Within these sayings will be found the revelation of wisdom
and the impartation of spiritual understanding.
Use them as keys to unlock the treasures of true knowledge.
Only wisdom can save you from the flattery
of the promiscuous woman—
she’s such a smooth-talking seductress!
We all want to hear good and pleasing things about ourselves and our futures. Words can uplift us and nudge us forward to doing the right things. Words can lead us into life, just as words can lead us into death! Therefore, we must be careful about whose words we are following at all times.
The world will use words of flattery, or insincere or excessive praise, to draw off course. And because they are words we want to hear, we are being lulled away, and we don't even notice the car is drifting out of our lane towards the ditch! But if you started traveling the right road, when you cross the line, your tires will roll over the sleeper line. The sleeper line (also known as rumbling strips or alert strips) is a "road safety feature to alert inattentive drivers of potential danger, by causing a tactile vibration and audible rumbling transmitted through the wheels into the vehicle interior." When we drift off our moral and spiritual course, here comes Wisdom, our rumbling strip, to alert us and wake us up!
The Word makes known to us that "only Wisdom can save you from the flattery of the promiscuous woman," which is a representation of sexual, immoral, and spiritual unfaithfulness (Proverbs 2:16 TPT). Without Wisdom, we would have no rumbling strip to help navigate our journey and most likely we would end up in that ditch called Hell.
But there is good news! So God calls out to us, "Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth" (Proverbs 4:5). "In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths!" (Proverbs 3:6 NKJV). And at the end of our journey, we are guaranteed to arrive at our eternal destination called Heaven.
You will not be subject to terror,
for it will not terrify you.
Nor will the disrespectful be able to push you aside,
because God is your confidence in times of crisis,
keeping your heart at rest in every situation.
MY MUSINGS-All Scripture
"Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them. They’ll keep your soul alive and well, they’ll keep you fit and attractive. You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip. You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep. No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner, Because God will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sound" (Proverbs 3:25-26 MSG) "
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.
Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us" (Romans 8:31-39 MSG)Glory to God! Amen!
But the lovers of God walk on the highway of light,
and their way shines brighter and brighter
until the perfect day.
Set your gaze on the path before you.
With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead,
ignore life’s distractions.
Watch where you’re going!
Stick to the path of truth,
and the road will be safe and smooth before you.
Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked for even a moment
or take the detour that leads to darkness.
For God sees everything you do and his eyes are wide open
as he observes every single habit you have.
Pay attention to your habits...God certainly does!
When you’re feeling lazy,
come and learn a lesson from this tale of the tiny ant.
Yes, all you lazybones, come learn
from the example of the ant and enter into wisdom.
The ants have no chief, no boss, no manager—
no one has to tell them what to do.
You’ll see them working and toiling all summer long,
stockpiling their food in preparation for winter.
So wake up, sleepyhead. How long will you lie there?
When will you wake up and get out of bed?
If you keep nodding off and thinking, “I’ll do it later,”
or say to yourself, “I’ll just sit back awhile and take it easy,” just watch how the future unfolds!
By making excuses you’ll learn what it means to go without.
Poverty will pounce on you like a bandit and move in as your roommate for life.
Dear friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions. They’ll be with you to fend off the Temptress— that smooth-talking, honey-tongued Seductress.
Brazen and brash she was, restless and roaming, never at home,
Walking the streets, loitering in the mall, hanging out at every corner in town.
Soon she has him eating out of her hand, bewitched by her honeyed speech. Before you know it, he’s trotting behind her, like a calf led to the butcher shop.
So, friends, listen to me, take these words of mine most seriously. Don’t fool around with a woman like that; don’t even stroll through her neighborhood. Countless victims come under her spell; she’s the death of many a poor man. She runs a halfway house to hell, fits you out with a shroud and a coffin.
Be aware of the ways of the Seductress woman, same as those of the devil, who has a goal to destroy you by any means necessary. "Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour" (I Peter 5:8 AMP). Therefore, "Control your sexual urges and guard your hearts against lust. Don't let your passions get out of hand" (Proverb 7:25 TPT).
Instead of letting your passion burn for the things that lead to death and Hell, let your passions burn for the Word of God and living a life pursuing Him!
“I’m calling to you, sons of Adam, yes, and to you daughters as well.
Listen to me and you will be prudent and wise. For even the foolish and feeble can receive an understanding heart that will change their inner being.
The meaning of my words will release within you revelation for you to reign in life. My lyrics will empower you to live by what is right."
When Wisdom calls out to you, do you listen to her song?
Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place,
and invites everyone within sound of her voice:
“Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on?
Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me!
I’ve prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines.
Leave your impoverished confusion and live!
Walk up the street to a life with meaning.”
We don't have to live a life of foolishness, simpleness, nor impoverished confusion. We have a promise from Jesus, who calls out to us, saying, "I have come that [you] may have life, and that [you] may have it more abundantly." Follow Jesus, the Word of God, and live the life you were created to live!
The heart of the wise will easily accept instruction.
But those who do all the talking
are too busy to listen and learn.
They’ll just keep stumbling ahead
into the mess they created.
If you readily receive correction,
you are walking on the path to life.
But if you reject rebuke,
you’re guaranteed to go astray.
When judgment day comes,
all the wealth of the world won’t help you one bit.
So be rich in righteousness,
for that’s the only thing that can save you in death.
A son of righteousness experiences the abundant life, but the one who pursues evil hurries to his own death.
Keep trusting in your riches and down you’ll go!
But the lovers of God rise up like flowers in the spring.
Rise up all you lovers of God! Rise up!
Rise up and trust and believe in Him!
Rise up and seek His will!
Rise up and love God with all you have!
Rise up and live!
To learn the truth you must long to be teachable,
or you can despise correction and remain ignorant.
A fool is in love with his own opinion,
but wisdom means being teachable.
Wisdom means being teachable,
by the Word, and by wise counsel.
If you want to grow in wisdom,
spend time with the wise.
Walk with the wicked
and you’ll eventually become just like them.
MY MUSINGS-SEEK AND FIND PUZZLE
I created a puzzle for us to muse over.
I hope you enjoy it!
Let's have fun studying the Word together!
Please click here for the link for the Chapter 13 Puzzle!
If the link does not work, kindly print the picture above.
God-devotion makes a country strong;
God-avoidance leaves people weak.
It is despicable to the Lord
when people use the worship of the Almighty as a cloak for their sin,
but every prayer of the righteous is pleasing to his heart.
Even hell itself holds no secrets from the Lord God,
for before his eyes, all is exposed—
and so much more the heart of every human being.
The source of revelation-knowledge is found as you fall down in surrender before the Lord.
Don’t expect to see Shekinah glory until the Lord sees your sincere humility.
The one with a wise heart is called “discerning,”
and speaking sweetly to others
makes your teaching even more convincing.
Nothing is more appealing
than speaking beautiful, life-giving words.
For they release sweetness to our souls
and inner healing to our spirits.
The one who returns evil for good can expect to be treated the same way for the rest of his life.
Our actions demand a response. God works in the principle of reciprocity, defined as mutual actions, equal in return or response with another of the same category. The Bible gives us many examples of this principle in life:
"Those who return evil for good will meet their own evil returning" (Proverbs 17:13 MSG);
"Do good things everywhere you go. After a while, the good you do will return to help you" (Ecclesiastes 11:1 ICB);
"Give, and it will be given to you" (Luke 6:38a); and
"This is what the Lord of heaven's armies says: 'Return to me, and I will return to you'" (Zechariah 1:3 ICB).
As the Word explains in Galatians 6:7 TPT, "God will never be mocked! For what you plant will always be the very thing you harvest." As you sow a seed of righteousness, you will harvest a crop of love (Hosea 10:12), likewise, "sin is a seed that brings a harvest; you'll reap a heap of trouble with every seed you plant. For your investment in sins pays a full return—the full punishment you deserve!" (Proverbs 22:8 TPT). "Evil people should stop being evil. They should stop thinking bad thoughts. They should return to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them" (Isaiah 55:7 ICB).
So there is good news! Even though Proverbs 17:13 WBMS warns us that "evil shall not go away from the house of him that yieldeth evils for goods," the Bible professes that "if you return to God All-Powerful, you will be blessed again." In your repentance and returning to God, you will "remove evil from your house"(Job 22:23 ICB).
Then, lock the door behind evil and do what is good!
He that hath found a good wife, hath found a good thing,
and shall receive a pleasure from the Lord,
He that driveth away a good wife, driveth away a good thing;
but he that keepeth an adulteress, is foolish and wicked.
When a man finds a wife, he has found a treasure! For she is the gift of God to bring him joy and pleasure.
(Proverbs 18:22a TPT)
All you female lovers of the Lord,
all you true and faithful women of the Word,
shout out from your heart,
say it so it may be heard,
"God says, I am a good thing!
To my man, God's favor I bring!"
A person may have many ideas concerning God's plan for his life,
but only the designs of God's purpose will succeed in the end.
When you live a life of abandoned love,
surrendered before the awe of God,
here's what you'll experience:
And complete satisfaction!
To the Fathers:
The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him.
Love and truth form a good leader;
sound leadership is founded on loving integrity.
To the Sons and Daughters:
All children show what they're really like by how they act.
You can discern their character,
whether they are pure or perverse.
If you despise your father or mother,
your life will flicker out like a lamp,
extinguished into the deepest darkness.
Regard (treat with honor, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother,
that your days may be long in the land your God gives you (Exodus 20:12 AMPC).
All Honor and Praise to our Father in Heaven! Happy Father's Day to all those blessed to be fathers on Earth!
A godly, righteous person has the ability
to bring the light of instruction to the wicked even though he despises what the wicked do.
Love the person.
Hate the sin.
Listen carefully and open your heart. Drink in the wise revelation that I impart.
You’ll become winsome and wise when you treasure the beauty of my words.
And always be prepared to share them at the appropriate time. For I’m releasing these words to you this day, yes, even to you, so that your living hope will be found in God alone, for he is the only one who is always true.
Pay attention to these excellent sayings of three-fold things. For within my words you will discover true and reliable revelation.
They will give you serenity so that you can reveal the truth of the word of the one who sends you.
Pay close attention to the teaching that corrects you,
and open your heart to every word of instruction.
As you listen to me, my beloved child,
you will grow in wisdom and your heart
will be drawn into understanding,
which will empower you to make right decisions.
Embrace the truth and hold it close.
Don’t let go of wisdom, instruction, and life-giving understanding.
When a father observes his child living in godliness,
he is ecstatic with joy—nothing makes him prouder!
So may your father’s heart burst with joy
and your mother’s soul be filled with gladness because of you.
I am filled with joy and gladness because of you!
Thank you for sharing a little part of your day with me!
I love you, and God loves you more!!
Wisdom can make anyone into a mighty warrior,
and revelation-knowledge increases strength.
Revelation-knowledge is a delicacy,
sweet like flowing honey that melts in your mouth.
Eat as much of it as you can, my friend!
What is revelation knowledge you ask? "The Greek word that’s translated knowledge in Scripture means more than just a mental understanding of something, more than the kind of knowledge that can be gained through your senses. It means exact knowledge. Knowledge revealed directly to your heart by the Spirit of God—that’s revelation knowledge" (blog.kcm.org/what-is-revelation-knowledge).
Andrew Wommack of Andrew Wommack Ministries explains it this way;
One of the most needed things among the body of Christ today is revelation knowledge of the Word of God.
To understand what revelation knowledge is and how to get it functional in your life, you have to know at least some of the basics about your spirit, soul, and body. Your spirit is the part of you that was changed at salvation. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Your body and soul didn’t become totally new. They can be changed and renewed as you grow in the Lord, but that is a continuing process. The only part of you that is completely changed at salvation is your inner man or spirit.
This born-again spirit is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him (Col. 3:10). First Corinthians 2:16 says “But we have the mind of Christ,” and 1 John 2:20 says “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” These scriptures show us that our spirit man is complete in Jesus (Col. 2:10). We know all things.
But even though that is true in your spirit, this knowledge will not profit your physical and soulish parts until you release it by renewing your mind. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
When the knowledge of God’s Word enters our soulish minds through hearing or studying it, our spirits bear witness with the truth and impart wisdom, which is the ability to apply knowledge. This then becomes revelation knowledge, not just facts about God (you could program a computer with that), but the knowledge of God which has been divinely quickened in us by God through our born-again spirits.”
Please continue to read the entire article. https://www.awmi.net/reading/teaching-articles/revelation_knowledge/
Reliable friends who do what they say
are like cool drinks in sweltering heat—refreshing!
Like a cool drink of water when you’re worn out and weary
is a letter from a long-lost friend.
It is so refreshing for you to have a good and faithful friend.
You may be blessed to have such a friend in the physical world, even greater, you have one in the spiritual world.
God declares to us, "I'll refresh tired bodies;
I'll restore tired souls" (Jeremiah 31:25 MSG).
Because our God is such a good friend, He sent us His Word, the Holy Bible, as a love letter to us. In His Word, we "find the healing refreshment your body and spirit long for" (Proverbs 3:8 TPT). Because our God is such a good friend, He sent us His Holy Spirit as our faithful Helper to constantly be with us (John 14:16).
How about you? Are you a good friend to God? What do you give Him?
Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
Is the man who deceives his neighbor,
And says, I was only joking!
The way we treat our neighbor, our acquaintance, our friend, can reveal what values we live by. A person who is careless with their words or actions shows how much or how little he cares about those who would be affected by those words or actions. It is considered madness to deceive others in ways that are so harmful, then, to think when caught in this deception a simple shrug and “I was just joking” would be sufficient to justify the hurt.
God expects more from us than that. We should always strive to walk in love and give thanks for another. The Bible tells us, “Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes-these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him” (Ephesians 5:4,6 NLT).
Furthermore, the way we treat our neighbors also reveals our obedience to God. When asked by one of the Pharisees which is the most important commandment, Jesus replied, “’ You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:36-38).
Consequently, knowing to love your neighbor is the second greatest commandment, which is also said to be equally important as the first, we should show love, honor, and respect to our neighbors with words and actions at every opportunity that arises. By this, we will show our love and obedience to God.
So with our hearts and mind in the right place, we could follow in the kindness of Mr. Rogers from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and seek out someone every day and say:
It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?
Tend an orchard and you'll have fruit to eat,
Serve the Master's interests
and you'll receive honor that's sweet.
Take care of your responsibilities
and be diligent in your business and
you will have more than enough-
an abundance of food, clothing, and plenty for your household.
Our Father is the source of everything. He is the reason we exist, "for in Him we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:27-28 KJV). He has provided for us all that we need to succeed in this life, but we have to pursue it, just as we have to pursue Him to truly know Him and receive from Him.
When we relentlessly seek God, we will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). "Blessed and favored by God are those who keep His testimonies, And who [consistently] seek Him and long for Him with all their heart (Psalm 119:2 AMP). And when we come to Him in faith, "He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV).
"Therefore, believers, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you [be sure that your behavior reflects and confirms your relationship with God]; for by doing these things [actively developing these virtues], you will never stumble [in your spiritual growth and will live a life that leads others away from sin]; for in this way entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly provided to you" (II Peter 10 AMP).
"Seek the Kingdom of God [His way of doing and being right] above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need, and all those less important things will be given to you abundantly!" (Matthew 6:33 NLT, AMP, TPT)
Glory to God!
Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,
but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
When there is no clear prophetic vision,
people quickly wander astray.
But when you follow the revelation of the Word,
heaven’s bliss fills your soul.
MY PICK and MY MUSINGS
Who is it that travels back and forth from the heavenly realm to the earth?
Who controls the wind as it blows and holds it in his fists?
Who tucks the rain into the cloak of his clouds?
Who stretches out the skyline from one vista to the other?
What is his name?
And what is the name of his Son?
Who can tell me?
(Proverbs 30:4 TPT)
Heed the words of Jesus, the Living Word, who declares. "when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like me who sets you free, he will teach you all things in my name. And he will inspire you to remember every word that I've told you" (John 14:26 TPT). "More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!" (Luke 11:28 NKJV)
"Who among you will give ear to this?"
"Who will listen and heed hereafter?"
(Isaiah 42:23 TLV)