Wisdom 25.28

“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.” – Proverbs 25:28 NKJV

Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit for many reasons; one of which is our own benefit.

Psalm 23-Restoration

“He restores my soul…” – Psalm 23:3a NKJV

“When I read the life story of Jesus Christ and examine carefully His conduct in coping with human need, I see Him again and again as the Good Shepherd picking up “cast” [fallen] sheep. The tenderness, the love, the patience that He used to restore Peter’s soul after the terrible tragedy of his temptations is a classic picture of the Christ coming to restore one of His own.”

– W. Phillip Keller, “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23”

“Our Shepherd majors in restoring hope to the soul. Whether you are a lamb lost on a craggy ledge or a city slicker alone in a deep jungle, everything changes when your rescuer appears. Your loneliness diminishes because you have fellowship. Your despair decreases, because you have vision. Your confusion begins to lift, because you have direction.”

– Max Lucado, “Traveling Light”

Hope and a sense of well-being are a natural product of His restoration. If you need restoration; it’s available. If you’ve experienced restoration; give thanks. If someone else needs restoration; please share.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul…” – Psalm 23:1-3a NKJV

Psalm 23-Still Waters

“He leads me beside the still waters.” – Psalm 23:2b NKJV

“All the long and complex history of earth’s religions, pagan worship, and human philosophy is bound up with this insatiable thirst for God. David, when he composed Psalm 23, knew this…‘He [the Good Shepherd] leadeth me beside the still waters.’ In other words, He alone knows where the still, quiet, deep, clean, pure water is to be found that can satisfy His sheep and keep them fit.”

– W. Phillip Keller, “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23”

“He leads me. God isn’t behind me yelling, ‘Go!’ He is ahead of me bidding, ‘Come!’”

– Max Lucado, “Traveling Light”

Is your soul “leadable” today? There is deep, satisfying refreshment to be found in Him…

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.” – Psalm 23:1-2 NKJV

Wisdom 23.17

“Don’t let your heart envy sinners; instead always fear the LORD. For then you will have a future, and your hope will never fade.” – Proverbs 23:17-18 HCSB

There’s a variety of old sayings about “the grass looking greener on the others side” because the eye constantly looking for “greener pasture” never finds satisfaction. Sin promises everything, but ultimately only delivers regret.

Wisdom 22.8

“Don’t move an ancient boundary marker, that your fathers set up.” – Proverbs 22:28 HCSB

Changing property markers amounted to stealing, and it also showed disrespect to the previous generation. In our time, there are physical and cultural boundaries of old. It’s wise to consider the significance of both.

Wisdom 22.2

“The rich and the poor have this in common, the LORD is the maker of them all.” – Proverbs 22:2 NKJV

Society has always labeled people with terms like rich, poor, common, royal, famous, etc., but we’re all equal in God’s eyes. Don’t let society’s norms cause you to place more/less value on someone based on a label; because you may miss a great conversation.

Wisdom 19.21

“Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the LORD’s decree will stand.” – Proverbs 19:21 HCSB

There’s an old saying among carpenters, “Measure twice, cut once.”, because after the cut is made, it can’t be undone. Perhaps it’s a good rule for life as well, “Measure a plan twice against God’s Word, then act.”

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