Category Archives: Proverbs Devotions
How about you? Have you built your own walls to hide behind out of insecurity and pride of “self” or do you know the way into God’s sanctuary where security comes from humility?
Beauty fades and fortunes change, but when God has given you that special spouse, life together will be a beautiful experience and more valuable than the greatest riches you can receive.
Which are you? Humbly confident or arrogantly trying to pretend to be what you are not? In the end, it matters only that the Lord knows who the real victors are!
Each of these creatures is almost insignificant in of themselves but when we take the time to learn about their ways, God has sent us a message about our own survival.
However, when one or more of these relationships gets out of its proper relationship the contentment can turn into confusion; the conformity into chaos; and, the cooperation into calamity.
When our relationships are in order as God intended, then and only then will we understand what satisfies the hearts and souls of men.
Let us remember the gift of love God offers us that can never be repossessed or foreclosed upon.
So how can we choose wisely? How can we honor the Lord in trusting the leaders that are elected into office? First, we must recognize no one arrives into a position of authority without the Lord’s will being fulfilled.
Learn likewise: in the wins, as well as the defeats, the maturing process begins while we are young, and our parents have rightly instilled the right responses into us.
We have become far too soft in our country and our children are suffering from our desire to be best friends with our children. Parents are not to be best friends with their children and attempt to enter their circle of friends.
We need a change in America. We need to seek God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word once again to identify the right men and women to be elected into office. We need true representatives of the People again. We need rightly guided, ethical and morally anchored people to guide our country.
Always think before we speak in response to the foolish words that are seeking a response. Never fuel that fire, but pray for the source to be changed. Make a positive impact without engaging in words but by your actions that honor God and His purposes.
With the arrogant, justice is not a question of what is right and wrong before the eyes of the Lord, but before the eyes and their hardened heart. The only wisdom found with the arrogant is self-serving wisdom.
In our world, we need more wise leaders and less of the wily wicked ones. We need to be able to have the discernment from the Lord so we can separate out the wise from the wicked.
Making life-altering spiritual decisions is not a popularity proposition. Life is not about looking at the latest public opinion poll to make a decision.
Leadership is a quality that is a gift from God, never to be taken lightly. Clearly there comes much responsibility and accountability with the authority of any leadership position.
A truly great person acts as if he is poor and humble even when he is wealthy and famous. A truly good person continues to remember what is right and what is wrong, even when he can do whatever he wants to do with his fame and fortune. A truly good person remembers his fame and fortune was a gift from God and that He expects much from those He gives much!
In ancient China the term was “Mandate of Heaven” and it referred to the course of events in the reign of a ruler that dictated that ruler’s destiny. If he was successful and the crops were plentiful and enemies defeated, the ruler was reportedly receiving an affirmation of his right to rule from heaven.
So rejoice in what seems like difficult times in our lives, and especially when you feel overwhelmed and accountable to so many people – God is entrusting you with His prized possessions, and is relying upon you to be His appointed and anointed mentor and caretaker for them.
And, above all – never, never walk through this life alone, relying on your own wisdom! That is the path of fools.
Warning: if you are always looking for contentment in your relationships, and you cannot find the kind of friend that you can be comfortable with as a close friend, maybe the discontent is not an outward problem, but an inward problem. Very likely, you cannot be content with others because you are unsettled within yourself.
When our speech is bathed in truth and humility we find God’s approval, and there resides peace and freedom that draws others into our circle of friends and family once again.
What can we do to eliminate the gossip that is around us? To prevent forest fires from igniting, rangers and fire fighters minimize the fuel for the fire and keep the “spark” from setting an uncontrollable fire that will scorch and destroy anything in its path. Likewise, we should be careful never to be the fuel that the gossip ignites, and the best way to end gossip is to recognize it and not get caught up in it.
Quarrelers do not need any excuses to quarrel. They rise up and jump to the front of the crowd when controversy arises. They love to stir it up and bark the loudest, even before they really know all the facts.
When dealing with the fool in your midst be careful how much trust you place in them. They will likely let you down and cause others to misunderstand your intentions when you send the fool on errands on your behalf.