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Daily Devotionals for February 3


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Proverbs: God's Wisdom for Daily Living

Devotional Scripture:

Proverbs 5:1-13(KJV):
1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!


Thought for the Day

Verses 1-13 - One of the miraculous things about the Bible is its relevancy for us today. Generations pass, cultures come and go, but man's issues and problems remain the same. (I use man in the dictionary sense of "the human race," including women. Though the above warning is addressed to a son by his father, it equally applies to daughters.) Sin in his heart has been man's downfall since Adam and Eve committed the first transgression.

There is an ungodly emphasis on sex all over the world. The world is filled with those who have experienced the progression of events outlined above. They are lured by temptation; but however sweet a temptress' kiss, it will have a bitter end. It is better to deny unholy pleasure for the moment in exchange for eternal reward. Moses is an example of this, as he gave up the pleasures he could have had as a prince of Egypt and chose rather to suffer with God's people (Hebrews 11:24-26). He was able to do this because he had an eternal perspective.

The devil destroys many marriages because the above advice is not heeded. Many great men have lost their honor when their illicit affairs were exposed. They may still have their marriages if they have forgiving mates, but their names are forever blighted. Others have lost families, positions, and even their health. Yielding to immoral appetites in one area causes a man to sin in other areas, leading him in a downward spiral. Sin begets sin, and sin brings corruption and death.

Sin, like righteousness, is progressive. Daily, we become either more wicked by serving sin, or more like the Lord by serving Him. God doesn't want us to waste our lives but tells us very clearly that it is our choice. "...I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live" (Deuteronomy 30:19b).

Prayer Devotional for the Day

Dear Father, thank you for Your instructions in the Bible. Give me the grace and humility to accept advice and correction, because I know when You instruct me, it is for my good. Lord, I pray for all the families in our nation that have gone through divorce. Lord, this has wounded our nation, because many of our children do not have their fathers; some do not have their mothers. Second marriages still carry wounds from the previous ones; Lord heal these marriages and homes. Forgive the adultery and fornication that has led to many of these marriage breakdowns. Forgive our young people who are living together, as many of them do not even know it is wrong, because society has embraced this as acceptable behavior. Restore love in our families. Heal our homes and our land. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.



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