The Promoter

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 30

Gold Nugget
Verse 32: If you have been foolish in exalting yourself, Or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth. 

Commentary
Years ago people used to be entertained by the great boxer, Mohammad Ali. His skill in the ring was unmatched for several years. He was fast, strong and tough, but you didn’t need me to tell you that did you? Ali never needed a promoter. He promoted himself. At every camera and in every microphone, the champ would declare his greatness. “Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, he would say. “I’m so pretty”, he would shout. “It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am. The list of his boasting and self promotion is too long to include here. Ali was an entertainer and even in his day, entertainer or not, many people could not tolerate his bragging. Most folks just chalked it up to being a showman and dismissed it as part of his act. One thing that should be noted is the reason he got so much attention was because no one else was doing this. People either loved him or loved to hate him, but the cameras were possessed with him. Today, sports and entertainment celebrities are infested with this self promotion. It no longer needs to be masked by showmanship or entertainment; people just love to declare how great they are. I enjoy sports, but can hardly stand to hear this self promoting phenomenon. Just as tolerance of this horrible trait has grown over the years, it didn’t stop at celebrities. The self promotion and fixation with themselves expressed by our youth is repulsive. Whether it’s “Facebook”, “Myspace” or whatever social networking application is being used, people have taken it from what can be healthy networking on to self glorifying and self exaltation. Nowadays, there isn’t any shame in standing in front of a mirror with a cell phone posing like they’re on the cover of a magazine, dressing provocatively and outright claiming in writing their greatness. Modesty has been thrown out the window. Just to share the blame, it should be noted that even adults are being caught up in this self love and self glorifying. Maybe it has always been there and it just wasn’t accepted. Probably so, but I will take closet conceit over this shameless manifestation of “me over thee” behavior. What happened to humility? Just in case you are wondering, it is still expected of Christians. What of putting others above and before yourself? It may not be popular, but it’s still scriptural. Maybe this applies to you and maybe it doesn’t. Maybe it applies to our kids. Shouldn’t that be enough to corral them before it get’s any further. Whether it’s us or our kids, we aren’t supposed to be going with the flow of this world. Maybe you should take a stand today. What do you say?


Disclaimer: Facebook, Myspace, etc are not wrong in themselves. The purpose in this devotion is to illustrate the way they are too often used for self exalting. If this is not the way it is being used by you, it still may be necessary for you to to steer someone else in the right direction.

Prayer
Lord, despite how accepted it has become in our world, I want to represent the character that you have developed in me. I don’t need to exalt myself, but rather need to humble myself. Thank you for reminding me of this truth. Amen

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Well, Well

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 25


Gold Nugget
Verse 26: A righteous man who falters before the wicked Is like a murky spring and a polluted well. 

Commentary
I remember when I was around 12 years old, my parents took us to some very old relatives in Tennessee. It was out in the country and there wasn't much evidence around you as to what year you were even in. I'm pretty sure they were still using outhouses. The thing I remember most is everyone was gathered around a well out back. It wasn't like I had seen in the cartoons with a wooden bucket over a hole several feet wide. It was actually a small hole with a rope coming out of the top. After reeling it up, out came a long stainless cylinder. I remember not being impressed with this effort. Also, I didn't see much value in unfiltered water from the dirty ground. That was until I had my turn to drink. Once the surprisingly cold, most delicious water I had ever drank hit my mouth, I understood the fuss over this effort. From that day forward and even until this moment, the thirstiest instances in my life were always gauged by the drink of water I had when I was 12 years old. After a long day of football practice, I would imagine that well water as I drank the lukewarm water shooting out of the pre-drilled holes of PVC pipe. Or the hot and humid days of southeast Texas during the hottest days of summer while I worked through breaks . All of these thirsty moments would bring me back to the best drink of water I ever had. I never made it back to that well in Tennessee, but suppose I had and found it to be dirty and warm. It would to some extent ruin the precious memory and awesome effect it had on me. Even as I wrote this devotion tonight, I had to take several drinks of my water when thinking of that experience so many years ago. Jesus described Himself as a well that would forever quench thirst. We are the continuation of His work. We all can be this well of life to someone along the way. When this happens, you will be remembered by that person like that cold drink of water from the well. Too often, those that God has used to bring life and quench the thirsty, end up polluting the well that was at one time pure and clean. Once God begins to use you, you must find it important to maintain holiness. Through Him, this can be done.  

Prayer
Lord, I needed to be reminded that at some time or another, you have used me to be a well of living water to someone. Help me to ensure that they would return to the same. Amen

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Bumpers





Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 23


Gold Nugget
Verse 2: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

Commentary
Although very harsh if taken literally, today’s “gold nugget” goes well with what Jesus said in the “Sermon on the Mount”. While teaching them He said, “ 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. ” (Matthew 5:29-30) I’ve subscribed to the “bumper” approach to walking in the Spirit. Have you ever gone bowling and had such a horrible game that you would have been better off putting the bumpers up? Although technically cheating, it will ensure you of staying out of the “gutters”. What about staying out of the “gutter” of sin? I have several measures that I take to install “bumpers” in my life. It can be as simple as avoiding “pay-per-view” options from the cable company. It could be said that a person with self control should be able to have “pay-per-view” options and just refrain from programming that would be considered inappropriate. Well I say, isn’t the conscious choice to avoid “pay-per-view” options exercising self control? Sure it is. Knowing your weaknesses is an attribute of wisdom. Installing “bumpers” in those areas is not only self control, but profound wisdom. My mom always says, “Don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry.” It could be said that hungry or not, you should be able to shop without being influenced by your belly. Like they say, “The best offence is a good defense”. If you want to make good spiritual progress, you need to have boundaries in place. Setting them yourself is not only wise, it’s of absolute necessity. I like the extreme measures illustrated in today’s “gold nugget” and Jesus’ words in the “Sermon on the Mount.” Establishing “bumpers” in your life may be big sacrifices. Not that you should need to mutilate yourself, but they may be as difficult as suffering your pride and putting up the “bumpers” at the bowling alley or even as difficult as modifying your cables subscription options. What bumpers do you need to install in your life?

Prayer
Lord, I want to be able to see the areas of my life where I am weak and need bumpers. I know that with your help I can endure anything, but I also know that when you reveal to me my weakness, it is your way of helping me. I just need to take preventative measures to avoid putting myself in tempting situations. Amen

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The Co-Signer

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 19


Gold Nugget
Verse 17:  He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given.


Commentary
After scheduling an appointment with the loan officer of a major bank, the poor farmer came with his plea for money. The loan officer looked at the way the man was dressed and only followed up with a glance at the farmer's paper work as an act of formality. He knew there was no way he was going to loan him any money. With his nose in the air, the banker informed the farmer that it would be impossible for him to get money from any bank and that he should just forget about it. He informed the banker that he had a co-signer that could guarantee the loan. Knowing the man could not have friends that would be of worth to guarantee the money, he began to get aggravated with the farmer for waisting his time. He sharply scolded the farmer and informed him that he had more important business to tend to. After several attempts to convince the banker, the man was asked to leave the bank. The banker was excited about his next appointment. It was a rich man that was expected to bring a large amount of money into the bank. So much money that it would save the bankers struggling numbers that threatened his job. After sitting the rich man down and offering him something cold to drink, the rich man requested something different. He asked how his brother had been treated earlier that day. He told the banker of his brother that needed money to save his farm and how he ensured his brother that he would guarantee the loan. Of course, as you may have guessed, the banker didn't get the rich man's business and lost his job soon after.


Although I made the story up, I believe it's lesson is still of great value. Today's "gold nugget" tells us that when we give to the poor, you can consider it a loan to the Lord and know for sure that He will pay it back. We have a tendency to avoid giving or loaning based on how secure the loan is. Giving to the poor cannot be anymore secure than giving or loaning of any other avenue. When we give, trust that the Lord will not let you go hungry. He will ensure you your provisions. Consider Jesus' words in Luke 6:30, "Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back." Consider your charity as an offering unto the Lord and do not concern yourself with getting it back from the poor. If you give to the poor expecting it in return, then you have not really given anything. All you have done is let them hold it for you. Give and ask nothing in return. That is the character of Christ. Do you reflect His character?


Prayer
Lord, thank you for reminding me that my offering to the poor is guaranteed by you. I do not have to fear whether or not my gifts are secure. You are my guarantee. Thank you for your provisions. Amen



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Pickin' Sides

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 18

Gold Nugget
 Verse 5: It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

Commentary
Today's "gold nugget" may seem as if it applies to our influence in the judicial process, but that would be a very superficial assessment of a deeper concept. We cannot afford to overlook how applicable this verse can be in our everyday lives. The judgement mentioned here can be anytime we influence a conclusion about a certain person. If two people you know are at odds and you have the ability to influence the conclusion, you'd better be sure of the facts or say nothing at all. As my grandmother used to say, "It takes two to tango". There are two sides to every story. Consider verse 13 of this very chapter, "He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him". Taking sides without ensuring you are siding on the accurate and just person would be foolish. You would be better to say nothing than to influence the wicked and "overthrow the righteous in judgment". How can you overthrow the righteousness in judgment? Consider the new guy at work that is getting an earful of harsh words from a coworker concerning the boss. The new guy's impression of his boss is still open.. the jury is still out. "Judgment" has not yet been passed. You know the employee that is unloading on the new guy is lazy and has problems with the boss due to his own poor work ethics. You can attempt to be popular with the venting employee by sharing in his sentiments, or give an alternative perspective to the new employee. Most of us would just be quiet. It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment." We have opportunities like this that present themselves pretty frequently. When the next one arises, consider this verse. Let's make sure that our words and influences do not result in anyone passing false judgment on the innocent.

Prayer
Lord, if situations arise where it is necessary to take a side, help us to discern wisely and defend the righteous as you do. Amen

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My GPS

Proverbs 16
The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the spirits. 3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established. 4 The Lord has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. 5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished. 6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. 7 When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice. 9 A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. 10 Divination is on the lips of the king; His mouth must not transgress in judgment. 11 Honest weights and scales are the Lord's; All the weights in the bag are His work. 12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established by righteousness. 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And they love him who speaks what is right. 14 As messengers of death is the king's wrath, But a wise man will appease it. 15 In the light of the king's face is life, And his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain. 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul. 18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20 He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he. 21 The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning. 22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it. But the correction of fools is folly. 23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips. 24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. 26 The person who labors, labors for himself, For his hungry mouth drives him on. 27 An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire. 28 A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good. 30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things; He purses his lips and brings about evil. 31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness. 32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord. (New King James Version)

Gold Nugget
9 A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. 

Commentary


I am grateful for a God that allows us the ability to follow His direction or not. It would be unfortunate if I was forced to follow Him. The mindless civilization that unknowingly follows someone or an idea not knowing he has a choice, does not appeal to me. Knowing that He chose me and I chose Him results in a mutual relationship. Either one of us can decide to walk away at any time. That may seem crazy to put into words, but it’s as true as the day is long. I know that He would never leave me, but I also know it is by His choice. It’s important to me as well, knowing that He knows I chose Him. That being said, my heart determines my way (A man's heart deviseth his way). I choose whether I want to serve Him well or serve Him at all. I love being able to choose, but I take direction from Him (but the LORD directeth his steps). I am at peace with Him as my GPS (God Positioning System). I need Him to know my position and point me in the right direction. He can see the road blocks and detours. He knows when the traffic is too heavy and the conditions are unsafe. If I get off course, he can direct me from where I am to where I need to be. I love His turn by turn features and I love when He speaks to me about my present course. My problem is too often I don’t turn the GPS on. I will try to navigate on my own. I will end up lost and far from my destination on the wrong side of town every time. I am learning that it just isn’t worth it to leave my GPS at home. I want it everywhere I go. When someone gets a new navigation system for their car, they have it on all the time. They turn it on to go to the grocery store around the corner, just to be amazed at its knowledge. They love to hear its voice. After a while, the new wears off. They will initially turn down the volume and eventually turn it off all together. They know where they are going… they don’t need directions. Don’t let this be the case for your God Positioning System. Keep Him on all the time with the volume on high. Turn at every instruction and find your path smoother and less painful. You will enjoy the ride much more.



Prayer:
Lord, I know where my direction comes from. You are the light unto my path and the lamp unto my feet. I will not wonder from your instructions, but stay close to your voiceAmen

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Love Over Money

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 15

Gold Nugget
Verse 17: Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fatted calf with hatred. 

Commentary
There have been countless movies and books that tell the story of the one that forsakes riches and fame for the simplicity of peace, love and happiness. Even in those stories, usually the person that makes this sacrifice is rewarded with both love and riches. Well, that’s the movies. They have to get both riches and love to appeal to our natural desires to see the hero get both. If not, we would leave the movie theater feeling shorted. Although there are exceptions to the rule in how the movie ends, we still sacrifice the wrong things too often in our real lives. In our nation, we sacrifice peace, love and happiness for a life that promises riches and popularity. Our children are being raised by daycares; our spouses are looking for fulfillment from their jobs and friends more than from each other and our God is being replaced with anything that we set our eyes on for the moment. Today’s “gold nugget” reminds us that “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fatted calf with hatred.It is better to live with less and have love, than to have abundance and live in turmoil. How many families are living without peace and love in big houses, fine cars, and fancy clothes? It is the American way of life. We would rather have someone raise our children for us so we can double our income for greedy motives. It’s sometimes necessary to double the income, but usually not for greedy incentives. Why not live on a more modest platform and increase the quality of life for our families? The quality of life isn’t gauged by luxuries, but by peace, love and happiness.

Prayer
Lord, I want to remember what is truly important in my life. I wan't to honor you and put the important things in life in their proper perspective. I will put the love of others and you before the things that this world has to offer. Amen

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Get Away

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 14


Gold Nugget
Verse 7:  Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.

Commentary
Todays "gold nugget" instructs us to get away from the foolish man that does not speak with knowledge. Often times we are in situations where we cannot get away from people that we really would like to. I am keeping with the object of this verse when I say "we want to get away from someone". It is foolish of us to want to stay in the presence of those who instruct in foolishness, but what if we just can't physically remove ourselves? If we can't remove ourselves physically, then we should do it spiritually. The person that is described in this verse may be someone from work, school or another place that you do not have control over. This is when we see the need for us to separate ourselves spiritually. The bible tells us without fail that we are to separate ourselves from wickedness, foolishness, etc. I have done this without ever leaving the room. It requires boldness, but you can do it. An example of when I did this brings me back to a day when our crew had gathered together - just finishing off the day with small talk. One of the guys told an offensive joke and without fail the entire crew erupted with laughter... well almost the entire crew. It was a small area and very close quarters. My refusal to acknowledge, encourage or even smile was like nails on a chalkboard. It was like the elephant in the room.. everyone could see it, but nobody said a word. We may not always be able to leave the room, but we can sure separate from others when it is appropriate to do so. There may be someone in your life that you know you need to be bold and separate yourself from. It isn't always easy, but if you commit to it - God will see it through and give you strength.

Prayer
Lord, I see the need to separate myself from those who speak and live in wickedness and foolishness. Give me the boldness to make the stand against them when the time comes. Amen

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Don't be Cruel

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 12

Gold Nugget
Verse 10:  A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. 

Commentary
 Today's "gold nugget" is one that spoke to me years ago in a special way. I wasn't aware of the bible mentioning cruelty to animals. I just figured God was so concerned with us that He didn't make mention of animals. Although I would consider myself one that loves animals, the measurement of how a man's general state is connected to whether or not he is wicked or righteous. We do have a tendency to be "righteous" in the right areas of our lives. That is, the areas that we think measure who we are. The problem is that we have the whole thing backwards. Being cruel to animals is just the symptom of the real wickedness that infects our lives. The wicked heart is the real problem and manifests itself through various symptoms. It could be cruelty to animals, laziness, selfishness, perversion, drunkenness, or many other potential ways it could reveal itself in our lives. You may know the ways it rears it ugly head in your life. You may be aware of the many ways it may manifest itself. Many people try to focus on the symptoms instead of the real cause. The only real progress one can make in having victory is to acknowledge their inner defect and allow the Lord to take rule in their heart. The wicked manifestations we mentioned are the overflow of a heart that is, or gives in to wickedness. In turn, the Lord's rule in our heart will overflow with righteousness. Don't focus on the works of the flesh, focus on putting to death the flesh and it's works will perish with it.

Prayer
Lord, I need to be reminded that my flesh is not subject to your righteousness, but rather an enemy to you.  My spirit is subject to me and I must focus on walking in the spirit and by default will abandon the works of the flesh . Amen

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The Relay

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 10


Gold Nugget
Verse 7:  The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot. 


Commentary
It's not often that I concern myself with the legacy that I leave behind. Right or wrong, once I'm gone - I'm gone. There will be a few people that will likely morn me for a time, but even the closest of friends and family will once again focus on the life and responsibilities that they have before them. The impact that I wish to have on people while I am here is to somehow convince them of the impact they need to have on others while they are still here. In a relay race, it isn't important how fast runner 3 ran, but what the team accomplished as a whole. The fastest runner of a team that lost still doesn't stand in the winner's circle. It is a blessing to remember those that have run before us, but I don't imagine them up in heaven glowing in the glory of our praise. The blessing is ours that remain. As the next runner in the relay, we benefit (are blessed) by the pace and distance that our previous runner accomplished. We are the blessed ones. We are reaping the benefits of our predecessor. As sure as the memory of the previous runner can be a blessing to us, the poor performance of a previous runner can be as rottenness. Not being given a good start for our leg of the race can cause resentment, pain and suffering. How blessed would the next person in the relay be if we made up for the time that was lost before us and gave our next runner a head start? It's not so much of what we want to leave behind to be remembered by, but to have given our connection to the future a good start and make an honorable effort towards the cause of the race. We have been handed the Gospel of Jesus Christ as something to carry in this race we run. We need to run the race with perseverance and discipline without concern for self glory, but for the love of our fellow man and the cause of Christ. Will you pick up the Gospel and run with passion, today?


Prayer
Lord, I don't want to be slack while carrying your Gospel. I want my children and those that I may impact to pick up this Gospel and carry it with conviction. Help me to remember the cause of Christ and run the race with passion. Amen

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His Enemies

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 8

Gold Nugget
Verse 13: “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.” 

Commentary
There is an appropriate time to assume someone an enemy that posses as an enemy to the innocent. Once I was stolen from, lied about, threatened and all around abused by a friend of one of my relatives. I had tried to help this person and all was good until I was being taken advantage of extensively. After much suffering and refusing to be abused any longer, I refused anymore charity to them. That's when the abuse worsened. I was hurt badly and took time to recover financially from theft and property damage. All of this was bad, but the real pain came later when I learned that my relative remained close friends with this person. I couldn't understand how my family member could still see someone as a dear friend who had severely abused me. If someone declares my children as their enemy - they have declared me as their enemy. All of this is assuming that my children are innocent of the cause to which they where deemed an enemy. When we entered into a relationship with God, His enemies should have become our enemies. A few of His enemies are "evil, pride, arrogance, a perverse mouth and the evil way" As today's "gold nugget" says, we should "hate" these things. How can we be a friend and family member to God and be a close friend to this world? Using my emotions to draw from, I can imagine how Jesus feels when we are friendly to the world that rejected, beat, abused and murdered Him? Consider these profound words from 1 John 2:15-17 "15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world." 

Prayer
Lord, I will not be friends to those that have declared you as their enemy. You will not find me in the arms of those that abuse and reject you. If they reject you, they have rejected me. I will consider your hurt when I am tempted to embrace this world and its pleasures. Amen

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Rules of the Road

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 6


Gold Nugget
Verse 23: For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life, 

Commentary
Some folks would think of a law has as something that keeps you from something you want. As if the law takes something from you. Like a pet in a cage, the law prevents you from being free. It is unfortunate that people misunderstand the laws and commands of God and therefore miss the benefits that come from their adherence. If we were to see the laws and commands of God as they are intended, we would embrace them instead of resenting them. I see the laws of God as more like handrails on the stairs, the solid lines on the road and guardrails on the overpass. They are all in place for your well being. God is looking out for your best interest even when you don't know what that is. Just as electrical outlet covers in the home of a toddler, they are in place to protect them even if they don't understand their importance. Unfortunately, we pick and choose which of His laws we will obey. As the child that refuses to stay away from the fireplace, we will not learn until we get burned. His laws are for our protection and direction. Pretending for a moment that GPS navigation technology is flawless, we would be foolish to reject it's direction and navigate in direct conflict with it's instructions. The sooner we mature and embrace His laws, commands and precepts; the sooner we will understand and benefit from their design. 

Prayer
Lord,  I want to accept your laws as your way of providing for and loving me. I will adhere to them more and more as I mature in your Word. Help me to understand them and trust you. Amen

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My Guardian

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 4

Gold Nugget
Verse 12: When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble. 

Commentary
The Lord has proven himself to be true over and over again. It sure brings a lot of peace knowing that He always upholds His promises. When He says He will keep you, provide for you and make a way for you - He does. This passage tells us that obeying His commands will ensure that "When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble". I have been walking with Him for many years now, and I can assure you of His ability to provide for me and protect me. He has continually made a way when there seemed to be no way. He has delivered me when I felt most trapped and fed me when I was most hungry. The road has had many rough spots, but I can tell you that He keeps moving me along. He has carried me when I couldn't walk and spoke for me when I couldn't talk. He is my God, my King, my Savior and friend. He is there when no one is and keeps me warm when I am cold. He is my comforter, my confidence and my courage. He is the only constant in a world full of ups and downs, ins and outs. He keeps my foot from stumbling when I should have fallen and lifts me up when I couldn't be risen. He loves me when I am unlovable and understands me when I am confused. He disciplines me when I'm unruly and promotes me when I am faithful. He is just, righteous, gracious and merciful. He is worthy of all my praise and I will never be content without Him. The world cannot offer me enough or take enough away from me to convince me to walk away from Him. He is my everything and He will make a way for me. He is my joy and strength and protector. He is my guardian.

Prayer
Lord, I just want to take this day to say, "I love you". You are beautiful and keep me in awe. Take my life, Lord. If there is anything left you can use... it's yours. Have your way. Amen

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