Day 26 | Declare It
- P.A.C.T.—Pray | Ask | Confess | Thank
- P.A.S.S.—Pray Prior | Author's Intent | Stop when Convicted | Share
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Declare It. Go public in some way, at least with one person, if not many. You have ditched the bad beliefs, determined a goal, described what you would look like in the future. It's time to declare it.
19 Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than a fool whose lips are perverse.
2 Desire without knowledge is not good—
how much more will hasty feet miss the way!
3 A person’s own folly leads to their ruin,
yet their heart rages against the Lord.
4 Wealth attracts many friends,
but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
6 Many curry favor with a ruler,
and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.
7 The poor are shunned by all their relatives—
how much more do their friends avoid them!
Though the poor pursue them with pleading,
they are nowhere to be found.
8 The one who gets wisdom loves life;
the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will perish.
10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury—
how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
11 A person’s wisdom yields patience;
it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
12 A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin,
and a quarrelsome wife is like
the constant dripping of a leaky roof.
14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
15 Laziness brings on deep sleep,
and the shiftless go hungry.
16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life,
but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will reward them for what they have done.
18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;
do not be a willing party to their death.
19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty;
rescue them, and you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to advice and accept discipline,
and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
22 What a person desires is unfailing love;
better to be poor than a liar.
23 The fear of the Lord leads to life;
then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
24 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.
26 Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother
is a child who brings shame and disgrace.
27 Stop listening to instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice,
and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
29 Penalties are prepared for mockers,
and beatings for the backs of fools.
Goal: Declare it.
So far, we have:
- Ditched the bad beliefs and attitudes
- Determined one area where you want to grow
- Describe how life would be different
It's time to declare it and go public.
Today I want you to think about going public with that one goal that you set. At this time, you have determined one area that you want to improve. You’ve imagined what it would look like for that area to be different. Now I want you to go public with it. Because when you go public with it, you are forced to respond to it. You can either go public with this posting it on social media. You can go public by posting it below. Or even better, you can go public with this by sharing this with one other person in your life. This could be a spouse. It could be a friend. It could be the brother that we initiated with last week. But one thing I want you to do is to go public with it.
The fear of the Lord leads to life,
and whoever has it rests satisfied—Proverbs 19:22
We have all had that fantastic meal that leaves us feeling some sense of gastrointestinal satisfaction. But the satisfaction we experience is momentary. Hours later, we are hungry again. But imagine having your hunger satisfied. Completely satisfied. Permanently satisfied. And the meal begins with fear. But not any fear. Not human fear. Not circumstantial fear. But a holy fear set on the object and person of the Lord.
If you feel unsatisfied today, perhaps your hunger is for something different. Turn from human fear toward holy fear and thus turn your fears toward the Lord and be permanently satisfied. In the end, the Lord is all you need; everything else is secondary.
DO THIS: When you feel unsatisfied in the things of this world, be satisfied in the Lord.
PRAY THIS: God, I feel unsatisfied today, but show me how to find all my satisfaction in your by trusting you with [insert your fear] today. God of Great Provision provide me a satisfied soul.
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