Proverbs 22:5 Stay Far Away

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In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them. Proverbs 22:5 

Daredevils love to live life on the edge. They want to get as close to something dangerous as possible, without going over the edge. Doing something like this gives a person a adrenalin rush of great excitement.

Doing an action like this may produce excitement, but it may also cause one to slip up and get injured or killed. The dangers are real, yet, some will go forward anyways.

Most people claim that they do not like to push themselves into danger. They claim that they will stay away from the edge of the cliff, rather then step into the danger zone.

However, the reality is that the majority of people purposefully walk into the danger zone and get injured. They willingly walk off the cliff.

Solomon knows that the wicked are on a path that is full of snares and pitfalls, that is dangerous. Those who are wise and want to live will stay far away from that path.

The danger that the world purposefully walks into is sin and sinful acts. Every act that is sinful is done and is promoted to be done by others. This can be expected of those who do not follow God.

There are many in the church, those who are believers in Jesus, who will try to walk up as close to the edge of sin and try not to get burned or destroyed. They want to walk as close to the path of sin as possible.

Doing things like this is asking to be destroyed. It is endangering one’s life. When one is close to the edge it is easy to fall over the edge into sin.

Desiring to have real life will cause one to stay as far from the edge of sin as possible.

In your life there will be and are temptations for you to step into sin. How you live your life will determine how close to that sin you will get.

As a believer, you must flee from the temptation to sin. Get as far away from the edge of sin to lower the amount of temptation that will come upon you. If you walk close to edge, you will have a greater chance of falling into that sinful way of living.

Run the path God has for you and flee the path of the wicked.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to see the pitfalls of the world; that you will run after God; that you will walk the path God has for you; that God will help you flee from all sin; and that God will preserve your life for His righteousness. 

Proverbs 16:5 The Danger Of Pride

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The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5 

Society tells people to be proud of who they are and what they can do or have already accomplished. Children are always told to take pride in themselves. Many different groups stand up in pride of who they are and what they stand for.

Believing in self is the mantra of the world, that one can do anything that he sets his mind to, that he is the best that there is.

According to the world, this is the best way to think. It is motivating and building up. It gives people the strength to do anything that they desire.

God takes a different view of pride. In the verse today, God hates those who are proud and will get punished at some point.

God hates pride because it is all about self. Pride has no love except for self. It was pride that caused the downfall of Satan. It was pride of self that caused Adam and Eve to choose to sin against God.

It is pride that puts one’s self above all others. It believes that self is the best that there is and that self can do whatever one wants. It does not allow itself to be in submission to anyone else.

The reality is that no one can do anything at all without God’s help and provision. God is the one who sustains all life upon this earth. He is the one who gives a person breath to breathe and strength to do things.

Since it is all by God’s powers and abilities, man cannot have any pride in self. It is not about himself, but about God and about others. God is outward focused and wants His people to be outward focused.

Over the time of your life, God may have used you to do some great things. Remember it was God who gave you the ability, not you yourself. It is not about you, but Him.

As you do things, remember to give God the credit for it. Don’t take all the credit and become proud and all about self, but make it about God and others. Build God and others up. That is what true love is.

God loves the humble, but hates the proud. Don’t give Him a reason to be against you, but remove all pride.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know what God has done for you; that you will know that it is all about God and others; and that you will raise God and others up above yourself. 

Psalm 35:3 A Needed Reminder

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Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to me, “I am your salvation.” Psalm 35:3 

Throughout the world there are people who are pursuing other people to destroy them. Some are physically being pursued to cause physical injury, but most often they are being pursued with words in public or in private. Words are often used to damage a person’s life or reputation. False words can destroy a person quickly.

Those that pursue others to destroy them do it for many reasons. It can be out of jealousy, anger, hatred, revenge, to make oneself look better, or to cut another down.

As this is happening, most people have no support. They struggle to find help to stop the attacks. They do not see an escape route from those against them. This becomes especially true with the online social media ability to spread words.

David was being pursued by many seeking to kill him. He cries out to God asking for mercy and for God to attack his enemies. He asks God to remind him that He is his salvation.

While people are being attacked, they often seek help from others. These are often lawyers, costing thousands of dollars in court cases. They seek to retaliate against the attacker, just as the world is attacking them.

Believers understand and know that the salvation of the soul is found in Jesus, but often forget that being saved from attacks can also be found in God. The believers trust must be in God first and foremost, even in God alone.

Trusting in self or the ways of this world will fall short and fail. Trusting in God will never fail. Every believer needs to be reminded by God, once in a while, that He alone is their salvation in every situation met on this earth.

Just as you trust God for the salvation of your soul, trust Him to save you in every attack against you. Trust that God will take care of you, regardless of what the world throws your way or how the world tries to destroy you.

God is greater than any rumor or false lies that the world attacks with. He is greater than the physical attacks of this world. He is an overcomer and will win the war in the end for you.

Each day remind yourself that God is your salvation. There is no other name or help by which you can be saved from anything or anyone.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know that God is on your side; that you will see God’s hand of protection in your life; and that you will trust God in every situation. 

John 11:7-8 Go, Despite The Danger

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and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” John 11:7-8

Jesus and the disciples had just heard that Lazarus was sick. After waiting a few days, Jesus said they must go to Judea, where Lazarus was. The disciples reminded Him that the Jews there had been trying to kill Him and wondered why He would want to go there.

Avoiding danger is something that most people like to do. When they see a dangerous situation ahead, they try to go a different direction.

People do not like to intentionally walk into a dangerous situation. They try to avoid danger with any means possible. Danger always means trouble, pain, and suffering. And people do not like to have any of those at all.

When danger is absolutely unavoidable, people will then walk into danger. Soldiers, fireman, and policemen are known for walking into dangerous situations. That is a part of the job and their duty to others. They are there to help someone else out who is in danger.

Jesus knew the possible danger that was connected with going back to Judea, yet, He chose to go there anyways. He knew that He needed to go there in order to raise Lazarus from the dead. The people needed to know that they could be saved, even from death. Jesus also knew that He would be going during the day and that God His Father was with Him.

Believers are to be just like Jesus. They need to know where God is leading them to be a witness. At times, some will be lead into a dangerous area or situation. It may cost them their lives, however, to not go may cost someone else their eternal life.

As a believer, you must be willing to go where God leads you, even if it means into a dangerous situation. You must know that God is in control and that someone there needs to see or hear your testimony.

Do not fear the danger, because at most, all that can happen is you die. They may want to kill you, but since God is in control, they cannot kill you unless He allows them to do so.

So despite any danger involved, go and be a witness of Jesus.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will not fear any danger in front of you; that you will be a witness for Jesus to everyone; and that God will use you to reach the lost.

Luke 10:3 A Lamb Among Wolves

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Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” Luke 10:3

Jesus had been teaching the disciples for some time. Now He chooses to send them out to start working on their own at spreading the gospel message. He tells them that there is a great harvest and a lot to do. He then says He is sending them out as a lamb among wolves.

Wolves are a predator type animal that farmers do not like. When wolves are hungry they will seek farm animals for food. One of the challenging things with wolves is that they do not work alone, they always work in packs. A group of wolves will surround and animal in order to take it down for food.

Lambs are one of the easiest animals for a wolf to prey upon, because a lamb never physically fights. They are very calm and just follow a leader. Lambs eat grass and not other creatures, so they are never a threat to another animal.

Jesus tells the disciples that they would be like a lamb as they are sent out. They are not going with a physical power and fight. The disciples were going in God’s power and word. They were to show love and compassion.

The world is like the wolves. They seek to destroy and devour the lambs…the innocent people, followers of Jesus.

People in this world will work in packs trying to take down believers. Vicious rumors and lies will be spread about believers and God. All over the media, Christians are being mocked and ridiculed. A life that promotes everything against God is being promoted as good.

At times the world will even get physical with believers. Around the world there are believers who are being physically abused and tortured for their belief in Jesus.

As the world is acting like a wolf, believers are to be like a lamb. They are to be innocent and not physically fighting back. They are not to destroy and kill, but to love and bring life.

Each day as you go out, you must look at your life and see how you are portraying yourself. Are you being like the wolves and not bringing the life changing message to this world? Are you blending in with the wolves?

Or are you working to gather a harvest for God? Bring the gospel message of love and salvation to this world.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will be known as a believer in Jesus; that you will not return evil for evil; and that you will work to gather the harvest for God.