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Proverbs 31:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Do not spend your strength on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings” - 31:3.

Your relationships should be godly and life-giving.  Are there any people in your life who are hindering your ability to go forward and be the person God wants you to be? Perhaps the coming year is when you make some adjustments so you can give your energy and attention to your purpose and goals and not to so many dysfunctional people.  See what Jesus had to say about your relationships in Matthew 10:34-39 and then make any changes based on what He said.

NOTE: Tomorrow I will start a new devotional format, along with instructions on how to access the daily Proverbs online any day you want it!  Happy New Year!

 


Proverbs 30:4

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"What is his name, and the name of his son? 
Tell me if you know!” - 30:4.

If you were given a quiz on your faith and the Bible, how well would you do?  What goals can you set in the coming year that will enable you to grow in the knowledge of your faith, the Bible and the Lord Himself? Your goals should not only be to increase learning, but to apply that learning to godly living.  It is the longest psalm, but perhaps you can end the year by reading Psalm 119 and note the connection between the Word and holiness.  If you would rather listen to that psalm, you can do that here.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Be watching for a new devotional on January 1 as I phase out Proverbs (it will be online to access any time you wish) and introduce the new devotional entitled, "What Would Jesus Ask?"


Proverbs 29:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father” - 29:3. 

What you do impacts others closest to you, for good or not. Your love for wisdom and your desire to apply it will be a blessing to your family, whether natural or church. How can you express your love for wisdom in the coming year in a way that will bring others help and joy?  Read James 3:17-18 to better understand wisdom and its traits and then set a course to obtain practical wisdom that will be a blessing to others.

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Proverbs 28:7

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“He who keeps the law is a discerning son” - 28:7.

If you are to keep the law, you must first know the law, and that requires effort on your part to study and grow.  What goal can you set for next year that will give you more knowledge and understanding of God's word? What are your reading and learning goals for 2012? Now is the time to give that some consideration and set some concrete objectives!  Look at Philippians 1:9-11 and determine how you can achieve the spiritual growth goals Paul mentioned there.


Proverbs 27:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what  day may bring forth" - Proverbs 27:1. 

You should live every day like it is your last, while at the same time setting ambitious long-term goals. What can you do to maximize this day? What can you plan today that can be done in ten years, one day at a time?  To understand the tension between the long- and short-term, read James 4:13-17, and then 1 Kings 6:37-38 and 1 Kings 7:1-3 to learn of Solomon's long-term building program.  What can you do for the Lord in the next 13 years if you start today?

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Proverbs 26:6

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Like cutting off one’s feet or drinking violence
is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool" - 26:6.

This verse employs a graphic simile, but it shows that God highly values faithfulness to deliver His message of life in Christ. You carry the most important message that Jesus was born to save men from their sins. Are you proclaiming it every chance you get? What more can you do in the coming year to proclaim God's goodness? Read Psalm 119:46 and 1 Peter 3:15 to see the kind of eager response the Lord expects you to give to all who ask.


Proverbs 25:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable” - 25:3.

A King was born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago and His name is Jesus. The goodness and mercy in His heart are unsearchable and endless, but the Word of God reveals and explains them to us. Celebrate the birth of Christ today and every day, and never lose your wonder for the King of glory and His unsearchable love for you! Read Ephesians 2:3-5 and be reminded of God's great love for you today!


Proverbs 24:20

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

". . . And the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out" - 24:20. 

The Christmas story is one of good triumphing over evil. Herod tried to kill the baby Jesus and almost succeeded. Yet Herod died and his kingdom came to nothing, while Jesus and His flock live and reign forever! Jesus leads His people to victory in this life and the next, overcoming sin and death on their behalf.  Are you living in the fullness of this eternal victory?  Read 2 Corinthians 2:14 and 1 Corinthians 15:53-55 and be reminded of the victory over all things that you have in Christ.


Proverbs 23:22

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Listen to your father, who gave you life" - 23:22.

Think about the people who have brought life and help to you at critical times. It is good to know who those people are and to draw on their help when needed. These folks may be in your family, but they can also be an author, a mentor, a friend or someone in ministry.  Who speaks to you and it brings vitality to your life and work? Do you recognize that it is the Lord oftentimes speaking to you through them? In the Christmas story, Joseph received supernatural advice, which he followed, and it saved his family's life! (see Matthew 1:18-25, 2:13 and 2:19-20). Advice you receive may have the same effect, so listen carefully.


Proverbs 22:2

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Rich and poor have this in common:
the Lord is the maker of them all" - 22:2.

The Christmas narrative reinforces the truth that all men need a Savior. Both the poor shepherds and rich Magi came to find and worship King Jesus. Are you preoccupied with your riches, or lack of the same, and thus shortchanging your spiritual life?  What's more, your bond with others is not your economic status, but your mutual relationship with the Lord.  Read Romans 3:22-24 along with Matthew 2 and Luke 2 to see today's verse in the context of the Christmas story. Advice you receive may have the same effect, so listen carefully.