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Wisdom 1.7

Are you wise? You’ll probably hesitate to answer “yes” because most people aren’t so bold as to refer to themselves as wise. However, consider what the Bible lists as the criteria for someone to be considered wise: “The fear of … Continue reading

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Wisdom 25.28

“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.” – Proverbs 25:28 NKJV A “life without walls” is one on the defense, never at rest, and prone to impulsive responses. However, one marked … Continue reading

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Wisdom 24.3

“A house is built by wisdom, and it is established by understanding; by knowledge the rooms are filled with every precious and beautiful treasure.” – Proverbs 24:3 HCSB In biblical terms, your “house” is more than a physical dwelling, it … Continue reading

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Wisdom 23.17

“Don’t let your heart envy sinners; instead always fear the LORD. For then you will have a future, and your hope will never fade.” – Proverbs 23:17-18 HCSB There’s a variety of old sayings about “the grass looking greener on … Continue reading

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Wisdom 22.2

“The rich and the poor have this in common, the LORD is the maker of them all.” – Proverbs 22:2 NKJV Society has always labeled people. Terms like rich, poor, famous, common, etc. have been used for centuries, but we’re … Continue reading

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Wisdom 21.23

“Whoever guards his mouth and tongue, keeps his soul from troubles.” – Proverbs 21:23 NKJV Words spoken tend to live-on even after an apology, and some thoughts need time to mature before being revealed (or discarded). May our words be … Continue reading

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Discernment

Godly discernment looks beyond the obvious. “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” – John 7:24 NKJV When Jesus spoke those words, He was being accused of blaspheming Jewish law. Obviously, Jesus knew the Law given … Continue reading

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Wisdom 21.3

“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.” – Proverbs 21:3 NKJV The “right thing” isn’t always recognized by the crowd. We must remember that choosing righteousness and justice is ultimately in service to Him, … Continue reading

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Wisdom 20.29

“The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray hair.” – Proverbs 20:29 HCSB How a society views its elder population reveals much of its spiritual condition. May we in the church … Continue reading

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Wisdom 19.21

“Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the LORD’s decree will stand.” – Proverbs 19:21 HCSB There’s an old saying among carpenters, “Measure twice, cut once.” because once a cut is made, it can’t be undone. Perhaps it’s a … Continue reading

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Wisdom 18.21

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:10 NKJV Words lift. Words crush. Words wound. Words heal. Be careful how you use them, since they often … Continue reading

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Wisdom 18.10

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” -Proverbs 18:10 NKJV In ancient times, a “tower” was where people knew to go for security and provisions during an attack. As the … Continue reading

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Eyes

What catches your eye? Jesus spoke of the eye as a lamp…or not: “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is … Continue reading

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Wisdom 17.3

“A crucible for silver, and a smelter for gold, and the LORD is the tester of hearts.” – Proverbs 17:3 HCSB Pure gold and silver are valuable, but soft. In commercial use, other metals are added to lower the cost … Continue reading

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Wisdom 16.32

“Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s temper, than capturing a city.” – Proverbs 16:32 HCSB All power is a temporary arrangement which ultimately yields to God’s sovereignty. Even the most authoritative rulers eventually succumb to death, which ends … Continue reading

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Wisdom 16.31

“The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.” – Proverbs 16:31 NKJV Age doesn’t automatically produce wisdom, but experience can be a great teacher to those who learn from mistakes. The … Continue reading

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Wisdom 16.25

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” – Proverbs 16:25 NKJV Be careful what you base your standards on. If we simply construct our own “ethical code”, we’ll set … Continue reading

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Wisdom 16.18

“Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly of spirit with the humble than to divide plunder with the proud.” – Proverbs 16:18-19 HCSB Pride is a peculiar ailment. While easily identified by … Continue reading

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Investment

Jesus ministered within reality. For example, after Peter’s mother-in-law was healed, the whole town brought sick and demon-possessed people to be healed (late into the night). The next morning, while Jesus was in His early prayer-time, the disciples looked for … Continue reading

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Wisdom 16.2

“All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirits.” – Proverbs 16:2 NKJV Regardless of what popular culture considers acceptable, the Lord looks beyond actions to the motives of the heart. … Continue reading

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