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Proverbs 30:5-6

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

"Every word of God is flawless,
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 
Do not add to his words,
or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar" - 30:5-6.

It's important that you know God's Word and not be casual toward its interpretation.  What are you doing to increase your knowledge and understanding of God's Word? How much time do you invest in reading and studying the Bible? Are you doing any extra reading or taking any classes? As you learn, are you teaching it to someone else?  Read what Peter and Paul had to say about God's Word in 2 Peter 1:19-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Proverbs 29:25

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe" - 29:25. 

Fear of others' disapproval or criticism is a great hindrance to a productive life. What could you do if you were not afraid of what others may say?   How much time do you spend trying to figure out what someone may think or say if you do something? Is that really the way you want to live your life? Jesus also had something to say about this in John 5:41-44.

Proverbs 28:14

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord,
but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble" - 28:14.

You can harden your heart or keep it pliable and tender toward the Lord.  If you are 'in trouble' right now, maybe it's time to stop looking 'out there' for the reason and instead look inside your own heart for the source of the problem?  You can find out what Jesus said about this matter in Mark 7:20-23.

Proverbs 27:4

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,
but who can stand before jealousy? - 27:4.

It is all too easy to gossip, backbite or be sarcastic because you are jealous of someone's looks, gifts or popularity. Joseph's brothers were jealous of his coat and the Jewish leaders were jealous of Jesus' ministry success. Is jealousy having an affect on your behavior in any way? Is another's jealousy having an impact on your own life or work?  You can read some other comments on jealousy in Acts 7:9-10, Acts 17:5, and 2 Corinthians 12:20

Proverbs 26:12

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him" - 26:12.

All of us are smarter than one of us. If you want excellence, you need to expand your team of workers, advisers and consultants so you can draw from a larger variety of life experience and viewpoints. Do you consult with others as you plan your work or ministry, or does insecurity or pride make you a one-person team? How well do you collaborate with others as you carry out your work? You can see the scope of Paul's network when you read Romans 16:1-16

Proverbs 25:6-7

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence,
and do not claim a place among great men:
it is better for him to say to you, 'Come up here,'
than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman"-25:6-7. 

How do you feel when you are overlooked for a promotion, raise or project you would like to work on? Have you put your career and future in His hands, trusting Him for the progress? Read Psalm 75:6-7 and the story of Joseph and his promotion in Egypt in Genesis 37 through 50.  If you don't have time for all that, then at least read Genesis 50:15-21.

Proverbs 24:16

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again,
but the wicked are brought down by calamity" - 24:16

Failure and setbacks are part of every believer's life. They do not indicate you have done something wrong, but are opportunities for God to prove His faithfulness to you. If circumstances have you down right now, be encouraged, for you will rise again!  Read how Paul encouraged the saints with this truth in Acts 14:21-22 and take it to heart today!

Proverbs 23:4

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
have the wisdom to show restraint" - 23:4. 

You need money, but God promises to provide. Therefore you work to extend God's kingdom, not to amass riches or to meet your needs, for God can provide without your job.. Perhaps it's time to ask: Do you own your stuff or your stuff own you? Do you work for money or does your money work for you? This truth is reiterated throughout the Bible, including Luke 18:18-30 and 1 Timothy 6:17-18.

Proverbs 22:26-27

Your Daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge
or puts up security for debts.
If you lack the means to pay,
your very bed will be snatched from under you" - 22:26-27. 

You cannot want something for anyone more than they do. Don't try to cover others' debts, whether natural or spiritual, even if they are family.  If they are irresponsible, you can easily lose your money, your peace or both!  Stop fretting, let their problem go, and focus on your own. Are you minding your own business or straying into that of others?  Read Galatians 6:1-5 and see how it relates to today's passage.

Proverbs 21:5

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty" - 21:5. 

Diligence is the trait of following through on your commitments, promises and goals, regardless of how long it takes or what obstacles you encounter. Haste involves looking for shortcuts to success, of which there are none. Are you a talker or a doer?  Diligent or impatient?  Read Hebrews 10:35-39 and determine if you are looking for shortcuts or ready to endure for the long haul.