Understanding and appreciating what Jesus has done for us and developing a personal relationship with Him.
Pro 1:33 WEB But whoever listens to me will dwell securely, and will be at ease, without fear of harm.”
Now the previous verses talked about all the bad things that can come upon a person that doesn’t listen to God. I believe that daily devotionals can help you listen, when you use them as a means to grow in the LORD. Really listen! It took me over 60 years to really listen. It’s no wonder that I had some tragic things happen in my life. Now I am really listening but things don’t change overnight. I’m continually fighting the good fight of faith. I ignored what God was trying to tell me. I Listened to what others would say. If it’s not grace, it’s not Good News and it’s not of the Lord. Let the LORD and the Holy Spirit have the final word.
Dear Jesus! You are the way, the truth, and the light. Help us to rightly divide your word. We will seek you with all our hearts as you will lead us to the “Promised Land “. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u
Pro 2:4 WEB if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures:
When we read the Bible. we can’t read it just like any other book. One must meditate on it. Talk to the Holy Spirit about it. Then you will get understanding and revelation. Too often, one reads the Bible like any other book: a novel, a textbook, etc.. The Bible is meant to be a way that we can communicate with God. It’s how we fellowship with Him.
Dear Jesus! You came that we might have life more abundantly. Fellowshiping with you has brought so much love, joy and peace to my soul. You give me the peace that passes all understanding; knowing that I am righteous by faith in You. Your words to me, enables me to go through life knowing that I am secure in my Father’s love for me. He has me in the palm of His hand. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u
Pro 3:1 WEB My son, don’t forget my teaching; but let your heart keep my commandments:
Commandments here are not quite like the 10 Commandments or law. Proverbs is full of instructions that if we follow will bless us. If we don’t follow, one can probably bring trouble on oneself. Proverbs are like precepts: a command or principal intended especially as a general rule of action. These are intended to protect us from harm and enable us to live life to the fullest. These teachings are meant to bless us.
Dear Jesus! When you were here on earth, many called you teacher. When we abide in You, you are so much more than a teacher. Your words bring life to our soul. They don’t just fill our minds with rules and regulations but enable us to live like we should. Like your word says:John 6:63 WEBIt is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life. They also give us love, joy and peace. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u
Pro 3:3 WEB Don’t let kindness (mercy)and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Gospel of John tells us:Joh 1:17 WEB For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
Jesus didn’t come to give us the law but He came to fulfill the Law. Now instead of being under the Law; Jesus gives us grace and truth. Eph 2:8- For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; v9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast. When we are “born again ” ; the truth is that we are a new creation “in Christ Jesus “. This is grace and truth! As we know, believe and declare who we are “in Christ Jesus “; our soul will control the flesh to live like Jesus. Now we are keeping the Law by grace not works.
Dear Jesus ! You are the Saviour of the world. Everyone that abides in you, receives your life given life to live like you. Your ways are above our ways and your thoughts above our thoughts. Thank you for your love, joy and peace. To God be the glory Amen! www.Shalom2u.org
Pro 3:5-6 KJV 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
After I was ” born again ” at the age of 33, this scripture was impressed on my heart. I spent some time thinking about it but evidently not enough. I didn’t think that it was that difficult to do. It took me another 30 plus years , just to start understanding it. Isa 55:9 KJV For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. God’s ways are so far out, that we can not understand them. Faith, believing, trusting without understanding, goes contrary against our flesh : what we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, and can believe with our brain. Common sense is common. God’s ways are far above our common sense ways. We want to be able to figure it out, but God says just believe – just trust Me. So trusting in the Lord, requires ” faith ” , ” believe “. How do we do that ? The Bible tells us : Rom 10:17 KJV So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. This can not be just a casual hearing. It has to get from our brain down into our soul ( mind, will, emotions ). This takes meditation and communion with God to really believe. This is what please God. Heb 11:6 KJV But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Let’s take a example of this kind of faith. Psa 91:9-10 KJV 9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. This is a for today and a everyday scripture ! Almost everyone is afraid of the virus. They don’t believe this scripture, so they are not trusting in God but their own understanding. It’s not easy to believe ! It takes time, abiding in ” the secret place “. , ” in Christ Jesus “. This is where you get to know Him. You learn how much He loves you, how much He suffered for you, how He wants to live in you and you living through Him. 1Jn 4:9 KJV In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Dear Jesus ! Forgive me for taking you for granted. Because of all that you have done for me, you deserve my love and time to spend with you. Help me to know you more so that I can trust you more. Thank you for your faithfulness, your love, patients, mercy, joy, and SHALOM/Peace. AMEN. SHALOM2U
Pro 3:6 WEB In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
God wants to be the most important part of your life. Acknowledging Him everyday is how we do it. Too often we go about our day, as if He doesn’t exist. You can easily see it in the world today. It’s no wonder that there is so much darkness in the world. It’s not until we find ourselves in a jam; that we acknowledge God. Praise, worship and Thanksgiving is the way we acknowledge Him. Start and end everyday this way and He will be faithful in making your path straight.
Dear Jesus! I give you praise and thanksgiving for your sacrifice on the cross. As my Good Shepherd led me today. I don’t know what today has for me; but I do know that you are with me. Protect me with your rod. With your staff, lead me through any danger. I declare your favor; your goodness and mercy will follow me through the day. May you be honored and glorified because it’s You working in me and through me. To God be the glory Amen! www.Shalom2u.org
Pro 3:7. Don’t be wise in your own eyes. Honor and reverence God, and depart from evil.
I have to admit that I’m glad that I’m not that smart in the natural. I see too many smart people believing that there is no God and they don’t need Him. God calls that person a fool.
Dear Jesus! Thank you for opening up my eyes and ears to see and hear your Good News, the Gospel. It was so foolish of me to think that I could do it on my own. Having You as my LORD and Saviour has taken the load of trying to live right off of my shoulders. With you, that burden is light. Thank you for your love, joy and peace. To God be the glory Amen. www.Shalom2u.org
Pro 3:8 WEB It will be health to your body, and nourishment to your bones.
We ignore this benefit. We keep on thinking with our natural minds. We reason and analyze everything with our common senses. We need to look and hear in the supernatural. Our “born again spirit man” needs to be fed. Meditating on the word of God, does that. Jesus is the word. He is the bread of life.
Dear Jesus! Thank you for caring for me in so many ways. You care about every part of my being: body, soul and spirit. As your word says it brings health and nourishment to my body as well as my soul. 1Peter 2:24 DARBY who himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, in order that, being dead to sins, we may live to righteousness: by whose stripes ye have been healed. You are my JEHOVAH RAPHA To God be the glory Amen! www.Shalom2u.org
Pro 3:9 WEB Honor Yahweh(LORD) with your substance, with the first fruits of all your increase:
The flesh makes it hard to honor God by giving. When I was barely making ends meet, it’s hard to give. It seemed that I needed more than the church. Now when I give, I give to God. There are many good charities out there. I try to give where God would be honored and the recipient blessed. The Lord has been good to me even though I didn’t put Him first. Now I do and always have more than enough. God does want to bless us so that we can bless others.
Dear Jesus! You were up there in your Kingdom. You had everything. I can’t imagine all the wealth and power that you process. Yet, you left it all to not only save me spiritually but to bless me in every way. No one can out give you. You are the giver of all good things. As you said:John 10:10 The thief comes not but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I am come that they might have life, and might have it abundantly. Thank you Jesus for all the love, joy and peace that you give. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u.
Pro 3:11 WEB My son, don’t despise Yahweh’s(LORD) discipline, neither be weary of his correction;
Not One of my favorite verses ! I don’t like to be disciplined or give discipline. God’s plan for us was that we would be one with Him and therefore never need discipline. The devil deceived Adam and us also. Bad things happened in my life but I see it came from the devil not God. Thank God that I was still able to believe that God is a good God. Those things drew me closer to God which enabled me to know, love and believe in Him more. I’m more than a conqueror now that I believe that Jesus is in me and I am in Him.
Dear Jesus! You are the ANOINTED ONE. You open blind eyes and deaf ears. We will no longer believe the devil’s lies but abide in your grace and truth. Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for those who reverence you, which you have worked for those who take refuge in you, before the sons of men! To God be the glory Amen! SHALOM2U
Pro 3:13 WEB Happy is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gets understanding.
Proverbs says a lot about wisdom. It refers to wisdom in the female gender. ( see my teaching on God: male and female) The reason being that wisdom produces: gives life. There are many benefits of getting wisdom:length of days, riches, honor, favor, peace, walk in safely, not be afraid. With wisdom, we need understanding. By meditating on God’s Word, we receive understanding. We receive “revelations ” that open our eyes to see “in the spirit”. This enables us to know, believe and declare God’s promises in faith; so that it will come to pass.
Dear Jesus! You are so many things in us: 1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who has been made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and holiness, and redemption; Abiding in you, “The Tree of Life ” comes all good things. To God be the glory Amen! www.Shalom2u.org
Pro 3:18 WEB She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her. Happy is everyone who retains her.
The Tree of Life was in the Garden of Eden, along with the Tree of knowledge of good and evil. This is another verse that is telling us that Proverbs is not about the law but grace. God wants us to eat from the Tree of Life. Wisdom is the Tree of Life and Jesus is the Tree of Life. Abiding and fellowshiping with Jesus gives us grace.
Dear Jesus! You are the Tree of Life that gives us the abundant life. In you we are complete; full of love, joy, peace and righteousness. From You all blessings come. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u
Pro 3:33 WEB Yahweh’s curse is in the house of the wicked, but he blesses the habitation of the righteous.
Are you wicked or are you righteous? The flesh may condemn you and say you are wicket. The main reason that Jesus suffered for us, was to make us righteous by faith in Him. 2Co 5:21: He who knew no sin, began sin so that we may be declared righteous by faith in Jesus. When we believe what the flesh says, we are denying what Jesus has done. The more we know, believe, and declare what Jesus has done; the more we will be changed into His image. Gal. 3:13 tells us that Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law.
Dear Jesus! Your sacrifice brought many blessings (grace) to us. We declare that we are righteous by faith in You. We are redeemed from the curse of the law. You are our Redeemer and therefore we are blessed. We are blessed with all the blessings of Deut. 28 and redeemed from all the curses. We declare in Jesus’ name. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2
Pro 4:2 WEB for I give you sound learning. Don’t forsake my law.
Again law here refers to teachings. In the New Covenant, we are not under the law but grace. Learn about Jesus: what He has done so that we can receive grace by faith. Know, believe and declare who you are ” in Christ Jesus “.
Dear Jesus! I will not forsake your teachings. Declaring who I am in you; transforms me into your image and likeness. It’s no longer I that live, but You Lord Jesus living in me. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u
Pro 4:5 WEB Get wisdom. Get understanding. Don’t forget, and don’t deviate from the words of my mouth.
God’s word is full of wisdom but we also need the understanding to apply it correctly. Meditating and fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit will give you understanding. Many times after reading a verse, I had to say: Lord I believe but I don’t understand. There are many verses that we can’t understand with our natural senses. If we continue to seek, the Holy Spirit will bring revelation. This will increase our faith and allow the word to penetrate our soul.
Dear Jesus! Your words bring life into our souls, as we abide in You. Your ways are higher than our ways and your thoughts far above our thoughts. Thank you for your understanding and revelation. Now we can see with our spiritual eyes and hear with our spiritual ears. Now we can declare by faith that we are righteous in You. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u
Pro 4:7 WEB Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.
It appears here that there is a great cost to get wisdom & understanding. It reminds me of the parable of the lost treasure. When found, he went back and sold everything to be able to buy this treasure. The cost is great but the treasure is greater. The cost isn’t money. It’s our time. Time spending with the Lord Jesus, building a relationship with Him.
Dear Jesus! You are that hidden treasure but by your grace; you revealed yourself to us. All we have to do is open up our hearts and let you in. We receive all that we need from you and more. You give us wisdom and understanding from which comes: riches, honor, peace, favor, long life. Many things that money can’t buy. You give us more than enough so that we can give to others for your honor and glory. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u
Pro 4:20 WEB My son, attend to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings.
Mat 4:4: Jesus answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
Jesus’ words are life-giving words: the” Rehma” word of God. He gave the law: the written in stone word to the self-righteous. Jesus gives the life-giving word to those that seek Him for salvation( body, soul, and spirit). The following verses tell us how: keep them in your heart. Why? Health to all your flesh. Here again, Jesus cares all about you. Keep His words in your heart. Out of your heart, the mouth speaks. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Keeping His words in our heart will keep our eyes looking straight and our feet will follow a straight path.
Dear Jesus! Thank you for feeding us with your grace and truth. Knowing how much you care for us, how much you suffered for us so that we can be saved: body, soul, and spirit. As you gave your all for us, we give our all to you. Continue to work in us, so that you will be done on earth as it is in heaven. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u
Pro 4:23 WEB Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life.
Mat 15:18 KJV But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart, and they defile the man.
The heart of man is the soul. It’s what makes you different from everyone else. What we feed it will eventually come out of our mouth. It will affect the way we live. There is a battle for our mind – soul. Everything that we see, hear, touch, etc, plus what the devil tries us to believe; affects’s our soul. Only God’s word can overcome all the negativity that confronts us. It takes continual fellowship with Jesus.
Dear Jesus! We thank you, Lord, that you never leave us or forsake us. You’re always there to help us overcome. You’re always there; giving us your love, joy, and peace. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u
Pro 5:1 WEB My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my understanding,
Again we are told about the importance of getting wisdom. There are many traps in life. This chapter deals with the troubles encountered when we go and follow lust. We see it way too much in our world today. It looks so enticing; everyone is having a good time. We also see the bad side of it all: divorce, disease, loss of wealth, power, and pride to name a few.
Dear Jesus! There are so many traps in life that seek our soul. They bring death instead of life. Thank you Jesus for your life-given words. As we continue to abide in you, you will feed us life-given words that will save us and keep us in your loving presence. In your presence is fullness of love, joy, and peace. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u
Pro 6:2 WEB you are trapped by the words of your mouth; you are ensnared with the words of your mouth.
Sometimes we are asked to do more than we can. We make a promise that we can’t fulfill. It can lead to a very humbling experience. Now the New Covenant is full of great and precious promises ( 2co 1:20). These are promises from God to us who believe. These promises have been paid in full by the sacrifice of Jesus.
Dear Jesus! We thank you for your sacrifice. It cost you everything so that your promises to us could be received. You will never be humiliated by not keeping your word. Only those that refuse to believe will be. We believe in Your total salvation: body, soul and spirit. Thank you for your love, joy, and peace. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u
Pro 10:6 NET Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the speech of the wicked conceals violence.
WHEN WE RECEIVE JESUS AS OUR SAVIOR, WE CAN DECLARE THAT WE OUR RIGHTEOUS. RIGHTEOUSNESS IS A GIFT RECEIVED BY FAITH. Rom 3:22 KJV Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:. SO NOW WE CAN DECLARE THE BLESSINGS OF GOD BY FAITH. THIS IS HOW FAITH AND GRACE WORKS; ALL BY BELIEVING IN WHAT JESUS HAS DONE FOR US.
Dear Jesus! THANK YOU FOR YOUR FREE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH IN YOU. WE DECLARE YOUR BLESSINGS OVER ALL WHO HAVE FAITH IN YOU. RAISE UP THE RIGHTEOUS. LET THEM SHINE AND GIVE YOU GLORY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. To God be the glory, in Jesus name Amen!
Pro 12:7 KJV The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
The house of the righteous will stand! Isn’t that Good News. We are made righteous by faith in Jesus Christ. This is God’s grace , God’s love. Know, believe, declare that you are righteous in Christ Jesus. Then declare God’s promise that your house will stand. It won’t be destroyed by the works of the devil.
Dear Jesus! I put my trust in you. You are my Saviour. my righteousness. Thank you for blessings my house with your saving grace. We will stand because of your grace. Amen