He keeper the paths of judgement, and preserver the way of his saints. Proverbs 2:8
A minister friend of mine recently had a heart attack. While awaiting a procedure to unblock a clogged artery, his heart went I to spasms, and he felt himself slip into oblivion. Had he not been in the hospital, he would most certainly have died. The doctors were able to revive him and proceed with the operation. Today my friend is fine.
The most memorable part of my friend’s story was his assurance that Christ was with him at all times. He knew with a certainty that he was not alone, and that God moved with him every step of the way. He felt God’s guidance for the doctor’s, and he experienced great peace.
That peace is available to us all. God truly watches over all who believe in Him. Learning to trust in God is the greatest comfort we can ever hope to find. No matter what might happen, know that Christ is with you always.
Thank you for being with me, almighty God. I need You here in my life. Uphold me and guide me; shine your light before me. Grant me Your peace. Amen.
He later up sound wisdom for the righteous:he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. Proverbs 2:7
A teenage girl found herself continually tempted by her friends to do things she knew she shouldn’t. Once she was offered drugs, occasionally she was offered alcohol, often she was approached by boys who tried to take advantage of her. Her constant reply was that she was a Christian. Usually she was made fun of for her faith. One time, however, a friend asked her why her faith made such a difference. The girl replied,”I really want to do what God asks me to. When I do what he wants, I feel better about myself. When i do wrong, I feel terrible. I’d rather feel good inside and have people make fun of me, than feel lousy and give in to temptation.”
Faith like that is hard to have. It is easy to give in to temptation when it constantly attacks you. But it’s good to know that when we resist the temptations, God makes it all worthwhile. He makes us feel good about ourselves and gives us even more power to resist in the future.
Dear Father, I am faced by so many temptations. Help me to resist them. Grant that I might rely on Your will and power. Be with me in every situation. Amen.
For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
A man went to college to gain wisdom, but he came away with facts and figures. He turned to business, and he came away with cunning. He tried a craft, and he learned skill with his hands. The man tried pleasure and he gained a feeling of emptiness. The man felt that he would never know wisdom. He grew weary of his search, but one day he stopped at a church. He listened quietly to what was being said, and his heart filled with excitement. His quest came to an end with the simple words, “Be still, and know I an God.”
Often wisdom comes without great fanfare. It comes to those who wait with open heart and mind. It comes simply and quietly. It comes in the stillness, when God and His Word can get through. Christ is the Word of God. If we will only open our lives to Jesus,the wisdom of God will be ours.
Open my heart, Almighty God. Give me knowledge that is beyond ordinary knowledge. Teach me more about Your love, Your Word, Jesus the Christ. Amen.
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee:so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and lifters up thy voice for understanding;if thou deepest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5
Following Christ requires our all. In order for us to walk in His footsteps, we must be totally dedicated, body, mind, and soul. We need to listen carefully to the word of God, and we must learn to apply it. We should spend time in contemplation using our minds to gain deeper understanding of God’s will. We should open our hearts in order to feel God’s presence in our lives. We should praise God with our voices and shout His glories. We should talk with other believers and share our questions and experiences.
We devote such great energies to the acquisition of material goods. Wealth is so appealing. Yet we fail to understand that true wealth comes only through a relationship with God. The knowledge of God is worth more than the finest riches. God desires that we pursue Him with the same devotion that we pursue material gain. Let that be our aim.
Lord God, no matter what I own or what I might possess, without You I have nothing. Turn my sight from this world, dear God, and help me to seek only You, body, mind, and soul. Amen.
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools turned to run and was killed. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quite from fear of evil. Proverbs 1:32-33.
There were once three men who met a theif. The first man foolishly turned to run and was killed. The second man, a wealthy, powerful leader, tried to bribe the thief, but he, too, was killed for his troubles. The last man stood dear loudly before the thief and said, “Of wealth, I have none. The only thing of value I possess is my life, but that is not truly mine, but the Lord’s, for I have given all I am to Him.” The thief was amazed by the man’s courage and faith, and so he let him go.
In the face of trouble, we, too, often try to run away, or we turn to worldly solutions. These can never be enough. Instead, we must turn to God and rely on His strength to get us through. True wisdom comes from realizing God’s greatness and taking it as a freely given gift into our hearts. We may dwell in safety in the Lord, for He is greater than any trial this world can produce.
O Lord, receive me into Your loving care. Allow me to dwell in the safety You provide. Help me to place You, and You alone, at the center of my life. Amen.
I’m sorry I’m posting this a little late. I’ve been busy today running errands and babysitting for my cousin and his wife. They have a soon to be 6 month old baby girl. The mom has had 2 strokes in less than 2 months. The last being on Thursday evening.Shes doing okay bit they are still in need of prayer.
When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind;when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer;they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me. Proverbs 1:27-28.
A little boy waited patiently, day after day, to be allowed to play baseball with the bigger boys on the block. Every game was the same. He sat waiting and never got to play. One day he didn’t bother to show up. He found another team on the other block where he was needed. His old team came to find themselves short of the number needed to play, so they called on the little boy. The boy said, ” If you wanted me so bad, you should have given me a chance to play before. Now it’s too late.”
Often we treat God the same way. When things are going well we ignore Him, but the minute things go wrong we run to Him, hoping He will make everything okay. God is not someone we should turn to only in times of trial. He should be a part of our whole life, both in good times and bad. We must be sure to include God in everything we do.
Dear God, forgive those times when I seem to forget you. Help me to include you in all I do, think, and feel. Be with me to guide me, now and forever. Amen.
But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof. I also will laugh at your calamity, I will mock when your fear cometh. Proverbs 1:25,26
Once, when I was young, I climbed a tree against the wishes of my mother. I got high up in the branches and found that I could neither continue forward not go back. I held tight to a large branch and begun to cry. I yelled for my mother, and I could see her walk out there where I was captive. Instead of being angry, as I thought she would be, she began to laugh, and placing her hands on her hips, she said, “I told you not to try to climb up there. Now look at you. Why do you think I tell you not to do some things?”
All too often, our inclination is to test God. We know what He says He will ants us to do, but we do other things instead. We try to get away with things we know we should not. When we find ourselves in trouble, we look to God to bail us out, and we cannot understand why He doesn’t jump to our aid. Often God allows us to struggle through adversity in order to learn that He means what He says.
Dear heavenly Father, I so often do what I know you don’t want me to do. Forgive my foolishness and disobedience. Help me to heed Your will, not my own. Amen.
Today I came across a devotional book I received from a ministry a few years back.i just wish I would have thought of it sooner and started from day 1.
It’s called “Wisdom in the Bible, 365 daily devotionals from the book of Proverbs”.
I love devotions. I have many devotional books in my possession. I have “Charles Stanley:I lift up my soul”, “Oswald Chambers:My utmost for His highest”, “The Love Dare:A Couples Devotional”, and the list goes on.
I am a book lover. I have many book shelves full of Christian books. But I will admit a fault, I let the devil whisper in my ear that I don’t have time to read them, I have housework or something else to be doing.
That’s one of my new year’s goals is to stop listening to his lies and take the time to sit and read them. I need to put things in their place and stop letting them steal my time from the Lord and my family.
Yes, I am admitting that I spend way too much time on my phone doing practically nothing instead of what I need or should be doing. And if a lot of us would honestly search our hearts and be honest about it, we would find that it’s true for most of us.
I will be back later today to post my first devotion . I pray that you all have a safe and blessed day.
As I wrote in an earlier post, I am returning to share with you all what the Lord has spoken to me tonight.
The sermon was on “How small are you?” Are you small enough that others can see Christ in you, or are you so big that He isn’t evident to anyone.
It is only when we become less that we are more. It’s when we become nothing we become something. We are not to walk around with our noses in the air, thinking we are better than anyone else. But we are to remember that we are all equal in the eyes of God, and He loves us all the same.
People should be able to see Christ in us. And we can show Him off to others by the way we live our lives. You can tell people all day long that you are a Christian, but living a life before them that represents what you are is more believable than any words you can use.
Let us always get out of the way and let others see God for themselves, and help bring in the lost before it’s too late.
My prayer is to be a better Christian, and in doing so I have to die to my ways, my actions, my attitudes, and my words. I have to let God reign in my life and use His words, actions, and thoughts.
God bless each and everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with all.
It’s Wednesday. And it’s church night. I can’t wait to go and be with my church family. But what I really can’t wait for is to see what the Lord has for me. I enjoy listening to His word. Am I always a doer, no. But I love to listen to see what He will speak to me.
I love to go and sing songs of praise to my Lord. I just love feeling His presence. Not that it can’t be felt anywhere but church, but it just seems so much more intimate .
I hope if you have church tonight at your place of worship, that you will attend also and see what the Lord has for you. Then we can meet back here and share. God bless y’all and have a good evening.