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Daily Devotional for February 11

God's Wisdom for Daily Living

Devotional Scripture

Proverbs 6:30-35(KJV):
30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

Thought for the Day

Verses 30-31 - People tend not to judge a thief who steals because he is hungry as harshly as one who steals for other reasons. Old Testament law required a thief to restore sevenfold of what he stole, even if it meant selling all his goods or even his house to do so. Restoration is God's plan for making up what the thief took.

Verses 32-33 - While thievery can impoverish a man, adultery can destroy his very soul. The Old Testament sentence for adultery was death (Leviticus 20:10). Many murders have been committed by both men and women over the sin of adultery. When a husband discovers a man having an affair with his wife, he may attack him in his rage and jealousy. An adulterer is often physically wounded or murdered. He can also be publicly dishonored. This was demonstrated in America when a president, some congressional leaders, and even some religious leaders were found guilty of adultery some years ago. Their reproach has not been wiped away, and it will be remembered in history books. If they repent, the Lord will forgive them, but most people will never forget.

Verses 34-35 - Gifts, bribes, or settlements can never compensate for the damage done by adultery. A husband will demand all the punishment the law can give. Some angry husbands will never be content with an apology or even legal action, but they will be bent on destroying the guilty party. The Bible is very clear: anyone that desires honor must resist the deadly sin of pursuing an affair with a married person, as the outcome could be deadly.

Prayer Devotional for the Day

Dear heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus' name and I ask that You forgive us as a nation for committing this terrible sin of adultery. Lord, we are paying a dear price in our land for disobeying Your instructions in regard to the sanctity of marriage. Lord, forgive us for the affairs, the lying, the cheating and the running around. All of these things have led to divorce and broken homes. Our children are suffering for lack of both of their parents to guide them. Lord, deliver us from lust and selfishness in this nation. Please have mercy on us and restore our families and keep our homes together. Let us live for You, and not for ourselves and our own selfish desires. I pray for all the marriages that are under attack right now, and ask that You come in and heal these strained relationships. Amen.
They that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

It came to pass that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. My fellow-labourers, whose names are in the book of life.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Behold, it is written before me.

Malachi 3:16; Luke 24:15; Matthew 18:20; Philippians 4:3; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 3:13; Matthew 12:36-37; Isaiah 65:6
The trees of the Lord are full of sap.

I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shalt be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

I the Lord have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish.

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.

Psalm 104:16; Hosea 14:5-6; Jeremiah 17:7-8; Ezekiel 17:24; Psalm 92:12-14
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