Proverbs 14 7-14-19

A round TUIT. My dad gave me one. It’s time to get up and get moving. We need to get around to IT!

8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways.

We read God’s Word and ask ourselves, “How does this apply to my life?”

4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of the ox come abundant harvests.

We read God’s Word to give us tools to do His will, oxen, to apply the verse directly. His strength comes through the oxen, or, His Spirit who interprets and empowers what we read.

1 The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

This weekend has been interesting. My daughter, Hayley, decided to add shelves in much of her closets and cabinets. She has plenty of storage space, but it had a lot of wasted space. We have been busy! “A place for everything, and everything in its place.”

It occurred to me that Scripture is like shelves. It gives us structure and order. His Word helps us to organize our lives and prioritize our values, our hopes and dreams, our friendships, our finances, and especially our time. What we must do is READ AND APPLY. Comprehension comes through application.

There is a danger to not filling our lives with the Word. Jesus spoke of it:

“When an impure spirit come out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ (25) When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order [but empty]. (26) Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. Luke 11:24-26

Satan would have us fill our lives with his stuff so that we have no room for the LORD. His Spirit works in us to fill us with Himself. We decide each day–many times a day–with what we will fill our lives.

Today is Sunday. It is a time set aside for God’s people to meet together for encouragement. It’s a time we bless the Lord with our voices and then hear a word from the Lord through the pastor, the Sunday School teacher, and our fellow worshipers. Let’s choose to worship Him together today. It’s one of the ways we show Him we love Him.

“If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, (25) not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day [of His Return] approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

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