Month: January 2014

Day 31 – Proverbs 31

I know… I know. Proverbs 31 devotionals are usely written by a lady. So we are going against the grain here and this is why…

We have read, over and over again about not chasing the adulterous, skimpy clothed, sensual, poisonously attractive woman. Do not have a relationship with her, proverb’s teaches… she will eat you alive and take you for all you’re worth.

Proverbs 31 describes a woman that is above all of that. She is described as a woman that is….

is noble
is worth more than rubies
has earned her husband’s confidence
works hard
is disciplined
serves her family
is a business woman
is strong
is a good steward of her resources
helps the poor and needy
decorates her home
dresses well
is married to a respected man
has dignity
laughs
speaks with wisdom
gives faithful instruction
is not idle
is blessed by her children
is praised by her husband

Now if you are looking for some one to marry (with the exception of the references here to children or husband) this is the type of lady you want to grab a hold of and pursue… (i.e. someone who isn’t married.)

If you are the husband that has this type of lady as your wife, you need to hold on to her with all you have.

You also need to keep in mind what is not listed in this passage….

Her coffee table never has dust on it.

Many have eaten off of her kitchen floor.

Immaculate Home Magazine just did a photo shoot in her living room.

She does all of the housework herself while the kids play video games.

All of the words that flow from her children’s mouths are blessed.

All of her children are straight A students, musical geniuses, and all-star athletes.

Her hair is always fixed perfectly and her make-up is artfully applied.

She does not touch make-up or hairspray because it is vain and the art of Satan.

She never makes a bad decision.

She is classroom mom, PTO President, the bearer of orange slices at soccer games, and the church committee queen.

These things are not listed in Porverbs 31… why?

Because your wife (or the one you are pursuing if you are single and looking) does not have to be perfect. She just needs to be someone with a great character.

Not sleazy, but beautiful.

Not foolish in her actions, but wise.

She needs to be a lady that is (or will be) in it (the marriage) for the long hall.

Yep… thats a lady worth having… I think the Lord for mine!

So what did you see from the passage today?

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Day 30 – 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?

Do you have predominators around the amount of stuff you think you need to have? The warming here is for us not to fall into the trap of getting and getting and getting and always wanting more and more.

Day 29 – Proverbs 29


Well, we are in the final days of our 31 day challenge. I am thankful for all who went on the journey, part or all of the way. It has been really good.

Proverbs 29:18 is an often misquoted, and miss preached verse. It says…

“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law. ”

Your version may say “Where there is no vision…”

This is not a verse about leadership, and vision. It is true that people do not accomplish anything without a vision, and we need to as leaders talk about vision. It is important. But this verse is about divine guidance not vision.

It can be translated. “Without divine guidance the people perish.” If there is no revelation from God, no divine guidance on how to live, Mankind falls into ruin.

We have read a lot of verses in the past 29 days. Wisdom has been imparted to us. Some of it we understood right away, some of it we didn’t. There were verses that challenged our souls, while others encouraged us to stay on the path we were already on.

It will be real easy, come Feburary to stop reading the Bible everyday. I want to challenge you to not quit. Next, read a chapter a day out of Luke for the month of Feburary. And keep God’s guidance at your fingertips at all times. Continue to read His words and let them guide you so “you will not perish”. If you do this you will be blessed, because that is what happens when we follow His ways.

What did you see from the passage today?

Day 28 – Proverbs 28


Everything is connected. How you live today will affect how you will live tomorrow. It will affect how you feel about things, and your reaction to things. It determines what type of challenges you will face on a given day.

There are two ways people approach their days.

Some are looking over their shoulders to see if what they did in their past is going to catch up with them today.

Some are able to live with the boldness of knowing they did things right and stayed out of trouble. They are not worried about things catching up with them, because they haven’t done anything wrong. They are able to live with a boldness that isn’t worried about things catching up with them because they have stayed away from evil.

This is what 28:1 is talking about. “The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a Lion.”

This verse is about conscience. The first line describes the person with a defiled conscience. When a person’s conscience is defiled their minds run wild with paranoia. The sins that have been committed hounds them and they wonder when and how those evil acts will catch up with them. Therefore, if there is even a hint of trouble… “they run even when no one is pursuing.”

The contrast is the person with a clean conscience. He can look to the future without a worry of the past. He can stand on a hill, as bold as a Lion, ready to face the obstacles and opportunities that come his way. He has nothing from his past to worry about.

So live today with wisdom, walking with the wise in the righteousness of God and you will become as bold as a lion, looking ahead without a worry about things catching you from your past.

What did you see from the passage?

Day 27 – Proverbs 27


Do we plan or do we not plan? The beginning of chapter 27 seems to say that you should not plan, that you should only live for today and what today brings and not worry about tomorrow.

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1

But that isn’t what this verse means.

In our reading of proverbs we have seen that the wise plan for the future, and foolish do not.

Instead, this verse warns of boasting about what you are going to do tomorrow, under your own power and your own strength. It warns us to be aware of the attitude of “Look at what I am going to do tomorrow”, that negates the sustaining role that God plays in all of our lives.

The writer wants us to keep at the forefront of our minds our inability to sustain, or advance our own life and existence.

We need God.

And boasting praises us, not the Creator.

So, plan for tomorrow, and as you make those plans do it with the attitude. “If the Lord wills, I plan to do this, if He doesn’t I will let go of my plans and follow His.” James 4:13-16

That will keep us from boasting, and will remind us of our dependancy on Him….

After all He is the only one who really knows what tomorrow may bring.

What did you see from the passage?

Day 26 – Proverbs 26


So… tell me how you really feel…

about…

a Fool – 26:1-11

Someone that is wise in their own eyes – 26:12

A sluggard – 26:13-16

A meddler in other people’s business – 26:17

Those that deceive others – 26:18-19

Someone who stirs up strife – 26:20-23

Hatred that is masked with sweetness – 26:24-26

A lying tongue – 26:28

“Just tell me how you really feel.”

Wow.

So what do we do?

We (you and I) need to make sure that these things are not apart of our lives, part of how we operate.

Even if you think you are far away from doing any of these things, just take the time today to ask God to reveal any hint of these attitudes or actions that maybe in your life and you don’t know it.

Today the text calls us to reflect, and repent of these things that might be apart of our lives… even in a small way.

Here is an example of how to pray concerning this.

Lord, if I am a fool, I don’t know it… please show me today the thoughts and actions I maybe living that need to be flushed out of my life because they are foolish.

If I make excuses so I will not have to do a task (26:13) please convict me of that so I can change. If I meddle, stop me from doing it, if I mask my hatred with sweetness, call me on that. If I am digging a pit for someone else to fall into reveal that to me, so I can change before I fall into it myself.

Lord… show me how you really feel and help me get rid of those attitudes and actions in my life that you do not like. In Jesus name, amen,

What did you see in the passage?