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Is The Lord At Work In Us?

SIH HALTAL ICONThe preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, [is] from the LORD. All the ways of a man [are] clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.  (Proverbs 16:1-3)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 16:1-3

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

 

The Intervention of The Lord: Within and Without: Proverbs 16:1-3

1) The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, [is] from the LORD.
2) All the ways of a man [are] clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
3) Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

The Lord is constantly intervening in the events in this world and the lives of those who live therein.  IN this chapter, Solomon begins to teach us some of the many different ways that our Lord intervenes our world and our personal lives…

EXPOSITION:

1) The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, [is] from the LORD.
1.  The Lord arranges, makes sense of, and controls, the jumbled, confusing desires that we have within us.
2.  The Lord after arranging and controlling our desires, then enables us to reveal and fulfill those desires as we respond to others around us.

The Lord intervenes inwardly (arranging our desires) and outwardly (proper interaction with others) in our personal lives.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure.”   (Philippians 2:12-13)

 

2) All the ways of a man [are] clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
1.  Fallen mankind believes their personal walk of life is pure and upright.
2.  The Lord puts the inward parts of man to the test revealing the true nature of their thoughts, desires, motives and plans.

The Lord intervenes in the most intimate parts of man testing and revealing  the spiritual condition of their hearts and minds.

For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, [yet] thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.  How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: [thou art] a swift dromedary traversing her ways;”   (Jeremiah 2:22-23)

3) Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
1.  When we purposefully turn over our lifestyle to the Lord, for His use and glory
2.  The Lord will intervene in our lives, gracing us and allowing us to live out our desire to glorify Him.

The Lord intervenes in our lives enabling us to serve Him when we submit to His Lordship.

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.   (Psalms 37:4-5)

SUMMARY:

The intervention of the Lord is not limited to the outward circumstances of our lives, but also includes His intervention in our inward being (thoughts, motives, desires) and our outward actions and speech.  May we all thank Him for His personal concern and intervention in our lives….

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.  The LORD will perfect [that which] concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, [endureth] for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.”   (Psalms 138:7-8)

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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Wisdom Is Shown When We Take The Warnings Of God Seriously

SIH HALTAL ICON31) The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
32) He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33) The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [is] humility.  (Proverbs 15:31-33)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 15:31-33

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

The Anatomy Of The Wise: The Ear: Proverbs 15:31-33

31) The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
32) He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33) The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [is] humility.

EXPOSITION:

The ability to hear and understand the Word of God is a gracious gift of God that is given to those who are wise…

31) The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
1.  The wise are individuals that understand, and give close attention to the practical, corrective teachings of God’s Word.

The ears of the wise are opened to God’s corrective teachings

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”   (James 1:22-25)

 

32) He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
1.  The person that opposes the instructive warnings of God is showing enmity for himself by rejecting that which would be of benefit to himself.
2.  The person who places his attention on the correction of the Lord will gain a knowledge of his condition before God.

The ears of the wise will listen to the Lord as He reveals to him the condition of his heart.

O LORD, [are] not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, [but] they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.  Therefore I said, Surely these [are] poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, [nor] the judgment of their God.”   (Jeremiah 5:3-4)

 

33) The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [is] humility.
1.  The need for honor and respect of the Lord is a main theme of wise teachings.
2.  The wise understands the need for personal humility to gain the respect and attention of others.

The ears of the wise will understand the need to honor the Lord by humility

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.”   (Job 28:28)

SUMMARY:

To what a man gives his attention and understanding will reveal the level of his wisdom:
1.  The ears of the wise are opened to God’s corrective teachings
2.  The ears of the wise will listen to the Lord as He reveals to him the condition of his heart.
3.  The ears of the wise will understand the need to honor the Lord by humility

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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Our Desires Reveal The Condition Of Our Heart And Mind…

SIH HALTAL ICON27) He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.  28) The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.  29) The LORD [is] far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.  30) The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: [and] a good report maketh the bones fat.  (Proverbs 15:27-30)

For SIH devotion on this subject:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 15:27-30

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

The Anatomy Of The Wise: The Heart (Part 3): Proverbs 15:27-30

27) He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
28) The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29) The LORD [is] far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
30) The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: [and] a good report maketh the bones fat.

 

EXPOSITION:

Solomon now returns to the subject of the wise man’s “heart” (his desires), which he had begin to cover in verses 9-17 of this same chapter.

In his previous teachings we saw that wisdom, or foolishness, is clearly on display in the desires of man’s heart in many, various areas of his life.  (these will be detailed in the summary at the end of this devotion.

Solomon now continues his study in verse 27….
27) He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
1. A person that “turns themselves over to” acquiring worldly profit harms his house, placing it in turmoil like boiling water.
2. A person that is an enemy of living for riches shall be health giving and empowering to his household
The life goals and handling of responsibilities will clearly display the priorities of one’s life and the state of their heart.
The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I the LORD search the heart, [I] try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, [and] according to the fruit of his doings.  [As] the partridge sitteth [on eggs], and hatcheth [them] not; [so] he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.”   (Jeremiah 17:9-11)

 
28) The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
1.  A man who is right with God will desire to give Godly counsel to those to whom he is ministering.
2.  A man who is guilty and condemned in God’s sight will only give forth harmful guidance originating from his fallen nature and worldly reasoning.
The counsel that is given to others is a clear display of the condition of a man’s heart.
 

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”   (1 Peter 3:15)

 

29) The LORD [is] far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
1.  When the wicked cry out to the Lord, He is unattached and separated from him.
2.  Those who are accepted by the Lord will have their prayers accepted and He will actively intervene.  This intervention can take many forms:  either remedying the situation or giving grace to persevere (while delaying the remedy or allowing the situation to continue indefinitely).  In any case, He will intervene and be with us every step of the way.  Also, He promises that the level of His intervention will be determined based upon His glory and our good.
 

Prayers that result in the Lord’s intervention in life situations are another sign of a heart that is right with God.

Though the LORD [be] high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.”   (Psalms 138:6)

 
 

30) The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: [and] a good report maketh the bones fat.
1.  The many blessings and miracles of the Lord that are revealed to us through the opening of our spiritual eyes will brighten and lighten the heart of the wise man.  These blessings include His intervention in our life resulting in our physical blessing of health, financial supplies, employment etc.  and spiritual blessings of salvation, understanding of truth, our church, and the indwelling Spirit etc.  But His blessings do not stop there. Also, He opens our eyes to His many blessings that can be see all around us in nature and the world at large.
2.  When a wise person hears of the Lord’s blessings given to loved ones, friends, and spiritual brethren, that will also give them strength and satisfaction.  The life of a wise man is not selfish in nature therefore He finds joy, comfort and encouragement from hearing of the Lord’s blessings in the lives of others.
The knowledge of the Lord’s many various blessings upon others, as well as himself, will encourage and bring joy to the heart of the wise man.

And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.”   (Isaiah 58:11)

SUMMARY:

In our study on the heart of the wise, we have seen that the desires of a man will affect the following areas of his life:
1. The truths of God
2. The correction that proceeds from the hand of God
3. Wise counsel from the people of God
4. The future goals that he desires to achieve.
5. The recognition and valuing of his spiritual blessings he has received
6.  Existence of the fear of God
7.  Love for God and others around him.
8.  The priorities of life
9.  The fulfillment of responsibilities
10. The content of the counsel that is given to others
11. The answering of prayer requests
12. The response to knowledge of the Lord’s many various blessings upon others
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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The Words We Speak Can Strengthen Or Destroy….

SIH HALTAL ICONWithout counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.  A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!  The way of life [is] above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.  The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.  The thoughts of the wicked [are] an abomination to the LORD: but [the words] of the pure [are] pleasant words. (Proverbs 15:22-26)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 15:22-26

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

 

The Anatomy Of The Wise: The Mind (Part 2): Proverbs 15:22-26

22) Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
23) A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!
24) The way of life [is] above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
25) The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
26) The thoughts of the wicked [are] an abomination to the LORD: but [the words] of the pure [are] pleasant words.

EXPOSITION:

In the text for this morning, we find the second of two parts of this study on the “mind”.  In our devotional for this morning Solomon presents to us a series of proverbs that continue to emphasize the need to think ahead and prepare for the future…

22) Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
1.  Without the aid of wise advice our future plans can be hindered or completely frustrated.
2.  As we plan for the future, by taking heed to many, varied bits of advice, our plans will be strengthened and based upon a firm foundation.

A characteristic of wise planning is seeing the need for Godly, experienced, counsel to aid in the formation of our plans.

[Every] purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.”   (Proverbs 20:18)

23) A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!
1.  When we give others information from which they benefit, we will experience great joy knowing we have made a difference in their lives.
2.   The proper words spoken at the appropriate times are beneficial to the hearer, the speaker and are pleasing in the sight of God.

Before we speak we are to stop and think about the most beneficial answer we can those to whom we are addressing.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”   (Ephesians 4:29)

24) The way of life [is] above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
1.  A lifestyle of a wise person places his desires, hopes and beliefs in that which transcends the wisdom of this fallen world, the things of God.
2.  By living a Godly life of faith in Christ,  the wise is given the ability to be delivered from eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.

By preparing for the future by trusting and serving Christ now we can find deliverance from eternal death… separation from God in the Lake of Fire.

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”   (Colossians 3:1-3)

25) The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
1.  We should recognize that the end of those who are proud, see themselves as not needing Him and unwilling to submit to the Lordship of Christ will come to utter ruin at the hand of Almighty God.
2.  We should also recognize that this same Almighty God will be there to protect those who are humble, weak, recognize their great need of Him and are unable to protect themselves.  This type of person is pictured as a widow who was the most vulnerable and abused person in the society of Jesus’ day.

We need to recognize that, by humbly recognizing our great need of Christ and trusting in Him, we will be the recipients of His grace and future security in Him.

Though the LORD [be] high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.”   (Psalms 138:6)

26) The thoughts of the wicked [are] an abomination to the LORD: but [the words] of the pure [are] pleasant words.
1.  The thoughts of those separated from the Lord are based upon selfishness, pride and rebellion against Him.  It is these things are despised by the Lord.
2.  The words that are spoken from a pure heart that is motivated by love and concern for others are words that will benefit others and delight God.

The words that we speak flow from our desires within us.   By taking the time to examine our motives before we speak, we can regulate our speech only allowing that which benefits others and pleases God.

O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?”   (Jeremiah 4:14)

Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:  These are [the things] which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.”   (Matthew 15:17-20)

SUMMARY:

In our study on the mind of the wise, we have seen that:
1.  A wise man will consider the effect of uncontrolled anger on himself and those around him.
2.  A wise man will realize that the path of righteousness can be clearly seen and clearly reveals his destiny.
3.  A wise man takes into account the counsel and teachings of those who love and care for him.
4.  A wise man will see the lasting benefits of following the Lord with a dedicated heart and life.
5.  A characteristic of wise planning is seeing the need for Godly, experienced, counsel to aid in the formation of our plans.
6.  Before we speak we are to stop and think about the most beneficial answer we can those to whom we are addressing.
7.  By preparing for the future, by trusting and serving Christ now, we can find deliverance from eternal death.
8.  By humbly recognizing our great need of Christ and trusting in Him, we will be the recipients of His grace and future security in Him.
9.  The words that we speak flow from our desires within us.   By taking the time to examine our motives before we speak, we can regulate our speech only allowing that which benefits others and pleases 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

Discernment…. The Purpose Of The Human Conscience.

SIH HALTAL ICONBut 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 4:2)

For the SIH Lesson On This Subject:

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The Human Conscience Series: “God’s Purpose For Our Conscience”

SIH TOA ICONThe wicked flee when no man pursueth:

but the righteous are bold as a lion.

(Prov 28:1)

 

The Lord, by His grace, has given to us the wonderful gift of our conscience, that is meant to benefit us in all aspects of our lives.   What are some of the specific reasons that God had in mind when He gave us our conscience?  Let’s take a few moments to examine God’s purposes for our conscience…

THE SCRIPTURES:

16) And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and [toward] men.   (Acts 24:16)

3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 
4) For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.
5) Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6) For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.   (Romans 13:3-6)

 

4) As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol [is] nothing in the world, and that [there is] none other God but one.
5) For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
6) But to us [there is but] one God, the Father, of whom [are] all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom [are] all things, and we by him.
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.
8) But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
9) But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
10) For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
11) And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12) But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
13) Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.   (1 Corinthians 8:4-13)

 

2) 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 4:2)

10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad.

11) Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.   (2 Corinthians 5:10-11)

5) Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and [of] a good conscience, and [of] faith unfeigned:   (1 Timothy 1:5)

(18) This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 

(19) Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:   (1 Timothy 1:18-19)

9) Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.   (1 Timothy 3:9)

12) For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

13) For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.   (Hebrews 5:12-14)

19) For this [is] thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.   (1 Peter 2:19)

15) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

16) Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.   (1 Peter 3:15-16)

18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

19) And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20) For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21) Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, [then] have we confidence toward God.
22) And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.   (1 John 3:18-22)

THE STUDY:

Seven great purposes for our conscience…

#1 – Our Conscience Was Given To Guide Our Conduct

And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and [toward] men.   (Acts 24:16)

Paul explains that he “exercises” (consistently strives) to live his life so that his conscience can be clear toward God and others.

 

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 4:2)

Paul was putting off a lifestyle of sinful deceit and corruption so that his life may clearly reveal the truth of God.  In doing so, he was placing his life as an example of Godly living that would be affect the conscience of those who were watching him.

 

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad.  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.  (2 Corinthians 5:10-11)

Paul and his companions, with the realization of the coming judgment of all men’s works, God’s holiness, and the existence of Divine wrath; strived to persuade others of their need of Christ.

Paul knew that their efforts to win others to Christ were clearly seen by God. He hoped that their efforts were recognized as acts of service to God by others as well.  How would those watching Paul’s life know that Paul was being faithful to God?  It would be through the testimony of the conscience of the watchers.

#2 – Our Conscience Was Given To Strengthen Us For Service

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and [of] a good conscience, and [of] faith unfeigned:  (1 Timothy 1:5)

Paul gives us a quick summary of 3 main areas of Godly service…. Self-sacrificial love for God and others, Obedient lifestyle that incurs no guilt from our conscience, Genuine trust in Christ and His Word.

This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;  Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: (1 Timothy 1:18-19)

Paul, as he hands pastoral responsibilities to Timothy, explains that fighting the “good fight” involves carefully retaining sincere belief in Christ (and the doctrinal truths found in His Word), along with living a life that does not offend his conscience.  Those who have ignored these two principles end up in shipwreck, their testimony ruined and their service brought to an end.

Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. (1 Timothy 3:9)

Paul reminds Timothy of the need to genuinely, authentically hold to the truth.  A sincere trust in the truth will become the basis of the functioning of our conscience, causing it to function purely (without sinful influences).

#3 – Our Conscience Was Given To Enhance Our Fellowship

As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol [is] nothing in the world, and that [there is] none other God but one.  For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)  But to us [there is but] one God, the Father, of whom [are] all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom [are] all things, and we by him.  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.  But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.  But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.  For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;  And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?  But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.  Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.  (1 Corinthians 8:4-13)

In these verses, Paul teaches us that, when our conscience functions properly, it will help us to recognize truth and error that weaker Christians (those with weaker consciences) do not understand. This helps the stronger Christians to make wise choices to avoid being stumbling blocks to the weaker Christians spiritual growth.

#4 – Our Conscience Was Given To Encourage Our Witnessing

For this [is] thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.   (1 Peter 2:19)

When a man chooses to be faithful to the Lord, although that faithfulness brings upon himself abuse and mistreatment, he should thank God for that grace.  It enhances his testimony by proving his dedication to have a pure conscience in the sight of God no matter what the cost.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:  Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.   (1 Peter 3:15-16)

We should strive for Godly desires combined with preparedness to share the truth of Christ to anyone who asks. These Godly motives and actions will bring peace and a freedom from a guilty conscience in the face of the false accusations of the lost.

#5 – Our Conscience Was Given To Aid Our Prayers

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.  And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.  For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.  Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, [then] have we confidence toward God.  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.   (1 John 3:18-22)

Christians should always seek to serve the Lord sincerely with no hint of hypocrisy or showmanship.

When our conscience speaks clearly of our innocence, we can have confidence that we are doing what is pleasing towards God.  If our imperfect conscience tells us we are guilty of hypocrisy, how much more does a perfect God recognize we are being hypocritical; remember, he knows us better than we know ourselves.

If we have a clear conscience concerning our sincerity, it is proof that we want to do His will above all.  If this is so, when we pray we can be confident we sincerely desire for His will to be done. Therefore, when we pray to God we can be assured that our prayers will be answered because His will is always performed in answer to our prayers.

#6 – Our Conscience Was Given To Be Godly Citizens of Our Country

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.  Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.  For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.  (Romans 13:3-6)

The Lord has established the civil governments to uphold and encourage good works while condemning and punishing evil.  If we are living Godly lives, when a government functions as it should there is no need to fear.  It is only when we disobey God that we should fear government as they are the sword of God’s judgment on earth.  We are to be subject to human government to avoid the judgment that arises from the government, as well as to avoid our consciences guilty knowing that we are pleasing God as well.

#7 – Our Conscience Was Given To Build Our Character

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.  For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.   (Hebrews 5:12-14)

A properly working conscience is a useful tool for building the Christian’s character. Our conscience helps us to recognize good and evil which, when followed, brings about Christian growth.  A younger Christian who actively learns God’s Word which forms the basis of their conscience’s workings, are laying a foundation for their growth.  Then, when they consistently follow the leadings of their conscience they exercise their conscience strengthening it and making it work more effectively.

THE SUMMARY:

The conscience is a wonderful tool given to the Christian by God’s grace which aids in seven aspects of service to our Lord and Savior:  
#1 – To Guide Our Conduct
#2 – To Strengthen Us For Service
#3 – To Enhance Our Fellowship
#4 – To Encourage Our Witnessing
#5 – To Aid Our Prayers
#6 – To Be Godly Citizens of Our Country
#7 – To Build Our Character

Let’s never take a conscience for granted.  Let’s always remember to build up our conscience by learning and believing the truth and consistently following the leadership of our conscience as we serve our Lord.

May the Lord bless us as we seek His truth.

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Making It Plain: “Justification” = To Declare Innocent by Cleansing

SIH TOTT ICON“Justification” comes from a Latin word:
“iustificatio” which means “to avenge”, “to vindicate”, “to declare innocent”, “to pardon”

The term “justify” or “justification” is used in both the KJV Old Testament and New Testament…

1. In the OT the common Heb word translated “justify” is “tsadaq”.  This word means “to cleanse” or “to make pure”
2. In the NT the Greek word translated “justify” is “dikaioo”.  This word means “to make or declare innocent”, “to make right”, “to vindicate”

The idea is this… when we speak of  “justification”… we are saying that God pardons His people by cleansing of their sins through the shed blood of Christ.

Here are a few passages …

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.  He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant JUSTIFY many; for he shall bear their iniquities.  Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  (Isaiah 53:10-12)

But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  And not as [it was] by one that sinned, [so is] the gift: for the judgment [was] by one to condemnation, but the free gift [is] of many offences unto JUSTIFICATION.  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto JUSTIFICATION of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.   (Romans 5:15-19)

Saturday Scripture

SIH HALTAL ICONDo Aliens From Other Planets Exist?

 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (2Pe 3:10-13)

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Do We Think Before We Act?

SIH HALTAL ICONA wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife.  The way of the slothful [man is] as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous [is] made plain.  A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.  Folly [is] joy to [him that is] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.  (Proverbs 15:18-21)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 15:18-21

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

The Anatomy Of The Wise: The Mind (Part 1): Proverbs 15:18-21

18) A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife.
19) The way of the slothful [man is] as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous [is] made plain.
20) A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
21) Folly [is] joy to [him that is] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

Solomon now begins to share with us proverbs concerning the mind of a wise man.  Solomon’s main emphasis will be a wise man’s consideration of the results of his actions…

EXPOSITION:

18) A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife.
1.  A man with poisonous heat of anger within him will begin, and sustain, quarreling.
2.  A man that is slow to allow the heat of anger to build up with in him is able to quench the arguing that takes place around him.

A wise man will consider the effect of uncontrolled anger on himself and those around him.

Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.”   (James 3:13-16)

 

19) The way of the slothful [man is] as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous [is] made plain.
1.  A lazy, unproductive man is following a path that will lead to thorns, pain and eventual defeat.
2.  The path of the righteous is unmistakable, easily followed and its blessed end clearly seen.

A wise man will consider the lifestyle path that he is walking realizing that the path of righteousness can be clearly seen and clearly reveals his destiny.

What man [is] he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way [that] he shall choose.”  (Psalms 25:12)

 

20) A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
1.  The wise man will see that his actions will bring joy to those who love and desire the best for his life.
2.  The foolish man will disregard the wishes of those who love and care for him.

A wise man takes into account the counsel and teachings of those who love and care for him.

Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God [am] holy.  Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I [am] the LORD your God.”   (Leviticus 19:2-3)

 

21) Folly [is] joy to [him that is] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
1.  For someone who does not possess wisdom, their desires will be based upon their sinful flesh.  This will result in them finding joy and contentment in the foolish things of this world.
2.  For someone who possesses an understanding of what is really important and beneficial, they will see the need to live their lives in alignment with the laws of God.

A wise man will see the lasting benefits of following the Lord with a dedicated heart and life.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is]. (Ephesians 5:15-17)

SUMMARY:

The mind of a wise man is always looking ahead trying to discern the end results of his actions upon himself and those around him.  Another way to put this is “A wise man thinks before he acts”.  A simple as this may seem, how many of us actually put this into practice in our lives?

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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Do We Have Heart Trouble?

SIH HALTAL ICONA merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.  The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.  All the days of the afflicted [are] evil: but he that is of a merry heart [hath] a continual feast. Better [is] little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.  Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.  (Proverbs 15:13-17)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 15:13-17

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

 

The Anatomy Of The Wise: The Heart (Part 2): Proverbs 15:13-17

13) A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14) The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
15) All the days of the afflicted [are] evil: but he that is of a merry heart [hath] a continual feast.
16) Better [is] little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
17) Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

EXPOSITION:

In the text for this morning, we find the second of three parts of this study on the “heart”.  Remember the heart is picturing the desires, love and sacrifices that are clearly displayed by those who possess Godly wisdom.  (Solomon began this study in vs 9-12 and will complete this study on a wise man’s heart in verses 27-30.)

13) A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
1.  When the desires of our heart are satisfied, its satisfaction and happiness will be revealed by our outward appearance.
2.  When the desires of our heart remain unfulfilled, its grief will destroy our determination, hope and enjoyment of life.

Our outward appearance will be affected by our inward satisfaction and contentment.  When we are contented within we are joyful and hopeful in this life.  However, if we are consistently discontented our life will lose its happiness and satisfaction.

14) The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
1.  Those who possess spiritual understanding will have desires that seek the knowledge of God.
2.  Those who are lacking wisdom will continue to hunger and partake of foolishness.

Those who possess an understanding of the true nature of this temporal life and eternity that is to come they will seek out that which is of true importance…. the knowledge and wisdom of God.

15) All the days of the afflicted [are] evil: but he that is of a merry heart [hath] a continual feast.
1.  Those who are pained with discontentment will find that life is a heavy burden that afflicts them.
2.  Those who have desires that are fulfilled will enjoy life recognizing the great blessings and supplies given to them from the Lord.

One great cause of consistent discouragement is failure to recognize and count our blessings and be content in the situation we are in.

16) Better [is] little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
1.  It is more beneficial for us to possess a fear of the Lord than for us to obtain great riches.  To possess the fear of the Lord is to be blessed of God.  Some of the blessings necessary for us to properly fear God include:
a. saving faith in Christ
b. a knowledge of God’s Word
c. an understanding of His authority over us
d. an understanding of His awesome being etc etc

All of the above (a-d) is the result of God’s enabling.  As fallen mankind we can do NONE of the above without His direct intervention in our lives.  How can we not be content when we come to see all that He has done for us which is displayed in our fear of Him?

2.  Along with the great riches will come great temptations and other obstacles of our service to Christ.   Riches, in and of themselves are certainly not sinful, but they are a great responsibility that in many ways are a difficult burden to bear.

One of the keys to living a contented life is to possess an understanding of the value of spiritual blessings of God as opposed to the riches of this world.

17) Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
1.  Love, another grace of God, is of far greater value to us than fleshly satisfaction.  In this proverb, we are told that a dinner of herbs (a typical meal of the poor) when combined with love, is of far greater value than a stalled ox (awaiting slaughter and consumption) and hatred.
2.  We are to value the grace of love that God gives to us.  Our love for God and His love for us, our love for our family/acquaintances and their love for us, all of which make life enjoyable and gives us confidence of our salvation.  How can we be discouraged when we can see the Lord’s gracing our lives and we have assurance of our eternal salvation?

Once again we can see that one of the “culprits” in our suffering discouragement and depression is not recognizing the grace of love that is given to us and those around us.

SUMMARY:

Some common causes of discouragement are:

1. Unfulfilled desires – vs 13
2. Devaluing spiritual blessings – vs 14
3. Not recognizing spiritual blessings – vs 15 … (the fear of God – vs 16) (love – vs 17)

May we all ask the Lord for grace to see His daily blessings and properly value them.

As a result we will find encouragement, appreciation and strength motivating us to serve Him in greater ways.

Note: let me make one additional note concerning depression.  I am not saying that in EVERY case discouragement and depression is caused by a lack of recognition of God’s blessings.  There can be other causes as well including physical issues, a devastating physical loss and repressed anger…. But the Bible is plain that one common cause of discouragement and depression is a lack of appreciation and recognition of the gracious hand of God in our lives.

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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If We Love The Lord We Will Follow Him…

SIH HALTAL ICONThe way of the wicked [is] an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.  Correction [is] grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: [and] he that hateth reproof shall die.  Hell and destruction [are] before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?  A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.  (Proverbs 15:9-12)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 15:9-12

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

 

The Anatomy Of The Wise: The Heart (Part 1): Proverbs 15:9-12

9) The way of the wicked [is] an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
10) Correction [is] grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: [and] he that hateth reproof shall die.
11) Hell and destruction [are] before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
12) A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

 

EXPOSITION:

In the text for this morning, we find Solomon begins looking at the “heart”, picturing the desires, love and sacrifices that are clearly displayed by those who possess Godly wisdom…

9) The way of the wicked [is] an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
1.  The life path that characterizes those who are the breakers of the laws of God are disgusting and abhorred by the Lord.
2.  He that loves the Lord will be motivated to follow the path of obedience and lawfulness.

The heart of a wise man is characterized by a love for obedience to the Lord.

The LORD openeth [the eyes of] the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:  The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.”   (Psalms 146:8-9)

 

10) Correction [is] grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: [and] he that hateth reproof shall die.
1.  A person who had departed from the paths of God will find chastisement will stir up and disgust and displeasure.
2.  A person that rejects corrective instruction will find his actions results in death.  In many cases he will be harming himself physically and condemning himself to the eternal judgment of God.

A fool will lack love and appreciation for the efforts of the Lord to bring him to the path of obedience.  This resistance to the works of the Lord can result in premature physical death and eternal spiritual death.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”   (John 3:19-20)

 

11) Hell and destruction [are] before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
1.  The afterlife and eternal judgment are done with the knowledge and in the presence of God Himself.
2.  If God is present and knowledgeable of future unseen events, how much does He know the condition of the hearts of mankind?

The wise man understands that the Lord knows his heart and, therefore, knows the proper correction that is needed in our lives.  The wise man values and loves that correction, knowing it is for his good and that it is originating from the heart of a loving God.

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, thou [art] there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou [art there].”   (Psalms 139:7-8)

Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.”   (Psalms 44:21)

 

12) A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
1.  The foolish person who mocks and discredits correction will not appreciate, nor love, the one trying to correct him.
2.  The foolish person will not seek out wise counsel even when it is available to him.

Foolishness is shown by those who reject Godly correction and refuse to seek out wise counsel.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”   (2 Timothy 4:3)

 

SUMMARY:

Wisdom, or foolishness, is clearly on display in the desires of man’s heart.  For those who love the things of God, His truths, His correction and the counsel of His people, that man is wise indeed.  For those who reject the things of God will clearly display his ignorance and foolishness that resides in his heart.

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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Instructions and Warnings Do We Love Them or Hate Them, Forget Them or Share Them?

SIH HALTAL ICON5) A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
6) In the house of the righteous [is] much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7) The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so.
8) The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight.  (Proverbs 15:5-8)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 15:5-8

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

 

The Anatomy Of The Wise: The Tongue (Part 2): Proverbs 15:5-8

5) A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
6) In the house of the righteous [is] much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7) The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so.
8) The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight.

EXPOSITION:

In the text for this morning, we find Solomon continues to use the tongue to illustrate some of the principles that are exhibited in Godly communications.  In this case, it is how we choose to receive the words that others speak to us…

5) A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
1.  Those that lack wisdom hate and brush off instructions given to him by those who love him and have his best interests at heart.
2.  A person can show he understands the true benefit of warnings by listening carefully and considering them

The acceptance of counsel and warnings given from those who love us shows the level of wisdom that we possess.

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.  Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do [it].”   (1 Chronicles 28:9-10)

6) In the house of the righteous [is] much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
1.  Those who live in alignment with God’s desires will abide with the riches of His blessings (material and spiritual blessings).
2.  Those that depart from His commands will only be reaping trouble and heartache now and in the world to come.

The desires of the Lord, spoken to us in His Word, will bring blessings to those who are wise enough to follow them.

Praise ye the LORD. Blessed [is] the man [that] feareth the LORD, [that] delighteth greatly in his commandments.  His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.  Wealth and riches [shall be] in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.”   (Psalms 112:1-3)

Go to now, [ye] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you].  Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
 (James 5:1-3)

7) The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so.
1.  The wise will seek to hand down the knowledge of God’s words to others.  They will recognize God not only meant to help us but also to help those with whom we come into contact.
2.  The foolish do not desire to accept, nor share with others, the Lord’s Words of instruction.

Another mark of Godly wisdom is seen in the desire to share God’s Words, motivated out of hearts of love and concern for others.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”   (Ephesians 4:29)

“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”   (Matthew 12:34)

8) The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight.
1.  The hypocritical acts of worship, stemming from a heart of selfishness, are rejected and hated by the Lord.
2.  The communication of those who are made right with God (through the blood of Christ) are acceptable and pleasing to God.

The Lord finds pleasure in the sincere communion of His people.  The selfish, hypocritical, ritualistic acts of worship are rejected by the Lord.

A Prayer of David. Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, [that goeth] not out of feigned lips.”   (Psalms 17:1)

I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.  Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept [them]: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.”   (Amos 5:21-22)

SUMMARY:

In the this study on speech,  we have seen  basic principles concerning our speech and the need to properly treat the speech of others…
1. When our communications are done with a helpful, kind, loving, humble spirit correction and advice is more easily taken by others.
2.  Do we want our communications to be valuable to others and pleasing to God?  We must share Godly knowledge that is properly understood and applied to the situation we are addressing.
3.  When we realize that the Lord knows any situation perfectly, we can trust in Him to supply the appropriate message in His Word for those that are in need of help.
4.  We have a simple choice as we speak to others…. supply to them life and strength by sharing the knowledge of God with them or cause them harm by handing to them the false teachings of man.
5.  Our acceptance of counsels and warnings from those who are working on our behalf shows the level of wisdom that we possess.
6.  The desires of the Lord that are found in His Word will bring blessings to those who are wise enough to follow them.
7.  Another mark of Godly wisdom is seen in the desire to share God’s Words with others.
8.  The Lord finds pleasure in the sincere communion of His people.

 

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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