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day 1

Proverbs 19:19-20(KJV):

19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

Proverbs 19:19-20(NIV):

19 A man of great wrath shall suffer the penalty, for if you deliver him (from the consequences), he will (feel free to) cause you to do it again.
20 Hear counsel, receive instruction and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.

Thoughts for the Day

Timely advice is given in these verses from the book of Proverbs. They state that wisdom is gained by the instruction and counsel of the Lord. In verse 19, advice is given for those who would try to help those who have unruly tempers. We are told that trying to help a person who has great wrath is a futile attempt. Anyone who is habitually angry will repeat his offenses and one would have to repeat the process of delivering him. Until a person is ready to change his ways and repent of his anger, he can never be free from an ingrained bad temper. Only the Lord can help a man like that. We have seen this with parents who pay the fines of an angry, rebellious son, who end up in jail for some misdeed caused by his anger. Unless they discipline and correct him, they will usually face the same problem again.
We learned something. Anger and rebellion are in the heart of a man and just because you try to help him and be kind to him does not mean he will change his behavior. He must be willing to change before you can help him, just as this verse says, if you deliver an angry man, you will have to do it again. The only way we tried to help him the next time was to pray for him to come to the end of his rebellion so he truly could be helped.

Verse 20 tells us the way to change is to listen to counsel and receive instruction. If we do that we will be wise in the time to come. Biblical instruction will keep us from destruction and error if we heed it. The keeping of God's Word will bring great reward. God's laws and commandments are given so that we might live a good life in this earth.

Psalm 19:7-11:

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father,We thank you that You have given us the Bible so that we might receive godly wisdom and learn how to live by it. Lord, we know that by following Your advice, we will be saved from much heartache in this world. Help us to walk in the Spirit so that we will have Your discernment as to the things we should, and should not do. Guide us by Your Holy Spirit in all of our affairs. Help us to overcome any tendencies toward anger, as we do not want to become angry men and women. Let us be gentle and forgiving in our dealings with others. We ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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day 2

Proverbs 19:21(KJV):

21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

Proverbs 19:21(NIV):

21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.

Thoughts for the Day

This verse declares the sovereignty of God over the plans of men. Men may plot and scheme to be able to have their plans come to pass, but only God knows if they will be able to attain them, as He, and He alone, knows the future. If God desires a certain plan to override men's plans, His plans will most assuredly prevail, in spite of all the efforts of a man. Certainly, as Christians, we are to plan our days; however, we should always be very flexible to change our plans if God directs us to do something different. I have read many testimonies of how people's lives were saved because the Lord changed their plans and they did not go in a certain direction at the time. If they would have done so, they would have been destroyed. That is why we need to be very sensitive as to what God is telling us to do at all times. It will save us much trouble and heartache when we learn to hear and obey God.

In the book of James in the New Testament, he admonishes those who pursue money and gain as their main goal with these words:

James 4:13-15:

13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

The only safe place for anyone is in the will of God. If we remain in His will, then we can rest assured that the promises of God will not fail us. However, if we rebel and declare our plans above His plans for our lives, we can leave ourselves open for the attacks of the enemy to come against us. If God is speaking to us to do certain things today, it is so that we might be spared pain tomorrow. He loves us and has the best plan for our lives. We just must learn to trust Him and not to lean upon our own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5-7:

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

If we ask the Lord to show us the path to take, or the right thing to do; He promises us that He will show us and He will direct our way. We can trust Him. He will never fail us. He will give us the strength and wisdom to overcome in any situation.

Psalm 37:4-5:
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

The Lord wants to give us every righteous desire of our hearts, as He is a good God that desires to bless His children. The only reason He would refrain from doing so, is that we are not ready or able to receive the things we are praying for today. Also, if other people's wills are involved in what we are praying about, He then must wait and work with them until they are also willing. However, if we commit our way unto the Lord and trust and obey Him, He shall bring it to pass.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you that You care for me. Forgive me when I fail to trust You and try to take matters in my own hands. Lord, I know that You have the best plan for my life. Please give me the grace to accept it and to do the things that you are speaking to me about each day. Lord, help me to be patient as You work in other people's lives that affect mine. May I extend to them the same grace and mercy that You have extended to me. Lord, grant me the grace to change the things in my life that are not pleasing to You. I do delight in You, knowing that Your plan for my life is being worked out according to Your will and not mine. I ask this in the name of Jesus, my Lord. Amen.
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day 3

Proverbs 19:23(KJV):

23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Proverbs 19:23(AMP):

23 The reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it shall rest satisfied; he cannot be visited with (actual) evil.

Thoughts for the Day

This verse tell us when one honors and respects God he can live in a place of provision above other men; a place that we find we are equipped with power over evil. We need to look at two definitions here to understand what this verse is saying: (1.) What is the "fear of the Lord?" and (2.) What does it mean that we shall not be "visited with evil."

The "fear of the Lord" is not a tormenting fear, but rather a respect and honor for God and His Word. If I respect someone, I honor their word. Therefore, the Bible is telling us that when we reverence and respect God and keep His word it will lead us to life and we can rest satisfied. Here are some more scriptures that further define "the fear of the Lord."

Psalm 111:10: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Psalm 34:11-17:

11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Proverbs 10:27: The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

What does it mean we shall not be visited with evil? It does not mean that the devil will not attack us, but rather it means that no matter what kind of attack we have from the devil, God will give us the way to conquer him and overcome him. Therefore evil will not actually hurt us. When we become a child of God and we are "born again," we now have access to all that God has. Because Jesus overcame the devil through His death on the cross, no weapon formed against us shall prosper. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 3:8: He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Job 5:19-22:

19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

Psalm 91:3-7:

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

I could list many more verses that promise us protection and deliverance from the devil; however, these will suffice for this teaching. We can also look at the lives of many of the Bible saints and see how these very scriptures protected them in their time of trial. Daniel is one of those examples who was protected from beasts. The Israelites in Exodus were protected from pestilence, while the Egyptians were suffering under this curse.

Daniel 6:27: He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

Exodus 8:22 And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.

The Lord is no respecter of people. Therefore, if we honor and respect Him and His Word, He will do the same things for us today, that He did throughout the Bible. He is just looking for a people who will believe Him. God and His power have not changed. He is the same yesterday, and today and forever. He will do miracles for us today if we but dare to believe Him.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father,I praise You today for Your greatness!! Create in me a heart that will always believe You and trust in Your Word. I do want to always have the "fear of the Lord" in my heart. I then will not have to fear any man or what any man would do unto me, as You are greater than all men. Thank You for Your many promises of provision and protection throughout Your Word. I claim them for my life and for those in my family. Deliver me from any doubt and unbelief that would keep me from receiving all that You have promised me in the Bible. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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day 4

Proverbs 19:24-25 (KJV):

24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

Proverbs 19:24-25 (AMP):

24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will increase in knowledge.

Thoughts for the Day

These verses in Proverbs describe the height of laziness and the need to deal with those that are scorners, as well as reproving the teachable. In verse 24 we have a description of a person known as a sluggard or a slothful person. The dictionary definition of these words is one who is habitually lazy, idle, or indolent. The lazy soul described here does not even want to feed himself. We find many today who look to others to feed them, as they are too lazy to work. Certainly there are times when we all must have help when hard times come to our door. However, this verse is talking about a habitually lazy person, not a true needy person. We need to pray for these people, as the Lord desires to touch and change their lives and give them a desire to live and work.

Proverbs 13:4: "The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat."

Verse 25 tells us that a scoffer should not be ignored, but rather dealt with. In schools or meetings when a scoffer comes in and publicly tries to disturb a meeting, that one should not be allowed to take the platform and should be admonished and swiftly removed as an example to others who are watching, as they might be tempted to do the same thing. Their scoffing should not be tolerated. Of course, all actions should be done with kindness, as much as is possible. However, when dealing with rebellious people, they make it difficult for all involved to handle many situations in a peaceful manner.

Romans 12:17-18:

17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

The last part of verse 25 also tells us that we are also to reprove a man who is sincere, if he is in error. If we know someone is deceived and we love them, we will want to tell them of their error to help them. Our motive should not be to hurt them in any way. If we share the truth in love and the person is a man of understanding, he will be grateful for the knowledge that he gains. If anyone admonishes us about something, we should take it to the Lord and ask Him if they are telling us the truth. Sometimes, it may be told in the wrong manner to us; however, there may be a thread of truth in what they are saying and we should ask the Lord about it. He may tell us we are right and they are wrong, or He may tell us there is truth in what they are saying. The key is to take it to the Lord and ask Him.

Ephesians 4:14-15:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father,Thank You for helping me in my relationships with others. I desire to be kind and gentle in my dealings in situations that require me to take corrective measures. Help me to hear Your voice as to how to deal with unpleasant situations, whether it be with my children or those at work that I must manage. May I treat others as kindly as possible every day. Lord, I do not want to use my position of authority in the wrong way, but in a way that will be an example to others of Your Spirit in my life. Thank you, for teaching me things I need to know and may I always have a teachable spirit. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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day 5

Proverbs 19:26-27(KJV):

26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 19:24-25(AMP):

26 He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.
27 Cease, my son, to hear instruction only to ignore it and stray from the words of knowledge.

Thoughts for the Day

Great wisdom for young people can be found in the book of Proverbs. Verse 26 states that a son (or daughter) who wastes his father, and chases away his mother (will not listen to her) will cause the family shame and reproach. When we look at the dictionary definition of the word "waste", we can better understand what this means. Quoting from Webster's New World Dictionary the word "waste" means: (1.) to destroy; devastate; ruin (2.) to wear away; consume gradually; use up (3.) to make weak, feeble, wear away strength ....(4.) to use up or spend without real need, gain, or purpose; squander (5.) to fail to take proper advantage of (to waste an opportunity) (6.) (Slang) to kill, usually with violence; esp. to murder.

An evil child who continually rebels and comes against a good father's instructions, in time, will begin to wear away his father and mother. Many parents who are vexed with unruly children become "worn out" in the process of trying to raise them. Children who do not take advantage of having godly parents will live to regret it in time. The Bible gives instructions to children to obey their parents and also admonishes the parent to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:1-4:

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

These verses contain a promise to children. If children will honor and obey their parents things will go well for them and they will live a long life. Children who disobey take the risk of cutting their lives short as rebellion opens the door for evil things to happen to them. An example would be when parents tell their child not to smoke, drink alcohol, or take drugs. If the child then disobeys, the use of these substances will cut their lives short.

It is shocking in our world today that there are children who even murder their own parents. This kind of evil is demonic and can come about when children over a period of time rebel not only against their parents, but they also resist the rules of society and a hatred sets in their hearts that leads them to an act of horror of murdering their own parents.

These verses also tell fathers (and mothers) not to provoke their children to anger. This means we must use wisdom and love when we deal with our children and not treat them unfairly. It does not mean that they may not become angry when they are disciplined and spanked; however, their anger will be short lived when they are disciplined in love. This does not mean giving children their way in all the things they want to do; however, it does mean that a parent will not exchange angry shouts with their children and act as childish as the youngster. As parents, we need God's help to keep from resorting to angry outbursts where we become out of control. Uncontrolled anger begats uncontrolled anger.

Verse 27 of Proverbs also tells young people not to listen to the instructions of those who would cause them to stray from their parents instructions. The knowledge of good parents is a blessing, as it prevents the child from being hurt by evil advice. Young people are told to stay away from those who would give them knowledge and instruction that is bad. If children refuse to stay away from those who are hurting them , then the parents must take the action necessary for breaking up a relationship with someone who is a bad influence on their children. In doing so this will prevent the shame and reproach that the devil wants to bring upon a family. It will also prevent the enemy from hurting our children.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father,Thank You for giving us instructions in the Bible as to how we are to help our children. Help us to be good parents. Lord, when we need to discipline our children, help us to do so in Your love and not yield to becoming so emotionally upset that we lose our temper and hurt more than help them. Lord, help us not to shrink from spanking and disciplining our children when they need it knowing that it will cause them to cease from rebellion and evil. May our children understand Your ways and desire to follow You and have a spirit of obedience. Lord, heal any breaches between parents and their children and cause our families to walk in Your love. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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day 6

Proverbs 19:28-29 (KJV):

28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

Proverbs 19:28-29 (AMP):

28 A worthless witness scoffs at justice, and the mouth of the wicked swallows iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the back of (self-confident) fools.

Thoughts for the Day

Throughout the Book of Proverbs the Bible speaks much about judgment and judgments. In these verses, we are told that those who are ungodly witnesses will scorn judgment. Those who are law breakers themselves do not like to think about judgment of any kind. They will continually feed upon and devour sinful and iniquitous ideas. The devil always lies to people when he tempts them. He tells them they will not have to face the results of their sins. Most of the time he convinces them that they will escape the punishment that comes with the sin, while the Bible clearly tells us that we shall reap what we sow.

Galatians 6:7-8:

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

When we disobey God, there is a price to pay that brings sorrow and death to our lives. The Lord knew that all men would fall into sin; however, He made a way for men to escape the punishment of hell and death. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this world, who knew no sin and never did sin. Jesus, an innocent man, went to the cross to die for our sins, so that we do not have to take the penalty for those sins. He was crucified, died and rose from the dead. He took the penalty for your sins and my sins, therefore death and hell have no power over all who will repent of their sins and turn to Christ for cleansing and forgiveness. When we make Him Lord of our lives, we are then promised eternal life.

Proverbs 19:29 tells us that judgments are prepared for scoffers, not believers. He took our judgments so we do not have to take them. We deserve hell because we are sinners, but because of our faith in Christ's shed blood on the cross, we are free. He has freed us to live for Him and tell others about His wonderful plan of redemption.

Someone asked me one time what I gave up to serve Christ. I replied, "In Christ, I am promised heaven for hell, health for sickness, joy for sorrow, peace for torment, faith for fear, love for hate, release from addictions, and all blessings instead of evil curses. I did not give up anything that was not already killing me. What a wonderful exchange!"

Only prideful fools and scoffers will have stripes on their backs. If we will just humble ourselves, and admit our sin and failures, and ask for forgiveness, and turn our lives to God, we can have peace and joy. Daily, we can walk in the spirit of life and be free from the law of judgment that brings death and sorrow to us. We can experience heaven now, in this earth, where there is so much hell around us. When we have the creator of heaven and earth living in our hearts, we will have eyes that are opened to truth, and we can know the depths of His love for us. He loves us each and has a mighty plan for all who will allow Him to rule their lives. After I made a total commitment to God, I have never looked back to the old life. The old man is dead and I am a new creature in Christ. Praise God!

Romans 8:2-6:

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father,I am so thankful that my name is written in the Book of Life, and I pray that all who read these words will allow You to write their name in that same book, if it is not already recorded there. Lord, bless you for Your sacrifice on the cross. I did not deserve it, but I am eternally grateful for Your love for me. Lord, help me to daily be obedient to You and follow in Your will for my life. Help me to overcome the desires of my flesh and to always choose the way of life in You. May I always have the courage to share with others what You have done for me. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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day 7

Proverbs 20:1(KJV):

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Proverbs 20:1(AMP):

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a riotous brawler, and whoever errs or reels because of it is not wise.

Thoughts for the Day

The book of Proverbs has much to say about many subjects; and drinking alcoholic beverages is one of them. There is a debate in religious circles in regard to the question - was the wine in the Bible referring to grape juice or fermented grape juice, which is alcoholic in nature? To answer this question we must study the original language in which the Bible was written.Actually, there are fifteen words from the Hebrew and Greek languages, which are translated "wine" in the Bible. When we compare these words in the context in which they are used we can better understanding their scriptural meanings. The first scripture in which wine is mentioned is found in the book of Genesis. The Hebrew word used there is "yayin." It always means fermented wine, primarily from grapes.

Genesis 9:20-21:

20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

Noah could not have become drunk by drinking grape juice, so we must assume he drank an alcoholic beverage made from the grapes of his vineyard.

The New Testament word translated wine is usually the Greek word "oinos." We also find in the New Testament the account of Jesus performing his first miracle which was turning water into wine. You can read the entire account of this miracle in John 2: 1-11.

9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

Notice in verse 10 the comment that men usually served the good wine first and kept the wine that was not as good to be served lastly so that its quality was not noticed. This had to be a reference to fermented wine, as the alcoholic content of the wine would be more inclined to cause them not to notice bad wine later in the evening after they had a few drinks.

There are many other references to wine throughout the Bible showing that it is actually an alcoholic drink. Now with this scriptural evidence, comes the next question. Is it sinful to drink wine? The answer to this question is that the wine itself is not sinful, because sin is in the heart of man and does not exist in any object of itself. It is the drunkenness and intoxication that comes about when a man drinks too much that causes him to sin. The Bible teaches discipline and moderation; even eating too much food is a sin and is called the sin of gluttony in the Bible.

In the opening Proverb for today, we are warned what wine and strong drink can do to a man. Men can end up raging and brawling and doing things in a drunken stupor that are very unwise and that they will also regret. How many times have we heard the expression when someone talks unwisely after drinking too much -- "That was the alcohol talking." The Bible does make a distinction, as to the affect that strong drinks (alcoholic beverages like whiskey, vodka, etc.) have on a person, as opposed to wine, showing that the strong alcoholic drinks are far worse at causing men to become out of their heads and violent. The wine is bad enough, as it can cause men to lose their senses and mock others. People will also mock them for their out of control inebriation.

So what should our position be as Christians since we know the many sorrows that drunkenness causes? We know that alcoholism is responsible for many broken homes because of the abusive behavior toward family and others. We know the many deaths on our highways caused by drinking and driving. What about the many premature deaths caused by health problems stemming from alcoholism?Alcoholism has now become a national drug addiction problem. Yes, drunkenness is a very evil sin that hurts the whole nation. The Bible says all drunkards who do not repent will not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10:

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Although, a Christian may be free to drink moderately as long as they do not become drunk, is that the highest thing we should do? Paul stated in the New Testament that he would not allow his liberty to be a license to sin, nor would he do anything that would cause a brother to stumble.

Galatians 5:13: "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another."

1 Corinthians 8:9: "But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak."

In the Old Testament there was a group of people known as Nazarites that took a vow to separate themselves unto the Lord and therefore they would not drink any wine or alcoholic beverages.

Numbers 6:2-3: "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD: He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried."

We must all give an account of ourselves before our Lord. What would please Him? Would it not be pleasing to Him if we loved others enough to give up those things we could have, for a greater cause? Would it not be a more powerful witness to others in our age to stand out as one who did not drink alcoholic beverages because we had no need to do so. When we are filled with the Spirit of God, His spirit gives us the joy and release that many are seeking by drinking. May we instead desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit and have no need for "spirits."

Ephesians 5:18-20:

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father,Thank you for the liberty we have in Christ. Help us not to judge one another in regard to the issue of drinking a little wine, but rather to be honest before You as to the issue in our own hearts in this regard. May we be a good witness before those in the world. When we make our choices in this life, may they be pleasing to You and show love to those around us. You told us the highest law is the law of love. We are first to love You, and then, to love one another. May we do this in word and deed. Keep us from temptation and sin and let our actions prove to the world that we are true Christians. Deliver those who are addicted to alcohol and who are in this snare of the devil. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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day 8

Proverbs 20:2-3 (KJV):

2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Proverbs 20:2-3 (AMP):

2 The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger or angers himself against him sins against his own life.
3 It is an honor for a man to cease from strife and keep aloof from it, but every fool will be quarreling.

Thoughts for the Day

The wisdom in Proverbs deals not only with wisdom for our practical living but there are also many civil issues that it also addresses. Verse 2 talks about how we should approach a king. To apply this verse in our contemporary society, it would relate to the way we should approach those in authority. There are many offices in our society that are kingly positions. These are positions that have been given the authority to rule over certain areas of the society.

The Bible tells us that we are to respect these offices. Granted, not all who fill these offices are godly people; however, the Lord wants us to be respectful toward the office even if the person in the office does not merit that respect. If we anger those in office, we are simply going to make it hard on us. Some people have done this even to the loss of their own lives. John the Baptist in the New Testament was one of those who angered the queen, thus in turn, he brought the king's wrath against him which cost him his life.

Mark 6:17-28:

17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.
18 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.
19 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not:
20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
21 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;
22 And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.
23 And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.
24 And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.
25 And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.
26 And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.
27 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
28 And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother.

Perhaps John's lack of wisdom in attacking the king and queen cost him his life. In spite of his plight, the Lord honored him calling him a great man of God. We can be sure even if we do unwise things, the Lord loves us and is pleased that we would speak up and serve Him in spite of the persecution that comes when we do. Notice in the scripture below, it states that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence; we are not to be cowardly when this happens, but we are to stand and in the spirit of prayer violently attack the forces of darkness that are arrayed against us.

Matthew 11:11-12:

11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

This does not mean we are to attack people, but rather we are to attack the spirits of darkness that are influencing the people who are bringing evil against us. Our battle is not against people, but rather against spirits of darkness. The Lord gave us the authority to overcome these spirits through prayer and obedience to Him.

Ephesians 6:12-13:

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

1 John 3:8: "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil."

The Lord wants us to overcome evil with good and thereby destroy the works of the devil. In verse 3 of Proverbs 20, we are admonished to avoid strife and quarreling. In fact, the Bible declares that it brings honor to Him when we avoid anger and accusation against others. Prayer and love will do more to remedy the situation. Strife will bring breaches in our relationships which can be difficult to mend. This verse says it brings honor to us when we keep away from fussing with others.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father,Thank you for Your Words of wisdom in the Bible. Lord, please help us to avoid anger and strife toward others. Give us Your spirit of love and a burden to pray for those that come against us or try to stir up trouble with us. Lord, You be our umpire in matters where we disagree with others. Help us to have an humble attitude toward You and the people around us, yet maintain a vigilant and forceful prayer life against the powers of darkness that cause people to stir up trouble. Help us to fight our battles in the spirit and not in the flesh. May You bring us the victories that we need. We command the devil to leave with his attacks in the name of Jesus!! I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.Amen.
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day 9

Proverbs 20:4-5 (KJV):

4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Proverbs 20:4-5 (AMP):

4 The sluggard will not plow when winter sets in; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like water in a deep well, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Thoughts for the Day

In today's Proverbs we are told why some men have nothing. We are also told that it will take some effort if we desire to understand what is in a man's heart. In verse 4 we find a statement about a sluggard. What does the word "sluggard" mean? It comes from the same root word that our word "sluggish" comes from. It has the meaning of one being slow or lazy; actually a habitually lazy person.

The observation made here is that when it gets uncomfortable or difficult, a person who is lazy will cease to work. When the weather is cold, they do not want to work. A good farmer knows that he must take care of his soil in the winter, as well as summer. We know that certain crops will not grow in the winter; however, the soil still must be plowed and laid to rest after the fall harvest so that a spring crop can be planted early. This entails working in the fall as winter is setting in, as well as working the ground in late winter and early spring for a summer crop. There are also crops that do grow in the winter, such as wheat.

Those who are lazy and do not sow, will not reap a harvest and they will be reduced to begging from others or be dependant on someone else to feed them. Any people who are not taught a proper work ethic will end up a poor people who go hungry. In fact, the Bible even declares that those who do not work, should not eat if they are lazy busybodies and they engage in disorderly conduct.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12:

10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

There is also another scripture that teaches the same principal of overcoming hardship or difficulties in order to sow. Perseverance is a virtue that is necessary if we are to be successful in any endeavor.

Ecclesiastes 11:4:

"He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap."

The principal of sowing and reaping in the natural can also be applied to spiritual things. We must be persistent in order to reap a blessing. In fact, the Lord encourages us to not give up just because we do not receive an answer right away. We must keep on asking, seeking, and knocking and eventually the way will be opened unto us.

Matthew 7:7-12:

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

In Proverbs 20:5 we are also told that if we really want to understand the purposes (counsel) in another's heart, we can, if we seek God for understanding. Only God knows what is in another's heart and if we ask Him for discernment, He will give us the understanding of the "deep wells" (or innermost being) of a person's heart when we need to know.

God will let us see another's soul if we pray and seek Him. The purpose being if someone has evil motives, He wants us to know about it and avoid being entrapped in a wrong situation. On the positive side, the Lord also shows us those who have godly counsel and wisdom so that we may pay attention to it also.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father,Thank You for allowing us to work. It is a blessing to labor and then receive the fruit of our labor. Help us to overcome any laziness and procrastination that would keep us from receiving the things You want us to have. Lord, we also ask You to give us a spirit of discernment so that we might not be fooled or manipulated by others. Also, help us to recognize Your voice in Your servants who have godly counsel and wisdom that we should heed. I ask this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
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day 10

Proverbs 20:6-7 (KJV):

6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

Proverbs 20:6-7 (AMP):

6 Many a man proclaims his own loving-kindness and goodness, but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; blessed -- happy, fortunate (enviable) -- are his children after him.

Thoughts for the Day

The book of Proverbs is filled with observations of how men act without God and also how they act when they allow God to rule their lives. Verse 6 tells us that most men will acclaim their own good deeds before others. Men want others to like them so they generally present themselves to others in the best light. We compose resumes and list our accomplishments with no mention of our failures. (Not that this completely wrong because a resume is supposed to be an account of our past work history.)

None of us like to mention our failures. However, when we come to God the first thing we must do to find salvation is to confess our failures and sins to God so that He can help us to overcome them. We must humble ourselves and in doing so it allows the Holy Spirit to come and lift us up from the ruin we find ourselves in.

James 4:8-10:

8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

The Bible tells us that when we confess our sins and repent for hurting God and others, He will then forgive us and lift us up from our depression and sorrow and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

We can never become faithful until we first come to the One who is faith. We must have faith in the Lord Jesus to really be good and do good deeds. When we come to him we will not want to broadcast our good deeds, but rather make known the One who enables us to do them. It is through the power of God that we are able to do good. Even Jesus, himself said there was no good thing in Him, but His goodness came from the Father who sent Him.

Matthew 19:16-17:

16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

If we are to walk in righteousness, we must walk in the spirit and allow God to live His life in us. He will enable us to keep His commandments. We then can do the things He did and be, not only an example to our children, but we will also leave a spiritual inheritance for them. The greatest thing we can do for our children is to bring them into the knowledge of God. We are to allow our lives to be a testimony of the Words of God before the world. We may be the only Bible they will read. Our words of faith and our good deeds should inspire others to want to know our God.

Matthew 5:14-16:

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father,Help me to be the kind of witness I should be to the world. May others see Christ in me and the deeds I do. Forgive me when I get in the flesh and do things that I should not do. Help me to overcome my flesh and truly bring glory to You by the way I live. Fill me with the Spirit so that I can express Your love to all I come in contact with. Help me to be faithful and obedient to Your Words. Thank you for Your mercy and grace . I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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day 11

Proverbs 20:8-9 (KJV):

8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Proverbs 20:8-9 (AMP):

8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment winnows out all evil (like chaff) with his eyes.
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Thoughts for the Day

In today's study verses, the book of Proverbs makes observations all the way from what the king does on his throne, to the heart of an ordinary person. Verse 8 says that one of the things that a king does is to exercise judgment in the land. A good ruler is continually looking for ways to remove the evil in his domain, so that it is not destroyed. In the Bible, kings ruled over the various territories; while today, both kings and other rulers have authority over nations as well. Our president appoints the different agencies in our government to deal with the evil that exists in our nation in an attempt to rid our society of its wickedness. The goal of preserving order and protecting the inhabitants.

Although this verse is speaking about a natural king, God is also the King over all the earth. He watches the deeds of men and at some point they are judged. When the heart and soul of a nation becomes more wicked than good, then an automatic law in the spirit begins to not only expose evil, but judges evil as well. This is evidenced by destructive things happening in the earth. This is the law of sowing and reaping going into effect. God's great love for the world is tested when men become rebellious and wicked. Although He is very merciful, there is a point were men's sins must be judged or they would destroy all men including the good and with the evil. So, for the sake of preserving the good, the evil must be dealt with.

God does not, and cannot do evil. Therefore, He is not the one that initiates the destruction that comes, but rather He steps back and allows men to reap the consequences of their own sin and evil deeds. God is there wanting to stop it, if men will repent and call on Him to do so.

Romans 11:22: "Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off."

Jeremiah 2:19: "Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts."

Proverbs 20:9 asks us a question. "Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?" Since the fall of Adam and Eve, all men are born with the nature of sin in them. God knew that there was only one way to bring his creation out of sin and back to Himself. That is why He sent Jesus, His only begotten son, to come to this earth and lead a sinless life and then to lay down His life for all men. Jesus, an innocent man, was given as a sacrifice for our sins. He was crucified, buried and rose from the dead to bring life back to sinful men. When we accept by faith what He did for us, we then become pure by His sacrifice. There is no man pure in himself, and there is no man that can make himself pure -- it takes Jesus to do this for us.

Romans 3:23:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father,Thank you for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die for our sins so that we might have eternal life. I am grateful to be Your child. I thank You for purifying me from the things that are not like You. Lord, I cannot cleanse myself, but I know when I ask You to remove the things in my life that are wicked, You will come and do it. Keep me this day from temptation and fill me with Your love and help me to become more and more like You. I asked this in the name of Your precious Son, Jesus. Amen.
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