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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 24:30-34

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

 

 Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Diligence Not Laziness: Proverbs 24:30-34

30) I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31) And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, [and] nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
32) Then I saw, [and] considered [it] well: I looked upon [it, and] received instruction.
33) [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34) So shall thy poverty come [as] one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

 

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

 

EXPOSITION:

One of the most profitable attitudes for the Christian is an attitude of diligence (to give care, to give attention, and to be conscientious in all our endeavors )…

30) I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 
As Solomon travels he comes across…
1. the field of a lazy man
2. in other words, the vineyard of a man who lacks insight into the true nature of things

What does he find as he examines this?….

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:  Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,  Provideth her meat in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest.  How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?  [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”   (Proverbs 6:6-11)

31) And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, [and] nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
1.  it was all overtaken by prickly plants
2.  sharp weeds now concealed the form of it
3.  the rock surrounding wall was in pieces

Due to the man’s laziness, we find his material possessions were slowly entering into ruin.

By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. (Ecclesiastes 10:18)

 

32) Then I saw, [and] considered [it] well: I looked upon [it, and] received instruction.
1.  Solomon visually perceived it with his eyes
2.  Solomon thoroughly thought about what he had seen
3.  Solomon perceived (understood) what was taking place
4.  Solomon learned a lesson from this event

Not only does this event teach us that an attitude of laxness will result in the decay and ruin of our physical possessions, but there is a greater lesson to be learned.  This clearly teaches us that, when we are uncaring, indolent, and lazy in spiritual warfare we are headed for spiritual shipwreck and ruin.

For they [are] a nation void of counsel, neither [is there any] understanding in them.  O that they were wise, [that] they understood this, [that] they would consider their latter end!”   (Deuteronomy 32:28-29)

 

33) [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  34) So shall thy poverty come [as] one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
1.  What seems like a little matter… just a bit of sleep; just a bit of relaxation; just a bit of cessation of our labors;

yields very big results….

2.  Entering into an extreme state of physical and spiritual want (like one that has been traveling, leaving his possessions unguarded.)
3.  Unable to stop our entrance into a condition of great spiritual and physical need (much like being unable to oppose an armed man  who is robbing us of all our goods.)

The results of lacking diligence is great, indeed.  For the Christian, it will irresistibly work extreme spiritual poverty which will result in utter ruin of testimony and effectiveness for Christ.

Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”   (1 Thessalonians 5:6-10)

SUMMARY:

May we all seek to be diligent, putting off a spirit of slothfulness as we seek to serve our Lord.   After all, do we not owe Him our consistent best?  This can only be accomplished by being ever diligent as we fight the good fight of faith.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for 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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 24:27-29

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

 

Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Relationships Not Selfishness: Proverbs 24:27-29

27) Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
28) Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive [not] with thy lips.
29) Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

 

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

 

EXPOSITION:

Here, we will see the need to choose relationships over selfishness…

27) Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
1.  Set in order your labors outside the home (preparing building materials and then erect our home)
2.  Properly organize your fields (livestock and crops)
3.  After these add onto your existing homes

Here we have the need for self-control and unselfishness by setting the right priorities of life.   We are to always take care of OUR NEEDS BEFORE OUR WANTS.  We are to erect our home and secure our food and building supplies before we are to embellish and beautify our homes.

A selfish man would be more concerned about the temporal pleasures of ease of living than to labor to make sure their future needs are supplied.  By doing this, we are not willingly becoming a burden on those around us.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]?  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish [it], all that behold [it] begin to mock him,  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.”   (Luke 14:28-30)

 

28) Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive [not] with thy lips.
1.  Do not testify in opposition to a neighbor without having a legitimate reason
2.  Do not lie about your neighbor to others

We are to never be a false witness about our neighbors, whether in a court of law or simply as we speak to others around us.

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.   Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.”   (Ephesians 4:25-27)

 

29) Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
1.  Do not say that we will treat our neighbor as they have treated us
2.  Do not say that we will hand back to them what they have given to us.

We are to never desire to get vengeance against our neighbors, nor stoop to their level when they mistreat us.  Our main concern is to always show mercy, patience and love towards others.  In doing so, we are showing Christ to them through our actions and lifestyles.

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].  See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].”   (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

SUMMARY:

We are to always keep our flesh and selfish desires under control.  Three main areas in our relationship with others involves:
1. When possible supply our own needs for living.  In doing so, we will not become a burden upon others and allow them to concentrate on supplying their own needs and the needs of their household.
2.  We are to never be a false witness about our neighbors, whether in a court of law or simply as we speak to others around us.
3. We are to never desire to get vengeance against our neighbors, nor stoop to their level when they mistreat us.

 

By doing these, we are choosing our relationship with others over our own selfish desires.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for 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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 24:23-26

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

 

Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Warn not Excuse: Proverbs 24:23-26

23) These [things] also [belong] to the wise. [It is] not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
24) He that saith unto the wicked, Thou [art] righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
25) But to them that rebuke [him] shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
26) [Every man] shall kiss [his] lips that giveth a right answer.

 

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

 

EXPOSITION:

Here, we will see the need to kindly warn others of their sin not excuse it…

23) These [things] also [belong] to the wise. [It is] not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
The following four principles are possessed by those who know, understand and apply the Word to their lives, thus making them wise…
1.  It is not beneficial, nor pleasing, to gaze differently upon persons when making judgments concerning them.

We are to render our decisions about others by looking at them in the light of God’s Word.  Our decision making is to be done fairly and justly.  Fairly, in that each person is to be treated alike with others.  Justly in that all of our decisions are to be made based upon God’s law, not the differences that exist between the persons.

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, [the Lord] of glory, with respect of persons.  For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;  And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:  Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?  Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?  But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?  Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:  But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all.”   (James 2:1-10)

 

24) He that saith unto the wicked, Thou [art] righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
2.  He that tells the lawless that their actions are in alignment with the Law of God will find that individuals will wish judgment to fall upon him and communities will be disgusted with him.

Those who show favoritism in their decision making will find that they will lose the respect of others.

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! Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!”  (Isaiah 5:20-23)

 

25) But to them that rebuke [him] shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
3.  To those who reveal and convict a man of their sinful deeds.  A beneficial acts of God’s grace will be bestowed upon them.

Those who make honest judgments will receive the blessings of the Lord.

Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.”  (1 Timothy 5:20)

 

26) [Every man] shall kiss [his] lips that giveth a right answer.
4.  Also to those who give the sinner a lawful, honest, and just answer will receive the appreciation and well wishes of others.

Those who make honest judgments will receive the favor and appreciation of others.

Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.  How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?  Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, [which are] as wind?”   (Job 6:24-26)

 

SUMMARY:

The importance of making honest, correct judgments cannot be ignored.  When we make judgments that are just in God’s sight, we will receive His blessings and the approval of others.  When we show favoritism towards others by making unjust judgments we will displease the Lord and be rejected by others.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for 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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 24:19-22

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

 

Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Look To Lord, not Wicked: Proverbs 24:19-22

19) Fret not thyself because of evil [men], neither be thou envious at the wicked;
20) For there shall be no reward to the evil [man]; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
21) My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: [and] meddle not with them that are given to change:
22) For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

 

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

 

EXPOSITION:

Here, we will see the need to keep our eyes on the goal of faithful service to our Lord and Savior…

19) Fret not thyself because of evil [men], neither be thou envious at the wicked;
We should not turn our eyes to those who are wicked….
1.  Do not be anxious about those who bring ruin and opposition to others.
2.  Nor should we desire to be like those who are lawless.

By keeping our eyes upon our Lord and faithful service for Him, we will keep our eyes off the wicked.  This will result in less tension, stress and anxiety; as well as keeping our desires and motivations pure and Godly as well.

“I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.  I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.”   (Psalms 26:4-5)

 

20) For there shall be no reward to the evil [man]; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
Why are we to keep our eyes on Christ and His service?
1.  Because, in the end, the lawless will not be blessed by God
2.  The Lord will take away all their attractiveness (power, possessions, fame, etc etc)

If we begin to concentrate on the wicked and the temporary prosperity that they enjoy, we can find ourselves being attracted to their lifestyle and methods.  However, by keeping our eye son the Lord, we can see “the end from the beginning” and we understand the temporal nature of their success.

These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds [they are] without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;  Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.”   (Jude 1:12-13)

 

21) My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: [and] meddle not with them that are given to change:
Because keeping our eyes on Christ is of great benefit….
1.  We are to always recognize the Lord’s greatness and fear His hand of chastening and respect those who hold positions of human authority over us.
2.  We are to not be intermingled with those who are inconsistent and wavering in their lifestyle.

A great motivator to keeping our eyes on the Lord and His service is three-fold: recognize His authority over us; recognize the threat of His hand of chastening upon us; and recognize the human authorities He has set over us.  By doing these, we will keep ourselves separated from the wicked that dwell among us.

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;  Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.  For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:  As free, and not using [your] liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.  Honour all [men]. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.”   (1 Peter 2:13-17)

 

 22) For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
Why should we keep ourselves separated from the wicked?
1.   Those who ignore the authorities over them, will swiftly and unexpectedly face a burning rod that will bring them misery and destruction
2.   No one can fully understand the destruction that awaits those who ignore civil authorities and those who ignore their Ultimate Authority, the Lord.

By ignoring the Lord, and the civil authorities that He has set over us, we are destined to a lifestyle of disobedience, selfishness, abuse to others and ultimate ruin.  Oh how important it is to focus upon Christ and His service as we live our lives on earth.

Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, [so is] thy wrath.”   (Psalms 90:11)

 

SUMMARY:

By keeping our eyes upon the Lord and those He has set over us:
1.  Relieves anxiety about those who oppose us
2.  Eliminates the desire to emulate the lawless
3.  Allows escape from the coming judgment of the wicked
4.  Allows us to experience the Godly motivations of reverence and fear of chastening
5.  Allows us to remain separated from the wicked

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for 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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 24:15-18

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

 

Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Justice Not Abuse: Proverbs 24:15-18

15) Lay not wait, O wicked [man], against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
16) For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
17) Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18) Lest the LORD see [it], and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

 

EXPOSITION:

Here, we will see the need to treat others justly, being on guard against abusing others…

15) Lay not wait, O wicked [man], against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
Solomon now gives a solemn warning against the abuse of God’s people…
1.  Morally crooked one, do not set an ambush to destroy the home of the lawful ones
2.  and do not overtake by force the place where God’s people find peace and security.

Those who are lawless seek to abuse the people of God.  They do this by catching them off guard, destroying their family, possessions, shelter, peace and security.  All of this is done for the personal gain of the wicked and to hinder the Godly’s walk with Christ.

Why do the lawless, many times, make the righteous the target of their abuse?  For many, it is because, the Godly walk of the righteous are a constant source of guilt upon the ungody.  This takes place as the Lord uses the testimony of the righteous to convict the lost of their sinful actions and condition.

The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.  The law of his God [is] in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.  The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.  The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.”   (Psalms 37:30-33)

 

16) For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
1.  Those aligned with the law of God may hindered and cast down seven times (a perfect number of times) yet the Lord continues to bless them and give them the ability to continue on.
2.  But the wicked will live a lifestyle of wrongdoing and abuse which will result in their permanent downfall.

Although the Godly will suffer persecution, they will find renewal and eventual success in their service to Christ.  In comparison a lost man may be temporarily successful in their abuse of others, but will eventually face ruin.

The eyes of the LORD [are] upon the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their cry.  The face of the LORD [is] against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.  [The righteous] cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.  Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.  He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.  Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.   The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”   (Psalms 34:15-22)

 

17) Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
1.  Do not make fun of your opposition when they are brought down
2.  Do not desire your enemy’s defeat, nor be glad when he grows faint and falls.

The Lord desires for His people to be compassionate, forgiving and merciful towards others.  To actively desire our enemies defeat is showing a lack of all of these.   We should be grieved to see the spiritual condition of our enemies and seek his salvation and the divine forgiveness of his sins.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?   And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so?”  (Matthew 5:43-47)

18) Lest the LORD see [it], and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
When we show an unmerciful attitude towards our enemies, when the Lord regards it …
1.  it vexes Him to look upon it,
2.  and the Lord will remove His hand of judgment from upon the wicked.

Note:  In response to a saint’s unmerciful attitude, why would the Lord remove His hand of judgment from upon the enemies that oppose us?  It could possibly be a part of His chastening upon His people.  By allowing the wicked to prosper once again, the Lord is opening the door for the continuing abuse of the unforgiving child of God.   This would be a very fitting type of chastening as the unforgiving saint must now face the continuing mistreatment from his opposition.

Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.”  (Proverbs 17:5)

 

SUMMARY:

Although those who are lost, will in some cases, seek to harm the followers of Christ.  The people of God are to show them kindness, graciousness and forgiveness.  We can rest assured that the Lord will make all things right.  When we see Him working in the lives of the wicked, we are to not find joy in His hand of punishment upon them.   When we do, it is very possible He will remove His hand from upon them and, as a form of chastening, allow them to continue their abuse of us.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for 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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 24:13-14

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

 

Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Blessings Not Loss: Proverbs 24:13-14

13) My son, eat thou honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste:
14) So [shall] the knowledge of wisdom [be] unto thy soul: when thou hast found [it], then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

  

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

 

EXPOSITION:

Solomon points our attention to a very important truth… faithfulness to the Lord now, secures future blessings for us.

13) My son, eat thou honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste:
Solomon, out of love and concern for his students, now teaches us to:
1.  devour honey because it is beneficial and pleasing
2.  devour the honeycomb  because it tastes pleasant to the palate

Many times, we have a tendency to only “live for the moment” without regard for the long term results of our actions.  Solomon reminds us that we are to apply those things that not only give us pleasure, but also long term benefit for our lives.  These are the things that we are to dedicate our lives to obtaining and applying.

Christ, at His first coming, set the perfect example of this principle for us to follow…

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.   Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.  For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.”   (Isaiah 7:14-16)

 

14) So [shall] the knowledge of wisdom [be] unto thy soul: when thou hast found [it], then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
Solomon now directs us to God’s Word as the ultimate source of current pleasure, as well as long term benefit…
1.  the practical application of God’s Word to our lives holds lasting benefits for our physical life
2.  when we have come to possess wisdom, we will receive a temporal reward of God’s blessings.  His wisdom will also continue to reap blessings for us into eternity.

The obtaining of wisdom (the proper application of God’s Word to our lives) is of utmost benefit for the child of God, both now and into eternity.  Now, because it will assure our Godly service to Christ, while into eternity it will reap many rewards and blessings for us.

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”   (James 1:23-25)

 

SUMMARY:

One of the greatest motivating forces that will dictate our life that is lived on this earth, should be the consideration of the future results to our current actions.  We should always strive to do today what will reap future spiritual benefits for us.

A Christian should NEVER simply “live for the moment” without regard for future results of our lifestyle and individual actions.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for 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”.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 24:8-12

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

 

Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Wisdom Not Weakness 2: Proverbs 24:8-12

8) He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
9) The thought of foolishness [is] sin: and the scorner [is] an abomination to men.
10) [If] thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.
11) If thou forbear to deliver [them that are] drawn unto death, and [those that are] ready to be slain;
12) If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider [it]? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth [not] he know [it]? and shall [not] he render to [every] man according to his works?

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

 

EXPOSITION:

He continues our study by emphasizing the need to cultivate an attitude desiring to be wise and not weak.  In this section, he describes for us several marks of those who are foolish and weak…

8) He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
A foolishly weak person is one that deliberately plans to perform evil against others…

A person who plans to bring to ruin the innocent shall be given the title “Master of Wicked Devices”.
Through:
a. making plans to perform evil actions;
b. making plans to harm those who are innocent and defenseless;

By doing these, they are clearly showing themselves as extreme in their rebellion against the Lord.

Although the wicked will attempt to hide his wickedness, his sinful ways will eventually be seen by his associates and will become known as one who has mastered acts of rebellion against the Lord.

There is [one] come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.”   (Nahum 1:11)

 

9) The thought of foolishness [is] sin: and the scorner [is] an abomination to men.
A foolishly weak person is one that rejects the teachings of His Word…

1.  To make plans, without the application of God’s Word is an act of rebellion against the Lord
2.  Those that scoff and mock God’s Word are thoroughly disgusting to men.

When men make plans without considering God’s Word, they are mocking His Word, rebelling against Him, and making themselves thoroughly disgusting to those around them.  Their actions not only harm the cause of the Lord, but, many times include bringing harm to others.

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

 

10) [If] thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.
A foolishly weak person is one is weak in times of trouble…

1.  If a person grows weary and slacks off when faced with troubles it is a sign that their abilities and supplies are very limited.

The Lord promises that He will be with His people in times of need and will give them overflowing sustaining grace to meet their every need.  Therefore, if a person is weak in times of distress, it shows that their relationship with the Lord is lacking:
a. Either, they are yet in their sins (unsaved);
b. or, as Christians,  they have unconfessed sin in their life resulting in a breach in communion with the Lord.

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

 

11) If thou forbear to deliver [them that are] drawn unto death, and [those that are] ready to be slain;
A foolishly weak person is one that is not gracious or kind to those in great distress and need…

A person liked this holds back from defending:
1.  those who are unjustly facing ruin or physical death
2.  those who are wavering or slipping down a slope into a slaughter.

One of the great roles to be played by the wise is the defense of those who are being mistreated and cannot defend themselves.  When a person hold s themselves back from showing kindness to the afflicted is to outward display their foolishness and lack of understanding of God’s will.

[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?  [Is it] not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?”   (Isaiah 58:6-7)

12) If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider [it]? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth [not] he know [it]? and shall [not] he render to [every] man according to his works?
A foolishly weak person is one who excuses their sin and forgets the Lord knows their heart…

If a person excuses their sin by saying they did see the opportunity to help others in need, their actions deny that:
1.  the Lord closely examines their desires and motives.
2.  the Lord sustains their physical life and observes all aspects of their life
3.  the Lord will give back to men what they have given to others.

Those who are wise know that the Lord cannot be fooled, nor can sin be justified.   The attempted justification of sin, is an outward display of foolishness and a pride.

The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity [that is] in me.  Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. “   (Psalms 7:8-9)

SUMMARY:

Some of the marks of the person who is spiritually weak due to their foolishness:
1.  A foolishly weak person is one that deliberately plans to perform evil against others…
2.  A foolishly weak person is one that rejects the teachings of His Word…
3.  A foolishly weak person is one is weak in times of trouble…
4.  A foolishly weak person is one that is not gracious or kind to those in great distress and need…
5.  A foolishly weak person is one who excuses their sin and forgets the Lord knows their heart…

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for 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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 24:3-7

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

 

Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Wisdom Not Weakness: Proverbs 24:3-7

3) Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4) And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
5) A wise man [is] strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6) For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.
7) Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

 

EXPOSITION:

He begins our study by emphasizing the need to cultivate an attitude to be wise and not weak…

3) Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
1.  It is through applying God’s Word to our lives that our family is spiritually rooted and grounded
2.  It is through the use of Godly discernment that our family is built up

When we recognize the importance of understanding and applying the Word, we will hand these things down to our children.  In doing so, it will strengthen and ground our families spiritually.

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him:  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”   (Colossians 2:6-8)

 

4) And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
The truths of God fill our living quarters with treasured spiritual wealth

By learning and passing down the truths of God, our homes will be overflowing with the invaluable, and pleasurable, blessings of God.

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him:  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”   (Colossians 2:6-8)

 

5) A wise man [is] strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
1.  A man that applies the Word to his life possesses spiritual strength and boldness.
2.  A man that possesses the truths of God will add to his spiritual strength and the ability to serve Him

The more of the Word that we know and apply to our lives, the greater our spiritual power and boldness.

Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty [men] which are in the city.”   (Ecclesiastes 7:19)

 

6) For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.
1.  Using experienced guidance a decision should be made to go to war.
2.  Using an abundance of advisors deliverance from error and harm can be found.
A decision to go to war is a very serious, important and potentially lethal decision, because it not only affects our lives but the lives of others as well.  This is used as a picture of any important life decision that we are called upon to make. Before making an crucial life decision multiple, experienced guidance should be consulted.  When we look to many advisors that have previously faced the same decision, we are able to make wise, safe, and proper decisions.

Note the two basic principles concerning making crucial life decisions…
1. We are to go to those EXPERIENCED in making the same type of decision we are about to make.  Why? It is only through those who have experienced similar situations in life that we can expect to receive advice that is applicable to our circumstances and tested by experience.
2. We are to go to many COUNSELLORS to obtain many opinions before we make the important decisions of life.  By hearing the counsel of many, we can receive advice that is coming from different views of our situation.

As we speak to our counselors we are to seek their opinion about the nature of God’s will for this situation.  We never go to counselors to seek their opinion of what should be done. Ultimately we are held accountable to follow the counsel of God for the matter at hand.  In some cases, God’s counsel will be found through the advice given to us by others. In other cases, it will be through our own personal study of His Word and the witness of the Holy Spirit within us.

His counsel is most valuable because… the Lord knows EXACTLY what we are going through at the time, no one else does.  Also, our Lord’s counsel is far greater than the counsel of multitudes, His counsel will never fail us.

 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty [men] which are in the city.”   (Ecclesiastes 7:19)

 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”   (Proverbs 15:22)

  

7) Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
1.  The application of God’s Word is exalted above those who do not keep His Word
2.  The fool has no right, nor ability, to add his opinion to decision making.  The best he can do is keep silent so that his foolishness will not be heard.

 As we look for Godly counselors we are to avoid those who do not apply the Word to their lives.  The counsel of the fool is not only worthless, but harmful as well.  For any that follow his counsel only an experience of loss will follow.

 For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.  O LORD, how great are thy works! [and] thy thoughts are very deep.  A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.”   (Psalms 92:4-6)

 

 

SUMMARY:

Strength that finds it source in Godly wisdom affects many areas of our lives:
1.  Strength for our families
2.  Strength for eternal gain (rewards for service)
3.  Strength for enabling for personal service on earth
4.  Strength for Godly decision making.
5.  Strength to resist foolish worldly counsel

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for 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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 24:1-2

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

 

Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Helpful not Harmful: Proverbs 24:1-2

1) Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
2) For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

                                                                                                                               

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

 EXPOSITION:

He begins our study by emphasizing the need to cultivate an attitude to be helpful not harmful to others…

 

1) Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
1.  Do not burn with desire to be more evil than other wicked men
2.  Do not long to accompany evil men in their acts of sin and abuse of others
Our attitudes should always push us away from wickedness and those who commit it.  For the Christian, our contact with those who live selfish, hurtful lives is to be limited to witnessing and to be in contact only when necessary.  To form close friendships, business partnerships, or spousal relationships with the wicked is in clear opposition to the Word of God.
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,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”   (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
 

“Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].”   (Ephesians 5:4-11)

 

 

2) For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
Solomon now gives us sound reasons to refuse to join with those who are wicked…
1.  Their desires are fixated upon selfish gain through bringing others to ruin
2.  Their speech talks of bringing harm to others, while many times results in harm to themselves.

To summarize… why should we not desire to follow after those who are wicked?  They harm others, and eventually, they bring harm upon themselves and all those associated with them.
The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek [after God]: God [is] not in all his thoughts.  His ways are always grievous; thy judgments [are] far above out of his sight: [as for] all his enemies, he puffeth at them.  He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for [I shall] never [be] in adversity.  His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue [is] mischief and vanity.  He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.  He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.  He croucheth, [and] humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.  He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see [it].”   (Psalms 10:4-11)

 

SUMMARY:
For us to be living sacrifices for our Lord we need to cultivate the proper attitude in service to Him.  That service involves cultivating a Godly attitude of serving Christ by helping others.  By doing this, we can become living sacrifices for His honor and glory and for the benefit of 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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