Proverbs 9:8 Wise And Foolish Rebukes

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Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Proverbs 9:8 

Rebuke is standing on a position and pointing out that someone else is doing something wrong. It is pointing out a fault in another person with the goal to help them become better.

Bosses will rebuke an employee in the workplace in order to get him to perform better or to make needed changes in his work habits. It is common to hear of a child being rebuked for doing something wrong or making a bad choice.

The challenge for most people is how they see a rebuke. Most people see it is as someone putting them down and telling them that they are wrong. They do not see it as a path to growth or change for the better.

Solomon gives warning to not rebuke those who are mockers, because they will not take it well. Those who are wise will accept it and grow from it.

Mockers are those who will scoff at the idea of living a righteous and holy life. They do not want to be told what to do or how to do it. When someone points out some needed change, they will fight it.

The wise person will hear a rebuke out and grow from it. He will take time to find out what is right and strive to do what is right. The wise want to grow, rather than keep making the wrong choices.

There are some in the church who get very angry when they are rebuked for a sin in their life. They are quick to point out about love and grace, refusing to accept that they must change.

Others will embrace the rebuke and see it as a challenge to become more like Jesus, rather than take offense to it.

Throughout your life there will be times when someone may rebuke you. Before you take offense to it, stop and think about what was said. Is it true? Then embrace it and change. If it is false, ignore it and move on.

Do not be angry at a rebuke, but see it as a chance for growth. God loves you, but will rebuke when you are making poor choices or stray from the path. God can and will use people to rebuke you and bring you on to His path for your life.

Be wise and grow, instead of offended and die.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to wise rebukes; that you will strive to live for God at all times; that God will give you strength to continue to grow in Jesus; and that God will give you wisdom in rebuking others. 

Proverbs 4:14-15 Where To Avoid Walking

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Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. Proverbs 4:14-15 

There are many different paths in life for a person to take. It is most common for a person to take the path that the most people have taken.

Choosing that path is easy because it goes with the flow, it does not create ripples or hardships and there are others on that same path. It appears to be the best path because many others are on it.

Solomon says that one should not set foot on the path of the wicked at all. One should avoid it at all costs and go another direction.

The path that the majority of people take in this world is one of selfishness and sin. It is usually a path that goes against God and leads one into more sin. The paths are ones of hatred, vengeance, greed, violence, pride, gossip, jealousy, and more.

There are many ‘believers’ who are taking the path of those in the world, the path of the wicked. They choose to watch, listen or do sinful things, because that is what every one else is doing. Often they do it with the claim that they are free in Christ and not bound by the law.

Jesus did not die to allow a person to sin more, but to free him from the bondage of sin’s punishment. It is to free the believer from continuing to sin on purpose. He has given a new path to walk on that is narrow and straight and leads to life and victory in love, grace and mercy.

Turning towards sin and accepting it as a part of life is to deny Christ and what He has done. The believer must avoid all paths of sin and run the other way, flee temptation.

The world will strive to get you to walk on their path. They will make it look and sound good for you. Avoid it, run from it. Avoid walking in any type of evil or sin.

God’s path for you has true life. It may be narrow and difficult, but it is full of life, leading to eternal life. Do not walk it to earn your salvation, but because you are saved. Walk it to thank God for what He has done for you. This is not to be done out of legalism, but out of love for God.

I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that God will reveal to you paths that are wicked; that God will guide you from paths of the wicked; and that God will give you strength to avoid sinful paths. 

Proverbs 2:11 Protection And Understanding

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Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Proverbs 2:11 

As a person goes through life, he will have many choices to make. Some of these choices will be large ones, while many will be smaller choices. Some will be easy to make, while others will be very difficult to decide which way to go.

In the process of making a choice there will be times when the person can just somehow ‘know’ which one is the better choice or which one he should not choose. There will be an inner feeling of what is the wrong choice.

However, many people will refuse to follow that feeling and make the wrong choice. They will throw out all discretion in favor of pleasure at the moment. This then will lead to trouble and danger.

Solomon states that discretion and understanding is what helps a person. They protect and guide a person.

While the world will call that inner feeling a person’s conscience, in reality it is God’s Holy Spirit. It is God who is trying to direct and guide a person on the correct path in this life.

Looking at the paths that are in life, they show many different things. A path may look nice and clean and easy to walk, but is right on the edge of a dangerous cliff and a spot where many rocks come tumbling down the hillside unexpectedly. Falling off the edge or being hit is a very high probability.

Discretion will see the dangers and keep one from going down that path. Understanding will know that it is better to walk another path to stay safe from harm.

These cliffs and rocks are temptations and sin in this world. While a person is free to do what he wants, being led by the Holy Spirit will bring discretion and understanding to do what is best. Please take a moment to fill out an Apple Feedback to let me know how I am doing. I look forward to the next class with ___. Have a wonderful night! Teacher Tom

Just like every other person you are on a path in this life. You will have choices to make that can help or endanger you. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to give you discretion and understanding as to what is before you on the path in this life.

Be willing to be led by God to make the correct choices. Do not allow yourself to be selfish and in the moment only to where you make foolish choices that put you in danger.

God loves you and will only guide you in the path that is best for your life. Trust Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will hear God’s Holy Spirit guiding you; that you will trust God’s leading in your life; and that God will fill you with discretion and understanding as you walk with Him.

Psalm 90:12 Number Your Days

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Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 

As a person is waiting for something exciting and fun to happen that is planned, he will often count the days until it is supposed to happen. The days will appear to drag by slowly, never seeming to get there. Children are known for this waiting for a birthday, Christmas or school getting out for the summer.

When a person is young, he feels as if he has lots of time to do whatever he wants. He has his whole life ahead of him. It is almost as if he feels he will live forever. Many in the world will think this way, and then also live this way.

They will choose to live in sinful ways, not knowing or thinking that there is coming a day when it will be over and there will be a day of reckoning.

Moses asked God to help him number his days. He wanted to do this in order to gain a heart of wisdom.

Knowing and understanding that a person has only a limited number of days on this earth can bring some wisdom. It will cause the person to think about what his actions are and how important they really are or are not.

Some will waste their days playing games, while others will be productive.

Believers will also need to number their days. They only have a short time on this earth. This has a two-fold meaning. One that he has a short time to be a witness and tell as many people as possible who Jesus is.

The other is that when going through troubles and hardships, he can know it is only temporary. It is only for short time before it will all be over.

Both ways gives a person wisdom in how to really live his life for God.

Regardless of what your age is, you can still number your days. You may be young with a longer life ahead of you, or you may be older nearing the end.

Each day you live on this earth, you have an opportunity to be His witness. You also have the opportunity to make the right choice in how you live for and serve God with your life. You also know that the struggles will come to an end soon.

Ask God to help you number your days, so that you may live your life in the right way for Him.

I pray today that God will reveal to you how short your life is; that God will show you what you need to do each day for Him; that you will choose to live for God daily; and that you will know the hope you have in Jesus. 

Job 35:3 Missing The Real Blessings

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Yet you ask him, ‘What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?’ Job 35:3 

The world does not see sin as sin. They do not have a solid foundational moral code to live by, so the rules to not sin mean nothing to them. Those in the world make the rules as they go along to meet their needs at the moment. It has to fit the rule: if it feels good, if it helps me, if it does not directly hurt anyone else, then do it.

Elihu pointed out a question that many believers have asked over time. People often want to know what benefit there is in not sinning.

This question is often asked of the world because of what they see in believers. If the believers they are seeing are living their life just as the world does, in sin, then it is a good question. There are many believers living in such a way, that they do not look any different than those who are not believers. Their lives are not set apart, holy unto God.

Living like this, causes a bad witness for Jesus. It turns people away from God, because why should they follow someone who requires some change, yet, they never see the change. There is no difference in how they live.

Other believers also question giving up sin, because of the troubles they are going through. They look at the challenges in life as God is against them. They watch non-believers seemingly going through life having everything going for them and no problems. As they see this, they begin to wonder why they should give up sin, why not keep sinning and enjoy it, life will be the same or even better.

Living like this misses the blessings God has for a person. The peace and joy of a relationship with God, the hope of eternal life, and the work of God in their lives.

God allows bad things in your life to build you and help you be His witness. It is not to tear you down or crush you, but to build you up.

Living in sin brings on many problems, ultimately separation from God for eternity. Having temporary pleasure in sin will not be worth losing eternal life with God.

Keep your focus on what God is blessing you with, even during times of struggle. Don’t allow yourself to look back and choose to go back to sin. It is not worth it.

I pray today that you will see the blessings God is giving you; that you will know the peace God has for you; that you will see the benefit of following God; and that God will help you to keep from looking back to sin.

Nehemiah 13:11 Priorities

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So I rebuked the officials and asked them, “Why is the house of God neglected?” Then I called them together and stationed them at their posts. Nehemiah 13:11 

Living life gives a person many different choices to make. There are a thousand different things that need to be done on a regular basis. Life calls a person in a thousand different ways every day.

Choosing which thing to do is done by making priorities. Which thing is the most important to do and continuing down the list of priorities. Most people do not have a problem making a choice as to what they want to do first, however, what most people see as the highest priority is not always the highest, but on the lower end.

Nehemiah had went back to Jerusalem and found that many of the priests were neglecting their duties as priest. They had chosen to go back home to their own fields and work their fields, rather than do their duties in God’s house. God’s house was being neglected.

People are very quick to find time to work and earn money or to take some free time to play or watch a game. While working a job and providing an income for the family is important, it is not the most important thing to do. Relaxing while playing or watching a game can be a good thing, but, again, it is not the highest priority in life.

The first and highest priority has to deal with eternal matters, not just a temporary thing. While work and relaxing is good, they are temporary. God’s house is eternal.

There are two parts of God’s house, one’s own life and all believers together. Neither need to be neglected. One must make sure his own life is in line with God’s will. One must also strive to build others up in Christ in order to build God’s house larger.

Each and every day you must stop and take time to spend some time with God. Spend it in prayer, praise, worship, reading His word and listening to Him. This builds you up and allows God to guide you in what to do for the day, what your priorities should be.

Then spend time building others up, starting with family, then those closest to you, then every one else. There is always someone who needs to be built up in Jesus. Don’t neglect God’s house for a temporary fix. Go for the eternal.

I pray today that you will have a hunger to know God more; that you will allow God to guide your priorities in life; that you will never neglect God’s house for the temporary; and that God will use you to build His house larger.

1 Kings 18:21 Make A Choice

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Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing. 1 Kings 18:21 

It is very common for people to not want to make a concrete decision. Many people do not like to have to make a final choice in a situation. They like to be able to have the option of two or more different ways and change choices as they go along.

With the choices available, people like different things with both options. So rather than lock themselves down with one side, they waver in the middle and go back and forth all the time.

As God was ready to bring the drought to an end, Elijah called all the people together with the prophets of Baal. His first statement was that they needed to make a choice. They had to choose who was the real God. He left it up to them to decide between God and Baal.

For a number of years, the people would serve both God and Baal. Depending upon the time and situation, they would waver between the two. Yet, there was only room for one God and they had to make a choice.

The same problem occurs today. Although no one follows Baal anymore, there are other things that people follow as though it was God or a god, as they also follow God on Sundays. On Sunday they go to church and worship and serve God. As soon as Sunday is over they are serving self and following some other God–jobs, people, sports, money, or anything else.

When people live like this, they are not making a choice in who is God. They are being lukewarm in their life and in the end will be cast out. God wants a choice to be made. He prefers that He be the real God in each person’s life, but it is still a choice, one way or the other.

As a believer you have made a choice at some point to believe God is God. Now you have a choice to live that way. Take a look at your life and see if you are wavering between God and some idol.

What thing(s) or people are getting in your way between you and God? Make a choice as to who is God and then follow that God with all of your life. Don’t waver and get kicked out.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will serve God with all of your life; that you will not waver in your belief in God; and that you will not waver in your following God.