Enjoy Life With Your Wife, Whom You Love, All the Days of This Meaningless Life

Ecclesiastes 9

Enjoy Life With Your Wife, Whom You Love, All the Days of This Meaningless Life

Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you. – Ecclesiastes 9:9

The memory of the dead is forgotten. – Ecclesiastes 9:5

The righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them. – Ecclesiastes 9:1

The poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded. – Ecclesiastes 9:16

The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong. Time and chance happen to them all. – Ecclesiastes 9:11

As soon as God becomes real to us, people pale by comparison. – Oswald Chambers

Do Not Stand Up for a Bad Cause

Ecclesiastes 8

Do Not Stand Up for a Bad Cause

Obey the king’s command because you took an oath before God. – Ecclesiastes 8:2

Do not stand up for a bad cause. – Ecclesiastes 8:3

The wise heart will know the proper time to proceed. There is a proper time and procedure for every matter. – Ecclesiastes 8:5-6

Wickedness will not release those who practice it. – Ecclesiastes 8:8

When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong. – Ecclesiastes 8:11

Nothing that other saints do or say can ever upset the one who is built on God. – Oswald Chambers

Do Not Pay Attention to Every Word People Say

Ecclesiastes 7 - Wisdom

Do Not Pay Attention to Every Word People Say

Do not pay attention to every word people say, for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others. – Ecclesiastes 7:21

I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all. There is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins. – Ecclesiastes 7:20, Romans 3:28, 23

The righteous man perishes in his righteousness. The wicked man lives long in his wickedness. Do not be holier-than-thou, neither be a know-it-all — why destroy yourself? Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes. – Ecclesiastes 7:15-16, 18

God created mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes. – Ecclesiastes 7:29

The woman who is a snare. Heart is a trap. Her hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare. – Ecclesiastes 7:26

The day of death better than the day of birth, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart. – Ecclesiastes 7:1-2

Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. – Ecclesiastes 7:3-4

The end is better than the beginning. Patience is better than pride. – Ecclesiastes 7:8

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. – Ecclesiastes 7:10

When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: no one can discover anything about their future. – Ecclesiastes 7:14

Wisdom is a shelter. Money is a shelter. Wisdom preserves those who have both. – Ecclesiastes 7:12

 

 

There Is Nothing Better Than to Enjoy Your Work

There Is Nothing Better Than to Enjoy Your Work

No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them. – Ecclesiastes 1:11

All a man’s days are grief and pain; even at night his mind does not rest. – Ecclesiastes 2:23

To the one who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. – Ecclesiastes 2:26

God has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no man can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. – Ecclesiastes 3:11

I know that there is nothing better for a man than to be happy and to do good while he lives. That he may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—-this is the gift of God. – Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment—-wickedness was there. In the place of justice—-wickedness was there. – Ecclesiastes 3:16

Everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. – Ecclesiastes 3:14

Men are like the animals. Surely the fate of man is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both – return to dust. – Ecclesiastes 3:18-19

I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. – Ecclesiastes 3:22

If we obey God, it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, but God will care for those who have suffered the consequences of our obedience. – Oswald Chambers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Strong, for I Am With You. My Spirit Remains Among You. Do Not Fear.

Haggai 2

Be Strong, for I Am With You. My Spirit Remains Among You. Do Not Fear.

“Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? Be strong, for I am with you. My Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.” –  Haggai 2:3-4, 5

“In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations and I will fill this house with glory. The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house. And in this place I will grant peace.”Haggai 2:6-7, 9

“I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms.” – Haggai 2:22

Rain On Me, Lord!

Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime Zechariah 10:1

Rain On Me, Lord!

Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone. – Zechariah 10:1

He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows. – Isaiah 30:23

I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. – Ezekiel 34:26

You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. – Psalms 65:9

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8

“In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” – John 16:23

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 1 Corinthians 3:6

These verses should not be used in a “name it and claim it” manner. They are not the foundation of some prosperity gospel. But in his time, God has promised to bless us. We may have to go through rivers at flood stage, droughts that devour crops, and times of testing that remove all hope but the hope we have in Christ. Be encouraged. God will act on our behalf in his time.

Diviners See Visions That Lie. They Tell Dreams That Are False

Zechariah 10,11,13

Diviners See Visions That Lie. They Tell Dreams That Are False

Diviners see visions that lie. They tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd. – Zechariah 10:2

“On the day Jerusalem is a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling, every prophet will be ashamed of their prophetic vision. They will not put on a prophet’s garment of hair in order to deceive.” – Zechariah 13:4

“I shepherded the flock marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock. In one month I got rid of the three shepherds. The flock detested me, and I grew weary of them and said, “I will not be your shepherd. Let the dying die, and the perishing perish. Let those who are left eat one another’s flesh.” –  Zechariah 11:7-9

God speaks to us; not by visions and dreams, but by words. – Oswald Chambers