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Proverbs 4 King James Version (KJV)
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
These verses have a dual meaning, the writer is Solomon, but the words are also the words of Christ. When you read it with that in mind, it gives the words a whole new depth of meaning. I have often read of Jesus going to a secluded place to pray, early in the morning, during his time on earth. I have often wondered what He prayed. Many of the Psalms and Proverbs contain the prayers of the Son of God, and we are privileged to read the sweet and holy discourse between the Father and the Son.
In verses 1-3, Solomon clearly is writing of himself, as beloved of his mother, Bathsheba, and taught by his father, David. But they are also the words of The Father to His Son. Jesus was the beloved Son of his mother Mary, and He kept all the commandments of His Father, and never sinned, not even once.
Jesus fulfilled these verses
He exalted wisdom, in teaching the people. And, as verses 8-10 states, He was exalted, and crowned. His name is above every other name, He is King of Kings, and because He lived a perfect life, He is our worthy Savior. He lives forever, and He is seated at the right hand of our Father, ever interceding for us.
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Related: Live to please God as Jesus did
He is coming again
The first time, He was the Lamb. The next time, He will come as the Lion. That is the “perfect day” of verse 18. In verses 19-27, the Father speaks to the church, to keep our hearts with all diligence, and so be ready when He comes again.
Image source: http://www.preceptaustin.org/second_coming_of_Christ
Related: How do I pray?
Update: happy and blessed in the Lord. Settling in here in Kentucky. We left Baton Rouge about three weeks ago. I’ve really seen the Lord provide amazing ways like to be able to go into but I want to protect other people’s privacy so I can’t go into detail. But we are very blessed the Lord has met all of our needs according to His riches in glory. I have started posting brief audio clips to the Wilderness Well page on Facebook. My husband and I have been reading “My Utmost For His Highest” by Oswald Chambers, and it has inspired me to record the audio clips.
I’m learning a lot from the devotionals, such as being thankful in all circumstances. I’m also trying to be consistent, and finish things I start, like the series of Proverbs posts, on this blog….And….Drum roll….The ebook I am writing, called The Well in the Wilderness. More details about that to follow.
Thank you for reading. Please pray for me that I will be able to stay consistent with the important things, and not always be distracted by the seemingly urgent.
Here is what is currently inspiring me:
My Utmost For His Highest
Seven Habits of Highly Successful People
“Freedom in the Home” by Frances Allen
Have you read any of these? I would enjoy reading your thoughts in the comments.
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?
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?
Did you watch those Charlie Brown Halloween specials on TV, about the Great Pumpkin? I did. It makes me miss the days before cable TV, before on-demand television, when Saturday morning cartoons, and specials like Charlie Brown movies were Special, because I couldn’t watch them any time I wanted, they were only on once a week, in the case of Saturday morning cartoons, and once a year, in the case of the Charlie Brown movies.
Those specials were just part of the reason I looked forward to Halloween. For me, it was such a special time, I got to spend time with my mother, picking out my costume, and then later going to my grandparents neighborhood to trick or treat. It was the one night a year I could dress up like my favorite cartoon characters. One year, the first year I remember tricking treating, I dressed up as Superman, yes Superman! What other day of the year could a little girl dress up as Superman if she wanted?
Another year, I went as a gypsy, in a homemade costume, I put a lot of time and effort into that costume, and I was proud of it. Some of my favorite memories with my brother and sisters was going trick or treating with them. The year I went as a gypsy, my brother went as a Smurf, also in a homemade costume.
Then I grew up, and I forgot how magical and special Halloween was. It is one of the rites of passage of childhood. At 20 years old, I came back to the faith in Jesus that I had in my youth. But, I started to believe what church people told me: how Halloween was evil, and pagan, and you couldn’t be a Christian in you celebrated Halloween. And so, I only took my daughter trick or treating one time, she was dressed as Jasmine from the Aladdin movie. Fast forward to this year, last night, Halloween night.
My fiancé and I live in a nice neighborhood, where there are many retirees, just the very type of neighborhood where parents take their kids, because it is same for them to trick or treat. The very type of neighborhood I trick or treated in when I was a child. I realized I had come full circle, now I was the one helping to make the magic happen for a new generation of neighborhood children.
I understand why Christians are against celebrating Halloween, I know Halloween has pagan origins. But, as I posted on Facebook earlier:
“people who take their kids trick or treating, they are doing it so their kids can have fun memories, play dress up, get candy, and make memories with family and friends. There are many worse things they could be doing. You have no right to judge one of God’s servants because of your personal measure of morality. The measure you use will be measured to you. There are a lot of Christians who use FB to climb on their “holy” high horse, proclaiming themselves oh-so-holy, while at the same time seeing nothing wrong with spewing venom, unchecked, at anyone who disagrees with their personal morality, or personal rules for holiness. Which is worse, that, or trick or treating?”
It is not pagan now. And there are a lot of worse things that young people could be doing. It’s a personal choice, but no one has the right to condemn another for the choice they make, and attempt to claim that they are not saved if they let their kids trick or treat. Lighten up. The bible says that one who is strong eats all things, and the one who is weak, in conscience, eats only herbs. Whether weak or strong, don’t destroy a fellow believers over your personal preferences.
*Drops the mike* *Walks away*
I’m going to write a series of blog posts dealing with what the bible has to say about relationships. I strongly believe that the bible is relevant to today’s problems, and no matter what relationship problems you are having, or any problems you are having, for that matter, no matter what you are dealing with, the answer is in the word of God. This series of posts came about after much prayer, and study of the word, concerning my own relationship problems
Good relationships don’t just happen
Properly placed faith in the Cross takes care of many things, but that still doesn’t mean that everything in your life will be automatic or that you will receive or be able to accomplish certain things overnight
We can’t change other people, but we can allow the Lord to change us.
The Lord always makes us better, but many people are afraid to let the Lord change them, afraid of what they will have to give up. Realize thought that the Lord only ever asks you to give something up, when He wants to give you something better. Now I want to look at some things that may cause relationship problems.
Satan will try to hinder you any way he can, and that includes bringing confusion, misunderstanding, chaos, miscommunication, which can lead to mistrust.
Again, properly placed faith does not mean that relationship problems automatically disappear. The devil will take any opening you give him, and while not all relationship problems are caused by demonic interference, some are, and in those cases we are to take authority over them in the name of Jesus.
Can Christians be oppressed by demons? Scriptural evidence says yes, though there is not a lot of scriptural evidence.
10One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11and a woman there had been disabled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was hunched over and could not stand up straight. 12When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.”…
This passage is from Luke 13, I know that this is debatable, as I said, the bible doesn’t say much about it, but this passage seems to suggest that this woman was a believer, but still oppressed physically by Satan. To say no this is impossible, for a believer to be oppressed, and depressed, because of spiritual forces, is to deny reality. It has been my experience that Christians can be thus effected, and to deny this would be to deny that they are truly Christians, which is not the case. Neither does this in any way deny Christ’s Lordship in the life of that believer. He is still in control, and I don’t know why He would allow one of His children to be oppressed. What I can say is that they should seek the Lord as to the reason, and not psychiatry or drugs. I’m not discounting these things, sometimes there are physical causes of depression, chemical imbalances that require medication. I’m not saying that people who genuinely need medicine should stop taking them–they should continue to take medicines they truly need. But when it comes to depression, there is a spiritual aspect that psychiatry cannot treat. We are living in the last days, and as the bible says, there is an increase in demonic activity against the people of God. That may be one of the reasons for increased oppression.
The Name Of Jesus
The name of Jesus still has power to heal and set free. That power is still greater than any medication or any psychological method. Those things are new, so what makes anyone think they work better than the methods of the Creator of the Ages? While as I have said, these things have a place, they do not and cannot take the place of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
The cross of Christ is greatly misunderstood. Here is what the cross is NOT:
- Not a magic talisman: victory of depression and oppression doesn’t come by just saying “Cross, cross, cross,” in every sermon. People need to understand what that means, and just because a preacher doesn’t say the exact words “the cross” in a sermon doesn’t mean they aren’t preaching Christ crucified. You also can’t get victory by visualizing the Crucifixion.
- Not a gimmick that you need to pay a preacher to teach you. The message of the cross is throughout the bible, and it is free.
The cross is simply the finished work of Christ on the Cross. It is the place He won the victory. Faith in the Cross simply means letting Christ fight your battles because He already won them on the Cross. It’s like trying to fly a plane yourself when you don’t know how, versus letting an experienced pilot fly the plane. So that is our most important relationship–the one we have with Christ. When we are in right relationship with Him, our other relationships will become what they should be.
Hello everyone; I have some exciting news, I am adding podcasts to my blog offerings. The first uploads are the podcasts of our ladies bible study at New Beginnings Transitional home in Baton Rouge. The bible study are a blessing to all of us who meet together, and I hope you will be blessed as well as you listen.
We are currently doing a series about the Ministry of The Holy Spirit, and a study (seperately) of the book of Acts.
Click on the link below to listen to the first podcast:
In prayer this morning—November 3rd—the Lord pressed on my heart to pray that those in the church with stony hearts toward any part of the word would repent of their rebellion and cry out to God for forgiveness, that those rocks would cry out.
We, the church, need more people to baptized with the Holy Spirit, we need people interceding for the church and the lost alike, and when Spirit filled believers pray and intercede in their prayer language, that is perfect intercession because the Holy Spirit prays through us.