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The 11th of the month, 2006/5764 Verse 11:1 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the L-rd, But a just weight is His delight. 2 When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.  At first glance one would think that the first verse has nothing to do with the second, but it seems that we as humans like to compare ourselves with one another.  When we do, we use pride (self worth) as our scale.  Since everything we have is a gift from God it seems sort of silly to brag about what "we've" done or achieved.  Pride is a dishonest scale.  It lifts self and casts down others.  Humility on the other hand is a just weight.  If we put our dependence on God and not self we can be sure that things will "weigh out" equally in the end.  He, after all knows the end from the beginning.  He knows what we can and can not do.  He has our best good in mind and is totally motivated out of love.  Let's walk in humility and keep the scales balanced.
Practical application: When you are faced with the decision to judge someone else, pull up the picture of God's fair scales in your mind.  He is the giver, the first giver.  He gave you every talent and resources you have.  If it weren't for Him, you'd be nowhere and nothing.  Let this be your first thought when you see someone in trouble, and in sin.  God comes first, others second, and you last. 
Proverbs 11 

11:1 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the L-rd, But a just weight is His delight. 2 When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom. 3 The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. 4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death. 5 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. 6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust. 7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of the unjust perishes. 8 The righteous is delivered from trouble, And it comes to the wicked instead. 9 The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. 10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation. 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. 12 He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, But a man of understanding holds his peace. 13 A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter. 14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. 15 He who is surety for a stranger will suffer, But one who hates being surety is secure. 16 A gracious woman retains honor, But ruthless men retain riches. 17 The merciful man does good for his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh. 18 The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward. 19 As righteousness leads to life, So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death. 20 Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the L-rd, But the blameless in their ways are His delight. 21 Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered. 22 As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion. 23 The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked is wrath. 24 There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. 25 The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself. 26 The people will curse him who withholds grain, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it. 27 He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, But trouble will come to him who seeks evil. 28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage. 29 He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, And the fool will be servant to the wise of heart. 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise. 31 If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth, How much more the ungodly and the sinner. 
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The 12th of the month, 2006/5766 Verse 11 He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.  Your heart is the land where faith is sown.  If your heart is full of obstacles to God's word, you won't have a good harvest.  According to Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8 the sower sowed seed (the word of God which brings faith) and there were four kinds of soil.  Hard packed soil, rocky soil, weedy soil and good (prepared) soil.  Is your heart hard packed?  Have you become bitter because of offense or because you've loved sin and flesh  more than God?  Is your heart full of rocks?  Are you mad at God and in unbelief because you've been persecuted or trouble has come your way?  Is your heart full of chocking weeds?  Have you forsaken your walk with God because you love money more than Him?  Are you full of worry and care?  Or is your heart good ground for the word?  Has it been prepared with repentance?  Is it tilled with prayer and communion with God?  Can the word come in and live with you?  Do you give Yeshua enough room to dwell, or have you forced him to stand on the outside and knock? 
  • The cares of this world
  • The deceitfulness of riches
  • Affliction and persecution
  • Bitterness, covetousness, envy, strife
  • Offense (don't allow offense in of any kind)
  • The lust (overwhelming desire outside of logic) for anything other than God
  • Pride of life (See what I've achieved?)
Practical application:  Before you get in the word, make a list of the things that keep your heart from producing.  Ask God for forgiveness from these things.  Give the word a chance to germinate and produce the fruits of the Spirit.  Be forgiving too, that can hamper the word from producing.
Proverbs 12 

12:1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid. 
2 A good man obtains favor from the L-rd, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. 
3 A man is not established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous cannot be moved. 
4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones. 
5 The thoughts of the righteous are right, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
6 The words of the wicked are, "Lie in wait for blood, "But the mouth of the upright will deliver them. 
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand. 
8 A man will be commended according to his wisdom, But he who is of a perverse heart will be despised. 
9 Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, Than he who honors himself but lacks bread. 
10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. 
11 He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding. 
12 The wicked covet the catch of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
13 The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will come through trouble.
14 A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, And the recompense of a man's hands will be rendered to him. 
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.
16 A fool's wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame. 
17 He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit.
18 There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
19 The truthful lip shall be established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.
21 No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, But the wicked shall be filled with evil.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the L-rd, But those who deal truthfully are His delight. 
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness. 
24 The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor. 
25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad. 
26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray. 
27 The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man's precious possession. 
28 In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death. 
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The 13th of the month, 2006/5766 Verse 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. I've heard people say "Don't get your hopes up".  I have to keep my hopes up, hope is the anchor of my soul.  If I let my hope (earnest expectation that God will do what He says in His word) my heart will get sick.  If my heart is sick, then the word of God can't bring faith and without faith it is impossible to please God.  Hope is the blueprint of what we're believing for.  Hope is vital.  We see at the end of this verse that hope is a tree of life (NOT THEEE tree of life).  It is one way to secure life.  I'm always in the word, looking for blueprints for what my heart desires.  Here is a practical way to apply hope to a given situation:
Practical application: I am believing for a much bigger house; one that is twice the size of what we presently live in.  I believe that it is God's will for me to have this house.  How do I go about obtaining this house?  I get a blueprint of how to acquire worldly things for the kingdom.  Deuteronomy 8 tells us that God gives us the power to get wealth to establish His covenant.  It is therefore ok to obtain the necessary wealth to obtain this house.  My husband and I need it to continue further in the ministry.  We need it to house computers and other storehouse goods.  We're told in Deuteronomy 28 that we should be blessed in our storehouses.  My house now is too small to hold the goods I channel to others.  I'm overwhelmed with the blessings.  It's time to (Isaiah 54:2) "lengthen my cords and strengthen my stakes" so that I can stretch out on the left and the right.  I can't "hold back" because the growth is coming.  I'm creating a "blueprint" of hope so that I can obtain this house.  I also know that if I seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all the things I need will be added to me.  (Matthew 6:33) 
My blueprint is based on the bedrock of God's word.  I'm not trying to create hope out of the air.  Hope, the God kind of hope is based on what God has said because His word is eternal and alive.  It is capable of creating whatever it was created to create.  It has that power in it.

13:1 A wise son heeds his father's instruction, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 
2 A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence. 
3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. 
4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. 
5 A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame. 
6 Righteousness keeps him whose way is blameless, But wickedness overthrows the sinner. 
7 There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches. 
8 The ransom of a man's life is his riches, But the poor does not hear rebuke. 
9 The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked will be put out. 
10 By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom. 
11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase. 
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. 
13 He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded. 
14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death. 
15 Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard. 
16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly. 
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health. 
18 Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored. 
19 A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil. 
20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. 
21 Evil pursues sinners, But to the righteous, good shall be repaid. 
22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. 
23 Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, And for lack of justice there is waste. 
24 He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly. 
25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want. 
NKJV
The 14th of the month, 2006/5766  Verse 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Have you ever gone down a road that you thought lead to a certain destination, only to find out you're lost?  It is a scary feeling.  That's how most people go along the path of their lives.  They believe that the path they have chosen will lead to heaven and eternal life. Where do they get the idea that the road leads to the "right" destination?  They get it from someone else.  They really don't have much proof that the path they have taken will lead there.  They take some other man's word for it.  Here you are, you're going down a path.  It's rocky sometimes, it's smooth sometimes.  You see lots of people taking the same way wishing it will take them where they want to go as well.  You're all walking along at the same pace.  Problem is that at the end of it is death, not just physical death, I'm talking spiritual death, eternal death.  So you think death is just the cessation of life.  No, death is separation from God.  Death is separation from life, from love, from hope, from peace, from joy, from kindness, and anything good.  Don't take my word for it, cause I'm just a woman.  Take God's word for it.  He said that the wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life.  You need to go down the pathway His son Yeshua laid before us as an example.  Yeshua walked exactly like His Father.  He walked love, he walked peace, he walked compassion and mercy.  He is our example.  Call on his name, God will save you and put you on the path of life.
Practical application:  Pray this prayer, it is the way out of the paths of death and the way into the path of life:  Heavenly Father of Yeshua, I am dying on the road I'm traveling down.  I can't save myself.  I can't stop sinning, it is in me like a cancer to do the wrong things.  I need You Father.  I need You to rescue me and keep me on the path of life.  Forgive me of the sin I am.  Give me Your life.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, with Your very breath.  Help me be just like Yeshua, Your holy son.  I ask this by going through the door you created, Yeshua is that door.  May your desires be fulfilled in how I live and how I talk from now and forever.  Let it be so. 
Proverbs 14 

14:1 The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands. 
2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the L-rd, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him. 
3 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them. 
4 Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox. 
5 A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies. 
6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it, But knowledge is easy to him who understands. 
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge. 
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit. 
9 Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor. 
10 The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy. 
11 The house of the wicked will be overthrown, But the tent of the upright will flourish. 
12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. 
13 Even in laughter the heart may sorrow, And the end of mirth may be grief. 
14 The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied from above. 
15 The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps. 
16 A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident. 
17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated. 
18 The simple inherit folly, But the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 
19 The evil will bow before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 
20 The poor man is hated even by his own neighbor, But the rich has many friends. 
21 He who despises his neighbor sins; But he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he. 
22 Do they not go astray who devise evil? But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good. 
23 In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty. 
24 The crown of the wise is their riches, But the foolishness of fools is folly. 
25 A true witness delivers souls, But a deceitful witness speaks lies. 
26 In the fear of the L-rd there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge. 
27 The fear of the L-rd is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death. 
28 In a multitude of people is a king's honor, But in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince. 
29 He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly. 
30 A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones. 
31 He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy. 
32 The wicked is banished in his wickedness, But the righteous has a refuge in his death. 
33 Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, But what is in the heart of fools is made known. 
34 Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people. 
35 The king's favor is toward a wise servant, But his wrath is against him who causes shame. 
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The 15th of the month, 2006/5766  Verse 10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die. It's a sad thing when you have to issue hard discipline to your child.  You would rather take the spankings or punishment due your child, but you must press through because of love.  Children today don't know that there are dire consequences to those who forsake the way of holiness, or even right behavior.  I think of the Columbine massacre and the sorrow of the many families who lost children that day.  Parents who leave their children to tend themselves will have great problems.  It is better to discipline a child young than to suffer for it later. 
Practical Application:
  • Learn how to make the punishment fit the crime.
  • Mistakes should not be equated to rebellion.  A mistake is done out of ignorance, but rebellion is when a child knows the truth yet chooses to ignore what he/she knows.
  • Make your word good for punishment as well as reward.  If you threaten without following through, you make your word no good. 
  • Always let your child know that God chastises his children out of love and you are doing the same.
  • Be open with your child, never allow fear to make the lines of communication close.
  • Watch and seek out those who have well behaved children and get counsel from them.
  • Love your child both in word and in action.  Cuddles are a must, even for sons. 
  
Proverbs 15 

15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.  
2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. 
3 The eyes of the L-rd are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.  
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit. 
5 A fool despises his father's instruction, But he who receives correction is prudent. 
6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble. 
7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, But the heart of the fool does not do so. 
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the L-rd, But the prayer of the upright is His delight. 
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the L-rd, But He loves him who follows righteousness. 
10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die. 
11 Hell and Destruction are before the L-rd; So how much more the hearts of the sons of men. 
12 A scoffer does not love one who corrects him, Nor will he go to the wise. 
13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.  
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness. 
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil, But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.  
16 Better is a little with the fear of the L-rd, Than great treasure with trouble. 
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred. 
18 A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention. 
19 The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the upright is a highway. 
20 A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother. 
21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, But a man of understanding walks uprightly.  
22 Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established. 
23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is! 
24 The way of life winds upward for the wise, That he may turn away from hell below. 
25 The L-rd will destroy the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow. 
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the L-rd, But the words of the pure are pleasant. 
27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live. 
28 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil. 
29 The L-rd is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.  
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, And a good report makes the bones healthy.  
31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life Will abide among the wise.  
32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.
33 The fear of the L-rd is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility. 
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