April 10, 2018

Proverbs 28:1 (NLT) — 1 The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.

When I knew I had done something wrong I was always uneasy in the presence of my father. Always wondering if he would find out what I had done. The above verse is saying that a clear conscience brings confidence and freedom. No more looking over your shoulder to see if you are being pursued by the law. Because Jesus has saved us and cleaned up our record we can live this life with confidence that we are accepted by God, loved by God, and free to go to Him at any time. I have read that there are criminals who long to be caught because living with a guilty conscience for years has worn them out.

Proverbs 28:3 (NLT) — 3 A poor person who oppresses the poor is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.

Strength should be used to build up not tear down. One human beating up another human is likened to nature beating up nature. It should not be. You would think one of the same would have compassion for its own.  O how are society needs to embrace this verse. God’s word is always so right on!

Proverbs 28:4 (NLT) — 4 To reject the law is to praise the wicked; to obey the law is to fight them.

The best weapon against evil is righteousness. Evil wouldn’t stand a chance if everyone decided to obey the laws and do good. The solution to our corrupt society is pretty simple isn’t it? Instead of gun control what we need is a dose of ‘good control’.

Proverbs 28:5 (NLT) — 5 Evil people don’t understand justice, but those who follow the Lord understand completely.

Justice to evil people is only justice if it benefits them. It is only fair if it is fair to them. Evil people are totally selfish people. They have no concept of what it is like to serve others because they are totally self serving. A great example of this is found in 1Kings 3:16-28.

Proverbs 28:6 (NLT) — 6 Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich.

Honest poverty is better than corrupt wealth. Don’t sell out your integrity. What does it take to get you to be dishonest? In God’s eyes character is worth more than wealth. Godly character is the currency of heaven.

Proverbs 28:7 (NLT) — 7 Young people who obey the law are wise; those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.

Choose your friends wisely and encourage your children to do the same because your friends do influence you. Check out who your children are hanging out with both in person and online. They don’t have the discernment that you do. This is not invading their privacy this is training them in the ways of the Lord > Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) — 6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Proverbs 28:13 (NLT) — 13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

If we cover up our sin God will uncover it and expose us. If we uncover our sin and confess it to God, He will cover it with His forgiveness and His love. Love covers a multitude of sin.

Proverbs 28:14 (NLT) — 14 Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.

Be filled with the fear of the Lord. Be afraid of the consequences of sin.

Proverbs 28:21 (NLT) — 21 Showing partiality is never good, yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread.

It doesn’t take much to buy out the integrity of some people.

Proverbs 28:24 (NLT) — 24 Anyone who steals from his father and mother and says, “What’s wrong with that?” is no better than a murderer.

The results of the two actions are the same > death of a relationship.

Proverbs 28:27 (NLT) — 27 Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.

This is a good investment that you won’t read about on the financial pages. Cleo lives by this bit of financial wisdom and she has never lacked for anything. I benefit from her investments:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!