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There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. We will begin by going
over one chapter a day. As you read, meditate and pray you will find that
Godly wisdom will stir in your spirit and renew your mind. You will also
have witty inventions and ideas come. I trust that this will be a blessing
The 1st of the month, 2006/5766 This world is
full of mysteries, hidden things, secret things. Most of the time it
appears that we have little or no control over circumstances and situations, but
God doesn't want it that way. Many people don't want to do things God's
ways because they seem to be hard or "no fun", but we really need to do things
His way because His ways are all right. He can't lie, He can't deceive, He
can only love and tell the truth. If we spend time in HIS word, studying
HIS ways, we will KNOW and PERCEIVE and RECEIVE INSTRUCTION, OBTAIN
PRUDENCE, and last but best of all, we'll understand the proverbs and the
enigmas of life!
Practical application: Read a proverb a day.
They are full of wisdom and will help you understand God and His ways!
Proverbs 1 (Solomon shares his wisdom and the wisdom
of other sages)1:1 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, judgment, and equity; 4 To
prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion-- 5 A wise man
will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise
counsel, 6 To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and
their riddles. 7 The fear of the L-rd is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 My son, hear the
instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother; 9 For
they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck. 10 My
son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent. 11 If they say, "Come with us, Let
us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without
cause; 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go
down to the Pit; 13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, We shall
fill our houses with spoil; 14 Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one
purse"-- 15 My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their
path; 16 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood. 17
Surely, in vain the net is spread In the sight of any bird; 18 But they lie in
wait for their own blood, They lurk secretly for their own lives. 19 So are the
ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its
owners. 20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open
squares. 21 She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates
in the city She speaks her words: 22 "How long, you simple ones, will you love
simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.23 Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my
spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. 24 Because I have called and
you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, 25 Because you
disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke, 26 I also will laugh
at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, 27 When your terror comes
like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and
anguish come upon you. 28 "Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. 29 Because they hated
knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord, 30 They would have none of my
counsel And despised my every rebuke. 31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of
their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies. 32 For the
turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of
fools will destroy them; 33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.
The 2nd of the month, 2006/5766 Have you ever been on a treasure hunt?
I like watching old pirate movies as they hunt for treasure. They usually
have maps left behind by men who found treasure or stole treasure and then hid
it for another time. They knew that someone was on their track and so in
fear they hid the goods. The adversary is like a crusty pirate, not a cute
pirate, but a mean conniving pirate. He would push his own mother
overboard for a dime. He's stolen our goods and the bible is our treasure
map. There are Xs all over it, but most of us don't see them. You
really have to keep your eyes open and have a fast mind to see the treasure.
Occasionally I like to use a decoder so you can find the treasure buried in the
word. I've used it here. See if you can see the hidden treasure
commands to help you unlock the mysteries of the universe.
Practical application: First, go find your family bible. Now
take a big breath of air in your lungs. Next let it out on the surface of
your bible. See the dust fly? Shame on you. Get that bible out
and read it every day. When you're down read Psalms, when you are confused
as to your next move; read Proverbs. Just read it. What good is a
last will and testament if the beneficiary never opens it?
2:1 My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, 2
So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3
Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4
If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for
hidden treasures; 5 Then
you will understand the fear of the L-rd, And find the knowledge of God. 6 For
the L-rd gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 He
stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk
uprightly; 8 He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His
saints. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every
good path. 10 When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your
soul, 11 Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, 12 To
deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things, 13
From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of
darkness; 14 Who rejoice in doing evil, And delight in the perversity of the
wicked; 15 Whose ways are crooked, And who are devious in their paths; 16 To
deliver you from the immoral woman, From the
seductress who flatters with her words, 17 Who
forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God. 18 For
her house leads down to death, And her paths to the dead; 19 None who go to her
return, Nor do they regain the paths of life-- 20 So you may walk in the way
of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness. 21 For the upright will
dwell in the land, And the blameless will remain in it; 22 But the wicked will
be cut off from the earth, And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.
of the month 2006/5766 Here we have a semi-load of treasure hidden in the text of Proverbs 3. The
more time you spend meditating and doing it, the more treasure you will find and
the more your will harvest! Get out your shovels, open your pockets,
ladies get those wallets and purses ready, open your trunks and fill up with
Practical application: Don't read past the first instruction
without doing it. James tells us not to be forgetful hearers.
Reading large quantities of word is like eating large quantities of food.
You get little out of it besides a belly ache. The first instruction is:
Do not forget my law. What does this mean? Don't go any further
until you know for sure and you've put it into action. Success, we all have a
way to go.
3:1 My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; 2 For
length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. 3 Let not mercy and
truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your
heart, 4 And so find favor and
high esteem In the sight of God and man. 5 Trust
in the L-rd with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In
all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the L-rd and
depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your
bones. 9 Honor the L-rd with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all
your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your
overflow with new wine. 11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the L-rd,
Nor detest His correction; 12 For whom the L-rd loves He corrects, Just as a
father the son in whom he delights. 13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And
the man who gains understanding; 14 For her proceeds are better than the
of silver, And her gain than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than
all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. 16 Length of days is in
her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor. 17 Her ways are ways of
pleasantness, And all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who
take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her. 19 The L-rd by wisdom
founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens; 20 By His
knowledge the depths were broken up, And clouds drop down the dew. 21 My
son, let them not depart from your eyes-Keep sound wisdom and discretion; 22 So
they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck. 23 Then you will walk
safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble. 24 When you lie down, you
will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. 25 Do
not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26
For the L-rd will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of
your hand to do so. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And
tomorrow I will give it, "When you have it with you. 29 Do not devise evil
against your neighbor, For he dwells by you for safety's sake. 30 Do not strive
with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm. 31 Do not envy the
oppressor, And choose none of his ways; 32 For the perverse person is an
abomination to the L-rd, But His secret counsel is with the upright. 33 The
curse of the L-rd is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the
just. 34 Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble. 35 The
wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools.
of the month, 2006/5766 We are the body of Christ (the Anointed one and His Anointing). Here you
will see references to many different body parts or ways body parts are used.
These parts are being involved in the practice of holiness and godliness.
Which part of the body would you want to omit when you're walking with the Lord?
Many of us think if no one sees us it won't matter, but God sees everything.
More importantly, he looks on the heart of a man and your heart records
everything you say and do. Consider the body of Christ. Should it be
involved in sin, in crime, in corruption?
Practical application: Romans 12 tells us to make our bodies living
sacrifices. Make a list of ways you can consecrate your body to the Lord.
Thank God for using you in His plan, in His kingdom and find new ways to be
4:1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know
understanding; 2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. 3 When I
was my father's son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, 4 He
also taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words; Keep my
commands, and live. 5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn
away from the words of my mouth. 6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve
you; Love her, and she will keep you. 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore
get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she
will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. 9 She will
place on your head an ornament of grace; A
crown of glory she will deliver to
you." 10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will
be many. 11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right
paths. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you
will not stumble. 13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for
she is your life. 14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the
way of evil. 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on. 16
For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is taken away
unless they make someone fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, And
drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the just is like the shining
sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked is
like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble. 20 My son, give
attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart
from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your
heart; 22 For they are life to
those who find them, And health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your
heart with all
diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put away from you a
deceitful mouth, And put perverse
lips far from you. 25 Let your
straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. 26
Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. 27 Do
not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.
The 5th of the month, 2006/5766 I've been hurt by an adulterous woman. I've
been effected by many adulterous women. I've also learned to recognize
adulterous women. I am actually too sensitive to such women and have to
continually submit my heart to be able to walk in love and forgiveness towards
such women. Knowing that Yeshua died for these women doesn't always help
me, but continually submitting my heart to God does. Why do I share this?
Because the book of Proverbs equates sin to the immoral woman and her
enticements. Although being jumpy about sin isn't a good thing,
recognizing it is. We're told in 1 Peter 2 that we're to consider
ourselves dead to sin and alive to righteousness. Sin can be like an
immoral woman, but if we start out deciding that sin has no dominion over us and
that we are dead to its enticements we can avoid the snare altogether.
There are steps we can take when temptations come that can help us recognize and
deal with sin:
Resist by speaking to sin "I resist you temptation to lie" or "I resist that
thought and cast it down".
Spend time daily in the word and learn to recognize truth.
Counterfeits can't stand next to fakes.
After you recognize vanity you can cast down vain imaginations. We
want to be single-minded towards the truth, not double-mindedness for us.
Know your weaknesses and continually open your heart by taking them to the
L-rd. "Father, I come to you in the name of Yeshua. I lay down this
weakness of gluttony and allow you to deal with it in my life".
Call on the name of Yeshua when you sense your weaknesses surfacing.
Don't subject yourself or exposure yourself to things you're weak about.
If you have someone trustworthy, confess your weaknesses.
Otherwise again, confess to the Father. Putting things out in the open make the
5:1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my
understanding, 2 That you may preserve discretion, And your lips may keep
knowledge. 3 For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And
her mouth is smoother than oil; 4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp
as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of
hell. 6 Lest you ponder her path of life--Her ways are
unstable; You do not know them. 7 Therefore hear me now, my children, And do not depart from the words of my
mouth. 8 Remove your way far from her, And do not go near the door of her house,
9 Lest you give your honor to others, And your years to the cruel one; 10 Lest
aliens be filled with your wealth, And your labors go to the house of a
foreigner; 11 And you mourn at last, When your flesh and your body are consumed,
12 And say: "How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised correction! 13
I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to those who
instructed me! 14 I was on the verge of total ruin, In the midst of the assembly
and congregation." 15 Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from
your own well. 16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in
the streets? 17 Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you. 18
Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth. 19 As a
loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And
always be enraptured with her love. 20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an
immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress? 21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the L-rd, And He ponders all
his paths. 22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the
cords of his sin. 23 He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness
of his folly he shall go astray.
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