If the righteous are rewarded here on earth, how much more true that the wicked and the sinner will get what they deserve. PROVERBS 11:31
What you think, you become. What you speak echoes in your own soul. What you do ricochets to help or to haunt, to bless or to curse you.
I wrote the principle of cause and effect into the code of the universe. I wove the law of the harvest into the moral fabric of life. You invariably reap what you sow. Want a different crop? Plant different seed.
Proverbs state the case succinctly. Humility precedes wisdom—conceit sets people up for disgrace. Honesty builds a good reputation—treachery is self-destructive. Godliness lifts the spirit—evil burdens souls with crushing guilt. The quest for Christlikeness frees—selfish ambition traps. Uncompromising righteousness safeguards—wickedness troubles. Careful speech enhances friendship—careless words break hearts. Kindness nourishes life—cruelty is deadly. Integrity will not go unrewarded—perversity will not go unpunished. Believers look forward to heaven—skeptics have hell to pay. Openhearted generosity increases wealth—stinginess impoverishes. Searching for goodness leads to joy—seeking evil leads to despair. Trusting Me brings security—trusting money fosters insecurity. Saints will be recompensed—sinners will get what is coming to them.
Every action rebounds with an equal and opposite reaction. This is true in the moral realm, not just in physics. Things do not happen by chance—what goes around, comes around. Your circumstances result from your character and conduct. Virtue leads to victory—vice leads to defeat. These connections are evident now—or will be crystal clear someday.
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Teach the wise, and they will be wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn more. PROVERBS 9:9 NLT
Admit to Me recidivistic foolishness—then resolve to be rid of it! Reverse evil—and learn to live life in all its fullness. Repent—and you can rejoice.
Stand in awe of Me—and begin to grasp true understanding. Learn the ABCs of wisdom by getting to know the Holy One. Keep running the Faith Marathon—hang in there and never quit. At the finish line I will welcome you to the house Wisdom built.
Be mature enough to be open to suggestions and counsel of others. Learn an important lesson—you do not have a monopoly on wisdom. You do not know all the answers—or even all the questions! So do not strut around like a know-it-all—you still have a lot to learn.
Keep these two truths in mind—there is a God, and you are not Him! My sea is greater than you can navigate on your own. Your boat is too small to survive life’s storms. Lean on My omniscience—learn to trust the Captain at the helm.
Three basics taught in kindergarten still apply in graduate school— 1) Uncompromisingly practice what is right; 2) Compassionately be kind toward everyone you meet; 3) Humbly conduct yourself in the light of My Presence.
I have hidden all timeless wisdom in the heart of My Son. Cherish Him as your very own Teacher—apply His principles daily. He is near to My heart—live with love and you will be too. Listen to your Master’s voice—learn from Him how to live wisely.
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Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. PROVERBS 3:5-6 NLT
Practice unquestioning trust in My strong love. Be optimistic—rely on My promises to brighten the future. Confide in Me and live confidently—rest assured in My omnipotence.
Worship your Unrivaled Lord. I am eternally the same—unchanging in a constantly changing world. I have always loved you, and I always will.
Serve Me with unreserved devotion. Unconditionally and wholeheartedly give Me your finest effort. Live and work with this one thought in mind—My smile.
Submit to My unlimited mastery. Physically, take care of your body—it is a temple of My Holy Spirit. Sexually, practice self-control—My Holy Spirit can discipline impulses. Financially, give Me My due—you just manage, but I own everything. Emotionally, sail through high seas on an even keel—I am your peace.
Travel joyfully on an untarnished journey. I am the Travel Companion of the uncompromisingly righteous. Travel grace’s beautiful boulevard, revelation’s scenic route, faith’s winding mountain path, liberty’s freeway, love’s avenue, and the breathtaking high road of ultimate significance.
Apply uncommon wisdom. Self-confidence without taking My Word to heart is the mark of a fool. Accepting Scripture as the Final Answer is the mark of the truly wise. Steer clear of detours into the limiting world of human logic. Stay off the toll road of self-indulgence. Avoid the dead-end of pessimism. Have the uncommon sense to follow My map through life’s maze.
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The LORD himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel – “God is with us.” ISAIAH 7:14 NLT
You are not alone, though you sometimes feel lonely—I am with you.
When you are unsure which way to turn, I am your Wonderful Counselor. When you are feeling weak-kneed, I am your Mighty God. When your life is falling apart, I am your Everlasting Father. When you are frazzled by pandemonium, I am your Prince of Peace. When you feel like you have made a fool of yourself, I am your Wisdom. When you are burdened by your sinfulness, I am your Righteousness. When you are struggling with impurity, I am your Holiness. When you are chafing under sin’s shackles, I am your Redeemer. When you are trying to break bad habits, I am your Liberator. When you are needing companionship, I am your Greatest Friend. When you are puzzled by life’s complexity, I am your Guide. When you are wondering if you will survive difficulty, I am your Faith. When you feel like singing the blues, I am your Jazz. When you are tired in My work, I am your Energy. When you are feeling guilty, I am your Defense Counsel. When your heart is aching, I am your Comforter. When you are disappointed, I am your Consoler. When you are in peril, I am your Helper. When fiery arrows of temptation are aimed at you, I am your Shield. When you are on high seas, I am your Captain at the helm. When you are riding an emotional roller coaster, I am your Seatmate. When perplexing cares crowd your mind, I am your Center of Gravity. When worry about needs steals your sleep, I am your Shepherd. When the night seems interminable, I am your Light. When your situation is uncertain, I am your Anchor. When you are on sinking sand, I am your Solid Rock. When despair threatens your soul, I am your Melody of Hope. When tears soak your pillow, I am your Dawn. When current events depress you, I am your Bright Morning Star.
When you feel a little down, remember your Greatest Blessing—God.
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I will praise the LORD as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God all my life long. PSALM 146:2 NRSV
My music is your happiness. I am your Song when you are down and out— inner-stances of joy transcending sad circumstances. Dance heaven’s jig of joy; do not drag in earth’s mournful dirge. Always be joyful. I elevate your attitude—sing alleluia!
My might is your hope. I am your Strength when you do not feel like going on— Creator teaching you capability to persevere through severity. Feel like giving up? See Jesus hanging on the cross, and get back to work. Keep on praying. I energize your actions—live alleluia!
My mercy is your help. I am your Solution when you are puzzled by the next step— Shepherd transforming your concern into peaceful contentment. Whatever happens, maintain a grateful heart. I encourage you by My answer—pray alleluia!
My Messiahship is your heaven. I am your Sovereign when “good luck” eludes you. I am orchestrating details in your best interest— faith can dance, patience can wait, hope can sing. Never stifle My Holy Spirit. I exercise ultimate authority—anticipate alleluia!
Sing My praises forever and a day, including this day–say alleluia!
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The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him sincerely. PSALM 145:18 NLT
My unsearchable greatness is your practical strength. Worthy of highest honor and praise, powerful beyond calculation— I am the Greatest Force. Above politics, I do more than make promises—I keep them. Holy Radiant Light changes your night to brightest day.
My unparalleled generosity is your plentiful supply. Embraced by My heart’s tenderness, satisfied by My lavish care— I am your Gracious Father. Infinite resources satisfy your heart’s hunger and thirst.
My unfailing government is your positive solution. Submitting to My reign, giving allegiance to the King of kings— I am your Glorious Future. I heal your heartaches when life seems hopeless.
My understanding gentleness is your peaceful serenity. Understanding you when no one else seems to care, Standing under you when no one else can help— I am your Greatest Friend. In your heart, you are already home—rest easy.
My unimaginable gladness is your praise song. Closer than hands and feet, nearer than your very breath— I am your Grand Festival. Rejoice in inner-stances and practice gratitude perpetually. I am not distant—I am near to the trusting heart. You do not have to travel to find Me—just pray.
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Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me. Psalm 138:7 KJV
You are a sojourner in ephemeral time. The universal law of human life is summed up in one word—walking. Life is a walk, a journey, and constant action forward. Walking means constant change of position. Yesterday’s circumstances are gone forever. Today’s circumstances will be in the past tomorrow. Life’s walk is constant—the wheels of life never pause. Life’s walk is fast–morning mist evaporating in blazing sun, short story. Life’s walk is irretraceable—you cannot live one day again. Emily Dickinson is right, “That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” Each step you take brings you one step nearer your final destination.
You are surrounded by earthly trouble. Life’s walk is not always on green grass under cloudless sky. There is much to enjoy on earth, but life is frequently problematic. Time educates you for eternity—adversity is My university. In hard circumstances, I teach you lessons you would not learn otherwise.
You are supported by eternal trustworthiness. The Grand Support of Human Life is equal to all your emergencies. I pledge that I will give you strength enough for every troublesome day. Corrie ten Boom said it well—“If God sends you on rough roads, He gives you iron shoes.” I am El Shaddai, the One Who is Enough, Almighty God— sufficient for every circumstance, eventuality, or probability. I am an ever present—not absent!—help in trouble. I am omniscient—I know your cares. I am omnipotent—I can help you. I am omnipresent—I am always with you. I keep you in trouble—far better than keeping you from trouble. I will finish what I started in you—we will embrace at the end of the road.
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How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land? PSALM 137:4
When you are in a situation that makes you want to hang up your harp, you may wonder how in the world you can ever celebrate again. Where is that toe-tapping rhythm, that spring in your step?
You are on alien soil in the ungodly world. No wonder antagonists poke fun at your hymns of praise. The world is “not a friend to grace to help you on to God” (Isaac Watts). I am the One “who makes the woeful heart to sing” (Anonymous hymn).
When Paul wrote Philippians, he was not in a Statler Hilton luxury suite. Yet he published a message of joy advising believers to rejoice. Hope can sing—heaven’s music echoes in listening hearts. Faith can dance—heaven’s message encourages trusting souls. Joy can celebrate—heaven’s mirth is in inner-stances, not circumstances. Love can rejoice—heaven’s melody inspires invulnerable joy.
Horatio Spafford experienced this joy—even after his daughters died. That ship collision in the Atlantic took their lives, but not his peace. Sorrows like sea billows rolled over him, but it was well with his soul.
Richard Wurmbrand experienced this joy—even after 14 years in prison. Brutally tortured until he could find relief only on his elbows and knees, he still sang a song a fellow prisoner wrote about Jesus.
Joni Eareckson Tada experienced this joy—even as a quadriplegic. Confined to a wheelchair, painting with her mouth, she sang from her heart a song of trusting faith.
Betsie ten Boom experienced this joy—even in a concentration camp. She knew they would be free, and she told her sister to tell everyone there is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.
You can also experience this joy. Though you feel like sighing, your Greatest Friend can teach you a song. By My grace, you can sing—even when you do not feel like it.
Yahweh, my heart is not haughty. I do not set my sights too high. I have taken no part in great affairs, in wonders beyond my scope. I hold myself in quiet and silence, like a little child in its mother’s arms. PSALM 131:1-2 TNJB
Let Me work in your heart to give you assurance for today’s mission and confidence for tomorrow’s mystery. Give up sins and become an innocent child in My heavenly kingdom. Avoid sophisticated pride—cultivate childlike trust. Instead of your maybe, use My shall—learn the vocabulary of trust. An angelic trumpet will inaugurate Christ’s kingdom—listen for it. Evil, death, crying, and pain will become obsolete—be sure of it. If life falls apart, do not scream to high heaven—whisper and I will hear. I am the Answer to your heart’s questions.
Let Me work in your heart to make Christlikeness your high ambition. Permit Me to replace your haughty prancing with humble walking. Allow Me to teach you life’s main lessons—I am God and you are not. Kneel and discover the holy land beneath your knees. Struggle on toward moral resurrection from the hell-bent world. My Son reached out in love—do not seclude yourself from others. Society would make you selfishly ambitious—I have a better idea. I am your Highest Quest.
Let Me work in your heart to replace your anxiety with childlike trust. I am your Harbor—anchor your soul, and enjoy holy silence. I am your Mighty Fortress—nestle, do not wrestle, and rest easy. I am your Vital Breath—breathe deeply in faith, and relax. I am your Life—pray with every heartbeat, and live life fully. I am your Provider—wean your soul from fretting, and be content. I am your Father—depend on My blessings, and ditch worry. I am your Savior—receive My pardon, and live guilt-free. I am your Helper—quiet your heart before Me, and stay calm. I am your Peace—mute life’s noise, and enjoy My company. I am your Quiet Zone–pause awhile, and refuel for the journey.
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