Proverb for Today

Saying of Agur Prov.30:5-9

Focus Points: 7- 9

Every word of God is flawless, he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add o his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. “Two things I ask of you, O LORD; DO not refuse me before I die: Keep false hook and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bead. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the LORD?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

Having too much money can be dangerous, but so can having too little. Being poor can, in fact, be hazardous to spiritual as well as physical health. On the other hand, being rich is not the answer.

As Jesus pointed out, rich people have trouble getting into God’s Kingdom (Matthew 19:23-24) Like Paul, we can learn how to live whether we have little or plenty (Philippians 4:12) but our lives whether are more likely to be effective if we have “neither poverty nor riches.

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Morning Reading The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God. —Galatians 2:20 When the Lord in mercy passed by and saw us in our blood, He first of all said, “Live”; and this He did first, because life is one of the absolutely essential things in spiritual matters, and until it be bestowed we are incapable of partaking in the things of the kingdom. Now the life which grace confers upon the saints at the moment of their quickening is none other than the life of Christ, which, like the sap from the stem, runs into us, the branches, and establishes a living connection between our souls and Jesus. Faith is the grace which perceives this union, having proceeded from it as its firstfruit. It is the neck which joins the body of the Church to its all-glorious Head. “Oh Faith! thou bond of union with the Lord, Is not this office thine? and thy fit name, In the economy of gospel types, And symbols apposite-the Church’s neck; Identifying her in will and work With Him ascended?” Faith lays hold upon the Lord Jesus with a firm and determined grasp. She knows His excellence and worth, and no temptation can induce her to repose her trust elsewhere; and Christ Jesus is so delighted with this heavenly grace, that He never ceases to strengthen and sustain her by the loving embrace and all-sufficient support of His eternal arms. Here, then, is established a living, sensible, and delightful union which casts forth streams of love, confidence, sympathy, complacency, and joy, whereof both the bride and bridegroom love to drink. When the soul can evidently perceive this oneness between itself and Christ, the pulse may be felt as beating for both, and the one blood as flowing through the veins of each. Then is the heart as near heaven as it can be on earth, and is prepared for the enjoyment of the most sublime and spiritual kind of fellowship.

Morning Reading The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.
—Galatians 2:20

When the Lord in mercy passed by and saw us in our blood, He first of all said, “Live”; and this He did first, because life is one of the absolutely essential things in spiritual matters, and until it be bestowed we are incapable of partaking in the things of the kingdom. Now the life which grace confers upon the saints at the moment of their quickening is none other than the life of Christ, which, like the sap from the stem, runs into us, the branches, and establishes a living connection between our souls and Jesus. Faith is the grace which perceives this union, having proceeded from it as its firstfruit. It is the neck which joins the body of the Church to its all-glorious Head.

“Oh Faith! thou bond of union with the Lord,
Is not this office thine? and thy fit name,
In the economy of gospel types,
And symbols apposite-the Church’s neck;
Identifying her in will and work
With Him ascended?”

Faith lays hold upon the Lord Jesus with a firm and determined grasp. She knows His excellence and worth, and no temptation can induce her to repose her trust elsewhere; and Christ Jesus is so delighted with this heavenly grace, that He never ceases to strengthen and sustain her by the loving embrace and all-sufficient support of His eternal arms. Here, then, is established a living, sensible, and delightful union which casts forth streams of love, confidence, sympathy, complacency, and joy, whereof both the bride and bridegroom love to drink. When the soul can evidently perceive this oneness between itself and Christ, the pulse may be felt as beating for both, and the one blood as flowing through the veins of each. Then is the heart as near heaven as it can be on earth, and is prepared for the enjoyment of the most sublime and spiritual kind of fellowship.

Christian Life style, Wisdom For All People

Psalm 28: 3 – 5 2018

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. 

Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts. Give them according to their deed, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

Focus Points: It’s easy to pretend friendship. Wicked people often put on a show of kindness or friendship in order to gain their own ends. David in his royal position, may have met many who pretended friendship only to meet their own goals. David knew that God would punish them eventually; but he prayed that their punishment would come swiftly. True believers should be straightforward and sincere in all their relationships. 

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Proverbs 25:21 May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you!

If ever we needed two powerful forces to preserve us along life’s way, they are interity and uprightness. David asks for these to protect him step by step.  Uprightness makes us learn God’s requiremens and strive to fulfill them. Integrity being what we say we are – keeps us from claiming to be upright while living as if we do not know God. Uprightness says, “This is the Shepherd’s way,” and integrity says, “I will walk consistently in it.”

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Proverbs 23:23 Dec.23,2018

Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understandin. (Proverbs 4:7) Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Through it coast all you have, get understanding.

Focus Point:

If you want wisdom, you must decide to go after it. It takes resolve – a determination not to abandon the search once you begin no matter how difficult the road become. This is not a omce-in-a-lifetime step, but a daily process of choosing between two paths, the wicked (4:14-17,19) and the righteous (4:18). Nothing else is more impotant or more valuable.  

Proverbs 23:29-30>  Whoso has woe? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine; who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

Focus point: The soothing comfort of alcohol is only temporay. Real relief comes from dealing with the cause of the anguish and sorrow and turning to God for peace. Don’t lose yourself in alcohol, find yourself in God. Isreal was  a wine-producing country. In the Old Testament, winepresses bursting with new wine were considered a sign of blessing . Wisdom is ever said to have set her table with wine (Prov.9:2,5) But the Old Testament writters were alert to the dangers of wine. It dulls the senses; it limits clear judgmet (Prov.31:1-9) it lowers the capaity for control (Prov.4:17) it destroys a person’s efficiency (Prov.2:17). To make wine and end in itself a means of selfindulgence, or as an excape from life is to misuse it and invite the consequences of the drunkard.

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Psalm 51:1-6

David’s plead for mercy, forgiveness, and cleansing. God wants our hearts to be right with him.

Ref: Proverbs 21:2>Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondered the hearts 

Ref: Prov.16:2> All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.  

Focus Points:  “All man ways seem innocent to him,” People can rationalize anything if they have no standards for judging right and wrong. We can always prove that we are right, before putting any plan in into action ask yourself these three questions

(1) is this plan in harmony with God’s truth? 

(2) Will it work under real-life conditions?

(3) is my attitude pleasing to God?

people can find an excuse for almost anything, but God looks behind the excuses to he motives of the heart. We often have to make choices in areas where the right action is difficult to identify our motives first and then asking  “would God be pleased with my real reasons for doing this? God is not pleased when we do good deeds only to receive something in return.