Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

- Tuesday, 6/23/20  Psalm 44:11, Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen. God doesn’t like to do it to His kids, but never forget that

He can flip our cozy little lives totally upside down in a moment. The realization of THAT is “the fear of the Lord.”                                Verses by which to measure our spiritual level #6:  Psalm 119:139, My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. How zealous are you about mentioning the Bible outside of your home? Not in a pious, arrogant way, but, do people at work know that you believe and that you try to practice what It says? Do you garner enough respect by your work ethic that they apologize for cursing around you?

- Wednesday, 6/24/20  I’m painting while on COVID leave. I had painted the cabinets white years ago, but they’d become very dingy. It happened gradually... 1 Thessalonians 4:3, For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication. We’re to be more and more set apart, more holy, more pure: closer to glistening white. Are you striving for that, or are you settling for “antique white” or “cream” or “gray”?                         Verses by which to measure our spiritual level #7:  Psalm 113:3, From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord's name is to be praised. Are you more of a praise-r or gripe-r? Glass half-full or almost empty? One to complain about the weather, job, spouse, fatigue, Mondays, mornings, yada-yada-yada? The Psalmist said God deserves daily praise. Does He look for it from you? Does He get, regularly?

- Thursday, 6/25/20  Proverbs 19:4, Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour. Take careful note of whomever stays close to you when you have NOTHING to offer them: they are beyond valuable. Who is it in your life?                         Verses by which to measure our spiritual level #8:  Proverbs 12:6, The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. Does your mouth more often cause trouble for you or others or does it tend to bring deliverance, especially for others? Are your words healing and encouraging? The tongue is hard to master...we need the Master’s help, and He starts with “think on these things” and progresses to “let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth.”

- Friday, 6/26/20  Proverbs 19:23, The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. Notice that a right attitude toward God does 2 things: it produces satisfaction (because of trust); and it prevents being ruled by the hurt inflicted by others (again, because of faith in His plan and sovereignty.)                           Verses by which to measure our spiritual level #9:  Proverbs 13:6, Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner. Are your underlying life philosophies making it easier to obey the Bible, your boss, and the law, or do they give you excuses to NOT obey? Are they your allies or enemies in the battle for a meek and quiet spirit and holy living?

- Saturday, 6/27/20  John 14:1, Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. This is a command, so we may choose to do it. Now, we can’t stop the issues that are afflicting us, but we can obey: focus on Christ instead of the problems. Rein in your thoughts.                                  Verses by which to measure our spiritual level #10:  Joshua 1:8a, This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night... Hmmm...are you more likely to talk about the weather, sports, food or the Bible?

- Sunday, 6/28/20  Pandemic? Riots? Vitriolic hatred? Racial tension? Endless bickering? Negativism? Marital problems? Financial stresses? Health concerns? Psalm 47:7-8a, For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.  God reigneth over the heathen. ‘Nuff said.                               Verses by which to measure our spiritual level #11:  Psalm 91:5, Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day. Could you be classified as fearful? Worrisome? Doom-n-gloom? This verse connects with V1: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High...

- Monday, 6/29/20  Mark 14:71, But [Peter] began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. We (hopefully) have never gone to this extreme, but I wonder how often our daily lives and mostly our silence imply that we don’t know the Lord.                           Verses by which to measure our spiritual level #12:  Psalm 86:7, In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou WILT answer me. Do you have confidence that God hears YOUR prayers? Do others have confidence in them? Maybe do some blunt “self-scouting” on your prayer life. What needs to improve so that you could share the psalmist’s confidence?

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