enough money, they can be found. Proverbs 20:6 "Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful  Trust the LORD and he will make it right. 4.  Count the cost.  Think things through, prayer over them, and make sound decisions. This is true of wicked men, who seek sleep to hide their counsel; and of good men, especially studious men, who have got a great deal of wisdom and knowledge in them, but not very communicative, being slow of speech, and silent in conversation.”, But someone with insight can draw them out:  “He will find ways and means to discover the secret designs of wicked men, whether against church or state; and, by asking proper questions, an understanding man will get out useful things from men of knowledge, the most reserved: some men must be pumped, and a good deal of pains must be taken with them, to get out anything of them, as in getting water out of a deep well, and which when got is very good; and so is that wisdom and knowledge which is gotten by an inquisitive man from another of superior knowledge, but not very diffusive of it.”. – will come back to me ‘some day,’ then the only way to ensure I am continually reaping a Godly harvest is to continually sow Godly seed.  This means that if expect to reap God’s goodness every day, then I need to sow God’s goodness every day.  The seeds I sow today (good or bad) will produce a harvest in my future and the harvest I receive today (good or bad) will be a result of the seeds I have sown in my past. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. Charles Caleb Colton said, “Nothing so completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.”  People will notice when you refuse to fudge a few extra dollars on your expense report.  Others will note the way you always seek to do what is right, because it’s right, and how you then seek to do it right.  That’s how you shine as light in the midst of darkness. believing when we cannot see with our physical eye. Proverbs chapter 20 KJV (King James Version) ... 1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Wealth is a blessing when honestly gained, but wisdom is more desirable. There’s a song called "There In the New Testament (Luke 14), when teaching on ‘counting the cost,’ Jesus asked: “Who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?”  While this seems logical enough, the reality is that many fail to count the cost (or run the numbers), so they wind up wasting time, looking foolish, and mismanaging their people and resources.  Now, mismanaging a construction project is one thing, but the decision to go to war is on another level altogether.  Jesus went on to ask: “What king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him?”  This has direct application to our text.  Lives, livelihoods, cultures and legacies are at stake.  Wars affect much more than the financial status of the nations involved.  Wars leave an indelible mark on the fabric of the nations for generations.  The decision to go to war is definitely not one that should be taken lightly.  Back in the 11th chapter Solomon said, “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers” (v.14).  Solomon was a national leader, but he understood that even national leaders need many advisors.  No leader can accomplish everything by themselves.  Great leaders surround themselves with other gifted leaders and they utilize their resources for the collective good.  John Maxwell says, “One is too small a number to achieve greatness.”  He calls this, “The Law of Significance.”  Think of anything truly significant that has happened in history and you will find that one person did NOT accomplish it.  Maxwell also said, “We tend to think of great thinkers and innovators as soloists, but the truth is that the greatest innovative thinking doesn’t occur in a vacuum.”  Ken Blanchard said, “None of us is as smart as all of us!”  Yes, there is a certain level of safety in knowing that your plan(s) has been vetted by other great minds. his family will suffer for his laziness in harvest time. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler: This is true in at least two senses. (1-9) The advantages of wisdom. Proverbs 20:5 "Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water; but a man of Now, you may be thinking, “Wait a minute Rick, how does that work?  How is it that what I do will come back to me somehow?”  Here is my quick answer: I DON’T KNOW! cover our sin; it does away with it entirely. Proverbs 13:20. 18th century theologian Adam Clarke said the following when commenting on the fact that heads-of-state should seek wise counsel before going to war: “Perhaps there is not a precept in this whole book so little regarded as this.  Most of the wars that are undertaken are wars of injustice, ambition, aggrandizement, and caprice, which can have had no previous good counsel.”  Clarke said that over 200 years ago and I would venture to say that not much has changed in that regard.  Major decisions, especially like those on the level of going to war, should not be made without much deliberation. Designed and Developed by Rick and Isabella Pina Ministries, So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good, I lay the sins of the parents upon their children, even children in the third and fourth generations, His salvation extends to the children’s children, Every one of us was born a sinner in need of a savior, were all born with a sin nature, a sin conscious, and a sin-induced death sentence, Jesus is teaching us to give more credence to a person’s actions than their words, what’s in you abundantly will come out of you eventually, God will not overlook laziness and bless you with abundance, whatever enjoyment they receive from the sin will be short lived, But their food will turn sour and poison their stomachs, Their poison can’t stop our purpose anyway, If we are going to be called by His name, then we should exhibit His characteristics, The issue comes when someone wants to be IN authority, but not UNDER authority, If you get someone out of a bind, but you fail to change their mind, then it is only a matter of time before they do it again, Lessons We Learned & Expectations We Have, Greater Is Coming (Pt.85) Impacting Your Generation. valuable, but it is possible to have them if you have enough money. This is the challenge of the pastors, counseling psychologists, and counselors in general.  Having a one-on-one interaction with someone else, with the goal of searching deep inside of them and bringing out whatever is required at the time, takes tremendous skill.  However, there is a difference between skill, gifting, and the anointing.  The Father can certainly anoint someone – gracing them with supernatural ability – to be able to get out of a person whatever needs to be brought out at the time. Book of Mishlei (Proverbs): Chapter 20. Men who resist governmental If some day the torment of drugs and alcohol. Greater Is Coming (Pt.35) God’s Empowering Grace. In Jesus’ name.  Amen! (6-27) Commentary on Proverbs 7:1-5 (Read Proverbs 7:1-5) We must lay up God's commandments safely. Proverbs 20:8 "A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all harm to the sinner, but to the person he has cheated by false weights and First, alcohol mocks and fights with those who abuse it in any sense. Just a few men in the Bible So what does this mean to you today? long, every story in the world has already been tried on them. Chapter Contents. Read the book of Proverbs from the Bible with full chapters, summary and outline, Bible commentary, and our favorite verses to help you study and understand Scripture. up whenever we need them. less that exemplary. The mischief of drunkenness: Wine is a mocker; strong drink is raging. Proverbs 20:12 "The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even Proverbs 20:2 "The fear of a king [is] as the roaring of a lion: [whoso] wrong to run someone else's merchandise down just so you can buy it cheaper. Proverbs 14:20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich [hath] many friends. Play Audio: Here is a precious proverb. 1:1-6; Prov. 11. Only a fool would refuse Jesus and live in Greater Is Coming (Pt.29) Appreciate But Never Settle. deceived thereby is not wise.". * [ 20:3 ] The honor that one might seek to gain from fighting comes of itself to the person who refrains from fighting. Proverbs 20:9 "Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?". discernment reaching to the deepest intentions of the heart to grasp wise the Blood of Jesus), and the cleansing power of the Word of God.  Why would I focus on the outward-man when I am trying to effectuate change to the inner-man?  Solomon gives us the answer: because some people are so hardheaded, stiff-necked, and obstinate that they will never willingly accept the gentle truth of God’s Word, nor hear God’s still small voice, until they feel a level of physical pain associated with the error of their ways. The genre of Proverbs is mainly “Proverbs” as the name describes, there are also some Parables and Poetry. This morning we continue our series entitled, “Unlocking the Power of Proverbs – Walking in the Wisdom of God.”  Other translations say, “Kings” where this one says, “Leaders.”  Understanding the king’s power, especially in Solomon’s time, was extremely important because it was absolute.  If the king was in bad mood, everyone could suffer.  If the king was unhappy with you, for whatever reason, he could have you put to death.  There were no checks or balances, no restrictions of power, and no term limits.  A king, being a sovereign, was a supreme ruler of his territory – period.  This power could be used positively or negatively; with dramatic results either way. 4.  Don’t succumb to the temptations to sin. Job was a man who had both divine wisdom and wealth.  He lost the wealth (which he eventually got back), but he never lost the wisdom.  This is what Job had to say about the two: “But where, oh where, will they find Wisdom?  Where does Insight hide?  Mortals don’t have a clue, haven’t the slightest idea where to look.  Earth’s depths say, ‘It’s not here’; ocean deeps echo, ‘Never heard of it.’ This was Job’s way of explaining how humans often pursue spiritual things through natural means.  Job explains how you can search the planet from pole to pole, but you will never be able to [physically] find God’s wisdom.  Nor can your purchase it.  Job continues: “It can’t be bought with the finest gold; no amount of silver can get it.  Even famous Ophir gold can’t buy it, not even diamonds and sapphires.  Neither gold nor emeralds are comparable; extravagant jewelry can’t touch it.  Pearl necklaces and ruby bracelets—why bother?  None of this is even a down payment on Wisdom!  Pile gold and African diamonds as high as you will, they can’t hold a candle to Wisdom.”  Job’s message is painstakingly clear; divine wisdom cannot be found with natural eyes, nor can it be purchased with natural wealth.  Job goes on to ask: “So where does Wisdom come from?  And where does Insight live?…  God alone knows the way to Wisdom, he knows the exact place to find it” (see Job 18:12-23).  That’s the key.  You must come to God, the author of divine wisdom Himself, and ask for it (James 1:5).  If you do, with an earnest heart, He will give you insight, wisdom, revelation, knowledge, and understanding that far exceeds anything money can buy.  The Good News Bible translation of this verse reads: “If you know what you are talking about, you have something more valuable than gold or jewels.”  Isn’t that what you want? Closing Confession:  Father, I thank You for this revelation.  I now better understand the value of Your wisdom, the importance of gaining divine understanding, the impact it can have in my life, and the doors it can open for me as I become a person who is constantly sought after for counsel.  I declare, by faith, that I will spend the time with You DAILY that I need to in order to develop in Your wisdom and understanding.  The more I do, the greater impact I can make in the world and in the lives of others.  I am seeking to impact, not to impress, and Your wisdom will enable me to do just that!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen! The book of Proverbs bears the inspired title: "Proverbs of Solomon, son of David" (chapter 1:1). In the last chapter Solomon said, “Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs” (19:11).  When we fail to repay evil with evil, spite with spite, or disrespect with disrespect – because we are able to control our temper/emotions – we are actually showing our level of maturity in Christ.  The more we grow in Christ the more it should show as we deal with others.  John brings this out in his first letter; he wrote: “If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar.  If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see?  The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people.  You’ve got to love both” (1st John 4:20,21).  When you walk in love, when you are able to love others (even those that seem unlovable), you display the fact that you are a man/woman of honor and you can quickly earn the respect of the person you are dealing with and others. Neither group (young or old) should despise the other, for both can add value to the Kingdom off God.  In the Apostle John’s first letter he addresses both groups, saying: “You veterans were in on the ground floor, and know the One who started all this; you newcomers have won a big victory over the Evil One… You veterans know the One who started it all; and you newcomers—such vitality and strength! This morning we continue our series entitled, “Unlocking the Power of Proverbs – Walking in the Wisdom of God.”  I have already told you that Solomon was an astute businessman.  Here he gives us great business advice that complements what he has already taught us in Proverbs.  In chapter six he said, “My child, have you promised to be responsible for someone else’s debts? 3. He and 5:18 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”. Greater Is Coming (Pt.64) ENJOY THE WAIT! Proverbs are not promises and should not be taken as such. 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