Walk with God, only God can give Wisdom.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction
27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
Over the last two days I have been digging through my treasure chest of memories of the wonderful things that God has done in my life.
First of all, I was so blessed to be raised by a mother and father who truly feared the Lord and served Him and honored Him in the way, they chose to live their lives and raise their children.
From birth I was taught about God. You see, as a child God was already preparing my heart to desire being in His presence more than anything in this world.
I remember around the age of nineteen while having my quiet time I came across a passage of scripture that had a profound effect on me. It was 2nd Chronicles 1:6-12.
Deuteronomy 31:6 –
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
When was the last time you really did something courageous?
Whether it was taking a trip alone or speaking up when you knew that, someone was doing wrong, even if it meant you were risking a friendship.
Ecclesiastes 5:9-20 (NIV)
9 The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.
10 Whoever loves money never has enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.
This too is meaningless.
11 As goods increase,
so do those who consume them.
And what benefit are they to the owners
except to feast their eyes on them?
12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet,
whether they eat little or much,
but as for the rich, their abundance
permits them no sleep.
Proverbs 31: 26 –
She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness
Ladies we have the ability to use our words to create joy in our homes. Our words set the tone for our family’s day. I am sure you have heard the expression, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”. This quote usually gets a chuckle because we all can relate and we all know that it is so very true.
“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.”
“The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,
but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.”
21…..The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Have you ever found yourself angry with God? Maybe you have experienced losing a mate unexpectedly or the loss of a child. Maybe, you’ve lost your only means of income, or you have gone through the disappointment of a divorce. You may have been told, that you have cancer, or you received the news that someone that you love dearly has a severe illness. You may be frustrated over something as simple as not hearing from God after many years of praying over a situation and seeing no change.
38 For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1st John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
As we continue our series on forgiveness, today’s lesson will be on forgiving ourselves. I feel sure that we all at one time or another have struggled with this. Our tendency is to think we have messed up so badly that God could never forgive us. We beat ourselves up over something that we have done that we knew was wrong to do, or maybe it was something we simply failed to do, only later to feel disappointed in ourselves, and possibly even experience embarrassment before others and certainly shame before God.
“For if you forgive others their offences, your Heavenly Father will forgive you also; but if you do not forgive others their offences, neither will your Father forgive yours.
Many years ago, I received what I consider the ultimate in betrayal from someone I truly trusted. The painful blow left me reeling. I was hurt beyond anything I had ever experienced. I remember feeling every emotion that was possible, from sadness to anger, back to sadness and on to disappointment and even grief.
It was so unsettling I began to doubt and question myself. It really threw me off course. I knew only God could give me the strength to keep my thoughts and my emotions in the right place, so that I could continue to treat this person as I should.
(KJV) O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
30I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Oh how it would please our God if we came before Him just to say thank you. If we came just to express our gratitude for how he provides and takes care of us in every way from our spiritual needs to our physical needs. He has carefully thought of and provided everything according to what he knows is best for each of us individually and as a whole. The very air that we breathe is a gift from Him. Our salvation of course is His greatest gift to us.
Many times we fill our days with complaints of this or that. We grumble not realizing that we are so, so very blessed.