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.

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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.