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The Tongue

Proverbs 18:21

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences  

The many uses of the Tongue:

  • A lying tongue Pr. 6:17
  • His(God) words are upon my tongue 2 Sam. 23:2
  • The sweet taste of wickedness, melts under their tongue Job 20:12
  • My tongue will speak no lies Job 27:4
  • Keep your tongue from speaking evil Ps. 34:13
  • Your tongue is full of lies Ps. 50:19
  • Let my tongue sing about your word Ps. 119:172
  • O deceptive tongue, what will God do to you? Ps. 120:3
  • The smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman Pr. 6:24
  • Those who control their tongue will have a long life Pr. 13:3
  • A deceitful tongue crushes the spirit Pr. 15:4
  • The lying tongue tumbles into trouble Pr. 17:20
  • The tongue can bring death or life Pr. 18:21
  • Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap Pr. 21:6
  • Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble Pr. 21:23
  • A gossiping tongue causes anger! Pr. 25:23
  • A lying tongue hates its victims Pr. 26:28
  • Every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord Phil. 2:11
  • But no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison James 3:8
  • Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor Ps. 52:2
  • But the tongue that deceives will be cut off Pr. 10:31
  • The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing Pr. 15:2
  • My tongue shouts his praises Acts 2:26
  • If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself James 1:26
  • I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me Ps. 39:1
  • For my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet Ps. 45:1
  • Every tongue will declare allegiance to God Rom. 14:11
  • The tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches James 3:5
  • If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies 1 Peter 3:10
  • And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire James 3:6

 

The  consequences: 

  • Those who control their tongue will have a long life Pr. 13:3
  • The lying tongue tumbles into trouble Pr. 17:20
  • A deceitful tongue crushes the spirit Pr. 15:4
  • But the tongue that deceives will be cut off Pr. 10:31
  • The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing Pr. 15:2

Acts Chapter 4

Scene 1 Act 4

Man Crippled from birth, healed miraculously! Acts 3:7-10

 

By what power, or in whose  name, have you done this? Acts 4:7

Do you want to know how he was healed? Acts 4:9

  • Peter and John were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees (v. 1)
  • The leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John where teaching the people that through Jesus there is resurrection of the dead (v. 2)
  • The leaders arrested them (v. 3)
  • Many of the people who heard their message believed it (v. 4)
  • So the number of believers now totaled about 5,000 men not counting women & children (v. 4)

Cast of Characters 

  • Peter and John
  • The council
  • The captaining of the temple guard
  • Some of the Sadducees
  • Many of the people
  • All the rulers and the teachers of the law
  • Annas the high priest – Then Annas sent him, with his hands tied, to Caiaphas the high priest (John 18:24)
  • Caiaphas – was the person who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one man die for the people (John 18:14)
  • John – a member of the Sanhedrin
  • Alexander – was kin to the high priest, his name meant man defender
  • Other relatives of the high priest

The Question

  • By what power, or in whose  name, have you done this (v. 7)

  • Verses 8 – 12
    • Filled with the Holy Spirit
    • Rulers and elders  of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man?
    • Do you want to know how he was healed?
    • Clearly stated he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead
    • There is salvation in no one else!
    • God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved

The Council’s Response 

  • Verse 13 – 15
    • They were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John
    • They could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures
    • They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus

The Proof

  • Verse 14
    • Since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say

Another question

  • Verse 16
    • What should we do with these men?
    • We can’t deny that they have performed a miraculous sign, and everybody in Jerusalem knows about it

The Response to the Proof

  • Verse 17
    • But to keep them from spreading their propaganda any further, we must warn them not to speak to anyone in Jesus’ name again

The Council’s Solutions 

  • Verse 18
    • So they called the apostles back in and commanded them never again to speak in the name of Jesus

The disciples’ response to the solution

  • Verses 19, 20
    • Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him?
    • We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard

The council’s rebuttal 

  • Verses 21, 22
    • The council threatened them further, but finally let them go because they didn’t know how to punish them without starting a riot.
    • For everyone was praising God for this miraculous sign–the healing of a man who had been lame for more than forty years

  The prayer for courage

  • Verses 23 – 30
    • When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God
    • O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them
    • And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants great boldness in preaching your word
    • Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus

God’s response to the Prayer

  • Verse 31
    • After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
    • Then they preached the word of God with boldness

  • Verses 32-35
    • All the believers were united in heart and mind
    • And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had
    • The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all
    • There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need

Reflect  

  • Are the people around you amazed by the boldness that the Holy Spirit has empowered  you with?
  • Do others see you as ordinary with no special training but gifted with the extra-ordinary power of God?
  • Are you recognized as people who had been with Jesus?
  • How has our society today tried to keep modern day saints from spreading what they call propaganda?
  • How has our society today tried to keep us from speaking in Jesus’ name?
  • Are you obeying God are your society?
  • Have you stop telling people about everything you have seen and heard in the spirit?
  • Have you stop telling people about the love of God? John 3:16
  • Do you put Christ first in the major areas of your life and are you taking steps to separate from sin?
  • Do you maintain a consistent devotional life and are you growing in faith and intercessory prayer?
  • Are you openly identified with Jesus Christ where you live, work, and do you manifest a heart for witnessing?
  • Do you know how to give your testimony clearly?
  • Do you present the gospel regularly with increasing effectiveness?

Your thoughts:  

   My prayer 

  • O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them
  • Give us, your servants great boldness in preaching your word
  • Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name  of your holy servant Jesus
  • Shake this meeting place Father God and fill us with the Holy Spirit that we may preached the word of God with boldness, in Jesus’ Name!  Amen!

Benefits of Wisdom – Chap 2

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 of Wisdom

key2successTo obtain the benefits of Wisdom you must first:

  • Tune your ears to wisdom (v. 2)
  • Concentrate on understanding (v. 2)
  • Cry out for insight (v. 3)
  • Ask for understanding (v. 3)application
  • Search for them (v. 4)
  • Be honest (v. 7)
  • Walk with integrity (v. 7)
  • Be faithful to the LORD (v. 8)
  • Follow the steps of good men (v. 20)
  • Stay on the paths of the righteous (v. 20)

If you do the above, then you will gain the following benefits:

  • You will understand what it means to fear the LORD (v. 5)
  • You will gain  knowledge of God (v. 5)
  • The LORD will grant you wisdom (v. 6)
  • You will receive from his mouth knowledge and understanding (v. 6)
  • You will be granted a treasury of common sense (v. 7)
  • You will have the LORD as a shield (v. 7)
  • The LORD will guard your paths (v. 8)
  • You will understand what is right, just, fair, and you will find the right way to go (v. 9)
  • Wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy (v. 10)
  • Wise choices will watch over you (v. 11)
  • Understanding will keep you safe (v. 11)
  • Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted (v. 12)
  • Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman (v. 16)
  • You will remain in the land as long as you are godly and have integrity (v. 21)

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 2:2 – 3, “Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight (discernment), and ask for understanding.”

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It’s Prayer Time!

Purpose of Proverbs – Ch. 1

purpose

Of Proverbs

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

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

Why? 

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

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

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

Why? 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Humility

Humility

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Theme: Humility, riches, honor, and long life

In this chapter, let’s look at those who walk in humility and those who are corrupt.

Key Learning:  Walk in true humility or walk a thorny, treacherous road and suffer the consequences! 

 Those who walk in true humility:humility

  • Choose a good reputation over great riches
  • Choose being held in high esteem rather than silver or gold
  • A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions
  • Avoid walking the thorny, treacherous road
  • Direct their children onto the right path
  • Have knowledge and they are preserved by the LORD
  • Blessed are those who are generous because they feed the poor
  • Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend
  • Listen to the words of the wise; and applies their heart to his instruction
  • They don’t rob the poor just because they can, nor do they exploit the needy in court
  • They don’t befriend angry people
  • They don’t associate with hot-tempered people
  • They don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else
  • They don’t cheat their neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations
  • They are truly competent workers who will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people

ref

Proverbs 18:12Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor

Proverbs 11:2Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom

Proverbs 15:33Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom, humility precedes honor

Proverbs 22:4True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life.

Proverbs 29:23Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor

review

  1. Do you choose a good reputation rather than take short cuts to gain great riches?
  2. Is silver and gold more important to you than being held in high esteem?
  3. Are you a prudent person who foresees danger and takes precautions?
  4. Are you one who goes blindly on and suffers the consequences?
  5. Are you aware that true humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life
  6. Which are you borrower or lender?  The answer tells whether you are servant or master.
  7. Are you truly generous and do you feed the poor?
  8. Do you notice that fighting, quarrels and insults tend to follow you around?
  9. Do you really love having a pure heart and gracious speech?
  10. Are you getting ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich?

nuggetsNuggets of Gold:

  • True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life
  • The rich and poor have this in common:  The LORD made them both
  • Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender
  • Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too.  Quarrels and insults will disappear
  • Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend
  • The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap; those who make the LORD angry will fall into it
  • A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away
  • Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction.  For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips.  I am teaching you today-yes, you-so you will trust in the LORD
  • I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge.  In this way, you may know the truth and take an accurate report to those who sent you
  • The LORD is the defender of the poor and needy, He will ruin anyone who ruins them

Remember that, “Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it.” Proverbs 22:5

Don’t forget that just reading these wise sayings is not enough, you must apply them to your life, with much prayer.

So with that said, it is Prayer Time! 1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346

Proverbs 21 – Holy Heart Exam

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

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

heart_exam

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 18 – Strong Fortress the godly run to

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

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

Theme:  Strong fortress the godly run to!

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

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

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

They need to be kept safe from:

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

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

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

Review:  

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

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

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

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

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

So, who are you running to for safety?

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

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

Blessing on you all.