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Read devotionals for November 2017

December 1, 2017





Numbers 16:31-33


December 2, 2017





I Timothy 5:20-21


December 3, 2017



Thought: Wickedness needs to be called wickedness. It does not need to be paraded as righteousness. Some believe that people are ignorant. They believe they can be easily deceived. Such, however, is not true of everyone. Some are able to discern evil regardless of what it is called. When one calls evil good, the people will curse that person. Righteous nations will abhor him. Dressing a harlot in the attire of a princess does not change her occupation.

Ezekiel 13:22


December 4, 2017



Thought: When men commit evil actions, they need to be held accountable. It often takes courage to call out the wicked. Those who manifest such courage are righteous. They uphold the principles of justice. These are the kind of people who are sought out by others. They are the ones who are known in the gates. They often reach positions of much power. Yes, good blessings come upon them because they are individuals of truth and justice.

Titus 2:15


December 5, 2017





Daniel 2:46-48


December 6, 2017



Thought: In life, the things that we do have a natural, common sense order to them. Man, however, tends to get the cart before the horse. He tends to do things in the wrong order. When this happens, confusion ensues. Too, problems develop. Before building a home, a man must be able to provide for that home. He needs to make sure that his fields are profitable. A home, a wife, and children carry some heavy expenses. Plan wisely. Execute the plan when it can be carried out. This saves a person from much hardship and from many headaches.

Luke 14:28-30


December 7, 2017





I Samuel 22:9-10


December 8, 2017



Thought: Here we find what some consider to be a New Testament principle in the Old Testament. This passage teaches against getting revenge against another who has done us evil. Revenge seems like such a common sense approach. A person hurts me. Therefore, I should hurt him back. Revenge, however, springs from a heart of hatred. It produces evil instead of good. Many times it is out of proportion to the evil that created it. It is better to allow God to handle revenge. We need to give ourselves to doing good at all times.

Romans 12:19-21


December 9, 2017





Job 15:17


December 10, 2017





Ecclesiastes 10:18


December 11, 2017



Thought: All of us can learn very important lessons from others. We can learn lessons from both the good and the bad. Here, the writer tells us that he looked upon the field of a slothful man and received instruction. The lessons are there. All we have to do is look for them. If we learn the lessons, we will be benefited. If we fail to learn the lessons, we may suffer the consequences of our neglect.

I Corinthians 10:6-11


December 12, 2017





Proverbs 6:4-5


December 13, 2017





Proverbs 13:4


December 14, 2017





Ecclesiastes 12:9


December 15, 2017





Deuteronomy 29:29


December 16, 2017



Thought: There are some things that are unsearchable. They can never, never be fathomed by man. Man will never discover the far reaches of space. Man will never accumulate all the knowledge that is contained in the depths of the earth. Too, man will never be able to search out the hearts of other men. God, however, knows all of these things. It is one of the many things that distinguish Him from His creation.

Job 38:1-3


December 17, 2017



Thought: Silver will tarnish over time. Its shine will be diminished because of the dross that covers it. To bring back its luster requires time, effort, and a cleaner. The one who polishes it may have to rub extremely hard to make it shine again. Once it is clean, all comment about its luster and glow. The same can happen with human lives. They become dark and dingy. Time, effort, and a powerful cleaner can bring back the shine, however. Some of the brightest lives were covered with much dross in the past. The blood of Christ removed the stains and now the person is light in the Lord.

Isaiah 1:25


December 18, 2017





Psalm 101:7-8


December 19, 2017



Thought: We must be very careful how we present ourselves to others. We should not have the desire to be put first and foremost. We should not seek to be elevated to the high places. We should not long for the chief seats. Regardless of our titles, our knowledge, and ability, there should be humility deep within us. If we receive honor, let it come from another and not ourselves.

Luke 14:8-10


December 20, 2017



Thought: The humble do not seek to glorify themselves. If honor comes, it comes from another. It is almost humorous to watch an individual lift himself up only to be put back in his place by a superior. In the story of Esther, Haman was a man who thought far too highly of himself. When he thought he was going to be honored, he soon found that the honor was going to his enemy. Few truly deserve the chief seats. Remember, if you find yourself in one, you are there by the grace of God.

Matthew 23:5-6


December 21, 2017





Esther 7:3-6


December 22, 2017



Thought: When we are in conflict with another, it is best to keep the matter confidential. The issues should be debated only between the two parties that are in disagreement. In such matters, we often believe that we are right. We sometimes feel that others should know. There is danger is revealing a personal debate to others. When others hear of the matter, they may not see it as we do. Then, we wish we would have keep the matter private, but it is too late.

Matthew 18:15


December 23, 2017



Thought: When we are in conflict with another person, we sometimes like to try to justify ourselves to others. At first our story seems plausible to them. They feel for us. They show us sympathy. They comfort us. They will encourage us to keep fighting. Then, they learn the other side. The real truth comes to the surface. They are no longer in our corner. We are shamed because the facts do not justify us. My friends, it is better to keep personal struggles between yourself and the other person.

Jeremiah 50:36


December 24, 2017





Isaiah 50:4


December 25, 2017





I Samuel 25:32-33


December 26, 2017



Thought: Those who lived in Palestine developed unique ways to preserve the snow for later use. When the harvest time came, work was strenuous and difficult. The snow was used to make their drinks ice cold. Thus, they would be refreshed by them. In like manner, a faithful messenger was refreshing to his master. He would be sent upon a mission and would faithfully return and report his findings to his lord. His words would refresh their souls, especially when the message was positive.

Philippians 4:18


December 27, 2017



Thought: In the summer, we often wish for rain. When a black cloud forms in the sky, we are very hopeful. Then, the cloud passes without a sprinkle. Those who wished for rain are extremely disappointed. The same happens when a person boasts of a gift or talent that he does not have. He is hired for a job, but does not produce. Those who put their trust in him are deeply disappointed.

Romans 12:3


December 28, 2017





I Thessalonians 2:11-12


December 29, 2017



Thought: The Bible teaches the concept of moderation. Note, this does not apply to sinful activities such as drinking alcohol. When a person eats, he should eat until he is satisfied. Over indulgence makes a person sick. The same is true in other things we do. We can work too much. We can over indulge in watching television and playing video games. We can spend too much time watching sports, playing sports, and shopping. Too much of any good thing will have negative consequences.

Luke 21:34


December 30, 2017





Genesis 19:1-3


December 31, 2017



Thought: The objects mentioned by the wise man can inflict great bodily harm to another. They can also be instruments of death. The false witness is likened unto them. A false witness can bring great harm to another person. He can destroy his character, cause him to be charged with guilt when he is innocent, and bring death to the one witnessed against. A false witness is a very evil individual.

Psalm 55:21


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