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Series: DEVOTIONS IN PROVERBS
Devotional - Being A Good Steward
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Thursday Apr 2, 2020
Devotional - Being A Good Steward

“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” – Proverbs 3:9-10

 

Jerry Caven was a science teacher when he began to manage a McDonald's restaurant in Idaho. He was extremely successful and he went on to own a restaurant chain, two banks, a ranch, a farm, and he had numerous real estate ventures. At age 59, Jerry was searching for a nice lakeside retirement home. But the Lord, His Owner, had other plans.

"God led us to put our money and time overseas," Jerry said. "It's been exciting. Before, we gave token amounts. Now we put substantial money into missions. We often go to India." When asked what changed the Cavens' attitudes toward giving, the answer came quickly: "Once we understood that we were giving away God's money to do God's work, we discovered a peace and joy we never had back when we thought it was our money!"

 

The Lord asks us to be a good steward of the money and goods He has entrusted to you. Today in prayer, thank the Lord for all that He has given you and seek to bless others with what you have been given.

 

“Feel for others - in your pocket.” - Charles H. Spurgeon

 

God’s Word: “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' "In tithes and offerings.” – Malachi 3:8

 

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2020, Devotional E-Mail

DEVOTIONS IN PROVERBS

Devotional - Finding Wisdom
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Apr 1, 2020
Devotional - Finding Wisdom

“For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6

 

In 2004, a painting by Anna Mary Robertson, better known as Grandma Moses, was brought to the Antiques Roadshow television show for appraisal. Born before the Civil War, Robertson did not take up painting until late in her life. Her primitive style eventually became extremely popular, and her work commanded a high price. The man who brought the painting to be evaluated had lived nearby and his mother was a friend of Grandma Moses. He said, “She was just a wonderful friend of the family. And she would let my mother buy these paintings, which she thought had relatively little value. I guess my mother did, too. She probably bought eight or ten paintings in all, and my guess would be for perhaps under ten dollars each.”

The painting that was bought for around $10 was appraised as being worth $60,000! In her early days of painting, Grandma Moses did not think of her works as being very valuable, so she parted with them for next to nothing. How often do we give up that which is valuable for a little temporary pleasure or advantage?

 

We find wisdom when we seek the Lord. And seeking the Lord begins with searching His Word. Today in prayer, thank the Lord that He gives wisdom in the Bible and seek Him with all of your heart.

 

“The wiser man shapes into God’s plan as water shapes into a vessel.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

God’s Word: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5

 

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2020, Devotional E-Mail

DEVOTIONS IN PROVERBS

 

Devotional - Overcoming Temptation
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Mar 31, 2020
Devotional - Overcoming Temptation

"My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them." - Proverbs 1:10

 

Beatrice Webb was one of the architects of the modern British welfare system. She and her husband founded the London School of Economics. Webb was a Socialist and an activist.

In her diary in 1925, Webb wrote the following:

“In my diary 1890, I wrote I have staked all on the essential goodness of human nature. But now 35 years later I have discovered how permanent are the evil instincts and impulses within us and how little they seem to change - like greed for wealth and power and how mere social machinery will never change that. We ask better things from human nature but we never get a response. No amount of science or knowledge has been of any avail. And unless we curb the bad impulse how will we get better social institutions?”

 

Every day and in many ways, we are tempted to sin. Today in prayer, thank the Lord that in Him we can overcome the temptation to sin.

 

"Few speed records are broken when people run from temptation." - E.C. McKenzie

 

God's Word: "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." - Matthew 6:13

 

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2020, Devotional E-Mail

DEVOTIONS IN PROVERBS

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