Proverbs 22 9-22-18

Taking inventory of our lives should be a daily affair. We do it every time we read His Word and apply it to our lives.

[4] Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. [20] But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. [21] For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Where do these verses intersect? The formula is the same for each, but the aim is different.

Solomon believed that a humble heart mixed with the fear of the LORD resulted in physical and material blessings. To a great degree, he was correct. But Jesus changed our focus. He took it off this world and placed it on His kingdom, which is heaven. “My kingdom is not of this world…” (John 18:36).

With this concept in mind, how then shall we live? As a freed people, as a forgiven people (ALL sin: past, present, and FUTURE!), a joyful people, a LOVED people.

If we really want to know Christ, we will make Him a priority in our lives. Think about it: If spending time with Him in serious Bible Study DAILY will make a big difference in the quality of our lives (the fruit of the Spirit, for instance) and the caliber of our lives (making a kingdom difference in the people with whom we come in contact), doesn’t it make sense to DO IT?

I pray Paul’s prayer to the Ephesians for you often:

Ephesians 1:17-19a I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. [18] I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, [19] and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

Ephesians 3:16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, [17] so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, [18] may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, [19] and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure [the brim] of all the fullness of God.

God is waiting for us. He wants to include us in what He is doing. Let’s “take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of us.” (Phil. 3:12).

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