Proverbs 26

Honor is mutual between the old and the young. Those who sow honor will indeed be honored by others and those who sow dishonor will reap dishonor from others.

Just like respect, honor is earned and never demanded. Therefore honor everyone for their value and their contributions to whatever cause they are called to function in.

Parents ought to be honored. We should never despise them. Let’s seize every opportunity to honor them. By doing so, we are preparing the cloud of honor that will rain on us, when we too become parents.

Do not be afraid of anyone who curses you. As long as there’s no basis for their curse on your end, the curse shall not stand. 

Above all, who can curse the child of the living God, blood-bought by Jesus Christ and sealed by the Holy Spirit, no one. 

If they couldn’t curse the children of Israel under the old covenant, how much more under the new covenant.

Run away and reject every attribute and act of foolishness. It is better to be wise. A life of foolishness will take a person nowhere but to ruin.

Laziness finds every means and opportunity to make excuses.

Not everyone that says “I was only joking” meant it actually. Sometimes, they weren’t and sometimes there’s an element of truth in their joke.

There’s a link between gossip and quarrels. The more the gossip, the more the quarrel escalates. But when there’s no gossip, the quarrel can be easily crushed and forgotten.

Don’t always be carried away by the words from the lips of people. As we know, we have smooth talkers and sweet mouths amongst us. So be more desirous to know the intentions of a man’s heart and not just what they say.

The one who lied against another never loved that person. Be careful of those you call friends or buddies. 

We should never be caught in the web of those that flatter us. We should always be honest and true to  ourselves.

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Proverbs 25

The glory of God is concealed not because He doesn’t want us to see and experience it, but rather to spur an interest in us kings and priests of His kingdom to dig up and search out His glory.  

A good leader’s understanding is vast in many subject matters and has a profound depth.

As a leader, you should be careful of the people you bring into your leadership team.  Having a team of people with evil intentions and motives can be disastrous to the leader.

Never force your way or forcefully place yourself before people of influence or before the presence of a leader. Let God bring you into the presence of the great, as you diligently work and serve Him.

The invitation or the welcome of a leader to be noticed, celebrated and rewarded, is better than trying to make oneself noticed before them at all cost.

As much as it lies in our power, we should resolve any matter or issue we have with others without going to the court to be judged by non-christian magistrate or jury or judge. These matters or issues could be arbitrated and setteled.

Sometimes, we need to be tolerant and let go of some issues we have with people. 

Suing people should not be our first response to settle issues.

We must speak the right and fitting words per season and per time to people and about situations. We shouldn’t run our mouths for the sake of talking or talk down on people to show off and break time.

Never boast about what you don’t have. Let your boast always be in God – that you know and understand Him.

Most times, when you bring up a matter before a leader, he or she could be defensive. But if we want to see changes, we must exercise patience. 

Speak softly and gently to the one who is rash and resistive, and you will penetrate his or her heart to do or give that which you desire.

Eat in moderation. Don’t eat beyond what your body can bear. You may not like yourself after you have stuffed yourself with lots of food.

Be conscious about how many times you show up at your friend’s place or anywhere. You shouldn’t be always visible everywhere. 

Respect for a person is lost when you are constantly showing up everywhere. Learn to withdraw from the crowd at certain times.

False testimonies and lies against a person truly cut and pierce the soul. 

Don’t be carried away by those who depend on you only in their time of adversity. When it is all over, they let go of you in a heartbeat.

When we are down, discouraged and perturbed by the issues of life, let’s reach out for soul uplifting gospel music that will encourage and lift us up from our awkward situation.

When it is in our power to help out or a situation arises to show kindness to those who hate and dislike us, do not hesitate to do so. This act of love is what distinguishes us from other faiths in the world. And I tell you, such a person will be moved by the love shown and God in heaven will reward us greatly.

Good news is indeed refreshing to the soul.

Stand for righteousness at all times. Never give room for wickedness nor compromise your standards in Jesus Christ.

We should never try to seek our own glory, and we should never try to blow our own trumpet. Let God and others be the ones to advertise us and the work we do.

There’s no sin in getting angry over a situation or a person but it becomes a sin when we can’t control ourselves in the times we are angry. 

When we say hurtful words, or strike a person in anger, we have sinned.

Self-control is key for anger, appetite and lustful sexual desires.

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Proverbs 24

For whatever we desire to build, increase and  establish, let’s ensure these three elements are present:

  • Wisdom is required to build
  • Knowledge is required for constant increase
  • Understanding is required to be established

Increase in knowledge will increase us in strength; mentally, emotionally, socially, financially and relationally.

Life can present us with a series of battles and wars to fight before proceeding to the next phase of our lives. So before you engage in a battle and while you are at it, seek counsel from those you believe have gone ahead of you and conquered similar battles you are about to face or are facing.

And as you seek and get counsel, ensure that their advice lines up with the witness of the Holy Spirit within you.

Gates in scriptures can connote the place of decision or a point to which people can enter into a new season for their lives.

Always pray that people filled with wisdom will be the ones making wise decisions at the gates of your career, ministry, business, academic, cities, province, country etc.

When you have the unwise (foolish) making decisions, it will only lead to catastrophe and disaster.

The true test of our strength isn’t in the time of ease rather it is in the time of adversity and trouble. 

If we are prepared and strong, we will make it through to the end of the tunnel; not depleted in strength but further strengthened to encourage others in their time of adversity. 

Do not turn a blind eye when you see and know your brother or sister is about to fall into a big mess or about to fall into a big trap. 

The taste and feeling of being wise is like honey. It is truly good and sweet to be wise. Being wise attracts resources to you and brings unending rewards to our labor.

There’s hope and assurance for the justified in Christ when they fall into calamity, God will always make a way out for them.

Don’t cease the opportunity of rejoicing and laughing at someone who has been against you or your enemy or the wicked when they fall, fail, crash and stumble. This could be an opportunity to witness the gospel to such a person. 

Rebellion against authorities doesn’t produce change. To see changes, it must be respectfully, tactically and prayerfully thought-out, planned and proposed to the existing leadership.

Blessed is the judge who administers justice well and impartially: convicts the guilty and acquits the innocent of all accusations and charges.

Giving an honest or right answer is truly soothing and is able to win the hearts of people.

Nothing is built without first making adequate preparation.

Revenge is of the Lord, let God fight back for you. Don’t take revenge on those who hurt, criticize and hate you.

Sleep is good for the restoration of the body cells and strength. But if one has the habit of always oversleeping, laziness will kick in and make such a person useless.                                      

Ultimately oversleeping will lead to a life of struggle, difficulty, poverty and scarcity. Sleep moderately.

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Proverbs 23

Self control, which is an expression of the fruit of the Spirit; applies majorly to three areas in our lives: sexual control, anger control and appetite control. When we are presented with delicacies of food to munch and enjoy before a leader or anyone, we must exercise self-control over what we eat and how we eat. 

  

Lack of control over the stomach’s appetite has led to the selling of their birthright (ask Esau), exchange of their integrity, death by poisoning, drugging and kidnap and weight-gain that has led to sicknesses and even death of many people.  

We should take control of our appetite, we will need this while we fast and pray. 

You have the power through the Holy Spirit coupled with your will to be in control of your belly. 

  • I believe Paul referenced verse  4 of this chapter when he wrote his first letter to his beloved son-in-the-Lord and protegee, Timothy, not to be consumed by the love of money and be lustfully led into making money to become rich by all means.

God isn’t against anyone getting rich. As we know, He is the source of the power to make wealth. But when we become consumed about getting rich or richer by ‘hook or by crook’, we simply substitute the Lordship of Jesus Christ over life with mamon (money). Money, created by man, ends up becoming the motivation and intent for everything man, the creator, does.

Anyone blessed with riches and possession should never put their trust and confidence in them. Our confidence and trust should always and wholly be in God. The riches and possessions that are held too tightly for many years, can easily disappear in minutes. But God is forever and eternally present for us to tightly hold on to, trust and be confident in His sustaining power in our lives.

Be careful of those who show you kindness out of a grungy and  evil heart. They have an evil intention for you to pay back the kindness that has been shown.

When you sense someone’s mind is totally closed against the gospel truth, waste no further time explaining the truth. Commend such a person to the Holy Spirit to open his or her mind.

Be careful how you treat children who are fatherless or motherless or have lost both Parents. If you shame them or maltreat them, know that God in heaven will stand for them against you.

There’s a difference between word of knowledge and words of knowledge. One is a gift of the Holy Spirit that reveals certain information of the past or present, while the other is about the accumulation of the thoughts of God and His instructive ways for living that make us walk in wisdom when applied with understanding.

Disciplining in love and with wisdom can never kill  children. It will only help shape and mold them into the person of Jesus Christ, and make them stronger in character and attitude. 

No parent will ever be proud of a child that communicates and lives by lies. It truly saddens them. A child who speaks the truth and stands by the truth will always bring joy to a parent.

Wisdom from within enables the mouth to speak well and rightly per time and season. Therefore, seek to be wise.

We all have our own lanes and paths in life. Being overly envious of another man’s success on another lane is truly not a wise action, particularly if the person isn’t a believer. We should never be envious of their achievements and successes.

We should never lose hope of whatever expectations and promises in accordance to God’s will that we are trusting Him for. Surely, He’s going to bring them to pass.

The company of drunkards and gluttons will only lead a person to become broke and lazy in life.

A parent’s advice that has no contradictions to the Word and ways of God, is truly golden and beneficial to the living and for advancing in life.

An old adage from a proverbial country in Africa states; ‘What a young man can see climbing a palm tree far off, an elderly man has seen while sitting.’

There are experiences that our parents have seen and gone through, and have made them better advisors on the counsel we seek to obtain.

No parent should ever be despised in their old age. They desire us to talk with them, check on them, love and honor them in ways that bring them joy. 

Have you spoken or checked on your parents recently?

Truth (wisdom, knowledge and understanding) cannot be bought with money but it is bought with a panting, a desire, a hunger and a thirst to know and walk in it. 

And when truth is bought this way, do not sell it for lies or to cheat people of their money. 

When a married person finds his way to the abode of an adulterous spouse, such a person has signed up for a deep mess. 

To the married, don’t add to the number of unfaithfuls. Love and be committed to your spouse.  

These are the things that can happen to the one who drinks and is always intoxicated by alcohol:

  • Poisons your body system e.g liver
  • Blurring vision that makes one intoxicated becoming a potential weapon of destruction and sorrow to those driving and walking 
  • Compromised brain judgment and depletion in the brain’s intelligence
  • Dizziness behind the wheel of a vehicle leading to being found sleeping in a ditch

And the cycle continues for every drink of alcohol consumed.

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Proverbs 22

Whatever you do or are engaged in, ensure your name is never soiled into an unalterable matter that will impact many that come after you down your generation.  

  • Having all the money, gold, diamonds, rubbies, and silver in the world  will mean nothing and bring no impact, if the person who possesses them has a bad story attached to his or her name. 

A good name is truly more desirable than great riches.

  • Let not the rich look down on those who are poor, for you have no idea how they became poor and let not the poor envy and slander the rich. Not everyone who is rich earned their riches dubiously. Some worked really hard for it. 

The Lord our maker, is the same God to the rich and the poor. 

  • The cost of being naive in life can be dangerous because there are traps and pitfalls the enemy sets on our path of life. It will take a prudent mind filled with the wisdom of God to foresee them, so as to either flee or hide from them to escape destruction.
  • Riches, honor and life will always follow those who humble themselves and fear the Lord.
  • Those who are crooked in their ways and dupe people will one day fall into their own trap of thorns and snares they have set for others.
  • A child may take a different path than the path of the Lord but one thing is very sure; that child will return back the way he or she was raised in the Lord.
  • Start training a child early, no child is too young to be taught the ways of Jesus Christ. Start early dear Parents.
  • Don’t borrow what you are unable or beyond what you are able to payback within an agreed time frame, if possible don’t borrow at all. Live within your means.  The lender will always call the shot and dictate how the borrower must live. 
  • There’s no joy or delight in poverty. Being poor isn’t the absence of physical wealth. It is a function of a mind deprived of the necessary financial wisdom needed to generate, possess and multiply wealth worked for and gotten through investment. 

Choose to be rich, so you can meet your needs and be a blessing to those around you.

  • Enjoy the injustice meted on the innocent. Let the eye of the law be closed against the cries of the innocent. Lock up and throw away the keys of the prison cells caging the innocents from their families and friends. Keep doing all these and getting away with it. But be rest assured that the Supreme Judge of all judges who is the judge of all the earth will judge at the end for the pains and cries meted on the innocent and all those who loved them.

Therefore, Judge rightly. And administer justice correctly.

  • Those who are generous to the poor will certainly lack nothing. For they are truly blessed by God.
  • Leaders want friends who have no vile in their heart but a heart of purity and love. They will also like to have friends whose words from their lips are gracious.
  •  There’s nothing done on the face of the earth that’s unknown to God. God who sees in the dark, knows all things carried out by the pure and treacherous. 
  • The words of the treacherous or wicked will always be overthrown and frustrated for His glory and the sake of the righteous.
  • Drive out the foolishness within a child through discipline while the child is still young before it becomes late.
  • The one who oppresses the poor to be enriched with the wealth for them and the one who always bribes his or her way with judges or anyone on the seat of leadership both have the same fate of poverty and destruction if they fail to repent.
  • There are traditions and cultures that have been passed on from our fathers and mothers passed unto them from those before them that we must respect, honor and continue to live by. But if these traditions and cultures are in huge contrast or in misalignment with the ways of Jesus and culture of His Kingdom, please waste no time in dumping them in the garbage. Observe and continue only that which is of Jesus and His Kingdom.

You may not see the full picture of the reward of your diligence now but I guarantee you that your diligence will bring you before the seats and tables of the Greats.

Keep being diligent.

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Mo 🙂

Proverbs 21

All leaders of the earth are still under the control of the Almighty God.

  No number of things sacrificed can make the unjust and wrong actions of a man right and acceptable before God. To obey is better than sacrifice. Ask King Saul.

  When we see the wicked punished for their wrongdoing, learn the wisdom from their experience, so you can teach others not to fall in that way.

  We cry to God everyday for help and breakthroughs. Yet we haven’t answered the cry of the needy among us. Attend to their cries and God will attend to yours.

  Love for pleasure and material things will only drive a person to poverty.

  In your season of plenty, ensure you save and invest. Never squander all that comes to you.

Life, prosperity, and honor follows after the one who loves God above all things, extends God’s love to all men, and jealously chases after the righteousness of God in all things.

  Prepare well at all times but understand that it is only God that can grant victory and safety in the end.

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Proverbs 20

 The intake of alcohol has been a much-debated issue in the body of Christ. But if we listen to the wisdom of Solomon, we will realize that alcohol is truly a mocker when a person comes under its influence.

  

Sometimes as followers, we setup our leaders on a high pedestal of expectations. One of them is how much they should be tolerant of those they lead. Yes, all leaders ought to be tolerant, but it is important that their followers don’t push them beyond their limits of tolerance that will drive them into anger.

  There’s a blessing that rubs off on the children of a man or woman who walks in righteousness and integrity.

  Every leader must desire to have a discerning eye to properly judge an issue and make the right judgements.

  The ways of those who cheat in the things that they sell, or buy are truly displeasing to the Lord.

  There are those who discount or put down your ideas and concepts right before you but go behind your back to make boast of what they didn’t discover or think of.

  Execute a plan based on the right counsel and advice. Never make an uninformed decision, it will only lead you into a crash.

  Let’s always hold our parents in high esteem. We should never curse at them.

  There’s a connection between how far we will go in destiny with the way we treat our parents. If we will shine brightly in life, we must treat them with respect and honor.

  Sons and daughters should never be in a hurry to claim their inheritance. Wait for the appropriate time to have it.

  When the Lord directs our steps in life, we become a wonder to people and even ourselves.

  Do not be quick or in a hurry to make a vow unto the Lord. Vows should be made with utmost responsibility.

  For the unsaved man, the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment through the conscience of the spirit.

  For the saved person, the Holy Spirit (in oneness with the believer’s spirit) is able to search out the deep things of God through the functions of communion for fellowship, intuition for inspiration and direction, and the conscience to judge what is right and wrong.

  For every leader who wants to be remembered well after leaving their seat of leadership and would like to serve the people well, such a person should uphold these things;

‘Love that shows mercy and kindness as well as faithfulness that administers justice rightly and stands for the truth at all times.’

  The old and young can benefit from each other. The young are full of new vigor, energy, and strength, while the old are full of wisdom and experience. Synergise all these and I assure you that the impact and results that will be made will be truly remarkable.

  If the discipline administered to the child only inflicts pain on the physical body without correcting the wrong done, such discipline is useless. It will not produce any virtue in the child. Every discipline given must be intended in getting the child to change from within.

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Proverbs 19

Whatever you desire to be or have, ensure you are knowledgeable of everything about and around that desire, so that you don’t miss your way or sin against God.

  One of the virtues to look out for in a person who claims to have and walk in wisdom, is patience. A wise person is patient in speech, and dealings with people.

  Never marry a quarrelsome man or woman, your life will be truly miserable.

  Brothers, do you want a prudent and understanding wife? Seek the Lord’s face for direction.

  Children are to be disciplined while they are young. A time will come when you are not able to do so.   

At this point, what will dawn on you is that you were a willing party to the ruin of your children.

  There was a story of a man who was angered by the actions of another man at a bar and smashed a bottle on the head of this man. Unknown to the angry man, the man he smashed the bottle on had an underlying ailment. This man died on the spot. The angry man was charged for manslaughter, tried in court, and jailed for life.

Five minutes of anger can make a person lose a whole lifetime away from loved ones and friends.  

Check your anger and do not sin when you are angry.

  Everyone cherishes loyalty and kindness from people. When you find people with such qualities, keep them close to you because they are rare to find these days.

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Proverbs 18

How can you tell when someone is unfriendly? One who is unfriendly, only seeks his or her own interest.

  Avoid the one who is slack at everything he or she does. That person will slow you down and destroy all you have built over the years. Be discerning of those you bring into your team.

  The name in which we are all assured of safety is JESUS. There’s no other name that grants safety.

  We have two ears and one mouth. This was intentionally done by God for one out of many reasons known and unknown to us: to listen very well before we speak.

   Care for your spirit man by feeding on God’s word. When the body is down, weak, and sick, the spirit, robust of God’s Word; will sustain one through that difficult time.

  Don’t look down on your gift. Your gift has the ability to bring you before great men and women, if discovered and sharpened overtime.

  A gift also can be in substance that can be used as a means of honor. This act of honor also brings you before great men and women.

  Never conclude on who is right or wrong, until you dig deep to know the whole truth on all sides.

  When it is hard to decide who is eligible to have whatever is contended for, the best action to take is to cast lots or do an unbiased fair election of who should have it.

  As it lies in our power, be at peace with all men. Sometimes, it’s harder to resolve a dispute between a close relation than anyone else. But regardless, we must try to resolve all disputes.

  What you experience in life can be a product of what you daily speak into your life. Watch what comes out of your mouth pertaining to your destiny.

  A woman who comes into a man’s life brings with her favor from the Lord that transcends a man’s life.

  Choose your friends wisely. They could either make or mar you.

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Proverbs 17

The Inheritance of a Father will only be released to a child or children who have matured and are able to continue the legacy of their Father.

Else, the one who is not part of the Family but was loyal and faithful to the Father of the children who refused to mature, may inherit all or majority of it.

 The one who acts wickedly to others will always give ears to only lies that motivate wickedness. Truth is ignored and far from the wicked.

The lies spread by people about someone else is as a  result of the person who twisted the truth in the ears of the ones spreading the lies.

 Not everyone poor chose to be poor and even though their actions in life made them poor, never laugh about their situation or mock them for what they have become. Rather extend your help within the capacity you are able to.

 There are those who enjoy chaos, trouble, and calamity. They can never be stable in the midst of peace. Well, if they keep getting away with the chaos, troubles, and calamities they cause, one thing is sure, they won’t escape God on judgment day.

Another crown of glory of the old are the children given by God to them. It is a good thing to have children.

Children look up to their parents and take pride in them. For a son, the father and Mother are his first superhero and first love. For a daughter, the father and mother are her first love and best buddy.

Bribe has a way of changing your notion and judgment of things. It has the power to keep you shut and tell lies. Never accept any bribe from anyone.

 Be weary of those who are in the habit of reopening closed archives of wrong doings that have been forgiven. Their main aim is to bring division.

  The one who truly loves you, forgives offenses and moves on.

  The debt you owe to the one who has been good to you is love. If evil is paid back for the good done, God will take vengeance for such a person.

  Never allow a quarrel to escalate into an uncontrollable issue that can never be resolved. As much as possible quench and resolve it amicably.

  Injustice is a weightier matter in God’s Kingdom. The Lord does not take it lightly.

  There are friends who are just friends, but there are friends who are like a brother or sister that will go over and beyond to help you out through difficult times.

  Before you stand as a guarantee for someone, be sure that you really know and understand the person. It may boomerang on you if the person is an imposter.

  Stay merry and joyful if you feel down and unwell. It helps your whole being. When you are crushed on your inside, it affects your whole-body system. Let the joy of the Lord be your strength in down moments.

  One of the things that truly gladdens the heart of every parent about their children, is that they found Jesus for themselves and have chosen to walk in the way of godly wisdom in everything they do and will become.

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