Proverbs 27 1-27-20

It’s a new work week. Have we armored up? Prayed up? Read up? Have we asked Him for counsel? Let’s do it!

24 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; 24 for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.

Assessing our current situation with an objective mind sometimes requires an objective opinion from an outside source. Having a Christian brother or sister ask us questions like these is a good idea:

  1. Is how we are living God-honoring?
  2. Is what we are doing helping us reach our goals?
  3. Are our goals based upon the Holy Spirit’s leadership or on our own desires?

Bucket lists are great, but not at the expense of what God is wanting you to do for His kingdom. Routine is good, but only if it meets the current needs of the situation. Unnecessary change is NOT good; keep what is working and adjust what is not.

12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

As we look into the future, we must remember what James said:

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

The implication is for us to check with the LORD everyday and follow His lead. It is according to His will that we do anything of Kingdom value. THAT IS the point, isn’t it? Kingdom value? Doing things a certain way because we like them a certain way is self-serving and there is NO Kingdom value to it. It’s the difference between gold, silver and precious gems vs. wood, hay and stubble (1 Cor. 3:12).

If we truly want revival for ourselves, for our church, for our city, state, and country, even the entire world, we MUST take stock on a personal level and allow the Holy Spirit to deal with us first. The old revival hymn goes like this,

Lord, send a revival,

Lord, send a revival,

Lord, send a revival,

and let it begin in me.

Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to begin revival in our hearts as we take stock of our present situation and then our future. May it all be to His glory.

Abba, I recognize that I need You to search my heart and know my thoughts. I need You to see if there is any wicked way in me and root it out as you lead me in Your way everlasting (Psalm 139:24). May revival come to my heart today. Amen.

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