November 30 - Handle It Wisely.
“He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.”
How we conduct ourselves is our testimony to those around us.
Would they consider us wise?
1 Samuel 18:14
“And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.”
We are known by our actions. How we react and respond shows our character.
God is willing to give us wisdom if only would ask.
"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.”
“For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”
Within the pages of the Word of God we find Wisdom at our fingertips, yet so often we neglect what He has to say. We must choose not to lean on our own understanding, trusting Him with all our heart.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
God knows the situation you are facing today.
His Word has the Answer, for He is the Answer.
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
We must trust Him to enable us to handle each situation wisely, showing His grace and mercy to those around us.
Ezekiel 39-40 | Mark 16 | Proverbs 30 & 31
“The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.”
When we endeavor to depart from evil, we are seeking the right path.
It is our choice which road we travel.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.”
If we choose the road of pride, we will inevitably fall into destruction.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Jesus said that few would choose the highway of the upright, while many refuse to depart from evil simply because of pride.
In every decision we make, we must choose whether to act in pride or humility. Which will you choose today?
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
Ezekiel 37-38 | Mark 15 | Proverbs 29
November 28 - Much Better.
“How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!”
There are some things that are much better than anything money can buy; yet they are at our disposal if we will simply choose them.
It is much better to fear the Lord.
“And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”
“O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.”
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
It is much better to understand.
1 Kings 3:9
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”
“Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.”
“Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.”
It is much better to have Wisdom.
“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
“Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
Today, seek to choose the things that are much better.
Ezekiel 35-36 | Mark 14 | Proverbs 28
November 27 - Just & Righteous.
“A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.”
God sets up kings and changes kings according to His will. Those in government and leadership are placed there because God orchestrated it to fulfill His divine purpose and plan.
“A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.”
God desires for all people to treat others and be treated justly, for He is Just. A balance scale is often used as a symbol for justice and government. In order for it to be equally balanced, the same amount of weight must be placed on each side.
“It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right. The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it. In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.”
There is no righteousness where there is no Wisdom, for He is Righteous. Righteousness must be the foundation of leadership, for we cannot rightly lead if we are not righteous. When a leader does not possess righteousness, they are dependent upon their own abilities instead of the Lord.
“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”
The Lord is Just and Righteous.
Allow Him to be your Rock today.
Ezekiel 33-34 | Mark 13 | Proverbs 27
November 26 - He Knows What Is Best.
“Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right. A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”
We may desire to be rich in revenue, but the Lord knows what is best.
He provides every need when we choose seek Him first.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
When we begin to realize the amount of blessings we have in Him, we find we are much richer than we could ever be without Him.
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,”
Our wealth on earth fades away quickly, for it is only temporal.
The riches that are found in Christ are eternal; they will never fade away.
“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! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
His direction is worth more than anything money can buy.
Sometimes we do not even realize that the Lord has directed us to exactly where we need to be, but He does just that each and every single day.
He orders our steps away from sin.
“Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.”
He orders our steps to protect us and lead us to the right people and places.
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
When we allow Him to direct us, we can never go wrong; for He knows what is best.
Ezekiel 31-32 | Mark 12 | Proverbs 26
November 25 - Wisdom Brings Peace.
“When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
When we walk in the ways of the Lord, it makes a difference in the way we live. That is the power of the Word of God in our lives.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
Our walk changes as we follow Christ’s example.
Wisdom brings peace to our relationships.
1 Kings 5:12
“And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together.”
There is no contention where Wisdom dwells.
“Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”
There is no pride where Wisdom dwells.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
Allow the Wisdom of the Word to transform your relationships today.
“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
Ezekiel 29-30 | Mark 11 | Proverbs 25
November 24 - Defeat The Pride.
“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.”
The Lord not only hates pride, but His Word tells us that those that are proud in their heart are an abomination unto Him.
We all deal with pride.
“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
There is no way around it, because we are dwelling within the flesh.
The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life all originate from our sinful pride. These things are of the world, and we must strive to avoid them.
1 John 2:16
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
Pride has its consequences.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.”
The Word of God is the only way to defeat the pride within us.
Jesus Christ showed us how powerful His Word is when He used it to defeat the devil when he tempted Christ.
“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
When you struggle with pride, defeat it with the Wisdom of the Word of God.
Ezekiel 27-28 | Mark 10 | Proverbs 24
November 23 - Made For Him.
“The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.”
The Lord created us for Himself, and has given us everything we need in order to give back to Him.
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”
He made us so that we could praise Him.
“This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.”
He made us so that we could thank Him.
1 Chronicles 29:13
“Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.”
He made us so that we could worship Him.
“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”
He made us so that we could serve Him.
“Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”
He made us so that we could love Him.
1 John 4:19
“We love him, because he first loved us.”
We were made by Him and for Him.
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
Thank Him today and every day.
Ezekiel 25-26 | Mark 9 | Proverbs 23
November 22 - Focused Wisdom.
“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.”
Anything wise that we say or think does not originate with us, but is from the Lord. He made us and gave us everything that we have. We are nothing without a Him, for there is nothing good about us outside of Him.
“All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.”
Though we may have good intentions or simply think that we are guiltless, God knows our hearts and motives. He sees what we cannot see. We look on the outside, while He looks upon our hearts and sees us for who we really are.
“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
In the chaos of the world we live in, it is so easy to get distracted. When we commit every thing we do unto the Lord, we are rolling the weight of it on Him, allowing Him to carry the burden for us. This allows us to keep our focus on Him, and the direction He has for us within His Word.
Acknowledge Him in all that you do.
Submit to Him as He speaks to your heart.
Commit that weight unto Him.
Rest and focus on Him.
Ezekiel 23-24 | Mark 8 | Proverbs 22
November 21 - The Reproof Of Life.
“The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat. The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.”
A wise person desires reproof that is based upon the Word of God.
Our faith comes from hearing the Truth of the Scriptures.
“But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
When we refuse to adhere to the instruction of the Word we become only hearers of the Word, not having faith that His Word is true.
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
Our understanding is developed by His reproof.
When we understand we begin to seek after knowledge, which is only found by His correction. We cannot learn what is right until we know what is wrong.
“Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”
Seek Wisdom through the reproof of life today.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”
Ezekiel 21-22 | Mark 7 | Proverbs 21
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