Daily Bible Study, Proverb for Today

Proverbs 30: 2 – 9

2: Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.

(a) Ps. 73:22> I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.

3:I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.

4:Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?

(b) John 3:13> No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.

(c) Job 38:4>“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.

Focus points:   Because God is infinite, certain aspects of his nature will always remain a mystery. Compare these questions with these questions with the questions God asked Job (Job 38 – 41)

5:Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

(d) Ps.12:6> And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.

(e) Ps. 18:30>As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

Ps.84:11>For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

6:Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

(f)Deut.4:2> Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.

Rev.22:18>I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.

9: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

(h)Deut.8:12>  Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,

Neh.9:25>  They captured fortified cities and fertile land; they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness.

Hos.13:6>When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.

A Message for Today, Claiming God's Word, Daily Bible Study

Daily Bible Study Thur. Aug.30,2018

Readings: Psalms  30-60-90-120-150

Proverbs 30:

Prayer for today:    Heavenly Father, I see now how deeply You’re been working in me all along. Forgive my feeble response and open my eyes and ears to see and hear You at work. I do want to do Your will, as you make Yourself know to me. May my life be a channel for You to bless those around me Amen.

 

Finding Faith through Bible Study, Spiritual Understandings

Daily Bible Study Psalm 29: 8/29/18

Psalm 29:

Theme: god reveals his great power in nature. We can trust God to give us both the peace and the strength to weather the storms  of life. 

verse 11—The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

  ref: Isa. 40:29>
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. He give power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increases.

Focus point:   Even the strongest people get tried at times, but God’s power and strength never diminish. He is never too tired  or too busy to help and listen. His strength is our source of strength. When you feel all of life crushing you and cannot go another step, remember that you can call upon God to renew your strength.

A Message for Today, Christian Life style

Another look at Matthew 6:1-2

Jesus teaches about giving to the needy:

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou do thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 

Focus Points: The term hypocrites; as used here, describes people who do good acts for appearances only – not out of compassion or other good motives… their actions may be good, but their motives are hollow. These empty acts are their only reward, but God will reward those who are sincere in their faith. 

Psalm 28:1-9  To you, LORD, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place. Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts. Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done and bring back on them what they deserve. Because they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD and what his hands have done, he will tear them down and never build them up again.

 Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.  Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever is my strength.

Matt.6:4a – give them according to their deeds  

Focus points: It’s easier to do what’s right when we gain recognition and praise. To be sure our motives are not selfish, we should do our good deeds quietly or in secret, with no thought of reward. Jesus says we should check our motives in three areas:  generosity (6:4), prayer (6:6), and fasting (6:18). Those acts should no be self-centered, but God-Centered, done not to make us look good but to make God look good, The reward God promises is not material, and it is never given to those who seek it. Doing something only for ourselves is not a loving sacrifice. With your next good deed, ask, “Would I still do this if no one would ever know I did it?” 

2Tim. 4:14 – Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. Timothy’s commission as a church leader was confirmed by prophecy  and by the laying on of hands by elders of the church. He was not a self-appointed leader. If you aspire to church leadership, seek the counsel  of mature Christians who know you well and who will hold you accountable.

Matt.7b) But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 

Focus point:

Repeating the same words over and over like a magic incantation is no way to ensure that God will hear your prayers. It’s not wrong to come to God many times  with the same requests – Jesus encourages persistent prayer. But he condemn the shallow repetition of words that are not offered with a sincere heart. We can neve pray too much if our prayers are honest and sincere. Before you start to pray, make sure you mean what you say.

Ps.18:2 – The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 

Focus Point:

God’s protection of His people is limitless and an take many forms. David characterized God’s care with five military symbols. God is like

(1) a rock that can’t be moved by any who would harm us,

(2)  fortress or place of safety where the enemy can’t follow,

(3) a shield that comes between us and him,

(4) a horn of salvation, a symbol  of might and power.

(5) a stronghold high above our enemies. If you need protection, look to God.