Category Archives: foolish

Hot-Tempered

Don’t associate with hot-tempered people  Pr. 22:24

Hot-tempered people starts fights Pr. 15:18

Hot-tempered people commit all kinds of sin Pr. 29:22

Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty Pr. 19:19

A fool is quick-tempered Pr. 12:16

A hot temper shows great foolishness Pr. 14:29

Some short-tempered men might get angry and kill you and your family Judges 18:25

Short-tempered people do foolish things Pr. 14:17

Positive Temper thoughts

Anyone who controls his temper calms a dispute

But the prudent person overlooks an insult Pr. 12:16

Being slow to get angry compares to great understanding Pr. 14:29

How to deal with hot-tempered or quick-tempered:

Self-Control

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no Law against such things. Gal. 5:23

Instead, he must be  hospitable to strangers, must appreciate what is good, and be sensible, honest, moral, and self-controlled Tit 1:8

For this very reason, you must make every effort to supplement your faith with moral character, your moral character with knowledge, your knowledge with self-control, your self-control with endurance, your endurance with godliness, your godliness with brotherly kindness, and your brotherly kindness with love 2 Pet. 1:5-7

Proverbs 19 – Foolishness Ruins lives

It’s the 19th day of the month and that means we all should be in the 19th chapter of Proverbs.

Theme:  25 things that can ruin your life

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Verse 3 is the foundational starting point today.  It states, “People ruin their lives by their own foolishness then are angry at the LORD.”

Let’s look at the 25 Ways one can ruin one’s life according to this chapter of Proverbs.

Key Learning:  Foolishness that ruins your life key2success

These things can ruin your life by:

  1. being dishonest and a fool
  2. having enthusiasm without knowledge
  3. being hasty and making mistakes
  4. allowing ones foolishness to cause them to be angry at the LORD
  5. Being in poverty which drives your friends away
  6. being a false witness and a liar
  7. despising your poor relatives and friends
  8. being a fool who lives in luxury
  9. being a foolish child
  10. being a quarrelsome wife
  11. being lazy and sleeping soundly
  12. being idle
  13. despising the commandments
  14. not disciplining your children
  15. being hot-tempered (see post on hot-tempered)
  16. not getting all the advice and instruction you can
  17. making many plans and not considering the LORD’s purpose
  18. not being loyal
  19. being dishonest
  20. being a mocker, and simpleminded
  21. mistreating your father and chasing away your mother
  22. not listening to instructions
  23. being a corrupt witness and making a mockery of justice
  24. having the mouth of the wicked that gulps down evil
  25. not understanding that mockers are made for punishment and the backs of fools are made to be beaten

Review 

  1. Are you honest in all of your dealings?
  2. Have you ever notice that you have rush out so excited that you forget to get all of the information needed to complete the task?
  3. Does your hasty ways cause you to make a multitude of mistakes?
  4. Do you find that you are regularly angry with the LORD?
  5. Do you have your foolishness in check?
  6. How’s your relationship with your father and mother these days?
  7. How well do you listen to instructions?
  8. What is your Loyalty based on, honesty or dishonesty?
  9. Has your hot-tempered ways caused you to pay the penalty lately?
  10. Do you help the poor on a regular basis

General observations that you just might want to consider:

  • To acquire wisdom is to love yourself
  • People who cherish understanding will prosper
  • Keep your life by keeping the commandments
  • When you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD and he will repay you
  • Discipline your children while there is hope, otherwise you will ruin their lives
  • Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life
  • You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail
  • Loyalty makes a person attractive
  • Fear of the LORD leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm

Enough Said!  1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It is truly Prayer Time!

Proverbs 17 – Sensible/ Foolish People

It is the 17th of the month everyone, and we have been presented with another great day.  I hope you woke up with a song on your heart regardless of what is going on in our world.  Even if you have rain or snow I hope that you have learned how to sing or play in the rain as well as the snow.

If you are following this study then you should be studying chapter 17 of Proverbs.

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Today I focused on verse 24 of this chapter and it stated, “Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.” 

Theme: Sensible people, Foolish children

So, who are the sensible people and the foolish children in this chapter and what can we learn from them and what impact does that have on us today?

Key Learning: The LORD tests the heart of Sensible as well as the foolish people to check their motiveskey2success

Sensible people:

  • Wise servant
  • Those who forgive a fault
  • A person of understanding
  • A friend who is always loyal
  • Brother born to help in time of need
  • Those that have cheerful hearts
  • Sensible people
  • The godly who are good
  • A wise person who uses few words
  • A person with understanding and is even-tempered

Foolish people:

  • Disgraceful child
  • Wrongdoers who eagerly listen to gossip
  • Liars who pay close attention to slander
  • Those who mock the poor
  • Those who rejoice at the misfortune of others
  • Those who dwell on a fault to long
  • A fool
  • Evil people who are eager for rebellion
  • A fool caught in foolishness
  • Those who repay good with evil
  • Those who start quarrels
  • Those who acquit the guilty
  • Those who condemn the innocent
  • Those who pay to educate a fool
  • Those who guaranteed another person’s debt
  • Those who put up security for a friend
  • Those who love to quarrel
  • Those who trust in high walls
  • Those with crooked hearts
  • Those who use a lying tongue
  • A rebel
  • Those with a broken spirit
  • The wicked that take secret bribes
  • Those that pervert the course of justice
  • The fool whose eyes wander to the ends of the earth
  • Foolish children
  • Those who punish the godly for being good
  • Those who flog leaders for being honest

Review:

  1. Are you a wise servant or a disgraceful son?
  2. When the LORD tests your heart what dross does the process expel?
  3. Do you find that you eagerly listen to gossip?
  4. Does slander of another cause you to listen really closely?
  5. Do you rejoice at the misfortune of others?
  6. Do you find that you spend too much time dwelling on a fault rather than forgiving it?
  7. Are the people that you associated with eager for rebellion?
  8. Have you ever repay good with evil?
  9. Do you find it hard to stop quarreling?
  10. Are you a loyal friend that can be counted on in a time of need?

Nuggets of Gold: 

  • Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting–and conflict
  • Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler
  • A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool
  • It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel
  • A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered
  • Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent

What can we learn from them and what impact does that have on us today?application

  • We learn that the sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom whereas the foolish children bring grief to their fathers, and bitterness to the one who gave them birth
  • When we understand the above then we can avoid the misfortunes of the foolish child, things like losing part of their inheritance, being severely punished, being separated from their close friends, evil never leaving their house, and being detestable to the LORD

As you read this chapter I hope that you past the inspection with flying colors.  In other words I wish you true greatness!

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 17:3 “Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart.”

Let us pray for the cleansing power of prayer and the gift of our Savior Jesus Christ.

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346   It is Prayer Time!

Proverbs 10 – Wise/Foolish Child

Good Morning everyone and blessing on you and yours.

This is the 10th day of the month, which means we should be working on the 10th chapter of Proverbs.  Hopefully you are still there studying and praying about  the use of this chapter in your life.

This Chapter begins with the Proverbs of Solomon, then it jumps right in with the wise child and how that child brings joy to a father then how the foolish child brings grief to a mother.  Of course this is the verse that will be my launching pad for this post.

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Today I would like to pose these questions:

  1. Why does the wise child bring joy to a father?
  2. Why does the foolish child bring grief to a mother?

Let’s see if we can uncover the answers to the above questions using nothing but chapter 10 as our reference point.

27 reasons a wise child brings joy to his/her father:

  1. Right living
  2. Hard worker
  3. Harvests in the summer
  4. Godly and showered with blessings
  5. Glad to be instructed
  6. Has integrity walks safely
  7. Bold reproof that promotes peace
  8. Words are life-giving fountain
  9. Full of love that makes up for all offenses
  10. Understanding
  11. Treasures knowledge
  12. Wealthy
  13. Their earnings enhance their lives
  14. Readily accepts discipline
  15. Sensible and keeps mouth shut
  16. Their words are like sterling silver
  17. Their words encourage many
  18. Has the blessings of the LORD
  19. Lives wisely
  20. Their hopes are granted
  21. Has a lasting foundation
  22. Fears the LORD respectfully
  23. Hopes result in happiness
  24. Has the LORD as a stronghold
  25. Not easily disturbed
  26. Gives wise advice
  27. Speaks helpful words

28 reasons a foolish child brings grief to his/her mother:

  1. Drawn to tainted wealth
  2. Full of cravings and Wicked
  3. Lazy
  4. Sleeps during harvest and is a disgrace
  5. Conceals violent intentions
  6. Their name will rot away because they are wicked
  7. Follows crooked paths
  8. Winks at wrong and causes trouble
  9. Lacks sense
  10. Babbles and invites disaster
  11. Poverty is their destruction
  12. Squander their money on sin
  13. Ignores correction and does go astray
  14. Hides hatred
  15. Slanders other
  16. Talks to much
  17. Has the heart of a fool that is worthless
  18. Destroyed by their lack of common sense
  19. Finds doing wrong fun
  20. All their fears will be fulfilled
  21. Whirled away when the storms of life come
  22. Irritate their employers
  23. Their years are cut short because they are wicked
  24. Their expectations come to nothing because they are wicked
  25. The way of the LORD destroys them because they are wicked
  26. They will be remove from the land because they are wicked
  27. They have a tongue that deceives and it will be cut off
  28. They speak perverse words

Nuggets of gold in between the above lists: 

  • Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life
  • The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction
  • Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool
  • Too much talk leads to sin.  Be sensible and keep your mouth shut
  • The LORD will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked
  • We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away
  • The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted
  • When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation
  • The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing
  • The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked
  • The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land

So this morning which child are you wise or foolish?

Which do you bring to your parents, joy or grief?

Which child are you to your Heavenly Father, and do you bring Him joy or grief?

Is that not a good point to stop and Pray about the discovered results that you find in your own life?

I have no room to boast here, I notice some of the foolish traits in my own life and I sure don’t want my Father in Heaven to have grief over this little snot nose kid name Bruce.

I repent Father God for allowing any of the foolish child’s ways that present themselves in my life.  Please forgive me and help me to get a handle on this awful, foolish child’s behavior in my life, this I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Memory Verse:  Verse 29, “The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked.”

How about you it’s your turn!

How do you stack up when you run down these list?

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346 It is prayer time!

Proverbs 9 – The Banquets

Day 9 of the month,  and time for chapter 9 of Proverbs.   Today we are presented with the calls from Lady Wisdom and Lady Folly.  Both are inviting us to come in and to partake of their feast.

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Who is invited to these banquets:

  • Everyone
  • The Simple
  • Those who lack good judgment
  • Men going by who are minding their own business

Let’s take a close look at both host to see which one we will go into and partake of their feast.

Lady Wisdom offers:

  • A great banquet, mixed wines
  • Solid advice for the ages

Lady Folly offers:

  • Brashness
  • Ignorance
  • Stolen water
  • Food eaten in secret
  • Association with the dead
  • A possible position in the grave

Actions Expected to obtain a positive resolution: 

  • Come in with me
  • Come, eat my food
  • Drink the wine I have mixed
  • Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live
  • Learn to use good judgment
  • So don’t bother correcting mockers
  • Correct the wise, and they will love you
  • Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser
  • Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more
  • Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom
  • Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment

Resolutions:

  • Positive
    • Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life
    • If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit
  • Negative 
    • When you rebuke a mocker you will get an insult in return
    • When you correct the wicked you will get hurt
    • If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer
    • You are told that stolen water is refreshing; and food eaten in secret tastes the best!
    • Little do you know that the dead are at the banquet that Folly offers
    • Folly’s banquet guest are in the depths of the grave

Now let me ask you, who do you think has your best interest in mind?

And who do you think offers the best advice?

Which Banquet are you currently eating at?  How is that working for you?

Would you like your days multiply and have years added to your life? Or would you like to associate with those who are in the depths of the grave?

The choice is totally yours, you can become wise and benefit from it or scorn wisdom and suffer the consequences of your choice.

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346   It is Prayer time!

Lets pray for the right choice in choosing who we will listen to.

Amen does not go here, Amen comes after you gain the wisdom needed to multiply your days and add years to your life, then we say AMEN!

Proverbs 5 – Avoid Immoral Women

Day Five of the month  and that means that we should be studying Chapter 5 of Proverbs.

Today’s foundation verse is verse 3 which states, “For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil.”

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Theme: Avoid Immoral Women

Define Immoral: not conforming to accepted standards of morality.

Synonyms for immoral: 

unethical, bad, morally wrong, wrongful, wicked, evil, foul, unprincipled, unscrupulous, dishonorable, dishonest, unconscionable, iniquitous, disreputable, corrupt, depraved, vile, villainous, nefarious, base, miscreant; sinful, godless, impure, unchaste, unvirtuous, shameless, degenerate, debased, debauched, dissolute, reprobate, lewd, obscene, perverse, perverted; licentious, wanton, promiscuous, loose;

Informal: shady, lowdown, crooked, sleazy

From <https://www.google.com/#q=define+immoral>

Antonyms for immoral

Clean, decent, ethical, good, honest, honorable, moral, noble, principled, pure, right, scrupulous, trustworthy, truthful, uncorrupt, upright, virtuous, chaste

From <http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/immoral>

Actions expected:

  • Pay attention to my wisdom
  • Listen carefully to my wise counsel
  • Listen to me, never stray from what I am about to say
  • Stay away from her(the immoral woman)
  • Don’t go near the door of her house!
  • Drink water from your own well
  • Share your love only with your wife
  • You should reserve it(sex) for yourselves
  • Never share it(sex) with strangers
  • Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you
  • Rejoice in the wife of your youth
  • Why be captivated, my son by an immoral woman

Resolution:

  • Positive:
    • Then you will show discernment, and your lips will express what you’ve learned
    • She(the wife of your youth) is a loving deer, a graceful doe
    • Let her breasts satisfy you always
    • May you always be captivated by her(the wife of your youth) love
  • Negative:
    • But in the end she(the immoral woman) is as bitter as poison,  as dangerous as a double-edged sword11410417_901757226557472_1692028440_n
    • Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave
    • For she cares nothing about the path to life
    • She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it
    • If you do go near the door of her house, you will lose your honor and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved
    • Strangers will consume your wealth and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor
    • In the end you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body
    • You will say, “How I hated discipline!  If only I had not ignored all the warnings!  Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers?  Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?  I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace
    • An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him
    • He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness

Verse 21 really brings the point home, “For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.

If you don’t show discernment in these things then you may be overheard making this statement, “How I hated discipline! If only I had not ignored all the warnings!  Oh, why didn’t listen to my teachers?  Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?  I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace.”

Verses 22 and 23 sums up the results of not listening to the wisdom of the Father, “An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him.  He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness.”

If you understand this chapter then perhaps you see the need for prayer in the areas of discernment, listening to wisdom, discipline, being captivated by temptation, self-control, and great foolishness.

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 5:21For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.”

It is Prayer Time!  1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346

Proverbs Chapter 1 – God’s way/My way

Proverbs Chapter 1 – The Purpose of Proverbs 

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God’s Way:

16 Reasons why  you should study the Book of Proverbs every day, every month, and every year:

  1. So that you might be taught wisdom and discipline to help you understand the insights of the wise
  2. So that you might be taught to live discipline and successful lives
  3. So that you might gain insight, knowledge and discernment
  4. So that you might become even wiser gaining understanding and so that you receive guidance
  5. So that you understand that the foundation of true knowledge starts with the Fear of the LORD
  6. So that you don’t become a fool who despises wisdom and discipline
  7. So that you learn from the correction of your father, and you don’t neglect your mother’s instruction
  8. So that you learn from your parents and receive a crown of grace and a chain of honor around your neck
  9. So that you learn to turn your back on sinners when they entice you to join them
  10. So that you learn to not go alone with those who rush to commit evil deeds
  11. So that you are not like the greedy who lust after money,  who are robbed of life
  12. So that you don’t reject wisdom’s advice and ignore correction offered
  13. So that you don’t end up eating the bitter fruit of living your own way, and choking on your own schemes
  14. So that you don’t turn away from wisdom but rather to death
  15. So that you don’t become a fool destroyed by your own complacency
  16. So that you DO LISTEN to Wisdom and end up living in peace and untroubled by fear or harm!

Your Way:

  1. Being a fool and despising wisdom and discipline 
  2. Not listening when your father corrects you
  3. Neglecting your mother’s instruction
  4. Listening to the enticing words of sinners
  5. Joining in with those who say let’s hide and kill someone just for fun, or let’s ambush the innocent
  6. Imagining the great things we’ll get, we’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take
  7. Throwing your lot in with them so that you can share in the loot
  8. Running to get on the same path with those who rush to commit evil deeds, and commit murder

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The overarching theme here is to have reverence for the LORD

Resolution:

To have a positive outcome

  • One must start with the foundation of true knowledge and that is found in having true  reverence for the LORD
  • Listen when your father corrects you
  • Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction
  • Turn your back on sinners that entice you join them in their adventures
  • Don’t go along with sinners, stay far away from their paths
  • Listen to the wise counsel of wisdom and she will share her heart with you and make you wise
  • If you listen to wisdom you will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm

To have a negative outcome

  • One must be foolish, despise wisdom and discipline
  • Entice others to join you in ambushing the innocent
  • Fill your houses with all the stuff that you can take
  • Throw your lot in with thugs and share the loot
  • Be greedy for money
  • Insist on being simpleminded
  • Be a mocker and relish your mocking
  • Hate knowledge
  • Pay no attention to wisdom
  • Ignore wisdom’s advice
  • Reject the correction that wisdom offers
  • If you reject wisdom’s advice pay no attention when wisdom corrected you then you must eat the bitter fruit of living your own way, choking on your own schemes
  • When you turn away from Wisdom you turn to death
  • Fools are destroyed by their own complacency

The question is which way will you choose? God’s way or Your way.  What a wonderful reason to study and understand the Book of Proverbs, so that you might gain the guidance needed to choose the correct way to fulfill your purpose in God.

The last two verses of this chapter are bitter sweet if you will, “For simpletons turn away from me (Wisdom) to death.  Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.  But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” Proverbs 1:32, 33

Memorize:Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.  Let those with understanding receive guidance.Proverb 1:5 NLT

Are you praying yet?  Its Prayer Time!