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Tuesday July 28, 2020

Read Proverbs 28
Consider Verse 7

Twice in this chapter the word companion is used to describe the danger of an evil association. – You may recall that 1 Corinthians 15:33 states that it is impossible to closely associate with the wrong crowd (religious Or irreligious) and not be corrupted by their influence.

Take note
in this verse:
1) Of a Subject We Should Consider –
“he that is a companion of riotous men”

Riotous men describes those
a) who incite or participate in rioting with the intent of disturbing the peace: it speaks of anarchism and sedition against authority.
b) also it can describe those who are given to depravity and reveling as did the prodigal son.

Is it any doubt that we are seeing this social dysfunction and spiritual defiance being fomented across America on a daily basis?

Sin of every stripe is being excused, embraced, encouraged, and enabled by those with a spirit of insubordination and insurrection.

However, Gods people are told to avoid such divisive conduct and not to make companions with those who do.
2) Take note as well: Of The Shame That It Creates –
“a companion of riotous men shameth his father”.

So identifying with riotous companions, humiliates and embarrasses ones father (whether that would be our earthly or eternal Father)!!!

So to bring honor to our Father this should be who we keep company with: (Psalm 119:63) Selah!

Have A God Conscious Day!

Bro Gene

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Tuesday July 21, 2020

Read Proverbs 21
Consider Verse 2
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes”
We find here:
1) A Characteristic of Conceit –

Conceit in this situation is an excessively favorable opinion of ones own understanding or perception concerning a matter.

It’s the type of self analysis that refuses to admit that possibly one could be wrong about someone or a situation they have already predetermined to know all of the conclusions to.

It’s the persuasion coupled with the presumption that we’re right without the consideration of possibly being wrong.

It’s the insistence that we think we are right even when spiritual counsel or the scriptures tell us we’re not.

Which when you give it serious thought, is purely arrogance in its simplest terms.

2) A Concept To Consider –
“but the Lord pondereth the hearts.”

Simply put, only the Lord is omniscient! He knows what we can’t know, which is the heart of the matter.

In contrast to us, “all things are naked and open to His holy eyes”. (Hebrews 4)

Conclusion: One of the great curses on humanity is every persons arrogant confidence in his or her own opinions.

Isaiah 5:21 says: “Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight.”

It would be wise for us not to attempt to justify our ‘every way’ or every opinion or perception.

Instead let the ‘Word from God’ and the ‘Spirit of God’ help keep this inherent depravity in check lest it blind us to our blunders and violate the instruction found in Jeremiah 9:23 that says: “let not the wise man glory in his wisdom”.

Have A God Conscious Day!
Bro Gene

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Friday July 17, 2020

Read Proverbs 17
Focus: Verse 3
This verse is about trials. We read, “the LORD trieth the hearts”. The word “trieth” means to test, to examine, to prove.

Notice the references to the fining pot and furnace in this verse. When metals are to be refined, the metal is placed within the fining pot and then placed in the furnace. The extreme heat melts the silver or gold so that the impurities can be removed.

Consider the following thoughts:
1) The Place of Our Trials

We read that “the fining pot is FOR silver, and the furnace FOR gold”. The fining pot and the furnace are the place FOR the precious metals to be examined for impurities.

With each of us, there are specific places FOR our trials: a place where the “heat” or trial that we face seems more than we can bear. – This place was designed for us. We may not want to be in the fining pot or in the furnace but everyone of us must endure This Place of Our Trials.
2) The Person of Our Trails

Notice “the Lord trieth the hearts”. – Here is a comforting thought. When we are in the place of trial, the LORD is the One who has designated this place.

He is not careless. He makes no mistake.

He is in complete control and He knows exactly how much “heat” is needed to accomplish His purpose in our lives.

In our trials, we can always take comfort in the fact that the LORD trieth the hearts. Let us rest in Him!

Have A God Conscious Day!

Bro Aaron Abreu

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Tuesday July 14, 2020

Read Proverbs 14
Ponder Verse 14
“The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways:”
– I fear that one of the overlooked predicaments that has arisen in recent months due to the unusual circumstances associated with the Covid-19 health issue is more spiritual in nature than we realize.
– While most of the attention has been focused on secular concerns, (Sickness – Safety  – Statistic’s – and Shutdowns) in due course it has resulted in a lessening of an interest and an involvement in the sacred realm.
– If we would be transparent before the Lord, most could admit that in spite of it being unintentional, that the spiritual fire of our enthusiasm and excitement for the Lord has lost some of its intensity.
– Though painful to admit, such a condition is that which is related to backsliding.             

Consider this:
1) The Identification of a Backslider –
– Backsliding means to relapse into bad habits, sinful behavior, or unspiritual activities.
– It can be as subtle as a leaving or a turning back from ones first love for the Lord and the things He loves.
– Obviously it involves a diminishing of ones joy and excitement for spiritual issues and spiritual responsibilities.
– It’s being “filled with our own ways” or what we think is right, in contrast to Gods way or what He says is right!
– H.A. Ironside once said: “If you were ever closer to the Lord than you are now, you’re backslidden.”
2) Consider this: The Instruction to the Backslider –
– Remember where and why we have fallen –
 – Repent or return to what we left –
– Repeat the first works or that which we did previously prior to
backsliding.
(Rev 2:5)
– Backsliding begins in the heart and has to be corrected in and from the heart!
– May we sincerely desire the words to the song to be a reality in our life “Just a closer walk with thee, Let it be, dear Lord, let it be”
– Have A God Conscious Day
– Bro Gene

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Tuesday July 7, 2020

Read Proverbs 7
The Unlocking of Wisdom From Above

Ponder Verse 2
1) The Protection That Is Received from Gods Word –
“Keep my commandments …and live”

Contrary to carnal thought, the Lord really wants us to enjoy a vibrant, fulfilling and rewarding life.

Also contrary to carnal thought, the key to obtaining such a blessed life (God says) is by “keeping my commandments” or by living ones life in accordance to the instructions of Gods Word.

The abundant life (overflowing with excess) promised by the Lord will always be sabotaged by self-will and self-gratification.

To get the most out of life, live it Gods way!
2) The Passion That Is Required For Gods Word –
“Keep … my law as the apple of thine eye.”

That idiom means to cherish something with the greatest regard.

In other words, the keeping of Gods law must be fueled by a passionate love for God and His will or it will devolve into a heartless and frustrating servile duty.

A mechanical or unenthusiastic response to the Scriptures always results in a listless and lifeless walk with God.

If we supremely love the Word of God (treat it as the apple of our eye) we’ll have a greater desire and ability to live for God!

So it is vital that we Read it passionately – That we Respect it passionately – And that we Respond to it passionately.

Have A God Conscious Day!

Bro Gene

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Saturday July 4, 2020

Read Proverbs 4
The focus today is found in verses 26 and 27.
Consider these thoughts:
1) We are to Ponder Our Path – “Ponder the path of thy feet.”

To ponder is to weigh in the mind, to consider the circumstances and consequences of the direction you are taking and the decisions that you are making.

The decisions we make and directions we take in life have real consequences; not only for us but for others around us as well.

So we should ponder the course of life that we take.
2) We are to be Persistent in Purpose –
“let all thy ways be established.”

The word established means to be firm, stable, or fixed.

This phrase contains the instruction to not be haphazard or accidental in the direction we are going.

Instead we are to be stable and fixed.

In other words our feet are to follow a path of purpose ON PURPOSE !

We are not to obey God and His Word just when it feels good or is convenient, but rather, we are to obey God on purpose every time.

Persistence in Purpose is seen in verse 27.

We are told not to deviate to the right hand or to the left but persistently and purposefully remove our feet from an evil path.

That said, let us determine to be different.

Let us persistently obey God on purpose and in all areas.

Devotional given by Bro Aaron Abreu.

Have a God Conscious Day!

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Tuesday June 30, 2020

Read Proverbs 30

Ponder (Verses 5 and 6) Here we see:
1) The Purity of the Word of God –
“Every word of God is pure”

That is a reminder that our KJ bible is completely free from error and contamination.

That means by faith we believe that our bible is inspired, immaculate, and infallible.

So each and every word, in its entirety is pure from mans contamination and is worthy of our confidence and consent!

Unfortunately there are those in our day who scoff at such a position of belief, but we who believe and respect the Bible stand with what God Himself says about it rather than the critics and skeptics.

We have personally experienced its power to purify our lives! Amen!

Do you have a word perfect Bible? Do you trust each word?

Do you value the words of scripture as being pure and right, to the point that you hate every contrary opinion? Selah
(Psalm 119:128)

Can we say with David “Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.”
(Psalm 119:140)

If so, we will benefit from:
2) The Protection of the Word of God – “He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him”

The purity of Gods words will shield us from the doubts, the deceptions, and the defilements of impurity!

Its so beneficial to treasure and trust Gods Word and not to lean upon our own understanding!

Have A God Conscious Day!

Bro Gene

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Saturday June 27, 2020

Read Proverbs 27
Our devotional today is from Billy Hamrick. Today is his birthday! 🎈🎂
His Focus: (Vs 27)
“Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.”

It takes 3-5 years for a fig tree to produce figs. It takes time, patience, and wisdom to understand that the labour will pay off.

Sometimes God does not answer right away.

Sometimes God does not reward our efforts and services right away here on earth.

But we as Christians know from His Word that He most definitely will. He
is faithful and always keeps His Word.

So don’t give up praying for your hearts desires or be too hasty to move ahead of His timing.

BUT lets make sure that our prayer is for our will (desires) to be conformed to His will and NOT His will to be conformed to ours.

Wait on the Lord and we can be assured that He will keep His Word.

Galatians 6:9
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall
reap, if we faint not.”

Psalm 37:4
“Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of
thine heart.”

1 Cor. 15:58
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”

Thank you Billy. Hope you have a blessed birthday!

Let’s Have A God Conscious Day!

Bro Gene

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Tuesday June 23, 2020

Read Proverbs 23
Focus Vs 29 – 35

The subject is that of intoxicants. We find here:
1) A Word About Intoxicants –
-“Look not upon the wine when it is red” (31)

The words “look not” means NOT to give one’s attention or interest toward something.

And especially is that encouraged when “the wine is red” or when it is seductively appealing to ones senses of sight and taste.

The admonition is simply to avoid its deception and defilement by abstaining from its use. Then we find:
2) A Warning About Intoxicants-
“At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder” (32)

Which speaks of its consequences being that which poisons and causes great pain to its victim.

Anything (alcohol or drugs) that induces a lessening of one’s senses or a loss of being sensible is foolish and potentially fatal.

However, we live in a day when people from all walks of life (including so-called religious authorities) are downplaying the serious consequences of intoxicants and who are promoting its use.

Don’t be fooled by the worlds advertisements and allurements that are geared to conceal the woe, and the suffering, and the conflicts it produces.

Here’s the warning: Intoxicants can help foster adversity, abuse, agony, arguments, adultery, ailments, and addictions.

Choose rather to refrain and abstain.

Have A God Conscious Day!

Brother Gene

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Saturday June 20, 2020

Read Proverbs 20
Look at Verse 20

Tomorrow being Fathers Day consider this insightful proverb.
“Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.”
1) Here we see, An Unacceptable Conduct – which is revealed in someone cursing one or both of their parents.

Now this word curseth means to consider insignificant, to treat with contempt, or to dishonor.

Such treatment violates the 5th of the 10 Commandments.

However, from prophetical scripture we know that this evil practice will be prominent in the last days.

Rebellious children will disobey, devalue, defame, dishonor, and dishearten their parents with little or no remorse due to a perverse conscience and a total abandonment of civility.

2) But then next we see An Unalterable Consequence – in that the one who mistreats their parents will not escape their self-inflicted outcome.

Which is having “their lamp put out in obscure darkness.”

Which is the forfeiture of the promise found in Ephesians 6:3.

That verse obviously tells us that it is prudent and profitable to honor your imperfect parents.

Whether they are in your midst or relegated to your memory, do it!

Have A God Conscious Day!

Brother Gene