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Proverbs 1:8

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Listen, my son, to your father's instruction
and do not forsake your mother's teaching" - 1:8.

Teaching is best done in a family setting, whether the natural family or the Church. Are you being true to what your parents and spiritual parents taught you? Whether or not they taught you, are you now teaching others, especially your own children and grandchildren?  Take a look at Proverbs 22:6, which makes a promise about children who are taught properly.

Proverbs 31:19

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy" - 31:19.

A rich man's money can defend his interests, but the poor must rely on others to speak on their behalf. What are you doing to help the poor and needy? Is there any way you can speak out on their behalf? How can you do that more often and effectively?  You may wish to read how Elijah employed his prophetic ministry on behalf of the poor widow in 1 Kings 17:7-24 and then prayerfully consider how you can use your own gifts to help the poor in your own way.

Proverbs 30:10

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not slander a servant to his master,
or he will curse you, and you will pay for it" - 30:10.

If you have a problem with anyone, the best but not always the easiest way to handle it is to go to that person. Don't take your 'bad report' to others or even to God, that person's 'master.' Is it time you stopped complaining about someone to God and others and set up an appointment to see him or her? You can read how Jesus said to handle this problem in Matthew 5:22-24.

Proverbs 29:18

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Where there is no vision, the people perish" - 29:18 (KJV).

Vision is important for an organization or an individual. What do you see yourself doing in five years? Where are you living?  What price are you willing to pay to get there? What things must you do to fulfill that vision? Now ask yourself the same questions concerning your company, organization or ministry. Read Joseph's 'vision' in Genesis 37:1-11 and then meditate on how that vision impacted the rest of his life.

Proverbs 28:18

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"He whose walk is blameless is kept safe,
but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall" - 28:18.

You may think you are not being observed, but you are. God is watching, and He will either preserve you, if your ways please Him, or trip you up, if your ways are not what they should be. You can't fool God. Is there any area where you are actually sabotaging your own success? To see someone who suddenly fell due to perverse says, take a look at a man named Haman in Esther 7.

Proverbs 27:18

Your Daily dose of Proverbs:

"He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and he who looks after his master will be honored" - 27:18.

It requires humility and grace to serve someone else's vision, working for them like you would for the Lord. Yet God promises honor for those who do. Where or who is your fig tree? How is your attitude as you serve? Keep in mind that you are honoring God as you honor His servants?  Read about the woman who anointed Jesus in Matthew 26:6-13 and also what Isaiah said in Isaiah 26:13.

Proverbs 26:22

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to a man's inmost parts" - 26:22.

It can be difficult to resist gossip, whether giving or receiving, just like it's hard to to pass up good food! Why not choose today to spread a good report about others, and build up their character and reputation in the eyes of someone else? Read Daniel 6 and see that his trip to the lion's den began with gossip that the king accepted as truth.

Proverbs 25:12

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold
is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear" - 25:12.

Feedback from others, sometimes known as criticism, is a valuable thing, not to be taken lightly. If you do not want or seek feedback, however, you can see it as an unwelcome intruder. How can you be more open to hear and receive what will only make you more effective, even if it can be difficult to hear? Read what David prayed about feedback in Psalm 141:5 and then pray it for yourself!

Proverbs 24:6

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"For waging war you need guidance,
and for victory many advisers" - 24:6. 

You need a personal board of directors who can advise you on various aspects of your life and work. These advisers can be alive and well, or role models who left a legacy after death. Who serves on your personal board of directors?  What difference are they making in your life?  As an example of one who sought advice and one who did not, read 1 Kings 22.

Proverbs 23:19

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path" - 23:19. 

It requires effort to maintain a pure heart on a righteous path. Solomon prayed for wisdom, but he literally prayed for a 'listening heart.' How well do you listen to God?  How well do you listen to others?  How well do you listen to your own heart?  Read Solomon's prayer in 1 Kings 3:7-10 and then see what Jesus told the crowd in Matthew 15:10.