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Integrity

The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them Proverbs 20:7

People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed Pr. 10:9

The Lord detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity Pr. 11:20

The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them Pr. 20:7

He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity

For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it Pr. 2:21

The way of the Lord is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked Pr. 10:29

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, 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.”

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

Key Learning:  Foolishness that ruins your life key2success

These things can ruin your life by:

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

Review 

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

General observations that you just might want to consider:

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

Enough Said!  1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It is truly Prayer Time!

Proverbs 17 – Sensible/ Foolish People

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

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

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

Theme: Sensible people, Foolish children

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

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

Sensible people:

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

Foolish people:

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

Review:

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

Nuggets of Gold: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346   It is Prayer Time!

Proverbs 15 – Tongue of the Wise/Mouth of a Fool

Good Morning everyone and Praise the LORD with all your strength.  Today should find us in the 15th chapter of Proverbs.

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Theme:  “The lips of the wise give good advice, but the heart of a fool has none to give.”

As I observed this chapter, I was inspired to focus on verse 2.  It states, “The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.” 

Key Learning: Wise tongue, foolish mouth 

So, in saying that, I would like to use this chapter only to show you what I found regarding the tongue of the wise and the mouth of a fool, during my study time.

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing by:

  • Using a gentle answer
  • Making knowledge appealing
  • Using gentle words that are a tree of life
  • Giving good advice
  • Having a happy heart
  • Being cool-tempered
  • Giving a fitting reply
  • Saying the right thing at the right time
  • Using pure words
  • Thinking carefully before speaking

The mouth of a fool belches out foolishness by:

  • Using harsh words which makes tempers flare
  • Belching out foolishness
  • Using a deceitful tongue
  • Having a heart of a fool that has no good advice to give
  • Being despondent
  • Being hot-tempered
  • Overflowing with evil words
  • Feeding on trash
  • Having no sense
  • Being proud
  • Having evil plans
  • Being greedy
  • Having a mouth that overflows with evil words
  • Rejecting discipline

Nuggets of Gold:   

  • The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good
  • Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise
  • There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings  of the wicked bring trouble
  • The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright
  • The LORD detest the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness
  • Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die!
  • Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the LORD.  How much more does he know the human heart!
  • Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise
  • A glad heart makes a happy face, a broken heart crushes the spirit
  • A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash
  • Better to have little, with fear for the LORD, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil
  • A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them
  • A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway
  • Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother
  • Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path
  • Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success
  • Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!
  • The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows
  • The LORD detests evil plans, but he delights in pure words
  • The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind
  • The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous
  • If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise
  • If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding
  • Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor

Review:

  1. The LORD is watching, which do you use, the tongue of the wise or the mouth of the fool?
  2. Do you despise your parent’s discipline or do you learn from correction?
  3. Are you a mocker or sensible child who brings joy to your father?
  4. Do you find yourself stopping fights or starting them?
  5. Do you find joy in foolishness rather than staying on the right path?
  6. Do you have advisors who can help you to bring your plans to an successful end?
  7. Does the LORD detests your plans or does he delight in them?
  8. Do you take action on constructive criticism, or do you ignore it?
  9. Are you aware that the LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous?
  10. Did you know if you want to grow in understanding that you need to listen to correction?

If you are saved and call Jesus Lord then you need to check your tongue in, it can be a deadly weapon if used improperly.

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It’s Prayer time! 

Let’s use our tongues in a wholesome way, by bringing praise to our God, open your mouths and give Him praise today! 

 

 

The Choice is yours!

 

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

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 that I will use 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”

The Right Path people fear the LORD and follow by:

  • Being wise and building their home
  • Showing respect for the LORD
  • Being wise and using words that keep them safe
  • Being a honest witness that does not lie
  • Being a person of understanding whom easily obtains knowledge
  • Staying away from fools
  • Being prudent and understanding where they are going
  • Acknowledging guilt and seeking reconciliation
  • Flourishing because of their godliness
  • Being good people who receive their reward
  • Being prudent and carefully considering their steps
  • Being wise, cautious, and avoiding danger
  • Being prudent who are crowned with knowledge
  • Being wise, which allows them to wear wealth as a crown
  • Being a truthful witness that saves lives
  • Having understanding which allows them to control their anger
  • Having a peaceful heart which leads to a healthy body
  • Helping the poor which honors their Maker
  • Being godly, which allows them to have a refuge when they die
  • Having an understanding heart, therein is wisdom enshrined
  • Being wise servants, the king rejoices in them

The Wrong path people despise the LORD and take the wrong path by:

  • Being foolish and tearing down their home with their own hands
  • Despising the LORD
  • Their foolish proud talk
  • Being a false witness that breathes lies
  • Being a mocker who seeks wisdom but never finds it
  • Running with fools
  • Being a fool who deceives themselves
  • Being a fool who makes fun of guilt
  • Being wicked
  • Being backsliders who get what they deserve
  • Being a fool who plunges  ahead with reckless confidence
  • Being a short-tempered person who does foolish things, and a schemers who is hated
  • Being a simpleton who is clothed with foolishness
  • Being evil and wicked
  • Belittling their neighbor
  • Planning to do evil
  • Being a fool who’s effort only yields foolishness
  • Being a false witness who is a traitor
  • Having a hot temper which show great foolishness
  • Allowing jealousy to rein in their lives which is like cancer in the bones
  • Oppressing the poor which insult their Maker
  • Being wicked which leads to them being crushed by disaster
  • Being a fool, wisdom is not found in them

Nuggets of gold:

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

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 fools 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!