Pr 4:23 – Guard your Heart

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

There are some things to keep in mind when attending to our heart.

It can decieve us
It can be deceived
It can become hard
It can become wicked
It can be hurt which can lead to hardness

But, it can be healed
It can love
It can be stilled
It can be at peace
It can be filled with joy and a wellspring of life

Remember, you are responsible for the governance of your heart. Don’t let your heart be responsible for governing you.

Pr 3:5-6 Assurance in your Direction

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

One of the great blessings in life is the assurance that a direction you take or a decision you make is the right one.

While most of us hope we have chosen our direction well, we do not always have the assurance that the choice we made was a good one. Can we have this assurance?

This proverb holds the key that gives us the assurance that every decision we make will be a good one. That is an incredible assurance. Doing the following things sets us up to make the right choice every time.

  • Simply trust in the Lord Jesus and not yourself.
  • Acknowledge God the Father in all your ways (choices)

When we trust in the Lord, He place the right decisions in our hearts as long as there is no willfulness on our part but complete surrender. He knows the right direction that is best for us more than we do.

Acknowledging God’s leading and direction in our lives reinforces our faith in the decisions we have made and keeps doubt of our decisions away.

Remember that doubt always leads us to human reasoning when it comes to decisions.

Pr 1:7 – Wisdom and Discipline

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

When we love wisdom and discipline, the natural outworking is a reverence for God But, we can not despise wisdom and discipline and fear the Lord

Pr 1:7 – The Beginning of Knowledge

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge”

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Reverence of God is the Beginning of Knowledge

The beginning point of all knowledge is God. Yes, all knowledge. All mankind’s knowledge is futile without a knowledge of the One who created it all. Any quest for knowledge must begin with God.

Jesus Christ

He(Jesus Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Col 1:15-17

The Knowledge of Christ is the human being’s Highest Quest

As we reflect on proverbs, each insight that it gives us, is not simply a helpful life principle, but a reflection of who Christ is. When we implement the wisdom of proverbs we reflect Jesus more. Life, joy, peace and prosperity are the natural by-product of this process.

2 Peter 3:18 (ESV) But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Ephesians 4:13 (ESV) ,until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

Pr 1:10-19 – Who we Work and Walk with

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. (ESV)

Don’t be Enticed

There are two things we should look for when choosing people to work with, or a company to work for;
  • How they Treat their Employees

While it is not always possible to make this choice when working for a company, it is possible when partnering with people in business. Don’t partner with someone who exploits those who work for them.

  • The Value of what they are Providing

When money and greed drive a business, then profit is the motive for sales and not the value of the product or service being provided.

Mic 6:11-12 Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales and with a bag of deceitful weights? Your rich men are full of violence; your inhabitants speak lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

Don’t partner with people who exploit customers for the sake of profit.

Pr 3:7-8 UNUSUAL HEALTH TIP

Here is a tip for keeping healthy that you may never have considered.

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

  1. Be Teachable
    • submitting yourself weekly to the preaching of the word in the context of a community of faith
    • submitting yourself daily to the reading of scripture
  2. Love the Lord Jesus Christ with Respect
  3. Allow the Conviction of the Holy Spirit to reveal any evil without & within.
    • Place that evil under the blood of Christ for cleansing and releasing.

Be not Wise in Your Eyes

It is unhealthy to be unteachable. When we believe that we know it all, (this is what it means to wise in our own eyes) we block our ability to learn things that may be helpful to us.

  • To live healthy, be Teachable

Fear the Lord

Health is dependant both on the physical and spiritual. Your spiritual well being is as important to your health as your physical well being. To fear the Lord is to love Him

To live in the ‘fear of the Lord ‘ is to 

  • Love the God of the bible. (The Father, the Son Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit)
  • Love His  Word (the Bible). His word describes who He is, and we need to know who He is in order to love Him
  • Love His Church for they are your true family if you belong to God.
  • Love His World for which Jesus gave up His Life

 

  • To live healthy, live in the Fear the Lord

 Turn away from Evil

Evil has to be defined because there are so many contrary views of what evil is . We encounter this in the clash of cultures. The suicide bomber sees his mission as noble and good while many would call it evil. Who is right?

 If we have no standard of what we define as evil then evil is relative & in essence nothing is evil

Man’s definition of evil falls far short of what God would define as evil. God would define any act that is selfishly motivated, as evil. Even some of the things that we do that are noble and good, are filled with a personal desire to be seen as noble and good; This God would define as evil.

Only under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Scripture can we truly know the evil that is within us and within the world. We are cleansed from evil through the application of Jesus blood by the Holy Spirit and the guidance of scripture.

  • As we are cleansed from evil within it brings healing to our physical body

Pr 3:5-6 ~ A CLEAR PATH

There are times in our life where the path ahead seems completely obscure. As much as we try to come up with some direction, we find ourselves at a loss. There is a remedy found in this short proverb.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (KJV)

Trust in God

  • Trust in His Faithfulness – He has kept you this far
  • Trust in His Love – A Good Father will do everything in their power to do what’s best for their children
  • Trust in His Word
    • Obeying his word shows that our trust is in God.
    • Obeying his word is always sensible even when it doesn’t make sense.

A Trust in God keeps us from Fear based Decisions

Don’t Trust in your Own Understanding

  • Ask God for wisdom, which He is faithful to give us.
  • Don’t place a huge deal of  trust in working something out in your minds.

Acknowledge God in Everything

  • The more we acknowledge God, the more we Trust in Him
  • The more we acknowledge God, the more He Entrusts to us
  • We Acknowledge God by giving Him thanks

1Th 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (KJV)

GUARENTEE OF A CLEAR PATH

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Pr 3:2-4 A Good Reputation

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man (NIV)

Have the Best Interests of Others at Heart

  • Don’t use people to meet your personal needs

Ask not what others can do for you but what can you do to best serve others

Be Reliable & Consistent so People can depend on you.

  •  Be a person who’s word is their bond.
    • You Deliver what you Promise
    • You Never Promise more than you can Deliver
    • You Make a Rule of always arriving Early

Pr 2:16-19 Consequence of Adultery

Pro 2:1  My [children], if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments  (16-19)… you will be delivered from the forbidden [person], from the adulterer with [their] smooth words,  who forsakes the companion of [their] youth and forgets the covenant of [their] God;  for [their] house sinks down to death, and [their] paths to the departed;  none who go to [them] come back, nor do they regain the paths of life.

 I have rephrased this scripture as it is applicable to both men and women. This passage of scripture warns us of the consequence of adultery. Proverbs has a lot to say on the subject of adultery particularly in the first couple of chapters.

Adultery Defined

  • Adultery according to Jesus would be any sexual activity between two people where no covenant of marriage exists.(Matt 5:28)

It is destructive to us personally

  • Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 1Co 6:18(NIV)

 It is destructive to those around us

  • The ‘light of innocence’ is lost in our spouse, our children & our friends and family.

 It is destructive to those with whom we commit adultery

  • 1Co 6:16  Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”
  • You become one flesh with a person you have no covenant with. Any union where no covenant exists is highly destructive

 It is destructive when we cause others to commit adultery even internally

  • Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves. Luk 17:1-3
  • Provoking a sexual response in others even if there is no intention of following through with the act is destructive.
    • Sexual innuendos
    • Sexually provocative clothing (ladies take care what you wear)

The Cure is Christ

  • Jesus is the cure if you turn away from adultery.
  • We see how Jesus forgave and healed the adulterer. This forgiveness and healing is available to you if you have committed adultery.
  • But please remember, that while we can walk in God’s forgiveness, it is very difficult to undo the consequence of adultery.
  • Also remember that if we continue to commit adultery, God will judge us.
    • Another thing you do: You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer pays attention to your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Mal 2:13-14 (NIV)

Pr 2:1-4 How to Gain Wisdom and Insight

“..if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, ..”

Wisdom, Understanding and Insight need to be pursued to be obtained

It requires effort to acquire the wisdom necessary to lead a full and successful life.

Wisdom is the ability to successfully apply knowledge.

Acquire knowledge but pursuit wisdom