Proverbs 23:19, 22 – Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path. Listen to your father, who gave you life. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Today marks the second anniversary of my dad’s passing, a constant in my life for 61 years, and who (along with my mother) was largely responsible for molding my beliefs and character, at least the positive ones. Today, I simply refer you to my September 15, 2017 and February 7, 2018 musings.
My Advice – Never forget.
Ezekiel 18:23 – “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?” declares the Sovereign Lord. “Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their wicked ways and live?” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – There are two ways we can turn from sin. One is to first fall into sin, then later repent (turn back from). The other is to be confronted by sin and to refuse to give in (turn away from). To turn away is better than to turn back, but God is pleased when we do either.
My Advice – Make it a goal of your life to please God.
Ezekiel 16:26 – “I gave you over to the greed of your enemies, the daughters of the Philistines, who were shocked by your lewd conduct.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – As Christians, we are to be the God’s standard bearers on how to live and conduct ourselves. When people cannot distinguish us from the world around us, or worse are shocked by our conduct, then something is seriously wrong.
My Advice – In the various circles that you frequent, make sure that your conduct cannot be questioned on moral grounds. You do not want to do anything that might tarnish the Gospel.
Ezekiel 11:11, 12 – “I will execute judgment on you … and you will know that I am the Lord, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We are constantly subjected to worldly standards that are contrary to God’s moral laws. We must be careful that our Godly standards are not worn down and eroded by the world’s standards.
My Advice – Do not conform to the standards of this world. You have been called to a higher standard. Bear the standard of God with pride. Conform your life to the image of His Son.
Ezekiel 2:6 – “Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – As Christians, we have nothing to fear. The Holy Spirit lives within us, the Son intercedes for us, and the Father has accepted us as heirs.
My Advice – Take courage. No matter what difficulties surround you or what circumstances you encounter, God is with you. Because of this, you need not be afraid. He is bigger than any of these things.
Lamentations 3:22, 23 – Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Even when we are not faithful to Him, His faithfulness never ceases. He may bring discipline into our lives, but it will not consume us. It will, rather, bring correction.
My Advice – Thank God every morning for His faithfulness to you, Do your very best to repay it by being faithful to Him.
2 Timothy 3:16, 17 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Much of the deceptive philosophy can clearly discerned as false or not to be trusted, and we easily dismiss or discard it. Some contradicts what we have grown up believing. Yet many Continue reading “Illuminated by the Word”