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Daily Devotional for May 30

God's Wisdom for Daily Living

Devotional Scripture

Proverbs 17:19-21(KJV):
19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

Proverbs 17:19-21(Amp):
19 He who loves strife and is quarrelsome loves transgression and involves himself in guilt; he who raises high his gateway and is boastful and arrogant invites destruction.
20 He who has a wayward and crooked mind finds no good, and he who has a willful and contrary tongue will fall into calamity.
21 He who becomes the parent of a (self-confident) fool does it to his sorrow, and the father of (an empty-headed) fool has no joy (in him).

Thought for the Day

Verse 19 - Those who love to sin and enjoy strife are seeking destruction. This is not talking about those who occasionally fall into sin and repent, since the Lord will help those people overcome their weaknesses. However, those who run toward evil will find it and eventually be destroyed.

This verse also states that those who "raise their gate high" are inviting destruction. What does this mean? It can be referring to those who leave the gate to their houses open all the time, thus inviting the wrong kind of people into their homes. We must shut our homes at night and be discreet about who we invite into them. We do not want to tempt others to come in, by boasting and not being discreet about what we have. It can also be referring to the "gate" of our lips. When we open wide the gate of our mouths, we invite destruction into our lives. We must be wise and speak those things that will turn the enemy away. One example would be if we speak softly to someone who is railing at us, we will not stir up his wrath against us. "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger" (Proverbs 15:1).

Verse 20 - Guarding what we say and think is important. Those who allow their thoughts to turn to evil will eventually also do what is wrong. A perverse mind and a foul mouth pave the way for mischief and difficulty. We need the Lord's help to guard our minds and our mouths in order to say what edifies and blesses others. Then we, in turn, may be blessed.

Verse 21 - Fool is used to translate the Hebrew words kesel and nabal. Kesel might be said to mean "self-confident fool" and nabal, "wicked fool." The self-confident fool is wise in his own eyes. The wicked fool despises God and pursues evil. Both are rebellious.

A fool causes his parents grief and shame. His attitude and speech embarrass them even when he is not in trouble with an authority (such as a teacher or a policeman). Parents truly can have no joy in a son or daughter who is a wicked fool. The parents of a self-confident fool may not have grief, but neither can they have joy. Their child is neither getting into major trouble nor is he reaching his potential by seeking God. It breaks the heart of a Christian parent to see a child walk after the world and not after Christ. Sons and daughters of any age who honor their parents can avoid many of the traps of the devil, and they will live long, blessed lives (Ephesians 6:1-3).

Prayer Devotional for the Day

Dear heavenly Father, thank you for our parents. Lord, it is a blessing to have parents who care about You. May we always honor them as You have told us to do. Lord, I pray for our young people; may they have respect and obedience toward their parents. Lord, help us to guard our mouths and speak only the things that are good and edifying. Let us all seek peace and be peace makers. Deliver us from any rebellion and may we walk in love with our families and our friends and co-workers. I ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Thy name shall be called Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

By his strength he had power with God: yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him. Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.

Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

Lord, increase our faith.

Genesis 32:28; Hosea 12:3-4; Romans 4:20; Mark 11:22-24; Mark 9:23; Luke 1:45; Luke 17:5
Little children, abide in him.

He that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. Let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another. Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Ye did run well; who did hinder you?

As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him, Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

1 John 2:28; James 1:6-8; Galatians 1:68; Galatians 5:4-7; John 15:4-7; 2 Corinthians 1:20
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