Proverbs 11:4 Worthless In The End

Holding money

Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. Proverbs 11:4 

Seeking extreme wealth is the goal of many people. They feel that being wealthy is the greatest goal in life and that wealth will solve all their problems.

Having great wealth gives the appearance of security. When one has a lot of money, believe that they can purchase whatever they need, whenever they want.

While wealth can purchase a lot of things, it cannot purchase everything. It cannot purchase peace, joy, or the greatest need on this earth–life. Many wealthy people are lying on their deathbed with a sickness that cannot be cured. Many who are wealthy have ended their life out of depression or stress of striving to gain more wealth.

Solomon was the richest man who ever lived, yet he said that wealth was worthless in the end. It could not save during the day of wrath, nor could it purchase righteousness which delivers from death.

The thing people search for in wealth can only be found in the righteousness of Jesus. Jesus came to this earth to bring true life that every person is seeking. He wants to provide joy, peace, comfort, strength and eternal life. The very thing that every one who is seeking wealth desires.

Every person needs to seek the righteousness of Jesus in their lives. He is the one who brings about forgiveness of sins and gives eternal life. As a person is living in the righteousness of Jesus, he will have peace, comfort, security and eternal life, the very things that people seek in wealth.

On the day Jesus returns to judge the earth, all material wealth will be completely worthless. It will be unable to purchase forgiveness of sins. It will be unable to purchase righteousness before God. Only belief in Jesus can do those things.

Instead of seeking to gain more wealth in your life, strive to gain the righteousness of Jesus. Strive to be more righteous and holy as Jesus is.

In living in His righteousness and holiness, you will be able to stand on the day of judgement and wrath of God. His righteousness will deliver you from death and the wrath of God.

It is not your works, money or abilities that will save you, but the righteousness of Jesus. Make His righteousness the goal of your life. Seek His righteousness as much as some seek wealth and see what God can do in and through you.

I pray today that you will know the salvation that Jesus provides; that you will know the righteousness of Jesus; that you will strive to be holy as God is holy; and that you will seek God with all of your heart, soul and mind above everything else.

Proverbs 5:23 No Discipline Equals Death

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For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly. Proverbs 5:23 

Discipline is the ability to make oneself do the right thing or to choose to not do something wrong, regardless of how hard that decision is. Athletes discipline themselves to work out and practice long and hard in their skill to improve and become better. They push the hardships of the hard work aside to improve.

Many in the world do a great job at disciplining themselves to do a sport, but often will not choose to discipline themselves in other areas of life that are not good.

There is no discipline used to hold oneself from living in sinful ways. Choices to commit and live in adultery, homosexuality, or some other deviant lifestyle are common. Each of these and many more ways are ways that lead to death. Sinful lifestyles are accepted as normal and promoted.

Solomon realizes that lack of discipline will bring about death. People are led down wrong paths by their own folly.

The believer must choose to live for God and according to His ways and commands. It takes focus and discipline to live for God.

Yet, there are many in the church who have chosen to put discipline aside and follow the ways of the world. Men lust after other women or men who are not their wives. Women lust after men and women who are not their husbands.

Sin is embraced and accepted as the world accepts it.

True discipline will choose to not walk down sinful paths. This is not down out of legalistic beliefs, but out of love for God for what He has done for each person. Jesus died to remove sin and the death sentence of sin upon a person.

Walking in sin puts that death sentence back into place. It is foolishness to choose to die.

Each day you will have choices to make. You can either look into and follow sinful ways, or you may turn away from all sin and follow God’s holy and righteous ways of living.

God wants you to have an abundant life. Living in sin may be abundant for a short season, but in the end it will bring about death.

Discipline yourself, train yourself to stay focused upon God and His ways. Train yourself to choose to obey God’s commands and not live in sin.

Embrace the life God has for you, not the death the world offers.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that God will guide you into His ways of living; that God will give you strength to walk in His ways; that you will keep your eyes focused upon God; and  that you will have discipline to obey God. 

Psalm 102:25-26 This World Is Temporary, God Is Not

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In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Psalm 102:25-26 

Over time a person can watch the changing of the earth in small ways. Rivers wear down the banks, making it wider. Small hills are leveled down from erosion. Cliffs break off into the sea.

These are minute changes that can be physically seen within the lifetime of a person. Scientists often claim that the world will have to come to an end some day. While their reasoning may be off, the fact that the world will come to an end some day is true.

Just like the earth, people also will come to a physical end some day. The body wears down and eventually dies.

The author of this psalm recognizes that everything God has made will wear out and perish, but God will remain. God does not change, nor does He come to an end. He will remain for eternity.

Many people fear the end of the earth and death. They do not know what is next. God has provided for what is next. Sending Jesus, He provides a way to have life after the physical death on this earth.

Knowing that God remains forever can bring peace to the heart and mind of a person who believes in Him. God has provided for a way to man to live forever also. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, every person can live for eternity, long after the destruction of this world.

God does not change as this earth does. He does not wear down and die off, He remains for eternity. This can give the believer a hope, despite the wearing down of this world.

Instead of fighting for things of this earth, that will wear down and fade away, you can live for God and aim for things that last for eternity. Seek His perfect love in your life. Love will never fade away or die off, it is eternal.

See to bring others to Jesus by being His witness. Their souls are eternal and need eternal life in them. Do not focus or fear the temporary things of this earth. Everything temporary will fade away soon.

Put all of your trust in God and not this earth. In the end you will have eternal life beyond this earth.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the life God has for you; that God will remove the fear of temporary things on this earth; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.

Psalm 97:10 Love God, Hate Evil

Burning light

Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10 

Promotion of what is evil can be found all over the place in many different forms. The world does not see evil as evil, but as good, fun and entertaining. People feel that they have the right to think, listen, say, and do whatever they want, how they want and when they want.

Music, games, movies, TV shows and books will promote lies, cheating, killing and other evil deeds as acceptable, or just ‘not as bad as….’ Many evil things are hidden behind the mask of comedy, making light of something bad and evil.

The psalmist encourages those who love God to hate evil. The reason for that is that God is protecting the lives of those who are faithful.

Loving something that is evil is putting oneself into the enemies hands and danger. It is purposefully allowing oneself to be harmed. It is also putting oneself against God, bringing on His wrath and anger.

Jesus died to remove all sin and evil from the life of every person. To follow Jesus and turn back to that evil is to deny Christ.

Seeing any evil, in any form, should break the heart of a believer. What is being seen is sin and shows people who do not really know God or have allowed themselves to walk away from Him.

Love will only want what is good, right, holy and pure. Every believer is to live their lives as Jesus lived, only doing what is good, right, holy and pure. They will allow God to control their thoughts and actions to do only what will please Him. This is not done to earn salvation, but because one is saved, it is done out of love.

Jesus has removed all sin from your life. Do not allow yourself to go back into it or be entertained by sin. Hate all evil, in every form and flee it. Allow your heart to break at those being bound up in evil.

Fill your heart with God’s love, knowing the love God had and has for you. Love what God loves and hate what God hates. God loves people, but hates evil and sin.

Doing these things will fill your heart with God’s love and peace, rather than fear and death.

I pray today that you will allow God to transform your thinking; that you will love God with all of your life; that God will help you to hate all evil doing; and that your life will shine God’s love in this world.