Tag: Proverbs 5:1-2

Grace to the humble!

Scripture reading for April 4th: James 4, Psalm 67, Proverbs 5

James 4: 6-10 “But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you doubleminded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.”

Our world operates on pride and is centered on getting what we want when we want it. This causes strife and quarrels, even in the church of Jesus Christ! James, as a wise pastor, was emphasizing to the church the need for God’s grace in each person and in the church family. God gives grace in abundance, but there is the requirement of humility. When we are in a prideful attitude, putting ourselves first, God actually is opposing us! Who can be blessed or find grace when God is opposing them? This pride is demonic in nature, because it is the devil’s nature. The simple solution, according to James, is to resist the devil and draw near to God. The devil will flee and God will then draw near to you. True humility brings repentance first and then exaltation and the joy of God’s grace and smile in our life.

Psalm 67:1-3 “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You!”

Prayer: Father God, I pray the prayer of the psalmist in Psalm 67. Be gracious to us and bless us and make Your face shine on us, that through Your smile and favor, we may reflect Your ways to those on earth and Your saving power among all peoples. I humble myself to draw nearer to You each day that I may learn Your ways and become more like You in the humility of You amazing grace.

Proverbs 5:1-2 “My son, be attentive to My wisdom; incline your ear to My understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.”

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Listen to Jesus!

Scripture reading for September 6th:  Proverbs 5-7, Colossians 1

Key Scriptures: Colossians 1:15-17  “He (Christ Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all created things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  

Jesus Christ is God!  He alone is over all creation, visible and invisible.  He is over all authority in heaven and on earth.  He created all things and He sustains all things.  He is before all things and will endure after all things!  What an awesome God we serve!  We would do well to pay attention to Him in everything!

Proverbs 5:1  “My son, pay attention to My wisdom, listen well to My words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.”

Prayer:  Lord, I worship You for Who You are–God Almighty, my Creator, author of all wisdom and giver of knowledge.  Give me ears to hear Your instruction today and always.  Amen.

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Not for sale!

Scripture reading for May 16th:  Acts 8

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 8:18-22  “When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostle’s hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”  Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!  You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.  Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord.  Perhaps He will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.”” 

In this time of the last days, many false teachers are out for money.  They are seeking power, new fads, or something that will help them make money.  The apostles encountered Simon who had been making money off of sorcery.  Simon saw what the apostles were doing by laying hands on the people and the resulting baptism of the Holy Spirit and he wanted in on the action.  He offered money to get this power and was soundly rebuked by Peter for having a heart that was not right with God.  Peter emphasized that this power was not for sale at any price!  Simon’s best action would be repentance and prayer to God for forgiveness and a right heart!

Observations for over-comers:  Beware of those who want the gift of the Holy Spirit for the wrong reasons!  Don’t be quick to lay hands on everyone to receive this precious gift of power.  Repentance and salvation must come first!  “My son, pay attention to My wisdom, listen well to My words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.”  (Proverbs 5:1-2)

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