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Daily Devotional for January 21

God's Wisdom for Daily Living

Devotional Scripture

Proverbs 3:13-18(KJV):
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Thought for the Day

Verses 13-17 - The wisdom of God is better than any earthly treasure because it will not only produce prosperity, but prosperity which is gained honorably. Whoever gains wisdom is given the promise of long life, which only God can give, because life and death are in His hand.

Through the ages, men have sought to obtain happiness through riches. Many have even killed, in their search for gold and precious stones. However, in obtaining riches, they were still not fulfilled, because real peace only comes by knowing God. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are given a peace that passes understanding. It is a gift of God. The kind of peace and joy one receives from God is not based on circumstances, or how much wealth we might have. It is based on our relationship with Jesus. When we know Him, we have access to all things that we need in life.

Verse 18 - Wisdom is a "tree of life" and all who take hold of it experience joy. Since all the riches of wisdom are hidden in Christ (Colossians 2:3), Jesus is that "tree of life." His Word tells us how to take hold of and keep it. By embracing Christ, we experience His life in all we do. Scripture compares the "righteous" to trees planted by water. Trees with a continuous water supply will continue to grow. In the same way, all who commit themselves to the Lord and obey His Word will also continue to grow in Him.

Prayer Devotional for the Day

Dear Father, I am thankful for all You have done for me. I do appreciate the peace, love and joy that You have given me. Lord, money cannot buy these things. They come as virtues when we are "born again." Help me to walk in the Spirit Lord, so that these fruits may grow daily. I want to be more like You in all of my ways. I do seek Your wisdom as I need Your guidance and understanding in the affairs of my life. Strengthen me as I daily face challenges and circumstances that only You can give me the grace to bear and overcome. Thank you that the scripture says, when I am weak, You are strong. I claim Your strength today. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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Every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it.

He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

We glory in tribulations: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons, for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees.

John 15:2; Malachi 3:2-3; Romans 5:3-5; Hebrews 12:7-8; Hebrews 12:11-12
Now we call the proud happy.

Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, .... Every one that is proud of heart is an abomination to the Lord.

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Malachi 3:15; Isaiah 57:15; Proverbs 16:19; Matthew 5:3; Proverbs 6:16-17; Proverbs 16:5; Psalm 139:23-24; Philippians 1:2-3; Matthew 5:5
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