Monday, April 28, 2008

Thoughts on Proverbs 27 and 28

Love, love, LOVE, Proverbs 27!! I think it is my favorite of all of them....is that wrong to have a favorite??
I couldn't decide on ONE verse to put in...so here's the whole thing! My favorite verses today are in purple....
Proverbs 27 (NLT)
1 Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.
2 Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth— a stranger, not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.
4 Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous.
5 An open rebuke is better than hidden love!
6 Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
7 A person who is full refuses honey, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry.
8 A person who strays from home is like a bird that strays from its nest.
9 The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.
10 Never abandon a friend— either yours or your father’s. When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance. It’s better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away.
11 Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad. Then I will be able to answer my critics.
12 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
13 Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.
14 A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning will be taken as a curse!
15 A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day. 16 Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold something with greased hands.
17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
18 As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded.
19 As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.
20 Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied.
21 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised.
22 You cannot separate fools from their foolishness, even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle.
23 Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, 24 for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation. 25 After the hay is harvested and the new crop appears and the mountain grasses are gathered in, 26 your sheep will provide wool for clothing, and your goats will provide the price of a field. 27 And you will have enough goats’ milk for yourself, your family, and your servant girls.

SUCH good stuff!! OK, this one has too many favorites too....

Proverbs 28
1 The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.
2 When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.
3 A poor person who oppresses the poor is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.
4 To reject the law is to praise the wicked; to obey the law is to fight them.
5 Evil people don’t understand justice, but those who follow the Lord understand completely.
6 Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich.
7 Young people who obey the law are wise; those with wild friends bring shame to their parents
8 Income from charging high interest rates will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.
9 God detests the prayers of a person who ignores the law.
10 Those who lead good people along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the honest will inherit good things.
11 Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.
12 When the godly succeed, everyone is glad. When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.
13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
14 Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.
15 A wicked ruler is as dangerous to the poor as a roaring lion or an attacking bear.
16 A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people, but one who hates corruption will have a long life.
17 A murderer’s tormented conscience will drive him into the grave. Don’t protect him!
18 The blameless will be rescued from harm, but the crooked will be suddenly destroyed.
19 A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.
20 The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.
21 Showing partiality is never good, yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread.
22 Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty.
23 In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery.
24 Anyone who steals from his father and mother and says, “What’s wrong with that?” is no better than a murderer.
25 Greed causes fighting; trusting the Lord leads to prosperity.
26 Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.
27 Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.
28 When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding. When the wicked meet disaster, the godly flourish.

OH, so good for the soul. I pray I can hide this wisdom in my heart, and that it will overcome my human habits and change me. Oh...how I want to continually be changed~

Church was SO good AGAIN....Troy (and the team) did such a great job of capturing God's heart on "impacting the world around us", which is a part of our goals at Christian Community. He covered things like "Jesus wouldn't have asked us to do it if it wasn't possible" and "what does it take to impact the world?" His points were:
1. We have to develop a love for God and the way HE loves people (Matthew 27; 1 John 3:17; 2 Peter 3:9):
2. We need to start PRAYING (he shared about the life of George Muller, also Ephesians...pray in the Spirit, 1 Timothy 2, and Ephesians 6), :
3. We need to set an example for others (Love one another, model love, what was Jesus accused of...eating with sinners/tax collectors/hanging out with prostitutes...to be in the world but not of the world...letting Jesus be the solution to the messes in our messy lives...Neh. 9 "be diligent...an encouragement to the heathens among them" and the life of Paul and scriptures from 1 Timothy and Titus, using self-control and with all sincerity....also honoring God as so many before us have.)

It boiled down to "We WILL impact lives, for better or worse...one way or another" so we need to do things as Jesus did. He closed with the thought that "little eyes are watching"....and how new believers are like little children...they will copy what they see us doing....and the many times in scripture that we read that there are severe consequences for leading little ones astray, also 1 Cor. 10 and how we should not do things to make other people stumble. How even our neighbors and co-workers are watching us to see what we do, how we will respond.

This was the last in his series, and next week is Pot Luck Sunday (worship and then fellowship), and then a NEW SERIES!! YAY!! I'm looking forward to seeing what he shares next with us.

WOW...this got long! I guess if you read all this you are to be commended!! THANKS!