Friday, April 20, 2018

Honor

Proverbs 20:3
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

I’m interested in “It is an honour for a man to cease from strife”

HONOR “A testimony of esteem; any expression of respect or of high estimation by words or actions; as the honors of war; military honors; funeral honors; civil honors.”

STRIFE “Contention in anger or enmity; contest; struggle for victory; quarrel or war.”

It is a testimony by words or actions for a man to cease from contention in anger. 

It’s an honor not only to the person to cease from contention but it is also a reflection of the Lord shining in and through a persons life. Let’s give praise where praise is due. Without the working of the Spirit of God in our hearts few would even try to cease from strife. They would just keep justifying what they said or did by words of I just can’t help it or that’s the way I am or even God made me this way. Bottom line we become that way because of sin that we allow to go uncontrolled. Lord help me today to allow you to control my mouth and mind that I’ll not bring shame to your name.  

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Don’t Be Broken Into

Proverbs 25:28
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

This losing self control was also seen in 

Proverbs 16:32
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.


What makes us lose self control? Could our number one failure be TEMPTATION. Temptation always attacks our weak points. The enemy will suggest something where we are weak and if I or anyone else begins to think on what was suggested it may not belong before we preform that act. Our wall will at that point be broken down because we refused to take action over our spirit. The picture given in these verses are “no rule over his own spirit” you know you shouldn’t get angry but what was done to you or said about you was uncalled for. We call it losing our tempter as if that were to justify our actions. Where in reality we allowed our wall of protection to be broken down, then our sinful action is easily committed. Now the results of our actions may be just like an army coming into a city and destroying what’s there as well as taking things which cannot be replace. To the young boy or young girl that allows their wall of purity to be broken down can never be a virgin again. The one who steals, commits adultery, kills another with their harsh talk will never be able to go back and undo what they did. We must protect our walls by protecting our spirit. Don’t be broken into!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Great Light

Proverbs 13:9
The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

What jumped out at me this morning was this phrase “The light of the righteous rejoiceth:”

The first time we see the word LIGHT in the New Testament is in
Matthew 4:16
The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Webster says this about LIGHT
“That ethereal agent or matter which makes objects perceptible to the sense of seeing, but the particles of which are separately invisible.”
Also “Illumination of mind; instruction; knowledge.”

What is this LIGHT mention in Matthew? Was this great LIGHT the sun? I don’t think so because of what is stated afterward. Notice they were sitting in darkness, it’s hard to sit in darkness after the light of the sun lighten up the world after a nigh of darkness. They were also sitting in the shadow of death when light sprung up. Here what I think. We were born in darkness a dead spirit which could not know God neither worship God.

John 4:23
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4:24
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

The people which sat in darkness (no light lost without hope) saw great light; (the gospel , the death, burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God) and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. (The light of Jesus)

John 8:12
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 9:5
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 12:46
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Jesus is the Light and if we never know Jesus we will be seated in darkness and the shadow of death will ever be present. But the child of God walks through the shadow of death.

Psalms 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me


Therefore “The light of the righteous rejoiceth:”

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Get Smart

In proverbs 9:10 we find this phase “THE FEAR OF THE LORD”  that phrase is used only 26 times in the O.T. Once in the N.T. Now what I found interesting is that that phrase is used 14 times in the book of Proverbs that’s more than half. Webster says this about FEAR “To feel a painful apprehension of some impending evil; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with emotions of alarm or uneasiness of mind. We fear the approach of an enemy or of a storm. We have reason to fear the punishment of our sins.” 
The word AFRAID “Impressed with fear or apprehension;” Adam and Eve placed in a perfect world with only one rule but they were tempted and failed and the first two things that came into their lives was Shame “Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God” and Fear “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid,” 
Sin does two things it make us shameful for our action and causes fear to come into our lives.

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.


Maybe that’s it, we are just not fearful enough? Somewhere we may have gotten an attitude there nothing to be afraid of. Maybe from a video game or horror movie. In a video game you don’t stay dead in a horror movie there’s no one after you. If the rolls were reversed one would feel fear. Do your thing now while you are young and healthy but leave the doctors office with the news that what you have is inoperable your tune might change. Have someone after you that’s going to do you real harm and see how fearful you become.  Get smart “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:”

Friday, November 3, 2017

Don’t Forget

Proverbs 3:1
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

Don’t forget; Judy tells me that all the time, don’t For get to get.....before you come home. She reminds me of something we need at the House, she has already told me she want to make sure I don’t  forget. In verse one we are reminded not to forget God’s law. 
We were told back in chapter 2 to hide God’s commandments.

Proverbs 2:1
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

Why are these commandments so important? First to keep God’s commandments one must first receive them (God’s Word) then we’re are told not to forget them. Why? Because they will be very beneficial to us; length of days, long life, peace, shall God’s law add to us. Wow Receive, Hide, Keep now I understand why they want them removed. Remove them we can’t receive them because we are not seeing them therefore no peace in our lives. 

In Pittsburgh there’s a mother who doesn’t believe in God and has taught the same to her child, now she wants the 10 Commandments removed from School grounds. The marker was placed there in 1957, sixty years that marker has stood and now one mother and her child wants it removed. The sad thing is they are going to remove it. Who cares how the multitude feels we have two that’s upset; someone should have just said “really lady if you don’t like it go somewhere else.” But no, let’s don’t upset this poor fool.
Psalms 14:1
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

 The New Kensington-Arnold School District says it’s removing the six-foot granite marker as part of a settlement with the group that went to court challenging the religious display on school property.

The challenge was filed by a student and her atheist mother in 2012.

Who wants to go to a school where there’s a red flag that says everyday DON’T COMMIT FORNICATION, DON’T STEAL, DON’T LYE?? Why would anyone want to go to school where there’s peace?

That’s why God said “Don’t Forget.”

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Who RU Learning From?

Proverbs 12:1
Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge:......
3 A man shall not be established by wickedness:.....


Knowledge is learned by instruction from those who know and I can never be knowledgeable of right things by wicked people. Wicked people can only teach me wicked and wrongful deeds. Just as Good, Righteous and Godly people can teach me right, wicked people can only teach things I don't need to learn. Be careful who you listen to and who you learn from.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Just Ask

For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

For the Lord "GIVES" Webster says this about GIVE "The sense of give is generally to pass, or to transfer, that is, to send or throw.]"

For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son (transfer His Son from Heaven to Earth) that whosoever believes in Him (put trust and confidence in) should not perish (be destroyed) but have everlasting life. (Never die, never be destroyed)

He "GIVES" WISDOM "The right use or exercise of knowledge;"

Here we are being taught that the Lord gives the right to exercise knowledge. How? James says if you want WISDOM ask God for it.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.


We become knowledgeable as we study God's Word. But understanding comes by knowing God and doing what He says. There was a saying going around in 90's "What Would Jesus Do!" The only way someone would know what someone else would do would be to know that person really well. If I were asked what my wife would do in a certain matter I would be able to say "she would do this or that." I could do that because I know her and spend time with her in other words I spend time building a relationship with her. If I wasn't sure I could just ask her. Same with the Lord if I don't know just ask Him "out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding."