What an awesome day we had a church yesterday. Pastor Bryan Rosenbarger (www.bryanrosenbarger.wordpress.com) delivered an awesome message about The Power of Praise and Worship. As a worshipper, this message really spoke to me. It was great to see his passion in delivering the message. You can go to http://www.trinitywest.org on Tuesday to hear the sermon in it’s entirety.
We are twenty days in on our study of Proverbs and today is a good one. It discusses dishonesty in cheating others with false scales or measures. In our modern times this would be similar to if the butcher “thumbed” the scale when weighing your lunchmeat. It talks about wine and beer and how foolish a man is if he is led astray by their enticing.
It talks about avoiding strife and quarrel. Solomon discusses the danger of sleeping in. He was such a wise man, with wisdom from heaven. Heed his words and you will find yourself excelling in every area of life.
I encourage you to mark up your bible. Use a series of symbols next to key portions of proverbs. $ when talking about money <3 when discussing love and sex. ! when talking about something exceptionally relevant to you. Make up your own. It’s helpful when reading back over the chapters.
Ladies, keep reading Proverbs 31 daily. Apply the truths and your husband will thank you!
1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 A king’s wrath is like the roar of a lion;
he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 A sluggard does not plow in season;
so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters,
but a man of understanding draws them out.
6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love,
but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous man leads a blameless life;
blessed are his children after him.
8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,
he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
I am clean and without sin”?
10 Differing weights and differing measures—
the LORD detests them both.
11 Even a child is known by his actions,
by whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—
the LORD has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer;
then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;
hold it in pledge if he does it for a wayward woman.
17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man,
but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Make plans by seeking advice;
if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 If a man curses his father or mother,
his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning
will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”
Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 The LORD detests differing weights,
and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A man’s steps are directed by the LORD.
How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly
and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king winnows out the wicked;
he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man;
it searches out his inmost being.
28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe;
through love his throne is made secure.
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil,
and beatings purge the inmost being.