Proverbs 25:24 ” Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.”

When I was growing up, husbands had their garages to escape to…now they have their fancy  “Man Caves.”  Either way,  what are they getting away from?  Has the family unit disintegrated into constant dissension and strife… with no one winning just everyone losing?


Luke 6: 48-49 ” He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears My words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

What is your life built on?  Is it the bed-rock of Jesus, or something else?  When our purpose and source is the foundation of Christ no storm of life can move us…for we are firmly established in Him.

Psalm 90: 14 ” Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”

There’s something to say about meeting with the Lord early in the morning before the world has a chance to inundate our minds with junk.  For the past 30 some years the Lord and I have had a date at 5 AM around the kitchen table.  Why so early?  First, I want to give the Lord my best, not the left-overs from a hectic day when I’m way too tired to concentrate.  But more importantly, it sets the tone for my entire day if I’m in the Word first not last.

Job 10:12 ” You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in Your providence watched over my spirit.”

With careful forethought You have provided everything I need.  My life has been filled with good health, prosperity, and energy to accomplish the purpose You have placed  me on this earth for.  I thank You Lord for Your mercy and love daily as You guard over my life.  You are a good, good Father.

Psalm 89:1 ” I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations.”

Just praising the Lord is a very effective way of taking our eyes off our own problems and focusing on Him.  Our pity party will end when we start thanking Him for His many blessings, known and unknown.  Elsewhere in Psalms it says,  ” I will sing of Your strength, in the morning I will sing of Your love, for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.”

Romans 16:17 ” I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned.”

You will hear something, and it won’t sit well with your Spirit.  It may not be blatantly against what the Bible teaches…but it still gives an uneasy feeling when you hear it.  Satan will corrupt and twist a Biblical principle just enough in order to make it “more politically correct and acceptable to all”…because you know, we don’t want to offend anyone.  But unfortunately, bending over backwards as to not offend anyone, has gone to a whole new low in Christian circles.

Psalm 133: 1 ” How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!”

If Christians can’t find co-operation and devotion to one another in brotherly love…who can?   Understanding, peace, and harmony must start within the Christian body and move out beyond the Church walls…for as Jesus said, “So that they may be one as we are one.”

Galations 2:21 ” I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the Law, Christ died for nothing!”

To paraphrase in another area of Galations…Is the Law opposed to the promises of God?  Absolutely not!  The Law can’t impart life…only Jesus can give us the gift of eternal life.  The Law is just that…laws to live by, but only Jesus can save us from our sins.

Proverbs 15:1 ” A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Elsewhere in Proverbs it says, “…Patience can persuade with a gentle tongue.”  Many times, it’s just the tone of our voice that makes all the difference on how our message is received.

Jeremiah 2:5 ” This is what the Lord says: ‘ What fault did your fathers find in Me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.’ “

We become what’s important to us, ever influenced by what we devote  our time and money to. If it’s empty, futile, and meaningless things of the world…we’ll be left wanting  and ever searching for more.  But if it’s God…our search is over.

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