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(#58) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:14-There Is NO Silent Satisfaction

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 12:14: “A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.”

Satisfaction with “good” cannot be hidden in the heart, but expressed in words, for which God will “recompense” (payback). Each one who expresses satisfaction with the good they have, will have good come back. Other proverbs which express this include: “A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence” (Proverbs 13:2); “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, From the produce of his lips he shall be filled” (Proverbs 18:20); “Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; For their heart devises violence, And their lips talk of troublemaking” (Proverbs 24:1-2). We say what we intend, and “the fruit of the mouth” that plans to do good, will provide, that is, follow through with action. Those who can only speak “violence” are telling everyone around them of their intentions. This is what gangsters, politicians, racists, demonstrators, and mass murderers do: they state what they intend, and then follow through with their acts of “violence.”

If we appreciate the good God gives every one of us, we must not be silent with our thanksgiving to Him. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6); “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18); “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4). God will admit no one “into His gates” who cannot give thanks for all He does. Jesus Christ cleansed 10 lepers, but only one returned “giving thanks” (Luke 17:12-19), and Jesus noticed by asking, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?” God notices all who do not give Him thanks for all of our blessings. People are “without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:20-21). But so, also, do the husbands, wives, children, relatives, preachers, brethren, partners, bosses, workers, waiters/waitresses, clerks, stockers, and everyone not now specified, deserve to expect to be “thanked” for the good they do for us. In “the last days” leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D.70, being “unthankful” is included in the list of sins committed, and “from such people turn away” is the warning (2 Timothy 3:1-5). If we are thankful, it may surprise us how often it will be returned!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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This is Just A Minute This is the…

This is Just-A-Minute. This is the beginning of a new year. As I look over the past year, the Holy Spirit teaches me, “in everything give thanks.” But I must admit, I am struggling as I think of where our country is headed; no, not headed, arrived! As I look back to November 6th and remember referendums affirming same-sex marriage and recreational marijuana, I am not grateful. As I see principle overcome by purse-strings, faith outstripped by finance, morality sacrificed for money, decency rejected for dollars, ethics overhauled for economics; I am not content. I will pray without ceasing, but I cannot in everything give thanks. The Spirit is quenched and the prophecies are despised and no one groans or trembles at His word. Where are the poor and contrite of spirit? The word commands, “Stand in the ways and seek the old paths, wherein is the good way” but the people say, “We will not walk in it.” Hear O earth and know O people, this shall not last, the end of all is yet, Jesus is coming.

#just-a-minute, #november-6, #thankful

1 Peter 2:9 I A Chosen Generation II…

1 Peter 2:9

I. A Chosen Generation

II. A Royal Priesthood

III. A Peculiar People (People of God’s Own Possession)

IV. Who have become SHOWERS of the praises of God

#god, #peter, #thankful

Consolidation of Bible Study Blog Posts Relative To Thanksgiving and Thankfulness

Just in case someone wants to use any article (or articles) on my Bible study blog relative to Thanksgiving and thankfulness, I’ve consolidated them here: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2011/11/23/everything-about-thanksgiving-and-thankfulness/

#thankful, #thankfulness, #thanksgiving

Thankful

As I was reading Luke 17, I could not help but to pause and reflect upon the importance of giving thanks to the Lord. To me it is not a trivial thing to give thanks to the Lord for any and everything, even those things that many consider insignificant and mundane.

It is a good thing to be thankful to the Lord for His mercy, love, salvation, and just because of who He is.

#thankful

Thankful Thursdays!

I am trying to start Thankful Thursdays among my friends. How you can help:

  • On Facebook, post about Thankful Thursday and share the ways that God has blessed you.
  • On Twitter, use the hashtag: #thankfulthursday and share it with your followers.
  • Thank the Lord today for all that He has done for you.
  • Share your blessings here in the comments section about what God is doing in your life.
  • Pray that this will encourage the Saints and reach the lost!

The Lord is worthy of all our praise and more.

“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You” (Psalm 63:1-3).

#blessed, #blessings, #facebook, #hashtag, #hope, #joy, #thankful, #thankful-thursday, #thanksgiving, #twitter

Counting Blessings

One of my Facebook friends posted on her wall today the following: “I was going to complain about how hot it is.. then I realized that at least: 1.) it isn’t 109 degrees; 2.) I’m not 5,700 miles from home; 3.) I’m not dressed in a full ABU uniform and helmet and carrying 70+ lbs.; and 4.) there is very little chance that anyone will shoot at me or that I might drive over a bomb in the road today! Thanks to all who serve.”

It’s easy to complain about the heat, high prices, gas prices and a government that can’t get anything done. I hear that on Facebook, Twitter and face-to-face with people every day. But, few are the times when people say, “Stop and count your blessings.”

The Apostle Paul wrote, “in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NET).

So, in case you haven’t heard it yet, THANK YOU, LORD for the wonderful weather we’re having, for the challenges we face that build us up and make us rely on you, and for all of the blessings you give us each day!

#blessings, #mindful, #thankful

What trial has made me stronger? When I,…

What trial has made me stronger? When I, along with 550 other folks, was laid off from a major gas pipeline company back in 1996. Many of us could have retired with just a few days until retirement, but the company’s cutoff date prevented that from happening. For a while, I was bitter, but later on realized that the layoff caused me to trust in the Lord more than I ever had before.

There’s a positive aspect in trials and tribulations, in that they cause us to trust in the Lord for everything we have, and be thankful that we have such a loving and caring God.

#care, #love, #strong, #thankful, #trial, #tribulation