Daily Devotional for November 15
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 28:6-7 (KJV):
6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
Proverbs 28:6-7 (AMP):
6 Better is the poor man who walks in his integrity than he who willfully goes in double and wrong ways, though he is rich.
7 Whoever keeps the law (of God and man) is a wise son, but he who is a companion of gluttons and the carousing, self-indulgent, and extravagant shames his father.
Thought for the Day
Verse 6 - Society begins to crumble when the majority of its people regard material things as of greater value than character. When moral values are not taught, both children and society are negatively affected. Traits such as honesty, courage, respect, humility and kindness, bring order to society. In my generation, our homes, schools, and churches formed a network of mutual support. If a child had a behavior problem at school, the parents supported the teachers in dealing with it. If a child was guilty of bad conduct at home (such as smoking), the parents would notify the school and the church, who would reinforce the child with needed correction. Everyone worked together to raise good children.
Our present society is so divided that children can now get by with wrong without being corrected for it by anyone. Not only is there no longer communication between these entities, but many have become corrupt. Some schools actually undermine parental authority, teaching humanism and often siding with rebellious children against their parents. So many parents today are child abusers, it is hard to know which ones can be trusted. Wicked men in some of our churches have sexually abused the children in their care. Churches should be a haven from evil, but sexual abuse, greed, false doctrine and other evils have infiltrated them.
What does the Bible say about this? "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away" (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
Verse 7 - A self-indulgent son will bring shame to his parents. Some children are so wicked that they even curse their own father and mother (Proverbs 30:11-14). It is always a blessing to see Christian young people who honor their parents. These young people stand out as lights in the midst of a today's perverse generation.
The youth of any nation are simply a reflection of that nation's adults. Today, the condition of our society is very similar to Noah's day. This is the time the Bible speaks of, when Jesus Christ will return to this earth to judge the wicked and the righteous (Genesis 6:11-13; Luke 17:26-30).
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, I am grateful for all of the young people in this generation who have taken a stand for righteousness. Lord, strengthen them to be able to stand strong in their convictions in this perverse and crooked generation. We pray that the leaders in our churches and schools will be righteous and morally good people so that our children and our society will be influenced by the standards of the Bible, so we can all dwell in peace and harmony. Forgive our national sins, so that we might return to the roots that our nation was established on. God bless America is my prayer. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised. God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
That ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him.
1 Corinthians 1:9; Hebrews 10:23; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 1 John 1:3; 1 Peter 4:13; Ephesians 3:17-19; 1 John 4:15; 1 John 3:24
They brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house. The house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house. Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God.
Ye are God's building. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:10; 1 Kings 5:17; 1 Kings 6:7; 1 Peter 2:5; Ephesians 2:20-22; 1 Peter 2:10; 1 Corinthians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Corinthians 5:5