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::Devotional:: ‘Flawless Advice for 2010’

January 12, 2010

Anybody who makes a bold statement like “Flawless Advice for 2010” had better bring their “A” game to the table right?  I agree, that’s a bold statement for any person to make including myself.  However, the advice I’m sharing this morning is not mine but it is the Lord’s and therefore it is flawless.  There are plenty of people out there who are more than willing to give us advice and instruction on life.  Some good and some bad.  Some for our benefit and some for their own.  There are even some folks who direct us in the wrong direction even though they have the best of intentions.  Take it all with a grain of salt and seek the counsel of the Lord because his advice is flawless.

Scripture tells us that when we find ourselves in danger of manipulation we ought to remind ourselves that the advice of the Lord is what we should be listening for, not the words of men.

And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.  Psalm 12:6

God’s words are pure.  They are clean and free of impurities.  The words of men are often tainted by sin, impure, even from the godliest of men.  God’s words flow from the fountain of eternal knowledge while the words of men drip from a leaky faucet of understanding.  God’s words are the wisest when it comes to wise counsel.

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.  The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.  The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.  The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous.  They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.  By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.  Psalm 19:7-11 (emphasis added)

Set a fresh perspective this new year by determining to seek God’s council on matters and wait patiently until you hear from him.  Don’t be tempted to listen and act solely upon the advice of your friends, family, or co-workers and especially yourself.  Sometimes we can be our own worst manipulators can’t we?  Wait patiently for the pure words of the Lord to be spoken to you; words that are tested and flawless.  Words that are waiting for you in the pages of your Bible.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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