Living for God’s Glory

The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools. (Proverbs 15:7)

Read Proverbs 15 today!

Here are a few great nuggets from Proverbs 15…

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”  (1)

I have a choice to respond kindly and gently to others.  In my response, I choose whether to stir up the hornets nest or swallow my pride and bring peace to the conversation.  The choice is always mine!

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”  (13)

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Walk Uprightly

He whose walk is upright fears the Lord, but he whose ways are devious despises him. (Proverbs 14:2)

Read Proverbs 14 today!

There are so many great lessons in Proverbs 14.  Many of these verses really challenge me to walk more uprightly before my King.  Here are some of the verses that stand out to me in this chapter.

“Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.” (7)

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I Run to the Lord

Read Proverbs 12 today!

To tell you the truth… I’m not really into the running part of this verse.  I like the “you are safe” part.  I don’t really enjoy running.  I enjoy a good brisk walk, but not a run.  But this verse tells me to run… to Run… TO RUN!  I have the ability to run to God.  He gives me the strength to move forward.  He wants me to realize that I can’t do anything on my own.  I do not have what it takes to survive without God.  He wants me to come running to the grace that saved me… to the love that set me free.  He wants me to run to the promises found in His Word.  He wants me to come with all my garbage and lay it down at His feet (the only place where my garbage is safe).

God does not ridicule me for not have everything perfect in life.  He never gets fed up with me!  He never stops loving me!  He never stops being a strong tower that I can run to!  He is God and He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for me, so that I can experience true life.  I have a relationship with my Father because Jesus laid down His life for my sins.  I no longer have to shed my blood or the sacrifice of an animal to please God.  Jesus took my place!  He laid down His life.  He made it possible for me to have the freedom to run to God.

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Control Issues

We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails. (Proverbs 19:21, MSG)

Read Proverbs 11 today!

I want to admit something to you!  I have control issues!  I want to control a good amount of my life, but the more I learn about God the less I feel that’s possible.  Yes, I can control my health, I can control the food I eat on a daily basis, I can control how much I exercise, and a few other things.  But if I want to be a wise person… I must surrender control of my life to God.  I must stop trying to plan my course.  I need to hand my steps over to the Lord.  Only God knows where my life is going or how to make the most of it! Read more

Fear of the Lord

Do not let your heart envy sinners [who live godless lives and have no hope of salvation], But [continue to] live in the [reverent, worshipful] fear of the Lord day by day. (Proverbs 23:17, AMP)

Read Proverbs 8 today!

Let’s finish this week by looking at the “Fear of the Lord”.  Altogether, this phrase occurs fourteen times in the book of Proverbs.  If something is worth mentioning fourteen times, than my guess is it’s pretty important.  Let’s take a look at some more of Solomon’s thoughts on this.

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