Tag: Proverbs 13:14

Words no one wants to hear!

Scripture reading for April 14th: Matthew 7, Psalm 75, Proverbs 13

Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?’ And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.””

As Jesus concluded His teaching on the blessed life of the kingdom, He warned His followers against going through the motions with outward show but lacking a true relationship with God through grace and faith. At the final judgment, many would come expecting a reward, only to be declared unfit to enter into the Father’s kingdom and eternal inheritance. They would call Jesus their ‘Lord’, but Jesus would declare that He never was personally acquainted with them. All their ‘good’ religious works were done to please others or earn favor with God. God has an appointed judgment and He will execute judgment with perfect equity. He has forewarned us about presumption and religious performance.

Psalm 75:1, 6-7 “”At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity.” . . . “For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, but it is God Who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your perfect love and also for promised perfect justice. I humbly ask You for mercy through faith in Your Son Jesus Christ. I invite the Holy Spirit to dwell in me and guide me in Your ways and in deepening knowledge and relationship with You. May none of my family, friends or neighbors hear the fearful declaration: ‘I never knew you.’

Proverbs 13:14 “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”

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Faithful stewards!

Scripture reading for July 10th: 1st Corinthians 4, Psalm 137, Proverbs 13

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 4:1-4 “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.  But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court.  In fact, I do not even judge myself.  For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted.  It is the Lord who judges me.”

Instead of exalting church leaders, they should be viewed as servants of the Lord Jesus and stewards of the mysteries of God revealed in Him.  Each steward’s first requirement before God is faithfulness.  Only God can judge each person’s faithfulness and reward him.  We cannot even judge ourselves with accuracy.  Wait on the Lord and He alone will judge with truth.

Faith Confession:  I am a servant of Christ Jesus by God’s grace and a steward of God’s Word and truth revealed in Jesus Christ.  Lord, help me not to judge others or even myself presumptuously. I will wait on the Lord alone.

Proverbs 13:14  “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”   

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The Fountain of Life!

Scripture reading for April 15th:  John 7, Psalm 75, Proverbs 13
Key Scriptures: John 7:37-39 “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water'”  Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

Jesus attended the Feast of Tabernacles where on the last day the tradition was to get two jars of water from the pool of Siloam and pour them out before the Lord as a remembrance of God supplying water from the rock during the Israelites’ wilderness experience.  Jesus called Israel to look to Him and believe in Him to quench their spiritual thirst.  He promised ‘rivers of living water’ as those who believed in Him were filled with the Holy Spirit.

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit.  The infilling of the Spirit satisfies my thirst and empowers me to proclaim the good news of Jesus, Son of God and Savior.

Proverbs 13:14  “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”  vs. 25 “The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.”

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