Proverbs 11:24 Giving Away Will Gain More

One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. Proverbs 11:24

Giving something away does not appear to be a way to gain more. Everyone is encouraged to save more and more in order to gain more. Giving everything away generously goes against the norms of this world.

Take a look at financial investments. If all a person does is give a little bit one time, the investment will not be very great. More than likely the person will lose in the end. However, if he gives generously into the investment, with time it will bring back a good profit.

God’s kingdom works on the same principle. God gave Jesus, who gave all that He had–His life–so that He could gain a lot more. God gave in order to gain His people back. He provided salvation to everyone who would accept it.

In life on this earth, everything that a person has, has been given to him. Nothing is just taken. All the things on this earth were provided for by God. God gave extremely generously to a people who did not want anything to do with Him.

Keeping this in mind, as a believer, you should realize that all that you have was given to you. Hold it loosely. Be willing to give it away to someone else who is in need of it. Use what God has given you to build His kingdom.

If you hold on to everything as the world does, you will lose everything as the world will. In the end everything on this earth will be destroyed. The only thing left will be the souls of the people. Those who have accepted the salvation Jesus provides will be given life for eternity. Those who have not accepted His salvation, will have all life taken away for eternity.

When you give freely everything you can to everyone who is in need, God will provide abundantly for your every need. You will gain more in the end. It may be physical things, but if nothing else you will have peace and life.

You will gain the knowledge that God used you to help someone else.

You will gain joy in knowing that you helped meet another person’s needs.

Don’t allow yourself to be put into true poverty by hoarding all that you have, give today.

I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will use what God has given you to build His kingdom; that God will help you give generously as He has; and that you will trust God to meet all of your needs.

Proverbs 10:9 Integrity And Crooked Paths

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9

Things of this world can be achieved or taken one of two ways: the correct way or the crooked way. The majority of people will quickly state that doing things in a crooked way is wrong and should not be done at all. While many say this, many of those same people do things in a crooked way.

It is common to hear people cheat a “little” on their taxes, or to go back on their promises. How many people cheat their employer with leaving work a few minutes early or arriving a few minutes late? How many people “gossip” about another friend or person that they know? How many people promote a situation as bigger or worse than it really was in order to get ahead? How many people look at things online in the private of their house or room?

These types of actions and many more are promoted and encouraged by the world. How many tv shows and movies promote this stuff? The world says it is acceptable to do this as long as you do not get caught.

Each of these things are crooked paths. Crooks keep trying to steal things, thinking that they will never get caught. With time, nearly every crook will get caught. Ultimately everyone gets caught by God.

The opposite of this type of life, is one of integrity. It is doing the right thing when no one is looking, or doing the right thing even when it hurts.

As a believer, you must keep in mind that God is always watching. The world may not think anything of you doing something, but God does care.

If you are living with integrity, you can walk securely knowing that you will never be in trouble or correctly accused of doing something wrong. Those who take crooked paths are always on the watch for being found out and caught.

How are you living your life today?

Are you living in integrity, doing the right thing all the time, every time?

Or are you trying to cut corners and cheat the system God has set up, taking a crooked path?

I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that you will walk with the integrity of God; that God will strengthen you to flee all crooked paths in this life; and that the world will see God’s integrity in you.

Proverbs 9:7 When Not To Correct Or Rebuke

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Proverbs 9:7

It is very common for believers to stand up and rebuke those in the world. Various Christian speakers speak out harshly against those who do not claim to be Christian in any way and are living in sin. Some will get extremely angry with those who are promoting sinful activities and protest them in very harsh ways.

As this is done, the world rises up stronger against the believer and fight. Christians are often then seen as hateful and unloving. Rules are then made to silence those who speak out against sinful acts.

Believers need to look at how Jesus acted when He walked on this earth. He never came out harshly against the unbelievers. Jesus just proclaimed the kingdom of God and His great love. When a person chose to believe in Him, He would then tell them to leave the old ways of sin. The only time Jesus got angry and did rebukes, was when He was talking about those who believed in God, but were not living that way.

Those in the world are sinners, and that is what is sinners do–they sin. Trying to correct or rebuke the wicked or those who do not believe in God, will do nothing but get them angry.

Instead of rebuke and correction, show them God’s love, mercy and grace. Let those in the world see the example of a better life.

Believers should accept all correction and rebuke as possibly coming from God. To hear what God may be trying to tell them on how they should be living their life. That is being wise.

As you go through life, there will be things you see people of this world doing that will make you upset. You may want to rise up and fight back or rebuke them. Take a step back and think about how God treated you before you became a believer. God showed great love to you.

Can you show love to those in the world?

Don’t just rebuke those that do not know to do any better, give them an example of how to live. Show them what true living is by showing them what true love is. There is a time and place for correction and rebuke, make sure it is in God’s time and way.

I pray today that you will allow God to guide you; that you will be filled with God’s love and mercy; that you will show God’s love to this world; and that you will be an example of how to live for God to this world.

Proverbs 7:21 Seduction

With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. Proverbs 7:21

In this passage Solomon describes a scene where a young man is walking down the street. He comes across a woman who is a prostitute. With many persuasive words she talks him into going with her and she leads him down a path of destruction. This woman was a prostitute and led him into a sexual encounter outside of marriage.

This is a scene that occurs around the world on a daily basis. While many would openly do this, there are many who would not go with a woman like this, at least not for direct pay. All over the world, both in the church and out of the church, men and women are sleeping together outside of marriage. The common words are, “if you love me, you will….”

The world loves to use persuasive words to get you to do things that should not be done. In this passage it is sexual immorality. Satan does not just stop with that area. He is trying to seduce you into sin of any sort.

Think about a time you had chosen to tell a lie or some other sin. What made you do it? Usually it was either someone else talked you into it, or in your own mind you thought it would be the best choice to make.

The enemy, the devil and this world, would like to trip you up and get you to follow their ways. They will use good sounding, smooth talk to make any sin sound like it is something good.

While the sin may sound and feel good at the moment, it ultimately leads to death. It pulls you away from God. It will cause pain and suffering in the end.

You are told to flee all sin and resist the devil. When the world comes talking smoothly to you, check what God says and stand on His word. Do not allow yourself to be led astray.

Stay grounded in God’s Word and you will know when the world is trying to deceive and seduce you. God will give you the path out of the situation, if you will follow it.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the seduction of this world; that God will strengthen you to keep you from being led astray; that you will only be led by God; and that you will only follow God.

Proverbs 6:6 Ants And Life

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! Proverbs 6:6

Ants are a little creature that no one really likes, yet they are very amazing and interesting. They can be seen always moving, always working. Watch a line of ants going somewhere. They are always in line with each other as they travel. Disturb an ant pile and watch them go to work to repair the damage.

Along with seeing them work, just take a look at the ant hill that was made. Ant hills can be several inches high and a foot across. Looking at how small each ant is and how small each granule of sand or dirt is, it is amazing how much work they had to do in order to build that hill.

Solomon tells the people to look at the ant and consider its ways. It is always working and building.

Many people do not like to work. They want to sit at home or somewhere else and relax. The method of relaxing is different for each person. Some like to play games, watch sports, read books, sleep, or something else. The common thread is that they do not want to do any work.

People like to procrastinate on what needs to be done. Or they want to let someone else do the job.

Solomon was looking at the provision for self. Working to provide food, clothing and shelter for yourself.

Along with needing to work for those things, Jesus gave you a job to do. His job is to build His kingdom. It is a spiritual, eternal job on this earth. That job is to go out and tell others about Him. How many people in the world around you still do not know about Jesus?

As you go through your days, you must take an inventory of how you are spending your days. How much time are you just relaxing?

And how much time are you working to do God’s will on this earth and build His kingdom?

Do not allow this world to distract you from the job you need to do. Allow God to give you the strength needed to get the work done. Do not slack off today.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that God will strengthen you for the job to be done; that God will reveal areas that need work; and that you will find rest in God alone.

Proverbs 5:21 Everything In View

For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths. Proverbs 5:21

Solomon starts out this chapter telling his son that he must stay as far away from an adulterous woman as possible. Walking down that path would lead to death. In this verse, Solomon reminds him that everything that he does is in God’s sight.

Doing things behind closed doors in secrecy is a common thing to happen. Although some things are acceptable to be done in secret, there are many more things done in secret that are not acceptable to God.

Very few crimes occur during the day. Most criminals try to do their crime during the night, when it is dark and other people cannot see what is happening. They do this so that people cannot see them doing something wrong.

One of the things many people do is look on others for sexual pleasure. In Solomon’s day, the only way to do that was to physically be with the other person. Today, all one has to do is turn on the internet. Behind closed doors or hidden behind the screen of a small phone, people can view the adulterous woman/man in a way no other person knows that it is happening.

In addition to viewing, thoughts can run anywhere anytime. People think that because no one knows it is happening, it is acceptable.

Yet, God is watching. Everything that you do is in full, open view of God. There is nothing hidden that He cannot see or know about. Whether it is viewing or acting with another person in a sexual sin, or some other type of sin, God sees it. There is not a single sin that God does not see.

As God is examining your ways, you must also examine your ways.

What are you doing?

What are you thinking?

What are you viewing?

The world is full of ways to do sin. As a believer, you must turn away and flee all sin and temptation. Do not allow yourself to be lured into the trap of sin and be destroyed. Do not allow yourself to be led astray.

God loves you and wants you to live a full life with Him, not with this world and its sin. Jesus died to remove that sin, don’t go back to it.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to sin in your life; that God will strengthen you to flee all sin; that God will break all sexual sinful habits in your life; and that your love for God will grow more and more.

Proverbs 4:14-15 Avoid And Keep Going

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

Solomon gives some advice about where to walk. He says to never set foot on the path of those who do evil. It is to be avoided as a person travels on the path of life.

People love adventure, even though many will say they do not like it. They like to step as close to the edge of trouble as they can without getting into trouble.

While many will not step close to the edge of real cliff that is a thousand feet up, many will step close to the edge of sin without a second thought. The problem that many have is that when they get close to the edge, part of the edge gives way and they slip and fall. Often the edge is not a solid rock edge, but a slippery, muddy slope.

Despite Solomon’s great upbringing under David to follow God, he allowed himself to step into the path of the wicked. He took on many wives from many nations. He accepted the worship of many false gods. This led to his downfall and the destruction of a nation.

As you are walking through life, there will be many times you will have an opportunity to step into the path of sin. Temptations to sin will always be there before you. You have a choice in what you will do.

The best choice is to avoid it and run the other direction or go around it. Be willing to walk as far from it as possible to keep from accidentally slipping onto that path of sin. Once you have avoided it, you must then continue on the path God has placed you on.

God has given you a straight and narrow path to walk. Do not allow yourself to deviate from that path into sin. It may appear as a good path, but all it will bring is death and destruction.

How close are you willing to walk to the edge of sin?

Better yet, how far away from the edge of sin are you willing to stay?

Stay away and stay alive.

I pray today that God will help you see the path of the wicked; that God will strengthen you to avoid the path of sin; that you will choose to follow God’s path; and that you will avoid all sin on your path to God.