July 16, 2020 Give Thanks

Psalm 42_4

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 121:7 Safe From All Harm

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The Lord will keep up from all harm–he will watch over your life; Psalm 121:7 

One desire that every person has is to be safe from all harm. No one likes to be physically harmed in any way. Most will seek to find ways to be safe in whatever they do.

Organizations and governments have set up many different safety regulations to keep people safe from harm. Despite all of the safety regulations, people still get injured in various ways. Many times it is due to lack of following the rules or someone else not following the regulations.

When injury occurs, people strive to find someone to blame for the injury. They often feel the those in authority did not do enough to keep them safe. God is the most common one to be blamed for allowing the injury to occur.

The psalmist writes that God will keep a person from all harm because He is watching over the life of the believer.

Many people have chosen to follow God and believed that no harm would ever come to them. They felt as though God would protect them in every situation. Then, suddenly they get sick or get injured. Now they get angry with God because He did not protect them from harm.

While physical harm is painful, it is only temporary. The worst that physical harm can do to a person is bring about physical death. However, it cannot bring about spiritual death or separation from God.

God is watching over every believer to protect him from spiritual harm. Harm that will destroy his belief in Jesus. Harm that will cause him to turn away from God.

All physical harm will be used by God for the benefit of the believer. He knows that it is only temporary and works for an eternal good. God will protect the soul of the believer.

You can trust that God is watching over your life. He knows what is best for your life. If you allow Him to, He will put a hedge of protection around your soul to protect you from any harm.

This protection may or may not include physical protection, but it protects what is most important–your soul. The body you have is only for temporary use while on this earth. Your soul will last for eternity. After death you will receive a new eternal body.

Do not worry about the physical harm you may receive, but trust God’s protection of your soul. He is watching over you.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that God will remove fear of physical harm; and that you will know the protection God offers your soul. 

Psalm 91:9-10 No Harm Or Disaster

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If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. Psalm 91:9-10 

Every person has a dream to be able to live with never having to fear harm or disaster. There are daily fears of harm for many people. They live in areas that people are under war and there is a daily threat of death. Others see and expect disaster on a regular basis.

Houses are covered with alarm systems to warn of any possible danger. People stock up on food and clothing to be covered in times of disaster. Fear runs high among people that they will not be able to survive a possible disaster that is coming.

The author of this psalm states that all one has to do is make God his refuge and he will never experience harm or disaster.

It does not take much for most people to look at these verses and question it. There are many people who have trusted in God and yet went through major problems or disasters in their life.

The challenge is in what is meant by disaster or harm. For most people if anything goes wrong in any way, it is disaster or harm.

While things happening like this may be painful, they are not real disasters or real harms. It is all a matter of perspective.

As a believer, one is under the protection of God. Under God’s protection nothing can happen that is not without purpose. God allows things to strengthen or change a believer, always with the purpose of building him up and bringing him closer to the image of Jesus.

With this in mind, nothing is really a disaster or harmful. Everything is a construction tool to build the believer up.

Think about what you believe is real disaster or harmful to you. The only things that are truly a disaster or harmful are those things that draw you away from God.

If you have your focus on God and make Him your refuge, your dwelling place, you will remain with Him. While you are with God, you are under His protection and control. You are to become more of what He wants you to become and less of what the world wants you to be.

Now you can see that what Satan has meant for harm, God uses for your good. No longer will harm or disaster overtake you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will dwell with God always; that you will trust His guidance in your life; and that God will show how He uses everything for your good.