Friday, November 5, 2010

Why? Oh Why? and Doubts

Why? Oh Why?

I lament
I cry
Woe is me
Why God? Why me?
I cry out in self pity
Why? Oh Why?
My thoughts and his lying words deceived me
Trials come my way
Still I try to understand
Why did the Lord make it happen this way?
Why a time and trials so rough?

So He can show me how I am weak
And need to have faith
And on Him I need to lean
For everything
And in Him alone put my trust

by Michelle Miano


When all these doubts plague me
And my worries overwhelm me
I cry out "Why me?"
Who can give me the strength I need?

Only Jesus, our Lord, our Savior, our mighty King
Who alone reigns with power and majesty.
Can give us the strength that we need.

by Michelle Miano

I decided to put these two poems up together in one post because they were similar and shorter than most of my other poems. I wrote these a couple months ago but didn't feel comfortable putting these up until today.. I'm not sure why today is different than any other day but maybe someone else is going through what I've been feeling and just needs to read/see/hear these poems to know that they are not alone in feeling this way. I hope it helps lift someones spirits.

Much love to my dear sisters and brothers in Christ.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Joyful Peace

Peace surpassing
All my understanding
Love never fading
So very comforting
To know that my Savior, He...
Yes He
Is always right beside me
Through life's greatest trials
And plagues of worry sweep through
He will always remain
He will always be true

His love so astounding
So utterly amazing
And I so undeserving

I can never thank Him enough
For His awesome sacrifice
and wonderful grace, mercy and love
The least I can do is give Him my all
Every second of my life
To thank Him for what He did to pay the price
For all the sins I had done wrong
and continue to do for so very long

And that when I would surrender all my life to Him
I would forever and ever be a daughter to Christ
And I would be His for Eternity
And knowing that is so wonderful to me
That it gives me such a joyful peace

So I need not fear when death draws near
For God knows the time, place, manner, and day.
I need not worry because I am saved.
If I have truly given my life to God
And if He alone drew me to repentance and faith.

All I then can say is
Lord Thank For Choosing Me On That Special Day!

by Michelle Miano

The beginnings of this poem were written as I was listening to a sermon given by Mike Livingston at my church on October 3rd. The passage of Scripture he discussed was Philippians 1:18-26. Through listening to his sermon and reading this passage I made the poem you just read.

Philippians 1:18-26 (New American Standard Bible)

18What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,
19for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
20according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
To Live Is Christ
21For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
22But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.
23But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;
24yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.
25Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith,
26so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.

The sermon was very encouraging to me. If you want to listen to it the link is here.

I hope it encourages you as much as it did to me. Love you my dear brothers and sisters in Christ!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Proverbs 10

These are my notes from Proverbs 10.

A wise son makes a father glad. One who fears the Lord is wise. A foolish son is a grief to his mother (v.1).

Ill gotten gains do not profit-foolish person. Righteousness delivers from death-wise son (v.2).

The Lord will not allow the righteous to hunger to the wise son. He will reject the craving of the wicked for the foolish son. (v.3)

Poor is he who works with negligent hands- foolish son. Hand of the diligent makes rich- wise son (v.4).

He who gathers in the summer is the wise son. He who sleeps in harvest is the son who acts shamefully and is the foolish son (v.5)

Blessings are on the righteous. The mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Violent plans and language come from the mouth of the wicked(v.6).

The memory of the righteous will/is blessed. The name of the wicked will rot (v.7).

The wise will receive commands but a babbling fool will be ruined (v.8).

When you walk in integrity, you will walk securely. He who perverts his way will be found out (v.9).

He who winks his eye causes trouble (v.10).

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life. I'm guessing this fountain of life is having something to do with with something spiritual/spiritual aspect in our walk with Christ (v.11).

Hatred stirs up strife. This is so very true. Love covers all transgressions. Hallelujah! (v.12).

Lips of the discerning, wisdom is found. Rod for the back of those who lack understanding (v.13).

Wise men store up knowledge. The mouth of the foolish-- ruin is at hand (v.14).

The rich man's wealth is his fortress. The ruin of the poor is their poverty (v.15).

My study Bible says "Wealth can sometimes protect from trouble while poverty is a liability that exposes one to misfortune." The wages of the righteousness is life. The income of the wicked is punishment. This reminds me of "For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life." (v.16).

He who heeds instructions is on the path of life. He who ignores reproof goes astray (v.17).

He who conceals hatred has lying lips and he who spreads slander is a fool (v.18).

When there is many words transgression is unavoidable. He who restrains his lips is wise (v.19).

The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver. Heart of the wicked is worth little (v.20).

Lips of the righteous feed many. Pastors are like this. Fools die for lack of understanding (v.21).

It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich. He adds no sorrow to it (v.22).

My study Bible says real prosperity is a divine blessing accompanied by neither anxiety or trouble. Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool. Wisdom is like sport to a man of understanding. Sport you have to practice it. You can't expect to be the best at it when you first start doing it. Sport could also mean fun which could be describing the fool. They don't care how it might be hurtful. They are having fun and finding enjoyment in it so they won't stop doing it. (v.23).

What the wicked fears will come upon him. The desires of the righteous will be granted (v.24).

When the storm/whirlwind passes the wicked will be no more. But the righteous will remain for they have an everlasting foundation which is Jesus Christ. Reminds me of "Firm Foundation" song (v.25).

The lazy person is like sour vinegar and smoke to the eyes- irritating to the one who sends them.(v.26).

The fear of the Lord prolongs life but the wicked life will be shortened (v.27).

Hope of the righteous=gladness. Expectation of the wicked perishes (v.28).

Way of the Lord is a stronghold to the upright but ruin to workers of iniquity (v.29).

Righteous will never be shaken. Wicked will not dwell in the land (v.30).

Wisdom flows from the mouth of the righteous. Perverted tongue will be cut out (v.31). The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable but the mouth of the wicked bring forth what is perverted. (v.32).

That is what I learned from reading Proverbs 10.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Proverbs 9

Here are my notes from reading Proverbs 9.

Wisdom is building a house and preparing (v.1-3).

She calls to those who are naive and lack understanding to come to her house (v.4-5).

Forsake folly and live and proceed in the way of understanding (v.6).

He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself and he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself. Don't reprove a scoffer or he will hate you. A scoffer and/or a wicked person will not receive criticism. They will be angry and turn against the person who is trying to help them. Reprove a wise person on the other hand and that person will love you (v.7-8).

Give instruction to a wise person and they will become wiser. Teach a righteous person and he will listen and increase his learning. He will understand that he needs to learn more and that they do not know everything. They should listen and understand and know that there is always going to be someone smarter, wiser, more mature than them, and therefore have more experience in that are that is being taught to them. Therefore they should also show their teachers respect (v.9).

The theme of the Book of Proverbs is reiterated here. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding" (v.10).

By me your days will be multiplied and years of life will be added to you. This only happens if you are the wise person (v.11).

If you are wise, you are wise for yourself and if you scoff you alone will bear it. You can either choose to be wise and reap the benefits of doing so or you can scoff and incur the penalty (v.12).

Women of folly is described as:

Boisterous (v.13)

Naive (v.13)

Knows nothing (v.13)

She calls to those who are making their paths straight- those who are going straight on their ways, not staying off the path, those who are living in an upright manner, righteous person, wise and pleasing to God. (v.13)

Calling all those who are naive and lacking understanding to turn aside for a moment to her place. (v.16)

Stolen water is sweet and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. This reminds me of the saying "What somebody doesn't knows can't hurt them." Even though when it is found out as seen in the previous chapter there is nothing they can do about it, they cannot give it back. (v.17)

The naive will not know or realize that the dead are there and that the woman of folly's guests are in the depths of Sheol are there. He won't find out until it is too later and he has already been a participant in the act/crime. (v.18)

This act/crime can be anything, not just adultery.

This is what I got from reading Proverbs 9.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Peace and Hope

Peace and Hope
To be able to cope
When life throws you those curves
And you don't know where to turn.

O Lord, which way?
Should I choose to go
Or should I stay?

When you don't know what He's doing
Just remember that He's all knowing.

Live by faith and not by sight
Do not fret for you need not be dismayed.
For the Lord is with you
On this journey called life.

Yes every second of every day
He'll be with you forever and always

So trust Him and He will you give you the peace and hope
So that you will be able to cope.

by Michelle Miano

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ten Shekels and a Shirt- Paris Reidhead

In my last post I mentioned I had been on a Facebook fast. During that week I listened to a variety of different sermons. One of the sermons I listened to was Ten Shekels and a Shirt by Paris Reidhead. This was an amazing sermon. I had never heard it before. If you haven't listened to it I would recommend that you do.

Here are my notes from his sermon...

Judges 17-18:6 (New American Standard Bible)

Judges 17- Micah's Idolatry
1Now there was a man of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Micah.
2He said to his mother, "The eleven hundred pieces of silver which were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse in my hearing, behold, the silver is with me; I took it." And his mother said, "Blessed be my son by the LORD."
3He then returned the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother, and his mother said, "I wholly dedicate the silver from my hand to the LORD for my son to make a graven image and a molten image; now therefore, I will return them to you."
4So when he returned the silver to his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver and gave them to the silversmith who made them into a graven image and a molten image, and they were in the house of Micah.
5And the man Micah had a shrine and he made an ephod and household idols and consecrated one of his sons, that he might become his priest.
6In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.
7Now there was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he was staying there.
8Then the man departed from the city, from Bethlehem in Judah, to stay wherever he might find a place; and as he made his journey, he came to the hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah.
9Micah said to him, "Where do you come from?" And he said to him, "I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to stay wherever I may find a place."
10Micah then said to him, "Dwell with me and be a father and a priest to me, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year, a suit of clothes, and your maintenance." So the Levite went in.
11The Levite agreed to live with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons.
12So Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in the house of Micah.
13Then Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, seeing I have a Levite as priest."
Judges 18
Danites Seek Territory
1In those days there was no king of Israel; and in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking an inheritance for themselves to live in, for until that day an inheritance had not been allotted to them as a possession among the tribes of Israel.
2So the sons of Dan sent from their family five men out of their whole number, valiant men from Zorah and Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to search it; and they said to them, "Go, search the land " And they came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and lodged there.
3When they were near the house of Micah, they recognized the voice of the young man, the Levite; and they turned aside there and said to him, "Who brought you here? And what are you doing in this place? And what do you have here?"
4He said to them, "Thus and so has Micah done to me, and he has hired me and I have become his priest."
5They said to him, "Inquire of God, please, that we may know whether our way on which we are going will be prosperous."
6The priest said to them, "Go in peace; your way in which you are going has the LORD'S approval."

Judges 18:14-21 (New American Standard Bible)

Danites Take Micah's Idols
14Then the five men who went to spy out the country of Laish said to their kinsmen, "Do you know that there are in these houses an ephod and household idols and a graven image and a molten image? Now therefore, consider what you should do."
15They turned aside there and came to the house of the young man, the Levite, to the house of Micah, and asked him of his welfare.
16The six hundred men armed with their weapons of war, who were of the sons of Dan, stood by the entrance of the gate.
17Now the five men who went to spy out the land went up and entered there, and took the graven image and the ephod and household idols and the molten image, while the priest stood by the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men armed with weapons of war.
18When these went into Micah's house and took the graven image, the ephod and household idols and the molten image, the priest said to them, "What are you doing?"
19They said to him, "Be silent, put your hand over your mouth and come with us, and be to us a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be a priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?"
20The priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod and household idols and the graven image and went among the people.
21Then they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the livestock and the valuables in front of them.

Every man back then did what was right in his own eyes.

Pragmatism- If it succeeds, it's good. If it's worth it, it's true.

What is the standard of success? Is God an end or is He a means?

Humanism- The end of all being is the happiness of man. "The reason of existence is man's happiness. No absolute standard." -John Dewey.

Liberalism- Put sugar in coffee to sweeten the journey for a short period of time. Happiness is a by-product not a prime product.

What is the philosophy of evangelism and Christianity?

Missionaries are sometimes motivated by humanism. He realized that the people he was trying to reach out to knew about God and didn't want to go to heaven. It wasn't that they had never heard. We don't want people to suffer--that's humanism. They loved their sin and that's why they deserve to go to Hell. God tells us that "He did not send us to go out there for their (the people who were lost) sake but for Christ's (my) sake."

The end of all being is the glory of God.

Why did we repent? Weep over yours sins not because of the danger of Hell but because you realize the enormity of your sins. Bad men deserve to receive the wrath of a Good God.

Did I repent just to go to Heaven? God deserves the obedience! Repent for the Glory of God! You are defrauding the God of the glory He could get out of your life.

Are we crucified with Christ?

I am crucified with Christ! Lord fill my life with your presence! Everything will be done by you and for you! God is not going to be a means to anyone's end! You can do nothing for yourself! It's not what you are going to get out of God! It's what God is going to get out of you!

May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering! That my friends is our entire life! Not bits and pieces but every aspect of our life!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

And They Crucified Him- Art Katz

So I decided to go on a Facebook fast for a week. I realized that I had spending way too much time on Facebook and not enough time in the Word of God. The first thing I listened too was a sermon called And They Crucified Him by Art Katz. Thank you Tim Rector for suggesting this sermon for me to listen to. I strongly encourage anyone who has not listened to this sermon to do so.

Here are the notes I took and what I learned from the sermon:

Matthew 27:35-54 (New American Standard Bible)

35And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots.
36And sitting down, they began to keep watch over Him there.
37And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, "THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS."
38At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.
39And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads
40and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
41In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying,
42"He saved others; He cannot save Himself He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him.
43"HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.'"
44The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.
45Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.
46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" that is, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?"
47And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, "This man is calling for Elijah."
48Immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink.
49But the rest of them said, "Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him."
50And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
51And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split.
52The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
53and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.
54Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"

This passage does not milk the event sentimentally or emotionally. No drama.

The cross of the crucified Christ.

The Jewish intellect like to know many things.

Do not let our minds be a mish mosh of things.

We are most of us guilty of making God in our image. Not us in His image as it should be. We need to know Him exactly as He is.

Too many times in worship, Jesus is like a "buddy, buddy."

The cross was the most horrible form of death. As Art Katz was describing crucifixion, quoting from a bible dictionary, I never realized Christ's death was that horrible. Our knowledge of God and His crucifixion is distorted when we see images of Christ crucified today. We live in a civilization that has no tolerance for suffering. Truth is suffering on the cross. We have tragically avoided the cross of Christ because of the worlds influence. Only the cross can crucify the world from us and us from the world. The world is too much with us because the cross has been neglected in our understanding and our experience. Nothing but the cross can. Luke says that what is esteemed by men is judged by God.

Are you longing for Christ to take you out of this world? I have to say that I have not been which I know is wrong of me..

In missing the cross we have missed the power of the resurrection.

The denial of self is a form of suffering. The avoidance of pain is a costly avoidance.

I found this from Art very powerful. He said "If God's people do not become radically sacred, then the world will become radically profane." This is so very true! We can see it today! It's right in our face!

Manipulation is the antithesis to faith. Church has become performance.

How much of our modern religion has become like the old tale of the "Emperor's New Clothes?" Until we come to the nakedness of the cross we will not have His garment of righteousness. The Spirit of God is first the spirit of truth before He is any other.

Are we willing to bring our total life to Christ for His total correction?

The cross should be our standard and that through it, our own life should be squared. How then are you assured of being built straight in Him?

We still want a King who will come down from the cross. We don't want to join Him on it.

To see Him as He is, is to see ourselves as we are. We need to. We need to have our vision corrected. We have become too used to the cross. We need to make the cross an event. There is nothing more difficult to proclaim then the cross. We have made the cross a theory for salvation.

The veil of self interest has still not been torn in two.

God will be pleased to afflict suffering. Are you willing? Walk in the way of the cross and then graduate to the truth and then the taste of the life. It begins with the way and ends with the life.

Do away with yourself. Give everything to Christ.

Are you willing to suffer for Christ? We need to all think about this as we go through trials. Nothing we will ever face, not trial or tribulation, will ever be as horrible as Christ's death on the cross.

And remember this...

Romans 8:35-9:1 (New American Standard Bible)

35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36Just as it is written,
37But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Think on these things and be encouraged and challenged to give everything to Christ.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Helping others with Through A Different Lens

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, the Lord has allowed me to develop a love for photography. And by His grace, He has allowed me to encourage some of you with my photos. Not all of my photographs have been posted on the blog Through A Different Lens but have been posted on my page on Facebook for Through A Different Lens

Recently, my dad has been studying much about the biblical concept of being otherminded--putting others before one's self, as we are commanded in Scripture (Phil. 2:3-4). As I've thought about the subject, I've asked myself how I might use my photography to be otherminded. As I thought and prayed about this, an idea came to mind.

There is a wonderful sister in Christ, in my church, who, due to a host of significant medical issues, is presently unable to work. My family and I love this sister very much and, I believe, the Holy Spirit has pricked my heart to help this sister in a more tangible way.

In order to raise funds for my sister in Christ, I am going to begin offering prints of my photography for sale. 100% of the proceeds will be given to my sister in Christ, as a love gift to help meet her needs.

I am still working out some of the details, but I wanted to share my idea with you to see if any of you would be interested in purchasing prints of my photography to help this sister in need.

Please prayerfully consider helping me to be otherminded, by helping our sister in Christ.

Thank you.

Michelle Miano

Monday, July 26, 2010

Proverbs 8

Wisdom appeals to everyone to listen to her. They should listen to her(v.1-4).

She tells them to understand prudence(v.5).

Wisdom shall speak noble things. Her opening her lips will reveal right things(v.6).

Wisdom's mouth will utter truth. Wickedness is an abomination to wisdom's lip(v.7).

All her utterances of her mouth are in righteousness. Nothing crooked or perverted in them(the utterances)(v.8).

They are straightforward to him who understands and right to those who find knowledge(v.9).

Instruction is better than silver. Knowledge is better than gold(v.10).

Wisdom is better than jewels. All desirable things cannot compare to her(v.11).

Wisdom dwells with prudence. If you are wise than you will be prudent(v.12). You will also find knowledge and discretion.

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. Wisdom hates pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverted mouth(v.13).

Counsel is mine and sound wisdom. She is understanding and power is hers(v.14).

Kings reign and rulers decree justice by/with using wisdom(v.15).

Princes rules and nobles judge rightly when using wisdom(v.16).

Wisdom loves those who love her. Those who diligently seek wisdom will find wisdom(v.17).

Enduring wealth and righteousness are with wisdom(v.18).

Her fruit and what she will yield is better than pure gold and the choicest silver(v.19).

Wisdom walks in the way/path of righteousness and justice(v.20).

Those who love her(hold her dear), she will endow/give wealth and their treasuries be made full(v.21).

The origin of wisdom(v.22-31).

Wisdom possessed by the Lord at the beginning of His way. Before His works of old. Before even the Earth was formed there was wisdom(v.22-29).

Wisdom was a master workman(v.30).

Rejoicing in the world, His earth, and having delight in the sons of men(v.31).

Wisdom again appeals to his sons to listen to him for if they do, if they keep Wisdom's way, they will be blessed(v.32).

Heed instruction and be wise; do not neglect it. Do not just toss it aside and think who cares what they say(v.33).

He who finds wisdom finds life. He/she who does this will find favor from the Lord(v.35).

He who sins against me injures himself. All those who hate me love death. This is beginning to sound more like wisdom is Christ. Those who hate me love death. Those who are rebellious and unrepentant will want to have nothing to do with Christ. They will hate Christ and his followers. They will be lost sinners, trying to entice others to follow their ways, on the path to destruction and away from Christ. Those people sometimes may have no knowledge that they are doing this because they cannot see that what they are doing is wrong. That is why we need to be alert, watchful, and helping our sisters/brothers in accountability and rebuking them so that they do not become enticed and trapped and snared in their friends, who are unbelievers and worldly, ways.

This is what I learned from Proverbs 8.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Proverbs 7

Treasure God's commandments within you, within your heart.

Teaching as the apple of your eye- which is the pupil of the eye, a precious thing to be guarded with the utmost care.

Write them on the tablet of your heart- memorization, meditate on this.

Let wisdom and understanding be your intimate friend. If you will have them as a companion they will protect you from the enticements of the adulteress.

Adulteress is described as the foreigner who flatters with her words.

The victim (v.6-9) does/goes to the adulteress house when it is evening/darkness as if to keep it a secret.

The adulteress is described as dressed as a harlot, cunning of heart, enticing, boisterous, and rebellious.

An adulteress tactics include kisses (v.13), flattery (v.15), sensuality (v.16-18), reassurance that the victim will be fine and not be caught because her husband isn't home and won't be coming home for a while (v.19-20), and persuasion (v.21).

The young man is fooled and trapped and heads to his doom for he does not know it will cost him his life (v.22-23).

Pay attention to the words of my mouth- listen attentively it says.

Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways or stray into her paths. She has many victims that she has cast down and slain. Her house is the way to Sheol, descending to the chambers of death.

I have one thing to say that although in Proverbs the adulteress is described as a female that males are not without sin in this area too. I believe that adulteress can be changed to adulterer and seen in men as well as ladies.

This is what I learned from Proverbs 7.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Proverbs 6

Proverbs 6:1 explains that the person is liable for financial obligations of another.

v.2-The person makes too many promises and is committed to too many things

v.3 says "deliver yourself" which means get released from the obligation.

v.6-19 talks about how the person should shun laziness.

v.6-8 Ant-mentioned only here and in Proverbs 30:25 in the Bible. It has no physically present leader, yet it works with initiative, diligence, and foresight which is in contrast to the sluggard.

v.9 Sluggard- slothful person. Does not begin things as seen because it says- "when will you arise from your sleep?" and "how long will you lie down?"

v.12-13 Body language- What I am saying has another meaning to it. Express dishonesty attributed to crooked speech.

A worthless person is a wicked man.
.Perverse mouth, winks with eyes, signals with his feet
.Points with his fingers, perversity in his heart continually, devises evil, who spreads strife. Calamity will come suddenly.
.Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing

v.16-19 Poetic emphasis. God hates the sin but loves the sinner. These aren't sins, they are sinners. Got hates the wicked. Makes grace all the more amazing. Christ died for sinners, not just sin.

v. 20-35 The theme of this section is the seventh commandment.

v. 21 Bind them continually on you heart. Always remember these things in your thoughts and heart.

v.22 Let them guide on your way through life. Always on your mind.

v.23 Commandment is described as a lamp. The teaching is the light coming forth from the lamp. Reproofs for discipline is the way of life.

v.24 Evil woman- adulteress- who has a smooth tongue.

v.25 Do not desire it and let it capture you. This is the first step that leads to adultery.

v.27-29 It is impossible to engage in adultery without suffering consequences for the actions they have done. Those who commit adultery will not go unpunished. It may not occur right away but they will get caught one day...

v.32 The one who commits adultery lacks no sense.

v.30-35 With a thief, they are able to repay for what he has stolen and paid more than that an extra amount on top of that. With an adulterer it is not possible to pay the person back. That person will always be jealous and never satisfied because you took that away from him.

This is what I have learned from Proverbs 6.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Proverbs 5

Proverbs 5:1- Again the father tells his son to pay attention to wisdom.

Reasons are that you may maintain discretion and that your lips may preserve knowledge according to verse 2.

Proverbs 5:3 starts to describe the adulteress...

Lips-- drip honey (vs. 3)

Speech-- smoother than oil- I would think that means crafty with her words. (vs. 3)

Bitter as gall/wormwood (vs. 4)

Sharp as a double edged sword-- At first someone thinks they are going to be able to do it all in secret and not get caught but in the end it comes back to bite them. Reminds me of the problems Tiger Woods had been having. (vs. 4)

Feet go down to death (vs. 5)

Steps lead straight to the grave. Hebrew is Sheol. (vs. 5)

Gives no thought to the way of life. (vs. 6)

Her paths are crooked but she knows it not. Not sure what this means. Maybe it is how believers and unbelievers can not even realize that they are committing adultery when they just look at someone with lust. They don't realize that they are breaking one of God's commandment. She doesn't realize how lost she is. (vs. 6)

Father says to keep to a path FAR from her. (vs. 8)

They realize what they have done and it is already too late (vs. 12)

Lust leads to public disgrace (vs. 14)

Find contentment with your own spouse (vs. 15)

Springs=children. Should you have children through relationships with various women? NO! (vs. 16)

Healthy view of sex. Have sex only with the one who you are married to. (vs. 18-19)

Why should you be having sex with a foreigner or any other person that is not your spouse? (vs. 20)

The ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord. God is always watching what we are doing. (vs. 21)

The wicked will die for his failure to heed divine instruction. (vs. 23)

This is what I've learned from Proverbs 5.

Monday, May 3, 2010

God Hears

Sing praise to our great and glorious God above
Who blesses us each day with everlasting mercy and love
Our shield and defender whenever the devil is near
But we need not fear
The devil may try to tear a family apart
But God will never depart
So they need not fret or dismay
For God will protect us each and every day

For God is with each of us
Who have Him in our heart

Those whose trust is in the Lord
Will be stronger in the valley for sure
And day by day
Every step they take
Will follow His only way

Christ is their light, like the sun's rays
To brighten up even the darkest day

So dry your tears
And let not the devil plague you with doubts and fears
Remember Your Father in Heaven hears
Your prayers will not fall on deaf ears
One day He will wipe away all your tears.

Monday, March 22, 2010

I'll Keep Smiling

Through the Grace of God I'll keep smiling
Though the trials may come
And the storm and tempest rage on
I'll keep smiling

With all the energy I have
I'll give all that I am
And through the Grace of God I'll keep smiling

With all my tears and my fears
And through all my darkest days
I will cling on to Christ
Who is the resurrection and the life
And through the Grace of God I'll keep smiling

Though I may not be the same
As I was just yesterday
Even with my disability
I will press on
I will lean on
My God, My Savior
Jesus Christ, My Heavenly Father
For everything I need
There He will always be
Always there with me
And through the Grace of God I'll keep smiling.

by: Michelle Miano

The book Joni by Joni Eareckson Tada inspired me to write this poem and I thought I would share it with you. Joni's autobiography is a wonderful testimony of how God causes all things to work together for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose(Romans 8:28). I would highly recommend anyone struggling with trials medical or otherwise to read this book as it was a great encouragement to me... Keep smiling. He's right there beside you. :)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Proverbs 4

Proverbs 4:1-9 talks about acquiring wisdom. Listen to the instruction. Pay/give attention that you will gain understanding. He gives sound teaching. Never abandon His instruction. "Let your heart hold fast my words, keep my commandments and live." Acquire wisdom and understanding. Do not forget or turn away from the words of His mouth. Do not forsake Wisdom and she will guard you. Love her and she will watch over you. If we acquire wisdom and keep her and listen to her then she will be watching over us. The beginning of wisdom or the first step is to acquire it. And when you finally receive it then you will gain understanding. If you prize her and embrace her then she will exalt and honor you. This is a benefit of wisdom.

Proverbs 4:10-19 talks about avoiding bad company. In verse 10 like before in a previous chapter the reward is the same when listening to wisdom. "The years of your life will be many." In verse 11 and 12, Wisdom's way is an upright path, straight and level where when we walk in wisdom our steps will not be impeded nor will we stumble. "Take hold of instructions, do not let go. Guard her, for she is your live." Don't enter the path of the wicked. Avoid it, do not pass by it. Turn away from it and pass on. The evil man will not and can not sleep unless they have done evil and caused someone to stumble. In verse 18 and 19 it says but the path of the righteousness is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. The way of the wicked is like darkness. They don not know over what they stumble. Another one of wisdom's benefits is that it will be a guidance to us in the way of righteousness when we follow it.

Proverbs 4:20-27 talks about how we should watch ourselves. Solomon keeps saying "Give attention to my words. Incline your ears to my sayings." In every chapter I've read so far he always says a form of this. He wants the son who is listening to pay close attention to what he has to say and to get it through into his head. His sayings don't let them depart from your sight. Keep them in the midst of your heart. Verse 22 says they are life to those who find them, and health to all their body. More benefits of wisdom. "Watch over you heart with all diligence. Put away from your deceitful mouth and devious speech keep far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead and your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. This can be hard sometimes. I tend to look back. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right or to the left; Turn your foot from evil.

This is what I learned from reading Proverbs 4.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Lord Gives

Throughout all of my life
I've seen how the Lord provides
In sickness and in health
His care is always there
For our Lord is not only Healer
But Great Shepherd and Protector

He leads me throughout my days
and shows me the path of the narrow and straight
and how that I may not stray.

For in His Word, in the Book of Proverbs
In the Bible which is ever true
He tell us this very thing
When we acquire wisdom
The Lord will give us in abundance
and so freely.
The amount of wisdom and guidance
That we so desperately need.
Cause we can do nothing without Him indeed.
Because as we see in Philippians 4:13
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens thee.

No strength through yourself
No strength through myself
Only strength through our Lord who gave Himself.

by Michelle Miano

Monday, January 4, 2010

Proverbs 3

Wisdom and keeping His commandments promises several rewards such as...

1. Longevity (length of days and years of life)
a) Proverbs 3:2a "For length of days and years of life"

2. Peace
a) Proverbs 3:2b "And peace they will add to you."

Proverbs 3:3 says "Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart."

According to this verse kindness and truth should be written on the tablet of our heart. Everything we think, say, and do should be done in kindness and truth. It reminds a little of the think before you act saying. Don't let it ever leave you.

3. Find favor and good repute in God's and man's sight
a) Proverbs 3:4 "So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man."

4. Guidance
a)Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Most people I would hazard to guess have this verse memorized. But do we really listen/believe that this is true? I think we can tend to forget one very small word when we are reading and saying it. This very small word has a great importance. This small word is all. It says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart." All=all, everything. Not just some trust or some of your heart but all, giving Him everything, every little piece. The same goes with "In all your ways acknowledge Him." Everywhere, every time, and every step of the way. He is there to guide and direct. We need to give it ALL to Him just like this verse says.

5. Healing and refreshment
a)Proverbs 3:7-8 "Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones."

Do not be wise in your own eyes. Our eyes and our minds are deceitful. No matter how good it looks to us, God's way is always best. We can think we are being wise but since we are looking through our own eyes we can actually be really foolish and not know it at all. That is why we should always go to the Lord in prayer and ask the Lord what he would have us do. Fear the Lord and turning away from evil. You will be refreshed and your spirit renewed and have more of a yearning to walk closer with Christ.

6. Prosperity
a)Proverbs 3:9-10 "Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine."

Honor the Lord from your wealth and the first of all your produce. Immediately this reminds me of tithing. He should be getting the first of everything. Not our scraps at the end.

7. Proper response to discipline
a)Proverbs 3:11-12 "My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD or loathe His reproof, 12For whom the LORD loves He reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights."

Do not reject the discipline of the Lord. Do not loathe His reproof. The Lord loves those He reproves.

Job 5:17 "Behold how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty."

The reason for discipline is shown in Hebrews 12:5-11 "and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,"MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;6FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES,AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES." 7It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

Just as a father who corrects his son, whom he loves; it is a means of learning as well as other things.

Wisdom from the Lord is better than anything else we can ever imagine. Better than silver or gold, precious jewels. Nothing we desire can compare to the wisdom that can only come from/given to us by God.

Wisdom will be life to your soul. With wisdom you will be able to walk securely in your way and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down you will not be afraid and your sleep will be sweet.

Proverbs 3:25-26 "Do not be afraid of sudden fear nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; 26For the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught."

I wonder what this sudden fear is or what it could mean? (v.25) "For the Lord will be your confidence." (v.26) God provides the confidence we need when facing the enemy and our fears.

Proverbs 3:27-28 "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it.28Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back,and tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you."

I think children and even some young adults have problems with this idea of giving just to be nice to the other. They are wondering what they can get in return.

The Lord is intimate with the upright...

Last but not least I learned that those who are wise they will inherit honor but fools display dishonor and shame.

This is what I learned from reading Proverbs 3.

Proverbs 2

What I've learned....

Proverbs 2:6 says "For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding."

All we have to receive wisdom is to ask of God to give it to us. When we ask God then He will give to us wisdom and give it generously (in abundance)

This is seen in James 1:5 which says "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

Proverbs 2:7 says "He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,"

Shield of faith--This could be in reference to the same shield of faith in Ephesians.

Proverbs 2:10 "For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;"

This verse sounds like you can't be wise from the start. God must give you wisdom.

Proverbs 2:11-12 "Discretion will (A)guard you, Understanding will watch over you, To deliver you from the way of evil,From the man who speaks perverse things;"

Wisdom, discretion and understanding will be watching over you and help you not to fall into the ways of evil men.

It will also deliver you from the adulteress.

Proverbs 2:16-19 "To deliver you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words; 17 That leaves the companion of her youth And forgets the covenant of her God; 18 For her house sinks down to death And her tracks lead to the dead; 19 None who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the paths of life."rer

An adulteress is one who is a flatterer and unfaithful. This is breaking the seventh commandment which is "Do not commit adultery." People will follow her thinking that she will lead to pleasure. It might be pleasure for a while for them at the beginning but when they are caught in doing so... It leads to death.

This is what I've learned from reading Proverbs 2.