January 2, 2020 – Introduction to Proverbs

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Introduction to Proverbs

January 2, 2020
    As we begin this new Study in the Book of Proverbs, or with any study of God’s Word, It is important to understand, that for the believer in Christ, this is not like any other study. Normally, when you read another book, you have to read the words on the page, and then in your mind try to imagine what the author was saying. With God’s Word however, if you know Christ as your Saviour, you then have the Holy Spirit residing in you. Which also means, you have the author of this book Residing in you. We read in:
 2 Peter 1:20-21 
 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 

      The same Holy Spirit, who moved the writers of this book to originally write these words, also resides in your heart today. You do not have to imagine what the author meant, just ask Him.  

    Please take a few moments every day to pray for God’s wisdom before reading. The Holy Spirit will help you in understanding the book He has written. I have for years now prayed a simple prayer from my heart to God, using God’s own words prior to my study of His Word. I pray;
 Psalm 119:18
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold 
wondrous things out of thy law.
      I have recently begun to add this verse as well;
Psalm 143:10 
Teach me to do thy will; 
for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; 
lead me into the land of uprightness.

      May God bless your studies as you are Living In His Word.

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Hebrews 2:12

   “Getting people into the Word of God…
           ….and the Word of God into people.”

  This week we will:

 Tues.   December 31, 2019   Explanation Work Week Devotions 
                                                    & Daily Reading Schedule
Wed.    January 1, 2020         Solomon The main Writer 
Thurs.  January 2, 2020         Introduction to Proverbs      
Fri.       January 3, 2020         The Divisions of the Proverbs  
Sat.      January 4, 2020         Proverbs 1       
Sun.     January 5, 2020         No Passages Assigned

Traditional Old & New Testament Reading Schedule:

     January 2, 2020      Genesis 9-11          Matthew 4

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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

January 1, 2020 – Solomon, The Main Writer

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM
Living In His Word MINISTIRES

Solomon, The Main Writer 

January 1, 2020

      Timeless treasures waiting to be mined by the hearts of man, are the words written in the book of Proverbs. Written hundreds of years ago, these proverbs are still relevant and very much life-altering if applied. The wisdom in this book transcends all cultures, eras, and denominations.

       The book of Proverbs is a collection of sayings drawn from years of experience, both written by King Solomon, and collected by him from others. We find this truth mentioned in another book written by this Great Preacher. It says in Ecclesiastes 12:9-10, the preacher sought out and set in order many proverbs. It also states the fact, that the ones that he wrote out were upright and true.

      The final words in Ecclesiastes actually give us a grand introduction to the book of Proverbs.

Ecclesiastes 12:8-14
Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

      After a life of heartbreak and aimless wandering to find the truth, Solomon says the end of it all is to fear God. This word fear used in this passage does not mean to be afraid of, but rather to reverence or respect God, and follow His leading.

      When all is said and done, the proverbs collected and set in order in this book, are nothing short of the literal breathed words of God, spoken through Solomon for our benefit.

      Solomon had collected many such wise sayings over his lifetime. In fact, what we have in the book of Proverbs is only a portion of all that he had shared in person.

1 Kings 4:32
And he spake three thousand proverbs:
and his songs were a thousand and five. 

      It is believed that what we have in this book, which has in times past been referred to as the Book of Wisdom, are those bits of wisdom that were the best of the collection he had gathered.

      In life there are really only two ways of learning about how the world will treat you, and where sin will lead you. By far, the most common is that of trial and error. By following this path one will experience the cold hard facts of sins penalties, and life’s perils. God’s way is always better. It is to heed His warnings, and harbor His wisdom in all that we do.

      It is nothing short of amazing to realize that the God, who created all of the universe, cares so deeply about our day to day life, that He provided us with easy to remember, and applicable principals for a good life here in this world. He does not consider it unimportant to guide us in the ways of love, our family, our walk in society, nor how we conduct our lives in the marketplace. Everything about us, and about our wellbeing are important to Him.

     Tomorrow we will look into the divisions of this wonderful book.

                     “Getting people into the Word of God…
                                      ….and the Word of God into people.”
 This week we will:

Tues.   December 31, 2019  Explanation Work Week Devotions 
                                                   & Daily Reading Schedule
Wed.    January 1, 2020        Introduction to Proverbs    
Thurs. January 2, 2020        Solomon The main Writer     
Fri.       January 3, 2020        The Divisions of the Proverbs  
Sat.      January 4, 2020         Proverbs 1       
Sun.     January 5, 2020         No Passages Assigned


Traditional Old & New Testament Reading Schedule:

     January 1, 2020,      Genesis 6-8          Matthew 3 

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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

December 31, 2019 – Explanation Of Work Week Devotions& Daily Reading Schedule

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Explanation Of Work Week Devotions & Daily Reading Schedule

December 31
    

      First of all let me say, “THANK YOU,” for sharing this time with our Work Week Devotions. It is our prayer and desire that these daily devotions will aid you in your walk with the Lord.

       We have selected the book of Proverbs as it shares, with anyone who will act upon its wisdom, the opportunity to enjoy the life God intended for them. You will also find all the scriptures used are from the King James Version of the Bible. Not only does the author of these Devotions believe the KJV to be the most accurate English translation of God’s Word, it is also written in a poetic style. Which in the case of the Book of Proverbs is very important. Proverbs is part of a section of the Old Testament in the bible known as the Poetic Books.

     Let me take just a moment to introduce to you the thought behind the design of the upcoming daily Devotions.

     You may be asking yourself what does the term “Work Week Devotions” mean. It means we have designed these devotions to be used during a five day work week. For many people that would be Monday through Friday. We have also only covered fifty-one out of the fifty-two week year. The reason is, not every year begins on Monday. So we have created these devotions to begin on Monday and conclude on Sunday. Also, the design allows you to begin using this Devotional material anytime during the year you may wish. It does not have to begin in January as many do.

      Each day begins with a Title for the Devotion, and a reading from the book of Proverbs. This is followed by what we call; Outlook from the In Book.” This is a short commentary by Dr. Senters of his thoughts about the passage from Proverbs you have just read.

       Next you will find a short section under the heading; The Word Walking In Me.” This section is a short thought reflecting on that day’s topic which you can carry through the day. It’s often hard to remember all we read. However, a simple overview or thought we can often remembered, that we might meditate on during the day. In the book of Joshua we are told:

 Joshua 1:8
  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

     While the words written by the author are not the inspired words of God, the desire is that the thoughts may help you remember what God has said in that days passage.

     At the end of each devotion you will find a suggested reading for the day we have entitled, “God Talking To Me.” The reading is not purposefully chosen to reflect on the topic of the Devotion. However if you will follow these readings everyday, you will read through the entire Bible in one year.

      The daily bible reading is also divided into five days a week for fifty-one weeks. On Saturday, we suggest you re-read the Chapter of Proverbs written about in the past week and also the Chapter of Proverbs you will study the next week.

      You may also quickly notice there are no Bible Readings scheduled for Sundays. There is a simple reason for this. We want you to read and study whatever the Lord has laid on your Pastors heart for that week. Whatever his text is for the morning and evening service was given to him by God for your specific needs. The principal for this is found in Act 17:10 & 11.

 Acts 17:10-11
And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

      Those who were from Berea had a good practice that we might do well to follow. The Bible even says they were more noble for doing so. The practice we encourage is to listen intently to the preaching of God’s Word, then let it soak in even more by re-reading the text, and examining what God was saying there. Reading a chapter before and after the text will help. However you decide to do this, we hope you might let this become a habit in your life, examining what God wants to share with your life week by week.

      We hope you enjoy; Living In His Word Daily Through Proverbs over the next fifty-one weeks with Work Week Devotions. May God richly bless you day by day as you allow Him to speak into your hearts.

 This week we will:

Tues.   December 31, 2019  Explanation Work Week Devotions 
                                                   & Daily Reading Schedule
Wed.    January 1, 2020        Introduction to Proverbs    
Thurs. January 2, 2020        Solomon The main Writer     
Fri.       January 3, 2020         The Divisions of the Proverbs  
Sat.      January 4, 2020          Proverbs 1       
Sun.     January 5, 2020         No Passages Assigned

Traditional Old & New Testament Reading Schedule:

     December 31, 2019     Genesis 3-5 / Matthew 2

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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

December 30, 2019 – Through PROVERBS

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THROUGH PROVERBS

December 30      We have come to the end of another year…

      This is always an awkward week, as we try to end one year and begin a new year..

        For that reason we will spend the days of this week introducing you to the 2020 Devotions, entitled “THROUGH PROVERBS.”

       Several years ago I published these devotions, and many loved them. However, all the web sites where they were published have been deleted or taken down and a few people have asked if we might examine this wonderful book once again.     

      I am delighted to re-examine this old favorite filled with the wisdom of God as presented through Solomon, and a few others. 
 

 
    The Daily Bible Reading will be a bit different as we will simply read a passage from Proverbs every day, and re-read that chapter at the end of the week. There will also be a Daily Bible reading that will take you straight through the rest of the bible if read every day. This will all begin Next Monday. If you like the Traditional Schedule of reading a portion from the Old Testament and a portion from the New Testament daily, we will provide that for you as well. It will be your choice. 
 

GOD SAID:
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.      

       That is our overwhelming desire. To help each of you in your quest to study God’s Word and make it relevant to your daily life. This feeds into Living In His Word’s moto of:
                   

                         “Getting people into the Word of God…

                                      ….and the Word of God into people.” 

This week we will:

Tues.   December 31, 2019  Explanation Work Week Devotions 
                                                   & Daily Reading Schedule
Wed.    January 1, 2020        Introduction to Proverbs    
Thurs. January 2, 2020        Solomon The main Writer     
Fri.       January 3, 2020         The Divisions of the Proverbs  
Sat.      January 4, 2020          Proverbs 1       
Sun.     January 5, 2020         No Passages Assigned

 If you’re Following the Traditional Reading Schedule,
today’s Reading would be:

     December 30, 2019     Genesis 1- 2          Matthew 1

      I pray you will enjoy these Devotions, and stick with us through this week of Introductions. God bless, and thank you for your prayers and support of Living In His Word Ministries. 

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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

December 27, 2019 – Behold, The True King

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Behold, The True King

December 2
Daily Reading – Zechariah 11-14 / Revelation 21

GOD SAID:

Zechariah 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

  The people of this world that we live in, have always sought after a god. Some will say there is no God. In doing so, they make themselves out to be their own god. Others look to the stars and science, believing that in some way, the study of our solar system, and all that’s out there, will give us the understanding we need about our existence. They have made education their god. While many create a god of their own liking. One that might look like them, or that may resemble an animal, or plant that they can see and touch. They create a god in their own image. Then there are the multiple religions created around ancient faulty teachings, or new age cults. Everyone, whether they realize it or not, desires to worship something or someone. Arguments, family divisions, national disputes, and even bloody wars have been the result of these multiple ideas of a god. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone would realize that there is really only one God?

    That day is coming. Through the prophesies of Zechariah we read; “And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.”  The world will speak one pure language according to Zeph. 3:9. God casts out all false idols and beliefs according to Zech. 13:1-2. Finally, His name will be the only name recognized as the eternal King of Kings. The truth of Deut. 6:4 says; “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:”

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

       No one has to wait for the Millennial reign of our Lord Jesus Christ to crown Him King of their life. When we remove the other idols of this world from our life, including self, science, and social idolatry, we can then worship Him as the only Lord in our life.

Is He the King of Kings in your life?

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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

December 28 & 29, 2019 – Best Money Advice Ever

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Best Money Advice Ever

December 28 & 29
December 28 – Malachi / Revelation 22
December 29 – NO Daily Reading

GOD SAID:

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

   Money. There’s seminars, books and financial counselors galore on this one subject. Yet, the simplest financial advice causes some Christians to cringe. Tithing. A simple word that means a tenth part of something. This means ten percent of your gross earnings should go to God. I know already some of you are mad. But think on this. God lets you keep ninety percent. He could rightfully ask for it all and demand you live totally by faith in Him. Some say that’s Old Testament law. So is thou shalt not kill, but you seem to like that one. Thou shalt not steal, doesn’t bother you because that helps you keep your stuff. Getting never seems to upset anyone. It’s the giving back that drives them crazy. Do this for me. Take ten bananas, ten oranges, apples, eggs, and carrots and lay nine of each in one pile and one by itself. Now look at these piles. The pile with forty-five items is what God gave you. The little dinky pile with only five items is what he asks you to use to help Him get His message of salvation out to others. Yet, for some reason we want our pile, plus at least God’s banana.

   The next problem is where we give it. Some want to divide the tithe among several charities or different ministries. However, that is not what God says to do. It’s to be given to the storehouse, general offerings of your local church. Verse ten doesn’t say that about the offerings, just the tithe. Offering can be placed anywhere God leads you.

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

   Money! It’s not evil, but it can be the root of all evil if we don’t do things God’s way. God says here; “prove me,” or test me. What does He promise in return? He will pour out blessing from heaven on you. So, go ahead, try it. You’ll like it, I promise.


Have you tried God’s finance plan?


Scofield III Burgundy Indexed

 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW:

    You can read a lot of self-help books. However, none will provide you with a Bright New Life, like God’s Word does. We saw that again this week in:

● Busy, Often Too Busy
● Before, Or After
● Built Strong To Last
● Blessings And Pleasing
● Behold, The True King
● Best Money Advice Ever

    The Bible is God’s Book Of Life. If studied, and obeyed, its not a self-help book, It’s a God’s Help book. It promises, and delivers a Bright New Life.


SUNDAY:

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

December 30, 2019 Genesis 1- 2 Matthew 1
December 31, 2019 Genesis 3-5  Matthew 2
January 1, 2020 Genesis 6-8 Matthew 3
January 2, 2020 Genesis 9-11 Matthew 4
January 3, 2020 Genesis 12-14 Matthew 5
January 4, 2020 Genesis 15-17 Matthew 6:1-15
January 5, 2020 No Passages Assigned  


Luke 18:29-30
And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you,
There is no man that hath left house,
or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children,
for the kingdom of God’s sake,
Who shall not receive manifold more
in this present time,
and in the world to come life everlasting.

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

December 26, 2019 – Blessings And Pleasing

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Blessings And Pleasing

December 26
Daily Reading – Zechariah 7-10 / Revelation 20

GOD SAID:

Zechariah 8:16-17 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.

GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

  When trying to think of what we as Christians would like to do in the future, pleasing God must be right up there at the top of every list. For the child of God, there’s a clear understanding that pleasing God and enjoying a blessed life always go hand in hand. I once read, ”if you want to really enjoy your life, find the will of God and just do it.” To investigate the future and not see God there would actually be looking backwards.

    So, what can we do in the upcoming months that might be pleasing to God? Looking at today’s text, and remembering, we serve a God who never changes, here are things He told Israel to do as they rebuilt their lives with Him. First, be honest. Just quit living a bunch of lies. If someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, politely decline. Don’t make up a lie to make them feel better. Speak the truth in an atmosphere of love and peace. That’s the next thing God adds. When telling the truth, use some common sense. Does telling the neighbor you think their dog is ugly help anything? NO. Who knows, you might be wrong. Maybe it’s a cute dog and you have poor tastes in canines. Think about what you say, tell the truth, but in love. Next God says; don’t waste time trying to get even, or making others look bad so you look good. You always look bad doing so. Finally, be a person of your word. Don’t make promises you can’t or won’t keep. He ends saying, these are things He hates. That never ends well.

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

        Why does God hate these things? Because they violate His love for man, disrespect Him, and His will. When planning your tomorrows, keep in mind what pleases God. Honest, peace loving, trustworthy people. Blessings and pleasing God both go hand in hand.

Are we pleasing to God?

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

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