October31, 2016

Proverbs 7-9 -

I spotted a young man without any sense arriving at the corner of the street where she lived...Soon she had him eating out of her hand, bewitched by her honeyed speech.  Before you know it, he’s trotting behind her...don’t fool around with women like that; don’t stroll through her neighborhood....
        
Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling?...I’m telling you how to live at your best.  My mouth chews and savors and relishes truth --Prefer your life-disciplines over chasing after money, and God-knowledge over a lucrative career.  For wisdom is better than all the trappings of wealth...

I am Lady Wisdom, and I live next to sanity; knowledge and discretion live just down the street.  Good council and common sense are my characteristics, I am both insight and the virtue to live it out...I love those who love me; those who look for me find me...My benefits are worth more than a big salary...the returns on me exceed any imaginable bonus...

You find me on Righteous Road--that’s where I walk---at the intersection of Justice Ave.....God’s sovereignly made me--the first, the basic---...So, my dear friends, listen carefully; those who embrace these my ways are most blessed.  Mark a life of discipline and live wisely;  don’t squander your precious life.  

Blessed the man, blessed the woman who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert  and responsive as I start my day’s work...

Are you confused about life, don’t know what is going on?  Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me!  I’ve prepared a wonderful spread-  fresh baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines...

If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face; confront bad behavior and get kicked in the shins.  So don’t waste your time on a scoffer....

But if you correct those who care about life, that’s different--they’ll love you for it!  Save your breath for the wise--they’ll be wiser for it;  tell good people what you know--they’ll profit from it.  Live wisely & wisdom will permeate your life; mock life and life will mock you.   

Matthew 24:1-24:22 - 
Jesus said,...”When reports come in of war & rumored war, keep your heads & don’t panic.  This is routine history; this is no sign of the end...They are going to throw you to the wolves and kill you, everyone hating you because u carry my name...In the confusion, lying preachers will come forward and deceive a lot of people....

Staying with it---that’s what God requires.  Stay with it to the end.  You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved.  But on account of God’s chosen people, the trouble will be cut short.