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“The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being” (Proverbs 20:27)

August 7, 2011

Isn’t this “lamp” the Word of God? As the Scripture says in another place, “Thy Word is a lamp.” Nothing else penetrates the darkness of our souls. Open the Book and lets its beams shine into your heart, convicting and leading to you to salvation.

“Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance” (Proverbs 20:18)

August 2, 2011

Do you act without counsel? If wisdom is knowledge combined with experience, you can get it by experiencing loss yourself. Or you can listen to someone else’s experience and avoid loss. Gather wise counselors to yourself before making important plans.

“Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6)

July 27, 2011

Does your walk back up your talk? Faithfulness is tested in the little things and in suffering. Will you keep the wedding vows (to God & your spouse)? For richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part…

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise” (Proverbs 19:20)

July 20, 2011

Are you teachable? You’re never too smart or too old to learn. At the heart of a teachable spirit is humility, so be humble enough to learn from others. Great leaders are life-long learners.

“A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?” (Proverbs 18:14)

July 5, 2011

Discouragement can be more disabling than disease. It steals your will and throws water on your faith. It immobilizes. But we have the Holy Spirit. He is never depressed. Be filled with His joy and depend on His power to act. Then, watch the gray skies turn blue again.

“He who answers before listening— that is his folly and his shame” (Proverbs 18:13)

July 4, 2011

Give the gift of listening before offering your answer. Fully hearing what they say may change what you say. Who knows? Mutual understanding may result.

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10)

July 2, 2011

How does one run to a name? Pray the Jesus Prayer: “Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν ἁμαρτωλόν” (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner).

“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue” (Proverbs 17:27-28)

June 26, 2011

What can I say? Be wise. Talk less. Listen more.

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18)

June 3, 2011

When we say “I will” instead of “His will,” we move into dangerous waters. Pride is the sin that gives birth to many other sins. Satan’s fall began with him saying “I will be like the Most High.” Pride makes us enemies with God. Humble yourselves and draw near to God.

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22)

May 20, 2011

Get advice before you act. Cultivate a personal board of advisors for your life decisions. Choose those whose lives exemplify wisdom. Then, be humble enough to follow their counsel.