Scripture Meditation – Proverbs 20:24

August 6, 2007 § Leave a comment

It it such a sin of pride and presumption to go about our lives making plans as if we are not absolutely dependent upon the Lord. This is the sin that James condemns, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”– yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:13-17) May God forgive me this sin.

Proverbs 20:24 A man’s steps are from the LORD; how then can man understand his way?

My prayer to God from this passage:

Father, forgive me of this sin of arrogance. Forgive me for living my life as if I am autonomous, as if I am independent from you, Oh Lord, my Creator and sustainer!

And now, as my Saviour Christ has taught me, I am bold to pray:

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And for give us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West

Scripture Meditation – Proverbs 20:21

August 4, 2007 § Leave a comment

My tendency is to want things to come easy. I am impatient and want things to happen now. This verse is hits me right at home.The Christian life, it seems, would be so much easier without the constant warfare. If I had my way, I (like the prodigal son) would want my inheritance right now. All of it. But, God has not designed it this way. To receive our full inheritance we must persevere. We must endure much tribulation and suffering in this life. But the blessing that we shall receive, the inheritance that is promised to us in Christ, it of surpassing glory. May I, as Paul, keep this truth ever in my mind, so that I too can proclaim that, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”(Romans 8:18 )

Proverbs 20:21 An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

My prayer to God from this verse:

Father, I confess unto you my sin, I have not loved you in thought, word, or deed, I have not loved my neighbor as myself, for Christ’s sake, have mercy on me, and forgive me of my sin and cleanse me from my unrighteousness. Father, grant to me the grace to endure whatever you have providentially purposed for me. Help me to learn to appreciate and give thanks for all that You teach me by the trials of this life, knowing that you, Oh Lord, are faithful who has promised me my inheritance in Christ. Oh what a blessing I will receive in the end. Amen.

And now, as my Saviour Christ has taught me, I am bold to pray:

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And for give us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West

Scriptural Meditation – Proverbs 20:13

August 3, 2007 § Leave a comment

Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

My prayer to God from this verse:

Father, my you grant to me a attitude of diligence. I ask that you give to me the grace to diligently seek after you and your kingdom. Forgive me for neglecting my duty and responsibility. May I, by your grace, see every hour of everyday as a gift from you that i do not deserve, but that I should use to seek the kingdom first and bring glory to your name by my good works. Amen.

And now, as my Saviour Christ has taught me, I am bold to pray:

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And for give us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West

Scripture Meditation – Proverbs 18:16

July 6, 2007 § Leave a comment

We the covenant people of God have been given many gifts from God. We each have been given a vocation in the Kingdom of God. In light of being in covenant with God and being a husband and father, the gift I desire most is to be faithful in this God given vocation. This passage in Proverbs is the cry of my heart, especially in view of the fact that I fall so short of my duties to my family.

Pro 18:16 A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.

I pray that my gift of being both husband and father will make room for me. That I will perform these duties to the glory of God and the true spiritual well being of my family. That in the end my family may be a testimony, before all who behold, of God’s grace and mercy.

My prayer back to the Lord from this passage:

Holy Spirit, grant to me the the power and ability to be the husband and father I am commanded to be. Show me your favor, pour into my heart that love that Christ has for his church. Gift me with the willingness to give myself for my wife and children. Grant me repentance for my sin and failure to be all that you have commanded me to be. Your commandments, oh God, are a delight, they are perfect and ordained to life. Subdue my sinful heart and conform me to the image of the one who gave himself for me. The one who bore my sins in his own body and satisfied the wrath of God in my place. The one for who’s sake I have graciously been granted me life and righteousness, having been united to him in my baptism, and given freely that faith which justifies. May I perform my vocation and make use of my gifts to the glory of God through Christ alone. Amen.

Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West

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