Thursday Night Bible Study.

Knowledge + Understanding + Experience = Wisdom = Discretion.

Proverbs 19 King James Version (KJV)

Proverbs 19 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

It’s Wise To Be Patient

1) Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

1) It’s better to be poor and live right than to be a stupid liar.

Job 2:3 King James Version (KJV)

3 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

Titus 2:7-8 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

7 in everything. Make yourself an example of good works with integrity and dignity[a] in your teaching. 8 Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that any opponent will be ashamed, because he doesn’t have anything bad to say about us.

2) Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

2) Willingness and stupidity don’t go well together. If you are too eager, you will miss the road.

Romans 10:5 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

5 since Moses writes about the righteousness that is from the law: The one who does these things will live by them.

2 Thessalonians 1:8 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

8 when he takes vengeance with flaming fire on those who don’t know God and on those who don’t obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

3) The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.

3) We are ruined by our own stupidity, though we blame the Lord.

Psalm 37:7-9 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

7 Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for him;
do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way,
by the person who carries out evil plans.

8 Refrain from anger and give up your rage;
do not be agitated—it can only bring harm.
9 For evildoers will be destroyed,
but those who put their hope in the Lord
will inherit the land.

4) Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

4) The rich have many friends; the poor have none.

1 Timothy 6:17 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Instructions to the Rich

17 Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God,[a] who richly provides us with all things to enjoy.

5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

5) Dishonest witnesses and liars won’t escape punishment.

Matthew 15:19 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, slander.

Exodus 20:16 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

16 Do not give false testimony against your neighbor. 10 Commandments.

6) Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

6) Everyone tries to be friends of those who can help them.

Luke 22:25 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

25 But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who have authority over them have themselves called ‘Benefactors.’

7) All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

7) If you are poor, your own relatives reject you, and your friends are worse. When you really need them, they are not there.

Job 19:13 King James Version (KJV)

13 He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.

8) He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

8) Do yourself a favor by having good sense—you will be glad you did.

Mark 12:31 King James Version (KJV)

31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

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Free Will – A Choice.

When Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the garden, Adam had to make a choice. He choose to follow his wife instead of God’s way. Everyone since that time has had to make a choice with their life. We all have a free will. This is how God is glorified. When we choose God’s way. Everyone knows that Jesus is the son of God. And we know that we have to choose Jesus to have God’s life. The world knows this. But how many people have chosen God’s way? Adam was in the way and walked with God. Then he choose his wife over God. And lost the kingdom. Now bring it down to our life. Which way have we chosen? In Matthew 7:13-14, it says strait is the gate and narrow is the Way, and few find it. In our lives, God is first over everyone else. Then comes our wife or husband. Then our children. Then the rest of the world. Walking in the Way requires all that we are. Anything less is sin. And sin separates us from God. We have a free will and can choose anything we want. It also can get us to choose the way to hell. It is up to us to use our free will to choose the narrow gate and walk home to Jesus. Your free will is a choice and you are without excuse before God.

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Doing the Gospel.

When all of the virus alert began, there was a panic and fear across this country. People were hoarding supplies. Then the government wanting and demanded that only essentially businesses stay open. They sent everyone home, to try and stop the virus. This virus was and is an attack on the believers in Jesus Christ. It is the same as the attack upon Job. Job lost everything, but it didn’t shake his faith in God. Job said, though He slay me, yet will I praise Him. What are we as believers supposed to do about this crisis? That is the real question. In Acts 10:30, Jesus went about doing good, because God was with Him. Then, Jesus said greater things shall you do, because I go to my Father, John 14:12. So what are we supposed to be doing? Yes, you should be praying and seeking God. But now is the time to do. What can we do? God isn’t stopped by this virus. I know of a man who went to see about his homeless son. Although he knew that he could die from the virus. He is older than me, but he believes God and went anyway. He told me that he went for 7 days straight ministering to the people on the street. So, what is God telling you to do?

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A Two-edged Sword.

In Matthew 7:7-12, if you are in need ask, or seek or knock on the door. If you do seek God and ask, He will answer you. Faith is a belief system. So, is doubt. It is just the opposite of faith. And can be as strong as faith. Doubt is the lack of hope. This is where fear comes in. Where faith is having hope in your life. And though you can be fearful, you still will press forward because of hope. Only God gives us hope. Then we can have faith in what He says and does. The word of God is a two-edged sword. He says it cuts both ways. Even to the dividing of both the life of God(soul) and our spirit. Which means it can kill. If you separate the life of God from our spirit, our body will die.(Rom.6:23). So, we are to seek God and ask for our needs. In the seeking, we will come alive and build our relationship with God. The word of God is complete, from Genesis to Revelations.

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Judge not.

How good are you at judging people? We learn from our youth how to judge people. Whether or not they are good or evil. I learned how to let people tell me who they are by listening to them. Within 10 minutes, people will tell you who they are. Then I’ll know who they are. Then I’ll judge them. God doesn’t look at people that way. He judges them according to their heart. Even then God gives us a chance to change. God says that we aren’t the judge and what we do to others we will recieve in turn. God alone is the judge of all. Only He can judge correctly. So, what are we supposed to do? We are to love our fellow man and show them who God is. It’s not the easiest way to live but it is the best way to. We go about our lives and exhibit Jesus. Then people will know that God is alive and working in this world. Of all the post on Facebook, I have only seen one that exhibited the love of God. They offered food to anyone that needed some. They would drop it off to them. Talking is cheap. Doing is the love of God.

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A Penny for your Thoughts.

In the past few weeks, I have had more food in my house and have eaten less. It’s funny how that had worked. Everyone is thinking about the virus. And trying to prepare as much as possible for disaster. The disaster isn’t the virus. The disaster is our relationship with God. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus talked about taking care of our needs. He didn’t say to go stockpile food and supplies. Jesus said look at the birds or the flowers of the field. God provides for the birds, who don’t work for a living. And the flowers are more beautiful than anything on earth. Which are today and tomorrow are cut and burned. Jesus said are you not worth more than the birds or the flowers of the fields? He said, seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. So, it requires waiting on God and being in His presence. So, I asked you, a penny for your thoughts?

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God knows.

People think that they can get away with just about anything. That God isn’t listening or paying attention to you. God is all knowing and has all the power. If He didn’t have His attention on us, we would disappear. Which means that He keeps us alive. In Matthew 6:22-24, Jesus talks about a person’s eyes. He said if there is darkness in our eyes, how great is that darkness in us. But if there is light in our eyes, the whole body is full of the light of God. He goes on to say you can’t serve 2 master. You will hate the one and serve the other. You can’t serve God and material wealth. God sees every thought, word and deed. God won’t make you serve Him. You have to choose who you will serve. Then you will have light or darkness in your eyes.

Crain Blanchard.

Thursday Night Bible Study Proverbs 18:17-24

Knowledge + Understanding + Experience = Wisdom = Discretion.

Proverbs 18 King James Version (KJV)

It’s Sin to have respect for the Unrighteous.

Proverbs 18 King James Version (KJV)

Lesson #3.

17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

17 You may think you have won your case in court, until your opponent speaks.

Matthew 5:23-25 King James Version (KJV)

23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

Matthew 18:15 King James Version (KJV)

15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

Exodus 28:30 King James Version (KJV)

30 And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the Lord: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the Lord continually.

19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

19 Making up with a friend you have offended is harder than breaking
through a city wall.

Matthew 5:23-24 King James Version (KJV)

23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

20 Make your words good— you will be glad you did.

Eating Crow!!!!!

Ecclesiastes 5:2 King James Version (KJV)

2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

21 Words can bring death or life! Talk too much, and you will eat
everything you say.

James 3 King James Version (KJV)

5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

A man’s greatest treasure is his wife—she is a gift from the Lord.

Proverbs 19:14 King James Version (KJV)

14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.

23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

23 The poor must beg for help, but the rich can give a harsh reply.

Proverbs 15:1 King James Version (KJV)

15 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

24 Some friends don’t help, but a true friend is closer than your own family.

Hebrews 13:5 King James Version (KJV)

5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

The Desires of your Heart.

We are in the middle of one of the greatest battles we will fight in our lifetime. The pressure of the battle can be felt physically. The fear and panic is everywhere. I see the panic subsiding every where. But the fear remains. Panic and fear are from the heart. I’m glad to see that the pastors have stepped up to meet the challenge. This isn’t an attack on the world. It’s an attack on Christianity and it is worldwide. This attack doesn’t depend on how much money you have. It depends on what is in your heart. In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus said don’t lay up treasures on earth, where they can be stolen. Lay up treasures in heaven, where they are safe. Because where your treasure is, there is your heart. Is your desire to help your neighbor or yourself? People are looking for answers and help. What is in your heart? God knows. Do you?

Prayer and Fasting.

In Matthew 6:16-18, Jesus had just talked about prayer and forgiveness. He goes on to talk about fasting. Jesus is our example. When He talks about a subject, Jesus is showing us how to do something. Prayer isn’t just saying something repeatedly. It is entering into God’s throne room. We must go in with praise and Thanksgiving. Then when you do enter in, you must forgive those who have ought against you. And you must forgive yourself. Then you are ready to ask of God. Jesus shows us a better way. The better way is fasting. But He said not to make it known to anyone. When fast, you go out into the world like any other day. You clean up and look presentable. Never hinting that you are fasting. I went to a business meeting with some colleagues. After the meeting, we went to a steak house. I order tea. While everyone was eating steak, they asked me why I wasn’t eating. I wasn’t going to lie. So, I told them I was fasting. Then they asked why. And I was able to share the gospel. As you fast, God will place you where you can do the will of God. Fasting makes you more sensitive to the presence of God. It is part of praying. As you draw closer to God, your prayers are answered. And you get to see the results. This is prayer and fasting.

Crain Blanchard.