Category Archives: Upright Citizen

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>

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Proverb 12 – Approves/Condemns

Well it is the 12th day of the month and hopefully you are studying the 12th chapter of Proverbs today.

Theme:  The LORD approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness

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My foundation verses today are verses 1 and 2 which state, “To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.  The Lord approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness.

I will focus on those whom the LORD approves and those whom He condemns to day.  Using only chapter 12, I will attempt to show you those who are approved and those who are condemned.

Key Learning: The LORD approves – The LORD condemns key2success

Lesson #1: List of those whom the LORD approves

  • The godly who have deep roots (v.3)
  • A worthy wife who is a crown for her husband (v.4)
  • The plans of the godly (v.5)
  • The words of the godly that save lives (v.6)
  • The family of the godly that stands firm (v.7)
  • A sensible persons who wins admiration (v.8)
  • Those who don’t mind being ordinary people (v.9)
  • Those who care for their animals (v.10)
  • Those who are hard workers (v.11)
  • The godly who are well rooted and bear their own fruit (v.12)
  • The godly who escapes the trouble of being trapped by their own words (v.13)
  • Those who use wise words (v.14)
  • The wise who listen to others (v.15)
  • A wise person who stays calm when insulted (v.16)
  • An honest witness that tells the truth (v.17)
  • The wise one whose words bring healing (v.18)
  • The one who uses truthful words that stand the test of time (v.19)
  • Those who are planning peace (v.20)
  • No harm comes to them because they are godly (v.21)
  • Those who tell the truth (v.22)
  • The wise who don’t make a show of their knowledge (v.23)
  • Those who work hard and become leaders (v.24)
  • Those who use encouraging words to cheer a person up (v.25)
  • The godly who give good advice to their friends (v.26)
  • The diligent who make use of everything they find (v.27)
  • Their godly ways leads to life; that path does not lead to death (v.28)

Lesson #2: List of those whom the LORD condemns

  • Those who hate correction (v.1)
  • Those who are wicked (v.2)
  • The disgraceful woman who is like cancer in her husband bones (v.4)
  • The advice of the wicked (v.5)
  • The wicked whose words are like a murderous ambush (v.6)
  • Those that have a warped mind (v.8)
  • Those who are self-important but have no food (v.9)
  • Those who are always cruel to their animals (v.10)
  • Those who Chases fantasies (v.11)
  • Those who are thieves and are jealous of each other’s loot (v.12)
  • Those who are trapped by their own words (v.13)
  • The fool who thinks their own way is right (v.15)
  • A fool who is quick-tempered (v.16)
  • A false witness who tells lies (v.17)
  • Those who make cutting remarks (v.18)
  • Those plotting evil (v.20)
  • The wicked who have their fill of trouble (v.21)
  • Those with lying lips (v.22)
  • Fools who broadcast their foolishness (v.23)
  • The lazy (v.24)
  • Those who allow Worry to weight them down (v.25)
  • The wicked who lead their friends astray (v.26)
  • Lazy people who don’t even cook the game they catch (v.27)

Review:

  1. Self-discipline and you, are you known for your self-discipline or the lack thereof? 
  2. Do the roots that you have established lead to stability? 
  3. Are you a crown that your spouse wears proudly or do you seem like cancer in his or her bones? 
  4. Is your advice to others just or treacherous? 
  5. Which are you known by, a sensible person who wins admiration, or a person with a warped mind who is despised? 
  6. Do you have a problem with being an ordinary person, or do you find that you need to be self-important? 
  7. Are you known as a hard worker or one who chases fantasies? 
  8. Do you find that you are trapped by your own words? 
  9. In tough situations do you stay calm when you are insulted, or are you known for your quick-tempered? 
  10. Which are you, an honest witness or a false witness?

As you read the two list do you who are godly notice any of the things found in the list of those who hate correction, in your life?

If so please repent and get rid of those things today, verse 1 states that it is stupid to hate correction, and verse 2 states that the LORD condemns those who plan wickedness.

If you love discipline, you are good, truly godly, truly wise, a hard worker, and planning peace, then you can expect  to really learn, have the LORD’s approval, really listen to others, and  have your heart fill with joy.

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 12:28The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death.”

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It truly is Prayer Time!

Proverbs 11 – Upright/Wicked Citizens

Hi everyone, we should be looking at the 11th chapter of Proverbs today on this day the 11th day of the month.

Today I believe that the Spirit pointed to verse 11 so this will be my launching pad, which states, “Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.”

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Using this Chapter only, let’s see if we can understand who the  Upright citizens are, at the same time let’s see if we can get a handle on the wicked citizens who tear a city apart.

Key Learning:    key2success

Lesson #1: Upright Citizens bless a city by

  • Using accurate weights which is a delight to the LORD (v.1)
  • Walking in Humility which comes with wisdom (v.2)
  • Being Guided by honesty (v.3)
  • Choosing Right living which will save them on the day of judgment (v.4)
  • Walking in Godliness which will rescue them (v.6)
  • Being godly which allows them to be rescued from trouble (v.8)
  • Using godly Knowledge and they shall be rescue (v.9)
  • Succeeding in a godly way,  the whole city celebrates them (v.10)
  • Being Upright citizens which causes their city to prosper (v.11)
  • Being a Sensible person who keeps quiet rather than belittling their neighbor (v.12)
  • Being a Trustworthy person who can keep a confidence (v.13)
  • Not guaranteeing another’s debt (v.15)
  • Being kind which will be rewarded (v.17)
  • Being godly and having a reward that will last (v.18)
  • Walking in integrity which is a delight to the LORD (v.20)
  • Seeing their children go free rather than being punished (v.21)
  • Knowing that they can look forward to a reward (v.23)
  • Giving freely which causes them to be more wealthy (v.24)
  • Being generous, and by refreshing others (v.25)
  • Selling their grain in a time of need rather than hoarding it (v.26)
  • Flourishing like leaves in the spring (v.28)
  • Sowing the seeds of good deeds which leads to becoming a tree of life (v.30)
  • Being wise and winning friends (v.30)
  • Receiving their reward here on earth (v.31)

Lesson #2: The Wicked tear a city down by

  • Using dishonest scales (v.1)
  • Walking in pride which leads to them being disgraced (v.2)
  • Being dishonest which leads to them being destroyed (v.3)
  • Them thinking that riches will help them on the day of judgment (v.4)
  • Allowing their load of sin to fall on them (v.5)
  • Being trapped by their ambition (v.6)
  • Relying on their own feeble strength (v.7)
  • Being wicked which allows trouble to fall on them instead (v.8)
  • Destroying their friends with their words (v.9)
  • Being wicked, which causes the whole city that they live in to shout for joy when they die (v.10)
  • Their wicked talk which tears a city apart (v.11)
  • Belittling their neighbor, because they are foolish (v.12)
  • Going around telling secrets, because they are gossips (v.13)
  • Putting up security for a stranger’s debt (v.15)
  • Being ruthless in other to gain wealth (v.16)
  • Being cruel which destroys them (v.17)
  • Getting rich only for a moment because they are evil (v.18)
  • Being evil which leads to them finding death (v.19)
  • Having a crooked heart which is detested by the LORD (v.20)
  • Being evil which will cause them to surely be punished (v.21)
  • Lacking discretion (v.22)
  • Expecting only judgment because of their wickedness (v.23)
  • Being stingy and not giving freely, they do not give freely, they will lose everything (v.24)
  •  Not refreshing others (v.25)
  • Hoarding their grain in a time of need (v.26)
  • Searching for evil, and finding it (v.27)
  • Trusting in their money, and down they go! (v.28)
  • Bringing trouble on their families (v.29)
  • Being a fool who becomes the servant of the wise (v.29)

Think about it

  1. Is your city better for your living there or is it being torn apart because you find yourself agreeing with those who are tearing it apart just because?
  2. Are you walking in humility?
  3. Are you guided by honesty?
  4. Are you an upright citizen, and does you city reap the benefit of your standing with the LORD?
  5. Are you trustworthy?
  6. Are you a generous person?
  7. Do you give freely?
  8. Are you prideful
  9. Does your ambition trap you
  10. Are you known for destroying your friends with your words?

Your turn!  As you look at this list began asking yourself these question, “Does The LORD delight in me, if he does then I should have wisdom, be guided by honesty, living right, exhibit godliness that rescues, have knowledge that will rescue, be upright which causes my city to prosper, be sensible, be trustworthy, be gracious, be full of kindness, be rewarded for being godly, find life and many other qualities found in this chapter.

What are your thoughts?

Memory Verse:  19. “Godly people find life; evil people find death.”

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It’s prayer time!

Proverbs 28 – Moral Rot

It is the 28th day of the month and time to look at chapter 28 of Proverbs.

The foundation for today’s review will be verse 2 which is what the image below is based on.

moral_rot

Theme:  Two aspects of this chapter, moral rot, and wise and knowledgeable leaders.

Lesson #1: Aspects of moral rot found in this chapter:
  • The wicked running away when no one is chasing them (v.1)
  • The poor person who oppresses the poor (v.3)
  • Praise the wicked by rejecting the law (v.4)
  • Evil people who don’t understand justice (v.5)
  • Be dishonest and rich, some poor are just as dishonest (v.6)
  • Young people who have wild friends (v.7)
  • Income gain from charging high interest rates (v.8)
  • Persons who ignores the law (v.9)
  • Those who lead good people alone an evil path (v.10)
  • Rich people who think they are wise (v.11)
  • The wicked who take charge (v.12)
  • People who conceal their sins (v.13)
  • The stubborn who do not fear to do wrong (v.14)
  • The wicked ruler is dangerous to the poor (v.15)
  • A ruler with no understanding who oppresses his people (v.16)
  • Murderers who have tormented consciences that are protected (v.17)
  • The crooked who are not blameless (v.18)
  • People who chase fantasies (v.19)
  • Showing partiality
  • Greedy people who want quick riches (v.20, 22)
  • People who show partiality (v.21)
  • Doing wrong for a mere piece of bread (v.21)
  • People who love flattery (v.23)
  • Those who steal from their father and mother, and say,  “What’s wrong with that?” (v.24)
  • Those who trust their own insight (v.26)
  • Those who close their eyes to poverty (v.27)
  • When the wicked take charge (v.28)
Lesson #2: Aspects of knowledgeable leaders found in this chapter:
  • The godly who are as bold as loins (v.1)
  • The wise and knowledgeable leaders who bring stability (v.2)
  • Those who obey the law, and fight against the wicked (v.4)
  • Those who follow the LORD understand justice completely (v.5)
  • Those who understand that it is better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich (v.6)
  • Young people who obey the law (v.7)
  • Those who are kind to the poor (v.8)
  • Those who are honest, and they will inherit good things (v.10)
  • Those with discernment who can see right through rich people who think they are wise (see post on discernment(v.11)
  • When the godly succeed, everyone is glad (v.12)
  • Those who confess their sins, and turn from them (v.13)
  • Those who fear to do wrong and are blessed (v.14)
  • A ruler who hates corruption (v.16)
  • The blameless who are rescued from harm (v.18)
  • Those who are hard workers (v.19)
  • The trustworthy person who gets a rich reward (v.20)
  • Those who appreciate honest criticism (v.23)
  • Those who walk in wisdom (v.26)
  • Those who give to the poor (v.27)

Lesson #3: Lack nothing vs. being cursed!

If you really want to lack nothing then give to the poor, and if you want to be cursed then close your eyes to poverty (v.27)

As for me I choose to be a wise and knowledgeable leaders, because I have had a taste of the moral rot group and it was nasty.  Anytime you have the word rot associated with anything you can almost smell the awful odor it emits.  Can you even imagine swallowing this stinky object?  Every day we are presented with stinky situations caused by moral rot.

I for one am tired of the odor that is emitted by the decay that is happening in our city, states, country, and the world.

There is only one way to deal with this odor, we need lots of GLADEGods, Love, Anointing, Defense, and Encouragement.

Are you ready to do your part as a Child of God? application

What does that mean, you may ask?  It means that with God’s help you need to:

  • Allow the LORD to create in you a godly spirit
  • Ask the LORD for wisdom
  • Ask the LORD to help you obey his law
  • Follow the LORD
  • Be kind to the poor
  • Be honest in your dealings
  • Ask God for discernment
  • Confess your sins and turn from them
  • Choose not to do wrong
  • Be blameless
  • Work hard at what you do
  • Be trustworthy
  • Accept honest criticism
  • Walk in wisdom
  • Give to the poor

Do these things and you will stop the moral decay in your area at least, so get out that GLADE and join me in Prayer.

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 28:27 “Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.”

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It is Prayer Time!