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The 6th of the month, 2006/5766  Verse 19 should stand out to believers in a big way, but we tend to focus on the ones that go before it.  Here we see the things that God hates and are abominations to His heart. 
  1.  A proud look
  2. A lying tongue
  3. Hands that shed innocent blood
  4. A heart that devises wicked plans
  5. Feet that are swift in running to evil
  6. One who sows discord among brethren
It amazes me how when we have so many other things we could focus on, we spend our time pointing one another's faults and shortcomings.  Beyond that there are actually people in the Body who believe it is their appointed job to pull down ministries.  There are actual websites dedicated to finding fault and error in other believers.  We're supposed to be working for unity amongst one another.  When we're busy sowing discord (disagreement and dissonance ) we're actually working with the adversary.  I've seen men who spent their time talking down other brothers die in their tracks.  I've seen their children die horrific deaths.  We're told in Ps 133  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.  We all want the anointing to be on our lives and on our ministries and this won't happen if we are always in strife and uncovering sin all the time. 
Practical application: Ok, so there's some folks out there who are not following the word as you understand it.  What should you do?  Gal 6:1-5 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden.  Here you go. In every situation where you're dealing with someone else put yourself in that person's shoes.  If you were in deception what would you want someone to do who could see what you could not see?  When my husband was in deep trouble God asked me "If you were in his shoes how long would you want him to stand for you?"  My immediate response was a love one.  I love me.  I told God I would want hubby to stand forever!  So that's what I decided to do.  I made a lifelong commitment to stand when by husband was out of God's perfect plan.  That's now the path I take for brothers and sisters in Messiah/Christ.  I pray in the spirit.  I pray for them like I'd pray for myself.   I pray until I can't pray anymore.
Proverbs 6
6:1 My son, if you become surety for your friend, If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, 2 You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth. 3 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; For you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; Plead with your friend. 4 Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids. 5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.  6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, 8 Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. 9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep-- 11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man. 12 A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth; 13 He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers; 14 Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord. 15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy. 16 These six things the L-rd hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. 20 My son, keep your father's command, And do not forsake the law of your mother. 21 Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck. 22 When you roam, they will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you. 23 For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life, 24 To keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress. 25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids. 26 For by means of a harlot A man is reduced to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life. 27 Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared? 29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent. 30 People do not despise a thief If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. 31 Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; He may have to give up all the substance of his house. 32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul. 33 Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away. 34 For jealousy is a husband's fury; Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35 He will accept no recompense, Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts. 
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The 7th of the month, 2006/5766 This entire Proverb deals with the adulterous woman.  From the onset she has set her trap to catch the unwary.  She has baited her trap with finery and perfumes and has her web all set to catch some simpleton.  This is just how sin is to the careless believer.  If we don't spend time in prayer and in the word, we become like the simpleton who falls for the lines of a seductress.  We can be successful, so let's do.  Let's attend to His word, let us make it first place in our lives.  Let's put His words in our hearts so that we won't sin against Him.
Practical application: Yeshua taught us that adultery begins in the heart.  This is true of spiritual adultery as well as natural adultery.  When we have thoughts of doubt or unbelief we need to stand against them just like we resist thoughts of unfaithfulness to a spouse.  When the adversary speaks thoughts of doubt to you, speak to those thoughts "I resist you in the name of Yeshua". 
Proverbs 7 
7:1 My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you. 2 Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister, "And call understanding your nearest kin, 5 That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words. 6 For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice, 7 And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding, 8 Passing along the street near her corner; And he took the path to her house 9 In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night. 10 And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart. 11 She was loud and rebellious, Her feet would not stay at home. 12 At times she was outside, at times in the open square, Lurking at every corner. 13 So she caught him and kissed him; With an impudent face she said to him: 14 "I have peace offerings with me; Today I have paid my vows. 15 So I came out to meet you, Diligently to seek your face, And I have found you. 16 I have spread my bed with tapestry, Colored coverings of Egyptian linen. 17 I have perfumed my bed With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18 Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with love. 19 For my husband is not at home; He has gone on a long journey; 20 He has taken a bag of money with him, And will come home on the appointed day." 21 With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With her flattering lips she seduced him. 22 Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, 23 Till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, He did not know it would cost his life. 24 Now therefore, listen to me, my children; Pay attention to the words of my mouth: 25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths; 26 For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men. 27 Her house is the way to hell, Descending to the chambers of death. 
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The 8th of the month, 2006/5766  The spirit of Wisdom speaks here.  She is sending forth counsel for anyone who will take the time to listen and to hear.  So often we slough off the warnings of the Holy Spirit.  His tender pleadings go into hardened hearts and deadened ears.  Then when it's too late we realize the folly of our ways, we try to hear and can't.  If you're tired of the school of hard knocks, take the counsel of Lady Wisdom and obey her words early.  Seek God while He can be found.  The less we listen to His words the deader our ears become and we become "self deceived" as James says. 
Practical application: By reading a proverb a day and finding places where we just aren't measuring up, we can begin to recognize weaknesses and submit them to God for correction and the strength to overcome them.  God loves us and wants us to be empowered to be holy.  Make a list of areas you want to submit to the altar of God.  Daily thank God through Yeshua for strengthening you by His Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1 speaks of supplying different things to our faith to build it up.  Why not add study of 2 Peter 1 to your devotional time.  The time you give to the word will always produce 30, 60 or 100 fold answers!
Proverbs 8 

8:1 Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice? 2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet. 3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors: 4 "To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men. 5 O you simple ones, understand prudence, And you fools, be of an understanding heart. 6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; 7 For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. 9 They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who 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 one may desire cannot be compared with her. 12 "I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion. 13 The fear of the L-rd is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. 14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. 15 By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice. 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth. 17 I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me. 18 Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness. 19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver. 20 I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice, 21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries. 22 "The L-rd possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. 23 I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth. 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, I was brought forth; 26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, Or the primeval dust of the world. 27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep, 28 When He established the clouds above, When He strengthened the fountains of the deep, 29 When He assigned to the sea its limit, o that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth, 30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, 31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world, And my delight was with the sons of men. 32 "Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the L-rd; 36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death." 
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The 9th of the month, 2006/5766  These last few Proverbs have really focused on the godless, foolish woman.  As women of God we don't want to be guilty of any of these characteristics.  Let's learn our lessons early and be lead by the Spirit of God and keep His commandments. 
Life set against God is a life of misery.  All God's ways are right, not in the sense that there are better ways and He insists on having His way, but in that He is love and everything He does is motivated out of love.  If we press into love, we will press into His ways.  In I Corinthians 13 we can really get a feel for our God; He believes the best, He hopes all things, He endures all things, He isn't self motivated, but considers others first, He has our best in mind, He NEVER fails.  Clearly His ways are ways of success so that we will NEVER fail if we follow His voice!
Practical application: We see Lady Wisdom has built her house.  Did you know that your home is your first kingdom?  If you are a good steward over your first kingdom, God can trust you with much more.  Build up your home.  Make it a sanctuary that not only your family would love to come and be part of, but a place where God would feel at home.  Begin cleaning out anything that would offend.  Ask God, He will answer!
Proverbs 9 

9:1 Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars; 2 She has slaughtered her meat, She has mixed her wine, She has also furnished her table. 3 She has sent out her maidens, She cries out from the highest places of the city, 4 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here! "As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, 5 "Come, eat of my bread And drink of the wine I have mixed. 6 Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding. 7 "He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. 8 Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 10 "The fear of the L-rd is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11 For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you. 12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone." 13 A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing. 14 For she sits at the door of her house, On a seat by the highest places of the city, 15 To call to those who pass by, Who go straight on their way: 16 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here"; And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, 17 "Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant." 18 But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of the grave". 
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The 10th of the month, 2006/5766  It's pretty clear in this Proverb that the mouth has an important part to play in the life of the believer and unbeliever.  We can choose to speak words of life and blessing or we can choose to speak words of death and cursing.  It takes discipline to choose life and blessing.  Death and cursing come so easily; they flow like floods of water down a waterfall.  So let's swim upstream and bridle our tongues.  Let us begin to practice the language of silence and then replace the silence with only words of love, hope and faith.
Practical Application: You have creative or destructive power in your mouth.  You can build up someone with kind words or tear them down.  The first goal is to keep from speaking evil (Lashan Hara). The best way to do this is to practice the language of silence.  After you master silence you can go onto speaking good things out of God's word about people you normally would speak evil about.  This is one of the most difficult areas a believer will ever face.  Be patient and be willing to submit it second by second, then moment by moment. 
Proverbs 10 

10:1 The Proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother. 2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, But righteousness delivers from death. 3 The L-rd will not allow the righteous soul to famish, But He casts away the desire of the wicked. 4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. 5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son, But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame. 6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked. 7 The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot. 8 The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool will fall. 9 He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known. 10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble, But a prating fool will fall. 11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked. 12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins. 13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding. 14 Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. 15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city; he destruction of the poor is their poverty. 16 The labor of the righteous leads to life, The wages of the wicked to sin. 17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray. 18 Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool. 19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise. 20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little. 21 The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of wisdom. 22 The blessing of the L-rd makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it. 23 To do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom. 24 The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted. 25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation. 26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy man to those who send him. 27 The fear of the L-rd prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened. 28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the expectation of the wicked will perish. 29 The way of the L-rd is strength for the upright, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. 30 The righteous will never be removed, But the wicked will not inhabit the earth. 31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, But the perverse tongue will be cut out. 32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse. 
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