A Moment In Proverbs: Proverbs 3:6

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Proverbs 3:6,
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

With the knowledge we have available to us today and the books and software available to search out just about anything that causes us to wonder, there is the problem that we seek to find solutions on our own.  Not that it is wrong to do so as long as we have been guided by the Holy Spirit to do so and that we FIRST took it to God for His direction.  We fall into the hazard of excluding God from our decision making, perhaps its being in a hurry to get the task done, or because we think others will think less of us if we don’t get the job done immediately.  But the warning is if we step out in our own strength, we may find that we’re picking ourselves up from a disaster.

What parent has not warned their child to be careful, to seek counsel and to give it time to think over before making a decision?  What adult has not wished they had waited before they made a decision that turned out badly…perhaps giving it a few hours, days or weeks to consider and pray over would have resulted in a better outcome?

When we seek the LORD in our walk; we find that HE SHALL DIRECT OUR PATHS.

We make the mistake of depending on God to help us only when we need help, we do not rely upon Him for all things. We must abide in Him and He will abide in us.  The key to this verse is “in all thy ways acknowledge Him”.  Consider this, if you do not do so already, to keep the decision making to the LORD’s word in your heart, instead of making the decision yourself and finding yourself at a loss for wisdom.

Prayer: The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.  And they that know His name will put their trust in Him.  The LORD does not forsake them that seek Him. All who seek Him have reason to rejoice; for His love and salvation are continual.  May the LORD be magnified through our dependence upon Him and may His name be given glory and honor for our walk before Him.  We will not lean on our own understanding, but we will trust in the LORD with all our heart; and acknowledge Him in all our ways.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Abiding Still,

Connie Renfro ©

A Moment In Proverbs: Proverbs 2:20-21

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Proverbs 2:20-21,
“That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous; for the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.”

When we follow the steps of the righteous and stay on the path of righteousness, we will find life! As we set standards for our lives through God’s Word, we do not reject the sinner, but we reject the path they walk.  We cannot partake of their lifestyle even in the least way as it leads to sin that the LORD called us to flee (2Timothy 2:21-22).

We are told in Psalms 1 that if we do not follow after the ungodly we are blessed.  This is because our lives will find delight in God’s Word and we will be steadfast and produce spiritual fruit that will create a firm foundation upon Christ.

We must look to those who have gone before us as examples of walking after the righteous and we must pass their walk of faith along to our children and grandchildren; this will bring rest to our souls (Jeremiah 6:16). Those who walked by faith are now a great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1); that are our example.  We must look at their walk of faith, focus on the integrity they lived by and live as they lived in uprightness. In so doing, this will contribute to our settled minds, guide our footsteps, gain good-will of our neighbors and please God.  Even our families will rejoice and benefit in our walk as they learn the paths of righteousness and take their own walk before the LORD.

Prayer:  Your Word tells us that if we walk uprightly, work righteousness and speak the truth in our hearts, then we abide in you. LORD, help us to take the paths of righteousness before you.  Teach us the lessons of those who have been examples of faith so that our walk is straight before you.  As we walk before you, your loving kindness is our faithful companion.  LORD, let us reach out to those lost in sin, but keep our hearts through your Word so that our feet do not stumble in the path they are walking.  LORD, you are the giver of abundant life; thank you for your precious love.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Abiding Still,

Connie Renfro ©

A Moment In Proverbs: 1:5

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Proverbs 1:5,
“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels”

A wise man will hear.  Proverbs consistently tells us to “hear”, “listen”, “obey”, “give ear to my instruction.” And a wise may will, but the foolish think in their own heart that they know best, they need not pay attention to warnings or good advice.  The wise grow wiser when they listen, the foolish would do likewise if they would open their hearts and ears.

I remember teachers who said, “you can never learn too much”, of course they were talking about school subjects but as I’m older, I like to think the same about God’s Word.  The wondrous thing about His Word is that it is appropriate for every moment, it nourishes and it provides what we need as we apply it to our hearts.

God’s Word tells us in Daniel 12:3-5, that in the last days knowledge will increase and as we see evidence of that today, which of us are not marveled at the knowledge at our fingertips through the internet and other electronic devices…but beware, the passage does not say God’s Word will increase.  Sadly, our knowledge of God’s Word and the wisdom that lies within seems to be fading.  People are no longer memorizing His Word and children can no longer recite the scriptures I learned as a child at the hand of my grandmother and Sunday School Teacher.  Truly, worldly knowledge has increased, but our knowledge of Wisdom from God’s Word has not.

In Acts 2:16-18, God speaks of pouring His Spirit upon all people, so that the daughters will prophesy, young men will see visions, old men will dream dreams.  Let us call upon the LORD for His Word; Let us marvel at the Wisdom within, Let us lean closer to our LORD and receive His knowledge into our hearts and minds.

Prayer:  LORD thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my down sitting and mine uprising, thou understand my thought afar off. Thou compasses my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. Thank you for your Word and the knowledge and wisdom you offer to your beloved.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Abiding Still,

Connie Renfro ©

A Moment In Proverbs: Proverbs 27:19

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Proverbs 27:19,
“As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.”

This verse tells us that the heart reflects the real person, just as water reflects the face of the onlooker.  The heart is a mirror of the inward person, what we may not see on the face of man, God sees on the heart of man.

Therefore, it is important that we examine our motives, affections and intentions constantly.  God’s Word tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
“I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10). He sees the intent even before we have consciously formed the thought; God saw our heart at work before we succumbed to the sin that enticed our heart.

We must do more than listen to God’s Word.  We must do as it instructs, otherwise, we are only fooling ourselves.  If we listen but don’t obey it will be like looking at ourselves in a mirror, walking away and forgetting what we saw.  But if we look at His Word, it sets us free, and when we do what He says, we don’t forget what was heard and our heart reflects Him (see James 1:23-25).

Prayer: Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my thoughts.  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, oh, LORD, my strength and my redeemer.  You are great in counsel and mighty in deed.  Your eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man; rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds. O LORD, you have a steadfast love and you know the inward heart.  Help us to reflect your image.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

A special Note:

Friends, enjoy your Memorial Holiday; remember those who gave their lives for our freedom, and especially praise God for the freedom He brought us through His Son Jesus Christ.  I will return again on Tuesday, May 31st.

Abiding Still,

Connie Renfro ©

A Moment In Proverbs: Proverbs 26:4

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Proverbs 26:4,
“Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.”

Have you ever tried to reason with a foolish person? God continues to call us to wisdom throughout the proverbs and in so doing, he teaches us not to argue with a fool or try to set them straight.  We must be taught to be wise through the Word of God.  We must be ready to defend our belief (1 Peter 3:14-16) and the only way to do that is to make ourselves workmen that need not to be put to shame as we divide the Word of truth.  The only way we can do this is by studying His Word.  This gives us the opportunity to not only witness to those in darkness but to reveal the light to those who are foolish (2 Timothy 2:15-16).

We must sanctify our LORD in our hearts and be prepared to answer those who challenge or question our devotion. The Word of God is profitable for reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness.  But we must be sure that the LORD has called us to stand before man and give forth the wisdom of His Word.  We must wait upon the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and minds or we will foolishly join the foolish and sound like clanging cymbals to those who hear us.  Our convictions must be sure, they must be true, and they must be wholly fixed on our LORD and Jesus Christ.  Without His direction and His blessing our words will be in vain. Wisdom is justified when it comes from God.  There will be times when speaking is called for; there will be times when silence is more powerful; and there will be times when living our lives before them as we trust the LORD for our portion will be the greatest testimony.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).  He is the one who directs the heart; the footsteps; the speaker and the hearer. Wait upon Him by being prepared when called.

Prayer:  LORD, help us to be prepared to share your Word when the opportunities present.  Father, help us not to argue your Word but reason with the hearer.  Let us not cast our pearls before the swine, but let us scatter seed to fertile ground so that you will claim a great harvest of souls for the kingdom of God.  Thank you LORD that you would use us and thank you that you have provided your Word so that we can learn from it.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Abiding Still,

Connie Renfro ©

Handling Matters Wisely

Proverbs 16:20

 “He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.”

Wisdom gains respect now and in the future.  A man/woman who is found to be wise in his/her affairs is spoken highly of by others.

When we handle all matters wisely, it is a reflection of our discipline of abiding in God’s Word.

Without His Word, we could not give discernment to the decisions made (see Proverbs 13:13).  When we abide in God; we have not only our human ability to make a decision, but we have that of the Holy Spirit who comforts us with wisdom and encouragement and points us to our LORD Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:17-18).

We must remember that when we handle matters in the world, the world is watching, even in small matters. We live for Christ, and he will keep us in perfect peace when we set our minds on Him.

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When we trust in the LORD the reward is more than the profit of man’s praise; the reward is God’s blessing to be established, grounded, eternity minded, yielding spiritual fruit, and perfect peace; because our mind and our heart is stayed on Him (see Jeremiah 17:7-8 and Isaiah 26:3-4).

Prayer: Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old. Your loving kindness and truth preserve us. Show us how to be wise in your Word and ready to give an answer to those who ask about our hope in you.  We will praise you today and ever more with all our heart and glorify your name forever; for you are worthy! In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Abiding Still