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Daily Bible Study Aug.8,2018

     By reading five Psalms a day, you will not only complete the book of Psalms each month,but you will also be encouraged by how precise these Psalms are to your experiences. Learn the wisdom of God by reading, each day the chapter of Proverbs which corresponds to the day of the month. Relate the Proverbs to the  decisions and situations you face.

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”     1 Peter 2:2   Study of

Psalm 128: Blessing flow from fear of God.

v1 – Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.

v2 – For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

Isa.3:10> Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.

v3 – (b) Thy wife shall be as a (c) fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy (d) children like olive plants round about thy table.

b) Prov.5:15> Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.

(c) EzeK. 19:10> “ ‘Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard planted by the water; it was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water.

(d) Ps.52:8> But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.

Focus point: “Drink water from your own cistern” is a picture of faithfulness in marriage. It means to enjoy the spouse God has given you. In Old Testament times, it was considered a crime to steal, water from someone else’s well, just as it was a crime to have intercourse with another man’s wife. In both cases, the offender is endangering the health and security of family.

v4 – Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.

v5 – The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.

Ps.134:3> May the LORD bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.

Focus point: The worshipers would ascend the hill where the temple sits and see the watchman’s work as an act of praise to God, done reverently and responsibly.  Make your job or your responsibility in the church an act of praise by doing it with reverence to God, Honor him by the quality of your work and the attitude of service you bring to it.

v6 – Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.

Gen.50:23> and saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children. Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on Joseph’s knees.

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Daily Bible Study Tues.Aug.7,2018

Psalms 7– Theme:  A request for justice against those who make slanderous comments. God is the perfect judge and will punish those who persecute the innocent.   instead of striking back, ask God to take your case, bring justice, and restore your reputation.



Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. many strong men have been slain by her –

Neh.13:26>  Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women.   

Focus Points: Nehemiah used the example of Solomon’s mistakes to teach his people. If one of the greatest kings of Israel fell because of the influence of unbelievers others could too. Nehemiah saw the principle in Solomon’s example. Your gifts and strengths won’t be of much benefit if you fail to deal with your weaknesses. Although Solomon was a great king, his marriages to foreign women brought tragedy to the whole kingdom. A tendency to sin must be recognized and dealt with swiftly; otherwise, it may overpower you and bring you down. One of the strongest reasons for reading the Bible is to learn from the mistakes of God’s people. 

Her house is the way to hell, –

Prov.2:18> Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.

I Cor.6:9,10> Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Focus point: I will just say, in a permissive society it is easy for Christians to overlook or tolerate some immoral behaviors (greed, drunkenness, etc.) while remaining outraged at others (homosexuality, thievery). We must not participate in sin or condone it in any way, nor may we be selective about what we condemn or excuse. Staying away from more “acceptable” forms of sin is difficult, but it is ho harder for us than it was for the Corinthians. God expects his followers in any age to have high standards.

Heb.13:4> Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

Focus point:

Real love for others produces tangible actions: (1) kindness to strangers (2) empathy for those who are in prison and those who have been mistreated (3) respect for your marriage vows and (4)contentment with what you have. Make sure that your love runs deep enough to affect your hospitality, empathy, fidelity, and contentment.

Rev.22:15> Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.       

Focus point: 

The emphasis is that nothing evil and no sinner will be in God’s presence to corrupt or harm any of the unfaithful. 



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David resorts unto God in his integrity.

Proverbs 26: 1- 12

verse 1 -Judge (a) me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: (b) I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide. 

(a)Ps.7:8>The LORD judges the nations.Declare me righteous, O LORD,for I am innocent, O Most High!

 (b)Ps.28:7> The LORD is my strength and shield.
I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

Prov.29:25>Fearing people is a dangerous trap,
but trusting the LORD means safety.

verse 2  -Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

verse 3  -For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.     

focus Point: By saying that he was “blameless,” David was not claiming to be sinless- that is impossible for any human being to achieve. But he was consistently in fellowship with God, cleaning his record when he sinned by asking for forgiveness. here he pleads with God to clear his name of the false charges made against him by his enemies. We also can ask God to examine us, trusting him to forgive our sins and clear our record according to his mercy.

verse 4  -(c)I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.(c) Ps.1:1> Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,or stand around with sinners,or join in with mockers.

Jer.15:17>I never joined the people in their merry feasts.I sat alone because your hand was on me.
I was filled with indignation at their sins.

verse 5  -I have (d) hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

(d) Ps.1:1> Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.

Ps.5:5> Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence,for you hate all who do evil.

Ps.15:4> Those who despise flagrant sinners,
and honor the faithful followers of the LORD,
and keep their promises even when it hurts.

Ps.31:6>I hate those who worship worthless idols.
I trust in the LORD.

focus points: verses 4,5 – Should we stayaway from unbelievers? No. Although there are some places Christians should avoid, Jesus demonstrated that we must go among unbelievers to help them. But there is a difference between being with unbelievers and being one of them. Trying to be one of them harms our witness for God. Ask about the people you enjoy, “if I am with them often, will I become les obedient to God in outlook or action?” If the answer is yes, carefully monitor how you spend your time with these people and what effect it has on You.

verse 6  -(e)I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

(e)Ex.30:19> Aaron and his sons will wash their hands and feet there

Ps.73:13> Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?

1Tim.2:8>  In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.

verse 7 – That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

verse 8 –  LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

focus Points: verse 8  God’s house in this verse can mean either the tabernacle in Gibeon (the one constructed in the days of Moses, see Exodus 40:35) or the temporary dwelling David built to house the ark of the covenant (2Sam.6:17), David exclaimed how he loved to worship God at this place. We should God with the  same love and reverence as David did.

verse 9 –   Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

verse 10 –  In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

verse 11 –  But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me. 

verse 12 –  My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.

focus points: Too often I (we) complain about our problems to anyone who will listen and praise God only in private. How much better it would be for us to complain privately and to praise God Publicly.

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“A thanksgiving for Victory”

A prayer that carries us from great suffering to great joy. Despite rejection by his friends and God, David believed that God would lead him out of despair, He looked forward to that future day when God would rule over the entire earth.

How the king rejoices in your strength, O LORD!
He shouts with joy because you give him victory.

verse 21:2 – Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.

(a)John 11:42> You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.”

verse 21:3 – (NLT) You welcomed him back with success and prosperity. You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.

verse 21:4 –  He asked you to preserve his life,
and you granted his request. The days of his life stretch on forever. (b )2Sam.7:19>And now, Sovereign LORD, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign LORD?[

verse 21:5  Your victory brings him great honor,
and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty.

verse 21:6 You have endowed him with eternal blessings
and given him the joy of your presence.

Focus Point: verses 1-6: David described all that he had as gifts from God: “the desire of his heart,”rich blessings, a crown of pure gold, long life, splendor and majestly, eternal blessings, gladness. We too must look upon all we have – position, family, wealth, talent – as gifts from God. Only then will we use them to give glory back to him.

verse 21:7 For the king trusts in the LORD. The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling.

Focus Points: a good leader trusts the Lord and depends upon his unfailing love. Too often leaders trust in their own cleverness, popular support, or military power, But God is above all these “gods” If you aspire to leadership, keep the Lord God at the center of your life and depend on him, His wisdom is the best strength you can have. Because David trusted God, God would not let him be shaken (removed from the throne). When we have permanence and stability. We may lose a great deal – families, jobs, material possessions – but we cannot be shaken from God’s favor. He will be our foundation of solid rock. He will never leave or desert us.

(c)Psa. 91:2>This I declare about the LORD:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.

verse 21:8 –  You will capture all your enemies.
Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you.

verse 21:9 – You will throw them in a flaming furnace
when you appear.The LORD will consume them in his anger;fire will devour them.

(d) Deut.32:22> For my anger blazes forth like fire
and burns to the depths of the grave.
It devours the earth and all its crops
and ignites the foundations of the mountains.

Psa 21:10 – Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.

verse 21:11 – For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

Focus point: When you see people succeeding with evil acts remember that they will not succeed forever. Their power is only temporary, and God’s very presence would send them scattering in a moment.

verse 21:12 –   Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.

verse 21:13 – Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.

(e)Rev.15:3-4>And they were singing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:
“Great and marvelous are your works,
O Lord God, the Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous deeds have been revealed.”

(time to consider running for Pubic Office  –  the State top chair)


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My Hope comes from (Romans 8:28-29)

“Victory even if the partner does not return”

     “As we understand that God’s ultimate purpose is to build in us the character of the Lord Jesus Christ, we can be confident tha “… all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose…to be conformed to the image of His Son…”Romans 8:28-29. 


And we know that God causes everything to work together[fn] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn[fn] among many brothers and sisters. 


everything to work together[fn] for the good of those who love God 

(b) 2 Tim.1:9> For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

 For God knew his people in advance,

(c) Ps.1:6> For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

Jer.1:5> “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
Before you were born I set you apart
and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

Matt.7:23> But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

2 Tim.2:19> But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The LORD knows those who are his,”[fn]and “All who belong to the LORD must turn away from evil.

he chose them to become like his Son,     

(d) Eph.1:5> God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

he chose them to become like his Son,

(e) John 17:22> “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.

that his Son would be the firstborn[fn] among many brothers and sisters.

(f) Col. 1:18> Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.

Focus Points:   God works in “all things” – not just isolated incidents – for our good. This does not mean that all that happens to us is good. Evil is prevalent in our fallen world, but God is able to turn every circumstance around for our long-range good. Note also that this promise is not for everybody. It can be claimed only by those who are “called” according to his purpose. Those who are “called” are those who love God and are called according to his purpose. Those who are “called” are those the Holy Spirit convinces and enables to receive Christ. Such people have a new perspective, a new mind-set on life. They trust God, not life’s treasures; they look for their security in heaven, not on earth, they learn to accept, not resent pain  and persecution because God is with them. God’s ultimate goal for us is to make us like Christ (1 John 3:2).

     As we become more and more like him, we discover our true selves, the persons we were created to be. How can we be conformed to Christ’s likeness? By reading the Word, by studying his life on earth through the Gospels, by being filled with his Spirit, and by doing his work in the world.     Some believe these verses mean that before the beginning of the world, God chose certain people to receive his gift of salvation. They point it verses like Ephesians 1:11 that says we are “predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will. “Others believe that God foreknew those who would respond to him and upon those he set his mark (predestined). What is clear is that God’s purpose for people was not afterthought, It was settled before the foundation of the world. People are to serve and honor God If you have believed in Christ, you can rejoice in the fact that God has always known you. God’s love is eternal, His wisdom and power are supreme. He will guide and protect you until you one day stand in his presence. Called means summoned or invited .

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Daily Reading: Psalms 138:1-8

[[A Psalm of David.]] I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

(a) Ps.119:45 – I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

verse 2  – I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. 

(b) 1 Kings 8:29  – May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.

Ps.5:7  Dan.6:10 – Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Jon 2:7 – “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.

(c) Isa.42:21 – It pleased the LORD for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious.

verse 3 – In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

(d) Zech.10:12  – I will strengthen them in the LORD and in his name they will live securely,”
declares the LORD.

2 Cor.12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

verse 4 –  All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth. 

verse 5 – Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD. 

verse 6 – Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

(e) Prov.23:3 –   Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.

Jon 4:6 – Then the LORD God provided a leafy plant[fn] and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant.

verse 7 – Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

(f) Ps.23:3 – he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

verse 8 – The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.   

(g) Ps.57:2  –   I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. 

Phil.1:6 – being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Focus Points: 138:1 – “Before the gods” may mean in the presence of subordinate heavenly beings (angels) or, more likely, it may be a statement ridiculing the kings or gods of the pagan nations. God is the  highest in the whole earth.   

138:1-3   –  Thanksgiving should be an integral part of our praise to God: This theme is woven throughout the psalms. As we praise and thank God for material and spiritual blessings, we should also thank him, for answered prayer. Remember when you asked God for protection, and he supplied them? Beware of taking God’s provision and answered prayer for granted. 138:8 – Every person dreams and makes plans for the future. Then they work hard to see those dreams and plans come true. But to make the most of life, we must include God’s plan in our plans . He alone know what is best for us; he alone can fulfill his purpose for us. As you make plans and dream dreams, talk with God bout them.

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Proverbs 11:7-22 Focus Points

” The day of wrath ” refers to when we die or to the time when God settles accounts with all people. On judgment day, each of us will stand alone, accountable for all our deeds. At that time no amount of riches will buy reconciliation with God. only our love for God and obedience to him count.
God’s people are not excluded from problems or struggles. If person follows God’s wisdom, however, God can rescue him or her from trouble. But a wicked person will fall into his or her own traps. Even if good people suffer, they can be sure they will ultimately be rescued from eternal death.
The mouth can be used either as a weapon or a tool hurting relationships or building them up. Sadly, it is often easier to destroy than to build, and most people have received more destructive comments than those that build up. Every person you meet today is either a demolition site or a construction opportunity . Your words will make a difference. Will they be weapons for destruction or tools for construction?
A good leader needs and uses wise advisers. One person’s perspective and understanding is severely limited; he or she may not have all the facts or may be blinded by bias, emotions or wrong impressions. To be a wise leader at home, at church, or at work, seek the counsel of others and be open to their advice.. Then, after considering all the facts, make your decision.
Righteous people attain life because they live life more fully each day They also attain life because people usually live longer when they live right, with proper diet, exercise and rest. In addition, they not fear death because eternal life is God’s gift to them (John 11:25). By contrast, evil people not only find eternal death, but also miss out on real life on earth.
Physical attractiveness without discretion soon wears thin. We are to seek those character strengths that help us make wise decisions, not just those that make us look good. Not everyone who looks good is pleasant to live or work with. While taking good care of our body and appearance is not wrong, we also need to develop our ability to think.