What is a “closet” to you?

“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet,” - Matthew 6.6

 

What is a “closet” to you?

 

Depending on where a person comes from, in the world, a “closet” can be different places.

 

To me, coming from South Dakota, USA, a closet is the cupboard/little room by the front door of the house where all the winter coats, boots, scarves, hats etc. are stored.  I don’t think I have ever prayed in one of those “closets”!

 

Our God is Holy

“...to make a separation between the sanctuary and the profane”  - Ezekiel 42.20

 

Our God is Holy.

 

The above verse is talking about the future Temple and how God makes a clear, separation between the sanctuary and the profane”, between the holy and the common, between the clean and the unclean.

 

Are We Wise?

“If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.” - Proverbs 29.9

 

Do we ever feel like we are just not getting anywhere with someone?

 

Do we think that for all we may say – there is just no response?

 

Whose tomb is... empty?

...but the righteous hath hope in his death.” - Proverbs 14.32

 

Whose tomb is... empty?

 

The above verse says, “The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.”

 

It’s the last part of the verse that always strikes me: “but the righteous hath hope in his death.”

 

Man was not created to die.

 

Choose Now

“...they did not choose...” - Proverbs 1.27

 

For the longest time I did not realize exactly what this verse in Proverbs actually said.  I always thought it said, “...they would not choose...”  But it actually says, “did not”...  they already made their decision.

 

“...they did not choose...”

 

Often when we have a choice we DO NOT choose.  We think, “Well I would if I could...”  But, the fact of the matter is, often when we did, we didn’t.

 

I AM

I am...” - John 1.20

 

Those two words mean more to me everyday of my Christian life.  They are used as a name for the Almighty God.  In Exodus 3.14 before God unleashed the incredible plagues on Egypt He said to Moses, and the people of Israel, I AM THAT I AM”.  And “I AM” speaks of power and holiness, it speaks of things far beyond us!

 

All Scripture Is Given

“All scripture is given…” - 2 Timothy 3.15

 

I am so glad I didn’t evolve from some “goo” somewhere!

 

No plan.  No purpose.  No rhyme.  No reason.  No hope.  No future - just “hanging around” for the next million years (or so) waiting for the next… the next… something, I guess.

 

His Gentleness Makes Me Great

“...thy gentleness hath made me great.” - 2 Samuel 22.36

 

These two words that are often seen to be poles apart  - they are the words gentle and great.

 

Every time I read this verse I have to stop and think about the gentleness of God, and the gentleness of Christ and how I too should be gentle in sharing the gospel with the lost, in helping Christians grow in grace.  Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10:1 “Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ...”

 

No Evil Shall Happen

“There shall no evil happen to the just:” - Proverbs 12.21

Do you ever find times when you just need a Promise?

Times when your heart is seeking something from the Lord to help?  Sometimes it’s a decision, sometimes it’s just reassurance that the Lord is in control – that God knows what is going on?  He knows what I need, better than I know myself?

“There shall no evil happen to the just:”

Not God’s people

If my people...” - 2 Chronicles 7:14

If not God’s people, then who?

I love this verse.  The entire verse says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

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