2022 Devotions

Devotion
October 27, 2022 –Twisting and Churning
Much rhetoric stirs up anger. The twisting of words, the churning of Issues.  Proverbs 30: 33

For as churning cream produces butter,
    and as twisting the nose produces blood,
    so stirring up anger produces strife.
(Proverbs 30: 33)
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October 26, 2022 – Moderation
Jesus said, “Pray like this ….  Give us this day our daily bread.”  But the Bible also teaches us that the love of money is wrong.  As Christians we need to learn the secret of contentment. To learn more, listen to today’s devotion based on Proverbs 30:7-8

Two things I ask of you, Lord;
    do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
    give me neither poverty nor riches,
    but give me only my daily bread.
(Proverbs 30:7-8)
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October 25, 2022 –Every Word of God is Flawless
I have met many who believe that they can pick and choose which Scriptures to guide us. But you may be surprised to learn that you should not add or take away from the Word of God.  Today’s thought is based Proverbs 30:5-6

“Every word of God is flawless;
    he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words,
    or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.(
Proverbs 30:5-6)
October 20, 2022 — Why the Divide?
 
If you believe in God, you logically believe in absolutes. But if you do not believe in God, logically there can be no absolutes. Well, actually the absolutes are up to you. To find out why this is important listen to today’s thought based on Proverbs 29:18.
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
    but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
(Proverbs 29:18)
October 19, 2022 – Self Made
Yesterday I met a young man by the fishing pier. I asked him where he lived. He replied, “I currently have no place to live.” He went on to tell me his life philosophy which was a life trusting in himself. A life without God. When he finished, I said, “I don’t think your philosophy is working out for you. Right?” Today’s thought is based on Proverbs 28:6.
Those who trust in themselves are fools,
    but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
(Proverbs 28:6)
October 18, 2022 – Routine
When I bought my first car, I was out early every morning to make certain the car was spotless.  But after a board flew up on Interstate 95 and scratched the front of the car, I lost interest in keeping the car clean and looked for my next vehicle.  Listen to today’s thought based on Proverbs 27:23-26 to learn the dangers of taking your eyes off the important parts of life.

Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
    give careful attention to your herds;
 for riches do not endure forever,
    and a crown is not secure for all generations.
When the hay is removed and new growth appears
    and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
   the lambs will provide you with clothing,
    and the goats with the price of a field.
(Proverbs 27:23-26)
October 13, 2022 – Iron Sharpens Iron
I feel so privileged because I have friends who are Christians. These friends sharpen my spiritual life through their prayers and encouragement. Today’s thought is based on Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another.
(Proverbs 27:17)
October 12 2022 – To Boast or Not to Boast!
 
  This past week a ,terrible storm hit Southwest Florida. My family was in a mandatory evacuation site. All the plans that we had for the week we’re suddenly changed and we found ourselves heading off to Alabama! To find out more listen to today’s devotion. Today’s thought is based on Proverbs 27:1-2
 
Do not boast about tomorrow,
    for you do not know what a day may bring.
Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth;
    an outsider, and not your own lips.
(Proverbs 27:1-2)
October 11, 2022 – Too Smart
Whenever I have an opinion, I like to think I am correct! But as I draw closer to God, I find I have so much to learn.  Today’s thought is based on Proverbs 26: 12
Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?
    There is more hope for a fool than for them.
(Proverbs26:12)
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October 6, 2022 – Answering the Angry
Someone spouts off. Their statements are filled with hate, anger, and cursing.  They may demean you. What is your response? Listen to today’s thought to find out more. Today’s thought is based on Proverbs 26:4-5.
Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
    or you yourself will be just like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
    or he will be wise in his own eyes.
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October 5, 2022 –  Are Your Walls Standing?
 
I have great self-control! Well, I have self-control until about six at night, then I run out of it.  Proof of this is my constant need to watch my weight.  Last year I decided to work on maintaining that self-control. For more listen to today’s devotion based on Proverbs 25:28.
 
Like a city whose walls are broken through
    is a person who lacks self-control.
October 4, 2022 – Heaping Coals
Years ago, a group of people were running their own business at work.  I came in to do some work and they did everything they possibly could to fire me. One day they ran into a problem that could have caused them to be fired.  I decided to help them. Listen to today’s thought to find out what happened. Today’s thought is based on Proverbs 25:21-22.

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
    if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
    and the Lord will reward you.