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Wisdom to rule and live!

Scripture reading for July 9: Proverbs 22-24

The Bible teaches that we are all designed to rule and have dominion!  Adam was given dominion over creation in order to tend and care for it as God desired and instructed.  (Genesis 1:27-28)   We need God’s wisdom because He is the source of all wisdom and authority and created all things for His purposes.  The proverbs offer wisdom to those in authority to enable them to effectively rule with the mind of God.

Proverbs emphasizes our need for humility.  (Proverbs 22:4)  When we fear the Lord, God gives us discernment between good and evil.  When we choose the good consistently we get wealth, honor and life  as added benefits.  We also get a good name and reputation, something that money can’t buy! (Proverbs 22:1)  Keeping humility when God has blessed you can be a real test, for many times prosperity causes pride and God is forgotten or not honored.

When a king rules, he acts on behalf of God.   Rulers are to treat the poor with equity and respect.  (Proverbs 22:16, 22-23)  When the poor are mistreated, God Himself promises to take up their case and rule on their behalf!  Rulers must stay away from the adulteress and the hot-tempered man.  (Proverbs 22:14, 24; 23:26-28)  Both of those people lead to trouble.  When rulers judge in court, they must be sure to convict the guilty and not show partiality or take a bribe.  God will bless righteous judgment and integrity!  (Proverbs 24:23-25)  Also, do not seek revenge because that is for God alone!  (Proverbs 24:29)

Those in authority must avoid drunkenness and laziness.  (Proverbs 23:29-35)  Drinking takes away your ability to have sound judgment and to see clearly.  It causes violence and strife and quarrels.  A hangover comes the next day and bloodshot eyes!  It poisons our life like a snake-bite!  The second warning is against laziness.  (Proverbs 24:30-34)   Laziness causes life to fall into ruin around you.  Your life looks like a field that is not tended.  Walls of protection are broken down and enemies steal the crop.  Weeds grow and choke it out and thorns are a sign that the curse is at work.  Laziness leads to poverty and lack!

Is you life marked by humility and respect for God? In your leadership, are you applying the wisdom of God in setting a good example? “Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4

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True greatness!

Scripture reading for March 14:  Luke 9, Psalm 53, Proverbs 22

Key Scriptures: Luke 9:46-48  “An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.  But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by His side, and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My Name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me.  For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”

Pride manifested itself among the chosen disciples of Jesus.  They argued with one another about which of them was the greatest disciple!  Now it’s a noble thing to want to be the best follower of Jesus, but we can make an idol of our service to Christ and miss what Jesus desires for us.  Jesus used a child as an example.  Our treatment of children and the least among us requires humility and taking a lower position.  True greatness, says Jesus, comes from this.

Faith confession:  Lord, I want to attain true greatness by humbly receiving children and those looked down on by our culture.  I believe You love children and the marginalized of our world and want me to love them.  Action step:  Reach out today to a child or someone hurting and show the love of Jesus to them.

Proverbs 22:4  “The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.”

 

 

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Love builds up the church!

Scripture reading for July 15th:  1st Corinthians 8

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Corinthians 8:9-13  “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.  For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols.  So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.  When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.  Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.”  

“Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” (1st Corinthians 8:1b)  Paul taught that believers had knowledge that idols were nothing and liberty through Christ to eat what they wanted with prayer and thanksgiving.   However, they must let the law of love rule their exercise of liberty.  Believers do not want to cause anyone weaker in faith to stumble.  If by our liberty, a weaker believer is lead into idolatry, we sin against them and Christ.  We have ability and responsibility to limit our liberties because of love for our brothers!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers help other believers by living a life of love and humble service! “Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth, honor and life.”  (Proverbs 22:4)

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