Tag: Proverbs 28:1

Fully convinced faith!

Scripture reading for June 18th:  Romans 4, Psalm 121, Proverbs 28

Key Scriptures:  Romans 4:19-22 “He (Abraham) did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about 100 years old) or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.  No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.  That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”  

Paul used Abraham as an example of saving faith that was based on the Word of God.  Abraham could have wavered as he looked at his own body and Sarah, his wife’s body.  They were old enough to be beyond natural child-bearing age and beyond normal sexual functioning.  But Abraham grew strong in his faith when he gave glory to God for His amazing ability to do all things and bring His own Word to pass.  Abraham was “fully convinced” of God’s ability and declared righteous by God.

Faith confession:  Lord, I am fully convinced that You are able to do everything You have promised and accept Your gift of righteousness!  Thank You for Abraham’s example of ‘fully convinced’ faith and trust in You.  Help me to grow in my faith.

Proverbs 28:1  “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

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Blameless before God

Scripture reading for September 14th:  Proverbs 26-28, 1st Thessalonians 3

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 3:11-13 “Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.”  

Paul eagerly desired to return to the believers at Thessalonica.  He was encouraged by the report of their faith in the face of persecution and false doctrine.  He prayed for a way to return and for their love to abound towards one another. Their faith in Jesus Christ would prepare them for Christ’s return and make them blameless in His sight.

Proverbs 28:1  “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” 

Proverbs 28:10 “Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.”  

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the gift of righteousness and for counting me among the blameless.  I look forward to a “goodly inheritance.”  Amen.

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Praying for open doors!

Scripture reading for September 12th:  Colossians 4

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Colossians 4:2-4  “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.  Pray that I may proclaim it clearly as I should.”

Paul was in chains for preaching the Gospel but was not hindered from encouraging the Church!  He knew that prayer was a key factor in evangelism and that missionaries and apostles especially needed prayer.  He did not want to be left out as the church in Colossae prayed.  He told them to devote themselves to prayer and to be watchful in the Spirit over themselves and those laboring for the Gospel.  He did not ask prayer to be released from his chains, but rather for clarity and boldness in preaching the message and an open door to share Christ.  He asked that he might have appropriate responses to each person that would salt them with the knowledge or hunger for Christ Jesus!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers must be devoted to prayer for open doors each day among those the Lord puts in their path.  Prayer for boldness and clarity is appropriate and commanded!  “The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”  (Proverbs 28:1)

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