Living Wisely in the Eyes of the Lord (Proverbs 12)

Have you ever pondered what it truly means to live wisely? In Proverbs 12, we find timeless wisdom that illuminates the path of righteousness and highlights the contrast between the wise and the foolish.

Let’s embark on a journey through this chapter to uncover the treasures of divine insight it offers.

Reconnect: As we reflect on the wisdom found in Proverbs 12, let us remember that living wisely is not merely a matter of personal gain or success but a reflection of our reverence for God. This chapter serves as a roadmap for navigating life with integrity, diligence, and humility, honoring the Lord in all our ways. Let us continually seek to align our lives with His principles, knowing that true wisdom comes from walking in obedience to His Word.

(Summarized and continued after scripture)

Proverbs 12

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
But he who hates reproof is stupid.

2A good man will obtain favor from the LORD,
But He will condemn a man who devises evil.

3A man will not be established by wickedness,
But the root of the righteous will not be moved.

4An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.

5The thoughts of the righteous are just,
But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

6The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.

7The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
But the house of the righteous will stand.

8A man will be praised according to his insight,
But one of perverse mind will be despised.

9Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant
Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.

10A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal,
But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

11He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who pursues worthless things lacks sense.

12The wicked man desires the booty of evil men,
But the root of the righteous yields fruit.

13An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
But the righteous will escape from trouble.

14A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words,
And the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him.

15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

16A fool’s anger is known at once,
But a prudent man conceals dishonor.

17He who speaks truth tells what is right,
But a false witness, deceit.

18There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.

19Truthful lips will be established forever,
But a lying tongue is only for a moment.

20Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy.

21No harm befalls the righteous,
But the wicked are filled with trouble.

22Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,
But those who deal faithfully are His delight.

23A prudent man conceals knowledge,
But the heart of fools proclaims folly.

24The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.

25Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
But a good word makes it glad.

26The righteous is a guide to his neighbor,
But the way of the wicked leads them astray.

27A lazy man does not roast his prey,
But the precious possession of a man is diligence.

28In the way of righteousness is life,
And in its pathway there is no death.

Summary Key Points:

  1. The Path of Righteousness: The chapter begins by contrasting the ways of the righteous and the wicked. Verse 2 emphasizes that those who walk in integrity are favored by the Lord, while those who devise evil schemes are condemned. This highlights the importance of living uprightly and seeking God’s guidance in all our endeavors.
  2. The Power of Words: Verses 6 and 18 underscore the impact of our words. The wise use their speech to bring healing and guidance, while the words of the wicked conceal violence and destruction. This reminds us of the weightiness of our speech and the need to speak with wisdom and kindness.
  3. The Fruit of Diligence: Verse 24 celebrates the rewards of diligence and hard work, contrasting it with the consequences of laziness. Those who labor diligently will prosper, while the idle will suffer want. This encourages us to embrace diligence in our work and stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.
  4. Receiving Instruction: Verse 15 highlights the importance of receiving correction and instruction. The wise person listens to advice and grows in understanding, while the stubborn reject guidance and face ruin. This emphasizes the humility required to receive correction and the wisdom gained through teachability.

Call to Action:

  1. Walk in Integrity: Commit to living a life of integrity, seeking to honor God in all your actions and decisions.
  2. Guard Your Words: Be mindful of the words you speak, using them to edify and uplift others rather than causing harm or discord.
  3. Embrace Diligence: Cultivate a spirit of diligence and excellence in your work and responsibilities, recognizing it as a means of honoring God.
  4. Receive Instruction: Remain open to correction and guidance, understanding that growth and wisdom come through humility and teachability.

Closing Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the wisdom found in Your Word, which guides us in righteous living. Grant us the strength to walk in integrity, to guard our words, and to embrace diligence in all we do. Help us to receive correction with humility and to grow in wisdom day by day. In Your name, we pray, Amen.

May the grace and peace of our Lord, Yeshua, be with you.

John Golda

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Acknowledge God’s Justice and Sovereignty with Thanksgiving (Psalm 75)

Have you ever found yourself grappling with the injustices of the world, longing for God’s intervention and righteousness to prevail?

In Psalm 75, we encounter a powerful declaration of God’s sovereignty and justice, offering reassurance amidst the turmoil of human affairs, and calling us to express gratitude for His righteous judgment.

Reconnect: As we delve into Psalm 75, it’s essential to reconnect with the broader context of the psalmist’s message. The psalm serves as a powerful reminder of God’s sovereignty and righteous judgment, echoing themes found throughout the Scriptures.

This psalm prompts us to reflect on our relationship with God, acknowledging His authority over our lives and the world. Through prayerful contemplation and study, we can deepen our understanding of God’s justice and sovereignty, leading us to respond with gratitude and trust in His righteous ways.

(Summarized and continued after the scripture)

Psalm 75

     1We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks,
For Your name is near;
Men declare Your wondrous works.

      2“When I select an appointed time,
It is I who judge with equity.

      3“The earth and all who dwell in it melt;
It is I who have firmly set its pillars.


      4“I said to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’
And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn;

      5Do not lift up your horn on high,
Do not speak with insolent pride.’”

      6For not from the east, nor from the west,
Nor from the desert comes exaltation;

      7But God is the Judge;
He puts down one and exalts another.

      8For a cup is in the hand of the LORD, and the wine foams;
It is well mixed, and He pours out of this;
Surely all the wicked of the earth must drain and drink down its dregs.

      9But as for me, I will declare it forever;
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

      10And all the horns of the wicked He will cut off,
But the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.

Summary Key Points:

  1. Acknowledgment of God’s Judgment: The psalmist begins by affirming God’s role as the ultimate Judge, declaring His righteous judgment over the earth and all its inhabitants. (Psalm 75:1)
  2. Thanksgiving for Divine Intervention: Amidst the warnings to the wicked, there is an underlying theme of thanksgiving for God’s intervention and the establishment of justice. (Psalm 75:2-3)
  3. Warning to the Arrogant: A stern warning is issued to the arrogant and wicked, reminding them of the inevitability of God’s judgment and the consequences of their actions. (Psalm 75:4-8)
  4. Exaltation of the Righteous: In contrast, the righteous are encouraged to trust in God’s timing and sovereignty, knowing that He will exalt and vindicate them according to His righteous purposes. (Psalm 75:9-10)

Call to Action:

  1. Express Gratitude: Cultivate a spirit of thanksgiving for God’s righteous judgment and intervention in your life and in the world around you.
  2. Submit to Divine Authority: Surrender to God’s authority and trust in His righteous judgment, acknowledging His sovereignty over all aspects of life.
  3. Reject Arrogance and Wickedness: Guard against the temptation to adopt an arrogant or wicked mindset, recognizing the inherent dangers and consequences of such attitudes before a just God.
  4. Embrace Righteous Living: Live a life characterized by righteousness and trust in God’s promises, knowing that He will ultimately lift up and vindicate those who faithfully follow Him.

Closing Prayer: Lord, we thank You for Your righteous judgment and sovereignty over the affairs of humanity. Grant us the humility to submit to Your authority, the wisdom to reject arrogance and wickedness, and the courage to embrace righteous living. May our hearts overflow with gratitude as we acknowledge Your justice and sovereignty. In Your holy name, Amen.

May the grace and peace of our Lord, Yeshua, be with you.

John Golda

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Celebrate Resurrection and Embrace First Fruits: A Call to Gratitude and Action

Ever had that “aha” moment when something you’ve believed for ages suddenly gets flipped on its head because of a few words you read or heard?

That’s the power of diving deep into God’s Word. It’s like a light bulb goes off, showing us we’ve got some rethinking to do. With Passover on the horizon, we’re stepping into a season that’s perfect for some of that light-bulb action.

It’s time to sift through our beliefs and see which ones stand up to the truth test of the Bible.

Passover isn’t just a time to remember a story from way back when; it’s a chance to get real about what we believe, especially about big stuff like salvation, sacrifice, and who Yeshua (that’s Jesus) is to us.

It’s a nudge to ask ourselves: Are our ideas about these things solidly backed up by Scripture, or have we been carrying around some hand-me-down beliefs that need a bit of shaking up? Let’s jump in together, ready to question, learn, and maybe even change our minds.

I have included a brief article from Ligonier Ministries about First Fruits and resurrection below.

“You shall eat neither bread nor grain parched or fresh until this same day, until you have brought the offering of your God: it is a statue forever throughout your generations” (v. 14). Leviticus 23:9–22

Passover was not the only spring festival celebrated under the covenant, for the Israelites also commemorated the Feast of Firstfruits and the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost. The Feast of Firstfruits actually took place during the week-long Passover celebration (Lev. 23:4–8), on the first day after the Sabbath that occurred in the midst of the week (vv. 9–11). Pentecost occurred fifty days after that Sabbath (vv. 15–16) and marked the culmination of what started at the Feast of Firstfruits.

As its name indicates, the Feast of Firstfruits marked thanksgiving to God for the firstfruits of the harvest — in this case, the grain and cereal harvested in the spring in ancient Palestine. At this festival, the Israelites offered the very first sheaf of the harvest and were not allowed to eat anything from the crop until they gave its initial portion to the Lord (vv. 9–14). This required a great deal of faith on the part of the Israelites, as they would be giving the offering of firstfruits at a time when not much was ready to be harvested. They had to trust God that He would indeed provide the fullness of grain that had yet to come forth, something that from a human perspective was far from certain given the people’s utter dependence on the right amount of rainfall and so forth to give the best crop.

Somewhere around AD 30, the firstfruits of an even greater harvest issued forth, for it was on the first day after the Sabbath that occurred in the midst of the Passover celebration that Jesus rose from the dead (Matt. 28:1–10). Lest there be any doubt that His resurrection fulfilled the Feast of Firstfruits, Paul tells us explicitly that Christ is the firstfruits of those who will be raised from the dead (1 Cor. 15:20–23). Just as the firstfruits offered to God under the old covenant anticipated the fuller harvest to come, the resurrection of Jesus anticipates the bodily resurrection of His people first promised under the old covenant (Job 19:25–27).

Fifty days after the Feast of Firstfruits was the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost (from the Greek term pentekostos, or fiftieth), which was the grand celebration at the end of the grain harvest. On this occasion, the offerings of food and animals to the Lord were more lavish (Lev. 23:15–22), an appropriate way to thank Him for the tremendous bounty He had provided. Tomorrow we will look at Pentecost in more detail.

Coram Deo

Paul says Jesus was raised for our justification (Rom. 4:25), and so we often celebrate Jesus’ resurrection as proof that our sins have been fully atoned for and that we are now declared righteous in God’s sight. This is entirely appropriate, but we should also remember that our Lord’s resurrection is proof positive that we who trust in Him will be raised in like manner at the last day and dwell with Him bodily in a new heaven and earth.

Call to Action:

  1. Practice Gratitude Daily: Begin each day by acknowledging something God has provided for you, both physically and spiritually. Make it a habit to reflect on these blessings, recognizing God’s hand in your daily life and the ultimate gift of salvation through Christ.
  2. Celebrate First Fruits: Invest time to observe the upcoming appointed time of First Fruits. Read about how to celebrate or observe this day according to God’s word. Focus on the abundance God has provided in your life. Share a meal with family or friends, highlighting foods that represent God’s provision and discussing the spiritual significance of First Fruits as a symbol of our gratitude towards God for His endless provision and the gift of salvation. (Learn more)
  3. Give Back: In the spirit of First Fruits, which is an offering of the first and best of the harvest, consider giving back to God from what He has provided you. This could be through a financial donation to a charity, volunteering your time for a cause that reflects God’s love, or helping someone in need as a physical expression of gratitude for God’s provisions.
  4. Share the Message: Share the concept of First Fruits with others, emphasizing not only God’s physical provision but also the spiritual significance tied to Christ’s resurrection and our salvation. Use social media, blog posts, or conversations to express how this biblical principle has impacted your view on gratitude and provision.

Closing Prayer: Lord, as we dive into Your Word during this Passover season, help us to really think about what we believe and why. Shine Your light on the truths in the Bible, so we can understand Your love and the sacrifice You made for us even better. Lead us to let go of any wrong ideas and to walk closer with You every day. Thank You for being our guide and for the gift of Yeshua, who shows us the way to true life. Amen.

May the grace and peace of our Lord, Yeshua, be with you.

John Golda

Do you know for sure if you will go to heaven or hell when you die? Are you experiencing in your life the peace and joy of a personal relationship with our Creator and Father? Learn more about salvation through The Message of the Cross.

Responding When God Calls (Ezekiel 2)

Have you ever felt a stirring in your spirit, a sense that God was trying to get your attention, nudging you toward a specific course of action?

In Ezekiel 2, we delve into the prophet’s encounter with God’s calling, a reminder that divine messages can come in unexpected ways, beckoning us to heed His voice amidst the clamor of life’s distractions.

Reconnect: In Ezekiel 1, we witnessed the awe-inspiring vision of heavenly beings and intricate wheels within wheels, symbolizing the majesty and mystery of God’s divine presence. These encounters set the stage for Ezekiel’s commission to deliver messages from the Lord to a rebellious nation, underscoring the profound ways in which God communicates with His chosen messengers.

(Summarized and continued after scripture)

Ezekiel 2

The Prophet’s Call

      1Then He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet that I may speak with you!” 2As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me. 3Then He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. 4“I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’ 5“As for them, whether they listen or not—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6“And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house. 7“But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious.

      8“Now you, son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you.” 9Then I looked, and behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it. 10When He spread it out before me, it was written on the front and back, and written on it were lamentations, mourning and woe.

Summary Key Points:

  1. Divine Commission: Ezekiel receives a divine commission from the Lord, tasked with delivering messages of warning, judgment, and hope to the rebellious house of Israel. (Ezekiel 2:1-5)
  2. Symbolism and Significance: The symbolic imagery in Ezekiel’s visions serves to convey profound spiritual truths and underscore the gravity of God’s messages. (Ezekiel 2:6-10)

Call to Action:

  1. Heed God’s Messages: Just as Ezekiel faithfully conveyed God’s messages to the people of Israel, let us be obedient and faithful even if those to whom God sends us do not receive or respond to the message. May we remain open and responsive to God’s direct guidance in our lives.
  2. Exercise Discernment: Recognize the importance of discernment when others, whether prophets or not, bring us direction or guidance from God. Let us not be stubborn like the Israelite people God describes, but instead, use discernment to evaluate the authenticity and alignment of messages with God’s Word.

Closing Prayer: Heavenly Father, in the midst of life’s distractions and uncertainties, help us to discern Your voice and respond faithfully to Your calling. Grant us the courage to heed Your messages, even when they come in unexpected ways, and the wisdom to discern Your truth amidst the noise of the world. May our hearts be open to Your leading, and may Your will be done in our lives. Amen.

May the grace and peace of our Lord, Yeshua, be with you.

John Golda

Do you know for sure if you will go to heaven or hell when you die? Are you experiencing in your life the peace and joy of a personal relationship with our Creator and Father? Learn more about salvation through The Message of the Cross.

Encountering God’s Glory: Exploring Ezekiel 1

Have you ever felt the awe of encountering something beyond human comprehension, a glimpse of divine majesty that leaves you speechless? In Ezekiel 1, we embark on a journey into the heart of God’s glory, where the prophet Ezekiel beholds visions of heavenly wonders that defy earthly explanation.

Reconnect: Ezekiel, a prophet during the Babylonian exile, begins his book with a profound vision of God’s glory, described in detail in chapter 1. This vision serves as the prelude to the messages God would deliver through Ezekiel in the subsequent chapters.

While not everyone experiences prophetic visions like Ezekiel’s, the symbolism and imagery within this vision contribute significantly to the impact of the message God intends to convey. As we explore Ezekiel 1, we are not only witnessing a remarkable encounter with God but also gaining insight into His sovereignty and the manner in which He communicates with His chosen messengers.

(Summarized and continued after scripture)

Ezekiel 1

The Vision of Four Figures

      1Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. 2(On the fifth of the month in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile, 3the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of the LORD came upon him.)

      4As I looked, behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like glowing metal in the midst of the fire. 5Within it there were figures resembling four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form. 6Each of them had four faces and four wings. 7Their legs were straight and their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they gleamed like burnished bronze. 8Under their wings on their four sides were human hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them, 9their wings touched one another; their faces did not turn when they moved, each went straight forward. 10As for the form of their faces, each had the face of a man; all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle. 11Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being, and two covering their bodies. 12And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire. 14And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning.

      15Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one wheel on the earth beside the living beings, for each of the four of them. 16The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like sparkling beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if one wheel were within another. 17Whenever they moved, they moved in any of their four directions without turning as they moved. 18As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes round about. 19Whenever the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. And whenever the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also. 20Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction. And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels. 21Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those stood still, these stood still. And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.

Vision of Divine Glory

      22Now over the heads of the living beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of crystal, spread out over their heads. 23Under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward the other; each one also had two wings covering its body on the one side and on the other. 24I also heard the sound of their wings like the sound of abundant waters as they went, like the voice of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army camp; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings. 25And there came a voice from above the expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.

      26Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. 27Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him. 28As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.

Summary Key Points:

  1. Encountering God’s Majesty: Ezekiel describes a breathtaking vision of divine glory, symbolized by a brilliant light, living creatures, and a magnificent throne chariot. This overwhelming sight underscores the incomparable splendor and sovereignty of God.
  2. Symbolism and Significance: The intricate symbolism within Ezekiel’s vision speaks volumes about God’s nature and His relationship with His people. From the four living creatures representing aspects of creation to the wheels within wheels denoting divine mobility and omnipresence, each detail carries profound meaning.
  3. Divine Communication: Through Ezekiel’s vision, we witness God’s chosen method of communication with His prophets. While not every believer may experience such extraordinary encounters, God speaks to His people through various means, including Scripture, prayer, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Call to Action:

  1. Seek God’s Presence: Just as Ezekiel encountered God’s glory in his vision, earnestly seek moments of divine encounter in your own life. Cultivate a spirit of prayer, meditation, and worship, inviting God’s presence to manifest in your midst.
  2. Study God’s Word: Delve deeper into Scripture, exploring the rich symbolism and imagery that reveal God’s character and purposes. Allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate the truths hidden within the pages of the Bible, guiding you into a deeper understanding of God’s ways.
  3. Remain Open to Divine Communication: While not every believer may receive prophetic visions like Ezekiel’s, remain open to how God may choose to speak to you. Be attentive to His voice in prayer, through His Word, and in the counsel of wise mentors and spiritual leaders.

Closing Prayer: Heavenly Father, we stand in awe of Your glory and sovereignty, as revealed in Ezekiel’s vision. Grant us eyes to see and ears to hear Your voice as we journey deeper into Your presence. May Your Word illuminate our path and Your Spirit guide us into all truth. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

May the grace and peace of our Lord, Yeshua, be with you.

John Golda

Do you know for sure if you will go to heaven or hell when you die? Are you experiencing in your life the peace and joy of a personal relationship with our Creator and Father? Learn more about salvation through The Message of the Cross.

Righteousness, Wisdom, and Honoring God’s Standards (Proverbs 11)

Have you ever felt adrift in a sea of choices, uncertain of which path to take?

In Proverbs 11, we find a beacon of light amidst life’s complexities, guiding us with timeless wisdom to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Reconnect: Proverbs is a treasure trove of practical insights, offering guidance on how to live wisely and honorably in every aspect of life. In the preceding chapters, we’ve explored the virtues of integrity, humility, and diligence, each essential for building a life rooted in God’s truth.

(Summarized and continued after scripture)

Proverbs 11

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1A false balance is an abomination to the LORD,
But a just weight is His delight.

2When pride comes, then comes dishonor,
But with the humble is wisdom.

3The integrity of the upright will guide them,
But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.

4Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
But righteousness delivers from death.

5The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way,
But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.

6The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,
But the treacherous will be caught by their own greed.

7When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish,
And the hope of strong men perishes.

8The righteous is delivered from trouble,
But the wicked takes his place.

9With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor,
But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.

10When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.

11By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.

12He who despises his neighbor lacks sense,
But a man of understanding keeps silent.

13He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets,
But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.

14Where there is no guidance the people fall,
But in abundance of counselors there is victory.

15He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it,
But he who hates being a guarantor is secure.

16A gracious woman attains honor,
And ruthless men attain riches.

17The merciful man does himself good,
But the cruel man does himself harm.

18The wicked earns deceptive wages,
But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.

19He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life,
And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.

20The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD,
But the blameless in their walk are His delight.

21Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished,
But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.

22As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout
So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.

23The desire of the righteous is only good,
But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

24There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more,
And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.

25The generous man will be prosperous,
And he who waters will himself be watered.

26He who withholds grain, the people will curse him,
But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.

27He who diligently seeks good seeks favor,
But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.

28He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.

29He who troubles his own house will inherit wind,
And the foolish will be servant to the wisehearted.

30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who is wise wins souls.

31If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth,
How much more the wicked and the sinner!

Summary Key Points:

  1. The Blessings of Righteousness:
    • 1.1. Honesty and Integrity: God delights in honesty and integrity, contrasting it with the downfall of the wicked who are ensnared by deceit.
    • 1.2. Generosity and Compassion: Those who live generously and with compassion experience blessings, while the greedy and selfish face ruin.
  2. The Fruit of Wisdom:
    • 2.1. Guarding Speech: Wise individuals exercise discretion in their speech, bringing healing and wisdom, while the fool’s words lead to destruction.
    • 2.2. Humility and Guidance: Humility precedes wisdom, guiding the righteous on paths of righteousness, while the proud fall into trouble.
  3. Honoring God’s Standards:
    • 3.1. Generosity and Prosperity: Those who generously give prosper, while the stingy suffer lack, reflecting God’s economy of abundance.
    • 3.2. Seeking God’s Favor: The righteous seek God’s favor and find life, while the wicked face judgment and condemnation.

Call to Action:

  1. Cultivate Integrity: Let us commit to living lives of honesty and integrity, recognizing that God’s favor rests upon those who walk in righteousness.
  2. Practice Humility: Embrace humility in our interactions, guarding our speech and seeking wisdom from above rather than relying on our own understanding.
  3. Live Generously: Follow the example of Christ by living generously, sharing God’s blessings with others and trusting in His provision.

Closing Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the wisdom found in your Word. Grant us the grace to walk in integrity, humility, and generosity each day. May our lives be a reflection of your love and grace, drawing others into a deeper relationship with you. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

May the grace and peace of our Lord, Yeshua, be with you.

John Golda

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Trust God in Times of Trouble (Psalm 74)

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by adversity, wondering where God is in the midst of your struggles?

In Psalm 74, we find the psalmist grappling with similar questions as he reflects on the destruction of Jerusalem and the seeming absence of God’s intervention.

Reconnect: As we delve into Psalm 74, we are reminded of the importance of trusting God’s sovereignty and faithfulness, even in the darkest moments of life’s challenges.

(Summarized and continued after scripture)

Psalm 74

An Appeal against the Devastation of the Land by the Enemy.

A Maskil of Asaph.

     1O God, why have You rejected us forever?
Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?

      2Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old,
Which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your inheritance;
And this Mount Zion, where You have dwelt.

      3Turn Your footsteps toward the perpetual ruins;
The enemy has damaged everything within the sanctuary.

      4Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place;
They have set up their own standards for signs.

      5It seems as if one had lifted up
His axe in a forest of trees.

      6And now all its carved work
They smash with hatchet and hammers.

      7They have burned Your sanctuary to the ground;
They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name.

      8They said in their heart, “Let us completely subdue them.”
They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land.

      9We do not see our signs;
There is no longer any prophet,
Nor is there any among us who knows how long.

      10How long, O God, will the adversary revile,
And the enemy spurn Your name forever?

      11Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand?
From within Your bosom, destroy them!

      12Yet God is my king from of old,
Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.

      13You divided the sea by Your strength;
You broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters.

      14You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
You gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.

      15You broke open springs and torrents;
You dried up ever-flowing streams.

      16Yours is the day, Yours also is the night;
You have prepared the light and the sun.

      17You have established all the boundaries of the earth;
You have made summer and winter.

      18Remember this, O LORD, that the enemy has reviled,
And a foolish people has spurned Your name.

      19Do not deliver the soul of Your turtledove to the wild beast;
Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.

      20Consider the covenant;
For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.

      21Let not the oppressed return dishonored;
Let the afflicted and needy praise Your name.

      22Arise, O God, and plead Your own cause;
Remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long.

      23Do not forget the voice of Your adversaries,
The uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually.

Summary Key Points:

  1. A Cry for Help in Desolation: The psalmist laments the devastation of Jerusalem, describing the destruction of the temple and the desecration of sacred spaces. He cries out to God for deliverance, questioning why God seems absent in the face of such calamity.
  2. Remembering God’s Past Deeds: Amidst his despair, the psalmist recalls God’s mighty works in the past, including the parting of the Red Sea and the defeat of Israel’s enemies. He acknowledges God’s sovereignty and power, appealing to him to act once again on behalf of his people.
  3. Affirming God’s Sovereignty: Despite the apparent silence of God, the psalmist affirms his belief in God’s sovereignty over all creation. He acknowledges that God alone is the one who established the boundaries of the earth and controls the destinies of nations.
  4. A Call to Action in Faith: In the face of adversity, the psalmist encourages the people to remain steadfast in their faith and trust in God’s promises. He urges them to take refuge in God’s unfailing love and to persevere in prayer and supplication.

Call to Action:

  1. Turn to God in Prayer: In times of trouble, let us turn to God in prayer, pouring out our hearts before him and seeking his guidance and comfort.
  2. Remember God’s Faithfulness: Reflect on God’s faithfulness in the past, recalling his mighty deeds and provision, and trust that he will continue to sustain us through every trial.
  3. Stand Firm in Hope: Despite the uncertainties of life, let us stand firm in our hope in God’s promises, knowing that he is always with us and will never forsake us.

Closing Prayer: Heavenly Father, in times of trouble and uncertainty, we turn to you as our rock and refuge. Help us to trust in your sovereignty and faithfulness, knowing that you are always near to those who call upon your name. Grant us the strength to persevere in faith, confident in your provision and protection. In Jesus’ name, amen.

May the grace and peace of our Lord, Yeshua, be with you.

John Golda

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Welcoming the Savior: Lessons from Jesus’ Ministry in Galilee (Luke 4:14-44)

Have you ever witnessed the power of truth and miracles, yet hesitated to fully embrace them?

In Luke 4:14-44, we encounter Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, where he offers himself to all but is met with varying responses.

Reconnect: Reflecting on Jesus’ ministry in Galilee reminds us of the importance of welcoming the Savior into our lives and embracing the truth and miracles he offers.

(Summarized and continued after scripture)

Luke 4: 14-44

Jesus’ Public Ministry

     14And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. 15And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.

      16And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,


20And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” 23And He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’” 24And He said, “Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown. 25“But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; 26and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27“And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; 29and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. 30But passing through their midst, He went His way.

      31And He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and He was teaching them on the Sabbath; 32and they were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority. 33In the synagogue there was a man possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34“Let us alone! What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 35But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst of the people, he came out of him without doing him any harm. 36And amazement came upon them all, and they began talking with one another saying, “What is this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out.” 37And the report about Him was spreading into every locality in the surrounding district.

Many Are Healed

     38Then He got up and left the synagogue, and entered Simon’s home. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Him to help her. 39And standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she immediately got up and waited on them.

      40While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them. 41Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ.

      42When day came, Jesus left and went to a secluded place; and the crowds were searching for Him, and came to Him and tried to keep Him from going away from them. 43But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”

      44So He kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Summary Key Points:

  1. The Rejection in Nazareth: Jesus begins his ministry in Nazareth, his hometown, but faces rejection when he teaches truths that challenge the people’s beliefs. Despite their initial admiration, they attempt to harm him, illustrating the danger of rejecting truth when it challenges our comfort and assumptions.
  2. Acceptance in Capernaum: Jesus moves to Capernaum, where he is warmly received by the people. They marvel at his teaching and witness the power of his miracles, embracing him wholeheartedly and experiencing the transformative impact of his presence.
  3. The Authority of Jesus’ Teaching: Throughout Galilee, Jesus teaches with authority, challenging traditional interpretations of scripture and offering a message of repentance and redemption. His words resonate deeply with those who are open to receiving them, leading to spiritual transformation and renewal.
  4. The Power of Miracles: Jesus performs mighty miracles of healing and deliverance, demonstrating his authority over sickness and evil spirits. Those who come to him in faith experience profound restoration and liberation, affirming the truth of his divine identity and mission.
  5. The Invitation to Welcome Jesus: Jesus offers himself to all who will receive him, yet he respects our freedom to choose. Those who welcome him into their lives experience the abundance of his grace and power, while those who reject him miss out on the blessings he offers.

Call to Action: Let us respond to Jesus’ invitation by:

  • Welcoming Him into Our Lives: Invite Jesus into every aspect of our lives, acknowledging his lordship and surrendering to his will.
  • Embracing Truth and Miracles: Open our hearts to the truth of Jesus’ teachings and the power of his miracles, allowing them to transform us from the inside out.
  • Seeking His Presence: Continually seek the presence of Jesus through prayer, worship, and study of his word, knowing that he is always available to us with love and compassion.

Closing Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, who offers himself to us with love and grace. Help us to welcome him into our lives wholeheartedly, embracing his truth and experiencing the power of his miracles. May we always seek his presence and follow his teachings, that we may walk in the abundance of life he offers. In Jesus’ name, amen.

May the grace and peace of our Lord, Yeshua, be with you.

John Golda

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