Saturday, September 26, 2015

Proverbs 17

No Christians should listen to the lies of evil person, because flattery and false teachings are welcome only to those that live in sinful life. If we love our friends it is our duty to protect them from their failures, however friends should be careful about weaknesses and mistakes, because when you repeat these sins again and again, it will separate your friendship. To render evil for good is even more devilish, because it brings curse upon one's family. If we justify wickedness, it is an offense to God to acquit the guilty or condemn those that are not guilty. In other words, we have to be fair in all of our dealings without expecting anything or bribe behind our back. It is great mercy that God give us opportunity to be joyful and blessed in His kingdom, so do not abuse His lovingkindness by neglecting our obligation both to God and His people. Christ has redeemed us from all curses and condemnation, so be faithful to Him and to our promises... Reading: Proverbs 17, God bless.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Proverbs 16

In order to lessen, at least, our mistakes, it is better to commit our works and plans to the Lord. It is wise to consider the attitude of the heart, tongue and spirit before making decisions. If we feel tired and need someone to help lifting the heavy burden, transfer your care unto the Lord, because "man plans his way, but the Lord direct his steps" (v9). If we make God's glory our desire and His will our rule in every aspect of life, He will pour down His favor, that even our enemies shall make peace with us. Beware of pride and self-exhaltation, because it is here where the destruction begins. For this reason, we need to slow down in anger and overcome our passion, for the violent man entices conflict  against friends and neighbor. But those that rule his own spirit can encourage even wicked men and women, and those whose hearts are close to the gospel of Christ.... Reading: Proverbs 16, God bless.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Proverbs 15

It is wise to acknowledge that God's eyes are in every place, and He knows our pains and sorrows, victory and success. There is nothing that can be hid from the eyes of God, not even our thoughts. That's why even the prayers and sacrifices of the non-beleivers are abomination to Him, unless they repent from their sins, while the prayers of humble and honest people are His delight. God hates those who hate corrections, and they shall indeed perish in their sins. It is better to have a simple life with the fear of the Lord, than to live in luxury but full of troubles and surrounded by worldly people. This chapter tells that following the advise of a wise man like Solomon shall bring our life upward, that we may turn away from falling down. For this reason, Christians need to grow and move upward in the grace and knowledge of Holy Spirit, that they may leave the fire of hell behind... Reading: Proverbs 15, God bless.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Proverbs 14

The mocker will try to find wisdom, but they will not find it, yet it is easy to obtain wisdom to those who understands and fear the Lord. Solomon understands that some of our ways will lead to life, but some will lead to destruction if we are not careful. Carelessness, worldliness and sensuality seems right to those that walk in them, simply because they make them happy, prosperous and satisfied. But in the end those things are self-destructive, for there is a way that seems right to us, but the end is death. Our goal in life is not only to be happy but also to be holy. Disobedience to God's voice ruins many families, friendship, and communities, but the righteousness in life raises and strengthens even the weak and feeble knees. Sin is the shame of sinners, and the backsliders shall have the most horrible experience when they reflect in their own ways. Don't give up because the stubborn will be banished from the presence of God, but the righteous has a refuge in Christ's glory and honor... Reading: Proverbs 14, God bless.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Proverbs 13

There is great hope for those who hear and obey God's word,  than those who hate rebuke. Wise men will be wiser while wicked men will continue doing wickedness. It is wise to be careful with our words, with our spendings, to avoid strife and division, keep away from dishonest transactions, fear God's commandments, walk with godly and learned men and women, and to discipline the younger generation because riches, health, wellness, security and glory will come to them in this time and in the next. On the contrary, there is little hope to anyone who will not hear God's voice, because the ways, schemes, and strategies by the worldly people lead only to misery and destruction. The righteous men are being fed on the words and ordinances, to the satisfying of their souls, with the promises of the gospel that Jesus is our daily Bread of life... Reading: Proverbs 13, God bless.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Proverbs 12

Righteous men will obtain favors from God, and those who are rooted by faith in Christ are firmly fixed. Though the evil men may advance their cause in sinful ways, but they cannot settle and secure themselves. Women who are pious, prudent, faithful to husband and household, can bear cross, and fulfill duties for the sake of the Lord are honor and comfort to the entire family of God. As Christians, let us not envy the ways of the ungodly even though they prosper by sin, and let us not wish that we could act in the same way. It is good to detest the sin of lying and to be governed by honesty, for the tongue of the wise promotes health, but all liars go to hell. Be careful to choose company of friends because some evil men flatter themselves believing that their ways are not wrong. Remember that the way of Christ is difficult and narrow, but it leads to life and eternity... Reading: Proverbs 12, God bless.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Proverbs 11

The desires of the righteous are honesty, humility, integrity, faithfulness, protection, good counseling, and these will lead them to life. But the desires of the wicked are dishonesty, pride, perversity, unfaithfulness, destruction of other people, evil company, and these will lead them to death. That's why Jesus told us to seek God's righteousness and He will bless and give us favor; but the wicked will fall from their wickedness. The righteous and generous people scatter and share their blessings, yet increase more; but those who withhold will lead to property (v24). "Give and it will be given to you," not to be applied for money alone but spiritual things as well. The righteous seek good counsel, but the wicked hates good counseling. If the righteous shall be punished when they offend others, much more will the wicked meet due reward for their wickedness. Pray always for the guidance of the Holy Spirit... Reading: Proverbs 11, God bless.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Proverbs 10

Solomon compares two types of people, the righteous and wicked. The righteous are blessed forever, their memory will live, they store up godly knowledge, they apply it to their own lives, their lips bring forth wisdom, they stand strong in the midst of storms and whirlwind, they shall never be removed from their present position, they are secure because of their integrity, and because they are wise God prolongs their days. The complete opposite is the wicked and foolish people. They may be rich and look glamorous, but full of sorrow, fear, insecurity, hatred, evil mouth, evil eyes, lying lips, dishonesty, selfishness, empty heart, and their desire is full of envy and self gratification; that's why they are called foolish. The truth is, the righteous people are kept by the power of the Holy Spirit, and nothing shall be able to separate them from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus... Reading: Proverbs 10, God bless.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Proverbs 9

This chapter encourages us to be wise in selecting people. If we spend time with foolish men, we will never enjoy the pleasures of holy life. It is wise to keep away from their ways, or we are likely to be corrupted by them. The foolish person hates instructions, so that when you rebuke them, you're only harming yourself. On the contrary, when you give instructions to a wise person, he/she will be still wiser. When you walk with anointed people, you will be anointed and filled with the Holy Spirit too. It is not enough to forsake the foolish people, we must join those that walk in godly wisdom. Jesus said that in the last days, many false teachers will appear and lead many away from the truth. We need to pray always and seek for true wisdom, because the enemy has many ways to entice our souls away from Christ... Reading: Proverbs 9, God bless.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Proverbs 8

God's will can be found in two things, His creation (general revelation), and His word (specific revelation). The problem is to get men's attention to engage in instruction and understanding of God's perfect will. This chapter tells to receive instruction more than silver and gold (v10), unfortunately men prefers to do their own will. From verse 12-21, wisdom became first person, "I" which shows the personification of wisdom. New Testament tells that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge were hidden in Christ, and revealed in our time. Many inventions of men in the past generations are now in ruin and failed to stand the test of time. But the wisdom of God is from everlasting to everlasting, useful not only in this world, but in the world to come. So let us be wise and do not refuse God's favor for revealing His wisdom to us. "Whoever finds wisdom finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord; but those who hate wisdom love death" (v35-36). It is a contempt of Wisdom's instruction when people professed godliness, but seek excuses to learn God's word... Reading: Proverbs 8, God bless.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Proverbs 7

Once again this chapter is an invitation to learn wisdom, that if we will keep them, we can live a godly life. King Solomon has set before our eyes about the danger of going near the temptation, and the ignorance of handling them. He encourages us to allow the word of God dwell in us as a living member of the family, a sibling that is ready to assist in time of need. Bind them with our fingers, write them on the tablet of our heart, be the apple our eyes, and the central focus of our whole being. Thus we shall be kept away from the disastrous and destructive effects of our own passions and the snares of Satan. So, how to keep the word of God alive in us? When the conviction begins to work, let us pause, listen, and obey. With the power of the Holy Spirit, we can resist the devil and live victoriously in the name of Jesus... Reading: Proverbs 7, God bless.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Proverbs 6

Here is a list of seven things hateful to God; (1) a proud look, (2) lying tongue, (3) hands that kill innocent, (4) heart that plots evil, (5) feet that race to do wrong, (6) false witness who pours out lies,  and (7) a person who sows discord in a family. While these seven are not the only sins that should be avoided, they do sum up most of the wicked things condemned by God. They are special manner to provoke God, because these are hurtful to the comfort of human life, and they are sins that deal with the deep motives of the individual. Since God hates these, we must also hate, shun all such practices, watch and pray against them, and avoid with highest disapproval. All who practice them are guilty whatever may be their rank. But these sins can be forgiven when one humbles himself/herself at the feet of Jesus Christ... Reading: Proverbs 6, God bless.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Proverbs 5

This chapter warns all God's children, young and old, to abstain from fleshly desire, immorality, and from Satan's method of drawing people away from the worship of God into false religion. The direct consequence of this sin is the destruction of both body and soul in this world and in the world to come. We can only avoid the call of this world by engaging our lives in the study of the Bible and the seeking of God's wisdom and righteousness through personal devotion and group study. We should not hate instruction and despise corrections because they are fountains to our lives, the water that sustains our daily spiritual needs. "For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths" (v21). God sees all things and nothing can be hidden from Him. Though secret sins may escape the eyes of our fellow men, yet these are open before the eyes of our God, Who ponders all of our ways... Reading: Proverbs 5, God bless.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Proverbs 4

King Solomon's parents loved him, and taught him how to gain wisdom. All wise and godly people agree that true wisdom consists of acquiring knowledge with obedience, and is associated with success and happiness. Your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble (v12). Therefore, get wisdom, more than the wealth of this world, because the soul without wisdom is  dead and barren soul. However, the way of evil people seems pleasant, but it is darkness and dangerous. They fall into trouble, they don't know how to avoid it, and they don't know what makes they stumble (v19). In contrast, the way of the righteous is light, Christ is their light, Christ is their way, and Christ is the truth that sustains their daily living. Be attentive to learn God's precept, this is a good sign that His grace is sufficient to work in your heart... Reading: Proverbs 4, God bless.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Proverbs 3

These godly sayings are directly given by God to His children for good health, long life, and peace to be enjoyed, not only in this world but in the world to come as well. We are commanded not to forsake mercy and truth, and to trust God with all our hearts, believing that He is able and wise to do what is best for us. One way of exhibiting this is to honor Him with our possessions in sanctuary work, help the poor and the needy, and assist those who labor in the spread of the word of God. Surely, the Lord shall not neglect the efforts of our faithful hearts and obedient hands. If we make wisdom part of our lives, all that belong to us shall be under the protection of God's providence, so that we shall not fall into sin or trouble. As God's sons and daughters, be sure that our vocation is to observe the precepts of Christ and to follow His example, to love and obey the Father with all our hearts, mind and strength... Reading: Proverbs 3, God bless.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Proverbs 2

Seeking godly wisdom will enable us to understand the meaning of the fear of the Lord. Most of the people lack this understanding because they are ignorant of the words of God. Depending upon God and seeking Him for wisdom will enable us to keep the paths of correct judgment and righteousness. If we are truly wise, we shall be careful to avoid all evil people who walk in the ways of darkness, and rejoice in evil doings (v13). Our lives will be preserved against corruption and dishonorable principles in this wicked world (v11). So, let the evil conduct of our worldly surrounding be our warnings. The true wisdom is hidden in Christ from the beginning of time, but now revealed to His followers that they may live according to His standard. Seek this wisdom of Christ, because if we are sincere, it will be revealed by the Holy Spirit... Reading: Proverbs 2, God bless.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Proverbs 1

The book of proverbs are instructions to all men to discover what is right, practical, and correct views in handling life. It differentiates the wise and fool, godly and ungodly, saints and sinners, true and fake believers. Solomon speaks of important points that will benefit us when we need wisdom and practical knowledge in time of decision. The fear of the Lord is supreme (v7), because without it our life will be full of immorality, compromise, pride and rebellion. The wise person understands it, but the fool despises wisdom. Be careful with the wicked people (v10), for they are ready to seduce us that could lead to evil path of destruction. Three kinds of people are being called here: (1) the simple ones, for God will make known His words to them. (2) Mockers, pretending to be wise, but in reality their wisdom are worldly and evil. (3) Fools, they hate to be taught, having a nature of ungodliness and passion for foolish things. Christ came to redeem and lead us in the path of righteousness... Reading: Proverbs 1, God bless.

 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Psalm 150

In this last psalm, all living things are called to praise the Lord with all their might. Those who praise the Lord in the heavenly display His majestic power, but those who praise Him on earth display God's great works of love and redemption. Let us praise our Savior with strong faith, even in time of failure and success. Let us praise Him with love and delight, in full submission to all the things that happen in our lives. Since life is short, let us praise God while we still have breath in us. The entire psalm was written for the work of praise and worship; written by holy men of God to give us guidance in governing our entire being. God created the whole universe for His own purpose, to worship Him. We became part of His entire creation when we were born in this world, and it became very clear to us when Christ called us, gave His spirit in us, and caused us to grow in relationship with Him. Let us continue to praise Him, for this is the reason why we exist... Reading: Psalm 150, God bless.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Psalm 149

The children of Israel should not only bless the Lord their Maker, but to rejoice in Him as well for the gift of salvation and the great things He has done for them. They were created by God for a special purpose, that the whole world may know that He is the God who made the heavens and the earth. The nations that believed shall be spared, but the doubters and pessimists shall receive judgment. When Christ came in this world, salvation is individual and personal, not national. The intention of Jesus is to spread the gospel by proclaiming His message with love and humility, not by fire, nor wrath and terrorism. Our weapons are praises and God's word, with the shield of faith, in warfare with the carnal people and evil forces. Christians should be more than conquerors over the enemies of their souls, through the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony... Reading: Psalm 149, God bless.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Psalm 148

God's creation in the upper world are praising the Lord; heavens, angels, sun, moon, stars and the waters above the heavens. They are there to give praises unto our God. Also the creatures of the lower world such as clouds, fire, rain, hails, snow, mountains, hills, trees, animals and all people were created to do the same. Visible and invisible things are expected to praise God in the best manner that they can. In this world, the power of nature, whether strong and so stormy, are appointed to give glory unto His name. In our lives, whether they are good or bad, uplifting or disappointing, there are reasons why God allowed them to happen. The Lord had caused His light to shine in our hearts and gave us the knowledge, that we may see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ... Reading: Psalm 148, God bless.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Psalm 147

The outcasts of Israel went out of the city because they were not satisfied with the leaders' way of handling the entire nation. The leaders spoke the word of God but they don't obey and apply in their lives. But the Lord who can see and read the attitude of the hearts will gather them, heal and bind up their wounds, so that they can sing and praise His name with thanksgiving. Because God loves those who fear Him and hope in His mercy, He will strengthen their faith, bless and touch the hearts of their children. The psalmist said that the Lord had not dealt like this with any nation except in Israel (v20). The believers in Christ were outcasts from their old dead religions and traditions too. Jesus called and build them up, so that He can have a group of people for Himself. Their very purpose is to worship Him, and be a witness of truth in this fallen world... Reading: Psalm 147, God bless.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Psalm 146

This psalm tells why we should put our trust in God more than a man. Simply because all men die, male and female, and no part of this world would be their own except the grave in which their dead bodies are being laid. Their personal plans vanish and their influences gone. But the God of Jacob is here forever. He holds the present and the future, gives sight to the blind, raises the humble, helps the fatherless, and provides our daily needs. Though Bible teachers and leaders are needed in the communities, but we must verify if their expositions and actions are aligned with the Word of God. Then, let the forgiven sinners run after Him, who is able to bring us to eternity to praise the name of Jesus forever... Reading: Psalm 146, God bless.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Psalm 145

God's words are words of goodness and grace, His works are works of power and greatness. For this reasons, David said that he will extol the name of Yahweh forever. Many may not appreciate God's wondrous acts, but those who understand shall speak and utter the great wonders of the Lord. The most wonderful things that God has done in our lives is our justification from sins. Because of His grace and compassionate heart, God became a man and went to the cross to save sinners like us. His great sacrifice at Golgotha is a demonstration of His tender mercies. God invited people to come to Him, believe in Him, and receive Him as Lord and Savior. Those who come near and call upon Him in truth received everlasting life. Indeed, He is very ready to hear and answer the prayers of his people. May we love and honor the name of Jesus, and walk in His way sincerely... Reading: Psalm 145, God bless.