A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, December 13, 2017At Kings Grace Fellowship.
Well, let’s get back to it. Tonight we want to look at Proverbs chapter 24. According to my calculations, I should be finished with Proverbs by August this next year. So I will attempt to do my best to not comment as I read the text. Let’s get to it!
This proverb, has many sayings that I consider principles to live by. A diligent study would need to be done in order to stitch some of the thoughts together. I always ask myself, “Do these principles connect with each other? And if so, how do they connect?” For most of us, we just read through the passage not pausing long enough to consider these things. It’s this pause that I believe is what God spoke to Joshua upon his ascent to the leadership following the death of Moses when he said:
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
It is somewhat curious to me that many fellow believers seemingly never allow the Word to saturate their lives. Instead of trying to find ways to DO God’s Word, they work at minimizing it’s impact by justifying personal actions and mentalities.
What I’m trying to say, is that you have to diligently seek after wisdom of God’s word with the intention of Personally applying it to your life. It really matters not what anyone else will do. It only matters what you will do with what you know from the work. That’s what God will hold you accountable to.
So let’s get to the highlights of this proverb. I will try to touch on everything, nor will I tried to stitch all the passages together. Just simple highlights that jumped out at me.
Proverbs 24:1–2 (NKJV)
1 Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; 2 For their heart devises violence, And their lips talk of troublemaking.
The very first two verses say an amazing thing. It encourages the reader to not get caught up with being too friendly with the world. That’s not to say that we should have Friends in the world, but we should not let their actions influence us. Unless they’re good and wholesome.
We ARE different. Not better in the sense that we are above them, we are different because we have dedicated our lives to believe Gods word, to live His principles and to love people the way He does.
It’s really that simple. Don’t desire to be like those who have no use for God.
Proverbs 24:6 (NKJV)
6 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
This is an interesting passage. I believe in the value of spiritual counsel. Whenever someone would come to me and want to council with me I always tell them that I’m not a counselor, but I’m a pastor. I have no real knowledge of psychological wizardry. I don’t discount it, I’m just not a trained counselor. However, with that said, I have read the Word much and I believe it can offer sound advice and perspective to any situation.
According to this passage wisdom works looks like person asking for godly advice instead of going it alone. Now of course there should be multiple sources of godly counsel that you can access. There’s a need for having spiritual fathers and overseers in one’s life. There is a catch however. One cannot run around from one counselor or pastor to the next until they get an answer they like.
Suffice it to say we need to ask those we trust and are in relationship with what they think would be the best biblical advice for a given the situation. By doing so we are surrounding ourselves with safety. I personally have prayed Lord save me from myself. I need other people whom I’m listening to.
Proverbs 24:11–12 (NKJV)
11 Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. 12 If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
Always feel this verse sounds awful lot like Jude.
Jude 20–23 (NKJV)
20 But you, beloved, . . . 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction; 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
In a culture that feels anyone who would object to what has been considered sinful behavior, this idea of rescuing those who are perishing seems it best to be difficult to do. How do we skillfully point out the evil people do?
For one I believe we shouldn’t nag them. I’ve spoke on this notion before, but I will bring it up again. We need to learn to be very sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and consistently obedient to speak what the father puts in our mouths to say. Of course, what we say has to be said in a way that will be received by the individual were speaking it to. This will be different from person to person based upon our relationship with them. And most often we should be careful about regurgitating Christian savings. If we don’t have relationship with someone perhaps we’re not the one to speak into their lives. This is not always the case however thus listening to the Holy Spirit becomes even more important.
Upon occasion the Lord may have you speak a rhema word of God. A thus saith the Lord! If that is the case, then by all means say what God has given you to say. In an article on gotquestions.org, a Bible Q&A website I found a paragraph that had a fairly good understanding of the Pentecostal position on this:
Charismatic and non-charismatic Christians have different views regarding rhema and how it should be understood. Some charismatics view rhema as the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to them at the present moment. They believe they should be guided by the Holy Spirit through inner feelings, impressions and experiences. Some believe that the direct words of God to the individual can also be imparted through the words of others, such as a preacher in a worship service or a friend who counsels them. Through these avenues, the Christian experiences God’s direct leading.
The whole idea of not casting our pearls before swine is us learning to speak when lead by the Holy Spirit. Not just giving our opinion about a given subject even if it would apply. We want what we feel is so important for the person to hear to be received. So when those strong impressions come from the Holy Spirit we need to with an urgency open our mouths and proclaim the rhema word of God . . . in so doing we are rescuing those who are perishing.
Proverbs 24:30–34 (NKJV)
30 I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; 31 And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. 32 When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; 34 So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.
As I read this passage, I thought how little we know about repercussions and ramifications. The Scriptures tell us that whatever a man sows that is what he will reap. The only exception is that if we surrender our lives to God through Christ, our sins will be forgiven and will not be held against us. In this, the soul that sins shall not die because of the blood of Jesus Christ. If we appropriately apply God’s remedy to our sinful lives we start fresh.
From there we must walk in all areas of life according to God’s wisdom. What needs to be omitted, should be. What needs to be added must be. Our whole way of life must change according to Romans 12.
Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
2 . . . do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, . . .
How laziness and poverty come to play is that they are cozy bedfellows! Do nothing and poverty will be your best friend. Don’t work, remove responsibility from your life and life will be hard! The converse is equally true. Work with your hands, don’t be lazy, join society, be productive, earn a living, give of what God has your resources and God will bless that.
Poverty will longer hold a gun to your head forcing you to do all sorts of wrongs just to survive.
So much in these proverbs. Of course, these are just highlights from my own personal reading and perspective. I encourage you tonight probably a part of your devotional experience allowing these principles to into get into your spirit.