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The Names Of Christ: “The Alpha and Omega”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist is the First and the Last:

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” 
 (Revelation 1:8)

 

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
 (Revelation 22:13)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 18:22-24

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

 

Wisdom and Foolishness – A Contrast: Our Relationships (2): Proverbs 18:22-24

 
22) [Whoso] findeth a wife findeth a good [thing], and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
23) The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
24) A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.

Wisdom applied to our relationships with others….

EXPOSITION:

22) [Whoso] findeth a wife findeth a good [thing], and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
Based upon the context of this statement, Solomon is clearly speaking of the attaining of a virtuous, Godly wife:
1.  When a man acquires a Godly woman, it is very beneficial, pleasing, and precious to him.
2.  This man, who has sought and found a Godly woman, is blessed of the Lord for seeking a mate that pleases Him.

These principles apply to both genders in a marital relationship.  Finding a Godly mate is beneficial in two ways:  The one faithful in finding a Godly mate will benefit:
1.  from their new-found spouse
2.  from the blessings of God that accompanying that spouse.

“A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones.” (Proverbs 12:4)

 

23) The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
1.  Many times, those who are reliant upon the mercy of others will possess a humble attitude and will deal with their benefactors in a very kind gracious way.
2.  Those who are not reliant upon others will possess a prideful attitude which will cause them to speak fiercely to those around him.

When we develop a spirit of pride and self-reliance, it will lead us to mistreating others.  It is only when we are humble of spirit that we will treat others as if they are better than ourselves, and bring honor to the Lord in our relationships with others.

“Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:  But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.”   (James 1:9-10)

 

24) A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.
1.  Our treatment of others will dictate the number and type of friends that we possess.  The idea of being “friendly” involves spoiling others, or treating others better than they might deserve.  Many times, by us going the extra mile for others, we will gain their favor and enter into friendships with them.
2.  In some cases, it is possible for friends to become so close that they will make greater sacrifices for one another than sacrifices made between family members.

The relationship between the Lord and His people is a wonderful example of this type of friendship.  In this friendship we find that Christ was willing to give His life for us, and in return, we are to give our lives in service for Him…

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”   (John 15:12-15)

“For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.”   (Proverbs 8:35)

SUMMARY:

In this text we have seen three very important principles for wisdom in our relationships with others:
1.  Finding a Godly mate is beneficial in two ways:  blessings from their new-found spouse,  from the blessings of God that accompanying that spouse.
2.  When we develop a spirit of pride and self-reliance, it will lead us to mistreating others.  It is only when we are humble of spirit that we will treat others as if they are better than ourselves, and bring honor to the Lord in our relationships with others.
3.  Our treatment of others will dictate the number and type of friends that we possess.

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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Are We Fulfilling The Responsibilities Of Our Relationships With Others?

SIH HALTAL ICONA brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city: and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle.  A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; [and] with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.  Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:19-21)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 18:19-21

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

 

Wisdom and Foolishness – A Contrast: Our Relationships (1): Proverbs 18:19-21

19) A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city: and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle. 20) A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; [and] with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21) Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

In this text, Solomon shows us the importance of working to develop good relationships with other around us…

EXPOSITION:

19) A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city: and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle. In this verse we look at sustaining relationships we have already cultivated…

1.  Breaking bonds of love and care that we have developed is described as “offending”.  The word translated “offended” means to rebel.  Once we have developed close bonds with another, if we forsake those bonds it is much like rebelling against authority.  In both, cases it is a matter of walking away from our responsibility and obligation.

Once the bonds of friendship are developed, we have a great responsibility to be faithful to those bonds. This is why, once we misuse and abuse the love and trust placed upon us, it is very difficult to ever win back the affections of the offended.

2.  The warring resistance of the offended are like great bars of division that will not allow our entrance into their life once again.

But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. (Genesis 4:5-8)

20) A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; [and] with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 

If we have the proper view of our life, we will find ourselves satisfied knowing we have helped others during the course of our life.  As we help others, we will find our relationships increasing in number and strength.  In this verse we look at one very powerful way to gain, and sustain close relationships… the proper use of the tongue…

1.  The fruit that is borne with our mouth, as it nourishes and strengthens others spiritually and emotionally, will bring us deep and lasting satisfaction.

2.  The more helpful speech that proceeds from our mouth the more content and satisfied we will become.

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 12:14)

21) Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

3.  The tongue holds tremendous power that can actually bring life to an individual…. ….through proclamation of the gospel it can present spiritual life to those who are spiritually dead. ….through encouraging and strengthening words it can bring emotional life back to those who are struggling with the affairs of life.

Likewise, we can place upon others a death sentence with our tongue: ….through our wicked testimony (displayed in judgmental , vicious, hateful speech), or the false teachings of this world, we can drive others AWAY from Christ and the salvation that they so desperately need. ….through discouraging, thoughtless, flippant speech and counsel, we can become a stumbling block to those who are facing difficulties and trials in this life.

4.  Those who love to use their tongue to give life to the needy, or those who love to use their tongue to harm those who are in desperate need, in either case, will stand before the Lord and give account for their use of their tongue.  In this sense, they will “eat the fruit thereof”.

The words of a wise man’s mouth [are] gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.  The beginning of the words of his mouth [is] foolishness: and the end of his talk [is] mischievous madness.  A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?”   (Ecclesiastes 10:12-14)

SUMMARY: As we work to create, and develop, relationships with others may we all remember the principles Solomon has shared with us…  our relationships carry with them great responsibilities, and our tongue is, perhaps, the most powerful tool we have to create or destroy our relationships with 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”.

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Is Civil Disobedience Acceptable To God?

SIH TOA ICONWhat does the Bible say?

Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.   (Acts 5:29)

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The Human Conscience Series: “Civil Disobedience”

SIH TOA ICONThe wicked flee when no man pursueth:

but the righteous are bold as a lion.

(Prov 28:1)

 

It is a very dangerous thing to oppose a body which has God-given authority (ie the family, the church, the government).

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation…   (Romans 13:1-2)

THE SCRIPTURES:

19) But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20) For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
21) So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all [men] glorified God for that which was done. (Acts 4:19-21)

29) Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)

1) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  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.  7) Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.  8) Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  9) For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

10) Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.  11) And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.  12) The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  13) Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].   (Romans 13:1-14)

THE STUDY:

Why are we to obey civil governments? (All texts from Romans 13:)

1.  To Avoid God’s Wrath
1) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  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. 

The human governments were established by the Lord to punish evildoers and avenge the abused.  When the governments are fulfilling their God-given responsibilities, we need to support and submit ourselves to its laws.

2.  For Our Conscience’s Sake
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.  7) Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 

We are to follow the dictates of our conscience, and monetarily support human governments, knowing that they exist for our good and the glory and honor of our Lord.  They are the Lord’s minister, we are to be supportive of their ministry.

3. For Love’s Sake
8) Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  9) For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  10) Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law. 

Motivated by love for our fellow man, we are to be supportive of the human government that is fighting to stop abuse and harm coming to those we love.  This is done by the government upholding the moral laws of God and punishing those who choose to selfishly abuse others.

4. For Jesus’s Sake
11) And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.  12) The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  13) Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].   

Submitting ourselves to our government will enhance our public testimony.  Submission to governments who are upholding His commands will result in us living holy lives that will glorify Him and set a good example for others to follow.

There are times when we are to disobey governments for the sake of Christ…

(Acts 4:19-21)
19) But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.  20) For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.  21) So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all [men] glorified God for that which was done.

(Acts 5:29-32)
29) Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.  30) The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.  31) Him hath God exalted with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.  32) And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

In both the above texts, we find the early Christians choosing to continue to tell others about the Lord Jesus, in opposition to the government’s attempts to stop their witness. Peter describes it as “We ought to obey God rather than man” in other words, “the proper thing to do is to submit to the desires of God and put them ahead of the desires of the government.”

We have this same principle brought out in several other examples in the Bible:

1. Exodus 1: – The midwives chose to save the children of the Hebrews instead of murdering them as the government had commanded.
2.  Daniel 1: – Daniel and the Hebrew children chose to not partake of the unlawful food given to them by the government
3.  Daniel 6: – Daniel continued to set the proper example by pryaing in public in opposition to the command of the government.
4.  Jeremiah 37:-38: – Jeremiah refused to rely upon a heathen nation, as dictated by the government, but chose to rely upon His God.
5.  Acts 28: – Paul chose to continue His ministry in opposition to the governments command resulting in Him being emprisoned by Rome.
6.  Rev 1:9 – John had been place upon the isle of Patmos by Rome as a punishment for His continuing to minister for Christ.

Principles To Follow In Civil Disobedience (from Romans 13:)…

1.  We must be sure we have a consistent Godly testimony
13) Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

2.  Our disobedience must be based upon CLEAR Biblical teachings
5) Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 

3. We must always be exhibiting love and concern for others during our disobedience
9) For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  10) Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.

4. We must disobey with the goal to be a witness of the glory of God.  This means we must behave as Christ would behave.
14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

5. We are to disobey only when all other avenues have been exhausted
18) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  (Romans 12:18)

PLEASE REMEMBER, TO CONSCIENCIOUSLY OBJECT TO THE GOVERNMENT MEANS:
1. TO OBJECT TO SOMETHING BASED UPON THE DICTATES OF OUR CONSCIENCE
2. TO OBJECT TO SOMETHING USING OUR CONSCIENCE TO GUIDE US WHILE WE ARE OBJECTING

THE SUMMARY:

Why are we to obey civil governments? (All texts from Romans 13:)
1.  To Avoid God’s Wrath
2.  For Our Conscience’s Sake
3. For Love’s Sake
4. For Jesus’s Sake

There are times when we are to disobey governments for the sake of Christ…
1. Exodus 1: – The midwives chose to save the children of the Hebrews instead of murdering them as the government had commanded.
2.  Daniel 1: – Daniel and the Hebrew children chose to not partake of the unlawful food given to them by the government
3.  Daniel 6: – Daniel continued to set the proper example by pryaing in public in opposition to the command of the government.
4.  Jeremiah 37:-38: – Jeremiah refused to rely upon a heathen nation, as dictated by the government, but chose to rely upon His God.
5.  Acts 28: – Paul chose to continue His ministry in opposition to the governments command resulting in Him being emprisoned by Rome.
6.  Rev 1:9 – John had been place upon the isle of Patmos by Rome as a punishment for His continuing to minister for Christ.

Principles To Follow In Civil Disobedience (from Romans 13:)…
1.  We must be sure we have a consistent Godly testimony
2.  Our disobedience must be based upon CLEAR Biblical teachings
3. We must always be exhibiting love and concern for others during our disobedience
4. We must disobey with the goal to be a witness of the glory of God.  This means we must behave as Christ would behave.
5. We are to disobey only when all other avenues have been exhausted

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Denying Christ As The Only Way…

Making It Plain: “Death” = Separation

SIH TOTT ICONThe term “death”  is used many times in the KJV Bible…

1. In the Old Testament, the word “death” is commonly translated from the Hebrew word “maweth”.
2. In the New Testament, the word “death” is commonly translated by the Greek word “thanatos”.
Both the Hebrew and Greek word holds the same meaning: the condition of the body without a soul, or the act of taking a life.

The Bible contextually describes three different types of death that we can experience.  All of these types of death have one thing in common.  They are describing some type of separation that takes place….

1. physical death – when the body is separated from the immortal part of man. This is a POSITIONAL separation. One example of this type of usage is found in Philippians 1:20-21…
“According to my earnest expectation and [my] hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but [that] with all boldness, as always, [so] now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether [it be] by life, or by death.  For to me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.”

2. spiritual death – when the individual is separated from a God because of their sinful condition.  This is a RELATIONAL separation. One example of this type of death is found in Ephesians 2:1-3…
“And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”  

3.  eternal death – when an individual is separated from God for an eternity in the Lake of Fire. This is both a RELATIONAL and POSITIONAL separation. This type of death is described in Rev 20:11-15…
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”  (Revelation 20:11-15)

This great victory over death was won by Christ on behalf of His people and can be applied to us through repentance and faith in Him…….

O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?  The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.  But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  
(1 Corinthians 15:55-58)

Do Our Life Values Include…

SIH HALTAL ICONThe spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?  The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.  A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.  [He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.  The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty. (Proverbs 18:14-18)

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The Names Of Christ: “The Amen”

SIH HALTAL ICON

Christ is ALWAYS faithful to His Word:

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God” 

(Revelation 3:14)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 18:14-18

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

 

Wisdom and Foolishness – A Contrast: Life Principles: Proverbs 18:14-18

 
14) The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15) The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
16) A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
17) [He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
18) The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

In this text, Solomon compares the principles that we rely upon to help lead us in determining our earthly lifestyle and our service to Christ…

EXPOSITION:

14) The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
Value #1 – Retaining our unhindered relationship with God is to take first priority in all of our decision making.
1.  When we have a clear conscience, knowing that our hearts are right with God, we can bear up under any pains and hindrances that may come upon us.
2.  When our heart is not right with the Lord, none of us can be encouraged or strengthened until we deal  with the sin in our lives.

In these we see the ultimate importance of never allowing sin to hinder our relationship with the Lord. no matter what temporal gain may be offered as a replacement with us.

And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”   (Romans 5:3-5)

LORD, why castest thou off my soul? [why] hidest thou thy face from me?  I [am] afflicted and ready to die from [my] youth up: [while] I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.  Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.”   (Psalms 88:14-16)

15) The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
Value #2 – The acquisition of Godly truth is to be a prime goal of life.
1.  Those who possess a Godly understanding desire to acquire the truths of God through His Word.
2.  Those who are wise actively pursue to the point of self-sacrifice these great truths.

God’s truth is needed for us to sustain our relationship with the Lord.   Because of this the wise and understanding choose to give anything necessary for its acquisition.

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”   (2 Timothy 3:15-17)

 

16) A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
Value #3 – Giving of ourselves for others will bring benefit to the giver as well as the receiver.
1.  When we are willing to give of ourselves for the benefit of those around us will be find favor in their sight.
2.  When we develop a testimony that reflects a kind, giving, helpful lifestyle, we will be recognized and desired by those in positions of honor.

When we put others first, the Lord blesses us with the favor and blessings of other honorable men.

And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob [is] behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me.”   (Genesis 32:20)

 

17) [He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
Value #4 – To retain a Godly testimony we are to not rely on our sinful heart for guidance.
1.  When left to our own judgment, we are blinded to our sinful choices and practices.
2.  However, our neighbors can see our sins and errors, and our testimony is tarnished.

How important it is to follow the dictates of God’s word in opposition to the dictates of our fallen heart.  It is only His Word, applied by the indwelling Spirit, that can be unquestioningly followed in our pursuit for holiness of living.

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.  Let your speech [be] alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”   (Colossians 4:5-6)

 

18) The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
Value #5 – Reliance upon the sovereign intervention of the Lord brings about peace and contentment in our earthly walk.
1.  The casting of lots (which was controlled by the Lord) was one way that was used to settle disputes.  It would be the final word on the matter and accepted as God’s will for the situation.
2.  The answer given by the lots was one way of solving differences between those of great human authority and power.

When we understand that the Lord controls the events in our life that we cannot control, it allows us to:
a. accept them without anger or resentment
b. recognize they take place for our good
c. and be content in the midst of them.

The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof [is] of the LORD.”   (Proverbs 16:33)

SUMMARY:

We have just seen 5 life values that, when integrated into our life, will ensure a life of Godliness, honesty and peace….
Value #1 – Retaining our unhindered relationship with God is to take first priority.
Value #2 – The acquisition of Godly truth is a prime goal of life.
Value #3 – Giving of ourselves for others working for our benefit.
Value #4 – Retaining a Godly testimony by not relying on our sinful heart for guidance.
Value #5 – Reliance upon the sovereign intervention of the Lord in life situations for peace and contentment.

”… that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”     (1 Timothy 2:2)

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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Be Humble and stand…. do not be Prideful and fall.

SIH HALTAL ICONHe also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.  The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  The rich man’s wealth [is] his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.  Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour [is] humility.  He that answereth a matter before he heareth [it], it [is] folly and shame unto him.  (Proverbs 18:9-13)

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The Names Of Christ: “The Almighty”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist possesses all power:

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

(Revelation 1:8)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 18:9-13

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

 

Wisdom and Foolishness – A Contrast: Pride vs Humility: Proverbs 18:9-13

 
9) He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
10) The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
11) The rich man’s wealth [is] his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
12) Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour [is] humility.
13) He that answereth a matter before he heareth [it], it [is] folly and shame unto him.

 

In this text, Solomon compares the actions of the proud with those of the humble…

EXPOSITION:

9) He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
The proud man believes he can do as he pleases with no fear of retribution from the Lord or other earthly authorities.  Because of this attitude…
1.  he slacks off from his responsibilities
2.  his actions cause him to become a master of ruin, corruption and gradual decay.

[Let] love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.  [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;  Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;  Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.”   (Romans 12:9-13)

 10) The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
Those who are humble recognize their need of the Lord this results in:
1. he recognizes that the Lord is a strong firm place of refuge and safety.
2. he recognizes his need of that protection and runs to the Lord desiring His protection and grace.

For thou hast been a shelter for me, [and] a strong tower from the enemy.  I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.”   (Psalms 61:3-4)

11) The rich man’s wealth [is] his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
The proud man believes that he is self-sufficient, therefore:
1. he relies on his wealth and possessions to meet his every need.
2. he believes he is safe and secure without the need of the Lord or anyone else.

Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart [upon them].  God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power [belongeth] unto God.  Also unto thee, O Lord, [belongeth] mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.”   (Psalms 62:10-12)

 

12) Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour [is] humility.
The difference between pride and humility is clearly seen in their consequences:
1.  pride brings about breaking and bruising that leads to eventual destruction. (although the results of pride comes upon a person gradually, it will eventually bring utter ruin).
2.  when there is humility in lifestyle and character it will bring honor and respect

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.  And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw [good]. “   (Ezekiel 16:49-50)

13) He that answereth a matter before he heareth [it], it [is] folly and shame unto him.
The prideful man assumes he always has the proper answer and knows what is best for all men.  That is why:
1.  he doesn’t take the time to try to understand the issue he is addressing.  He quickly and flippantly speaks without thought.
2.  his speech is what shows his true character and lack of wisdom.  He is shown as foolish and disgraceful.

Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, [if it be] truth, [and] the thing certain, [that] such abomination is wrought among you;”  (Deuteronomy 13:14)

 

SUMMARY:

The differences between pride and humility are great and unmistakable.  Their presence in us touch every area of our life.  Let us all seek to always remind ourselves of our great need of Christ and submission to His desires for our lives.  This is the core of Godly humility and the key to living a blessed life in 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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Foolish Words ALWAYS Result In Harm To The Speaker and the Hearer…

SIH HALTAL ICONA fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool’s mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul.  The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. (Proverbs 18:6-8)

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but now commandeth all men every where to repent:…

SIH HALTAL ICON“That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”

(Acts 17:27-30)

SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 18:6-8

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

Wisdom and Foolishness – A Contrast: Judgments Based Upon Speech (2): Proverbs 18:6-8

6) A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
7) A fool’s mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul.
8) The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

In this text, Solomon compares wise discernment applied to deciding the speech to which we will take heed.

EXPOSITION:

6) A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
The speech of a fool:
1.  is argumentative and unproductive
2.  demands the punishment of others while deserving the same punishment.

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient,  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”   (2 Timothy 2:22-26)

 

7) A fool’s mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul.
3.  leads to his eventual defeat, ruin and loss
4.  hinders his forward progress and works toward his own harm

Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.  The words of a wise man’s mouth [are] gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.  The beginning of the words of his mouth [is] foolishness: and the end of his talk [is] mischievous madness.  A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?”   (Ecclesiastes 10:11-14)

 

8) The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Those who lie about others are:
1. slandering them
2. seeking to work up ill will and hatred against them
3. speaking words that are making deep, damaging, painful wounds that reach into the softest, most vulnerable and unprotected parts of the body.

 “Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.”   (Psalms 52:2)

 SUMMARY:

Wise, Godly discernment will help us to recognize the harmfulness of the speech of fools and the need to turn from it.  May the Lord grant us the ability to recognize foolish speech, turn from it, and speak words of wisdom to refute it.

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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Foolish Words Come With ALOT Of Baggage…

SIH HALTAL ICONWhen the wicked cometh, [then] cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.  The words of a man’s mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.  [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.  (Proverbs 18:3-5)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 18:3-5

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

 

Wisdom and Foolishness – A Contrast: Judgments Based upon Speech (1): Proverbs 18:3-5

3) When the wicked cometh, [then] cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
4) The words of a man’s mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.
5) [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

In this text, Solomon compares the foolish and the wise in making our judgments….

EXPOSITION:

3) When the wicked cometh, [then] cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
Those who live a lifestyle of lawlessness, bring with them:
1. “contempt” –  a lack of acceptance and disgust
2. “ignominy reproach” – shame that brings rebuke and correction

When we make the lawless our close, trusted friends,  we also make rejection, shame, and the criticism of others our companions as well.

Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with [them] to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of [you]:”   (1 Peter 4:4)

4) The words of a man’s mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.
There is much that can be learned from speech.  When others talk, their speech needs to be carefully examined and explored, just like deep waters need to be carefully searched to find hidden treasures.
Words of wisdom are a never ending supply of beneficial information for those to whom it is spoken.

When we make wise men our close, trusted friends, we are able to gain much benefit from their wise speech.

Maschil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, [to] my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:  Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.  We will not hide [them] from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.”   (Psalms 78:1-4)

 

5) [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
Because of the companions of the wicked (contempt and ignominy reproach) and the many benefits of the wise man’s speech it is not a good thing to ….

Make decisions that vindicate the lawless and defeat the righteous, for in doing so we are only ruling against ourselves and those who would be of benefit to us.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe unto [them that are] wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!  Woe unto [them that are] mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:  Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!  Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, [so] their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.  Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases [were] torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand [is] stretched out still.”   (Isaiah 5:20-25)

 

SUMMARY:

As Christians , we have the responsibility to support and aid those who are wise and living lives in submission to the desires of God.  We are to soundly reject the wicked and their speech, understanding the great harm that they can bring into our lives, if we accept them as companions and open up ourselves to their advice and counsel.

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 Seek Wisdom For The Right Reasons?

SIH HALTAL ICONThrough desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh [and] intermeddleth with all wisdom.  A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.  (Proverbs 18:1-2)

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