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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

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“A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Proverbs 15:1

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I sometimes shudder to think of what I must sound like when I respond angrily to my kids. Lord may you give us hearts that love earnestly and answer softly.

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True Wisdom

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

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Read all of Proverbs Chapter 2 – One of my favorites!

My son, if you receive my words
    and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
    and inclining your heart to understanding…
Then you will understand righteousness and justice
    and equity, every good path;
 for wisdom will come into your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
 discretion will watch over you,
    understanding will guard you,
 delivering you from the way of evil.

Proverbs 2:1-3, 10-12

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If…Then! If we seek after God’s word, Then He gives us understanding which guards our hearts and protects us from evil and temptation. Praying you will “hear” the wisdom of the Lord today!

True Wisdom

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

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

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What is your heart reflecting today? Jesus reminded us that it is from our hearts that our mouth speaks (Mark 6:45). What are your words saying about your heart? Ask the Lord to create in you a pure heart so that you can walk in His ways and love with His love. Praying…

Yes & No! James 5

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

James 5:12

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“But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.”
James 5:11

  • Is your “yes” a “yes” is your “no” a “no”?
  • Jesus tells us, “And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it. ” Matthew 23:22 Do you carelessly utter, “I swear to God.”  Think about what you are saying.
  • Is there something you need to change? Write a prayer asking God to change your heart and mouth to reflect His glory.

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It’s as simple as yes & no! Do it!  I will be praying for you!

Remain Steadfast! James 5

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

James 5:7-11

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“We consider those blessed who remained steadfast.”
James 5:11

  • Are you patient?
  • Personally, I struggle with this quality. Here what image does James us to draw us a word picture to help us understand what patience looks like?
  • While the farmer waited for rain and his fruit to ripen, do you think he sat on his porch watching?
  • No, the farmer diligently works to prepare for the harvest. Likewise, we are called ot prepare our hearts for what purpose?
  • The Lord is coming (Mark 13:24-27) we are called to prepare for Jesus’ return. Record the  specific action James 5:9 instructs us to take.
  • Are you a grumbler – do you speak ill of others and blame them for your circumstances – why?
  • Instead, what traits characterize the prophets?
  • Those who remain steadfast (firm in belief) are called what?
  • Like Job, God has a purpose for all events in your life (Romans 8:28). He will work all things together for your good – even when it doesn’t seem like it. In fact, we are called to thank God in ALL circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Through Job’s life how did God reveal Himself?
  • God can reveal himself through your life, too. If you search the word steadfast in the ESV version of the Bible, it is filled with verses about God’s steadfast love. He loves you so much…you can trust in Him (Deuteronomy 7:9), & abide in Him (John 15:5)! He is preparing you today – remain steadfast no matter the trial – He is faithful & His love endures forever! Give God whatever trial you are facing today, remain fixed in Him – His love never fails!

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Remain in Him and He will remain in you!   I will be praying for you!

What treasure? James 5

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

James 5:1-6

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“Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.”
James 5:2,3

  • What is your attitude about your earthly treasure?
  • Jesus tells you in Matthew 6:19-21 what kinds of treasure you should be storing…write it down.
  • Knowing your heart and treasure are connected, what does that tell you about truly giving your heart to God (Psalm 24).
  • Our hearts should be focused on God, trusting Him in every way…He has proven He is faithful! Ask God to renew your heart today. Devote it to God and live focusing on heavenly treasure and not on your earthly desires. Is there something you need to change today?

 

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Heavenly treasure is far greater and eternal…Seek to store up what will last forever!   I will be praying for you!