May 28, 2013 – Daily Bible Reading

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Proverbs – Chapter 30 –

Three Things You Should Know about God’s Word

Proverbs 30:5-6 –

  1. Every word of the Lord is tested and purified (Ps 12:6, 18:30, 19:8, 119:140). For this reason we can have complete confidence in His Word.
  2. From the Word we know that He is our shield and our refuge. (Gen 15:1, Psa 84:11, 91:2, 144:2)
  3. Do not adjust God’s Word to your liking because it is not open to private interpretation (2 Pet 1:20) God warns us repeatedly about the danger of distorting His Word to make it say what we want (Deut 4:2, 12:32, Rev 22:18-19).  This offense has serious consequences (Gal 1:8-9).

Two Prayer Requests of the Wise

Proverbs 30:7-9 –

  1. Remove falsehood and lies far from me.

This is a choice we must make: to not deceive others or not deceive ourselves. We must desire to withhold the law and maintain our values without compromise and hypocrisy (Psa 119:29, 119:33-37).

2. Give me neither poverty nor riches – Feed me with the food that is needful for me.

This reminds me of the Lord’s Prayer: “Give us this day our daily bread” (Mat 6:11). As we seek His Kingdom all our needs are met (Mat 6:33) and we can be content (1 Tim 6:6-8). He supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19).

Use Wisdom with Your Words or Be Silent

Pro 30:32 – “If you have done foolishly in exalting yourself, or if you have thought evil, lay your hand upon your mouth.” (Ampl)

Today we would say: zip your lip.

There are many other Proverbs instructing us about controlling our tongue. The problem is that what comes out of our mouth is determined by what is in our heart (Lk 6:45, James 3:2). Our words reveal what is in us and if we lack wisdom we can produce serious trouble.

On the other hand, words of wisdom can result in great blessings for us and others.

  1. Pro 6:2 – Our words can be a snare to us.
  2. Pro 10:11 – The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
  3. Pro 12:14 – A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.
  4. Pro 13:3 – He who guards his mouth keeps his life; he who opens his lips wide is ruined.
  5. Pro 17:28 – Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
  6. Pro 18:20 – A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; he shall be satisfied with the produce of his lips.
  7. Pro 21:23 – Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from distresses.

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I thank you Father, for Your Word. Give me understanding as I read it, study it and meditate on it. Help me to trust in Your Word and write it in my heart where it can produce the fruit You sent it for. I believe that as I will trust you and seek your kingdom all my needs will be met. Because Your Holy Spirit is dwelling in me, He will give me understanding and my thoughts and my words will produce blessings.

Thank you Lord, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!

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About Pastor Maurizio

Maurizio Mingardi, in 1972, had an encounter with God that totally changed his life. From a scientist doing research in Quantum Mechanics and an atheist, Maurizio became a believer and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Then a spiritual journey began. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and later started Mount Zion Church of the Firstborn in Ottawa, Ontario. Maurizio has been in the ministry for more than 30 years and is presently the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Church. He has also filled a number of executive positions in public and religious organizations. He has been elected President of the Evangelical Church Alliance Ministerial Fellowship of Canada. His goal is to help people to know God, discover and use their gifts and fulfill their destiny.
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2 Responses to May 28, 2013 – Daily Bible Reading

  1. CecileC says:

    Proverbs 30:7-9 Ah yes money, always a good topic. Greed is not good, having too much money can be dangerous (but so can having too little). I want to comment this morning how being rich is not the answer for me. I always make jokes at work what would you do if you had lot’s of millions? Well, let me tell you that for me that probably would not be a good thing (wordly people think I am crazy when I say this). Yes I do need to work on this, I strongly believe that getting lots of money that I would definetly leave the church because I would want to travel and explore the world and leave behind everything I know including Mount Zion : ( I am being honest this morning that might sound crazy to some but I do have everything I need! Do I have everything I want? Absolutely not, like Paul I want to learn to live wether I have little or plenty. Jesus clearly pointed out, rich people have trouble getting into God’s kingdom ( Matthew 19:23-24). I had read that many times now I understand what Jesus meant by this. Thank you Holy Spirit for dwelling in me and making me understand the scriptures so that it can produce blessings in my life.

  2. Robyn says:

    I like Proverbs 30:18-19, specifically “…too mysterious for me to understand:…a man and a woman falling in love”. It didn’t work out for me, but I still think such a bond is very precious. One day, when I’m ready it will happen again. But God must always come first.

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