He that goeth with wise men, shall be wise;
Friend of fools shall be made like them.
Have you heard these sayings? “Birds of a feather flock together.” “Lie down with dogs; you will get up with fleas.” “Since you were with them when they did it, you getting a whooping too!” The company we keep matters for more than just entertainment. The people we allow into our close circle can influence the course of our lives. In most scenarios, if we lend ourselves to being around people who are positive and constructive with their lives, we will do positive and constructive things with our lives. Likewise, the reverse is true; if we spend our time with people who are negative and destructive, negativity and destruction will come into our lives. In Proverbs 13:20, King Solomon admonishes us, “If you want to grow in wisdom, spend time with the wise. Walk with the wicked, and you’ll eventually become just like them.” If we are following the behaviors of others, it is as Jesus said to His disciples, “And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:13b). We should seek those who are “wise, understanding, and knowledgeable from among us” (Deuteronomy 1:13) and allow them to lead. The apostle James questions, “Are there those among you who are truly wise and understanding? Then they should show it by living right and doing good things with a gentleness that comes from wisdom” (3:13). We should walk with such a person that demonstrates wisdom. We must pay attention to our “friends” because the Bible says, “Even when a fool walks along the road, his [common] sense and good judgment fail him, and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool” (Ecclesiastes 10:3 AMP). Choose to pattern our lives after those with sound, wholesome and true teachings that come from a life of faith in and the love of Jesus Christ (II Timothy 1:13). Even better, pattern your lives after our King Jesus, the wisest of the wise!
Speak the truth and you’ll save souls,
But in the spreading of lies, treachery thrives.
In today’s culture, people will say, “You have your truth and I have my truth.” Be not deceived; when living a godly life, there is only one truth-the Word of God. The Bible explains how to live a life of truth, “God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him, Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking, Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from inside out, Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you” (Romans 12:2 The Message). As you seek wisdom, you find Jesus is the truth and the truth is Jesus. “If in fact, you have [really] heard Him and have been taught by Him, just as truth is in Jesus [revealed in His life and personified in Him], that, regarding your previous way of life, you put off your old self [completely discard your former nature], which is being corrupted through deceitful desires, and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation]” (Ephesians 4:21-24 AMP). If your lifestyle speaks “truth” that does not align with the truth of The Word, your “truth” is in fact a lie. And, instead of saving lives, you are endangering lives with deceitfulness (Proverbs 14:25 AMPC). When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself. “Therefore,” as it is written in Ephesians 4:25,15 AMP, “rejecting all falsehood [whether lying, defrauding, telling half-truths, spreading rumors, and such as these], speak truth each one with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one another [and we are all parts of the body of Christ]” and “speaking the truth in love [in all things-both our speech and our lives expressing His truth], let us grow in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head-Christ.”
A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
But willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.
Your words are powerful. Words can create or destroy. Words can be used as a supporter to "heal and help" or as a weapon to "wound and maim" (Proverbs 15:4 MSG). We need to understand the full scope of their power. Our words affect more than those around us; they also affect our inner selves and the Holy Spirit that lives in us. "As a tree gives us fruit, healing words give us life. But evil words crush the spirit" (Proverbs 15:4 ICB). We should always strive to be true and kind to ourselves and one another in action and in words, and sometimes we may need help achieving that goal. Good news, we have a helper, the Holy Spirit! We should not ignore the Holy Spirit who lives in us but allow Him to guide us in our words, for His "mouth will utter truth, And wickedness is repulsive and loathsome to [His] lips. All words of His mouth are in righteousness (upright, in right standing with God); There is nothing contrary to truth or perverted (crooked) in them" Proverbs 8:7-8 AMP). Jesus Christ "gave his life for us that we may share in resurrection life in union with him" and sent the Holy Spirit to seal that union (I Thessalonians 5:10a TPT, John 16:7). The Word of God says, "Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word is a gift. Don't grieve God. Don't break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don't take such a gift for granted" (Ephesians 4:29-30 MSG). God gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us live righteously (Titus 2:11-14). We should seek to give gladness and gratitude, not grief, to the Holy Spirit, accept His help with your tongue, and together your words can plant trees of life.
Life motivation comes from the deep longing of the heart
and the passion to see them fulfilled urges you onward.
Did you know your passion can reveal how to live your purpose? Our primary purpose is to glorify God, our Creator. God placed in all of us a desire to do His will. It is up to us to pursue those passions in godly ways. The Bible says, "Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and he will provide for you what you desire most" (Psalm37:4 TPT). When our motivation "is not in pleasing people but pleasing God, who thoroughly examines our hearts" (I Thessalonians 2:46), He will "satisfy our every desire with good things" (Psalms 103:5). The activities or situations that make your heart speed up or consume your thoughts or motivate you to do more and more are the very things that God designed in you to hunger after. Proverbs 16:26 explains, "A worker's appetite works for him because his hunger urges him on." We are promised, "Those who hunger for Him will always be filled, but the smug and self-satisfied He will send away empty" (Luke 1:53 CSB). Have a heart and a hunger for the things of God, and pursue His blessings with confidence that "The blessings of the Lord enriches, and He adds no painful effort to it" Proverbs 10:22). Let your love for God, motivate you to do the work He has called you to do. And in the words of Marc Anthony, "If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life."
Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom,
but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
We are reading the book of Proverbs. Why Proverbs? The purpose of this book is best explained in Proverbs 1:1-4 TPT; we read the scriptures of this book because "they are kingdom revelations, words to live by, and words of wisdom given to empower you to reign in life, written as proverbs by Israel's King Solomon, David's son. Within these saying will be found the revelation of wisdom and the impartation of spiritual understanding. Use them as keys to unlock the treasures of true knowledge. Those who cling to these words will receive discipline to demonstrate wisdom in every relationship and to choose what is right and just and fair. These proverbs will give you great skill to teach the immature and make them wise, to give youth the understanding of their design and destiny." We don't have to read to tea leaves, palms, nor tarot cards. We don't have to sit in dark caves, take mind-altering drugs, nor walk on coals. We don't have to search the world for wisdom and understanding, we have the Bible, the Holy Word of God. Praise God! All we have to do is open it up and read it! Keep your eyes, mind, and heart focused on the Word every day! Get Wisdom and your life will be better (Proverbs 4)!
The words of a whisper (gossip) are like dainty morsels [to be greedily eaten];
They go down into the innermost chambers of the body [to be remembered and mused upon].
Have you ever been approached with this phrase, "Mmm, I got some good gossip for you!"? Did your mouth fill with saliva like the Big Bad Wolf waiting on Little Red Riding Hood to come closer!? Words are like food for your soul. In the Message Bible, Proverbs 18:8 translates as, "Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy, do you really want junk like that in your body?" Do not let these choice morsels of gossip into your innermost being because they provide false nourishment (Proverbs 18:8 NIV). Mere words do not always offer facts about another person, but as they are churned over in one's heart, they begin to affect how you see that person or situation. In Proverbs 18:17, King Solomon cautions us not to forget, when we feed on gossip, "There are two sides to every story. The first one to speak sounds true until you hear the other side and they set the record straight." Because words of gossip can contain falsehoods or be misleading, once planted and they take root in one's heart, they can divide and ruin friendships and families (Proverbs 16:28). "Words create and sustain prejudices, bias, fears, and anxieties that are virtually impossible to uproot," explains author Timothy Keller. The words we consume are crucial to the feelings eventually grown in our hearts and words released from our mouths. To maintain healthy relationships within ourselves and with others around us, we should be like Jeremiah. He professed to our Lord God, "When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart's delight" (Jeremiah 15:16a). Jeremiah chose to seek after and eat words of truth. When presented with the opportunity to be fed by the words of another, choose wisely between words that come from lips that spread poison (James 3:8) or lips that give praise (Psalm 34:1).
Mercy to the needy is a loan to God,
and God pays back those loans in full.
God always keeps His word for "He is not a man that He should lie" (Numbers 23:19 NIV). True to who He is, the Bible says that God is a rewarder of those who keep His Word (Hebrews 11:6). God is pleased when we take care of each other, for He loves all of us. When we show kindness to His children, He is eager to reward us. It is in His Word, regarding the poor, that if you "give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to" (Deuteronomy 15:10). Being kind to the poor among us honors God and shows our gratefulness for all He has done for us. If we withhold gratitude to God by failing to show kindness, God is offended, and He will allow curses to come upon us (Proverbs 14:31. 28:27). Our Maker wants one of our deepest desires to be to follow His ways. What are God's ways? "It is not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not turn away from your own flesh and blood (Isaiah 58:7)? We must show God we trust Him by our actions, so when we are in need and cry to Him for help, God will gladly say, "Here I am" (Isaiah 58:9). Hallelujah! We will be rewarded for our good deeds in full by our faithful Creator. "Give, and you will receive. You will be given much. Pressed down, shaken together, running over, it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you" (Like 6:38 NCV). Be confident, ready, and willing to give to the poor and needy because, know this, you can't out-give God (Hebrews 10:35-36)!
Lovers of God have been given eyes to see with spiritual discernment and ears to hear from God.
In a psalm of praise to God our Creator, King David proclaims, "The Lord is good to everyone; he is merciful to all he has made. Lord, everything you have made will praise you; those who belong to you will bless you" (Psalm 145:9-10 ICB). God has made us all, and all that we have comes from Him. God gave us ears to hear and eyes to see that we may bless Him and be set apart as the most important of all His creations (Proverbs 20:12, James 1:18). Despite all the scientific theories and medical advancements we have, we did not create ourselves. The Bible warns us not to be fooled nor prideful because "Every good action and every perfect gift is from God. These good gifts come down from the Creator of the sun, moon, and stars" (James1:17 ICB). The only way we are able to see and hear and discern who God is because He allows it. As Peter declared that Jesus Christ is "the Son of the living God, Jesus answered him, Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, favored by God] are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood (mortal man) did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 16:17 AMP). Only those believers who are loyal and faithful to God will He open their eyes and ears to see and hear and their hearts to perceive what He has for them (Luke 10:23-24, Deuteronomy 29:4). Let us commit ourselves to be lovers of God and His Word so that we can receive blessings and wisdom and understanding and power and mercy and grace all the days of our lives! Amen!
You can do your best to prepare for the battle,
but ultimate victory comes from the Lord.
For us to have a successful life, we must do our part, and God will do His part. God has given us a strategy to win. As the Bible instructs us in Joshua 1:8-9 ICB, "Always remember what is written on the Book of the Teachings. Study it day and night. Then you will be sure to obey everything that is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything. Remember that I commanded you to be strong and brave. So don't be afraid. The Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go." We must do our part, in preparation by His Word, He teaches us how to fight our battles; He is our friend, our fortress, where we are safe. He is our shield (Psalms 144:1-2). But if we fail to be prepared as instructed by studying and obeying, we will be sinning against God. We don't want to be in willful disobedience against God, our Protector. God Himself is ready to fight for us when we trust Him and do not fear people nor trials and tribulations (Deuteronomy 3:22, Exodus 14:14). When we come to a situation where we have to fight, we must know His commands, put on the armor of God, and be confident because we have the King of glory on our side who is "strong and mighty, and invincible in battle" (Psalms 24:8 NLT). Nonetheless, the most significant part of this battle is not that you are "prepared for the day of battle, but [knowing] deliverance and victory are of the Lord" (Proverbs 21:31 AMPC). We can praise our Lord God Almighty that He goes before us in battle and He will win for us! Let us passionately and gratefully sing to Him;
"You can do all things, but fail
You can do everything else
Cause You've never lost a battle
No, You've never lost a battle
And I know, I know
You never will!"
(CeCe Winans, "Never Lost")
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Listen (consent and submit) to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge;
For it will be pleasant if you keep them in your mind [believing them];
your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them.
The words we allow to penetrate our hearts and mind should be of great value, not cheap and unprofitable. The wisdom we receive from reading God's Word should be treated like a treasure. The words of the wise, according to Proverbs, are like good health (12:18), easily digestible nourishment (13:2), a fountain of life (13:4), shields (14:3), and always having sufficiency in your home (21:20). These are all attributes we should welcome into our lives and gladly release to share with others. For "wise people store up knowledge, " to be given to otherwise men so they may increase in learning (Proverbs 10:14, 9:9 NKJV). The more we acquire wisdom and knowledge, the greater our desire to share that wisdom and knowledge with others, especially those seeking to be wise and righteous.
Furthermore, you are instructed by Peter to "sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15NKJV). Are you ready to share your story of the reasons why you love God and His Word? Are your lips dripping with praise (Psalms 119:171) of His graciousness (Ecclesiastes 10:12) and righteousness (Psalms 40:9)? At the height of our day, we should be saying to others, "Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what [God] did for me! (Psalms 66:16).
Don't let your heart envy sinners;
instead, always fear the Lord.
For then you will have a future,
and your hope will never fade.
What God has for you, God has for you! Why envy the lives of other sinners? We are all called for a purpose, to glorify God as a whole and to each represent a character of God as individuals. God has plans for all of us. In Jeremiah 29:11 NET, the Lord declares, "For I know what I have planned for you, I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you a future filled with hope." Since the omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient Lord our God has plans for your life, why waste time comparing your life to someone else's? We should depend on and have our hope in "Him who is able to to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV)! Have hope in the One who loves us more than anything, "and this hope will never disappoint us because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts" (Romans 5:5a NCV). We may want to make our own plans, but if we are wise, we know it is the Lord who directs our steps (Proverbs 16:9). Trust God with your life, have hope for your future, then, as in the expectant words of Dr. Suess, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"
Never gloat when your enemy meets disaster and don't be quick to rejoice if he falls.
For the Lord who sees your heart, will be displeased with you and will pity your foe.
Do you recall when you were little, and your annoying sibling got in trouble for doing something to you? Do you remember a time when you laughed a little too hard when he or she got that whooping they truly earned? What happened? Your mom or dad, in turn, got upset with you and comforted your crying sibling! Well, God is that type of parent too. He knows those who do wrong must reap the consequences; however, He does not want us to gloat over the failings of our brothers and sisters, even the wicked and hateful ones. We are His children, and His heart goes out to us. Jesus urges you to "love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you" (Matthew 5:44 NKJV). Our Father wants us to replicate Him in our kindness and compassion towards one another, thereby demonstrating His love by loving others even when they do wrong. For "God demonstrated His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). The Bible tells us in Ezekiel 33:11, it pains God when His children turn from Him, and He takes no pleasure in seeing the wicked being punished. Those who belong to God are expected to take no pleasure in others being punished the neither. Again, you should pray for your enemies when they stumble, let your heart go out to them, for we all can say, "there but for the grace of God, go I!"(I Corinthians 15:10)
A person without self-control is like a house
with its doors and windows knocked out.
A house with no doors and no windows would not be a very safe and reliable place to live. Anything and everything would be able to enter in and cause all kinds of damage for the owner to deal with. The Bible says a man without self-control, like this house described, is defenseless and sets himself up for trouble (Proverbs 25:28). When we cast off restraint or lose our temper and bust out the windows and doors of our mind, our spiritual house, there is only one carpenter to call! Jesus! For "whoever calls on the name of LORD shall be saved," and He will pour out His Spirit on them (Joel 2:32, 28 NKJV). Jesus gives us His Holy Spirit to help us repair our knocked-out windows and broken doors.
Even more, with the Holy Spirit dwelling in our house, we can be filled with "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" to help us build it up and not allow it to be torn down (Galatians 5:22 NKJV). The Holy Spirit living in us ensures a righteous life over sin's death because we have been made right with God (Romans 8:10). The Holy Spirit in us enables us to have power, be bold, and be sensible (II Timothy 1:7 MSG). So if we want to keep the life-giving power on and keep the windows and doors secure from the attacks of evil, we should always welcome the Holy Spirit into our house-our mind, body, and soul. Behold, He stands at the door and knocks (Revelation 3:20a NKJV). Will you let Him in today?
Hatred is the root of slander
and insecurity the root of flattery.
The Bible tells us in Romans 11:16b, "If the roots of a tree are holy and set apart for God, so too will be the branches" (TPT). Likewise, the opposite is true; if the roots of a tree are unholy and not set apart for God, so too will be the branches. That which our hearts are rooted in will show up on the branches of our behavior. Often the lack in the character of the root shows themselves for what they truly are, and other times they get twisted and represent themselves falsely. Proverbs 26:28 warns us that flattery or "false praise can ruin others" and "liars hate the people they hurt" (NCV). Therefore we can conclude that people who lie to you and give you false praise do not honestly care about you. These people are selfish and fearful, and only care about themselves and what they can get from you.
Those who belong to God should be people who seek truth and wisdom and have care and concern for the needs of others, not just ourselves. Be wary around those who give you undeserved praise because "flattery can often be used as a trap to hide ulterior motives, and take advantage of you" (Proverbs 29:5 TPT). Furthermore, King Solomon wants us to be aware that "kind words can be a cover to conceal hatred of others, for hypocrisy loves to hide behind flattery" (Proverbs 6:24 TPT). Seek Christ-like friends that love you enough to tell you the truth. "You can trust a friend who wounds you with his honesty, but your enemy's pretended flattery comes from insincerity" (Proverbs 27:6 TPT). Let us nurture and feed our roots with the Word of God, and produce branches of love, confidence, and sincerity.
As water reflects the face,
so one's life reflects the heart.
Look in the mirror of your life. Do you look more like Jesus or more like the world? Do not deceive yourselves; we cannot only be hearers of God's Word, but we must also be doers if we claim that He is our Lord (James 1:22). The Bible says, "one's life reflects the heart" (Proverbs 27:19 NIV). It is what you do in life that gives the portrait of your heart, of what you treasure most (Matthew 6:21). Mere words on t-shirts and bumper stickers do not accurately reflect who you are and what you stand for. The Word of God advises us to keep the words of Proverbs "and treasure the commandments within you [so they are readily available to guide you]" (Proverbs 7:1 AMP). Let the scriptures guide you into demonstrating a life as a follower of God, not just a reader of His Word.
If we have accepted Jesus' invitation to follow Him, our daily works should reflect that. In John 14:15, Jesus said, "If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments." Furthermore, Jesus says, "If anyone serves Me, he must [contine to faithfully] follow Me [without hesitation, holding steadfastly to Me, conforming to My example in living]" (John 12:26a AMP). Be careful not to be the person who "only listens to the word without obeying it, he is like a man who looks very carefully at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he immediately forgets what he looked like. But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience]" (James 1: 23-25 AMP). We can do many things in life to show who we are, but because of our love for Jesus, let them reflect a heart that seeks to be like Him!
Happy is the man who is always reverent,
But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
Do you want to be happy? The Apostle Paul tells us we can be happy if we "Do everything without complaining and arguing. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people " (Philippians 2:14-15). King David tells us to "obey the Lord with great fear," and you will "be happy, but tremble" in reverence (Psalms 2:11 ICB). Lastly, King Solomon tells us happy or "Blessed and favored by God is the man who fears [sin and its consequence] at all time, But he who hardens his heart [determined to sin] will fall into disaster" (Proverbs 28:14 AMP).
Having a reverential fear and awe and appreciation for our God Almighty is essential to us fully experiencing joy and happiness. Reading the holy scriptures, being obedient, and seeking knowledge of God corresponds with one's happiness, for "whoever pays attention to what he is taught will succeed. An whoever trusts the Lord will be happy" (Proverbs 16:20 ICB). As those who have hearts to honor God, we are to "tremble in awe before the Lord, and do not sin against him" (Psalms 4:4 TPT). You cannot truly be happy and surrounded with peace if you turn against God for "He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength--who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?" (Job 9:4 RSV). No one. Jesus promises us in Matthew 5:8 and 12 that "Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God," and they can "rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven!" So as we still have time on this earth, we should "worship the Lord with joy! [And] Enter his presence with joyful singing!" (Psalms 100:2)
We pray, "Thank you, God," that "you will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever" (Psalms 16:11 NLT).
Good people can't stand the sight of deliberate evil;
the wicked can't stand the sight of well-chosen goodness.
As lovers of God, we are called to be set apart from those who do not love Him. It should bother us being around others who behave with evil intentions; in contrast, those who do not have a heart for God should be bothered by our good works with pure intentions. "Therefore," the Bible says, "Come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Do not touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you" (II Corinthians 6:17 NLT). When we decide what kind of people we allow in our close personal lives, we should always consider if God would approve. Who does God want you to welcome in?
The Apostle Paul pleads to us, "Don't become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That's not partnership; that's war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God's holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way:
"I'll live in them, move into them; I'll be their God and they'll be my people. So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good," says God. "Don't link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself. I'll be a Father to you; you'll be sons and daughters to me" (II Corinthians 6:14-16 MSG). Our Father God does not want to share our attention, and He is pleased when we do not allow the ungodly to influence us, only to repulse us.
"Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]" (Romans 12:1-2 AMP).
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.
When we remove all the unnecessary things of life, the most important things to acquire are truth and provision. Our Almighty God is Truth and Provision! (John 1:14, Psalms 111:5). Nothing can compare to being filled with the truth of God and His Word. Agur, the author of Proverbs 30, pleads with God, "Empty out my heart everything that is false- every lie, and every crooked thing." We should desire to do the same. As we empty ourselves of the evil, lies, and selfishness that live within us, we should seek to decrease and allow God's truth and presence to increase (John 3:30). As we draw closer to God and His truth transforms us, He can "banish lies from [our] lips and liars from [our] presence" (Proverbs 30:7 MSG). We pray to our God to keep misdirection, falsehoods, and death away from us and just give more of us Jesus, "the Way, the Truth, and the Life!" (John 14:16).
Beer and wine are only for the dying or for those who have lost all hope.
Let them drink and forget how poor and miserable they feel.
Excuse me, but are you spiritually dying? Have you lost hope? Are you thirsty? Good news! There is a drink that is far more satisfying than beer or wine. It is the Holy Spirit! Because God our Maker chose us before we chose Him, He assures us, that not only will He pour water to quench the thirst of our land and our physical bodies, but He will pour out the living water, His Spirit, into our spiritual bodies and blessings to our children and our children's children (Isaiah 44:3). He does not desire for any of us to live in misery.
Unlike beer or wine or any other physical thing that offers temporary fulfillment from this world, there is the living water that cannot compare or compete. Jesus offers this water to the Samaritan woman at the well and to all of us when He says, "Whoever drinks of the water that I give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:14 NKJV). Who would not be like the woman who replies, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst" (John 4:15 NKJV)? Again, that continually flowing and ever satisfying water is the Holy Spirit.
It is so amazing that if we ask Him, God will pour His Spirit on us! If we have hope and believe in His Word, "such hope [in God's promises] never disappoints us, because God's love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us" (Romans 5:5 AMP). So Beloved, I say, "drink up!" "And don't get drunk with wine which leads to reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit" that leads to an abundant life! (Ephesians 5:18 HCSB)