February 27, 2019

Proverbs 25:1 (NLT) — 1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah.

May what we do in this life continue to bring life to people after we are dead and gone. We can pass on our wisdom now. Maybe the notes in our bible or what we journaled from our daily bible reading will bring life to someone down the road. Leaving godly children will continue to bring life long after we are gone. Our life may end but our giving of life can go on.
Example: 2Kings 13 > a dead body was throne on the bones of Elisha and the man came back to life.

Proverbs 25:2 (NLT) — 2 It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.

It is a privilege to dig in the Word of God and mine nuggets of truth. When we come to the Word it would be appropriate to follow the words of Jesus when he said, “Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be open to you. For everyone who  asks receives….” Matthew 7:7-8.

Proverbs 25:3 (NLT) — 3 No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth, or all that goes on in the king’s mind!

God doesn’t reveal everything to us. His ways are much higher than ours. But it sure doesn’t hurt to seek Him and find out what we can. In fact he loves it when we come to Him > “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life.” Isaiah 55:3a. Are we not the children of God? Remember what Jesus said when the disciples thought that parents bringing children to Jesus was going to be a bother to him >“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them!”

Proverbs 25:4–5 (NLT) — 4 Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith. 5 Remove the wicked from the king’s court, and his reign will be made secure by justice.

When I came to this verse I stopped and prayed. “Father I ask the you would remove the wicked from the congress of America. I pray that you would remove the wicked from the congress of each state in America. Father I pray that you would remove the wicked from our court systems in America. Father I pray that you would remove the wicked from all the media outlets in America. father I ask that you would remove the wicked from our military leadership and from the leadership in law enforcement and all other government protection agencies. Father I ask that you would do this according to your word which I just read so that our presidents time in office would be made secure by justice. Also when it comes to election times that we Americans would have discernment to know who to vote into office and who to vote out. Thank you, Father. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.”

Proverbs 25:6–7 (NLT) — 6 Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great. 7 It’s better to wait for an invitation to the head table than to be sent away in public disgrace.

Remember the words of Lord Jesus > For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 14:11

Proverbs 25:8 (NLT) — 8 don’t be in a hurry to go to court. For what will you do in the end if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?

I believe the message here is, “Don’t jump to conclusions.” You might see a married man out for lunch with another woman and assume an affair only to find out she was the man’s sister!

Proverbs 25:9 (NLT) — 9 When arguing with your neighbor, don’t betray another person’s secret.

In the heat of an argument one might say, “Well George thinks you are a jerk also, in fact I have heard him say it many times to me.”

Verses 8-9 really have a lot to do with relationships. How do we relate with people? Is the relationship more important to us then being right or winning an argument? To our heavenly Father relationships are very important. Listen to what Jesus said, “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back.” Matthew 18:14 And at another time he said, “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. Matthew 5:23–24. Also read what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:1-8

First and foremost Jesus is concerned about us winning at relationships. Wrecked relationships are wrecked opportunities to win someone to Jesus.

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