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MISPLACED ASSURANCE

We are influenced by our parents, schools, pastors, and our fellow believers.  But are we influenced by prayer, bible verses, and spirit filled men?  Do we compare our beliefs to those in the bible?  This is how we are judged by God.  I often read statements from Christian people that are widely opposite of biblical values.  This new Pope has departed from the Word of god as well.  No one else can guide you except the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We are accountable for our decisions.  We need to hear correction, give reflection, and change direction to avoid being found in the sins that others told us to follow.

Proverbs 14:12-22

12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Everyone is sure they are right, but who sets the standards?  With so many different versions of what is “right” most of them must lead to death.  So these proverbs have pointed out a first step; the fear of God.  This begins wisdom, which is written here and grows through this book, the word of God.  Wisdom is our guide.

13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

Life is real, challenging, and often disappointing, so we inject comic relief.  Sometimes humor is forged by mocking one’s self or other’s weakness.  Humor may cause pain or merely relieve it for a season.  Watching a fool fall into pain is provocation for cruel humor.  There is a season for every purpose, but the joy will end in judgment.

14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

To be lifted out of trouble is good, but temptation always tries to draw us back.  One who chooses to relax and return to sin will have a good time going down.  He won’t need guide or counselor because he knows his way back.  But the righteous man has satisfaction in living without guilt.  Every day dawns as an opportunity to live with honor and joy.  He doesn’t need the celebration of darkness or the company of death.

15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Wow…it seems like most voters will buy this idea.  They back people who speak with no responsibility for truth whatever.  People on the internet routinely visit a parody website and really believe that it’s a true story.  They reply with shock and share the story with their stupid friends to change their vote too.  Can we listen to both sides and check the fact finders before we yell that the sky is falling?

16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

To obtain wisdom requires the first step: to fear the Lord.  Wisdom moves us away from the one real fear which is God’s wrath.  Give a wide berth to the loose gravel where footing slopes down to the precipice.  But there are still young men who are dying to get a selfie on the cliff.

17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

Anger releases us for rude words, violence, and death.  The judge wants information and the fool gives him bad attitudes that seal his condemnation.  A more subtle man may hide his crimes and point at others but he is trapped in his lies.  The one who builds traps of deception is remembered by his enemies and suffers even more than the rash fool.

18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

I find it amazing that God does not respect persons, even men of science and genius may be considered simple minded by God.  One can be eligible to join Mensa and still be a total fool in the wisdom of God.  Bad choices will still lead to bad results.  Here is the book that will lead those who possess Godly wisdom to life.

19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

There is often justice in this world, where criminals are caught and prosecuted.  The judge and his court sit above the condemned.  At some point the violent are inside the prison gates of the righteous.  But the authority of this book extends to those who escape in this life.  they will bow before those who are righteous in the eyes of God.  He will be the judge and his court is above all men and all false gods.

20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.

Well the homeless are especially unwelcome.  But even those who have homes that are not in perfect repair will hear the rebuke of the self-righteous.  Everyone wants to live next to the pretty mansion where wealth might trickle down to them.  Dream on fools.

21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

So your neighbor’s dog pooped on your lawn and you hate him?  If you have a home, food, income, and friends does this justify calling out the national guard?  Have you done anything to be his friend, or to quietly talk about the issue?  If you hold that anger long enough it will burn a hole in your belly.  Now opening your door to those who are in need is healing.  There is a road to salvation.

22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

Even our nation’s leaders have been known to commit crimes to advance their personal wealth and power.  During these elections allegations of cheating will fly all year long.  Many of those allegations will be true.  But a few will persevere against evil in an effort to be true to their hope.  Those who know the will of God will witness rewards per the promises of God.  Those who are deceived and do not know God’s will are destined to be discovered in their sins.

No man by himself can guide you.  In the end you alone are accountable for your choices, but you are not without guidance.  God is available for prayer.  He sent his Son to live the perfect example recorded in the bible.  He also anointed his believers with the Holy Spirit for godly counsel.  The trinity is the fellowship you have with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  With that balance you have real assurance that no single spirit, doctrine, or person can separate you from the love of god.

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ROAD MAP

Proverbs are for wisdom and wisdom is for saving you from destruction.  These are part of our bible, which is the representation of God and Yeshua in our world.  His life is the measurement by which life is judged.  If you are going to stand at the judgment, you need a map of the journey of life.  You have been given this map in this book.  At times the map may suggest slowing down for bad conditions; make wise choices.

Proverbs 14:1-11 

1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

I’m sure you don’t expect every woman to be a construction worker.  But you also don’t expect her to be a home wrecker.  How many ways can she tear her house (and her family) down?  Gossip, addictions, adultery, poor stewardship, arguments and strife are a few.  A good woman builds he whole family by good works in material and spiritual ways.  She brings honor to her husband and children by her righteousness.  Men; don’t forget that the church is the bride of Christ.  That means that we men must have the same standards as members of the church.  We should be a good spiritual head of household for our family.

2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

We can identify those who fear the Lord because his wisdom manifests in their good works.  One who is continually bitter, angry, violent, criminal, or offensive is giving the evidence of hating God.  Eventually even hidden crimes are revealed to identify the enemies of God.

3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

So many fools are convinced of their goodness that they are ready to strike anyone who identifies their sins.  Their words may hurt like being thrashed with a rod.  Wisdom is always diplomatic and one who is slow to anger passes safely through danger with grace.

4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

If you can’t find human weakness you won’t find coworkers of any value.  If you can forgive and cooperate you will find much value in our mortal friends.  Best not treat them like oxen though!  Value those who will join the work and be blind to their flaws.  One might even tolerate the hassle of unions when they are delivering the profits.

5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

Our righteous friends are sure to tell the truth even if they face harm or loss.  An enemy will protect himself by lying every time.  These ways become a pattern that we will come to recognize and learn from.  Eventually many will recognize deceit and turn on it.

6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

Some people are so bitterly against different opinions that they really can’t hear the other person at all.  They have a verdict without evidence, judge, or jury.  Real wisdom often requires some listening and willingness to weigh the information.  Those who seek truth already have some understanding and right answers so not elude them.

7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

If we are too close wrong ideas long enough we may either be tempted to believe or we may be seen as an associate when judgment comes.  We may even have to compare our church to the scriptures to discern deviation from truth.  We have to leave when we become aware of sin.  Don’t drink the cool-aid.

8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

We have prayer, bible study and spiritual companions to show us a safe passage.  Yet it is common for people to reject wisdom and follow deception.  There are so many scams and liars that it becomes easy to be a victim.  This bible warns that many will be deceived.

9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

Well don’t we have a WORLD of mockery today!  I guess the Christians get beat up just a little bit about celibacy, marriage, heterosexuality, and…oh yeah; believing in God!  That last item is the real problem for their critics.  The cost to those mockers is disease, broken relationships, pregnancies, death, and yet…no repentance.  And that last part is their real danger because their God is hurt.  Those who live a righteous life learn to go past abuse and comfort their god by their faith, and he comforts them with his faithfulness.

10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

You know all about the lifetime of grief that has left you with a few bitter regrets.  You were there and no one else can see or feel the things that formed your sorrows.  There is only one who can witness, and on occasion that God may send a friend who can offer you some comfort.  But they are wise not to try to interfere with foolish joy.

11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

Today in Israel Palestinian terrorists are attacking Jewish citizens with violence.  In return the courts of Israel condemn the homes of these terrorists to demolition.  That is a very literal demonstration, but God is able to achieve this result on his own too.  In both cases the righteous people have made the land prosper and grow.

The bible is the Word, it is the instructions formed of the testimony of God himself.  He lived it in the flesh.  The Word is the life of Jesus with us today.  If we are to be found as pure as the bride of Christ, we must know him by reading him.  Pope Francis denies that Jesus is the only name by which men are saved.  Donald Trump feels no need to involve God in his business or to seek forgiveness.  You will not find life by following the leaders of the world.  Jesus is the Word; your bibles are to be read, not collected.  Decisions are your responsibility, not your president’s or your pastor’s.