When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh.
Whoever loves skillful and godly Wisdom rejoices his father, but he who associates with harlots wastes his substance.
The king by justice establishes the land, but he who exacts gifts and tribute overthrows it.
A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his own feet.
In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare, but the righteous man sings and rejoices.
The righteous man knows and cares for the rights of the poor, but the wicked man has no interest in such knowledge.
Scoffers set a city afire , but wise men turn away wrath.
If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs, and there is no rest.
The bloodthirsty hate the blameless man, but the upright care for and seek his life.
A fool utters all his anger, but a wise man holds it back and stills it.
If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will become wicked.
The poor man and the oppressor meet together--the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
The king who faithfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established continuously.
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left undisciplined brings his mother to shame.
When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases, but the righteous shall see the fall of the wicked.
Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your heart.
Where there is no vision , the people perish; but he who keeps the law --blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.
A servant will not be corrected by words alone; for though he understands, he will not answer .
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
He who pampers his servant from childhood will have him expecting the rights of a son afterward.
A man of wrath stirs up strife, and a man given to anger commits and causes much transgression.
A man's pride will bring him low, but he who is of a humble spirit will obtain honor.
Whoever is partner with a thief hates his own life; he falls under the curse but discloses nothing.
The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.
Many crave and seek the ruler's favor, but the wise man for justice from the Lord.
An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.
Summary: Bad news is the genesis of breakthroughs sometimes everything works out in a fairytale outcome… sometimes it doesn’t
but either way, there are breakthroughs. God is the only person who brings good out from bad.
Summary: CONCLUSION: Feelings, emotions and problems will distort our vision and cause us to FOCUS on the problems as INSURMOUNTABLE and CHRONIC PROBLEMS that cannot ever be OVERCOME. A DISTORTED FOCUSED VISION WILL BIRTH DISCOURAGEMENT AND DEFEAT.
Summary: Come let us reason together, RUMINATE: WHAT DO YOU SEE? Life is about daily choices and attitudes. What is important to you? Are you make choices based on feelings and emotions? Ruminate on eternal choices.
Summary: Despite the wickedness of our rulers hope reigns. God wants us to trust Him enough that we look to Him for direction in choosing our leaders. He also want us to trust Him when those leaders don't appear to do His will.
Summary: The process is part of the vision. However, in the mist of the vision, the process always seems overwhelming with pain, rejection, loneliness, and even character assassination all these, seems to blur the vision.
Summary: Solomon, in his wisdom and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote, In Proverbs 29:18 “where there is no vision the people perish”."The NKJ translates it, "Where there is no revelation the people cast off restraint..."
Summary: Spiritual leaders learn, grow, and continue to change until they have the character God requires. This is what makes them successful in leadership.
Good character is not optional for leaders. It is essential. Christian leaders lead people to God. They
Summary: Yet God given direction for a ministry is not enough. It must be accepted & followed by the people & a plan must be put together to get them toward this God given end. Until the local church commits themselves under God to heed His vision, plan how to ac