I sometimes get the oddest songs in my head to go with my posts! To really get it, listen to this as you read:
Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
It is only people who possess wisdom who have anything worthwhile to say. If you really listen to what fools say–those without any wisdom, they never have anything good to say and they never teach anything. Fools are usually selfish and stupid. My personal definitions of ignorance, lack of knowledge, and stupidity are as follows:
Lack of knowledge simply means you don’t know something, and that in itself doesn’t make a person a fool. Ignorance is when you don’t realize your lack of knowledge–again, that in itself doesn’t make you a fool, but if you pretend to be an expert about something you know nothing about, that makes you a fool. And finally, if you know that you pretend to be an expert, while you know that you don’t really know, and you never make an effort to find out anything for yourself, then you are really a fool. In Proverbs, wisdom and foolishness are compared, allegorically portrayed as two women.
Proverbs 8 King James Version (KJV)
8 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
22 The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
Proverbs 9 King James Version (KJV)
9 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
And then the foolish woman speaks:
13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 To call passengers who go right on their ways:
16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
Which one do you think is offering something of value?
Who is the wise woman, and who is the foolish?
Compartmentalize less; live to please God and put Him first in every area. Apply your faith in all you do, and tune out any voices that tell you it’s impossible. Look at the life of Christ, to see this in action. You can, because He did, and if you belong to Him, He gives you that ability.
Jesus strived to do the will of His Father in every area of His earthly life. I am reading a book called The Sermon On The Mount, by P.G. Matthew.
This sermon is in Matthew 5-7 and begins with the Beatitudes.
And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Jesus is not saying that we ought to strive to do these things in order to be saved, but it is for those who ARE saved, to teach them that this is how they should behave
Recently I have been reading “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey. My fiancé had been telling me how he read this book years ago, and it changed his life. This intrigued me, so I downloaded it on Kindle. It has also changed my outlook. I was a little skeptical at first, wondering if he would incorporate phycology, and try to change the way I look at the Lord. He didn’t. As I read, it became clear that Covey was a Christian, and his faith and knowledge of the bible were behind his principles, for the most part. The book has not changed my perspective on the Lord, but it has changed my perception of myself.
I have started to see that I have held a very negative perception of myself, but not in the way that psychology would have me think. I know I have a sin nature, and I’m not all that good, at heart. But that is beside the point. I am still a daughter of the king, and that knowledge, joined with the knowledge that apart from Christ, I’m just a vile sinner, led me to this–the truth of the knowledge that I am a daughter of The King, reveals how much He values me, and in His opinion, the only opinion that matters, I have worth, and I am a joint-heir with Christ, and all that is His, is mine. If Christ be for me (and He is) who can be against me? No one. People’s opinions cease to matter. Nevertheless, the knowledge that I am merely a vile sinner, apart from Christ, keeps me from the pride that might accompany the knowledge that I am a child of the King, and all that goes with that.
Reading Seven Habits made me realize one glaring fact–I have let people’s perception of me define me. The Holy Spirit said to me once, many years ago–“You are not who others say you are–you are who I say you are.” Old patterns take a long time to break at times, and I have been slow to learn this in my heart. When I read Seven Habits, it brought this back to my memory. I am who the Lord says I am, and I don’t need to let people’s opinions have power over me anymore. I realized that I have been letting other people have too much power over me. Also, I can rise above storms and evil circumstances, because I am a child of the King. And if you are a Christian, if you know Jesus in a personal way, than so can you, because you are a child of the King also.
Song of Solomon 9:8-10
We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?
9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.
10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.
The “older brothers” in these verses are not speaking well of the “little sister” the words are intended to be insulting, to convey the idea that she is immature and not much to look at (no breasts) and useless as neither a wall or a door. A wall keeps things out, and a door admits things. So they may be saying she doesn’t have the sense to know good from evil?
But the “little sister” rejects their opinions, and chooses to see herself as the bridegroom sees her. “I in His eyes as one that found favour.” And his opinion is the only one that matters.
Another thing that the book talks about was having a personal mission statement, that reflects your revealed purpose, that the Lord alone can reveal to you. Writing it down serves as a reminder of your purpose here on earth, and how the Lord wants to fulfill it. I will share mine in the next post. In the meantime, here is a song that I feel fits the mood of this post:
I was just watching Sunday Features on Fox News. That is a program hosted by Maria Bartiromo where she and her panel interview people. Like every other program, they are talking mainly about President Elect Trump. I haven’t been listening closely to that conversation, but I went over to Twitter to see what people where saying on @SundayFeatures page. There the conversation was mainly about Obamacare, and health care issues. Here is my take on it…..
I’m not an expert about healthcare, being just an average citizen, but I believe average citizens can and should educate themselves, not just believe what people tell them. Getting people to tell the truth can be difficult, I’m seeing that many people will tell any lie they need to tell in order to protect their own interests. The bible says that the worst times are when truth falls in the streets, and that is the case in our modern times. With that said, I’ll do my best to lay out the facts, as I understand them.
Healthcare is a business, in the basics, it is just like any other business. One of those basics is competition. The companies that provide healthcare insurance, and that is all it is, insurance, it is not healthcare in itself. The only good thing that I see about our healthcare system is that competition among companies is, in theory, a good thing–that is what makes capitalism work. Capitalism, a free-market economy. Put simply, that is the only type of economy that works, socialism doesn’t work, communism doesn’t work. I may explain the reasons for that in another post.
Now I realize that healthcare providers, as part of an oligopoly, they don’t really have to worry as much about competition. There is not much variation in how much you pay, from one provider to another, as far as premiums, copays, what is covered, etc. Like I said, I’m not an expert, but I do know a bit about economics, enough to understand what is going on, not just believe everything that someone else tells me.
People need healthcare insurance–that is a given. So for poorer people, there is Medicaid–each state has their own Medicaid insurance, and looking at it objectively, it is good insurance–it covers the basics, and it is good that it exists. Wealthy people can afford the best insurance. Both of these groups are covered, but the middle class struggles. Every society throughout history has had that problem. The answer is not to have the government step in and have federal healthcare insurance that takes away all competition, and then all of a sudden you have a government run monopoly, and then they can raise the cost to whatever they want, and people have to pay it. That is exactly what happened with Obamacare, even to the point of IRS fines if you don’t have healthcare insurance.
Now, the stance of the supporters of Obamacare–their main point seems to be that people will die if you repeal Obamacare. That may be true, that people will die without healthcare, but we aren’t talking about healthcare, we are talking about insurance. And, again, this doesn’t effect everyone, it affects the middle class. It is the middle class who has the tough struggle with affordable health care insurance, as I have said. And that is if they don’t have children–it is my understanding that Medicaid will cover your children, even if you make too much to qualify for Medicaid. So now the pool of the people who can’t afford Medicaid shrinks even more, to those without children. One solution that may work here, is to reform Medicaid, to bring in those who are falling into the cracks. Make the cost proportional to their income. Isn’t that pretty much the idea with Obamacare? So this solution would make a Federal health insurance program unnecessary. This insurance wasn’t rolled out as AN option, it is intended to be the only option, making all other health insurance companies obsolete. This is wrong, it is only by a capitalistic society that we can even have a middle class.
One last thought about healthcare insurance–it is not healthcare, it’s insurance. Healthcare insurance doesn’t save lives, or keep people healthy–a healthy lifestyle does. Even doctors aren’t really in the business of keeping you healthy–you usually only go to a doctor after something has gone wrong with your health–people don’t normally go to the doctor when they are healthy. Living a healthy lifestyle, exercising, and eating right will go a long way to keeping you healthy, and you will have less need for doctors. Also, healthcare insurance is a business, the providers couldn’t care less about keeping you healthy, they are in the business of making money, which they do by charging people a bunch of money for a product they don’t need and will never use, and people will fight for the right. Tell me how that makes sense?
Abortionists don’t care about women, the abortion clinics don’t care about women, they care about making money. If it were really about choice, then they would be advocating birth control, abstinence, etc, instead. No money in that, though. You people that defend it are just their dupes and puppets, so I am not looking to argue with you.
Another agenda is the anti-God rhetoric that inevitably comes out of every abortionists mouth. So what if the model of a twelve week old baby isn’t accurate? Claiming that a baby in the womb is not alive, not human, doesn’t feel, blah blah blah…far worse, more dangerous lies.
content warning: post contains explicit discussion on abortion
I held in my hand a model of a 12 week old preborn human being, also known as a fetus, or also known as a “blob” of cells if you work for Planned Parenthood. (Quiner’s Diner)
Tom Quiner has a post called “The reality of human abortion“, which features a picture of a model 12-week-old human fetus. I was intrigued by the photo, thinking the fetus looked more baby-shaped than I had previously understood, and so googled what an actual 12-week-old fetus looks like.
A 12-week-old fetus in reality looks like I remember: something like a newly hatched baby bird crossed with a tiny alien. I still think it’s a shocking image that has the potential to make someone think twice about abortion if they have other options. So I don’t understand why the anti-abortion lobby doesn’t present…
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(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIANS AND JEWS) Biblical Wisdom for Divisive Times November 17, 2016 Dear Friend of Israel During my recent travels through the U.S…
In my previous post, I began the study of Proverbs 1:7-19, and a study of how poor choices and lack of wisdom and character destroyed Rehoboam’s kingdom.
(For any Game of Thrones fans, these stories of the Israelite kings are as intriguing as any Game of Thrones plot, probably even more so. I’m probably going to explore that in later posts.)
If there was a soundtrack playing behind these events, it might be this song:
Historical proof of King Rehoboam can be found in the records of Shisak of Egypt:
In the 5th year of Rehoboam’s reign Shishaq, king of Egypt, brought a huge army and took many cities. According to Joshua, son of Nadav, the mention in 2 Chron. 11, 6 sqq., that Rehoboam built fifteen fortified cities, indicates that the attack was not unexpected. The account in Chronicles states that Shishaq marched with 1,200 chariots, 60,000 horsemen and troops who came with him from Egypt: Libyans, Sukkites, and Kushites. Shishaq’s armies captured all of the fortified towns leading to Jerusalem between Gezer and Gibeon. When they laid siege to Jerusalem, Rehoboam gave Shishaq all of the treasures out of the temple as a tribute. The Egyptian campaign cut off trade with south Arabia via Elath and the Negev that had been established during Solomon’s reign. Judah became a vassal state of Egypt.
An account of this invasion from the Egyptian perspective can be found in the Shishaq Relief at the Bubastis Portal near the Temple of Amun at Karnak. (Wikipedia–“Rehoboam”)
Song to set the mood:
So I am writing a series of studies about the book of Proverbs, and applying them to everyday life. Proverbs is one of my favorite books of the bible, I think I have read it more than any other book. I decided it would be good to combine my own studies with a series of posts, which will include my own thoughts, making these posts a bit more journal-like than my others. It may not be as polished, because I’m just going to write from the heart. In addition to my own words, I’m going to include some information that I curate from other sources.
Proverbs is one of my favorite books because it has wisdom that can be applied to every area of life: your personal spiritual life, business, family, and friends. I hope I can do it justice.
In my previous post, I delved into Proverbs 1:1-7, you can read it here:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
It seems to me that here King Solomon, who wrote the book of Proverbs, is talking to a young man, instructing him not to give into peer pressure. Even more than that, it seems to be instruction to this young man to choose his friends wisely. You could call this a written “dad” lecture. King Solomon was a father himself, he had several sons, but the only one that I am aware of, mentioned in scripture, is Rehoboam, who became King when Solomon died. Rehoboam did not take his father’s advice, and he did not grow up to become a good man, or a good king. His conduct and poor choice of friends, whose bad advice he followed, caused a split, and he lost nearly all of his kingdom. Let’s take a closer look at who Rehoboam was, starting with his story in the bible, then what history says about him.
2 Chronicles 9:31 records the death of King Solomon, and Rehoboam ascending to the throne of Israel: “And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.”
Next, the rest of Rehoboam’s story is told in the next chapter:
And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.
2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,
4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.
5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.
6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?
7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.
8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.
9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?
10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.
11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day.
13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,
14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.
17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
Rehoboam tooks just three days to think about this, but he made the wrong choice. This mistake was quickly made, but he paid for it till the end of his life. The nation remained divided, and the northern kingdom ceased to serve Jehovah, and turned to idols instead.
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The book of Proverbs contains wisdom for every area of life; how to live for the Lord, how a Christian should conduct themselves in business. In my virtual assistant business, I have had to learn to apply biblical principles. For a long time I compartmentalized my life, keeping business and faith separate. Eventually the Lord showed me this was a mistake. I don’t meant that I preached while on the job, I didn’t do that, but I did start treating it like a ministry. Just like Jesus’ parable of the servants with the talents, I wanted to use the gifts I had been given for the glory of God. I started praying for my clients; it changed the way I saw them, not as clients who bring revenue into my business, but as souls who needed a Savior. I started to see the people I interacted with on social media as eternal souls in need of a Savior. When you realize that every person you will ever meet is an eternal soul who will spend eternity in either heaven or hell, it changes the way you interact with them. I started praying for everyone I talked to online.
I remember one young lady who posts a lot on Twitter-she has a huge following she is a musician, and she seems to be happy, and have it all together. But most of her posts are about partying and superficial stuff. I remember that life, before I came back to the Lord at the age of 20. I remember that there was a time when I thought that life was the greatest, that it was so much fun, and that it always would be. But there came a time when it wasn’t fun anymore. When I realized that all the hopes and dreams I had once had were gone.
There was this one night, my boyfriend and our friends had been up late one Friday night, partying and drinking. That night was the drunkest I had ever gotten before, and all I could do was just lay in bed, watching the room spin, wishing it would stop, and trying not to throw up. I thought–“This isn’t fun anymore–why did I ever think it was?” I was a high school dropout with no future. Soon after this, I became a single mother with nothing to offer my daughter. Yup, definitely not the good life.
The only true joy that there is in life is in knowing the Lord, in having a right relationship with Him. People can fake it outwardly, but there will come a time when they will realize the emptiness and meaninglessness of a life lived apart from God. And then when this life is over, hell awaits. People may mock the idea of hell, and deny it’s real, but when did lack of belief in a certain group of people ever change the reality of something?
Since we are still being perfected, we still have flaws ourselves, so we ought to be patient with other people’s flaws, the same way that Christ is continually patient with our flaws and shortcomings. Proverbs says a man who would have friends must show himself friendly. In every relationship we ought to have the heart of a servant, and treat other people with the same love and patience that Christ has when He deals with us. Other relationships, such as those between employers and employees, we are to work for them as if we are working for the Lord himself, whether they are believers or not.
Colossians 3:22 – 3:25
Forgiveness—root of bitterness
Lack of forgiveness can cause a root of bitterness to spring up that affects every area of your life, and all your other relationships. Lack of forgiveness doesn’t harm the person you won’t forgive, but it can harm you, and worse, it can harm your relationship with the Lord, as the bible says, if we won’t forgive, we will not be forgiven either, and that puts a barrier between us and the Lord. If we see that person we won’t forgive, being blessed by the Lord, that may even cause us to grow angry and bitter towards the Lord. We have all been forgiven much by the Lord, so He expects us to forgive others.