Monday, June 24, 2019

Pleasant Words

O. T. #1469  "Pleasant Words"
June 24, 2019
Proverbs 16-Part 4
Pleasant words are as a  honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.  Proverbs 16:24

LET IT GLOW

I say, nothing beats down on the farm fresh honey on a hot, homemade biscuit for breakfast or anytime. (Unless it is sorghum molasses) Nothing is sweeter than chewing  a piece of the honeycomb, with honey dripping down your chin. mmm!!

Wisdom brings to a man skill in utterance and continuously places in his mouth such pleasant words that others often find healing and learning in the instruction that is give. Like honey, the words of the wise have a therapeutic and strengthing value.  (Liberty Bible Commentary)

"Honeyed words," which reflect intelligence, judiciousness, and discernment in speech. This refers to eloquent discourse from the wise. (The MacArthur Bible Commentary

 Pleasanr words are seasonable advice, instruction, and comfort, words taken from God's Word, for that is it which Solomon had learned from his father to account sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.   (Matthew Henry's Commentary)

Too often we hear words of bad news from the media. Who couldn't use some words of encouragement today? Reality is, there may be days or weeks that go by and we do not hear pleasant words spoken to us. If that is the case, dear one, go to a dependable source of pleasant words-the Bible. Remember, we are loved by The King of kings and LORD of lords, and Creator of the world and us.

LET IT GROW

Verse 25 tells us, There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Solomon repeated himself from 14:12. He is reemphasizing the danger of refusing the path of wisdom for self-chosen ways that can only end in death. There are so many man-made religions and cults in our world. They think their way is right and deceive people into thinking they are headed to heaven. Reality is, Jesus is the only way to heaven. No one comes unto the Father but through Him.
Let us take the opportunity whenever it comes to share salvation in Jesus and caution others of the reality of Hell whenever rejection Jesus.

LET IT GO

May sweet words come from my mouth today.
Follow Jesus' way, not my way.

Friday, June 21, 2019

What is a Haughty Spirit?

O. T. #1468 "What is a Haughty Spirit?"
June 21, 2019
Proverbs 16-Part 3
Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

LET IT GLOW

Have you heard anyone say that key verse switched,  "pride goes before a fall"? It is a common mistake. Anyway, here we are again reading about pride. Hmm. Maybe people in Solomon's day up to present day have had a problem with pride. Surely not us. Well, there we go.

What does Life Application Study Bible have to say about pride?
Prideful people:
  • take little account of their weaknesses;
  • do not anticipate stumbling blocks;
  • think they are above frailties of common people;
  • are easily tripped up;
  • seldom realize pride is their problem;
Everyone around us may be aware of our pride problem, just not us. What can we do about it? Ask a friend to if self-satisfaction has blinded us to warning signs. They can help us avoid a fall.
As we submit to Jesus as Lord of our life daily, we can avoid the above. Submission requires true humility.
Remember, pride is first on God's hate list we previously found.

LET IT GROW

What is a haughty spirit? Haughty means to soar; be lofty; be proud; be high.

The Bible mentions several people who were prideful and haughty: Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Haman, Abssalom, Goliath, Ahabe, and Herod, to name a few.

Each one has their circumstances and tragedy, but pride was what caused them to stumble when God brought them down.
Look at verse 19:Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

There we go, folks-the wise is humble, not prideful. Plain and simple, huh? Well, if you are like me, it is an ongoing work in me.


LET IT GO

Help me lift others up above me and remain humble.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Beep Beep

O. T. #1467  "Beep Beep"
June 20, 2019
Proverbs 16-Part 2

LET IT GLOW

All right, those of you who are leaning toward the senior side of life will know this.
What did I see yesterday running across a quiet, dirt road, way back off the beaten path (pavement), surrounded by trees? It had long legs and a big tail, as well as a long beak. Cartoons used to have this bird go "Beep beep." Need another hint? A coyote was always on his trail, trying to outwit him with crazy tactics in order to bring him  down, to no success, of course. Got it? The answer is a ROADRUNNER. Yep, they are real and still exist. I had not seen one since my childhood when one came in our yard. (Now I have not heard it's sound that a roadrunner makes, but I tend to doubt it is as the cartoon portrayed.)

All that was said to relate to our verse below. God made that bird for Himself to enjoy, and I got an overflow of blessing. How creative Jesus is! And what a sense of humor, too. Think of the flamingo standing on one skinny leg and sleeping in that position. :)

The LORD hath made all things for Himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
(Prov. 16:4 KJV)
NLT says it this way, The LORD has made everything for His own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster.

What have you encountered lately in creation that is amazing? We believers is Jesus do not have a hard time in saying He created all things, but unbelievers-they try to reason it out. Won't admit He done it, folks. but we know what is true, the bible tells us it is so. Amen??!!

LET IT GROW

We don't like to think of the rest of that verse-the wicked will have their day of disaster. Like that yucky cough syrup we had to take as a child when sick, it is hard to swallow. Just remember, Jehovah made all things for Himself. He will receive glory through it.

God is moving this universe according to His plan and purpose. Isn't it time we got in step with our God? I always pictured in my mind that Jesus is walking beside me, when in reality, He is walking in front of me. As I obey Him, I am to be walking behind Jesus. Are we in step with Him?

LET IT GO

Show me something You created, something I have not noticed before.
Thank You that I have eyes to see it and all You have made.
Keep me following You throughout this day.
Make me alert to those "Beep beeps," too.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

When Plans Change

O. T. #1466  "When Plans Change"
June 19, 2019
Proverbs 16
Commit thy ways unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:3

LET IT GLOW

I don't know about you, but I like to have a plan for the week, even daily, as to my activities. And it is hard for me when those plans are interrupted. For instance, I have a family reunion, which is hosted at our church's facilities and needs decorated, and a house to clean and pies to bake  before our daughter and family arrive. Yet, in the last two weeks, I have gone on a one-day business trip and a funeral with my husband, helped him pack for a mission trip, and was sick in bed for a day, as well as have an unexpected evening obligation pop up. Now that has offset my plans. Well, well, in the scope of importance of things, maybe some can be erased from my to do list. Could it be that my plans are not what God had for me each day? I am learning to say yes to the needs of others.

Look at verses 1-3, where we learn from The New Living Translation:
  • We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer. (verse 1) Man proposes, but God disposes. Man doesn't direct his steps, according to Jeremiah 10:23.
  • People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives. (verse 2) God weighs our moral character of every action, and ultimately every action must be submitted to His judgment. (Falwell)
  • Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. (verse 3)
In the Hebrew language, commit means roll.

Literally, the challenge is to roll something on someone or entrust it wholly to him. (Falwell)

We just roll our plans over on the Lord Jesus and He will take charge. Roll them on Him and rest in His best. Let Him lead us today.

You know, I probably did more good during those unexpected interruptions in ministering to others than what I could have done at home working my little agenda. Are you with me?
If only I could remember that lesson.

LET IT GROW

Do we give in and give up to what God has planned for us this week or today? Is our life and living for His glory or for our selfish self? Ouch!

Are we trusting God as if everything depended on Him, while working as if everything depended on us?

LET IT GO

I commit my ways to You, Jesus.
Direct my thoughts and steps today, Jesus.
Your ways and thoughts are higher than mine.
I will trust in You.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Which is Better, Little or Lots?

O. T. #1465 "Which is better, Little or Lots?"
June 18, 2019
Proverbs 15-Part 3
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. Proverbs 15:16-17

LET IT GLOW

Which is better, luxuries with troubles or little on earth with joy; Festive foods with those who hate you or vegetables with those who love you?

Liberty Bible Commentary notes for us:
It is better to have little on earth and joy in the heart than to have extensive luxuries accompanied by great trouble. The one who is rejoicing in the Lord can well understand the glass of water, and then joyfully thanked God for "all this and Jesus!" Better is a dish of herbs when love is there. Vegetables represented the diet of the simple poor, while meat was the festive food, especially the flesh of fatted oxen. Better the simple diet with love than festive food shared with those who hate you.

So it is better to have little with love than treasures with turmoil, vegetables with those you love than steak with hate. Are we thankful for what we have and with whom we can share it?

LET IT GROW

What does the Lord Jesus delight in and who does He love?
Verses 8 and 9 tell us-He delights in the prayers of the upright and love those who pursue godliness.

What does Jesus detest?
The same verses say it is the sacrifice of the wicked and the way of the wicked.

The wicked cannot do good or think right. It is impossible for them to do so. The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord and so are the sacrifices that he brings. (McGee)

Are we doing what is right and praying in Jesus' name? Do we humbly acknowledge our mistakes, faults, and sins? Then we are wise.

LET IT GO

Be thankful for the little.
Share with those we love.
So what is right .
Pray.

Monday, June 17, 2019

A Wise Tongue

O. T. #1463  "A Wise Tongue"
June 17, 2019
Proverbs 15-Part 2
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but gracious words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1

LET IT GLOW

This chapter begins with the effects of the tongue of a wise person. What does Solomon teach us about it?
  • A soft, whispering voice can disarm a person whose heart is bent upon harm and angry. (v. 1)
  • The right answer at the proper time and place has been learned by the wise person. (v. 2)
  • The tongue results in healing speech. (v. 4)
  • A joyful heart is revealed by the answers given.  (v. 23)
What do our words reveal about us?

LET IT GROW

Don't we need reminding of these things often? A wise person applies what they learn. There are many verses concerning the tongue. Here are a few:
James 1:26NLT-If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.

James 3:3-8 speak of the bit in a horse's mouth turn the animal, a small rudder controlling a huge ship, a spark can burn a whole forest down, but no one can tame the tongue.  Blessing and cursing come from it.

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. (1 Peter 3:10)

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (1 John 2:18)

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2:11)

Are we sowing seeds of peace and love? I, for one, need to work on this.

LET IT GO

Control what my tongue says.
Think before speaking.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Smile

O. T. #1463  "Smile"
June 14, 2019
Proverbs 15
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Proverbs 15:13

LET IT GLOW

:) Smile dear friend. When a person is happy, you can tell it by looking at their face.
Oh, we may have our lip hanging down to the ground, but when we meet a  smiling person, it seems to lift us up, doesn't it? Mostly, it forces us to return a smile, which helps us.

While in high school, there was a classmate of mine that we nicknamed "Smiley." Guess how his countenance was.

NLT tells us that  a glad heart makes a happy face.

Can you recall the various places where you have seen smiley faces? One particular company adopted it as a logo. I used to draw one on good papers that I checked as a teacher.

It is known that laughter and good cheer and joy actually add to a person's health. a smile can bring to life a wonderful dimension that cannot be there if we live in sorrow and pessimism. (McGee)

The inner condition  of a person always shows in their outward appearance. The heart of a person determines the course to be taken. Joy in the heart brightens the countenance. (Falwell)

What is our heart condition? Is it one of joy or sadness or worry? Today, smile and give encouragement to others. Watch and see if your smile brings a smile on another's face as you go about your daily routine.

LET IT GROW

When there is pain in the heart, the spirit of a man is broken; and the power for effective living vanishes. A spirit can be crushed by words or a look of disapproval. Let us consider how we are presenting our self to others-happy as a Christian or burdened down with sin and troubles.


LET IT GO

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