My Short Study of Psalm 34:4 (KJV)

“I sought The LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

There are many things in today’s life that the children of God might be afraid of. But the faith of the follower of Christ removes fear. David experienced anxiety, so he prayed. The Lord answered his prayers and He’ll answer ours, as well.

My Short Study of Proverbs 20:17 (KJV)

“Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.”

Sin is a con artist selling poison as medicine. It promises liberty and delight, only to cause agony and bondage. The temporary pleasure it may provide isn’t worth the consequences it brings. It may take a long time; but the repercussions do catch up, and can be miserable.

My Short Study of 1 John 5:15

“And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.”

Those of us who believe in The Christ, and pray according to God’s Will can have confidence that God will answer and grant their request. However, what we request has to be part of God’s Plan to be granted, and God’s Plan isn’t always comfortable for us. If we must go through difficult times in accordance with God’s Will, we can be sure He’ll carry us through it, and we can trust Him for Victory over it.

My Short Study of Proverbs 20:16

“Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger, hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.”

Many Proverbs were meant as advisement in how to conduct oneself in all manner of business transactions. Here, we learn to be cautious of granting loans and lending money. In Old Testament Israel, the ‘outsider’ didn’t just refer to a foreigner but to the worshiper of idols. In those times, worshiping pagan gods involved immoral life styles, so the advice here is to be extra careful of loaning to immoral people.