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Written by | December 6, 2018 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 25 – The fear of man, and allowing people to intimidate us, brings a snare upon us. Fear is as confining as a trap, preventing us from doing what we ought. We must put our trust in the Lord, and not fear what man might do to us. We must learn to cry out to Him when we are in trouble, for He will keep us safe (Psalm 56:9-11). Those who are “born again” will find that the Lord is on their side, and if God is for us, what man can stand against us? God is the final authority, and nothing can separate us from His love. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing

Thought for the Day

Written by | December 6, 2018 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 22 – Giving vent to anger rather than properly handling it leads to many other sins, such as blasphemy, destruction of property, strife, abuse, and even murder. Anger is a form of pride, and pride breeds many other woes. An angry man will stir up strife, thus causing dissension. Some people think that they can manage their anger if it is directed at just one person; however, a spirit of anger is not easy to contain. Anger toward even one person will spill out upon those with whom we are not angry. That is why we must resist unbridled anger, and learn to release it to God by forgiving others when they hurt us. Verse 23 – Pride is another deadly sin. If we exalt ourselves, we will be brought down from our lofty place. “Pride goeth before destruction,

Thought for the Day

Written by | July 29, 2018 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 30 – No matter how brilliant a man’s plan against God may be, it will not prevail. Man is mortal; he makes mistakes and faces uncontrollable events. Every plan of man is subject to change, cancellation, or destruction. None of man’s wisdom and understanding is any match for the Lord. “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Corinthians 1:19-20). All plans of God are guaranteed success, as Romans 8:31b says: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts,

Thought for the Day

Written by | July 29, 2018 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 28 – A man that listens to the wisdom of God attentively will endure, since God’s Word is the final authority. False witnesses lie under oath and are punished when found out. A man who listens attentively to God’s Word understands and obeys it and will not lie. An honest man respects others enough to pay attention to what they say and so can accurately relate what he hears. His testimony is dependable and stands up in court. Since the book of Proverbs is about wisdom, one of the main things it stresses is to give thought to what we speak and what we listen to. Most of us have probably seen the portrayal of three monkeys, each with its hands over a different part of its head. One has his hands over his ears, another covers his eyes, while the last

Thought for the Day

Written by | July 29, 2018 | 0
Thought for the Day Verses 25-26 – The lazy soul does not want to provide for himself, but looks to others to care for him. We all experience hard times, but this verse is talking about a habitually lazy person, not a truly needy person. Slothful people are greedy, but their unwillingness to provide for themselves frustrates them. They live in a “dream world,” desiring things, but never taking the responsibility to obtain them. They also look for easy ways to make money. Many take up gambling or turn to illegal ways of gaining money. We need to pray for slothful people, since the Lord desires to change their lives and give them a desire to work. The righteous man is entirely different; he reaches out and gives. He does not try to withhold those things that he is able to help

Thought for the Day

Written by | July 29, 2018 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 23 – It is profitable to learn to be careful in what we say, since wise words can keep us from trouble. There is another scripture in the New Testament that elaborates on this: “…If any one does not offend in speech-never says the wrong things – he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature. If we set bits in the horses’ mouths to make them obey us, we can turn their whole bodies about. Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines. Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest

Thought for the Day

Written by | July 29, 2018 | 0
Thought for the Day Wise Christians are able to scale and destroy Satanic strongholds, whether they are in their own lives, their neighbors’ lives, their cities, or their countries. The Holy Spirit is emphasizing the subject of spiritual warfare to the church in this hour. Warfare means waging an assault against an enemy. Spiritual warfare takes place in the invisible spiritual realm consisting of two kingdoms: God’s kingdom of light and righteousness, and Satan’s dark kingdom of wickedness. God and His people are at war against Satan and his followers. It is vital that we have a thorough understanding of the spiritual realm and be able to recognize the enemy and his tactics if we are to obtain victory. “Do ye look on things after the outward appearance?” (1 Corinthians

Thought for the Day

Written by | July 22, 2018 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 17 – Pleasure-seekers will not become rich. Thousands waste money by making entertainment, partying, gambling, or illicit sexual encounters a lifestyle. Those who make pleasure their god, become addicts to pleasure. They become enslaved to the thing that initially gave them happiness. Virtues such as unselfishness, serving others, and saving, quickly disappear when a person’s world revolves around pleasure. This verse does not refer to occasional celebrations, but warns against living for continual pleasure. Verse 18 – The schemes of the wicked against the righteous often end up turning against them. The story of Esther exemplifies this as recorded in the book of Esther in the Bible. Beautiful Esther, keeping her Jewish identity a secret, was made

Thought for the Day

Written by | July 22, 2018 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 15 – When the word “judgment” is mentioned, it usually brings to mind the execution of the penalty for sin. However, there is another side to judgment. We can see from Galatians 6:7-9 and Revelation 20:12-13 that sowing evil reaps a judgment of destruction, while sowing good reaps a judgment of reward. This is true for both individuals and nations. In America, we have sown both good and evil. I believe God has been merciful to us because we have helped other nations. The American Church has sent many missionaries around the world. Our nation has supported humanitarian works in every nation. The U.S. government has poured billions of dollars into foreign aid and forgiven other countries of billions of dollars of debt. We are usually among the

Thought for the Day

Written by | July 22, 2018 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 13 – We can ignore the plight of those less fortunate than we, but if we do, our cries for help will likewise be ignored when we have a need. To ignore something is to refuse to look at it. We may pass by needy people as if they do not exist, but remember, we reap what we sow. We don’t know what kind of trials we may face in the future. Someday, we may greatly need someone to be merciful to us. In a sense, we can “store up” mercy so that the Lord will be merciful to us when we need it. “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7). If we show mercy to the poor and weak, the Lord will move people to help us in our time of need. “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it