Daily Bible Reading “Choose Joy” (Proverbs 15:23-33)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 15:23-33. In this Scripture, we are reminded that a person finds joy by the words of their mouth: and how good a word is that is spoken in due season!

The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant.

Those who are greedy of gain cause trouble to their own house; but the one who hate gifts will live.

The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart: and a good report makes the bones fat.

The ear that hears the reproof of life abides among the wise.

Those who refuse instruction despise their own soul: but those who listen reproof gain understanding.

The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and humility comes before honor.

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep on choosing it every day.” – Henry J. M. Nowen

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 15:23-33

23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

 

Things to think about:

  • According to this Scripture how do we find joy?
  • How should we choose joy?
  • What other Scriptures in this passage stand out to you? Why?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs, we see that we have to make the right choices to have a happy, joyful life in Christ. Help us to choose joy in spite of our circumstances. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Righteousness” (Proverbs 12:5-11)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 12:5-11. In this Scripture, we are told that the thoughts of the righteous are true: but the guidance of the wicked is deceptive.

The words of the wicked wait for blood: but the speech of the upright delivers them.

The wicked are overthrown, and perish: but the house of the righteous will stand.

You cannot trust someone who is wicked. They will lie, cheat, steal, and who knows what else.

A person will be praised according to their wisdom: but those who have a stubborn heart will be despised.

Those who are despised, and have a servant, are better than those who honor themselves, and are hungry.

A righteous person takes good care of his animals: but the wicked are cruel to both animals and other people.

Those who work their land will not go hungry. They will be satisfied with good food from their land.

Those who follow vain people lack understanding. We need to be careful who we take advice from. Not everybody has our best interest at heart. Some people are out to get what they can from you. They are selfish and uncaring. All they care about are themselves.

Our prayer should be, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 12:5-11

5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

 

Things to think about:

  • Would you rather take advice from a righteous person or a wicked person? Why?
  • What is the difference in the way a righteous person and a wicked person treat their animals or other people?
  • What is the benefit of working the land?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture and compare the life of the righteous with that of the wicked we see that the righteous have Your blessings on them. The righteous make wise decisions. The wicked are foolish. Help us to be righteous and wise. Help us to walk in Your ways. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

Bible Verse to Journal or Memorize:

The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

– Proverbs 12:5

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Knowledge” (Proverbs 12:1-4)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 12:1-4. This Scripture tells us whoever loves instruction loves knowledge: but those who hate correction are foolish.

Through God’s Word we can find the knowledge and instruction we need to live a victorious life. If we ignore His principles and go about living our own way we will not find victory.

The Scripture says that those who seek to live good godly lives will find favor with the LORD, but those who scheme and choose to live wicked lives will be condemned.

We are reminded that no one can be established by wickedness: but the source of the righteous will not be moved.

The righteous will be rooted and grounded in the Word of God. They will stand strong when the storms of life come their way. But those who choose to live a wicked lifestyle won’t have anything to hold to when the storms of life come their way.

We are told that a virtuous woman is a blessing to her husband: but a wife who lives vicariously and causes her husband shame is like decay in his body.

God has called us to be strong women of faith who strive to live godly lives even as the enemy tries everything in his power to bring us down. We have to hold on to Jesus and gather our strength from Him to help us fight the battles of this life.

The Bible reminds us, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 12:1-4

1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

 

Things to think about:

  • How can knowledge and instruction help us to live victorious lives?
  • What happens to those who despise instruction?
  • How does being rooted and grounded in the Word of God help us to live victoriously?
  • What is a virtuous woman to her husband?
  • What does a shameful woman do to her husband?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs we realize that there are those who love knowledge and instruction and there are those who detest it. Help us to realize that through Your Word we can find the knowledge and instruction that we need to live a victorious life. Give us the strength we need when the toils of life come against us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

Bible Verse to Journal or Memorize:

Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

– Proverbs 12:1

 

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Daily Bible Reading “How Will You Live” (Proverbs 11:7-15)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 11:7-15. In this Scripture, we are reminded that when a wicked person dies their hope and expectation perishes with them. But, when a righteous person dies they have the hope of eternal life. The way you live in this life and the choices you make will determine your future. How will you live?

The righteous person is delivered from trouble, and the wicked ones come instead.

A hypocrite destroys their neighbor with their mouth: but the righteous are delivered through knowledge.

The city celebrates when things go well for those who are righteous: and it rejoices when wicked people perish.

A city is exalted by the blessing of its citizens who are upright: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

Those who lack wisdom despise their neighbor: but a person of understanding holds their peace.

A person who gossips reveals secrets: but those who have a faithful spirit conceal the matter. Have you ever known someone who you couldn’t tell anything unless you wanted it to be shared with the whole world?

The people fall where there is no counsel: but in a multitude of counselors there is safety. Sometimes we need advice. We should seek good counsel. We can always talk to God about what is going on in our lives and He won’t gossip about us with anyone else.

One who puts up security for a stranger will suffer because of it: but those who refuse to do so are safe. Have you ever signed a note for someone and the deal went bad because they were unable to pay? We had a lesson about the dangers of doing this earlier in Proverbs.

Which one of these groups of people best describes you? How will you live? Have you chosen to live the way of the world or have you chosen to accept Jesus as your Savior and live the way of the righteous?

Jesus loves you and He is willing and waiting to forgive you of your sins and cleanse your heart of all unrighteousness. He can make your heart clean and pure. All you have to do is repent of your sins and ask Him to forgive you and come into your heart and life today.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 11:7-15

7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

 

Things to think about:

  • What is the difference between a wicked person’s death and a righteous person’s death?
  • What is the difference between the way a wicked person treats their neighbor and the way a righteous person treats their neighbor?
  • To whom should you tell a secret?
  • Why should you never sign a note for a stranger?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs we learn about the people we can trust and the people whom we can’t trust. Help us to be wise in our dealings with others. Help us to set good examples as to the way believers should interact with other people. Forgive us of any of the ways we have failed You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Heart Check-up” (Proverbs 10:27-32)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 10:27-32. We are told in this Scripture that the fear of the LORD increases our days: but the years of the wicked will be shortened. The fear of the LORD begins in our heart. Many times people shorten their lives by the way they choose to live.

The hope of the righteous is gladness: but the expectation of the wicked will perish.

The way of the LORD is strength to those of integrity: but destruction will come to those who cause trouble.

The righteous will never be removed: but the wicked will not inhabit the earth.

The mouth of the just speaks wisdom: but the perverse tongue will be cut out.

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaks forwardness.

The Bible says those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, and blasphemy (See Matthew 15:18-20).

Have you ever noticed how some people’s mouth sounds like a garbage can and other people seem to exude honey? Most of us probably are somewhere between the two of them, but we can learn a lot about what’s going on with a person by how they speak.

As believers, we need to put a guard on our lips. The enemy would like nothing better than for us to speak in ways that are not pleasing to God. We may cause others to stumble if our speech is not pleasing to God.

If we have trouble in this area we need to do a heart check-up to see if something is going on in our heart that we need to ask God to forgive us.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 10:27-32

27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

 

Things to think about:

  • Why are the lives of those who are evil shortened?
  • Why can the righteous be glad?
  • In what ways does the LORD give us strength?
  • Have you done a heart check-up lately?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in Proverbs we are reminded of the difference between those who fear the LORD and those who choose a life of sin. Help us to keep a guard over our mouths that we may glorify You in all that we say and do. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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This devotional would be great for either a personal daily devotions or group Bible studies, including small groups, and Sunday school classes. Each devotional contains a brief commentary by the author, the daily Bible Scripture, a prayer of the day, and several questions for personal reflection or group discussion.

In God is Love, Deborah strives to show you not only what love is, but that love comes from God, as well as the love of God surpasses all imagination. Her goal for you as you read this book is that you would realize how much God loves you.

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• You will learn what love is
• You will learn about different kinds of love
• You will learn how much God loves you
• You will learn of the sacrifice made by God because of His love for you

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