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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.

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Proverbs 6 – Lessons for Daily Life

Of course today is the 6th day of the month, that should lead us to the 6th chapter of Proverbs.

Our foundational verse today is verse 20 which states, “My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.”

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What commands or instructions are they speaking of?

Of course they are speaking of the following:

  • Putting up security for a friend’s debt (v.1)
  • Guaranteeing a stranger’s debt (v.1)
  • Lazy people (v.6, 9,10, 11)
  • Wisdom of ants (v.6, 7, 8)
  • Wicked people (v.12, 13, 14, 15)
  • The six things the LORD hates no, seven things he detests (v.16-19)
  • The immoral person (v.24)
  • Committing adultery (v.32, 33)

Theme: Lessons for Daily Life

Lesson #1: Putting Lessons into Actions 

  • If you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger–swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased, don’t put it off; do it now, don’t rest until you do, save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net (v.2-5)
  • Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones (v.6)
  • Learn from their(the ants) ways and become wise! (v.6)
  • Understand what worthless and wicked people are like? (v.12)
  • Know that there are six things the LORD hates–no, seven things he detests: (v.16)
    • haughty eyes (having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy) (v.17)
    • a lying tongue  (v.17)
    • hands that kill the innocent  (v.17)
    • a heart that plots evil (v.18)
    • feet that race to do wrong (v.18)
    • a false witness who pours out lies (v.19)
    • a person who sows discord in a family (v.19)
  • Obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction (v.20)
  • Keep their words always in your heart (v.21)
  • Tie them around your neck (v.21)
  • Don’t lust for her(the immoral woman) beauty (v.25)
  • Don’t let her(the immoral woman) coy glances seduce you (v.25)
  • Don’t sleep with another man’s wife (v.29)
  • Understand that he who embraces her(another man’s wife) will not go unpunished (v.29)

Resolution:

Lesson #2: The Positive Outcome of Putting the above into action

  • When you walk, their(your father and mother instructions) counsel will lead you (v.22)
  • When you sleep, they will protect you (v.22)
  • When you wake up, they will advise you (v.22)
  • Their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life (v.23)
  • It will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman (v.24)

Lesson #3: The Negative of Not following the above Lessons

  • Poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber (v.11)
  • You will become wicked and constant liar (v.12)
  • You will have perverted hearts that plot evil, and constantly stir up trouble (v.14)
  • You will be destroyed suddenly and  broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing (v.15)
  • A prostitute will bring you to poverty (v.26)
  • Sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life (v.26)
  • You will be an utter fool for committing adultery, you will destroy yourself (v.32)
  • You will be wounded and disgraced (v.33)
  • Your shame will never be erased (v.33)
  • The woman’s jealous husband will be furious, and he will show you no mercy when he takes revenge on you (v.34)

I pray that you do what I am doing in regards to this life lesson, what is that you may ask?

I am praying and putting into action everything that I have learn so that I can succeed rather than:

  • being trapped by foolishness
  • placing myself at my friend’s mercy
  • allowing poverty to pounce on me like a bandit
  • putting up with scarcity which attacks like an armed robber
  • putting myself at peril by being like the wicked who will be suddenly destroyed
  • falling into the group of things that the LORD hates, no he detests
  • running from the immoral woman
  • putting my hands over my ears to protect them from the smooth tongue of the promiscuous woman
  • by not committing adultery

Let’s pray for the ability to keep our father’s commands and to not neglect our mother’s instructions.

If we can accomplish this then we can expect a right standing with the LORD and true success!

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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>

Lesson #1: Expected Actions to stay pure

  • Pay attention to my wisdom (v.1)
  • Listen carefully to my wise counsel (v.1)
  • Listen to me, never stray from what I am about to say (v.7)
  • Stay away from her(the immoral woman) (v.8)
  • Don’t go near the door of her house! (v.8)
  • Drink water from your own well (v.15)
  • Share your love only with your wife (v.15)
  • You should reserve it(sex) for yourselves (v.17)
  • Never share it(sex) with strangers (v.17)
  • Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you (v.18)
  • Rejoice in the wife of your youth (v.18)
  • Why be captivated, my son by an immoral woman (v.20)

Resolution:

Lesson #2: The Positive outcome of following the above:

  • Then you will show discernment, and your lips will express what you’ve learned (v.2)
  • Your wife will be a fountain of blessing for you (v.18)
  • You will rejoice in the wife of your youth (v.18)
  • She(the wife of your youth) is a loving deer, a graceful doe (v.19)
  • The wife of your youth breasts will satisfy you always (v.19)
  • You will always be captivated by her(the wife of your youth) love (v.19)

Lesson #3: The Negative effects of not following the above:

  • You  will taste her poison, and be cut by the dangerous double-edged sword that she carries (v.4)11410417_901757226557472_1692028440_n
  • She will lead you down to death; her steps will lead you straight to the grave (v.5)
  • She will cause you to care nothing about the path to life (v.6)
  • You will stagger down a crooked trail and not realize it with her (v.6)
  • 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 (v.9)
  • Strangers will consume your wealth and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor (v.10)
  • In the end you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body (v.11)
  • 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 (v.12,13, 14)
  • You will become a evil man, and you will be held captive by your own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold you (v.12)
  • You will die for lack of self-control; You will be lost because of your great foolishness (v.23)

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 these statements, “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.”

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Proverbs 4 – Wise Advice

The key verse today is verse 4 which states, “My father taught me, Take my words to heart, follow my commands, and you will live.”

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Theme: Take my words to heart, follow my commands, and you will live

action  Lesson #1: 26 Expected actions 

  1. Listen when your father corrects you (v. 1)
  2. Pay attention and learn good judgment (v. 1)
  3. Don’t turn away from my instructions (v. 2)
  4. Take my words to heart (v. 4)
  5. Follow my commands (v. 4)
  6. Get wisdom (v. 5)
  7. Love her(Wisdom) (v. 6)
  8. Develop good judgment (v. 5)
  9. Prize wisdom (v. 8)
  10. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them (v. 5)
  11. Don’t turn your back on wisdom (v. 6)
  12. And whatever else you do, develop good judgment (v. 7)
  13. Embrace her(wisdom), and she will honor you (v. 8)
  14. Listen to me and do as I say (v. 10)
  15. Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go (v. 13)
  16. Guard them(my instructions), for they are the key to life (v. 13)
  17. Don’t do as the wicked do (v. 14)
  18. Don’t follow the path of evildoers (v. 14)
  19. Don’t even think about it(path of evildoers); don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving (v. 15)
  20. Don’t lose sight of them(my words) (v. 21)
  21. Let them(my words) penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them(my words), and healing to their whole body (v. 21)
  22. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life (v. 23)
  23. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech (v. 24)
  24. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you (v. 25)
  25. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path (v. 26)
  26. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil (v. 27)

resolution Resolution:

Lesson #2: The Positive outcome of the expected actions

  • You will live (v.4)
  • Wisdom will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown (v.9)
  • Wisdom will protect you (v.6)
  • Wisdom will guard you (v.6)
  • Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! (v.7)
  • She(Wisdom) will make you great (v.8)
  • She(Wisdom) will honor you (v.8)
  • You will have a long, good life (v.10)
  • I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths (v.11)
  • When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble (v.12)
  • The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until full light of day (v.18)
  • My words bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body (v.22)

negative Lesson #3: The Negative effects of ignoring the expected actions

  • Evil people can’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for the day (v.16)
  • They can’t rest until they’ve caused someone to stumble (v.16)
  • They eat the food of wickedness and drink the wine of violence! (v.17)
  • The way of the wicked is like total darkness (v.19)
  • They have no idea what they are stumbling over (v.19)

Lesson #4: The Suggested Negative effects of ignoring the expected actions

  • Does not develop good judgment (v.5)
  • Forgets my(father) words, turn away from them (v.5)
  • Turns their back on wisdom (v.6)
  • Does not prize wisdom (v.8)
  • Does not embrace wisdom (v.8)
  • Does not listen to the father, and will not have a long life (v.10)
  • Will not be lead in straight paths (v.11)
  • When you walk, you will be held back; when you run you will stumble (v.12)
  • Does not take hold of the father’s instructions; lets them go (v.13)
  • Does not guard the father’s instructions, yet they are the key to life (v.13)
  • Does as the wicked do, follows the path of evildoers (v.14)
  • Even thinks about the path of evildoers; will go that way (v.15)
  • Does not turn away and stands still rather than moving (v.12)
  • Does not pay attention to what the father says (v.20)
  • Does not listen carefully to his words (v.20)
  • Loses sight of the father’s words (v.21)
  • Does not allow the father’s words to penetrate deep into his heart (v.21)
  • Does not guard his heart above all else (v.23)
  • Does not avoid perverse talk; stays close to corrupt speech (v.24)
  • Does not look straight ahead, nor does he fix his/her eyes on what lies before him/her (v.25)
  • Does not mark out a straight path for his feet; does not stay on the safe path (v.26)
  • Gets sidetracked; his feet follows evil (v.27)

questions Questions: cross_

  1. Doesn’t Father God call us his children?
  2. Shouldn’t we apply this chapter to learning how to pay attention to him?
  3. Father God gives good guidance, should we be turning away from his instructions?    Of course not but we do and then we wonder why we suffer the consequences of our destructive choices.

If you really want to be successful in life then perhaps you will consider the instructions of a very wise Father who calls us all his children.

The last verse in this chapter states, “Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.” (v. 27)

Our Wise Father does not want his children walking in opposition, ignorance, hindered, discouraged, and blocked from his presence.

It is prayer time, let’s pray about ignorance, discouragement, and being blocked from God’s presence.

I pray that you will allow the Father to teach you wisdom’s ways and allow him to lead you in straight paths.  Be Blessed!

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Proverbs Chapter 3 – Trust

What a beautiful day to study the 3rd chapter of Proverbs. Good Morning!

Today the overarching theme of this chapter is:  Trust

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Today’s Theme verses are 3 and 4 which state, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Let’s define Trust, which is defined as: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability and strength, in this case that of the LORD’s.

Lesson #1 20 Actions that gain a Positive Resolution:

  1. Never forget the things I taught your (v.1)
  2. Store my commands in your heart (v.1)
  3. Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! (v.3) (see post on Loyalty)
  4. Tie loyalty and kindness around your neck as a reminder (v.3)
  5. Write them(loyalty & kindness) deep within your heart (v.3)
  6. Trust in the LORD with all your heart (v.5)
  7. Do not depend on your own understanding (v.5)
  8. Seek his will in all you do (v.6)
  9. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom (v.7)
  10. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil (v.7) (see post on fear the LORD)
  11. Honor the LORD with your wealth (v.9)
  12. Don’t reject the LORD’s discipline (v.11)
  13. Don’t be upset when he corrects you (v.11)
  14. Don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment (v.21)
  15. Hang on to them(common sense and discernment) (v.21)
  16. Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them (v.27)
  17. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” (v.28)
  18. Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you (v.29)
  19. Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm (v.30)
  20. Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways (v.31)

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Lesson #2 The Positive Resolution

  • If you do the above, you will live many years (v.3)
  • Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation (v.4)
  • Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones (v.8)
  • Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine (v.10)
  • The LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights (v.12)
  • Joyful Is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding (v.13)
  • Happy are those who hold Wisdom tightly (v.18)
  • Common sense and discernment will refresh your soul (v.22)
  • Common sense and discernment will keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble (v.23)
  • You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly (v.24)
  • You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the LORD is your security (v.25, 26)
  • He(the LORD) will keep your foot from being caught in a trap (v.26)
  • The LORD offers his friendship to the godly (v.32)
  • The LORD blesses the home of the upright (v.33)
  • The LORD is gracious to the humble (v.34)
  • The wise inherit honor (v.35)

Lesson #3: The Negative effect!

  • Wicked people are detestable to the LORD (v.32)
  • The LORD curses the house of the wicked (v.33)
  • The LORD mocks the mockers (v.34)
  • Fools are put to shame! (v.35)

So today as you study chapter 3 you are presented with 20 actions that you can choose to do so that you can gain the positive resolution of this chapter or you can choose the negative effects.

Lesson #4: Application – You can do this by taking heed to the following:

  1. It is so simple, the answer lies in your actions, to be clear there are 20 actions above that you can do that will get you on the correct path, if you so choose.

2. Of course it all depends on your relationship with the Father.

3. Start by working on your communication with Him, you know prayer!

  Questions?

  • Have you tried listening to the LORD for a change?
  • Are you interested in what He has to say about current events?
  • Are you trying to get what’s in his hand, or are you working on really knowing Him?
  • What type of relationship do you have with the LORD today? Loving, Friendly, Close, you know, or Distant.
  • When was the last time you told Him that you love Him?
  • Are you one who says, “You know I love you LORD!”  What do your actions say?

Thank you LORD for direction in my life, and thank you for your help in choosing the correct path in my life!  It is a pleasure to give you Praise for all you have done in my life.

Memory Verse: Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”  Proverbs 3:5, 6

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Proverbs Chapter 1 – God’s way/My way

Proverbs Chapter 1 – The Purpose of Proverbs 

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Lesson #1: 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 (v.2)
  2. So that you might be taught to live discipline and successful lives (v.3)
  3. So that you might gain insight, knowledge and discernment (v.4)
  4. So that you might become even wiser gaining understanding and so that you receive guidance (v.5)
  5. So that you understand that the foundation of true knowledge starts with the Fear of the LORD (v.7)
  6. So that you don’t become a fool who despises wisdom and discipline (v.7)
  7. So that you learn from the correction of your father, and you don’t neglect your mother’s instruction (v.8)
  8. So that you learn from your parents and receive a crown of grace and a chain of honor around your neck (v.9)
  9. So that you learn to turn your back on sinners when they entice you to join them (v.10)
  10. So that you learn to not go alone with those who rush to commit evil deeds (v.15, 16)
  11. So that you are not like the greedy who lust after money,  who are robbed of life (v.19)
  12. So that you don’t reject wisdom’s advice and ignore correction offered (v.25)
  13. So that you don’t end up eating the bitter fruit of living your own way, and choking on your own schemes (v.31)
  14. So that you don’t turn away from wisdom but rather to death (v.32)
  15. So that you don’t become a fool destroyed by your own complacency (v.32)
  16. So that you DO LISTEN to Wisdom and end up living in peace and untroubled by fear or harm! (v.33)

Lesson #2: Your Way:

  1. Being a fool and despising wisdom and discipline (v.7)
  2. Not listening when your father corrects you (v.8)
  3. Neglecting your mother’s instruction (v.8)
  4. Listening to the enticing words of sinners (v.10)
  5. Joining in with those who say let’s hide and kill someone just for fun, or let’s ambush the innocent (v.11)
  6. Imagining the great things we’ll get, we’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take (v.13)
  7. Throwing your lot in with them so that you can share in the loot (v.14)
  8. Running to get on the same path with those who rush to commit evil deeds, and commit murder (v.15, 16)

Here is a video that sheds light on your way of doing things:

The overarching theme here is to have reverence for the LORD

Resolution:

Lesson #3: 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 (v.7)
  • Listen when your father corrects you (v.8)
  • Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction (v.8)
  • Turn your back on sinners that entice you join them in their adventures (v.10)
  • Don’t go along with sinners, stay far away from their paths (v.15)
  • Listen to the wise counsel of wisdom and she will share her heart with you and make you wise (v.23)
  • If you listen to wisdom you will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm (v.33)

Lesson #4: To have a negative outcome

  • One must be foolish, despise wisdom and discipline (v.7)
  • Entice others to join you in ambushing the innocent (v.10, 11)
  • Fill your houses with all the stuff that you can take (v.13)
  • Throw your lot in with thugs and share the loot (v.14)
  • Be greedy for money (v.19)
  • Insist on being simpleminded (v.22)
  • Be a mocker and relish your mocking (v.22)
  • Hate knowledge (v.22)
  • Pay no attention to wisdom (v.24)
  • Ignore wisdom’s advice (v.25)
  • Reject the correction that wisdom offers (v.25)
  • 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 (v.30, 31)
  • When you turn away from Wisdom you turn to death (v.32)
  • Fools are destroyed by their own complacency (v.32)

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! 

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.