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The LORD Knows!

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Okay, the book of Proverbs is brutal on the unsaved souls and the foolish people. However, if we aren’t foolish and we’re saved and we trust and obey GOD, HE has great blessings for us.

Who doesn’t like to be blessed? I know I do.

So, let’s take a closer look at some of the verses in Proverbs 15:

    • V.3 – The Lord’s eyes see everything; He watches both evil and good people.
      1. Because the Lord is omniscient, He can see and know everything.
      2. By watching both evil and good, He will know what to do with each one.
    • V.8-9 – The Lord hates the sacrifice that the wicked offer, but he likes the prayers of honest people. The Lord hates what evil people do, but he loves those who do what is right.
      1. Hate is a strong word here. What does the Lord mean by hate here?
        ~Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines hate like this:
        To dislike greatly; to have a great aversion to. It expresses less than abhor, detest, and abominate unless pronounced with a peculiar emphasis.
        Why would the Lord hate? He cannot and will not put up with evil wrongdoing. Offering something wicked and doing evil things is detestable and abominable. It’s basically criminal.
    • V.11 – The Lord knows what is happening in the world of the dead, so he surely knows the thoughts of the living.
      1. This verse goes well with v. 3. You cannot avoid the Lord knowing everything.
    • V. 14 – People with understanding want more knowledge, but fools just want more foolishness.
      1. This verse goes well with all the verses. When we have understanding and are knowledgeable of the Word and are born-again believers, we hunger for it. Fools; well, are just foolish and they hunger for foolishness.
    • V. 18-19 – People with quick tempers cause trouble, but those who control their tempers stop a quarrel. A lazy person’s life is like a patch of thorns, but an honest person’s life is like a smooth highway.
      1. This scripture is self-explanatory. When there are trouble-makers, there is trouble. Those who control themselves keep things from being thorny. Honest people can have a smooth highway. To a degree, yes. However, that’s not to say that honest people never encounter fools; because they do. It’s how honest smart people handle life’s situations that can make life hard or smooth. Some hard life situations can be used to help build our faith and make us spiritually stronger.
    • V. 24-26 – Wise people’s lives get better and better. They avoid whatever would cause their death. The Lord will tear down the proud person’s house, but he will protect the widow’s property. The Lord hates evil thoughts but is pleased with kind words.
      1. These verses pretty much sum up all of what I mentioned above. Wisdom is best. Foolish pride is bad. As the last sentence says: The Lord hates evil but is pleased with kindness.

“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” —Jackie Chan

Life is hard. We know that. The thing is… depending on our attitude and lifestyle, we can make it harder; or not. It’s our choice. Which choice do you go with? If your choice is anything but living the Lord’s way, you’re going to be quite miserable in your life.

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” —Henry James

One other bit of scripture:

‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”‘ John 13:34-35

How can I pray for you? Contact me through the form below:

Dear ABBA YAH, I pray for all the readers of this article/devotional. I pray that they choose You and Your way, living wisely. I lift up those who are ill, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I pray for healing and recovery. I also pray for Your will and that you will get the glory and honor no matter the outcome of our lives. Thank You, Lord, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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Gain Wisdom From God!

 

Let’s look at what wisdom is as defined by Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary.

WISDOM:

  1. The right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable ends, and of the best means to accomplish them. This is wisdom in act, effect, or practice. If wisdom is to be considered as a faculty of the mind, it is the faculty of discerning or judging what is most just, proper, and useful, and if it is to be considered as an acquirement, it is the knowledge and use of what is best, most just, most proper, most conducive to prosperity or happiness. Wisdom in the first sense, or practical wisdom, is nearly synonymous with discretion. It differs somewhat from prudence, in this respect; prudence is the exercise of sound judgment in avoiding evils; wisdom is the exercise of sound judgment either in avoiding evils or attempting good. Prudence then is a species, of which wisdom is the genus [(in philosophical and general use) a class of things that have common characteristics and that can be divided into subordinate kinds.] Wisdom gained by experience is of inestimable value.
    Example: It is hoped that our rulers will act with dignity and wisdom; that they will yield everything to reason, and refuse everything to force.
  2. In Scripture, human learning; erudition; knowledge of arts and sciences.
    Example: Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. Acts 7.
  3. The quickness of intellect; readiness of apprehension; dexterity in execution; as the wisdom of Bezaleel and Aholiab. Exodus 31.
  4. Natural instinct and keen discernment. Job 39.
  5. In Scripture theology, wisdom is true religion; godliness; piety; the knowledge and fear of God, and sincere and uniform obedience to his commands. This is the wisdom that is from above. Psalm 90. Job 28.
  6. Profitable words or doctrine. Psalm 37.
    The wisdom of this world, mere human education; or the carnal policy of men, their craft and artifices in promoting their temporal interests; called also fleshly wisdom. 1 Corinthians 2. 2 Corinthians 1.
    The wisdom of words, artificial or affected eloquence; or learning displayed in teaching. 1 Corinthians 1 and 2.

We’ll focus on number 5 in this blog entry.

Wisdom is true religion; godliness; piety; the knowledge and fear of God, and sincere and uniform obedience to his commands.

God is telling us to be wise in His word, commands, obedience, reverence to Him, and how we live out our Christly lives for Him.

What are we doing with Jesus Christ the Messiah in the world? We need to be about the Father’s business sharing the gospel, planting seeds, and winning souls for YAH. What does that look like in your life? Let’s interact. Leave a comment and let’s share and chat.

For me, it’s this blog, it’s all the things I share on social media, and the in-person interactions I participate in. Nowadays, in-person interaction isn’t what it used to be, because of the chaos surrounding the virus and the fear created by it.

Many people fear getting ill and dying. I do not. Why? Because, even in death, I know where my spirit is going in the afterlife. It’s going to heaven to be with Jesus. There’s no fear in that. Why are you afraid? What do you fear and why?

Dear Abba YAH, I lift up all these lives to You. I pray that they acquire great wisdom of and from YOU. I pray that we’ll be about YOUR business spreading the gospel of Jesus, The Good News. Take away the fear of humans, YAH. Help us reach out to in-person interaction and be Your family. I love, honor, glorify, and adore YOU, YAH. In Jesus’ name, amen.

How can I pray for you? Contact me and I’ll get some prayer warriors on it, right away. Including me.



Also, take a minute to check out related blog posts linked below this post. They offer some great insight.

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Loving God is Knowing God

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GOD knows! You can’t hide anything from HIM. So, to me, it’s mind-blowing… even though HE knows us, intimately; no matter how wretched we are, HE still loves us enough to give us a Savior to reconcile us to Himself.

Do you know GOD? By that question, I mean, do you LOVE GOD? Because, if you LOVE GOD, you’re HIS child; a child of GOD. Because of this love of GOD/Jesus/Holy Spirit, we have eternal life in heaven through HIM.

What’s holding you back or limiting you from knowing GOD/loving GOD? Why is it holding you back/limiting you from knowing GOD/loving GOD? Nothing in this world is powerful enough to snatch us from GOD and HIS love for us. HIS children. The only thing is, us limiting ourselves because of some fear. Fear is a liar and is from the devil. Stop believing the lies of the devil. Free yourself from your own prison of fear.

Dear YAH,  El Shaddai, Emmanuel, I pray for those who know YOU, but are holding themselves back and that they would allow you to break those chains. I pray for those who don’t know YOU… I pray that they will know YOU… I pray that they accept YOU as their one true Savior and GOD. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Renewed Spirit

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

Renewed spirit… Renewed mind… Being transformed by God into a new person. When we allow God to work in and through us, we’re willing participants in this act of renewing. We must throw off the old nature and accept God’s gift in renewing us. With this new nature, we are His. We are part of the body of Christ. That makes us special in that we all have a function as part of the body of Christ… Let’s do our part and share the Gospel with those lost souls and help bring them back to God.

Here are some other scriptures to ponder:

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Dear heavenly Abba YAH, thank You for renewing us, mind, body, soul, and spirit. Help us to keep our minds on You. Show us a clear path to YOU and keep us from falling away from YOU. Thank You for allowing me to write these devotionals to share with the world. I pray that You will put it in front of those who need it. In Jesus’ name, amen.

A New Life Has Begun

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Christ’s death and resurrection give us new life so we can be made right with God.

We are made Christ’s ambassadors. God has tasked us with reconciling people to Himself. When we are reconciled to God, we’re made new. We throw off the old self and live new in Christ.

A Christ’s ambassador is God’s messenger here on earth to share the gospel with the world; planting the seed, then God nourishes and harvests. That’s what we do as Christians. God makes His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we please, “Come back to God!”

Father God, YAH, I pray that we will be the best Christ ambassadors to a lost world to bring them back to You. Thank you, Yahweh, in Jesus’ name, amen.