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JOY WILL COME IN THE MORNING!!!!

Psalm 30:5–weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

As painful as the test and trials of life may seem at times, our faith must be tested. Anyone can have faith when we are in our mountain top experiences, but the true test of faith is when we are in our midnight hour. A new morning brings another opportunity to get it right with God!! A new morning!!!  Lamentations 3:22-23 declares - It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Throughout the Bible we see where the faith of God’s people were tested in their midnight experiences. We also see their “JOY” on the morning after. I think we all need a constant reminder of who our God is and what He is well able to do in times of hurt, pain and despair. We must know without a doubt that when our days of suffering and pains seem endless, God is there. God is Faithful and He will fulfill His promises.

2 Timothy 3:12 declares – Yea and all that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. In other words, we will go through tests and trials in life.

Be encouraged, keep the faith, keep believing, keep trusting, keep praying, keep witnessing, even in the midst of suffering and watch God!!! He will never fail you!!! JOY WILL COME IN THE MORNING!!!!

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BE ON THE ALERT!

Proverbs 7:6-23

I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 15 years old The person that lead me to the Lord suggested that I start my devotional life by using Proverbs because it was an easy book to use (31 chapters, no more than 31 days in a month). So, the first day of the month was chapter 1 and so forth, easy. And, as a new Christian, I was hungry to learn and Proverbs was easy to read. What a great combination!

When I first read this chapter as a 15 year old boy my thoughts on this particular portion (6-23) were about what a bad person this woman was. She is working the streets while her husband is out of town, dressed as a harlot, looking for someone to take to her home for her own pleasure. She is brazen, cunning, conniving, treacherous, and most of all, as we see in verses 24-27, deadly. What I gleaned from this passage was that I should stay away from this kind of woman.

I used Proverbs for my quiet time for the first twelve months after I was saved. I read a lot of Scripture during that time, but I poured over what I was studying in Proverbs. The seventh day of every month I was in chapter 7 and reading about this “nasty” woman. But, every time I read this passage something else would jump out at me. For instance, this naïve boy is hanging around after dark with other boys and he then just happens to pass through the street near her corner and then takes the way to her house before they even meet! At this point, I am agreeing with Shakespeare “something is rotten in the state of Denmark”. Then, the thought eventually struck me that maybe this really isn’t about a boy meeting a wanton woman. Maybe it’s about how sin captures us “as a bird hastens to the snare” and we “do not know that it will cost us our life”. It was not long after that that I Peter 5:8 was brought to my attention. It reads “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Sounds a lot like our woman in Proverbs does it not? “She is boisterous and rebellious; Her feet do not remain at home; She is now in the streets, now in the squares; And lurks by every corner.” She sounds just like our adversary, does she not?

And the boy? He was out looking and his looking got him snared! Be on the alert.

 

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