Proverbs 30:5 Perfect Words

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Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5 

There thousands of manuscripts of different ancient Greek stories or some other foreign writing out in circulation. With each of the translations there are many different differences of opinion as to what was originally said. There are many faults in the what was written.

There are also thousands of books that have been written giving information on how to do something. In most of these books there can be faults as to what was written. It can also be found that many different books deny the ‘facts’ in other books. Truth is hard to come by.

The writer of this proverbs knows that the word of God is perfect with no flaws in it. One can hold on to it and be protected by God.

God has allowed His word to be written down so that people can know what He has said and what He desires. These words that He has said are perfect words that work for every person. God has worked out all of the details in His word to a point of perfection.

Reading and listening to His word gives a person everything that they need to know in how to live on this earth and prepare for eternity. It reveals who God is.

When a person holds onto His word and follows it, God will be a shield around the person. The person is taking up his refuge in God and His word, not in the temporary things of this world.

Having God’s word in one’s life brings about a peace and comfort of His security and love. Without His word, there is no hope in this life, it is eat, live, die.

Throughout your life you will have many situations to deal with. Go to God’s word to seek how to deal with them. Hold on to His promises that He has for you. Know the hope you have in Jesus Christ, knowing that all this life will end some day and you will have eternity in heaven.

You can trust God’s word to you. It will never fail you. God will never fail you. Instead of holding on to the things of this world that will fade away and fail, hold onto His word.

God will hold on to and protect you when you hold to and follow His word for your life.

I pray today that you will know God’s word to you; that you will trust God’s word; that you will know the security in God’s word; and that you will know the truth in God’s word. 

Psalm 143:8 The GPS Of Life

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Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8 

Traveling from one place to another requires that a person have directions on how to get there. Thirty years ago, this was done by asking for directions or reading a map that one would bring with him. Without some type of directions, one can never get to his destination.

In current times, the most common way to get directions is to pull up the directions on a GPS system. Usually this will be able to give the needed directions from wherever a person is at to where he wants to go. People trust the GPS system to get them to their destination.

Finding direction in life is much more challenging. Often people look to other people or books to get their direction.

David called out to God to give him direction. He fully trusted God to lead him correctly in life.

GPS systems can give directions to physical places, but are unable to guide a person in life. In life there are millions of different possible paths to take, millions of actions and reactions that are available.

Knowing which path to take can be nearly impossible for a person to do on his own. While seeking guidance from others can help, they can also fall short or lead in the wrong way.

The focus of the leading that people give is short term, limited only to this life. It does not have eternity in mind.

God is the only one who has perfect love and eternity in mind. He knows the beginning, the middle and the end at the same time. He knows the path that each person must take.

As a believer you must release your life into the hands of God. Trust that He knows what is best for you. Seek His guidance each day for the path for you to take in this life.

God is waiting there to guide you in what you should think, say and do each moment of every day. With God you will never lose connection, service or get an unknown location as you will with a man-made GPS system.

Who or what is your GPS system in this life? What is guiding you through life on this earth into eternity?

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will listen to God’s directions; that God will guide you in the path you must take; and that you will trust God’s direction for your life. 

Psalm 48:14 Who Is Your Guide?

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For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14 

Walking down a path or through a museum, people are often offered a guide to lead them. This can be with a pamphlet or someone actually leading them. This is to give them the best experience of what they will see and do.

Some people do not like to be guided. They feel as though they can find their own way through anything and everything. They ignore what others have to say about any situation that they are in and go their own way.

Often as a person goes his own way, he fails or falls short of his desires and goals.

Many other people will seek out some guidance. This can be found in many different ways. Guidance is found in books, online articles or videos, GPS, talking to others, reading horoscopes, watching others, and many other ways.

Some of these ways lead a person in correct ways, while others will lead them down false paths.

The sons of Korah write that God is their God and He is their only guide. He is not only their guide for right now, but all the way to the end.

The best guide is the one who has been down the path or the one who knows the path from the beginning to the end. He has to have the experience to know how to guide another person correctly.

God is the only one who can see the end from the beginning. He knows the path perfectly well and knows how to guide people on it.

Jesus guided the disciples while He walked on the earth. When He left, He sent His Holy Spirit to continue guiding the disciples. Today every believer can have His Holy Spirit to guide him on the path in following Jesus and becoming more like Him.

You can also have God’s Holy Spirit in you and guiding you. As you read and study God’s word you will be guided by His Holy Spirit in how to live your life.

You are on the path towards becoming like Jesus in every way. It is a lifelong path, that will end only when God calls you into heaven for eternity.

Instead of looking towards temporary help that this world gives, and that will fall short, look towards God’s guidance. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in every area of your life for ever.

I pray today that you will know God’s guidance; that you will hear His Holy Spirit telling you the way to live; that you will live by God’s ways; and that God will be your God forever. 

 

Psalm 19:8 Joy And Light

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The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. Psalm 19:8 

Rules are something that most people do not really like. They do not like being told what to do or how to do it. People want the freedom to do what they want, when they want and how they want to do it. Anything less than this is restriction and not a joy.

When people follow the rules, it is usually when someone in authority is nearby and then it is not done with joy. It is done out of force to keep from getting into trouble. As soon as the authority is out of sight, the person will go back to breaking the rules. While most people don’t go extreme on breaking the rules, they still will break them.

David found out that the precepts, or general laws of God were something that brought joy and light into a person’s life.

At the time David said this, he was under the law. It was a do or die system. There was no grace or forgiveness.

With the coming of Jesus, this changed things. There was forgiveness and mercy to be shown. The heart is now changed.

People in and out of the church often see the law as something that is legalistic and mandatory, and they don’t like it. Yet, the law can bring joy. It shows a person what God loves. It guides a person in how to live, think and act in ways that will please God.

This is not something that is a to be done out of force, but out of love. Since Jesus died for each and every person to give him life, that person should be more than willing to obey God’s laws. Those laws teach a person how to live in righteousness and holiness. Living this way brings joy and light into the life of a person.

As you look at the laws of God, don’t see them as legal requirements, but as the best way to live for God. Choose to follow them out of love for God because of what Jesus did for you.

When obeying God, you will find joy in your heart and life. There will be no fear of judgement or condemnation, because you know you are doing what God wants you to do.

I pray today that you will find joy in obeying God; that you will see the value in God’s commands; that you will see God’s heart in His rules; and that you will choose to obey God in every area of your life. 

2 Chronicles 18:4 Seeking Counsel

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But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 18:4 

Seeking counsel is common around the world. There are thousands of self-help books to give counseling on how to do anything and everything. Along with the books, there are thousands of counselors out there to give guidance and direction to a person in his life, no matter what the situation is.

There people who give counsel in sports, marriages, school, business, communication, music, and anything else that is out there. Some are free to get their counsel, others cost money.

People are very quick to go to psychics to learn what they are to do next and what will help them. They will seek out friends to get counsel in how to deal with something. Online groups are abundant with people to help counsel each other through bad situations in life.

King Ahab, of Israel, had went to king Jehoshaphat of Judah to get his help in defeating an enemy. Jehoshaphat agreed, but wanted to seek God’s counsel on the situation first.

While it is not a bad thing to seek the counsel and wisdom of other people, they will often fall short in giving the best counsel possible. Many do not have a relationship with God, so they cannot give the perfect counsel of God. What they can give may be good or completely bad, but it is not perfect.

God has always been around. He created everything and sustains everything. He is perfection. With knowing that God can give the perfect counsel in any and every situation that a person may go through.

The first thing that every believer should do when faced with a situation is to seek God’s counsel in it. Find out what God has to say about the situation and how to deal with it.

You, as with any other person on this earth, will have situations in life that you must make a choice as to how to deal with it. Some of these situations will be daily, others will be once in a lifetime, but they are there. While seeking counsel from friends and other believers may bring some good, seek God’s wisdom and counsel first.

Take time to find out what God has to say about your situation. He is there and is waiting for you to ask of Him. God’s love for you is perfect and He will always give the perfect counsel. Find out what it is.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God’s wisdom and counsel daily; that you will act upon God’s word to you; and that you will allow God to guide your every decision in life. 

2 Chronicles 10:8 Seeking Only Peer Acceptance

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But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. 2 Chronicles 10:8 

Desire to please those one’s own age is a common factor. They seek guidance and wisdom from their peers and reject the wisdom of those older.

Often this is done because people want to try something different or be different. The challenge with this is that most people who are younger do not have the experience to guide correctly. They see things as though they are the kings of the world and are the wisest.

It is not that the younger generation does not have any wisdom, but often it is not the best. Sometimes they are focused on power, wealth and fame, rather than what is best for everyone all around.

When Solomon had died, his son Rehoboam had become king. When he asked the elders as to how to rule the people, they stated that he should lighten the load of the people. Rehoboam did not like that advice, so he went to the young men his age. They told him to make the load heavier. In the end it split the nation of Israel.

People often seek advice all the time. While seeking advice, they will only take what sounds good and easy, but refuse to accept advice who have been down that path or understand the situation. Younger people often believe that they know what is best.

Believers who have been around a while, and have grown in the Lord, have learned a few things. They have some Godly wisdom that they have gained over the years. Those who have been believers for a longer period of time must be willing to share the wisdom they have learned with others. Those who are younger believers, must learn from those who have walked with the Lord for a time.

There will be times you seek wisdom and direction. Be careful on what wisdom you accept. Study God’s word and seek God in prayer. Check the wisdom that is given to you against the word of God. Does it make you more like Jesus and build His kingdom or not?

Do not just accept things that will be only of personal gain, but accept the wisdom that will build God’s kingdom and make you more like Jesus.

If you are among those who have been around a while, share what God has taught you with others. Do not keep the wisdom to yourself.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God’s wisdom in your life; that you will share God’s wisdom with others; and that you will seek to be more like Jesus everyday and build His kingdom.

Deuteronomy 13:4 What You Must Do

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It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. Deuteronomy 13:4

Going through life brings many different choices that must be made. Questions as often asked as to what a person should do. There are thousands of different paths that a person can take, and choosing the correct one is often a hard choice for many to make.

Each path as different points that are good and bad. Most people do not want to make the wrong choice. Yet, the majority of the people in this world do make the wrong choice.

The reality of the matter is that it is only one real choice of two paths to make. Every other choice falls under one of those two paths that a person chooses. There is the path of following self or the world, and the path of following God.

Moses tells the people that they must follow God. In the process of following God they must revere, obey, serve and hold fast to Him. There is to be no other gods in the life of a person.

The question is then often asked, how does following God answer every other choice to be made? If a person is following God, He will lead him in the right direction every time. The choice is no longer left up to the person, but up to God to be made.

Around the verse, the people are told to love God with everything in them and to obey Him in every way. This puts God first in the life of the person. God is the one who knows the choices to be made. Believers must trust His choices and directions. Every choice God makes is for the benefit of the believer and for His kingdom. It is a win-win situation.

Trusting that you are a believer and believe in God, you must also make a choice. How much are you willing to trust and obey God? Are you willing to serve God with everything that is in you?

Hold on to God with all that is within you. God is there for you and is not against you. He wants only what is best for you. However, it is up to you to follow, obey, serve, honor and hold fast to Him.

Now you know what you must do, so start doing it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God alone; that you will serve and obey God with your whole life; and that you will allow God to make the choices in your life.