THRIVE: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your day!


Busy calendar? Is it because you have to be or because you let it be? Is it with the right people at the right time on the right topics? Invite God into your scheduling and allow Him to add/remove things from it based on His plans and purpose for your day! Invite the Holy Spirit to grant you wisdom and discernment about what meetings need to happen and which don’t. Invite the Holy Spirit into each meeting to give you the thoughts, the words, and the actions necessary to accomplish God’s will and for Him to receive the glory! Allow new things to be added when the Holy Spirit prompts. Allow existing things to be moved around when the Holy Spirit prompts. Focus on the good works God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish today!

Will you allow the Holy Spirit to clean up your heart, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to fill up your heart with love, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to heal and restore your heart, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you guard your heart knowing that everything you do flows from it?

From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks

So who is in control of your day? Are you rejecting God’s wisdom and discernment or accepting it? Are you rejecting God’s purposes and plans for your day or accepting them? Are you rejecting God’s prompting or accepting it? Are you trying to go it alone or are you willing to go it with God and with others? Let’s choose to go through today with God and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us through it so that we can accomplish God’s will for His glory!

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ‘

Proverbs 4:23

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 20


Are you ready to talk with God in a direct way? Are you ready to avoid the fluffy stuff and start with straight-talking? Are you ready to speak with and listen to the Holy Spirit to help you get through today? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life! Allow Him to create a new heart in you and for you to be born again, becoming a new creation where the old stuff that was holding you back is gone and the new stuff that will help you finish the race called life strong!

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Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Mentorship – Will you be a Paul to a Timothy? Will you be a Timothy for a Paul?


As we start today I consider how today is the beginning of a mentoring adventure for the summer. I am excited about the opportunity and experience this will provide and produce. It makes me consider who has mentored me over the years and how it has impacted me and my life. I remember looking for and evaluating people who looked like they could be mentors and then discovering we were connected, then discovering how God did have a plan, and yet it wasn’t a mentoring relationship plan. Even stepping out to join a smaller company and having a great manager and mentor has been and continues to be an incredible experience. When I consider the Timothy side I am so grateful for the time I have had with a friend and mentor Paul who was and is my Paul. As today begins and the journey into mentorship begins, I am excited for the opportunity and the potential that is in front of me starting today.


VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. ‘

Colossians 4:6

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Popular – Day 7


Are you ready to see a need and fill it? Are you ready to step up and mentor someone? Are you ready to be humble enough to be mentored? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart to help? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life to lead and guide you?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Do you have a to-do list that you need to get to-done?


What an incredible week with some incredible successes and incredible moves of God. What an incredible week of getting to dig deeper and understand more. What an incredible week of getting to meet more people and hear what not only takes place internally but how our customers engage too. What an incredible week of gathering details and setting up templates and processes. What an incredible week of news and announcements. What an incredible week when the Holy Spirit not only led a player to reach out to a coach but a coach and team were reciprocating and receiving a player. What an incredible week to see a prophecy about a school and a team come true as God’s hand was moving in both the heart of the school (academically and athletically) as well as the student-athlete. God is good! God is on the move! God’s faithful! God’s trustworthy! God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine!

Ever been prompted by the Holy Spirit to do something? Do miss the opportunity! It could change your life! It could change the life of someone else! It could be the step of faith needed for transformation and open the door to being able to thrive!

Let’s choose to make it about God rather than being pumped up and making it about ourselves because we know that pride comes before the fall! So let’s find ways to praise God through it all! Let’s thrive for the glory of God!


Verse of the Day:

‘The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! ‘

John 1:29

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
The Father Knows Best – Day 1


Where are you today? Are you searching? Are you seeking? Are you asking? Are you knocking? Are you wondering what is next for you? Are you wondering what is going on right now? Are you wandering? Are you going? Why not invite Jesus into your situation? Why not allow the Holy Spirit to enter in and be your comforter and your guide? Why not start a journey with God so that you won’t have to go through this life alone?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

Is the hump in the week always on Wednesday?


When you consider your week, is Wednesday the high point aka the hump? When you consider your week, do you schedule it so that Wednesday is the high point aka the hump-day? When you consider your week, what makes it feel like you are going up hill vs down hill? When you consider your week, does going up hill towards Wednesday mean it is harder and more to do, with more effort? When you consider your week, does going down hill from Wednesday mean you need to focus on finishing or that you are just costing towards the weekend? What impact does the weekend play in your schedule? Is it energy filled? Is it a time to relax and refresh? Does it vary? How does it impact how your work week starts and the rhythm of the week?

Have you ever considered what the week should be like? Is your week focused on moving forward and making progress? Is your week focused on starting strong and finishing stronger? Is your week focused on completing the good works God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish? Do you check with God throughout the week and throughout your days to make sure you aren’t leaning on your own ways or understanding and leaning into His wisdom, instruction, and direction? Would such a plan change the idea of there being a hump in the week? Would it change the idea to be around wilderness times, mountain top times, and valley times? Where are you at today? Where is your gaze set upon? What is the focus of your thoughts and activities? How is that impacting your perception of your today?

Is the hump in the week always on Wednesday?


The One Year Daily Insights
with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for May 19th


Good Advice


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;’

Proverbs 3:5

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you trusting your senses to give you the input needed to figure out solutions to any problem?
  • Where or when or who do you lean on when the “chips are down”?
  • Do you lean in on your abilities and your experiences to try and solve or figure out what to do?
  • Remember when David was given 2 different sets of instructions in his battle with the Philistines? He could have assumed had he leaned on his own understanding to do the same thing but He leaned on God instead who gave him a new set of instructions.
    • ‘Now when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. The Philistines also went and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. So David inquired of the Lord , saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.” So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim. And they left their images there, and David and his men carried them away. Then the Philistines went up once again and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. Therefore David inquired of the Lord , and He said, “You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the Lord will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” And David did so, as the Lord commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.’ — II Samuel 5:17-25
  • So what about you? Are you obsessed with figuring out what to do when times are tough on your own?
  • Do you get pulled into the trap of worry instead of bringing all your cares to God because He cares for you?
    • Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. — Philippians 4:6
    • Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. — 1 Peter 5:7
  • Will you focus on the work rather than the worry?
  • Will you concentrate on the work rather than the problem, the situation, or the commitment?
  • Will you lean on God and give your cares to Him so that you won’t lose out on your needed sleep?
  • Will you cast your cares on God rather than allowing your peace to be robbed by fear? Will you believe God?
  • Don’t get stuck in analysis paralysis!
  • Don’t allow your fears and worries to snowball and make yourself sick and the situation worse!
  • Don’t lean on your own understanding and find yourself getting stuck in the world of analysis, confusion, self-doubt, like a merry-go-round that keeps going and going and going and …
  • We aren’t perfect but God is!
  • We are limited but God isn’t!
  • So let’s turn this thing around and trust God rather than trying to lean on our own understanding!
  • God is good! God is able to take what the enemy means for evil and turn it for good! God is love!
  • So let’s trust God rather than trying to lean on our own understanding!
  • God can give us wisdom that is beyond anything we could have come up with!
  • Remember the omnis? God is omnipresent – nobody is going to sneak up on Him, He is everywhere! God is omniscient – nobody can trip Him up, He know everything! God is omnipotent – He is all powerful!
  • Let’s move from leaning on our own understanding so that we receive the reality that all things are possible for those who believe!
  • Let’s move from leaning on our own understand so that we can be overcomers through Christ Jesus who strengthens us!
  • TRUST IN GOD!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
In your own experience, what are some differences between leaning on your own understanding and trusting in God?
  • When God called me to step into a leadership role in the home owners’ association that I thought was above me. Leaning on my own understanding I tried to resist. Trusting in God allowed me to see incredible miracles and experiences by stepping up and into the role of President.
  • When God called me to forgive those who had lied to me, tricked me, mistreated me, deceived me, and more. that I thought was unforgiveable and faced the downward spiral of anger, bitterness, frustration, and more. Trusting in God allowed me to be released from the anger, the bitterness, the frustration and more and be freed from it by forgiving them.
What are some situation you face now in which you need to trust more in God? What you trust Him to do?
  • Being a good husband, father, director, manager, friend
  • Trusting Him to give me wisdom and discernment for each moment and situation.
  • Trusting Him allows me to be bold and courageous, no matter the situation.
  • Trusting Him to protect me when I step into what He has called me to do
  • Trusting Him to provide health to sustain me through it all

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The longer I live the more faith I have in Providence, and the less faith in my interpretation of Providence.”

Jeremiah Day

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So will you continue to lean on your own understanding? Would you consider another approach and trust God? Would you be willing to give it a try today? Why not invite God into your life and see the impact it has on your week, your day, your right now.

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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How clear of a message do you need to move forward?


When you receive a call, how clear does it need to be? When you receive a call, how direct does it have to be? When you receive a call, how forceful does it need to be? I remember the call to step into leadership in my community and that still quiet voice was enough for me to obey. I remember the call to step up into the top position and resisting and pushing back out of doubt, fear, feeling unqualified and requiring a forceful ultimatum for me to accept it and obey. I remember the call to step out and start looking for a new role as 19 years in the same company approached and how that night when I got home I obeyed, updating my resume and LinkedIn profile and applying for jobs. I remember the year when the 3Ds happened and how the confirmation of the Holy Spirit was enough for me to accept those roles at work, at camp, and at church. God has always been in control and the experiences He has given me to show His faithfulness through His callings in my life. As His Word shows and tells us, be it with Esther who was called to step up and step out, Mordecai tells her that if she wouldn’t do it that God would have accomplished His plans and purpose through someone else. As His Word shows and tells us, be it when the Pharisees were telling Jesus to stop the people from calling out and Jesus’ response was to tell them that if they stopped the rocks would cry out.

Even as I reflect on all of these things and even selected which links to use for the stories above, the quote that comes to mind as I reflect and consider how incredible and how faithful God is the reality of God without man is still God but man without God is nothing sticks with me.

What will it take for you to hear from God and respond? What type of a call does it need to be for you to respond out of obedience? Will your response be out of faith in God or fear of man? Will your response be out of trust in God or worry of your own abilities? Nothing is too big for God! Nothing is impossible with God! What may seem impossible to man is possible with God!

So when the call comes, will you answer it and accomplish all God has in planned and purposed for your life?

God's calling... Will you answer?
Ring…Ring… will you pick up? Answer the call!

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for March 25th


Guidance from above


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Psalms 67:4

‘Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, And govern the nations on earth. Selah’


The AMPC translation says it like this:

‘ O let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You will judge the peoples fairly and guide, lead, or drive the nations upon earth. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!’

Psalm 67:4

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Have you seen God’s hand moving clearly and powerfully in your life?
  • Have you seen God’s hand moving clearly and powerfully in history?
  • Have you seen God’s hand moving clearly and powerfully to inspire people?
  • Have you seen God’s hand moving clearly and powerfully to inspire people to pursue freedom?
  • Have you seen God’s hand moving clearly and powerfully to direct and create structure and hierarchy to build a great nation with the necessary checks and balances?
  • Have you seen God’s hand moving clearly and powerfully in days of deliberation?
  • Have you wondered where God is when you reflect on some times in history when things seem so dark and so hard?
  • Have you wondered where God is when you reflect on some times in history when scandals or actions start to chip away at values?
  • Have you wondered where God is when you reflect on some times in history when things seem to be out of control?
  • Consider God’s purposes and plans and how He can take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it around and use it for good and for His purposes!
  • Consider both in the Bible stories of the past how God was able to use the bad times and the good times for His purposes and remember that when you consider the times post the timeline in the Bible and how God is still able to use it for good and to accomplish His purposes.
  • Remember that in the end times those who fought against Him, turned away from Him, or never accepted Him will be judged by God.
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God is in control!
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God reigns supreme!
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God is guiding us!
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God is directing us!
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God is shaping events to accomplish good things!
  • So we get to do our part too and decide if and how we will respond to Him.
  • God is with us! God is active!
  • We can count on God!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some ways you’ve seen God direct our nation and your life?
  • Looking for the promised land
  • Finding my wife
  • Providing us a place to live
  • Giving us children and a great family
Take a few minutes to praise Him for His leading.
  • Thank You Lord for helping me navigate 2020 and not give up in the midst of the trials and troubles
  • Thank You Lord for helping me to draw closer to my family in the midst of everything that was 2020
  • Thank You Lord for leading and directing us today and always
  • Thank You Lord for leading my children – be it into ministry, be it ministering on the sports field, be it ministering through gaming

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

John Quincy Adams

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Where does your guidance come from? Are you aware of and looking for heavenly guidance from God? Are you noticing His hand at work in and through your life and the lives of others?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Are you too stiff-necked to be able to listen to instruction and correction?


Do you see where we are at? Do you know what is right and what is wrong? Have you read the instruction manual? Have you heard and received correction?

So what are you doing about it? Are you responding? Are you improving? Are you obeying?

Ever heard someone being called stiff-necked? Do you know what it means? It can be used about a person and a behavior!

haughty – arrogantly superior and disdainful

synonyms: proud · arrogant · vain · conceited · snobbish · superior · self-important · pompous · supercilious · condescending · patronizing · scornful · contemptuous · disdainful · full of oneself · above oneself · stuck-up · snooty · hoity-toity · uppity · uppish · big-headed · high and mighty · la-di-da

and

stubborn – having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so

synonyms:obstinate · headstrong · willful · strong-willed · pigheaded · obdurate · difficult · contrary · perverse · recalcitrant · inflexible · iron-willed · uncompromising · unbending · stiff-necked · bloody-minded · balky · pertinacious · refractory · contumacious

What would it take for you to change your mind or your attitude? Do you need to experience something before you will adjust? Can you adjust based on hearing about it or reading about it? Do you really want to learn it all on your own instead of from books or mentors?

Do you want to see what the consequences will be or do you want to respond to instructions? Do you want to feel the the pain or the joy of your decision? Do you want to experience the suffering or the celebration of your decision?

We get to choose daily how we will live! We get to choose daily if we will obey or disobey God’s instruction and direction! We get to choose the our attitude for the day! We get to choose if we will love God or not! We get to choose if we will receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior!

Will face the lies? Will you challenge the liars? Will you confront those who speak untruths even though they say they are truth tellers? What if the newspapers weren’t telling truths? What if the TV news reporters weren’t telling truths? What if there was nobody who was trying to speak truth and trying to keep everyone aligned? It’s been said that media is supposed to be the fourth branch of government. Will the media investigate what the other branches of government so that the people can know what is really going on? Will the media just be publishing content that makes people watch, listen, or read rather than inform? Will the media be paid off to be false prophets and tell people untruths? Where will that get us? What will that do to society? How will people be impacted? Who will be safe? informed? prepared? When will the truth be revealed? Why won’t somebody confront, step up and stand up for what is right and what is true?

Is there a passion for what is right in your heart? Is there a passion burning in your bones for what is right? Will you be someone who shares the truths of God with the world around you? Will you do what is right even when it’s not popular? Will you do what is good even when it is opposed? Will you live and try to make a difference in the world around you?

If not you, then who? Put your trust in God rather than man! Allow yourself to walk with the joy of the Lord being your strength! Find your help in the Lord! Let your eyes be opened to the truth by turning to God and allowing Him to open your eyes and reveal the truth to you!

Will you tell them the truth even if it is unpopular? Will you tell the truth even if it is bad news? Will you tell the truth because it is right? Will you tell them the truth in an attempt to save them from eternal disaster? Will you speak hope in the midst of the circumstances? Will you speak truth to encourage others in the midst of the threats and issues? Will you speak truth so that others may be saved? Will you allow God to help you find favor with those in authority over you?

So today you get to choose! Will you be a true or a false messenger? Will you be a true or false advocate? Will you be a true or a false supporter? Will you be a true or a false disciple? Will you be a true or a false evangelist? What is most important to you? TRUTH? LIES? FICTION?

Are you jealous? Are you afraid? Are you skilled? Are you special? Are you an emissary? Are you humble? Are you burdening others? Will you boast about Jesus? Will you do what is right even when being challenged or tormented or attacked?


Today’s reading comes from Jeremiah 1920, Psalms 146, Acts 27, and 2 Corinthians 11

Turbulent times…


Do you realize the impact of all that change? Do you realize that your worldview makes a difference? How you live! How you speak! How you act! What drives you! What motivates you! What leads you! What guides you! What instructs you! What corrects you!

only-those-who-press-through-turbulence-find-success

When you start going your own way and it’s against God’s way, it tends not to last! When you start out strong with God but then walk away, it tends not to last! What will get you back on track? What will help you stay on track? What will help you finish strong?

Jesus came to make a way! Jesus gave His all in order that it’s never too late to turn back to God! Jesus provides wisdom and guidance on how to live! So let’s follow in His servant leadership shoes!

Take a look around and see the impact when leadership isn’t aligned with God’s will and God’s way! It’s not isolated to a specific country how the pendulum swings. It’s not limited to just some countries if or when it will swing towards or away from God. But as the people of God we need to be living our lives and pointing people by the way we live our lives back to God! Sharing the love of Jesus! Allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through us! And ensure that God gets the honor and the glory, forever and ever in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Amen.

Turbulent times…


Today’s reading begins in 2 Kings…

Menahem Ends Jehu’s Line

1In the twenty-seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah became king. 2He was 16 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned 52 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. 3Now he did what was right in Adonai’s eyes, just like all that his father Amaziah had done. 4However, the high places were not taken away—the people were still sacrificing and burning incense on the high places. 5Then Adonai struck the king, so that he had tza’arat until the day of his death, and lived in an isolated house. Meanwhile Jotham, the king’s son, was in charge of the palace and governing the people of the land. 6Now the rest of the acts of Azariah and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 7Then Azariah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David. Then his son Jotham became king in his place. 8In the thirty-eighth year of King Azariah of Judah, Zechariah son of Jeroboam reigned over Israel in Samaria for six months. 9But he did what was evil in Adonai’s eyes, as his fathers had done. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he caused Israel to commit. 10Then Shallum son of Jabesh conspired against him and smote him before the people, killed him, and became king in his place. 11Now the rest of the acts of Zechariah, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. 12This was the word of Adonai that He spoke to Jehu, saying, “Your descendants to the fourth generation will sit on the throne of Israel,” and so it came to pass. 13Shallum son of Jabesh began to reign in the thirty-ninth year of King Uzziah of Judah, and he reigned for one month in Samaria. 14Then Menahem son of Gadi marched up from Tirzah, reached Samaria, then struck down Shallum son of Jabesh in Samaria, killed him, and became king in his place. 15Now the rest of the acts of Shallum, including his conspiracy that he contrived, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. 16Then Menahem struck down Tiphsah and all who were in it, and its territories from Tirzah, because they did not open to him, therefore he attacked it and ripped open all its pregnant women. 17In the thirty-ninth year of King Azariah of Judah, Menahem son of Gadi became king over Israel, and he reigned ten years in Samaria. 18But he did what was evil in Adonai’s eyes. Throughout his days he never turned away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he caused Israel to commit. 19Then King Pul of Assyria invaded the country, so Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver so that his hand might be with him to strengthen his hold on the kingdom. 20Menahem exacted the money from Israel, from every person of means, each one 50 shekels of silver to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back and stayed no longer in the land. 21Now the rest of the acts of Menahem and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 22Then Menahem slept with his fathers, and his son Pekahiah became king in his place. 23In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekahiah son of Menahem became king over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned two years. 24But he did what was evil in Adonai’s eyes. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he caused Israel to commit. 25Then Pekah son of Remaliah, his aide, conspired against him and assassinated him in Samaria, in the castle of the royal palace, along with Argob, Arieh, and 50 Gileadite men. So he killed him and became king in his place. 26Now the rest of the acts of Pekahiah and all that he did, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.

Israel and Aram Attack Judah

27In the fifty-second year of King Azariah of Judah, Pekah son of Remaliah became king over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned 20 years. 28But he did what was evil in Adonai’s eyes. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he caused Israel to commit. 29In the days of Pekah king of Israel, King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria invaded and captured Ijon, Abel-beth-maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, and Galilee—all the region of Naphtali, and he deported them to Assyria. 30Then Hoshea son of Elah conspired against Pekah son of Remaliah. He attacked and assassinated him, and then became king in his place in the twentieth year of Jotham son of Uzziah. 31Now the rest of the acts of Pekah and all that he did, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. 32In the second year of Pekah son of King Remaliah of Israel, Jotham son of Uzziah king of Judah began to reign. 33He was 25 years old when he became king, and he reigned 16 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jerusha daughter of Zadok. 34Now he did what was right in the eyes of Adonai, just as his father Uzziah had done. 35However, the high places were not taken away, and the people were still sacrificing and burning incense on the high places. It was he who built the upper gate of the House of Adonai. 36Now the rest of the acts of Jotham and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 37In those days Adonai began to send King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah against Judah. 38Jotham slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of his father David. Then Ahaz his son became king in his place.

–from 2 Kings 15

So will you align to God’s will? Will you allow Him to guide your steps, your thoughts, and your words? Will you live with integrity so that you can walk safely? Will you keep your eyes on God rather than lifting up yourself?

Good King Jotham Prospers

1Jotham was 25 years old when he became king, and he reigned 16 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jerushah the daughter of Zadok. 2He did what was right in the eyes of Adonai, just as his father Uzziah had done. But unlike his father, he did not enter into the Temple of Adonai. The people, however, acted corruptly. 3He rebuilt the upper gate of the House of Adonai and did extensive building on the wall of Ophel. 4He also built towns in the Judean hills and forts and towers in the forests. 5Jotham also fought the king of the Ammonites and prevailed against them. That year the Ammonites paid him 100 talents of silver, 10,000 measures of wheat and 10,000 of barley. The Ammonites brought him the same amount also in the second and third years. 6Jotham became powerful because he ordered his ways before Adonai his God. 7Now the rest of the acts of Jotham and all his wars and his ways, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. 8He was 25 years old when he became king and reigned 16 years in Jerusalem. 9Jotham slept with his fathers and they buried him in the city of David. Ahaz his son became king in his place.

–from 2 Chronicles 27

God has a plan! God has a purpose! How will you choose to hear it and align to it? Will you believe it and follow after it? Will you try to change it up because of a hard heart? Will you humble yourself? Will you approach God with the innocence of a child? Will you not allow pride to get in the way of doing what God has called you to do and become? It may not be easy, but with God all things are possible!

Abide in Marriage

1Then getting up from there, Yeshua goes to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. Again crowds gather around Him, and, as was His custom, He began to teach them once more. 2Pharisees came up, and to test Him they began asking, “Is it permitted for a man to divorce his wife?” 3And He replied to them, “What did Moses command you?” 4The Pharisees said, “Moses permitted a man to write a bill of divorce and to put her away.” 5But Yeshua said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment! 6But from the beginning of creation, God ‘made them male and female. 7For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate!” 10In the house, the disciples began questioning Him about this again. 11And He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 12And if she divorces her husband and marries another, she is committing adultery.”

Let the Little Ones Come!

13Now people were bringing little children to Yeshua so He might touch them, but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14But when Yeshua saw this, He got angry. He told them, “Let the little children come to Me! Do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15Amen, I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it!” 16And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.

The Cost of Discipleship

17As Yeshua was setting out on His way, a man ran up to Him, fell on his knees before Him, and asked, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 18“Why do you call Me good?” Yeshua said to him. “No one is good except One—that is God. 19You know the commandments, ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony,’ do not cheat, ‘honor your father and mother.’” 20The man responded, “Teacher, all these I have kept since my youth!” 21Looking at him, Yeshua loved him and said, “One thing you lack. Go, sell as much as you have, and give to the poor; and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” 22But at this statement, the man became sad and went away grieving, for he had much property. 23Then looking around, Yeshua says to His disciples, “How hard it will be for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” 24The disciples were amazed at His words. But Yeshua answers again and says to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26The disciples were even more astonished, saying among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” 27Looking at them, Yeshua said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God!” 28Peter began to say to Him, “Look, we’ve left everything to follow You!” 29“Amen, I tell you,” Yeshua replied, “there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for My sake and for the sake of the Good News, 30who will not receive a hundred times as much now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and property, along with persecutions; and in the olam ha-ba , eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Death and Resurrection Revealed

32They were on the way going up to Jerusalem, and Yeshua was going ahead of them. And they were amazed, while those who followed were fearful. Again Yeshua took the Twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him. 33He said, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the ruling kohanim and the Torah scholars. They will condemn Him to death and hand Him over to the Gentiles. 34They will mock Him and spit on Him, scourge Him and kill Him. Yet after three days, He will rise again!” 35Then Jacob and John, the sons of Zebedee, come up to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.” 36And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” 37They said to Him, “Let us sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.” 38But Yeshua answered them, “You don’t know what you’re asking! Are you able to drink the cup I drink, or endure the immersion I must endure?” 39They said to Him, “We are able.” And Yeshua said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink, and you will endure the immersion I must endure. 40But to sit on My right or left is not Mine to grant—it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41Now when the ten heard, they started to get angry with Jacob and John. 42And calling them over, Yeshua said to them, “You know those recognized as rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones play the tyrant over them. 43Yet it is not this way among you. But whoever wants to be great among you shall be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first among you shall be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Ben-David Heals the Blind

46Then they came to Jericho. Now as Yeshua was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus the son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Yeshua of Natzeret, he began to cry out, “Ben-David, Yeshua! Have mercy on me!” 48Many were warning him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, “Ben-David, have mercy on me!” 49Yeshua stopped and said, “Call him over.” So they call the blind man, saying, “Take heart! Get up, He’s calling you!” 50Throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and came to Yeshua. 51And answering him, Yeshua said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said, “Rabboni, I want to see again!” 52Yeshua said to him, “Go! Your faith has made you well.” Instantly he regained his sight and began following Yeshua down the road.

–from Mark 10

 

Sure you have a good plan, but will you give the directions up to God?


Will you try to do it all alone? Will you allow God to help? Will you try to do it your way? Will you allow the process to go God’s way? Will you try to do it all in your own strength? Will you allow God’s strength to help carry the load? Will you share the yoke with God? Are your motives in the right spot? Will you commit all that you are going to do up to God? Will you serve with humility? Will you be fair and just? Would you rather wisdom or reward? Wisdom is more valuable than gold and silver! Let’s be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger! We have 2 ears and 1 mouth — we should be listening twice as much right!

Today’s reading begins in Proverbs…

Commit Your Heart to Adonai

1The plans of the heart belong to man, but the tongue’s answer is from Adonai. 2All a man’s ways are pure in his own eyes, but Adonai weighs the motives. 3Commit whatever you do to Adonai, and your plans will succeed. 4Adonai works everything out for his own purpose— even the wicked for a day of disaster. 5Adonai abhors all the proud in heart. Be assured, they will not go unpunished. 6By mercy and truth is iniquity atoned, and by the fear of Adonai one avoids evil. 7When one’s ways are pleasing to Adonai, he makes even his enemies be at peace with him. 8Better a little with righteousness than much income without justice. 9The heart of man plans his course, but Adonai directs his steps.

The Delights of a Just King

10An oracle is on the lips of the king— let his mouth never be treacherous in judgment. 11Honest balances and scales are Adonai’s. All the weights in a bag are His handiwork. 12Wrongdoing is an abomination to kings, for a throne is established by righteousness. 13Righteous lips are the delight of kings. He loves those who speak honestly. 14A king’s fury is like messengers of death, but a wise man will appease it. 15In the light of a king’s face there is life, and his favor like a cloud of spring rain. 16How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver. 17The highway of the upright avoids evil. He who guards his way protects his life. 18Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. 19Better to be lowly in spirit with the afflicted than to share the spoil with the proud. 20One prudent in a matter will find good Blessed is the one who trusts in Adonai. 21The wise in heart is called discerning, and sweetness of lips increases persuasiveness. 22Insight is a fountain of life to one who has it, but folly leads to the discipline of fools. 23A wise man’s heart teaches his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. 24Pleasant words are honeycomb— sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. 25There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. 26A laborer’s appetite works on his behalf, for his hunger drives him on.

Slow to Anger

27A wicked scoundrel digs up evil, and on his lips is a scorching fire. 28A perverse person sows strife, and a gossip separates close friends. 29A violent person lures his neighbor, leading him down a path that is no good. 30One who winks his eyes schemes deceit, one who purses his lips is bent on evil. 31Gray hair is a crown of glory, found on the path of righteousness. 32Better to be slow to anger than a mighty warrior. One who controls his temper is better than one who conquers a city. 33The lot is cast into the lap, but their very decision is from Adonai.

–from Proverbs 16

Character…don’t allow money or power pull you away from what is right and what is just! It’s more than just our words and our actions, God is looking to see our motive – what is in our heart! There is nothing we can hide from Him! We are to love everyone! God created each of us and so we should be treating each other with the respect and love! Let’s be peacemakers! Let’s be flipping the status quo over and live to raise the bar on society! Let’s consider what God says over what people say! Consider Matthew 5 and how Jesus flips what was common and normal towards God’s plan, God’s purpose, and God’s way! Will you walk with integrity in order to find safety? Let’s be looking to create reconciliation and forgiveness rather than allowing anger and frustration and bitterness to grow and fester and take root.

Beware Bribes and Rebellion

1Better is dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. 2A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance with the brothers. 3A crucible is for silver and a furnace is for gold, but Adonai tests the heart. 4An evildoer listens to wicked lips; a liar listens to a malicious tongue. 5Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker. Whoever rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished. 6Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly and the glory of children is their parents. 7Arrogant lips are not fitting for a fool, much less lying lips for a ruler. 8A bribe is a charm in the eyes of its owner. Wherever he turns, he succeeds. 9Whoever covers up an offense seeks love. Whoever repeats a matter separates close friends. 10A rebuke makes a greater impression on a discerning person than a hundred lashes on a fool. 11An evil man seeks only rebellion, and so a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to deal with a fool in his folly. 13Whoever rewards evil for good— evil will never leave his house. 14The beginning of strife is like letting out water— so stop a quarrel before it breaks out. 15Acquitting the wicked and condemning the righteous: both are an abomination to Adonai. 16Of what use is money in the hand of a fool since he has no intention of acquiring wisdom? 17A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 18A man lacking judgment shakes hands on a deal and puts up financial security for his neighbor. 19He who loves sin loves strife. One who builds a high gate invites destruction. 20A perverse heart finds nothing good a devious tongue falls into trouble. 21Whoever fathers a fool gets grief. There is no joy for the father of a disgraceful son. 22A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 23The wicked one receives a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice. 24Wisdom is before the person of understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. 25A foolish son is grief to his father and bitterness to her that bore him. 26Also, to punish a righteous person is not good, nor to beat up an honorable one for his integrity. 27One with knowledge restrains his words, and a discerning person stays calm. 28Even a fool, who keeps quiet, is considered wise, discerning, if he seals his lips.

–from Proverbs 17

Let’s do a self assessment today…Rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. …Use forgiveness and love to replace such things. Jesus, the rock of the faith was rejected. The cornerstone of faith was rejected. So consider pure joy when you face trials of many kinds for it will work in you so that in the end you will be complete, lacking nothing. We don’t have to worry, even though in this world we will have troubles, because Jesus has already overcome the world!

We are to make a difference! Do you know why? It’s because you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Living Stones

1So get rid of all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all lashon ha-ra . 2As newborn babes, long for pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow toward salvation— 3now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but chosen by God and precious, 5you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house—a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Messiah Yeshua. 6For it says in Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen, precious cornerstone. Whoever trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” 7Now the value is for you who keep trusting; but for those who do not trust, “The stone which the builders rejected— this One has become the chief cornerstone,” 8and “a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they are disobeying the word—to this they were also appointed. 9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 10Once you were “not a people,” but now you are “God’s people.” You were shown “no mercy,” but now you have been shown “mercy.” 11Loved ones, I urge you as strangers and sojourners to keep away from the fleshly cravings that war against the soul. 12Keep your conduct honorable among the Gentiles. Then while they speak against you as evildoers, they may—from noticing your good deeds—glorify God in the day of visitation.

Respect and Order

13For the Lord’s sake, submit yourselves to every human authority—whether to a king as supreme, 14or to governors sent by him for the punishment of those who do evil and the praise of those who do good. 15For this is God’s will, that you silence the ignorance of foolish men by doing good. 16Live as free people, but not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil. Rather, live as God’s slaves. 17Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. 18Slaves, with all respect submit yourselves to your masters—not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are harsh. 19For this finds favor if, for the sake of conscience toward God, someone endures grief from suffering undeservedly. 20For what credit is there if, when you sin and get a beating, you endure? But if you endure when you do good and suffer for it, this finds favor with God. 21For you were called to this, because Messiah also suffered for you, leaving you an example so that you might follow in His footsteps: 22“He committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth.” 23When He was abused, He did not return the abuse. While suffering, He made no threats. Instead, He kept entrusting Himself to the One who judges righteously. 24He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we, removed from sins, might live for righteousness. “By His wounds you were healed.” 25For you like sheep were going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

–from 1 Peter 2

God is good! God is love! God is perfect! God is eternal! God is light!

An Aside with the Disciples

1Meanwhile, when thousands of people had gathered, so many that they were trampling one another, Yeshua began speaking first to His disciples, “Be on guard yourselves against the hametz of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2There is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and nothing hidden that will not be made known.
3Therefore, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in private rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops.
4“I say to you, My friends, you should not be afraid of those who kill the body, since after this they have nothing more they can do.
5But I will show you whom you should fear. Fear the One who, after the killing, has authority to cast into Gehenna. Yes, I tell you, fear this One!
6“Aren’t five sparrows being sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.
7Indeed, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
8Now I tell you, whoever acknowledges Me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge him before the angels of God.
9But the one who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
10And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who slanders the Ruach ha-Kodesh will not be forgiven.
11And when they bring you to the synagogues, rulers, and authorities, do not worry about how you should defend yourself or what you should say,
12because the Ruach ha-Kodesh will teach you at that time what is necessary to say.”

A Request from the Crowd

13Then someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14But Yeshua said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or arbitrator over you?”
15Then He said to them, “Watch out! Be on guard against all kinds of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the material goods he possesses.”
16And Yeshua told them a parable, saying, “The land of a certain rich man produced good crops.
17And he began thinking to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do? I don’t have a place to store my harvest!’
18And he said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do! I’ll tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I’ll store all my grain and my goods.
19And I’ll say to myself, ’O my soul, you have plenty of goods saved up for many years! So take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry.”’
20But God said to him, ‘You fool! Tonight your soul is being demanded back from you! And what you have prepared, whose will that be?’
21So it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich in God.”

Instructions for the Disciples

22Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “So I say to you, do not worry about life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will wear.
23For life is more than food and the body more than clothing.
24Consider the ravens. They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable you are than birds!
25“And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
26So if you cannot do even something very little, why do you worry about other things?
27Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these.
28But if God so clothes the grass in the field—which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow—then how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
29“So do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.
30For all the nations of the world strive after these things. But your Father knows that you need these things.
31Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you.
32Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father chose to give you the kingdom.
33“Sell your possessions and do tzadakah. Make money pouches for yourselves that do not get old—a treasure in the heavens that never runs out, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
34For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
35“Have your belt strapped on and lamps burning.
36Be like people waiting for their master to return from a wedding feast, so that when he comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately.
37“Happy are those slaves whose master finds them alert when he comes. Amen, I tell you, he will prepare himself and have them recline at table, and will come and serve them.
38”And if he comes in the second or even the third watch and finds them so, they will be happy.
39But understand this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
40You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you don’t expect.”
41Then Peter said, “Master, are You telling this parable for us, or for everyone?”
42And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their food portion at the proper time?
43Blessed is that servant whose master finds him so doing when he comes.
44Truly I tell you, his master will put him in charge of all his possessions.
45“But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is taking a long time to come,’ and he begins to beat the young slave boys and girls and to eat and drink and get drunk,
46the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know. And he will cut him in two and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
47“That slave who knew his master’s will but did not prepare or act according to his desire will be harshly whipped.
48But the one who did not know and did things worthy of a beating will be whipped lightly. From everyone given much, much will be required; and from the one for whom more is provided, all the more they will ask of him.
49“I came to pour out fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already ablaze!
50But I have an immersion to endure, and how distressed I am until it is finished!
51“Do you suppose that I have come to bring shalom on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.
52From now on there will be five in one house in opposition, three against two and two against three.
53They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Lessons for the Crowds

54Then He also was saying to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, instantly you say, ‘A rainstorm is coming’—and so it is.
55And when a south wind is blowing, you say, ‘It will be a scorcher’—and so it is.
56Hypocrites! The surface of the earth and sky you know how to interpret yet you don’t know how to interpret this present time?
57Why can’t you judge for yourselves what is right?
58For while you are going with your accuser to the authorities, make an effort to come to a settlement with him—so he doesn’t drag you before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer of the court, and the officer of the court throw you into prison.
59I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid back the last little bit.”

–from Luke 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you respond to corrections? How do you respond to being reprimanded?


Will you receive it? Will you learn from it? Will you love them? Will you refuse it? Will you reject it? Will you get upset or angry from it? Will you become abusive? Will you be responsive to it? Will you hate them? Will you love them?

Let’s turn to God! Let’s ask Him for wisdom! Let’s ask Him for insight! Let’s ask Him if it is true! Let’s ask Him how to respond! Let’s be obedient to Him!

Today’s reading continues in Proverbs…

Wisdom and Folly Invite

1Wisdom has built her house. She has carved out her seven pillars. 2She has slaughtered her meat, she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table. 3She has sent out her servant girls. She calls from the city’s heights: 4“Whoever is naïve, turn in here!” To those who lack understanding, she says: 5“Come, eat my bread and drink the wine I have mixed. 6Abandon your foolish ways and live! Walk in the way of understanding.” 7Whoever corrects a scoffer is asking for insult. Whoever reproves a wicked man gets abuse. 8Do not correct a scoffer or he will hate you. Rebuke a wise man and he will love you. 9Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still. Teach a righteous man and he will increase in learning. 10The fear of Adonai is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11For through me your days will be many and years will be added to your life. 12If you are wise, you are wise to your own advantage, but if you scoff, you bear it alone. 13The foolish woman is rowdy. She is naïve and knows nothing. 14So she sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the heights of the city, 15calling to those who pass by, who go straight on their way: 16“Whoever is naïve, let him turn in here.” To those who lack understanding, she says: 17“Stolen water is sweet and bread eaten in secret is delicious!” 18But he does not know that the dead are there— her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

–from Proverbs 9

Don’t give up! Don’t lose hope! Trust in God! Be diligent for you will find God when you diligently seek Him! As we are learning this year at camp, it is important to walk with integrity!

Diligence and Laziness

1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son gives joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother. 2Ill-gotten treasures profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death. 3Adonai will not let a righteous soul go hungry, but thwarts the cravings of the wicked. 4Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. 5He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

Sayings of the Mouth Matter

6Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 7The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. 8The wise in heart accept commands, but a babbling fool comes to ruin. 9One who walks in integrity, walks securely, but one who takes crooked paths will be discovered. 10One who winks an eye maliciously causes grief, while a babbling fool comes to ruin. 11The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 12Hatred stirs up strife but love covers up all transgressions. 13Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one lacking sense. 14Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool is near ruin. 15The wealth of a rich man is a strong city. Poverty is the ruin of the poor. 16The wages of the righteous are life. The income of the wicked is sin. 17One who heeds discipline is on the path of life, but whoever ignores correction goes astray. 18One who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool. 19When words abound, transgression is unavoidable. but whoever restrains his lips is wise. 20The tongue of the righteous is choice silver. The heart of the wicked is of little value. 21The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of understanding.

Dread or Hope

22The blessing of Adonai brings wealth and He adds no trouble with it. 23As doing wickedness is delight to a fool, so is wisdom to a man of discernment. 24What the wicked dread will fall on them. The desire of the righteous will be given. 25When the whirlwind passes, the wicked are no more, but the foundation of the righteous is everlasting. 26Like vinegar to the teeth or smoke to the eyes, so is a slacker to those who send him. 27The fear of Adonai prolongs life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. 28The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hope of the wicked perishes. 29The way of Adonai is a stronghold to the upright, but it is a ruin to those who do evil. 30The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not dwell in the land. 31The mouth of the righteous bears the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out. 32The lips of the righteous know what is pleasing, but the mouth of the wicked is perverse.

–from Proverbs 10

Will you live honestly? Will you live with integrity? Will you live with humility and avoid the pitfalls of pride? Will you put your hope and trust in nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness? Will you live in righteousness so that those around you will be blessed?

Integrity of Scales and Soul

1Dishonest scales are an abomination to Adonai, but an accurate weight is His delight. 2When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. 3The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them. 4Riches make no profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. 5The righteousness of the blameless man makes his way straight, but the wicked man is brought down by his wickedness. 6The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are trapped by their desire.

Righteousness Builds Up a City

7When the wicked dies, his hope perishes, and the hope of the strong vanishes. 8The righteous is rescued from trouble. Instead it comes on the wicked. 9With his mouth the ungodly destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. 10When the righteous do well, a city rejoices. When the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. 11Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed. 12One who despises his neighbor lacks sense, but one with discernment remains silent. 13A gossip reveals secrets, but one who is trustworthy conceals a matter. 14Without guidance people fall, with many counselors there is deliverance. 15Whoever puts up security for a stranger will have trouble, but whoever avoids shaking hands on such a deal is secure.

Rewards for Righteous or Ruthless

16A gracious woman gains honor, but ruthless men seize riches. 17A kind man does his own soul good, but a cruel man harms his own flesh. 18The wicked earn deceptive wages, but a sower of righteousness reaps a true reward. 19Steadfast righteousness leads to life, but pursuing evil ends in death. 20Perverse hearts are an abomination to Adonai. His favor is on those blameless in their ways. 21Be sure, the evil will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered. 22Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion. 23The desire of the righteous is only good, but the hope of the wicked only wrath. 24One gives freely, yet gains even more. Another withholds unjustly, and comes to poverty. 25A soul who blesses will prosper, and one who gives water will himself be satisfied. 26People curse anyone withholding grain, but blessing is on the head of one who dispenses it. 27A person who diligently seeks good finds favor, but to one who searches for evil, evil comes to him! 28Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf. 29Whoever troubles his own household will inherit wind, and the fool will be a servant to the wise-hearted. 30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever wins souls is wise. 31If the righteous is rewarded on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!

–from Proverbs 11

So as we begin this day, let’s resist pride and evil ways! Let’s raise the bar and the standard so that the average goes up!

Resist Pride and Evil

1Where do quarrels and conflicts among you come from? Don’t they come from this, namely your passions that battle within your body parts? 2You crave and have not. You murder and you envy, yet you cannot get it. You fight and you wage war. You do not have because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives so you may spend it on your passions. 4You adulteresses! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5Or do you think that in vain the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit which He made to dwell in us”? 6But He gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7Therefore submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded! 9Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy into gloom. 10Humble yourselves in the sight of Adonai, and He shall lift you up. 11Do not speak evil against one another, brethren. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the Torah and judges the Torah. But if you judge the Torah, you are not a doer of the Torah, but a judge. 12There is only one lawgiver and judge—the One who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you who judges your neighbor?

If the Lord Wills, We Will

13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” 16But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17Therefore whoever knows the right thing to do and does not do it—for him it is sin.

–from James 4

 

 

 

There is a right way and a wrong way!


Ever tried to get something done but there seemed to be something missing? Ever tried a modified way and it didn’t turn out right? Ever though you could do it your way and then discovered it doesn’t work that way? Did you ever research the instructions or directions on how to do it right? Ever found the instructions or manuals that gave you the specifics on what to do and how to get it done and then realized how much better and easier it was when you followed them?

There is such thing as a right way and a wrong way! So let’s turn to the one who knows and make sure to get the directions or instructions before we start so that we can avoid the consequences of doing it wrong. Would you rather look good in God’s eyes and a little off in the eyes of people or look good in people’s eyes and not so good in God’s? Let’s live in a way that will bring God all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name!

Today’s reading starts with David getting it done right…after having dealt with the consequences of failing the first time…

Ark Comes Into Jerusalem

1Now David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, 30,000. 2Then David and all the people who were with him arose and set out from Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the very Name of Adonai-Tzva’ot who is enthroned between the cheruvim. 3So they loaded the ark of God on a new cart and carried it out of the house of Abinadab that was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, Abinadab’s sons, drove the new cart 4as they brought it from the house of Abinadab (which was on the hill) with the ark of God, and Ahio was walking in front of the ark. 5Meanwhile David and the whole house of Israel were celebrating before Adonai with all kinds of instruments made of cypress wood, with harps, lyres, tambourines, three-stringed instruments and cymbals. 6But when they reached the threshing floor of Nahon, Uzzah reached out to the ark of God and grasped it, for the oxen had stumbled. 7Then the anger of Adonai was kindled against Uzzah. God struck him down there for his irreverence, so that he died there beside the ark of God. 8David was upset because of Adonai’s outburst against Uzzah. That place is called Perez-uzzah to this day. 9So David was frightened of Adonai that day. Then he said, “How can the ark of Adonai come to me?” 10David was unwilling to move the ark of Adonai to him, to the City of David; instead, David diverted it to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11So the ark of Adonai remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months; meanwhile Adonai blessed Obed-edom and his entire household. 12Then it was reported to King David saying, “Adonai has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought the ark of God up from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with joy. 13Now when the bearers of the ark of Adonai had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14Meanwhile, David was dancing before Adonai with all his might while he was wearing a linen ephod. 15So David and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of Adonai with shouting and with the sound of the shofar. 16But as the ark of Adonai entered the city of David, Saul’s daughter Michal looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before Adonai, so she despised him in her heart. 17They brought in the ark of Adonai and set it in its place in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before Adonai. 18When David had finished offering the burnt offering and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the Name of Adonai-Tzva’ot. 19Then he distributed to all the people—to the whole multitude of Israel, men and women alike—to everyone a loaf of bread, a cake made in a pan and a raisin cake. Then all the people departed, each to his home. 20David returned to bless his own household. But Saul’s daughter Michal came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel distinguished himself today, when he uncovered himself today in the eyes of the slave girls of his subjects, as any vulgar fellow would shamelessly uncover himself!” 21“It was before Adonai,” David said to Michal, “who chose me instead of your father and all his household, appointing me ruler over the people of Adonai, over Israel! So I danced Before Adonai, 22and will dishonor myself even more than this, and will be low in my own eyes. Yet in the eyes of the slave girls whom you mentioned, I will be honored.” 23So Saul’s daughter Michal had no children to the day of her death.

–from 2 Samuel 6

Everyone needs to be ready! They have to be prepared! They need to do it God’s way for it to go well!

Ark Enters Jerusalem

1David built houses made for himself in the City of David; he then prepared a place for the Ark of God and pitched a tent for it. 2Then David said, “No one should carry the Ark of God except the Levites, for Adonai has chosen them to carry the Ark of Adonai and to serve Him forever.” 3David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring the Ark of Adonai up to its place that he had prepared for it. 4David gathered together the sons of Aaron and the Levites: 5from the sons of Kohath: Uriel the leader and 120 of his kinsmen; 6from the sons of Merari: Asaiah the leader and 220 0f his kinsmen; 7from the sons of Gershom: Joel the leader with 130 of his kinsmen; 8from the sons of Elizaphan: Shemaiah the leader with 200 of his kinsmen; 9from the sons of Hebron: Eliel the leader with 80 of his kinsmen; 10from the sons of Uzziel: Amminadab the leader and 112 of his kinsmen. 11David summoned Zadok and Abiathar the kohanim, along with the Levites, Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab. 12He told them, “You are the heads of the Levitical families. Sanctify yourselves, you and your kinsmen, so that you may bring up the Ark of Adonai, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. 13Because you were not there the first time, Adonai our God burst out upon us, for we did not seek Him regarding the prescribed way.” 14So the kohanim and the Levites sanctified themselves in order to bring up the Ark of Adonai, the God of Israel. 15The Levites carried the Ark of God on their shoulders with poles, just as Moses commanded according to the word of Adonai. 16David ordered the leaders of the Levites to appoint their kinsmen, the singers, with musical instruments, harps, lyres, and cymbals, to joyfully make their voices heard. 17So the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel; from his brothers, Asaph son of Berechiah; from their brothers the descendants of Merari, Ethan son of Kushaiah; 18and with them their relatives second in rank: Zechariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphalehu and Mikneiahu, and the gatekeepers Obed-edom and Jeiel. 19The singers Heman, Asaph, and Ethan were to sound the bronze cymbals; 20Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoh, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah were to play harps according to alamoth , 21but Mattitiah, Eliphalehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jehiel and Azaziah were to lead with lyres, according to the sheminith . 22Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, was to direct the music because he was a master. 23Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the Ark. 24The kohanim Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah and Eliezez were to blow the trumpets before the Ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah were gatekeepers for the Ark. 25So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of the thousands went to bring up the Ark of the Covenant of Adonai out of the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing. 26Because God helped the Levites who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant of Adonai, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. 27Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who were carrying the Ark, and as were the singers and Henaniah the leader of the songs of the singers. David also wore a linen ephod. 28Thus all Israel brought up the Ark of the Covenant of Adonai with shouting, with the sound of the shofar, trumpets and cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps. 29As the Ark of the Covenant of Adonai came to the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked out the window. When she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.

–from 1 Chronicles 15

We are the living temples of God when we invite Jesus into our lives and allow the Holy Spirit to move into our hearts! So I pray God’s peace that goes beyond all understanding to fill you up! God’s Word is written on our hearts and in our minds! We are His people and He is our God!

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

1A Song of Ascents. Of David. I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go to the House of Adonai.” 2Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem—3Jerusalem, built as a city joined together. 4There the tribes go up, the tribes of Adonai —as a testimony to Israel— to praise the Name of Adonai. 5For there thrones for judgment are set up, the thrones of the house of David. 6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem— “May those who love you be at peace! 7May there be shalom within your walls— quietness within your palaces.” 8For the sake of my brothers and friends, I now say: “Shalom be within you.” 9For the sake of the House of Adonai our God, I will seek your good.

–from Psalms 122

What will you do to be able to live in godliness and respectfulness? What is it going to take for you to be able to live in peace? How will you share the love of God and His truth in order that others may turn to Jesus and be saved?

Godliness in Prayer and Worship

1Therefore, first of all I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made on behalf of all people— 2for kings and all who are in authority—so we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and respectfulness. 3This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior. 4He desires all men to be saved and come into the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and there is one Mediator between God and men—a human, Messiah Yeshua, 6who gave Himself as a ransom for all—the testimony at the proper time. 7For this I was appointed a herald and an emissary (I am telling the truth; I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faithfulness and truth. 8So I desire all men to pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without anger and argument. 9Likewise, women are to adorn themselves in appropriate clothing with modesty and sound judgment—not in seductive hairstyles and gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10but what is suitable for women claiming godliness, through good deeds. 11Let a woman receive training in a quiet demeanor with complete respect for order. 12But I do not allow a woman to train or dictate to a man, but to be in a quiet demeanor. 13For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14Also Adam was not deceived but the woman—being deceived, she fell into transgression. 15Nevertheless, she will be sustained through childbearing—if they continue in faithfulness and love and holiness, with sound judgment.

–from 1 Timothy 2

What is the desire of your heart? What instruction is it that you want to follow? What is leading you and your steps? How will you share that it does make a difference?

Qualifications for Oversight and Service

1Trustworthy is the saying: “If any man aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a good work.” 2An overseer, then, must be beyond criticism—the husband of one wife, clear-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not addicted to wine, not violent but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money, 4managing his own household well, keeping his children under control with all respectfulness. 5(But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s community?) 6He must not be a new believer, or he may become puffed up and fall into the same judgment as the devil. 7Furthermore, he must have a good reputation with those outside, so that he will not fall into disgrace and the devil’s trap. 8Servant-leaders likewise must be dignified, not double-speaking, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9They must keep hold of the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10Also let them first be tested—then let those who are blameless serve as servant-leaders. 11Women likewise must be dignified, not backbiting; clear-minded, trustworthy in every respect. 12Let servant-leaders be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13For those who have served well as servant-leaders gain for themselves a good standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Messiah Yeshua. 14These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly. 15But if I delay, I write so you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God—which is the community of the living God, a pillar and foundation of truth. 16Now beyond question, great is the mystery of godliness: He was revealed in the flesh, Vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Trusted throughout the world, Taken up in glory.

–from 1 Timothy 3

 

 

 

 

Need wisdom? Need direction? Need instruction?


Where do you turn when you have a need? Where can go you and trust what you hear? Where can you go and not have to worry about what you are giving up or going to lose?

Don’t go to fortune tellers. Don’t go to mediums. Don’t turn to spiritists. Turn to God! Seek Him and you will find Him when you seek Him with all of your heart, mind, and soul! Turn to God when you need wisdom! Turn to God when you need direction! Turn to God when you need instruction! And then listen and obey what the Holy Spirit says to you! Listen and obey to the still quiet voice of God! Don’t miss out because you didn’t want to listen to the still quiet voice of God! Don’t wait to hear the big booming voice, trust me!

So let’s check out how things are continuing with David and Saul as we start today’s reading…

David Settles in Ziklag

1Then David said in his heart, “One day I’ll be swept away by the hand of Saul. There’s nothing better for me than to escape immediately to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me in all the territories of Israel, so I’ll escape from his hand.” 2So David rose and crossed over, he and the 600 men that were with him, to Achish son of Maoch, king of Gath. 3David stayed with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, and David with his two wives—Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail of Carmel, Nabal’s widow. 4So when Saul was told that David had fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him. 5Then David said to Achish, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, let me be given a place in one of the country towns, so I may live there. Why should your servant stay in the royal city with you?” 6So Achish granted him Ziklag that day. Thus Ziklag came to belong to the kings of Judah to this day. 7The number of days that David stayed in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months. 8Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites, the Gizrites and the Amalekites, for those were inhabitants of the region from ancient times, as you go all the way from Shur and as far as the land of Egypt. 9David attacked the region and was leaving not a man or woman alive, and took away sheep, oxen, donkeys, camels and clothing. When he returned and came to Achish, 10Achish would ask, “Where have you raided today?” So David would reply, “Against the Negev of Judah, against the Negev of the Jerahmeelite and against the Negev of the Kenites.” 11David left no man or woman alive to bring to Gath, thinking, “Unless they should tell about us, saying: ‘So did David.’” So was his practice all the time he stayed in the country of the Philistines. 12Then Achish trusted David, saying, “He has certainly made himself abhorrent to his people Israel; therefore, he will be my vassal forever.”

–from 1 Samuel 27

and with Saul…

Saul Consults a Medium

1At that time, the Philistines gathered their armed forces to fight against Israel. Achish said to David, “You surely know that you and your men must march out with me in the army.” 2David said to Achish, “Well then, you know what your servant will do.” “Well then, I appoint you my bodyguard for life,” Achish said to David. 3Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had lamented him and buried him in Ramah, his hometown. Saul had removed from the land those who were mediums and spiritists. 4So the Philistines mustered and came and camped in Shunem; and Saul gathered all Israel together and they camped at Gilboa. 5Now when Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. 6When Saul inquired of Adonai, Adonai did not answer, neither by dreams nor by Urim or prophets. 7Then Saul said to his courtiers, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go to her and inquire through her.” So his courtiers said to him, “Behold, there is a woman that is a medium at En-dor.” 8So Saul disguised himself, put on other clothes, and went with two other men, and they reached the woman by night. Then he said, “Please conjure up for me a ghost—bring up for me the one I will name to you.” 9“Look, you know what Saul has done,” she said, “how he has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. So why then are you setting a trap for my life to get me killed?” 10Saul vowed to her by Adonai saying, “As Adonai lives, no punishment will come on you for this thing.” 11“Whom will I bring up for you?” the woman asked. “Bring me up Samuel,” he said. 12But when the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud shriek. Then the woman spoke to Saul saying, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!” 13“Don’t be afraid!” the king said to her. “What do you see?” The woman said to Saul, “I see a godlike being coming up from the earth.” 14“What does he look like?” he asked her. “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped with a robe,” she said. Then Saul knew that it was Samuel, so he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. 15Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” “I’m in great distress,” Saul answered. “The Philistines are waging war against me, and God has turned away from me—He doesn’t answer me anymore, whether by prophets or by dreams. So I called you up to tell me what I should do.” 16Samuel said, “So why ask me, since Adonai has turned away from you and become your adversary? 17Now Adonai has done for Himself just as He foretold through me—Adonai has torn the kingship out of your hand and has given it to another fellow, to David. 18Since you did not obey the voice of Adonai and did not execute His fierce wrath on Amalek, so Adonai has done this to you today. 19Moreover, Adonai will also give the Israelites who are with you into the hand of the Philistines. Tomorrow you and your sons will be with me! Yes, Adonai will give the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.” 20Then Saul immediately fell full length upon the ground, and became so terrified because of the words of Samuel that there was absolutely no strength in him, for he had eaten nothing all day and all night. 21Then the woman came to Saul and saw that he was so agitated, so she told him, “Behold, your maidservant obeyed you; I put my life in my hand by listening to your words, which you spoke to me. 22Please you too listen to the voice of your maidservant, and let me set a morsel of bread before you, so you can eat and have strength to go on your way.” 23But he refused and said, “I won’t eat.” But when his courtiers and the woman urged him, he listened to them. So he got up from the ground and sat on the bed. 24The woman had a fatted calf in the house, so she hurried and butchered it, and took flour, kneaded it, and baked unleavened bread from it. 25She brought it before Saul and his courtiers, and they ate. Then they arose and went away that night.

–from 1 Samuel 28

Hear what God is telling you! Listen to what He has to say! Be obedient to His Word, His command, and His instruction! You don’t want to lose what was rightfully yours! You don’t want to miss out on all that God had planned for you and your life! So wait upon the Lord and renew your strength! Ask Him and He will answer! Seek Him and you will find Him! Knock and it will be opened to you or for you!

Descendants of Reuben

1The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel—he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph son of Israel—so he is not reckoned as the firstborn in the genealogical record. 2Though Judah was the strongest among his brothers, and a ruler came from him, the birthright belonged to Joseph. 3The sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Enoch, Pallu, Hezron and Carmi. 4The descendants of Joel: his son Shemaiah, his son Gog, his son Shimei, 5his son Micah, his son Reaiah, his son Baal 6and his son Beerah whom Tillegath-pilneser king of Assyria carried into exile. He was the leader of the Reubenites. 7His kinsmen by their families, as listed in their genealogical records: the leader Jeiel, Zechariah, 8and Bela son of Azaz, son of Shema, son of Joel. They settled in Aroer as far as Nebo and Baal-meon, 9while in the east they settled as far as the entrance of the wilderness from this side of the river Euphrates, because their cattle had multiplied in the land of Gilead. 10Now in the days of Saul they had made war with the Hagrites, who fell by their hand. So they lived in their encampments in the entire eastern area of Gilead. 11Now the sons of Gad lived opposite them in the land of Bashan as far as Salcah: 12Joel the leader, Shapham second, then Janai and Shaphat in Bashan. 13Their kinsmen according to their ancestral families: Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia and Eber—seven in all. 14These were the sons of Abihail son of Huri, son of Jaroah, son of Gilead, son of Michael, son of Jehishai, son of Jahdo, son of Buz. 15Ahi son of Abdiel, son of Guni was leader of their ancestral families. 16They lived in Gilead, in Bashan and its surrounding villages, and in all the pasturelands of Sharon, up to their borders. 17All these were recorded by genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel. 18The sons of Reuben and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 warriors ready for war—men who carried shield and sword and drew the bow, and were skilled in battle. 19So they made war with the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish and Nodab. 20They received help against them, so that the Hagrites and all who were with them were delivered into their hand, for they cried out to God during the battle. He answered their supplications, because they put their trust in Him. 21They took away their livestock: 50,000 of their camels, 250,000 sheep, and 2,000 donkeys, as well as 100,000 people. 22For many fell slain, because the war was of God. So they dwelt in their place until the exile.

Manesseh East of Jordan

23Now the children of the half-tribe of Manasseh settled in the land from Bashan to Baal-hermon, Senir and Mount Hermon. They were numerous. 24These were the heads of their clans: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, Jahdiel. They were mighty men of valor, famous men, heads of their clans. 25But they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers, and prostituted themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land whom God had destroyed before them. 26So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of King Pul of Assyria—the spirit of Tillegath-pilneser king of Assyria—and he carried away the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara and to the river of Gozan, to this day.

Descendants of Levi

27The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari. 28The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. 29The children of Amram: Aaron, Moses and Miriam. The sons of Aaron: Nadav and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 30Eleazar fathered Phinehas and Phinehas fathered Abishua. 31Abishua fathered Bukki, and Bukki fathered Uzzi. 32Uzzi fathered Zerahiah and Zerahiah fathered Meraioth. 33Meraioth fathered Amariah and Amariah fathered Ahitub. 34Ahitub fathered Zadok and Zadok fathered Ahimaaz. 35Ahimaaz fathered Azariah and Azariah fathered Johanan. 36Johanan fathered Azariah, who served as kohen in the House that Solomon built in Jerusalem. 37Azariah fathered Amariah, and Amariah fathered Ahitub. 38Ahitub fathered Zadok, and Zadok fathered Shallum. 39Shallum fathered Hilkiah, and Hilkiah fathered Azariah, 40and Azariah fathered Seraiah, and Seraiah fathered Jehozadak. 41Jehozadak went into captivity when Adonai exiled Judah and Jerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.

–from 1 Chronicles 5

So let’s live faithful lives to God! God is always faithful to His Word! So we can always put our hope and our trust in Him! Let’s live our lives in alignment to God! Let’s live our lives in a way that will give Him all the praise, the honor, and the glory! Let’s live our lives building our character to become more and more like God so that He will be glorified! Let’s keep our eyes on the prize of getting to spend eternity with God! Let’s live with that goal in mind! Let’s live servant lives! Let’s lead by serving others! Let’s live that others may see us and glorify our Father in Heaven! Let’s live that others will be first! Show them they are important to you and important to God!

Marriage and Covenant Faithfulness

1Now when Yeshua had finished these words, He moved on from the Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2Large crowds followed Him, and He healed them there. 3Pharisees came up to Yeshua, testing Him and saying, “Is it permitted for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” 4“Haven’t you read?” He answered. “He who created them from the beginning ‘made them male and female’ 5and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ 6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.” 7They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to ‘give her a certificate of divorce and put her away?’” 8Yeshua said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9Now I tell you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” 10The disciples said to Him, “If that’s the case for a man and his wife, it’s better not to marry!” 11But He said to them, “Not everyone can accept this saying—only those to whom it has been given. 12For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made that way by men; and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who can accept this, let him accept it.”

Receiving the Kingdom of Heaven

13Then little children were brought to Yeshua so that He might lay hands upon them and pray. Then the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14But Yeshua said, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15After laying His hands upon them, He went on from there. 16Now behold, one came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good shall I do to have eternal life?” 17“Why do you ask Me about what is good?” Yeshua said to him. “There is only One who is good; but if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18“Which ones?” he said. Yeshua said, “‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’” 20“All these I’ve kept,” the young man said to Him. “What do I still lack?” 21Yeshua said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you own, and give to the poor; and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” 22But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving, for he had much property. 23Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “Amen, I tell you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, 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.” 25When the disciples heard this, they were utterly astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” 26And looking, Yeshua said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27Then Peter said to Him, “Look, we’ve left everything to follow You! So what will we have?” 28And Yeshua said to them, “Amen, I tell you, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne in the new world, you who have followed Me shall also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for My name’s sake, will receive a hundred times as much, and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

–from Matthew 19

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes you just need to carry the load


Ever found yourself in a situation where you wish there was another way? A way to automate or to find some other way to do other than manually? Sometimes we just have to carry the load. Not the weight of the world, but there may be a specific load you need to be carrying for the glory of God! If you are feeling like you are carrying the weight of the world, then you need to re-evaluate and seek wisdom and others who can help! The load isn’t just for you to carry – in some cases it is supposed to be a group of people! God won’t give us more than we can handle! So consider your role and your responsibility and how much of the load is yours to carry! Are you carrying your load or are you carrying someone else’s or someone else’s too?

Today’s reading speaks to this when it speaks to the offering of oxen and covered carts. Most were able to take advantage of such a great gift and put all the stuff they were responsible into them, however, others were not given and not allowed to use them. In their case, they were instructed to carry the holy things on their shoulders. There is a reason and a purpose for everything. We see how thanks to God’s generosity people’s hearts were opened and chose to give! He gave first! He gave more! Everything belongs to God! He allows us to be stewards of His gifts to us! He doesn’t need for us to give, it is just the response of our hearts to do so! Consider the story of the 3 servants who were given talents – if we will be good stewards, He will be able to trust us with more! If we aren’t He can take it all away and give it to someone who will!

Offerings of Tribal Princes

1When Moses finished setting up the Tabernacle, he anointed and consecrated it and all its implements, the altar and all its utensils, and he anointed and consecrated them. 2Then the princes of Israel, heads of their ancestral houses—they were tribal princes in charge over those who were numbered—gave offerings. 3They brought as their gift before Adonai six covered carts and twelve oxen. A cart came from every two princes and an ox from each one of them. They presented them before the Tabernacle.
4Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 5“Accept these from them to use in the service of the Tent of Meeting. Give them to the Levites to use as each man’s work requires.” 6So Moses took the carts and the oxen and he gave them to the Levites. 7He gave two carts and four oxen to the sons of Gershon, as their work required, 8and four carts and eight oxen to the sons of Merari, as their work required, under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron the kohen. 9But to the sons of Kohath he did not give any because their responsibility was carrying the holy items on their shoulders.
10When the altar was anointed, the princes brought their dedication offerings and presented them before the altar. 11For Adonai had said to Moses, “Each day one of the princes is to bring his offering for the altar’s dedication.”
12Bringing his offering on the first day was Nahshon son of Amminadab, from the tribe of Judah.
13His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels by the shekel of the Sanctuary, both of them filled with fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering, 14one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 15one young bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old as a burnt offering, 16one male goat as a sin offering, 17and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs one year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Nahshon son of Amminadab.
18On the second day, Nethanel son of Zuar, prince of Issachar, brought his offering.
19The offering he brought was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 20one gold ladle of 10 shekels filled with incense, 21one young bull, one ram and one male lamb one year old for a burnt offering, 22one male goat for a sin offering, 23and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs one year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Nethanel son of Zuar.
24On the third day was the prince of the sons of Zebulun, Eliab son of Helon.
25His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels, both according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 26one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 27one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 28one male goat for a sin offering, 29two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Eliab son of Helon.
30On the fourth day was the prince of the sons of Reuben, Elizur son of Shedeur.
31His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 32one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 33one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 34one male goat for a sin offering, 35and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship ­offering. This was the offering of Elizur son of Shedeur.
36On the fifth day was the prince of the sons of Simeon, Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai.
37His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 38one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 39one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 40one male goat for a sin offering, 41and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai.
42On the sixth day was the prince of the sons of Gad, Eliasaph son of Deuel.
43His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 44one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 45one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 46one male goat for a sin offering, 47and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship ­offering. This was the offering of Eliasaph son of Deuel.
48On the seventh day was the prince of the sons of Ephraim, Elishama son of Ammihud.
49His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 50one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 51one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 52one male goat for a sin offering, 53and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Elishama son of Ammihud.
54On the eighth day was the prince of the sons of Manasseh, Gamaliel son of Pedahzur.
55His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 56one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 57one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 58one male goat for a sin offering, 59and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Gamaliel son of Pedahzur.
60On the ninth day was the prince of the sons of Benjamin, Abidan son of Gideoni.
61His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 62one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 63one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 64one male goat for a sin offering, 65and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Abidan son of Gideoni.
66On the tenth day came the prince of the sons of Dan, Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai.
67His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 68one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 69one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old as a burnt offering, 70one male goat for a sin offering, 71and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai.
72On the eleventh day came the prince of the sons of Asher, Pagiel son of Ochran.
73His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 74one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 75one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old as a burnt offering, 76one male goat for a sin offering, 77and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Pagiel son of Ochran.
78On the twelfth day came the prince of the sons of Naphtali, Ahira son of Enan.
79His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 80one ladle of 10 shekels of gold, filled with incense, 81one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 82one male goat for a sin offering, 83and two young bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Ahira son of Enan.
84This was the dedication offering from the princes of Israel for the day when the altar was to be anointed: twelve silver plates, twelve silver basins, twelve gold ladles. 85Each silver plate was of 130 shekels, and each silver basin was of 70 shekels. Altogether, the silver utensils weighed 2,400 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary. 86The twelve gold ladles filled with incense each weighed 10 shekels, by the shekel of the Sanctuary. Altogether, the gold ladles totaled 120 shekels. 87The total of the livestock for the burnt offering was twelve young bulls, twelve rams, and twelve male lambs a year old, along with their grain offering. Twelve male goats were sin offerings.
88The total number of livestock used for sacrifice of fellowship offerings was 24 oxen, 60 rams, 60 male goats and 60 male lambs a year old. These were the dedicatory offerings for the altar after it was anointed.
89When Moses entered the Tent of Meeting to speak with Adonai, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the atonement cover atop the Ark of Testimony between the cheruvim. So he spoke with Him.
–from Numbers 7

So you might find yourself having to shoulder the load, but don’t lose hope and don’t be bitter. Pick it up and press on for the glory of God! And don’t forget either! Later on in the Bible (when David was trying to return the Ark back to Israel), people forgot and tried to put them into a cart and when it almost fell out, someone (Uzzah) reached out to try and save it from falling but since nobody was to touch it, they died. Their is a right way to do things! Their is such thing as right and wrong! So turn to God for wisdom! Turn to God’s Word for direction! And walk it out for the glory of His kingdom!

Need wisdom? Have you asked? We know that God’s Word is true and He tells us “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Today’s reading also speaks to us about wisdom…not manly wisdom, but Godly wisdom…

Wisdom that Rests on God’s Power

1When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come with excellence of speech or wisdom, proclaiming to you the mystery of God. 2For I decided not to know about anything among you except Yeshua the Messiah—and Him crucified. 3I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power— 5so that your faith would not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 6We do speak wisdom, however, among those who are mature—but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7Rather, we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery—a wisdom that has been hidden, which God destined for our glory before the ages. 8None of the rulers of this age understood it—for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But as it is written, “Things no eye has seen and no ear has heard, that have not entered the heart of mankind— these things God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10But God revealed these things to us through the Ruach. For the Ruach searches all things—even the depths of God. 11For who among men knows the things of a man, except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the things of God except the Ruach Elohim. 12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God—so we might come to know the things freely given to us by God. 13These things we also speak—not in words taught by human wisdom but in words taught by the Ruach, explaining the spiritual to the spiritual. 14Now a natural man does not accept the things of the Ruach Elohim, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15But the one who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself is discerned by no one. For 16“who has known the mind of Adonai, that he will instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Messiah.
–from 1 Corinthians 2

 

How will you live?


Do you understand the purpose and intention? What is the law about? How will you live? What will be your foundation? What will be your north star to living? Why were they created if they isn’t a benefit? Who was the source of the law? Was it someone with a hidden agenda and so it needs to be removed or repealed? What it something for the greater good? What was it based on? Was it based on Biblical standards? Was it based on warm fuzzy feelings? What drives the decisions? Are some people doing things so they feel better but in the long run it won’t help those it’s supposed to and will hurt others? There are processes in place when things need to be changed and updated. There are ways to get them changed! Some rules are created to make the government money and don’t really help the people. Some rules are created to help the people and don’t really help the people. Some need to be reworked. Some need to be removed. The rest need to be obeyed! They also need to be enforced! Do you realize what state your corner of the world is in? Do you believe the news or the PR or do you know what the stats and the reality is? Check the facts! Check the truth! The Truth will set you free!

So let’s take a look at today’s reading…

Ordinances for the Covenant

1“Now these are the ordinances which you will set before them. 2“If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve for six years, and in the seventh he is to go free, without payment. 3If he comes in by himself, he is to go out by himself. If he was married, then his wife will go out with him. 4If his master gave him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children will be her master’s, and he will go free by himself. 5“But if the servant plainly states, ‘I love my master, my wife and my children, and I will not go out free,’ 6then his master is to bring him to God, then take him to a door or to a doorpost. His master is to pierce his ear through with an awl, and he will serve him forever. 7“If a man sells his daughter to be a maidservant, she is not to go free as the male servants do. 8If she does not please her master who has selected her for himself, then he is to allow her to be redeemed. He will have no power to sell her to a foreign people, seeing as he has dealt deceitfully toward her. 9If he betroths her to his son, he must give her the rights of a daughter. 10If he takes another wife, he is not to diminish her food, her clothing, or her marriage rights. 11If he does not provide these three to her, then she is to go free without payment. 12“Whoever strikes a man so that he dies must surely be put to death. 13But if he did not hunt him down, yet God caused it to happen, then I will appoint for you a place where he may run. 14If a man presumes to kill his neighbor with craftiness, you are to take him from My altar and put him to death. 15“Anyone who strikes his father or his mother must surely be put to death. 16“Anyone who steals a person and sells him, or is found with him under his hand, must surely be put to death. 17“Whoever curses his father or his mother must surely be put to death. 18“If people quarrel, and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and the other does not die but lies in bed, 19if he rises again and walks around on his staff, then the one that struck him he will be cleared. But he must pay for the loss of his time and help him to be thoroughly healed. 20“If a man strikes his male or female servant with a staff, who dies by his hand, he must surely be punished. 21Notwithstanding, if the servant gets up in a day or two he will not be punished, for he is his property. 22“If men fight, and hit a pregnant woman so that her child is born early, yet no harm follows, the one who hit her is to be strictly fined, according to what the woman’s husband demands of him. He must pay as the judges determine. 23But if any harm follows, then you are to penalize life for life, 24eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25burn for burn, wound for wound, blow for blow. 26“If a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave and destroys it, he must let him go free for the sake of his eyesight. 27If he strikes out his slave’s tooth, he must let him go free for the sake of his tooth. 28“If an ox gores a man or a woman so that they die, the ox must surely be stoned, and its meat is not to be eaten, but the owner of the ox will be cleared. 29If the ox was given to goring in times past, and a warning has been given to its owner, yet he has not kept it pent up, and it has killed a man or a woman, then the ox must be stoned and its owner must also be put to death. 30If instead a ransom is placed on him, then he is to pay for the redemption of his life whatever is demanded. 31Whether it has gored a son or daughter, this rule is to be applied to him. 32If the ox gores a male or female slave, he is to pay 30 shekels of silver to their master, and the ox is to be stoned. 33“If one uncovers a pit or digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls in, 34the owner of the pit must pay compensation. He is to give money to the owner, and the dead animal will be his. 35“If one man’s ox hurts another’s ox so that it dies, they are to sell the live ox and divide the price. They are also to divide the dead one. 36Or if it becomes known that the ox was given to violence in times past, and its owner has not kept it pent up, he must surely pay ox for ox, and the dead animal will be his own. 37 If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he is to pay five oxen for one ox or four sheep for one sheep.
–from Exodus 21
So let’s draw closer to God! Let’s measure things against His standards! Let’s compare what we are being told against God’s Word! Let’s consider where we are how to move closer to God and accomplish His ministry of GRACE and FORGIVENESS! Let’s take a hold of what Jesus has provided us in calling us to a higher level! Let’s press forward trying to be servant leaders! Let’s press forward trying to help people in need, holding people accountable who need it, holding people to the higher standards so that we can raise the average and help the world become a better place to live!
49Remember the word to Your servant, on which You have made me hope. 50My comfort in my affliction is this: Your word has kept me alive. 51The arrogant have viciously ridiculed me, yet I did not turn away from Your Torah. 52I remember Your judgments from of old, Adonai, and comfort myself. 53Burning indignation grips me, because of the wicked who forsake Your Torah. 54Your decrees have become my songs in the house where I dwell. 55In the night I remember Your Name, Adonai, and keep watching over Your Torah. 56This is my own: that I keep Your precepts.
57Adonai is my portion. I promised to guard Your words. 58I have entreated Your favor with all my heart. Be gracious to me according to Your word. 59I have considered my ways and turned my feet back to Your testimonies. 60I hasten and do not delay to obey Your mitzvot. 61The ropes of the wicked are coiled around me, but I did not forget Your Torah. 62At midnight I rise to praise You, because of Your righteous rulings. 63I am a companion of all who fear You, of those who observe Your precepts. 64The earth is full of Your loving kindness. Adonai—teach me Your decrees.
65You do good to Your servant, Adonai, according to Your word. 66Teach me good sense and knowledge, for I trusted in Your mitzvot. 67Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.68You are good and keep doing good— teach me Your decrees. 69Though the proud smeared a lie on me, with all my heart I keep Your precepts.70Their minds are insensible, but Your Torah is my delight. 71It is good for me that I was afflicted, so that I may learn Your decrees. 72The Torah from Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
73Your hands have made me and formed me. Give me understanding that I may learn Your mitzvot. 74Those in awe of You see me and rejoice, because I put my hope in Your word. 75I know, Adonai, Your judgments are just. In faithfulness You have afflicted me. 76May Your loving kindness comfort me, according to Your promise to Your servant. 77Let Your tender mercies reach me, Let me live, for Your Torah is my delight. 78May the proud be put to shame for wronging me with a lie, but I will meditate on Your precepts. 79Let those in awe of You return to me— those who know Your testimonies. 80My heart will have integrity in following Your decrees, so that I would not be ashamed.
81My soul faints with longing for Your salvation, but I still hope in Your word. 82My eyes are worn out longing for Your promise, saying, “When will You comfort me?” 83Though I became like a wineskin dried in smoke, I do not forget Your decrees. 84How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment on my persecutors? 85The proud have dug pits for me— that is not in accord with Your Torah! 86All Your mitzvot are faithful. They persecute me with a lie—help me! 87They almost finished me off on earth. But I—I will not forsake Your precepts. 88Revive me with Your loving kindness, so I may keep Your mouth’s testimony.
89Forever, Adonai, Your word stands firm in the heavens. 90Your faithfulness endures from generation to generation. You established the earth, and it stands. 91Your judgments stand today, for all things are Your servants. 92If Your Torah had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. 93I will never forget Your precepts. For with them You have kept me alive. 94I am Yours, save me! For I have sought out Your precepts. 95The wicked wait for me to destroy me. But I will study Your testimonies. 96I have seen a limit to all perfection, yet Your commandment is boundless.
–from Psalms 119
We need to in the Word! We need to know it so we won’t be fooled! We need to be seeking God for wisdom to know what are of men and what is of God! We need to be realizing the benefits of His ways! His ways are higher than our ways! His ways are better than our ways!
His ways are for our benefits! His ways are to protect us! His ways are to guide us! So let’s try it His way!
Let’s consider this through today’s reading and God’s Word!

Two Laws at War

1Or do you not know, brothers and sisters (for I speak to those who know law), that the law is master over a person as long as he lives? 2For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives; but if the husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. 3So then, if she is joined to another man while her husband is living, she will be called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is free from the law—so she is not an adulteress, though she is joined to another man. 4Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you also were made dead to the Torah through the body of Messiah, so that you might be joined to another—the One who was raised from the dead—in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions that came through the Torah were working in our body parts to bear fruit for death. 6But now we have been released from the law, having died to what confined us, so that we serve in the new way of the Ruach and not in the old way of the letter. 7What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the Torah. For I would not have known about coveting if the Torah had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8But sin, taking an opportunity, worked in me through the commandment all kinds of coveting. For apart from the Torah, sin is dead. 9Once I was alive apart from the Torah; but when the commandment came, sin came to life 10and I died. The commandment meant for life was found to cause death. 11Sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12So then, the Torah is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. 13Therefore did that which is good become death to me? May it never be! Rather it was sin working death in me—through that which is good—so that sin might be shown to be sin, and that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. 14For we know that the Torah is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold to sin. 15For I do not understand what I am doing—for what I do not want, this I practice; but what I hate, this I do. 16But if I do what I do not want to do, then I agree with the Torah—that it is good. 17So now it is no longer I doing it, but sin dwelling in me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells in me—that is, in my flesh. For to will is present in me, but to do the good is not. 19For the good that I want, I do not do; but the evil that I do not want, this I practice. 20But if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I doing it, but sin that dwells in me. 21So I find the principle—that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22For I delight in the Torah of God with respect to the inner man, 23but I see a different law in my body parts, battling against the law of my mind and bringing me into bondage under the law of sin which is in my body parts. 24Miserable man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—it is through Messiah Yeshua our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself serve the Torah of God; but with my flesh, I serve the law of sin.
–from Romans 7
So let’s walk out today in alignment to the call God has put on our lives! Let’s grab a hold of that truth! And let’s live lives that will glorify Him in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen!

He was, He is, and He is to come. He created, He came in peace to reconcile, He will come to conquer and ride in victory.


Hebrews 1:2

2 [But] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order].

Jesus was God’s agent in creating the world. As followers of Christ, we may give easy assent to this truth but deny it in practice. We may believe that Christ knows and controls the laws of heaven (pertaining to salvation and spiritual growth), but we may act each day as though our financial, family, or medical problems are beyond his reach. If Jesus could create the universe, then no part of life is out of his control. Do not exclude Jesus’ wisdom and the Bible’s guidance in your complex problems of life. No expert, professor, doctor, lawyer, or financial advisor knows more about your ultimate security and well-being than Jesus does. Go first to God for advice. Talk to him in prayer and listen to him in his Word. He can sustain you in times of stress. From that perspective you can evaluate all the other wisdom and help made available to you.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that is within it. I praise You Lord for being so much more than I could ever ask or imagine. I praise You Lord because You are the creator and owner of all things. Everything is Yours. Lord, I praise You because You are so much bigger, so much better than any problems that we can face. Help us Lord to not forget to trust You and to turn to You for the little and the big things. Help us Lord to turn to You exercising our faith for the little things so that if and when something bigger comes our faith will be in shape to pray, to trust, and to turn to You in prayer and in Your Word. Lord, You are my strength that helps me walk though each day. Lord, Your Word tells me to fear not, just believe. I still remember when my blog started and You told me to make it a public blog how I started in the book of Revelation which is where my blog name of from 2005 to eternity came from for I started my blog in 2005 and the book of Revelation spoke to me so clearly about the Eternity that was to come. I even remember Lord Your Word speaking to me in regards to a title for my blog. Your Word speaks to me through Jesus’ Words to Fear Not, Just Believe. When I migrated from WL Spaces over to WordPress, the Title expanded to Fear Not, Do Not be Dismayed, Just Believe based on a different translation. Lord, You are so great. Lord, I need You now to help me to stand strong and shine for You. Help me Lord with wisdom. Help me to speak the right words. Help me to make the right decisions. Help me to do the right things. Lord, be it at home, be it at work, be it at church, or be it anywhere in between, grant me wisdom I pray, grant me the courage to step out and do what You tell me. And Lord through it all may You receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Verse of the Day

5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

Proverbs 15:5

Chronological

Today – Day 154

  • Proverbs 1
    • Stick with God and His Wisdom that we may find security and confidence where we will find peace without fear or dread of evil.
    • 7 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline. 8 My son, hear the instruction of your father; reject not nor forsake the teaching of your mother.9 For they are a [victor’s] chaplet (garland) of grace upon your head and chains and pendants [of gold worn by kings] for your neck.
    • 33 But whoso hearkens to me [Wisdom] shall dwell securely and in confident trust and shall be quiet, without fear or dread of evil.
  • Proverbs 2
    • Seek wisdom as a missing treasure. Pursue after the Lord’s knowledge with all your heart, mind, and strength.
    • 1 MY SON, if you will receive my words and treasure up my commandments within you,2 Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it];3 Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,4 If you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures,5 Then you will understand the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of [our omniscient] God. 6 For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.7 He hides away sound and godly Wisdom and stores it for the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him); He is a shield to those who walk uprightly and in integrity,8 That He may guard the paths of justice; yes, He preserves the way of His saints. 9 Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and fair dealing [in every area and relation]; yes, you will understand every good path.10 For skillful and godly Wisdom shall enter into your heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant to you.11 Discretion shall watch over you, understanding shall keep you,12 To deliver you from the way of evil and the evil men, from men who speak perverse things and are liars,13 Men who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,14 Who rejoice to do evil and delight in the perverseness of evil,15 Who are crooked in their ways, wayward and devious in their paths.16 [Discretion shall watch over you, understanding shall keep you] to deliver you from the alien woman, from the outsider with her flattering words, 17 Who forsakes the husband and guide of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God.18 For her house sinks down to death and her paths to the spirits [of the dead].19 None who go to her return again, neither do they attain or regain the paths of life.20 So may you walk in the way of good men, and keep to the paths of the [consistently] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God).21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the men of integrity, blameless and complete [in God’s sight], shall remain in it;22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.
  • Proverbs 3
    • Let the thoughts of your mind and the feelings of your heart be in alignment with God. Shut out hatred and selfishness. Shut out hypocrisy and falsehood. Lean on and trust in with confidence the LORD.
    • 1 MY SON, forget not my law or teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments;2 For length of days and years of a life [worth living] and tranquility [inward and outward and continuing through old age till death], these shall they add to you.3 Let not mercy and kindness [shutting out all hatred and selfishness] and truth [shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood] forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them upon the tablet of your heart. 4 So shall you find favor, good understanding, and high esteem in the sight [or judgment] of God and man. 5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.7 Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil. 8 It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.9 Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency [from righteous labors] and with the firstfruits of all your income; 10 So shall your storage places be filled with plenty, and your vats shall be overflowing with new wine. 11 My son, do not despise or shrink from the chastening of the Lord [His correction by punishment or by subjection to suffering or trial]; neither be weary of or impatient about or loathe or abhor His reproof, 12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.13 Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding [drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences],14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it better than fine gold.15 Skillful and godly Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing you can wish for is to be compared to her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are highways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold on her; and happy (blessed, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who holds her fast.19 The Lord by skillful and godly Wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding He has established the heavens. 20 By His knowledge the deeps were broken up, and the skies distill the dew.21 My son, let them not escape from your sight, but keep sound and godly Wisdom and discretion,22 And they will be life to your inner self, and a gracious ornament to your neck (your outer self).23 Then you will walk in your way securely and in confident trust, and you shall not dash your foot or stumble. 24 When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.25 Be not afraid of sudden terror and panic, nor of the stormy blast or the storm and ruin of the wicked when it comes [for you will be guiltless],26 For the Lord shall be your confidence, firm and strong, and shall keep your foot from being caught [in a trap or some hidden danger].27 Withhold not good from those to whom it is due [its rightful owners], when it is in the power of your hand to do it. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, Go, and come again; and tomorrow I will give it–when you have it with you. 29 Do not contrive or dig up or cultivate evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly and confidently beside you.30 Contend not with a man for no reason–when he has done you no wrong. 31 Do not resentfully envy and be jealous of an unscrupulous, grasping man, and choose none of his ways. 32 For the perverse are an abomination [extremely disgusting and detestable] to the Lord; but His confidential communion and secret counsel are with the [uncompromisingly] righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him). 33 The curse of the Lord is in and on the house of the wicked, but He declares blessed (joyful and favored with blessings) the home of the just and consistently righteous. 34 Though He scoffs at the scoffers and scorns the scorners, yet He gives His undeserved favor to the low [in rank], the humble, and the afflicted. 35 The wise shall inherit glory (all honor and good) but shame is the highest rank conferred on [self-confident] fools.

We are to be persistent, honest, and sincere in our prayers. So make sure you mean what you say.


Matthew 6:7-8

7 And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking. [I Kings 18:25-29.]8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Repeating the same words over and over like a magic incantation is no way to ensure that God will hear your prayer. It’s not wrong to come to God many times with the same requests-Jesus encourages persistent prayer. But he condemns the shallow repetition of words that are not offered with a sincere heart. We can never pray too much if our prayers are honest and sincere. Before you start to pray, make sure you mean what you say.


Heavenly Father,
This is the day that You have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. This is the first day in my five day count down preparing for the new roles and responsibilities You are setting before me at work. Help me Lord to be a light for You today. Help me to receive wisdom and provide discernment today I pray. Help me Lord to build and develop great relationships that will glorify You today. Lord, I thank You so much for my wife and my family. I praise You for an incredible wife with whom I will celebrate our anniversary this week. Lord, as I start this day, may it be a day that glorifies You giving You the honor and the praise in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Verse of the Day

9 Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.

Romans 10:9-10


Psalm 143

1 HEAR MY prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, and in Your righteousness.2 And enter not into judgment with Your servant, for in Your sight no man living is [in himself] righteous or justified. 3 For the enemy has pursued and persecuted my soul, he has crushed my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in dark places as those who have been long dead.4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed and faints within me [wrapped in gloom]; my heart within my bosom grows numb.5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I ponder the work of Your hands.6 I spread forth my hands to You; my soul thirsts after You like a thirsty land [for water]. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!7 Answer me speedily, O Lord, for my spirit fails; hide not Your face from me, lest I become like those who go down into the pit (the grave).8 Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You.9 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; I flee to You to hide me.10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a level country and into the land of uprightness.11 Save my life, O Lord, for Your name’s sake; in Your righteousness, bring my life out of trouble and free me from distress.12 And in your mercy and loving-kindness, cut off my enemies and destroy all those who afflict my inner self, for I am Your servant.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this Word as You were so there for me during my valley experience. You have spoken to me daily through Your Word. You have lifted me up and spoken to my heart through praise and worship to You. And then broke the yoke off my back through my forgiveness of other and Your forgiveness of me. Praise be to God.


Proverbs 19

1 BETTER IS a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is perverse in his speech and is a [self-confident] fool.2 Desire without knowledge is not good, and to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.3 The foolishness of man subverts his way [ruins his affairs]; then his heart is resentful and frets against the Lord.4 Wealth makes many friends, but the poor man is avoided by his neighbor. 5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he who breathes out lies shall not escape. 6 Many will entreat the favor of a liberal man, and every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.7 All the brothers of a poor man detest him–how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.8 He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good.9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he who breathes forth lies shall perish.10 Luxury is not fitting for a [self-confident] fool–much less for a slave to rule over princes.11 Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.12 The king’s wrath is as terrifying as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as [refreshing as] dew upon the grass. 13 A self-confident and foolish son is the [multiplied] calamity of his father, and the contentions of a wife are like a continual dripping [of water through a chink in the roof].14 House and riches are the inheritance from fathers, but a wise, understanding, and prudent wife is from the Lord. 15 Slothfulness casts one into a deep sleep, and the idle person shall suffer hunger.16 He who keeps the commandment [of the Lord] keeps his own life, but he who despises His ways shall die. 17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him. 18 Discipline your son while there is hope, but do not [indulge your angry resentments by undue chastisements and] set yourself to his ruin.19 A man of great wrath shall suffer the penalty; for if you deliver him [from the consequences], he will [feel free to] cause you to do it again.20 Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.21 Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand. 22 That which is desired in a man is loyalty and kindness [and his glory and delight are his giving], but a poor man is better than a liar.23 The reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied; he cannot be visited with [actual] evil. 24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will increase in knowledge.26 He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.27 Cease, my son, to hear instruction only to ignore it and stray from the words of knowledge.28 A worthless witness scoffs at justice, and the mouth of the wicked swallows iniquity.29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the backs of [self-confident] fools.