Friday, September 26, 2014

The Book Of Proverbs Study, Chapter 26

     It has been quite some time, since I last sat down, to purposefully study a chapter in the book of Proverbs.  Between the last one, and today's study, have been many things.  A.k.a, LIFE.  However, I knew I needed to focus on this study more; thus, today's post.
     Interestingly, the chapter I read was dealing with "fools" and "sluggards."  Ahem.  Too many times have I exemplified both.  Oh, praise the Lord, for God's grace!  
     Well, why do I not stop beating around the bush, and just get to it?  Alright, I will...

" As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly." v.11

Oh, how often am I like this fool!  I could, if I dared dig in the dumpster of yesterday (and even, today), draw up many examples.  Lord, give me the grace to be strong, and overcome this foolishness!

"Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him."  v. 12

Ouch!  Again, I see myself, as I peer into God's "looking glass."  How often have I considered myself wise, simply because of my own mind?  Ugh.  Utterly detestable.  I pray that I would avoid this error, too!

"He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears."  v. 17

Can I say "Ouch!" again?  Because, I really would like to say it.  I guess I just did.  
Oh, how often have I found myself meddling in other folks' matters?  Benignly, or as a Nosy-Nilly, it does not matter.  I know there are times, that someone has actually come to me for help:  to get a perspective on a situation, wherein I am a neutral party.  Yet, I am not talking about the times that GOD puts me in a place of counsel and help; or, when it is an issue in which I am involved...But rather, when I put myself there, for one reason or another.  
I do have to say, God has pointed this error out to me, and has been helping me to avoid this pitfall.  I still need Him to stay faithful to Him, and not meddle where I do not belong.  I will fail, otherwise!

"So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?"  v. 19

I do not wish to be one who was "just joking."  How often this problem has hurt me, as the recipient!  And, yes, I am guilty of this kind of "joking."  May I never again, by the grace of God!

"Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross."  v. 20-23 

I am saying, "Oh, me!" and "Oh, my!"  These verses apply to me, too!  I know that women are more prone to being gossips, than men, (though, my darling husband has admitted to me, that men struggle with this sin, too); yet, it gives me no right to indulge in such wicked behaviour!  I am constantly needing to guard my mind, my heart, my tongue, by the precious word of God, so as to avoid being such a lady!
I know, from both sides, how tale-bearing affects a person.  I must glorify God, though:  I have recognized His work in my life, to keep me away from this error!  Yet, lest I get puffed up in my own conceit, He reminds me that I will always need Him, so as to avoid this grievous sin.  

"He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him."  v. 24-27 

Now, this passage I share, because it struck me so powerfully.  God has kept me on guard, to not pretend that I love someone.  Now, there are degrees to my loving someone.  One person may just be an acquaintance, therefore, I probably would not show them the same affection that I would, say, my longtime friend.  Obviously, I show love to Dear in a manner, that I would not show to another person.  Yet, I seek (by the grace of God, always), to be sincere in love.  
Yet, that is not the reason I shared these verses.  I shared them, because I pity the person who behaves in such a way.  I am no better than them:  God says all have fallen short of His glory; none have done righteously.  I pity them, because they are blinded.  This sounds like a selfish person:  using others for their own gain; seeking another's hurt, for their glee.  Yet, God says they will fall into the very pit that they dug.  
I must be on guard for such people.  I must learn to not trust people, without God showing me that they are trustworthy.  It does not mean I cannot be kind; but, I must be wise.  It makes me want to pray for their redemption!

**I pray that this devotional has been a blessing to you.  None have "arrived" to perfection, here below.  At the very least, we all are still in a corrupt body, that is entirely contrary to God's perfect will.  Yet, one day, it will be gloriously changed, to match my spiritual estate in Christ!  He is my hope, my reason, and my love.  May He be yours, too!**

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Thursday 7 #2

     Here I am, in week two of a new series I want to employ!  I hope you will consider joining me; as I can speak for myself:  it has encouraged me to have a more thankful spirit!  May you be blessed, as you think of 7 things, for which you can give thanks!

Here are my 7:

  1. The fresh air that is currently blowing through my house.
  2. The softness of autumn.  The summer was a more difficult one for us, but manageable.  We are thoroughly enjoying the pleasantries of autumn, though!
  3. My relationship with God.  I am so delighted at all the little things He's teaching me, in regards to Himself.  He's quite fascinating!
  4. Having a better morning schedule!  I know there have been folks praying for me, and with me, on this matter.  It is so encouraging to wake up at the appointed time, get much more accomplished, and truly see fruit bearing in my life!
  5. Watching my husband minister to his coworkers!  It is an humbling, exciting time in his life.  I'm honored I get to live alongside this man.
  6. Our brother in the Lord, whom I'll call "Brudder K."  He's such an encouragement to us!  We always enjoy our times of communication with him, as he lives far from us.  Such a blessing to us!
  7. Our sister in Christ, whom I'll call "Sissy K."  She and I have been blessed to help one another, for quite a while now.  She and I are like long-lost sisters.  Love her!
**Want to join?  Just share your post of 7 thanks, by linking in the box below.  Or, if you don't have a blog, just share your thanksgivings in the comments-section below!**

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

W.o.W. Wednesday!

     Eventually, we all get that "knock" at the door.  This time, the person wishing to see us, is a representative of the Jehovah's Witnesses.  Are you prepared to speak to them?  Are you able to share some reasons why you do not agree with their beliefs?  Here is one reason, that hopefully will spark an interest in you to study the word of God, so as to be prepared when they come knocking at your door.

"The Jehovah's Witnesses' False Jesus"

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