Bridge Jumping part 2

Proverbs 1:11-19 (MSG)

If they say-“Let’s go out and raise some hell. Let’s beat up some old man, mug some old woman. Let’s pick them clean and get them ready for their funerals. We’ll load up on top-quality loot. We’ll haul it home by the truckload. Join us for the time of your life! With us, it’s share and share alike!” -Oh, friend, don’t give them a second look; don’t listen to them for a minute. They’re racing to a very bad end, hurrying to ruin everything they lay hands on. Nobody robs a bank with everyone watching, Yet that’s what these people are doing-they’re doing themselves in. When you grab all you can get, that’s what happens: the more you get, the less you are.

It’s interesting how people who are bent on being dishonest, or criminal, or even unethical, always want company. They always want to drag someone else down with them. My grandmother would say, “Misery loves company.”

It’s interesting how they have no thought for the feelings of others or the consequences. They have a distorted view of fun and excitement.

It’s interesting how greed drives them to hurt people and mess up their own lives in the process.

It’s most interesting how well meaning, good, intelligent people, out of a weird sense of loyalty and peer pressure will find themselves dragged into ridiculous behavior over some juvenile need for acceptance.

The answer for not experiencing the results of bridge jumping is to do what Solomon says here. “oh friend, don’t give them a second look, don’t listen to them for a minute.” Cut them off! Pray for them, love them, minister to them, but do not be tangled up with them. It will only end with you splatting on the ground underneath a bridge. Once they see what happens to you, they’ll be out. You’ll be on your own.

Life is not a game it has real consequences treat it with care.


Bridge Jumping

Proverbs 1:10 (msg) Dear friend, if bad companions tempt you, don’t go along with them.

I love this verse. So simply put and powerful. Problem is, I think we overlook it because of it’s simplicity. As adults I think many of us think peer pressure stops in our teens.

Which is not true. Being an adult is like peer pressure on steroids. I see so many people making bad decisions with their lives because of bad companions and their advice.

Few things to remember. People who would tempt you to do wrong…

1. Always have an ulterior motive.
2. Are always selfish.
3. Always want company so they don’t have to take personal responsibility.
4. Will always blame you, and leave you holding the bag when it comes down to it.
5. Never think long term, or about consequences, or care who they hurt, you included.

That’s why they are called “bad” companions. So I’ll tell you like you’re momma did, “if your friend jumped off a bridge, would you?”. The answer for everyone wanting to have good life is NO.


Father (& mother) know best

Proverbs 1:8-9 (msg). Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you learned at your mother’s knee. Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, like rings on your fingers.

My Pastor, Kirk Pankratz was teaching on parenting last night, and he recalled like many of us do that when he was 14-16 he felt like his parents didn’t know anything but when he arrived at 21-22 he realized they were much smarter than he thought. We can all laugh at that because we’ve all been there.

Adolescence does that to us. As we develop independence we assume we know more than we do and that our parents know less, but when we are old enough to take on the responsibility of independence, we realize how little we know and how much they know.

Solomon is teaching us here that experience and wisdom from our parents is very valuable. He says wear it like jewelry.

Basically he is telling us to embrace and not reject what either of our parents told us as children. Be proud to follow their wisdom, consider it like treasure. I have found this to be true in my own life.

What if my parents weren’t the smartest people? Nobody’s perfect, but their experience has taught them something, and if you pay close attention you will glean some very important things from them.

There is wisdom In listening to those who’ve already gone down the road you’re trying to travel.

What important lessons have you learned from your parents? Please share.

Wisdom starts with submission

Proverbs 1:7 (MSG) Start with God-the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.

Other translations read, “the beginning of wisdom is to fear (reverence) God.

I love the way this reads, the first step to learning is to bow down to God.

I believe as a human it is the ultimate in ignorance and arrogance to not acknowledge God. Most who do this or have done this, base it on the subjectivity of personal experience, and circumstance, rather than the objective fact that by our very existence as complex as it is, we have an originator.

We can’t really believe we know everything or even enough to make a occlusion that says there is no God.

Even though man can Create a theory where we basically come into being on our own, it doesn’t validate its truth.

I find that even believers in this culture have allowed cynicism to set in. Remember wisdom begins with bowing down to God.

It’s ok to ask questions and learn, it’s not ok and we will not reach real wisdom if we ask questions with a predetermined doubt of our creator. The center of faith is not belief itself, it is the object of that faith. Faith in me or man, leads to insatiable unfulfilled, hopeless existence, but faith in God leads to hope, love, grace and fulfillment. It gives you perspective beyond the temporary earthly realm, and into the eternal celestial plane.

If you wish to be wise start here and see what happens?

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Proverbs 1:4-6 (msg) To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality. There’s something here also for seasoned men and women, still a thing or two for the experienced to learn-Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.

I’m on vacation, relaxing and enjoying time with my family. I’m having a great time. God is good! Enjoying time with God as well just reading proverbs and wanted to share some thoughts I love that my dad and grandfather taught me as a young man, how important the bible is, and how it’s wisdom can transform and revolutionize our lives.

In this passage that’s what this is saying. These writings are inspired by God and penned by the great king Solomon. What he says is simple. The word of God teaches us how to live, but more than that he reveals the right attitude for growth and development.

No matter if we are young and zealous, beginning to learn about life, thinking we know more than we do, we need to pay attention to the wisdom of God and be teachable.

No matter if we are older, experienced and have faced many issues, there is more for us to learn. More growth and development to be had. Be teachable.

The killer of a persons growth and development, the thing that will stunt it more than any other is the pride and arrogance of thinking we know more than we actually do. I’ve made a commitment to be a life long learner. In my mind that is the key to success. So, let’s be honest about where we are and be open to be taught necessary lessons to achieve Gods purpose.

We don’t know it all, we don’t enough, and the moment we think we do, we’re done.

What are you learning right now?

It’s a hard knock life…Be thankful

1 Thessalonians 5:8 (AMP) Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

Of course we shouldn’t have the attitude that his is a hard knock life, because attitude is everything, and that is what this passage of scripture is all about.  Its not a hard knock life, but as Christians we can not deny that life has some hard knocks.  Just because we know Jesus and have a relationhip with Him, does not mean we will never face adverse or difficult circumstances.  What is different, or should be different, is the attitude we have regardless of those circumstances.

When we as believers face hardship what is our response?  I think its interesting that Paul tells us to be thankful.  Have you ever tried to really be negative and thankful or grateful at the same time.  Its impossible to gripe and complain when our heart is truly thankful.  However, lets not get our theology confused here.  The bible does not say give thanks “for” everything, but “in” everything.

Many times Christians not able to explain “why” things happen, over sensationalize and spiritualize problems as if God is doing it to them to teach them a lesson.  That is not what Paul is saying, he is saying, no matter what this life throws at us, in the middle of it all, thank God.  Which is the true point of the story of Job.  No matter what, thank God.

Its that praise and worship of God that will see you through, but God is not doing bad things to you to teach you a lesson, because if we are not thankful “for” it, but “in”  it, then it can’t be God.  God compared himself to earthly fathers and showed us He is much better.  God would no more do bad things to you or I to teach us a lesson, than I would punch my daughter in the face to get her to obey.

It’s God’s will that we be thankful in the midst of negative circumstances because it lifts us and sets our faith above the problems, and on to the power of God Himself to lift us above or see us through the circumstances.  It also is a great testimoney to others of our trust in God.  So be encouraged, trust God, and be thankful, God is on your side.

what are some ways, you remain thankful?