Category Archives: Stability

A Good Reputation

Proverbs 22:1
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold

Reputation defined:

noun

  1. the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something.
    “his reputation was tarnished by allegations that he had taken bribes”
  • a widespread belief that someone or something has a particular habit or characteristic.
    “his knowledge of his subject earned him a reputation as an expert”

Antonyms: discreditdisrepute
Ref. From <http://englishthesaurus.net/antonym/reputation

So the Lord was with Joshua, and his reputation spread throughout the land Joshua 6:27 

They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness Ps. 89:16 

A person who plans evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker Pr. 24:8

Others may accuse you or gossip, and you will never regain your good reputation Pr. 25:10

Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation Heb. 11:2

Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation Pr. 3:4

A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born Eccl. 7:1

Ten Avoidable Ways To Ruin Your Reputation

by Liz Ryan , CONTRIBUTOR

I write about bringing life to work and bringing work to life.  

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

  • People don’t realize that reputations stick around for a long time. I didn’t realize it, either. I’m amazed now when someone says “Hi Liz! We met at such-and-such a conference in Chicago in 1989.”
  • People will remember you, especially people you work with directly.
  • They’ll remember you by the things you said and did and the things you didn’t say and didn’t do.
  • Nobody sets out to build a reputation as a con artist, a lightweight, a false friend or a person you can’t rely on — yet people get these reputations every day.
  • Once you have an unfortunate reputation, it can be hard to shake it.
  • I’ve heard that you have to repeat an altered or new behavior — let’s say, calling your friend back when you promise to rather than not calling him back the way you always used to do — at least ten times before your friends will believe the New You is real.
  • If you’ve established a name for yourself that is not the name you’d like plastered on your forehead, getting back to neutral requires lots of breathing, careful repetition of the New You behaviors you want to showcase, and above all patience with  yourself and others.

Here are ten regrettable and avoidable ways to ruin your reputation by accident: 

1. Burn a bridge and then ignore it or pretend it didn’t happen.

2. Ease your own anxiety by talking about other people all the time.

3. Mixing business and social relationships to an excessive degree and losing your perspective about it.

4. Using poor judgment at work or in social settings with your workmates, or taking advantage of every professional event to get drunk.

5. Being two-faced: saying one thing to one person and the complete opposite to someone else.

6. Blaming other people for your mistakes or being out of the room whenever problems are being discussed.

7. Taking credit for other people’s work.

8. Ratting out your fellow employees to your manager. Promising to keep confidences and then doing just the opposite.

9. Pretending to be the supervisor when you’re not a supervisor, and bossing people around.

10. Generally treating people badly at work when you are cross, or all the time.

Ref. From <https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2016/09/18/ten-avoidable-ways-to-ruin-your-reputation/#5748a3b72618>

Benefits of Wisdom – Chap 2

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 of Wisdom

key2successTo obtain the benefits of Wisdom you must first:

  • Tune your ears to wisdom (v. 2)
  • Concentrate on understanding (v. 2)
  • Cry out for insight (v. 3)
  • Ask for understanding (v. 3)application
  • Search for them (v. 4)
  • Be honest (v. 7)
  • Walk with integrity (v. 7)
  • Be faithful to the LORD (v. 8)
  • Follow the steps of good men (v. 20)
  • Stay on the paths of the righteous (v. 20)

If you do the above, then you will gain the following benefits:

  • You will understand what it means to fear the LORD (v. 5)
  • You will gain  knowledge of God (v. 5)
  • The LORD will grant you wisdom (v. 6)
  • You will receive from his mouth knowledge and understanding (v. 6)
  • You will be granted a treasury of common sense (v. 7)
  • You will have the LORD as a shield (v. 7)
  • The LORD will guard your paths (v. 8)
  • You will understand what is right, just, fair, and you will find the right way to go (v. 9)
  • Wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy (v. 10)
  • Wise choices will watch over you (v. 11)
  • Understanding will keep you safe (v. 11)
  • Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted (v. 12)
  • Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman (v. 16)
  • You will remain in the land as long as you are godly and have integrity (v. 21)

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 2:2 – 3, “Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight (discernment), and ask for understanding.”

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It’s Prayer Time!

Purpose of Proverbs – Ch. 1

purpose

Of Proverbs

  • To teach people wisdom and discipline (v. 2)
  • To help them understand the insights of the wise (v. 2)
  • To teach people to live disciplined and successful lives (v. 3)
  • To help them do what is right, just, and fair (v. 3.)
  • To give insight to the simple (v. 4)
  • To give knowledge and discernment to the young (v. 4)
  • To help the wise to become wiser (v. 5)
  • To help those with understanding to receive guidance (v. 5)
  • To help all of us to understand that fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge (v. 7)
  • To show them that they need to listen to Wisdom’s counsel (v. 23)
  • To help them to understand that Wisdom desires to share her heart with them and to make them wise (v. 23)
  • To help them understand that Wisdom often calls and reaches out to us (v. 24)
  • To remind us not to ignored Wisdom’s advice (v. 25)
  • To remind us not to rejected the correction Wisdom offers (v. 25)
  • To keep us from being overtaken by disaster and calamity (v. 27)
  • To save us from eating the bitter fruit of living our own way and from choking on our own schemes (v. 31)

Wisdom says that she will laughlaugh when you are in trouble!  (v. 26)

Why? 

Because I(Wisdom) called you so often, but you wouldn’t come.  I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.  You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. (v. 24, 25)

For this reason Wisdom says that she will mock mockyou when disaster overtakes you — when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you . (v. 26)

Wisdom further states that when you cry for help, I will not answer.  ignoreThough you anxiously search for me, you will not find me.  (v. 28)

Why? 

Because you hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD.  Because you rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected you.  Therefore you must eat the bitter fruit of living your own way, choking on your won schemes. (v. 28, 29)

 

simpletonSimpletons turn away from me(Wisdom) to death (v. 32)

 

Fools foolare destroyed by their own complacency (v. 32)

 

But all who listen to me(Wisdom) will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm. (v. 33)

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 1:4 “These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young”

Let us Pray for the spiritual insight and strength to stay on the right path. 1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346

Proverbs 19 – Foolishness Ruins lives

It’s the 19th day of the month and that means we all should be in the 19th chapter of Proverbs.

Theme:  25 things that can ruin your life

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Verse 3 is the foundational starting point today.  It states, “People ruin their lives by their own foolishness then are angry at the LORD.”

Let’s look at the 25 Ways one can ruin one’s life according to this chapter of Proverbs.

Key Learning:  Foolishness that ruins your life key2success

These things can ruin your life by:

  1. being dishonest and a fool
  2. having enthusiasm without knowledge
  3. being hasty and making mistakes
  4. allowing ones foolishness to cause them to be angry at the LORD
  5. Being in poverty which drives your friends away
  6. being a false witness and a liar
  7. despising your poor relatives and friends
  8. being a fool who lives in luxury
  9. being a foolish child
  10. being a quarrelsome wife
  11. being lazy and sleeping soundly
  12. being idle
  13. despising the commandments
  14. not disciplining your children
  15. being hot-tempered (see post on hot-tempered)
  16. not getting all the advice and instruction you can
  17. making many plans and not considering the LORD’s purpose
  18. not being loyal
  19. being dishonest
  20. being a mocker, and simpleminded
  21. mistreating your father and chasing away your mother
  22. not listening to instructions
  23. being a corrupt witness and making a mockery of justice
  24. having the mouth of the wicked that gulps down evil
  25. not understanding that mockers are made for punishment and the backs of fools are made to be beaten

Review 

  1. Are you honest in all of your dealings?
  2. Have you ever notice that you have rush out so excited that you forget to get all of the information needed to complete the task?
  3. Does your hasty ways cause you to make a multitude of mistakes?
  4. Do you find that you are regularly angry with the LORD?
  5. Do you have your foolishness in check?
  6. How’s your relationship with your father and mother these days?
  7. How well do you listen to instructions?
  8. What is your Loyalty based on, honesty or dishonesty?
  9. Has your hot-tempered ways caused you to pay the penalty lately?
  10. Do you help the poor on a regular basis

General observations that you just might want to consider:

  • To acquire wisdom is to love yourself
  • People who cherish understanding will prosper
  • Keep your life by keeping the commandments
  • When you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD and he will repay you
  • Discipline your children while there is hope, otherwise you will ruin their lives
  • Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life
  • You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail
  • Loyalty makes a person attractive
  • Fear of the LORD leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm

Enough Said!  1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It is truly Prayer Time!

Proverbs 10 – Wise/Foolish Child

Good Morning everyone and blessing on you and yours.

This is the 10th day of the month, which means we should be working on the 10th chapter of Proverbs.  Hopefully you are still there studying and praying about  the use of this chapter in your life.

This Chapter begins with the Proverbs of Solomon, then it jumps right in with the wise child and how that child brings joy to a father then how the foolish child brings grief to a mother.  Of course this is the verse that will be my launching pad for this post.

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Today I would like to pose these questions:

  1. Why does the wise child bring joy to a father?
  2. Why does the foolish child bring grief to a mother?

Let’s see if we can uncover the answers to the above questions using nothing but chapter 10 as our reference point.

27 reasons a wise child brings joy to his/her father:

  1. Right living
  2. Hard worker
  3. Harvests in the summer
  4. Godly and showered with blessings
  5. Glad to be instructed
  6. Has integrity walks safely
  7. Bold reproof that promotes peace
  8. Words are life-giving fountain
  9. Full of love that makes up for all offenses
  10. Understanding
  11. Treasures knowledge
  12. Wealthy
  13. Their earnings enhance their lives
  14. Readily accepts discipline
  15. Sensible and keeps mouth shut
  16. Their words are like sterling silver
  17. Their words encourage many
  18. Has the blessings of the LORD
  19. Lives wisely
  20. Their hopes are granted
  21. Has a lasting foundation
  22. Fears the LORD respectfully
  23. Hopes result in happiness
  24. Has the LORD as a stronghold
  25. Not easily disturbed
  26. Gives wise advice
  27. Speaks helpful words

28 reasons a foolish child brings grief to his/her mother:

  1. Drawn to tainted wealth
  2. Full of cravings and Wicked
  3. Lazy
  4. Sleeps during harvest and is a disgrace
  5. Conceals violent intentions
  6. Their name will rot away because they are wicked
  7. Follows crooked paths
  8. Winks at wrong and causes trouble
  9. Lacks sense
  10. Babbles and invites disaster
  11. Poverty is their destruction
  12. Squander their money on sin
  13. Ignores correction and does go astray
  14. Hides hatred
  15. Slanders other
  16. Talks to much
  17. Has the heart of a fool that is worthless
  18. Destroyed by their lack of common sense
  19. Finds doing wrong fun
  20. All their fears will be fulfilled
  21. Whirled away when the storms of life come
  22. Irritate their employers
  23. Their years are cut short because they are wicked
  24. Their expectations come to nothing because they are wicked
  25. The way of the LORD destroys them because they are wicked
  26. They will be remove from the land because they are wicked
  27. They have a tongue that deceives and it will be cut off
  28. They speak perverse words

Nuggets of gold in between the above lists: 

  • Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life
  • The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction
  • Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool
  • Too much talk leads to sin.  Be sensible and keep your mouth shut
  • The LORD will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked
  • We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away
  • The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted
  • When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation
  • The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing
  • The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked
  • The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land

So this morning which child are you wise or foolish?

Which do you bring to your parents, joy or grief?

Which child are you to your Heavenly Father, and do you bring Him joy or grief?

Is that not a good point to stop and Pray about the discovered results that you find in your own life?

I have no room to boast here, I notice some of the foolish traits in my own life and I sure don’t want my Father in Heaven to have grief over this little snot nose kid name Bruce.

I repent Father God for allowing any of the foolish child’s ways that present themselves in my life.  Please forgive me and help me to get a handle on this awful, foolish child’s behavior in my life, this I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Memory Verse:  Verse 29, “The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked.”

How about you it’s your turn!

How do you stack up when you run down these list?

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346 It is prayer time!

Proverbs 9 – The Banquets

Day 9 of the month,  and time for chapter 9 of Proverbs.   Today we are presented with the calls from Lady Wisdom and Lady Folly.  Both are inviting us to come in and to partake of their feast.

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Who is invited to these banquets:

  • Everyone
  • The Simple
  • Those who lack good judgment
  • Men going by who are minding their own business

Let’s take a close look at both host to see which one we will go into and partake of their feast.

Lady Wisdom offers:

  • A great banquet, mixed wines
  • Solid advice for the ages

Lady Folly offers:

  • Brashness
  • Ignorance
  • Stolen water
  • Food eaten in secret
  • Association with the dead
  • A possible position in the grave

Actions Expected to obtain a positive resolution: 

  • Come in with me
  • Come, eat my food
  • Drink the wine I have mixed
  • Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live
  • Learn to use good judgment
  • So don’t bother correcting mockers
  • Correct the wise, and they will love you
  • Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser
  • Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more
  • Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom
  • Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment

Resolutions:

  • Positive
    • Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life
    • If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit
  • Negative 
    • When you rebuke a mocker you will get an insult in return
    • When you correct the wicked you will get hurt
    • If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer
    • You are told that stolen water is refreshing; and food eaten in secret tastes the best!
    • Little do you know that the dead are at the banquet that Folly offers
    • Folly’s banquet guest are in the depths of the grave

Now let me ask you, who do you think has your best interest in mind?

And who do you think offers the best advice?

Which Banquet are you currently eating at?  How is that working for you?

Would you like your days multiply and have years added to your life? Or would you like to associate with those who are in the depths of the grave?

The choice is totally yours, you can become wise and benefit from it or scorn wisdom and suffer the consequences of your choice.

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346   It is Prayer time!

Lets pray for the right choice in choosing who we will listen to.

Amen does not go here, Amen comes after you gain the wisdom needed to multiply your days and add years to your life, then we say AMEN!

Proverbs 8 – Wisdom’s Hearing

Today if you have been following the same path I have, then you should be studying and praying about Chapter 8 of Proverbs.

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The number 8 is significant biblically speaking, in that it represents New Beginning, it also means fence, enclosure, Inner Room, heart, private, and separate.

Let’s focus on new beginning, and heart or the inner room, were the real differences are made.

My prayer for you today is found in Ephesians 3:16-19 (NLT) which states, “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.  Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him.  Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep your strong.  And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.  May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.  Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.  In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!”

As I prayed about and studied this chapter my focus was led to verse 8 so I will use it as the foundation to build on.  This verse states, “My advice is wholesome.  There is nothing devious or crooked in it.”

Theme:  Wisdom Calls for a Hearing 

Wisdom’s testimony:

  • Everything I say is right, 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
  • Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold
  • For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies
  • Nothing you desire can compare with it
  • I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment
  • I know where to discover knowledge and discernment
  • All who fear the LORD will hate evil
  • Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech
  • Common sense and success belong to me
  • Insight and strength are mine
  • Because of me, kings reign and rulers make just decrees
  • Rulers lead with my help, and nobles make righteous judgments
  • I love all who love me
  • Those who search will surely find me
  • I have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice
  • My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver!
  • I walk in righteousness, in paths of justice
  • Those who love me inherit wealth
  • I will fill their treasuries
  • 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
  • I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters
  • Before the mountains were formed, before the hills, I was born–before he had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil
  • I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans
  • I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established springs deep in the earth
  • I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries
  • And when he marked off the earth’s foundations, I was the architect at his side
  • I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence
  • And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family!

Actions expected:   

  • Listen as Wisdom calls out!
  • Hear as understanding raises her voice!
  • Use good judgment
  • Show some understanding
  • Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold
  • Those who search will surely find me
  • Those who love me inherit wealth
  • So listen to me my Children, for all who follow my ways are joyful
  • Listen to my instruction and be wise
  • Don’t ignore it

Resolution:

  • Positive
    • My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge
    • All who fear the LORD will hate evil
    • Common sense and success belong to me(Wisdom)
    • Insight and strength are mine(Wisdom)
    • Because of me(Wisdom), kings reign, and rulers make just decrees
    • Rulers lead with my(Wisdom) help, and nobles make righteous judgments
    • I love all who love me
    • Those who search will surely find me
    • I(Wisdom) have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice
    • Those who love me inherit wealth.  I will fill their treasuries
    • All who follow my(Wisdom) ways are joyful
    • Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home!
    • For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD
  • Negative
    • But those who miss me injure themselves
    • All who hate me love death

4 Reasons you should listen to Wisdom according to verses 32-35:

  1. All who follow Wisdom’s ways are joyful
  2. If you will listen to Wisdom’s instruction then you will be wise. Don’t ignore Wisdom’s instruction
  3. Joyful are those who listen to Wisdom watching for her daily at her gates waiting for her outside her home!
  4. For whoever finds Wisdom finds life and receives favor from the LORD

Lastly, verse 36 states that, “those who miss me injure themselves.  All who hate me love death.”

Now that is enough to call all of us to prayer time.  I do not want to miss Wisdom and injure myself.

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  Let’s Pray now!