Impaired Moral Judgment

Some excellent thoughts on Proverbs 26:9 (“Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools“) by Pastor Jack  Hilton–

The effects of alcohol upon the physical body is the reducing and loss of sensitivity. The motor skills are dulled and the mental processes are slowed. The drunk does not sense pain as the sober person. If the drunk falls into the thorn bush and imbeds a thorn in his hand, he does not feel the pain and will not seek to remove the thorn. In like fashion the drunk can inflict great harm to the body that can lead to eventual death without sensing any great pain or danger of loos of life.

The fool because of the lack of wisdom and knowledge cannot know the value of a parable or piece of information regardless its true worth. The fool may scoff or scorn the information or simply ignore it altogether. His lack of mental sensibility greatly hinders or completely stops the understanding of the deeper knowledge keeping him from understanding the value or caring to seek the meaning of the parable. Since he senses no true value, he will forget the parable or corrupt its true meaning with his own opinion.

May God protect us from our own foolishness and ignorance and stir our hearts to seek after wisdom and knowledge that we may find the truth in all things.

Watch the Door

Received this encouraging note yesterday from one of the men in our church:

He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
and for his children it will be a refuge. (Prov 14:26)

Only through the Lord can we be assured that our family is protected from outside influences, personal lapses, and breeches in our defenses.  In “barnspeak” that translates to, “If you leave your barn door open, a barn animal is going to get out.”
To which I would add, “Don’t give predators an open door.”

Indulging The Flesh Makes The Soul Sick

Prov 23:6-8 “ Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.”

When we allow the enticements and allurements of the world to govern our decisions, we will be drawn to the table of dainties and the house of the deceitful. While we may enjoy the sumptuous food and drink and the merriment of the moment, in the end we suffer from a sick soul.

One cannot indulge the flesh or join the world without affecting the state of the soul. While the flesh may rejoice and revel in all the material and physical bounty, the soul and spirit are sickened by the corruption and evil influence of the wicked.

May God help us to understand that the things of God and the things of this world do not mix. May we know that the soul must be fed with truth, right and good, if we want it to remain vibrant and healthy. If we feed it the corruption of the world we will be soul sick.

An excellent thought from Pastor Jack Hilton’s “Thought for the Day

Influence Of The Angry Person Is Dangerous

Some good thoughts here; the emphasized part is from me.

Prov 22:24-25 “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.”

There are many principles and warnings concerned who we choose to be our close friends. The major reason is the great influence of close friends. It is our nature to seek to please those we consider our friends. It is also natural to trust our friends, accept their thoughts and actions and adapt those traits we consider as good.

If we know that a person is vile, wicked or corrupt we know that we should not become a close friend with them. The warning here is the same concerning close friendship with a person that is easily agitated or quick to anger.

The danger is that we will become like those with whom we associate. Sadly the nature of man is toward the more bash and corrupt nature of the flesh. The same is true with emotions and fleshly desires. If we run with the impatient we become impatient. If we associate with those with a negative and hateful attitude we become like them. If we walk with those who are soon angry and quick to speak harshly and loudly of their displeasure, we begin to act the same.

May God help us to understand the truths of His principles and laws concerning man’s sin corrupted nature. May God give us the Grace, Wisdom and Strength to fight against the natural tendency to move toward the flesh and world. May God help us to carefully chose our close friends, knowing they will influence us in every way.

HT: Biblical Evangelical Methodist Thought for Friday, Nov 14, 2011

A Good Challenge

Exhortation To Hear and Apply Words Of Wisdom

Prov 22:17 “Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.”

The Proverbs all deal with wise counsel and wisdom. The exhortation here is to be diligent to listen and discern words of wisdom. The proper place to obtain knowledge is from wise godly men and women. Those who have applied themselves to diligent study to learn truth and have lived to experience many of the great truths make wise counselors. The time and effort a person gives to hear to carefully read a message or lesson is well invested and provides eternal dividends.

Once knowledge and wisdom have been attained, one must then implement them into daily thinking and actions. It is not enough to have the “head” knowledge of a truth. Once must memorize and meditate upon that truth until it becomes part of their thought processes. Once a truth has been incorporated into the thought process, it will become part of a person’s basic philosophy for life and will be automatically used to measure all new information that is received. It will also govern all of the future thoughts, imaginations, attitudes, words and actions of that person.

May God help us to comprehend the eternal value of obtaining and applying words of wisdom in our life.

from “Thought for the Day,” by Pastor Jack Hilton, Bible Evangelical Methodist Church