No good thing withheld

Psalm 84:11. . .”No good thing will I withhold from those that walk uprightly with me.”

Since no one walks uprigtly with God except for His Son, Jesus, walking uprightly means that you are mature in Christ; That the Son of God is living in you and through you. Psalm 37:4 says God will give His children the desires of their heart if they seek after Him. God’s purpose for our lives is to be conformed to the image of His Son. As you grow into that likeness, you realize what your true desires are and you realize what good in this world you should pursue and what you shouldn’t. That means you can ultimately get everything you want out of life as long as you’re filled with the Spirit and your main purpose in it is to glorify God and not yourself. It doesn’t mean you’ll get it right when you want it or how you want it. That’s how God tests your patience and your faith in Him by saying no to some things-at least for a season.

The righteous are as bold as lions

Proverbs 28:1. . .”The righteous are as bold as lions.”

I admit I love to see the looks on people’s faces when I tell them that I am the youngest of six kids and an only child; especially if it is through social media. The pitfall of being the youngest is having a hard time taking stuff seriously.

Since I have spent the last couple of decades learning how to be a man, I have become more bold. Mostly since losing my earthly father back in 2005. As good a man as he was, his one weakness was that he was more of a Mr Mom. He admitted this, albeit jokingly; though there is truth to kidding.

The verse of today comes from Proverbs 28:1 which states the righteous are as bold as lions. Cross reference it with a verse towards the end of the book of Revelations that says “the cowardly will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Some people think a life of faith is easy because all you do is just believe. They don’t understand what biblical belief actually is. Still others think God is a crutch for the weak. I am reminded of something a preacher said once about Jesus being meek.

Meekness is defined as a gentleness. In layman’s terms it is “power under control.” Jesus was anything but weak the way He challenged the legalistic Pharisees of His day. Every man’s favorite Jesus story is when He chased money changers out of the temple.

I wonder what Jesus would be doing in churches today if He was here physically?

The Beatitudes say that the meek will inherit the earth. Being meek means trusting in the Divine and living life from God (tree of life) verses trusting in ourselves (tree of knowledge). The former makes life easier once you put God first; boldly put God first I might add.

Life wasn’t meant to be hard. Keep in mind that even faith is a gift from God and not something we have to muster up ourselves.

“Seek first the kingdom of God and all else will be added.”- Jesus