“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/LifeLines, Words of Wisdom

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

I received my LifeLines newsletter from the Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons (AARP) and the title is “Words of Wisdom”.  Advice on careers, finance and life that has been passed down from generation to generation.  It goes on to say, Life lessons can be gained from almost any situation–whether it’s a historical event or time period, someone you’ve met or been inspired by in your lifetime or something you’ve experienced. 

Live on less – While the Great Depression was a difficult time in history, it taught us several important lessons that are being implemented today.  They are the importance of living on less, using less and wasting less.  Some of those who lived through the Depression still buy, save and reuse today as if it were the 1930’s. 

Save smart – There is no doubt that the economy has changed drastically over the years (*not just within the last 5 to 7 years).  As a result, the baby boom generation has learned the value of security and stability.  Over time, many have seen that saving money and planning ahead will allow them to live proactively rather than reactively.  Today, there are limitless resources to help people learn how to practice saving smart, and planning ahead.

     * There is a lot of complaining about our present government, but yet I can’t find a parking place at any of the shopping malls or stores.  Everyone is shopping, eating, going to the movies and driving nice cars.  I can remember a time when I had no money to go anywhere or do anything but go to work and try and pay my rent and buy food to raise my son.  Everyone was very quiet because we didn’t know there was a “recession” and that the bottom was about to fall out, but we knew something wasn’t right.  And yet we survived.

Do what you love, and love what you do – Just as events do, the people in our lives effect the way we think and act.  Over the years, there have been countless stories about people in pursuit of their dreams–from the greatest sports figures and businesspeople to our own family members.  And generation after generation, these examples have proved that hard work pays off. 

*Yes there are those that are fabulously wealthy; I heard recently that someone is worth $500 Billion! and there are those that are dirt poor and yet Jesus loves you and died on the cross for you.  Remember He was born in a stable, placed in a manger (a trough), He didn’t even have a bed.  He left His Heavenly Kingdom to dwell among men that we might have Salvation through Him.  Some of us might feel we got the short end of the stick, but if you have your health and can work, do it, and if you think there are those that look better than you do, be positive about yourself; get you hair done, or get a wig, wear some makeup, exercise and lose weight.  But let’s not lose sight of the big picture, and that is Life Eternal with Christ Jesus.  Amen

More to come and GOD BLESS YOU!

* This person’s opinion.

 

       

  

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/More Proverbs of Solomon, XXIX (29)

 

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“More Than Enough”, Vickie Winans. 

A Key Verse:  14) Happy is the man that feareth always:  but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.             

“More Proverbs of Solomon”, XXIX (29), Proverbs 28:1) The wicked flee when no man pursueth:  but the righteous are bold as a lion.  2) For the transgression (rebellious) of a land many are the princes (rulers) thereof:  but by a man of understanding and knowledge (maintains order) the state thereof shall be prolonged.  3) A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.  4) They that forsake the law praise the wicked:  but such as keep the law contend (resist) with them.  5) Evil men understand not judgment:  but they that seek the Lord understand all things.  6) Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.  7) Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son:  but he that is a companion of riotous (or feedeth glutinous) men shameth his father.  8) He that by usury and unjust gain (exorbitant interest) increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.  9) He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination (loathsome).  10) Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit:  but the upright shall have good things in possession.  11) The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out (sees through him).  12) When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory:  but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden (men go into hiding).  13) He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:  but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.  *14) Happy is the man that feareth always:  but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Quest Study Bible – v2, How do many rulers show that country is rebellious?  Various factions of individuals grasp for power.  The rebellious northern kingdom of Israel had nine different ruling families in just over two centuries.  Each one came into power through an assassination and none of them obeyed God (Hosea 7:7).  For more than three centuries, by contrast, Judah  had only one ruling family.  v13, What’s the best way to confess sins?  God’s people should honestly and openly tell Him when they sin.  Though He knows when they sin, He wants them to admit it so He can help.  David’s prayers in Psalm 32 and Psalm 51 provide a model for confessing to God.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – V14, We should always fear offending God and fear sinning against Him.

More to come and God Bless You.   

 

 

“The Love Of Christ jesus”/More Proverbs of Solomon, XXVIII

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“More Proverbs of Solomon”, XXVIII, Proverbs 27:15) A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious (disagreeable) woman are alike.  16) Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth (graspeth) itself.  17) Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.  18) Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof:  so he that waiteth on (looks after) his master shall be honoured.  1Kings 11:8; 1Corinthians 3:8.  19) As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.  20) Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.  Habakkuk 2;5.  21) As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.  22) Though thou shouldest bray (grind) a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle (a hard tool used to crush substances), yet will not his foolishness depart from him.  23) Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well (set thy heart) to thy herds.  24) For riches (strength) are not for ever:  and doth the crown endure to every generation?  25) The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.  26) The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.  27) And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy blood, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance (life) for thy maidens.    

Quest Study Bible – v17, Iron sharpens iron….People sharpen each other through exchanging information, discussing issues and critiquing each other’s ideas.  A true friend sharpens the personality of his or her friend.  v21, We are tested by the manner in which we respond to praise.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v22,  ……bray (grind) a fool.  Some are so bad, that even severe methods do not help.  What remains but that they should be rejected?

More to come and God Bless You.