God wants you to be happy! If you think that sounds shallow or like a platitude, you are misinformed. These seven verses actually put your happiness at the forefront of why Proverbs was written. God wants you to find wisdom and live a happy life by his word.
This is a verse you should cling to and remember. If you are a son or daughter of God, your life will not always be easy because God loves you too much for that. He demonstrates his delight in you through his discipline.
It's amazing how following this firstfruits principle cuts the chord of greed in your heart. Greed and self-sufficiency are always lurking in the shadows. Everything in your flesh wants to feel secure and satisfied with the things of this world. So, each time you give the first and the best away, you hack back the encroaching thorns of the cares of this world that desire to choke the life out of you.
Trust in Christ with your whole heart! He is offering you refreshment and healing: he is offering you his very life. There is no wave of darkness, scheme of the enemy, plot of man, or sin that can overcome the boundary of his grace in your life. Come live in healing trust.
How do you define success? That is one of the most important questions in life. If you do not define what success means for you, then someone else will. If you chase the wrong definition of success, your life will be fundamentally misdirected. Proverbs teaches us in these two verses how to understand success from God's point of view.
You're a new dad! You're probably feeling excited, nervous, insecure, and newly motivated. As a father of five sons, I've been thinking about lessons I've learned along the way. My goal in this post is to pass along some of the wisdom I've gleaned to help you as you begin your journey as a new dad.
The reward for obedience to God's commands is life and peace. In Christ, this reward is completely yours! His perfect obedience is credited to your account. Not only does his obedience count for you, but he gives the grace and power for you to live a life of obedience now.
What does this mean for you under the New Covenant? We know the old covenant is obsolete (Hebrews 8:13). For, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). Under this new covenant, Christ took the curse of your sin (Galatians 3:13), and you receive the blessings of his obedience (Galatians 3:14). Therefore, your ability to remain in the "land" (now to be understood as your life in Christ), is wholly dependent upon the grace of God at work in you through the Spirit of God (Romans 8:1-17). You have received the promise to be "in the land" eternally because you are now in Christ (Romans 8:18-30; Colossians 3:2-4). Truly, there is nothing that can separate you from his love.