Oct 11 2009

His Delight

The K-LOVE Morning Show team is reading through the book of Proverbs this month.  If you're just finding this out, start today.  October 11's proverb is full of wisdom for today...

Proverbs 11 (New King James)

 1 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD,
      But a just weight is His delight.
       2 When pride comes, then comes shame;
      But with the humble is wisdom.
       3 The integrity of the upright will guide them,
      But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
       4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
      But righteousness delivers from death.
       5 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright,
      But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
       6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,
      But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.
       7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish,
      And the hope of the unjust perishes.
       8 The righteous is delivered from trouble,
      And it comes to the wicked instead.
       9 The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor,
      But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
       10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices;
      And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.
       11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted,
      But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
       12 He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,
      But a man of understanding holds his peace.
       13 A talebearer reveals secrets,
      But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.
       14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
      But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
       15 He who is surety for a stranger will suffer,
      But one who hates being surety is secure.
       16 A gracious woman retains honor,
      But ruthless men retain riches.
       17 The merciful man does good for his own soul,
      But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.
       18 The wicked man does deceptive work,
      But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.
       19 As righteousness leads to life,
      So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
       20 Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD,
      But the blameless in their ways are His delight.
       21 Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished;
      But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.
       22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,
      So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.
       23 The desire of the righteous is only good,
      But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
       24 There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
      And there is one who withholds more than is right,
      But it leads to poverty.
       25 The generous soul will be made rich,
      And he who waters will also be watered himself.
       26 The people will curse him who withholds grain,
      But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
       27 He who earnestly seeks good finds favor,
      But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.
       28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,
      But the righteous will flourish like foliage.
       29 He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind,
      And the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
       30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
      And he who wins souls is wise.
       31 If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth,
      How much more the ungodly and the sinner.

New King James Version (NKJV)

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Oct 07 2009

"You are my sister"

Reading through the Proverbs can get you thinking about a lot of things! Deep things. To stay true to God and His word, we need the wisdom that only comes from heaven. Reading and meditating on Proverbs really helps me.  I hope this month as we read through the whole book in 31 days, you find it helps you, too:)  blessings, Lisa

Proverbs 7 (New International Version)

 1 My son, keep my words
       and store up my commands within you.

 2 Keep my commands and you will live;
       guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.

 3 Bind them on your fingers;
       write them on the tablet of your heart.

 4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister,"
       and call understanding your kinsman;

 5 they will keep you from the adulteress,
       from the wayward wife with her seductive words.

 6 At the window of my house
       I looked out through the lattice.

 7 I saw among the simple,
       I noticed among the young men,
       a youth who lacked judgment.

 8 He was going down the street near her corner,
       walking along in the direction of her house

 9 at twilight, as the day was fading,
       as the dark of night set in.

 10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
       dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.

 11 (She is loud and defiant,
       her feet never stay at home;

 12 now in the street, now in the squares,
       at every corner she lurks.)

 13 She took hold of him and kissed him
       and with a brazen face she said:

 14 "I have fellowship offerings at home;
       today I fulfilled my vows.

 15 So I came out to meet you;
       I looked for you and have found you!

 16 I have covered my bed
       with colored linens from Egypt.

 17 I have perfumed my bed
       with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.

 18 Come, let's drink deep of love till morning;
       let's enjoy ourselves with love!

 19 My husband is not at home;
       he has gone on a long journey.

 20 He took his purse filled with money
       and will not be home till full moon."

 21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
       she seduced him with her smooth talk.

 22 All at once he followed her
       like an ox going to the slaughter,
       like a deer stepping into a noose

 23 till an arrow pierces his liver,
       like a bird darting into a snare,
       little knowing it will cost him his life.

 24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
       pay attention to what I say.

 25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
       or stray into her paths.

 26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
       her slain are a mighty throng.

 27 Her house is a highway to the grave,
       leading down to the chambers of death.

New International Version (NIV)

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Oct 04 2009

Get wisdom

October 4th means we're reading Proverbs 4 today!  If you're just joining us, jump in on today's Proverb and finish out the month with us.  You can read the rest the first few days of November.  See if your friends at church or work want to read with us and "get wisdom".  blessings, Lisa:)

Proverbs 4 (New International Version)

1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction;
       pay attention and gain understanding.

 2 I give you sound learning,
       so do not forsake my teaching.

 3 When I was a boy in my father's house,
       still tender, and an only child of my mother,

 4 he taught me and said,
       "Lay hold of my words with all your heart;
       keep my commands and you will live.

 5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
       do not forget my words or swerve from them.

 6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
       love her, and she will watch over you.

 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
       Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

 8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you;
       embrace her, and she will honor you.

 9 She will set a garland of grace on your head
       and present you with a crown of splendor."

 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
       and the years of your life will be many.

 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom
       and lead you along straight paths.

 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
       when you run, you will not stumble.

 13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
       guard it well, for it is your life.

 14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
       or walk in the way of evil men.

 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
       turn from it and go on your way.

 16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil;
       they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.

 17 They eat the bread of wickedness
       and drink the wine of violence.

 18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
       shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

 19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
       they do not know what makes them stumble.

 20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
       listen closely to my words.

 21 Do not let them out of your sight,
       keep them within your heart;

 22 for they are life to those who find them
       and health to a man's whole body.

 23 Above all else, guard your heart,
       for it is the wellspring of life.

 24 Put away perversity from your mouth;
       keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
       fix your gaze directly before you.

 26 Make level paths for your feet
       and take only ways that are firm.

 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left;
       keep your foot from evil.

New International Version (NIV)

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Oct 03 2009

Trust in the Lord...

Please join us as we read through the entire book of Proverbs!  We're seeking wisdom and direction from heaven for 31 days in 31 chapters.

Proverbs 3 (New International Version)

 1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
       but keep my commands in your heart,

 2 for they will prolong your life many years
       and bring you prosperity.

 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
       bind them around your neck,
       write them on the tablet of your heart.

 4 Then you will win favor and a good name
       in the sight of God and man.

 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
       and lean not on your own understanding;

 6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
       and he will make your paths straight.

 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
       fear the LORD and shun evil.

 8 This will bring health to your body
       and nourishment to your bones.

 9 Honor the LORD with your wealth,
       with the firstfruits of all your crops;

 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
       and your vats will brim over with new wine.

 11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline
       and do not resent his rebuke,

 12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
       as a father the son he delights in.

 13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
       the man who gains understanding,

 14 for she is more profitable than silver
       and yields better returns than gold.

 15 She is more precious than rubies;
       nothing you desire can compare with her.

 16 Long life is in her right hand;
       in her left hand are riches and honor.

 17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
       and all her paths are peace.

 18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
       those who lay hold of her will be blessed.

 19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations,
       by understanding he set the heavens in place;

 20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided,
       and the clouds let drop the dew.

 21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,
       do not let them out of your sight;

 22 they will be life for you,
       an ornament to grace your neck.

 23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
       and your foot will not stumble;

 24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid;
       when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

 25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
       or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

 26 for the LORD will be your confidence
       and will keep your foot from being snared.

 27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,
       when it is in your power to act.

 28 Do not say to your neighbor,
       "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"—
       when you now have it with you.

 29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
       who lives trustfully near you.

 30 Do not accuse a man for no reason—
       when he has done you no harm.

 31 Do not envy a violent man
       or choose any of his ways,

 32 for the LORD detests a perverse man
       but takes the upright into his confidence.

 33 The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked,
       but he blesses the home of the righteous.

 34 He mocks proud mockers
       but gives grace to the humble.

 35 The wise inherit honor,
       but fools he holds up to shame.

New International Version (NIV)

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica