God called us to walk in the ministry of reconciliation. What are you going to do about it today?


Psalm 1:2

2  But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.

You can learn how to follow God by meditating on his Word. Meditating means spending time reading and thinking about what you have read. It means asking yourself how you should change so you’re living as God wants. Knowing and meditating on God’s Word are the first steps toward applying it to your everyday life. If you want to follow God more closely, you must know what he says. (ref: http://www.youversion.com/?reading_plan=life-application-study-bible-devotion)


Another benefit is that it prepares you to know the difference between truth and lies. The devil comes to rob, steal, and destroy. He uses sin of the eyes, sin of the flesh, and the pride of life to try and pull us off track. Knowing God’s Word and meditating on it daily, along with having a living relationship with Him where you are able to speak with Him day and night, allows you to move forward with God and be able to get feedback and direction as you face the challenges of this life. Be it at home preparing for the day, be it in the car on your way somewhere, be it at work preparing for a meeting, staying connected is key. The devil will try to make you believe you don’t need to stay connected, but the reality is that when you stay connected God is able to work in you, on you, and through you to produce a fruit to impact this world.

There may be areas that need to be removed that you don’t even know about. I found that one out earlier this month when I discovered that because of pride, a bitter root or a stronghold had taken place. It had taken place years ago and I had forgotten about it. It reared its ugly head when I was considering a change it all of a sudden my stomach went into knots. Next thing you know I am at a men’s breakfast and the pastor is preaching on forgiveness and God brings to my mind as I was pondering my decision and wondering why I had previously had such angst about the decision. Once I was at peace (through my devotional reading) and then heard the pastor’s message, I realized that so many years ago I had let pride get in my way and that because of what the person had said, I let a tiny root rob me of what could have been and realized if I didn’t take care of it and forgive them it would get in my way. Over this past weekend, while driving my daughter to gymnastics, God spoke to me again that I need to talk to that person about the situation so many years ago since if it had that impact on me, I should first apologize if my response or lack of response, my reaction or lack of reaction may have caused them pain. So today, I will look to open that door and extend a hand of reconciliation so that both our lives can be reconciled and restored. God is alive and so good. He will direct our steps if we will let Him. He will calm our mind and heart if we will ask Him. He will be our God if we will be His people. So today, let’s walk in a spirit of reconciliation and help build bridges and restore relationships by the grace and power of God.

 

2 Corinthians 5

18  But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].19  It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).20  So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.21  For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].


Psalm 17

1  HEAR THE right (my righteous cause), O Lord; listen to my shrill, piercing cry! Give ear to my prayer, that comes from unfeigned and guileless lips.2  Let my sentence of vindication come from You! May Your eyes behold the things that are just and upright.3  You have proved my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and find nothing [no evil purpose in me]; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.4  Concerning the works of men, by the word of Your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent (the paths of the destroyer).5  My steps have held closely to Your paths [to the tracks of the One Who has gone on before]; my feet have not slipped.6  I have called upon You, O God, for You will hear me; incline Your ear to me and hear my speech.7  Show Your marvelous loving-kindness, O You Who save by Your right hand those who trust and take refuge in You from those who rise up against them.8  Keep and guard me as the pupil of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings9  From the wicked who despoil and oppress me, my deadly adversaries who surround me.10  They are enclosed in their own prosperity and have shut up their hearts to pity; with their mouths they make exorbitant claims and proudly and arrogantly speak.11  They track us down in each step we take; now they surround us; they set their eyes to cast us to the ground,12  Like a lion greedy and eager to tear his prey, and as a young lion lurking in hidden places.13  Arise, O Lord! Confront and forestall them, cast them down! Deliver my life from the wicked by Your sword,14  From men by Your hand, O Lord, from men of this world [these poor moths of the night] whose portion in life is idle and vain. Their bellies are filled with Your hidden treasure [what You have stored up]; their children are satiated, and they leave the rest [of their] wealth to their babes.15  As for me, I will continue beholding Your face in righteousness (rightness, justice, and right standing with You); I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake [to find myself] beholding Your form [and having sweet communion with You].

Proverbs 17

1  BETTER IS a dry morsel with quietness than a house full of feasting [on offered sacrifices] with strife.2  A wise servant shall have rule over a son who causes shame, and shall share in the inheritance among the brothers.3  The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tries the hearts. 4  An evildoer gives heed to wicked lips; and a liar listens to a mischievous tongue.5  Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker, and he who is glad at calamity shall not be held innocent or go unpunished. 6  Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their fathers. 7  Fine or arrogant speech does not befit [an empty-headed] fool–much less do lying lips befit a prince.8  A bribe is like a bright, precious stone that dazzles the eyes and affects the mind of him who gives it; [as if by magic] he prospers, whichever way he turns.9  He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends.10  A reproof enters deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred lashes into a [self-confident] fool. 11  An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a stern and pitiless messenger shall be sent against him.12  Let [the brute ferocity of] a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than a [self-confident] fool in his folly [when he is in a rage]. 13  Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 14  The beginning of strife is as when water first trickles [from a crack in a dam]; therefore stop contention before it becomes worse and quarreling breaks out.15  He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both an abomination [exceedingly disgusting and hateful] to the Lord. 16  Of what use is money in the hand of a [self-confident] fool to buy skillful and godly Wisdom–when he has no understanding or heart for it?17  A friend loves at all times, and is born, as is a brother, for adversity.18  A man void of good sense gives a pledge and becomes security for another in the presence of his neighbor.19  He who loves strife and is quarrelsome loves transgression and involves himself in guilt; he who raises high his gateway and is boastful and arrogant invites destruction.20  He who has a wayward and crooked mind finds no good, and he who has a willful and contrary tongue will fall into calamity. 21  He who becomes the parent of a [self-confident] fool does it to his sorrow, and the father of [an empty-headed] fool has no joy [in him].22  A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. 23  A wicked man receives a bribe out of the bosom (pocket) to pervert the ways of justice.24  A man of understanding sets skillful and godly Wisdom before his face, but the eyes of a [self-confident] fool are on the ends of the earth.25  A self-confident and foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.26  Also, to punish or fine the righteous is not good, nor to smite the noble for their uprightness.27  He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding has a cool spirit. 28  Even a fool when he holds his peace is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is esteemed a man of understanding.


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Do your friends build up your faith or do they tear it down?


Psalm 1:1

1  BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.

This psalm begins extolling the joys of obeying God and refusing to listen to those who discredit or ridicule him. Our friends and associates can have a profound influence on us, often in very subtle ways. If we insist on friendships with those who mock what God considers important, we might sin by becoming indifferent to God’s will. This attitude is the same as mocking. Do your friends build up your faith, or do they tear it down? True friends should help you to draw closer to God, not hinder your relationship with him. (ref: http://www.youversion.com/?reading_plan=life-application-study-bible-devotion)


As we consider this more, we have an example. Jesus lived in this world, but He managed to not be tempted from the ways of the Father. He was tempted. He was attacked. He was crucified. In all this, He walked in alignment and obedience to the Father’s will and now He is exalted, has the name above all names, and sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and me. Let’s try to be more like Jesus today.

Looking at his example we see that He had an inner circle of friends who were equally yoked in this. He had 12 people He invested in and the 3 that were even closer. Do you have close friends who are equally yoked with you? Do they help you to dive deeper in you relationship with God? Do they help to encourage you in your faith and to walk in the ways of God? Develop those friendships consider who are you 12 and your 3. You may or will have lots of friends, but consider how you are impacting their lives as well as how they are impacting yours.

Wondering what to do or where to start? Start by opening the Bible (God’s love letter to you and me). If you don’t have one, there are many great online resources. http://www.youversion.com, http://bible.crosswalk.com, http://bible.cc, http://bible.com, or just go to Bing and look up “Bible devotionals”.


Psalm 16

1  KEEP and protect me, O God, for in You I have found refuge, and in You do I put my trust and hide myself.2  I say to the Lord, You are my Lord; I have no good beside or beyond You.3  As for the godly (the saints) who are in the land, they are the excellent, the noble, and the glorious, in whom is all my delight.4  Their sorrows shall be multiplied who choose another god; their drink offerings of blood will I not offer or take their names upon my lips.5  The Lord is my chosen and assigned portion, my cup; You hold and maintain my lot.6  The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good heritage.7  I will bless the Lord, Who has given me counsel; yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.8  I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.9  Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety,10  For You will not abandon me to Sheol (the place of the dead), neither will You suffer Your holy one [Holy One] to see corruption. 11  You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

Proverbs 16

1  THE PLANS of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue.2  All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart). 3  Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.4  The Lord has made everything [to accommodate itself and contribute] to its own end and His own purpose–even the wicked [are fitted for their role] for the day of calamity and evil.5  Everyone proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting, hateful, and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; be assured [I pledge it] they will not go unpunished. 6  By mercy and love, truth and fidelity [to God and man–not by sacrificial offerings], iniquity is purged out of the heart, and by the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord men depart from and avoid evil.7  When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.8  Better is a little with righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation and right standing with God) than great revenues with injustice. 9  A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. 10  Divinely directed decisions are on the lips of the king; his mouth should not transgress in judgment.11  A just balance and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights of the bag are His work [established on His eternal principles].12  It is an abomination [to God and men] for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established and made secure by righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).13  Right and just lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.14  The wrath of a king is as messengers of death, but a wise man will pacify it.15  In the light of the king’s countenance is life, and his favor is as a cloud bringing the spring rain.16  How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 17  The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; he who guards his way preserves his life.18  Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.19  Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the meek and poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.20  He who deals wisely and heeds [God’s] word and counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on, trusts in, and is confident in the Lord–happy, blessed, and fortunate is he.21  The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener].22  Understanding is a wellspring of life to those who have it, but to give instruction to fools is folly.23  The mind of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning and persuasiveness to his lips.24  Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body.25  There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.26  The appetite of the laborer works for him, for [the need of] his mouth urges him on.27  A worthless man devises and digs up mischief, and in his lips there is as a scorching fire.28  A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. 29  The exceedingly grasping, covetous, and violent man entices his neighbor, leading him in a way that is not good.30  He who shuts his eyes to devise perverse things and who compresses his lips [as if in concealment] brings evil to pass.31  The hoary head is a crown of beauty and glory if it is found in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation). 32  He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city.33  The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly of the Lord [even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him].

There aren’t really any coincident, they are God-incidents. Smile

The way you respond to your personal struggles shows your attitude toward God.


Job 21:22

22  Shall any teach God knowledge, seeing that He judges those who are on high?

Although baffled by the reasons for his suffering, Job affirmed God’s superior understanding by asking, "Who can teach a lesson to God?" The way you respond to your personal struggles shows your attitude toward God. Rather than becoming angry with God, continue to trust him, no matter what your circumstances may be. Although it is sometimes difficult to see, God IS in control. We must commit ourselves to him so we will not resent his timing.

(ref: http://www.youversion.com/?reading_plan=life-application-study-bible-devotion)


The truth will be revealed. The light will shine on everyone who does things in darkness so that it is revealed.God’s timing is perfect and everything He does has a larger purpose than we can currently understand while we are going through it. Keep your eyes on God. Lean not on your own understanding, but put your trust in God.


Psalm 15

1  LORD, WHO shall dwell [temporarily] in Your tabernacle? Who shall dwell [permanently] on Your holy hill?2  He who walks and lives uprightly and blamelessly, who works rightness and justice and speaks and thinks the truth in his heart,3  He who does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;4  In whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he who honors those who fear the Lord (who revere and worship Him); who swears to his own hurt and does not change;5  [He who] does not put out his money for interest [to one of his own people] and who will not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

Proverbs 15

1  A SOFT answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. 2  The tongue of the wise utters knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool pours out folly.3  The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good. 4  A gentle tongue [with its healing power] is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.5  A fool despises his father’s instruction and correction, but he who regards reproof acquires prudence.6  In the house of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is great [priceless] treasure, but with the income of the wicked is trouble and vexation.7  The lips of the wise disperse knowledge [sifting it as chaff from the grain]; not so the minds and hearts of the self-confident and foolish.8  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, hateful and exceedingly offensive to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight! 9  The way of the wicked is an abomination, extremely disgusting and shamefully vile to the Lord, but He loves him who pursues righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).10  There is severe discipline for him who forsakes God’s way; and he who hates reproof will die [physically, morally, and spiritually].11  Sheol (the place of the dead) and Abaddon (the abyss, the final place of the accuser Satan) are both before the Lord–how much more, then, the hearts of the children of men? 12  A scorner has no love for one who rebukes him; neither will he go to the wise [for counsel].13  A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. 14  The mind of him who has understanding seeks knowledge and inquires after and craves it, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool feeds on folly. 15  All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].16  Better is little with the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord than great and rich treasure and trouble with it. 17  Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it. 18  A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger appeases contention.19  The way of the sluggard is overgrown with thorns [it pricks, lacerates, and entangles him], but the way of the righteous is plain and raised like a highway.20  A wise son makes a glad father, but a self-confident and foolish man despises his mother and puts her to shame.21  Folly is pleasure to him who is without heart and sense, but a man of understanding walks uprightly [making straight his course]. 22  Where there is no counsel, purposes are frustrated, but with many counselors they are accomplished.23  A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment–how good it is!24  The path of the wise leads upward to life, that he may avoid [the gloom] in the depths of Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead). 25  The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but He makes secure the boundaries of the [consecrated] widow.26  The thoughts of the wicked are shamefully vile and exceedingly offensive to the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasing words to Him.27  He who is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live. 28  The mind of the [uncompromisingly] righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. 29  The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the [consistently] righteous (the upright, in right standing with Him).30  The light in the eyes [of him whose heart is joyful] rejoices the hearts of others, and good news nourishes the bones.31  The ear that listens to the reproof [that leads to or gives] life will remain among the wise.32  He who refuses and ignores instruction and correction despises himself, but he who heeds reproof gets understanding.33  The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord brings instruction in Wisdom, and humility comes before honor.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and all that is within it. I thank You for family and friends Lord. I pray Lord that You will help me to be one who helps encourage people to greater things for Your glory. I pray that my words will be directed by You to tear down strongholds and build up, instruct, and direct Your people. Lord, help me to give the right answers in the right way. Help me to have wisdom and discernment for each situation that You bring into my life. Help me to walk in strength and courage trusting in You and not out of fear of things in this world. Help my faith to grow Lord. Help me to remember Your Word that never returns void. Help me to remember the testimonies that You have given me and continue to bring into my life. Help me to keep my eyes on the prize of eternal life with You in heaven and not to be swayed by the waves and storms of life, but to walk upright trusting and believing in You. And throughout all this I praise and thank You for the incredible hope that comes from a relationship with You. In all this I give You the praise and honor and glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

God is watching over you today with compassion. He sees what we are going through. He is love, there is no darkness in Him.


Job 7:18

20  If I have sinned, what [harm] have I done You, O You Watcher and Keeper of men? Why have You set me as a mark for You, so that I am a burden to myself [and You]?

Job referred to God as a watcher or observer of humanity. He was expressing the feeling that God seemed like an enemy to him-someone who mercilessly watched him squirm in his misery. We know that God does watch over everything that happens to us. We must never forget that he sees us with compassion, not merely with critical scrutiny. His eyes are eyes of love. (ref: http://www.youversion.com/?reading_plan=life-application-study-bible-devotion)


Be anxious for nothing, but through prayer and supplication, bring your cares and concerns before God.

Philippians 4:6

6  Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.


Psalm 14

1  THE [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable deeds; there is none that does good or right. 2  The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any who understood, dealt wisely, and sought after God, inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him [of vital necessity].3  They are all gone aside, they have all together become filthy; there is none that does good or right, no, not one. 4  Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread and who do not call on the Lord?5  There they shall be in great fear [literally–dreading a dread], for God is with the generation of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (those upright and in right standing with Him).6  You [evildoers] would put to shame and confound the plans of the poor and patient, but the Lord is his safe refuge.7  Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord shall restore the fortunes of His people, then Jacob shall rejoice and Israel shall be glad.

Proverbs 14

1  EVERY WISE woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.2  He who walks in uprightness reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, but he who is contrary and devious in his ways despises Him.3  In the fool’s own mouth is a rod [to shame] his pride, but the wise men’s lips preserve them.4  Where no oxen are, the grain crib is empty, but much increase [of crops] comes by the strength of the ox.5  A faithful witness will not lie, but a false witness breathes out falsehoods.6  A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands.7  Go from the presence of a foolish and self-confident man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.8  The Wisdom [godly Wisdom, which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of [self-confident] fools is to deceive.9  Fools make a mock of sin and sin mocks the fools [who are its victims; a sin offering made by them only mocks them, bringing them disappointment and disfavor], but among the upright there is the favor of God. 10  The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy.11  The house of the wicked shall be overthrown, but the tent of the upright shall flourish.12  There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.13  Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful, and the end of mirth is heaviness and grief.14  The backslider in heart [from God and from fearing God] shall be filled with [the fruit of] his own ways, and a good man shall be satisfied with [the fruit of] his ways [with the holy thoughts and actions which his heart prompts and in which he delights].15  The simpleton believes every word he hears, but the prudent man looks and considers well where he is going.16  A wise man suspects danger and cautiously avoids evil, but the fool bears himself insolently and is [presumptuously] confident.17  He who foams up quickly and flies into a passion deals foolishly, and a man of wicked plots and plans is hated.18  The simple acquire folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.19  The evil men bow before the good, and the wicked [stand suppliantly] at the gates of the [uncompromisingly] righteous.20  The poor is hated even by his own neighbor, but the rich has many friends.21  He who despises his neighbor sins [against God, his fellowman, and himself], but happy (blessed and fortunate) is he who is kind and merciful to the poor.22  Do they not err who devise evil and wander from the way of life? But loving-kindness and mercy, loyalty and faithfulness, shall be to those who devise good.23  In all labor there is profit, but idle talk leads only to poverty.24  The crown of the wise is their wealth of Wisdom, but the foolishness of [self-confident] fools is [nothing but] folly.25  A truthful witness saves lives, but a deceitful witness speaks lies [and endangers lives].26  In the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children shall always have a place of refuge.27  Reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death. 28  In a multitude of people is the king’s glory, but in a lack of people is the prince’s ruin.29  He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is hasty of spirit exposes and exalts his folly. 30  A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.31  He who oppresses the poor reproaches, mocks, and insults his Maker, but he who is kind and merciful to the needy honors Him. 32  The wicked is overthrown through his wrongdoing and calamity, but the [consistently] righteous has hope and confidence even in death.33  Wisdom rests [silently] in the mind and heart of him who has understanding, but that which is in the inward part of [self-confident] fools is made known. 34  Uprightness and right standing with God (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) elevate a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.35  The king’s favor is toward a wise and discreet servant, but his wrath is against him who does shamefully.


Lord, I remember Your prophesy over me and the word of Ezekiel 22:30

30  And I sought a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.

Here I am Lord. Here I stand for You, calling out to You. Help me bring You praise and honor and glory. Help me stand firm on the foundation You have built in Jesus.


Notes:

  • walk in uprightness reverently and worshipfully
  • do not lie
  • be teachable and understand
  • remember to forgive so that you don’t end up finding out later there is bitterness – a root of bitterness that messes you up
  • stay on the narrow road
  • trust God
  • lean not on your own understand
  • be prudent – look and consider well where you are going
  • Love Your God with all your heart, your mind, and your strength
  • Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
  • share loving-kindness and mercy, loyalty and faithfulness
  • work hard
  • seek wisdom first
  • be truthful
  • have reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord –> Confidence and a place of refuge
  • –> fountain of life
  • be slow to anger
  • have a calm and undisturbed mind and heart
  • be kind and merciful to the needy
  • remember the end – no matter what, there is always hope and confidence, for know Who we believe in.
  • Let’s help raise up moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation that God will elevate the nation
  • be wise and discreet

Why do you trust God? What is your motive? Make sure your faith is pure and that your roots go deep.


Job 1:9-10

9  Then Satan answered the Lord, Does Job [reverently] fear God for nothing?10  Have You not put a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have conferred prosperity and happiness upon him in the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

Satan attacked Job’s motives, saying that Job was blameless and had integrity only because he had no reason to turn against God. Satan wanted to prove that Job worshiped God not out of love but because God had given him so much. Satan accurately analyzed why many people trust God. They are fair-weather believers, following God only when everything is going well or for what they can get. Adversity destroys this kind of superficial faith. But adversity strengthens real faith by causing believers to dig their roots deeper into God in order to withstand storms. How deep does your faith go? Put the roots of your faith down deep into God so that you can withstand any storm you may face. (ref: http://www.youversion.com/?reading_plan=life-application-study-bible-devotion)


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that is within it. I thank You for all that You have taught me in Your Word (book knowledge), through others (sermons, worship, relationships), and through experiences (on the job training where You haven’t left me nor forsaken me and walk with me encouraging and directing my path through Your Holy Spirit). I thank You Lord that Your Word never returns void and that You have planted events and seeds into my previous years which I see now bearing fruit as I know when You are up to something and I trust in You and know that You are with me. Forgive me Lord, that even through these challenges, knowing and trusting in You, that I sometimes feel that I am speaking too much (or maybe You want me to share it with the few I do to help them see the victory on the other side to help encourage them to continue), but Lord, forgive me for getting anxious and fearful at times, and thank You for helping me to get my focus back on You. You are able to restore the peace, the peace that goes beyond understanding. Lord, as I start today, I lift up my praises to You. I praise You for I know that You are doing great and mighty things in preparation for me. I praise You for I know that Your plans for me are good. I know that with You on my side the battle(s) are won – for the Battle belongs to the Lord. Be glorified today in all I say and do. Let my words and my actions speak hope and truth to all those I talk to. Let my actions be Your hands extended. And Lord through this day, may You receive the praise and the honor and the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Psalm 13

1  HOW LONG will You forget me, O Lord? Forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?2  How long must I lay up cares within me and have sorrow in my heart day after day? How long shall my enemy exalt himself over me?3  Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; lighten the eyes [of my faith to behold Your face in the pitchlike darkness], lest I sleep the sleep of death,4  Lest my enemy say, I have prevailed over him, and those that trouble me rejoice when I am shaken.5  But I have trusted, leaned on, and been confident in Your mercy and loving-kindness; my heart shall rejoice and be in high spirits in Your salvation.6  I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.

Proverbs 13

1  A WISE son heeds [and is the fruit of] his father’s instruction and correction, but a scoffer listens not to rebuke.2  A good man eats good from the fruit of his mouth, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.3  He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.4  The appetite of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the appetite of the diligent is abundantly supplied. 5  A [consistently] righteous man hates lying and deceit, but a wicked man is loathsome [his very breath spreads pollution] and he comes [surely] to shame.6  Righteousness (rightness and justice in every area and relation) guards him who is upright in the way, but wickedness plunges into sin and overthrows the sinner.7  One man considers himself rich, yet has nothing [to keep permanently]; another man considers himself poor, yet has great [and indestructible] riches. 8  A rich man can buy his way out of threatened death by paying a ransom, but the poor man does not even have to listen to threats [from the envious].9  The light of the [uncompromisingly] righteous [is within him–it grows brighter and] rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked [furnishes only a derived, temporary light and] shall be put out shortly.10  By pride and insolence comes only contention, but with the well-advised is skillful and godly Wisdom.11  Wealth [not earned but] won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use [such riches] will dwindle away, but he who gathers little by little will increase [his riches].12  Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.13  Whoever despises the word and counsel [of God] brings destruction upon himself, but he who [reverently] fears and respects the commandment [of God] is rewarded.14  The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.15  Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the transgressor is hard [like the barren, dry soil or the impassable swamp].16  Every prudent man deals with knowledge, but a [self-confident] fool exposes and flaunts his folly.17  A wicked messenger falls into evil, but a faithful ambassador brings healing.18  Poverty and shame come to him who refuses instruction and correction, but he who heeds reproof is honored.19  Satisfied desire is sweet to a person; therefore it is hateful and exceedingly offensive to [self-confident] fools to give up evil [upon which they have set their hearts].20  He who walks [as a companion] with wise men is wise, but he who associates with [self-confident] fools is [a fool himself and] shall smart for it. 21  Evil pursues sinners, but the consistently upright and in right standing with God is recompensed with good.22  A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.23  Much food is in the tilled land of the poor, but there are those who are destroyed because of injustice.24  He who spares his rod [of discipline] hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines diligently and punishes him early. 25  The [uncompromisingly] righteous eats to his own satisfaction, but the stomach of the wicked is in want.