Saturday, February 02, 2002

Reigning In Life - Rom.5.17

I love the idea of reigning in life. What a great and glorious idea. Romans 5.17 says, "For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ."
I love asking this kind of question, "What Does Reigning In Life Look Like?" Here are a few ideas:
1. Loving the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
2. Enjoying an intimate, personal relationship with Jesus…rising early to meet with Him in His Word.
3. Delighting in the Lord and His Word.
4. Fearing the Lord, hating evil, pride and arrogance.
5. Following the Lord as my Shepherd.
6. Having a fully surrendered heart and life.
7. Enjoying a restored soul.
8. Walking in the Spirit, listening to His promptings, and manifesting the fruit of the Spirit.
9. Experiencing a fruitful life (See other study)
10. Enjoying His grace and peace.
11. Growing in faith, hope and love.
12. Walking in wisdom and understanding.
13. Walking in the light as He is in the light.
14. Being strong in the Lord and the power of His might, fighting the good fight of faith.
15. Enjoying a strong, intimate marriage.
16. Healthy relationships with your children.
17. Living in community with other believers.
18. Influencing unbelievers with the gospel of Christ.
19. Enjoying a rest in my soul and spirit.
Do you believe that you are reigning in life?

22 Benefits of Wisdom-Prov.8

I desparately want to be a wise man. For many years of my life I did not feel very smart. I was just an average C student in school. I lost and found my life in sports. Someone told me that I could be a wise man if I would delight in and meditate on the Scriptures day and night. These are some introductory thoughts on Wisdom.
➢ Read the Word of God daily and early for it.
➢ Ask God for wisdom.
➢ Anticipate His answers and provision.
➢ Watch how it comes to you each day.
➢ Don’t be surprised when it comes.
➢ Give all thanks, praise to God for it.
➢ Keep growing in it.
In Praise of Wisdom
1. It has excellent things to say.v.6
2. It says the right things.
3. It will speak truth.v.7
4. It detests wickedness.
5. There is nothing crooked or perverse.v.8
6. Its instruction & knowledge is better than gold, silver and choice rubies.v.10-11
7. It dwells with prudence.v.12
8. It finds out knowledge and discretion.v.12
9. It teaches us to fear the Lord, to hate evil, pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth.v.13
10. It provides counsel and sound wisdom.v.14
11. It has understanding and strength.v.14
12. Kings reign by it. Rulers decree justice.v15
13. Princes, nobles and judges rule by it.v.16
14. It loves those who love and seek it early.v.17
15. It provides riches, honor, enduring riches and righteousness.v.18
16. Its fruit is better than gold and its revenue better than silver.v.19
17. It leads in the way of righteousness and in the paths of justice.v.20
18. It causes those who love it to inherit wealth and fill their treasuries.v.21
19. It was with the Lord at the beginning.v22-31
20. Blessed are those who keep its way, who listen, watching daily, and waiting.v.32-34
21. In finding wisdom, you find LIFE and obtain favor from the Lord.v.35
22. If you hate wisdom, you wrong your own soul and love death.v.36
Do you consider yourself a wise person?
Are you enjoying the benefits of Wisdom?

Friday, February 01, 2002

Stay Away - Prov.6 & 7

I love how God made the female absolutely beautiful. But I am sorry for the struggle it can create in the heart of men. As I was reading Proverbs 6 it warned me to be careful of these powerful women. I love these warnings in Scripture.
20 Reasons To Stay Away
Proverbs 6
1. You will be reduced to a crust of bread.v.26
2. You will be like her prey.v.26
3. You will be burned like fire.v.27
4. You will be seared like hot coalsv.28.
5. You will be punished.v.29
6. You will lack judgment.v.32
7. You will destroy your own soul.v.32
8. You will be wounded and get dishonor.v.33
9. Your shame will never be wiped away.v.33
10. You will receive another man’s fury.v.34
Proverbs 7
11. You will be a simple (silly, seducible) man.v.7
12. You will be a man void of understanding.v.7
13. You will be a weak man.v.13
14. You will be a “stuuuuuupid” man.v.14-21
15. You will be like an ox to the slaughter.v.22
16. You will be like a fool to the correction stocks.
17. You will have a dart strike through your liver.
18. You will be like a bird darting into a snare.v.23
19. It will cost you your life.v.23
20. You will be slain by her, going down to the chambers of death.v.26
For the rest of my life, I want to be a "One Woman" man who guards my heart against all the temptations that come my way. You?