“The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.”
Have you ever stopped and considered whether you really believe every Word that God preserved for us?
“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”
It is very easy to quickly agree that every Word of God is true.
It is also very easy to profess that we believe every Word, but do our lives reflect that belief?
There is a difference in knowing what the Bible says, believing what the Bible says, and living according to what the Bible says.
Which category or categories apply to you today?
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
May our lives reflect the Word of God so that others may see Him in us.
Live in the Word, so that you live by the Word.
Jeremiah 35-36 | Colossians 2 | Proverbs 31
“The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy. The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish. There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness. The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.”
Our hearts often deceive us as to what appears to be what we need or want.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Our fleshly hearts are desperately wicked, and we must always be conscious of this fact. When we allow our hearts to lead the way, we are headed for destruction. It is for this reason that we must diligently keep our hearts in the Word of God.
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
Where is your heart leading you today?
Jeremiah 33-34 | Colossians 1 | Proverbs 30
“Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.”
How seriously do we take sin?
Those that make light of the effects that sin has upon our lives are sadly deceived.
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
The devil desires to deter and distract us from our God-given purpose by enticing us into sin, usually by offering us exactly what we think we need or want. There is always an end to the pleasure that sin has to offer, but there is also a punishment that must be received.
How seriously do we take our own sin?
Those that refuse to see the error of their own ways are also deceived.
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.”
When we view sin in light of what the Word of God says, we have favour with Him.
The moment we realize we are sinners, is the moment that God begins to work within us. The conviction of the Holy Spirit enables us to see our need for a Saviour, and the price that Jesus Christ paid for our sin. God loved us so much that He willingly sacrificed His only begotten Son so that we could be His children.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Even after we are saved, sin still has an effect on us. We are new creatures inside, but we still reside within our sinful nature, the flesh. The battle for our eternity is over, but the war for our testimony has just begun.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
We have the whole armour of God available to us to allow us to stand despite the devil’s attempt to destroy us. Rather than view sin lightly, seek today to use the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, to help you defeat the enemy.
Jeremiah 31-32 | Philippians 4 | Proverbs 29
“A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.”
Wisdom allows us to willingly tell the truth. Those who have only the perception of Wisdom are known for lying.
“A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.”
Wisdom is hidden to those who are full of scorn, but Wisdom allows and enables us to discern what is the Truth.
“Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.”
Wisdom allows us to perceive if our Spirit bears witness with that of others.
“The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.”
Wisdom allows us to understand our way based upon what is written in the Word. Those who live without Wisdom and the Word will find themselves in foolishness,
All of this is available to us when we choose to live by the Wisdom of the Word of God.
Jeremiah 29-30 | Philippians 3 | Proverbs 28
“Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.”
It is easy to complain about the messes made by children, spouses, or even church members. We like things to be normal. We resist change. We rarely offer to try something new or volunteer to work in a ministry that is just getting started, because we are unfamiliar with the territory.
Complacency is easy to find.
We navigate to where we are comfortable, but if we stay there we are sure to miss out on something.
What have you missed because you stayed within your comfort zone?
Andrew, Peter, James, and John were familiar with fishing, but only for fish. When Jesus approached them on the shores of the Sea Of Galilee that day, they were clueless about how drastic their lives were about to change. He simply said, “Follow me”, and when they faithfully obeyed, they began their journey in fishing for men instead.
“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.”
It takes change to make a difference.
These fishermen could only catch fish in their own power; but when Christ changed their lives, He gave them the strength to fish for men.
His strength made the difference when they yielded themselves to Him.
2 Corinthians 12:9
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Where there are no messes, there are no people.
When everything remains the same, there is no growth.
We must be willing to endure the messes and the change, so that God can fill our lives with people we can show the love of Christ.
Jeremiah 27-28 | Philippians 2 | Proverbs 27
“He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him. In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.”
As we walk with the Lord, our fear of Him grows.
When we fear Him, we stand in awe of Him.
The more time we spend with Him, the more we will know Him.
The more we know Him, the more we will want to know Him.
“Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.”
We are either walking with the Lord or standing still. In order to refrain from being stagnant, there must be action involved in our fellowship with Him.
Walk while you are waiting.
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Walk while you are working.
“And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?”
Walk while you are worshipping.
“Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.”
We cannot walk with Him without walking in His Word.
“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.”
Walk with Him today.
Jeremiah 25-26 | Philippians 1 | Proverbs 26
“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”
What we build upon is of great importance to the testimony of our lives.
Jesus Christ taught this Truth at the end of His Sermon on the Mount. After all of the life changing things He told the people, He saved this parable for last. He begins with the reminder that Wisdom begins by hearing His Word.
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”
When we hear the Word of God and build our lives upon the Rock of Ages, we are secure in Him despite the storms.
On the contrast, those who reject and neglect His Word will live in foolishness. Their lives like a house built upon the sand, which cannot withstand the same storm that the wise survive. The Wisdom of the Word makes the difference.
“And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
We have the choice today of what we will build our lives upon – the wisdom of the world or the Wisdom of the Word.
Live so that others will see that your life is built by Wisdom.
Jeremiah 23-24 | John 21 | Proverbs 25
“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.”
When a parent disciplines their child, it is because they love them and want what’s best for their children.
“For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”
God chastens His children because He loves them.
Where there is no chastisement, there may be no relationship.
“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.”
The chastening of the Lord is confirmation that you are His child. Those that are able to continually live in the pleasures of sin without conviction, need to evaluate their fellowship with Him.
We must count chastisement as one of the many blessings we have been given as His children. He loves each one of us like we are His only child, and only wants what is best for us.
Rather than avoiding or ignoring God’s correction, embrace His love and allow Him to guide you in the way you should go.
Jeremiah 21-22 | John 20 | Proverbs 24
“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.”
Most grandparents want to leave an inheritance for their children. As much of a blessing as that would be for the family, it can never replace them. However their inheritance is temporal, and can only be enjoyed on earth.
God’s children have a Wiser Inheritance through their knowledge of His Son, Jesus Christ. When we trust Him as Saviour, we obtain an inheritance that cannot be taken away.
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
If you have received Christ as your Saviour, you have been given the Holy Spirit as the down payment of the inheritance you have waiting for you in Heaven.
1 Peter 1:3-5
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
God purchased us by the blood of Jesus Christ, and we are His children with an eternal inheritance waiting for us!
Jeremiah 19-20 | John 19 | Proverbs 23
These verses show the contrast between the two wisdoms. As you read each one, compare what a difference Wisdom can make in our lives.
“Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard."
“Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.”
“A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.”
“Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.”
“The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.”
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
“Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.”
When we consider the difference Wisdom makes, the truth of what Christ does in our lives is overwhelming.
We can do nothing to earn His grace, it is freely given.
His favour is bestowed upon us simply because we are His children.
Praise Him today for the difference He has made in your life.
Jeremiah 17-18 | John 18 | Proverbs 22
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