APRIL 10, 2020 – How Are You Using Your Time?

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-1.png

How Are You Using Your Time?

April 10, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 9:6-9 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

We only get so many hours each day. Just a select few opportunities to use the minutes God has given to us. The Bible often says, we are to be good stewards with all God gives us. We usually relate the word steward to money. However, it’s also referring to our time, and talents.

Being a good steward of time is the topic of today’s verses. Rebuking a sinner of sin before they are saved is like beating your head against a brick wall. They don’t care, and are not convicted of their sinfulness, and therefore neither of you gets anything good out of it. They need salvation first.

If you will use your time to try to help someone who is teachable, you both come out ahead. A Christ-like Spirit is one that is teachable. Rebuke to a born again Christian is an opportunity for them to examine themselves, and to see where they stand with God. If the rebuke is correct, they see an area they need to correct, and become stronger in the Lord. If the rebuke is incorrect, they can come back, and lovingly discuss the circumstances around it with you. When this happens, you both walk away stronger in the Lord, and in better fellowship with one another. Either way, a wise person comes out ahead. They have gained wisdom in their walk with the Lord, or a better understanding of a fellow Christian. In this God wins.

Is it ever easy to point out perceived sin, or shortcomings in a friend’s life? NO! There’s a slogan, which says, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” The same should be true about believers. Christian friends, don’t let Christian friends live in harmful unrighteousness.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

In the New Testament, Jesus called it casting your pearls before swine. It’s not referring to withholding the gospel from anyone. Everyone needs to hear the gospel. However, it does mean use your time wisely. Not everyone is ready to listen.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  April 10, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  2 Samuel 5 – 10     /     Proverbs 9:6-9

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Judges 3-5    /     Luke 11:1-28

The Scofield Study Bible  - Gen. Lea. Black

Living In His Word Ministries
       “Getting people into the Word of God…

                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

APRIL 09, 2020 – Who’s On The Invitations List?

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-1.png

Who’s On The Invitations List? 

April 09, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 9:1-5 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     If you want to throw a party, what’s the first thing you need to do? Probably think about how many will be coming, so you can have enough food, and space for everyone. Therefore, you put together a guest list. Now you must decide who you want to invite. Maybe just your closest friends and relatives? Ok, maybe just some of your closet friends. Relatives can often make social gatherings interesting.

     Anyway, you try to figure on how many will come. How do you do that? Do you send an invitation to every breathing soul in the world, and then prepare for them all to come? That’s probably not a good idea for most gatherings. Nevertheless, that is exactly what has been done here in today’s text.

     Wisdom has sent out her maidens to invite people from as far away as possible. Can’t you just see them, up on a high perch yelling, “Anyone who wants to come to Wisdom’s banquet may come. This means everyone, even the simple.” Today we might use the terms, “Even the homeless, poor, and hurting. Even those who feel unworthy, sinful, and wicked. Those who feel they have no hope, you’re all invited to come.”

     Jesus has long been calling all the world to Himself. Who might choose not to be there? Often those who feel too prideful, and arrogant might choose not to be seen with the hurting of this world, and they would not come. By missing God’s best, because they think they’re too good to be seen with a lost, and hurting world, they become, the lost, and hurting world. 


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     Jesus is still calling, but who are these maidens? They would be all of us who know Jesus. Let’s shout it from the housetops. “Come and dine the Master calleth come and dine.”

GOD TALKING TO ME:  April 09, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  2 Samuel 1 – 4      /     Proverbs 9:1-5

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Judges 1-2    /    Luke 10:25-42

The Scofield Study Bible  - Gen. Lea. Black

Living In His Word Ministries
       “Getting people into the Word of God…

                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

APRIL 08, 2020 – It’s A Matter Of Life And Death

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-1.png

It’s A Matter Of Life And Death

April 08, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 8:32-36 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Everybody wants to be liked by at least somebody. We all would like to have people look favorably on what we do, and say. Some people will do almost anything to get people to like them, or at the very minimum, to notice them. They’ll attempt to buy their approval by giving gifts, or spending money on them. Others will try to force you into liking them. Maybe they have a place of power, and they try to hold that over you. Some folks try to become popular with the masses, believing that if the majority will like them, probably everyone will.

     The saddest thing is, they spend years trying to gain man’s approval, and spend little, or no time trying to win God’s favor. It’s true, that God does love everyone. We are all His creation. However, He does not look favorably on everything we do.

     The verses today tell us if we will find wisdom, true Godly wisdom, God looks favorably on us. Why? It’s because we have found the true meaning of life, and therefore life itself. Finding wisdom means we truly understand that God is the one we should listen to, and learn from. We have found that, if allowed, He will guide, and direct us. We have found that yielding our life to Him does not forfeit our life, but rather fortifies the life we live.

     The other side of that coin is death. To not seek God, and His wisdom is to seek after death. Not just physical death, but spiritual death as well. It’s a life filled with doubts, and fears. A life controlled by what others think of you. A life lived for the world. Then later when looking back at that life, you’ll find it was really not much of a life at all.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     In Matt. 16:26 it says, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”  What indeed. There’s no profit in death.


GOD TALKING TO ME:  April 08, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  1 Samuel 26 – 31      /     Proverbs 8:32-36

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Joshua 23 – 24     /     Luke 10:1-24

The Scofield Study Bible  - Gen. Lea. Black

Living In His Word Ministries
       “Getting people into the Word of God…

                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

APRIL 07, 2020 – Which Came First, The Chicken, Or The Egg?

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-1.png

Which Came First, The Chicken,
Or The Egg?

April 07, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 8:29-31 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Which came first, was it the Chicken, or the egg? This is an age-old debate for people who do not take the Bible literally. The answer is simple. God created animals, not embryos. Therefore, the chicken was created, and she delivered the egg.

    Now let’s ask this question. One of our verses today says that God, and wisdom were brought up together. Just like old friends, or neighbors. So, which do you believe was around first, wisdom to guide God, or God to guide wisdom?

     If God were first with no wisdom, He would not have known to create wisdom. If there was no wisdom, how could even God know to make everything which ever was? Wisdom had to be around to help in the process of thinking up all the stuff God designed, which we take for granted. However, if God were not there, what need would there ever be for wisdom?

     OK so it’s another trick question, like the chicken and egg question. The answer, God has always been. He had no beginning for anything to be before Him. So therefore, if wisdom, and God were brought up together, this would mean wisdom always was, and, was always with God. God therefore has always had all wisdom.

     If this is true, and it is, why would anyone try to outsmart God? Why do people want to make another way of salvation, aside from what God, with all wisdom, has already laid out? Now those are questions without any really good answers!


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     We need to trust in the Lord with all our heart, and not lean on our own understanding. Even that little bit of wisdom we have, that also comes from God!

GOD TALKING TO ME:  April 07, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  1 Samuel 22 – 25      /     Proverbs 8:29-31

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Joshua 21-22     /    Luke 9:27-62

The Scofield Study Bible  - Gen. Lea. Black

Living In His Word Ministries
       “Getting people into the Word of God…

                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

APRIL 06, 2020 – What’s Up With All The Laws?

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-1.png

What’s Up With All The Laws?

April 06, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 8:26-28 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Have you ever stopped to wonder what might happen, if God tossed out the laws? What if God decided one day, “let’s toss out a law, and see what happens?”

     Let’s start with the law of gravity. Now that sounds sort of like fun, to be floating around from place to place. We see the astronauts do it on TV, and that kind of looks like fun. However, we forget too soon, what Astronauts do is within a controlled area. What would happen if God did away with the law of gravity completely? One thing would be that the pull of the different amounts of gravitation from the other planets would vanish, and by the way, it would destroy our solar system

     Floating around seems like fun until you remember, there would be nothing to stop you from floating right off into space. Who knows where you’d end up, or how fast would you go. Gravity helps control speed also. If there were no gravity… WHOOSH… Off you go at speeds your body could not handle.

     Eliminating just one law changes everything. There are also laws of Physics, and laws of Molecular Structure. Without them, medicine would not be effective. There are also the laws of Nature that God put in place. What would it be like if you planted a tulip bulb, and when it blossomed, you had poison ivy? How about if your dog got pregnant, and delivering a litter of rattlesnakes in your home?

     The Bible says, God set a compass upon the earth, established the clouds, and set all things in order. They are a controlling set of laws by which even those who hate God, and despise His name, still benefit from and are blessed by Him.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     The next time you come to a stop sign, STOP, then take a moment to thank God for his wisdom, and His love, in providing all the laws He made to bless, and protect your life.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  April 06, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  1 Samuel 18 – 21      /     Proverbs 8:26-28

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Joshua 18-20    / Luke 9:1-26

The Scofield Study Bible  - Gen. Lea. Black

Living In His Word Ministries
       “Getting people into the Word of God…

                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 4 & 5, 2020 – Weekend Review

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-1.png

Weekend Review

April 4 & 5, 2020


Proverbs 8:17

I love them that love me;
and those that seek me early
shall find me. 

Work Week Devotions
Through the Book of Proverbs

      As you know by now, with WORK WEEK DEVOTIONS, we only publish our Devotional Thoughts on Monday – Friday. On Saturday we suggest you re-read the entire chapter we have been studying this past week, and if we will be going into the following chapter the next week, we encourage you to read that chapter as well.       

There are never Devotions on Sunday. 

Thank you for joining us as we
journey together
Through Proverbs in 2020.

 

WEEK 13 – Day 6

     On Saturday, we suggest you re-read the Proverb we have written from this past week and the week to come.

Proverbs 8-9

WEEK 13 – Day 7

     Today we suggest you read and study whatever the Lord has laid on your Pastor’s heart. Whatever Scripture he uses for today’s messages were given to him by God for your specific needs.

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS

April 6, 2020    1 Samuel 18 – 21      Proverbs 8:26 – 28
April 7, 2020    1 Samuel 22 – 25      Proverbs 8:29 – 31
April 8, 2020    1 Samuel 26 – 31      Proverbs 8:32 – 36
April 9, 2020    2 Samuel 1 – 4          Proverbs 9:1 – 5
April 10, 2020  2 Samuel 5 – 10        Proverbs 9:6 – 9
April 11, 2020  Proverbs 8 – 9                 
April 12, 2020  No Passages Assigned   

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY

April 6, 2020    Joshua 18-20   Luke 9:1-26
April 7, 2020    Joshua 21-22   Luke 9:27-62
April 8, 2020    Joshua 23-24   Luke 10:1-24
April 9, 2020    Judges 1-2       Luke 10:25-42
April 10, 2020  Judges 3-5       Luke 11:1-28
April 11, 2020  Judges 6-7       Luke 11:29-54
April 12, 2020  No Passages Assigned

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY

    APRIL 04, 2020     Joshua 15-17    /     Luke 8:40-56
    APRIL 05, 2020     No Passages Assigned

The Scofield Study Bible  - Gen. Lea. Black

Living In His Word Ministries
       “Getting people into the Word of God…

                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

APRIL 03, 2020 – Let’s Make A Planet Earth

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-1.png

Let’s Make A Planet Earth 

April 03, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 8:23-25 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

       How hard would it be, if you could be God, to make a world? We already know He spoke all things into existence. So just how hard could it possibly be?

     Let’s see, where should we begin? Ok, I’ll just say the word, “Earth.” Poof, there’s a swirling, out of control, round piece of dirt, with no boundaries. We have a planet, bouncing around everywhere because there’s nothing holding it in place. In fact there is no outer space for it to be in. It’s just out there. Therefore, I’ll say space. Now we have a multibillion-mile atmosphere for this hunk of round dirt to float around in. How can we keep it in one place all the time? Oh yes, I’ll say, “Gravity.” CRASH! There goes my hunk of dirt. It caved in on itself. All the gravity sucked it in on top of itself because there was nothing else to pull on it from the other direction to keep an implosion from happening. Centrifugal force, I’ll start this hunk of dirt spinning so that gravity can’t pull it in on itself. Whoosh there it goes, spinning and rolling all the way across the universe. OK, so I need to create a system so this does not happen. I’ll call it a solar system, and place other swirling hunks of dirt around it. I’ll also put a gas ball right in the middle to give it light, and heat. The “Earth Ball” should be the most important so I’ll put it closest to the gas ball. FLASH! Opps, that’s a bit too hot. The Earth ball burnt up. Maybe I need to move it out a little. Three, or four dirt balls from the gas ball. And the process goes on and on… Not a simple as we thought. 

      OK, we know God didn’t create the earth this way. He had a plan from the beginning, and knew how it should be put together before He spoke the first word. What God has created from the beginning, has worked perfectly for centuries.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     Godly wisdom originally created, and keeps the earth from self-destruction. Why, God had a plan for it from the beginning. Godly wisdom also created, and keeps you. He has always had a plan for you too. Shouldn’t we find, and follow that plan? We can you know. It’s writing in His Word.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  April 03, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  1 Samuel 15 – 17      /     Proverbs 8:23-25

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Joshua 12-14    /     Luke 8:1-39

The Scofield Study Bible  - Gen. Lea. Black

 

Living In His Word Ministries
       “Getting people into the Word of God…

                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

%d bloggers like this: