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Peace In Troubled Times

Right now, many people are looking for peace. Tucsonians have been looking for peace more during this year, 2020, than ever before. The great provision for all of us is that Jesus told us exactly where we can have that peace; through Jesus Himself.  John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  Jesus was…

I Give and He Provides

Proverbs 3: 9-10 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. Thought: When we honor God by giving Him of our provisions, He promises to provide all our needs. It is true that to have, first we must work. Everyone who is successful has put in a lot of effort to achieve what they have achieved, and…
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The Key to a Fulfilling Life

Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Have you ever noticed a couple that just started dating? They are the ones at the mall or your favorite hamburger place laughing and having a great time. They are the ones who have that adoration in their eyes when they stare at each other so intently. What makes this couple stand out? I believe…

Pride and the Fall

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. Thought: When we think we are wise and become prideful, we will fall into evil. The book of Proverbs invites us to set our eyes on and trust in the Lord. Verses 5 and 6 of the same chapter today calls us to fix our hearts on God, to trust Him completely, and to recognize Him as the Guide of our path. But the…
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Coping in a Crazy World

All of us look around and wonder, “What happened to America?” We are so far removed from the country that our forefathers established back in the 1700’s. Disunity would describe our churches, our countries and sadly, our homes.  I Thessalonians 3:12 says, “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you.” I have two thoughts to share in today’s devotion. The first thought is: We…

Acknowledge the Lord

Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Thought: The right path can only be made clear by acknowledging the Lord. It is a common desire in the life of every young person and adult to know the path and direction of their life. Many spend valuable time discovering what they were created for, what path they should take, or trying to find out what God wants for their lives. Sadly others spend time…
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One Thing Have I Desired

Many churches and Christians across our country have been dramatically affected in the last several months. I was reminded of this verse, Psalm 27:4 “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” The background on this verse is that the author, David, was on the run…

Trusting God

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. Thought: Trusting God requires complete surrender of the heart. There is no more beautiful example of trust than that of a child who believes and accepts everything that his mom or dad tells him. Many times the child asks his parents if they can do something to which daddy often says, “Yes.” The child leans on the word of his parents hoping that…

Seek Peace

Proverbs 3:30Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. Thought:The wise man actively seeks peace by understanding that arguing only produces sorrow of heart. Today’s world and society love discord, arguing, and division. This should not come as a surprise to the believer since the world in its sin acts as the Enemy. It is Satan’s desire that all of us be in constant division. But the command of Jesus Christ is different. He…

His Word and True Joy

Proverbs 3:1-2My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Thought: Nothing can give us greater joy than hearing and following our Master’s voice. There is a famous and colloquial saying in Spanish that teaches us a practical and necessary principle: “He who does not take advice, does not grow old.”The truth that this short saying communicates to us is that he who…

Discretion and Prudence

Proverbs 2:11Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: Thought: We must ask God for discretion and prudence which will help us make decisions in light of His Word. The book of Proverbs is focused on producing wisdom in the hearts of every man, woman, youth and child. It constantly challenges us to think as God thinks and to live lives that glorify Him. Although it is true that a proverb is not a mandate, it is good for the…

Godly Relationships

Proverbs 1:15My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: Thought:Our closest relationships should be with people who align with God’s plan for our lives. Some have heard a famous saying that deals with friendships, “Tell me who you walk with and I will tell you who you are.” The point of the statement is to teach us that we often become like those who we spend time with. Interestingly, the author of this proverb had a special burden for his son. He…
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