Come Back!

6 10 2015

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Have you left your first love?  Has your love for Jesus waned a bit?  Come Back!

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Are you cold?  Are you hot?  There is no middle ground.  Be either cold or hot.  Make your choice.

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Here is the reason.  If you insist on being in the middle.  Black or white…no gray.  You will be spit out.  Ouch!

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Yes, Jesus is knocking at your heart’s door.  Will you open it?  He cannot.  There is no door handle on the outside.  You have to open the door.  Invite Him in today.  Just tell Him you want to be hot for Him again.  Tell Him you want to come back.  Come Back!  I urge you, don’t wait to long.  Time is running short.  Repent.  Come Back!

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Wisdom and Understanding

2 10 2015

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For the past 31 days, we have been going through the Book of Proverbs.  I don’t want to leave it just yet, so let’s talk about it just a little.

In the above picture is says Knowledge of the Holy.  What the verse here says is that the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That is not say you are afraid of God.  That is the you have a deep respect for Him.  You reverence Him.

Job 28 here is departing from evil.  The verse says to Fear the Lord is wisdom, but to depart from evil is understanding.  You see here, that the two go together.  Wisdom and Understanding.  Have reverence for the Lord.  Shun evil.  Run away from it.  Let it not take any part in you.

Psalm 111 here says  doing God’s commandments.  What does this verse say?  The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  Here it is again.  I am thinking God is saying that it is very important to fear Him.

Now let’s go on here.  A good understanding and a teachable heart are possessed by all those who do the will of the Lord.  Obedience.  Wow.  That can be another study altogether!  As it says in 1 Samuel 15:22 – Obedience is better than sacrifice.  

Let’s put it all together now.  It is very important to Fear God.  When you do this, this is just the beginning of getting wisdom.  Not the wisdom of the world, but wisdom of God.  Through that, you will gain understanding of spiritual things.  How do you do this?  Read His love letter to you – the Bible.  Spend time with him.  Pray.  Take time to communicate with Him.  Yes, that is easier said than done.  I have a problem of putting other things in front of my relationship with my Heavenly Father, but it is essential.  We all struggle with this, but it can be done.

So, let me encourage you today to make it a point to get closer to our Father God, Jesus His Son, and His Holy Spirit.  It is a day to day trek, but oh, so much worth it.





The Proverbs – 31

1 10 2015

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Proverbs 31

The Words of Lemuel

The words of King Lemuel, the oracle, which his mother taught him:


What, O my son?
And what, O son of my womb?
And what [shall I advise you], O son of my vows?

Do not give your [generative] strength to women [neither foreign wives in marriages of alliances, nor concubines],
Nor your ways to that which destroys kings.

It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Or for rulers to desire strong drink,

Otherwise they drink and forget the law and its decrees,
And pervert the rights and justice of all the afflicted.

Give strong drink [as medicine] to him who is ready to pass away,
And wine to him whose life is bitter.

Let him drink and forget his poverty
And no longer remember his trouble.

Open your mouth for the mute,
For the rights of all who are unfortunate and defenseless;

Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And administer justice for the afflicted and needy.

Description of a Worthy Woman

10 
An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], who is he who can find her?
Her value is more precious than jewels and her worth is far above rubiesor pearls.
11 
The heart of her husband trusts in her [with secure confidence],
And he will have no lack of gain.
12 
She comforts, encourages, and does him only good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 
She looks for wool and flax
And works with willing hands in delight.
14 
She is like the merchant ships [abounding with treasure];
She brings her [household’s] food from far away.
15 
She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And assigns tasks to her maids.
16 
She considers a field before she buys or accepts it [expanding her business prudently];
With her profits she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.
17 
She equips herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task]
And makes her arms strong.
18 
She sees that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out, but it burns continually through the night [she is prepared for whatever lies ahead].
19 
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands hold the spindle [as she spins wool into thread for clothing].
20 
She opens and extends her hand to the poor,
And she reaches out her filled hands to the needy.
21 
She does not fear the snow for her household,
For all in her household are clothed in [expensive] scarlet [wool].
22 
She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry.
Her clothing is linen, pure and fine, and purple [wool].
23 
Her husband is known in the [city’s] gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 
She makes [fine] linen garments and sells them;
And supplies sashes to the merchants.
25 
Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure;
And she smiles at the future [knowing that she and her family are prepared].
26 
She opens her mouth in [skillful and godly] wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue [giving counsel and instruction].
27 
She looks well to how things go in her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 
Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired);
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying,
29 
“Many daughters have done nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness],
But you excel them all.”
30 
Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised.
31 
Give her of the product of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city].