Category Archives: Motives

Purpose of Proverbs – Ch. 1

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Of Proverbs

  • To teach people wisdom and discipline (v. 2)
  • To help them understand the insights of the wise (v. 2)
  • To teach people to live disciplined and successful lives (v. 3)
  • To help them do what is right, just, and fair (v. 3.)
  • To give insight to the simple (v. 4)
  • To give knowledge and discernment to the young (v. 4)
  • To help the wise to become wiser (v. 5)
  • To help those with understanding to receive guidance (v. 5)
  • To help all of us to understand that fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge (v. 7)
  • To show them that they need to listen to Wisdom’s counsel (v. 23)
  • To help them to understand that Wisdom desires to share her heart with them and to make them wise (v. 23)
  • To help them understand that Wisdom often calls and reaches out to us (v. 24)
  • To remind us not to ignored Wisdom’s advice (v. 25)
  • To remind us not to rejected the correction Wisdom offers (v. 25)
  • To keep us from being overtaken by disaster and calamity (v. 27)
  • To save us from eating the bitter fruit of living our own way and from choking on our own schemes (v. 31)

Wisdom says that she will laughlaugh when you are in trouble!  (v. 26)

Why? 

Because I(Wisdom) called you so often, but you wouldn’t come.  I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.  You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. (v. 24, 25)

For this reason Wisdom says that she will mock mockyou when disaster overtakes you — when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you . (v. 26)

Wisdom further states that when you cry for help, I will not answer.  ignoreThough you anxiously search for me, you will not find me.  (v. 28)

Why? 

Because you hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD.  Because you rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected you.  Therefore you must eat the bitter fruit of living your own way, choking on your won schemes. (v. 28, 29)

 

simpletonSimpletons turn away from me(Wisdom) to death (v. 32)

 

Fools foolare destroyed by their own complacency (v. 32)

 

But all who listen to me(Wisdom) will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm. (v. 33)

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 1:4 “These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young”

Let us Pray for the spiritual insight and strength to stay on the right path. 1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346

Proverbs 21 – Holy Heart Exam

Hello everyone, it is the 21st day of the month and today we will be looking at chapter 21 of Proverbs.

After praying and reading this chapter I found myself focusing on verses 2 and 3.  It states, “People may be right in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their heart.  The LORD is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.”

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Theme:  Holy Heart Examination

Key Learning: Right in their own eyes, and doing what is right and just key2success

Right in their own eyes people:

  • haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions
  • hasty shortcuts
  • wealth created by a lying tongue
  • violence of the wicked
  • those who refuse to do what is just
  • the guilty who walk crooked paths
  • a quarrelsome  complaining wife
  • evil people who desire evil
  • those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor
  • evildoers who are terrified by justice
  • those who stray from common sense
  • those who love pleasure
  • those who love wine and luxury
  • fools who spend whatever they get
  • the strong whose trust is in their fortress
  • those who do not watch their tongue
  • mockers who are proud haughty, and act with boundless arrogance
  • the lazy who refuse to work
  • those who are greedy for more
  • the evil person who offers a sacrifice with wrong motives
  • a false witness
  • the wicked who bluff their way through
  • those who think that human wisdom or understanding can stand against the LORD

Doing what is right and just people:

  • those who do good planning and work hard
  • the innocent who travel a straight road
  • the wise who are easily instructed
  • those who understand the value of a secret gift
  • the godly who gain great joy from justice
  • the godly trade places with the wicked who will receive the punishment
  • the honest who trade places with the traitors for the good
  • the wise have wealth and luxury
  • those who find life by pursuing righteousness and unfailing love
  • the wise who conquer the city of the strong
  • those who watch their tongue and keep their mouth shut
  • the godly who love to give
  • those who are credible witnesses
  • the virtuous who think before they act (see the virtuous post)
  • those who understand that no human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the LORD

Review:  

  1. When God examines your heart, does he find that you may be right in your own eyes?
  2. Do you offer the LORD sacrifices, while not doing what is right and just?
  3. As God does his examination of your heart, is he apt to find a proud heart and evil actions?
  4. Have you been plagued by hasty shortcuts and notice that poverty is sneaking up on you?
  5. Have you created wealth with a lying tongue and then wonder why it seems to be vanishing?
  6. Have you notice that the wicked seem to be swept away lately?
  7. Ever notice the neighbors of evil people never get mercy from these folks?
  8. Did you know that the Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked?
  9. Do you want to be ignored in your time of need?
  10. Have you shut your ears to the cries of the poor lately?

Nuggets of Gold:

  • The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it wherever he pleases
  • The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; he will bring disaster on them
  • Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers
  • The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead.
  • The wicked are punished in place of the godly, and traitors in place of the honest
  • Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble
  • No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the LORD
  • The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD

As you review this list more than once, I hope you will began to see that being right in your own eyes can cost you dearly.

Please read this chapter more than once and then ask the LORD to help you to really understand what it is that he is saying to us and then begin praying for application the “Doing what is Right and Just,” you will be much better off.

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346   So, it’s Prayer Time!

 

Proverbs 20 – Steps Directed/Hidden Motives Exposed

Good morning everyone,  Bless the name of our Lord.  What a great day it is.  Well it’s the 20th day of the month, and we all should be studying and praying about chapter 20 of Proverbs.

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Theme: Director of our steps, and hidden motives exposed

In today’s study, verses 24 & 27  present  the Director of our steps and the light that penetrates our human spirit to expose every hidden motive.

Key Learning: Steps taken and motives behind actions key2success

Lesson #1: Motives behind the situations in this chapter:

  • Those being led astray by drink cannot be wise (v.1)
  • Your misguided motives that rouses the king’s anger (v.2)
  • The fools insistence on quarreling (v.3)
  • Those too lazy to plow in the right season (v.4)
  • The person with understanding knows how to draw out good advice (v.5)
  • Those who say they are loyal friends, why do they say it instead of just being a loyal friend? (v.6)
  • The godly who walk with integrity (v.7) (see post on integrity)
  • The ability of the king to distinguished the bad from the good (v.8)
  • Those who say, “I have cleansed my heart.” Are they really pure and free from sin? (v.9)
  • Those who use double standards of every kind, Why? (v.10)
  • Children are known by the way they act (v.11)
  • Those who love sleep and poverty (v.13)
  • The buyer who haggles and then says that the item Is worthless (v.14)
  • Why get security from one who guarantees a stranger’s debt (v.16)
  • Plans that succeed through good counsel (v.18) (see post on plans)
  • Why does a gossip go around telling secrets (v.19) (see post on gossip)
  • Why you should not hang around with chatterers (v.19)
  • Why your light will be snuffed out in total darkness (v.20)
  • Why obtaining an inheritance too early in life is not a blessing in the end (v.21)
  • Why you should not get even but wait for the LORD to handle the matter (v.22)
  • Why the LORD is not pleased by dishonest scales, he detest double standards! (v.23)
  • Why try to understand everything alone the way, when the LORD directs our steps? (v.24)
  • Why making rash promises to God traps you (v.25)
  • Why the wise king runs his threshing wheel over the wicked like wheat (v.26)
  • How the LORD’s light exposes every hidden motive (v.27)
  • How strength is the glory of the young (v.29)
  • How the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old (v.29)

Lesson #2: Misc. thoughts that you just might want to take heed to

  • Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies (v.15)
  • Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth (v.17)
  • Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love (v.28)
  • Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart (v.30)

We can fake each other out, but there is no faking the penetrating light of the All Seeing and All Powerful one who looks right through us into our inner man.

So for me I had to admit that my motives were not up to par and that I had the wrong motives in mind.  God’s light convicted me and I had to repent.

  Review

  1. Now consider that the LORD’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive, what do you think he sees in your life?
  2. How about you, as you read this chapter, are you questioning your motives?
  3. Are you looking at you or others?
  4. Is this something that you can use to improve your serve?

Please don’t look at the motives of others, you cannot do a thing about who they are nor can you force them to change.  You only have one that you can completely control, you!

Let’s pray now! The King is sitting in judgment, not me.  He is weighing all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good. His penetrating light is searching for those hidden motives.

I am praying about the bad that is holding me back , and praising Him for the good that is producing the manifold(lots of)  blessings in my life.  Your Turn!

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346   It’s Prayer Time!

Proverbs 18 – Strong Fortress the godly run to

Good Morning on this 18th day of the month.  I will be sharing my thoughts on the 18th Chapter of Proverbs today.

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We will focus on verse 10 which states, “The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.”

Theme:  Strong fortress the godly run to!

So why would the godly need to run to the LORD in this chapter?  Could it be because of the people around them?

Key Learning: Run from those who throw caution to the wind key2success

What Is it that the godly need to be kept safe from?

They need to be kept safe from:

  • Unfriendly people who care only about themselves
  • Those who lash out at common sense
  • Fools who have no interest in understanding
  • Those who only want to air their own opinions
  • Those who are disgrace by doing wrong
  • Those who bring contempt by their scandalous behavior
  • Those who acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent
  • The  constant quarrels of fools
  • Fools who trap themselves with their own foolish lips
  • Those who allow the dainty morsels of rumors to sink deep into their hearts
  • A lazy person who is as bad as someone who destroys things
  • The rich who think that their wealth is a strong defense
  • People who are haughty and are headed for destruction
  • Those who spout off before listening to the facts
  • Those with crushed spirits
  • An offended friend
  • Arguments that separate friends
  • Those who love to talk, who do not understand that death or life is in the tongue (see new post on the tongue)
  • The rich who answer with insults
  • Friends who destroy each other

Nugget of Gold:  One must consider the wisdom found in this chapter that is from on high

  • Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from  the wise like a bubbling brook
  • Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor
  • Intelligent people are always ready to learn.  Their ears are open for knowledge
  • Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!
  • Flipping a coin can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents
  • Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction
  • The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD
  • There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother

Review:  

  1. Do you show yourself friendly or unfriendly in your neighborhood?
  2. Have you ever lash out at someone who was operating with good common sense?
  3. Do you find that you are only interested in airing your own opinions?
  4. Do you have any scandalous behavior in your past that you wish would just go away?
  5. Do you use words that cause constant quarrels?
  6. Has your mouth set any traps lately that you know will ruin you?
  7. Are you still working on the last dainty morsel of a rumor that has sunk into your heart
  8. Do you imagine that your wealth or income is a strong defense that will keep you safe?
  9. Have you ever being known for spouting off without first listening to the facts?
  10. Are your ears really open for knowledge?

If you look up the word for Strong in this chapter you will find that the Hebrew word for strong is OZE, which means strength in various applications, such as i.e.. force, security, majesty, praise, boldness, loud, mighty, power, strength, strong.

The Hebrew word OZE also had it shorten version to OZ which really surprise me seeing how the movie Wizard of OZ was a favorite as I grew up. But I wonder if this was Hollywood’s way of saying that God was a little man behind curtains, faking out others making them thing that he was all powerful and yet weak and just a man.

Of course we know better, but people who don’t know or understand the Existing One, “Jehovah” are not aware that  He is not to be played with nor to be made fun of, the consequences are staggering!  Just ask history how God dealt with societies that took him for granted.  Their high ideals crash down around them, and left them wondering what happen.

This is one of  the reasons I love to stay in Proverbs, the wisdom here continues to put me in check.

So, who are you running to for safety?

Do you recognize the need for protection from those in the list above?

OK, let me hush because,  1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It’s Prayer Time. 

Blessing on you all.

Proverbs 16 – Plans

Hi everyone, blessing on you and yours.  I trust that all is well with you, and that you are continuing the study of Proverbs.

Since this is the 16th day of the month, we should find ourselves in Chapter 16 of Proverbs.

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Theme:  “We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer.” Proverbs 16:1 (NLT)

However, you should consider these verses as well: 3, 9, 17, 25, and 33.

Check these verses out before you make any plans:

verse 3. Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed

verse 9. We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps

verse 17. The path of the virtuous leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe

verse 25. There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death

verse 33.  We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall

Key Learning:  Plans, Motives and His perspective

I found that the Right Answer had questions that had to be answered first before one could succeed.
In other words The LORD examines your motives first then He gives you the correct answer according to His perspective.

These questions regard the following:  

  • Plans
    • But are you looking to the LORD for the right answer? (v.1)
    • Have you committed your actions to the LORD for His considerations? (v.3)
    • Do you really hope that your plans succeed or is this just lip service? (v.3)
    • Do you trust the LORD with determining your steps? (v.9)
    • Are you willing to give up the path that you think is the right way, so that you can avoid death? (v.25)
    • Are you trusting the LORD when he determines how the dice fall in your plans? (v.33)
  • Motives
    • Do you see yourself as pure in your own eyes? (v.2)
    • What do your motives really say, the LORD is examining your motives right now! (v.2)
    • What do your motives show when it comes to unfailing love and faithfulness (v.6)
    • Does your life really please the LORD, are your enemies at peace with you? (v.7)
    • Do your motives betray you when it comes to having little with godliness? (v.8)
    • What about if you are rich and dishonest, what does the LORD see when he is examining your motives? (v.8)
    • When the LORD examines your motives what does he see when you open your mouth to speak, is he pleased? Are you speaking honestly? (v.10)
  • Actions
    • If you want your plans to succeed then you must commit your actions to the LORD! (v.3)
  • Purposes
    • Have you asked the LORD what purposes does he have in mind for you? (v.4)
  • Proud
    • If you don’t want to be punished then get rid of this, realize that the LORD detest this in people! (v.5)
  • Unfailing Love
    • Does your love include faithfulness and is it able to atone for sin? (v.6)
  • Pleasing lives
    • Does your life really please the LORD? Are your enemies at peace with you? (v.7)
  • Godliness
    • Do you realize that this is better than being dishonest and rich? (v.8)
  • Planning
    • Are you aware that the LORD determines our steps? (v.9)
  • Scales and Balances
    • Did you know that the LORD demands accurate scales, balances, and sets the standards for fairness? (v.11)
  • Wrong doing
    • Did you know that the king detests this? (v.12)
  • Righteous lips
    • Did you know that the king is pleased with words from righteous lips? (v.13)
  • Honesty
    • Are you aware that the king loves those who speak honestly? (v.13)
  • Appeasing
    • Are you wise enough to deal with the kings anger? (v.14)
  • Wisdom
    • Did you know that this is better to obtain, rather than gold? (v.16)
  • Good judgment
    • Did you know that this is better than getting silver? (v.16)
  • Virtuous
    • Do you understand that their paths are directed away from evil and they are safe? (v.17)
  • Pride
    • Did you know that this leads to destruction? (v.18)
  • Haughtiness
    • Do you understand that this leads to a fall? (v.18)
  • Humble
    • Did you know that it is better to live this way than sharing in the plunder of the proud? (v.19)
  • Listens intently
    • Do you really want to prosper?  Then do this! (v.20)
  • Trust
    • Did you know that trusting the LORD leads to great joy? (v.20)
  • Understanding
    • Are you aware that you will be known by this if you are wise, and that your  pleasant words will be very persuasive? (v.21)
  • Discretion
    • Did you know that this is a life-giving fountain to those who possesses it? (v.22)
  • Discipline
    • Do you know that this is wasted on fools? (v.22)
  • Wise
    • Did you know that wise speech comes from a mind that is wise, and their words are persuasive? (v.23)
  • Kind words
    • Are you aware that they are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body? (v.24)
  • Appetites
    • Did you know that is good for workers to have this? (v.26)
  • Scoundrels
    • Are you aware that they create trouble and their words are a destructive blaze? (v.27)
  • Troublemaker
    • Did you know that they plant seeds of strife? (v.28)
  • Gossip
    • Are you aware that this type of person separates the best of friends? (v.28)
  • Violent people
    • Did you know that they mislead their companions, and are leading them down a harmful path? (v.29)
  • Narrowed eyes
    • Are you aware that these people plot evil and with a smirk they plan their mischief? (v.30)
  • Gray hair
    • Did you know that this is a crown of glory, that it is gained by living a godly life? (v.31)
  • Patient
    • Are you aware that it is better to be this than powerful? (v.32)
  • Self-control
    • Do you understand that it is better to have this, than it is to conquer a city? (v.32)

These are things that the LORD reviews then answers after checking our lives (MOTIVES) to see if we meet with His approval.

For example, He checks our lives for the trait of a gossip, the answer is a harmful path or repent and stop doing it.

Or there is the listening to instructions and putting them into action, the answer is you will prosper.

Try it yourself, look at the list of words that I extracted from Chapter 16 and see if they are part of your character and see the required answer..  Repent or Praise!  Crying or Shouting for Joy!

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 16:3 Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”

Come on, say it with me,  1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346 “It’s Prayer Time!”

Proverbs 7 – Another Warning

Today’s study falls on the 7th day of the month,  the number 7 is the number of completeness and perfection both physically and spiritually, biblical speaking of course.

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Theme: Another Warning about Immoral Women

Lesson #1: Expected actions needed to avoid Immoral Women

  • Follow my advice, my son (v.1)
  • Always treasure my commands (v.1)
  • Obey my commands and live! (v.2)
  • Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes (v.2)
  • Tie them on your fingers as a reminder (v.3)
  • Write them deep within your heart (v.3)
  • Love wisdom like a sister (v.4)
  • Make insight a beloved member of your family (v.4)
  • Let them (Wisdom & Insight) protect you from an affair with an immoral woman (v.5)
  • Let them (Wisdom & Insight) protect you from listening to the flattery of a promiscuous woman(P.W.) (v.5)
  • Don’t be naïve (v.7)
  • Don’t lack common sense (v.7)
  • Don’t be strolling down the path by her (P.W.) house (v.8)
  • Listen to me, my sons and pay attention to my words (v.24)
  • Don’t let your hearts stray away toward her(P.W.) (v.25)
  • Don’t wander down her(P.W.) wayward path (v.25)
  • Beware strolling pass her(P.W.) house at twilight, in the evening as deep darkness fell (v.8, 9)
  • Beware the approaching woman who is seductively dressed and sly of heart (v.10)11410417_901757226557472_1692028440_n
  • Understand that she(P.W.) is brash, a rebellious type, never content to stay at home (v.11)
  • Beware she(P.W.) is often in the streets and markets, soliciting at every corner (v.12)
  • Don’t let her throw her arms around you and refuse to let her kiss you (v.13)
  • Beware of her brazen look (v.13)
  • Don’t believe her when she says, “I came out to find you, and here you are!” (15)
  • Don’t listen to any talk of her bed and its beautiful blankets with colored sheets of Egyptian linen (v.16)
  • Don’t listen to any talk of how she has perfumed her bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon (v.17)
  • Don’t listen to her when she says, “Come, let’s drink our fill of love until morning (v.18)
  • Beware or Run! when she says, “Let’s enjoy each other’s caresses, for my husband is not home.” (v.18, 19)
  • Don’t believe her when she says, My husband is away on a long trip.  He has taken a wallet full of money with him and won’t return until later this month.” (v.19, 20)
  • Don’t let her seduce you with pretty speech and entice you with here flattery (v.21)
  • Don’t be so quick to follow her like an ox going to the slaughter (v.22)
  • Don’t be like a stag caught in a trap, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart (v.22)
  • Don’t be like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life (v.23)

Resolutions:

Lesson #2: Positive outcomes of listening to the above

  • Wisdom will be like a sister to you (v.4)
  • Insight will become a beloved member of your family (v.4)
  • They will protect you from an affair with an immoral woman (v.5)
  • They will keep you from listening to the flattery of a promiscuous woman (v.5)

Lesson #3: Negative outcomes of not listening to the above 

  • You will be naïve (v.7)
  • You will lack common sense (v.7)
  • You will get to close to the immoral woman’s house (v.8)
  • Twilight will help to snag you in the trap of the immoral woman (v.9)
  • You will be capture by the seductively dressed and sly of heart woman that approaches you (v.10)
  • You will fall for the lie, “you’re the one I was looking for! I came out to find you.” (v.15)
  • You will listen to her talking about her bed (v.16)
  • You will entertain her words regarding, “have your fill of love until morning, and enjoying each other’s caresses” (v.18)
  • You will run the risk of her husband walking in you while you are having you fill of love (v.18 – 20)
  • You will be seduced by her pretty speech (v.21)
  • You will be enticed by her flattery (v.21)
  • You will be like a ox going to the slaughter (v.22)
  • You will be like a stag caught in a trap, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart (v.22)
  • You will be like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost his life (v.23)
  • You run the risk of being ruined (v.26)
  • You run the risk of being another victim of this immoral woman (v.26)
  • You will be on the road to the grave (v.27)
  • You have just enter the bedroom that is the den of death (v.27)

Lesson #4:  9 essentials that will help you with temptation 

  1. Follow God’s advice children (v.1)
  2. Always treasure God’s commands and live! (v.2)
  3. Obey and Guard God’s instruction as  you guard your own eyes (v.2)
  4. Tie God’s instructions on your fingers as a reminder (v.3)
  5. Write His instructions deep within your heart (v.3)
  6. Love wisdom like a sister (v.4)
  7. Make insight a beloved member of your family (v.4)
  8. Let the LORD’s instructions protect you from an affair with Lady Temptation (v.5)
  9. Let the LORD’s instructions keep you from listening to the flattery of Lady Temptation (v.5)

And of course we need to pray for godly strength and wisdom in dealing with this foe name temptation who is skillful in the art of seduction, pretty speech, and flattery.

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346   Is it not prayer Time?