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30 Principles To Live By

Proverbs 22:20, 21To make sure your foundation is trust in God, I’m giving you thirty sterling principles-tested guidelines to live by. Believe me–these are truths that work, and will keep you accountable to those who sent you.” (MSG)

  1. Don’t walk on the poor just because they’re poor, and don’t use your position to crush the weak,
    Because God will come to their defense; the life you took, he’ll take from you and give back to them. (Pr. 22:22, 23)
  2. Don’t hang out with angry people; don’t keep company with hotheads.
    Bad temper is contagious–don’t get infected. (Pr. 22:24, 25)
  3. Don’t gamble on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, hocking your house against a lucky chance.
    The time will come when you have to pay up; you’ll be left with nothing but the shirt on your back. (Pr. 22:26, 27)
  4. Don’t stealthily move back the boundary lines staked out long ago by your ancestors. (Pr. 22:28)
  5. Observe people who are good at their work–skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don’t take a backseat to anyone. (Pr. 22:29)
  6. When you go out to dinner with an influential person, mind your manners:
    Don’t gobble your food, don’t talk with your mouth full.
    And don’t stuff yourself; bridle your appetite. (Pr. 23:1-3)
  7. Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich; restrain yourself!  Riches disappear in the blink of an eye; wealth sprouts wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder. (Pr. 23:4, 5)
  8. Don’t accept a meal from a tightwad; don’t expect anything special.
    He’ll be as stingy with you as he is with himself; he’ll say, “Eat! Drink!” but won’t mean a word of it.
    His miserly serving will turn your stomach when you realize the meal’s a sham. (Pr. 23:6-8)
  9. Don’t bother talking sense to fools; they’ll only poke fun at your words. (Pr. 23:9)
  10. Don’t stealthily move back the boundary lines or cheat orphans out of their property,
    For they have a powerful Advocate who will go to bat for them. (Pr. 23:10-11)
  11. Give yourselves to disciplined instruction; open your ears to tested knowledge. (Pr. 23:12)
  12. Don’t be afraid to correct your young ones; a spanking won’t kill them.
    A good spanking, in fact, might save them from something worse than death. (Pr. 23:13, 14)
  13. Dear child, if you become wise, I’ll be one happy parent.
    My heart will dance and sing to the tuneful truth you’ll speak.  (Pr. 23:15, 16)
  14. Don’t for a minute envy careless rebels; soak yourself in the Fear-of-God–
    That’s where your future lies.
    Then you won’t be left with an armload of nothing. (Pr. 23:17, 18)
  15. Oh listen, dear child–become wise; point your life in the right direction.
    Don’t drink too much wine and get drunk; don’t eat too much food and get fat.
    Drunks and gluttons will end up on skid row, in a stupor and dressed in rags. (Pr. 23:19-21)
  16. Listen with respect to the father who raised you, and when your mother grows old, don’t neglect her.
    Buy truth–don’t sell it for love or money; buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight.
    Parents rejoice when their children turn out well; wise children become proud parents.
    So make your father happy! Make your mother proud. (Pr. 23:22-25)
  17. Dear child, I want your full attention; please do what I show you. A whore is a bottomless pit; a loose woman can get you in deep trouble fast.
    She’ll take you for all you’ve got; she’s worse than a pack of thieves. (Pr. 23:26-28)
  18. Who are the people who are always crying the blues?
    Who do you know who reeks of self-pity?
    Who keeps getting beat up for no reason at all?
    Whose eyes are bleary and bloodshot?
    It’s those who spend the night with a bottle, for whom drinking is serious business. (Pr. 29-35)
  19. Don’t envy bad people; don’t even want to be around them.
    All they think about is causing a disturbance; all they talk about is making trouble. (Pr. 24:1, 2)
  20. It takes wisdom to build a house, and understanding to set it on a firm foundation;
    It takes knowledge to furnish its rooms with fine furniture and beautiful draperies. (Pr. 24:3, 4)
  21. It’s better to be wise than strong; intelligence outranks muscle any day.
    Strategic planning is the key to warfare; to win,k you need a lot of good counsel. (Pr. 24:5, 6)
  22. Wise conversation is way over the head of fools; in a serious discussion they haven’t a clue. (Pr. 24:7)
  23. The person who’s always cooking up some evil soon gets a reputation as prince of rogues.
    Fools incubate sin; cynics desecrate beauty. (Pr. 24:8, 9)
  24. If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place. (Pr. 24:10)
  25. Rescue the perishing; don’t hesitate to step in and help.
    If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,” will that get you off the hook?
    Someone is watching you closely, you know–
    Someone not impressed with weak excuses. (Pr. 24:11, 12)
  26. Eat honey, dear child–it’s good for you–and delicacies that melt in your mouth.
    Likewise knowledge, and wisdom for your soul–
    Get that and your future’s secured, your hope is on solid rock. (Pr. 24:13, 14)
  27. Don’t interfere with wood people’s lives; don’t try to get the best of them.
    No matter how many times you trip them up, God-loyal people don’t stay down long;
    Soon they’re up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their faces. (Pr. 24:15, 16)
  28. Don’t laugh when your enemy falls; don’t crow over his collapse.
    God might see, and become very provoked, and then take pity on his plight. (Pr. 24:17, 18)
  29. Don’t bother your head with braggarts or wish you could succeed like the wicked.
    Those people have no future at all; they’re headed down a dead-end street. (Pr. 24:19, 20)
  30. Fear God, dear child-respect your leaders; don’t be defiant or mutinous.
    Without warning your life can turn upside down, and who knows how or when it might happen? (Pr. 24:21, 22)

Physical Fitness

There were 44,760 capable warriors in the armies of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. They were all skilled in combat and armed with shields, swords, and bows. (1 Chronicles 5:18)

Physical fitness is a state of health and well-being and, more specifically, the ability to perform aspects of sports, occupations and daily activities. 

Physical fitness is generally achieved through proper nutrition, moderate-vigorous physical exercise, and sufficient rest.

  • Military service members know the saying “Physical fitness is the cornerstone of combat readiness” by heart.
  • Physical exercise keeps soldiers in top condition so they’re always ready for any mission.
  • Service members who don’t meet military fitness standards run the risk of an early discharge or disciplinary action.
  • Through carefully planned and implemented physical training exercises, each branch of the military is able to maintain a high level of combat readiness with healthy, capable service members.

Ephesians 6:10 – 19 our carefully planned and implemented training exercises, that should lead to a high level of readiness, healthiness, and capable members:

  • Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power
  • Put on all of God’s armor so that you can resist the enemy in the time of evil
  • Stand your ground
  • Put on the belt of truth
  • Put on the breast plate of righteousness
  • Put on the shoes, of peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared
  • Hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil
  • Put on salvation as your helmet
  • Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
  • Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion
  • Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere
  • Pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan  that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike

Synonyms: Able-bodied, capable, firm, fit, hearty, powerful, robust, stalwart, stout, sturdy, tenacious, vigorous

Antonyms: feeble, infirm, invalid, sick tender, unhealthy, weak

Define these and explain what they look like:

  • How one should be able-bodied (solid in the faith) not feeble, or weak, but strong
  • How one should be capable of walking by faith and doing prayer warfare when needed
  • How one should be firm, fit and hearty (sold out to Christ, does not allow sin to side track then)
  • How one should be powerful ( known to exercise in the power of the Holy Spirit)
  • How one should be robust 
  • How one should be stalwart
  • How one should be stout (in the faith)
  • How one should be sturdy
  • How one should be tenacious 
  • How one should be vigorous as a christian
  • Capable – effected as a christian
  • Warriors – prayer warriors
  • Skilled – filled with the Spirit of God and skilled in the things of the Lord
  • Combat – warfare
  • Armed with shields – armed with great and effected faith
  • Armed with swords – effect in the proper use of the Word of God
  • Armed with bows – able to deal with the enemy at the gate(mind) effectively

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.”

Lesson #1: 25 Ways one can ruin one’s life according to this chapter of Proverbs.

Key Learning:  Foolishness that ruins your life key2success

  1. being dishonest and a fool (v.1)
  2. having enthusiasm without knowledge (v.2)
  3. being hasty and making mistakes (v.2)
  4. allowing ones foolishness to cause them to be angry at the LORD (v.3)
  5. being in poverty which drives your friends away (v.4)
  6. being a false witness and a liar (v.5)
  7. despising your poor relatives and friends (v.7)
  8. being a fool who lives in luxury (v.9)
  9. being a foolish child (v.13)
  10. being a quarrelsome wife (v.13)
  11. being lazy and sleeping soundly (v.15)
  12. being idle (v.15)
  13. despising the commandments (v.16)
  14. not disciplining your children (v.18)
  15. being hot-tempered (see post on hot-tempered(v.19)
  16. not getting all the advice and instruction you can (v.20)
  17. making many plans and not considering the LORD’s purpose (v.21)
  18. not being loyal (v.22)
  19. being dishonest (v.22)
  20. being a mocker, and simpleminded (v.25)
  21. mistreating your father and chasing away your mother (v.26)
  22. not listening to instructions (v.27)
  23. being a corrupt witness and making a mockery of justice (v.28)
  24. having a mouth of the wicked that gulps down evil (v.28)
  25. not understanding that punishment is made for mockers are and the backs of fools are made to be beaten (v.29)

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

Lesson #2: General observations that you just might want to consider

  • To acquire wisdom is to love yourself (v.8)
  • People who cherish understanding will prosper (v.8)
  • Keep your life by keeping the commandments (v.16)
  • When you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD and he will repay you (v.17)
  • Discipline your children while there is hope, otherwise you will ruin their lives (v.18)
  • Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life (v.20)
  • You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail (v.21)
  • Loyalty makes a person attractive (v.22)
  • Fear of the LORD leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm (v.23)

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.

Lesson #1: 27 reasons a wise child brings joy to his/her father

  1. Right living (v.2)
  2. Hard worker (v.4)
  3. Harvests in the summer (v.5)
  4. Godly and showered with blessings (v.6)
  5. Glad to be instructed (v.8)
  6. Walks safely because their integrity (v.9)
  7. Bold reproof that promotes peace (v.10)
  8. Words are life-giving fountain (v.11)
  9. Full of love that makes up for all offenses (v.12)
  10. Understanding (v.13)
  11. Treasures knowledge (v.14)
  12. Wealthy (v.15)
  13. Their earnings enhance their lives (v.16)
  14. Readily accepts discipline (v.17)
  15. Sensible and keeps mouth shut (v.19)
  16. Their words are like sterling silver (v.20)
  17. Their words encourage many (v.21)
  18. Has the blessings of the LORD (v.22)
  19. Lives wisely (v.23)
  20. Their hopes are granted (v.24)
  21. Has a lasting foundation (v.25)
  22. Fears the LORD respectfully (v.27)
  23. Hopes result in happiness (v.28)
  24. Because of their integrity, they have the LORD as a stronghold (v.29)
  25. Never disturbed (v.30)
  26. Gives wise advice (v.31)
  27. Speaks helpful words (v.32)

Lesson #2: 29 reasons a foolish child brings grief to his/her mother

  1. Drawn to tainted wealth (v.2)
  2. Full of cravings and Wicked (v.3)
  3. Lazy (v.4)
  4. Sleeps during harvest and is a disgrace (v.5)
  5. Conceals violent intentions (v.6, 11)
  6. Babbling fools who fall flat on their faces (v.8)
  7. Their name will rot away because they are wicked (v.7)
  8. Follows crooked paths (v.9)
  9. Winks at wrong and causes trouble (v.10)
  10. Lacks sense (v.13)
  11. Babbles and invites disaster (v.14)
  12. Poverty is their destruction (v.15)
  13. Squander their money on sin (v.16)
  14. Ignores correction and does go astray (v.17)
  15. Hides hatred (v.18)
  16. Slanders other (v.18)
  17. Talks to much (v.19)
  18. Has the heart of a fool that is worthless (v.20)
  19. Destroyed by their lack of common sense (v.21)
  20. Finds doing wrong fun (v.23)
  21. All their fears will be fulfilled (v.24)
  22. Whirled away when the storms of life come (v.25)
  23. Irritate their employers (v.26)
  24. Their years are cut short because they are wicked (v.27)
  25. Their expectations come to nothing because they are wicked (v.28)
  26. The way of the LORD destroys them because they are wicked (v.29)
  27. They will be remove from the land because they are wicked (v.30)
  28. They have a tongue that deceives and it will be cut off (v.31)
  29. They speak perverse words (v.32)

Lesson #3: Consider these Nuggets of gold  

  • Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life (v.2)
  • The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction (v.15)
  • Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool (v.18)
  • Too much talk leads to sin.  Be sensible and keep your mouth shut (v.19)
  • The LORD will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked (v.3)
  • We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away (v.7)
  • The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted (v.24)
  • When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation (v.25)
  • The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing (v.28)
  • The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked (v.29)
  • The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land (v.30)

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!