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Proverbs 29 10-29-19

October 29, 2019

The beauty of a daily walk with the Lord is that we have only today about which to be concerned.

17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.

Daily discipline brings about godliness in our lives. The process is called SANCTIFICATION, which means, “set apart.” God sets apart TODAY in which to interact with us, to refine us, to mold us and make us and shape us into the image of Christ. TODAY is when He is hands-on with us.

Most of the time, He uses circumstances as object lessons in which He calls certain things to our attention. As we walk with Him, we hear His voice just over our shoulder as He makes a point about something or someone. What does He say? It is always true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). It is always patient and kind, it is never rude or dishonoring, but is always protective and trusting (1 Cor. 13:4-6).

Jesus said in Matthew 6:11, “Give us this day our daily bread.” In the same chapter, He told us to “(33) seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (34) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble [anxiety, strife, problems, tasks] of its own.”

The LORD is Omnipresent, which means that He is always in the present. He wants us to live that way, too. For instance, when we forecast the future, “I’ll tell him, but he won’t believe it,” we speak out of turn for someone. We really have no idea what that person will say. It’s according to how the LORD leads that person at that moment. The person may not even know that he is being directed by the Spirit! We must be concerned with what the Spirit is telling us to do RIGHT NOW, today.

Often, I find that what He tells me to do has to do with the future. He directs me to make plans while following His lead.

For instance, I was reminded by the Spirit and urged to make a call yesterday to a person about a possible date for a presentation. Come to find out, the time I want them to come is a slow time for them and they would be happy to come–and accommodate us in any way we like! To me, the most interesting part of this story is that everytime I thought about making the call last week, I felt a tension (“pay attention to the tension”), so I put it off. Then yesterday morning, I felt the “go ahead” to make the call. He works like that in our lives all the time. His timing is perfect.

As God sets us apart today and gives us today’s bread, let’s focus on becoming like Jesus: Obedient to the Spirit, loving God’s family, and ready to sacrifice our lives for others.

Dear Lord Jesus, I want to be like You. May I be obedient to Your Spirit in all things today; may I love the Body/Bride today in words and deeds; may I be ready and willing to sacrifice my life for the sake of others–in many small ways and even in the BIG ONE. I know that if I am these things today, I will be just like YOU. Sanctify me today, Lord. Amen.

Proverbs 29 9-29-19

September 29, 2019

We’re going to church today. Let’s make sure our lives match up to our words of praise. We wouldn’t want to be hypocritical, would we?

(5) Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.

This verse deals with ulterior motives. What is it we truly want? What are we really wanting to accomplish? If we direct this verse toward God, do we go to church for the right reasons? What ARE some of those reasons?

  1. To worship corporately, bringing Him praise and adoration while lifting up the name of our God and His Son, Jesus Christ, through the uniting power of the Holy Spirit;
  2. To sit under sound teaching, being encouraged in our daily walk;
  3. To fellowship with other believers and to bear each other up in prayer and in life;
  4. To unite with other Christians around the world in solidarity for the name of Christ;
  5. To be empowered to be evangelical in our walk with Christ, displaying Christ in our lives and taking opportunities as they come to be witnesses for Him.

I’m sure there are others, but these are the ones that came to my mind. The question is, are we going to church for the right reasons? Let’s look at some of the wrong reasons that some people go to church:

  1. To see and be seen. It’s a good business move;
  2. Guilt. We were raised to go and we feel guilty if we don’t;
  3. Status. We want to be considered pillars of the community.
  4. Power and influence. We can wield power over others through manipulation and control using the Word of God and personality.
  5. To obtain God’s favor–little knowing that in Christ they already have it!

Here again, the list can be longer, but these are the obvious ones. We don’t realize that by not examining ourselves, we could be flattering the LORD without realizing it. Flattery means, “insincere praise.” Is THAT why we go to church? Certainly not–I hope!

We would do well to let this verse be our “Sunday Mandate:”

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5

We can use the above lists to make sure that we are going to church for the right reasons. We need attitudes of thanksgiving and gratitude. Even in sorrow, we gain solace in knowing that He is in control and that He gives mercy and grace in our time of need.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace [together] with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Abba, as we meet in Your name today, may we keep in mind that we are there to give You glory, to learn, to lift each other up, and to fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. May we set aside anything that would bring disunity to the body, whether it be attitudes or expectations, history or its lack (not knowing someone). May we be Christ to each other; in this way, we learn to be Christ to others outside of our church family. Bless us today, O LORD, as we meet together and join those already around Your throne. Amen.