Day 25 - Practical Wisdom to Stay on Your Pathway of Life | “House of Wisdom” Devotional

Proverbs 10:17, People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.

The book of Proverbs often refers to a preferred pathway. In this text it refers to “the pathway of life.”
In our language there is a word called “pragmatic.” Being pragmatic is about looking at the practical consequences of actions before actions are taken. The person who is pragmatic first considers what is best and then builds a plan to achieve it. For example, if being out of debt is the best objective, a pragmatist will not use a credit card for consumer debt.

A person on the path of life is someone who does not have a problem accepting correction from God and wise people. Sometimes people are so concerned about hurt feelings that they refuse to give or receive correction. Don't let your emotions get in the way of receiving what you need to stay on the path of life. Whatever consequences or emotions that may follow correction cannot be worse than straying off a good pathway.

Reflection Question: What practical discipline should you apply to your life now to avoid a future problem?

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Day 24 - Something More Important Than Good Plans | “House of Wisdom” Devotional

Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. 

Sometimes I hear this comment: “When God tells me what to do, I’ll do it.” I find that people operating on this mindset end up waiting for a very, very long time for God to tell them what to do. As a matter of fact, they may still be waiting!

It is not that God does not speak to his people or lead and guide them. It’s more a matter of how God wants to work in our lives. We tend to focus on our current feelings, pressing needs, and churning ambitions. God sees much more. He knows the state of our hearts and sees further ahead in order to prepare us for the future. We need to keep our hearts clear and committed to the Lord.

When Samuel went looking for a replacement for King Saul, who was neither committed to the Lord nor obedient, he was impressed by the sight of Eliab, one of David’s brothers. However, God spoke to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)

Eliab looked the part, but God saw his heart and said, “Not this one.” The person everyone overlooked was David, because of his lowly status as a shepherd and his small stature.

Successful plans begin with a fully committed heart. Committed not first to succeeding, but to living in the grace, wisdom, and character of Christ. Certainly, people can succeed in life without God, but this approach can only amount to “gaining the world” and “losing one’s soul.” (Matthew 16:26)

Reflection Question: In what ways do you need to commit to God today?

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Day 23 - Jesus: My Wisdom | “House of Wisdom” Devotional

1 Corinthians 1:30  But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

NOTE: This lesson in “House of Wisdom” is not based in the Book of Proverbs.
There are many benefits that come with the New Birth and union with Christ. This Christian life is much more than going to church, not going to hell, and going to heaven. 

We received grace to possess virtues and blessings that would be impossible to gain by any other means. Along with the new nature we received comes a kind of spiritual “DNA.” Science summarizes human DNA as, “the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone.” That’s a good description of what we have in Christ!

Our Scripture text identifies the following characteristics of our spiritual nature from Jesus Christ:

1. Wisdom: Ability to make good choices and use understanding and knowledge
2. Righteousness: Right standing with God
3. Sanctification: Set apart to God for holy and high purpose
4. Redemption: Purchased by Jesus’ life and blood. Free from all claims of sin.

These are not virtues that we seek. These are virtues that we possess because of Christ. Just as talented people have to be coached and developed over many years, believers in Christ need to “grow in grace.” 

Reflection Question: Write one statement describing your spiritual DNA, “Through Christ I have_________________________”

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Day 22 - The Life-Changing Power of Instruction | "The House of Wisdom" Devotional

Proverbs 15:32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. 

Receiving God's best and giving God our best begins with an assignment. It is fully realized by recognizing the importance of instruction. Instruction and assignments are provided for our protection and provision.

Think of all the best things in your life. Now think of the broken or unfulfilled things in your life. A lot of disappointment in your life is related to instructions you ignored or did not take seriously. A wise person once said, “If I can help you change how you respond to an instruction, I can help you change your life.”

Imagine driving on a long trip on a highway without signs or directions. That would essentially be a trip to “nowhere.” The fact that we need instruction confirms our need to learn and gain wisdom along with understanding. We also need people in our lives who know more than we know. This is especially true in knowing God and His Word.

It is not only a matter of receiving instruction, but of being better at responding to instructors and their instructions.

Prov. 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life

Reflection Question:  What are 1-2 instructions you received in the past six months that need follow-up or action taken?

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Push Back Against Discouragement

Discouragement is a decision based on circumstances. Don’t let circumstances decide how you feel. Don’t ask yourself how you feel...Ask yourself, “What do I believe?”

Joshua 1:9, Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”