Daily Devotional for March 1
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 10:6-11:(KJV):
6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
Thought for the Day
Verse 6 - Throughout Scripture we are told that we will reap what we sow. If we follow Scriptural advice, we will receive God's blessings. If we disregard it and continue to sin, we will receive the evil that sin produces.
Verse 7 - People remember what kind of things we do in life. History records the deeds of the wicked and the just, as does the Bible. This verse tells us that we will remember fondly the deeds of just people and bless them, while the names of wicked men leave a rotten memory. Even in families, honorable members are recalled with admiration, while shame attends the memory of the "black sheep." We should take inventory of our lives and ask ourselves what kind of legacy we are leaving behind us.
Verses 8-9 - Those who walk according to God's Word take sure steps, since they are led by God's Spirit. Fools fall because they do not walk uprightly; those who pervert their lives eventually will be found out. We are known by our deeds (Proverbs 20:11). Many Christians say the right things, but their lives reveal that they do not "walk the talk." Jesus describes them in Matthew 15:8: "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me."
Verses 10-11 - Winking is often a signal that one is teasing or flirting. As used in verse 10, it indicates insidious designs toward someone. This kind of winking is done with impure intentions. Crafty people are often successful in their schemes against the naive. By contrast, the plans of fools usually fail and they themselves are ruined. A "prating fool" boasts idly, damaging both his own and others' lives. The word, "prating" means one who chatters foolishly and is an idle "blabber mouth." It is emotional violence to speak ugly things about others. Scripture warns us to guard our mouths and speak only what is edifying, for we reap the effects of our words. "A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof" (Proverbs 18:20-21). Let us speak what brings life, and not what brings curses and death.
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, I love you today and am grateful for all of Your goodness to me. Please forgive me when I have not spoken kindly of others. Help me to guard my mouth from speaking any kind of evil. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your site. Lord, I cancel all words that I have spoken that have not agreed with the Word of God. I also cancel all evil words that have been spoken against me, my family or my ministry. Lord, please forgive those who would speak amiss against us. May Your people everywhere be careful to guard their tongues. Help us all to speak Your words and to be gracious and kind to one another. I ask this in the Holy name of Jesus. Amen.
God is love: and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Unto you ... which believe he is precious. We love him, because he first loved us. The love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.
Galatians 5:22. 1 John 4:16; Romans 5:5; 1 Peter 2:7; 1 John 4:19; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; John 15:12; 1 Peter 4:8; Ephesians 5:2
If God be for us, who can be against us? The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
Behold, God himself is with us for our captain. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them.
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
Exodus 17:15. Romans 8:31. Psalm 118:6; Psalm 60:4; Psalm 27:1-3; 2 Chronicles 13:12; Psalm 46:7; Revelation 17:14; Psalm 2:1-4; Isaiah 8:10