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Life lessons

God’s Word is rich.

Lessons and instruction can be gleaned from all types of writing from the history of Genesis to the poetry of Psalms and Proverbs to the letters of the New Testament.

It requires a teachable attitude, a heart surrendered to the Holy Spirit, and obedience.

With these truths in mind let us look to scripture for our daily measure of instruction on what a heart which holds fast, a life which clings to God looks like.

2 Kings 18:6 NKJV — For he held fast to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses.

This is written about King Hezekiah and when one reads of the effort he took to purge the country of idolatry, this verse is understandable.

He was very active in seeking the Lord, but not just himself, he encouraged the whole nation to do so as well.

Psalm 119:31 NKJV — I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame!

Our daily choice of following the Lord can be pitted and nicked by moments of sin, and thus we, like the Psalmist should return to God and His Word when we realize we’ve erred.

Romans 12:9 NKJV — Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

Only through diligent instruction from the Holy Spirit and scripture can we discern the difference between good and evil, but if we are teachable we can learn to abhor evil and cling to good.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 KJV — Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Jesus told His disciples to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves, because we need wisdom to avoid evil, the tricks and snares of the enemy.

Therefore we must prove all things by scripture and hold tightly to that which is of the Lord.

John 14;15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

This is a deeply personal verse that requires each individual to reflect upon their own state: “Do I love Jesus? If so, am I keeping His commandments?”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for giving us so much in Your Word. Lord thank You for the direction and guidance that we find in Scripture and through the Holy Spirit. Please, help me to hear and obey You every day, to cling to Your Word and to walk in Your truths. Lord, open my mind to learning from Your Word and impart Your truths to my heart. Let me follow You in spirit and in truth, not in a forced manner, but with love and devotion. Lord, please help me to find joy, peace, patience, and endurance in Your Word, for great is Your faithfulness. I know all I need You will supply. Thank You for the riches of wisdom You pour out of the Scriptures. Please help me to love Your laws and to understand the gift of following You. Jesus, I do love You, please help me to keep Your commandments. Thank You. Amen.


Righteousness

He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor. Proverbs 21:21 NKJV

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33 NKJV

As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;”
Romans 3:10 NKJV

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Romans 10:3‭-‬4 NKJV

For He made Him who knew no sin to  be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
II Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.
I John 2:29 NKJV

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the Lord .
Psalms 4:5 NKJV

Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
Hosea 10:12 NKJV

The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
Isaiah 32:17 NKJV

Thus says the Lord : “Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed.”
Isaiah 56:1 NKJV

Clearly, God’s Word speaks volumes and we can see our hearts truly need Jesus Christ.

It is the treasure of truth to submit unto God and to unlock the innermost parts of ourselves to Jesus, to find the greatest treasure of life eternal in His sacrifice as well as the gifts of walking in righteousness for His namesake.

What earthly treasure compares?

What achievement can rival thus?

Where would the flavor and joy of life be if not in the promise of heaven hereafter?

How great and blessed we are to be called by the name of Christ Jesus and to be able to surrender ourselves before Him daily.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. How incredible it is! I love truth is so clear and yet so profound. Lord, You amaze me in so many ways and Your wisdom is such a treasure. Thank You for giving me Your Word. Thank You for salvation. Lord Jesus, thank You for continuing to show me daily how to walk in Your paths. Lord, I want to follow You with every part of me. I want my whole life to bring glory to Your name. For there is no one who deserves glory, honor, and praise like You. Thank You Jesus! Amen.

All scripture used here was copied from: https://bible.com/bible

Walking in righteousness

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Proverbs 21:21 KJV

For those who have accepted the blood of Christ Jesus as a cleansing from sin, we have the incredible gift of right standing before God through no merit of our own, it’s a gift.

And when we realize the costly grace bestowed upon us we look back at our sinful nature with horror of continually finding it ensnaring us into the old ways, old habits of ourselves before Christ.

To look upon Him whom we have pierced with our sin is to recognize the truth of never wanting to choose that again.

Our hearts long to walk in righteousness before God.

Thus we were given another incredible gift, the Holy Spirit.

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”
John 16:7‭-‬8 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/jhn.16.7-8.NKJV

Romans 14:17 NKJV — for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13 NKJV — Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Walking in righteousness is being led by the Spirit and choosing to follow God’s Word.

For He gave us so much to guide us, especially about being righteous.

Proverbs 13:5 NKJV — A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.

Proverbs 20:7 NKJV — The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.

Psalm 37:16 NKJV — A little that a righteous man has Is better than the riches of many wicked.

These are only a small taste of the wealth of guidance God’s Word supplies.

It’s a beautiful pairing of God’s Word and God’s Spirit.

The Holy Spirit teaches our hearts and guides our steps, while we immerse ourselves in the Bible.

Psalm 1:6 NKJV — For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word, the Bible. Thank You for the Holy Spirit, our Helper. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your sacrifice that cleanses our souls. Please help us to shine evil and do good, to walk in the way of righteousness. Lord, please continue to purify our way before You, cleansing us of false ideas, freeing us from lies, exposing the trucks of the enemy. Lord, please help us to honor You with our attitudes, our actions, and our words. Lord, please shine through us to those who have yet to know You. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. Amen.

Time

My times are in Your hand;

Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,

And from those who persecute me.

Psalm 31:15

And He changes the times and the seasons;

He removes kings and raises up kings;

He gives wisdom to the wise

And knowledge to those who have understanding.

Dan. 2:21

And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.”

Acts 1:7

The Lord is in charge of the times and seasons.

Our lives, as well as the lives of countless people before us, have existed inside the restraints of time.

But God doesn’t.

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

2 Peter 3:8

God is outside of time, because it was something He created.

And inside this time frame He placed the human race.

Understanding that God both created time as well as every single person, it is logical to conclude that we should pay attention to what He has to say about time.

Col. 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed…But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Romans 13:11&14

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Eph. 5:15-16

God’s Word is full of wisdom and He clearly states what is true, what is right, and the way to live to the fullest in the time we have.

Not with lives spent focused on pleasure or self-love, not with chasing after wealth or power or status, but a life devoted to Christ Jesus, Our Lord and Savior.

Time spent in relationship with Him is never wasted.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for time. Thank You for giving us Your Word, that we might find life and that more abundantly. Thank You for walking with us through all times and having such love and grace for each one of us. Lord, it is only through You that we can find truth, purpose, or anything worthwhile. Lord, only in You do we find the meaning of life and the use for time. Please help me to spend my time wisely and to be drawing every day from Your wisdom and walking in Your ways. Thank You. Amen.

December 10

Today’s prayer:

Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, And teach me Your statutes. I am Your servant; Give me understanding, That I may know Your testimonies.
Psalms 119:124‭-‬125 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Lord, in Your Bible is truth, life, liberty from sin. Lord Jesus, thank You for the way You continually teach and hone my heart through Your Word. Lord please remove anything which would hinder my walk with You. Lord please heal the sick and hurting. Please comfort those who grieve. Lord Jesus please return the prodigal, protect the innocent, and save the lost. Lord we look to you and we ask that you would return truth, honor, integrity, and justice. We want people to see and to know you. Lord Jesus, please let the whole earth know that there is a God in heaven and You are He. Amen.

November 25

Today’s prayer:

You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments.
Psalms 119:4‭-‬6 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for these words. Lord, thank You for Your Word and the life that is within it. Lord Jesus, I want to obey all Your words, to walk in Your ways, to serve You diligently. Lord, I want my family, my friends, my neighbors to know You personally, to walk in Your ways and to find life everlasting in Your salvation. Lord, I want to humbly stand before You on behalf of others, especially those who have yet to know You. Lord, I want people to see the truth and to understand what wickedness and evil do. How there is only life, truth, joy, goodness, and peace in You. There is no other way. Lord Jesus, I know You want these things too. That’s why You came. That’s why You died. Lord, please continue to work in our lives, that we might know You more. Please hone our hearts that we might reflect You to those around us. Lord, I trust You to work through all things to bring about Your purposes. May Your name be glorified throughout the whole Earth! I praise Your holy name, Jesus! Amen.

Learn

Deut. 4:10 “especially concerning the day you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’” NKJV

Deut. 5:1 “And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them.” NKJV

Deut. 17:19 “And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes,” NKJV

There are many more scriptures which talk about how God wants us to learn His Word and to learn to fear Him.

In this age of high-speed internet and educational resources at one’s finger tips, it might seem less a priority to spend time studying God’s Word.

However, the times and seasons and changes never affect the importance or our need to study the scriptures, nor are we less in need of learning to fear God.

He alone is the author of it all, from tiny atom to the biggest hypergiant, from the smallest bacteria which helps us digest food to the wind currents, from the Sun which gives the Earth so much energy to the Moon which causes the tides and cleans the ocean, from…you get the picture.

Therefore, as important as it is to learn about the world around us and the people in it, shouldn’t we put an even higher priority to learning the One who created it all?

And where do we learn the fear of the LORD?

Deut. 31:12 “Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the LORD your God and carefully observe all the words of this law,” NKJV

God’s own Word is the source of learning.

As we learn His Word, we learn about Him and we learn to fear Him, to respect Him, and to love Him.

His Word is what brings us into a right understanding of Himself and His love for us.

We can find true perspective and worth in the pages of God’s Word.

We can find the answers to life, relationships, and our future.

The Word of God is full and overflowing with wisdom for every age, every person.

When one learns from God’s Word and is taught through the scriptures what joy, peace, and comfort it brings!

Psalm 119:7 “I will praise You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.” NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word and for the things we can learn from it. Thank You for telling us so many times to learn from Your Word, to study and to teach it to our children, that we might learn to fear You. Lord, it is such a privilege to gain understanding and wisdom through the scriptures. Lord, sometimes it is difficult to fully grasp the things You are telling us through Your Word, so we humbly ask for insight and discernment when we read Your Word. Lord, please keep us from misunderstanding the scriptures. Please keep us from being led astray in anyway, but let us read and understand You and Your truths. Thank You, so much Lord for all these things. Amen.

God’s Word

Despite thousands of years and millions of skeptics, the Bible has remained the most influential book of all time.

The Bible has been unhindered by cultures, languages, and social structures.

 “The Bible, which ranks as the world’s most-read book, has sold 3.9 billion copies.” https://www.reference.com/world-view/many-copies-bible-sold-e9696e587c3244b6

  “Wycliffe celebrated many milestones – from the first translation completed in 1951, all the way to the 500th translation completed in 2000.” https://www.wycliffe.org/about

The Bible is 1600 years of writing, over forty different authors on three different continents.

Not only is the very existence of the Bible incredible, it has faced multiple groups banning and trying to do away with it completely.

Currently, the Bible is illegal or strongly persecuted in many countries. ( https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/ or https://www.persecution.com/bibles/ )

Evidence from science and archeology have been found to agree with the scriptures. (https://answersingenesis.org/answers/magazine/)

“Recent discoveries in space have supported the biblical account. Each planet in our solar system defies the evolutionary model in multiple ways.” (https://store.icr.org/pack-what-you-arent-being-told.html)

“Archaeological articles and media that focus upon extraordinary discoveries from the world of biblical archaeology that affirm the scriptural accounts.” (https://biblearchaeology.org/research/topics/amazing-discoveries-in-biblical-archaeology)

With this much attention for this long, we would be foolish to simply relegate the Bible to a religious phenomenon.

Instead, let us take the opportunity to learn more.

(All following scripture was taken from: https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Itself/ )

2 Timothy 3:16 – All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Romans 15:4 – For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Isaiah 40:8 – The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

2 Peter 1:21 – For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.

Psalms 119:105 – NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 – For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

John 5:39 – Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

God’s Word is permanent truth, testifying of God and Jesus, and is a guide and direction for everyday life, and it was written for us.

The Word of God is where we can learn about God and where we can learn about His creation: nature, relationships, eternity, heaven, and the future.

It is also where we can learn about ourselves and how God sees us.

It is an opportunity to gain wisdom beyond anything man could concoct.

The Word of God is where we can find fulfilment in life through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” KJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for giving us the Bible and for the way You have preserved it for thousands of years. Thank You for the truth, wisdom, guidance, and love we find in Your Word. Thank You for the direction, protection, and provision You give us through Your Word. Lord, please help us to read Your Word and to understand it. Please keep the enemy from twisting it into meaning something You never intended as he did in the wilderness, when he tried to tempt You. Lord, let us learn from Your example and find Your truths pure and unblemished. Let us understand the Truth. Thank You. Amen.

(I highly recommend A Case For Christ by Lee Strobel if you want more information on the facts which support Christianity. He gives a lot of information and other titles if you want to dig deeper.)

Write them on…

Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart,
Proverbs 3:3 NKJV

We are studying Proverbs.

Yesterday was chapter 3.

Definitely one full of application.

Something stood out that I’d not noticed before.

…Write them on the tablet of your heart,
Proverbs 3:3b NKJV

The word tablet is a specific type of medium used to record information.

But a tablet isn’t like paper.

To write upon a tablet you must engrave it.

Not only is this much more time consuming than pencil on paper, it is much more permanent.

Tablets have been found for centuries which have taught us much about ancient cultures.

Thus to engrave mercy and truth upon the tablet of the heart is to speak of a purposeful lasting mark.

Something which doesn’t erase with ease.

Instead, it leaves a deep change upon the heart.

Choosing to carefully, with effort and patience, engrave God’s Word into our hearts is to chisel mercy and truth upon our character.

It’s not going to be a quick half hour job.

Nor will it be easy.

Yet, the rewards of such efforts is truly worthwhile.

And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:4 NKJV

To be held in favor and high esteem by God is a worthy goal.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Lord, please help me to engrave Your Word upon my heart. Help me to encourage others to cherish Your Word in the same way. Lord Jesus, please help me to live purposefully, redeeming the time. Please continue to teach me Your mercy and truth, that my character might be a reflection of Yours. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

A fresh new day

I awoke after bad dreams.

My heart felt the need to pray.

After a while of laying quietly in bed, I removed to pray where I wouldn’t disturb my husband.

Several people came to mind as I prayed.

Both those who have sent me prayer requests and those who have not.

Of course I prayed for each member of my family.

Eventually, I returned to bed, but not to sleep.

Since, I wasn’t able to sleep I continued to pray.

Just before my husband’s alarm went off, I got up.

Headed to the kitchen to make his lunch.

Made a cup of tea.

I’ve had a desire to make some freezer meals, both for us and our son and daughter who are expecting.

Yesterday, God blessed me with the energy to make some and I’m already well underway at more this morning.

I stopped briefly to eat, take my meds, and reflect.

The early morning light on the back garden is lovely.

And it occurred to me that this is a fresh new day.

Clean, without spot, and Jesus is giving me another opportunity to serve.

Sometimes service means rest and prayer.

Other times it means hard work and patience.

Often it means surrendering my schedule to His plans.

But whatever this day’s service is, I do it for the Lord.

After all, He gave me the day, shouldn’t I use it to honor Him?

Therefore, while I’m doing the task at hand, I’ll be praying and praising God.

After all, He is worthy.

Psalm 18:3 KJV — I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for this fresh new day. Thank You for giving me life and tasks to complete. Lord, thank You for Your Word, which teaches, guides, and encourages me, daily. Lord, I want to live unto You this day. Please help my thoughts, my attitudes, and actions to align with Your will and Your Word. Thank You! Amen.