Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Philippians 3:15–16

"Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must hold on to the progress we have already made."

When something is not clear, we need to ask God to make it plain. A prerequisite for further insight and clarity is to obey the truth we already know. Then very often, if not always, the unclear matter will become clear. That's how you hold on to the progress you've already made.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Proverbs 18:13

"Spouting off before listening to the facts
     is both shameful and foolish."
Following this advice will improve all your relationships, as well as your chances of success in any endeavor. Listen well first, ask good questions as needed to get all the facts, and then give advice (if it's called for). You won't look foolish and shameful but will be welcomed and considered wise.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Proverbs 18:11

"The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense;
     they imagine it to be a high wall of safety."
The big problem with wealth is that it becomes very easy to trust that for your security rather than God. If you possess wealth, regularly remind yourself of how unstable it really is. It's God you must trust, whatever your economic state is at this moment. If you have much, surrender it all to God and be willing to use your wealth as he directs. If you have little, trust God for your needs. Be a faithful steward either way.