Month: January 2013

Day 31

31 day Challenge

(Proverbs 31)

Well, we come to the last day of it all.

Proverbs 31.

And the passage leaves us with 2 important words of wisdom.

1. Do not drink to much.

Each of us has his own kingdom.  Some are king of a nation and others just of their home.   When strong drink has a hold of a leader it is not to long before unrighteousness influences decisions and justice is hindered.   It prevents true protection from occurring for those we love and hold dear.  For the leader who is given over to strong drink becomes the person the innocent need to be protected from physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially.

And that should never be so

So don’t let it.

2. Find a good woman and keep her.

For most of the book he has been warning us to stay away from the “wrong kind” of woman. He is extremely descriptive of the bad girls.  Here in the final chapter He flips the coin and gives us an extremely descriptive run down of what a good girl looks like.

He seems to be saying…

“They are not all bad, get you a good one, treat her right and keep her, she’s a treasure.”

Why?

because a bad woman will mess you up…

but a good one…

will help you become who you need to be.

What did you see from the passage?

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Day 30 – The Written One

31 day Challenge

(Proverbs 30)

Are you satisfied with where God has you, in your life right now? Are you thankful for what God has given you and are satisfied with the things you have?

Now it is ok to have goals, and the drive not to remain where you are in life. You can be satisfied with where you are in life and still pursue a goal that when accomplished will imporve your life.

No problem there.

The problem lies with wanting more without being thankful for what we currently have. When we say, I want more, give me more, give me more! I am not sastified!

Proverbs says…. “The leech has two daughters, Give and Give. There are three things that will not be satisfied, four that will not say enough. The grave, the barren womb, land that is never satisfied with water and a fire that says enough.” Proverbs 30:15-16

The grave never says…hey I have enough dead people, for it is always looking for one more. Always looking for another life to take.

The barren womb wants to be filled with a child. It is not content to be barren.

Land that never gets enough water is more than willing to accept any amount of water even to the point of the destruction of everything that is on it.

Fire eats and eats and eats, and never says “I have burned enough stuff, I have destroyed enough items. I will not burn that next twig because I do not need it.” it always says, give me more, more, more.

To live a life that is never satisfied, a life of give me, give me, give me. Is to live a life of destruction, suckign life out of everything in its path.

I don’t want to live like that.

Lord help me to be content with what you have given me. In fact, I am thankful for all the blessings you have provided in my life. I know you have pointed me in a direction and I look forward to the accomplishment of that goal. But until then… I am thankful for all that you have provided. Convict me if I start living the life of a leech. In Jesus Name Amen.

What did you see from the passage?

 

Day 29

31 day Challenge

(Proverbs 29)

Fear

Fear of people

Fear of losing influence with people

Fear of not being well thought of

Fear of being rejected

These types of fears become snares in our lives for they prevent us from following God because instead of doing what is right by Him we decide to do what is right by everyone else.

In life we either allow God to mold our character or we let fear of “what people might think” mold it.

The alternative to this is…

Trust

Trust in God…

…Only

Trust in God is what prevents us from being scared into an existence that is far from what He wants for us.

Trust in God is living His way even when we do not understand or we feel the pull to live differently.

Trust in God means we will encounter each circumstance in life with confidence. A confidence that isn’t concerned with what others think because we are too busy trying to follow God.  Living life not only the way He desires for us to live but also going in the direction He has for us to take. (29:25)

What did you see from the passage?

Day 28

31 day Challenge

(Proverbs 28)

Proverbs 28:1

The reason the righteous can be bold as a Lion is because they have nothing to hide.  No worry of someone finding out something about them that is bad. They do not have to hide who they are or what they have done. Their conscience is clear.

But the wicked…

that’s a different story.

The wicked can look like they are righteous  but can never stand like the righteous person can stand.  They can never be bold like the righteous are bold for they are too busy running away from the wrongs they have done.  In fact it’s so bad they run when no one is after them. (28:1)

They are paranoid.

The wicked live their lives wondering…

When will it (the sin) catch up with me?

How will it catch up with me?

What will I do when it catches up with me?

Every look, every action and every event is looked on with suspicion. They constantly look for signs of their past catching up with them… signaling the moment they will pay for what they have done. Their conscience continually reminds them its coming and replaces boldness with fear.

But the righteous do not have to focus on the past. They are not worried about anything catching up with them. There are  no continual cover-ups for everything they do is on the “up and up”.  This enables the righteous to boldly charge into the future where challenges and obstacles await. They can go forward in life with confidence knowing they can face those hard circumstances with a conscience that is clean and a purpose that is true.

They do not have to worry about some past action catching up with them to compound any struggle they will encounter.

That’s why they can be bold.

Or moving forward with boldness?

What did you see from the passage?