Sunday, March 22, 2015

A False Balance

Dishonest Scales Are an Abomination

Proverbs 11:1  

Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is His delight.

God is a God of truth and honesty, and He cares about truth in all aspects of life. "A false balance is here put for all manner of unjust and fraudulent practices in dealing with any person, which are all an abomination to the Lord" (Matthew Henry's Commentary, comment on Proverbs 11:1).

For more about truth and honesty, see "Ninth Commandment: You Shall Not Bear False Witness."

Looking for encouraging scriptures? Check out "Encourgaging Bible Verses."

Saturday, March 21, 2015

In His Spirit.

Genuine Spirituality
Mar 21, 2015

PASSAGE
1 Corinthians 3:1-7

PRAYER
Dear Father, growth-giving God,Help me to be a genuinely spiritual person in Christ. Let me grow beyond having to be fed like a baby on soft food and milk. May I strive for maturity so I will be able to digest solid food.Keep me from being jealous and full of strife, from acting as mere human beings act - carnal!Help me to understand the equality of all your servants, and not to put one above another, or to claim special discipleship to any!Help me to see that it is not a question of who waters and who plants, for it is only you, God, who gives the increase.In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Verse of the Day: Psalm 86:6-7


Verse of the Day for Wednesday March 11th, 2015:

Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy. In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me. — Psalm 86:6-7

Thoughts on Today's Verse....

Sometimes there are no immediate answers. We have prayed and cried and tried and gone sleepless and mourned and shouted. Still there are no answers. The days roll by in an agonizing parade of pain. Still there are no answers we can identify. What do we do? We go to the Psalms. We let them raise up our heart's cry. We are honest with the God of the entire universe and yet we can still anticipate mercy from him. We are convinced that in our troubles, he will not only hear us, but he will also care about what is happening in our lives.

My Prayer...

Almighty God, the only true Healer of disease and Mender of broken hearts, please hear the cry today of those I love who are in such desperate situations. May your will be done in every one of their lives with tenderness, grace, and a sense of your presence. And Lord, please be near me, and help me see your answer to my prayers. Forever yours in the name of Jesus. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.

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Inspirational illustration of Psalm 86:6-7


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Verse of the Day: Proverbs 19:2


Verse of the Day for Wednesday March 4th, 2015:

It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. — Proverbs 19:2

Thoughts on Today's Verse....

Maybe one of the most important things we can do to grow in spiritual maturity is to find the right things to get passionate about. We can get riled up about some of the most inconsequential issues. We can get wildly passionate about everything from sports to chocolate pie. But zeal, passion for an issue, must be anchored to spiritual wisdom and understanding. We can get worked up over something and completely miss the will of the Lord because we were blinded by our own passions. While I want zealous people around me, I want them to be zealous for God's things and for Kingdom issues.

My Prayer...

Powerful and perfect God, I find it so easy to get "all wound up" about something and then lose my zeal for it by the next morning, or I get so roused to action, I go off half-cocked and do terrible damage. Dear Father, please give me the wisdom to see what is best and right and true. Holy God, I want to serve and honor you and bless others in your name. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.

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Inspirational illustration of Proverbs 19:2

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