March 20, 2017

Our Memory Verse for the week:

2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) — 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

Inspired by God means that All of the Bible is God breathed. It comes straight from the top. Straight from the creator of life. No one is wiser than God. He knows how life is to be lived. The created doesn’t tell the creator how things are supposed to be. We are the created.

Chapter 6 in Proverbs is a good illustration of how useful scripture is in living everyday ordinary life and it shows the wisdom of God.

Proverbs 6:1–5 (NLT) — 1 My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger— 2 if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said— 3 follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy. Now swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased. 4 Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do. 5 Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net.

People that co-sign on a loan usually get stuck with that loan. Think about it. If the bank wouldn’t lend the money after researching the person, why would you? If it is your son or daughter or a relative or friend and if you have the money, why not just give it to them and avoid any confrontation that may come up if they couldn’t make the payment?

I had two pastor friends in South Dakota that pastored churches just a few miles apart. They both knew this family that needed furniture. The family couldn’t get a loan so the pastors both co-signed on a $3ooo loan. Yep they got stuck with it. Better to have given them the money than have hard feelings develop.

Proverbs 6:6–11 (NLT) — 6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! 7 Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, 8 they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. 9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? 10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

Work and save and you won’t need to have a co-signor and maybe won’t even need to borrow money.

Proverbs 6:12–15 (NLT) — 12 What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars, 13 signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye, a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers. 14 Their perverted hearts plot evil, and they constantly stir up trouble. 15 But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing.

When you don’t work you have way too much time on your hands and that usually leads trouble. Remember the old saying, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop”.

Proverbs 6:16–19 (NLT) — 16 There are six things the Lord hates— no, seven things he detests: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, 18 a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, 19 a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.

The opposite of these things that the Lord hates is > humility, truthful speech, preservation of life, pure thoughts, eagerness to do good, honest witnesses, and peaceful harmony; which by the way are the beatitudes listed in Matthew 5.

Proverbs 6:20-35 > In a nutshell the rest of these verses tell us that sex outside of marriage is dangerous to your physical and spiritual health and stealing doesn’t pay. Every time a person has sex outside of marriage a piece of his or her soul is destroyed. Little by little the ability of the mind to think clearly is taken away, the will to do what is right is eaten up, and emotions are allowed to run wild and stray towards those things that will eventually destroy a person.
Doing what is wrong gets easier and easier each time it is done.

This chapter proves once again that no one is wiser than God. Study God’s word and:

Be Inspired Hilltop!