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.