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Thought for the Day

Written by | February 15, 2017 | 0
Verses 15-16 – Our study in Proverbs continues to emphasize the value of having God’s wisdom. These verses tell us that good rulers will rule justly, using sound wisdom. A student of history knows that since Christ’s resurrection the most prosperous kingdoms and nations have been those whose leaders exerted a Christian influence over their people. Historically, when true Christianity came to a region, those practicing Christ’s commands began to help the poor and oppressed. Many present-day universities, hospitals, and orphanages were founded by those who desired to demonstrate Christ’s love to a needy world. God always desires to help the weak and afflicted. Ungodly societies destroy their feeble, helpless, or otherwise “burdensome” members. I pray

Thought for the Day

Written by | February 15, 2017 | 0
God’s wisdom gives us sound counsel. Many people seek counsel in the wrong places and are advised to be selfish; to “look out for number one.” Such advice is not based on God’s wisdom but the world’s. Many go to fortunetellers, psychics, horoscopes, and so forth for advice. Scripture warns that this type of counsel opens one’s spirit to witchcraft. Seeking advice from anyone claiming to have supernatural power other than that of Christ’s (as given to His prophets and servants) is an abomination to the Lord. “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or

Thought for the Day

Written by | February 15, 2017 | 0
Proverbs reveals many spiritual principles that govern life, even the capacity to invent. Previously hidden knowledge inspires ideas that birth “witty inventions.” This knowledge can be discovered through wisdom and prudence. Prudent is defined as the capability of exercising sound judgment in practical matters, especially concerning one’s own interests. Bible study enlightens our minds to receive new ideas. Many of the world’s great inventions and discoveries came to those who kept a close relationship with God. The tremendously talented George Washington Carver was the child of slaves. He invented more than 300 products from the peanut, 118 from the sweet potato, and 75 from the pecan. His discoveries increased the South’s income by millions of dollars. Concerning

Is Jesus God?

Written by | January 28, 2017 | 0
  Is Jesus God? Have you ever met a man who is the center of attention wherever he goes? Some mysterious, indefinable characteristic sets him apart from all other men. Well, that’s the way it was two thousand years ago with Jesus Christ. But it wasn’t merely Jesus’ personality that captivated those who heard him. Those who witnessed his words and life tell us that something about Jesus of Nazareth was different from all other men. Jesus’ only credentials were himself. He never wrote a book, commanded an army, held a political office, or owned property. He mostly traveled within a hundred miles of his village, attracting crowds who were amazed at his provocative words and stunning deeds. Yet Jesus’ greatness was obvious to all those who saw and heard him. And while most great people

Thought for the Day

Written by | January 25, 2017 | 0
Verses 5-6 – Proverbs often uses poetic imagery to express truths. Here, as in Chapter 1, Wisdom is personified as a woman. Wisdom is to be sought, loved, exalted, and regarded as the principal thing to obtain. Anyone who seeks wisdom must seek her diligently, like a man seeking the attention of the woman he loves. When he wins her, he must not neglect her. Wisdom is not to be forsaken any more than the woman a man wins and marries. The place to find wisdom is in God’s Word. That is also where we shall be able to keep her and forsake her not. Many people ask to be kept in safety by God and pray to that end, yet prayer alone is not enough; we must find and keep the Word of God. If we do not forsake God’s Word, but love it, then that very Word will preserve and keep us safe. Verse

Thought for the Day

Written by | January 25, 2017 | 0
Verses 1-4 – These verses contain some important instructions for the present generation. Many children have become disrespectful of their father’s instructions, as well as anyone else in authority. This creates havoc in society. I thank God for the Christian youth who are serving God and are respectful to their elders. These ones are making a difference in their circle of friends. But, at present, they are a minority. We should all remember to pray for our young people. Throughout Scripture, children are admonished to obey their parents. The Bible also instructs fathers to be the right kind of parent. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with a promise; that it may be well with thee, and

Thought for the Day

Written by | January 25, 2017 | 0
Verse 33 – Proverbs makes many comparisons between good and evil, stating what will befall both the wicked and the righteous. Today, we think of “cursing” as foul language, or blasphemous words against God. Our definition usually is synonymous with “swearing.” Swearing is a form of cursing, but only a small portion of what it means in the Bible. Biblically speaking, cursing is not only speaking evil of someone, but also invoking harm upon them. According to the Bible, evil comes upon a person under a curse. Evil circumstances, sickness, or tragedy occur in their lives. This evil is not coming from God, but rather, Satan. When we follow and obey God, we receive His blessings. Sin produces corruption in our lives and opens the door for curses to come upon us. If

Thought for the Day

Written by | January 25, 2017 | 0
Verse 30 – We might phrase this admonition as “Don’t start a fight without a reason.” Some people just love to argue. Verse 31 – Sometimes it seems that oppressors are better off than those seeking to do what is right. However, Psalm 37:1-9 tells us not to envy such people or choose to follow their ways: “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth

Thought for the Day

Written by | January 25, 2017 | 0
Verse 27-28 – The Bible records much practical advice concerning finances, including instructions regarding payment of loans or services rendered. If we have enough money to reimburse a loan or pay for the work someone did for us, we should pay promptly and not put it off. Many friendships are strained if the borrower puts off paying back what was given to him as a temporary loan. These verses say that if we have it, we must not turn our neighbor away and ask him to come back later. How should we respond to situations in which we are asked to help someone? If we are able, we should help those in need, but this does not mean giving money to everyone that asks. There are many “con artists” in the world. Rather, these verses refer to neighbors and friends, meaning that we are

Thought for the Day

Written by | January 1, 2017 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 1 – Most of the book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon, whom the Bible calls the wisest of men apart from Christ Himself. “So King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart” (1 Kings 10:23-24). Since God Himself imparted wisdom to Solomon, we can benefit from what he penned. God bestowed upon Solomon the ability to write and compose music: “For he was wiser than all men… And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five” (1 Kings 4:31-32). God continues to grant many people these same abilities today that we all may be blessed through writings and songs that come from His heart. Solomon