Daily Devotional for July 4
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 20:6-7 (KJV):
6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
Proverbs 20:6-7 (AMP):
6 Many a man proclaims his own loving-kindness and goodness, but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; blessed -- happy, fortunate (enviable) -- are his children after him.
Thought for the Day
Verse 6 - Since we all want others to respect and like us, we generally present ourselves in the best light, letting our good deeds be known. No one likes to mention their failures. Even so, God knows everything about us. When we come to Him, the first thing we must do is to confess our sins and failures to Him so that He can forgive us and help us to overcome them. This is humbling, but it allows the Holy Spirit to lift us from the state we are in. "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up" (James 4:10). "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
We will never be truly faithful until we first come to the One who is always faithful. By faith in the Lord Jesus, we are made righteous and enabled to do what is right and good. As God's children, we should not broadcast our good deeds but make known the One enabling us to do them. "Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips" (Proverbs 27:2).
Jesus Himself said there was no good thing in Him, but His goodness came from the Father who sent Him. Matthew 19:16-17 says, "And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." John 5:19 also says, "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise."
If Jesus, who was without sin, had to rely on the Father and the Holy Spirit to do good, how much more must we? Paul wrote to the Romans, "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not" (Romans 7:18). God promises to enable us to desire and accomplish His will in Philippians 2:13: "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
Verse 7 - To walk in righteousness, we must walk in the Spirit, allowing Christ to live His life in us and letting the world see that we are guided by His Word. Matthew 5:16 says, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
God will enable us to keep His commandments and do the things that Jesus did. We will thus be an example to our children and leave them a spiritual inheritance. We may also be the only "Bible" that unbelievers will read. Our deeds should inspire others to know God better. The greatest thing we can do for our children, or anyone else, is to bring them to the knowledge of God.
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, help me to be the kind of witness I should be to the world. May others see Christ in me and the deeds I do. Forgive me when I get in the flesh and do things that I should not do. Help me to overcome my flesh and truly bring glory to You by the way I live. Fill me with the Spirit so that I can express Your love to all I come in contact with. Help me to be faithful and obedient to Your Words. Thank you for Your mercy and grace. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
We love him, because he first loved us.
Blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
1 John 4:16; Ephesians 2:4-7; John 3:16; Romans 8:32; Psalm 145:9; 1 John 4:19; Luke 1:45
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth. Having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise: and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.
Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty.
Romans 12:16; James 2:1-5; 1 Corinthians 10:24; 1 Timothy 6:8-9; 1 Corinthians 1:27-29; Psalm 131:1