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God knows what you’ve been up to

“If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.”  Proverbs 28:9.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Proverbs 28-29, Psalm 60, and Romans 16.

I believe that God tunes us out when we ignore Him.

We know His Word well enough to know that we shouldn’t do something……..and we do it.  Then we try our usual prayer routine.  God is not mocked!

Even in our most casual relationships, if we treat someone rudely they aren’t going to want to listen to us.

We need to be right with God to have Him hearing us.  That is a pretty stern warning and not one to be taken lightly.  I want to always be able to communicate with Him.  To lose that capability would be a disaster.

Solutions?  First, I must walk in step with Him.  Second, when I mess up I MUST own up to it and get it corrected so that my relationship to God is restored.

“Lord, forgive me for behaving as if You are unaware of what I do.  You are aware.  Thank You for the warning about my behavior impacting our relationship.  I want to be tight to You.  Help me.  Prick my conscience when I am off course.  I want nothing to mess up on our relationship.  I love You, Lord.”

If my behavior effects my connection to God, I must be tuned to disconnections and keen on corrections.

 

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Plans

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Proverbs 27:1.

“But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to visit you, I plan to do so when I go to Spain.”  Romans 15:23-24.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Proverbs 25-27, and Romans 15.

We all do it; we make plans.

Paul is planning to go to Spain, but he will never get there.

We don’t know the future.  God does.

In James it says that if the Lord wills, we’ll do this and that.  When we start saying, with certainty, what will happen, we miss Who is in charge.

I have often been guilty of starting something and THEN asking God to bless me.  How does God feel about my approach?

Planning something without involving God is folly.

A better approach is to present my blank schedule to Him and ask Him to guide me in filling it in.  That approach makes me open to His changes and His better ideas.  Apart from Him I can do nothing Godly.

“Lord, direct me.  Show me the way; Your Way.  Forgive me for going my own way.  For asking for blessings without being assured I am doing what You want me to do.  What a fool I am!  I love You, Father.”

If I plan without God, I have created a counterfeit god; me.

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Apply yourself

“Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.”  Proverbs 23:12.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Proverbs 22-24, and Romans 14.

You want it.  Here’s how to get it.

“It” being a better understanding of God.

I want to know God.  I don’t want a casual understanding of Him.  I want as much as is possible……at least that’s what I say!

The reality is that my approach is less than the best.

I have a library of reference books covering every book of the Bible.  I am also building a stack of partly-read, contemporary books by Jim Cymbala, Tim Keller, and on witnessing techniques.  Yet the distance between those books and my understanding of God is great.  How come?  The books aren’t getting read!  I’ll start the contemporary ones and bog down.

I do find, however, that when I get into a book that keeps my attention, I will read it a second time at the expense of finishing other books I have started.  This is currently happening with RT Kendall’s “Why Jesus Died.”

I usually find time to read Scriptures daily and produce what I hope are God-given findings.  I need to find time to do more reading, especially at night when the combo of fatigue/television infringe on what I really want to do.

Life is a struggle and our time here is short.  We have no guarantee of tomorrow.  We must redeem our time that is left.

“Lord, my intentions and my fruitions are far apart.  You have provided me with many written resources that will increase my understanding of You.  Help me to intentionally make time to read what will be spiritually profitable for me.  I need Your guidance.  I need You running my ENTIRE life.  Help me, O thou great Jehovah.”

How diligently are you going about learning more about God?

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You’ve been offended. Now what?

“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”  Proverbs 19:11.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Proverbs 19-21, and Romans 12.

Nothing mentioned here about taking revenge!

I have declared before that I can be very impatient.  I get fed up with deficiencies in myself and in others.  I want the world to operate in a certain way……and it doesn’t always do that.

I guess, according to today’s verse, that makes me an unwise person.

If I am filled with the Holy Spirit I will handle offenses wisely.

I must start each day tight to God.  I must declare to Him that I want to do His Will.

I must have Him beside me as I go through my day.  I must pray (to Him) without ceasing.

But I don’t act wisely so often.  I have presented the solution.  Will I turn completely to Him?

“Lord, have Your Way with me.  Take me over.  Guide me.  Direct me.  Prick my conscience when I am off-course.  Forgive me for wandering off on my own.  Nothing Godly happens when I do that.  When will I learn?  Help me, Lord.  I love You, Father.”

How are you doing handling offenses?

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How to get along with others

“Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”  Proverbs 13:10.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Proverbs 13-15, and Romans 11.

When there is strife, at least one of the participants has an overdose of pride.

Also, sadly, the know-it-all has stopped learning.

Been there and done both of them, way too many times!  How about you?

I assume that I deserve my way.  That I know best.  And then someone comes along who thinks otherwise.  Trouble comes in volumes thereafter.

Taking advice?  Not in my house!  Why are there so many domestic struggles?  Too many know-it-alls in households.  Too many folks willing to give advice and too many folks unwilling to accept it from others.

All this doom and gloom sits nicely on a life that is godless. But what about those of us who see ourselves as Godly?  We shouldn’t be on the wrong sides of today’s verse.  We shouldn’t be causing strife.  We should be willing to be advised.

Our sinful natures necessitate today’s verse.  The Godly are not immune to sin’s traps.  Solution?  Persistent relationship to God.  I cannot let Him out of my mind and heart.  I need Him.  I need direction from Him.  The evidences of His command of my life will be that I will get on the “right” side of today’s verse.

“Lord, forgive me for being a troublesome know-it-all.  I know better.  Fill me with You.  Take every inch of me over.  I want to reflect You everywhere.  I want to rightly represent You.  I cannot do it without Your Holy Spirit guiding me today.  I cling to You.  I love You, Lord.”

How are things going at home?  He can make them better.

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Down the slippery slope

“Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.”  Proverbs 1:30-31.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Proverbs 1-3, and Romans 7.

Proverbs is a book of wisdom.

Today’s verses are the classic case of reaping what you sow.

If I choose to separate from God, and go my own way, I can expect an unpleasant consequence.

I am certain if I was asked if I wanted to separate from God, I would loudly declare that I don’t.  So how does it happen?  For me, it is when I have loosened my attachment to Him.

When I am detached from God, I go places I shouldn’t.  Sometimes I quickly figure out the mistake I’ve made and re-attach myself.  Other times I get down the wrong road apiece before the alarms go off and a turn is made and the long road back begins.

I believe that God at times puts me in situations to test my attachment to Him. Peter had numerous occasions in which his declared attachment to Jesus was asserted and then found limited.

I need to acquire the ability to discern right from wrong.  Some not-so-good things are so attractive.

Walking right with God is positively an ongoing relationship.  It cannot waver to be effective.  How can I dare to live a second apart from Him?

“Lord, thank You for Proverbs.  I am desperate for a full dose of Your wisdom and knowledge.  You gave Solomon both.  I beg You for them for me so that I will live pleasing to You in ALL things.  So many failures on my resume.  How You can love me mystifies me.  What a Savior!”

Spending too much time on the godless slippery slope?  I am.

 

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My wife and I have problems

“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”  Proverbs 31:28.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Proverbs 30-31, Psalm 33, and Ephesians 1.

Married couples without problems?  Be real!

If you don’t have any problems, then you probably don’t live close to your partner for extended periods of time.

It is a natural thing to have disagreements.  What also must become “natural” is understanding why they happen.

In today’s verse, you realize that the family described has children who are well trained.  They know what their mother does for them and they appreciate it.

Where would a child acquire such an attitude?  In a family where the husband sets a Godly tone.

The child has heard his father praise the child’s mother.  The child is alerted to the good things the mother does and knows the proper responses to give.

My wife needs to know that I appreciate her.  Someone who is heavily appreciated can weather criticism because they have a backlog of examples proving that the critic loves them.

In my household, I’m too quick to criticize and too slow to praise.  Hence the occurrence of disagreements.

I should know better but often do not.

“Lord, forgive me for my regrettable words to those in my midst.  I love them, yet often my words betray that sentiment.  Prick my conscience so that I get this right.  I love You, Father.  I love my wife.”

When I praise my wife I benefit her and my children.

 

 

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