January 14, 2020 – What Will You Do With Wisdom?

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What Will You Do With Wisdom?

January 14, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 1:21-24 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

      If you go to court most any given day, you’ll find someone standing before a judge with the defense of, “I didn’t know that was against the law!” Although this may be the truth, (howbeit doubtful), the judge will likely say; “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” In other words, take time to find out the rules of this town before coming here. Some judges will extend grace if they honestly believe they were unaware. That’s up to each judge.

     God is making the same plea. He has given us wisdom, and it is apparent everywhere. It’s in common sense that tells us about right and wrong. It’s not hidden in a secret place, or in a library in one book among billions. Wisdom is displayed in today’s Proverb as a woman saying come and learn, but people won’t listen, and go their own way. I’ve heard people say, “what will it take to get your attention?” That’s the lesson here. 

     Three groups of people are addressed:

  • The Simple Ones; these are the young who have not learned. They have their life ahead, and decisions to make.

  • The Scorners; those living in sin, making fun of what’s right, but in the back of their mind, they wonder.

  • Finally, The Fools; those who have hardened their heart against God, and his wisdom.

     Each started life in the same place, with equal opportunities as wisdom calls. 

THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

    As wisdom calls through the pages of God’s Word, what will you do? Will you hear it, and leave without it? Hear it, and make fun, or refuse to hear? These choices leave you alone, and without God. You could however, learn it, love it, and God will guide you. What will you do with WISDOM?

GOD TALKING TO ME:

JANUARY 14, 2020
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
 Genesis 26 – 28          Proverbs 1:21-24
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
 Genesis 33 – 34              Matthew 11:20-30     

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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

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

January 13, 2020 – It Can’t Happen To Me!

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It Can’t Happen To Me!

January 13

DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 1:18-20 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

      Not me! It can’t happen to me! That’s the attitude we all have. Somehow, in us, we believe that bad things only happen to other people, and we’re somehow supermen. “It can never happen to me.” Truth is, bad things happen to everyone.

      However, wouldn’t it be somewhat foolish to make bad things happen, and then complain about it? Would you take a knife and begin to saw off one of your fingers, all the while screaming and crying, “please stop this hurts.” No. You would just stop. Still, people today have the advantage in their life of seeing what the harmful effects of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pornography, greed, and hatred have done to others, and yet they continually fall into the same old traps. Somehow, they think they’ll be able to stop whenever they want to. That’s just one more of Satan’s hooks, that as our verses says, “taketh away the life of the owner.” 

      I’ve sat with alcoholics and drug addicts after years of abuse, as they go through withdrawals. Watching the sorrow and pain they now endure. Listening as they beg, “please make it quit,” referring to the physical pain their addiction is now causing. I’ve listened to people dying of lung cancer, who’ve been told tobacco is what caused it. Yet they sit with a cigarette in their mouth saying, “I wished I’d never started this.” Ted Bundy is reported to have said in an interview, just before being put to death as a sex offender and serial killer, that he believed his lust began for him in his youth through pornography. What a trap people often set for themselves.

 THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

      Will you fall into the worst trap of all? The trap of lying to yourself by saying, “It can’t happen to me.” That’s exactly what everyone has said. Yet it happens!

 

GOD TALKING TO ME:

January 13
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
 Genesis 23-25          Proverbs 1:18-20  
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Genesis 31-32           Matthew 11:1-19

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       “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 11 & 12, 2020 – Weekend Preview

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Weekend Preview

January 11th & 12th 

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the

LORD

is the beginning
of knowledge:
but fools
despise wisdom
and
instruction.

 

Work Week Devotions
Through the Book of Proverbs

     As previously mentioned, with WORK WEEK DEVOTIONS, we will only be publishing a Devotional Thought on Monday – Friday. On Saturday we suggest you re-read the entire chapter we have been studying through, 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 1 – Day 6

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

Proverbs 1-2

 

WEEK 1 – 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
    January 13, 2020    Genesis 23 – Genesis 25    Proverbs 1:18-21
    January 14, 2020    Genesis 26 – Genesis 28    Proverbs 1:22-24
    January 15, 2020    Genesis 29 – Genesis 31    Proverbs 1:25-28
    January 16, 2020    Genesis 32 – Genesis 35    Proverbs 1:29-33
    January 17, 2020    Genesis 36 – Genesis 39    Proverbs 2:1-2
    January 18, 2020    Proverbs 1-2
    January 19, 2020    No Passages Assigned      

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
    January 13, 2020    Genesis 31-32     Matthew 11:1-19
    January 14, 2020    Genesis 33-34     Matthew 11:20-30
    January 15, 2020    Genesis 35-37     Matthew 12:1-37
    January 16, 2020    Genesis 38-39     Matthew 12:38-50
    January 17, 2020    Genesis 40-41     Matthew 13:1-35

    January 18, 2020    Genesis 42-43     Matthew 13:36-58
    January 19, 2020    No Passages Assigned  

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY    
    JANUARY 11, 2020     Genesis 29-30         Matthew 10
    JANUARY 12, 2020     No Passages Assigned

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       “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 10, 2020 – Your Friends Make A Good Mirror

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Your Friends Make A Good Mirror

January 10, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 1:15-17
My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

       As a young boy, my father would give me wise counsel. Although as a young boy, I didn’t count it as wise counsel. At that young age, I looked at it as if some old guy didn’t want me to have fun and was trying to talk bad about my friends. Friends who I felt, he didn’t even know. He would say things like, “Who you hang around with, is who you’ll become.” Or, “People judge you, not by who you are, but by who you hang out with.” Did I believe him? Not really. Was he right? ABSOLUTELY!

        My friends did not seem so bad to me at the time, and my dad really did not know them well. However, what he did know was that they were heading in the wrong direction in life. Their lives had little, if any direction, and they had absolutely no Biblical desires. If they did, they sure did not show it. What he knew was, if I continued with them, others would judge me to be just like them. Worse than that, he knew that after a while, I would become just like them. He was right, and I did.

       Had it not been for the grace of God, and His life changing salvation, I might be where many of them are today. Broken, unhappy, addicted, mean spirited, and some, dead. However, because of Godly parents’ prayers, the visitation program of a few churches, and a revival speaker, God got hold of my life. I now serve God, and not self. I now have joy immeasurable. I’m no longer addicted to the drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, which once ruled my life. I now have a different set of friends, who are godly friends. In addition, Jesus is now my best friend.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

    People still judge me by my friends, and I’m proud to be associated with those people. They pray for me, and keep me accountable to God. What are people thinking of you today? Do you want to know? Simply look at your friends. That’s who people think you are. Your friends make a good mirror.


GOD TALKING TO ME:

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  January 10, 2020        Genesis 19  –  Genesis 22          Proverbs 1:15-17

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  January 10, 2020       Genesis 27-28       Matthew 9:18-38    

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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 9, 2020 – Success At Any Cost

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Success At Any Cost

January 9, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 1:10-14
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Get all you can, can all you get, sit on the can, and poison the rest. This appears to be the world’s philosophy. To get everything you can possibly get. Then when you get it, hold on to it. Don’t share it with anyone, keep it. You worked hard for it. You earned it. You deserve it. Don’t worry about whom you may hurt along the way. It’s all just part of life, right. WRONG!

       There are thousands of men, women, and children, just in the United States, who lives in cars, under bridges, and in cardboard boxes, because of this very way of thinking. Many are victims of consumer greed. At Christmas, the better off toss a dollar in the Salvation Army kettle for “poor homeless people,” feeling as if they’ve done their part. Not realizing how the greed of today’s consumer mentality has caused much of this economic sorrow. For many businesses, making another dollar has become more important than the people they employ. While some will die during the winter months from exposure to the freezing cold, and many families go without food or shelter, Corporate Executives fill their houses with the spoils, and consume the livelihood of someone else. All for what? To make one more dollar they really don’t need. Did someone mean for this to happen? Probably not. However, decisions based on the bottom line only, often hurt people who depend on them. Not all people suffer because of self-indulgence. Some are there by their own poor choices. However, what if your family was homeless because of thoughtless greed? Would it matter then?

 

THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     God’s not against success. However, He’s very concerned with how we measure success. Mark 8:36 asks; “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Greed often causes social blindness and misses Calvary’s love for man. Pray for loving, humble hearts.

GOD TALKING TO ME:

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  January 9, 2020        Genesis 14  –  Genesis 18          Proverbs 1:10-14

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  January 9, 2020       Genesis 25-26        Matthew 9:1-17     

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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 8, 2020 – Just Give Me Good Directions

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Just Give Me Good Directions

January 8, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 1:7- 9
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     If I said, “to go from Virginia, to California you need to go straight west,” this would be a true statement. Therefore, is the statement, “to go to California you must go straight west,” always correct? NO! The statement “to get to California from Virginia you must head west” is correct. However, if you begin in Florida and head west, you will end up in Mexico. Does that make the instructions wrong? NO! But, it sure makes your starting place very important.

     It’s the same with these Proverbs. If you try to apply them to an immoral heart, they will not always work. In fact, they will not always make sense. Our heart tells us, “Live for Me, Get All I Can, Enjoy Every Moment No Matter the Cost.” The Bible tells us, Live for God, He will supply all you need, and your joy will not be for a moment, but for eternity.

     The beginning of understanding any of these proverbs, is to understand and believe in the Author of the Proverbs. It involves having a personal, love relationship with God, through His Son Jesus Christ, and being empowered by the Holy Spirit. If you begin in the right place, you’ll end up in the right place.

     Begin with Jesus. Submit, or resubmit yourself to Him. The beginning of knowledge is to have a relationship with God.

THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     If you have never accepted Christ, agree with Him that you are a sinner, and need a Saviour. Understand, He died for all your sin. Believe that His death, burial, and resurrection paid the price in full for your sin debt. Ask Him to come into your life forever. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Are you beginning this journey from the right location?


GOD TALKING TO ME:

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  January 8, 2020        Genesis 9  –  Genesis 13          Proverbs 1:7-9

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  January 8, 2020       Genesis 24        Matthew 8     

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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 7, 2020 – Memories

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Memories

January 7, 2020

DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 1:4-6 
To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

        Over the holidays, and at various times of the year, the schools in most areas close for seasonal breaks. Children play and have a great time. Then comes the dreaded day when the vacation is over and School resumes its sessions. It’s not really school which is dreaded, as much as it is the idea of having to study and learn something. That takes work and time. It means having to memorize some things. Of which we hear young and old alike all make the same claim. “I am not good at memorizing things.” Well that’s just not true. Let’s think for a second. Where do you live? What is the address? What is your phone number? How do you get to work? What’s your favorite food? You have all the answers to these questions buried in your mind. You memorized them. Why? Because knowing each of these facts are very important to your daily life.

     The book of Proverbs is also important for your daily living. I am not asking you to memorize the book of Proverbs. However, what do today’s verses tell us? “A wise man will hear”, and not just hear, but will also dig deep, to find the dark sayings. Simply put it’s not just reading the words, but understanding the depth of their meaning. Not just readers and hearers, but doers also.  

THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

      What will be your choice? Will you be someone who reads the words, walks away, and never think of them? Or even worse, one who never even reads the words at all. Or will you be the wise person who says in your heart, I will read, learn, understand, and apply the wise counsel of the wisest one of all times. Are we talking of Solomon as the wisest? Absolutely not. The wisest is God. God simply used Solomon to share the wisdom and truth that He has for you.

GOD TALKING TO ME:

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
January 7, 2020     Genesis 5 – Genesis 8     Proverbs 1:4 -7

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
January 7, 2020     Genesis 21-23                  Matthew 7    

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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

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