Can Christians be possessed?          Proverbs 19

Proverbs 19

    1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless
       than a fool whose lips are perverse.

    2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge,
       nor to be hasty and miss the way.

    3 A man's own folly ruins his life,
       yet his heart rages against the LORD.

    4 Wealth brings many friends,
       but a poor man's friend deserts him.

    5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
       and he who pours out lies will not go free.

    6 Many curry favor with a ruler,
       and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.

    7 A poor man is shunned by all his relatives—
       how much more do his friends avoid him!
       Though he pursues them with pleading,
       they are nowhere to be found.

    8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
       he who cherishes understanding prospers.

    9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
       and he who pours out lies will perish.

    10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury—
       how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!



Write the questions, in red, down in one color and the answers in another skipping lines between each. Read Proverbs 19

How good do you have it?  Have you ever had the "Woe is me" attitude?  No, seriously, have you ever been down and out? Poor and destitute?  Left out in the cold?  Forsaken by all?   Just think back on your worst day.  What was the most terrible thing that has happened to you? Look at verse 7.  Does this verse mean that all have deserted him?

You’ve still got it good. During those times when life was at it’s worse for you.  Look at verse 5.  When does the punishment come for a false witness? Has anyone accused you falsely?  Did you call upon the Lord to help you?

Now let's talk about demon possession.  Is it possible for Christians to be possessed? No.  But Christians can open themselves up to be oppressed by the devil.  Watch video on ancient times possessions. 11 min.

Is the exorcisms real today?  Watch a Bob Larson video.

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Verses 1-7

In these verses, Solomon discusses things that are wrong.  Many wrong things happen in this world.

Verse 1

A fool hates wisdom, so his words are lies.  He tries to give a false impression.  He should not speak these evil words.  He should be honest.  It would be better if this man were poor, but honest.

Verse 2

Solomon describes a man who is in a hurry.  But the man acts without sufficient knowledge.  He will cause troubles and problems.  All his actions will be wrong actions.  All his decisions will be wrong decisions.

He is like a runner who is going down the wrong road.  Such a runner will not arrive at the right place.  And a man without sufficient knowledge will not make the right decisions.

We too will make many mistakes, if we do not learn knowledge and wisdom.

Verse 3

A foolish man hates wisdom and he hates God.  This man causes his own problems.  But he is not sorry about his evil actions.  Instead, he blames God for his troubles.  Now the man hates God even more.

Verse 4

Many people prefer wealthy friends, and dislike poor people.  Such behaviour is wrong.  See James 2:1-4, Proverbs 18:24, and Luke 14:12-14.

Verse 5

If a man lies, then he deserves punishment.

Verse 6

The people praise the ruler, because they want his help.

These people are not praising the ruler because he is a good ruler.  In fact, these people may think that he is a bad ruler.  They are praising the ruler, but only because they want him to support them.  This is called ‘flattery’.

The people praise the ruler, but their words are not honest.  The ruler might think that he has many friends.  He is wrong.  These people only want his money.  If the ruler becomes poor, then he will have no friends.  See Proverbs 18:24.

Verse 7

God loves poor people (Luke 4:18).  As Christians, we must be the friends of poor people.  Greedy people will not help poor people.  But Christians can show poor people that God loves poor people too.


OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:

1. Identify the simple man

2. Explain the difference between the Wisdom and Knowledge

3. describe the

4. chart on a map the

5. define the terms

6. Explain the significance of

Knowledge: Recall of data.

Comprehension: Understand the meaning, translation, interpolation, and interpretation of instructions and problems. State a problem in one's own words.

Use a concept in a new situation or unprompted use of an abstraction. Applies what was learned in the classroom into novel situations in the workplace.

Separates material or concepts into component parts so that its organizational structure may be understood. Distinguishes between facts and inferences. 

Builds a structure or pattern from diverse elements. Put parts together to form a whole, with emphasis on creating a new meaning or structure.

Make judgments about the value of ideas or materials.