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Proverbs 31: Part 4&5 Charm is deceptive. ..

Good evening y’all. Today we are studying proverbs 31: 23 – 31.

Be blessed 🙂

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I’m focusing on verse 25 and 30 today.

Verse 25
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future” (NLT).

Here is a woman who is strong and has learnt to not worry about the future but rather enjoy each day as it comes. I ask why is she laughing at the future? Perhaps it’s because she knows that God is able to provide for the future and she doesn’t need to fret about it.

I found the commentary below regards this verse.

“What does that word “dignity” mean? It refers to the fact that she is elevated above common things. She is elevated about trivial things. Her life is not all about what doesn’t matter. She has true class, true virtue. She has godly character. She is spiritually strong and she has elevated herself to the nobler issues. And she has the power of true character and its expressed in the fact that she smiles at the future. She has no fear. Why? Because she knows her life is right with God and that secures His blessing in the future.
You shouldn’t fear the future. You shouldn’t worry about the future. If your life is right with God the promise of God is unfolding blessing, isn’t it? She knows in whom she trusts. She knows her life is right. She is faithful. She is pure. And therefore she can delight in what is ahead. Those who fear the future are those who experience guilt in the present. If you’re overburdened by the weight of your own sin and unfaithfulness, you have every reason to fear the future because the Bible promises chastening. This woman, because of the virtue of her life, can smile at the future and know the promise of God for blessing” (John MacArthur, Proverbs 31, http://www.gty.org.uk/resources/sermons/80-168/the-proverbs-31-woman).

Verse 30
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the lord will be greatly praised” (NLT).

This is very relevant especially for me as a single woman. Society tells it’s all about the physical packaging but God says it’s all about the inward packaging.

I remember one experience I had about packaging. I went to the shops to get some strawberries. They looked so sumptuous; well packaged and all. I bought a pack and only for me to tuck into it and realise it was rotten with maggots inside. Imagine my disgust at this. I couldn’t believe it because it looked fresh and good in the package, plus it was still within the use by date. I returned it to the shop and they refunded me and compensated me for my distress. Needless to say, that put me off strawberries for a long while. Its the same with us. You can package yourself well with all the makeup; have all the curves in the right places; and even attempt plastic surgery to fix the bits you think are not perfect but the real question is when people look deeper what would they find?

No amount of plastic surgery or make up can change what is on the inside of you. Only God can change you from the inside out. That’s why we are told a woman who fears God is to be praised.

1Peter 3:3-5 says it well –

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They put their trust in God and accepted the authority of their husbands” (NLT).

I pray the Holy spirit will help us be the woman described in Proverbs 31. Amen

Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to share your thoughts on chapter.

Next week we start our study on songs of Solomon. I’m excited 🙂

Have a blessed weekend 🙂

***With God all things are possible***

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Proverbs 30 – Just enough is all you need…

Good afternoon y’all. Happy Friday.

Thanks be to God for seeing us thus far in our study of Proverbs. We are in chapter 30 today.

From Monday 27th July, we will be doing a week in depth study of Proverbs 31. Courtney from good morning girls has done a brief info on this for us. Check out her blog post here

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For those who are joining for the first time, I’m blogging through the bible a chapter a day with Good morning girls. You can check us out at www.goodmorninggirls.org

Back to today’s reading 🙂

Be blessed 🙂

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“O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the lord ?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name” (NLT).

“And then he prayed, “God, I’m asking for two things before I die; don’t refuse me— Banish lies from my lips and liars from my presence. Give me enough food to live on, neither too much nor too little. If I’m too full, I might get independent, saying, ‘God? Who needs him?’ If I’m poor, I might steal and dishonor the name of my God.” (MSG)

Oh my! These verses are so relevant for where I am right now. I have been making similar request to God this past week.  By God’s grace, I realised that a hint of pride was starting to set into my heart (especially since I’ve been experiencing a lot of breakthroughs and increase in my life recently. That temptation to take the glory to one’s self instead of giving it back to God has been rearing its ugly head) so I’ve been asking God to help me remain humble in the midst of the blessings and overflow He is bringing my way; that my heart will not be led astray by the increase.

The writer of today’s chapter was also praying and begging God in a similar manner. He asked God to help him deal honestly and not tell lies; that God will bless him with just enough to satisfy his needs, so that he won’t become too proud or have to steal and bring shame to God’s name. I am humbled by his prayer. This man realised he needed God’s help to achieve this level of maturity and wisdom. He understood the danger of pride and greed in ones live.

God wants to bless us, but He is delaying it for some because He knows we can’t handle the blessing yet: it is most likely that (for some of us) our hearts will be lead astray or we might decide we don’t need Him anymore!

Let’s learn to be humble and be content with what we have and learn to make the most of it.

Scripture says, “…godliness with contentment is great gain…”.

My prayer today is that God will bless us with just enough that we need to carry out His plans and purposes for our lives; and that our hearts will not be lifted up and we will not bring shame to His name, In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Thanks for joining today. Please feel free today leave your thoughts on the chapter.

Have a blessed weekend 🙂

***With God all things are possible***