Day By Day by Grace

Day by Day by Grace (September 30th)

Proverbs 22:4>By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

Prov.11:2>When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.  (Dan.4:30>The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?)

Prov.9:10>The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Job 28:28>And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Many of our previous meditations have clearly demonstrated that walking in humility is the pathway for living by the grace of God. “God…gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). In our present verses, we see that humility and the fear of the Lord are related.

Humility and the fear of the Lord result in the same blessings. “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life.” The closing trio (“riches and honor and life”) are an Old Testament description of a life that is fully blessed by God. The New Testament counterpart would be fullness of spiritual life. “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Humility and the fear of the Lord also result in wisdom. “With the humble is wisdom… The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”

Humility is the candid acknowledgment of our absolute need for the Lord to work thoroughly in our lives day by day. The fear of the Lord is respect and reverence toward our great God. It is not a fear involving terror or apprehension. Rather, it is based upon profound admiration and dependent devotion.

Those who humbly fear the Lord (by placing their admiration and devotion in Him) also embrace His perspectives and values. They develop a hatred for the things that He hates. “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate” (Proverbs 8:13). Correspondingly, those who have respect and reverence for the Lord develop a love for all that He loves. The Lord loves for His people to walk in righteousness and justice. “The LORD loves the righteous…the LORD loves justice” (Psalm 146:8 and 37:28). The Lord loves Israel, His chosen nation. “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples” (Deuteronomy 7:7). The Lord loves His church, the children of God. “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1). The Lord loves the world, those who need to know Him. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Lord God Almighty,

I humbly bow before You, acknowledging my absolute need for You to work thoroughly in my life day by day. I want to walk in the fear of the Lord, placing my admiration and devotion in You. I want to hate all that You hate and love all that You love, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Proverb for Today

Proverbs 15:29

The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. Eph.2:12> That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Psa.34:15-16> The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

John 9:31> Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Rom.8:26>Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Reflection
Rejoice, O believer, for you are always given the privilege of speaking directly to the ear of the Father of heaven through the gift of His Son! He will hear your cry at every hour. Your every need is His own concern. Turn to Him with your every fear, your every trouble, and every prayer of thanks!

Claiming God's Word, Faith Base

Psalm 21 :: New International Version

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The king rejoices in your strength, LORD. How great is his joy in the victories you give!

You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.

You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.

He asked you for life, and you gave it to him— length of days, for ever and ever.

Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.

Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.

For the king trusts in the LORD; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.

Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies; your right hand will seize your foes.

When you appear for battle, you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace.

The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and his fire will consume them.

You will destroy their descendants from the earth, their posterity from mankind.

Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.

You will make them turn their backs when you aim at them with drawn bow.

Be exalted in your strength, LORD; we will sing and praise your might.

My Voice:

My Voice, DWaller

Illinois, Governor signs bill on abortion coverage.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed legislation Thursday allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, ending months of speculation after he reversed his stance on the issue in the spring. The General assembly, controlled by Democrats, approved the measure in May but delayed sending ti to Rauner until Monday, in part because he has change his mind about support of the plan.

My position, children the gift of God: Gen.15:2-5 Gen.17:16 Gen.29:32   Gen.30:2  Ruth 4:13  Job 1:21  Psa.127:3

Children a blessing:  Gen.5:29  Prov.17:6  Isa.54:1

 if they don’t want children than do not lay together as in the institution of marriage, then want someone else to pay for your sinful acts.

(rape of a women is something difference, even at that someone else would love to care for these children with a forgiven heart of love toward Our God.)

 

Day By Day by Grace

Hoekstra’s Day by Day by Grace (September 29th)

Pride and Shame or Humility and Wisdom

(Proverbs 11:2 and 3:35)

When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom…The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools.

In order to live by the grace of God, we must be willing to walk in humility, instead of in pride. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). We must be willing to acknowledge our daily, desperate need for God. Any other approach to life is based upon pride (which is a foolish, inaccurate assumption that we are adequate to produce a life on our own). Those who walk in pride end up with shame. Those who walk in humility end up with wisdom.

The Scriptures describe those who foolishly walk in pride, as well as declaring the shame that they experience. “When pride comes, then comes shame…shame shall be the legacy of fools.” One example would be the wicked way that many privileged and powerful people persecute the downtrodden and the vulnerable. They are demonstrating their pride. “The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised” (Psalm 10:2). Their shame is that they can become entangled in the very schemes that they have contrived. Another example is seen in those who arrogantly oppose the people of God. “This they shall have for their pride, because they have reproached and made arrogant threats against the people of the LORD of hosts” (Zephaniah 2:10). Their shame was announced as a barrenness so severe as to be likened unto the end of Sodom and Gomorrah. “‘Therefore, as I live,’ says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Surely Moab shall be like Sodom, and the people of Ammon like Gomorrah-overrun with weeds and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation'” (Zephaniah 2:9).

In contrast to the shame that comes to the prideful, is the wisdom (and resulting glory, or honor) that comes to the humble. “With the humble is wisdom… The wise shall inherit glory.” Those who walk humbly before the Lord find the godly wisdom available in the Lord’s infallible word. “The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7). This wisdom from God brings honor to the humble ones who live by it. “A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor” (Proverbs 29:23). Again, this honor for the humble is in striking contrast to the wretched and ignoble end that pride engenders.

Dear Lord of Glory, how fitting that those who pridefully oppose You will be brought low and will end up in shame. I do not want to be numbered among them. I desire to walk in humility, to eagerly acknowledge my desperate need for You every day in every way, and to be compassionate toward the needy. I desire to bless Your people, to humbly seek the wisdom of Your word, and to be a vessel of honor unto You, through Christ Jesus, my Lord, Amen.

Daily Promise

Daily Promises (September 29th)

 (2 Peter 3:13)

Nevertheless we, according to his promise,

look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Isa.65:17 > For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Rev.21:1,27 > And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Reflection:
We as believers have a hope and a promise from God that there will be a new heaven and a new earth, which is the home of the righteous! These mortal things will soon pass! We merely await His glorious return! Let us cry with a great hope: “Come quickly O Lord!”

 

Proverb for Today

Phraise and Wisdom

Psalm 33:4-6

For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. By the word of the LORD were the havens made;  and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

John 1:1-3> In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Heb.11:3> Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Prov.29:23

A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Isa.11:12  And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.>

Matt.23:12  > And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Luke 14:11>For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.