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The 26th of the month, 2006, 5766 A flattering mouth works ruin.
We've all been around people who are smooth with their words and full
of compliments, but if you really pay attention you can tell that it's usually a
means to an end. Perhaps the person is trying to get in your good graces,
or just wants to be part of your group. One thing I've learned through the
years is that a compliment or a criticism should have no
weight. Don't let someone devastate you with cruel words, or puff you up
with flattery. The word of God is your gauge and should be the scale
you weigh yourself against.
Practical application: Make a mental note of the next time you hear
flattery. Say to yourself, "I will not be moved by flattery or by
criticism". Thank the person for the kind word, but forget it as
quickly as you heard it. And if you hear criticism ask the Father to reveal
if you have a place that needs work and have Him make the changes necessary.
Then let go of the words. If the words are cruel, be quick to forgive and
be like Y'shua/Jesus and forget it. Throw those words in the sea of
forgetfulness. Throw out the record book too. We don't mark sin down in a
book, we forgive and forget so God can forgive us and forget our sins.
26:1 As snow in summer and rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool. 2 Like a flitting
sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight.
3 A whip for the horse, A bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the fool's back. 4 Do not answer a fool according to his
folly, Lest you also be like him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes. 6 He who sends a message by the hand of a fool Cuts off his own feet and drinks violence. 7 Like the legs of the lame that hang limp Is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 8 Like one who binds a stone in a sling Is he who gives honor to a fool. 9 Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard Is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 10 The great
God who formed everything gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages. 11 As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly. 12 Do you see a man wise in his own
eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. 13 The lazy man says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!" 14 As a door turns on its
hinges, So does the lazy man on his bed. 15 The lazy man buries his hand in the
bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth. 16 The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can answer sensibly.
17 He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own Is like one who takes a dog by the ears. 18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, 19 Is the man who deceives his
neighbor, And says, "I was only joking!" 20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes
out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. 21 As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to
fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife. 22 The words of a talebearer are like tasty
trifles, And they go down into the inmost body. 23 Fervent lips with a wicked heart
are like earthenware covered with silver dross.
24 He who hates, disguises it with his lips, And lays up deceit within himself; 25 When he speaks kindly, do not believe
him, For there are seven abominations in his heart; 26 Though his hatred is covered by
deceit, His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly. 27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into
it, And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him. 28 A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by
it, And a flattering mouth works ruin.
The 27th of the month, 2006/5766 Verse
17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
There is nothing quite like having a believing friend who sparks your
heart and mind. A person who just challenges you to go to a higher level
in God! If you don't have such a friend, then begin to trust God to
provide that person for you. If you have one, never take that person for
granted. Thank and bless God for giving you such a friend! Someone
who knows more word than you. Someone who won't let you get by with
mediocrity or slothfulness! Praise God for someone who takes the rough
edges and hones you into a sword that can slice the adversary coming and going.
Practical application: Be a friend
to God first. Do what He says and what He has written. Be a friend
to folks you might not usually pick to spend time with. A friend who
causes sparks to fly may be very different than you! Don't be afraid of
stepping out and trying something new. Oh, yes friends are going to hurt you.
Love has risks, but the fruits of good love are just wonderful. Love is
worth the risk. Even if it doesn't always pan out, it's worth it!
27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, But a fool's wrath is heavier than both of them.
4 Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy? 5 Open rebuke is better
than love carefully concealed. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
7 A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8 Like a bird that wanders from its nest Is a man who wanders from his place. 9 Ointment and perfume delight the
heart, And the sweetness of a man's friend gives delight by hearty counsel. 10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father's
friend, Nor go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, hat I may answer him who reproaches me.
12 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are punished.
13 Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger, And hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.
14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, It will be counted a curse to him.
15 A continual dripping on a very rainy day And a contentious woman are alike; 16 Whoever restrains her restrains the
wind, And grasps oil with his right hand. 17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
18 Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit; So he who waits on his master will be honored.
19 As in water face reflects face, So a man's heart reveals the man. 20 Hell and Destruction are never
full; So the eyes of man are never satisfied. 21 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for
gold, And a man is valued by what others say of him. 22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed
grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him. 23 Be diligent to know the state of your
flocks, And attend to your herds; 24 For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations. 25 When the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows
itself, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in, 26 The lambs will provide your
clothing, And the goats the price of a field; 27 You shall have enough goats' milk for your
food, For the food of your household, And the nourishment of your maidservants.
The 28th of the month, 2006/5766 13 He who covers his sins will not
prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Do you run
to the throne when you sin? Or, are you afraid that your sins will be
found out? Do you know that confessing your sins to a trusted friend is
the first step towards healing? It's silly to think that your sin can be
hidden from God considering that He knew about it before the foundation of
time. Why not run boldly to the throne of grace to get that mercy you need
in time of trouble? The adversary would have you run and hide in shame,
but we're promised that those who trust in God will NEVER be ashamed. If
we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from
ALL unrighteousness. Walking in righteousness is one of the greatest
blessings that Yeshua gave us. Without his life, death, burial and resurrection
we'd be in a fix. Yeshua wiped our sins away and gave us
righteousness. Let's take the time to thank him everyday for his
This confession thing works for believers and those who have just heard the
truth. Confession brings possession. If you need salvation, confess
your sins to God. Tell Him you need His salvation (Yeshua-Jesus). He
will accept your confession and cleanse you completely!
Practical application: Do you have a close friend or are you
married? Begin small, the next time you sin go to that trusted person and
confess. Confess your faults one to another so that you may be healed.
Confession is the first step of healing and deliverance! It's nice to see
that God uses people to remit our sins. Sometimes we need a real flesh and
blood person to take our sins and put them at the altar. Be choosy about
who you pick to confess to. Don't confess to your friendly neighborhood
gossip. That would be plain stupid. Confession should be to someone
you know and has proved trust worthy.
28:1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a
lion. 2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge
right will be prolonged.
3 A poor man who oppresses the poor Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But such as keep the law contend with them.
5 Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the L-rd understand all.
6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7 Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son, But a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8 One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion Gathers it for him who will pity the poor.
9 One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.
10 Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, He himself will fall into his own
pit; But the blameless will inherit good. 11 The rich man is wise in his own
eyes, But the poor who has understanding searches him out. 12 When the righteous rejoice, there is great
glory; But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves. 13 He who covers his sins will not
prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. 14 Happy is the man who is always
reverent, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity. 15 Like a roaring lion and a charging bear Is a wicked ruler over poor people.
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.
17 A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit; Let no one help him. 18 Whoever walks blamelessly will be
saved, But he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall. 19 He who tills his land will have plenty of
bread, But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough! 20 A faithful man will abound with
blessings, But he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. 21 To show partiality is not
good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress. 22 A man with an evil eye hastens after
riches, And does not consider that poverty will come upon him.
23 He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward Than he who flatters with the tongue.
24 Whoever robs his father or his mother, And says, "It is no transgression,
"The same is companion to a destroyer. 25 He who is of a proud heart stirs up
strife, But he who trusts in the L-rd will be prospered.
26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.
27 He who gives to the poor will not lack, But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
28 When the wicked arise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.
The 29th of the month 2006/5766 11 A fool vents all his
feelings, But a wise man holds them back. This verse caught me today.
I jokingly told my daughter "I just need to vent". Well no
more. I love the word, I love the way it always calls me to a higher
level, to a higher plane than I was before. No more venting my feelings as
a wise woman holds them back. So what do you do with feelings that want
out? Confess them to God and let Him deal with them. Run boldly to
His throne and confess them so you can be rid of them. Forgive so you can
be forgiven. Never let yourself get offended, no matter the reason.
Offense robs the word out of your heart and steals your power. Resist
offense and commit your cause to God. Yeshua is the high priest of our
confessions and he is easily touched by the feelings of our infirmities.
He was in all points tempted as we are, yet he remained without sin. Let
us be holy for he is holy!
Practical application: The next time you feel like you're going to lose
your cool, zip your lip. Refuse to talk. Tell yourself, "I am not a
fool, I will not vent all my feelings. I am in control and I give control
to the Holy Spirit". Little by little you'll gain control! How
awesome! You're doing great. Learn the language of silence. Silence
can be very constructive if practiced with purpose. Be still and know that
Abba Father is God.
29:1 He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
3 Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, But a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.
4 The king establishes the land by justice, But he who receives bribes overthrows it.
5 A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. 6 By transgression an evil man is
snared, But the righteous sings and rejoices. 7 The righteous considers the cause of the
poor, But the wicked does not understand such knowledge. 8 Scoffers set a city
aflame, But wise men turn away wrath. 9 If a wise man contends with a foolish
man, Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. 10 The bloodthirsty hate the
blameless, But the upright seek his well-being. 11 A fool vents all his
feelings, But a wise man holds them back. 12 If a ruler pays attention to lies,
All his servants become wicked. 13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in
common: The L-rd gives light to the eyes of both. 14 The king who judges the poor with
truth, His throne will be established forever. 15 The rod and rebuke give
wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. 16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression
increases; But the righteous will see their fall. 17 Correct your son, and he will give you
rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul. 18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off
restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law. 19 A servant will not be corrected by mere
words; For though he understands, he will not respond. 20 Do you see a man hasty in his
words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. 21 He who pampers his servant from childhood Will have him as a son in the end.
22 An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression. 23 A man's pride will bring him
low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor. 24 Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own
life; He swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing. 25 The fear of man brings a
snare, But whoever trusts in the L-rd shall be safe. 26 Many seek the ruler's favor, But justice for man comes from the L-rd. 27 An unjust man is an abomination to the
righteous, And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.
The 30th of the month 2006/5766 One of the saddest things we see today is
suicide among our youth. We see dishonor of parents everywhere, even in
the commercials we see children who treat their parents like stray dogs.
These same children expect to be given every little thing they want with no
restrictions. They want a new car, new clothing, games for computers and
game boxes, but they don't realize that their demands and unchecked appetites
will cause them to dishonor their parents and die premature deaths. Ex
20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy
days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Practical application: Begin to
examine your own thoughts of your parents and ask God where you have dishonored
your parents. Your children learn by example. Show them that you
honor your father and mother and they will be able to reflect your behavior.
Confess sin when you see where you've dishonored your parents.
30:1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel--to Ithiel and Ucal:
2 Surely I am more stupid than any man, And do not have the understanding of a man. 3 I neither learned wisdom Nor have knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His
fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the
earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, If you know? 5 Every word of
God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. 6 Do not add to His
words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. 7 Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I die): 8 Remove falsehood and lies far from
me; Give me neither poverty nor riches--Feed me with the food allotted to me; 9 Lest I be full and deny
You, And say, "Who is the L-rd? "Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my
God. 10 Do not malign a servant to his master, Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.
11 There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother. 12 There is a generation that is pure in its own
eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness. 13 There is a generation--oh, how lofty are their
eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. 14 There is a generation whose teeth are like
swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth,
And the needy from among men. 15 The leech has two daughters--Give and Give! There are three things that are never
satisfied, Four never say, "Enough!": 16 The grave, The barren womb, The earth that is not satisfied with water--And the fire never says, "Enough!"
17 The eye that mocks his father, And scorns obedience to his mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it
out, And the young eagles will eat it. 18 There are three things which are too wonderful for
me, Yes, four which I do not understand: 19 The way of an eagle in the air, The way of a serpent on a
rock, The way of a ship in the midst of the sea, And the way of a man with a virgin. 20 This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, And says, "I have done no wickedness."
21 For three things the earth is perturbed, Yes, for four it cannot bear up: 22 For a servant when he
reigns, A fool when he is filled with food, 23 A hateful woman when she is
married, And a maidservant who succeeds her mistress. 24 There are four things which are little on the
earth, But they are exceedingly wise: 25 The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer; 26 The rock badgers are a feeble
folk, Yet they make their homes in the crags; 27 The locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks; 28 The spider skillfully grasps with its
hands, And it is in kings' palaces. 29 There are three things which are majestic in
pace, Yes, four which are stately in walk: 30 A lion, which is mighty among beasts And does not turn away from any; 31 A
greyhound, A male goat also, And a king whose troops are with him. 32 If you have been foolish in exalting
yourself, Or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth. 33 For as the churning of milk produces
butter, And wringing the nose produces blood, So the forcing of wrath produces strife.