Proverbs 31

It is indeed interesting how Proverbs 31 happens to be an advice from a Queen, a mother to her son, King Lemuel who was looking to get married.

This goes to show how valuable the lessons learnt from this chapter are considering coming from royalty. Let’s not forget that we also come from royalty, having being bought by the blood of Christ the King who has called us as joint heirs.

I used to be one who thought that the Proverbs 31 woman had such high standards that might be difficult for the average woman to attain and maybe some women still do think this way.

I remember when we were about to get married, I had asked Seyi what kind of woman he wanted and without hesitation he said a Proverbs 31 woman and I almost cried, I felt like there was no way I could be her or make him happy then. But boy was I so wrong! If we measure what we do by Bible standards then nothing stops the qualities of the Proverbs 31 woman from being our standard. If it came from a royal then what stops me from striving to attain such being a royal myself?

Note that this advice didn’t go from a mother to a daughter but from a mother to a son! Ha! This shows that Proverbs 31 isn’t just for women but also for the man who would assist her in becoming the woman described by the grace of God.

The woman here also signifies the bride; the bride whom Jesus the groom will come soon to take home.

Verse 3- Let us abstain from sexual immorality, flee from sexually perversed people whether as singles or when married.

Verse 4-5– Drinking alcohol has always been a bone of contention in churches. But it is written here that drinking wine isn’t suited for a royal nor for a leader because this has a great influence on their rule and decision making which consequently has a negative impact on their followers. Likewise we as Christians (royals) should not desire to have strong drinks like alcohol. 

Verse 6-7– says to let those who are bitter and troubled have strong drinks to forget their worries. This is a pure indicator that alcohols are not meant for those of us in Christ. Christ has taken away all our troubles, worries and afflictions and in Him we have perfect love and peace thus verse 6 shouldn’t be applicable to a Christian (no matter the current situation). Our hope remains in the promises and the never failing Word of our Father the King.

Verse 8-9– Speak up for the weak and those who are unjustly accused. Let us rise in their defense and ensure they get justice.

Verse 10 – A good woman is a woman of strength, adorned with wisdom and wealth, whose values are worth more than trinkets and  jewels.

Verse 11-12 – She is such whose husband has no single doubt in. She not only comforts her husband but exhorts him daily; devotes her life to bringing him good.

Verse 13 – She is constantly immersing herself in what is pure and righteous; enjoys her work and delights in feeding others with spiritual food from the Word.

Verse 15 – A good woman gets up at night and gets spiritual food for the house; she has her devotion with God in prayer and study of His Word. 

Verse 16 – She is quite prudent with what she buys; she sets her heart on a land and diligently labors and plants on it.

Verse 17- 19 – She is fully clothed in strength and might in all she does. She’s got a wealth of experience and her light never goes dim no matter how dark it gets as she heartily works her hands through her work materials.

Verse 20 – She is kind to the poor and helps those in need.

Verse 21– In winter time, she isn’t worried because she already has her house in order. Clothes and coverings are already catered for in advance while she is clothed. In The Passion Translation (TPT), it says;

"She is not afraid of tribulation, for all her household is covered in dual garments of righteousness and grace."

Verse 22 – Her clothing is well sewn of fine and purple linen; a clothing of royalty.

Verse 23-25 – Her husband is well known and highly respected in the midst of elders. Even her works of righteousness benefit her enemies. She isn’t anxious for the days to come because she is fully adorned in power, honor and excellence.

Verse 26-29 – This woman of excellence is full of kindness and wise teachings, always looking out for her family and tries to be there for their needs in such loving ways that her children are her biggest fans and cheers. Her husband does not hesitate nor withhold himself from hailing and calling her “My numero uno, the best of them all”.

Verse 30-31– These last two verses sing of her praise to the world, encouraging all to give her the credit and honor due to her because she has earned it. Her works of righteousness are to be admired and emulated by all. She isn’t all about the charm and beauty of this world but rather of purity and kindness; a virtuous woman at heart who lives with reverence and fear of our Lord.

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Mo 🙂

Proverbs 30

Yesterday’s expounded chapter of proverbs was the last set of proverbs specifically written by Solomon. For this chapter of Proverbs, it was written by Agur who was a sage from Arabia of that time. This chapter could be regarded as the sayings or book of Agur.

Proverbs 30:1-3 KJV

The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal, Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.

The chapter starts out as a conversation between two men: Ithiel and Ucal, about his current state of dissatisfaction with his level of wisdom and understanding.

Then he eulogizes God by pointing out various questions that no being in heaven and earth could ever do:

Proverbs 30:4 KJV

Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?

The answer to Agur’s questions can only be GOD.

Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.

Proverbs 30:5-6 KJV

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Agur talks about the infallibility and purity of God’s Word. Every word spoken by God has no flaw or error in it. God’s Word can be trusted and holds substance. His  Word works anywhere, regardless of the situation or circumstance. No one needs to add to or subtract from it.

Proverb 30:7-9 KJV

Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

Agur here makes a sincere and humble request to stay connected with God. He didn’t want to be taken away by the riches of the world and he didn’t want to be in a compromising situation due to poverty that will put the name of God to disrepute.

Is it wrong to be rich? Certainly not, neither is it good to live a life of poverty. But let us be careful not to allow the love of riches (money) take us away from our relationship with God. And we shouldn’t allow poverty into our lives that will make us susceptible to stealing, taking bribes, changing figures and cheating people to make ends-meet.

Proverb 30:10-14 KJV

10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.
12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.
14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

verse 10 – If you have a legitimate complaint on harassment of any kind or a true report of an illegal activity to make about a team member or colleague to a leader or person in authority, it is wise to make it known without the person being there, else the person will deny and may insult you right before the leader. This is a wise move to make.

verse 11 & 17  –  It is despicable and grievous for any child to curse their father and mother who nurtured, provided and raised him or her. We must honor our parents always and care for them as much as we can.

Long life is promised to those who honor their parents but the life of a child who dishonors their parents will be cut short. 

verse 12  –  13 – No man can be pure, if he is still in sin. Purity of the spirit is only through Jesus Christ and the manifestation of God’s purity in the soul (mind, emotion and will) of a man is when a man turns away from sin and wickedness, yields not to temptation and pursues after God to know Him each day.

If a man without Christ claims to be pure, such a person lies to himself. And if a believer continually and intentionally sins, such a person is living an impure life.

verse 15  –  16:

Grave: until the new heavens and new earth is made by God at the end of time, people will keep dying to be buried in the grave.

Barren womb: No woman barren of children wants to leave this earth without bringing forth a child from her womb.

Pray for every woman you know yet to conceive and be delivered of a child, that God will open their womb to conceive a child and will bring forth at the set time.

Land or Earth: No matter how much water pours from the sky, the earth has more than enough capacity to soak it all down.  

Even when a place is flooded, the water will seep down.

Fire: Unless fire is to keep one warm, pray that none of the property catches fire. If it isn’t put out on time, it will burn everything up to ashes.

And there’s an ultimate fire called the Lake of Fire that will never go out. It will keep burning for eternity. I do not even pray for my enemy to be found in such a place. The lake of fire is reserved for  satan, anti-christ, false prophets, death and hades (place of the dead), cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and liars. – Revelations 21:8

Proverbs 30:18-20 KJV

18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:
19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.
20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

Eagles – they soar in the air. It is so beautiful to behold

Snakes or serpents – make their way sneakily and craftily up on the rock no matter the height, to eat up the eggs of eagles, hawks, etc.

Ship on the sea – now we know by virtue of discovery made by Archimedes. His principle states “that a body at rest in a fluid is acted upon by a force pushing upward called the buoyant force, which is equal to the weight of the fluid that the body displaces.” God created this principle, Archimedes only uncovered what was already existing.

Science cannot be explained in isolation. God was responsible for all creation in the heavens and earth.

An adulterous man or woman: It’s weird that a man who took time to woo his spouse, gets married to her and has kids with her still cheats on his wife. Same goes with a woman. There are faithful spouses who love their significant others but unaware of the latter cheating on them. Worse is that they keep cheating regardless of the sacrifice, love and kindness shown by their faithful spouses. 

Truly, it is a wonder to know that a cheating husband or a cheating wife will put so much effort to cover their tracks and lie just to satisfy their lustful sexual pleasure.

Proverbs 30:21-23 KJV

For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:
22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;
23 For an odious woman when she is married; and a handmaid that is heir to her mistress.

A servant who becomes a king or a leader is not new to any of us but everyone will always be surprised when a lowly person who was nobody suddenly rises to fame and influence. God is able to make this happen in anyone’s life. 

No one likes it when the wicked still enjoy riches and provisions, even though they are practitioners of evil. For such people, we must leave them to God who is giving them time to repent and turn from their wicked ways.

An unlovable and unaccepted woman still has hope of getting married. There’s still a man who can love and handle such a woman.

Just as a servant or a ‘nobody’ can rise to fame and influence, so also can a maid or servant replace her mistress for good or for bad. 

Examples – a mother who abandons her children and husband to be with her side-lover, can be replaced by the maid who takes good care of the children – This is for good. The common one which is bad, is as a result of an affair between the mistress’s husband and maid. If the mistress has no child for her husband, and the maid has a male child, the unfaithful husband will waste no time bringing her into the house and marrying her to make her his wife. No woman married long enough to her husband will be able to bear this.

Proverbs 30:24-28 KJV

24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:
25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;
26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;
27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.

What wisdom do these little creatures communicate to us?

Ants – Proactiveness, diligence, planning for the future and advance preparation.

Hyraxes or Rock badgers – determination regardless of their weakness and creativity

Locusts – cooperation, unity and collaboration

Spider – audacity and skillfulness

Common trait of all these little creatures is that they are wise.

Proverbs 30:29-31 KJV

29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going:
30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;
31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.

What is majestic about the lion, greyhound, (male) he goat and a king?

Lion – king of the animal kingdom. The lion has enormous strength. And it is able to take down and chase down any herbivorous animal, regardless of its size.

The lion is used as a metaphor to describe Jesus as the ‘Lion of Judah’. The lion symbolizes strength, dominion, royalty and leadership.

Greyhound – A greyhound is a type of dog that was used for hunting back in ancient times. They are very fast when they run. That’s why in our time, they are used for racing.

The Greyhound symbolizes speed, agility and endurance.

(Male) he-goat – The he-goat has huge horns they use in any fight. It never backs down in a fight.

The he-goat symbolizes strength and endurance.

King – Doesn’t need much explanation. Kings command respect, honor and power when they are seated on their throne and when they walk. 

When all these four walk, they walk with pride, elegance and boldness.

Proverbs 30:32-33 KJV

32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

verse 32: Never elevate yourself, sing your praises before people, nor glory in your strength. This is not the way of wisdom. The way of wisdom, esteems others above oneself and allows others to sing their praises.

verse 33: Be wary of those who like to push people to become angry, lest there be division in your group, team or church. Stay away from them for such people only seek to cause commotion and trouble.

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Proverbs 29

For the one who refuses to bend to correction, it is only a matter of time before such a person comes to his or her own destruction.

It is very expensive to maintain and please a ‘side chick’ or ‘lover boy’ that you hide with to satisfy your sinful sexual gratifications. 

A leader who takes a bribe, has set up his or her country, province, city, church, group, team etc. for destruction.

The flattering remarks from people are like a net that traps you from improving or making amendments to your character flaws.

Never be carried away by the good things people say about you. There are still grounds to cover and things to correct. Therefore, always do a personal self examination of your life.

A man of integrity will always be a point of attack or to be killed. 

Therefore, hide under the shadow of the Almighty for protection. 

Most times, the people led by a leader are a reflection of the character of their leader.

Therefore as leaders, we must be true examples of Christ to those who follow our leadership.

Parents, if you think ignoring the stubbornness of your child, while they are young will maintain peace; please think again. 

There will be no peace and rest in your old age when the stubbornness in that child has matured into  rebellion and pride.

Vision is what takes a country, province, city, church, family, team etc. from where they are to a better place or the next level.

A leader without a vision will only lead the people into stagnation, and with time, they will start to regress downwards.

To every leader out there, be a person of VISION.

Ultimately, our vision should be on God and His ways. When this is missing in our lives, we are susceptible to the temptations of satan and prone to being destroyed by sin. 

Our vision on Jesus, prevents us from being swayed by the tricks of the enemy. Let’s always fix our eyes on Jesus, who is able to communicate the life of God to us.

Treat all men well, but ensure that in your relationship with people they are clear and cognizant of their boundaries and rights.

If a person acts as an accomplice to a thief or to someone else to steal, he or she is also a thief.

The fear of man can make a person do things against their will and God’s will.

Fear no man about what they are able to do, only trust and put your confidence in God. Only FEAR GOD.

God who is the supreme judge and the ultimate dispenser of justice can be trusted to fight our cause and be rewarded by men of this earth at the due time.

Bless the day, we gave our hand in marriage to Jesus to become one with Him in our spirit. The day we changed kingdoms to be in a relationship with the Father and submit to the Lordship of  Jesus Christ. Bless that day!

Well, that same day you came into opposition with ways and people of the world. Why? Because of the righteousness of Christ you carry.

Everything you do and say will always be different from the ways of the world. We are longer friends with the world, when we turn to Jesus Christ. 

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Mo 🙂

Proverbs 28

Those who live and uphold the righteousness of Jesus Christ have nothing to fear.

It takes understanding, discernment and knowledge to maintain order and to continue the existence of anything created, built and formed.

For the one who steals, keep stealing. But know that God will cause all the wealth stolen to fall into the hands of a person that will be very kind to the poor.

A person living in disobedience and praying all day and night, is sincerely wasting his or her time. 

Plead for mercy, turn from your old ways and live in obedience to the Lord, and your prayers will be answered by Him.

God cannot bless or use a person, whose mind is closed or whose heart is hardened towards Him. Such a person must give up their will for God’s will.

Pray always for the incoming leader of your country, province, city, church, groups, teams etc. You don’t want to be under the leadership of a wicked person. A wicked leader only occupies that seat of leadership for their wicked schemes, selfish gains and evil ambitions.

A man who kills or murders a person, will forever be tormented by guilt. Strike no man to death, no matter what they have done.

When sin lurks within a person, it is easy for that person to be trapped by deceptive schemes of evil people.

God is the source of all that we have, we should never hold back our resources when it is in our power to give.

Be fair to everyone who comes your way. Never show partiality towards a person over another person. It is heartbreaking and offensive.

Hastiness to get rich by all means may land one into an irrecoverable situation that will make him or her even poorer than his or her initial state.

Wealth is built overtime. Be patient when it comes to making money.

There are young people in our time that deceive their parents to collect huge amounts of money just to show off, buy expensive stuff and  waste it at different parties: This is very wrong and appalling. A child who does this will only end up in ruin.

The Lord is committed to prosper those who put their entire trust in Him. 

Trust in God at all times.

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Mo 🙂

Proverbs 27

The possibility of anything we want to do, where we want to go, how things will play out and why things must take place in ‘tomorrow’ is only by the grace of God. Do not boast about tomorrow.

Let people validate your achievement and speak about them. Do not try to praise yourself.

Love isn’t private. Love is always declared publicly. The one who loves you will be bold to show it in the open.

Stay clear of pretentious people. Their potential hurt on you is devastating. Be very mindful of those you allow into your inner space.

Hunger doesn’t know the difference between sweet and bitter.

The nest is the place of comfort, relaxation and safety from challenges. If one seats in the nest for too long, that person will never learn how to fly like an eagle.

There are friends whose presence warms and gladdens your heart. For these ones, keep them close to you. They are indeed treasures in your life. Family and friends are important in anyone’s life. Do not take them for granted.

As long as earth remains, man would be used to teach, correct, encourage, and instruct another man.

Even the Holy Spirit uses people to preach the gospel of salvation to people. Angels will not do this.

It took God to become man (Jesus) to save man. God always uses a man to sharpen another man.

As team members and followers; if it’s in our capacity or the opportunity presents itself to protect the image and life of a good leader, don’t think twice of doing so. Especially when you know that your leader is doing the right thing.

There’s certainly great honor for the one who does this. Let’s gain wisdom from Uncle Mordecai (Queen Esther’s Uncle) who uncovered the plot against King Xerxes. Even though his good deed was recorded and unrewarded immediately. At the timing of God, one night, God caused the king not to sleep well until he opened the book of annals to promote Mordecai from a gatekeeper to one of the top officials in India and also to take the place of Haman.

The life we live, the things we do and how we behave is a report card of the content of our mind (heart) and our thought patterns.

Let’s be careful where we set our gaze on or upon. We should fix our eyes on things that profit us and renew our minds into forming the nature of Christ in our souls. Above all, let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our Faith.

When men praise us, understand that it could be a test of character. Let’s humble ourselves when people praise us.

Foolishness in a person who refuses to change is hard to change. That person needs to come to the point of willingness to exchange foolishness for wisdom.

Leaders do not be fixated on the cloud of leadership. Come down from your cloud and touch base with those you lead from time to time. 

Try to always check on them to know how they are doing and their state of welfare.

As leaders we must understand that we will never occupy a position forever. One day, someone else will replace us and may even do better than what we have accomplished during our tenure.

Therefore, do good, lead well and nurture  those who have been committed under your leadership through the grace of God, and within the timeframe of your leadership.

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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Mo 🙂

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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Mo 🙂

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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Mo 🙂

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.

#SeekGodMore

Mo 🙂

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.

#KeepONKeepingon

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Mo 🙂

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