Tag: Proverbs 11:24-25
Scripture reading for July 8th: 1st Corinthians 2, Psalm 135, Proverbs 11
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 2:9-12 “But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him”–these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit of God searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.”
Paul explained that as the spirit of a person knows the inner thoughts of that person, so God’s Holy Spirit knows all about God and His thoughts that are hidden from the natural man. But God gives His people the gift of the Holy Spirit that they might know and receive the hidden things freely given to those who repent and believe on His Son.
Faith Confession: Thank You Lord for the precious gift of the Holy Spirit living in me and revealing Whose I am and what You have freely given me by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Help me to freely share this amazing treasure!
Proverbs 11:24-25 “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withhold what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”
Scripture reading for January 20th: Matthew 14
Key Scriptures: Matthew 14:14-16 “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to Him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away, you give them something to eat.”
Would you rather give orders or take them? Of course we like to give orders! We have been conditioned by our world, culture, and sin-nature to want to be in control. The original disciples were no different. They came to Jesus with a plan to take care of a huge crowd of people as darkness was fast approaching. They had figured it all out–just sent them away before dark to find bread in the villages!
But Jesus had orders of His own! He turned the tables on His disciples and told them to take care of them by feeding them right on the site! He did this immediately following His own bout with grief over the execution of His cousin, John the Baptist. He had compassion on the multitude! Love moved Him to motivate His disciples and send them out to feed this multitude of over 5000 men plus women and children! Taking the meager resources available, these two loaves of bread and five fish were blessed and broken and given to the disciples. As they gave them away, they multiplied in their hands to feed the multitude with much left over!
Observations for over-comers: Jesus set the example of serving and calls His disciples to listen to the Master and do what He says. This will result in an overflowing abundance! “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withhold unduly, but comes to poverty. The generous man will prosper and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:24-25)