Proverbs 31 – Mother’s Wisdom

31st day of the month.  I pray that all is well with you and yours.  I trust that you are still working on Proverbs.  Today we are presented with the 31st chapter of Proverbs and this is a very heavy chapter, of course all of them are weighty.

The foundation verse today is verse 1 which states, “The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message, which his mother taught him.”

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7 Wise sayings taught by the King’s mother:

  1. Do not waste your strength on women, on those who ruin kings
  2. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine
  3. Rulers should not crave alcohol.  For if they drink, they may forget the law and not give justice to the oppressed
  4. Alcohol is for the dying, and wine for those in bitter distress
  5. Let them drink to forget their poverty and remember their troubles no more
  6. Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed
  7. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice

23  Characteristic of A Wife of Noble Character:

  1. Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
  2. She is more precious than rubies
  3. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life
  4. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life
  5. She finds wool and flax and busily spins it
  6. She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar
  7. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for  her servant girls
  8. She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard
  9. She is energetic and strong, a hard worker
  10. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night
  11. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber
  12. She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy
  13. She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes
  14. She makes her own bedspreads
  15. She dresses in fine lined and purple gowns
  16. Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders
  17. She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants
  18. She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future
  19. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness
  20. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness
  21. Her children stand and bless her
  22. Her husband praises her:  “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”
  23. She is a woman who fears the LORD and she will be greatly praised

As you can see above we have the wise sayings taught to King Lemuel by his mother.   Is it possible that she is the woman of Noble character?

Either way we are presented with the characteristics of a noble wife.  I must admit that if I had to stand up to this measurement I would be asking for mercy because I don’t even come close.

My wife is a woman of noble character, and I am blessed to have her in my life.  She may not do all the things that this lady does, but she does so much and then some.  My wife is virtuous and capable, more precious than rubies, I can and do trust her, she has enrich my life, she continues to bring me good, she is energetic and strong, a very hard worker.  There are many more things that I can say about my wife but the most important characteristic she has is that she is a woman who fears the LORD.  I do pray that God will reward her for all she has done and that her deeds publicly declare her praise.

My mother taught me as well and I am much better for having been born to her.  She too is a woman of noble character.  I praise God for these two women in my life who have taught me and greatly enrich my life.  I am able to sit with other civic leaders and share these wise sayings of my mother and my wife with godly pride, because both are women of Noble Character.

As you read or scan this list and if you find yourself lacking real character, be you male or female, I challenge you to make 2017 the year that you turn your life around first by committing your life completely to the LORD then take the first step to a better life by studying, praying and doing the Word of God.  Stop just talking, time is running out, give your best and watch what God can do with that.

It is Prayer Time! 

Thank you for following my humble thoughts this month.  May God richly bless and keep you until the return of his son, Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 30 – Agur’s Wise Sayings

It is the 30th day of the month, which means we should be studying chapter 30 of Proverbs.  I notice verses 5 and 6 which states, “Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection. Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.”

This chapter starts with Agur’s confession then questions pertaining to God then a sequence of thoughts about different things in numbers of 2 and 4 items or thoughts.

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Agur’s confession – verses 1- 3

  • I am weary, O God
  • I am weary and worn out, O God
  • I am too stupid to be human
  • And I lack common sense
  • I have not mastered human wisdom
  • Nor do I know the Holy One

Agur’s questions regarding God – verse 4

  • Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down?
  • Who holds the wind in his fists?
  • Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak?
  • Who has created the whole wide world?
  • What is his name–and his son’s name?
  • Tell me if you know!

Agur begs for two favors – verses 7 – 9

  • First, help me never to tell a lie
  • Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!
  • Give me just enough to satisfy my needs
  • For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?”
  • And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name

The beginning of Agur’s wise sayings – verses 10 – 14

  • Never slander a worker to the employer, or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it
  • Some people curse their fathers and do not thank their mothers
  • They are pure in their own eyes, but they are filthy and unwashed
  • They look proudly around, casting disdainful glances
  • They have teeth like swords and fangs like knives
  • They devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among humanity

The leech has two suckers that cry out, “More, more!” – verse 15

There are three things that are never satisfied–no, four that never say, “Enough!” – verses 15 – 16

  • The grave
  • The barren womb
  • A thirsty desert
  • The blazing Fire

A father is not to be mocked and a mother’s instruction should not be despised – verse 17

  • The eye that mocks a father and looks with a disobedient attitude at a mother-the valley ravens will pluck it out; and vultures will eat it

There are three things that amaze me–no, four things that I don’t understand – verses 18 – 19

  • How an eagle glides through the sky
  • How a snake slithers on a rock
  • How a ship navigates the ocean
  • How a man loves woman

An adulterous woman consumes a man, then wipes her mouth and says, “What’s wrong with that?” – verse 20

There are three things that make the earth tremble–no, four it cannot endure – verses 21 – 23

  • A slave who becomes a king
  • An overbearing fool who prospers
  • A bitter woman who finally gets a husband
  • A servant girl who supplants her mistress

There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise – verses 24 – 28

  • Ants –they aren’t strong but they store up food all summer
  • Hyraxes(rock badgers)–they aren’t powerful, but they make their homes among the rocks
  • Locusts–they have no king, but they mark in formation
  • Lizards–they are easy to catch, but they are found even in kings’ palaces

There are three things that walk with stately stride–no, four that strut about: – verses 29 – 31

  • The lion, king of animals, who won’t turn aside for anything
  • The strutting rooster,
  • The male goat,
  • A king as he leads his army

If you have been a fool by being proud of plotting evil, cover your mouth in shame – verse 32

As the beating of cream yields butter and striking the nose causes bleeding, so stirring up anger causes quarrels – verse 33

In this list today you will find things that one should consider praying about especially verse 32 that speaks of plotting evil.  Unacceptable for sure.

There other things that one should pray about as well within this chapter.  The items under verse 11 would be a great place to start when you go to prayer time.  Things like:

  • Those who mock their fathers and don’t thank their mothers
  • Those  who view themselves as pure, but haven’t been cleansed from their own filth
  • Those who arrogantly look like they have it!  They raise their eyebrows haughtily
  • Those who devour the afflicted from the earth and the needy from among mankind

Something to consider as you go to Prayer.

It is prayer time! 

Proverbs 29 – Authority/Power

Today we all should be in chapter 29 because it  is the 29th day of the month.

Today’s foundation verse is verse 2 which states, “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice.  But when the wicked are in power, they groan.

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Notice the change in this verse from in authority to in power, the difference could mean your life may be in great peril.

When the godly are in authority:  

  • The people rejoice
  • The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father
  • A just king gives stability to his nation
  • Righteous people escape the trap of sin, and shout for joy
  • The godly care about the rights of the poor
  • The wise will calm anger
  • The upright seek to help the blameless people
  • The wise quietly hold back their anger
  • The king judges the poor fairly
  • Discipline children produces wisdom
  • The godly will live to see the downfall of the wicked who are in authority who allow sin to flourish
  • People are joyful because they obey the law
  • The people walk in humility which brings honor
  • The people trust the LORD and this means safety
  • The people understand that justice comes from the LORD
  • The righteous despise the unjust

  When the wicked are in power:

  • The people stubbornly refuses to accept criticism
  • The people groan
  • The men hang around with prostitutes, and their wealth is wasted
  • A unjust  king demands bribes and it destroys his nation
  • There are those who flatter their friends which lays a trap for their feet
  • Evil people are trapped by sin
  • The wicked don’t care about the rights of the poor
  • Mockers get a whole town agitated
  • A wise person takes a fool to court but gets no satisfaction
  • The bloodthirsty hate blameless people
  • Fools vent their anger
  • Rulers may pay attention to liars, which could end in all of his advisers being wicked
  • Undisciplined children causes their mothers to be disgraced
  • Sin flourishes when the wicked are in authority
  • When the people refuse to accept divine guidance, they run wild
  • Fools speak without thinking
  • A servant pampered from childhood becomes a rebel
  • Angry people start fights and hot-tempered people commit all kinds of sin
  • People full of pride end in humiliation
  • Thieves are assisted by the people and those who are sworn to tell the truth , dare not testify
  • Those who fear people are caught in a dangerous trap
  • Many seek the ruler’s favor
  • The wicked despise the godly

If you are a godly person then as you read this list you can see in our society the effects of the wicked in power.

Perhaps you even hear the people groaning because of the effects of the wicked going after absolute power in our society.

The points under the wicked in power is just what we need to be praying about, things like those who refuse to accept criticism, the demand of bribes, people trap by sin, the rights of the poor, bloodthirsty people, agitators, fools who vent their anger, and rulers who listen to liars.  LORD pleas help us because we are in a pickle.

It really is Prayer Time!  

Proverbs 28 – Moral Rot

It is the 28th day of the month and time to look at chapter 28 of Proverbs.

The foundation for today’s review will be verse 2 which is what the image below is based on.

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Theme:  Two aspects of this chapter, moral rot, and wise and knowledgeable leaders.

Lesson #1: Aspects of moral rot found in this chapter:
  • The wicked running away when no one is chasing them (v.1)
  • The poor person who oppresses the poor (v.3)
  • Praise the wicked by rejecting the law (v.4)
  • Evil people who don’t understand justice (v.5)
  • Be dishonest and rich, some poor are just as dishonest (v.6)
  • Young people who have wild friends (v.7)
  • Income gain from charging high interest rates (v.8)
  • Persons who ignores the law (v.9)
  • Those who lead good people alone an evil path (v.10)
  • Rich people who think they are wise (v.11)
  • The wicked who take charge (v.12)
  • People who conceal their sins (v.13)
  • The stubborn who do not fear to do wrong (v.14)
  • The wicked ruler is dangerous to the poor (v.15)
  • A ruler with no understanding who oppresses his people (v.16)
  • Murderers who have tormented consciences that are protected (v.17)
  • The crooked who are not blameless (v.18)
  • People who chase fantasies (v.19)
  • Showing partiality
  • Greedy people who want quick riches (v.20, 22)
  • People who show partiality (v.21)
  • Doing wrong for a mere piece of bread (v.21)
  • People who love flattery (v.23)
  • Those who steal from their father and mother, and say,  “What’s wrong with that?” (v.24)
  • Those who trust their own insight (v.26)
  • Those who close their eyes to poverty (v.27)
  • When the wicked take charge (v.28)
Lesson #2: Aspects of knowledgeable leaders found in this chapter:
  • The godly who are as bold as loins (v.1)
  • The wise and knowledgeable leaders who bring stability (v.2)
  • Those who obey the law, and fight against the wicked (v.4)
  • Those who follow the LORD understand justice completely (v.5)
  • Those who understand that it is better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich (v.6)
  • Young people who obey the law (v.7)
  • Those who are kind to the poor (v.8)
  • Those who are honest, and they will inherit good things (v.10)
  • Those with discernment who can see right through rich people who think they are wise (see post on discernment(v.11)
  • When the godly succeed, everyone is glad (v.12)
  • Those who confess their sins, and turn from them (v.13)
  • Those who fear to do wrong and are blessed (v.14)
  • A ruler who hates corruption (v.16)
  • The blameless who are rescued from harm (v.18)
  • Those who are hard workers (v.19)
  • The trustworthy person who gets a rich reward (v.20)
  • Those who appreciate honest criticism (v.23)
  • Those who walk in wisdom (v.26)
  • Those who give to the poor (v.27)

Lesson #3: Lack nothing vs. being cursed!

If you really want to lack nothing then give to the poor, and if you want to be cursed then close your eyes to poverty (v.27)

As for me I choose to be a wise and knowledgeable leaders, because I have had a taste of the moral rot group and it was nasty.  Anytime you have the word rot associated with anything you can almost smell the awful odor it emits.  Can you even imagine swallowing this stinky object?  Every day we are presented with stinky situations caused by moral rot.

I for one am tired of the odor that is emitted by the decay that is happening in our city, states, country, and the world.

There is only one way to deal with this odor, we need lots of GLADEGods, Love, Anointing, Defense, and Encouragement.

Are you ready to do your part as a Child of God? application

What does that mean, you may ask?  It means that with God’s help you need to:

  • Allow the LORD to create in you a godly spirit
  • Ask the LORD for wisdom
  • Ask the LORD to help you obey his law
  • Follow the LORD
  • Be kind to the poor
  • Be honest in your dealings
  • Ask God for discernment
  • Confess your sins and turn from them
  • Choose not to do wrong
  • Be blameless
  • Work hard at what you do
  • Be trustworthy
  • Accept honest criticism
  • Walk in wisdom
  • Give to the poor

Do these things and you will stop the moral decay in your area at least, so get out that GLADE and join me in Prayer.

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 28:27 “Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.”

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It is Prayer Time!

Proverbs 27 – Wise/Critics

Good morning all my love ones and I do mean you family, friends and anyone else reading this post.  Blessings on you all for taking time to read my humble thoughts.

For my foundation today I would like to present verse 11 which states, “Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad.  Then I will be able to answer my critics.”

Theme: Be wise and don’t give the critics a reason to insult your father because of your behavior

You might see this as Father God talking to us, and the number one critic is Satan.

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So! How can we be wise and at the same time give Father God the ammunition that he needs to answer the critical observations of us?  Remember how our enemy railed against the man named Job?  If you are not familiar with Job just turn left in your Bible two books before Proverbs and read about this great man of God.

Lesson #1: 23 Ways to be wise and to stop the mouth of critics

  1. Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring (v.1)
  2. Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth–a stranger, not your own lips (v.2)
  3. Don’t be like the fool who causes resentment (v.3)
  4. Beware of anger and wrath (v.4)
  5. Beware of jealousy it is even more dangerous than anger and wrath (v.4)
  6. Don’t practice hidden love, an open rebuke is better (v.5)
  7. Listen to your sincere friends assessment of you (v.6)
  8. Don’t stray from home (v.8)
  9. Listen to the heartfelt counsel of a friend (v.9)
  10. Never abandon a friend, either yours or your father’s (v.10)
  11. Be a prudent person who foresees danger and takes precautions (v.12)
  12. Don’t be like the simpleton who goes blindly on and suffers the consequences (v.12)
  13. Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt (v.13)
  14. Get a deposit from those who guarantees a foreigners debt (v.13)
  15. Be careful in being loud and cheerful early in the morning this could be taken as a curse (v.14)
  16. Don’t be annoying like a quarrelsome and complaining wife (v.15)
  17. Allow your friend to sharpen you like iron sharpens iron (v.17)
  18. Be like the employee who protects their employer’s interests, there is a reward in store for you (v.18)
  19. Be aware of what your heart really reflects, just like a face is reflected in water (v.19)
  20. Beware human desire, it is never satisfied (v.20)
  21. Understand that you are tested every time someone praises you (v.21)
  22. Don’t be like the fools who cannot be separated from their foolishness (v.22)
  23. Understand that riches don’t last forever, so know the state of your flocks,  and put your heart into caring for your herds (v.23, 24)

Review:  

  • Do you find yourself bragging about what you will get done tomorrow?
  • Are you known as one who pats themselves on the back regarding all the great things you have accomplished?
  • How do you handle jealousy?
  • Do you appreciate the heartfelt counsel of your friends?
  • When disaster strikes do you abandon your friends or do you act like a real brother or sister?

This chapter presented us with many aspects that we need to consider prayerfully.  As you study this chapter even more you will begin to see areas that you may want to consider working on even harder.

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Memory Verse:  Proverbs 27:12 “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.  The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

Number 11 from the above list really strikes a cord in my heart, I mean that I really need to pray about this area even more.  With that said,  It’s Prayer Time! 1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346

Proverbs 26 – Fools

It is the 26th day of  the month and that would mean we all should be in the 26th chapter of Proverbs.  I notice that as I reviewed this chapter the word Fool stood out in the whole chapter.

Theme: “Different Types of fools”

The foundation is Verse 1 and this is the one that I will use to examine this chapter, and it states, “Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest.”

Fool define – a person who acts unwisely or imprudently, a silly person

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Lesson #1: The Unwise and silly people found in this chapter

  • Fools (v.1)
  • People who curse those who don’t deserved it (v.2)
  • Lazy persons (v.13-16)
  • Interfering people (v.17)
  • People who lie to their friends (v.19)
  • Quarrelsome people (v.21)
  • People with wicked hearts (v.23)
  • People with hatred in their hearts (v.24)
  • People who set traps for others (v.27)
  • People who have a lying tongue (v.28)
  • People who use flattering words (v.28)

Lesson #2: Fools in general

  • Honor is not associated with them (v.1)
  • Guided by the rod on their back (v.3)
  • Full of foolish arguments (v.4)
  • Are wise in their own estimation (v.5)
  • Cutting of one’s feet or drinking poison is better than trusting a fool to convey a message (v.6)
  • As useless as a paralyzed leg is a proverb in the mouth of a fool (v.7)
  • Like an archer who shoots at random is an employer who hires a fool or bystander (v.10)
  • Just like a dog who returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his foolishness (v.11)
  • People who think they are wise prove that there is more hope for fools (v.12)

Lesson #3: Lazy people

  • Makes many claims of excuses that are unreal (v.13)
  • Lazy people turn over in bed just like a door swings back and forth on its hinges (v.14)
  • Lazy people are so lazy that they don’t even lift the food in their hand to their mouth (v.15)

Lesson #4: Interfering folks

  • Just as it is foolish to yank a dog’s ears so is interfering in someone else’s argument (v.17)

Lesson #5: Liars

  • One who lies to a friend is just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon (v.18)
  • A lying tongue and flattering words, hates its victims and causes ruin (v.28)

Lesson #6: Quarrelsome people

  • When a gossip stops the quarrels disappear (v.20)
  • Hot embers easily light charcoal or fire lights wood so do quarrelsome people start fights (v.21)

Lesson #7: Hateful people

  • Use smooth words to hide a wicked heart (v.23)
  • Some cover their hatred with pleasant words (v.24)
  • They use deception  to deceive others (v.24)
  • They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them (v.25)
  • Their hearts are full of many evils (v.25)
  • They use trickery to conceal their hatred, but their wrongdoing will be exposed in public (v.26)

Lesson #8: Trap setters

  • Get caught in the trap that they set for others (v.27)
  • They are crush by the very boulder they rolled down on others (v.27)

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 26:12 “There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise.”

In one way or another these different types of fools are simpletons, and I wish I could tell you that I  have not had any of these issues.  Of course that would be a lie. That means that I need to repent  and run to prayer time.

How about you, see anything here that you may need to repent of, get rid of, and pray about?  Just Do it! No pun intended.

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346   It is Prayer Time!

Proverbs 25 – Conceals things vs. Discover things

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Today let us look at verse 2 of chapter 25 which states, “It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.”  Let’s focus on the words concealed things , and discover them.

Theme:  Discover the things that were concealed by the LORD in His Word

Lesson #1: Define what it means to have privilege

First we must define privilege – prerogative, an exclusive or special right, power, or privilege: as (1) :  one belonging to an office or an official body (2) :  one belonging to a person, group, or class of individuals (3) :  one possessed by a nation as an attribute of sovereignty

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So having defined the word privilege you should note that you belong to a exclusive group if you have accepted the Lord Jesus as Lord.  This group is call king’s kids (children of God) and you have the prerogative to discover things that God has concealed in His Word just for us.

Lesson #2: Concealed bits of wisdom within the Bible (v.2)

  • the height of heaven, the depth of the earth, or all that goes on in the King’s mind (v.3)
  • what it means to remove the wicked from the king’s court, and how justice will secure his reign (v.5)
  • demanding an audience with the king or pushing for a place among the great (v.6)
  • how it is better to wait for an invitation to the head table than to be sent away in public disgrace (v.7)
  • why you shouldn’t rush off to court just because you’ve seen something (v.7, 8)
  • how impossible it is to regain your good reputation when someone accuses you of being a gossip, because you betrayed another’s secret (v.9, 10)
  • how timely advice is lovely, just like golden apples in a silver basket (v.11)
  • how listening to valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry (v.12)original
  • how the spirit of the an employer is revive by a trustworthy messenger (v.13)
  • how a person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain (v.14)
  • how patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones (v.15)
  • how eating too much honey can make you sick (v.16)
  • how you can wear out your welcome by visiting your neighbors too often (v.17)
  • how telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, or wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow (v.18)
  • how putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot (v.19)
  • what singing a cheerful song to a person with a heavy heart is like (v.20)
  • how the LORD will reward you for giving your enemies food to eat when they are hungry and giving them water to drink when they are thirsty (v.21)
  • how a gossiping tongue causes anger as surely as a north wind brings rain (v.23)
  • how it is better for a man to live alone in the corner of an attic than it is to live with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home (v.24)
  • How good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty (v.25)
  • How a godly person who gives in to the wicked is like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring (v.26)
  • how seeking honors for yourself, is just like eating too much honey (v.27)
  • How a person without self-control is like a city with broken down walls (v.28) (see self-control post)

on-privilege-2Consider this  list with much prayer please.  As I consider it myself I can see where there is room for improvement for this soul (me).

Let us pray for guidance as we step into our privilege as children of God, and as we discover and act on the conceal things of God within this chapter.

Blessings on you all, it’s Discovery time and that starts with   Prayer!