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Tuesday, August 26th
Today's Daily Verse is found in Proverbs 23.12 (session 4)
"Apply your heart to instruction, And your ears to the words of knowledge."
This is session 4...
We have covered 1-15. Today we shall look at number 16 through 20...
The instruction and knowledge of GOD is information that GOD's system provides.
There is good information, and bad information.
The source is the difference... which means - where does the information originate from? Who is speaking? What is their agenda? Why are they saying what they are saying? What is their plan?
What GOD says can be trusted.
His information, which is found in the scriptures, has the power to establish GOD wisdom in our life.
"Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts"
Here lies the value of the Bible, as the one source of instruction, and the alone "treasure-house" of the "words of knowledge."
Wow! It's really growing, isn't it?
Here is 16 thru 20. We go all the way up to #44... It's going to be a longer page each day, and I will take all 44 wisdom "deliveries" and put them into an e-book for you to download in a PDF file...
In the meantime, let's keep learning...
16. We will have favor with men
The promise is established in Joshua 1.7-8 "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do."
Look at the fruit in these lives...
Joseph's life in -
David in the family of Saul
People can't help themselves. GOD moves people, places, and things on behalf of His people!
17. GOD will direct our steps
There is a sense of dependence on GOD - by knowing my own weaknesses and limitations...
Study Psalms 32.8-9 "The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
and Isaiah 48.17-18 "This is what the Lord says - your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.
18 Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea."
with the goal of Isaiah 30.21 "Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left."
We may not know the way, but it doesn't matter. Isaiah 42.16 should make us shout..."I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them."
18. We will have health to our naval
Proverbs 5.8-11 "Stay away from her! Don’t go near the door of her house!
9 If you do, you will lose your honor and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved. 10 Strangers will consume your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor. 11 In the end you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body."
Proverbs 23.29-35 "Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? 30 It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks.
31 Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. 32 For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake; it stings like a viper. 33 You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. 34 You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. 35 And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it. I didn’t even know it when they beat me up.
When will I wake up so I can look for another drink?”
Psalms 32.3-4 "When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. 4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
Psalms 38.1-10 "O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage! 2 Your arrows have struck deep, and your blows are crushing me.
3 Because of your anger, my whole body is sick;
my health is broken because of my sins.
4 My guilt overwhelms me - it is a burden too heavy to bear. 5 My wounds fester and stink because of my foolish sins.
6 I am bent over and racked with pain. All day long I walk around filled with grief.
7 A raging fever burns within me, and my health is broken. 8 I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart. 9 You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh
1 Corinthians 11.30 "That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died."
Can GOD's system turn us around?
Hosea 14.5-7 "I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven. Israel will blossom like the lily; it will send roots deep into the soil like the cedars in Lebanon. 6 Its branches will spread out like beautiful olive trees, as fragrant as the cedars of Lebanon. 7 My people will again live under my shade. They will flourish like grain and blossom like grapevines. They will be as fragrant as the wines of Lebanon.
Malachi 4.2 "But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.
Nehemiah 8.10 " And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
All clearly say, "yes!"
19. We will receive marrow to our bones
3 John 1.2 tells us "Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually."
Saying "grace" doesn't cut it - living in "grace" does...
Exodus 23.25 "You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness"
Exodus 15.26 "He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”
Proverbs 4.22 "for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body."
Psalms 38.3,7 "Because of your anger, my whole body is sick; my health is broken because of my sins. A raging fever burns within me, and my health is broken.
Psalms 103.1-3 "Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. 2 Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases."
Psalms 109.18 "Cursing is as natural to him as his clothing, or the water he drinks,
or the rich food he eats
20. Our barns will be filled with plenty
The cycle of the system is described in:
Proverbs 11.25 "The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed."
Proverbs 22.9 "Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor."
Luke 19.13 begins the parable that tells that the money we use to make an increase comes from the Lord.
" Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ 21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
We are stewards.
GOD's Wisdom gives us :
Benefits 6-10 session 2 Proverbs 23.12A
Benefits 11-15 session 3 Proverbs 23.12B
Benefits 16-20 session 4 Proverbs 23.12C
Benefits 21-25 session 5 Proverbs 23.12D
Benefits 26-30 session 6 Proverbs 23.12E
Benefits 31-35 session 7 Proverbs 23.12F
Benefits 36-40 session 8 Proverbs 23.12G
Benefits 41-44 session 9 Proverbs 23.12H
See you tomorrow...
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