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True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life. (Proverbs 22:4 NLT)
This general observation—that fear of the Lord leads to riches, honor, and long life—would have been especially applicable to an obedient Israelite living in Solomon’s God-fearing kingdom. Nevertheless, some have been martyrs at a young age, and some have forfeited all their wealth for the sake of God’s Kingdom. The book of Proverbs describes life the way it should be. It does not dwell on the exceptions.
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 NLT)
How can you come close to God? James gives five ways:(1) “Humble yourselves before God” (4:7). Yield to his authority and will, commit your life to him and his control, and be willing to follow him. (2) “Resist the devil” (4:7). Don’t allow Satan to entice and tempt…
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