Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

- Tuesday, 9/8/20  Psalm 126:1-2, When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Lord, forgive us for not

laughing and singing ALL the time...sorta like we were one heartbeat away from Glory.                          Psalm 102:11-12, My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass. But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. This isn’t what yours and my selfish soul wants to hear, but life is not about our comfort: it’s about His agenda for His world. You and I might be a casualty in His war, but, He wins. So, steel yourself: it’s a battlefield brother, not a recreation room.

- Wednesday, 9/9/20  Psalm 103:1-3, Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases... LOL...what part of “ALL” don’t we understand? PTL                                 Proverbs 3:3, Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart... Don’t get left behind!! Or, better, don’t walk away from these two. We’ll need mercy when we realize how clueless and wicked we are apart from Him, and truth to find our way back to being close to Him. Start today accessing His mercy and seeking His truth.

- Thursday, 9/10/20  2 Samuel 1:20, Tell [of Saul’s death] not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. There is no good purpose served in spreading bad truth (let alone gossip.) Just hush and talk of God. (Or is it that we know more bad regarding people than good regarding Him? Or, are more interested in gossip than doctrine? ...’Sorry...that just slipped in...won’t happen!)                                2 Samuel 6:16, And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. A very sad verse. Ladies, you know your husband’s weaknesses and inconsistencies and sins...therefore, you must guard your attitude toward him. God still says, “Think on these [positive] things.”  All of us (you too sister) are hypocritical in a hundred areas. Keep your man on a pedestal. And men, the same admonition applies to us. I’m convinced that a good marriage is one where each party sees their partner as an A+ (nearly perfect, in no need of change) and themselves as a D- (barely acceptable and in need of MANY changes, which are being actively addressed.) (Also, just FYI, look at the last verse of the chapter and see how God thought about her actions.)

- Friday, 9/11/20  Proverbs 6:6, Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. The first thing to notice is not the command to observe nature. First, the person must admit he’s a sluggard. Step 1: acknowledge and name your sin. Step 2: solve the problem.                            Psalm 138:1, I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. Another difference between us and King David: he spoke of God in front of the heathen gods. Oh that we’d do that! Praise His mercy when people extol sports, or flaunt wealth or talk of getting more, or when the topic is endless fun, or another tropical vacation.

- Saturday, 9/12/20  Proverbs 7:2 (spoken by a dad to a son), Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Mom, Dad, are the rules around your house life-giving or simply convenience making? I understand we need some for functionality, but evaluate them.                                1 Peter 4:7, But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. “Sober” means serious minded. But notice the last phrase: “watching” always has the connotation of a guard in the tower watching for the approaching enemy. Paraphrase: “Be serious minded: be on guard and realize you have a REAL enemy who IS coming for you. Therefore, run scared...which will prompt you to pray.”

- Sunday, 9/13/20  Proverbs 7:25, Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. We can’t eliminate our inherent lusts and the direction our flesh wants to go, but we can choose what paths our feet tread.                                    Proverbs 7:8-10, Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, in the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: and, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. If we put ourselves in a tempting position and STAY there, don’t be surprised when we blow it: we’ll either justify our intentional sin, or we’ll be overwhelmed. We can fool others and even ourselves, but the truth is that we are just plain stupid ofttimes regarding sin.

- Monday, 9/14/20  1 Corinthians 6:11, And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Whatever you were, whatever you have done, if you’re in Christ, you are washed clean, have reservations in Heaven, and, in the mind of God, are already there with a perfect body.                               In Genesis 27, Rebekah concocted the plan to get Jacob the blessing. (“I’ll make the meal, you put skins on your hands...”) She put her position of “mother” above that of “wife.” Ladies, your primary role is that of wife, NOT mom. It’s an easy trap to fall into. But, you’ll be an empty-nester with him for 30 years after the kids leave. If they are your reason for living, you’ll have a dead marriage for 30 years (not to mention the years beforehand.)

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