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Proverbs 22:17-29

In my Bible the heading for Proverbs 22:17-29 says "Words of the Wise" and that's certainly the case throughout these verses. But there were two phrases that sent an especially strong message to me today. The first is in verse 17 where we're told to apply our hearts to knowledge, and then verse 18 which lets us know we need to be ready to speak wise words with our lips.

So how are you "applying" your heart to godly knowledge? And as far as your lips go, are you making the most of your opportunities to speak wisely--and how? Tami W.

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I could comment on all of the verses, but the one that stood out the most to me is verse 28 "Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set."

This verse makes me think about how the UN, EU and the US want to split Jerusalem when the Bible specifically warns not to. If we are a "Christian" nation, why are we not speaking up? For me, to turn my head away from what I know is wrong makes me as guilty as the people doing what is wrong. But we have to be "politically correct" and we don't want to upset anybody. Wonder what God's response to this will be on judgement day?

The US government has supported Israel for many years; I believe the support thus far has been the result of strong Christian influence. Strong Christian influence is not sitting on the sidelines watching the parade go by.

I am not worried about Israel. Israel doesn't need the UN, EU, US or anybody's support to triumph. My concern is the wrath we will face for turning our heads. Zechariah 12:1-9 cannot make it any clearer.

Zechariah 12:1-9
1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.
5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.
6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.
7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.
8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Read Rachel's comment about Jersualem and how we shouldn't turn our heads. I agree that we shouldn't turn our heads but, I didn't see anything about what we can do about it. For someone like me (who is pretty much clueless on world affairs), I would have absolutely no idea what to do about that kind of situation. Any suggestions?

verse 19 spaeks to me that I always need to be ready to learn and to be open to what God is showing me . I know we need to slow our lives down and listen to God and let him work through us on a daily basis. I am sure he can teacch us through every situation in our lives.

Bravo Rachel, Bravooo.
Lori, start using you lips, speak to those in your church, your neighborhood, use your internet, look for support Israel.
Make sure the ones you find hold a Biblical World view, join efforts, right your Congressional representatives, write to the leader of you Nation.

Remember Daniel and his buddies were all faithful, yet they were taken into 'captivity' because of the sins of their nation.
I guess they hadn't been outspoken either

Grace and Peace until Judgment Day

Applying our hearts to Godly knowledge involves learning what God has to say to us in His Word, then living it out in the day-to-day of our lives. We can apply Godly knowledge to our minds, yet never make an attempt to apply our hearts to Godly knowledge.

Speaking wise words to others involves having a sensitivity to needs, concerns, and hurts of others, so that we don't miss the opportunities--and that's an avenue in which the Holy Spirit certainly helps us.

Of course, I would suggest that speaking wisely also involves knowing when to speak and when to be silent, when to offer advice, and when to simply offer love and support to those that are hurting. Wisdom encompasses knowing the right timing for things, in addition to knowing wise words.

We should apply our hearts to knowledge,
But not just any knowledge, it should God's knowledge. Knowledge Like Rachel pointed out.
Then verse 18 lets us know we need to be ready to speak God's knowledge which are the ultimate wise words with our lips.

So how am I "applying" my heart to godly knowledge?

I have resolved that Godly knowledge is revealed to me in that burning bush...The Bible. I take it to say what He means and means what it says about Him.

as far as your lips go, are you making the most of your opportunities to speak wisely--and how?

If you are familiar with Gods Word (Logos) like some are with sports, or entertainers, then you are ready, and at every opertunity, speak His Will. Tie everything back to the Truth.

Grace and Peace, until Judgment Day

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