From creation you are a threat to the devil. It’s the path you choose growing up that determines if you’re still a threat to him, or if he becomes a threat to you. –The Rev.
19 Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool.
2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.
3 People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.
4 Wealth makes many “friends”; poverty drives them all away.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.
6 Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts!
7 The relatives of the poor despise them; how much more will their friends avoid them! Though the poor plead with them, their friends are gone.
8 To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will be destroyed.
10 It isn’t right for a fool to live in luxury or for a slave to rule over princes!
11 Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.
12 The king’s anger is like a lion’s roar, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish child[a] is a calamity to a father; a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping.
14 Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the Lord can give an understanding wife.
15 Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.
16 Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death.
17 If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and he will repay you!
18 Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives.
19 Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.
20 Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.
21 You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.
22 Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest.
23 Fear of the Lord leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm.
24 Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.
25 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser.
26 Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother are an embarrassment and a public disgrace.
27 If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge.
28 A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice; the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
29 Punishment is made for mockers, and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.
John 16:23-24 KJV
23″ And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
Why is it so important to pray “in the name of Jesus”? Jesus is our Mediator, Intercessor, Advocate, and Lord as it says in Reverend Kenneth E. Hagin‘s book “Bible Prayer Study Course”. Notice our scripture says “whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it to you…” There is only one way to approach God and that is in the name of Jesus. There is no other way to enter into the Holy of Holies except by Jesus Christ. We praise Jesus, we certainly tell him we love Him and are grateful to Him for all He has done for us, but we pray in the name of Jesus to the Father!
God is our Father if you are born again. A good father provides for this children. He watches over them and protects them. An insecure child is not a joyous child. An insecure child is a child who, in some way, has been let down or hurt by the very one that should have loved and protected them. A child who knows they can depend on their father to meet their needs, protect, and be there for them in time of trouble is a secure and joyful child. God is a good Father and we should rest secure in Him knowing when we pray, He hears and answers us, as well as takes care of all of our needs! Notice it says in the second verse, “and ye SHALL receive, that your JOY MAY BE FULL.” Our joy is not full when we need something and don’t have it. Jesus made this promise so that we could live in confidence and joy. We have confidence in God because we have approached Him through Jesus representing all that HE is, not all that we are not! We know by doing this our prayers are heard and they are answered! That is how our joy is made full! If Jesus said it, you know you have it! He is always dependable, trustworthy and true!
Go in joy today, my dear reader! God is willing and able to meet your every petition in the mighty name of Jesus! It says in psalms for His names sake He will answer us! What joy and confidence we have in knowing that! Blessings to you today, dear reader! I will see you next time!
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline —then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:6-11 NIV
Why is correction so hard to take? I have never liked it!! To this day, I try to almost be perfect at times just because I hate confrontation and getting “in trouble”! Now you know why my doctor wonders about my heart! Seriously though, I really don’t like confrontation and having to be corrected! When man corrects you, it isn’t always so gentle. When God corrects you it is gentle, even though not pleasurable, but brings great peace and joy when the correction brings obedience! Why do we ever fight that? One day I was being corrected by God over something and I could feel my feelings getting hurt. Tears welled in my eyes and I was greatly disappointed in myself. The Lord spoke to me as I began to have this reaction and what He said astounded me. God said, “Juliana, why do you take My correction as an insult or something that is degrading to you as a person? When I correct you it is not to put you down, but I do it in order to promote you to the next level of My glory in Me!” I had never thought of it that way! Correction is PROMOTION??? Suddenly, correction was almost something I looked forward to! “What else do you need to deal with me about, Father?”, was my excited response!
Who does not like promotion? Think about promotion for a moment. When you are promoted in the natural it comes with more benefits, prosperity, authority, and respect. It is something that you CELEBRATE! It is something others that love you celebrate! Why? Because you have “moved up”!
Correction, albeit not always a happy experience, is a necessary one. It makes you a healthier, more effective child of God. One time when I was little I had a severe throat infection. My doctor prescribed erythromycin as the antibiotic to treat it. This was back in the day before they had bubble gum, cotton candy, and all the other delicious flavors they give kids now to get their medicine down them! My mother would call me into the kitchen and give me this horrible tasting medicine, which when I chewed it I literally had to fight throwing it back up. So sorry, my dear reader, but I don’t know how else to tell you just how bad it was! I was around five years old and I decided I had to do something and do it fast! I could not “stomach” this horrible mess!! In our bathroom my father had put down some carpet but had not nailed the edges down yet. One day as I was in there, I noticed they lifted up. I began to hatch a plan. If I flushed the toilet, Momma would know I had flushed the pill! No, that wouldn’t work. But, Momma NEVER looked under those loose edges…or so I thought! She would call me, I would act delighted to take the pill that tasted worse than anything you could possibly imagine from her hand, and happily skip to my “room” to joyfully swallow it. If I acted happy about taking it she wouldn’t be suspicious I thought! Instead of going to my room, I made a fast detour to the bathroom, lifted the rug up and put the pill under the rug where it could not be detected! Oh, all was happy in my world again. That is until one day when I heard my mother scream my first, middle and last name! That was always a very, very bad sign!!! It was enough for your blood to run cold in your veins!! This was back when kids got spankings and the fear of God was put into them by their parents! I began to really tremble when I realized the screaming of my full given name was coming from THE BATHROOM!!! When I walked in my mother, who didn’t look happy AT ALL, peeled back the carpet and asked (like she didn’t know!) “What is this?” In a very neat row was about seven pink erythromycin chewable throw up tablets!! I had no response! I was dumbfounded with the emphasis on dumb!! Oh, why didn’t I think to flush them later??? I have never been sneaky! I always got caught, so it just was not worth it! “I wondered why you weren’t getting well!” she said with her hands on her hips. Sorrowfully, precious reader her hands didn’t stay on her hips! But, joyfully the doctor gave an antibiotic my taste buds could tolerate much better after that! Correction is like medicine. The sooner you take it the quicker it is over and the better off you will be!
Don’t let the devil make you feel like worm dirt when correction comes! Thank God for it because you are going higher in the Spirit! God is preparing to use you in ways you have dreamed! The vision is one step closer. No wonder it says in one translation great joy follows God’s chastening!
Blessings to you, my precious reader! See you next time!