Monday, October 18, 2021

Be intentional with your mate

S - Scripture    
Proverbs 5 v. 18-19  Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely hind, a grateful doe. Let her affection fill you at all times with delight, be infatuated always with her love.


O - Observation

Intention. This verse speaks to the intentionality of the mate you have chosen. These words like: rejoice, let, fill, delight, infatuated and always - they indicate the work, the intentionalness that is needed. We must really value our wife. Proverbs 31 v. 10; "A good wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels." If you invest in your wife, your fountain will be blessed. We must focus on her, build her up (rejoice, delight). We must not let our eyes and heart wander (infatuated always). We must work with her, as a team (let, fill.)  My wife, Sandi is a most precious jewel!!! How much does God Bless me? Tons!!!!

A - Application 
Am I being intentional with my wife?  

P - Prayer     
Jesus, Thanks for giving me Sandi. Help me to always rejoice, delight, let, fill and be infatuated with her.  Love Will. 

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Hold Fast

 Hold Fast

Guest Blog by Gary Riedel


S - SCRIPTURE:
Revelation 3:11 Hold fast what you have so that no one may take your crown.

O - OBSERVATION: 
This was actually written to the church at Philadelphia, but is very good advice for each individual follower of Jesus. As believers in Jesus we will inherit a Crown of Life, the message is of course to hold it tightly always on our guard against the wiles of the devil. Jesus won the victory over the devil, and we can therefore hold fast to the Crown of Life!

A - APPLICATION: 
An interesting coincidence is that October the 17th was my late father’s birthday. One of the most meaningful things he did with his last conscious breathes was sing 4 verses of “Praise to the Lord the Almighty.” That’s an example of  “Holding Fast” that I will always remember! May each of us “Hold Fast” until our last hour comes.

P - PRAYER: 
Gracious Father, please help your people to always “Hold Fast” to Your Word and Your Truths until the end. In Jesus Name, Amen

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Know who to Honor

S - Scripture    
Proverbs 5 v. 9  Least you give honor to others and your years to the merciless.  

O - Observation

Giving. Everyone gives. Not necessarily money, but time, thoughts, talents. We all give. This verse in Proverbs is warning us, instructing us on to be careful with what we invest in. What does God want us to Honor? John 5 v. 23; "That all may honor the Son (Jesus) even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not Honor the Father who sent him." So that's obvious we need to give our Honor to God. But what about people? Exodus 20 v. 12; "Honor your Father and Mother" and Philippians 2 v. 29; "So receive him in the Lord with joy, honor such men." These are the people that share the Good news. They live their lives for Jesus. Philippians 1 v. 20 is the encouragement for me. "It is my eager expectation and hope that I shall not be at all ashamed, But that with full courage now and always, Christ will be honored in my body, whether in life or death."

 

A - Application 
What am I giving honor to?  

P - Prayer     
Jesus, Help me to Honor you in all that I do.  Love Will. 

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Look past the outside and instead look to the inside

S - Scripture    
Proverbs 5 v. 3-4  For the lips of a loose woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edge sword. 

O - Observation

Passion. Dang you girls are so gorgeous!! Men are driven to that. But Passion can't be the foundation of a relationship, It must be deeper. As a man, we got to look pas the surface, hear past the charm to get to know what a gal is really about.  Its hard. Think of Solomon., the wisest and richest man in the world. God told him, as long as you walk with in my way, I will bless you with wisdom and riches. But there was the weakness. 1 King 11 v. 1; "Now Solomon loved many foreign woman." v. 3;  "He had seven hundred wives" v. 4; "For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods." WOW!!! This is after God talked to him. Ladies, you have such power. Pray that your wisdom is grounded in God. Its critical to you, and perhaps in the end, to your mate.


A - Application 
Am I looking past the outside and instead looking to the inside? 


P - Prayer     
Jesus, Be the source of all my decision making.  Love Will

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Watch out for Life's Stumbling Blocks

S - Scripture    
Proverbs 4 v. 26  Take heed to the path of your feet, then all your ways will be sure. 

O - Observation

So simple - So true!! This verse reminds me of hiking in Colorado. Its not like waking on a sidewalk or even the Katy trail, but instead you have to step over roots, or rocks and watch out for an occasional horse poop. The path, the end point is always glorious. Some lake or pond, or a mountain top. But there are things that can get in the way. So it is with our walk with Jesus. Our intentions, our goal may be clear, "Hanging with Jesus", but along the way, life, Satan, or our own sinful flesh, temptations will get in the way.  We need to be aware of these traps and avoid them. The best way to help us on our path is a relationship with God. This is done through daily readings of the Bible and prayer.


A - Application 
Am I aware of the stumbling blocks in my path? Am I stepping around or over them? 

P - Prayer     
Jesus, Help me to not only keep my eye on the Prize, but also on the day in and day out walk of my life.   Love Will. 

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Plug into the source of Power

S - Scripture    
Proverbs 4 v. 18-19  But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.


O - Observation
Compare and Contrast. Not only is the difference between right and wrong (wickedness) light and darkness, but its magnified. Notice that the path of the righteous starts out dimly lit and only grows brighter.  Great encouragement for me. God will bless me.  He will shine through me.  Oh to move from a 30 watt bulb to a 120 watt bulb!!! Follow the path of righteous. Plug into the source of power. The word of God. Psalm 119 v. 105; " Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Conversely, the wicked stumble over things they don't even see. There are many traps out there. When I think of guarding, I think of 
what I'm guarding against. Our adversary, the devil.  1 Peter 5 v. 8 ; "Be self controlled and alert, Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 


A - Application 
Am I plugging into the source of power for my life? Am I shining? 

P - Prayer     

Heavenly Father, Shine through me. Make my path visible so that I do not stumble.  Love Will. 
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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Use God's Insight

S - Scripture    

Proverbs 4 v. 7  The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.

 

O - Observation

Wisdom is a way of life. Webster defines Wisdom as - Understanding of what is true, right or lasting. What is true? John 14 v. 6; "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me." What is lasting? Matthew 24 v. 35; "Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will NOT pass away." And.. Hebrews 13 v. 8; " Jesus Christ is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever." So essentially wisdom as defined by Webster is understanding Jesus and the words he has to say. Likewise, Webster defines insight as, " The capacity to discern the TRUE nature of a situation. Insight is the ability to move from Book smart to Practical smart.

 

A - Application 

Am I seeking wisdom? Am I praying for insight?

 

P - Prayer     

Jesus, You are the TRUTH. Send the Holy Spirit into my life to give me great INSIGHT. Love Will.