Father, I come before you in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Lord, you know all things. They are all before you like an open book. Who can hide their heart from your presence and your eye? The deeds of the most clever men are exposed before you. Your omniscience knows know bounds - and if it were not for grace, I would be of all men most terrified. But there is grace, abounding and glorious, poured out upon the weakest of men, and abounding to your glory.
Father, I praise you and I worship you; I thank you for all that you are and all that have done. There is no one like you in Heavens and on the Earth or under the earth. You are the King and there is no other. You are Savior and you share your glory with no one. Father, this day you know me and my great need of grace. Why am I here except that you called the weakest among men, the most ignoble among brothers, and that by your grace, often times, the lesser teaches the greater? That is always my case and I praise you. I worship you. Father, help us today, to the wind with eloquence, to hell with brilliant intellect, Father. Let the truth go forward. Let me be changed that the state of your church be more glorious. I pray for grace upon grace and mercy upon mercy for myself and for those who read my blog. Help us, Oh God, and we will be helped; and we will boast in that help in Jesus' Name. AMEN!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Learn The Proverbs, Be Disciplined

Proverbs 16; Proverbs 17; Proverbs 18; Proverbs 19; Proverbs 20; Proverbs 21; Proverbs 22; Proverbs 23; Proverbs 24; Proverbs 25; Proverbs 26; Proverbs 27; Proverbs 28           

Proverbs 16 

 1 We may make our plans, but God has the last word. 2 You may think everything you do is right, but the Lord judges your motives. 3 Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out. 4 Everything the Lord has made has its destiny; and the destiny of the wicked is destruction. 5 The Lord hates everyone who is arrogant; he will never let them escape punishment. 6 Be loyal and faithful, and God will forgive your sin. Obey the Lord and nothing evil will happen to you. 7 When you please the Lord, you can make your enemies into friends. 8 It is better to have a little, honestly earned, than to have a large income, dishonestly gained. 9 You may make your plans, but God directs your actions. 10 The king speaks with divine authority; his decisions are always right. 11 The Lord wants weights and measures to be honest and every sale to be fair.12 Kings cannot tolerate evil, because justice is what makes a government strong. 13A king wants to hear the truth and will favor those who speak it. 14 A wise person will try to keep the king happy; if the king becomes angry, someone may die. 15 The king's favor is like the clouds that bring rain in the springtime - life is there. 16 It is better - much better - to have wisdom and knowledge than gold and silver. 17 Those who are good travel a road that avoids evil; so watch where you are going - it may save your life.18 Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall. 19 It is better to be humble and stay poor than to be one of the arrogant and get a share of their loot. 20 Pay attention to what you are taught, and you will be successful; trust in the Lord and you will be happy. 21 A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is. 22 Wisdom is a fountain of life to the wise, but trying to educate stupid people is a waste of time. 23 Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive. 24 Kind words are like honey - sweet to the taste and good for your health. 25 What you think is the right road may lead to death. 26 A laborer's appetite makes him work harder, because he wants to satisfy his hunger. 27 Evil people look for ways to harm others; even their words burn with evil. 28Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships. 29Violent people deceive their friends and lead them to disaster. 30 Watch out for people who grin and wink at you; they have thought of something evil. 31 Long life is the reward of the righteous; gray hair is a glorious crown. 32 It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities. 33 People cast lots to learn God's will, but God himself determines the answer. 

Proverbs 17

  1 Better to eat a dry crust of bread with peace of mind than have a banquet in a house full of trouble. 2 A shrewd servant will gain authority over a master's worthless son and receive a part of the inheritance. 3 Gold and silver are tested by fire, and a person's heart is tested by the Lord. 4 Evil people listen to evil ideas, and liars listen to lies. 5 If you make fun of poor people, you insult the God who made them. You will be punished if you take pleasure in someone's misfortune. 6 Grandparents are proud of their grandchildren, just as children are proud of their parents. 7 Respected people do not tell lies, and fools have nothing worthwhile to say. 8 Some people think a bribe works like magic; they believe it can do anything. 9 If you want people to like you, forgive them when they wrong you. Remembering wrongs can break up a friendship. 10 An intelligent person learns more from one rebuke than a fool learns from being beaten a hundred times. 11Death will come like a cruel messenger to wicked people who are always stirring up trouble. 12 It is better to meet a mother bear robbed of her cubs than to meet some fool busy with a stupid project. 13 If you repay good with evil, you will never get evil out of your house. 14 The start of an argument is like the first break in a dam; stop it before it goes any further. 15 Condemning the innocent or letting the wicked go - both are hateful to the Lord. 16 It does a fool no good to spend money on an education, because he has no common sense. 17 Friends always show their love. What are relatives for if not to share trouble? 18 Only someone with no sense would promise to be responsible for someone else's debts. 19 To like sin is to like making trouble. If you brag all the time, you are asking for trouble. 20 Anyone who thinks and speaks evil can expect to find nothing good - only disaster. 21 There is nothing but sadness and sorrow for parents whose children do foolish things. 22 Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time. 23 Corrupt judges accept secret bribes, and then justice is not done. 24 An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions. 25 Foolish children bring grief to their fathers and bitter regrets to their mothers. 26 It is not right to make an innocent person pay a fine; justice is perverted when good people are punished. 27 Those who are sure of themselves do not talk all the time. People who stay calm have real insight. 28 After all, even fools may be thought wise and intelligent if they stay quiet and keep their mouths shut.

 Proverbs 18

 1 People who do not get along with others are interested only in themselves; they will disagree with what everyone else knows is right. 2 A fool does not care whether he understands a thing or not; all he wants to do is show how smart he is. 3 Sin and shame go together. Lose your honor, and you will get scorn in its place. 4 A person's words can be a source of wisdom, deep as the ocean, fresh as a flowing stream. 5 It is not right to favor the guilty and keep the innocent from receiving justice. 6 When some fool starts an argument, he is asking for a beating. 7 When a fool speaks, he is ruining himself; he gets caught in the trap of his own words. 8 Gossip is so tasty - how we love to swallow it! 9 A lazy person is as bad as someone who is destructive. 10 The Lord is like a strong tower, where the righteous can go and be safe. 11 Rich people, however, imagine that their wealth protects them like high, strong walls around a city. 12 No one is respected unless he is humble; arrogant people are on the way to ruin. 13 Listen before you answer. If you don't, you are being stupid and insulting. 14 Your will to live can sustain you when you are sick, but if you lose it, your last hope is gone. 15 Intelligent people are always eager and ready to learn. 16 Do you want to meet an important person? Take a gift and it will be easy. 17 The first person to speak in court always seems right until his opponent begins to question him. 18 If two powerful people are opposing each other in court, casting lots can settle the issue. 19 Help your relatives and they will protect you like a strong city wall, but if you quarrel with them, they will close their doors to you. 20 You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say. 21 What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words. 22 Find a wife and you find a good thing; it shows that the Lord is good to you. 23 When the poor speak, they have to be polite, but when the rich answer, they are rude. 24 Some friendships do not last, but some friends are more loyal than brothers.

 Proverbs 19

  1 It is better to be poor but honest than to be a lying fool. 2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good; impatience will get you into trouble. 3 Some people ruin themselves by their own stupid actions and then blame the Lord. 4 Rich people are always finding new friends, but the poor cannot keep the few they have. 5 If you tell lies in court, you will be punished - there will be no escape. 6 Everyone tries to gain the favor of important people; everyone claims the friendship of those who give out favors. 7Even the relatives of a poor person have no use for him; no wonder he has no friends. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot win any. 8 Do yourself a favor and learn all you can; then remember what you learn and you will prosper. 9 No one who tells lies in court can escape punishment; he is doomed. 10 Fools should not live in luxury, and slaves should not rule over noblemen. 11 If you are sensible, you will control your temper. When someone wrongs you, it is a great virtue to ignore it. 12 The king's anger is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like welcome rain. 13 Stupid children can bring their parents to ruin. A nagging wife is like water going drip-drip-drip. 14 A man can inherit a house and money from his parents, but only the Lord can give him a sensible wife. 15 Go ahead and be lazy; sleep on, but you will go hungry. 16 Keep God's laws and you will live longer; if you ignore them, you will die. 17 When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord, and the Lord will pay you back. 18 Discipline your children while they are young enough to learn. If you don't, you are helping them destroy themselves. 19 If someone has a hot temper, let him take the consequences. If you get him out of trouble once, you will have to do it again. 20 If you listen to advice and are willing to learn, one day you will be wise. 21 People may plan all kinds of things, but the Lord's will is going to be done.22 It is a disgrace to be greedy; poor people are better off than liars. 23 Obey the Lord and you will live a long life, content and safe from harm. 24 Some people are too lazy to put food in their own mouths. 25 Arrogance should be punished, so that people who don't know any better can learn a lesson. If you are wise, you will learn when you are corrected. 26 Only a shameful, disgraceful person would mistreat his father or turn his mother away from his home. 27 My child, when you stop learning, you will soon neglect what you already know. 28 There is no justice where a witness is determined to hurt someone. Wicked people love the taste of evil. 29 A conceited fool is sure to get a beating.

 Proverbs 20

 1 Drinking too much makes you loud and foolish. It's stupid to get drunk. 2 Fear an angry king as you would a growling lion; making him angry is suicide. 3 Any fool can start arguments; the honorable thing is to stay out of them. 4 A farmer too lazy to plow his fields at the right time will have nothing to harvest. 5 A person's thoughts are like water in a deep well, but someone with insight can draw them out. 6 Everyone talks about how loyal and faithful he is, but just try to find someone who really is! 7 Children are fortunate if they have a father who is honest and does what is right. 8 The king sits in judgment and knows evil when he sees it. 9 Can anyone really say that his conscience is clear, that he has gotten rid of his sin? 10 The Lord hates people who use dishonest weights and measures. 11 Even children show what they are by what they do; you can tell if they are honest and good. 12 The Lord has given us eyes to see with and ears to listen with. 13 If you spend your time sleeping, you will be poor. Keep busy and you will have plenty to eat. 14 The customer always complains that the price is too high, but then he goes off and brags about the bargain he got. 15 If you know what you are talking about, you have something more valuable than gold or jewels. 16 Anyone stupid enough to promise to be responsible for a stranger's debts ought to have their own property held to guarantee payment. 17 What you get by dishonesty you may enjoy like the finest food, but sooner or later it will be like a mouthful of sand. 18 Get good advice and you will succeed; don't go charging into battle without a plan. 19 A gossip can never keep a secret. Stay away from people who talk too much. 20 If you curse your parents, your life will end like a lamp that goes out in the dark. 21 The more easily you get your wealth, the less good it will do you. 22 Don't take it on yourself to repay a wrong.