Proverbs Challenge – Day 19

Good Afternoon, Today is day 19 of our Proverbs Challenge. Today as any other day we make plans to do this or to do that. Some of our plans are successful and some or failures. Have you ever wonder why? I have learnt years ago that when I have questions I turn to the one person who has all the answers, God! Folks, God does tells why our plans fail or succeed. In Proverbs 19:21, God tells us “You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.” And in Proverbs 16:3, He tells us to “Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” So Folks, before you make any plans or decisions you need to ask God “Is this what you want for me”. Now, we may not like what His answer may be, but He is God and His purpose will prevail!

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Proverb Challenge- Day 18

Good Morning! As you been reading Proverbs you can see the great wisdom King Solomon shares with us about how life is and how to deal with life situations. Today is day 18 of our Proverbs Challenge, and verses 1 and 2 reminded be again about what’s going on in this ol’ sinful nation of ours. Paul tells us in his letter to Timothy “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. “Folks, we are in the last days, actually we have been in the last days since the resurrection of Jesus, but we are now in the last of the last days. Yes, time is getting short and Jesus’ return is closer than you think. Paul continues in his letter to Timothy “For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.” Paul even tells us how so called Christians will be, “They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.” Then Paul warns us to “Stay away from people like that!” Isaiah even said “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Folks, look at the world, that describes what’s going on to a “T”. Anyway, back to why verses 1 and 2 got me thinking about all those who are protesting. Solomon describes them again to a “T”, “Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense. (2)Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.” That does describe the protesters! I’ll leave ya’ll with the words of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ…..”I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

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Proverbs Challenge – Day 10

Good Morning! Today is day 10 of our Proverbs Challenge. The verse that stood out to me was verses 19 through 21.

Proverbs 10:19-21 NLT
Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. [20] The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless. [21] The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.

These verses really hit home. These last couple weeks I have been hearing people talk about this and talk about that. A friend even ask me ” Bobby, are you going to say anything about that?” I’ll tell ya, I sure wanted to, but the Lord laid on my heart to remain silent. Our Lord had His reason, so I have no problem with doing it.

We all have heard the old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Folks, let me tell you, that is wrong! Words have the power of life and death. The words contained in lies, arguments, insults, slander, gossip, rumors, and bragging can all be death dealing. Our words reflect the condition of our heart. Folks, think about that for a minute. Are you reflecting love or hatred? I’ll tell you this, if you profess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and your life and words don’t reflect love, you just may not possess Him. Many people try to conceal an evil heart by using pleasant words, but a person’s true character will eventually come out. James, the brother of Jesus, tells us that the tongue is full of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. You can read about that in James chapter 3.

Folks, as children of God we are to use our words sparingly and gently, speak life giving words with wisdom, know the right time to speak, and realize that at times even harsh criticism may be necessary. Folks, we have God’s Holy Spirit in us, let Him guide you on what to say, how yo say it, and when to say it. I’ll leave you what Jesus said on the subject of speech. His words hold more weight than mine.

“And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. [37] The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
Matthew 12:36-37 NLT

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Proverbs Challenge – Day 8

Today is day 8 of our Proverbs Challenge. There are two verses that that stood out this morning. Verses 22 and 23.

Proverbs 8:22-23 KJV
[22] The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
[23] I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

Here Solomon personifies God’s wisdom, even though wisdom is not a person. God’s wisdom has and always will exist. Wisdom does not exist outside of God. Why? Because wisdom is the expression of His character and nature. Folks, God’s greatest expression of wisdom is His Son and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My question for you today “Are seeking God’s Wisdom?”

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Proverbs Challenge – Day 6

Day 6 of our Proverbs Challenge. The verses that stood out today are verses 20 through 23.

“My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. [21] Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. [22] When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you. [23] For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life.”

Proverbs 6:20-23 NLT

As godly parents we are to instruct our children in the ways of the Lord, and also lead our children to heed the instruction given. Our children should listen to our instruction and learn to live by it. But, we all know how easy it is for us and our children to wander off the path of righteousness with all the ungodly influence in this world. Our godly instructions should have a lasting effect on our children, such that they live their lives by it well into the future.

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Proverbs Challenge – Day 5

Today is day 5 of our Proverbs Challenge. The verse that stood out to me was verse 21.

“For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.”

Proverbs 5:21 NLT

God sees everything we do, there is nothing hidden or secret in the eyes of the Lord.God examines every aspect of our lives, our character, our behavior, our speech. His inescapable examination can be painful at times, and it can be a comfort to us knowing that God is always with us. As hard as life is, we need to insure our own growth in our relationship with God, so we don’t under His judgment. And they way to do that is pray Psalm 139:23 ‐ 24.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”

Psalm 139:23-24 NLT

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