THE PRESCRIPTION

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TAKE TWO PROVERBS AND CALL ME IN THE MORNING

God might prescribe this wisdom as medicine.  So I split this chapter into two halves and break it down one line at a time, as one pill at a time.  This medicine can cure our nation and the world, but most will not take this free medicine.  So only those who submit to God, those of the Kingdom of God, will take this and be cured.  When God’s judgment on the world winds down only these will be standing.  Foolishness is a terminal disease.

Proverbs 19:1-14

1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

Poverty is not a curse when it is in partnership with honesty and self-control.  Wealth cannot redeem foolish behavior, lies, and offensive speech.  Most of us are safer without the false confidence of wealth.

2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

We are in danger without knowledge, and that must be scriptural knowledge.  To rush into a decision without solid knowledge is to meet destruction.  Even religions miss the truth, and often enter life and death battles based on false assumptions.  To believe a lie is a deceptive form of knowledge.

3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.

What could be a good life may be going off course because of human foolishness.  When we go bad a lingering doubt or an open rebellion ferments in our mind as we fight God.

4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

Rich men always have good company; lost relatives, financial planners, salesmen, lovers, and counselors.  Are those all real friends though?  Lose the money and become the poor man to see how fast your closest neighbors become total strangers.

5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

Liars who bring false charges against the innocent will be found guilty.  There is a witness who sees everything we do and reserves his judgment until his time.

6 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

Men who hold the wealth and power have a long list of appointments with a multitude of new friends.  A generous man will have many friends as long as the gifts keep coming.

7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

The poor man’s family consider him lazy, a burden, a source of shame, and avoid him.  And those who are merely his friends avoid him even more.  If he makes a plea for help they prove themselves to be less than true friends.

8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

One who seeks this wisdom finds the medicine of the soul, which prevents the second death.  Who retains that wisdom will discover that it produces only good in this life and the next.

9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.

If God repeats himself he is not forgetful, he is making sure that your hearing is working.  One who blames an innocent person for a crime will himself be blamed for the greater crime.  The liars will be punished, so believe the warning that God has repeated for your benefit:  tell the truth.

10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

Celebration is misplaced and inappropriate if victory seems to be handed to a fool.  Yet the appointment of unqualified men to leadership positions are even more inappropriate.  In this age, promotions are enabling men to make appointments that may demonstrate everything that God has promised to punish.

11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

Self-control is a treasure that can keep us from anger that is destructive.  One who can forgive or cover other’s mistakes displays the mercy of God as a shining example.  The Christians of Iraq can show the power of God when they can overcome the horror of ISIS.  The world needs to see the power of this.

12 The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

We do not have kings as there were when this was written.  There are rulers with power to harm the weak, but only one king retains the full anointing of God.  Jesus is the king of kings and is the power of God himself.  When this king has had enough the whole world will know it.  And even now good people know the freedom of walking in his grace.

13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

Anyone who knows the value of wisdom for a good life strives to give that good gift to his children.  There are few sorrows to compare to that of watching children chose the way of death by rejecting wisdom.  Another grief is the endless darts of a bitter wife who delivers only complaints.  Imagine the grief of the man who knows both!

14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.

Parents will deliver all the insurance of prosperity that they can for their children.  But only god can deliver a godly wife.  I am blessed to have seen both.

NO SHADES OF GREY

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DISCERNMENT

We do not have the luxury of accepting any number of shades of grey.  God sees right and wrong and expects us to know the difference.  We have been given three persons of God to assure a balanced understanding.  Fellowship with Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are empowered by prayer, bible study, and spirit filled Christian fellowship.  Any two of these confirms the validity of the other.  We will never be snared by cool aid cults if prayer and bible study validate our church.  We will never pray to demons if our knowledge is scriptural and our church has Holy Ghost wisdom to share.  And we will not take scripture out of context with proper teaching and answered prayers.  Accept no less than a balanced relationship with the living God.  God expects us to live like this so we should not follow those who do not follow his expectations either.

Proverbs 18

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.  A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.  When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.  The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.  It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.  Proverbs 18:1-5

When, motivated by greed, one becomes a loner he plans ways to pervert the truth and deceive the wise.

A fool is divorced from wisdom in order to do what feels good.  “If it feels good do it.”  many hippies have said.  Their children are following their road to hell today.

When an evil person comes he presents contempt for the good and the innocent, and his shamelessness earns him the loathing of all that is good.  In our lifetime these have arrived.

Words have the power of the great oceans, with winds, currents, and rip tides that can carry us far from safety and life.  Wisdom then is a pure spring that feeds a cool flowing stream of life.

It is unprofitable to be a friend of the evil man in an alliance against the wisdom of the righteous.  God has no option to back the least evil choice when there should be no evil choice.  The lesser of two evils still injures the innocent.

A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.  A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.  The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.  He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.  The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  Proverbs 18:6-10

Fools start fights and invite a sound beating.  His mouth leads him to harm in this life and his words trap his soul in eternal punishment.

Those who bring a false accusation are perceived by their victims as back-stabbers who’s words tear like cutting vital organs.

A lazy employee is the same as one who squanders his employer’s money and materials.  Time is money as our paycheck should reflect.

The name of Jesus is a real and safe sanctuary where our weakness is made strong by God’s strength.  This name makes us righteous in spite of our sins, and we run to it when in danger of judgment.  This name is pronounced and spelled differently around the world and it is still known as safety to all who call on it.  To the Jews, Yeshua Ha Meschia welcomes them as Jesus answers in our language.

The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.  Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.  He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.  The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?  The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.  Proverbs 18:11-15

Yes, wealth can surround you with confidence that becomes insulation against knowing how wrong you may be.  The power to bully others or to hide from responsibility is not always an advantage.

Feeling pride and self importance can also be insulation against the knowledge of impending disaster.  One who is modest and humble may be on the path to promotion.

Being quick to render a decision without being fully informed is foolishness that will lead to the shame of being discredited.

One who is at peace with his conscience and his god will be undaunted by injury, illness, poverty, or opposition.  But if one is living a lie in guilt and secret shame there is no victory or prosperity to heal the spiritual wound.

A good man seeks right knowledge and wisdom.  He listens to wisdom and gathers understanding to prosper.

A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.  He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.  The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.  A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.  A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.  Proverbs 18:16-20

The talents we have are the gift of God to make a place for us, a calling, in life.

Life is hard and many contend for few opportunities so these gifts are to give us favor with the rulers in life.

He that has the opportunity to tell his story first may feel that he has proven his point.  However, that leaves him open to the other side of the story when his opponent has his turn to speak.  Never assume that your case is won based on your own opinion; there is yet a judgment that may not be viewed by your standards.

If you are facing endless contention and no potential for a resolution without strife it may be best to resort to a decision by a roll of the dice, or casting lots.  This will resolve the issue with less grief when there is no clear logic or advantage to continued strife.

If you offend a brother or a close friend you will not soon restore that friendship.  It will be as hard as laying siege to a well fortified city.

In the end we earn the wages of our own words.  If we put out the words of bitterness, our belly will turn as sour as the strongest vinegar.  As we treat others to our best or worst words so our life is fed the fruit of those words.

Do our leaders know how their words and actions are building up towards their judgment? We do not have to stress over their actions, it will all go full circle in God’s time.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.  Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.  The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.  A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.  Proverbs 18:21-24

Death and life are great powers to wield with just words.  The warning comes with the love of talking.  It can be good or bad and either way there are consequences.

Finding a wife is a good thing, and it comes with benefits in God’s approval.  My wife has joined God ahead of me and I still know that he approved of her.  I still have photos and memories of that connection, but God reminds me that she brought benefits that continue today.  A godly wife leaves a treasure that endures all challenges for all time.

A poor man makes polite petitions for help as he is in need.  A rich man feels no need to help or to be civil to one who is beneath him.  Wealth is not a path to favor with God.

Anyone who has friends needs to be a friend at all times.  There is no room for a short temper among real friendships.  But then there is a friend who will be there in every time of need, who is even closer than family.  A real friend is available to everyone who calls on the name of the Lord.  Although it requires faith to depend on one who lives in the spiritual realm, Jesus can answer your need for a friend.

SAFE HAVEN

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SURVIVAL

We should be able to recognize when our world is plunged into a terrible storm.  The morals of nations have fallen into corruption that threatens the foundations of our confidence.  When every warning sign says that the wrath of God should be due we can navigate to a safe haven.  First we have to know the danger of the situation, then we can look for the aids to navigation.  If we see that light we can target the harbor that offers a calm anchorage.

 

Proverbs 17

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.  A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.  The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.  A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.  Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.  Proverbs 17:1-5

Being quiet is a huge challenge to some.  Being content with a bland snack is better than having a house full of feats that are disturbed by bitter arguments.

Oh you will need a wealth of wisdom to control a rebellious child.  That may come as we seek God for wisdom, and that can salvage our relationships with the community and God.

While precious metals are melted by fire God melts our hearts with tribulations.

Those who intend to do evil are quick to listen to false accusations and lies feed their words.

Those who mock the poor, and accuse them of leeching on society actually insult God who made them.  Those who celebrate an opponent’s troubles will be punished.  I am sure I have seen all of this in our latest presidential election!

 

Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.  Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.  A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.  He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.  A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.  Proverbs 17:6-10

Grandparents are honored by their grandchildren and children are honored by their parents.

A great educated speech will add no value to one who is a natural fool.  Similarly, a speech composed of lies and deception devaluates a leader of men.

A gift is a treasure to the one who receives it, increased in value by honor from the giver.  That gift will serve as prosperity in all the recipient puts it to.

Anyone who hides a friend’s sins wants to be a true friend.  But one who is a tattle tale is an enemy who makes enemies out of his friends.

A simple word of correction in private will actually do good for one who is wise enough to accept it.  It will do more good than one hundred lashes of the whip will do for a fool.

My father left me an inheritance of money, and some wisdom as well.  My father in heaven left me his son, and a share of his inheritance.  I hope that all the correction I have received will be witnessed by my family in Christ.  With God’s help their memory may erase the weakness my flesh has demonstrated.

 

An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.  Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.  Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.  The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.  He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.  Proverbs 17:11-15

If a man is truly evil enough to stir rebellion he faces a hard end.  This scripture is not a threat from his enemies, but from our God.  This is true foolishness to oppose God.

Better you should meet a bear that has had her cubs killed than to meet such a fool who wants you to join his madness.

Anyone who punishes honesty with lies and evil will never see any good thing in his own home.

A disagreement may begin as the first trickle of a bursting dam, so do not be the one to trigger the flood that may drown you.

All who call evil good and call good evil are and obscene offense to God.

False accusations and lies against the righteous will bring destruction from God.

 

Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?  A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.  A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.  He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.  He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.  Proverbs 17:16-20

If a fool could buy wisdom why should he bother if he has no intention to use that wisdom?  that almost sounds like a warning to Solomon considering that he abandoned all this wisdom for a season.  But he was able to recover late in his life.  How many of us today can make no use of all the education in the world?

Friends do not break down over minor differences but a brother by blood may be born to be your adversary.  This gives me hope for the next verse that a true friend may cover my own foolishness.

One who becomes a co-signer for a friend has no common sense whatever.  Yeah, I made a big loan for a friend a couple of years ago.  I can only hope that he will prove to be a friend over time.

A person that loves to do wrong loves to fight and one who brags about the strength of the gates of his home can expect his enemies to bring destruction through those gates.

 

He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.  A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.  A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.  Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.  A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.  Proverbs 17:21-25

One who gives birth to a fool gives birth to his own grief.  That father has no joy.

The joy of a happy heart produces good health but grief is a poison to health.

The evil man reaches into his coat to produce a bribe that makes corruption rule over justice.

A smart person keeps his focus directly on wisdom while a fool looks at everything else that may distract or entice him.

A fool is nothing but grief to his parents.

 

Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.  He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.  Proverbs 17:26-28

Punishing the innocent is bad, convicting an innocent person is evil, as is getting violent revenge on an authority or an official of the law.

Anyone who knows what he is talking about doesn’t waste words and really smart people have good relations with people.

Everyone thinks a quiet person is wise because he doesn’t give away his ignorance.  Actually keeping our mouth shut often is proof of real intelligence.

 

So many of these things are seen in our government when they are so common among the people who vote for our leaders.  We are a nation in need of judgment.

MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA BY SHAMING US.  Shout all the evil secrets of this nation from the housetops so we must hide our faces and seek your graces.  Open all the works of the illuminati and the Bohemian Grove for all the world to read.  Reveal the greed of every oil, coal, and chemical company to the victims of our wars and pollution.  Revive the pain of shame that should have always been attached to every broken treaty with native Americans.  Show the sins of our lust even when it is hidden among our most religious phonies.  Strip away the spiritual pride of false religion and false prophets.  Make us ashamed of our nation and naked to need the shelter of your Kingdom Lord.  Make us citizens who desire only your kingdom and your King, Yeshua Ha Meschia, Jesus.  I pray this in the name of Jesus that  your sheep will remain in your grace even as many are lost and replaced by Israel.  We welcome The children of Abraham to the Kingdom of God as you fulfill your promises to them.

The good news is that there is no amount of shame that God cannot forgive.  For all the darkness in the hearts of evil men the light of God can make us right again.  The one name who forgives and restores us is Jesus.  He alone brings us out of the evil of our deeds by faith in his redeeming sacrifice on the cross.

YOU ARE THE HOPE

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NAVIGATING THE STORM

So much of what we believed in may be corrupted if we are leaning on a nation or its leaders.  Is that not what we should expect of a world that needs salvation from Jesus?  So now we have the opportunity to be the light in a dark world.  Here are the words of wisdom that guide us to life in a dying world.

Proverbs 16

The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.  All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.  Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.  The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.  Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.  Proverbs 16: 1-5

If your heart knows what is the righteous answer is then you have heard wisdom directly from god.  Although you may have considered yourself to be a “good guy”, God  measures deeply into the spiritual truth.  When a crisis is closing in it is time to surrender to the mercy of God.  In his care, you will discover the mind of Christ working in you.  He is the master of the game and he has a reward for evil.  He knows who is cheating, and no kind of alliance will save the guilty.

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.  When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.  Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.  A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.  Proverbs 16: 6-10

Mercy and truth give us time to consider our sin, and God gives us mercy when we recognize our own evil and the danger that it places us in.  Once a man can receive that mercy he will please God and be caused to prosper even in a hostile world.  To have a few honest possessions is better than to gain wealth and power by larceny.  Our heart is evil and desires a dangerous way, but God will place our feet on the firm ground of a dangerous trail.  A righteous king has the wisdom of god to pronounce sentence and his judgment is not unrighteous.  If we consider our errors and allow God to work in us we can be greater than those who appear to be leaders while hiding all manner of evil within.  We can be the light that our leaders fail to show.

A just weight and balance are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.  It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.  Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.  The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.  In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.  Proverbs 16: 11-15

How many times have retailers reduced the size of a package while keeping the same price?  Do they think we are stupid?  They just raised the price by reducing the contents.  So also our political parties represent corporations for donations instead of the people of our nation.  How long will god witness the evil of the kings of our time in history?  When a godly ruler arises truth will lead to judgment.  If our courts and justice system begin to function the darkness will be blown away.  But if need be we can await the return of the King of Kings to make the system righteous again.

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!  The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.  Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.  He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.  Proverbs 16: 16-20

So do we see an open season for crime and corruption?  Now is the time when we should consider the value of honesty.  When no one seems to be watching the value of wisdom is indeed greater than gold or wealth.  The path of honesty may seem unprofitable now, but it is of great value when the judgment comes.  We may not be able to see God now, but we can trust him to make the balances honest.  We will prosper more to be in poor, honest company than to celebrate with those whose pride will destroy their prosperity.

The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.  Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.  The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.  Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.  There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.  Proverbs 16: 21-25

You who retain diplomacy and wisdom will learn the way of success.  Common sense and patience will bring prosperity to you while fools ignore all good instruction.  If you are wise you know to do good and you avoid offensive words.  Your diplomatic speech builds alliances and brings prosperity to your works.  Some people follow a way that seems right to them but it is actually offensive to enemies who will have the power of death over them.  Have we seen leaders who destroy their own hope by vicious words and insults?

He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.  An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.  A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.  A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.  He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.  Proverbs 16: 26-30

If you work it is to feed yourself, to meet your own needs.  Work is good if it provides for you and your family.  But an evil man works to provoke strife, and his words divide people and start wars.  A violent man may hide a trap, even with good words, while leading a victim to destruction.  The highest office of our nation is contested by candidates who seem to have all of these traits.  The highest office of our God will hold them in derision at their judgment.

The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.  He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.  The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.  Proverbs 16: 21-33

Grey hair is honorable only if it has traveled in honesty and generosity.  If you have lived in self-discipline and humility you have more honor than the victorious generals.  A lottery seems to fall out by chance, but God has a hand even in that.

Who cares about the dignified look of a senior statesman who is building on a legacy of vile crimes and double mindedness?  Their lips are sweet, but there’s blood on their feet.  What seems to play out as an election or a chance event will always have the fingerprint of divine influence.  God moves the pieces on the chess board of life, not man.  Seek him and follow his light and you will be light to others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPORARY INTERRUPTION OF SERVICE IS ENDING SOON

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We can survive a corrupt government with God’s help.  Joseph, Daniel and Jesus did.  So the best wisdom for a bad election is only found in God’s own word.  His plan helped Israel to survive their own government’s corruption and judgment.  So I will return to our regular bible study shortly.  We can still examine Christian values for our future voting though.

This blog WAS paused temporarily to allow publication to a plan for a Christian political position for this and the coming election in 2020.  If we do not have a party by now, it is time to come out from among them now.  RIGHTEOUS VISION 2020 is a plan for Christian perspectives for the coming election in 2020.  We can get it right by then.

I will continue to build a platform for my party of one, because I am not alone.  The author of the bible has provided assurance that he will never leave me.  So I will not publish my opinions.  I will publish his opinions as scripture can guide us to the right answers in every subject.  I may never win any election except that of God.  I want to be a good citizen of HIS kingdom more than this flawed nation and world.  I have no guilt in the election of flawed men if I maintain my good status in God’s kingdom.  At times real leadership is only found in not being a follower of evil.  You are never alone on God’s path.

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CUMULONIMBUS

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CLEAR WARNINGS OF THE STORM

Does wisdom have a place in our modern world?  Solomon delivered the wisdom of God to us but do we even submit to God?  Watching the leaders of our nation leaves that question very much in doubt.  Seeing the support of the people for corrupt leaders suggests that our petty greed far outweighs our commitment to any higher authority or conscience.  Watching the general apathy or selfish interests points to the same destruction that Solomon’s Israel experienced in their day.

Proverbs 15:23-33

23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

There may be many ways to give joy to others with good words.  Encouragement overcomes doubt and fear.  Compliments build self image and wise counsel prevents all kinds of bad experiences.  Confession and apologies are great but forgiveness is powerful.  Words can be weapons of peace.

24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

No, life is not in a starship or on the Moon.  God is above the wisdom of man, and no wisdom or science surpasses him.  This life and the next depend on his wisdom and no other.  You are reading the right book.

25 The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

Well there certainly is a choice.  You may turn away from the wisdom of God with your free will.  Pride can make us reject “religion” and the real God as well.  Everything we are, all that we represent can be demolished or lifted up at the will of God.  He will protect the faithful against all destruction.

26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

How many wicked men and women do we have in our world and nation?  We are learning that our elected officials are deep in vile corruption and violence.  God knows the heart of darkness and it is vile and offensive to his holiness.  God also knows those who are truthful, kind, and righteous even when no one else sees.  That is a position with rewards.

27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

Greed is the word that is destroying our nation today.  As it destroys our leaders, so it also destroys the home and family of all who are obsessed with gain.  Isn’t it amazing when a politician refuses a bribe?  So a man can become taller by living by honesty.

28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

When you live to do right you learn to find the best source for answers.  Here you are, in the Proverbs, the best place to start.  Those who live for themselves have no reason to search for better poison than their own home brew.

29 The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

Why is it so hard for some to believe in God?  They never see evidence of God when he is driven, repelled by their actions.  In contrast there is no limit to the range of prayers from those who are his servants.

30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

Well a twinkle in the eye is welcome, but the light of a clear conscience signals confidence to our friends.  A life of service and honesty helps you and your friends and neighbors.

31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

Hearing reproof is hard for all of us.  Scripture is full of reproof and yet I know people with years in ministry who struggle with issues clearly defined by scriptures.

32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

Self loathing must be at epidemic level in America considering how many warnings have been published about our presidential candidates.  The bible has some warnings that apply and even the Christians are in rebellion.  There is no obligation to vote for corruption and the constitution is under the Bible.  Well I know there are no few people who have been paying attention.  Corruption is being exposed and opposed so these have the kind of understanding that gives life.

33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

The fear of the Lord is again being revealed as a key to wisdom, the beginning of knowledge.  God is the key to life or death and this humbles our self sufficiency.  When we allow God to be sovereign he recognizes our surrender with honor.  How our elected officials need to learn the value of humility.

 

DECISIONS FOR LIFE

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LIFE IS IN YOUR HANDS AND IN GOD’S SIGHT

Here again Solomon’s wisdom is recorded in the bible to deliver us from painful mistakes.  While the leaders of this world are unaware or rebelling against this wisdom others find life in it.  We can be among those who will live in the Kingdom of God even while the nations are sinking into the sand.  Why would anyone ignore a path to life in a season of destruction?  Look at the world around us and notice how many do.  Be responsible for your own decisions, but ask God to help.

Proverbs 15:12-22 

11 Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

If we know the fear of God we must be aware of his power by the mind of Christ.  Will we be tempted to forget that the God of creation is also the God of our deeds?  Too many have a real relationship with God and still fellowship with darkness.

12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

A scorner may have faith in science (falsely so-called) or philosophy and his life is founded on great mistakes.  Many follow popular immorality into crisis of divorce, strife, and even deadly diseases.  In their destruction they will still refuse to accept a life line from  godly wisdom.

13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

No disease, poverty, or loss can completely snuff the joy of those who know that the God of creation is their friend.  A relationship with God is real and anchors our confidence in the promises of a greater life coming.  Joy is a confidence that does not flee death.  The heart of those who lack hope will plague their life and their dreams.  Sorrow and grief sculpt the face and body with the marks of pain.

14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

There is science that is not false, and it is never too late to learn where there is value in learning.  There is also value in learning the power in the spiritual realm.  Both physical and spiritual learning have value but many claim to have gained all knowledge and disply their ignorance.  The hard lessons of life will continue to reveal their failures.

15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

Who is afflicted but those who have illness, poverty or grief?  We may lose friends or health but there is still hope available in faith in God.  That faith will always be rewarded as God will enter into a relationship of encouragement with the faithful.  There is the unshakable joy of blessed assurance.

16 Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.

We witness men who seek wealth and power without consideration of the welfare of others.  Some have become so criminal that their secrets leak out and bring them to destruction.  Others may live out their lives without being caught but the time is spent watching for judgment.  Man is not the source of judgment, as we often condemn the innocent.  God is the one who sets the balances right in the next life.  There is a next life and that is the place of our real rewards. 

17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. 

Sounds like thanksgiving with a bitter battling family doesn’t it?  Anger and strife will sour your appetite in a hurry.  A modes meal with real friends is good company that makes the food more enjoyable as well.

18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

Hollywood loves to provoke us to go to war over a wound.  We are egged on to protect our “rights” even when God condemns the vengeful.  Consider your response slowly and avoid being found in transgression and being judged in sin by God.

19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

Being lazy will lead you to paths with painful borders that prevent any easy escape.  Planning and hard work are part of righteous life and answers will be easy to find.

20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

Good parents want their children to be safe and prosperous so they give good advice from their experience.  But arrogant children may disrespect the integrity of parents advice and they will pay for this in pain. 

21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

A life of pleasure is a great ride while it lasts, but it never does.  Foolishness will reward one with destruction.  Wisdom is motivated by the fear of God and it produces an honest life and a clear conscience.

22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

To make an impulsive action without good advice is an invitation to disaster.  A good plan will come from seeking out a lot of good advisers.  Good advice can only be founded on the words of this book, so seek out Christian fellowship to confirm your path in life.

Wisdom is a supernatural product.  It opposes our sinful human nature.  We want revenge, self gratification, and pride to lord over our enemies.  Wisdom is when we let God change our nature for one that is superior to nature; supernatural.  You can’t have wisdom without God, so find him first.  Then you will see the truth when the world seems to be blind.

Our leaders, and the nations around us are stripped and naked before the understanding of real wisdom.  Those with weak gods have no true wisdom and they give their enemies ammunition to destroy them with.  Popularity cannot save them from the error of their ways.  A kingdom will rise from the ashes of nations, a kingdom of God that is already among us.  That kingdom has no borders and it’s king owns all the nations.  True wisdom is only found in the mind of Christ.

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