Tag Archives: Proverbs

Train Up A Child

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

 

Being a parent is not just a responsibility or a life goal ,its a higher calling from God. People complain about todays society or todays youth, but what have you done to mold this generation? Have you raised your children with morals and integrity, have you raised them to know Jesus?

 

Many parents today just want to be their kids “friends”. They want to lavish them with gifts and trips and clothing, but how will this profit their children when they are adults? Today we see a generation of kids with no work ethic, no knowledge of God, no moral responsibility to their neighbor. These things must be taught at home , in their youth. 

 

Many want the educational system to raise their children, dump them off at school and let it be the teachers problem. Nobody wants to be the “bad guy” to say this is right and this is wrong. Everyone wants to be the “fair weather friend” , take a selfie and show the world how great we are. But inside its all fake, their is no substance to the relationship

 

The reality is kids love discipline. If you explain to the child , this is why I’m doing this or this is why you shouldnt do that, they understand, and they love and respect you for looking out for them. We dont know what we dont know, if nobody trains up the children , they never will know until its too late

 

You complain about an Atheistic generation, but when has your child ever saw you open the Bible and read it? When has your child ever saw you get on your knees to pray to God? When has your child ever saw you Love your Neighbor? Maybe never, thats why they are Atheist. Dont blame the Churches or the Pastors, blame the parents!

 

Raising up your children may be the biggest calling from God in your life! Remember whatever you have dont for the least of these you have done for Jesus Christ himself! (Matthew 25:40) Amen! 

Do Unto Others

Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. Proverbs 21:13

 

Theres alot of people in need in this world, many people living in poverty, many people starving on a daily basis, many people living in broken homes. How do we respond to these issues? The Bible says “Whoever ignores the cry of the poor , their cry wont be heard either”  As Jesus said “Do unto others as you would want done to yourself” (Matthew 7:12) 

 

We cant expect God to “bail us out” if we are not willing to bail anyone else out. Basically the same principle “Those who forgive will be forgiven” (Matthew 6:14) When your a selfish person and dont help others, why would you expect people to help in a time of need?  And we all know eventually all of us have that time when we need help!

 

So what is the mentality of the world? Take care of number One! Dog eat Dog! This is not the way Christ has taught us. Jesus said “Its better to give than to receive” ( Acts 20:35) Think about that! As modern Christianity teaches us to cry to God for prosperity , Jesus taught to take care of others instead of thinking of ourselves. 

 

Now I know we cant individually save the world, however if each one of us just takes care of somebody, imagine the difference in the world. Theres supposed to be billions of Christians in the world, if each Christian took care of somebody, the world should be a much better place. 

 

You dont have to save the world, Jesus Christ has already done that. But be his Hands and Feet, take care of others and preach the gospel of Christ , Amen!

Are You a Good Person?

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. Proverbs 21:2

 

If you ask anyone if they are a “good” person, most likely they will tell you “Yes” Most people will say “Yeah I do this wrong and that wrong, but mostly I’m a good person” See mostly everyone things that their way is right in their own eyes. This inability to realize our depravity is what the Bible calls being “dead in your sins”

 

This is the problem with Atheism. Many want to reject the existence of God , however they want to believe everyone has the same standard of morality. This is obviously not true. As we said, everyone believes they are right in their own eyes. Hilter believed he was justified murdering millions of Jews, if Atheist as consistent with their worldview then they have to justify Hitler

 

But because we all know that murder is wrong, we all know that rape is wrong, then we know that their is a standard of morality. That standard comes from God. If God didnt exist then morality wouldn’t exist, but because we know there is a moral standard we know there is a God

 

Jesus said “Nobody is “good” except God alone” (Mark 10:18) When we believe that we are “good “ people we deceive ourselves. Nobody is good thats why we need Jesus. This is why Jesus had to go to the cross, for our sins! When you understand this then you understand the gospel message!

 

The fact that we know right from wrong, shows we know there is a God. The only way to get to God is through Jesus Christ, who has made us righteous by his works Amen!

The Christian Walk

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7

 

Our lives are more than just about us, when we walk with integrity so do our children. As an old saying goes “Many people wont read the Bible but they will read us” We need to be a walking example, not only for our children, but for everyone we meet. People will complain about what their children are doing wrong, but have they looked at their own lives? Are you walking with integrity? Are you walking with Jesus? Are you a good example for your children or family?

 

Jesus said “To Deny ourselves, carry our cross, and follow him” (Matthew 16:24) Notice the Christian walk is not about self absorption, its actually about self denial. Its about sacrificing the pleasures of this world that lead to sin, to walk with integrity with The Lord. This is why to many the gospel message is not pleasing. Many want to go to Heaven, but not many want to change or give up anything.

 

The gospel message is all about change, repentance, and transformation. But how do we walk in integrity? How do we change or transform? This can only be done with the Holy Spirit living inside of you. You can only receive the Holy Spirit by coming to Christ! You need to repent and come to Jesus!

 

Before you make hasty decisions, think about your family, think about your children. Because all your actions effect them in the long run. Walk with integrity and your family will be blessed, walk with Jesus and you’ll become saved Amen!

Wait Upon Jesus

Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. Proverbs 20:22

 

Living during this very chaotic time , its easy for us to want to get “revenge” on everyone. Revenge on those who disagree with us, revenge on those who have wronged us, revenge on those who oppose us. However as we see this is a vicious cycle to get involved with. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

 

We see this in the protests and rioting, people want revenge because they feel like they or their family has been wronged. However their response is just as destructive as the original cause. We see this continual cycle of violence that never ends, and Satan and his demons are laughing as humanity literally destroys itself

 

The Apostle Paul said “Dont repay evil with evil” (Romans 12:17) and Jesus taught “Turn the other cheek when someone strikes you “ (Matthew 5:39) But nobody wants to receive these teachings, everyone wants to take revenge in their own hands. Eventually someone needs to be the “bigger person” and end the cycle of hate. But nobody wants to take that step. 

 

And what about the last part of this Proverb, Wait on The Lord and He Will Save You! How many people are putting any of their trust in God? From their actions, its noone. The results of peoples actions reflects their relationship with God, they dont really have any faith in Christ. 

 

Wait upon Jesus and he will renew your strength (Isaiah 40:31) But nobody is waiting upon The Lord, not even the Church today. And so when we have a faithless and Godless society , we have violence and wickedness. Dont recompense evil with evil, wait upon Jesus and He will save you!

Follow Jesus

There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. Proverbs 19:21

 

We all have our own thoughts and dreams, however how many of them are actually beneficial to our life or other people’s lives? Often when we are young we get very self focused, We focus on our future, we focus on our careers, we focus on our accomplishments, but how does Gods will fit into all this?

 

The core of Christianity is self denial, this is something most people don’t want to even consider. Most people attitudes are “ I want to do what I want when I want” Many are so focused on themselves that they dont see whats going on around them. Many simply want to be their own God, however eventually we all go through trials and tribulations. And when your whole world revolves around yourself, there is nobody to turn to

 

Think about when Jesus went to the cross, why did he do this? He didn’t do this for his own self desire, he did this for us! He laid down his life to save others, in order to fulfill this task He needed to empty himself of His own deity. How many of us would be willing to do what Jesus did? How many would be willing to die, not only for other people, but people who hated you and cursed your name?

 

The point is Gods ways are better than our ways, his plan for our life far exceeds our plans. Dont waste your life living in selfishness, as Jesus said “It is better to give than to receive” Think about how different this world would be, if everyone thought about others instead of themselves, as Jesus commanded to “Love your Neighbor”

 

Now dont get me wrong, its good to have goals, its ok to have dreams. But dont forget to pray and ask God for his direction. Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you up and guide you, follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, Gods way is better! Amen!

King of Kings

The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass. Proverbs 19:12
Many people today have a false idea of who Jesus is. Many have this picture or idea that Jesus is this hippy dude that walks around giving everyone a hug. Well the world is going to be surprised when Christ returns. Jesus came as the Lamb of God to take the punishment for our sins, but now hes the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The Bible tells us when Christ returns, its actually going to be a day of mourning for the world, and many people are going to try and hide in caves. Why? Because Jesus came back for the final judgement. When Jesus appeared to the Apostle John on the Island of Patmos, he had eyes of blazing fire and John immediately fell on his face. Being in the presence of The Lord will be a terrifying experience for those who are not saved
Jesus is also called The Lion of Judah, his wrath will be like a roaring lion.

Sin will have no place in Gods Kingdom. Therefor those who haven’t repented will need to be removed! It should be terrifying for everyone to be judged according to our own works, but the blood of Christ has declared us righteous before God

Notice it says his Favor is like dew upon the grass, its refreshing for our soul. The day will cone when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! Be prepared to meet your King! Amen!

Zeal Without Knowledge

Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth. Proverbs 19:2
Zeal can be a good thing, its great to have passion for things. Many will say that they have Zeal for God or they are On fire for The Lord, however the Bible also warns Zeal is no good without knowledge. We can have passion about a cause we are supporting however this doesn’t mean were doing the right thing. Having Zeal with no knowledge is like computer with no processor, its running but it doesn’t comprehend what is running

Todays society I think we see this a lot, many people have great Zeal about certain issues and topics. However often when you analyze the issue they are debating, often their movements contradict themselves. There are many things wrong with the world today, however two wrongs don’t make a right. Often people with Zeal without knowledge end up causing more harm than good with their reactions

The Apostle Paul is a great example of this, nobody could doubt he had Zeal for God. Paul would do anything to serve and defend God. However his knowledge was lacking, he believed that all Christians were heretics and needed to be exterminated. Paul had Zeal for God but he was misled by his emotions and not his knowledge

But we all know the story , Jesus revealed himself to Paul on the road of Damascus and then Pauls Zeal turned to serving The Lord. What happened? Paul had more knowledge. Its important for all of us to seek wisdom, seek knowledge, seek truth. Your Zeal can be very misled if its not informed

Its important we dedicate time to our studies, we need to read the Bible daily, read as many books as possible, listen to qualified teachers, pray a lot, allow the Holy Spirit to lead and teach you, follow our Teacher and Master Jesus! Amen!

A Good Thing

Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. Proverbs 18:22
Many people in todays society have a negative view on marriage, in fact a lot of the younger generations don’t get married at all , they like to “shack up”. Guess what, marriage is a good thing and not only that when you find a good wife, you have found favor with God.

What is the problem with “shacking up”? Well the problem is there is no commitment, marriage is a covenant made between a husband and a wife under God. It’s a promise they made under their Creator to become One flesh. People who are shacking up have made no commitment, and their heart can stray at any moment. This is why a lot of people like the concept, they want to enjoy the benefits of being marriage without making any real commitment.

This is how a lot of people are with God also. As the old saying goes “Everyone wants to go to Heaven” of course everyone wants eternal life, but nobody wants to commit to Christ. Nobody wants to make Jesus their Master! We want the benefits of the New Covenant without any commitment, that’s not how life works.

The Atheist wants all the benefits of God, they want to experience Love, they want to live in his Creation, they might even want children, however they wont even admit that God exists. They want the benefits without the commitment. Because if they admit God exists, then this changes everything, now you have a moral responsibility. Now your conscience is searing you with right and wrong

Adam found out that Man cant live alone, so God created him a wife. We were not made to live alone, we need friendship, we need fellowship, we need companionship, we need love. This is why God created marriage, an everlasting covenant between soulmates.
Now I know there have been a lot of bad marriages, and some people have had bad experiences. But as the old saying goes “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water” Just because your marriage was bad doesn’t mean marriage is a bad thing. The most important thing is to build your marriage upon the Rock Jesus Christ! Amen!

Born Again?

The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? Proverbs 18:14

Who can survive a broken soul? Other translations say who can bear a crushed spirit or who can endure a suffering spirit” The point is we can endure physical sickness but we cant save our own soul. The same can be said for someone who is in perfect physical health. You can look beautiful on the outside, but if your soul is not saved , it does you no good.

As Jesus said “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lost his soul” (Mark 8:36) You can everything going for your on the outside, money , health, friends, but if your not saved on the inside it doesn’t mean anything. There is only one who can save your soul, and that’s Jesus Christ

Now I know there are some who will say “I don’t believe in a soul or spirit” “I’m just living my life right now” Well lets have this conversation when your about to take your last breathe. Its easy to say you have no soul, when your mortal body is functioning fine. But a time comes when you have to face your mortality.

When you understand that there is more to the world than just the physical universe, you start to see things from a different perspective. Your not just a speck of dust floating around, you were created by a higher power for a higher purpose. You may then want to actually know who your Creator is and what his plan for your life is

There is only one who can save your soul, its Jesus Christ (John 14:6) You must become Born Again to see the Kingdom of Heaven said Jesus (John 3:3) This is a rebirth of your soul not body. The resurrection comes later, the only one who can fix your wounded spirit is Christ! Amen!