Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God be not blasphemed.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Moment in Proverbs- Proverbs 22: 20-21

Proverbs 22:20-21, “Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, that I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that though mightiest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?”

I learned while studying this section that there are 30 units or instructions given over the next several passages from Proverbs 22:20 through Proverbs 24:22.  Many of the sayings are two or three verses long. And this in itself would be a wonderful study as “Sayings of the Wise”. 

Today, however, I would like to talk to you about something many of us face; unsaved family and friends.  Many of us are placed strategically in the midst of unbelievers and we are called to live out our lives in such a way that God is presented to these members on a daily basis.  How are we doing?  Are we not encountering any opposition?  Then be on the alert, Satan still has their hearts.  It’s when we see opposition to our walk that we know we are making a difference in the hearts of those God has put before us.  We don’t need to purposely stir up the strife but the opposition will come when our lives are impacting the hearts of others. 

Truth opposes lies of our enemy and he will not stand quiet when he is challenged with truth.  Just today, I prayed for a sister who is facing such a trial in her own family.  She is being conceived as a fanatic; someone who has gone overboard; and it was even suggested that she see a doctor because her walk and belief is so opposing to theirs.  Truth makes a difference!  Truth is our greatest tool to win the lives of others to Christ! Truth is contrary to our World and will be challenged at every turn!

But I rejoice with my sister as she proclaimed, “I just praised the Lord for the good work that he was doing through me, that I should be persecuted for speaking His truth.  You know Satan wouldn't bother turning their hearts if God's work wasn't being done.”

Our living Truth is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; for it is by him that all are brought to the saving knowledge of the Truth; There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, and that is Jesus Christ. So let us speak of Him; for He is the truth and the life and the way; and by no other way will man receive salvation. 

Are we speaking Truth in our daily living? Grace and Truth come by Jesus Christ and as He dwells in you, you become the vessel of Truth to others. Remember that even our Brother Paul was called crazy by Festus as Paul proclaimed the Truth (see Acts 26:24-26).

Prayer: Father, when true worshippers worship the Father in spirit and in truth you are pleased. For those who trust in Christ, bring praise and glory to your name. We have trusted, and we have heard the word of Truth.  We have believed and we are sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit.  LORD, help us to continue walking and speaking your Word of Truth to this world of unbelievers; open the ears of those who reject your Word and help them see the Truth of Christ. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Abiding Still,

Connie Renfro ©

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