E-Seeds

  • Wanted: Godly Wisdom
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 16, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Many years ago I had a friend who wrote a book on decision making. He carefully researched the decision-making process of world leaders throughout history as much as was possible. He concluded that a leader could be known and understood by the people he went to for counsel and information before making a decision. He looked at character traits, religious beliefs, education, and friends. From his extensive research, he concluded that those whom we look to for advice before making a decision reveals who we are and what to expect of us.But advice is not wisdom. Advice that comes from most individuals, is only an “opinion about what could or should be done about a situation or problem.” One can purchase advice or seek advice from friends or associates, but it is not actually wisdom. Heed the words of Solomon: “Of what use is money in the hands of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom.”It is foolish, according to Solomon, to think that anyone can buy wisdom since it is a gift of God. Wisdom can only be acquired by studying God’s Word and depending on Him for insight and foresight through prayer and the counsel of wise Christians. Even if someone could buy wisdom, they would be a “fool” for they would lack the sense to know what to do with it.God’s wisdom is not for sale. It is available to those who have a desire to get to know Him by spending time with Him and seeking wisdom from Him as revealed in His Word. God makes Himself known to those who willingly seek Him with all their heart. The only requirement for those who want God’s wisdom is to seek it as He has revealed it in His Word.Prayer: Father, help us to understand the importance of true, Godly wisdom. May we seek it with all our heart, and when we find it, follow it faithfully and fervently. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 17:16 Of what use is money in the hands of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom.&nbs […]

  • Cover It Up!
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 14, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Asking for forgiveness is often more difficult than it seems. To have offended someone and not be troubled by the pain it produced in the other person is indeed the sign of a calloused heart and an indifferent attitude: both an abomination to God!But to acknowledge that we have wronged another person is difficult. For whatever our reason may be, and although we do not admit it, we all seem to think we live a life that is as close to perfect as possible. Our opinions are absolute, and our values are without question, the ones that every person ought to hold.That, however, defies Scripture and reason. Most of us have a difficult time getting through one day without some conflict about some issue with another person. And, if our opinion or position on the issue does not agree with the other persons, conflict erupts.Now, conflict is not all bad. Often creativity comes out of conflict and that’s good. If however, we become hardened in our position and refuse to accept the ideas of the other person and use words to hurt and harm them, that is indeed wrong and displeasing to God.We are all equal in God’s eyes - even when our ideas or positions disagree with another. If we are thoughtless in expressing our differences to the point that we use abusive language to destroy and defeat one of God's children – that’s definitely wrong. End of discussion.“He who covers over an offense promotes love.” Here we are advised to plead for forgiveness and “cover it up.” Another way of saying it is to “forgive and pray for the other.”Prayer: Give us tender hearts, Lord. May we spend time today making amends, where necessary for harming others and blessing them in Your Name. Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 17:9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.&nbs […]

  • Equality For All
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 13, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    One of the great ongoing debates in our nation today concerns unequal justice. If the person who committed an offense is on my side politically or socially, for example, it is almost a foregone conclusion that “our side” wants “justice” for that one as they interpret the law. It seems as though most are more than willing to overlook justice for the “wrongdoer” if it will not cause “our side” to lose in the race for prominence, prestige, position or political favor.How very wrong in the eyes of God! Justice, in God’s eyes, is to be applied equally. He makes no apology or excuse for wrongdoing. One cannot read His Word without coming to the conclusion that “justice must prevail!” This concept is stressed in the Law and the Prophets and in other Old Testament writings. God will not bless or accept the behavior of those who attempt to justify the wrongdoing of anyone for any reason in any situation. In His Word and in His world, wrong is wrong and cannot be negotiated or resolved by getting the largest number of votes.Injustice is always repulsive to God because it is a violation of His very nature and character. He is a just and holy God and to favor one side above another cannot exist in His creation, and should not exist within His Kingdom.“Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent - the Lord detests them both.” One thing to note about this verse is the fact that the words Solomon chose to describe “injustice” is a word that describes the most intense outrage possible to a Holy God. To Him, inequity is repulsive - even if it involves “the home team.”Prayer: Help us, Lord, to see right and wrong through Your eyes and in light of Your Word. May justice come to those wrongly condemned, and may justice prevail! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 17:15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent - the Lord detests them both. […]

  • It Goes In A Circle
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 13, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Few events in life are as precious as the arrival of a grandchild. They bring new life to aging parents and hope for the future. They all develop their own individual ways and unusual habits that are endearing and worth tucking away in “memory banks” for future moments. Memories like the names they give us to get our attention, their favorite blankets they cannot live without, or the huge number of stuffed animals they can carry from one place to another without dropping a single one of them are some of mine.Solomon said it well: “Children’s children are a splendor to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” The inestimable joy that comes with a grandchild is difficult to explain. It is indeed like a burst of splendor that produces pride that is difficult to diminish no matter what happens.But there seems to be a circle in this verse that we must not overlook. With all of the pleasurable moments we enjoy with our grandchildren, there comes tremendous responsibility. It is in the second section of this verse: “parents are the pride of their children.” Here, Solomon sets a stake in the ground that indicts parents. He insists that we must recognize and accept the responsibility that we who are parents have to God.To have an honorable grandchild the grandparent is responsible to have been a model parent. This does not imply that parents are to be perfect. That’s not possible. But it does mean that the grandchild’s parents were well mentored by parents who honored God in all things.Prayer: Father, every parent wants to be a parent that pleases You. Forgive our failures and open our minds and hearts and help us to follow Your example. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 17:6 Children’s children are a splendor to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.&nbs […]

  • Pass It On!
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 12, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    It was just before noon when Joseph walked into my office. His clothes were dirty and wrinkled. He must have been cold from the driving rain and winter wind.“I know I look nasty,” he said. “I’ve been sleeping in a barn for the past three nights. There’s no heat, and it’s been hard to stay warm. Mind if I sit in your chair over in the corner? It really looks comfortable.”“This soft drink is all I’ve had for two days. I’m a diabetic and need to eat but I’m drinking this drink as slowly as I can until I find someone who can help me. I was thrown out of my home Christmas Day because I couldn’t pay the rent. Do you have any money you can give me? I’ll have some by Friday and can pay you back then.”Our offices are located on a state highway, and many folks like Joseph stop by daily. Cal stopped by Monday. His mother, along with his two-month-old daughter, was killed by a drunk driver the day before. He was on his way to Florida to make funeral arrangements before he deployed to Iraq with his Marine unit. He did not ask for anything except prayer. “I saw your Chapel,” he said, “and I knew I could find someone here who could pray for me. That’s really all I need.”It is difficult to remember a day when no one has stopped by for help. Their stories are compelling, often even heart-breaking. Occasionally they are untrue. In the end, however, they answer to God for what they do. “He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker.”Prayer: Help us, Father, to help those who are poor and in need. You’ve sent them our way for a reason. May we show Your love, mercy, and grace to those in need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 17:5a He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker. […]

  • Generosity Matters
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 11, 2019 at 7:48 PM

    Thinking “poor” is difficult for most of us. We have so much more than we need that it is difficult to understand what it is like to go without, be without, or do without. For most, the distance between a delicious meal and pangs of hunger is unimaginable. Many of us have never had to go without a meal much less gather morsels from a garbage can to survive.I frequently hear stories of individuals who have invested some of their “things” in those who have represented themselves as poor only to find out that they had been “duped.” Some say they will never give again because they were fooled. I find this attitude disturbing.There are times when I find myself “guarded” when people come to my office with a need for some “thing.” It might be for money to pay the utility bill, or milk to nourish a baby, or money for a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter. Often when I find myself questioning their motives I ask myself: “Who am I to be their judge?”In Proverbs, there is a verse that says, “For God made both the rich and the poor.” With that in mind, what should my response be to those in need? Is my response an indication of how I would respond to Jesus if He came to me with a need and I did not recognize Him?In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus said, “What you did to the least of these brothers of mine, you did it unto me.” If we fail to respond with compassion to those in need how can we expect God to hear us when we have needs?When we see someone in need, let us never forget that God brought that one into our lives to help them somehow. It’s not an option. Rather, it's our obligation to do whatever we can.Prayer: Lord, give us hearts that are sensitive to the needs of others. May we bless their lives as You have blest ours. May we do for others as You have done for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.&nbs […]

  • The Importance Of Gray Hair
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 10, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Hair care products have become a major industry in most developed countries in the world. In fact, in 2018, men spent more money on hair care products than on shaving products. It’s not that beards are becoming more popular. It’s simply the fact that “manscaping” or “anti-aging” products for male hair care have increased very dramatically.Evidently, hair care was not important to Solomon. But gray hair was. “Gray hair is a crown of splendor, it is attained by a righteous life,” he once wrote. He also wrote that “gray hair is a crown of glory.”Looking for Solomon in a men’s hair care salon, no doubt, would be a waste of time. He would probably be found at his desk pouring over the law and prophets looking for wisdom and insight. And for good reason.Throughout the book of Proverbs, there is an important theme: the righteous are rewarded with a long life! How times have changed. Today, bodybuilding and “flat-abs” are much more important than understanding the word of God. Mirror-lined walls in health clubs are everywhere. They are filled night and day with individuals who want to “tone-up their muscles” by weight training and other forms of bodybuilding.There is nothing wrong with caring for our bodies. They are the temple of the Holy Spirit. But if we neglect the importance of “soul-building,” what good would the most perfect body be if it was not dedicated to the glory of God to bring men and women into His Kingdom?Prayer: Father, help us to care for our bodies and use them to bring honor and glory to Your name! May we be more concerned with what’s inside than the outside! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor, it is attained by a righteous life.&nbs […]

  • Right Way - Wrong Way
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 9, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    “Have you ever made the same mistake twice?” he asked.“What is this,” I asked in a taunting voice, “a trick question?”“No, I’m serious. You’re a doctor; you’re supposed to be smart. I was just wondering,” was his response as he shook his head.“Of course I have,” I replied. “In fact, I’ve made the same mistake several times.”“You have?” he responded in surprise. “I really thought you were smarter than that. I’m shocked.”I’m sure I’m not the only one who has repeated a mistake more than once. And it doesn’t make me feel comfortable to think about it, either. But it’s true.Perhaps that’s why Solomon wrote the same Proverb twice: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death.” We need to be reminded of this fact.There is an inherent danger in being successful: we tend to “think of ourselves more highly than we should.” It’s easy to do. We have a new opportunity, or there are some new challenges, and we “rise” to the occasion. We get a new burst of energy, we are excited about a second chance, and we are off and running, believing that we will succeed! No limits for me!And, that’s the time we need to pause and remind ourselves that “There is a way that may seem right…” It’s very important to acknowledge the sovereignty of God and to admit our own limitations. When things go well, we must thank God for blessing us and give Him the credit. When they don’t, we need to be aware that God is trying to get our attention.Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for this reminder. All too often we give ourselves credit when the glory is all Yours! May we do what we do through Your guidance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death.&nbs […]

  • Trust And Obey
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 8, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Knowing who or what to trust may be difficult. It may be the result of having someone disappoint us or take advantage of us. None the less, trust once lost, is often costly and difficult to regain.Years ago a mother and father sat in my office and asked, “Dr. Guido, in light of what our son has done, will we ever be able to trust him again? He has disappointed us time and time again. He has lied to us and he has stolen from us and he has betrayed us. How can we ever believe what he says is true?”My heart ached as they looked at me. They loved their son dearly. They made many sacrifices on his behalf. They sent him to the best schools and took him to church when he was young. But a gradual change came over him, and they did not know what to do.After thinking a few moments I replied, “Yes, once we lose trust in someone we love dearly, it causes problems that are difficult to overcome. But, there seems to be one principle that might help you. It begins with keeping our promises. If I say and do it, that’s me keeping my word, and you can begin to trust me. If I say it and don’t do it, I’ve not honored my word, and old doubts will return. The past will invade our minds and hearts, and trust will become more difficult than ever. Keeping my word is the only reason you would have to trust me.”“Blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” We know that we can trust the Lord because He has always honored His word. If He said it, He did it - time and time again!Prayer: How blest we are, Father, to know Your Word and place our trust in You. Your record of doing what You said You would do is revealed in Your Word. Thank You! In Jesus’ Name, AmenScripture For Today: Proverbs 16:20 –Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.&nbs […]

  • The Rewards Of Arrogance
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 7, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    “Warning: Construction work next 10 miles.”Most of us have seen road signs that warn us of impending dangers. Wise motorists follow their warning if they want to be safe. Careless ones normally take risks to prove they make their own rules and create their own destiny. The attitude that “Rules were made to be broken” suggests that they can get away with the limits and boundaries of life.“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” is a warning that is well worth admitting. There is little doubt that one of the most fundamental foes Christians face is pride. In fact, Solomon stated in verse five that “The Lord detests all the proud of heart!” Pride, once it invades our hearts, is often the beginning step in walking away from God. Pride will destroy us because it cancels the first rule of wisdom: “The fear of the Lord.” Pride and an attitude of humility and our complete dependence on God, cannot exist in the same heart.It is well worth noting that the word “destruction” carries with it a picture of the shattering of a bone. When our hearts become filled with pride and we no longer see the need for God to be at the center of our lives, all of our dreams and visions will be shattered and destroyed.A good way to understand the word “haughty” is to think of the “woozy” feelings that come with being “dizzy.” Life becomes blurred, steps uncertain and unsteady, and will eventually lead to a fall. Warning: pride is lurking in the depths of your heart! “Forewarned is forearmed.”Prayer: Help us, Lord, to understand the subtle power of pride. May we become dependent on You to guide us, guard us, and give us an attitude of humility. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.&nbs […]

  • The Highway Of Life
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 6, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    THE HIGHWAY OF LIFEMy Dad worked for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad for nearly fifty years. He was responsible for maintaining over 200 miles of railroad tracks. Part of the tracks ran from the docks of the harbor on Lake Erie to a steel mill that was the largest manufacturer of pipe in America. Although the distance from the harbor to the steel mill was only a few miles, the tracks formed an intricate system of switches and tracks that had to be carefully laid out and spaced for the engines, coal cars, and iron ore cars to pass each other safely.One evening when he returned from work, he was visibly shaken. He sat quietly and said nothing. All of the family knew that something serious had happened and we knew not to ask questions. When he was ready to talk, he would tell us the story.Finally, he said, “We had a terrible accident in Elyria today. The men who worked there did not prepare the “bed” properly for the tracks, and they gave way today. The engine fell over on its side and killed the engineer.” Someone failed to take the time to lay the foundation and build the bed strong enough for the trains to pass safely. That engineer did not have to die and leave his family. Someone failed in their duty, and it cost the engineer his life.“The highway of the upright avoids evil, he who guards his way guards his life,” wrote Solomon. The word “highway” refers to a raised roadway that is carefully groomed and maintained. We “groom” our highway when we read God’s Word, pray, and seek His way.Prayer: Father, help us to be aware of the foundations we establish. May we be sensitive to the importance of guarding each step by walking the way Your Son did. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright avoids evil, he who guards his way guards his life.&nbs […]

  • Help Needed
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 5, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    James had unwrapped all of his birthday presents except one. It was a small truck that had a bubble of plastic over it that was sealed to a piece of cardboard. He tried desperately to separate the plastic from the cardboard but had no success. Initially, he thought he could separate the two by trying to slip his small fingernail between them. But his nail was too short. Then he tried to carefully squeeze the plastic to see if it would “open up” enough space for him to get his hand on the truck. That plan failed, too. Then he put the plastic bubble on the table and pushed on the cardboard thinking that was the solution. Frustrated, he looked at the little truck with teary eyes. It was a prize that became more valuable each time he tried to unwrap it.Then he looked up at his Dad and asked, “What can I do to get my truck out of the box?”“Well,” said his Dad, “you could ask me for help.”Every plan that James had and tried failed. They all seemed sensible to him, but when he tried to make them work, nothing happened. Then he lifted his eyes and found someone who would help him to achieve his goal successfully.“In his heart, a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” is great wisdom, worth accepting, and constantly applying. We may design detailed, thorough plans to reach our goals, but when we attempt to make them work with our own strength, applying our own wisdom, we will become frustrated and discouraged when they fail. It’s essential to include the Lord in the praying and pre-planning stage, and then work with Him until they are fulfilled.Prayer: Lord, we all want to succeed in everything we do. May we recognize how critical it is to always include You in everything we do, from the beginning to the end. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 16:9 In his heart, a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.&nbs […]

  • For God's Glory
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 4, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Nearly everyone in our organization had a difficult time working with Gustav. He was born and educated in Germany and continually challenged everyone about any and everything. It was not so much that he thought he was smarter or superior to us, but he relentlessly made everyone think about what they were doing. For him, everything had to have a purpose.“Why are you doing that?” he would ask. Or “What good will that do?” And, if those questions were not answered to his satisfaction he would ask the ultimate and most difficult question of all, “What’s the purpose of what you are doing?” It was like working with small children who asked endless questions because they did not understand what was going on.Eventually, we came to respect “Gus.” He forced us to be certain that everything we did had a purpose. If not, we were wasting time that would be lost forever.“The Lord works out everything for His own purpose - even the wicked for a day of disaster,” wrote Solomon. Whatever we do and wherever we are is an important part of the plan that God has personally designed for each of us. We must always remember that everything is under God’s control. Whatever is, is because God allowed it. Even evil things done by evil men fit into His plan and purpose. Their deeds are a result of their choices, and God will not allow them to escape His judgment or wrath. Wrong does not become right until God intervenes.Paul explained it well: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever.” Ultimately, we will see His purpose in everything.Prayer: Lord, may we always be mindful that this is Your world, and we are Your creation. You indeed are the Creator/Redeemer and will make all things right. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs16:4 The Lord works out everything for His own purpose - even the wicked for a day of disaster. […]

  • What's In It For God?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 3, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    “Before you make a decision, make a plan or set a goal, ask these questions,” said T.B. Matson, our ethics professor.“Can I ask God to bless what I am about to do?”“Is what I am planning to do going to honor God?”“Would I feel comfortable to ask others to join me in prayer for what I am asking God to do for me?”“Would others agree with me that what I am about to do will be God-honoring?”We often act and react without pausing to pray about or even consider the consequences of our behavior. Sometimes when things seem to be getting out of control, we run to God and plead for Him to “correct this terrible mess I’ve created for Your name is at stake.” Others may say, “Well, it looked good when I started but where is God now?”Because of our sinful nature, we often act without seeking God’s approval before setting out on a project. We think, plan, work and then wonder “what happened to my ideas?” when things go wrong. We forget the need to go to God first because of our desire to act independent and self-sufficient. If we look to and depend on God, we automatically admit we are insufficient on our own and need His help. And who wants to think they need help?Wisely Solomon wrote, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.” The word used for “commit” literally means “roll over.” So if in prayer, we “roll over” our plans to God for His blessing, protection, and guidance, we can expect them to succeed.Prayer: Father, we pray that You will remove all pride from our hearts and help us realize our need for Your guidance. May we realize our need for You at all times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.&nbs […]

  • What's In It For Me?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 2, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Have you ever asked someone to do something for you, and they either did it poorly or “forgot.” Maybe they said, “That’s on the top of my list. I can’t believe I haven’t done it yet. Please forgive me,” or “I wish you’d have reminded me sooner. You know I want to help you!” Perhaps they were waiting for you to do something for them first.Had there been something very special or unique in “it” for them for doing the task, it probably would have been done. Most individuals want to receive some type of recognition or reward for helping others. It’s usually a “what’s in it for me” attitude that paralyzes many from being helpful. When our requests for assistance are for the ordinary, everyday, boring things of life that have little glamour or glory, they are easily set aside for the more important things that bring rewards or recognition. Few willingly become involved with the problems of others when the rewards are small or insignificant.Everyone needs attention and recognition. It’s part of how God made us. However, we must always be conscious of one important fact: Whatever we do must ultimately be done to glorify God. If we do the right “thing” for the wrong reason - to bring recognition to ourselves - we cannot expect God to bless it or us. In fact, we should not expect His blessings at all.“All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord,” wrote Solomon. We rarely stop and think about being accountable to God for every “thing” we do, but we are. God knows our “motives” and “weighs” them in light of His Word. Our motives matter!Prayer: We ask, Father, to be alert to all that we say or do. May our motives come from our heart that has You and Your Word at its center and will honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs16:2 All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.&nbs […]

  • It Takes More Than Good Plans
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 1, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    It had been a long, trying and tiring day. It seemed as though there was one demand after another - each more consuming than the preceding one. While sitting alone and looking out the window at a yard filled with pine trees, my little dog Bella came and sat at my feet. Finally, I thought, here’s someone who has come to comfort me.Shortly after she sat down and looked into my eyes, she began to bark loudly. Not wanting to be disturbed, I tried to avoid looking at her - hoping she would come to the conclusion that I did not want to be bothered. It didn’t work. She persisted until I looked at her, shook my head, got up from my chair, and fed her. What I find so amazing is that she expects to be fed at the same time each day. It is as though she has a plan in place organized around a clock. Not so, because she does not have the ability to plan. Only man, created in the image of God, has been given the ability to plan. It is a God-given gift and to be used to glorify and honor the Lord. And notice, if you will, that it comes from the heart - our very essence - the sum total of all the gifts God has given to us.Notice also, “the answer of the tongue comes from the Lord.” We may make the most intricate, time-consuming and carefully designed plans for what we think is best for us and others. But, in the end, only God knows what is best for every situation, decision, problem or plan.We must always recognize the sovereignty of God in all things. We must wait upon Him to speak to us and give us the assurance that our plans agree with His Word and will!Prayer: Help us, Lord, to understand that the best plans ever conceived will fail without Your blessing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 16:1 To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.&nbs […]

  • Fear - Humility - Wisdom - Honor
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on May 31, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Everything has a beginning. Everything has an ending. But there are many “things” in between.Let’s return to a familiar theme in Proverbs: “The fear of the Lord.” But in this verse, we are told that “The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom.” Initially, the fear of the Lord was the beginning - the foundation of wisdom. It was presented as the most fundamental part of life. Here, it takes on a new meaning.“The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom. Humility precedes honor.” It may not seem as though there is a large difference in the two phrases, but there certainly is. In this passage, we are taught that if we fear God it can bring us into a relationship with Him where He is able to let us know what we need to change in our lives if we become humble! Then we can make changes - whatever they are - and will come to a greater understanding of His wisdom, of ourselves, and what we need to do to grow to become more like His Son.The key word in this verse is the word “humility.” Not only will fearing God enable us to begin the process of learning His wisdom - but by becoming humble we will receive honor that comes from Him, not others, as we willingly accept His teachings.Others may recognize us, even respect us, for the wisdom we possess. They may even honor us in one way or another. But to be honored by Him is the greatest gift in life.We will only receive this honor by being in His presence, kneeling before Him in awe, worship and praise, which begins with and can only come from a sense of deep humility.Prayer: Father, we cannot understand Your holiness until we admit our sinfulness and repent in deep humility. May we realize our need to honor You with humility. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 15:33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor. […]

  • There Is A Difference
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on May 30, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    We often apply words without understanding the importance of their exact meaning. The word “ignorant” is a good example. To be sure, I am “ignorant” about many things. I know nothing about “quantum physics” but that does not mean I am “dumb.” I cannot fly an airplane, but that does not mean I am “stupid.” Rather, in both areas of knowledge, I am “ignorant” about quantum physics and how to fly an airplane, but not dumb or stupid.Being ignorant differs from “ignoring” something. It means that I lack knowledge or information about a subject. It may or may not impact on my life in a harmful way. But, if I “ignore” something important or significant that can affect my well-being, that is different.Something not to be “ignored” is discipline because it has serious consequences. “He who ignores discipline despises himself; but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.” A conscious rejection or refusal to accept discipline or the willingness to consider it as an important aspect in life is a sign of ignorance. Solomon says that a person who ignores discipline “despises himself” and is “unwilling to be corrected.” This often refers to “personal pride” or an unwillingness to see myself as I am. It is as though I say to myself, “It does not matter what the truth is about me, I refuse to admit it.”If we look at this from another perspective, it is the same as a sinner saying to God, “I don't need You. I can make it by myself. I need nothing - including You.”However, if we accept “God’s correction” for our lives by accepting His grace through faith in His Son, we will receive His salvation which is the beginning of a new life and insight.Prayer: Thank You, Father, for all we have because of Your love. May we gladly accept Your correction and salvation and begin a new life in and through Your Son. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 15:32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.&nbs […]

  • It Takes More Than One
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on May 29, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Somewhere on a shelf in my library is a small book with a big lesson. When I take its message to heart, I am more apt to succeed in whatever I have in mind. When I rush ahead and neglect its counsel, I am more apt to fail and must deal with problems that could have been avoided.It Takes Two to See One is the name of the book that “can make a distinct difference” in how we make our decisions, solve our problems, or set our goals. The simple secret is that if we isolate ourselves from the wisdom and knowledge of others and insulate ourselves from the insight and experiences of others, we are likely to end up with a picture of ourselves that is out of focus, lacks detail and eventually leads us to disaster!“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Getting input and ideas, advice and information from others can lead us to success. Although not clearly expressed in the way this verse is translated, the advice we are to seek is to come from those whom we can trust and will keep our discussions confidential. As we talk about and look for clarification “from many,” a pattern will develop, and what we might have overlooked will become clear and visible and obvious to us. Then, it’s time to act!There is also the important fact of humility in this verse. “Pride” does come before “destruction” and God does hate a person who is “arrogant.” Those two words, pride and arrogance, have brought the downfall of many. Being inclusive of others in our lives shows great wisdom. No one knows everything, but others may know something that can help us.Prayer: Lord, help us to realize the need we have for counsel - especially from You. May we recognize our limits, Your wisdom and the gifts You have given others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.&nbs […]

  • Looking Good!
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on May 28, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    What is in our hearts is there because we allow it to come in and find a place to live. And, whatever is in our hearts will profoundly affect our lives and control our destiny. If it is in our hearts, it is there because we want it there, and it will have a direct impact on our lives.Within three verses, Solomon describes three different kinds of hearts and the effect they have on our lives. “A happy heart” makes a “cheerful face.” So, no matter what is going on in the life of a person who has a “happy heart,” we will see a “cheerful face” that automatically brings a ray of sunshine into our lives. Their “inside” may be filled with clouds and rain, sickness and suffering, but their hope in God’s goodness and grace will not suppress the happiness He brings into their lives.People with “discerning hearts” are known for the knowledge they possess. They are driven by a desire to know and to share what they understand. They realize that their knowledge is a gift from God, given from Him, to help others. It is not to be hoarded in our heads, but to be given away as freely and generously as it was received.A “cheerful heart” is found in one who chooses to take control of life rather than to have life control them. It’s taking every gift God gives us and using it as a reason to have a celebration with Him as the “guest” of honor. A “cheerful heart” flows from an attitude of joy and peace because God is “in here” and will never leave me nor forsake me. His being “in here” is a cause for a joy that can be seen “out there” and bring His blessings to others.Prayer: Father, do something special within each of us that will bring joy to our hearts and smiles to others! May we spread the joy we have in You with others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 15:13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.&nbs […]

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