Tag Archives: Wisdom

Attributes of Good Soldiers

  • Experience warriors (1 Chron. 12:2)
    • Practical insight and exposure to warfare
  • Expert with shields & spears (12:8)
    • Expert with the shield of Faith & the spear of Prayer
  • Fierce as lions (12:8)
    • Powerful, aggressive, violent, forceful, and not wimpy
  • Swift as deer on the mountains (12:8)
    • Quick to listen, instantaneous in action, rapid response
  • The weakest could lead 100 regular troops (12:14)
    • Superb leader perhaps a captain
  • The strongest could lead 1000 regular troops (12:14)
    • Great leader perhaps a general
  • Others were fully armed and prepared for battle and completely loyal to David (12:33)
    • State of readiness, faithful, true, and devoted
  • The spirit came upon the leader of the 30 (12:18)
    • Filled with the Holy Spirit
  • They were all brave and able warriors who became commanders in his army (12:21)
    • Lionhearted, courageous, and valiant
  • They were all eager to see David become king (12:30)
    • Enthusiastic 
  • Came with a single purpose of making David the king over all Israel
    • Focused
  • All prepared for battle armed with shields and spears (12:35, 37)
    • In a state of readiness with faith and prayer
  • Each was highly respected in his one clan
    • Admired and honored
  • Some understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take (12:32)
    • Wisdom and discernment
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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

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Of Proverbs

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

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

Why? 

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

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

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

Why? 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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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 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, which states, “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

Lesson #1: Sensible people

  • Wise servant (v.2)
  • Those who forgive a fault (v.9)
  • A person of understanding (v.10)
  • A friend who is always loyal (v.17)
  • Brother born to help in time of need (v.17)
  • Those that have cheerful hearts (v.22)
  • Sensible people (v.24)
  • The godly who are good (v.26)
  • A wise person who uses few words (v.27)
  • A person with understanding and is even-tempered (v.27)

Lesson #2: Foolish people

  • Disgraceful child (v.2)
  • Wrongdoers who eagerly listen to gossip (v.4)
  • Liars who pay close attention to slander (v.4)
  • Those who mock the poor (v.5)
  • Those who rejoice at the misfortune of others (v.5)
  • Those who dwell on a fault to long (v.9)
  • A fool (v.10, 12)
  • Evil people who are eager for rebellion (v.11)
  • A fool caught in foolishness (v.12)
  • Those who repay good with evil (v.13)
  • Those who start quarrels (v.14)
  • Those who acquit the guilty (v.15)
  • Those who condemn the innocent (v.15)
  • Those who pay to educate a fool (v.16)
  • Those who guaranteed another person’s debt (v.18)
  • Those who put up security for a friend (v.18)
  • Those who love to quarrel (v.19)
  • Those who trust in high walls (v.19)
  • Those with crooked hearts (v.20)
  • Those who use a lying tongue (v.20)
  • A rebel (v.21)
  • Those with a broken spirit (v.22)
  • The wicked that take secret bribes (v.23)
  • Those that pervert the course of justice (v.23)
  • The fool whose eyes wander to the ends of the earth (v.24)
  • Foolish children (v.25)
  • Those who punish the godly for being good (v.26)
  • Those who flog leaders for being honest (v.26)

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?

Lesson #3: Nuggets of Gold: 

  • Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting–and conflict (v.1)
  • Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler (v.7)
  • A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool (v.10)
  • It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel (v.21)
  • A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered (v.27)
  • Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent (v.28)

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 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 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.

Lesson #1: Tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing by

  • Using a gentle answer (v.1)
  • Making knowledge appealing (v.2)
  • Using gentle words that are a tree of life (v.4)
  • Giving good advice (v.7)
  • Having a happy heart (v.15)
  • Being cool-tempered (v.18)
  • Giving a fitting reply (v.23)
  • Saying the right thing at the right time (v.23)
  • Using pure words (v.26)
  • Thinking carefully before speaking (v.28)

Lesson #2: Mouth of a fool belches out foolishness by

  • Using harsh words which makes tempers flare (v.1)
  • Belching out foolishness (v.2)
  • Using a deceitful tongue (v.4)
  • Having a heart of a fool that has no good advice to give (v.7)
  • Being despondent (v.15)
  • Being hot-tempered (v.18)
  • Feeding on trash (v.14)
  • Having no sense (v.21)
  • Being proud (v.25)
  • Having evil plans (v.26)
  • Being greedy 28
  • Having a mouth that overflows with evil words (v.28)
  • Rejecting discipline (v.32)

Lesson #3: Nuggets of Gold:   

  • The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good (v.3)
  • Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise (v.5)
  • There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings  of the wicked bring trouble (v.6)
  • The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright (v.8)
  • The LORD detest the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness (v.9)
  • Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die! (v.10)
  • Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the LORD.  How much more does he know the human heart! (v.11)
  • Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise (v.12)
  • A glad heart makes a happy face, a broken heart crushes the spirit (v.13)
  • A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash (v.14)
  • Better to have little, with fear for the LORD, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil (v.16)
  • A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them (v.18)
  • A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway (v.19)
  • Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother (v.20)
  • Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path (v.21)
  • Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success (v.22)
  • Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time! (v.23)
  • The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows (v.25)
  • The LORD detests evil plans, but he delights in pure words (v.26)
  • The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind (v.24)
  • The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous (v.29)
  • If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise (v.31)
  • If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding (v.32)
  • Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor (v.33)

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 advisers 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!