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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!

 

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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 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.”

Lesson #1: 25 Ways one can ruin one’s life according to this chapter of Proverbs.

Key Learning:  Foolishness that ruins your life key2success

  1. being dishonest and a fool (v.1)
  2. having enthusiasm without knowledge (v.2)
  3. being hasty and making mistakes (v.2)
  4. allowing ones foolishness to cause them to be angry at the LORD (v.3)
  5. being in poverty which drives your friends away (v.4)
  6. being a false witness and a liar (v.5)
  7. despising your poor relatives and friends (v.7)
  8. being a fool who lives in luxury (v.9)
  9. being a foolish child (v.13)
  10. being a quarrelsome wife (v.13)
  11. being lazy and sleeping soundly (v.15)
  12. being idle (v.15)
  13. despising the commandments (v.16)
  14. not disciplining your children (v.18)
  15. being hot-tempered (see post on hot-tempered(v.19)
  16. not getting all the advice and instruction you can (v.20)
  17. making many plans and not considering the LORD’s purpose (v.21)
  18. not being loyal (v.22)
  19. being dishonest (v.22)
  20. being a mocker, and simpleminded (v.25)
  21. mistreating your father and chasing away your mother (v.26)
  22. not listening to instructions (v.27)
  23. being a corrupt witness and making a mockery of justice (v.28)
  24. having a mouth of the wicked that gulps down evil (v.28)
  25. not understanding that punishment is made for mockers are and the backs of fools are made to be beaten (v.29)

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

Lesson #2: General observations that you just might want to consider

  • To acquire wisdom is to love yourself (v.8)
  • People who cherish understanding will prosper (v.8)
  • Keep your life by keeping the commandments (v.16)
  • When you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD and he will repay you (v.17)
  • Discipline your children while there is hope, otherwise you will ruin their lives (v.18)
  • Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life (v.20)
  • You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail (v.21)
  • Loyalty makes a person attractive (v.22)
  • Fear of the LORD leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm (v.23)

Enough Said!  1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It is truly 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.

fortress

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 14 – Right/Wrong Path

Good Morning love ones it is the 14th day of the month and that should mean that we all find ourselves reading and praying about Chapter 14 of Proverbs.

Before we get started let me briefly share God’s idea of what real Love is, as found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13

Lesson #1: What Real Love is

  • Patient and kind
  • Not jealous or boastful or proudlove
  • Not rude
  • It does not demand its own way
  • Not irritable
  • Does not keep record of being wronged
  • Does not rejoice about injustice
  • It rejoices whenever the truth wins out
  • Never gives up
  • Never loses faith
  • Always hopeful
  • Endures through every circumstance

Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love— and the greatest of these is love

Theme: “Those who follow the right path fear the LORD; those who take the wrong path despise him.”

Verse 2 is the verse of choice this morning. I will use it to share my thoughts with you.  Hopefully I can paint the picture of this chapter as it floods my mind and heart, if not just look at the picture that accompanies this text.  Hopefully you will understand what this chapter says about the right and wrong path.

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Key Learning: follow the right path, or take the wrong path 

One definitions of Path is: “the course or direction in which a person or thing is moving”

Lesson #2: Right Path people fear the LORD and follow by

  • Being wise and building their home (v.1)
  • Showing respect for the LORD (v.2)
  • Being wise and using words that keep them safe (v.3)
  • Being a honest witness that does not lie (v.5)
  • Being a person of understanding whom easily obtains knowledge (v.6)
  • Staying away from fools (v.7)
  • Being prudent and understanding where they are going (v.8)
  • Acknowledging guilt and seeking reconciliation (v.9)
  • Flourishing because of their godliness (v.11)
  • Being good people who receive their reward (v.14)
  • Being prudent and carefully considering their steps (v.15)
  • Being wise, cautious, and avoiding danger (v.16)
  • Being prudent who are crowned with knowledge (v.18)
  • Being wise, which allows them to wear wealth as a crown (v.24)
  • Being a truthful witness that saves lives (v.25)
  • Having understanding which allows them to control their anger (v.29)
  • Having a peaceful heart which leads to a healthy body (v.30)
  • Helping the poor which honors their Maker (v.31)
  • Being godly, which allows them to have a refuge when they die (v.32)
  • Having an understanding heart, therein is wisdom enshrined (v.33)
  • Being wise servants, the king rejoices in them (v.35)

Lesson #3: Wrong path people despise the LORD and take the wrong path by

  • Being foolish and tearing down their home with their own hands (v.1)
  • Despising the LORD (v.2)
  • Their foolish proud talk (v.3)
  • Being a false witness that breathes lies (v.5)
  • Being a mocker who seeks wisdom but never finds it (v.6)
  • Running with fools (v.7)
  • Being a fool who deceives themselves (v.8)
  • Being a fool who makes fun of guilt (v.9)
  • Being wicked (v.11)
  • Being backsliders who get what they deserve (v.14)
  • Being a fool who plunges  ahead with reckless confidence (v.16)
  • Being a short-tempered person who does foolish things, and a schemers who is hated (v.17)
  • Being a simpleton who is clothed with foolishness (v.18)
  • Being evil and wicked (v.19)
  • Belittling their neighbor (v.21)
  • Planning to do evil (v.22)
  • Being a fool who’s effort only yields foolishness (v.24)
  • Being a false witness who is a traitor (v.25)
  • Having a hot temper which show great foolishness (v.29)
  • Allowing jealousy to rein in their lives which is like cancer in the bones (v.30)
  • Oppressing the poor which insult their Maker (v.31)
  • Being wicked which leads to them being crushed by disaster (v.32)
  • Being a fool, wisdom is not found in them (v.33)

Nuggets of gold:

  • Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest (v.4)
  • Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy (v.10)
  • There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death (v.12)
  • Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains (v.13)
  • The poor are despised even by their neighbors, while the rich have many “friends” (v.20)
  • It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor (v.21)
  • If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness (v.22)
  • Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! (v.23)
  • Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only foolishness (v.24)
  • Those who fear the LORD are secure; he will be a refuge for their children (v.26)
  • Fear of the LORD is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death (v.27)
  • Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people (v.34)
  • A king rejoices in wise servants but is angry with those who disgrace him (v.35)

Review:

  1. Which path are you on today, the right or wrong path?
  2. Do your words keep you safe or do they become a rod that is used to beat you?
  3. Are you a honest or false witness?
  4. Are you looking for knowledge among known fools?
  5. Do you know where you are going, or do you practice the fool’s way, who deceive themselves?
  6. Wicked or godly, house or tent, which have you chosen?
  7. Are you on the path that seems right to you, does it lead anywhere?
  8. Which are you, backslider or good person?
  9. Are you a wise servant or one who disgraces the king
  10. Do you have a an understanding heart or is wisdom lacking with you?

Memory Verse: Proverbs 14:22 “If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.”

How about you how’s your path looking?

From the Nuggets of Gold, “Fear of the LORD is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.”

The choice is yours, Right Path, or Wrong Path, you can have the fruit of the one that your choose.  Not sure which path to choose, then just look at the two list above and decide which path is right for you.

I pray that you choose correctly!

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It is Prayer time folks!

Proverbs 13 – Godliness guards/Evil misleads

It’s the 13th day of the month which means we all should be reading and studying chapter 13 of Proverbs.

Today I will use verses 5 and 6 for my foundational verse which states, “The godly hate lies; the wicked cause shame and disgrace.  Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin.”

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Real Insecurity
That’s finding on your new job that your name is written on the door in chalk–and there’s a wet sponge hanging next to it.
–Unknown

Theme:  “Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin.” Proverbs 13:6

If you have read chapter 13 already, then you see that in verse 5 we are presented with two type of persons, the godly, and the wicked person.

Key Learning:  Godliness guards, Evil is misled key2success

Using only this chapter, let’s work on understanding what God’s Word has to say about each type of person.

Lesson #1: 23 ways that godliness guards a godly person

  1. A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline (v.1)
  2. They use wise words which wins them a good meal (v.2)
  3. They control their tongue, which leads to a long life (v.3)
  4. Those who work hard will prospers (v.4)
  5. The godly hates lies (v.5)
  6. They are blameless  and their path is guarded by godliness (v.6)
  7. Some are rich but pretends to be poor (v.7)
  8. They can pay a ransom for their lives (v.8)
  9. The life of the godly is full of light and joy (v.9)
  10. They are wise because they take advice (v.10)
  11. Their wealth grows over time from hard work (v.11)
  12. They succeed because they respect a command (v.13)
  13. Their instruction is like a life-giving fountain, those who accept it avoid the snares of death (v.14)
  14. They have good sense and are respected (v.15)
  15. Wise people think before they act (v.16)
  16. They are reliable messengers who bring healing (v.17)
  17. They are honored because they accept correction (v.18)
  18. They see their dreams come true, and how pleasant is that? (v.19)
  19. They walk with the wise and they become wiser (v.20)
  20. The righteous are rewarded with blessings (v.21)
  21. Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren (v.22)
  22. They love their children enough to discipline them (v.24)
  23. The godly eat to their heart’s content (v.25)

Lesson #2: 22 ways the wicked cause shame and disgrace:

  1. They are mockers and they refuse to listen to correction (v.1)
  2. They are treacherous and have an appetite for violence (v.2)
  3. They do not control their tongue, they open their mouths and ruin everything (v.3)
  4. They are lazy and want much but gets little (v.4)
  5. They are wicked and cause shame and disgrace (v.5)
  6. They are evil and misled by sin (v.6)
  7. They are poor but pretend to be rich (v.7)
  8. They can’t pay a ransom for their lives, they won’t even get threatened (v.8)
  9. They are wicked and their light will be snuffed out (v.9)
  10. Their pride leads to conflict (v.10)
  11. Their wealth quickly disappears from get-rich-quick schemes (v.11)
  12. They are asking for trouble because they despise advice (v.13)
  13. They are treacherous and are headed for destruction (v.15)
  14. They are fools who don’t think before they act, they even brag about their foolishness (v.16)
  15. They are unreliable messengers who stumble into trouble (v.17)
  16. They end in poverty and disgrace because they ignore constructive  criticism (v.18)
  17. They are fools who refuse to turn from evil to attain their dreams (v.19)
  18. They associate with fools and get in trouble (v.20)
  19. They are sinners and trouble chases them (v.21)
  20. They are sinners and their wealth passes to the godly (v.22)
  21. They spare the rod of discipline which shows that they hate their children (v.24)
  22. They are wicked and their belly goes hungry (v.25)

Nuggets of gold:

  • Verse 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life
  • Verse 19 It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them
  • Verse 23 A poor person’s farm may produce much food, but injustice sweeps it all away

Review:

  1. How are you at accepting your parent’s discipline?
  2. How are you at accepting the LORD’s discipline?
  3. Do you have an appetite for violence?
  4. Have you ever open your mouth and just ruin everything?
  5. Do you want much but get little in life?
  6. Do you find that you cause shame and disgrace?
  7. Have you every pretended to be rich?
  8. Do you find that your life is full of light and joy?
  9. Are you really willing to work hard to see your wealth grow over time?
  10. Do you want to be respected or find yourself headed for destruction?

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 13:19 “It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them.”

applicationNotice the nuggets of gold, if you want to see your dreams come true, then you must turn from evil to attain them properly with the LORD’s blessing.

Ways that godliness guards a godly person, and ways the wicked cause shame and disgrace, choose very carefully, you will either be respected or find yourself headed for destruction!

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  Its Prayer time for sure today!