This Day in Proverbs: 24 May 2016

Proverbs 24:10

“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”

Adversity will come. It is an inevitable part of life.  Here we are told that if we faint when it comes, that our strength is small.

For the record, our strength is always small compared to God’s strength.  If we faint during a trial or circumstance, it is because we chose to lean on our strength and not God’s.  In our weakness He makes us strong, but in our strength we are exposed to be weak.

Lean on Him and watch Him lift you through the very situations that are designed to hold you down.

This Day in Proverbs: 23 May 2016

Proverbs 23:23

“Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”

This morning my mind is on investments; what things are we investing in on a daily basis?  This goes beyond tangible, monetary purchases.  What investments are we making for the betterment of our spirits?

The currency of these types of investments center largely sound time and attention.  As we face certain things, or even if we have a few spare moments, what are we doing to get closer to God?  Are we seeking His wisdom?  Are we engaging in Godly counsel?  Are we being a help you our neighbors?

All of these things, or whatever we choose to do, symbolizes what we value must because our time and energy go to those things.  Keep your eyes on Him and ensure to remember that He will felt give wisdom, knowledge, and instruction to those who seek it of Him.

Have a blessed week.

This Day in Proverbs: 21 May 2016

Proverbs 21:23

“Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”

Here is one of our many friendly reminders throughout Scripture that we have to be mindful of what we say.  Whatever we allow to come out of our lips is a reflection of what is in our heart.  We should continually ask ourselves if our words clearly reflect the Holy Spirit dwelling within us or if they act as a smudged mirror, making it difficult to discern if they Holy Spirit dwells with us or not. Continue reading “This Day in Proverbs: 21 May 2016”

This Day in Proverbs: 19 May 2016

Proverbs 19:2

“Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.”

I debated about writing on this verse or verse 24, as they both apply to my current situations in similar ways.  I chose this one because its subject hinders me so much at times.  Confession time.

So, desires… the wants, the yearnings, the longings of a person’s heart… should not be our primary focus.  Knowledge should be.  Hypocritical of me to say, I know (it’s all a process, here is one my toughest subjects).

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This Day in Proverbs: 18 May 2016

Proverbs 18:21

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit thereof [for death or life].”

How mighty are our words? How much weight do they hold and how much influence do they have? Monumental.

Think of how those things that we ask within His will are given, and how we are to declare things that are not as though they were.  The ship is controlled by the steering wheel, the horse by the bit in its mouth, and so too are our lives shaped in the same manner as our words.

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This Day in Proverbs: 17 May 2016

Proverbs 17:3

“The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.”

What is our motivation? Why do we do the things that we do? We see each other act on a continual basis, but the majority of the time, if not all, we do not know why someone else does what they do. We are not heart readers. But, God is.

It is imperative that we do our deeds for the proper reasons and not simply for outward appearance alone. What profit is it to someone’s spirit if they give because of force? What good is it to put on a show?

The earth is not our final destination and the things we do here outline the things that happen later. We should always make a conscious attempt to check our hearts before we act, as opposed to checking a box saying that we acted.

May we continue to look to His counsel and example of how to live.

This Day in Proverbs: 16 May 2016

Proverbs 16:3

“Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.”

How does one become successful? Is it the connections we develop, the intellect we exercise, the monetary resources we obtain, or a combination of those things? Not quite. These are all possible consequences, yet they do not make the success of an individual.

One’s success is built on their relationship with God. Consider Joseph, who was a slave under Potiphar. Although he was enslaved, he was still considered blessed because God was with him wherever he went.

Likewise, we are to strive for such a relationship. Not only to better our lives, but to empower others as well. Keeping His first as we talk and walk is vital.

He has a greater purpose for reach of us and making a conscious effort to live a life playing to Him is the first step in living to and beyond those expectations in our hearts.

Stay eager to listen to and take guidance from Him.

This Day In Proverbs: 15 May 2016

Proverbs 15:23

“A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth:  and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!”

I, myself, have been guilty of speaking the wrong things during tough situations.  However, feeling discouraged, defeated, or out of sorts is no excuse to wallow in self pity.  Sure, it hurts and yes, it may not have turned out the way you desired.  But guess what… you control your happiness.

Let not your heart be troubled, remember?  One way to do that is by talking.  Say what’s on your mind all the while speaking the positive.  Expect greatness.  If your desires are in accordance with God’s will, surely He has already done everything necessary to make your happiness a reality.  So speak up and take it.

As I mentioned before, it might hurt.  It might be uncomfortable.  But continue to speak those words, the good words, and watch the season of your circumstances change.

 

 

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