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2011 Theme Scripture – PROVERBS 27:11

Proverbs 27:11 – “Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may reply to him who reproaches me.”

When I was a little girl my brothers used to tease me a lot much like siblings would do. Sure, the name calling bothered me, but nothing infuriated me more than to be teased about something I knew wasn’t true or of being accused of something I didn’t do. I would go to great lengths to prove them wrong, even though they knew they were!  I think back to those times and wonder why I didn’t just let it go. After all, as long as I knew it wasn’t true wasn’t that enough? No! I wanted to be cleared of those false accusations, even if they were mere jokes!

The reason I chose Proverbs 27:11 for my scripture theme for 2011 is because it deals with just that – false accusations, criticism, blame, reproach and in other bible translations, the meaning for “reproach” is teasing, mocking, taunting, making fun of, ragging on just to name a few of the terms. However, this scripture doesn’t involve sibling squabbles but how our Almighty God is being reproached day in and day out by His accuser, the devil. He taunts our Heavenly Father by thinking that he has the human family all figured out – namely that God’s children will turn their back on Him when faced with insurmountable hardship. In the book of Job1:9-11, Satan asserted that believers are faithful ONLY when they prosper and that once their prosperity is taken away, he claims they will reject God. The sad truth is that Satan still believes this today, even though Job proved faithful to God, despite the adversities that befell him. One can say that God “made a reply to the one reproaching Him” because of Job’s faithfulness.

But why would God even bother to humor His accuser with a reply? Actually, He doesn’t. However, every time God’s children overcome’s the enemy, the reply is made; or when we trust in God’s power to deliver us out of anything; or our trust in His faithfulness and in His promises, the reply is made. When we show thankfulness in all things (Phil 4:6) – even the adversities, the reply is made.

God makes a reply to the one mocking Him when:

  1. Marriages are restored
  2. Forgiveness unites broken relationships
  3. Sickness is healed through faithful prayers
  4. Peace fills hearts, despite adversity and hardship
  5. We surrender our lives to God
  6. Fear is replaced by the Power only found through God’s grace

 

But the devil doesn’t only accuse or makes allegations against Almighty God, he also does it to God’s children in a more subtle way – with lies, temptations and false reasoning.

  1. Some think they know better than God what’s best for them and that they can handle their own life better than God can. False. But when we choose not be masters of own lives, our lives are blessed and enriched.
  2. Some think that God will not take care of them if they surrender completely to His will. False. In Jeremiah, God has already made a plan for your success way before you were born.
  3. Some believe God is distant and judgmental, which makes him unapproachable. False. God is merciful; He is Love. He created the human family with the desire to commune with Him.
  4. Genesis3:1 – Satan always begins his temptations by questioning God’s commands, suggesting that we don’t need to be obedient to His word. False. It’s when we’re obedient to God when the enemy’s lies are exposed and easy to dispel.

 

My resolve, for 2011, is to use every opportunity to bring glory to God – even and especially when it calls to be faithful to Him during trying times; only then can our Heavenly Father make a reply His accuser. Through our faithfulness and devotion to God, we prove the devil the liar that he is. How wonderful it is that we, mere humans, can make our Creator’s heart rejoice.

In Him Alone, Linda

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January 4, 2011 Posted by | Expressions | 2 Comments

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 53 posts. There were 21 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 27th with 39 views. The most popular post that day was Jubilee!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, mail.live.com, meetup.com, and md15.embarq.synacor.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for john the baptist baptizing jesus, spirit of god, fruitage of the spirit, baptizing, and holy spirit.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Jubilee! April 2010
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Do You Fear Judgment? November 2009
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Baptized on the other side of the Jordan August 2010
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Leave Room for God’s Wrath August 2009
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About Julie June 2009

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