MAY 30 – Proverbs 30 and Mark 13:31-37By: Darrelyn L. Tutt“Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.Proverbs 30:5and “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but My words shalt not pass away. But of that day and of that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray, for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore, for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even or at midnight, or at the cock crowing or in the morning; lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you, I say unto all,Watch.”Mark 13:31-37-------Illustration with 30 – Turn your #3 a quarter and create a pair of eyes. With the #0, create a ring (symbolic of God’s faithfulness) and sketch an open Bible inside. This illustration reminds us of the purity, constancy, and faithfulness of God’s word and character. We are urged to keep watch, keep in the Word, and keep in an attitude of abiding trust and readiness.------We are given the early instruction for the latter times in God’s pure and faithful word.Within it, He has imposed the conditions of watchfulness and sturdy readiness.Conditions on earth will continue to deteriorate and decay while conditions of the heart are to be made ready for His sure return.Just as the disciples found it difficult to keep watch in Christ’s final hours, so do we,in this present and passing hour.Diligence, alertness, and constant devotion to God’s word provides a formidable shield for laxness and complacency … and doing what He has told us is man's remedy.We must stay fervent and constant in matters of the eternal, and do whatever needs to be done to achieve and maintain that state.The interposing and interceding of the Spirit ensures safe passage into an eternal Kingdom and keeps us safe all along the way;Praise God for His indwelling permanent residence within us.We must retain a healthy spiritual pulse in the present for all that is shortly to come in the future.Leave off with the tidy words of men and stay constant and connected with the unchanging word of God;He will be faithful to the end. His word will be pure through the end.Depend on it.------In increasing measure, Lord, enlarge my desire for You.Forgive my laxness, complacency and hardness of heart and let them be replaced by a burning, fervent, holy, committed love of You.Let me not settle for mediocrity but steadily advance into depths of greater communion and intimacy with You:Replace apathy with spirit-filled activity.Replace complacency with compassion.Replace weariness with wonderment.And let this day bring me sure word of Thy pure, complete, unfailing, unchanging love.With renewed fervor and pure endeavor,This day is given over to You.Let the solidness and steadiness of Your word lead me onward.Amen.--------THREE SUGGESTIONS1) Invest in your “internal” man and take care of the matters of your heart. Openly confess to Christ all that is inhibiting and preventing growth and intimacy and begin anew.2) What comes in is what comes out. No matter what comes into your life … the power of God and the purity within it have the power to bring you safely home again and again. Make sure there is much of it inside of you.3) Begin to meditate on one single passage and rehearse it until you own it in your day.Seven times, repeat today’s passage.“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.”Proverbs 30:5
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