Thursday, May 28, 2009

JOURNEY THROUGH PROVERBS

The book of Proverbs is a reminder that the Bible is not just about how to get to heaven. It is also a book on how we're supposed to live on earth. Wisdom, which goes beyond knowledge, is the word used to describe how we should live on earth. Below are nuggets from my recent read through Proverbs (one per chapter--hard to narrow it to one).


  1. Verse 7--Living right always starts with God, bowing to Him and learning from Him

  2. Verses 20-22--It is the one who walks straight that will be on the receiving end of God's maximum blessings.

  3. Verses 5-6--Two of my most favorite verses. How I need to practice what they teach! How I need to listen for God's voice in everything I do and everywhere I go.

  4. Verse 23--Another of my favorite verses--So many of the problems I face in life are my own heart problems. I need to keep vigilant watch over my heart.

  5. Verse 18--The key to a healthy marriage is to enjoy to the fullest the one you married.

  6. Verses 32-33--Adultery is a brainless act and self-destroying. It will ruin your reputation.

  7. Verse 25--After vividly describing how a man falls into the trap of lust and adultery, the writer provides a solution that protects the man from falling--don't even stroll into her neighborhood. Stay away, run away from even getting close to a compromising situation.

  8. Verse 17--If I earnestly seek wisdom, I will find it.

  9. Verses 9-10--If I want to live the life God designed me to live, it begins with fearing Him.

  10. The storms of life expose the difference between good and wicked people. One is not fazed, the other is destroyed.

  11. My favorite chapter so far. Filled with practical, godly advice: integrity, generosity, character, hard work, kindness, self-control, servanthood. Read it for yourself.

  12. Lots of stuff on the tongue. Verse 18 is my favorite. "Rash language cuts and maims, but there is healing in the words of the wise."

  13. Verse 24 is excellent wisdom for parents. Failure to discipline children is the same as failure to love them.

  14. Two reminders stuck out to me: (1) The mark of a good leader is loyal followers. (2) What makes a country strong is devotion to God. Avoiding God makes a nation weak.

  15. I'm grateful for leaders who provide wise counsel for me. They help lead me to success.


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