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SIH HALTAL ICON

Goodness, Gracious, Sakes’ Alive!

Did you ever wonder where this phrase came from?  It’s The Bible!

Exodus 34:6 makes this very clear  “… The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,”

For the SIH Bible lesson on this subject please click here: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/goodnessgracioussakesalive/

Making It Plain: “Righteous” = The Condition of Being “Right” With God

SIH TOTT ICON“Righteous” comes from Old English word:
1. “riht” which means “condition, state, way or manner”
2.  “wis” which means “genuine or excellent”

The term “righteous” or “righteousness” is used many times in the KJV Bible…
1.  Old Testament words:
tsaddiyq – to be lawful, aligned with the law
yashar – to be straight or aligned

2. New Testament words:
dikaios – to be right, straight

The idea is this…  to be in an excellent condition, to be aligned with the law, to be right.  It speaks of the condition of being “aligned with God’s law”.  In the case of man, this righteousness makes us “right” (at peace with  and accepted by) God.

Here are a few samples of Biblical usage….

This term is used to describe an attribute of the Lord:
“Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.”  (Psalms 7:9)
This teaches us of the Lord’s perfection and His justice.

This term also speaks of an attribute that is absent from fallen mankind.
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. (Romans 3:10-11)

But can be obtained through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His work on the cross.
“For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”  (2 Corinthians 5:21)

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”  (Romans 3:20-23)

 

A Fool Lacks The Recognition and The Shame Of Sin

SIH HALTAL ICONThe way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.  A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame. (Proverbs 12:15-16)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 12:15-16

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Wisdom’s Opposing Counterparts: Lack Of Recognition & Shame Of Sin: Proverbs 12:15-16

15) The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.
16) A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame.

In this section of our study, we are presented with a lack of shame which is the counterpart to a lifestyle that recognizes its own sin, experiences disgrace and sorrow die to it   ….

EXPOSITION:

Here we can see that wickedness is the counterpart to a wise lifestyle is reflected by ignorance of sin and disgrace over it…

15) The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.
1.  A foolish man sees the course of his life as being in alignment with the commands of God.  Because of this, he will not accept correction, nor does he see the need to change his ways.   He is content in his sinful condition not even realizing his great need of Christ.

2.  A wise man recognizes that he is deficient and not perfect.  Because he sees the great needs in his life, he listens and considers the advice of those who live according to God’s Word.  He is never content with his lifestyle understanding that he always has sin he must deal with and he must always seek forgiveness and repentance from the gracious hand of the Lord.

And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”   (Luke 18:9-14)

 

16) A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame.
1.  Because the fool does not recognize their sin, they do not try to hide it but they freely commit them in public.  This results in the public quickly recognizing the fool’s rebellion and anger.

2. A wise man, because he sees his sin, and the shamefulness of it, attempts to deal with it in a Godly fashion in private between him and the Lord.  Every sin is a sin against God, and therefore, it is an issue that is to be dealt between us and the Lord alone.  The only exception to this should be when another individual is affected by our sin, in which case, we are to go to them in a repentant spirit asking for forgiveness.

Also, keep in mind that our dealings with sin are between us and the Lord … there is no need for a human intermediary, nor for any organization to plead our case before the Lord.  Christ alone, who sits at the right hand of the Father is the only Mediator that we need.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”   (James 1:19-20)

 

SUMMARY:

When we fail to recognize the sin that is in our lives, for the Christian it will result in spiritual shipwreck.  For those who have never come to a saving knowledge of Christ, it will lead to eternal spiritual ruin and separation from God in the Lake of Fire.  Let us all pray in the same way as Job when he said….

How many [are] mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.”   (Job 13:23)

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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What Fruit Is Borne By Our Lips and Hands?

SIH HALTAL ICONThe wicked desireth the net of evil [men]: but the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit].  The wicked is snared by the transgression of [his] lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.  A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of [his] mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.  (Proverbs 12:12-14)

For the SIH Devotional On This Subject Please Click Link:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 12:12-14

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 Wisdom’s Opposing Counterparts: Lifestyle Results: Proverbs 12:12-14

12) The wicked desireth the net of evil [men]: but the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit].
13) The wicked is snared by the transgression of [his] lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
14) A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of [his] mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.

In this section of our study, we are presented with wickedness which is the counterpart to a wise, righteous lifestyle….

EXPOSITION:

Here we can see that wickedness is the counterpart to righteousness of character which is reflected in the end results of the perspective lifestyles…

12) The wicked desireth the net of evil [men]: but the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit].
Our lifestyle affects others….
1. Those whom are sinful long for, and find delight in, the trap that rebellious men set to catch and harm others.
2.  The inward righteousness that springs from the new nature within will give forth fruit that is lawful, just and pleasing to both God and man.

The lifestyle of the wise will help others and please God, the wicked lifestyle of the wicked will give delight and hunger for the illicit profits taken from others.

They on the rock [are they], which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.   And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of [this] life, and bring no fruit to perfection.  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience.”   (Luke 8:13-15)

13) The wicked is snared by the transgression of [his] lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
Our lifestyle affects ourselves…
1.  The sinful are caught in a trap that is laid by their sinful speech.
2.  The lawful and Godly will be delivered in the midst of dangers, trials, and the stresses of life.

The evil speech of the wicked ensnares them with self-created troubles, while the Godly man will not be overcome by the troubles of this world.

But God shall shoot at them [with] an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.  So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.”   (Psalms 64:7-8)

Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”  (Psalms 34:19)

14) A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of [his] mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.
The blessings of God are determined by the lifestyle that is lived.
1.  If his mouth has borne beneficial speech, he will have returned to him beneficial blessings from God.
2.  How his hands have treated others will be turned back upon him.

Man will be given back what he has sent forth with the words of his mouth and the works of his hands.

My soul shall be satisfied as [with] marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise [thee] with joyful lips:”   (Psalms 63:5)

Woe unto the wicked! [it shall be] ill [with him]: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.”   (Isaiah 3:11)

SUMMARY:

The lifestyle of the righteous stands in stark contrast to that of the wicked.  For the righteous, a Godly lifestyle results in the receipt of temporal and eternal blessings while being a blessing to others. The lifestyle of the wicked results in temporary, minimal gain followed by great eternal harm.

Which one do we choose to follow?

May we all clearly see the differences between living wise, righteous lives and living a life characterized by wickedness and enmity against God.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
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Do We Use God’s Blessings Wisely?

SIH HALTAL ICON“[He that is] despised, and hath a servant, [is] better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.  A righteous [man] regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked [are] cruel. He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain [persons is] void of understanding.”  (Proverbs 12:9-11)

For the SIH devotional on this subject: http://wp.me/pU88A-2kZ

SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 12:9-11

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Wisdom’s Opposing Counterparts: Proper Use Of God’s Blessings: Proverbs 12:9-11

9) [He that is] despised, and hath a servant, [is] better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
10) A righteous [man] regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked [are] cruel.
11) He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain [persons is] void of understanding.

In this section of our study, we are presented with wickedness which is the counterpart to a wise, righteous lifestyle….

EXPOSITION:

Here we can see that wickedness is the counterpart to showing appreciation and the proper use of  the three main types of blessings He has given to us..

9) [He that is] despised, and hath a servant, [is] better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
1.  A wise man, although taken lightly or disrespected by the lost, recognizes the truly important things in life.  He will not waste his substance on trying to impress others.  Instead he will use his substance wisely in God honoring ways, will end up being blessed materially by God.

This is compared to:
2.  The opposing attitude will cause wasting of a man’s substance on things that enhance his public appearance and the world’s attitude about him (jewelry, rich clothing etc etc ).  Because he uses his God-given wealth selfishly, he will not be blessed but will end up needy and lacking the most basic necessities of life.

Wisdom recognizes that our physical possessions and wealth are given by God honor and glorify Him.  As they use their possessions to serve Him they are blessed by Him in return.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”   (Luke 18:11-14)

10) A righteous [man] regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked [are] cruel.
1.  A wise man recognizes that animals are given to him for his use, not his abuse, and, therefore, he recognizes their value, their purpose and their Godly origin.  This causes them to treat them as other blessings of God, caring for them properly and using them in ways that please and honor God.
2.  The opposing lifestyle is one of abuse and misuse of animals while going against God’s guidelines for their use.

Wisdom recognizes the creation of nature as a blessing from God.  It acknowledges it purpose, and man’s responsibility for its proper care and usage.

Please note below six basic principles concerning man’s role in the care and use of nature:
1.  Nature was given to bring honor to God by revealing His greatness and to be used in God honoring ways:
The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”   (Revelation 4:10-11)

2.  Man has the authority to control nature and use it for his purposes…
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

(Genesis 1:28)

3.  Man must care for nature and work for its continuance…
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”   (Genesis 2:15)

4.  Man may use both vegetation and animals for food…
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein [there is] life, [I have given] every green herb for meat: and it was so.”   (Genesis 1:28-30)
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.  And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth [upon] the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.  Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”   (Genesis 9:1-3)

5.  Man is to use nature for food with a thankful spirit and prayer…
For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:  For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”  (1 Timothy 4:5)

6.  To prohibit man from using nature to meet his physical needs is false teaching and a sign of the last days…
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;  Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.  ”   (1 Timothy 4:1-4)

11) He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain [persons is] void of understanding.
1.  The wise man will be labor for his own bread and be satisfied with what God has supplied to him.  He will thank the Lord for both the supply of his food and the ability he has been given to obtain it.
2.  The opposing attitude is one of laxness, not content to use their God-given abilities to meet their own needs, but seek to supply their needs by hunting down those who are cannot give them what they desire.  They do not understand that it is their own responsibility to supply their physical needs when they are able.

Wisdom appreciates our abilities and the supply of our physical needs God has given to them and seeks to use them in the way they were intended.  Wisdom is content with what needs that God supplies, not looking to unlawful acts to obtain that which their flesh desires.

A Song of degrees. Blessed [is] every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.  For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy [shalt] thou [be], and [it shall be] well with thee.”   (Psalms 128:1-2)

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”   (Ephesians 4:28)

SUMMARY:

The wise lifestyle will recognize, obtain and use properly the many varied temporal blessings that come from Almighty God…
The three basic (many times overlapping) types of these blessings are:
1.  wealth, monetary blessings – money, land, businesses, other possessions
2.  natural blessings that are a part of creation – plants, animals, all of nature
3.  blessings given to meet our physical needs – ability to labor, food, health, companionship etc

All of these blessings are given to us with the Godly intent to glorify and honor the Lord.  Let us all, out of appreciation for them, use them to bring praise to His holy name.

May we all clearly see the differences between living wise, righteous lives and living a life characterized by wickedness and enmity against God.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/
SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

Do We See The Great Differences Between Wisdom and Wickedness?

SIH HALTAL ICON

“The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit. The words of the wicked [are] to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. The wicked are overthrown, and [are] not: but the house of the righteous shall stand. A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.” (Proverbs 12:5-8)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:  http://wp.me/pU88A-2kF

SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 12:5-8

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Wisdom’s Opposing Counterparts: Moral Character: Proverbs 12:5-8

5) The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit.
6) The words of the wicked [are] to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
7) The wicked are overthrown, and [are] not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
8) A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

In this section of our study, we are presented with wickedness which is the counterpart to a wise, righteous lifestyle….

EXPOSITION:

Here we can see that wickedness is the counterpart to righteousness of character.

5) The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit.
1.  The plans and desires of the righteous are to always be fair and just to others
2.  The advice and plans of the wicked are to selfishly profit from others through deceit.

Wickedness opposes righteousness in plans, desires and sacrifice  for others.

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;  But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”   (2 Corinthians 4:1-2)

 

6) The words of the wicked [are] to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
1.  The counsel of the wicked are to take advantage of others when they least expect it
2.  The advice that is spoken by the upright will warn others of coming harm and explain a way of escape.

Wickedness opposes righteousness in advice given to others

Your iniquities have turned away these [things], and your sins have withholden good [things] from you.  For among my people are found wicked [men]: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.”   (Jeremiah 5:25-26)
 

In the mouth of the foolish [is] a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.”   (Proverbs 14:3)

 

7) The wicked are overthrown, and [are] not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
1.  The wicked will eventually be overcome and destroyed
2.  The righteous and their descendants will be established and secure
 

Wickedness opposes righteousness in its results

“I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.  Yet he passed away, and, lo, he [was] not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.  Mark the perfect [man], and behold the upright: for the end of [that] man [is] peace.”   (Psalms 37:35-37)

 

8) A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
1.  The wise man will shine in the eyes of others and be appreciated by others.
2.  The man with crooked, sinful desires will be disrespected by others.

Wickedness opposes righteousness in our reputation among others.

Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, [that] David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.”   (1 Samuel 18:30)

His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.”   (Psalms 132:18)

SUMMARY:

Wickedness is the opposing counter point to righteousness this is clearly shown in:
1. the plans, desires and sacrifice for others
2.  the advice given to others
3.  The end results of actions and speech
4.  The reputations among others that can be possessed.
May we all clearly see the differences between living wise, righteous lives and living a life characterized by wickedness and enmity against God.
By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.
May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/
SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

A Life of Wisdom or Foolishness…. Which Will We Choose?

SIH HALTAL ICONWhoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof [is] brutish.  A good [man] obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.  A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.  A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones. (Proverbs 12:1-4)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 12:1-4

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 Wisdom’s Opposing Counterparts: Lifestyles: Proverbs 12:1-4

1) Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof [is] brutish.
2) A good [man] obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
3) A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
4) A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones.

In chapter 12, Solomon uses a variety proverbs to emphasize that wisdom always has an evil counterpart.  This is the great problem that we face, NEVER is wisdom the only option from which we can choose, for every wise choice there is also a foolish and harmful choice that can be made.

EXPOSITION:

Solomon begins our study of the opposing counterparts of wisdom by giving us a passing view at the basic lifestyles that can oppose the lifestyle of one that is wise…

1) Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof [is] brutish.
A Lifestyle of Wisdom’s antagonistic counterpart concerning the Word of God:
1.  The wise person is one who earnestly desires the warnings and corrections of God.  This person will also seek to learn the truths of God’s Word.  This is because God’s warnings and corrective measures are found exclusively in His Word.
2.  The opposing counterpart of this type of wisdom is found in a foolish, undiscerning man who despises and brushes off the corrective instructions of God.

I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.  Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.”   (Psalms 119:26-27)

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”   (2 Thessalonians 2:10)

2) A good [man] obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
A Lifestyle of Wisdom’s dissimilar counterpart concerning pleasing the Lord:
1.  The lifestyle of a man who is pleasing to the Lord will secure the Lord’s favor and delight.
2.  The lifestyle of a man whose plans and goals are evil will receive the Lord’s declaration of judgment arising from His displeasure.

A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.”  (Psalms 112:5)

“The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said [to be] bountiful.  For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.  The instruments also of the churl [are] evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.”   (Isaiah 32:5-7)

3) A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
A Lifestyle of Wisdom’s differing counterpart concerning wicked actions:
1.  A person who possesses a lifestyle of disobedience to the Lord will not be firmly founded by God.
2.  A person who possesses a lifestyle of obedience to the Lord will be firmly established, settled and founded upon Him.

That the triumphing of the wicked [is] short, and the joy of the hypocrite [but] for a moment?  Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;  [Yet] he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where [is] he?  He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.  The eye also [which] saw him shall [see him] no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.”   (Job 20:5-9)

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him:  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”   (Colossians 2:6-7)

4) A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones.
A Lifestyle of Wisdom’s divergent counterpart concerning the testimony of a spouse:
1.  A woman who is deserving of praise and honor by others is one that works to improve her husband’s reputation and value in the eyes of others.
2.  A woman that dishonors her husband and brings reproach upon him in public is like a cancer in his bones that will gradually work to his death.

(Please note in like manner a husband should work to enhance his wife’s reputation and honor among others.  This can be clearly seen in:

1 Peter 3:7 – “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with [them] according to knowledge, GIVING HONOUR UNTO THE WIFE, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”       

Ephesians 5:25-28,33 – “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular SO LOVE HIS WIFE EVEN AS HIMSELF…”)

A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife [are] a continual dropping.  House and riches [are] the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife [is] from the LORD.”   (Proverbs 19:13-14)

SUMMARY:

There are many aspects of our lifestyle that can run contrary to the characteristics of a wise lifestyle.  In this opening part of our study we have seen that these contradictions to a wise lifestyle can apply in varied ways…
1.  The role of the Word of God in our lives
2.  The spiritual character of our lives
3.  The moral character of our lives
4.  The relationship of spouses

Solomon will be continuing our study by giving us several more specific contradictions to a lifestyle lived wisely through the application of God’s Word.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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The Amazing Human Conscience…

SIH HALTAL ICONA powerful tool for good….

John 8:9 (KJV) And they which heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

or evil….

1Cor 8:7 (KJV) Howbeit [there is] not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat [it] as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.

For the SIH Lesson Series on the human conscience:

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The Human Conscience Series: “What Is Our Conscience?”

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The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”  (Prov 28:1)

 The human conscience is perhaps the greatest NATURAL gift that was given to man to aid in his service to Almighty God.  If the conscience is working properly, it can give assurance of a right path that is being taken, or it can clearly warn of a wrong path that is being followed.

But, likewise, in the case of a broken conscience, the effects can be devastating to the one to whom it is speaking.   It will call evil good and good evil; it will profess that darkness is light and light is darkness; it will bring about only pain and confusion to the one that is following its bidding.

The importance of a healthy, properly working conscience cannot be overestimated.

So what is our conscience?  How does it work? How can we keep it functioning as it should?  In this series we will be trying to answer these, and many other questions, concerning our conscience, the wonderful God-given gift to each and every one of us.

THE SCRIPTURES:

John 8:9 (KJV)  And they which heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

1Cor 8:7 (KJV)  Howbeit [there is] not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat [it] as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.

THE STUDY:

The conscience defined in the Scriptures:

In the OT

In the Old Testament KJV the word “conscience” is never used.

In the NT

In the NT the word “Conscience” is the English translation of the Greek word suneidesis.  This word is made up of two Greek words that are fused together…
1. The first Grk word is “sun” which means “together”, “combined” or “to be held within”
2. The second Grk word is “eidesis” which means “perception”, “awareness” or “understanding”

In English

In English the word “conscience” is based upon a fusion of words as well…
1. The first word is “con” meaning “with”, “alongside” or “joined”.  This is similar to the Grk word “sun”.
2. The second word is “science” which means “perceived knowledge” whose meaning is close to that of  “eidesis”

As we combine these basic ideas we can see that our conscience is “the witness (or awareness) of the perceived knowledge that is within us.”  There are two important aspects to this definition I would like to emphasize…

First of all, our conscience is a “witness” that abides within us.  It is constantly testifying to us. It speaks to us inwardly with a type of testimony that is described as being “convicted” in John 8:9… “And they which heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one,…”  We must be careful and realize that conviction by our conscience is not the same as conviction by the Holy Spirit of God.  We will be looking at the differences between these at a later date.

Secondly, the content of this “witness” of the conscience is “perceived knowledge”.  In other words, it is what WE BELIEVE is true.  Not necessarily what is actually true. This principle is brought into clear view for us in 1Cor 8:7…

Howbeit [there is] not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat [it] as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.”  In this section of Scripture we find that the conscience is malfunctioning due to the possession of false knowledge.

These Christians were lacking truthful knowledge concerning the true nature of meat that had been sacrificed to idols.  Because of this, they believed error.  Once they had placed they began to trust this untrue knowledge, their conscience became a defiled witness within them.

How did that occur?  The conviction of their conscience now contained the error that they had come to accept as truth.  What was the remedy for this situation?  They needed to be taught the truths of God’s Word and then accept this teaching as the truth.  In this way their conscience could be cleansed of the error and it would begin to function as it should.

Let me give you one other example to emphasize this point… If we consistently told our young child that it was a sin to wear a red tie to church, he would come to believe that is the truth.  Because of this, the first several times wore a red tie to church he would feel the pangs of guilt and shame.  It wouldn’t matter whether or not wearing a red tie was actually a sin, the point is because he believed it was a sin his conscience would act as if it was truth.

My guess is that every one of us have experienced some type of this during the course of our lifetime.  Either we held to some untruth and were convicted by our conscience, only to find out we were wrong in our belief, which ended the conscience conviction on this issue.  Or, we did not know a truth so our conscience did not convict us, only to learn the truth at a later time and then our conscience began its ministry to us on this issue.

So please remember this very basic, yet important truth…. Our conscience does not function based upon the truth… it functions based upon WHAT WE BELIEVE IS THE TRUTH.   We will be referring to this principle throughout the rest of our studies on the conscience.

THE SUMMARY:

In this first installment of our series, we have seen that when we speak of our “conscience”, we are describing the gracious gift given to us by God that is the natural witness to perceived truth that lies within us.

This witness of the conscience can be described as “conviction”, although it differs from the conviction of the Holy Spirit of God.

It is a witness of the perceived truth, in other words, it speaks to us based upon what we have been taught and then accept as truth.  As such, it is possible to malfunction based upon our receipt of false teaching and can be restored to health by us rejecting the error and replacing the error with the truths of God.

May the Lord bless us as we seek His truth.

 

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The Results Of Our Polls…

SIH ICONIn previous postings, I had asked for your input concerning what subjects of upcoming studies would benefit you the most.  We had given two separate polls…. One poll was concerning our daily devotional studies and the other poll addressed our longer, weekly Bible Text/Video lessons.

In this posting we’ll be looking at the results of the polls, a few of my thoughts and my tentative plans for the future postings on the SIH text blog.

THE SCRIPTURES:

2) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

(2 Peter 1:2-4)

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THE STUDY:

Our text for this morning is a perfect reflection of the goals and motivations behind Settled In Heaven Ministry….

2) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

Peter’s desire for those he was teaching was two-fold.  It was for God’s grace and peace to be given to those to whom he ministered.

Please notice that Peter understood that grace and peace can only come through knowledge of God and Jesus Christ.  It is this knowledge that Peter was striving to share with those who was reading his letter.

Folks, this is the same desire that I have for each one of you who has given of your time and effort to read the SIH postings, search the Scriptures to see if these postings are truth, and then apply these teachings to your lives.  It is both a blessing and a privilege to be able to minister to you and my greatest desire is for you to be graced and given peace through His Word.

This is why I presented the two polls.  To come to a better understanding of what areas of study would benefit you the most.  This was done in the hopes of better equipping us for service to and increasing our knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Peter goes on to explain to the readers that the grace and peace we receive comes from Him and is a display of His great power.  How has He exercised that power on our behalf?  It is by giving to us His instructions in the way of life and by equipping us to live a Godly life.  Both of these were handed to us through the knowledge of Him as given through His Word.

Simply put,…

1. Peter preached the Word revealing Christ to them.
2. Christ was revealed and understood by his listeners, this caused them to become more understanding of the way of salvation.
3.  They heeded the call to salvation by trusting in Christ as their Savior.
4.  They continued to be taught by Peter which resulted in them being equipped to serve their Savior.
5.  This entire process was based upon God’s gracious intervention upon them.
6.  This brought to their lives peace and contentment.
7.  As the sinner received the Word, was saved, and then began to live Godly lives, God’s great power was on display.
8.  All of this took place through God’s Word that was spoken to them by Peter.

The greatest thrill for me would be to know, when I stand before Him at the judgment, that this very process has taken place in the lives of those to whom I have ministered.   That is, truly, why SIH exists. To exalt Christ through the teaching God’s Word, showing to the lost their need of salvation and to equip the saved for service to Him.

4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Through this same Word of God, we find wonderful promises:

1. promises of what Christ has done for us though His death, burial and resurrection,
2. promises concerning our future eternal home,
3. promises of God’s unrelenting presence and enabling while we live our lives on earth.

All of these are given to us to motivate us and give us confidence to serve Him with all our being.  We are to serve Him knowing that “we are more that conquerors through Him that loved us.”

May the SIH postings be blessed of the Lord to give us strength and confidence of our victory that is in Christ.

I wanted to share this text with you to help you to understand the motivating forces in my choices for the postings on the SIH blogsite.  I hope it helps to explain some of the decisions that I will be making…

First, in case you are interested….let me give you the results of both polls and then I will share with you my tentative plans for SIH ministries…

If you are not interested, you can drop to the last section of this posting to see what’s in store on SIH blog….

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Poll Results and my Thoughts:

For the Daily Devotions: (72 votes)

1. 19%- Reflection of His Grace (v by v through Ephesians)

2. 18% – Overcoming Fear (Various Psalms)

3. 13% – Lasting Joy (v by v Philippians)

4. 11% (tie) – In Search Of Life’s Meaning (v by v Ecclesiastes)
11% (tie) –  Faith Without Works Is Dead (v by v James)

6. 10% – Overcoming Life’s Trials (v by v Job)

All others were less than 10% of the vote.

a.  I was surprised that “Reflections of His Grace” was a high vote getter.  I did not realize that teachings on God’s grace would be desired by so many.  I am really thankful for this.  The book of Ephesians and the subject of grace are probably two of the areas I enjoy teaching through the most.

b. I was REALLY surprised that “Jesus The Final Victor” (v by v Revelation) was a low voter getter (6%).  I thought, for sure, that it would be very high.  There seems to be so much about prophecy on the internet today it seems as if it is a very popular subject.  But the more I thought about it, maybe that’s why it ranked low.  There is so much available there is no desire for more?

Except for those, everything else ended up about where I thought it would.

For the Weekly Bible Text/Video Lessons: (110 votes)

1.  11% (tie) – The Importance Of The Local Assembly
11% (tie) – The Person and Work Of The Holy Spirit
11% (tie) – To Love As Jesus Loved

4.  10% (tie) – Bible Prophecy
10% (tie) – The Spirit World

All others were less than 10% of the vote.

It was in this poll that I got A LOT of surprises….

a.  First of all, out of the top subjects “To Love As Jesus Loved” is a surprise.  This subject was suggested by one reader.  I simply listed it in this poll and sure enough it was one that many wanted.

b.  I am really thankful that “The Importance of the Local Assembly” ranked so high. It is a pleasant surprise for me. I see a tendency by many to misunderstand the purpose of and benefits that can be attained through local church involvement.

c.  The others that ranked high, I was surprised, but I can understand why they were up there.

d.  Of those that ranked low, I am really surprised at two of them.  Both “The Family” and “The Role of Human Government” I thought would be very highly rated.  Probably pushing the top.  Boy, was I wrong.  My reasoning was this… in both these areas we can see a GREAT need…

First of all, the families in our country seem to be moving farther and farther from Christ’s desires for the family unit.  In both Christian and lost families, it seems like the basic guidelines the Lord has established are no longer understood nor adhered to .  The roles of the father, mother, and children, as well as the nature of marriage (one man and one woman) are falling by the wayside.   But this subject only got 7% of the vote.  That is equivalent to about 8 votes out of a total of 110 votes.

Secondly, I was almost certain that “The Role of Human Government” would be number 1 over all of the others.  There is so much being talked about concerning Nationalized Healthcare, Gun Control, Immigration, Support of the Poor etc etc… all the political stuff that we see taking place.  There are so many Christian websites that are constantly speaking on these issues.

I have to be honest.  From what I can tell from many of the sites, many Christians believe that the role of the government is limited to upholding the commands of God (by punishing evil and rewarding obedience to Christ) and defense of her citizens.  I agree with both of these, but I truly believe there are other responsibilities that have been given to her.

I have seen very little teaching on the subject.  It appears like Godly governmental responsibilities is assumed without looking in detail at the Bible teachings.    Anyhow, this is why I thought it might be up at the top. Instead it had only gotten 4 votes making up 4 % of the poll.

e.  Also, “The Charismatic Movement” was low.  I have had 6 requests from bloggers over the past year  to give a detailed study on this subject, so I thought it might be pretty high up. It ended up getting 9 votes total but still was only 8%.  I do recognize that a part of the problem might be confusion with “The Person and Work of the Spirit”.  They sound, and are, very similar.  The “Person and Work of the Spirit” will include all the teachings of the Charismatic Series plus much much more.  It will be the longest of the series in the poll.  Maybe the reason why the “Charismatic Movement” was low was because the readers wanted more teaching on the Spirit than simply the CM so I understand that.

All of the above is what sticks out in my mind.

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So now, if the Lord allows me to follow through with my initial thinking what will the future hold for SIH ministries…

Concerning Daily Devotions:

LORD WILLING:….

1.  By God’s grace, we will finish looking at the entire book of Proverbs by the end of 2013.  At the rate we are going, probably it will be in the beginning of November.
2.  If there is any time left in 2013, we will look at a few miscellaneous Psalms (concerning fear and the holidays) to finish up the year.
3.  Beginning on January 1st of 2014 we will do a verse by verse devotional series on “Reflections Of God’s Grace from Ephesians.”  It will be about 2-3 months long.
4.  Immediately following, we will begin a devotional study on “Learning To Love As Jesus Loved”, probably another 3 month study.
5.   As time passes, I trust the Lord will lead me further…..

Concerning The Bible Text/Video Studies:

LORD WILLING:….

1.  Our series on the Human Conscience is set to end on Sunday, July 28, 2013
2.  I’ll post some miscellaneous studies on every Sunday through Labor Day weekend.
3.  Beginning the first Sunday after Labor Day, we will begin the on “The Importance Of The Local Assembly”.  This should last about 2 – 3 months.
4.  We will have miscellaneous studies to finish off the year.
5.  Beginning the first Sunday of 2014 we will begin “The Person and Work Of The Spirit”.  This will probably be 6-9 months in length.
6.  The Lord will lead us after this series….

Also, if the Lord gives me the ability to complete studies for our daily devotions and Sunday lessons with time left over in the week, I will be teaching on Saturdays “The Family” and “The Role of Human Government”.  After those I will be posting on high ranking subjects like “The Spirit World”, “Lasting Joy” and Bible Prophecy.

But I can’ t have any real assurance about these.  Currently my studies in Proverbs and The Conscience have kept me busy and I have had no time for Saturday lessons.  That is why I’ve been doing miscellaneous Theology term postings and other reminders of postings I have done in the past.  Time and the Lord’s grace and desires will make the final decision on these things.

All I can say is thank you so much for your participationin our polls… It has really been a learning experience for me and it has helped me greatly to understand more of your needs.  May the Lord bless us as we continue studying through His Word.  I trust you will continue on following SIH ministries and allow the Lord to teach us as He sees fit.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

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May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

A Wise Man Leads Others To Christ Through Their Lifestyle…

SIH HALTAL ICON30) The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise.
31) Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner. (Proverbs 11:29-30)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

 http://wp.me/pU88A-2ju

SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 11:30-31

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Wisdom’s Great Gain: Winning The Lost To Christ: Proverbs 11:30-31

30) The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise.
31) Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

EXPOSITION:

Perhaps, the greatest gain that can be had by exercising wisdom is the bearing of spiritual fruit that honors the Lord:

30) The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise.
1.  Those who have received the Lord’s righteousness, through faith in Christ, are made new creatures (2 Cor 5:17, Gals 6:15) and bear spiritual fruit for Him.
What is that spiritual fruit?  When we become a new creature in Him our outward walk of life will change.  We will begin to recognize His Lordship and willfully submit ourselves to His revealed desires for us.  This will result in the putting off the works of the flesh and bearing the spiritual fruits listed in Gals 5:19-24…
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
 (Galatians 5:19-24)

2.  As the wise (righteous) exhibit this change in their lives, they become a living testimony of Christ (His person and His work).  Christians, whose testimony plays a role in the salvation of a lost individual, are described as “winning” (gaining or acquiring) that soul for Christ.

Please note the very essence of this proverb… When a righteous man submits to the Christ’s lordship, follows the dictates of His Word and bears spiritual fruit, it proves that he is a wise man.  It is through following the Word (wisdom) that there can be spiritual fruit and see the salvation of lost souls.

 

31) Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
The chief motivation to the bearing of spiritual fruit and the winning of lost souls are the Lord’s giving back their works upon their own head…

For the saved who are bearing fruit, their faithfulness to Christ will not only be rewarded throughout eternity but also they will receive temporal, spiritual, blessings (peace, contentment, satisfaction) while yet on earth.

For the lost, they will have awaiting them not only temporal dissatisfaction, insecurity and lack of joy and peace, but also eternal judgment involving separation from the presence of God in the Lake of Fire.

The result of bearing spiritual fruit is the salvation of the lost and receipt of future blessings… this is one of the greatest motivations for fruit bearing that can only be understood by those who are applying the Word to their lives (wisdom).

 

SUMMARY:

When wisdom is applied to the life, the importance of winning souls to Christ comes into clear view.  Also when we apply the Word to our lives (wisdom) it leads is to bear fruit that honors and glorifies Christ… it is this same fruit that is used by God to win the lost for His glory.  In both these ways, wisdom plays a key role in the winning of lost souls to Him.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Giving To Others Benefits The Giver …

SIH HALTAL ICONThere is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] to poverty.  The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.  He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing [shall be] upon the head of him that selleth [it].  He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.  He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.  He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool [shall be] servant to the wise of heart.  (Proverbs 11:24-29)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 11:24-29

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Wisdom’s Great Gain: Liberality: Proverbs 11:24-29

24) There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] to poverty.
25) The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
26) He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing [shall be] upon the head of him that selleth [it].
27) He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
28) He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
29) He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool [shall be] servant to the wise of heart.

EXPOSITION:

When wisdom is applied to our lives, we will find ourselves more concerned about the needs of others and more willing to give of ourselves to meet the needs of those around us.

24) There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] to poverty.  25) The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
In the area of liberality, there are two basic attitudes that we can hold:

1.  one attitude is for a person to be willing to give of himself , distributing his possessions, time and efforts to those who are in need of them.
This attitude leads to his possessions and blessings of the Lord being added to and multiplied .  Those who bless others through their giving:  Will be satisfied and content their accomplishments, possessions and blessings they have received of God; that which they give will come back to them multiplied with added blessings.
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.”   (Ecclesiastes 11:1)
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves [with him].”   (Psalms 126:5-6)

2.  the other attitude is one of selfishness, choosing to withhold help from another who is in desperate need.
This attitude leads to both physical and spiritual lack, losing both material possessions and the blessings of the Lord.
Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.  Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages [to put it] into a bag with holes.”   (Haggai 1:5-6)

26) He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing [shall be] upon the head of him that selleth [it].  27) He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
Not only are our material and spiritual needs at risk, but also our reputation among others is greatly influenced by our attitude:

1.  For the one who refrains from helping others in need… those around him will resent him and speak evil against him.  When their lives are lived to bring harm and loss to others, the others desires for their harm and loss will be brought back upon their own heads.
Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,  Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?  That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; [yea], and sell the refuse of the wheat?”   (Amos 8:4-6)
He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch [which] he made.  His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.”   (Psalms 7:15-16)

2.  For those who give to meet others needs… their public reputation will be heightened as they receive wishes of prosperity and blessings.  As they actively, seriously live for the benefit of others, they will acquire delight and acceptance from the people.
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and [him that had] none to help him.  The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.”   (Job 29:12-13)

 

28) He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.  29) He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool [shall be] servant to the wise of heart.
Four very important motives that influence the level of benevolence of our lives are:

1.  the reliance on material possessions often influence us to ignore the needs of others.  This attitude will bring us to spiritual defeat.  Keep in mind, the riches of the world can IN NO WAY bring true security, joy and peace with God.

2. on the other hand, those who live lives that are aligned with the desires of God will prosper spirituality through  God’s blessings for obedience.

3. one of the greatest motivations to show concern for the needs of others is by giving of ourselves to those whom we love in our own household.  If someone works for the harm of his own house by clinging to his possessions, will find they will still slip away like trying to grab and keep the wind.

4. another great motivation for helping others is found in the eventual spiritual, and perhaps physical, destitution of the foolish. He will be needy and forced look to the wise of heart for help to have his needs met.

The four great motives affecting liberality towards others are….

1.  The level of reliance on material wealth.
2.  The level of desire for spiritual blessings compared to material possessions.
3.  The level of concern and love for members of our household.
4.  The level of faith in the Word which reveals the future blessings for faithfulness now..

Lo, [this is] the man [that] made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, [and] strengthened himself in his wickedness.  But I [am] like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.  I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done [it]: and I will wait on thy name; for [it is] good before thy saints.”   (Psalms 52:7-9)
Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and [that] spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”   (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

SUMMARY:

When we apply God’s Word to our lives (wisdom) we will find our concern and willingness to sacrifice for others increasing.  It is though our displays of love for others that we display the love that Christ has shown to us….
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”   (1 John 4:9-11)

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Scripture Based Discretion Is The Key To Godly Decision Making

SIH HALTAL ICONAs righteousness [tendeth] to life: so he that pursueth evil [pursueth it] to his own death. They that are of a froward heart [are] abomination to the LORD: but [such as are] upright in [their] way [are] his delight.  [Though] hand [join] in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.  [As] a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, [so is] a fair woman which is without discretion.  The desire of the righteous [is] only good: [but] the expectation of the wicked [is] wrath.
(Proverbs 11:19-23)

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