Even though I cannot see you face to face, I have prayed for you. You have shared from the depths of your heart, and that means so much to me. It has been my joy to walk side by side with you through the living and active Word of God. My prayer as we have studied Proverbs together is that you have seen how it speaks to the situations, opportunities, issues, questions, and decisions you may encounter.
May He now take all that we have learned, and what we will learn this week, and plant it deep within our hearts so that it will take root and begin real life transformation. Your only reading this week will be what you find in your homework. We have talked about wise choices these past few weeks. I think all of us, when faced with a problem or question, truly desire to make the wise choice. We want to do the wise thing. But we do not always know what that is. Sometimes the answer to our question is not spelled out in Scripture. There is no chapter number.
There is no page number. So, when there is no page number, when there is no verse speaking directly to your situation, what do you do? Jesus spent three years walking side by side with His disciples. He taught them all the knew, encouraged them daily, and they depended on Him for all their needs. But, Jesus knew he had to leave them. He knew that when He departed they would feel frightened and abandoned. He wanted to comfort them and prepare them, so He spoke these words:. If you love Me, you will obey what I command.
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The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with yo and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Jesus was speaking some radical, powerful words to His disciples. He told them that the Spirit of Truth that at that time was living with them would soon be in them. Think about the ramifications of that promise.
The Spirit of the Living God would come to live inside of each one of them. God made good on this promise and transformed this bumbling, fearful group of misfits into some of the greatest evangelists that ever lived. God desires the same result in each of our lives. The Spirit of God dwells inside you and me. It is the gift of His Spirit that allows us to love the unlovable, overcome the unthinkable, and believe the impossible.
Solomon repeatedly tells us that one of the secrets to being wise and to making wise decisions is to surround yourself with wise people. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance. The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faith. People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.
The heartfelt counsel of a [godly] friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel. She might be a friend, a mentor, a parent, a spouse, a pastor, or a teacher.
Does she spend time in and know the Word of God? Is she a woman of prayer? Does she surround herself with godly friends? If you see evidence of these in her life, you can be assured she will provide wise counsel. As a mother of a teenage daughter, I seek out godly women with daughters a few years ahead of mine. They have completed the journey on which I am about to embark.
They have godly wisdom as well as practical experience. Ask yourselves: Do their lives glorify God? Are the choices they have made in marriage, parenting, career or whatever your issue God-honoring? Yes, you want wisdom from someone who will speak truth to you even when it is difficult.
Anyone can tell you what you want to hear. A godly advisor is not afraid to speak truth in love. They have no mixed motives. Their hearts are pure.
One day I received an e-mail from a good friend and someone with whom I was a co-leader in Bible study. She sent the e-mail to a large distribution list. In it, she jokingly used crude and foul language. It bothered me.
We had been in Bible study together for years and everyone knew it. I prayed about whether or not to speak to her. I feared risking our friendship. But, her words continued to play repeatedly in my mind. I knew God wanted me to speak truth to her. Finally, I obeyed and sent her an e-mail. I shared how her words not only reflected poorly on her but also on us as Christians and as leaders in our Bible study.
Her response amazed me. She was so appreciative and said she never once thought about the effect or impact her e-mail would have on God, His character, on her, and on our study. We had a great conversation about how we are salt and light in this world. How we need be in the world but not of it. She thanked me for holding her accountable. It was a wonderful place of trust and growth in our friendship.
Since that time, she has done the same for me. Godly friends will pray for you and encourage you every step of the way. The will not give a flip answer; they will wait to hear from God. As we end our time together, never forget…. God gave us His Word so that our faith would grow. All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that men of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
No matter where you are…seeking Him for the first time, a new Christian, or someone who has walked with Him for years, He will meet you where you are. But, it is up to you. No one else can take your journey for you. He is waiting to reveal Himself and His wonderful plan for your life!! Answer the following questions.
You can do as few or as many as you have time. May God take whatever time you have and use it to speak a fresh Word in His heart. Meet me here next week and share your comments about the study, most especially how God used it in your life and the life of your family. We will share these comments with the publishers to whom I have submitted the Proverbs curriculum. From the comments I receive, I will select a name to receive a copy of the full 5 week curriculum. As you follow the path of wisdom and walk in the righteousness that is yours in Christ, God promises many blessings.
The first is divine guidance and direction. Read the following verses and share what you learn:. Read Proverbs and Philippians What does God promise in these verses? Read Matthew God wants you to trust Him with your needs. Heavenly Father, I thank You that You promise me a sound mind, one uncluttered by fear, anxiety, and worry.
I ask You help me to trust You and trust Your Word. Help me to hand [blank] over to You. May the Truth of Your Word be firmly established in my heart so that my faith in You grows brighter and stronger and my worries, fears, and anxieties grow dim. May my faith from this day forward be the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Instill in me a confidence that You will work everything — all that concerns me, that keeps me awake, that makes my heart race, that causes stress and headaches — together for good to accomplish Your plan and Your purposes for my life. Father, Your Word says that without faith it is impossible to please You and that she who comes to You must believe that You are who You say You are and that You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek You.
I ask for Your peace and Your blessings as I take this step. In Jesus Name. Another blessing we receive as we walk the path of righteousness is godly counsel. However, as with other blessings it requires ears to hear and a heart to obey. Read the following verses and note what you learn:. When a problem arises in your life, to whom or what do you turn first? Scripture warns against relying on human wisdom and ungodly counsel. Instead God directs us to listen to the experience of those who have journeyed the path of wisdom before us.
Name some godly influences and how they have impacted your life. Take a moment to drop them a note or an e-mail and thank them for what they have meant in your life. Is it hard for you to accept that sometimes God may use His Word to discipline and correct you? How do you respond when you hear His Word correcting you? I hope you have learned through these past weeks that the condition of your heart reflects your true character.
Honestly examine your heart today. What are the parts of your heart you love and that are pleasing to the Lord. And YES, you must do this exercise!!! There are wonderful parts of you that God has created, shaped, and molded. Pray for Him to open your eyes to see them. Write a prayer of thanksgiving, thanking Him and praising Him for those beautiful parts of you that reflect His heart and His love.
As you do this, read Psalm and Psalm 51, both written by King David. Write a prayer asking the Lord to help you change these parts of your heart and make your heart more like His. Read Proverbs As you consider this verse, ask the Lord how to reveal to you how you can live out these truths in your home?
How can you build your house? Share your ideas with us. Congratulations on completing our Proverbs Study. Thank you for the time you invested and the wonderful comments and stories you shared. It has been a joy to spend this month with you. Please leave comments on my blog today and share how God has used this study in your life. More specifically, how has spending time with God in His Word practically changed your life. I will share your comments with the publishers who are reviewing the Study for possible publication.
I also will select one winner from the comments left on my blog to receive a copy of the complete Proverbs Study. Please include your e-mail address in your comment so that I may contact you if you are the winner. God promises that His Word that goes out from His mouth will not return void but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purposes for which He sent it.
That has been my prayer for each of us as we have studied together. So I cannot wait to hear how God was at work in His Word this month, accomplishing His desires and achieving His purposes in your lives. Through your comments and stories, may He receive great glory, honor, and praise!! Please stop by our Proverbs 31 web site to check out the devo and then pop over here and leave a comment sharing your thoughts. Thank you again for the past four weeks. I will miss our time together and hope you will continue to visit and update me on your journey with God!
August 31, February 13, As we begin today, friends, we will stand on two powerful Scriptural truths: My Word that goes out from My mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purposes for which I sent it. Isaiah For the Word of God is living and active.
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Because Proverbs tells us: Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Romans a says, Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. As we delve into our study time together let us first… 1. Rank in order of importance the following sources of wisdom in your life. The Bible f. List the action verbs Solomon uses in Proverbs Read 2 Timothy Share the stated purposes of Scripture. How do these purposes relate to those stated in Proverbs ?
Read Proverbs a. What is the very first step you need to take to gain wisdom? What does this mean to you? Read Deuteronomy How can you live this out in your own home?
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Who or what entices you away from the things of God? How do they entice you? How do you respond? How does that apply to what you are reading in Proverbs? How can you obey the wisdom given in these verses and still live in the world? Blessings to you,. February 22, Does that sound familiar?
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Honestly found myself watching the clock and waiting for the sun to set on Saturday evening. But here we are 21 years later and I actually am sad when the Sabbath is over.
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I feel like my dearest friend and I are saying goodbye each time! I can spend time with the Lord during the week. But ahh! For me the best way I prepare is to turn off the screens and noise of everyday. I really haven't intentionally prepared for the Sabbath before, but I'm seeing why I should. This series is wonderful. Dawn, Thank you! I think our society is missing out by not preparing.
God bless you! Day 31 Comment: It seems to me that everyday is preparation day. If we consider that we worship with our whole like. In your study you reference a day for the Sabbath but as a Christian, our normal day of collective worship is Sunday so we don't celebrate the Sabbath.
The Sabbath being the last day of the week, Saturday and Sunday being the first day of the week. When the Christians got kicked out of the Jewish church of the time, they needed a certain time to worship so they chose the first day of the week, Sunday to be their day.
It was also the first day and main day of market, which is the buying and selling of goods. A major hit to their wallet and a show that they were serious about their religion as there was no set day prescribed to them by the Lord. Romans Tells us not to judge each other on this issue.
Leading us to believe that either is fine. You ask in your study 'Is life so busy that we can not take one day for our Savior? I can't and that's living a life that the Lord has set our family on. Luke where Jesus asks whether they wouldn't retrieve their donkey from a well it fallen into on the Sabbath, which equaled work to the Jews of the time, tells us that there is work and if it has to be done on that day, we do it on that day.
Sad but true that many of us can't have a day like you prescribe. At least not often for me. Hi Regina, I understand where you are coming from. I was not raised keeping the Sabbath and the idea was a foreign concept to me for half my life! My goal is not to make anyone feel discouraged or judged. My goal is to help others think about the Sabbath in a new light.
It's not easy to set aside a day of worship and rest dedicated to God in this day and age. However Sunday worship is not Biblical. No where in the Scriptures are we commanded to worship on Sunday in order to give our first and best to God. God set up the Sabbath day on the seventh day of Creation when he sanctified the seventh day and made it holy. It's been binding ever since. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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