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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 21:10-14

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

 

Practical Life Principles: Sin Brings Misery (3): Proverbs 21:10-14

10) The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
11) When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
12) The righteous [man] wisely considereth the house of the wicked: [but God] overthroweth the wicked for [their] wickedness.
13) Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
14) A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

Solomon continues to emphasize the end result of sin in our lives…. misery

 

EXPOSITION:

10) The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
1.  The life of those who are immoral and corrupt long for and pursue wickedness as a lifestyle
2.  The wicked man’s lifestyle of pursuing wickedness will eventually harm his neighbours.  This causes his neighbours to see him as undesirable, unkind and unwanted.

A lifestyle that pursues sin will cause others to look upon us as hateful, merciless and harmful.

Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.  Thou lovest evil more than good; [and] lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.  Thou lovest all devouring words, O [thou] deceitful tongue.  God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of [thy] dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.”   (Psalms 52:2-5)

 

11) When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
1.  When those who mock the truth face a penalty, those who are naive will learn to take God’s truth seriously.
2.  When those who are wise are taught the truth, they will hear it, acknowledge it, and cling to it.

The proclamation of truth affects both the wise and the foolish.  When rejected, it results in judgment; when accepted, it results in enhanced knowledge, this leads to greter understanding and, when applied, results in increased wisdom.

But God shall shoot at them [with] an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.  So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.  And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.  The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.”   (Psalms 64:7-10)

12) The righteous [man] wisely considereth the house of the wicked: [but God] overthroweth the wicked for [their] wickedness.
1.  Those whose life is lived in a God pleasing way, will be guided by the Word, as they reflect on the plight of the wicked.
2.   In comparison to the righteous’ attitude concerning the wicked, God will dominate and ruin the wicked because of their rebellious lifestyle.

This is implying that when the righteous consider the spiritual blindness of the wicked, and the eternal judgment that awaits the wicked, the righteous will show mercy and compassion towards the wicked.   They will not seek personal judgment against the wicked, but will rely upon the Lord to judge the wicked.

Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see [it].  I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.  Yet he passed away, and, lo, he [was] not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.  Mark the perfect [man], and behold the upright: for the end of [that] man [is] peace.  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.”   (Psalms 37:34-38)

 

13) Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
1.  He who refuses to hear the pleas for help from those who are in need…
2.  When he is in need will find his pleas ignored as well.

When a man, being driven by his selfishness, refuses to help those in need, they will not find help when their time of need arises.

Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:  Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.  But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all [ye] workers of iniquity.  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you [yourselves] thrust out.”   (Luke 13:23-28)

 

14) A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
1.  When two parties disagree, a gift, when it is not given publicly, will cause anger to cease.
2.  A bribe, when it is given in an intimate way, will cause exceeding hot anger to be brought to peace.

It is an act of wisdom to attempt to appease an opponent’s anger by acts of kindness and grace on their behalf.  This includes “gifts” of any type whether it be kind and gracious, attitudes, words, acts or literal gifts given to them in secret.

(When a gift is given publicly, the opposition will feel public pressure to not cease from their anger.  If they do cease from anger, the public will accuse them of be selfish, unprincipled and weak.  That is why the need for secrecy is stressed in this proverb.)

Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man [is] a friend to him that giveth gifts.”  (Proverbs 19:6)

If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:  For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.”   (Proverbs 25:21-22)

SUMMARY:

The miseries that come from sin our lives include:
1.  When we are lax in our spiritual responsibilities, we can expect to face spiritual loss and discontentment.
2.  Anyone seeking earthly riches through the use of deceit, is pursuing that which will bring loss and ruin to himself.
3.  When the wicked choose to ignore the testimony of their conscience, they will be brought to ruin and uselessness.
4.  The nature of the wicked leads them to perform acts that are detested by God and man.
5.  An argumentative, critical attitude hinders intimacy with others by taking away joy and other benefits of fellowship and intimacy.
6.  A lifestyle that pursues sin will cause others to look upon us as hateful, merciless and harmful.
7.  When truth is rejected, it results in judgment at the hands of the Lord, the Author of all truth.
8.  God will dominate and ruin the wicked because of their rebellious lifestyle.
9.  He who refuses to hear the pleas for help from those who are in need, will find his pleas for help ignored.
10. Anger, when not treated with an attitude of grace, will allow anger and a hot, flaring temper to continue.

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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Christ’s Victory Over Physical Death…

SIH HALTAL ICON“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  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.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”   (1 Corinthians 15:51-58)

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Death: Lost Man’s Victorious Enemy… The Christian’s Defeated Foe (Part #2)

SIH STSTA ICONThe Bible’s usage of the term “death” involves the basic foundational principle of separation.  There are three different types of death that are described in God’s Word:

1. Physical death – this is the condition of the spirit when it is separated from the body

2. Spiritual death – this is the condition of the spirit when it is separated from God hereby it is lacking acceptance by, communion and accompaniment with God

3. Eternal Death – this is the permanent condition of the spirit when it is separated from the presence of God for an eternity while suffering torment in the Lake of Fire.

As you can see from the above, there is no aspect of death that is friendly to mankind.  This is why death is said to “sting” us bringing about harm and pain upon each one of us.

In our study for today, we will be looking at how our Lord Jesus Christ has won the victory over the physical death of His people and through His work offers to us eternal life.

THE SCRIPTURES:

51) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

54) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55) O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?

56)  The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.

57) But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

 (1 Corinthians 15:51-58)

 

THE STUDY:

Do you remember the three different types of “death” found in the Bible?

Once again, they are:

1. Physical death – this is the condition of the spirit when it is separated from the body

2. Spiritual death – this is the condition of the spirit when it is separated from God hereby it is lacking acceptance by, communion and accompaniment with God

3. Eternal Death – this is the permanent condition of the spirit when it is separated from the presence of God for an eternity while suffering torment in the Lake of Fire.

 

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, has gotten the victory over all three types of death…

1. Physical death – this is the condition of the spirit when it is separated from the body

In 1 Corinthians 15:51-58, we find that Christ has won, for us, the final victory over physical death….

51) Behold, I shew you a mystery;

What is a mystery?  It is a secret that is known by a few but unknown to most.  What Paul is about to tell us is known only by those who have experienced the Lord’s gracious intervention in their lives.  It is a “mystery” to all others.

We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

At the time of His coming, all of those who have been saved by His grace can be divided into two distinct groups, those who are living and those who have died.

Those who have died are described as “sleeping” because, for the Christians’ bodies that lie in the tomb,  PHYSICAL death is much like sleep. While the Christians’ spirits are in heaven with Christ, their physical bodies are laid in the grave, much like they are sleeping.  But someday the bodies of the Chrsitians will arise again, just like they are awakened from that sleep….

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised

This rising of the believer’s body from the grave will take place “in the twinkling of an eye”.  In other words, it will take place quickly, instantaneously with the second coming of Christ.

The second coming of Jesus is described as taking place “at the last trump”.  And then, it goes further “the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible:”…what a wonderful way to express the calling of the saints’ bodies from the graves!  This is a picture of using a trumpet to call a great army or nation to gather at the call of its leader.  In this case, it is God’s spiritual nation being called forth to gather to their great Lord and King, Jesus Christ.

incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

When the saint’s body is raised it will be changed into an “incorruptible” body.  In other words, it is a body that will be incapable of decay or entering into a worse condition.  Also it will be raised an “immortal” body, which is incapable of dying again.

These two changes will equip the believers’ bodies to an eternal existence with the Lord in the New Jerusalem on the New Earth (Rev 21-22)

 

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

When the saint’s body is arisen and changed, at that instant, the final manifestation of Christ’s victory over death will be completed.  At that point, it will be proven to all that when Christ died on the cross and arose again, that He won the victory over all the physical aspect of the death of His people. At the moment the Christians’ spirits reenters their resurrected body, never to be separated again, physical death will be shown to be defeated. The bodily resurrection of the saints will clearly display that fact to all.

 

O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?

Paul now asks a rhetorical question, done to mock the seeming control that death has held over God’s people… After this clear display of Christ’s victory, where is your sting, death, and grave, where is the victory you have claimed over God’s people?

 

The sting of death [is] sin;

What is it that brings the pain and harm to those who are facing death?  It is the sin that is in their life, their sin nature and their sinful intents and actions….

And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am [he], ye shall die in your sins.”   (John 8:23-24)

 

and the strength of sin [is] the law.

The proof that sin exists and is present in all of our lives is found in the law of God which applies to all individuals of all time.  The laws of God, which is found in both Testaments, when compared to a person’s thoughts and actions, clearly display the existence of sin in the life of all mankind…

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.”   (Romans 3:19-20)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”   (1 John 1:8-10)

For [there is] not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”   (Ecclesiastes 7:20)

If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? (Psalms 130:3)

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

The final two verses of our text is a fitting conclusion to this lesson….

But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Based on the fact that we all are fallen, sinful, spiritually dead creatures, we are to appreciate the great victory that was won by Christ on the cross.  That appreciation is to translate into a life lived for His glory and honor….

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings.  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.  Blessed [is] that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.  Many, O LORD my God, [are] thy wonderful works [which] thou hast done, and thy thoughts [which are] to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: [if] I would declare and speak [of them], they are more than can be numbered.”   (Psalms 40:1-5)

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Our service is to be:

“steadfast” – to be well grounded – understanding what we are to do and why we are to do it, understanding what we believe and why we believe and share it

“unmoveable” – unswaying – determined to do what we are commanded by Him;

“always abounding” – always overflowing in our service to Him.

We know that, through our verbal and lifestyle testimony of His Word, He will use it to show others the way to be removed from the horrible condition of spiritual death and be given the ability to look ahead to eternal life with the Lord.

Let us all live our lives for the Lord knowing all that He has done for us by dying on the cross bringing to us deliverance from death to new life in Him.  This is the very truth that Paul emphasized to us in Phil 1:21…  “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

For those who have never trusted in Him, see your need to turn to Christ in repentance and belief. It is in Him alone that we can find forgiveness, peace with God and life everlasting.

In our last part to this series we will see how Christ has won for us the victory over spiritual and eternal death.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

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Saturday Video Pick Of The Week

Who Am I? by Casting Crowns

“Who Am I”

Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name,
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done.
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are.

I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean.
A vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I’m calling.
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling.
And You’ve told me who I am.
I am Yours, I am Yours.

Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again?
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me?

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done.
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are.

I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean.
A vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I’m calling.
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling.
And You’ve told me who I am.
I am Yours.

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done.
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are.

I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean.
A vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I’m calling.
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling.
And You’ve told me who I am.
I am Yours, I am Yours, I am Yours.

Whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear?
‘Cause I am Yours, I am Yours.

Is Sin Worth The Cost?

SIH HALTAL ICON“The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.  The way of man [is] froward and strange: but [as for] the pure, his work [is] right.  [It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.” (Proverbs 21:7-9)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-2Bu

The Names Of Christ: “Commander To The People”

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Christ Is The One Who Reveals To Us Our God-given Responsibilities. 

 Isa 55:4 – Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 21:7-9

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

 

Practical Life Principles: Sin Brings Misery (2): Proverbs 21:7-9

7) The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
8) The way of man [is] froward and strange: but [as for] the pure, his work [is] right.
9) [It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

Solomon continues to emphasize the end result of sin in our lives…. misery

EXPOSITION:

7) The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
1.  The violence inflicted upon the innocent by the wicked will chew (guilt), and then consume (ruin), the wicked.
2.  They are brought to ruin because they ignore their guilt and, stubbornly, oppose treating others justly.

When the wicked choose to follow a path of harm to others, motivated by self-gain and ignoring the testimony of their conscience, they will be brought to ruin and uselessness.

The LORD is known [by] the judgment [which] he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.”   (Psalms 9:16)

8) The way of man [is] froward and strange: but [as for] the pure, his work [is] right.
1.  The nature of fallen mankind is to be twisted and detestable.
2. The nature of those cleansed by God is to have actions that are aligned with God’s law and pleasant.

The nature of the wicked leads them to pervert the law of God and to perform acts that are detested by  both God and man.  The saved, because they have received a new nature, are able to live according to God’s laws which make their actions pleasing to both God and man.

What [is] man, that he should be clean? and [he which is] born of a woman, that he should be righteous?  Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.  How much more abominable and filthy [is] man, which drinketh iniquity like water?”   (Job 15:14-16)

9) [It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
1. There is more value in permanently living in the angle of the roof (attic) of a house, alone than to…
2. live with someone who is a contentious, overly critical, and argumentative.

Fallen mankind is bent towards negative, faultfinding attitudes and the desire for conflict.   This argumentative, critical, attitude hinders intimacy with others by taking away the joy and benefits of fellowship and intimacy.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,”   (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

SUMMARY:

The miseries that come from sin our lives include:

1.  When we are lax in our spiritual responsibilities, we can expect to face spiritual loss and discontentment.
2.  Anyone seeking earthly riches through the use of deceit, is pursuing that which will bring loss and ruin to himself.
3.  When the wicked choose to ignore the testimony of their conscience, they will be brought to ruin and uselessness.
4.  The nature of the wicked leads them to perform acts that are detested by God and man.
5.  An argumentative, critical attitude hinders intimacy with others by taking away joy and other benefits of fellowship and intimacy.

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 Recognize The Sin That Is In Our Lives?

SIH HALTAL ICONAn high look, and a proud heart, [and] the plowing of the wicked, [is] sin.   The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness; but of every one [that is] hasty only to want.  The getting of treasures by a lying tongue [is] a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.  (Proverbs 21:4-6)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-2Bn

The Names Of Christ: “The Chief Cornerstone”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist Is The Basis of the Foundation For The Local Assembly and Salvation 

Eph 2:20 –  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 

 1Pe 2:6 – Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 21:4-6

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

 

Practical Life Principles: Sin Brings Misery (1): Proverbs 21:4-6

4) An high look, and a proud heart, [and] the plowing of the wicked, [is] sin.
5) The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness; but of every one [that is] hasty only to want.
6) The getting of treasures by a lying tongue [is] a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

In the next two devotions we will be seeing Solomon now emphasizes the end result of sin in our lives…. misery

 

EXPOSITION:

4) An high look, and a proud heart, [and] the plowing of the wicked, [is] sin.

Before Solomon centers our attention on the misery that sin brings into our life, he shares with us a practical definition of sin.
1.  Three basic indications of sin being present in our lives are…
a.  A “high look” – looking “over and beyond others”, thinking there is nothing to gain by paying attention to them.  Basically, this is an attitude of SUPREMACY shown outwardly in our actions.
b.  A “proud heart” – a “roomy, open heart”, desires that allow anything to enter into them.  This shows an attitude of inward PRIDE, believing nothing is off limits.  We do not guard against sinful desires, nor temptations, thinking we know what is best for our own lives and above the law and judgment of God.
c.  The “plowing of the wicked” – how can it be that the simple act of a wicked man plowing his field can be an indication of sin being present?  This is based on a very simple, yet for many, an unrealized Biblical principle explained in detail in the following passages:

Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh [month], even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, [even] to me?  And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat [for yourselves], and drink [for yourselves]?”   (Zechariah 7:5-6)

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”  (1 Corinthians 10:31)

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”   (Colossians 3:17)

And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”   (Colossians 3:23)

All of the above texts teach us that, anytime we perform ANY action that is not done from a heart of faith, motivated out of a desire to honor the Lord, and experiencing thankfulness for all He has done for us…. it is sin.

In Solomon’s example of the plowing of the wicked, the idea is this:
a. the wicked man, as he plows, is not thankful for the life and health God has given to him that enables him to plow the field.
b. the wicked man, as he plows, is not trusting the Lord to give him a fruitful crop in the coming harvest season
c. the wicked man, as he plows, is not recognizing the ground he is working in as a marvelous creation of God, recognizing God’s wisdom and strength.
d.  the wicked man, as he plows, is not doing it as an act of obedience and honor to the Lord.  He is doing it entirely for selfish reasons.

This list can go on and on.

This is a very important principle for the Christian as well…

ANYTIME we engage in an earthly activity without a heart COMPLETELY FILLED with a spirit thankfulness to God, love for God, submission to God, and recognition of God’s glory, while excluding all selfish motives, we are committing sin.   This is a very sobering truth and should make any Christian who believes they are living a sinless life think twice about their beliefs. (Romans 7:16-25)

So to summarize the marks of a sinful act, it is an act that is performed:
1.  with an attitude of supremacy over others, or
2.  with an attitude of pride believing they do not answer to God,
3.  with no recognition of the Lord, His blessings, and no desire to honor and glorify Him for those blessings.

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek [after God]: God [is] not in all his thoughts.”   (Psalms 10:4)

 

5) The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness; but of every one [that is] hasty only to want.

Now Solomon turns our attention to the misery brought upon us by our sin…
1.  Those who are faithful to their responsibilities will experience success in their endeavors.
2.  Those who quickly, carelessly, aimlessly deal with their responsibilities will only suffer want.

This principle is easily applied to the spiritual things of the Lord.  When we are faithfully submissive to the will of God and diligently seek to serve Him, we will find His blessings rained upon us.  When we are lax in those same responsibilities, we can expect to face spiritual loss and discontentment.

And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;  That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and [that] ye may have lack of nothing.”    (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)

 

6) The getting of treasures by a lying tongue [is] a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

1.  When earthy riches are acquired with the use of deceiving speech it is
a.  a worthless action “carries no weight” with the Lord.  It is like any light, insignificant object that is easily blown by the wind (examples: dust, a feather, a dead leaf, etc etc).
b.  a pursuit that leads to death.  Anyone seeking earthly riches through the use of deceit, is pursuing that which will bring death to himself.   For those who are lost, they will bring eternal spiritual death.  For those who are saved pursuing these things brings death to their testimony and usefulness for Christ.

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”   (1 Timothy 6:9-10)

 

SUMMARY:

The miseries that come from sin our lives include:
1.  When we are lax in our spiritual responsibilities, we can expect to face spiritual loss and discontentment.
2.  Anyone seeking earthly riches through the use of deceit, is pursuing that which will bring loss and ruin to himself.

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

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

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The Lord Is In Control!

SIH HALTAL ICONThe king’s heart [is] in the hand of the LORD, [as] the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.  Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.  To do justice and judgment [is] more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.   (Proverbs 21:1-3)

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The Names Of Christ: “The Consolation Of Israel”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist Is The One Who Comforts Israel

  Luk 2:25 – (And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 21:1-3

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

Practical Life Principles: The Lord Is In Control: Proverbs 21:1-3

1) The king’s heart [is] in the hand of the LORD, [as] the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
2) Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
3) To do justice and judgment [is] more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

In this chapter, Solomon reminds us of several practical life principles that we use in our day to day walk with the Lord.

EXPOSITION:

1) The king’s heart [is] in the hand of the LORD, [as] the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Life Principle 1:  The Lord is in control of those in authority.
1.  Those who are in authority are controlled by the very hand of Jehovah, much He is in control of the mighty rivers that flow and rise according to His good pleasure.
2.  The Lord is able to bend the authority’s desires, motives and thoughts in any way He pleases.

Normally, we think of animal and inanimate nature under the Lord’s control, but we hestitate to think that men are controlled as well.  Here we find that Solomon described the Lord’s control over nature as being very similar to the type and degree of control He exercises over mankind as well.  In other words, the Lord sovereignly reigns equally over all His creation.

And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom [is] from generation to generation:  And all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”   (Daniel 4:34-35)

2) Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

Life Principle 2: The Lord knows our heart and mind better than ourselves.
1.  Every path that a man chooses to take, he, pridefully, believes is the correct path.
2.  However, the Lord not only analyzes our actions but our heart as well.

When we rely upon ourselves for leadership in decision making, we are relying upon a fallen, sinful, imperfect being.  Therefore many times we can actually fool ourselves and make incorrect life decisions.  However, the Lord cannot be fooled.  He sees the true nature of the actions and our heart (desires and thoughts) which reveals the motivations behind that action.

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.

(Jeremiah 17:9-10)

3) To do justice and judgment [is] more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Life Principle 3: The Lord is the final, ultimate Judge to which we must answer.
1. To do moral acts of fairness and mercy is desired by Jehovah over the giving of public offerings.

To live in submission to the Lord’s desires, by treating others morally and fairly, is chosen by God over the outward motions of worship when the heart is not in submission to Him.  In the end, He is the One to whom we must answer and He is the One for whom we are to live.

To what purpose [is] the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.  When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?  Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; [it is] iniquity, even the solemn meeting.  Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear [them].  And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.  Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;  Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.”   (Isaiah 1:11-17)

SUMMARY:

One of the great life principles by which we are to live is found in the knowledge that the Lord is in absolute control of all things.  This control is shown to man in many different ways, three of which are: His control over the authorities of this world; His knowledge of the thoughts and intents of the heart; His role as the final, Ultimate Judge over all mankind.

May we all keep these principles in mind, to help us select the path(s) we are to take during our walk on this earth.

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 Appreciate The Silent Blessings of God…

SIH HALTAL ICONThe spirit of man [is] the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.  Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.  The glory of young men [is] their strength: and the beauty of old men [is] the gray head.  The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so [do] stripes the inward parts of the belly.  (Proverbs 20:27-30)

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The Names Of Christ: “The Christ of God”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist Is God’s Anointed One

 

Luk 9:20 –  He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. 

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 20:27-30

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

 

Pitfalls In The Lord’s Service: Ignoring the Profitable Things: Proverbs 20:27-30

27) The spirit of man [is] the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
28) Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
29) The glory of young men [is] their strength: and the beauty of old men [is] the gray head.
30) The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so [do] stripes the inward parts of the belly.

In this section of Scripture, Solomon reminds us of the pitfall of taking lightly the gifts the Lord has given to us to aid in our service to Christ.

EXPOSITION:

27) The spirit of man [is] the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
Profitable thing 1:  Our conscience
1.  The conscience (sprit) within man is like a candle, given to him from the Lord.
2.  It sends forth light that allows the darkest, most intimate of thoughts and desires to be brought to light and examined.

Our conscience is a wonderful gift from the Lord that gives us insight into His will and our condition before Him.  When we ignore the leadings of our conscience, we scar it and deaden its effectiveness for our life.

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and [their] thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)  In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. (Romans 2:14-16)

28) Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
Profitable thing  2: God’s mercy
1.  The undeserved blessings of God and His the Word will extend and strengthen the King’s life.
2.  The King’s authority is established and extended by undeserved blessings from the Lord.

God, the Ultimate Authority, over all, is the one that grants both life and rulership to all the rulers of this world.  Apart from His merciful intervention, the rule of no one would continue.  By remembering it is all a gift from the Lord, it is an encouragement to those in authority to appreciate and serve Him in greater ways.

A Psalm of David. I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.”   (Psalms 101:1)

29) The glory of young men [is] their strength: and the beauty of old men [is] the gray head.
Profitable thing  3: Physical strength and  experiential wisdom
1.  Those who are young are praised for their physical strength.
2.  Those who are old are desired for their life experiences.

There is no reason for any of us to not serve the Lord NOW.  For the young they should take advantage of their physical abilities to honor the Lord with their lives.  For those whose health is gradually failing, we can still play an important role by sharing our experiences and lessons learned from the Word of God with those who are more able to actively serve in physical ways.  If we ignore these blessings He has given to us, we will not consistently serve Him throughout our life.

I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him [that is] from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”    (1 John 2:14)

The hoary head [is] a crown of glory, [if] it be found in the way of righteousness.”   (Proverbs 16:31)

30) The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so [do] stripes the inward parts of the belly.
Profitable thing  4: God’s chastening
1.  The bruising and after effects of chastening are reminders of the need for obedience to the Lord and the painful results of sin in our lives.
2.  The stripes of a whipping are profitable to remind us of the need to rid our inward man of evil.

When the Lord chastens us, we are reminded and encouraged to rid sin out of our entire beings.  Both our actions and our inward man (desires, thoughts and plans) should be separated from sin for His use and glory.  By ignoring them we do not learn the lessons they were meant to teach, and set ourselves up for more severe chastening at His hand.

“Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness.  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”   (Hebrews 12:9-11)

SUMMARY:

There are many pitfalls involving ignoring what the Lord has brought into our lives for His, and our, good…
Profitable thing 1:  Our conscience
Profitable thing  2: God’s mercy
Profitable thing  3: Physical strength and  experiential wisdom
Profitable thing  4: God’s chastening

By God’s grace, He has forewarned us of these pitfalls, so that we might not have to experience them ourselves.  Let us all take this wise counsel and apply it swiftly to our hearts and lives, realizing it is counsel that comes from a Loving, Merciful, All Wise, Heavenly Father.

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 Wait Upon The Lord Or Jump Ahead Of Him In His Service?

SIH HALTAL ICONAn inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.  Say not thou, I will recompense evil; [but] wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.  Divers weights [are] an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance [is] not good.  Man’s goings [are] of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?  [It is] a snare to the man [who] devoureth [that which is] holy, and after vows to make enquiry.  A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
(Proverbs 20:21-26)

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The Names Of Christ: “The Chief Shepherd”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist Is The Supreme Shepherd Who Leads, Feeds and Protects Us

 

1Pe 5:4 – And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 20:21-26

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

 

Pitfalls In The Lord’s Service: Impatience: Proverbs 20:21-26

21) An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
22) Say not thou, I will recompense evil; [but] wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
23) Divers weights [are] an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance [is] not good.
24) Man’s goings [are] of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
25) [It is] a snare to the man [who] devoureth [that which is] holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
26) A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.

In this section of Scripture, Solomon reminds us of the pitfall of impatience in our service to Christ.

EXPOSITION:

21) An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
Pitfall 1 – Impatience due to selfishness
1.  A person may selfishly desire to receive his inheritance quickly, taking no time to consider its proper use.
2. However, after the inheritance is received, the Lord will not bless its use.

Many times, selfishness breeds impatience, which then results in lack of preparation and discernment of God’s will. How can we expect to be blessed of God when we act upon our selfish desires and give no thought to God’s desires for our lives?

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”   (1 Timothy 6:9)

22) Say not thou, I will recompense evil; [but] wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
Pitfall 2 – Impatience due to desire for personal revenge.
1.  When wronged by another, we should not say “I will reciprocate their harmful actions”.
2.  Instead, we are to wait by faith knowing that the Lord will bring about deliverance and justice.

How easy it is for us to desire to personally bring revenge upon those who have done us wrong.  Instead we are to, by faith, exercise patience knowing the Lord will bring us out from the wrongdoing by returning the evildoing upon the head of the guilty.  After all, who is the more just and effective judge of wickedness, ourselves or the Lord?

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”   (Romans 12:17-20)

23) Divers weights [are] an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance [is] not good.
Pitfall 3 – Impatience in making gain in business practices
1.  Varying weights are disgusting in the sight of Jehovah
2.  Fraudulent scales is not pleasing, nor beneficial to the Lord

There are two ways to profit from a business:
a. Displeasing the Lord by impatiently seeking “quick gains” through deceptive, unfair, manipulative business practices
b. Pleasing the Lord by being honest and open in our dealings, majoring on quality workmanship, fair prices, excellent customer service, high productivity and frugal spending.  All of these will require more time for the reputation of the business to reap higher profits  than by defrauding the customer.  However in the long term these will reap the blessings of God over the business, compared to His displeasure that is brought upon those who abuse others.

Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,  Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?  That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; [yea], and sell the refuse of the wheat?  The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.”   (Amos 8:4-7)

24) Man’s goings [are] of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
Pitfall 4 – Impatience is getting ahead of God’s plan for our lives
1.  Man’s course of life on earth is totally in the hand of God.
2.  Because God is in control, how can a man come to a complete discernment of the events of his life?

If we understand that the Lord is in control of our past, present and future, we are to recognize the need for patience in making life decisions, seeking the Lord’s will before acting upon the decision at hand.  How often do we impatiently go ahead of the Lord, making decisions and plunging forward without His counsel or His approval?

O LORD, I know that the way of man [is] not in himself: [it is] not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”  (Jeremiah 10:23)

25) [It is] a snare to the man [who] devoureth [that which is] holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
Pitfall 5 – Impatience in using His “holy things”  and in making promises
1.  It is a trap laid by Satan for a man to quickly, out of fleshly desire, tear apart and use selfishly that which is separated for God’s use.
2.  It is a trap for us to impatiently enter into promises, before we consider if it is possible to keep the promise and what will the cost of keeping our word.

We are to always hold the things of God with the greatest of reverence and respect.  We should always patiently seek God’s will in using what He has given to us. Compromise, laziness, irresponsibility, and flippant attitudes have no place in our lives concerning His “holy things”.   We should never “jump into” the things of God, but respectfully hold the attitude “not my will but thine be done” before taking actions related to His holy things.  This includes His truths, the counselors He has brought into our lives, the opportunities He has opened for us to serve…. the list goes on and on.

Also we should never enter into a commitment without seeking His will and counting the cost of keeping that commitment.  How often do we quickly make agreements that we can never actually keep, thereby being forced to break our word and dirty our testimony of honesty and reliability.

Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”   (Proverbs 23:23)

“When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for [he hath] no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.  Better [is it] that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.  Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it [was] an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?”   (Ecclesiastes 5:4-6)

26) A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
Pitfall 6 – Impatience in holding authority over others.
A king that applies the Word to his decision making will cast away and seek to run the chariots wheels over them in disgust and punishment.

Anyone in authority should understand the harm that wickedness brings and seek to rid it from the areas over which he is responsible.  He also should seek to punish those who are wicked, making them an example for all to see of the results of wicked actions done under his authority.

Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.  Mine eyes [shall be] upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.  He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.  I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.”   (Psalms 101:5-8)

SUMMARY:

There are many pitfalls involving impatience that await us in our service to Christ.  In this section, Solomon has pointed our attention to these areas…
Pitfall 1 – Impatience due to selfishness
Pitfall 2 – Impatience due to desire for personal revenge.
Pitfall 3 – Impatience in making gain in business practices
Pitfall 4 – Impatience is getting ahead of God’s plan for our lives
Pitfall 5 – Impatience in using His “holy things”  and in making promises
Pitfall 6 – Impatience in holding authority over others.

By God’s grace, He has forewarned us of these pitfalls, so that we might not have to experience them ourselves.  Let us all take this wise counsel and apply it swiftly to our hearts and lives, realizing it is counsel that comes from a Loving, Merciful, All Wise, Heavenly Father.

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

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

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The Effects Of Death On All Mankind….

SIH HALTAL ICON“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.”   (Ephesians 2:1-3)

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