Similar to the teachings of the father to his son in Proverbs 5 and latter verses of Proverbs 6, he again warns his son of the danger of getting involved with a prostitute.
For this post, I will be speaking directly to all brothers and if you are a female reading this post, keep reading and share with any young man you know that needs to read this.
The issue of fornication and adultery applies to both females and males. But for this post as earlier mentioned, I would like to major on our responsibility as males to ensure we don’t fall into any sexual seductive invitations that will reck our destiny.
No man can ever escape not being tempted sexually. At different seasons of our lives, they will come unexpectedly. Temptation isn’t a sin but yielding to temptation is a sin. Falling for a temptation doesn’t happen suddenly, it starts in the mind. From an evil thought, it graduates into lust, then temptation, and if yielded to it becomes a sin.
Sometimes as males, we throw the blame on what ladies are wearing or how they lured us with their words into having sex. We expressly blame the females for our ‘sexpionage’ instead of taking responsibility for our actions.
The appearance of a sexual temptation is one we as men should never hang around to negotiate with nor one where we start to pray against the temptation right there but rather one, we run far away from even at the very sight of it. We males by default are moved by what we see. This is why the only way not to succumb to the pressures for sex before and outside of marriage, is for us to flee from the seductive invitations of the harlot. Brothers, let’s learn from Joseph’s encounter with Potiphar’s wife.
If we brothers refuse to heed to this ancient proverbial wise saying and continue to indulge in sexual activities with strange women and young girls, the end will only lead to destruction.
The father of the son continues in his discourse with his son and shares with him some vital wisdom nuggets to save him from trouble.
Honesty in Shortcomings
There are times in our lives that we are unable to live up to our agreements or decisions. And instead of acknowledging our limitations and owning up, we pretend out of pride to give a false impression that we are able to handle ourselves. Whenever we hit a crossroad in life based on what we have previously said or on decisions made with anyone or a group of people particularly in the area of finances, it’s advisable we humble ourselves and acknowledge to the concerned parties or party on our limitations to continue on the agreement or decisions made.
Don’t suffer in silence at the expense of your sanity, dignity and name.
All through scriptures, you will notice that when a certain trait or character is to be communicated to man, animals that display these characters or traits are used as an example to challenge or make us step up our game. Here in the chapter, an ant shows us how to be diligent, proactive, and ever ready for any season of life.
At a very young age, whenever we traveled from one state to another back home, I usually saw an inscription at the back of big trucks and trailers ‘No food for a lazy man‘. This is very true. Poverty knocks on the door of those that decide to live carelessly and lazy. Our Lord Jesus Christ while on earth as a man, was never at any point lazy. He worked really hard with his disciples preaching, healing, and delivering all who were oppressed. For anything good we want to achieve, be it academics or career or ministry, we need to plan and work diligently for it to happen. Nothing just happens without our diligence put into it. Work was not a curse on man, it was given to him before the fall. Hard work doesn’t kill, rather it is rewarded at all times.
We see again that in this chapter, almost 30% of those things that were listed as an abomination to God were centered on wickedness done to another human being. The unregenerate man is liable to imagine and carry out wicked acts against the innocent.
The life of Christ is void of wickedness. Wickedness should have no place in the life of a Christian. There are people who kill for money, influence, power, revenge, selfish reasons, to acquire someone else’s property etc. Stay clear from people who enjoy seeing other people, especially the innocent, suffer and are killed unjustly.
And lastly, adultery in marriage is again addressed in this chapter. There’s certainly no room for a husband or wife having an affair outside of marriage. We can tag it as ‘entanglement’ or whatever, it’s still adultery. The negative outcomes of adultery on the husband, wife and children are far more devastating than the pleasure enjoyed while committing adultery.
Every young person should know that getting married doesn’t make you stay faithful to your spouse. It is your intentional will to honor God with your body and the power of the Holy Spirit that can keep you faithful and committed sexually to your spouse.
It will interest you to know that the books of Bible were not originally divided into chapters and verses. It was two early Church fathers who at different times in history, divided the scriptures into chapters and verses.
The reason I state this is because this Chapter is a continuation of the previous chapter.
Today in our world, as stated earlier in the previous post, the sanctity of purity has been thrown into garbage. Sex with multiple partners has become a norm. Many married men have side-chicks they hide to satisfy their sexual gratifications and pleasures, and married women are preying on young men to satisfy their sexual desires. Sadly, this is the world we live in today.
The advice of the father to his son addresses the following:
o Purity while single
o Fleeing sexual sin
o Faithfulness in marriage
o The danger of engaging in premarital sex and adultery
We as children of the kingdom must be different from the world. It should never be okay having sex before marriage or committing adultery and just tagging it ‘An entanglement.’ This thing should not be mentioned in our camp.
The results of not heeding to the wisdom of God in the area of sexual purity is devastating and costly to one’s destiny. I agree that our loving heavenly Father will forgive anyone who falls short in this area, but the negative impact may still remain.
– adultery may result to a divorce,
– premarital sex may lead to HIV, or soul-ties to persons in covenant with evil spirits that waste destinies etc.
We must attend to the wisdom of God and give ears to His guiding principles on marriage and sexual purity.
Keep away from sex till you are married to the bone of your bone and flesh of your flesh. If you have fallen in this area, don’t feel condemned or judged, seek forgiveness from God, break every soul tie with the blood of Jesus and genuinely repent from your old ways.
For those married, enjoy the assessable pleasures and love of your spouse, flee from every appearance of evil, particularly sexual sin, and stay faithful to your spouse.
The consequences of not passing down the heritage of God to the next generations can be seen in
"After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. 11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord’s anger."
One day, we all who are young will stand in the shoes of our parents raising children. We must ensure that we communicate to them the wisdom, understanding and knowledge of God.
Another aspect of this chapter worthy of note is our responsibility in ensuring the wisdom of God finds expression in our lives. Until we give undivided attention and occupy our minds with God’s Word, we may not express and walk in the wisdom of God.
Seeking to walk in the wisdom of God must be intentional, it cannot be wished.
Also, we see mentioned in this chapter that God’s Word brings life to those who diligently seek it and offers health benefits to the body. When we speak God’s Word over our bodies, it has tremendous power to keep our bodies healthy. This is why our confessions should always be in line with God’s Word, regardless of the circumstance or situation. The Word of God brings life to dead things in our lives, including our health. So, no matter the situation, find God’s Word for that situation and speak His Word over that circumstance.
This chapter starts out with ‘My son’. I’m sure ladies would be like, ‘ I’m not sure this particular chapter applies to me’. On the contrary, it applies to all sons and daughters of this kingdom.
In this chapter, we see an elderly father sharing some deep counsels to his son or a young boy.
Verses 1 – 4
Reveal to us the relationship between the length of days on earth and God’s instructions. Disobeying and ignoring God’s instructions will only lead to a wasted life.
Verses 5 – 6:
There’s no doubt that God has given us wonderful minds that produce brilliant ideas, concepts, and strategies to achieve a feat or solve a problem or to make a move and so on. The minds of men have truly been the drive behind the technological advancements and improvements we see today. But there’s a huge mistake man makes and unfortunately citizens of God’s Kingdom are guilty of this; it is that we are most times overly dependent on ourselves, natural advantages, or the network of people we have at our disposal to use. Trusting in God doesn’t mean that we put our minds and hands to sleep, it is our courageous confidence in God in all our ways; the resolute confidence in the unchanging abilities of God in whatever situation we find ourselves.
God should always be acknowledged on all sides, on all fronts and in all ways of our lives. Acknowledgment means ‘to honorably consider’. God wants to be considered in all that we do and ever become.
God wants us to involve Him in every room of our lives. He doesn’t just want to be invited into the living room; He wants to be involved in your private room.
What are these rooms? The areas of our lives – spiritual, emotional, finances, career, academics, relationships, social life, ministry, etc. Let God be at the center of all these areas. Let us acknowledge Him in everything we do in these areas, no matter how small or how big.
An overestimation of our abilities or ourselves above God’s abilities makes us self dependent from God. We should never be carried away by the advantages or influences we have in our lives at the expense of our loving reverence for God. We should rid every seed of pride that tries to make us look wise in our eyes.
Evil practiced by anyone is a decision made on the basis of freewill. Every person with a conscience on earth has the choice to run or flee from any evil practice against God’s expectations and against humanity.
The combination of fearing God (which brings wisdom) and shunning evil is tremendously beneficial to the sustenance of our physical health. For example, if out of reverence for God a single man keeps himself from sex until marriage, such person will be free from STDs that could weaken his immune system and reduce his life span.
Honor is an act of recognition of a person based on the title held, position held, gifting possessed, benevolent acts shown, contribution made to humanity, etc. Our God surpasses all these requirements. He deserves all honor, glory, and power.
One of the many ways God has prescribed for us to honor Him, is with our possessions and wealth. With the contention on the subject of tithing, we should be very aware that honor and love are supposed to be the basis to tithe. When we tithe 10% of our income, we are simply recognizing God as the giver of all the wealth we possess.
Indeed, those who tithe and honor the Lord with theirsubstance get a bountiful blessing in return.
Love without correction is not genuine love but pretentious love. Corrections are most times never palatable for us to receive. But they make us better Christians.
The corrections from our parents or any parent figure should never be neglected. So also, should the corrections of our heavenly Father mete out to us through the Holy Spirit.
Verses 13 – 18:
The worth and value of wisdom is described in great detail for us to desire it.
o Wisdom is more valuable than gold, silver, and rubies.
o In wisdom we can access riches and experience honor.
o Wisdom helps us elongate our time on earth.
o Wisdom leads to peace.
Verses 19 – 24:
The father further reveals how God used wisdom, understanding and knowledge to create the earth, heavens, and the depths of the sea. He then mentioned to his son not to let go of them but to hang on to them every time.
We can access heavenly wisdom, understanding and knowledge that will be relevant for excelling and triumphing in life through God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.
Verses 24 – 25:
Today, the world is tormented by fear of the unknown. Particularly in the last two years of COVID-19, many have been gripped by fear.
Fear comes in different ways. It makes us feel that we are all alone and makes us think that God has abandoned us. But the two verses show us that the Lord is our security, our defense and protector against evil. So, hear this loud and clear, FEAR NOT!
Verses 27 – 28:
When it’s in our capacity to help out another sister or brother or friend, we should never hold back. We should help out when we can within our capacity.
We must avoid at all costs, fights that have no justifiable basis nor yield any positive outcome that glorifies God. We only end up hurting ourselves and putting the name of Jesus Christ to shame. For instance, if we fight for justice and fairness for others who are marginalized in our society, that’s a good fight but fighting over who is more influential, who is more beautiful, smart, more accepted by others, etc. is completely out of line for a Christian.
Verses 31 – 33:
The Lord who is Father and Lord, is also our Friend that we can trust and rely upon at any time. We should never be envious of the soon-fading success of the wicked.
Now in this dispensation, God who is long-suffering, has given us many opportunities for the world to turn from their wicked and evil ways. If they refuse to repent, destruction awaits them, possibly both here on earth and eternity or just after their time here on earth.
For the upright in Christ Jesus, we have this assurance that the blessing of God is truly upon and in us in all we do.
The humble will always receive more grace from God to do extraordinary things and be celebrated by all, but the one who continually mocks God, His children, and the supernatural works on the face of the earth and refuses to change will only be mocked by the Lord Himself.
The chapter ends with the outcome of those of us who choose and seek wisdom. That outcome is honor. If a person decides not to have wisdom, reproach and shame will be that person’s portion.
The book opens up by stating what we can benefit and learn:
1. To gain wisdom
2. To get instructions for living
3. To gain understanding
4. To have deeper insights
5. To know how to be prudent
6. To receive knowledge
7. To learn how to be discrete
One verse from this chapter that strikes me the most is verse 7:
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction"
The writer of this proverb couldn’t have stated this better. We live in a time when people have no regard for God or even believe that He exists.
To fear God doesn’t mean we should be afraid or scared of Him, it simply means to reverentially love and honor Him above everything else. Our reverential love and honor for Him aligns us to receive wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1 verses 8 -19, gives us a scenario of a father and mother giving warnings against rolling and mingling with the wrong group of friends whose ways are filled with evil and sin.
Many young people who had a promising and glorious destiny have been led astray by the wrong company. If we will succeed in this life, it’s very important that we are intentional about those we make our close buddies.
We must have close friends who love Jesus and those who share our kingdom values. Our circle of influential friends should be those who mean us well, who encourage us at all times and will help us fulfill our lives’ endeavors.
Wisdom is calling
Proverbs 1 verses 20 – 33, wisdom is personified as a person calling out to those who really need her to avoid the calamity and disaster awaiting them if there’s no change of mindset.
For every phase and season of life there’s a wisdom required to successfully live through it and surmount the challenges therein.
There are many things we could have avoided if only we had the right knowledge to apply.
That’s wisdom in simple terms – the application of the accumulated knowledge gotten based on the understanding of how, why, and when such knowledge should be applied.
To usher in the month of May, I have recruited some reinforcements and the blog will be taken over by the wonderful Seyi & Chizoba Adebola! They will be taking us through the book of Proverbs throughout the month of May!
I’ll allow them to introduce themselves and get right into it!
The book of Proverbs is a very interesting book that’s beneficial and instructive for living right with men and living in the right way that pleases our God.
A great Evangelist, who is late now, mentioned while he was alive that he read the book of Psalms every morning so that he could understand the ways of God and the book of Proverbs so he could relate wisely with people.
The book of Proverbs is truly rich in wisdom and has great insight particularly for young people. Most of the proverbs that were written came from the wisest king of that time, Solomon, David’s son, and successor to the kingship over the land of Israel. The book is also a compilation of lessons and memorable sayings that were passed down from the wise elders of that time.
The book of proverbs helps us as young people to avoid common pitfalls, traps, and unalterable life mistakes.
This book provides us the path to prosperity, health, joy, and the fear of God.
Huge thanks to Seyi and Chizoba Adebola for taking on this endeavor and supporting the initiative. I hope you, the reader, are deeply blessed and encouraged by this deep dive and that the Word of life is made clear and relatable to you. May the Words of God come alive to you and may we all be impacted for the better from reading and engaging in this study.
Have a fantastic month of May and I’ll see you in June (one of the best months!)
Huge thanks to our contributing writer Adeoluwa for his thoughts and insights shared on the Trinity and the person of the Holy Spirit!
Preface “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as just as sweet”
A name might do many things: it might be descriptive, it can be authority, it might be used as an identifier. With God, His name describes Him, it identifies an aspect of His nature, it will bring to bear His power if rightly used – that would mean His name could be wrongly used. Yes it can. One of the ten commands given on Sinai pertains to the Name. Maybe Shakespeare is right; earthly names are probably mostly of minimal value – replaceable and subject to change with little impact on the name bearer. The name of God, however, is called Holy – separate, unlike other names, of a different quality, of a different essence, of the most excellent essence actually. If this is true, what shall we discover from the authority of Scripture on the person of God through a study of His names?
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The third person of God, The Spirit of Truth, The Helper…..
Is the Holy Spirit a person or an entity?
God is not power impersonal. You might notice that His three persons are relatable, i.e, their presentation (or revelation) to mankind is a call (an invitation) to relationship. You may call Him personable.
That God is father is so simple and at the same time almost incomprehensible. So mind-boggling is it that the Jews are willing to attack Jesus when He calls God His father. The Father has children, loves his children, wants to spend time with His children and be willing to have time spent time with Him – almost incomprehensible, that God is father. That he wants to Father his children, to teach them of Himself, to grow them up into His person, into his manner and method of doing things. Perhaps there might be more interactions, father to daughter, father to son, surface and intimate, laughter and sorrow, learning and growing, but all the time together.
That God so loved His children, that He would leave glory and beauty beyond imagination, to match colours (skin) with man. That He would leave majesty indescribable to show up on earth in the garment of flesh, to look like His children, so that they might look to Him and see His heart for them. That He might be with them, and take the punishment for them, so that they might get the opportunity to have unhindered interaction, fellowship, communion with Him, as He had decided in the beginning.
That we are not as orphans after Jesus went up to heaven, that we may still while even on earth have Him with us. The Spirit of God is God in us for us, so that we may intermingle with the divine. He speaks, He teaches, He comforts, He teaches, He reminds, He leads. He leads through the way opened by the Son to the Father, so that we may intermingle with the divine. Not just any divine, but the Father of spirits, the Father of lights. Through His Spirit, we may have fellowship with Jesus the Son and the Father, with God who is One and three persons.
“All social intercourse between human beings is a response of personality to personality, grading upward from the most casual brush between man and man to the fullest, most intimate communion of which the human soul is capable….. The continuous and unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between God and the soul of the redeemed man is the throbbing heart of New Testament religion.”
As we can see we can relate with the different aspects of God’s nature and the trinity because God’s love for humanity is so supreme and so grand that He has catered to all facets of our needs. This God desires an intimate and deliberate relationship with us. Whether He shows up as El Roi, Abba, El Shaddai, we get glimpses of the God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit in these characteristics of God.
Our end goal will always be Worship. That is what we were made for and that is what our purpose is on earth and beyond. So, no matter which nature of God resonates with you, I pray we are all inspired and reminded that our worship and devotion is what God requires.
God was first revealed to Abraham as El Shaddai in Genesis 17:1 but what was the context?
In reading further in the chapter we see Abraham’s response to this
"At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him," Genesis 17:3
The response here is to fall down in reverence before the holy God. God’s nature as El Shaddai is one of the greatest shows of his sovereignty. Like the father of the Jewish faith, Abraham, our response should always be to fall face down before the holy God. You see in Abraham’s appropriate response to God, God was able to speak to him and converse with Him.
Recently, been learning about what it means to worship God.
Worship: an expression of our devotion and reverence to God. It requires obedience to God.
We worship beyond our feelings, situations, the music playing or our current surroundings. It is a response to the reality hitting us that the God of the universe is invested in our lives. He cares for us and wants the very best for us. He wants us to prosper even as our soul prospers (the greatest form of prosperity by the way!). Knowledge of this God comes through fellowship with his Holy Spirit that reveals his nature to us. His nature being his sovereignty and that He is Almighty!
Think about when you were a child and how we used to look up to our parents or those that appeared bigger than us. We adored them because they seemed so much bigger and more powerful than us. We knew that they would take care of us and provide anything for our needs. In fact, I remember a few years back looking at my mother at marveling at our height difference. As a child she seemed like such a giant to me! Now, here I was towering slightly over my superwoman mother.
Imagine this context with our heavenly Father. Not only does appear stronger and bigger than us, He actually is! And we can never overtake Him as we get older through growth spurts. He is the ALMIGHTY One!
If you feel inspire to stop reading this here and now and just fall face down in worship by singing, dancing, praying, being still or whatever, please feel free to! (But come back to finish the rest, of course!).
What is Required?
The presence of El Shaddai commands our holiness and for us to walk in purity and righteousness. In Genesis 17:1, God clearly instructs Abraham to ‘serve faithfully and live a blameless life.‘ The reason for this is because the sovereignty of a holy God cannot withhold sin and any type of lifestyle. There are standards that have been set and need to be maintained. You don’t just invite any type of person to the presence of the King. No matter how tolerant and loving that King may be, His office and the reputation He upholds, requires for one to act accordingly. We read previously that God is our Father and cares for us intimately and that He sees us totally and completely, YET, we also know that His power is able to transform us and make us Holy like Him. The sweetest thing about this isn’t that God is saying we should go make ourselves Holy and then come to His presence. No, He is inviting us to fellowship with Him so we can be transformed in our nature so that we become more like Him in purity and holiness. Our great helper is the Holy Spirit.
If Father Abraham did not have the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament (not too sure on this, please comment if you have alternative thoughts!), and could fall face down in reverence and live a life to please God, what is stopping us in the 21st century?
How do we reverence God as the Almighty One?
The All Sufficient God
We abide under Him and in His presence all the days of our life. We serve a God that is Almighty, therefore this means He is able to provide for ALL our needs.
"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty."
Abiding under the shadow of the Almighty God means we see Him as our protector, provider and keeper. God is able to turn impossible situations around. As El Shaddai he showed up for Abraham in a situation that seemed so dear to Him and promised Him in
“This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations!"
Sometimes linked with El Elyon – the most exalted God/ the most High God
"I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill His purpose for me."