Thursday, July 20, 2017

July 20 "His Heart Is Not With You" Proverbs 22-23

“Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you." Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart, so is he in his actions. This chapter warns against luxury, sensuality, and indulgence. Take care to listen to your life. As a person thinks in his heart, "so will he look" and give to you this: You are not welcome here. And you lose the sweet words you have already spoken. Take care who is with you. Let go who is not.

July 19 "Unsearchable. Unmanageable." Proverbs 19-21

In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him. Proverbs 21:1 God can change the mind of those in authority. Turns their thoughts. Inclines them to good. Those in authority: unreachable, untouchable, unsearchable, unmanageable. State Secrets. Yet. We are all under the Watchful Eye. Surrounded. Carried in His Hand.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 18 "Motives" Proverbs 16-18

"To humans belong the plans of the heart but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue." All a person's ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Proverbs 16:1-2 We are not sufficient in ourselves to think or speak anything. All our sufficiency is of God. God is always with our mouth and our thoughts and our heart. While we do purpose and plan with freedom of heart, the delivery and design, the issue and success is of the Lord, not of man. God disposes. God breaks our measures. Father, break our thoughts, our hearts, our plans---with Yours. Matthew Henry says: "There is a great deal of pollution cleaving to our ways." God weighs our spirit in a just and unerring balance, knows us full, passes a judgment Tekel "upon that which passed our scale with approbation, weighed in the balance and found wanting. By His Judgment we stand or fall.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 17 "Timely Word" Proverbs 13-15

How good is a timely word. Proverbs 15:23 And a man has joy from the answer of his own mouth. So, when others ask for advice, and you give speech seasoned with grace, and it is acceptable to your friend, such is a word of promise spoken and applied by the Spirit of God to heart of the one in need. Such is "the Gospel of peace, pardon, righteousness, and salvation, as spoken by Christ and his ministers to weary and wounded souls." It cannot be expressed how seet, how good, how seasonable, it is. Awakened by God this morning. Wake my ears to hear. Give me the tongue of the learned. Isaiah 50:4

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 16 "My Privilege To Obey" Proverbs 10-12

Here is. "The honour and happiness of the obedient." Matthew Henry says: They will receive commandments; they will take it as a privilege, and really an ease to them, to be under government, which saves them the labour of deliberating and choosing for themselves; and they will take it as a favour to be told their duty and admonished concerning it. And this is their wisdom; those are wise in heart who are tractable, and those who thus bend, thus stoop, shall stand and be established, shall prosper, being well advised. My utmost privilege.

July 15 Proverbs 7-9

Proverbs 8:1 "Does not wisdom call out? Does not undertanding raise her voice? At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud: I raise my vloice to all mankind." "The word of God is two-fold, and, in both senses, is wisdom; for a word without wisdom is of little value, and wisdom without a word is of little use." Matthew Henry. Get wisdom.

July 14 "Live Sober" Proverbs 4-7

The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day." Proverbs 3:18. We are all under the influence of divine grace. Fresh supplies available every living day. But the path of the just [is] as the shining light. Live soberly on that path.