God’s Warning To You and I

“Is this clear enough, you are disqualified” or “You are fired”! WOW, not the words anyone wants to hear. I would hope that at every track and every job that those words did not just get said without a lot of other ones before that. There are rule books, pre-tech, talked about in the drivers meetings, etc. At the job there was one on ones, probationary evaluations, annual reviews, etc… Think about that as we study together.

Proverbs 13:13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
What do you think about the Bible? Stop and really think about that. If you take the time you spent in the Word this week what would be the conclusion? Do you want to study or do you want someone else to? I hope you want to and that you do seek the Word daily. Oh to get to the place where the Bible is like air. I need it every moment of every day.

Proverbs 13:14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
Do you want Heaven? DO you want to be wise? When we think of the fountain of life we can think about the movies or story book that talked about that but this is not a story book, it is the Bible, true accounts of God’s history to us. If you want heaven you have to follow the way laid out by God. It is to repent of sin and turn to Jesus as the one and only that can pay for sin.

Proverbs 13:15-17 Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin. In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly. A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing. Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.
Again we see a clear picture of what God wants and what He does not want and the consequences.

Favor or ruin
Prudent acts with knowledge or fool flaunts his folly
Faithful bring healing or wicked messenger falls into trouble
Bad things happen when you ignore instruction
Whoever heeds reproof is honored

Proverbs 13:18-25A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools. Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice. Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.

This section talks about desires, being wise, rewards for doing what is right. That is an important sequence. Think with me. We need the right desires in our life. They need to be the desires of the LORD. This will draw us to His wisdom and thinking right, grabbing on to His instruction and living it out. Then God promises reward.

Catch that verse in the middle. What will a good man leave? An inheritance. Now it is unlikely I will leave behind much if any money or things but I do hope to leave a spiritual inheritance not only for my children but for any that would listen or at least that is what I hope to do. It is an honor and privilege to share God’s Word. Don’t miss out on that.

Then God remind us that sometimes things can look great on the outside, in this case the large yield or harvest yet it is swept away by the lack of sense. We can try to cover up things and make ourselves look good but God knows our heart and what our real fruit is. DON’T TRY TO BLUFF GOD. It will not turn out well for you.

Next God tells us discipline is good. In Matthew we are told what church discipline looks like. It needs to be followed much more then it is in most churches. From the leadership down it needs to be practiced.

And finally God talks about being satisfied. I know we have talked about that previously but remember the test of what satisfies – is it money, a job, being the best at something, our relationships, shopping, our kids, time off, etc… or is it the LORD, His Word, prayer, His Spirit, obeying Him? I really hope it is the latter.

So now pick up on those warnings we see here. God continues in Proverbs to show us what He wants and how to live and how not to.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,

What Color is That Flag?

We have seen the guy that ignores the black flag. In many cases it really is for safety of the driver and other drivers. Sometimes it is a violation. In either case it needs to be followed. Scoring is going to stop either way. I like what a driver sees. They see the black flag. They think, “That cannot be for me. I hope that is not for me”. Most of the time they are thinking, “The flagman has it wrong. I’m not going off.” The funny thing is the tower and spotter are calling their number or name so they know who it is out for. We can be like that, just trying to ignore the parent or the truth.

Proverbs 13:1 A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

We step back a long time and are back where we started in Proverbs 1, talking about sons and their father’s and hearing and listening. It also ties into what we just covered in discipline.

Proverbs 13:2 From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. 3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked.One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat.The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.10 By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

I want to give an example and have us think about the +/- sheet of paper with these verses:

Verse 2

Positive: mouth eat good

Negative: treacherous is for violence

Verse 3

Positive: guard mouth preserves life

Negative: too much talking or talking without thinking ruin

Verse 4

Positive: diligent for the godly is richly supplied

Negative: sluggard craves and gets nothing

Verse 5

Positive: righteous hate falsehood

Negative: wicked bring shame and disgrace

Verse 6

Positive: righteousness guards way, blameless

Negative: sin overthrows the wicked

Verse 7

Positive: poor pretending has great wealth

Negative: rich pretending equals nothing

Verse 8

Positive: ransom of a man’s life is his wealth

Negative: poor hear no threat

Verse 9

Positive: light of the righteous rejoices

Negative: lamp of wicked put out

Verse 10

Positive: take advice is wisdom

Negative: insolence comes nothing but strife

Verse 10

Positive: gather little by little increase

Negative: gain hastily dwindle

Do you see the teachings? There is a lot of thinking and study to be done. Can you see what God wants and what the evil one is trying to get us sucked into?

What is easier? What is comfortable? What will make me feel good? THOSE ARE NOT THE RIGHT QUESTIONS!

The right questions are what is right to do? What will bring pleasure to the LORD? What will God bless?

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Hope is a critical subject in all of our lives. The word is elpis in noun form and elpizo in verb form. It encompasses looking forward, to trust, to anticipate, to expect. In the Biblical sense it is not to wish but to be firm in knowing what is ahead and yearning for it. It produces a desire and dream of grand things to come. It is leaning into God and grasping Him with a firm grip.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,


Peace, Plan, Practice, taking a stand again sin

It is a special night (last weekend) at MIS with the Howe Memorial and at Columbus 151 the Moore Memorial and Jefferson has the Badgerland Challenge tomorrow. All pretty cool.

As the season goes on we can all get tired of getting out to the track night after night but on the other side we know how fast the season goes by and is over. Think about it. We are at the end of August already. At most tracks there are only a few more nights of racing and the season is done.

The evil one wants us to think that way with life. He wants us to disobey God. He wants us to get tired and let our guard down. He wants us to take our focus and eyes off of the LORD. I hope these short messages help you focus on the LORD and drive you to deeper study and fixing your eyes and mind on the Almighty God.

Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.
Get the sheet out again! On the positive, godly side we have peace and joy on the negative side that is filled with self and sin, we have deceit and devising evil. I want us to think again about the word “plan”. Ya’ats in the original language has the thought of advice, counsel, guide, purpose. See the intentional peace. It is a lot easier to react in love and peace if you plan and practice. It is a better to plan to obey then not plan. If we are always just reacting that is when I get in trouble and say what I don’t want to say and act like I don’t want to act. We see it is a battle. Look at Romans 7 and the battle even Paul had with his flesh, with self. So build a plan and practice and get a good coach and accountability partner.

Proverbs 12:21 No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble.

I know there has always been trouble and there has always been hardships. But right now or at least as of late it seems there is an increase in the wickedness and the effect on the righteous. We certainly don’t deserve to have blessing but I am thankful for them.

Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Just a chapter ago God used that word about a crooked heart. Now on the lying lips He uses it again. An abomination! Again, look at the other side of the page. Those who act faithfully are his delight! Are you on the right side of this, on God’s side?

Proverbs 12:23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

We again echo that there is a quiet heart, life and mouth vs. loud, folly.

Proverbs 12:24-28 The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor. Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.  Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.  In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

That last verse is pivotal. The righteous life is the one we should be trying to live out. We have studied 12 chapters of the book of wisdom, the book of echo. We should not have missed how God wants us to live, how He wants us to act, to speak, to think. We should have a clear picture of purity, of encouraging words not tearing down or harmful words. We should have a good picture of honesty and integrity. How are you doing at live this out?

Change should have occurred. Have you taken a stand again sin? Do you see it? Do others see it? Most of all is God seeing faith, trust, obedience in new areas?

I hope you are doing great and you have examples of where you have changed how you would have reacted and now it is a much more Christ like way. Keep growing, keep studying.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine. I look forward to seeing you soon at a local race track.


Beat the Heat

Hebrews 12:29 for our God is a consuming fire.
Revelation 20:14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
Luke 16:23-24 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’

I had too:
I heard people complaining about the heat this last week and it is hot but think with me about this, we complain about the heat, we know it is dangerous yet we don’t fear the LORD and hell? This should drive us to our knees to repent of our sin and call out on God for forgiveness of sin; ascribing glory to His name and agreeing He only is LORD and God. This heat should remind us that God wants to save us. He wants us to confess sin and surrender to Him. Think about that, you did not like the last couple of days of heat, how would an eternity of consuming heat that dries the tongue and soul to a crisp be dealt with. We are told in Hebrews we have the opportunity now during our life to turn to God but no opportunity after our last breath.

Won’t you turn now and be saved. God wants to change your life, He want to save you, He extends His mercy, grace and love to you but you must come in fear and trembling seeking change — His refining fire. Don’t miss out!

Take a drink of the living water now — John 7:38
Whoever believes in Me (Jesus), as the Scripture has said,
‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

Are You a Whoever?

I had a sad thing happen the other day. We decided we really needed a couple more shirts and hats and we went to call Jake. The number was down. I tried his web site and it was down too. After a couple more failed attempts I googled his name and there was sadness on my heart as I read of his passing. I thought to myself, “sad that someone dies and we don’t even know it. We never had those last words shared.” It also reminded me how important it is to stay connected and to share those eternal words because we don’t know the last time we are going to see anyone on earth.

Are you a whoever?

At our house often the person named nobody does things. Something will happen and we will ask the kids and it is determined that nobody is up to his old tricks. Chapter 12 has 6 whoever’s. Let’s look at a few of them.

Proverbs 12:10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.

We are back to the echo of righteous. God is good to talk about the righteous 87 times. Yes, you heard that right, 87 times. Do you think He wants us to understand what righteousness will look like? I think so and I think we should be studying that out and living it out. In a way this verse can remind us how every life has value from conception to death and should not be ended.

Proverbs 12:11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Here the echo is on work. You can have bread or lack sense. More than that, what did you pursuit this week.

Proverbs 12:12 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers, but the root of the righteous bears fruit.

Whoever can be on the good side or on the wicked side but here is what we see in these verses so far:

Righteous = regard for life; works hard; bears fruit

Wicked = cruel; worthless pursuits and lacks sense; covets spoils

Which ones drive you?

Proverbs 12:13-14 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.  From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.

What satisfies you? What brings you happiness and joy? Is it good or is it sin? I admit that more often than I would like to admit it is sin that makes me feel good. Let’s work on this together to get victory over sin

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

How do you go to for advice? Who do you ask for guidance and help to discern? I hope the LORD first but we are put together to help each other in the church. We need to go to the godly and search their wisdom and understanding.

Proverbs 12:16-17 The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.  There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

On the other side of the last statement and question is, are you one we can go to for the truth, for wisdom and understanding? Do you have discernment? What a powerful thing to be known for –truthful and truth seeker.

Also notice the use of a sword. Here it is in a way that causes harm. We have seen and see in other places of the Bible that the Word is the Sword and used for good. Our words and our mouth can be used for good or evil, to build up or tear down. What did your words do this week? What kind of sword did you use this week?

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine. I look forward to seeing you soon at a local race track.


Tighten the Belts

At the start of a race the guys are told to tighten up the belts and get ready to go. In football you need to tighten up the pads and get a helmet and mouth guard. In wrestling (folkstyle) you need headgear. None of those are real comfortable but the alternative is not good. Let’s say you leave the belts loose and hit the wall head on. It is most likely going to be a hospital visit or worse. In football with the size and speed if the pads are not on right we are talking concussion and/or separated shoulders and/or broke bones. In wrestling the ears are going to be mashed. It is best just to tighten things up and stay safer.

I think the same principle applies to God’s Word and Proverbs. We may not think it is comfortable to obey but it is BEST and RIGHT and it does protect us in the end. So we want to tighten the Word of God in our hearts and lives. We want to fix Jesus in our mind, heart, eyes. Let’s finish up chapter 11.

Proverbs 11:27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.
As I read this and think about it it appears we all search for something, either good or evil. We may not – matter of fact, we probably will not say we are searching for evil but many really are. That is why it is so important for us to be honest and have the LORD search our heart. What does it mean to seek good? It means we are setting self to the side, placing God and others first. It means living a loving humble life that truly cares for others. It means no matter the personal cost we do what is right in God’s sight.

Proverbs 11:28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
We are back to the money and false riches. Think about that. How often do we go after fool’s gold? Again, where is your trust? Do you want to flourish?

Proverbs 11:29-30 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.
Some enjoy being disruptive in their homes. I have seen it happen. They like nothing more than to harm the family, parents, spouse, children. That is not cool. What is cool is the righteous and the wise. How is your fruit this week? Remember when we talked about that? Have you been intentional at being fruitful? I hope so.

Proverbs 11:31 If the righteous is repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!
That is kind of a heavy blow to end the chapter on but think about it. Don’t be the foolish sinner as I was for so long. Turn right now to the LORD Jesus. God makes clear that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. No one can say truthfully that they are without sin outside of Jesus Christ. He alone can say that and it is true making Him alone the one who can pay for our sin, for sin must be paid for to have a hope of Heaven. We all have an eternity to face and there are only two locations for that eternity, Heaven or Hell. God leaves us a choice to be made prior to our final breath. God’s terms are that we must see our sin in the mirror, admit that we have sinned and we must bow to Jesus as LORD and Savior. He tells us we must repent, turn from self to Jesus and from sin to life, from darkness to light, from blindness to sight, from old to new. God does not want us just to say a few words and continue on as we were. God wants us to surrender and obey.

Have you done that?

Sidebar: I am not saying that works will save. It is faith and trust in Jesus alone. Remember, there will be some discomfort but God will give blessing and the greatest of all rewards! Read that again.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine. I look forward to seeing you soon at a local race track.