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II Chronicles 8:11-10:19
When you come to the land the Lord your God is giving you and take it over and live in it and then say, "I will select a king like all the nations surrounding me," you must without fail select a king whom the Lord your God chooses. From among your fellow citizens you must appoint a king — you may not designate a foreigner who is not one of your fellow Israelites. Moreover, he must not accumulate horses for himself or allow the people to return to Egypt to do so, for the Lord has said you must never again return that way. Furthermore, he must not marry many wives lest his affections turn aside, and he must not accumulate much silver and gold. When he sits on his royal throne he must make a copy of this law on a scroll given to him by the Levitical priests. It must be with him constantly and he must read it as long as he lives, so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and observe all the words of this law and these statutes and carry them out. Then he will not exalt himself above his fellow citizens or turn from the commandments to the right or left, and he and his descendants will enjoy many years ruling over his kingdom in Israel.
(Deu 17:14-20 NET.)

I know that I’ve posted the above passage before, pertaining to Solomon’s father David, but it bares repeating. This warning is not just for Israel, but also for believers today. It is when we have read the Word of God, one time or heard it read and then proclaim, “I’ve read that already I already know it,” that causes us to commit the sin of presumption; but The Word says,

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
(Rom 10:17 KJV)

Interesting how God is a God of repetition, it does not say faith comes by having heard, but by hearing over and over again. If Solomon had read and listened to the law, the entanglements that caused his downfall and caused him to turn away from God would not have happened. All our choices have consequences for good or for evil, we reap what we sow a law set in place back in the Garden and rehearsed in the ears of Noah. (Gen 8:22)

Romans 8:9-25
I’ve read this before but I’ve never seen this before in this light.

12 So, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit you turn from it and its evil deeds, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. (NLT)

Paul says we have a choice to whom we will serve, the Holy Spirit or our flesh. For me this removes the tendency to say, “I just couldn’t help myself,” and get away with it. We make a choice to submit either to the Holy Spirit or to our flesh.


Psalm 18:15-36
24 The LORD rewarded me for doing right,
because of the innocence of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful;
to those with integrity you show integrity.

26 To the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the wicked you show yourself hostile.


“The innocence of my hands in his sight,” wow this is powerful. “In his sight…” I may be guilty in other people’s sight but in His sight, I can be seen as innocent and His opinion is the only opinion that matters. No one else has a heaven or hell to put me in; God’s opinion is the one, the only one that really matters.

I might be taking real liberties in verses 24 and 25, but I see another side to those two verses I’ve not seen before. What I think of God, His character His attributes depends on who and what I am. To the faithful …He is faithful; to the pure …He is pure; to the wicked …He is wicked. This answers questions about the way I saw God, He was “dead”, when I was an atheist.
Proverbs 19:26

Umm, Mike I think today’s Proverb goes deeper than just calling your folks up. Ok, ok, I read through the entire book of Proverbs once a month ‘cause I desperately need a whole lot of wisdom. However, in all that reading, today this verse read me. I did some commentary look ups and this verse is talking about a son (in the Hebrew it is the male child, although in today’s day and age it could be girls) who causes his father to waste or use up all of the family resources. The family’s resources are depleted by getting the wayward child out of all the troubles he has gotten into (John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible).

The child’s behavior is so bad that he/she pushes away his/her mother’s affection and love. Gill translates the Hebrew as this,

“"a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach, wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother

This type of behavior is not going to be remedied by a phone call.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Psalm 18:28 You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness inopt light.
I enjoyed a blog by David MacLean about how we all have a personal unique quality of this light as we share it with the rest of the world.

You are the Light of the world.
The doors of the freight elevator rattled closed with a clunk. The appropriate button was pushed and we began to descend deep into the earth. Down, down, down we went – hundreds of feet down into the heart of the Canadian Shield. Solid rock surrounded us.

At the conclusion of our adventurous journey to the center of the earth we exited into a massive corridor hewn out of solid rock. An array of other corridors headed out in all directions like the tentacles of an octopus stretching into a subterranean maze of storage sites: nuclear waste storage sites.

We were in one of Canada’s underground nuclear waste storage facilities.

The Canadian government had created this facility to dispose of the radioactive waste created in the production of nuclear power. The radioactive waste would be transported in specialized containers and put to rest in the end of the long rock corridors, then back-filled with a special sand and sealed off for all eternity.

I was escorting a small group of middle school students from the Christian school in which I was teaching. We had been learning about nuclear power and I thought it would significantly enhance their learning to enable them to actually experience an aspect of the process. One particular moment of our adventure had a significant impact on me…

Our guide brought us into a corridor hundreds of feet down in the solid rock of the Canadian Shield. The only light was obviously that which was created by the dim man-made overhead lighting. He asked us if we would like to see what total darkness looked like. Of course we did.

He turned off the lights.

It was so dark I felt encompassed by a blackness I had yet to experience in my time on earth. A darkness so dark I could almost feel it. I held my hand up to my face – inches away in fact. I perceived no evidence I even had a hand, except for my internal nervous perception that told my brain where I had placed my hand.

I could see nothing, absolutely nothing.

When he switched on the lights I marveled at the power of light. The darkness that seemed so overwhelming fled in a nanosecond when the light entered the corridor. The darkness was no match for the light.

Light overpowers darkness. Period.

Jesus said we are the light of the world. You and I are the light of the world. When we ‘shine’ darkness flees. When we do what is good, right, loving and just, the darkness flees. When we live in love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, darkness flees. When we praise and pray, darkness flees. When we give generously, darkness flees. When we shine things get better.

So, what kind of light are you? We can’t all be the same kind of light you know. You bring a special kind of light that I can’t bring, and likewise. The world needs all kinds of lights.

Can you imagine if the dash lights in your car were spot lights? Or the light on the end of the surgeon’s arthroscopic operating instrument was like a lighthouse? Or what if traffic lights were like the light of your bedside clock, or your car headlights were like the light of your computer – or vice versa?

Every light has a particular purpose. Every light is specifically designed for a particular function.

As are you.

You bring a special light to the world in a way only you can. Don’t look at someone else and wish to be just like them. Be yourself. Be your unique you. Sure, learn from others and grow in Godly character, but be the light you were meant to be. Shine in the way you were designed to shine.

“We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Mary Williamson

Let your light shine – you are the light of the world.

Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Luke 11:35, 36

“See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”

John 8:12

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

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