Monday, October 23, 2017

AND HEALTH TO ALL THEIR FLESH

Proverbs 4:20-23 (NKJV) 20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

They are health to all our flesh.  I will take that, how about you?  As we put into practice all the parts that we have been talking about these last few days, God’s Word becomes, as one person said, “Medicine to all our flesh.”

I do not know about you, but when I am hurting, I want some good medicine so that the pain will go away.   Here, it says that God’s Word is our medicine.  As I read it, and attend to it, and incline my ear to it, and keep it before my eyes, and let it have first place in my heart, it produces medicine to me and my flesh.  It brings heath to my body!

So many people spend so much time trying to get healing by so many ways, and God is a good God and has made many ways to be healed.  Thank God for doctors and medicine, but we can also take His Word, God’s Medicine, everyday to receive healing.  I know that when I take a pill, I thank Him that He gave the doctors wisdom to help heal me. I put my faith in God in all things, because all wisdom comes from Him.

So go ahead and take a big dose of the Word of God, and watch what it does to your life and health.  You can never have enough.  His Word is so good!


Confession: I partake of the Word of God, and it brings health to me and to all my being.  His Word is medicine to all of my flesh.

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Jeremiah 42 - 44:23
2 Timothy 2:1-21
Psalms 92 - 93
Proverbs 26:3-5

Sunday, October 22, 2017

FOR THEY ARE LIFE TO THOSE WHO FIND THEM

Proverbs 4:20-23 (NKJV) 20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

Life is what we want!  Jesus said in the second part of John 10:10 ”…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  God wants us to have a good, full life; a life filled with Himself; a life of victory and success.

So how do we have this?  This verse says that we get life when we find the Word.  His Word is like a treasure.  You can get good things from it by reading it, but the true wealth of His Word comes as we dig into it.

Look at Psalm 19:10: “More to be desired are they then gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”  His Word must become more valuable to us than the riches of this world, and when we put His Word in that high of a place in our lives, God, our dear Father, takes care of all the needs that we have.

His Word is life to us, so let us start digging into it and see what treasures we might find today.  You might ask, “What does that mean, to dig into the Word?”  Well, it means to not just read it, but to let it change us.  We are not blessed because we hear the Word; we are blessed when we do it.  So when you find a verse that you know needs to come alive within you, hang out there for a while.  Read it, ponder it, and then do it, and it will become life to you!


Confession:  God’s Word is life to me, because I have found it.  I am a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only.  I put His Word in my heart, and it is life to me and to all my being.

Today's Bible Reading
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Jeremiah 39 - 41
2 Timothy 1
Psalms 90 - 91
Proverbs 26:1-2

Saturday, October 21, 2017

KEEP THEM IN THE MIDST OF YOUR HEART

Proverbs 4:20-23 (NKJV) 20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

What is in your heart today?  You will know right away by what you are thinking about all day long.  Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, ”…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  So, is your mind filled with worry, and bitterness, or is it filled with the peace of God and His joy?  What comes out of your mouth?  This shows us what we have put in our heart.  This is not to put us down, but for us to make a decision of change; a decision for growth.

Here it says to put God’s Word in the midst of our heart.  Get God’s Word in you.  You might ask, “How?”  Well, here is how I do it.  Instead of listening to the news, I listen to teachings, or the Bible on CD.  I download different podcasts of good Bible teachers, and I listen to “Good News,” instead of all the bad news of the day.

Little decisions can change your life for the good.  I heard one person say it like this: “If you like where you are with your life today, then do not do anything different.  But if you are not satisfied and you want your life to change, then start with some changes today so that your tomorrows can be different.

So I encourage you to get God’s Word in your heart, and let it push all the worries and fears out.  That is truly “Good Medicine!”


Confession:  I keep God’s Word in my heart by thinking about it during the course of the day.  I also am making a decision to listen to good stuff and not all the junk that is out there.

Today's Bible Reading
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Jeremiah 37 - 38
1 Timothy 6
Psalms 89:38-52
Proverbs 25:28

Friday, October 20, 2017

DO NOT LET THEM DEPART FROM YOUR EYES

Proverbs 4:20-23 (NKJV) 20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

So, we have seen that we need to give the word of God our attention, and we are to tilt our ear towards it.  Now it says that we are not to let it depart from our eyes.  Well, how can we do something like this?  Can we just walk around with a Bible attached to our head so we are looking at it all day long?  No, I do not think our bosses, or others, would like that.

I believe He is saying to get the Word in our hearts so we can see it all day long.  We can write verses out and put them in our pocket, or different places, so that we will see it, and we can put it on our screen saver on our computer so it jumps out at us, but there is something about getting God’s Word in our hearts so that you see it all the time.

As we meditate on and ponder the Word of God, it stays before us no matter where we are.  The thing that I love is that when you need a verse, it just happens to come up at the right time.  Jesus said in John 14:26: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”  Let us get the Word in our heart, and it will not depart from our eyes.


Confession: I make a decision to get God’s Word in my heart and as I do, it will always be before my eyes.  When I need His Word to help me, it will come up at the right time.

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Jeremiah 35 - 36
1 Timothy 5
Psalms 89:14-37
Proverbs 25:25-27

Thursday, October 19, 2017

INCLINE YOUR EAR TO MY SAYINGS

Proverbs 4:20-23 (NKJV) 20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

Ok, let us move on to the next part of verse 20: “Incline your ear to my sayings.”  Think about this: we listen to so many people during the course of our lives, yet the Words of Almighty God are the greatest words that we can listen to.  Jesus said in John 6:63 that the words that He speaks to us are spirit, and they are life.

The word incline means to tilt, to tip, or slant.  I love that!  We are to tilt our ear to the Word of God.  Have you ever been with someone, and you could not hear them really well?  What did you do?  Most likely, you tilted your ear towards them so you could hear them better.  This is what God wants us to do concerning His Word.

As we read the Word, or hear it being preached, let us tilt our ear towards it so we get the fullness of God's meaning out of it.  Jesus said it like this in Mark 4:9: “And He said to them, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear!’"  Sometimes we hear, but we do not truly hear.  We hear everything that our mind has going, but we do not hear what God wants us to hear, and that hinders us.  

So today, make a decision to tilt your ear to His voice speaking through His Word.


Confession:   Today, I tilt my ear towards God’s Word.  I give it my attention, and I listen to what the Spirit is saying to me.  His Word is life to me, and I fill myself with it.

Today's Bible Reading
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Jeremiah 33 - 34
1 Timothy 4
Psalms 89:1-13
Proverbs 25:23-24

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ATTEND TO THE WORD

Proverbs 4:20-23 (NKJV) 20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

For the next few days, we are going to look into these great verses.  There is so much here, so let us get started.

Verse 20: “My son, give attention to my words.”  God is telling us to give His Word first place in our heart.  In the military, when an officer says “Attention!” the soldiers snap to it.  That is how God want us to be with His Word.

The word attention means concentration, dedication, attentiveness, diligence, mindfulness, affection, and studiousness.  It is a verb meaning to listen carefully, to pay attention, to give heed, and to obey.  That is pretty good stuff!

Our Father is telling us to give His Word our full attention, to dedicate ourselves to it, and to study it.  Why is that?  Well, as we will see later on in these verses, it brings health to our being.

In Hebrews 4:12 it says that the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

God’s Word is alive!  It has power within it!  Just as a seed will produce after its own kind, so God’s Word will produce after our Father’s kind.

So what do you need today? Do you need patience, or joy, or any other promise from the Word?  Then get the promise from the Bible, attend to it, and watch the harvest come!


Confession: Today, I attend to the Word of God.  It will produce an abundant harvest in my life!

Today's Bible Reading
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Jeremiah 31:27 - 32:44
1 Timothy 3
Psalms 88
Proverbs 25:20-22

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

GET RID OF STRESS

Pastor Diane 

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The world we live in is full of anxiety, stress, and pressure.  God has the answer for us.  He tells us what we can do to have peace in the midst of the storm, to rest while others are anxious, and to be calm while others are stressed.  This is something we are going to have to make a decision to do.  We need to make a decision not to be anxious.

Another translation puts it like this: “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything...” How can we do that?  The rest of the verse tells us how: “…but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

I am so glad we have a God that not only hears our prayers, but is also faithful to answer them!

For the next way to stay at peace, we need to be thankful.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

When we decide not to be anxious, to let our requests be known to God, and to be thankful, then we get verse 7: God’s peace, which is beyond human understanding, will guard our hearts and minds.

The Amplified translation puts it this way: “And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”


Confession:  Today, I make a decision to do the Word.  I will not be anxious about anything, but I will let my requests be made known to God.  I will be thankful.  And I am expecting His peace to mount guard over my heart and mind today!

Today's Bible Reading
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Jeremiah 30 - 31:26
1 Timothy 2
Psalms 87
Proverbs 25:18-19