Putting On The Skids

16 Oct

God’s Word:  Proverbs 25:16-28

God’s Message to Me:

Too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing.  Self-control is a virtue that will help you throughout your life.  Chocolate is good but eat too much and you will get sick.  Friends are great but don’t wear out your welcome.  Singing songs to the heavyhearted is like pouring salt in their wounds.  Glory piled on glory is not good for you.  A lack of self-control is like a house with the doors and windows knocked out.

In all areas of life there is a time to act and a time to put on the skids.   The trick is in proper timing.  Your life is given you as a clear and healthy spring.  You muddy it when you fail to use wisdom and self-control.  If you see your enemy hungry, go buy him lunch; if he’s thirsty, bring him a drink.  Your generosity will surprise him with goodness, and I will look after you.

Take the initiative in doing good to others but put the skids on your impulses to “get even.”  The tongue is a mighty weapon for good or evil.  Self-control will help you use it with wisdom.  Put the skids on gossip or telling lies and make the world a better place for yourself and others.  The tongue as a loose cannon destroys lives.  Self-control builds and encourages.  Choose the skids when tempted to “let um have it.”

God’s Question to Me:  Inventory your life—where do you need to act more and where do you need to put on the skids?

God’s Promise to Me:   Do good to others and your soul will be refreshed as a cool drink of water when you’re worn out and weary.

My Song to God:     Whiter Than Snow    by James L Nicholson  1872
Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole;
I want Thee forever to live in my soul;
Break down every idol, cast out every foe—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

 
Refrain:
Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

 

Lord Jesus, look down from Thy throne in the skies,
And help me to make a complete sacrifice;
I give up myself, and whatever I know—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Refrain:
Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

 
Lord Jesus, for this I most humbly entreat,
I wait, blessed Lord, at Thy crucified feet,
By faith for my cleansing, I see thy blood flow—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Refrain:
Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

 
Lord Jesus, Thou seest I patiently wait;
Come now and within me a new heart create;
To those who have sought Thee Thou never said’st “No”—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Refrain:
Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

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