When life is more than you think you can take, God is always there to help you through if you just ask for it. Psalm 119:114 says, You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. True hope and refuge from the things that hurt us can only come from God and His word. Fighting all our battles on our own is exhausting and many time futile. Trust in Him and He will never let you down.
We must not be afraid to ask God to bless us and to teach us. Psalm 119:65-66 says, 65 Do good to your servant according to your word, O Lord. 66 Teach me knowledge and good judgement, for I believer in your commands. If we believe God is good and able to make us better people, then we must ask Him to help us. Change does not just happen on its own, it takes desire, effort, and a willing heart that is not afraid to ask God to change us.
Psalm 119 is the longest book of the Bible and it hold an immense amount of truths. Which is why we will break this chapter up over the next four days.
Relationship with God comes from spending time with Him in His word and in Prayer. And there is no better way to have God close to you that to have His words memorized. Psalm 119:11 says, I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Hidden (keeping) is a perfect way to keeping sin at bay. For this reason we should all be inspired to memorize scripture. But memorizing it alone will not deter sin if we do not put it to work in our lives. This is why we say God’s word is a “living” word. It should be a guide for every day of our lives.
Every time I read Proverbs 31:30 I think of my precious wife, Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. While I truly believe my wife is beautiful both inside and out, what I love about her the most is she loves the Lord above all else.
May we never have too much that we forget our need for God in our lives and may we never have too little that we look for dishonest gains. Proverbs 30:8-9 says, 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. 9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. How many of us are brave enough to pray these verses to God? Living in faith is hard, but this life is most rewarding when we fully trust in God for all we need.
Living a righteous life is pleasing to God, but there is also a practical purpose; to live free from entrapment of sin over our lives. Proverbs 29:6 says, An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad. There is peace in living a righteous life.
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Riches are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord. Proverbs 28:6 says, Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse. God does not need our money. What He wants is our obedience and our willingness to be used by Him to impact the lives of others for eternity.
Surrounding yourself with people who challenge you and hold is accountable is one of the most valuable things you can do for your spiritual walk. Proverbs 27:17 says, As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Having people who are willing to encourage you through constructive challenge is the best ways a friend can help us grow.