Avoiding the trap

Day 29 of 31 Days of Wisdom “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25 Who do you fear? Really think about that for a second. Whose opinion matters so much to you that it would cause you to ignore your conscience? Who are you afraid to disappoint? Is there anyone you would compromise your values for in order to gain or keep their acceptance? These are all different ways of asking the first question I asked: “who do you fear?” A snare is a device used to trap you. […]

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Take the reins

Day 25 of 31 Days of Wisdom “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls” Proverbs 25:28 A city that is “broken down, without walls” is open for exploitation: no security, no order, and no protection. It is vulnerable and easily taken advantage of. This is also true for someone who has no rule over his own spirit. What does it mean to have no rule over your spirit? It means that you are not in control of your emotions, the peace you walk in, and the thoughts you entertain. Such a […]

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10 reasons you should plan your life

Day 21 of 31 Days of Wisdom “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5 Lack of planning is something many of us can probably relate to. Planning takes effort. It takes time. You sit and write and think and map out and so on and so on. This is why so many people don’t do it because it’s easier to just go with the flow, take it one day at a time, live in the moment, and any other cliché we can think of. Spontaneity is […]

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A Good Thing

Day 18 of 31 Days of Wisdom If I had to guess the top three verses quoted in the book of Proverbs, I’d probably say all three are found in this chapter. The first would be verse 10 which says, “the name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and they are safe”. The second would be verse 18: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it will eat its fruit”. And the very last one is verse 21 which says, “He who finds a wife finds a […]

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Through thick and thin

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Proverbs 17:17 (NIV) Lately, I feel the Lord impressing on me how important friends are. I personally haven’t heard a lot of sermons about friendship. I’ve heard and preached a lot on marriage relationships, courtship, and family relationships in general. But what about friendships? TLC wrote a song called “What about your friends“. The song talks about the ups and downs and uncertainty of friendships. But Proverbs 17 says something different: “A friend loves at all times…” Do you love your friends at all […]

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Plan to succeed

Day 16 of 31 Days of Wisdom Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed. Proverbs 16:3 (Amplified Version) One sure way to fail at anything is to leave the Lord out of it. Including the Lord in your plans means to get His perspective BEFORE you decide to move forward on a major endeavor. Including the Lord in your plans is not making a decision and then asking God to bless it. We should […]

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Something to hope for

Day 13 of 31 Days of Wisdom   Have you ever had your hopes crushed? Something you wanted so bad and then it just didn’t happen? We probably all can relate to a moment like that. Proverbs 13:12 speaks to that experience:   “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”   Some people find it hard to hope because they are afraid of being disappointed. They’d rather suppress any desire they have so that if it doesn’t happen, they won’t get hurt. But is that healthy? Is that how we should live […]

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Cure for anxiety and depression

Day 12 of 31 Days of Wisdom Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25 One of the leading causes of anxiety and depression isn’t a hormonal imbalance or a tragic experience. It’s the lack of a good word in your heart. A good word (a word of hope, joy, and grace) is the remedy for anxiety and depression. Today we see people taking their lives because they lost a job, didn’t get accepted to a particular school, or a loved one left them. When people experience tragedy a word enters […]

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Lust or life?

Day 7, 31 Days of Wisdom Have you been sexually tempted before? Tempted to sleep with someone who you are not married to? Proverbs 7 describes a man who gave into a woman who was tempting him. This woman was married but took the opportunity to cheat on her husband while he was away on a long trip. I found this chapter captivating as it describes in great detail her seductive ways, her alluring persuasion, and how so many men have fallen victim to her. What struck me though were verses 22-23: “Immediately he went after her, as an ox […]

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Lessons from an ant

What can you learn from an ant? More than you’d think according to Proverbs 6:6-8. It reads, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” The ant is described as a self-motivator. It doesn’t need someone to crack the whip, it is self-driven. The ant does what many people fail to do: it works in seasons when there is no pressure or urgent need to work. It gathers food during the summer when there […]

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