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Daily Devotional for November 23

God's Wisdom for Daily Living

Devotional Scripture

Proverbs 28:23-24 (KJV):
23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

Proverbs 28:23-24 (AMP):
23 He who rebukes a man shall afterward find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue.
24 Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, This is no sin -- he is in the same class as (an open, lawless robber and) a destroyer.

Thought for the Day

Verse 23 - If the body of Christ is to mature, we must conform to Jesus, who is the truth. "That we henceforth be no more children...But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ..." (Ephesians 4:14-15). Giving an honest rebuke is part of speaking the truth in love. This is often difficult to do, since we risk the anger and rejection of the person rebuked. However, we will eventually be appreciated more than a flatterer. A true friend will appreciate our honesty, for it shows genuine concern. Lying flattery leads someone to continue in error. Many portions of Scripture admonish us not to lie to each other, such as Colossians 3:9-10.

A news organization recently did a survey here in America and asked several questions to determine the percentage of people who were dishonest about things. Some of the questions were: "Do you cheat the IRS? "Do you compliment people when you do not mean it? "Do you tell your spouse to tell callers you are not at home? "Do you tell 'little white lies' if it will keep you out of trouble? "Do you tell creditors that the check is in the mail when you have not yet mailed it? "Do you exaggerate when repeating things you have heard?" It was determined that 90% of Americans surveyed are not truthful under certain circumstances.

Lying began with Satan whom Jesus revealed as the father of lies (John 8:43-44; John 8:47). We can understand a high percentage of liars in corrupt society, but it is alarming that many Christians are also dishonest. God always keeps His word. He is faithful to every promise recorded in the Bible. That is why we can trust Him. We are called to be like Him, and must prove ourselves honest and trustworthy in order to represent our Father well. Jesus said that a man's words proceed from his heart (Matthew 15:18-20). If we lie, fib or break our word to others (another form of dishonesty), we need to ask God to cleanse our hearts, and begin studying the Bible so that His Word of truth resides in us.

Verse 24 - Those who steal from their parents are likened to destroyers. Grown children can "steal" from their parents in a number of ways; such as living irresponsibly and relying on their parents to pay their bills. Some parents entrust their businesses or their affairs to their children, only to have the children squander them. Thinking one has the right to steal from their parents in this way and making no effort to repay them, is a terrible evil. To deny this sin makes it even worse. Lying and stealing are evils that we must ask the Lord to deliver us from, if we are to become overcomers.

Prayer Devotional for the Day

Dear heavenly Father, I am thankful that You are faithful and that You always keep Your Word. Lord, do a work in the hearts of all Your children and deliver us from lying. May the words that we speak always be the truth. Lord, help us not to make promises that we are unable to keep. We want our words to be like Your words. You not only never lie, but every promise that You have made in the Word of God You will keep. You are not a man that You should lie. Lord, cleanse our hearts so that we will speak the truth in love instead of ignoring confrontations. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Your life is hid with Christ in God. He that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear.

Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see ; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Proverbs 1:33; Psalm 90:1; Psalm 91:1; Psalm 91:4; Colossians 3:3; Zechariah 2:8; Exodus 14:13-14; Psalm 46:1-2; Matthew 14:27; Luke 24:38-39; 2 Timothy 1:12
My kingdom is not of this world.

This man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies may be made his footstool. Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

He must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. He raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. He shall shew who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

John 18:36; Hebrews 10:12-13; Matthew 26:64; 1 Corinthians 15:25; 1 Corinthians 15:57; Ephesians 1:20-23; 1 Timothy 6:15

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