But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 NASB
The opening of this passage says it all. The Lord is faithful. Like the text could stop there and be a great passage of scripture. But God is not just faithful…….
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.
Psalms 149:4 NASB
This text is speaking to me today. God takes pleasure in His people. We focus a lot on how much we mess up before God forgetting that when we do right God is pleased. When your children do something right or when they learn a new truth do you not feel proud inside? I must imagine the same is true for God when we discover something new about Him. When we learn new truth about how deep His love is for us. Of course nothing makes Him happier than when people give their lives back to Him.
Let’s make Him happy
When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2 NASB
When God is speaking to you its imperative that you listen. So when Proverbs says that pride brings dishonor we should not take that lightly. I guess at the core of this is who do you think is responsible for the success that you have? That is where pride becomes dangerous. When you start taking credit for what God has blessed you with. It is God who gives knowledge and allows you to be an expert in your field. It is God who should get the credit not us, for in and of ourselves we can do nothing. And realizing that is what will help make you wise.
My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.
Proverbs 1:10 NASB
There are what I like to call money passages in scripture. Words that you can take and they simply speak for themselves. Genesis 1:1, John 3:15-17, psalms 23, exodus 20:8-11 and today I feel I can add one to the list. Solomon couldn’t have made it plainer for people. If sinners entice you, just say no. What is to be gained from sin? Nothing. Will you be better off hanging with sinners? No. But what the text also says is to surround yourself with people who fear the Lord. People who do have your best interests at heart and the best interest someone could have for you is to want you to be in the kingdom.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
1 Peter 5:6 NASB
Humility is hard for us. No surprise in that statement as we know that the enemy is full of pride and vanity because of his once glorious appearance. And it is hard for us as sinners to humble ourselves much less do it under the mighty hand of God. But notice what the text says about humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God. You are to do it so at the right time, He exalts you. At the right time He bestows honor and glory upon you. Notice too how the glory and honor comes after the humility. After you have proven that you can handle glory and honor, He can let you have glory and honor.
May we learn to humble ourselves under His mighty hand.
But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
Romans 14:10 NASB
Sometimes it is hard not to judge. Let’s keep this thing real, we live in a world where we judge each other. Money, status, fashion, school, everything we do we judge each other. It’s because we lose sight of that which really matters, which is life eternal with God. And in this matter we are not qualified to judge but yet some of us think we are. That is why the text today is speaking to me. Everyone will stand before God and be judged rightly. So I would encourage all of us to stop judging one another and accept Christ so that we may have an advocate when we stand before the Father.
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Colossians 3:23-24 NASB
What is in a name? That question had been asked throughout the years by many men smarter than myself. Because the question has a direct link to the text today. What will people say about God when they see you work? Will they say that you are honest and diligent and hard working; or will they say you take shortcuts, you are dishonest and do only that which is necessary.
We forget that we are ambassadors for Him and as such people will make judgments about God based on us. That is why this text applies to us today. We must work hard because this is the work that God has us doing right now. And you don’t know what type of testimony your work may be giving. Remember, let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works AND glorify your Father which is above.