Proverbs 25 5-25-20

Sometimes a guy just needs a platform, a soapbox from which to speak. I give you:

Top 10 Things I Would Like to Say

Their importance is not necessarily rated, but their order has a flow to it. They move from initial contact to ultimate destiny.

  1. Absolute truth is based upon empirical, changeless evidence. When followed to its logical conclusion, it must stand the closest scrutiny.
  2. Debating Evolution vs. Creation does no one any good unless a person is willing to consider that the other person may be right (see #1). 
  3. Faith comes by hearing; are you ready to listen?
  4. Why I believe in Jesus.
  5. We are designed to create, but not by ourselves. The Spirit wants to create with us through the Indwelling and Filling!
  6. Every decision we make shifts our direction, vision, and course. How much depends upon the decision, and how long depends upon our own stubbornness.
  7. Jesus is Jewish.
  8. We owe quite a debt to Israel.
  9. Jesus is coming soon! How do we get ready?
  10. What awaits us in heaven?

Today, we look at number one,

Absolute truth is based upon empirical, changeless evidence. When followed to its logical conclusion,      it must stand the closest scrutiny.

Proverbs 25:7b-8 What you have seen with your eyes do not bring hastily into court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?

Without evidence, all we have are opinions. The natural laws, of which Gravity, Electromagnetism, Physics, and Chemistry are examples, have empirical, changeless evidence, which gives us absolute truth. We cannot add “science” to the group because science is the study of the natural laws. Also, it is progressive in nature, meaning that it is always in flux based upon revelation. For example, blood-letting used to be good science; now we know it kills people. Likewise, chocolate and caffeine are good for you one year and then bad for you the next, and then back again.

Since mankind is physical and controlled (regulated) by natural laws, we should consider that our psyche has absolute truth, too. True, we are subject to our heredity, environment, and experiences, but it all comes down to CHOICE. What’s the choice? The choice is whether we will please ourselves or take into consideration the needs of others. All moral law is built upon this choice.

Since chaos cannot produce order, but rather more chaos, we must acknowledge that God created the universe and, thus, the natural laws. We must also conclude that He built within us His moral law and the ability to CHOOSE. It is called Free Will. There are three choices to Free Will:

  1. We choose to please ourselves. We take what we want and do not consider the health, safety or needs of anyone else. Followed to its logical conclusion, we will either rule the world or die/be killed in the process. Even ruling the world would be only for a short time on the scale of eternity–or even human history–with no consideration of God.
  2. We choose to consider others’ needs. From a philanthropic standpoint, we can do this without God. Bill Gates has a philanthropic organization out of which he spends millions of dollars in aide, but he does not believe or follow God. Followed to its logical conclusion, why? The only reason is that meeting the needs of others pleases us, which takes us back to #1.
  3. We choose to obey Jesus Christ. We believe that Christ created everything and everyone and is actively working in this world in events, circumstances, and in people’s lives. To obey Christ is to deny ourselves and consider the needs of others. Consider these verses:

Luke 14:11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”

James 1:27 The religious observance that God the Father considers pure and faultless is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being contaminated by the world. CJB

Philippians 2:3-5 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…

Followed to its logical conclusion, we receive the Father’s love and grace, forgiveness and acceptance along with His love, joy, peace, His constant companionship, and a hope for an eternal home with Him with all the privileges of sonship.

From a logical standpoint, it makes sense to follow Christ. But, it’s not as simple as deciding with our intellect that Christ is the better deal. HE must call us. He IS God, you know. We don’t just waltz into the throne room and demand our way. That way of thinking/acting would put us right back into numbers 1 and 2. Fortunately, Jesus may even now be knocking on your heart’s door. Will you let Him in?

Tomorrow, we will look at what it means to consider another option. A better one.

Abba, thank You for calling me to be Your son. I choose Jesus as my Savior and Lord, my Companion and Friend. Answering the door of my heart when You knocked on it was the smartest and wisest thing I have ever done! We have been walking together for 53 years, LORD. “Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My heart and my flesh fail, but YOU are the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26. The words of this hymn speak my heart to You, O LORD, and is my benediction:

v.1 Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
v.2 Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one
v.3 Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art
v.4 High King of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all

Be Thou My Vision – Glad

Proverbs 25 4-25-20

For Christians, hearing the voice of God is easier than we think. In fact, it sounds like our own voice!

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings [the King’s children].

Seeking the voice and will of God is the desire of every Christian’s heart. It is the basis for our relationship established upon salvation. If we have the Holy Spirit within us, then we will want interaction with Him. It’s hard to get away from Someone living inside of you!

There are three reasons why we cannot discern His voice and feel His presence.

  1. Sin. In order to sin, we must deliberately turn away (in our minds and hearts) from facing Christ. Spiritually, we “close our ears” to His voice. We use the sin and its effects on us to numb us to the feeling of conviction that the Spirit uses to call us back. The Remedy: REPENT! In our minds, all we have to do is turn around and face the Father. We confess our sin, our willingness to sin, and our unfaithfulness (remember that confession is simply agreeing with God that what we are doing is not right–He already knows what we are doing!). I promise that we will find love and forgiveness immediately! The tension between us and the Spirit evaporates. We are made new again! Great is His faithfulness!!!
  2. We aren’t listening. Believe it or not, most professing Christians don’t read their Bibles on a daily basis. The problem is that it is our best and most tangible way to hear God’s voice speaking to us! Jesus wrote down His plan for mankind and for the world. He wrote down His plan for salvation and how He wants to interact with us. He wrote down how much He loves us! ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS READ IT. 
  3. We don’t recognize His voice. His voice sounds like our voice in our heads. Jesus’ intention was to be one with us, so much so that His thoughts become our thoughts. When we “see” something and recognize its spiritual significance, that is the Holy Spirit calling our attention to it. We think in our minds, “Hey, looky there. I wonder if that’s important.” What is happening is the Holy Spirit is saying, “Look over there. See that? That’s important.” Our tendency is to say to ourselves, “Nah. That couldn’t be God talking to me. I’m not that important.” Oh, how we grieve the Spirit when we dismiss His voice and instruction! God is interested in the minutiae of our lives. Every detail, every thought, every conversation matters to our growth in becoming like Him.

Let’s focus today on recognizing His voice in us. Let’s try stepping back from situations and analyzing them from His perspective. Let’s try praying before any word comes out of our mouths in conversation with someone. Let’s look for spiritual situations and needs in the lives of those around us. Most people need prayer: Some need encouragement, some need protection, and some need conviction. All of us need all three at some point in our lives!

Are you interested in hearing from God? It will require you to do what He says. One time, my mother, who suffered 41 years with Chronic Hepatitis C (it’s like having a mild case of the flu all the time), got off the couch and came into the kitchen. “Want some help?” she asked Robin. Robin replied, “Do you mean it?” Mom said, “No,” and went back into the living room and laid down on the couch. She had good reason–but WE DON’T! Let’s not have that attitude with the Lord. He has so many blessings waiting for us if we will only follow His guidance.

Abba, I pray that everyone reading this post will feel Your Spirit right now calling them to walk with You. May they feel the burning in their hearts as they read Your Word and hear Your voice just like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:32). Doing Your will, Lord, is the most satisfying thing we can do today! Your will is good, pleasing [to Him; notice it doesn’t say “pleasant”], and perfect (Romans 12:2). Let’s get going, Abba! Amen.

Proverbs 25 3-25-20

Christians should handle stress differently than the world. Our God is on His throne!!! What does humanity tell us compared to what His Word tells us?

From: eDocAmerica.com Concerning Stress Management
Be Mindful –
When you have a lot going on, and your mind is thinking of all of the worst case scenarios, racing thoughts can take control and get away from you.  Make yourself stop and focus on being exactly where you are for just one or two minutes.  Do this by taking the time to notice:
    • 5 things that you can see
    • 4 things that you can feel
    • 3 things that you can hear
    • 2 things that you can smell
    • 1 thing that you can taste
You may not be able to notice all of these things, but the idea is to reach out with your senses and notice the things around you.  Maybe you will notice how intense the lights are in the room, or the pressure of your body in the chair, or maybe the sound of a bird outside your window.  Be right here, right now.  Avoid going backward or forward in your mind.  Just be in the moment, in the exact place that you are.

As Christians, we have an advantage over the world in handling stress. God tells us to “cast your cares/burdens/stress/anxiety upon Him [the LORD] because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7. We are to instructed to:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

Let’s take that list and “Christianize” it:

  • 5 things we can see:
    1. God working
    2. People in need
    3. Our world barreling toward destruction
    4. Revival on the verge of breaking out
    5. Our LORD Jesus preparing to return!
  • 4 things we can feel:
    1. His peace in our hearts
    2. Our connection with other Christians
    3. The fear of those around us who don’t know Christ
    4. His urging to share His good news when given the opportunity
  • 3 things we can hear:
    1. His voice over our shoulder
    2. His voice through His Word
    3. His voice in what we run across on the web and what we read/watch/listen to
  • 2 things we can smell:
    1. The aroma of Christ in others
    2. The aroma of Christ in us
  • 1 thing we can taste:
    1. “Taste and see that the LORD is good;” “His Word is sweeter than honey to my lips.”

As we can see, we have a lot for which to be thankful. Let’s be a GRATEFUL people today; let’s be a JOYFUL people and a HOPE-FILLED people. Let’s be the LIGHT OF CHRIST to all around us.

Abba, You are amazing. May I redeem this “down” time by upping my game in the spirituality department. My time with You has been sweeter lately; may I capitalize on our connection and allow You to grow it stronger. With whom may I share Christ today? #showme. Amen.

Proverbs 25 2-25-20

Taking an honest look at ourselves and where we are spiritually is a good idea every so often. How are you?

19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble. 

Reliability comes through stability. How does one become stable? Through regular prayer and practicing the presence of Christ. During crisis, we run to our “go-to’s.” Some people go to alcohol; others run to a certain person. For some, it’s an activity (gaming, work, etc). Christians are to go to the LORD. We establish our connection through daily–continuous–conversation and follow-ship. Without that connection, we are no better off than the world.

There is a story in 1 Kings 13 that demonstrates what happens when we forego our connection with Him and act on what we see and hear. The entire story is very interesting, but here is the crux:

But the man of God answered the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water here. For I was commanded by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’”

18 The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (But he was lying to him.) 19 So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house.

23 When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him. 24 As he went on his way, a lion met him on the road and killed him, and his body was left lying on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it.

Why did the old prophet deceive the man of God? I don’t know. The point is that the man of God had his instructions from the LORD. Why didn’t he check with the LORD before going with the old prophet? Joshua did the same thing concerning the spies he sent to spy out Ai (Joshua 7:2). Had he checked with the LORD first, the LORD would have told him that he had sin in the camp (Achan had stolen some of the plunder from Jericho that was dedicated to the LORD). It cost the lives of 36 men.

As we pray for revival, please don’t take ANYTHING for granted. Check with the LORD before making any decision, both major and minor. Nothing is too small in our lives about which God isn’t interested in helping us make good decisions. It’s all about the CONNECTION.

What we don’t realize is that the whole point of our salvation was to re-establish our relationship with Him. He wants conversation, trust, and intimate fellowship with us! When we pray, He answers all the time! Let’s listen and see what He says:

Me: Good morning, Lord.

God: Isn’t it, though? I made mornings consistent so that you can get up each morning and spend it with me.

Me: Holy is Your name.

God: Yes! Thank you for acknowledging my holiness. I want to impart it to you. Today, let’s work on ____________ in your life.

Me: May Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth even as it is in heaven.

God: Thank you. I can hardly wait until I re-establish my kingdom on earth. Just a few more souls…

Well, you get the idea. The more we know of God, the more we know what He will say to us. It’s all according to His Word. With this knowledge comes confidence as we converse with Him. We trust His Word, therefore, we trust what He tells us. Our track record with Him sets the scale as to how much we trust Him with our future.

Let’s be conscious of His presence today and turn to Him continually throughout the day. Read His Word with the idea that He will use it to communicate with us. Let’s listen for His voice and watch for His lead. Walking with Him is EXCITING!

Abba, as I go through today, make me aware of You in all I do and see. Give me Divine appointments; teach me; give me sweet fellowship with other Christians. Is there someone with which I can share the Gospel today? a word of encouragement? I will be looking for You in everything and listening for Your Voice, O Lord. Amen.

 

Proverbs 25 1-25-20

Our call to be godly is immediate, irresistible, and irrevocable. His Spirit calls us to action today.

Immediate- Our position in Christ, our direction in life, even our hopes and dreams are transformed upon salvation to reflect Jesus Christ.

Irresistible- The Spirit within us will not allow us to stay as we are, but will continuously spur us on to move higher up and further into Christ and His Call.

Irrevocable- Once we commit to Christ, we are His forever! His Spirit has taken up residence in our hearts and there’s no going back. Nor can we lose it through inaction or poor choices. He just begins again at wherever we are. Now THAT’S grace!

14 Like clouds and wind without rain
    is one who boasts of gifts never given.

When we were saved, we promised the LORD that we would turn from sin and self and follow Him the rest of our lives. How are you doing? If you’re like me, you run warm and cool in your walk with Him, with occasional flares of hot, but also a few dips of cold. We must remember that this race we are in is a marathon, not a sprint. We all stumble, sometimes we fall, but as our pastor says, “we never fall off the ship.” Jesus keeps us by His grace. Not only that, He helps us up, doctors us, and encourages us to try again.

As I was reading chapter 25, I noticed that many of the verses are on how to treat each other in certain circumstances; I realized that I read a similar list in the NT. The difference is that in the OT, the list has to do with specific circumstances where in the NT, we are given general instructions that the Holy Spirit will apply as needed:

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone [be above reproach]. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:9-21

What conclusions can we draw from this passage?

  1. Be sincere with yourself and with others. Be authentic. If you’re gonna be like Christ, then hate ALL evil and love ALL good. Let’s not be selective.
  2. Devoted means “zealous or ardent in attachment, loyalty, or affection.” Is this how we are supposed to feel about all our brothers and sisters in Christ? How? Through the power of the Holy Spirit as each circumstance comes along. HE will help us to “honor each other above ourselves.” We certainly cannot in our own power (we don’t even WANT to!).
  3. We are to treat non-Christians as potential brothers and sisters in Christ by being joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Never are we to retaliate. In this we are most like Christ.

All the other commands expound on these verses. Notice that Paul even quoted out of chapter 25! That’s cool.

Jesus boiled our behavior down to this command: 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Let’s be about the Father’s business today by modeling Christ to this world. Either they will be drawn to Christ and be saved, or they will refuse Him and be judged. That is not our call. We are to be His messengers. Let’s be faithful to the Call.

Abba, I pledge myself anew to You and to being a light in a dark world. Please place me where my light can shine the brightest for You. I understand the seriousness of this pledge: it may require being in some dangerous situations. But I know where I am going when I die, and I know Who walks beside me all the way, so I’m not worried. “One more soul for You, Lord.” I love You and am devoted to You. Amen.

Proverbs 25 12-25-19

Jesus came to reveal truth: The truth about God, about us, and about getting us together with Him. We celebrate The Advent, His Coming, today.

Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
remove wicked officials [and their arguments] from the king’s presence,
    and his throne will be established through righteousness.

Satan’s best tactic is deception through persuasion. He takes the truth and twists it into what it is not–but it sounds good! Look at what he did to Eve:

“You will not certainly die,” [the lie] the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” What Satan said was true; the part he left out was that Eve was not ready for such knowledge, nor did she have God’s blessing to partake. Her act of rebellion was the first sin and was based upon Satan’s deception through persuasion.

What you have seen with your eyes 8 do not bring[a] hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?

We must use the Word of God to fact-check every argument. We must pray about every concept to see if the Spirit confirms it as truth. Just because someone is an expert in his field or has a good argument doesn’t mean that he is not deceived by Satan and espousing his lies. We must keep the Word of God central in our sights.

13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
    is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
    he refreshes the spirit of his master.

We are messengers of the Truth. God has committed the TRUE message of salvation to us to share:

19b He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Today, Satan uses an argument that undercuts the whole Bible, especially the need for salvation. It’s called EVOLUTION. We can preach Jesus and His love all we want and Satan doesn’t care. Why? Because he has convinced the world that the Bible is not based on fact and is therefore untrustworthy. It’s just a bunch of stories. Does the Spirit still call people to believe by giving them faith? Yes!!! At the same time, we have the responsibility to reveal truth. The best place to start is with the lies of the enemy.

Robin showed me something that she learned this morning: While reading the Christmas story this morning, she read where Jesus was presented at the temple (Luke 2:22-38). Simeon the priest said about Jesus, “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.” Luke 2:34-35. She looked up the word “thoughts” in her Lexicon and found this:

Thoughts-dialogismos: uncovered; back-and-forth dialogue reasoning that is self-based and therefore confused; persuading others to stay in confusion with them.

Jesus came to reveal the truth against the lies of Satan and the religious order of the day. For a good example, read Matthew 23:11-36 where Jesus lowers the boom on the religious leaders.

She kept reading:

41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

Jesus had already begun to question the religious order of the day. He would begin His formal ministry when He was 30, but I wonder if He went to the temple every year after that first one. It WAS the custom for every adult male to go to Jerusalem for the Festival of Passover (v. 41) and Jesus was now considered an adult (derived from v. 42). All that to say that Jesus’ heart was to reveal truth; ours should be, too.

Abba, thank You for opening my eyes to Your truth and my mind to all kinds of new things concerning Your Word and our world. May I prepare for the time when You call on me to present truth: To put forth the Light of Your Word against the darkness of the enemy. The agents of darkness will try to ridicule me, shout me down, make ME the problem, and even try to silence me, but I have this promise: “Your light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never conquer it.” John 1:5 May I be a faithful ambassador for You, O Lord. Thank You for coming and revealing truth to us, to me. Happy Birthday, Jesus. Amen.

Proverbs 25 11-25-19

What happens when we read God’s Word? He reveals glorious things to us!

2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings [His children].

Something that the LORD revealed to me is that even though the Jews are the chosen people of God, they are held to the same standard we Gentiles are now that Christ has come. The neat thing is that He will call them to Himself–and is, indeed, calling–as part of His Church, His Bride, His now-extended family.

Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised [a Gentile]. Romans 2:25

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it [that’s all of us]. James 2:10

Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Galatians 6:15

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: The old has gone, and the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Ephesians 2:14-16, 18

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28

I have been watching a lot of videos from IMETMESSIAH.COM about Jews telling how they came to Jesus. ONEFORISRAEL.ORG is another website that shows videos of Jews giving their testimonies about how they came to Christ. I am amazed how many testimonies include Jesus revealing Himself to them in dreams and visions. It sounds a lot like Joel 2:28, “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” Could it be that the END is nearing and this prophecy is coming true? Exciting times!

The point I want to make is that God has concealed many truths in His Word, many confirmations about archeology, biology, astronomy, history, and the future, and many facts about ourselves and all of humanity. HE WANTS TO REVEAL THESE TRUTHS, CONFIRMATIONS, AND FACTS TO US. He wants us to be prepared for the future by knowing today how to prepare. By linking ourselves to Jesus on a daily and continuous basis, we will be ready at a moment’s notice to discern the times and to do His will as He reveals it to us.

God has given us His written words so that we can study them. We have His promise that He will speak to us through them: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 1 Timothy 3:16-17. “By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” Psalm 19:11.

Let’s allow God the opportunity to teach us by reading His Word. It’s important to Him and it’s important for us.

Abba, please open my eyes that I may see wonderful and beautiful truths in Your Word (based upon Psalm 119:18). May I understand and obey, O LORD. Teach me today. I am Your disciple. Amen.