Proverbs 15

When two people shout at each other in a disagreement, don’t expect a resolution. To turn away a person from anger in a disagreement, be soft spoken to answer back. This way, you will diffuse the anger boiling up within.

§  Wherever a person or a group of people go or hide to plan or plot evil against anyone, though no one may see them, there’s an omniscient being who sees all things and knows all things.

He is El Roi (Jehovah sees me)

§  Words affect the human spirit. The words we hear can make or break, strengthen or weaken, inspire, or discourage us in our spirits. Watch what you expose your ears and mind to.

§  A person may wonder why good things done, go unrecognized. Even if no one sees nor acknowledges them, know that God in heaven who sees all things in the dark and in the light, sees them. And He will certainly reward your good works in the public.

§  The love gifts and offerings of a wicked person is never acceptable by God.

Understand this, before God receives our love gifts and offerings, we ourselves must be acceptable before Him. Ask Cain, brother to Abel.

§  A person who rejects and hates reproof and correction will follow the path that leads to destruction.

§  If all the wealth and possession a man has was gotten through deception, such a person’s life will be driven and troubled by the fear of death.

§  The fear of God with little possession is better than a life of great possession that only brings trouble and calamity.

§  Sisters marry a man that will love you, cherish you and you are able to build a life with. It is better than marrying a man because of his riches. He will only hate and keep you in the house like a trophy to boast about with others in the long run of your marriage with him.     

§  Never sell your integrity and dignity by taking a bribe from someone.

§  To give right and appropriate answers, be a good observer, study people and circumstances well, and be patient to understand people and situations.

§  The only prayer of the wicked that will be answered by God, is prayer of forgiveness and repentance. It is on this basis that God will answer their request.                                    There are no answered prayers by God for the wicked.

§  Good report and good news should make you rejoice and be merry. Don’t be indifferent or cold when someone else has a good testimony in their life. Rejoice with them.

For anyone who desires to be honored, first humble thyself; abase yourself. Esteem others above you. And honor will be bestowed on you by God and men.

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Proverbs 14

A mother/wife has a great role in building of the home. She has the capacity to hold the home-front together.

§  The strength of an ox is likened to having the right people with the right skillsets to accomplish a plan or feat. To experience a harvest, success, increase and victory, you certainly need the strength of others to work with you to achieve them.

§  It is a dangerous thing to fall in the hands of a false witness. Many have suffered jail terms of 10 – 50 years due to false statements and false claims made against them. Only to realize that it was all a lie.

    Stay clear of the people who lie to get their way. They will not think twice about lying against you to save themselves from trouble. Hang around those who uphold the truth at all times, no matter the situation.

§  You cannot mock those that are fountains of wisdom and expect to walk in wisdom. Wisdom is found in the one who has an understanding and a discerning heart.

§  No joy can be experienced by a heart filled with bitterness. Rid yourself of every trace of bitterness. There’s no joy in it.

§  Whatever the wicked might have built, no matter how long it took, one day they will all be scattered like a falling pack of cards.

§  Do not be wise in your own eyes when you know the path you are about to trail is the wrong path. That path may seem good and right to you and everyone else, but God who sees the end from the beginning has seen destruction ahead. Therefore, depend on the Holy Spirit when making destiny decisions that will greatly impact your life and destiny.

§  If the flesh isn’t considered crucified in Christ, self will be predominant in the life of the believer. When such a believer is filled with self, the chances of backsliding into the old sinful ways of the past are very high.

§  Don’t be in a haste of jumping into every information people bring your way. You must carefully investigate the claims of any information brought your way before taking any decision.

§  Many are the friends of the rich yet be careful that you categorize your friends to know who to distinguish as close buddies, seasonal friends and acquaintances. Not all that call you friend are truly your friends. They are only friends because of the wealth you possess.

§  Despise no man, no matter who they are or where they are from or what they have done. It may surprise you down the road what they will eventually become in life.

§  No one rewards or profits from high grand talks of plans. What is rewarded and profited from are plans diligently executed.

§  The wise attract riches by the wisdom they possess and live by.

§  There’s no other place to have safety except in the Lord. All those who fear God which is to reverentially love and honor Him will have confidence and find a place of refuge in Him.

§  Fear God all the days of your life and you will escape the traps of the enemy that try to take the lives of men.

§  There’s honor to God our King when we usher in many from every tribe and tongue into His Kingdom.

§  When you are down in your health, check within yourself that you are not filled with envy, bitterness, and hatred. Sometimes, sickness could be as a result of these things. These things comprise the defense system of your body against sickness. A heart void of vile brings life to the whole body.

§  Whatever you do to the poor, is done unto the Lord. Let’s draw wisdom from the evil treatment given by the rich man to poor Lazarus. Do well by extending the resources the Lord has blessed you with to the less privileged and those in dire need.

§  The celebration and intentional practice of sin in a nation only brings condemnation and reproach to the people. But when righteousness is upheld and celebrated in a nation, that nation prospers.

How do you win the attention, approval, and commendation of your leader? Seek and pursue after wisdom everyday, so you can become a wiser version of yourself day after day.

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Proverbs 13

The righteous in Christ will always glow even after their time on earth. But those who practice wickedness will be snuffed out in no time.

§  Hope is only for the living. When it is deferred, it will bring discouragement and make your soul downcast. Keep hope alive at every time and season.

§  Favor is a product of good understanding. This is the secret of enjoying the favor of God and men at all times. This is why Jesus and other men like Samuel, grew in favor and wisdom before God and men.

§  To transgress means to overstep or break principles, commands, and instructions. The one who intentionally does and enjoys this will never enjoy favor from God and men.

§  It is indeed sweet to the soul when a righteous act or deed in accordance with God’s will is accomplished. But it is bitter to the soul when the acts of wickedness are accomplished.

§  One of the ways to excel in wisdom is to be surrounded with people who are wise.

§  You cannot be in the company of those who don’t share your values and expect to grow and excel in wisdom.

§  Those in the camp of darkness will always have evil lurking behind them.

§  The inheritance we leave for our children should not be limited to only physical wealth and possessions but also godly and Christ-centered heritage that will be taught from one generation to another.

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§  It is better to discipline one’s child while the child is still young than to realize that the time you would have chastised the foolishness from the child is late.

§  There’s love in disciplining a child when it is done with wisdom and out of love.

The wicked will never be content with what they have. They continually seek to get more of everything at even the cost of a person’s life. Truly contentment is great gain. Live in contentment.

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Proverbs 12

Wicked schemes devised to enthrone or promote oneself will either fail or be short-lived.

§  Be careful who you say ‘I DO’ for the rest of your life. Choose a spouse who is noble and of a virtuous character.

§  Everything the wicked plans and says is either to deceive and kill another. Choose the plans of the righteous.

§  Never be someone or something you are not just because you want to “keep up with Joneses.” Be yourself regardless of where you are in life.

§  No matter the level of status or influence attained, stay humble. Never be loud about your position or wealth.

§  When a mind is wrapped in foolishness, its difficult to see that the path that seems right is the wrong one.

§  The control of one’s anger in the spur of the moment is a true display of wisdom.

§  Truth will forever stand but lies, no matter how many times told, will be uncovered one day.

§  Be anxious for nothing. It will only wear you out.

A soul that is heavy and filled with anxiety requires refreshing words that will gladden and lift them from their heaviness.

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Mo 🙂

Proverbs 11

The one who possesses wisdom does not boast, but the one filled with pride will only end in shame.

§  On the day of judgment, riches have no value. What will count most are the righteous deeds done through the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

§  There is no hope for the unjust after their lifetime on earth.

§  The speech of the hypocrite against a person is dangerous. Be weary and watchful of them.

§  The one with knowledge that’s understood will certainly know what to do per time.

§  When an oppressive wicked man leaves a place or the face of the earth, there’s rejoicing not for him but for freedom from his wicked acts.

§  Everyone celebrates the righteous for the things done well. Anywhere they go the people there are blessed to have them.

§  Those who cause strife and division are void of God’s wisdom. The wisdom of God always promotes peace and unity whatever the situation may be.

§  Be careful of the person you share your secrets with. There are those that derive pleasure knowing about your life and spreading your secrets to gain popularity or to feel relevant. Share your pertinent matters with only those who are trustworthy and mean well for you.

§  Decisions made must be on the basis of information gathered by wise counsels. There’s always safety when we make informed decisions

§  When you put forward a surety for anyone, ensure it is done for the one you know very well.

§  Riches doesn’t bring honor; it is being gracious and kind that brings honor to any man.

§  Being merciful isn’t only beneficial to the recipients but also to the individual who is merciful at all times.

§  The one who chooses to show no mercy is wicked and the deeds of the wicked are truly deceptive. Be careful how you engage with them.

§  Life is the reward for righteousness and death is reward for evil deeds.

§   The Lord truly has great delight in those who walk uprightly.

§  Be not deceived by the beauty of a woman or the handsomeness of a man if he or she is without good manners and good judgment.

§  Those who are true givers shall never lack. They will keep increasing. But for the stingy and selfish, they only withhold their riches unto poverty.

§  They that seek good for others will certainly enjoy the goodness of God. But all those who are interested in deceiving and bringing people down will certainly be brought down and fall into their deception.

§  Anyone who puts their trust in God will never be put to shame and will flourish in the land, but those who trust in riches will be disappointed and will fall badly.

§   Hold your family in dignity and high esteem. Maintain peace and quench every fire of chaos and trouble.

§  A man who intentionally lives in foolishness will be a servant to the man who is wise at heart.

§  When you win souls, it is an act of God’s wisdom.

Nothing done in this life here on earth will go unrewarded. Therefore, choose righteousness so that life would be your reward

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Mo 🙂

Proverbs 10

Solomon specifically wrote all the Proverbs from chapter 10 – 29. And they are rich in wisdom, understanding and knowledge.

They are still very relevant to us, even though they were written years and years ago.

For each of the chapters written specifically by Solomon, major verses will be expounded on to bring more light and insight:

§  Wisdom applied by children brings joy to parents, but the way of foolishness only brings them grief and sorrow.

§  A man can steal many things today, but rest assured that all that was stolen will disappear tomorrow.

§  As long as we walk in the righteousness of God, He will always make our needs met.

§  Work isn’t a curse on man, it is the means by which God blesses us with wealth when done diligently.

§  Preparation for every season of life, just like the ant, is surely great wisdom displayed.

§  The blessings of God are truly evident in the lives of those who choose to be righteous but for the wicked, only their deeds of evil speak of them.

§  When a person lives in righteousness, their name can be used as an access to great opportunities by others including their children. But if a person lives in wickedness, I guarantee you that person’s name will block every access to opportunities for the one who uses it, including their children. This is sorrowful.

§  Don’t waste your time on a person who intentionally wants to live in foolishness, rather spend your energy and time counseling and instructing the one who wants to live in wisdom.

§  The end of a man that lives in crookedness will only lead to shame, but the man of integrity is secured no matter the season of life or wherever he goes.

§  Can it be said of us that our mouth surely is a fountain or well of life that brings refreshing and edifying words or a well of violence and wickedness that only stirs hatred? Which is it?

§  The rod should not be spared but used in wisdom and love to bring understanding for the one who is void of it.

§  The real treasures of the wise are not the possessions and cash stocked up in multiple accounts, rather they are the accumulated banks of knowledge acquired and thoroughly understood overtime.

§  There’s surely no glory and defense living in poverty. Poverty makes a man vulnerable and exposed to compromises and attacks.

§  The end of the wicked’s labor will only lead to sin and death but the labor of the righteous leads to life and righteousness.

§  Control and restrain the lips are a true display of wisdom and maturity.

§  Any blessing of God never leaves us in sorrow afterwards, instead it brings wealth in all areas of life.

§  The wicked may appear bold outwardly but inwardly all their actions are dictated and influenced by fear.

§  The righteous in Jesus Christ are held firm on the rock of all ages but the one who is wicked, and evil will be swept away when the raging storms of life come their way.

§  Don’t use a lazy person for any task even if it is simple, you will only be wearied of frustration.

§  God’s ways in any area of life will always safeguard anyone that chooses to do things His way.

§   Those who live in righteousness shall inherit the earth. There’s no stake for the wicked in eternity in the new earth.

§  To find what will be acceptable in the sight of God, don’t meet and listen to the one who is vile and filled with evil but meet and listen to the one who treasures the righteousness of God above everything that pertains to this life.

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Mo 🙂

Proverbs 9

Wisdom of God is for all men to have and enjoy. It isn’t for a select few. It’s for everyone that cares and desires to have it. We all are invited to drink and eat at the table with wisdom.

The dinner tickets are free for anyone who wants to be at the table.

Wisdom transforms an ordinary person into an extraordinary person. Makes a person sharp and discerning of the tricks and schemes of the enemy.

Also, the blessing of long life comes to the person that walks in wisdom.

Without wisdom,

§  a person remains in their state of errors and mistakes,

§  a person is void of insights and new learnings,

§  a person can remain gullible to traps and schemes of the seducer.

To begin your walk in God’s wisdom, reverentially love and honor Him through the knowledge and understanding of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Mo 🙂

Proverbs 8

For this post, I’m going to major on key verses in this chapter to show the irreplaceable value and great benefits of God’s wisdom.

Proverbs 8:1-3 NLT

"Listen as Wisdom calls out!
    Hear as understanding raises her voice! On the hilltop along the road, she takes her stand at the crossroads. By the gates at the entrance to the town, on the road leading in, she cries aloud,"

God wants all men to have and manifest His wisdom. Unfortunately, as free, and accessible this wisdom is, many care less and depend wholly on earthly intelligence.

The wisdom of God is superior to other kinds of wisdom and intelligence. This superior wisdom was with God from the very beginning. It is ancient but still relevant in our advanced technological civilized world.  This wisdom has walked through the different civilizations of the world, yet its value hasn’t degraded nor decreased.

Proverbs 8: 7-9 NLT

"for I speak the truth
    and detest every kind of deception. My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it. My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge."

The wisdom of God is pure, void of any vile. I want to believe Apostle James read this portion of Proverbs and penned down his Spirit-inspiration message on the different kinds of wisdom. These verses are in alignment with his writings to the Church on Wisdom.

Wisdom doesn’t promote wickedness nor bring any sort of perversion. It is incapable of doing anything outside of the character of Christ.

Any other wisdom that promotes self-glory, emboldens the works of the flesh and changes God’s natural order for all men to follow, isn’t the wisdom of God.

Proverbs 8:11 NLT

"For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it."

Most young people of our generation think cars, houses, jets, money, gold, silver, and precious diamonds should be the pursuit of a man’s life.

When Solomon was given a blank check by God to ask for anything he wanted, he didn’t ask for his enemies to be killed, he didn’t ask for lots of money, or treasures and rubies, or longer life on earth etc. He asked for just one thing to lead his people well with WISDOM.

What will you ask God for, when he gives you a blank check?

Proverbs 8:16-17 NLT

"Rulers lead with my help, and nobles make righteous judgments. “I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me."

Leadership without wisdom will only end in frustration with the followers. Every leader needs to be filled with God’s wisdom to lead people effectively. Again, Solomon knew this very well, that’s why he asked God for wisdom instead of the goodies of life that men and women of his time craved to have.

Proverbs 8:22-23 NLT

“The Lord formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else. I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began“

The wisdom of God has pre-existed before man came upon the scene. If the superiority of God’s wisdom is on the basis that it existed from eternity and it is from God. Shouldn’t we pursue and seek after God’s wisdom?

Proverbs 8:35-36 NKJV

"For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord; But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.”

Wisdom brings favor from God into our lives and when we walk in wisdom, we automatically choose life that adds to our well-being and our quality of living. But when wisdom is rejected, life is replaced with death. 

The joy of life is exchanged with shame, the sweetness of life is exchanged with bitterness, our rest and assurance are replaced with frustration and anxiety. These are the things death brings when the wisdom of God is shunned.

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Proverbs 7

Similar to the teachings of the father to his son in Proverbs 5 and latter verses of Proverbs 6, he again warns his son of the danger of getting involved with a prostitute.

For this post, I will be speaking directly to all brothers and if you are a female reading this post, keep reading and share with any young man you know that needs to read this.

The issue of fornication and adultery applies to both females and males. But for this post as earlier mentioned, I would like to major on our responsibility as males to ensure we don’t fall into any sexual seductive invitations that will reck our destiny.

No man can ever escape not being tempted sexually. At different seasons of our lives, they will come unexpectedly. Temptation isn’t a sin but yielding to temptation is a sin. Falling for a temptation doesn’t happen suddenly, it starts in the mind. From an evil thought, it graduates into lust, then temptation, and if yielded to it becomes a sin.

Sometimes as males, we throw the blame on what ladies are wearing or how they lured us with their words into having sex. We expressly blame the females for our ‘sexpionage’ instead of taking responsibility for our actions.

The appearance of a sexual temptation is one we as men should never hang around to negotiate with nor one where we start to pray against the temptation right there but rather one, we run far away from even at the very sight of it. We males by default are moved by what we see. This is why the only way not to succumb to the pressures for sex before and outside of marriage, is for us to flee from the seductive invitations of the harlot. Brothers, let’s learn from Joseph’s encounter with Potiphar’s wife.

If we brothers refuse to heed to this ancient proverbial wise saying and continue to indulge in sexual activities with strange women and young girls, the end will only lead to destruction.

The Lord will give us more grace to stay sexually pure and flee all sexual temptations that come our way in Jesus Name.

Amen.

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Mo 🙂

Proverbs 6

The father of the son continues in his discourse with his son and shares with him some vital wisdom nuggets to save him from trouble.

Honesty in Shortcomings

There are times in our lives that we are unable to live up to our agreements or decisions. And instead of acknowledging our limitations and owning up, we pretend out of pride to give a false impression that we are able to handle ourselves. Whenever we hit a crossroad in life based on what we have previously said or on decisions made with anyone or a group of people particularly in the area of finances, it’s advisable we humble ourselves and acknowledge to the concerned parties or party on our limitations to continue on the agreement or decisions made.

Don’t suffer in silence at the expense of your sanity, dignity and name.

All through scriptures, you will notice that when a certain trait or character is to be communicated to man, animals that display these characters or traits are used as an example to challenge or make us step up our game. Here in the chapter, an ant shows us how to be diligent, proactive, and ever ready for any season of life.

At a very young age, whenever we traveled from one state to another back home, I usually saw an inscription at the back of big trucks and trailers ‘No food for a lazy man‘. This is very true. Poverty knocks on the door of those that decide to live carelessly and lazy. Our Lord Jesus Christ while on earth as a man, was never at any point lazy. He worked really hard with his disciples preaching, healing, and delivering all who were oppressed. For anything good we want to achieve, be it academics or career or ministry, we need to plan and work diligently for it to happen. Nothing just happens without our diligence put into it. Work was not a curse on man, it was given to him before the fall. Hard work doesn’t kill, rather it is rewarded at all times.

Let’s be like the ant by planning well for the future and ensuring we work diligently in all endeavors we have been called into.

We see again that in this chapter, almost 30% of those things that were listed as an abomination to God were centered on wickedness done to another human being. The unregenerate man is liable to imagine and carry out wicked acts against the innocent.

Wickedness

The life of Christ is void of wickedness. Wickedness should have no place in the life of a Christian. There are people who kill for money, influence, power, revenge, selfish reasons, to acquire someone else’s property etc. Stay clear from people who enjoy seeing other people, especially the innocent, suffer and are killed unjustly.

And lastly, adultery in marriage is again addressed in this chapter.  There’s certainly no room for a husband or wife having an affair outside of marriage. We can tag it as ‘entanglement’ or whatever, it’s still adultery. The negative outcomes of adultery on the husband, wife and children are far more devastating than the pleasure enjoyed while committing adultery.

Every young person should know that getting married doesn’t make you stay faithful to your spouse. It is your intentional will to honor God with your body and the power of the Holy Spirit that can keep you faithful and committed sexually to your spouse.

The earlier self-control is developed and cultivated while being single the better it will be when married. Self-control isn’t developed in marriage; it is developed while one is single.

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Mo 🙂

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