Proverbs Chapter 21

Proverbs Chapter 21 #Relationships #Leadership #RighteousLiving

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RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships With People

  • 5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want. Being consistent produces abundance and the results that one wants. When we only work when we feel like it we reap what we sow.
  • 9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house. AND 19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry womanSolomon has addressed the marriage situation and the importance of women, and men, to be cognizant of their words. No one wants to live in an environment where loud is the only volume. When an argument ensues, it does not need volume to get one’s point across. I would rather be silent.
  • 13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard

Leadership: How-tos

1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. God places people in leadership positions. However, He is the only pure ruler. All leaders learn that eventually. The best example, for now, is Nebuchadnezzar. It took God changing him from a man to an animal before he was willing to acknowledge that all power belongs to God and He appoints leaders. 

Our Relationship With the Godhead

  • 2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. When we become too sure of ourselves we forget that we are human and as such can and will sin. Only God really knows a person’s heart. Never go beyond their exterior and condemn them. Every one of us has something in our character that we need to change! If we didn’t we would be home. Spiritual transformation takes time.
  • 3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. God is not interested in my millions in offering if I treat people unjustly. He prefers us to be obedient to Him instead of giving-even sacrificially! 1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV)” And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
  • 21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. When a person accepts Christ as their personal Savior they spend the rest of their lives seeking “after righteousness and mercy.” But, our acceptance of Christ immediately gives us access to the throne of grace and thusly mercy and eternal life. Micah 6:8 tells us what the Lord requires of us. “and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Having a haughty spirit is NOT of God!
  • 29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.  Psalm 37:23 (KJV) clarifies this Scripture for us. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”
  • 30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD. There isn’t any counsel that we can take against The Word of God. Yes, we will fail. Yes, people will fail us even more so. We have to shake it off. I am a straightforward person. What you see is what you get. I will go to the other ends of the earth for you, but I have a very low tolerance level for drama! I will listen to the counsel of others because I know about this part of my personality.
  • 31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD. Military power and readiness are great. However, military power and readiness without the Lord are not great. He is the only one who can ensure our safety! David never went into battle without being prepared. Personally, I have found that when I enter the realm of the worldly when I am not preparing for the battle that I will be facing, the enemy will attack and assault me

Ungodly Attitude

  • 4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
  • 8The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
  • 10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.  It is not within man to do good. Psalm 51:5 (KJV) tells us that we were “shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me!” This is not speaking of individual sin. It is speaking of universal sin. Even if our parents were Christian when we were born the sin of Adam and Eve is something that humanity inherited.
  • 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind? We have already talked about Cain and Abel.

 

INTEGRITY/ACTIONS

  • 7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
  • 14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
  • 17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. 

Lies and Laziness: We have addressed this topic before.

  • 6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
  • 23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
  • 25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
  • 28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

THE BENEFITS OF WISDOM

  • 11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge. A wise person will listen to instruction.  Never become engaged in serving God’s people only when it is easy for you to do. Never vocalize that serving the poor is too much work for us. Look at what Christ went through to give us access to grace. So, when we are told to correct what we are doing or that there is possibly a better and more effective way for us to do the job God has assigned us to do-take the instruction graciously.
  • 12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness. We reap what we sow. When we sow works that are righteous we will reap the blessings of the Lord and live peaceably.  When we chose to live the ungodly we will reap the benefits of that lifestyle. See verse 15.15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity
  • 16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. It is easy for God’s people to become seduced to the point of doing that which is not right in His. When we make that choice it will result in destruction, but for the grace of God.  WHY? Paul clarified in Corinthians 3:14-16  (KJV) what happens to the saved who choose to live contrary to what they have been taught from God’s word. “If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” This is not an excuse for us to sin. It is an explanation of why some people who struggle with sin on a daily basis will still be granted grace by our Good, Good, Father!
  • 18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
  • 22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof
  • 20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

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