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Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. -Proverbs 10:6 Be a Blessing and Receive Blessings We are living the just man's life, in the world's life of sin. It is our choice to continue living in God's righteousness or to go with the flow with the sinful world. Proverbs 10:6 tells us that whatever we choose, we either gain blessing or curse. What a man sows, that he will also reap. Righteousness brings us great blessings, however, the wicked, due to their ungodly choices and ways, are using violent words hurting each other emotionally and even physically causing violence, cruelty and injustice. Let us make our choices according to His word and according to His ways, we'll never regret it.
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. -Proverbs 8:13 Hate Evil and Honor God The fear of the Lord is the greatest duty and goal of life, it is necessary to have a proper relationship with Him. Fearing God gives Him grave respect. Fear of the Lord means we have reverential desire to please Him. He wants His people to be people of character - people of humility, moral behavior, and helpful speech. Since we fear God, we hate sin, we continue to develop good character that will reflect His attitude. We hate the things He hates like pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and vile speech. Do not claim to fear the Lord, if you hold on to even a single sin. True believers will hate evil because they know if they partake in evil things, they will be subjected to the chastising hand of God.
God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. -2 Timothy 1:7 Saved to Serve Timidity refrains us in our desire to want to speak out to others about spiritual truths. Our lack of courage or confidence hinders us from doing so. A Christian does not have to have fear or worry or anxiety of any kind. God gave us a kind of spirit that gives us courage in order to tell other people what they need to hear about the Lord and His will, it is the kind of spirit that we need to have if we are going to be effective in our fervency of evangelistic efforts. Instead of a Spirit of fear, we have been given a Spirit of power that is accompanied by love and self-discipline.
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. -Mark 10:25 Leave Everything You Have and Enter the Kingdom of God At an early age, we were taught by our parents that this life requires success for happiness and that success often comes through the acquisition of wealth. Wealth is not always evil, it is even useful to buy our needs, but when someone gains a lot of wealth and their daily lives become focused on maintaining that wealth and subsequently how to gain more, forgetting about God, that is evil. That "eye of a needle" was a narrow mountain pass of which it was difficult for a camel to go through, yes the way to everlasting life is narrow, not everyone can pass through it. The rich man so often is blind to his spiritual poverty because he is proud of his accomplishments and has contented himself with his wealth.
Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. -Proverbs 4:27 Eyes on the Goal Our Christian goal is to maintain God's love keeping ourselves from evil. Setting our eyes on Christ will help us stay on track. He is the map, the leader, our teacher, our mentor, our signpost. Let us set our eyes on pleasing God in each part of life, and do not be turned away by anything. God does not wants us to allow ourselves to wander by and sample every form of temptation available. He wants us to get away from every wrong or tempting thing.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. -John 1:12 Receive, Believe and be saved! What a great verse! It shows how much God loves us that He claims us as his own and will bring us to his Kingdom. Jesus is the greatest gift of God we ever had and as we accept him as our personal savior, we become God's children. Receiving Christ allows us to have full access to God because of him. Supreme triumph will be given for those who receive and believe in him and will be granted a new life. We heard God's message in Jesus, we received his grace offered in his Son, and we are now God's children!
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. -Galatians 5:25 Keep in Step with the Spirit! The Apostle Paul is reminding us that we must do more than talk the talk; we must walk the walk. In Biblical terms, to walk means to conduct oneself in a particular manner; pursue a particular course of life. When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and become Christian, we learn how to walk in the Spirit. As we walk by the Spirit, it enables us to produce strong desires in accordance with God's will, we no longer live like unbelievers who do not know the Lord. As we keep our step with the Spirit, our attitude will be definitively marked by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This change is owing wholly to the Spirit's work of free grace, prior to any saving faith on our part. God Spirit leads, but we must walk!
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. -Job 19:25 Jesus, the Redeemer The Lord had called attention to Job's remarkable character. The patriarch - a trophy of human fidelity is not only concerned with his response to his misfortune, but he wants to convey the relevance of the verse to the Christian's walk with God. Even though he had lost his children and wealth and health, he could still say, "I know that my Redeemer lives." He never lost his courage to stand for that which he knew to be right. He knew that ultimately God would redeem him. As Christians, we know the Redeemer's name: Jesus. And we know that he has been raised from the dead and exalted to the place of authority at the right hand of God to serve as our Advocate.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. -Isaiah 40:29 God Gives Strength Life can be a challenge, even the most pumped up and positive ones of us find ourselves broken and weary at some point in our life. In times where our world is in an upheaval, no matter who we are or how strong we are, trying to live life our own way and make decisions without God will be hard. There have been times when we felt that we just couldn't go on any further and the stressors can be especially difficult to handle. But in these moments of absolute powerlessness, weakness, and brokenness the Lord is often most real, most powerful, and most present. God wants to be our strength, our wings, and our air current. He never grows weak or weary. He loves to give power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 3:28 Christian Unity Wouldn't it be great if we could tear down all the walls that divide us - racial, social, economic, and gender. Whatever was the birth, or rank, or nation, or color, or complexion, all under the gospel were on a level; all are saved in the same way; all are entitled to the same privileges. Race, status and gender do not provide any barriers to salvation. Differences remain, but they do not count within the body of Christ. There are no positions of superiority or inferiority at the foot of the cross, only a place for those who discover God's might displayed in sacrifice and God's love displayed even when under attack at the hands of human cruelty.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. -Colossians 1:21 Stand Firm in Your Faith and Teachings So many people reject God because of the things they do not want to give up for him. The Bible tells us that we all were alienated from God. We were enemies in our minds because of our evil behavior, we desired for the wrong things as well. Sin, rebellion and wickedness are so prevalent in our lives that we don't even notice them. Over time our conscience becomes numbed to the reality of good and evil. But people must come to know Jesus and his sacrificial love for everyone. God's demand for holiness in them is because he is their ally, not their enemy. Once you know Christ, your mind changes. Once your mind changes, your works will change also. What a person thinks about results in what a person does.