Do not allow yourself to become dependent on alcohol or any other addiction. This is a major problem today as many elders and leaders are alcoholics and often drunkards.
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
The wise fear the power of an absolute monarch, and the spiritually wise fear and respect the power of the King of The Universe. It is provoking God to call ourselves God’s people and then NOT do what he has commanded.
20:2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
There is great honor in being a worldly peacemaker; how much more honor is there in being a peacemaker between man and God, by teaching the gospel of warning and repentance, and teaching the way of salvation through Jesus Christ?
20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
The physically lazy have many excuses for not working and the spiritually lazy has his excuses for not being zealously diligent in his work to learn and keep the whole Word of God. Both will have nothing at the harvest.
If we are not wholeheartedly zealous to live by every Word of God, we shall be rejected by him and we will have no part in the resurrection to spirit.
20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
A godly man will be thoughtful and will carefully consider all the things of God and will grow in spiritual understanding, just like a physically wise man thinks deeply on the things of the flesh to understand physical things.
20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Many people exalt themselves with grand titles and self praise, usually to deceive and gain a personal following. Who is there who has godly integrity and stands on the truth of God? He shall have eternal life and his children shall greatly benefit from his example and instruction.
20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
Our Spirit King has the power of correction and death; and the power of blessing and life; only the spiritual fool does not fear Him. Who is guiltless before our God? Let us all humble ourselves before him and repent to do his will, for he is merciful to the sincerely repentant!
20:8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes. 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
Unjust, unfair and unequal actions are an abomination to God.
God is just, fair and equal, we are to be like him and refuse to be a respecter of persons who exalt idols of men and false traditions.
Weights and measures should be equal for all and so it is with the judgment of God. Remember the correction of Moses; the king, apostle or priest that sins, faces the same judgment as the lowly who sin; indeed the elder who leads many to sin is worthy of a far greater correction than the lowly.
20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.
True men of God will be known by their fruits of zeal for living by every Word of God, and the false teachers will be know by their lack of zeal for living by every Word of God and decide right and wrong for themselves.
Those who go beyond teaching others to compromise and tolerate false teachings and sin and actively persecute the zealous, shall have their judgment from God.
20:11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
God has opened the ears and eyes of those that God the Father has called; it is up to us to see, hear and live by every Word of God.
20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
Do NOT be spiritually lazy! Diligently pray, study, think and consider, how the Word of God applies to us personally; and as we learn, live by what we learn, and always be praying for God’s Spirit and for more understanding and the strength to fulfill the entire will of God.
Work diligently in spiritual things and we will be filled with the Bread of Life.
20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
A person will try to pay as little as possible to gain a great bargain; but the pearl of great price [eternal life with God the Father and Jesus Christ] is worth everything we have. Therefore be zealous and diligent to run the race and obtain the prize.
20:14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
The knowledge of God which is the Sound Doctrine of Holy Scripture, is worth all the wealth on this earth!
20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
A fool gives his physical substance and joins his body [which belongs to his lawful wife] to a whore; even so the spiritually foolish gives away the birthright of his calling and his spiritual understanding for the enticements of false teachings, and compromise with our baptismal espousal to Christ.
The pleasure of the moment is sweet; but quickly turns to bitterness as Esau discovered.
20:16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. 20:17 Bread of deceit [stolen things] is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
Do not take decisions and actions without prayer, careful consideration and study.
20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
Do not reveal your secrets to one who is a known gossip, or they will soon be exposed to all. Have nothing to do with flatterers, toady’s and bootlickers.
20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
Our physical parents are to be respected “In the Lord”, and our heavenly Father and our espoused spiritual Husband are to be honored, respected and wholeheartedly OBEYED.
20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
An inheritance received by a person without character will dissipate and be lost. Even so God will not give a spiritual inheritance of an office in his Kingdom to a person not properly qualified and a spiritually lazy person or one of dubious character. The offices of the Kingdom are reserved for those who are wholeheartedly diligent and zealous for every Word of God.
20:21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
Do not take revenge for yourself, the Eternal will judge righteously in his own good time.
20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
God hates the unfairness of different standards for different people.
20:23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
The deeds of a godly person are directed by the Lord through his Word. Carnal man does not and cannot understand the way to eternal life or any of the things of God; until he is humbled and brought to sincere repentance, the things of God will seem nonsense to the mind of man.
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Proverbs 20:24 Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
The man who appears before the Lord and then goes out to willfully sin is an abomination to God.
20:25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
The wheel is a threshing instrument rolled over grain to separate the grain from the chaff. The wise King destroys the wicked and so it is with the wisest of kings, Jesus Christ. He will drive the wicked, Out of God’s Temple.
God hates division between the brethren and himself, therefore to maintain the unity of the brethren with God the Father and Jesus Christ; he will reject the sinful and those who tolerate false teachings,
20:26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
God searches the spirit, heart and mind of every person to determine their zeal for God or lack thereof, and to judge that person fairly.
20:27 The spirit of man is the candle [properly; light, lamp] of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
Jesus Christ is truth and is most merciful to the sincerely repentant therefore quickly repent when convicted of sin; lest we be corrected in his wrath.
20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
Let us be strong and wise in the ways of God and forever foolish and ignorant of the ways of evil.
20:29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.
The bruises and wounds of correction and affliction of the flesh, are intended to save the spirit from destruction.
Today Jesus Christ is rejecting the spiritually indolent brethren into great tribulation, in the hope that through the affliction of the flesh he may save us spiritually.
When we see our cherished false teachings collapse before our eyes and our fears come upon us, many will quickly repent and turn to zeal for God.
20:30 The blueness of a wound [physical bruise, spiritually God’s correction] cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.