Friday, July 08, 2016
Walking The God Led Paths

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Friday, July 08, 2016
Chapters: Proverbs 4-6
Message: Walking The God Led Paths

Hello My Friend,

As I sat in Wednesday night Bible study listening to the preacher talk about how everything we do, think, or say ever escapes God I pondered the thought of being disappointing to God. Then it hit me, God does know everything about me, He made me, He knows my strengths, weaknesses, talents, skills, demeanor, my heart, my spirit, what I feel, and what I am going through. I often ask God why He allowed me to learn something that perhaps was never intended for me to learn, His response, “To give me glory through it.” Our past experiences were never meant to condemn us, although all sin leads to death, they were meant to bring glory to God as we come to know His Son.

“And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” - Romans 8:27-30.

“Moreover whom he did predestinate,” God had a plan for us from conception, it is our freewill that enables us to choose the paths that has been predestined for us or follow our own. Some of us do pretty good following our own paths for a while, but if you ever wondered why there were so many obstacles it was because He was trying to get you on His path. If God wanted to, He could give us anything we wanted, when we want them, no exceptions, no questions, no motives, no work, and while He does do that occasionally, the majority of the time it involves action on our part, particularly in the paths He leads us on, which by the way are quite crooked. We must not mistake God’s paths of faith and loyalty with the devil’s paths of wickedness and deception. Proverbs 4 teaches us that it is by living under God’s commandments that keeps us from stumbling on His paths.

“He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” - Proverbs 4:4-6,11-16,26,27.

“unless they cause some to fall.” Oh my, do these words hit home. Did you know that the devil will put some people in your life, perhaps someone from your past or even a new person to try and get you to make a detour on the path God gave you? They claim they follow Christ, and for a while even appear to be doing so to get you to trust them, once you do they reveal their true selves after you have given in to them. We can thank God for His mercy and grace on this, because we are going to take some detours on His path, but He is always there to put us back in place.

“And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” - I Timothy 1:14-17.

You know, taking the path that God chose for us was never meant to keep us from living a joyful, and prosperous life, it was meant to keep us from unnecessary suffering as we pass through. If anyone knew a thing or two about taking wrong paths it was Solomon, with all his women and religions he got himself caught up in he sure does have the wisdom to tell us what not to do. God pointed out to me that it was time to talk about something that is quite taboo, the intimate relationship between a husband and wife, married or not, we are reminded to love and be faithful to the one we are with, of course, all intimacy must be sustained until we are married.

“I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly. Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.” - Proverbs 5:14-21.

“and he pondereth all his goings.” It is God who ponders the things that we do, what are our motives for doing the things we do. Are we doing something just to fulfill the lusts of our flesh or are we doing it to give God the glory. A true, godly relationship between a man and woman glorifies God, and gives Him pleasure to see them walking His godly path in courting and marrying one another.

“Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.” - I Corinthians 7:1-5.

As we consider the paths that God leads us on we must think about who we are walking with, are we fully complying to His ways with them or are we going the wrong way on a one way road. To be froward means not willing to yield or comply with what is required. God keeps us away from certain people to keep us from getting hurt, and while we may think we can turn them on the right path, the majority of the time they are the ones who change our paths. Proverbs 6 tells us why we are to stay away from those who are not willing to walk God’s path.

“A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy. These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” - Proverbs 6:12-19.

“feet that be swift in running to mischief,” How often do you come across someone who says, I’m going to do what I want because I am saved? They may even throw Bible verses at you in an attempt to justify what they are doing. Being saved does not justify our living in sin, if you are only walking certain paths for God and not all of them you are going to suffer. If anything has come out of the tragedy that happened in a gay nightclub it is that people realize they are not walking godly paths. We cannot avoid tragic things all the time, some things just happen, like disease, storms, and unexplained death, but we can avoid things that lead to more suffering. The only way we can do that is by getting on God’s paths and staying on them, if you make a detour, turn around and let God lead you back. While God’s paths are often crooked, they are pretty straight and narrow. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” - Matthew 7:13,14.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” - Proverbs 4:18. Jesus is our shining light that leads us on every good path. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” - I John 1:7.

Today's Prayer: God, You tell us time and time again that if we want a blessed and prosperous life we need to follow Your commands. While we are saved by grace You still want us to follow Your commands and live, and it is really the only way we can truly enjoy the gifts that You gave us. Lord, lead me and guide me on the paths that You have for me, search my heart, try me, and see if there be any wickedness in me. Let me ponder all the paths I take and if they are not led by You, turn me around and get back in the right direction. Fill me with Your wisdom, understanding, mercy, grace, and let me never become forward in my actions. I ask these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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Thursday, July 07, 2016
Only Trust God’s Wisdom

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Thursday, July 07, 2016
Chapters: Proverbs 1-3
Message: Only Trust God’s Wisdom

Hello My Friend,

The Book of Proverbs is the twentieth book of the Old Testament/Bible and contains thirty-one chapters, most of the book is penned down by King Solomon, the timeline is about 990 to 995 BC. The book was first written to the Jews, but these truths are addressed to all believers. The purpose of the book is to teach wisdom, instruction, and correction to all who fear God. What we are to learn from it is that, God teaches us wisdom, instruction, and correction so that we can live a prosperous life through Him. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” - Proverbs 3:5,6.

When you first begin reading the Proverbs they seem like a bunch of sentences jumbled together, but as you begin to study them you realize this is not Solomon speaking, who wrote most of them, this is God. It is recorded in the Book of I Kings that Solomon spoke three thousand proverbs, all under the inspiration of God. Now, even though Solomon was the most wisest man and one of the greatest kings, he made a lot of mistakes, most of all taking wives that were of different faiths, which is why he got caught up in every religion you can think of. It was at the end of his life that he realized his mistake in not keeping God apart of his life and how no mans wisdom can compare to God’s.

“The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:” - Proverbs 1:1-7,27-29.

“but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” I was watching the news as NASA praised themselves on being able to bring a satellite close to Jupiter so they could observe it. One of the men knew for sure that studying the planet will give them some insight on what is happening to earth. Between this and their trying to figure out how they can put man on Mars you can see their fear. We who know Christ as our Saviour know that this planet is not our home and have nothing to worry about, praise God, but the world does. There will come a time when the foolish will seek God, but, their foolishness will be their destruction. When we are too proud to admit we do not know everything, we become fools. When we are too proud to admit we have sinned, we become fools. When we are too proud to admit we need Christ, we become fools. When we humble ourselves as though we are fools and seek God we become wise.

“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.” - I Corinthians 3:18-20.

Wisdom, The right use or exercise of knowledge. There is a good reason why God does not give us knowledge of certain things. God’s wisdom far exceeds that of mans, and the sooner we figure that out the longer we will live not only in this life, but in the life yet to come if we receive Christ as our Saviour. God gives His wisdom to His people.

“For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:” - Proverbs 2:6-11.

“Discretion shall preserve thee,” Discretion, That discernment which enables a person to judge of what is correct and proper. God gives His people the wisdom not only to preserve our soul, but to live a prosperous life here on earth. I say His people, because only those who come to Him through His Son are His people. Do you see what man has done in trying to create or change life in their wisdom? From killing life in the womb, to trying to change genders, to genetically modifying plants and animals, they are trying to play God and what they are actually doing is making fools out of themselves. What they are doing in their attempts to sustain life is actually decreasing life. Do you know how much garbage we consume by the food we eat? Do you know how dependent we are on prescription drugs? They taunt people about obesity and sickness, but the very food and medicines they push on us are creating more illnesses and diseases because of all the over processed genetically modified garbage we consume. God has all the power and wisdom to sustain life, if we believe in and follow His Word we do not have to worry about anything.

“Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” - James 3:11-17.

“For where envying and strife is,” Here is the sum of the whole matter, the devil who is full of envy and strife toward God knows that he can only go so far with God, and he uses man to cause confusion. People who discredit and deny God think of themselves as a god, just like the devil does, only their doings lead to their destruction. God’s doings lead to a blessed life full of integrity and good works. We are reminded through the proverbs that our understanding of things is finite, but God’s is infinite and if we lean on His we will be prosperous.

“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” - Proverbs 3:1-8,24-26.

“For the LORD shall be thy confidence,” The devil can afflict us if we are saved, but we belong to Jesus and nothing can separate us from our Saviour. Sometimes things happen that instill fear, this is not the painful emotion brought on by an expectation of evil, but the passion of our nature which excites us to provide for our security. When we go to God with our fears we find rest, peace, sweet sleep, and confidence in His taking care of us. Praise God!

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 8:35-39.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.” - Proverbs 3:33. Jesus became the curse to put an end to the curse of death passed down to all of us through the fall of man. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” - Galatians 3:13.

Today's Prayer: God, Thank You for Your wisdom and showing us how to take the knowledge You gave us and use it for Your glory. We may not always understand it, but when we take the time to study Your Word, receive it, and obey it, You will make us wiser and respectable in Your sight and those around us. Lord, Lead us and guide us, fill us with Your wisdom, give us the strength to not lean on our own understanding, but Yours. Direct our paths and show Yourself mighty in our lives for all to see. In Jesus' name. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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