Proverbs – Chapter 13

Proverbs 13

Verse 1 – A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

Verse 2 – A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, but the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence.

Verse 3 – He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

We are watching these very verses transpire on the news all across America. People use their hateful rhetoric to yell violence to incite riots. It’s an excuse to burn towns to the grown because they feel an injustice was done, before they have all the facts. Harming others and their property is pure evil. We have court systems that will punish the criminals, but those who are bent towards destruction would rather incite violence with their mouth.

Verse 4 – The soul of a sluggard desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

Verse 5 – A righteous man hates lying, but a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.

Verse 6 – Righteousness keeps him whose way is blameless, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

Every choice we make for good, is an opportunity for good results! With each decision done God’s way, it will bring a greater sense of order to our lives. With each decision to disobey God’s word, will bring confusion and destruction. When we think right, our body will follow.

Verse 7 – There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; and one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.

Verse 8 – The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, but the poor does not hear rebuke.

Verse 9 – The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

Verse 10 – By pride comes only contention, but with the well-advised is wisdom.

Pride is the main ingredient in every quarrel. It stirs up conflict and divides people. Humility, by contrast, heals people.

Verse 11 – Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase.

Verse 12 – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

You can literally get physically sick when you keep hoping for something, but it never comes. I’ve been there. I just had to change my focus. I do know though that when its God’s will, whatever we are hoping for, will come in His timing.

Verse 13 – He who despises the word will be destroyed, but he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

Verse 14 – The law of the wise is a foundation of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.

Verse 15 – Good understanding gains favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard.

Verse 16 – Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool lays open his folly.

Verse 17 – A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful ambassador brings health.

As Christians, we are to be ambassadors for Christ, meaning we represent the kingdom of God. Inaccurate information causes a breakdown of what people believe. People who call themselves Christians, but yet do not strive to live by God’s Word, do a dishonor to the meaning of “ambassador.”

Verse 18 – Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, but he who regards reproof will be honored.

Verse 19 – A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, but it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

We all set goals in life that go along with our desires, but we should make sure they line up with who we are. When your desires cause you to have blinding judgment though, watch out of getting into relationships in business or personal relationships.

Verse 20 – He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.

Our friends and associates will and do influence us. You once may have thought “I’ll never do that,” but if you are around someone who does encourage you, before long your attitude will change. We don’t change people, only God can. And just a reminder: A believer does not “Hook up” with an unbeliever in business or for marriage. It won’t work out.

Verse 21 – Evil pursues sinners, but the righteous, good shall be repaid.

Verse 22 – A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

No matter how it looks for a time, God’s word is always true. So if God said it, I believe one day I will see it. Ecclesiastes 2:26 says, For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God.

Verse 23 – Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, and for lack of justice there is waste.

Verse 24 – He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.

The greatest responsibility that God gives a parent is to nurture and guide their children in the way of the Lord. A lack of discipline in the home will show eventually in the character of the child’s adult life.

Verse 25 – The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.

Psalm 34:10 – The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

 

 

Proverbs – Chapter 12

Proverbs 12

Verse 1 – Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Someone who hates correction has more of a heart problem than a head problem. It’s usually a spirit of pride because they think they are always right or smarter.

Verse 2 – A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of wicked devices He will condemn.

Verse 3 – A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved.

Real success maintains personal integrity. I know, we see people lie and cheat their way to the top of the success ladder, but the lies catch up eventually. The sad thing is there are a lot of innocent people trampled on along the way when they don’t see justice done.

Verse 4 – An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who causes shame is like a rottenness in his bones.

Verse 5 – The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

Verse 6 – The words of the wicked are, “Lie in wait for blood,” but the mouth of the upright will deliver them.

Our words, that are God’s Words, released by faith into the atmosphere, will change any situation. The Bible says, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). What we say, we end up with. Stop saying, “I can’t or I’ll never!” If you’re a blood bought child of the Most High, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Draw your strength and words from Him and watch things change.

Verse 7 – The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand.

Verse 8 – A man will be commended according to his wisdom, but he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.

Verse 9 – Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, than he who honors himself but lacks bread.

Verse 10 – A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

A person who is cruel to animals, even their mercy is wicked.

Verse 11 – He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.

Those who work hard will prosper and have plenty to eat. On the other side, those who sit around and wait for “their ship to come in,” lacks the understanding.

Verse 12 – The wicked covet the catch of evil men, but the root of the righteous yields fruit.

Verse 13 – The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but he righteous will come through trouble.

Here again our words matter. Sinful talk twists the facts to support the claim. Those who do this will be trapped by their own lies. If someone finds themselves always having to defend themselves, maybe they have been less than honest.

Verse 14 – A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.

And again, God’s words spoken about yourself and others will return to you like a reward of good.

Verse 15 – The way of a fool is right in his won eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.

Verse 16 – A fool’s wrath is known at once, but a prudent man covers shame.

A gentle answer turns away wrath. This is true in most situation. However, you will come across people who can’t be reasoned with, walk away.

Verse 17 – He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit.

Verse 18 – There is one who speaks like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.

When someone lies on another it’s like a knife piercing the heart. It’s hard to defend yourself after the lie is told. Bitterness will build in both, the one who spoke the lie and the one it was told on. But when someone speaks God’s truth, it will bring health to your soul.

Verse 19 – The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Verse 20 – Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy.

Verse 21 – No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, but he wicked shall be filled with evil.

Does trouble come to the righteous? Yes, but we are overcomers. We have a way when there seems to be no way because Christ is our wisdom. But someone without Christ, are ill-equipped to handle trying situations.

Verse 22 – Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.

Verse 23 – A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.

In other words, “Don’t be a show off and don’t toot your own horn!”

Verse 24 – The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor.

Verse 25 – Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.

Do you encourage others when they are anxious about something? Words spoken into another’s life will make a difference.

Verse 26 – The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.

If you think the people you hang out with won’t influence you , you need to rethink that, because they will, good or bad.

Verse 27 – The slothful man does not roast what he took in hunting, but diligence is man’s precious possession.

This goes to being a good steward over what God has given you.

Verse 28 – In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

For the believer in Christ, death is a pathway to eternal life, with our Savior. For the lost it’s a pathway to darkness and the unknown.

 

Proverbs – Chapter 11

Proverbs 11

Verse 1 – A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight.

This is talking about weighing something on scales and giving less.

Verse 2 – When pride comes, then comes shame; but with humble is wisdom.

Verse 3 – The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.

Verse 4 – Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

Verse 5 – The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright. But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.

Believers don’t grow weary in going down the righteous path. We may feel like we’re not moving forward, but when we walk by the Spirit’s guide, we are making progress.

Verse 6 – The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the unfaithful will be taken by their own lust.

Where your thoughts are, will guide your feet. The righteous walk according to God’s Word and He delivers them out of all their trouble. Those who don’t trust in God, allow their own lusts and desires to take them to places they may not want to go.

Verse 7 – When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, and the hope of the unjust perishes.

Verse 8 – The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead.

There are two paths in life that people have to take. One with God, one without. Even though trouble and difficulties come to both, the believer always has God’s Word to stand on for deliverance – hope. The wicked path leads to an eternal destruction without hope.

Verse 9 – The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.

Our mouth can either be used as a weapon to harm or as a tool to build up someone up. We either speak words of encouragement or do the devils work by destroying another. It’s our choice. What way would you rather have spoken over you.

Verse 10 – When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

Verse 11 – By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

When an injustice is done to the righteous, they take it to God and they take it up in the court systems. Sometimes they get laws changed, to protect the innocent. However, I’m seeing more and more that when a criminal is caught by authorities the people with the same mentality, overthrow the city with destruction. They have no regard for innocent people’s lives or property. God is not blind. He sees it all.

Verse 12 – He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace.

Verse 13 – A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals the matter.

Plain and simple; don’t get in your neighbors business and if they tell you something in confidence, keep it to yourself. We don’t have to share everything we know about someone.

Verse 14 – Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

Leaders usually have an entire cabinet of advisers. We are to just make sure that they are godly. Facts are gathered from reliable sources before decisions are made.

Verse 15 – He who is surety for a stranger will suffer for it, but one who hates being surety is secure.

Watch who you co-sign a loan for.

Verse 16 – A gracious woman retains honor, but ruthless men retain riches.

There are more important things in life than riches; our honor, integrity, and respect.

Verse 17 – The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.

Verse 18 – The wicked man does deceptive work, but to him who sows righteousness will be a sure reward (you will reap what you sow).

Verse 19 –  As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.

Verse 20 – Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord, but such as are the blameless in their ways are His delight.

Verse 21 – Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; but the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.

Verse 22 – As a ring of gold in a swin’s snout, so is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.

Not everyone who has a pretty face is pleasant to be around. The character of a person should matter much more.

Verse 23 – The desire of the righteous is only good, but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

Verse 24 – There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.

Have you ever noticed someone who is extremely generous to others and yet they seem to attain more? I’ve also seen those who are extremely stingy and never seem to gain anything. God’s way is to give from the heart and more will be given to you.

Verse 25 – The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.

So, how do we water? We water with God’s Word. We water with kindness, love, forgiveness, and compassion. What you feed your soul will flow out into others lives and not only will your soul become rich, but it will in-rich the soul’s of others.

Verse 26 – The people will curse him who withholds grain, but blessings will be on the head who sells it.

Verse 27 – He who diligently seeks good finds favor, but trouble will come to him who seeks evil.

Verse 28 – He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage.

Verse 29 – He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, but the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.

The person who brings trouble to his own family will inherit nothing – you can’t hold onto wind.

Verse 30 – The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.

Verse 31 – If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth how much more the wicked and the sinner.

In other words: If the righteous are rewarded with blessings from God here and now on earth, then how much more are the wicked and sinner to be punished?

This day we all have a choice – choose life and His name is Jesus!

Proverbs – Chapter 10

Proverbs 10

Contrasting the Godly and the Wicked

Verse 1 – A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.

Verse 2 – Treasures of wickedness profits nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.

Verse 3 – The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked.

God’s ways and principles for right living brings lasting happiness because they bring us into right behavior. Money that has been gotten by cheating or stealing will profit a person nothing.

Verse 4 – He who deals with a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes one rich.

Verse 5 – He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.

I see too many people in our society today that don’t work hard at anything. Yes, there are people who do, but still too many who strive harder at not working than they do at finding a job. If you are always in between jobs or long periods of not working, how will you ever get ahead? There are so many opportunities for people to go to a trade school and get a skill that will support them and their families. Our government assists those who can’t afford it on their own if they seek the help.

Verse 6 – Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Verse 7 – The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will not.

Oh how backwards we are today, according to verse 7. We make documentaries, movies, write books on evil people. I could probably name 10 serial killers or bomb terrorist. It seems we give the “Lime light ” to the ones that we should forget and the ones who were always doing good for others, are soon forgotten.

Verse 8 – The wise in heart will receive commands, but a prating fool will fall.

Prating is to give “lip service” to something. It doesn’t come from the heart when spoken.

Verse 9 – He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known.

Christians are supposed to conduct themselves with the highest integrity. They should keep their word and do what they say.

Verse 10 – He who winks with the eye causes trouble, but a prating fool will fall.

This verse reminds me of some politicians. They might as well be winking when they speak, because they have no intention of doing what they say they are going to do for the people.

Verse 11 – The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Verse 12 – Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.

Bitterness and hatred tear people down, but when forgiveness, compassion, and empathy, is given it will bring life to someone.

Verse 13 – Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.

Verse 14 – Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

People like to criticize what they don’t understand.

Verse 15 – The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Verse 16 – The labor of the righteous leads to life, the wages of the wicked to sin.

Verse 17 – He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses reproof goes astray.

Verse 18 – Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.

By hating another person, you become a liar because you want to criticize and exaggerate the truth. You won’t tell the whole story. When someone tries to hide their hatred of another, they end up lying. Most people cannot hide their hatred for another very long. It will come out.

Verse 19 – In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.

Verse 20 – The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is worth little.

Words from the righteous are valuable. Don’t go to a person for advise that tells you only what you’d like to hear.

Verse 21 – The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.

Verse 22 – The blessings of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.

Wealth that is gained without God can become a struggle. Blessing that come from God bring joy and contentment. Those who are faithful over little will be rulers over much (Matthew 25:21, 23).

Verse 23 – To do evil is like sport to a fool, but a man of understanding has wisdom.

Verse 24 – The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted.

Those who do not believe in God usually fear death. Believers, however, know they will spend eternity with our beloved Savior.

Verse 25 – When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has everlasting foundation.

Verse 26 – As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him (irritation).

Verse 27 – The fear of the Lord prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened.

Verse 28 – The hope of the righteous will be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.

Verse 29 – The way of the Lord is strength for the upright, but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.

The righteous don’t dread the truth. There will be a day when “every knee” will bow to the King of Kings. Philippians 2:10 – …that at the name of Jesus every knee, should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on under the earth,…

Verse 30 – The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not inhabit the earth.

Verse 31 – The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut out.

Verse 32 – The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.

Yes, one day all wickedness will be wiped out, but there’s going to be a lot of people that we could have persuaded to come to Christ. Lets take as many as we can to heaven with us!

Proverbs – Chapter 9

Proverbs 9

Verse 1 – Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars;

Seven is the number for completion, perfect – it lacks nothing.

Verse 2 – She has slaughtered her meat, she has mixed her wine, she has also furnished her table.

Verse 3 – She has sent out her maidens, she cries out from the highest places of the city,

Verse 4 – “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,

Verse 5 – “Come eat of my bread and drink of the wine which I have mixed.”

Verse 6 – Forsake foolishness and live and go in the way of understanding.

This is the parable of the great supper Jesus told in Luke 14:15-24. Many intended to go, but never made it because they got sidetracked. Other things seemed more important at the time.

Verse 7 – “He who reproves a scoffer gets shame for himself, and he who rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blemish.”

verse 8 – Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

Verse 9 – Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

Verse 10 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

A scoffer is a mocker of the ways of God. You won’t persuade them, so don’t waste your breath. However, someone who is wanting to know the wisdom that comes from God can be corrected and it will be cherished. A scoffer doesn’t care to learn and doesn’t want to hear an opposite opinion of others. They will make fun of you and God. A wise person will keep on learning, because they seek to have a relationship with the creator.

Verse 11 – “For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.

Verse 12 – If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, and if you scoff, you alone will hear it.”

These verses imply both, a long life and an eternal life.

Verse 13 – A foolish woman is clamorous; (boisterous) she is simple, and knows nothing.

Verse 14 – For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat by the highest places of the city,

Verse 15 – To call to those who pass by, who go straight on their way;

Verse 16 – “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here;” and as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,

Verse 17 – “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”

Verse 18 – But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell (or Sheol).

Sin always seems more enticing and exciting than living a Christian life. Don’t be deceived; Sin will take you a lot further than you ever want to go!

The Pit

Joseph in the pit

This is a teaching from Pastor Robert Morris and this is what I got out of it.

We all have a dream from God that will lead us into our destiny. If you don’t pursue it, you will just have the dream. There is usually one main reason that stops people from fulfilling their destiny – character.

Does your character support the destiny? We have to be developed with a responsible character in order to carry that destiny.

We are going to look at Joseph. He had a dream from God at 17, but didn’t step into the dream until age 30, and didn’t fulfill it until he was 40. This was a process that he had to pass – character tests.

Ask yourself this question: What is it in my character that God is trying to shape so I can have the destiny He has ordained for me?

Genesis 37:13 – And Israel (Jacob) said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” So he said to him, “Here I am.” (Verse 14) Then he said to him, “Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me.” So he sent him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to Shechem. (Verse 15) Now a certain man found him (Joseph), and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, “What are you seeking?” (Verse 16) So he said, “I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are feeding their flocks.” (Verse 17) And the man said, “They have departed from here, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan. (Verse 18) Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. (Verse 19) Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming!” (Verse 20) “Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!’” (Verse 21) But Reuben heard it, (Reuben was the first-born, oldest) and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, “Let us not kill him.” (Verse 22) And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him” –that he might deliver him out of their hands and bring him back to his father. (Remember this verse) (Verse 23) So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. (Verse 24) Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it.

Notice the Bible says, “A certain man found him,” in verse 15 (Joseph). He was just wondering in a field, probably daydreaming. Remember, he’s only 17.

 Getting Out of the Pit

There are 3 things to keep in mind when we go through a pit test.

1 – The position of the pit.

2 – What is the perception of God’s view? What is your perspective of the situation?

3 – The purpose of the pit.

The position of the pit: In other words; what brought you to this position of the pit in the first place? Did we do something that attributed to us getting in this position? This is not condemning ourselves, its soul-searching. A lot of time when we go through difficulties, we blame someone else. We will never get past it if we don’t get over what was done to us by someone else. It’s not someone’s fault, it’s how we respond to what was done. It’s our response to the pit.

So why did his brothers hate Joseph in the first place? Joseph was 17 years old, so why was he not out in the fields with his older brothers tending the flocks with them? Verse 18 says that his brothers saw him afar off. How did they know it was him? Because he was wearing that “Braggie coat of many colors.” They spotted him a mile off in the coat his father had made him.

Jealousy will rise from others when our Father’s favor is on us. Joseph was proud of his gift from his father and showed it off every chance he got. I imaging he never took it off. He had also had a dream where his brothers were told they bowed down to Joseph. People don’t want to hear about you being promoted or elevated while they stay in the same place.

Here is the question that we need to ask ourselves: Do I tell every one of the gifts I have? Have you ever been around someone who, no matter the conversation, likes to slip in, “I have the gift of…?” I have, and it was annoying. She kept telling me, “I have the gift of healing.” I was thinking, “Then why have I never seen you use it?” The giver is more important than the gift. We shouldn’t put our identity in the gift. So, don’t go around bragging about your coat of many colors. This pride thing is what got Joseph in trouble.

Because of Joseph’s pride and arrogance of also telling his brothers about his dream where they bow down to him, he lost that precious coat after being thrown in a pit. Joseph lost his gift. The father didn’t take it back, he lost it. I’ve seen misters of huge congregations lose that ministry because of lack of integrity. They lost it, God didn’t take it. It was because of lack in their character. A spirit of pride got on them.

Not everyone has a gift that they brag about, but each one of us has to examine how and why we got into the pit in the first place and start from there to get out.

The good news is: Whatever we lose through foolishness, we can get back after we truly repent – change.

If you follow the story, Joseph ended up with as many coats as he could possibly have wanted. And, perhaps Jacob never threw the original coat away. It’s not about the coat. It’s about Joseph getting to have a relationship with his father again.

What is our perspective of the pit? What is God’s perspective of the pit?

Every time we are in a pit, the accuser of the brethren shows up – Satan. He will show up and begin to condemn you and accuse you. And yes, Satan talks through people.

Satan wants to condemn you. There is a huge difference between condemnation and conviction.

Conviction is specific. Conviction says, “You did this and this, and this is why you are in this pit and so with God’s help, we start fixing it.

Condemnation from Satan is general. Satan tells you, “You’ll never accomplish this; God can’t use you; you’re a failure.

God never condemns. Condemnation is always from the enemy. John 3:17 – “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

The enemy is a liar. There is no truth in him. If Satan is talking, he’s lying. The lie that Jacob believed that Joseph was dead didn’t come from the brothers, it came from his own thoughts. Satan put those thoughts there through the evidence of the coat with blood on it. Read the verses, 32, and 33. The brothers had discussed telling Jacob that a wild beast had devoured Joseph but when they came to him they only showed Jacob the coat with blood on it and asked, “Is this your son’s coat?” See how easy the enemy slips in? Oh, he will show you evidence that what you think is true. Jacob thought for 22 years Joseph was dead. The sad thing is the brothers knew he had been sold as a slave and wasn’t really dead. That’s the hardness of sin.

The purpose of every pit is to get us to cry out to God. We can’t get out on our own. We cannot do anything without God. If we do, it just won’t work out! Every breath we breathe comes from God all Mighty.

When we first get in the pit, do we rehearse how bad someone treated us? We tell God all the things that happened because of the blame game. It may take us a while to conclude, “I can’t do this by myself,” and if the pit continues, we admit we brought on a lot of it. I know. This is me, been there, done that!

Being in a pit, will change your life, if you are totally honest with yourself. Genesis 37:22 – And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him” – that he might deliver him out of their hands and bring him back to his father.

The purpose of every pit is to deliver us and bring us back to the Father. To set us free from anything that holds us in bondage and bring us to a closer relationship with the father – Jesus Christ!

Remember: You will come out! There’s victory in Jesus if you cry out to Him!

Proverbs – Chapter 8

Proverbs 8

Verse 1 – Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice?

Verse 2 – She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet.

Verse 3 – She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors;

Verse 4 – “To you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men.”

Verse 5 – O you simple ones, understand prudence, and you fools, be of an understanding.

Prudence is moral insight to understanding. She, is used for wisdom, crying out to all who will listen. The greatest book ever written on wisdom, is the Bible. Those who ignore it, the Bible calls fools.

Verse 6 – Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things;

Verse 7 – For my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

Verse 8 – All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them.

God’s wisdom will never steer us in the wrong direction. He never deceives to manipulate us. We are given His Word and then a choice to take the path of righteousness, or not.

Verse 9 – They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.

Verse 10 – Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice of gold;

Verse 11 – For wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.

Verse 12 – “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion.”

Verse 13 – The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.

Love for God and love for sin, cannot coexist. We either live for God or we are living for evil. There is no in-between.

Verse 14 – Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength.

Verse 15 – By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice.

Verse 16 – By me princes rule, and nobles, all the judges of the earth.

Verse 17 – I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.

Verse 18 – Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness.

Verse 19 – My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver.

Verse 20 – I traverse the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice,

Verse 21 – That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasures.

Wisdom says her wealth, which includes riches and honor, will not evaporate. Wisdom brings an inheritance of wealth with her. Wisdom brings ideas and opportunities to the table of decision-making. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Verse 22 – “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old.

Verse 23 – I have been established from everlasting, from beginning, before there ever was an earth.

Verse 24 – When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water.

Verse 25 – Before the mountains were settled, before hills, I was brought forth;

Verse 26 – While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, or the primeval dust of the world.

Verse 27 – When He prepared the heavens, I was there, when He drew a circle on the face of the deep,

Verse 28 – When He established the clouds above, when He strengthened the fountains of the deep,

Verse 29 – When He assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters would not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth,

Verse 30 – Then I was beside Him, as a master craftsman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always with Him,

Verse 31 – Rejoicing in His inhabited world, and my delight was with the sons of men.”

All wisdom, all knowledge, and all understanding, is of God. These verses are magnificent when you meditate on them. How could we ever doubt that such a Creator would have a hard time delivering us out of our little ole problems. If we never read anything but these verses, it’s enough to see what a Mighty Creator has done for mankind and that He loves us beyond our comprehension!

Verse 32 – “Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways.

Verse 33 – Hear instructions and be wise, and do not disdain it.

Verse 34 – Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Verse 35 – For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord;

Verse 36 – But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death.”

Did you catch that in verse 35; How to obtain favor from the Lord?

Some will not teach on the favor of God because they like to teach “God is no respect or of persons” by saying, “You are not more special than another.” However, I always took it to mean, what He did for another, He will do for me. Romans 2:11, is talking about God not showing partiality to those who sin. So don’t be confused. There are too many verses in the Bible where God says: He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him; Psalm 68:19, is only one of the many favor blessings – Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits…

Conclusion: We benefit in every way when we seek God and His wisdom. Favor will surround those who seek the Lord with all their hearts.