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Daniel 4:1-37

There is a warning that runs through both our Old and New Testament reading today and that is pride, or should I say, a warning against pride. Pride gives strength to sin and the antidote is “humiliation.” Sadly those who know the Word and read it daily can be the one who are most guilty of doing this.

As we feast on the Word there is a beauty that comes to us that attracts people along with the wisdom we acquire from studying God’s Word. The danger is thinking that it is not all about us and the wisdom we reflect is not ours. Like the moon that reflects the glory of the sun, we too reflect the Glory of the Son.

Daniel’s warning:

Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you; break off your sins and show the reality of your repentance by righteousness (right standing with God and moral and spiritual rectitude and rightness in every area and relation) and liberate yourself from your iniquities by showing mercy and loving-kindness to the poor and oppressed, that [if the king will repent] there may possibly be a continuance and lengthening of your peace and tranquility and a healing of your error. (Daniel 4:27 AMP)

The king’s response after his “romp” with nature (28-33):

Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, Whose works are all faithful and right and Whose ways are just. And those who walk in pride He is able to abase and humble. (Daniel 4:37 AMP)

2 Peter 1:1-21

In this letter there is an indirect warning to pay close attention to scripture. We are reminded that it is the Holy Spirit that moved the prophets to speak not the prophets own wisdom or learning. So it is for us and our pastors and elder to always point our admirers to Jesus. I have seen too many people, self-included, who believe that the wisdom they speak out is because they are so righteous and holy. No, we are only a vessel used by God. It is pride that causes us to take the Glory due to God for ourselves.

Psalms 119: 97-112

You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies, for [Your words] are ever before me. I have better understanding and deeper insight than all my teachers, because Your testimonies are my meditation. [II Tim. 3:15.] I understand more than the aged, because I keep Your precepts [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them].
(Psalms 119:98-100 AMP)

All those on this journey of reading through the Bible, the entire Bible, and making it a life study are headed for a depth of wisdom, knowledge and understanding that not only will cause the world to scratch their heads, but also cause the seeker to be amazed and marvel at the things that come out of our mouths. However, again we must remember that this wisdom is from God not us.

Proverbs 28:17-18

This Proverb,

17A murderer's tormented conscience will drive him into the grave. Don't protect him!

Should go hand-in-hand with,

A man of great wrath shall suffer the penalty; for if you deliver him [from the consequences], he will [feel free to] cause you to do it again.
(Proverbs 19:19 AMP)

Grace and peace,

God’s grace in Christ is our source of living for Christ. It requires our most effort as well as God’s power excised in our behalf. Peter spoke from his own eyewitness experience about Jesus and he anchored in the scripture.

When we escape from the evil of the world, we are made strong in the qualities of Jesus's followers.

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.

“make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,”. I never recall reading this part but it is interesting how true it is to always recall why we are doing the ministry we are doing. Discouragement, burnout are far too often wrenches that hurl at our ability to continue but making an effort to recall why the Lord place that burden in us help regain that first love and thus strength to go on in spite of the negative current around us.

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