Daily Devotional for November 27
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 29:3-4 (KJV):
3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
Proverbs 29:3-4 (AMP):
3 Whoever loves skillful and godly Wisdom rejoices his father, but he who associates with harlots wastes his substance.
4 The king by justice establishes the land, but he who exacts gifts and tribute overthrows it.
Thought for the Day
Verse 3 - A man who habitually dallies with prostitutes is selfish and lustful: traits which adversely affect his entire life. Because he is without character or wisdom, he never becomes successful, and squanders his father's resources. As our societies grow in wickedness, many are tempted into sexual sin not only through prostitutes, but also through pornography. The Bible tells us to flee from all fornication, for we are not our own: "Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:15-20).
Verse 4 - A ruler either establishes the land by good judgment, or overthrows it by the corruption his evil character promotes in others. Evil leaders are more interested in the fulfilling of their own personal desires than the good of the people. Their decisions can be swayed by bribes (gifts) from unscrupulous people. A wicked king or ruler lays heavy burdens on his people, such as high taxes, in order to live luxuriously and glorify himself. There were religious rulers in Jesus' day who did the same kind of things in spiritual matters. He likened them to poisonous snakes and warned them that they were on their way to hell: "For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers...Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?" (Matthew 23:4,33).
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, thank you for those good and righteous leaders in the world who are concerned about serving the people in a just manner. Lord, bless and protect these men and women. Give them Your wisdom in the decisions they make because they will affect many people. Father, have mercy on our land and deliver the people from the many sexual sins that are destroying our world. Lord, forgive this nation for lust, selfishness, perversion, adultery, fornication, pornography, nakedness, and all the other filthy sexual indulgences that go on daily. Cleanse us from unrighteousness and make us holy. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
I saw ... the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. Upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness ... of a man above upon it. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.
I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
John 17:22; Isaiah 6:1-3; John 12:41; Ezekiel 1:26-28; Exodus 33:18-20; John 1:18; 2 Corinthians 4:6
She took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity.
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil.
Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.
None of us liveth to himself. Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak. When ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Proverbs 1:10; Genesis 3:6; Joshua 22:20; Exodus 23:2; Matthew 7:13; Romans 14:7; Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 8:9; 1 Corinthians 8:12; Isaiah 53:6