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Walking uprightly…

He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil: He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure. Isaiah 33:15‭-‬16 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/isa.33.15-16.NKJV

As I was reading, these two verses caused me to pause.

I highlighted them, so I could easily return to the passage.

These words are lining out the choices of a man who is living for God. (Can also be applied to women.)

It begins with: “He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,”.

Psalm 15:1-2 NKJV — A Psalm of David. LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart;

Scripture is clear, walking in righteousness is following God.

Both Psalm 15 and Isaiah 33 tells that walking in righteousness includes words, those spoken and those thought.

“He who despises the gain of oppressions,” Isaiah 33:15b

“In whose eyes a vile person is despised,” Psalm 15:4

These sentences show us that the righteous doesn’t just ignore the wickedness around them, but despises the abuse of others.

“Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes,” Isaiah 33:15b

“Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. ” Psalm 15:5b

Money doesn’t sway the righteous from doing what is correct, nor does the righteous use others to their own gain.

“He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure. ” Isaiah 34:16

The righteous are secure in God.

“He who does these things shall never be moved.” Psalm 15:5c

God gives instruction for walking in righteousness.

He promises those who walk in God’s ways to be their safe place, their strong tower.

God wants us to understand what is best for us and His Word is applicable for a lifetime.

Lord , who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; He who  does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord ; He who  swears to his own hurt and does not change; He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things  shall never be moved.
Psalms 15:1‭-‬5 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/psa.15.1-5.NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your instruction. Thank You for giving us so much truth and the direction of how to follow You. Lord, You promise that if we shall trust You and obey, that nothing which comes in this life will compare with the joy of eternity with You in heaven. While we walk this Earth, please help us to apply Your Word to our daily living. Please help us to model ourselves after Your example. Thank You for Your patience. Thank You for Your love. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of You. Amen.

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.


Foolish or wise?

Who has not experienced the irrational behavior of another and wondered what happened?

How long does one have to reflect before recalling the folly observed in another?

What about one’s own irrational or unreasonable behavior?

Each one of us can look backwards and see foolish choices in the past.

But how does one walk forward into wisdom?

Oftentimes, our blindness to our incorrect attitudes or ideas are brought to light by another.

Proverbs 27:17 NKJV — As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

It is vital that we remain humble and teachable.

Proverbs 14:16 NKJV — A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident.

What does a wise man fear?

Proverbs 1:5-7NKJV — A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

God gives us His Word,

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

the Holy Spirit,

Ephesians 4:30 KJV — And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

and godly people to help us learn wisdom.

Proverbs 27:6 NKJV — Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

If we are only willing to hear accolades and affirmation we are missing out on the vital correction of God.

Proverbs 3:11 KJV — My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

God can correct and instruct each one through both large and small circumstances.

Thus all of life is a glorious opportunity to be polished and honed by God, growing more like Him each day.

After the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus the disciples were notably changed.

Acts 4:13 NKJV — Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

Their past folly was forgotten as these men walked forward into the path of following Christ with clear understanding of Who He is.

They were so different that even those who didn’t like the change noticed.

That’s inspiring!

“A Christian should have a striking resemblance to Jesus Christ. The best biography of Jesus is His life written out in the words and actions of His people. If we were what we profess to be and should be, we would be pictures of Jesus. We would be such striking likenesses of Him, that the world wouldn’t have to examine us for hours just to say, ‘Well you were somewhat of a likeness.’ Instead when seeing us they would exclaim, ‘They’re what Jesus of Nazareth must have been like– truly good and holy people.'” Charles Spurgeon taken from Morning by Morning

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word and Your guidance. Thank You that I can look to the Bible and find how to be wise and not foolish. Lord, thank You that You have given so much and are ready and waiting to continue to polish my heart and make me more like You. Lord Jesus, that’s what I want. I want to look like You, to see the world through Your perspective and to love as You do. Lord Jesus, I’m a frail, sinful being an often choose folly instead of wisdom. Please help me to make wise choices, to listen, and to be teachable. Lord You alone are the all that I need. Thank You. Amen.

Proverbs, truth for life

A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, Proverbs 1:5 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/pro.1.5.NKJV

God has given us such depth of instruction throughout scripture.

Proverbs packages that in a unique way.

Since the book of Proverbs is Hebrew poetry it has three main ways of emphasis: parallel, opposite, and building.

The author will state something and then restate the same truth with a different example and this is parallel.

Such is verse 1:5.

The author also will state a truth and then state the opposite.

The fear of the Lord  is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7 NKJV

The third is a building, where the author states a truth and then gives details.

My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother; For they will  be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck.
Proverbs 1:8‭-‬9 NKJV

Understanding the types of poetry can help us as we study, for when we see the pattern we are able to understand the emphasis.

In just these few verses of Proverbs 1 we see the point clearly.

Wisdom is from fearing the Lord and the wise choose to treasure it for it is valuable.

“Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord , They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies. For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them; But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.”
Proverbs 1:29‭-‬33 NKJV

No one wants to dwell in fear of evil.

Even children desire to live in safety.

But it is only found when we revere the Lord and walk in His wisdom.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for so clearly instructing us through it. Lord Jesus, thank You that we need not be afraid, but can put our trust in You. We can find security and safety in You. Lord, if our soul is safe with You then we can find peace no matter the circumstance. Lord, please, I want to walk in Your wisdom today. Please help me to understand Your direction and to obey Your voice. Lord, let Your Word be my guide in all things and help me to humble my heart before You continually. Thank You for another day. Thank You for the comfort of Your Word. Amen.

Healthy words

The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:23‭-‬24 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/pro.16.23-24.NKJV

Although much is found in our society about health, healthy words are from Scripture.

This verse clearly connects the wise in heart to words which are carefully chosen, full of the knowledge of God, and bring sweetness to the soul.

For God’s Word is where we find truth and guidance for life.

Ephesians 4:29 NKJV — Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Jesus explained why we are to be so careful about the words we speak.

Matthew 12:34 NKJV — “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

“…no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth…” Because that means the corruption is within.

James speaks of the difficulty of taming the tongue, but points to the fact that those who do are full of self-discipline.

James 3:2 NKJV — For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

Self-discipline is a gift from the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 1:7 NLT — For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

“The heart of the wise teaches his mouth…” Because God is teaching his heart.

And the wise in heart understands the power of the tongue.

The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning.
Proverbs 16:21 NKJV

Learning, knowledge of God, and wisdom can all be found in Scripture and the Holy Spirit is here to teach our hearts through God’s Word.

James 3:17-18 NKJV — But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

May your day be filled with healthy words.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for giving instruction that I might not sin against You or others. Lord, I want to be one whose words are sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. I want my heart to overflow into words of wisdom and encouragement, based upon Your Word in all things. Lord Jesus, often I am unsure of what I should say, words seem to escape me and other times words of corruption want to bubble out of my sinful heart. Lord, only in You can I be made clean. Only in You can my words be washed and purified. Please work in me today and let no corrupt word proceed out of my mouth. Thank You. Amen.


Teaching wisdom

Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Psalms 34:11 NKJV

How important it is to fear the Lord.

“The fear of the Lord  is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Proverbs 9:10 NKJV

And it is equally important to share that with others.

For reverence is due the Lord.

Reverence of God Almighty is worth being passed on.

Teaching reverence should come from God’s Word.

When looking for wisdom in bite sized chunks Proverbs is a good place to turn.

The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom and truth, and it’s not packaged with difficult verbage.

Instead it’s startlingly easy to grasp.

It’s often used for memory verses and definitely worthy of repeating.

Penned by Solomon, it’s his instruction for his son.

“The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel: The fear of the Lord  is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother;”
Proverbs 1:1‭, ‬7‭-‬8 NKJV

It is a book which can be taken a verse at a time, but also links together into chapters which hold profound truth.

Where did Solomon gain the insight he wrote out for his son?

God, of course.

2 Chronicles 1:11 KJV — And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:

How did Solomon know what to ask for?

His father had shared God’s wisdom with him.

“When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother. He also taught me, and said to me: ‘Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.'”
Proverbs 4:3-9 NKJV

King David took the time to share what was valuable.

And thankfully so did King Solomon.

God’s Word is our guide and the life of both King David and King Solomon are examples of what happens when a person fears the Lord.

Both men made mistakes, but King David always repented and sought God’s forgiveness. He humbled himself before the Lord.

King Solomon, with all his wisdom and understanding did not always humble himself, nor did he always follow God.

His consequence for serving idols instead of the One True God was what sin always brings, destruction.

“Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, ‘Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.'”
I Kings 11:11 NKJV

His son, King Rehoboam, goes down in history as the one who ignored wisdom.

He turned his back on all the instruction his father and grandfather had set down and decided to be greedy instead. (2 Chronicles 10:13-15)

“The fear of the Lord  is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.”
Proverbs 8:13 NKJV

He lost a huge portion of the kingdom and there were two nations instead of one.

How sad.

Yet, there’s opportunity even in this, to learn from King Rehoboam’s poor choices and King Solomon’s poor choices.

For those who are teachable, those who choose to apply the fear of the Lord will be blessed.

What a precious gift, to pass on such treasure to others.

What a privilege to learn wisdom from God’s Word.

May our hearts be eager to learn the fear of the Lord.

May our lives be filled with wisdom as we seek God in all things.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for wisdom, truth, and understanding. Lord You tell us that we have the answers to life in Your Word. Please open our hearts and minds to understanding. Please help us to pass on the truths of Your Word. Lord, it is in You that we find all that is good, honorable, noble, and just. Lord Your ways are perfect and we want to walk in them. Please help us to be teachable today. Thank You. Amen.

November 8

Today’s prayer:

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 1:5‭-‬8 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for these verses. Thank You for Your promises. Lord Jesus, please give us wisdom. Please protect us from doubt and fear. Lord, we want to only fear You. Lord, thank You for walking with us. Please continue to hone our hearts and minds to Your ways and Your Word. Lord, purge out those things which would hinder our hearts from serving You. Lord Jesus, place a hedge of protection around Your people. Let not the enemy prevail against them. Lord, You see all, You know all. Let truth and righteousness become known. Let the hearts of man be revealed. Lord, please soften those who have grown hard hearted, that they might turn and repent. Jesus, please protect the innocent. Shine Your light of truth throughout the whole world. Please bring back the prodigal and save the lost. Let those called by Your name humble themselves and pray. Please heal our land. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Wisdom

“Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?

She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.

She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:” Proverbs 8:1-3 NKJV

The scripture is full of verses about wisdom and how it comes directly from God alone.

Proverbs 8 puts a personality to wisdom, and we are allowed to gain insight from these words. It begins with wisdom calling from the path, the gateway, and the door.

Each place is a choice.

On the hill where paths meet, the person must choose to take one or the other.

The same is true with the gate and the door, either enter or turn away.

With each of these moments of choice we see Wisdom calling out to those making these decisions.

“All the words of my mouth are with righteousness;
Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.

They are all plain to him who understands,
And right to those who find knowledge.

Receive my instruction, and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choice gold;” Proverbs 8:8-10 NKJV

Wisdom is waiting for those who are making daily decisions to stop and listen before choosing, to look for the truth of what would be best, what would be right and we see what is gained by listening to Wisdom: righteousness, understanding, knowledge, and instruction.

And is it any wonder that if we turn to listen to God’s wisdom we gain those things for it is with wisdom He created.

“When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,

Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,

Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men.” Proverbs 8:29-31 NKJV

Wisdom rejoiced at His inhabited world and delighted in the sons of men.

Wow.

Wisdom has always been an option if we will simply ask God.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 NKJV

Wisdom is given when sought.

It is up to the individual.

Will you seek God’s wisdom?

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word and for the promise to provide all we need, including wisdom. Lord, help us not to be stiff-necked, but to instead seek You and Your wisdom for our lives each day. You alone have the understanding of how this world is put together and how to handle the different issues we face. Lord, thank You for knowing ahead of time what we would need and providing it for us in Your Word. Lord, let us be those who seek after wisdom as those who seek treasure, never giving up. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Using my time wisely

These are a few of the things I’ve been making while having to stay in my room due to the air quality.

I hadn’t planned on being confined, so when it became obvious that I would be, I began praying.

Seeking the Lord, for His plans during this time.

I wanted to use my time wisely.

Of course I continued to home school.

But I felt there were other things the Lord wanted me to do as well.

So, my yarn box came out of the closet and I began working.

I’m actually very grateful to God.

He helped me so much!

I’ve been able to make six Christmas gifts while under confinement.

Nothing fancy, but definitely a blessing.

Christmas is a long way off, but since we have three birthdays that month, I’ve learned to work earlier.

Last year I didn’t think about shipping times, so several gifts were very late.

This year I’m trying to get it done in plenty of time to avoid a replay.

As I am able to leave my room and return to my household duties, I’m still praying for wisdom.

Just because I’m able to do more, doesn’t mean I always know the best use for my time.

But, I know how to find out what is.

Time with Jesus.

He always answers and guides my day if I let Him lead.

Of course there are times when I don’t.

I get busy with my own agenda and off I go…

I normally end up with something going sideways which brings me back to the Shepherd.

I’m so thankful to Him for His faithfulness.

Although there is such tragedy and difficult things happening all around us, I am encouraged by the personal testimonies of people helping and loving one another.

I’m not able to go out and do those things.

But I can stand in prayer for them.

I can do what God puts on my heart daily and trust Him.

I can use my time wisely, and honor God with my praise.

I can thank Him for all the ways He is helping the hurting and saving the lost.

I can be obedient in today and let go of the things I can’t do.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for being in today. Thank You for being a part of each day. Thank You for shining Your truth into my heart and mind. Lord, I want to use my time wisely, because I don’t know how much I get and I don’t want to waste any. Thank You for always being so faithful, for guiding and directing me, especially when I’m heading in the wrong way. Lord, please keep my feet firmly in Your paths. Please keep my eyes fixed upon You. Please keep the throne of my heart as only You deserve to be there. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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

I needed to hear that…

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

I hadn’t really wanted to at first.

Upon receiving my new phone I didn’t see any point to download a Bible app.

I love reading my Bible.

But I’m partial to the hard copy.

I want to be able to underline.

I like the feel of holding it.

I just didn’t see a need for one on my phone.

Yet, the voice of the Lord doesn’t have to follow my ideals.

(Frankly, I’m so glad He doesn’t!)

So, I downloaded the app.

When it asked me, “Want to join a reading plan of the book of James?” I didn’t put much thought into it.

I love that book.

Why not add it to what I’m already reading elsewhere?

This morning it was obvious.

James 3:17

It was exactly what I needed to hear this morning.

Before I had begun my day I had been talking with the Lord.

Frankly, I was whining.

There was something I want and the answer had been, “no”.

But instead of letting it go, I have brought the item back before the Lord more than once.

It shames me to admit,

I just didn’t want to let it go.

But as I read “willing to yield”

I knew.

God has answered.

And I need to yield.

The crazy thing about it is

this is actually a very small thing.

But I know those who are faithful in little will be trusted with much.

(Luke 19:17)

And I really do want wisdom from above.

(James 1:5-8)

I want it more than anything temporary.

I got the message.

It was a pleasure to yield.

Especially as I kept reading.

“Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:18

Not only do I want the wisdom from above, I really want the fruit of righteousness.

I’m so thankful for these verses, which turned my heart from one of questioning to one willing to yield.

I’m also very thankful for the Bible app.

It’s a small thing.

Yet, what an impact one small moment of obedience has had.

“Dear Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Both in print and on my phone. Please continue to speak to me and our family through it. Lord, please forgive me for being stiff necked and not taking no for an answer the first time. Lord, I want Your wisdom and all the benefits which go with it. Please help me to walk with integrity. Thank You for Your incredible patience. Thank You for Your love. I love You!”