Wisdom for the Hour – Will Give you Peace and Power

Proverbs 28 and 29We know we are in the Will of God when we Pray and Live the Word of God.

God simply asked me to share these two Proverbs, so people can “Pray Them” and see where they “individually fit” within the parameters he sets forth in this book of great wisdom. Can you see where the USA has been, and where we could be headed, if we make one decision over another? If you are from another Nation, do you see that God’s words apply to your Nation too? This is really incredible insight given for This Hour, and this World’s Stage…especially Proverbs 29…for God will fulfill His Own Word. I am praying you will see and hear that which I do, about the importance of our decision making at this time, at every level; individuals, society, governments, nations. Proverbs 28:28 and Proverbs 29:2 pop out at me in particular, but others may pop out at you, as the Spirit of God gives you insight and wisdom as to the Hour and your own application of activating God’s Power. I just cut/paste this from my bible program. You can look up the scriptures on your lap in your bible, and use any version you’d like if you google them on the internet. Just please familiarize yourself with these scriptures, for they will be a good foundation for the times ahead. These scriptures will speak to believers and unbelievers alike, and if you are searching, God’s Word always holds “your answers”. I am praying that those who view this post will also be given a hunger and thirst after righteousness, and a desire to read more proverbs, more psalms, simple MORE WORD! The Word is the way God communicates His Will the clearest, so pray and ask Him for understanding and to speak to “you”. He loves you so much, and wants you to experience His Peace…as well as His Power…

Proverbs 28 New International Version (NIV)

28 The wicked flee though no one pursues,
    but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,
    but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

A ruler who oppresses the poor
    is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.

Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,
    but those who heed it resist them.

Evildoers do not understand what is right,
    but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.

Better the poor whose walk is blameless
    than the rich whose ways are perverse.

A discerning son heeds instruction,
    but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.

Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor
    amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.

If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction,
    even their prayers are detestable.

10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path
    will fall into their own trap,
    but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.

11 The rich are wise in their own eyes;
    one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.

12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;
    but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.

13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
    but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
    but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.

15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
    is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.

16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion,
    but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.

17 Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder
    will seek refuge in the grave;
    let no one hold them back.

18 The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe,
    but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit.[b]

19 Those who work their land will have abundant food,
    but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

20 A faithful person will be richly blessed,
    but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

21 To show partiality is not good—
    yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.

22 The stingy are eager to get rich
    and are unaware that poverty awaits them.

23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor
    rather than one who has a flattering tongue.

24 Whoever robs their father or mother
    and says, “It’s not wrong,”
    is partner to one who destroys.

25 The greedy stir up conflict,
    but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.

26 Those who trust in themselves are fools,
    but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,
    but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.

28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding;
    but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.

29 Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
    will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
    when the wicked rule, the people groan.

A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
    but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

By justice a king gives a country stability,
    but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.

Those who flatter their neighbors
    are spreading nets for their feet.

Evildoers are snared by their own sin,
    but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.

The righteous care about justice for the poor,
    but the wicked have no such concern.

Mockers stir up a city,
    but the wise turn away anger.

If a wise person goes to court with a fool,
    the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.

10 The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity
    and seek to kill the upright.

11 Fools give full vent to their rage,
    but the wise bring calm in the end.

12 If a ruler listens to lies,
    all his officials become wicked.

13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
    The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.

14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,
    his throne will be established forever.

15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,
    but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.

16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
    but the righteous will see their downfall.

17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;
    they will bring you the delights you desire.

18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
    but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words;
    though they understand, they will not respond.

20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
    There is more hope for a fool than for them.

21 A servant pampered from youth
    will turn out to be insolent.

22 An angry person stirs up conflict,
    and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.

23 Pride brings a person low,
    but the lowly in spirit gain honor.

24 The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies;
    they are put under oath and dare not testify.

25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
    but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

26 Many seek an audience with a ruler,
    but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.

27 The righteous detest the dishonest;
    the wicked detest the upright.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 29:4 Or who give

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Your Lord is Strong…So Be Strong!

In order to obey the command to “Be Strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might”, we first must realize the Strength of Our Lord. We are talking “spiritual strength”…the type of strength our Lord gives us, and the verses following this one of Ephesians 6:10 describe the armor of God that we put on to stand against the wiles (plots and strategies) of the devil. Friends, our enemy is out to rob, kill, and destroy, and it is TIME to BE STRONG!

I Peter 5:8 says it’s time to BE SOBER…BE VIGILANT…because why? …Because your adversary the devil, is as a roaring lion, walking about, seeking whom he may devour.

Here is an introductory song I wrote called “Strong” that will prepare your focus on the fact that Our Lord IS STRONG…

One of my favorite verses, and a theme verse of Handmaiden Music, is Psalm 29:11, which begins, “The Lord Will give STRENGTH to His People…”  This is a promise, yes… but it is only to those who belong to Him.  HIS denotes Lordship (ownership) over people that belong to him… so we conclude that the first step to obtaining strength, is to BE HIS. Amen?  We must KNOW HIM.  Daniel 11:32 says…”the people that do know their God shall BE STRONG, and do exploits.”  Yes, here again, we see the word THEIR…a word in which they take ownership of Him too. WHOSE are you?  Answering this question, puts you on the road to Being Strong in the Lord.

We need to be strong IN HEARING what Our Lord has to say!  To Be Strong in an area is to believe and meditate on what God has to say in His Word about a particular area and to then put His Word above all else…no matter what it “looks like”…for this will bring about “overcoming” in our circumstances, situations, and future endeavors. We trust what God SAYS over what We seem to be experiencing at the moment. Summing this up, I John 2:14 says, “I have written to you, young men, because you ARE STRONG, and the Word of God abideth IN YOU, and you HAVE overcome the wicked one.”

We must also be strong against attacks against our minds. You’ve heard the phrase “The Battlefield of the Mind” …and it is a true concept.  The enemy will come with negative thoughts, imaginations, feelings, emotions, opinions, and world ideas. He will bring oppression, and confusion.  He will cloud our judgment, keeping us from accurately discerning things in our lives that could lead to horrible consequences. Our enemy is out to destroy, while our Lord is out to give us “Life” and that more abundantly. Our Lord has given us a “sound mind” according to II Tim 1:7.  We must not receive every thought as being from us or God, for the enemy “plants” thoughts and uses others to do so.  We must be alert to “take our thoughts captive” “to the obedience of Christ”.  Meaning don’t think them, if you know they aren’t something Christ would be telling you! Your regenerated heart knows, and the Word guides you.

The scripture tells us that we go from “strength to strength” (Psalm 84:7)… This is because we Have the Strength of the Lord at our disposal.  He IS our strength.  In fact, his strength is made perfect in weakness.  Part of drawing on God’s strength is to realize that our own strength is small.   II Cor 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” We have to recognize our need for anything, before we can draw it to ourselves.  You have to recognize you are thirsty, to drink. You have to recognize you are hungry, to eat.  You have to recognize you are tired, to lie down to rest. Same is true when we need spiritual strength. We need to recognize that we are weak, before we draw upon the Strength of the Lord. It is available. But not unless we draw upon it.

Now… sometimes, an appetite needs to be wetted, before it is realized… and so for you to truly see your own need for the Strength of the Lord, I am going to share some verses on Strength…

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord IS the strength of my life.”

Exodus 15:2  “The Lord IS my strength and my song.”

II Samuel 22:33 “God is my strength and power. And He makes my way perfect.”

Job 12:13 “With him is wisdom and strength.”

Psalm 18:1,2  “I will love thee, O Lord, My Strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”  (I love the word “my” throughout this verse! — David is “drawing upon” HIS Lord.)

Psalm 18:32 “It is God that girds me with strength, and makes my way perfect.” (do you see the resemblance to II Sam 22:33 above?)

Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord; be of a good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.”

Psalm 28:7a “The Lord IS my strength and my shield.  My heart trusted in him, and I am helped.”

Psalm 31:24 “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the Lord.”

Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 119:28…”Strengthen thou me, according unto thy word.”

Psalm 138:3 “On the day I called thou didst answer me. Thou didst make me bold with strength in my soul.”

Prov 10:29 “The way of the Lord is strength to the upright…”

Prov 24:5 “A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increases strength.”

Isaiah 41:10  “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you. Yes, I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Joel 3:10b “…let the weak say, I am strong.”

Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

I will close with this prayer of Ephesians 3:16: “May He grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.”

Strength is not dependent upon man. It is not dependent upon others. Our strength comes from God’s Presence. The word says, “in your presence is fullness of joy” and in another place it says, “the joy of the Lord is our strength.”  SO, we conclude, if we live in His Presence we will BE STRONG.