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AN ABUNDANT LIFE WITH GOD

Proverbs 15:15-17

From these, short, three verses I can draw the conclusion that with God inside me I can live an abundant life whereas a person without God will trend towards unhappiness, trouble and hatred.

 15.  All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

-One who has a cheerful heart instead of an afflicted one has an attitude towards life that is marked with a sense of continual enjoyment and bounty. That person has a sense of satisfaction and delight that is lasting. Lasting, not as a one day feast like that of Nabal, not for seven days like Samson had, but a durable continual feast without intermission.

16. Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.

 -Those that believe often have enough when worldly eyes see that they have little. God is with them and they are not afflicted with the cares, temptation and troubles which come with the wealth of wickedness. Fear of the Lord spares us much trouble and is better to have that than great wealth.

17. Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.

-Love makes up for a lot. We can live on a humble diet but without God’s love we can never flourish. On the other hand, hatred will spoil any enjoyment that might be in extravagant abundance.

 

 

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GOD KNOWS MY HEART!

Proverbs 15:11 – “Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord, How much more the hearts of men!” NASB

This passage speaks to God’s awesome knowledge and power.  There is nothing held back from the Lord--nothing He doesn’t have access to. I like how the New Living Translation says, “Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the Lord.”

The fact is that the Lord is the Judge of the living and the dead – 2 Timothy 4:1. Additionally, He doesn’t just see our actions. He sees the motives behind our actions. He knows our hearts. As a youth pastor, I tell my students all the time that one of the greatest attributes of a disciple of Jesus is that they are others-centered. Not only should we serve others, but we should serve others with unselfish motives.  

As we make disciples together this week, let’s ask the Lord as David did in Psalm 139, to search our hearts and lead us in the everlasting way!

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