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Daily Devotionals for April 2


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Proverbs: God's Wisdom for Daily Living

Devotional Scripture:

Proverbs 13:7-9(KJV):
7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
8 The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

Proverbs 13:7-9(AMP):
7 One man considers himself rich, yet has nothing (to keep permanently); another man considers himself poor, yet has great (and indestructible) riches.
8 A rich man can buy his way out of threatened death by paying a ransom, but the poor man does not even have to listen to threats (from the envious.)
9 The light of the (uncompromisingly) righteous (is within him; it grows brighter and) rejoices; but the lamp of the wicked (furnishes only a derived, temporary light and) shall be put out shortly.


Thought for the Day

Verse 7 - This verse compares a rich and poor man; distinguishing between true riches and worldly wealth. True riches are found in Christ, while the wealth of this world is simply temporary ownership of money and things. A man may accumulate great wealth in this life, but he will not be able to take any of it with him when he dies. Jesus told a parable about a wealthy man who had such a large harvest he ran out of room to store it. He tore down his barns, built bigger ones, and congratulated himself: "Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment" (Luke 12:19-23).

Verse 8 - One benefit of being poor is that there is never a fear of being held for ransom! A spiritual analogy can be drawn. If we remain "poor" before God, claiming nothing as our own and recognizing that we are mere stewards of it, we will not worry about losing our possessions. How can we lose what is not ours? I take the position that everything I have belongs to God; Satan has no authority to take any of it. When the Lord tells me to give something away, I do so without a second thought. I refuse, however, to let the devil rob me of anything God has given me. I want to be a good steward and will fight the enemy if he tries to steal anything in my possession.

As a young shepherd tending his father's sheep, David overcame a lion and a bear on separate occasions. He risked his life to be a good steward of his father's sheep. We must have the same attitude; through prayer, fighting to keep the enemy from destroying our children, mates, homes, businesses, ministries, and even our lives. The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy, but Christ came to give us abundant life (John 10:10-11). However, we must contend for it using our faith and God's Word against the enemy.

Verse 9 - The light of the righteous grows brighter each day, but the light of the wicked will be put out. The choice is ours: to walk in the guidance of God's light, or to walk in the darkness of hell.

Prayer Devotional for the Day

Dear heavenly Father, I do appreciate Your counsel and guidance every day. Thank you for Your love and watchcare over me and my family. Lord, I desire Your true riches above all other things in this world. I ask that You strengthen me so that I might obey You in all things. I do want Your righteousness first and foremost in my life. Cleanse me of the things that would prevent me from receiving all that You desire to do in my life. Lord, help me to be as bold and courageous as David was when I am up against the enemy's attacks. I know that through the power of the Holy Spirit, I can do all things by the strength that Christ supplies. Lord, I declare I will not be robbed of anything that You have entrusted to my care. Give me the grace to prevail over the enemy when he attempts to rob me. I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.



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