Category: Proverbs–BibleTrekToday

Sexual purity is not optional!

Scripture reading for June 18th:  Proverbs 29-31, 1st Thessalonians 4

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 4:3-8  “For this is the will of God, your sanctification:  that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.  For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.  Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives His Holy Spirit to you.”  

Paul solemnly warned the Thessalonians against sexual immorality.  God’s Word is very clear about what He considers “immorality”.  Adultery is sexual immorality in a marriage covenant when one partner steps out on another.  Fornication is any sexual acts outside of a marriage relationship.  Homosexuality is any sexual acts between those of the same sex.  Bestiality is sexual misconduct with animals.  Pornography is lusting for sexual contact through images or imagination. These acts “transgress and wrong” those involved and they must and will answer to God.  We disregard God Himself when we claim to be a believer and still continue in sexual immorality.  Be warned: God will avenge!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, have mercy on our land and its people.  We have transgressed against Your Holy Word and Spirit and each other in these sins of sexual immorality.  Help me to control my own body and thoughts and solemnly warn this people about Your plan for our sanctification in Jesus Christ. turning away Your wrath.

Proverbs 29:1  “He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.” 

Proverbs 29:8 “Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath.”

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Blameless in Holiness before God!

Scripture reading for June 17th:  Proverbs 26-28, 1st Thessalonians 3

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 3:9-13  “For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, as we pray earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?  Now may our God and Father Himself and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.”

Paul had been encouraged by the report from Timothy concerning the faith and steadfastness of the Thessalonians.  It gave him great joy and comfort to know that the tempter, Satan, had not been successful in his tricks.  But as a true pastor, he longed to return and further instruct them in God’s Word and see their faith increase.  He entrusted them to the Father and the Lord Jesus to help them grow and abound in love.  He prayed that their hearts would be blameless before God when Jesus Christ returned.  Without holiness, no one can stand before the Lord.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your Word and the working of holiness into my heart by the Holy Spirit.  Help me today to grow in faith and love towards You and my brothers and sisters that I may be able to stand before You when You come again.  Hide me in Jesus Christ on the Day of Christ.

Proverbs 27:12  “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”  

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Adversity and the Word of God

Scripture reading for June 16th:  Proverbs 24-25, Psalm 41, 1st Thessalonians 2

Key Scriptures:   1st Thessalonians 2:13-16  “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the Word of God, which is at work in you believers.  For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea.  For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved–so as always to fill up the measure of their sins.  But wrath has come upon them at last!”

Paul commended the Thessalonian believers for receiving the Word of God for what it really was.  God’s Word is alive and powerful, able to transform the soul from death to life eternal.  It changes attitudes and rebellious behaviors and enables perseverance during suffering.  In fact, suffering in believers lives comes from the unsaved world and sometimes our own relatives.  They are under God’s wrath and oppose the Word of God.  Jesus was betrayed by one of His own disciples and was crucified by His own people.

Psalm 41:9  “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for the Word of God.  I receive it and desire its work in me for transformation and salvation.  Anoint me to preach the Word of God in the face of adversity!

Proverbs 24:10  “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”

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Loved and chosen by God!

Scripture reading for June 15th:  Proverbs 22-23, Psalm 117, 1st Thessalonians 1

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 1:2-7  “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father you work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.  For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in Word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.  You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.  And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the Word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.”

As Paul began his letter to the Thessalonian believers, he encouraged them by telling them of his prayers for them.  Paul thanked God for their “work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope” in the Lord Jesus.  They had received the Word of God in much affliction and had demonstrated their faith by works of repentance and true change.  These believers became examples of Jesus Christ and the power of the Gospel among the growing church in Macedonia.  God was glorified!

Psalm 117:2  “For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.  Praise the Lord!”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, help me today to do works of faith in the love of God, being steadfast in hope and full of joy as I obey Your Word.  Use my example to encourage other believers and bring God glory.

Proverbs 23:19  “Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.”  

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The obedience of faith!

Scripture reading for June 12th:  Proverbs 19-21, Psalm 40, Romans 16

Key Scriptures:  Romans 16:25-27 “Now to Him Who is able to strengthen you according to my Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writing has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith–to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.  

Paul closed out his letter to the Roman believers with a benediction blessing.  All glory goes to Jesus Christ and God His Father for their wisdom and revelation of God’s great plan of salvation.  This plan was kept secret for long ages but was revealed by the prophets and their writings and now through the preaching of Jesus Christ.  Jesus preached God’s eternal Word and through that Gospel of repentance He brings faith to all nations of men enabling them to obey God and become His children.  To God be glory through Jesus Christ!

Psalm 40:3 “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”  

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I give all glory to You and my heavenly Father for the Gospel I received by the preaching of  God’s eternal Word, Jesus Christ.  Anoint me with the Holy Spirit today and with boldness to declare the Gospel to all You put in my path.  You are my precious Treasure!

Proverbs 21:20-21 “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.  Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.” 

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Endurance, encouragement, and hope!

Scripture reading for June 11th:  Proverbs 16-18, Romans 15

Key Scriptures:  Romans 15:5-7, 13  “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of  God.” . . .”May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

By God’s grace we are empowered to live in harmony with one another.  God gives us endurance and encouragement to stay in unity through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit gives us God’s power to rest in Jesus Christ and live in peace and joy because we know we are God’s children and declared righteous.  We have the Blessed Hope of Jesus’ soon return.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You today for the fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life, bringing patience and endurance in this trying time.  May I live in the power of the Holy Spirit today to live in steadfast love and harmony with Your Church sharing the hope we have in Christ Jesus, making my enemies my peace-filled friends.

Proverbs 16:6-7 “By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.  When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”  

 

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Walking in Love!

Scripture reading for June 10th:  Proverbs 14-15, Romans 14

Key Scriptures: Romans 14:15-19 “For is your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love.  By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.  So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.  For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.  So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”

Everything we do as believers should be motivated by love.  If we have a brother or sister that believes that something we are eating is defiled and harmful, we must be mindful of their beliefs and not cause them to stumble.  We should help them to see that God’s kingdom is not based on rules and regulations, but righteousness through faith in Christ Jesus.  As we rest in Christ Jesus and His righteousness, we can enjoy peace with God and the joy of sins forgiven.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, help me to walk in love towards my brothers and sisters today in all that I do and say.  I have kingdom joy and peace today from resting in Jesus Christ for my righteousness.

Proverbs 14:15-16 “The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.  One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but  a fool is reckless and careless.”

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Be subject to Authority!

Scripture reading for June 9th:  Proverbs 11-13, Psalm 8, Romans 13

Key Scriptures:  Romans 13:1-5 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.  Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority?  Then do what is good and you will receive his approval, for his is God’s servant for your good.  But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain.  For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.  Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath, but also for the sake of conscience.”

God’s Word teaches us that He alone creates authority and places people in authority to fulfill His will and purposes.  When we resist authority, we are resisting God’s appointed one.  God’s appointed one is there for your good and protection.  If you are doing wrong, God’s authority is there to punish and restrain evil.  Each person knows this because God has made it plain in their conscience.  There are no excuses now and will be none when we stand before God and answer for deeds done in our body in rebellion to our conscience and His appointed authority!

Psalm 8:4-5 “. . .what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him?  Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, I am thankful for those in authority, believing that You have placed them there for my good and blessing.  Help me to honor and obey them, teaching others through example.

Proverbs 11:14 “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”   

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The actions and attitudes of a Christ-follower!

Scripture reading for June 8th:  Proverbs 8-10, Psalm 144, Romans 12

Key Scriptures:  Romans 12:14-20 “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  Live in harmony with one another.  Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.  Never be wise in your own sight.  Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”  To the contrary, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.””

Paul explained to the new Roman believers what following Christ looked like in everyday attitudes and actions.  Christ’s attitudes and actions were very different from the culture they lived in.  They were to live in humble harmony with all other believers, whether in joy or sorrow.  They were to seek to bless and be a blessing with those persecuting them or active enemies.  They were never to consider revenge or paying back evil for evil, because God’s Word plainly stated that revenge was God’s alone to give.   Good would always triumph over evil as love never fails!

Psalm 144:15  “Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!  Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, You have blessed me with Your Holy Spirit, infilling my body I have dedicated to You.  Help me to grow in grace and obedience in my attitudes and actions towards others.

Proverbs 8:34  “Blessed is the one who listens to Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting beside My doors.”

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Grace or a spirit of stupor!

Scripture reading for June 5th:  Proverbs 6-7, Psalm 7, Romans 11

Key Scriptures:  Romans 11:5-10 “So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.  But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.  What then?   Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking.  The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.”  and David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.””

Paul explained to the Romans how God chose grace as the means of salvation for all people, Jew and Gentile.  If we could work for our salvation, grace would not be grace!  Those who believed the Gospel obtained grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Those who refused to believe but sought to keep the law by human effort were hardened and were overcome by a spirit of stupor.  They would miss the grace of God freely offered.

Psalm 7:12-13  “If a man does not repent, God will whet His sword;  He has bent and readied His bow; He has prepared for him His deadly weapons, making His arrows fiery shafts.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  I believe in salvation through grace by faith as Your plan for all men.  I have repented of my own dead works and trust Jesus Christ as Lord.  Help me warn and preach Your Gospel that all may avoid Your wrath.

Proverbs 6:23 “For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, . . “

 

 

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