Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. (Job 14:1)
Note: Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Or, inquiry (Job 5:6)
Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. Or labour (Job 5:7)
Note the curse: And the LORD God said unto the serpent *And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:14-15)
What is man, that thou are mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thous madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our LORD, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:4-9)
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: (Job 4:17-18)
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
Note: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23)
Obey Your Rulers
- Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the Crown of Life, which the LORD hath promised to them that love him.
- Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
- But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
- Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
- Do not err, my beloved brethren.
- Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadows of turning.
- Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
- Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
- For the wrath of man worth not the righteousness of God.
- Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
- But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your ownselves.
- For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass; (James 1:12-23)
The Letter of James ( James 1-8)
- My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
- Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worth patience.
- But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
- If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
My son, Keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother. (Proverbs 6:20) For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: (Proverbs 6:23) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:14) To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Act 26:18)
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3)
- For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5)
- No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24)
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any
likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (Exodus 20:4)
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Exodus 20:8)
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (Exodus 20:12)
Thou shalt not kill. (Exodus 20:13)
Thou shalt not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)
Thou shalt not steal. (Exodus 20:15)
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. (Exodus 20:16)
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. (Exodus 20:17)
- Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: (1Timothy 1:5)
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:3)
Note: Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. (Proverbs 23:22)Note
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. Or, perfected (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Note: The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. (Proverbs 14:27)
Note: The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. (Proverbs 8:13)
Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. (1Corinthians 10:33)
I Know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13)
- And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment (Mark 12:30) & (Deuteronomy 6:5)
- And the second is like, namely this, Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:31)
- And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
- And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk to them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou liest down, and when thou rises up.
- And thou shalt binds them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write time upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. (Deuteronomy 6:5-9)
Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying (Proverbs 19:18)
* For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
The Spirit of Life
Note: For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit islife because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Romans 8:3-13)
* For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Note: Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. (Matthew 3:17)
- He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. (Matthew 10:37)
- If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? (1 John 4:20)
Note: And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)
Offences Will Come
Note: Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
* Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
* And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
And the apostles said unto the LORD, Increase our faith. And the LORD said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. (Luke 17:1-6)
Lets just say I had Mommy issues... I have a mother that repeats whatever thought comes to her mind. I was told by her how ugly I am and how I thought I was all of that (quote on quote when I wear makeup) from 16 up until 35 yrs old note I'm currently 35. I got over my childhood issues but being put down verbally year after year broke my heart mainly because I could understand harshness from a stranger but not my own mother. I knew I would never tell my mother she was ugly or that she didn't look her best because I'd never want to hurt her and the thoughts never really crossed my mind. I felt like I was being attacked and daggers pierced my heart. Now that I have understanding why and how this could happen I no longer take offense.
Note: Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2 Corinthians 2:11) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)
*Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverb 18:21)
* Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, Yet will I not forget thee. (Isaiah 49:15)
Note: When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. (Psalm 27:10)
Let No Man Deceive You: I use to wonder if I was supposed to trust people. I use to believe whatever someone told me because I thought people generally told the truth.
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)
Little children let no man deceive you: (1 John 3:7) Note: these things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. (1 John 2:26)
- My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18)
Note: And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. (Ezekiel 33:31)
- Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: - - For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others. - All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me. - I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness: (Ecclesiastes 7:21-35
* Flee also youthful lust: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the LORD out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)
Note: The words of King Lem'-u-el, the prophecy that his mother taught him. (Proverbs 31:1)
Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth Kings.
It is not for Kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
Open thy mouth for the dumb in that cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31: 3-9)
What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. (Job 15:14-15)
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. (Psalm 118:8)
Note: Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. (Psalm 146:3-4)
- Thus said the LORD: Cused be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. (Jeremiah 17:1)
Note: A Pen of Iron
• Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope in the LORD is. For he shall be as as tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. (1 Corinthians 11:3)
There hath no temptation taken hold of you but such as is common to man. But God is faithful; He will not suffer you to be tempted beyond that which ye are able to bear, but with the temptation will also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Note: Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; (Romans 12:12)
* The Three Temptations of Jesus
Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward and hundred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
But he answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at anytime thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the LORD thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheath him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All theses things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the LORD thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. (Matthew 4:1-11
I ran from my fears, hurt and pain for sixteen years not realizing that my fears were are always lurking in the shadows. My fears didn't go away until I faced them head on. You Can Run But You Can't Hide (Hurt and pain doesn't go away until you deal with it)!
The wicked flee when no man pursuit: but the righteous are bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1) Note: Thou believes that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (James 2:19)
- Note: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
- And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever. Amen (Matthew 6:13)
- Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. ( Matthew 26:41)
- And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)
- My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. ( James 1:2-4)
And the LORD said, my spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his day shall be an hundred and twenty years. (Genesis 6:3)
Note: For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. (Galatians 5:17)
The Struggle Against Sin
- For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
- For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
- If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
- Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
- For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.(Romans 7:14-)
- For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
- Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
- I find then a law, that, when i would do good, evil is present with me.
- For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
* But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bring me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
- O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Or, this body of death
I thank God through Jesus Christ our LORD. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:14-25)
*Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Or, ordered (Romans 13:1-2)
Note: And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27) The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. (Proverbs 10:27)
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. (Proverbs 5:21) Note: The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)
• There is an evil which I have seen under that sun, and it is common among men: ( Ecclesiastes 6:1) I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. (Ecclesiastes 1:14)
Note: This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. (Ecclesiastes 9:3)
- Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
- Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
- But ye have not so learned Christ;
- If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
- That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
- And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
- And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
- Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
- Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
- Neither give place to the devil.
- Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
- Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
- And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
- Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
- And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, … Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. (Mark 7:21-23)
Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied. (Proverbs 27:20)
Note: A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. (Proverbs 14:30)
Note: Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. (Proverbs 19:21)
Note: Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy.(Proverbs 12:20)
Note: He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. (Proverbs 28:26)
Note: Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellor there is safety (Proverbs 11:14)
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. (Psalm 94:11)
Note: The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death. (Proverbs 12:6)
A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger earth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease. (Ecclesiastes 6:2)
Note: He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor. (Proverbs 14:31)
- Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
- God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. Or strength (Psalm 62:10-11)
Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may be contend with him that is mightier than he. (Ecclesiastes 6:9-10)
There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 8:14)
Note: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: (Proverbs 1:15)
- Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. (Proverbs 24:1)
- Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; (Proverbs 24:19)
- Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. (Proverbs 28:14)
- Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. (Proverbs 37:1)
Letters to the churches: How to handle witnessing a pastor, religious leader or christian continuously commit sin
* And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity.
Note: And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)
- Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long. (Proverbs 23:17)
Jesus said: I know thy works, and tribulation, and property, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a Crown of Life. (Revelations 2:9-10) I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and host not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. (Revelations 2:13)
Note Offence in the church (Matthew 18:13-17)
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. (Ecclesiastes 8:11)
Note: Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: (Ecclesiastes 8:12)
Cautions Against Hypocrisy
But we are sure that the judgement of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. (Romans 2:2) But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasures up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgement of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, enteral life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God. (Romans 2:5-11)
Note: An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered. (Proverbs 11:9)
- A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. (Proverbs 11:13)
Prophet: I've had about four to five prophesies spoken to me and they all have been becoming true. The only thing off was the year they stated.
Note: He said to them: It is not for you to know the times or dates that Father has sent by his own authority. ( Acts 1:7)
The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; (Deuteronomy 15:1)
And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
- And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee: for God is with thee. (1 Samuel 10:6-7)
- And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. (Exodus 4:8)
Note: And the LORD answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables that he may run that breadth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: through it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:2-3)
- Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. (1Thessalonians 5:18-21
- But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
- When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously; thou shalt not be afraid of him.
- There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.
- But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand.
- As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand. (Ecclesiastes 5:13-15)
He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that liveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. (Ecclesiastes 5:10)
Note: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:10)
I often heard this saying growing up. After being scrutinized by my mother that I only dated a man for what he could do for me, it finally sunk in and got the best of me. In my twenties I decided to change my ways from dating men that were successful without having full knowledge and understand; I thought this meant a man with riches was not Godly and not the path to true love. I judged not knowing the story behind this saying. I judged without knowledge that we are all born sinners and this saying was actually based off an encounter with Jesus and a little boy. Because of my lack of knowledge I settle in my relationships with men and I'd never date a man with more than me again. This lead to two mental, physical and verbally abusive relationships and both men said they didn't know how to keep me so they use abuse to try to control me in fear of losing me. I thought that at the end of all the hurt and pain there would be a reward of love awaiting me. The last man said if women were cars, you would be a Ferrari. How many people can get a Ferrari? It takes a special type of person to afford one. Only 1% of our population can even afford a Ferrari. Less than actually own one. That should be the analogy for you when it comes to guys. I guess I didn't know that I don't have to settle, be poor, to find true love and put God first .
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Mark 10:25) Note: Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! (Mark 10:24)
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. (Mark 10:13-22)
Note: And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27)
The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty. (Proverbs 10:15)
Note: The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
Money/Investment Note: Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. (Ecclesiastes 11:2)
New International Version: Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. (Romans 12:16)
The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar. (Proverbs 19:22)
Note: A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. (Ecclesiastes 7:1)
- Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. (Ecclesiastes 4:2)
- There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. (Job 3:17)
* It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
- Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. (Ecclesiastes 7:3)
- The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. (Ecclesiastes 7:4)
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.(Romans 12:16)
- Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. (Romans 12:15)
- Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. (Proverbs 27:1)
A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.(Proverbs 19:24) Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.(Proverbs 20:13) - Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. (PROVERBS 19:15) - The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; t
Therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. (PROVERBS 20:4) - The craving of the sluggard will kill him because his hands refuse to work. (Proverbs 21:25)
- He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. (PROVERBS 19:17)
- The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all. (Proverbs 22:2)
- Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. (PROVERBS 17:3)
* Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; (Romans 12:11)
Note: As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him. (Proverbs 10:26)
* Drink from Your own well
- Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
- Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
- Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
- Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
- Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 16:25)
Note: Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness (Proverbs 14:13)
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and his lips there is as a burning fire. (Proverb 16:27)
Note: He made a pit, and digged it and is fallen into the ditch which he made. (Psalm 7:15)
• Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things. (Proverbs 28:5)
Note: Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)
- Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. (Romans 12:14)
- Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:9)
An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. (Proverbs 17:11)
A froward man soweth strife and a whisperer separateth chief friends. (Proverb 16:28)
Note: He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. (Proverbs 17:20)
He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. (Proverbs 11:12)
A violent man enticeth his neighbor, an leadeth him into the way that is not good. He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass. (Proverbs 16:29-30)
The word’s of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook. (Proverbs 18:4)
Note: A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. (Proverb 18:7)
Note: It is a sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom. (Proverbs 10:23)
A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. (Proverb 18:20)
Note: Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverb 18:21)
-There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. (Proverbs 12:18)
Note: My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. (Psalm 57:4)
-The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. (Psalm 55:21)
It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. (Proverbs 25:28)
A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for is thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again. (Proverbs 19:19)
Note: A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both. (Proverbs 27:3)
• A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8)
Note: Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Matthew 15:14)
I never looked further into the men I dated out of vanity. I thought it was creepy and I had to much pride to double check on a man. I believe whatever a person told me of themselves because I knew I wouldn't lie about myself so I never looked further into what people said to me. This brought me lots of sorrow later. I started to notice I was always falling victim to others words. After hurt and heartache I was confused and still didn't understand how a person could be so cruel because I knew in my heart I'd never want to hurt someone with lies. Although, I continued to repeat the same cycle, blindly.
The simple believeth every word but the prudent man looketh well to his going. (Proverbs 14:15) Note: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:
- Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (Matthew 7:13)
- Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. (Luke 11:35)
- Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
- Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
- Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
- A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. (Matthew 7:15-18)
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. (Proverbs 25:19)
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly that he ought to think; but to thing soberly according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12-3)
1. A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. (Proverbs 6:12) A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. (PROVERBS 17:4)
2. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
3. Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
4. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
-These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
5. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
6. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
7. A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:12-19)
* The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. (Proverbs 4:19) But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. (Isaiah 57:20)
- Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
- The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. (Isaiah 59:7-8)
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. (Proverbs 4:20)
- Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
- For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
- Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 21:23)
New Living Translation: Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23)
But these things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. (Matthew 15:18)
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:8) For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt. (Job 11:12) Note: I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. (Psalm 39:2)
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (Jame 2:26)
- If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. (James 2:15-17)
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! (Proverbs 15:23)
Note: A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
Note: A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
* But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do render strifes. (2 Timothy 2:23)
Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge. (Proverbs 19:27)
Note: For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own car ftiness. And again The LORD knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours (1 Corinthians 3:19-21
- He disappointed the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
- He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
- They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night. Or, run into (Job 5:12-14)
- A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness. (Job 10:22)
How to deal with people who seem to intentionally hurt you? Do I have to deal with them?
• For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. (Proverbs 6:34) Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? Or, jealousy; (Proverbs 27:4) A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. (Proverbs 14:30)
- Open rebuke is better than secret love. (Proverbs 27:5)
Note: And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
- And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
- But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
Betrayal in the Garden / The Plan to Kill Jesus / Jesus' Betrayal and Arrest
Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.
And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.
And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. (Luke 22:1:7)
And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. (Luke 22 :14)
Jesus * And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer. (Luke 22:15)
And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, (Luke 22:45)
And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.
But Jesus said unto him, Judas, bestrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
• Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. (Romans 12:17)
- Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. (Romans 12:14)
- Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. (James 4:11)
* Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. (Matthew 5:38-39)
Note: Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)
Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. (Psalm 5:8)
- For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulcher; they flatter with their tongue.(Psalm 5:9)
- They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. (Psalm 62:4)
- Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit, the poison of asps is under their lips. (Romans 3:13)
- Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
- Their feet are swift to shed blood:
- Destruction and misery are in their ways:
- And the way of peace have they not known:
- There is no fear of God before their eyes. (Romans 3:14-18
* Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:43-44)
Note: If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. (Romans 12:18)
* Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (Romans 12:19) Note: That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, (Luke 1:74)
- That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; (Luke 1:71)
-Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
-Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:20-21)
• For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. (Proverbs 24:16)
* Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: (Proverbs 24:17)
- Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. (Proverbs 24:18)
* Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14)
• Behold, happy is the man who God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: ( Job 5:17)
• For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit. (Ecclesiastes 2:26)
• If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)
Note: But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. (James 1:6-7)
• Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21)
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. (Psalm 117:8)
Note: Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. Or salvation (Psalm 146:3)
A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend. (Proverbs 17:18)
Note: He liveth transgression that liveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. He that begetteth a fool doth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. A merry heart doth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drouth the bones. Or to a medicine A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment (Proverb 17:19-23)
A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. (Proverb 17:23)
Note: It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment. (Proverbs 18:5)
Note: The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. (Proverbs 5:19)
Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul. (Proverbs 22:24-25)
Note: He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure. (Proverbs 11:15)
A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. (Proverbs 17:25)
Note: He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
Note: Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from is neighbour Proverbs 19:4
Note: many will intreat the favor of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts Proverbs 19:62
I started drinking wine to drown my sorrows. I no longer drink.
Hear thou, my son, and be wise; and guide thine heart in the way. Be not among wine bobbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. (Proverbs 23:19-21)
Note: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgement of any of the afflicted.
- And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (Proverbs 5:18)
-Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
-Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
-Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. (Proverbs 31:5-8)
Note: Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. (Proverbs 20:1)
Note: It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. (Romans 14:21)
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not eat. (1 Corinthians 5:11)
A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) Note: He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. (proverbs 17:9) - A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17)
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)
My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. (Proverb 23:15)
Note: The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. (Proverbs 16:23)
- Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24)
-But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
-For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the LORD.
-A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
-Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted. Or, glory (James 1-8)
Note: All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. (Ecclesiastes 3:20)
Note: Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. (Revelation 2:10)
When I was a 19 I date a guy in college and the now father of my daughter at the same time. My daughter's father told me to make a choice and I told him that I couldn't because I was in love with both of them. I continued dating both of them at the same time and my daughter's father cried after another guy answered my phone 5am in the morning, then about two years later he got a call from the other guy. During, that time I was very vain and thought only about myself. I felt superior and some sort of power and that what a person doesn't know can't hurt them. Until, my daughter's father left me at twenty two. The guy from college had died from a drug overdose and I was dating a magazine owner who I didn't love, just to pass time. I was heartbroken, sick and became a victim of my own ill doings. I vowed to myself that I'd never hurt another person by lying and cheating. My daughter's father and I got back together a year later and I had my daughter at twenty four. He viciously paid me back a year and a half later. I stayed for five years then after, lies, cheating and an outside child, I walked away.
My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. (Proverbs 6:20-21)
- When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou steepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
- For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproof of instruction are the way of life: Or candle
- To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
- Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. (Proverbs 6:22-25)
For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought a a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? (Proverbs 6:26-27)
Note: to keep you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the stranger. (Proverbs 6:24)
- For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: (Proverbs 5:3-5)
- For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead… (Proverbs 2:18-19)
- until an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare--not knowing it will cost him his life. (Proverbs 7:23)
- The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; he who is cursed by the LORD will fall into it. (Proverbs 22:14)
My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. keep my commandments, and live: and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words. (Proverbs 7:1-5)
For at the widow of my house I looked through my casement,
And behold among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtle of heart.
(She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
I have peace offerings with me: this day have I payed my vows.
Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird casteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. (Proverbs 7:623)
Go Not Astray
Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline to there ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. (Proverbs 7:24-27)
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. She also liveth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men. Or, as a robber (Proverbs 23:26-28)
Note: And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her. (Ecclesiastes 7:26)
If a man also lie with mankind, as he liveth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13)
I committed this sin for many years; looking for love in all the wrong places. In the end it was like I sold my soul and I was lost, tired, confused in darkness and full of sorrow.
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (1 Corinthians 6:18) Note: But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. (1 Corinthians 7:9) Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me It is good for a man not touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:1-2) Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. (1 Corinthians 7:5)
- Now the spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
- Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
- Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
- For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. (1Timothy 4:1-5) Note: And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. Of their flesh shell ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you. (Leviticus 11:7-8) And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: (Leviticus 11:10)
What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are brought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
• But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. (1 Timothy 6:11)
Note: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD. (Proverb 19:3)
Note: For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. (Matthew 15:19)
- Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot sake; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies and your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. (Isaiah 59: 1-4)
• The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. (Proverbs 18:14-15)
Note: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:8)
Note: And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: For I am the LORD that health thee.
• Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. (Proverbs 12:25)
Note: And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: o whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. (2 Corinthians 1:6-7) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (2 Corinthians 1:4) It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: (2 Timothy 2:11)
Out of no where, one day I felt lost, no peace, nothing made sense. I was no longer happy about my life although, things looked fine on the outside something wasn't right and missing inside. I couldn't figure out where things went wrong because I was feeling fine just a day ago. In fact I had recently set out to do acting and without any experience I'd land a small role in Tyler Perry's tv show Sista's and The movie Open. I'd just seen myself on tv. I felt like my life had switched from living in light to now complete darkness; with eyes that weren't blind but just couldn't see to understand, to have any hope for the future. I was confused, I was full of fear and I didn't know who to trust. Nothing matter, none of the material things I'd once enjoyed or found value in. I was desolated, empty, alone and my soul was tormented with pain. The joy and peace I'd once found within myself was lost and, I couldn't figure out how to get it back; back to the old me. I was tired, drained of energy, my heart was full of sorrow and pain. I felt as if a part of me had died and the dead weight was so heavy; weighing me down. I kept thinking if only I could just get back to the old me. I felt like a Zombie; the moving dead. I remember feeling boxed in and no longer in control of my happiness. Two friends told me to sit still but the silence was killing me slowly. The religious friend said, you have to sit still and let God work. This was torture for me to be patient, to not go to work, have no control, to trust the unseen and unknown. I'd rather work myself to death than to feel the agony of my soul cry. I fought until i was weak, until I felt lifeless; like the walking dead. Then I surrender to God; all of me whole heartedly.
In reference to me wanting to just get back to the old me:
Man Was Created for God's Glory
- Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; not it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19)
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted. (Psalm 88:15)
Note: Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. (Ezekiel 18:4) The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart: And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee. (Deuteronomy 28:27-28) For a small moment have I forsake thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. (Isaiah 54:7-8)
When I read these verses I realized this is what I'd been experiencing. I was afflicted!
- They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs diet, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. Or adders'
- Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works; their works are of iniquity and the act of violence is in their hands.
- Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
- The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
- Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
- We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
- We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgement, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
- For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
- In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
Commit Cause to God: I thought I had life all figured out, in my own strength.
- He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
- He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
- They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night. Or run into. (Job 5:13-14)
I had a boil that I had to have removed at the ER. A religion friend mentioned to me that in the Bible boils were punishment for sin. God was trying to get my attention, I'd committed adultery several times.
The Curses of Disobedience
- The LORD will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed.
- The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:
- And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.
- Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof. (Deuteronomy 28:27-30)
Note: This is what the LORD says: 'I will raise up adversity against you from your own house. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to another, and he will lie with them in broad daylight. (2 Samuel 12:11)
When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint; Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifies me through visions: So that my soul chose the strangling and death rather than my life. I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity. (Job 7:13-16)
Cast off by God
For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth. (Psalm 44:25)
*For every man shall bear his own burden. (Galatians 6:9)
Note: To him that is afflicted pity should be showed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty. (Job 6:14)
- Look to my right and see, no one attends to me; there is no refuge for me, no one cares for my soul. (Psalm 142:4)
Job's Cry to God
I have heard many things like these; miserable comforters are you all. Or troublesome (Job 16:2)
- And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me. My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest. By the great force of my ideas is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat. he hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes. I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regards me not. Job 30:16-20)
- My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me. (job 30:27)
My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. (Jeremiah 4:19)
The Burdens of Dumah and Arabia
Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it. My hear panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned int fear unto me. (Isaiah 21:3-4)
The Fate of Enemies
They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away. (Psalm 69:4)
Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. (Psalm 69:20)
They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. (Psalm 69:21)
Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap. (Psalm 69:22)
Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake. (Psalm 69:23)
Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them. (Psalm 69:24)
Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents. (Psalm 69:25)
A Repentant Heart
O LORD, rebuke me not in your wrath: neither chasten me in your hot displeasure.
For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand preset me sore.
There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
For mine iniquities are going over mine head: as an heavy burden they are to heavy for me.
My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
For my lions are filled with a loathsome disease: and this is no soundness in my flesh.
I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
Lord all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and image deceits all the day long.
But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
Thus I was as a man that hearth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O LORD my God. Or thee do I wait for. Or, answer
For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me,
For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.
For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.
Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.
Make haste to help me, O LORD my salvation. (Psalm 38:1-22)
The Rod of God's Wrath
I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.
He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.
Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand gainst me all the day.
My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.
He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.
He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.
Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.
He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.
He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.
He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me desolate.
He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.
He hath caused the arrow of his quiver to enter into my reins.
I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.
He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.
He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes. Or rolled me in the ashes
And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgot prosperity.
And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD: Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. Or, Remember
My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humble in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. (Lamentations 3:1-21)
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
- For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
- And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:7-9)
Deliverance from Bondage
Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of then most High:
Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.
Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:10-15)
For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
Fool because of their transgressions, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he seventh them out of their distresses.
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:16-21)
The Wicked Son Shall Die
The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall
not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. (Ezekiel 18:20-22)
The merciful man doth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
Note: He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)
- None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. (Isaiah 59:4)
- He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that hearth reproof getteth understanding. (Proverbs 15:32)
- He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. (John 12:25)
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and lust of the eye, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (1John 2:15-16)
If the world hate you, ye know that it hate me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hatter you. (John 15:18-19)
- I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. (Isaiah 45:5-7)
Before I was afflicted, I went astray; but now I keep your word. (Psalm 119:67) It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. (Psalm 119:71-72)
* Your Sorrow Will turn to Joy
- A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. (John 16:21)
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. It is good for a man that he wear the yoke of his youth. He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him. (Lamentations 3:26-28) Note: The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
- I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. (Proverbs 8:17)
- Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away: (Job 11:16)
- God promises to make something good out of the storms that bring devastation to your life. (Romans 8:28)
- Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: (Ecclesiastes 11:7)
Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy. (Nahum 3:11)
Note: O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. and I will make thy windows of a gates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. All all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. (Isaiah 54:11-13)
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (1Corinthians 13:11) That we henceforth be not more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (Ephesians 4:14) - Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity. Or, anger
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity. (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
- Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
- Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
- Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
- Humble yourselves in the sight of the LORD, and he shall lift you up. (James 4:7-10)
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgement.
- Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity. Or, anger (Ecclesiastes 11:9-10)
* Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: (Ecclesiastes 11:7)
• But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all: yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 11:8)
- Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
- Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers: (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:) (Job 8:8-9)
• The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head. (Proverbs 20:29)
- That the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; (Titus 2:2)
• Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility. (Proverb 18:12)
* But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. (Titus 2:2)
Warnings of False Teachers.... Chains, cycles, generational curse
Note: Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. (Timothy 1:4)
- But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. (1 Timothy 4:7)
- But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. (Titus 3:9)
A Time of Restoration
Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knows not. (Jeremiah 33:2-3)
Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth. (Jeremiah 33:6)
And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me. (Jeremiah 33:7)
The Voice of Joy and Gladness
And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it. (Jeremiah 33:9)
The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 33:11)
Earthly and Heavenly Wisdom Do Not Judge
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw night to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the LORD, and he shall lift you up.
Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judges another?
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. (I Peter 2:19-20)
Note: For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (1 Peter 2:21-25)
-Who did not sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
-Who when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
-Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
-For ye were as sheep going astray; but now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
-For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing than for evil doing. (1Peter 3:17)
• Surely, oppression maketh a wise man mad; and gift destroyeth the heart. (Ecclesiastes 7:7)
- Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
- Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. (Ecclesiastes 7:8-9)
• The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
- For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:3)
-And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. (Romans 13:11)
- Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psalm 27:14)
• A reproof entirety more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. (Proverbs 17:10)
Note: Correction is grievous unto him that forsakes the way: and he that hates reproof shall die. (Proverbs 15:10)
Note: Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. (Proverbs 19:20)
Note: LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments. (Psalms 119:166)
Note: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they will mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Note: Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; (Hebrews 5:8-9)
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; but the LORD pondereth the hearts. (Proverbs 21:2)
Note: For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars. Or, strongly to hold with them (2 Chronicles 16:9)
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weighted the spirits. (Proverbs 16:2)
Note: A merry heart taketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. (Proverb 15:13)
• A wise son heart his father’s instruction: but a scorner hearth not rebuke. (Proverbs 13:1)
Note: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. (Proverbs 13:20)
- For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being King. (1 Samuel 15:23)
• A wise man will hear, and will increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels. (Proverbs 1:5)
Note: We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1)
Note: Let everyone of us please his neighbour for his good to edification (Romans 15:2)
Note: Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. ( Proverbs 8:14)
- And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
- The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. (Psalm 25:14)
- And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. (Genesis 17:2)
- The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. Or, shall be beaten (Proverbs 10:8)
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. (Ecclesiastes 7:5)
Note: For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 7:6)
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. (Proverb 9:9)
The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD. (Proverbs 16:1)
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. (James 1:19-20)
A wise man’s eye are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all. (Ecclesiastes 2:14) - (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. (Romans 11:8) - Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.
Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house. (Ezekiel 12:2)
• A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident. (Proverbs 14-16)
Note: Pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
Note: The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. (Proverbs 15:24)bg
A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t, and even brags about it. (Proverbs 13:16)
Note: A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. (Proverbs 18:2)
• A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. (Proverbs 12:23)
Note: The heart of the prudent gotten knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge (Proverbs 18:15)
- Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. (Proverbs 8:33)
- Counsel is mine and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. (Proverbs 8:14)
The merciful man doth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. (Proverbs 11:17)
Note: Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. (Romans 12:15)
• A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city. (Ecclesiastes 7:19)
- So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off. (Proverbs 24:14)
When a man’s ways please the LORD, he taketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7)
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:5
For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: (Proverbs 7:19)
- One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (1 Timothy 3:4)
Note: But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. (1 Timothy 5:8)
Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. (Proverbs 17:6)
If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say that an untimely birth is better than he. (Ecclesiastes 6:3)
Note: For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other. Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place? All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. (Ecclesiastes 6:4-7)
• A just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. (Proverbs 20:7)
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. (Proverbs 13:22)
• A gracious woman retaineth honor: and strong men retain riches. (Proverbs 11:16)
Note: Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Note: For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. (Ecclesiastes 7:12)
- A feast is made for laughter, and wine taketh merry: but money answereth all things. (Ecclesiastes 10:19)
Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8)
- Love is patient, love is kind . It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (1Corinthians 13:4)
- Above all, love one another deeply, because love covers overs a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)
• My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my Commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. (Proverbs 7:1-2)
Note: For I know the plans I have for you ... plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! (Proverbs 15:23)
• Blessed is the man whom thou chasteness, O LORD, and teaches him out of thy law; (Psalm 94:12)
Note: Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
• Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. (Psalms 1:1)
- But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
- And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he
doeth shall prosper. (Psalms 1:2-3)
Note: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; andthey shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Praise ye the LORD, Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. (Psalms 112:1)
Note: The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. (Proverbs 14:27)
- Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (Psalms 119:165)
- My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law. (Psalm 119:109)
• The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. (Psalms 37:23)
• Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. (Proverbs 3:13)
• For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Matthew 6:14)
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God liveth a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
- And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (2 Corinthians 9:8)
- But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:3-4)
• And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
- For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. (Ecclesiastes 1:18)
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
- For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:14)
- Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. (1 Corinthians 4:5)
- Judge not, that ye be not judged. (Matthew 7:1)
- Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of hisbrother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. (James 4:11)
- Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, (1 Peter 2:1)
- For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. (Luke 8:17)
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; (Proverbs 2:2)
• Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. (1 Corinthians 11:4)
Note: And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
- But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when the hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret shall reward thee openly.
- But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
- Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
* After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13)
• Finally, my brethren, be strong in the LORD, and in the power of his might.
- Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
- For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
- Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
- Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
- And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
- Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
- And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (Ephesians 6:10:17)
Ye are the light of the world, a city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candle stick, that they which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eyes: therefore when thine eyes is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eyes is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. (Luke 11:33-34) If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. (Luke 11:36)
If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32)
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hat he said, and shall he not do it? (Numbers 23:19)
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men this is impossible; but with God: for with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27)