Given the warfare for the souls of men, the Spirit moves the apostles to instruct the church regarding the enticing words that beguile men's souls. Paul gives instruction to the New Man born of the grace of God. He details what Christ accomplished for Believers through his blood redemption, which puts to death the Body of Sin in those he came to save.
God's Word uses many ways to deliver its vital message to us. In Proverbs 8 the message is pictured as being like a firm clean voice from Lady Wisdom. She calls out to us to hear her. Her words are so wise. Whoever hears and find wisdom finds life.
It's good to put your knees under the table of God. Are you content to live on bread alone? Too many times we want the presence of God but on our timetable not His. There's never been a time that we needed anything that God didn't provide it. He will provide for you more than bread alone.
Abram and Lot were both men of God. They experienced the same blessings of God. Both were brought up out of Egypt, a picture of spiritual bondage. Abram was kept faithful by God. Regardless of the gain and strippings he had, he never stopped worshipping God. In Lot however, we see a man who made careless choices that led him further from God that cost him dearly and those of his family and servants who depended on him. We can't keep ourselves faithful with fleshly pledges. This chapter of scripture shows us our constant need of God's grace to keep us faithful like Abram. Left to ourselves we would be just like Lot. God recovered Lot, but he lost everything. Pray and beg God to keep you faithful like Abram. We need his constant grace to keep us.
The question to end all questions. There are trivial and important questions in life. Only one question really matters in the final judgement: what we think of and whether we love the Lord Jesus Christ and have turned to Him and live for Him.
The coming of Messiah, promised in the OLD and fulfilled in the NEW Testament, include his birth, character, work, teaching, sufferings, death, and even his resurrection. This is the grandest and most central theme of the Bible. The OLD Testament is in the NEW Testament, revealed; and the NEW Testament is in the OLD, concealed. In chapter 35 Isaiah concealed four specific prophecies in verses 5&6, that are revealed by Matthew, Mark, and John (three of the four writers of the gospels) as being fulfilled by Jesus. Unbeknownst to most, fulfilled prophecy is found in the Bible ALONE! The OLD Testament predictions are so minute, so voluminous, and so complete, that I would suggest no honest person, who truly examines the Messianic prophecies in the Bible, could come to any other logical conclusion than they could be fulfilled by anyone other than Jesus of Nazareth. Nowhere in any literature of the world, secular or religious, can you find a duplicate of the astounding miracle of the pre-written history of Jesus' life. Indeed, nothing but Divine prescience could have foreseen this miracle, and nothing but Divine intervention could have accomplished it in such detail.
Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
God's people are to be primarily producers. His command to them from the beginning was to be fruitful and multiply. In Hosea 10, the prophet calls the backsliding 10 tribes of Israel to repentance, to turn back to the true God from idols, and in righteousness with God's blessing to produce the fruits of righteousness such as mercy. This is a message for God's people today who have hardened their hearts and who produce little or nothing from what God has given them.