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:”
The unsearchable riches of His wisdom are too wonderful, for He is Wonderful.
“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!”
There is nothing good in us that is worthy of the love of God.
“Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”
To think that God was willing to give His only begotten Son because He loves us is simply unthinkable.
“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.”
His Wisdom is too wonderful, yet He has made the way to Him so simple that a child can understand.
Job 37-38 | 3 John | Proverbs 25
August 24 - Our Eyesight.
“The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.”
The first of the four generations previously mentioned in this chapter cursed their father and did not bless their mother.
“There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.”
Then in verse 17, we see the consequences for dishonoring their parents.
The Lord takes the honoring of parents so seriously that, here, He sends birds to remove the eyesight of those who choose not to do so.
Our eyes reveal light to us.
“Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.”
Without light, we are forced to be in darkness.
Can you imagine?
“Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.”
Where would we be today if we did not have the Light?
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
Our eyesight of Wisdom comes from the Light shining.
Job 35-36 | 2 John 1 | Proverbs 24
August 23 - Never Satisfied.
“The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.”
When someone cries, “Give, give”, most likely they are either desperate for help or simply full of greed. Regardless of the reason, at the root of their request is discontentment.
We will never be rich if we continuously covet more.
Where there is no satisfaction, there is misery and pain.
“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
If what we have is not enough, we are never satisfied.
The discontented are never satisfied with how much money they have, what they possess, their friends or their family. This is not the way that God has intended, or even desires, for us to live.
Instead of seeking goods or relationships to fulfill our need for more, we can choose to allow the Word of God to fill our hearts and minds.
“Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.”
The Word brings contentment.
If we fill ourselves with Scripture, there will be no room for the wiles of the devil to tempt us into wanting more.
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
Job 33-34 | 1 John 5 | Proverbs 23
August 22 - There Is A Generation.
“There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.”
There is a generation that does not honor their parents.
There is a generation that is hypocritical in their behavior.
There is a generation that is proud in their own eyes.
There is a generation that is cruel and greedy.
Sound much like the day we are living in?
Throughout the Scriptures we read of generation after generation whose legacy should cause us to emulate or evade.
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
God has promised to preserve His Word to every generation.
This gives each generation hope to succeed. With the Scriptures at our disposal, we have everything that we need in order to be who God has made us to be and fulfill His purpose for our lives.
“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”
God has chosen His people for His glory.
We are chosen, and we have been chosen to be a peculiar people because we are called to be royal and holy. Each generation that did not please the Lord was unholy and carnal.
1 Peter 2:9-10
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
There is a generation to come.
It is up to us to set an example for those that will come after us. We are responsible for teaching the next generation the praises of the Lord.
“We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:”
There is a generation.
What will be our legacy?
Job 31-32 | 1 John 4 | Proverbs 22
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