treasure in jars of clay

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.  But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed…

Do you see the light?

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as…

The Lord is at hand

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do…

Filtering thoughts

I’m participating in a seven-day Bible Study Challenge (Wholehearted Quiet Time). The topic today was timely for me – which is just the way the Spirit of God works in our lives isn’t it? The facilitator talked about filtering our thoughts through the sieve of God’s word. Filtering means separating to refine. She shared three truths…

Proverbs Day 30 – Two things I ask

Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the…

Proverbs Day 28 – Understanding Justice

Evil men (Evildoers NIV) do not understand justice,     but those who seek the Lord understand it completely. (Proverbs 28:5 ESV) This verse intrigues me. In regard to understanding justice, the comparison is between evildoers and those who seek the Lord. Two questions come to mind: What is Justice? How does seeking the Lord give one…

Proverbs Day 26 – Without a whisperer

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. (Proverbs 26:20 ESV In other translations, the word whisperer is translated as gossip.  Proverbs is full of comparisons which give us vivid illustrations of the points the author is making. Here in verse 26:20, the picture of a fire fed with…

Proverbs Day 25 – Give him bread

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, (Proverbs 25:21 ESV) “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you…

Proverbs Day 24 – Rescue those being led away to death

Rescue those being led away to death, hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing of this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?  (Proverbs 24:11-12 NIV) I often think…

Proverbs Day 5 – Nothing’s hidden from God’s eyes

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He watches all his paths. (Proverbs 5:21 NASB) God is not limited to a location by a physical body. Throughout the Bible there are verses which tell us God sees us, knows us, and nothing is hidden from him. (Psalm 139:7-12, Proverbs…