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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,

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