Quick to Listen

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“…Everyone should be quick to listen,

slow to speak

and slow to become angry.

Because human anger does not produce

the righteousness that God desires.”

James 1:19b, 20

So if we want to show that we are Godly people, we need to listen more and talk less!

And we need to get less angry when people do or say something we don’t like.

Heavenly Father, help us to follow You by listening better, and getting angry less, even in tough circumstances (which is not easy). Amen!

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

 

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Your Word is a Lamp

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“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

I have taken an oath and confirmed it,

that I will follow your righteous laws.”

Psalm 119: 105, 106

    

One of the reasons I love the Psalms is you can really sense the heart of the Psalmist. He frequently asks God to teach him His ways.

And here we see a guy sold out, so intent on following our Creator that he takes an oath to follow Him and His ways.

Heavenly Father help us to have the kind of faith that actively seeks You, and that seeks to know You better. We love You God, help us to live for You. Amen.

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

God is Light

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“…..God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”

I John 1: 5b, 6

Have you ever met someone that talked a great deal about faith, and never really lived it? What a mess that can be!

We know that God is perfect and yet we are not. So, some may look at this verse and ones like it, and say that if there is any sin in our hearts at all, we are doomed!

And yet this is more of a warning to all of us, not to lie to ourselves. It does not speak to our occasional mess ups, it does speak though to being phony, or not living out our faith, not living for Him. That really is walking in darkness.

Fortunately there is forgiveness, and we have an advocate with the Father!

Heavenly Father help us to live for You and rely on Your grace working in our lives. Forgive us when we do mess up, and help us to live for You! In Christ’s name, amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

To Do What is Right

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“A person may think their own ways are right,

but the Lord weighs the heart.

To do what is right and just

is more acceptable to the Lord

than sacrifice.”

Proverbs 21: 2, 3

Have you ever noticed there are times when we think we are right, and what we are doing is ok, only to find out later we are wrong! Yep, I think we all have those times.

And I love how the Lord weighs our hearts. That means He examines us, or measures our hearts – to see what is in them.

And doing what is right is more important than sacrifice! Now for us I think that means prayer. What?? Doing what is right is more important than prayer?? Yes, especially if that involves forgiving someone, or being forgiven.

That’s what Matthew 5 is all about. Forgive first – then pray! Ain’t that cool?

Heavenly Father, thank You that you love us so much, that You want what is best for us. And You want us to do what is right! Thank You God, in Christ’s name, amen.

   

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quote from the NIV Bible

A Day of Rest

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“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

but the seventh day is a sabbath….” 

Exodus 20: 8-10a

Some say the Sabbath day is on Sunday now. Others are adamant that it has to be on Saturday.

And still others say, we don’t need that anymore, because we are under the New Covenant, and everything should only be internal now.

But if we look at the spirit of the law, God is simply saying here that one day a week is to be put aside for rest! Aren’t you glad?

Heavenly Father, thank you for caring about every detail of our lives, and for revealing Your will, about us getting some much needed rest. Amen.

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

This Little Light of Mine

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“The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being.” 

Proverbs 20: 27

I think this verse is telling us that God works through us, and specifically through our spirits (the internal part that we cannot see).

Our spirit is so important, that it serves as a lamp. Remember the children’s song “This Little Light of Mine”?

And when He does work through us, we indeed become light for ourselves and for others.

Heavenly Father, help us to live for you and be a light shining brightly! Amen.

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

In the Quiet Place

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In the quiet place of my heart

Lord God, You are with me,

strengthening me,

encouraging me, and listening

to every detail.

My God, I am so grateful for Your presence,

Your Spirit dwelling

with us.

Amen.

   

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