September 7 2009—Daily Journal
Proverbs 9:2(NIV) →Wisdom is prepared for your coming. Growing in wisdom is not facing something that is unprepared!
Proverbs 7:1(NIV) →This is good advice. While there are some parts of knowledge that can be kept under file or on the shelf, there is wisdom that needs to be retained in our hearts and minds. It's not necessary to memorize the whole Bible, but some of it needs to be burned in our minds.
Proverbs 7:3(NIV) →Bind them on your fingers---let it be apparent not only to yourself, but obvious to the world that you are pursuing wisdom.
Proverbs 7:10(NIV) →“Dressed like a prostitute” men, does your wife own clothes that allow her to dress like a prostitute? Why? To please you? This woman is a wife, yet her husband has enabled her towards unfaithfulness. Don't setup a life that encourages your wife to be unfaithful.
Proverbs 7:26(NIV) →How many have been brought low by adultery? How many men falter over sexuality? Just yesterday Fox News was discussing a study, an actual funded scientific study, that showed that men have trouble focusing around beautiful women. Shocking, right? It's right here!!! Proverbs warns us of the same trouble.
Devotional Reading: Exodus 12:1-14 →Do we base our whole calendar around what God has done for us? I understand using standardized calendars to interact with the world, but why do we Christians operate as the only religion not to base our internal dating on our beliefs? And don't give me the AD/BC nonsense. Reasonable scholarship points to the Lord Jesus Christ being born between 6-4 BC, so that dog don't hunt. Anyway, not that we should really start a new system of dates, but that our own hearts should focus on that point.
Tomorrow's reading: Psalm 119:33-40
Hebrews 1:1 →God spoke, but only in portions through prophets. I think it's important to realize that men alone can only proclaim fractional parts of God's Word and His message. Even when inspired by the Spirit, it's incomplete. Only God can provide the complete Word.
Lifeway Sunday School: Psalm 9:1-8 →God is our righteous judge. I see more and more how un-Christian our Americanized culture of self-reliance is. We as God's people have got to learn better to rely solely on Him for what we need. This doesn't mean not going to work, but it does mean trusting in Him!!
Make-up posts for last Thursday's Sports and today's politics are coming. As are two book reviews this week, including Max Lucado's Fearless, which is coming tomorrow!
May God grant us peace with Him, and the trust in Him that keeps us when we have no peace anywhere else.