Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Prov. 11:4 Riches won't help on the Day of Judgment, but right living is a safeguard against death.  NLT

       The only protection you have against the judgment of God is to live right before Him. You will not be able to offer God anything but the blood of Jesus to avoid His wrath. Justice will prevail. All sin will be punished once and for all. And, the only way you will be able to live right before God is by living in Christ. If Jesus is not in charge of your life, changing you, and imparting His righteousness in you, you don't have any chance at all of living a life that pleases God.

      We cannot obey God or be like Him without Christ. The only hope we have is Christ. You cannot earn God's favor, only Christ can do that. The sooner we accept this truth, the better off we will be. Jesus alone satisfies God's justice. He did all that can be done in order for us to be right with God on the cross. We cannot earn God's acceptance. It is by faith alone, accepting Jesus as our Savior and trusting in His atoning work on the cross that saves us.

       It is impossible to live right before God apart from a personal relationship with Christ.  Only in Christ are we able to have confidence that when we die we will be accepted by God.  Life in Christ is eternal life.  The only assurance that we have that we will be accepted by God is to live moment-by-moment in Christ.  Christ cannot protect you if you wander away from His protective care.  It is imperative that we stay closely connected to the Lord, for we do not know when death will come upon us.  And, the only way we are going to stay close to God is by maintaining a strong commitment to the disciplines of faith.  No one can stay close to the heart of God while neglecting the disciplines of the faith.

Sunday, March 18, 2018


Prov. 11:3  Good people are guided by their honesty, treacherous people are destroyed by their dishonesty.  NLT

      You have heard it said many times, “Honesty is a good policy.”  Everything that we do depends on honesty.  Without honesty, there is no trust.  And if there is no trust, there is no peace amongst men.  We depend on honesty to make accurate decisions.  We cringe when we discover someone has not been honest with us.  It causes us to develop bad feelings towards them and often leads to bad consequences.

      We all know that dishonest people are everywhere.  We have to really be on our guard and unfortunately be suspicious of people we don’t know.  We live in a world where people are willing to do or say anything for personal gain.  We find it to be true in the world and sadly in the church as well.

       Honesty comes from a heart of integrity.  Honest people know right from wrong and choose to do what is right, regardless of personal gain or not.  Being honest often involves personal sacrifices.  It often tests the genuineness of one’s character.  We are confronted daily with opportunities to be dishonest in our dealings with one another.  It is one of the reasons why it is good for the soul to often examine it to see if it is right with God.

        Satan is a master at tempting us to compromise our integrity for the sake of our convenience.  He relentlessly tries to get us to be less than honest in our dealings or conversations with others.  He is good at causing us to lie to ourselves about our relationship with God.  He wants us to buy into the lie that we don’t have to be as careful about our soul’s character as God says we should be.

       Dishonesty leads the soul away from God and results in very treacherous consequences.  In order to be and do good in the sight of God, we must constantly and diligently stand guard over our souls.  We must stay deeply connected with the Lord and be in His Word constantly so that we will be able to be honest with ourselves about ourselves and our dealings with others.  It may not be convenient or pleasant to be a person of integrity who is honest in all things, but the rewards are eternal.  It is far better to be honest and please God than it is to be dishonest and please others or one’s self. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018



Prov. 10:29 The LORD protects the upright but destroys the wicked.  NLT

      We reap what we sow. The Lord protects the upright. The upright are those who live godly lives. They are those who put their confidence and trust in the Lord for their salvation and living. What does He protect them from?

      The Lord protects us from ourselves. Left to ourselves we will self-destruct. We cannot make it to heaven on our own. The Lord protects us from spiritual starvation. Left to ourselves we will not feed our souls properly. We will feed on junk food and eat very sporadically. We will eat an unbalanced diet. Without the Lord’s help we will be spiritually unbalanced.

      The Lord protects us from the allurements of sin. Left to ourselves we will wander into the cesspool of sin. He puts a wall of protection around us to keep us from falling in.

      The Lord protects us from self-condemnation. Left to ourselves we will always find plenty of things to feel guilty about, regardless whether we should or not. We struggle to let go of that which the Lord has forgiven and forgotten about.

       The Lord is our Protector. But, for those who don’t know the Lord or ignore Him as Lord, there is no protection. Without Him, there remains nothing but condemnation and judgment. They shall not live, but die.

Friday, March 16, 2018



Prov. 10:25  Disaster strikes like a cyclone, whirling the wicked away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.  NLT

       The wicked have no sure footing in life.  They do not have the resources within them to cope with life’s disasters in a positive way.  They tend to react and get bent out of shape instead of dealing with things confidently.  They are easily thrown for a loop and their lives become unraveled. 

       Things are different for the godly.  Disasters do come and turn the lives of the godly upside down, but they are not thrown for a loop.  They understand that they have an Anchor that will hold them steady and strong during the midst of their storm.  They know that they are not alone.  They stand firm on the foundation of God’s Word and character.  They understand that no matter how bad things are, they will survive and be the better person for it.

      The godly face life’s disasters with grateful hearts.  They are able to see the bigger picture and understand that the Lord is with them and will not let them down.  They understand that momentary hardships are nothing compared to their salvation.  They know that it is far better to have the Lord than the ease and comforts of life.  They understand that the Lord never promised that it would be heaven on earth for them. 

      The foundation of the godly is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  He has overcome the world and all those who live in Him are also overcomers.  The godly have a sure hope.  They know that even if their disaster costs them their lives, heaven awaits them.  The godly have no fear of what is to come.  With eyes fixed on Jesus, they keep pressing on, not buckling underneath the circumstances of life.  They know that whatever life throws at them, it will be worth it all when they see Jesus.

       Is Jesus the anchor of your soul today?

Thursday, March 15, 2018



Prov. 10:23  Doing wrong is fun for a fool, while wise conduct is a pleasure to the wise.  NLT

       Have you ever watched a fool having fun?  They are everywhere.  Take a few minutes and just watch with a critical eye those who are playing in sin.  We know that those who live in sin are heading straight to hell.  Do the things the fool does make much sense to do, knowing where it is getting them?  How long does their sin give them the pleasure they are seeking?  Is the fool ever satisfied with the momentary thrill they may get?  Does sin ever make a person a better person?  Who can ever say that sin has been good for their life, that it has given them a worthwhile purpose for living?  Has doing wrong ever been worth dying for? 

       Everybody wants to have fun in life.  It is our nature to do things that bring us a sense of pleasure.  We feed on making our lives more enjoyable.  We create many different ways to enjoy ourselves.  There is nothing wrong with having fun in and of itself.  It is good for the soul to break away from the normal routines of life once in a while and do something that brings us pleasure.  But when fun leads us away from the Lord whom we profess to love, is it really fun after all?  When we are plagued with guilt and shame is that really good for us?   When we participate in things that honor Satan rather than God, is that what we should be doing?  Do we really think that God is pleased with us when we seek fun by doing those things which are wrong, those things which allow sin to enter into our hearts and minds?

      On the other hand, when we seek pleasure by doing things that do not harm our souls with sin, it is good.  There are many wonderful and creative ways to have fun without entering into the sin world.  God has provided a wonderful world for us to enjoy and explore.  There are many opportunities for fellowship with other believers that do not involve sin.  There are many different ways we can build up our souls and have fun doing it.  We can simply get away for a while alone with God in His creation and rest our souls in Him.  We don’t have to indulge in sin in order to thrill our souls.  When we delight ourselves in the Lord and the things that satisfy the soul, it is not here today and gone tomorrow. 

      Don’t be foolish.  Do not seek pleasure in the things that destroy.  Do not let sin take root in you.  Do not glorify sin in your heart.  Wise are those who seek pleasure in the things that God approves of.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Prov. 10:19  Don’t talk too much, for it fosters sin.  Be sensible and turn off the flow!  NLT

       Some people just like to talk, maybe you are one of them.  Some of us have no problem whatsoever finding things to talk about.  It amazes me how freely some people talk to one another.  I am not one who can just talk on and on about a wide variety of subjects.  I run out of things to talk about.  I tend to be able to talk well about things that really interest me, but struggle to find things to talk about off the top of my head.

       It’s okay to be able to talk.  In fact, it is essential for good fellowship.  A good conversationalist makes for good company.  But like just about everything else, too much of good thing is not good anymore.  Some people talk to the point where they no longer are being heard.  There are many reasons why some people dominate a conversation and I won’t get into that.  But, one thing that does happen is that often a person begins to talk others down.  They begin to say negative things and sit in judgment of others.  They tend to talk about things they really don’t know much about.  They spew wrong information.  They tend to make themselves look good in comparison to others or at their expense.  Too much talking often leads a person into sin.

       It is much better to exercise discretion and shut off the flow.  Wise are those who know when to shut up.  The Lord gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason.  We learn a lot more by listening to others than we do by talking all the time. 

       The Lord tells us to wait before Him.  We are to be still and know that the Lord is God.  We tend to want to do all the talking when we go to the Lord instead of listening to what He has to say.  We struggle to really know the will and mind of the Lord because we are too busy talking to hear His voice.  The Lord has much to say to us and it is far more important and valuable than our thoughts.  We need to rediscover the value of listening.  When was the last time you were still long enough in the Lord’s presence to really know you heard His voice talking to you?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018



Prov. 10:17  People who accept correction are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore it will lead others astray.  NLT

        Let’s face it; all of us need correction.  No one is beyond the need to be disciplined and straightened out in our thinking.  No one ever lives a faultless godly life and no one understands all things clearly.  If you do not see yourself in need of correction, you have a pride issue and it is sin.

       Correction that is Biblically based and done in love accomplishes much good.  It helps us to stay on the pathway of eternal life and to grow.  It should be the goal of every believer to live a godly life, to live by the Word of God.  It should be natural for us to seek counsel when we are in doubt or are struggling to understand and live out the Word properly. 

      When we refuse to be corrected, we not only hurt ourselves, we hurt others as well.  A person who cannot be corrected is stuck.  There is no growth.  There is a demeanor that is influenced by his sinful nature.  His counsel is flawed due to a lack of wisdom from the Spirit of Christ.  There is a lack of the fruit of the Spirit in his life. There often develops a warped understanding of God and the life of holiness.  Often such a person is argumentative and refuses to be corrected. He becomes self-righteous thinking he has no sin and cannot sin.  The chances are good that he will lead others away from the Lord as he wallows in his stubbornness.

       Only those who are open to new understanding will grow in Christ.  Only those who are humble enough to accept they don’t know it all or have it all together will be useful to God.  Don’t be led astray.  Don’t be so set in your ways that you can’t be corrected.  Listen to the wise counsel of others.  Let the Spirit of God guide you and teach you the ways of the Lord.