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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

Thought for the Day

Written by | July 22, 2018 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 11 – These verses show us that there are two ways to gain instruction in life. We can learn by hearing and obeying, or we can learn by trial and error. When those without instruction see a scorner punished, they understand that there is a price to pay for doing wrong. If the scorner has any sense, he will learn that evil does not pay. The wise person, however, does not have to learn things the hard way. Because he seeks instruction, he will not do the things that bring needless evil upon himself. Therefore, he will not suffer any ill effects because he will not do the things that cause them. The law of “cause and effect,” (or what the Bible calls the law of “sowing and reaping”) brings evil or good into lives depending on what we sow. God

Thought for the Day

Written by | July 22, 2018 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 7 – Because the wicked know what is right but refuse to do it, their own violence will sweep them away. Those who live by violence perish by it. Everyone reaps what he sows (Galatians 6:7-9). Whatever we “plant” will grow to produce a crop. When we choose to follow our old nature (sow to our flesh), our words and actions produce no lasting benefits and lead to death. If we choose to walk (or sow) to the Spirit, our words and actions will produce life and eternal reward. If we invest in God’s work, one of our rewards will be that we will get to meet people in heaven whom we helped to know the Lord. This passage also tells us not to be weary in well doing, for we will reap in time, if we faint not. Satan tries to discourage us when we see the

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