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Proverbs 30:2

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"I am the most ignorant of men;
I do not have a man's understanding" - 30:2.

It is good to be realistic and know what you have, what you know and who you are by God's grace. If you don't, then you can be arrogant and rude, ignoring your limitations and weaknesses.  Do you understand God is the the source of your life and success? Do you have a good idea of your strengths and weaknesses? You may wish to read what Paul wrote about this topic in Romans 12:3-8.

Proverbs 29:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs:  

"A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
will suddenly be destroyed - without remedy" - 29:1.

There are limits even to God's patience. If you continually ignore His warnings about your behavior or attitude, you run the risk of humiliation. Better to humble yourself than to be humiliated! Is there any area of your life in which you need to make some changes?  You may also want to read 1 Peter 5:5-7 and Matthew 21:44.

Proverbs 28:23

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"He who rebukes a man will in the end
gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue" - 28:23.

Yesterday we saw that hidden love is no love at all. Today we see that confronting someone in the wrong is the best long-term strategy to win their favor. So is it fair to say that those who love will be those who rebuke and correct because they care? You may want to read Ezekiel 33:1-6, which speaks to the same need to warn those who are in spiritual danger.

Proverbs 27:5

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Better is open rebuke than hidden love" - 27:5.

If love is really love, it cannot be hidden. It will act to benefit the one who is loved. you cannot say you love God but not love His people.  In other words, you cannot be a loner Christian, which means you will be part of a church fellowship. What are you doing to show your love for God's people? John wrote something important about loving God and His people in 1 John 2:9-11, which you will do well to read and apply.

Proverbs 26:7

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Like a lame man's legs that hang limp
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool" - 26:7. 

If you don't have the character or integrity to go with your wise words, you lack moral authority. If you don't know when or how to say something, you can say right things, but they won't be effective. How influential do you want to be? Let your life be your message and your words will have added power and influence. Read Colossians 4:6 and try to understand what it means to have your words 'seasoned.'

Proverbs 25:11

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

"A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver" - 25:11.

What a word picture this verse paints! When you the right thing in the right setting, it's like precious metals grandly displayed. So what are you waiting for? Your words hold tremendous riches for others. Think of some folks that you can write, call or visit today to give them an encouraging word! You may want to read what Paul had to say about your words in Ephesians 5:3-5.

Proverbs 24:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established" - 24:3. 

Proverbs explains that wisdom is to fear the Lord and understanding is how that fear applies to daily living.  If you want to build something - a business, ministry, or family - you will do well to put God first and keep Him there not just on Sunday but every day of the week. Take a look at what Jesus had to say about 'building' in Matthew 7:24-29 and then assess what kind of foundation you have laid for your life and work.

Proverbs 23:10

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not move an ancient boundary stone
or encroach on the fields of the fatherless" - 23:10.

This verse urges you to maintain integrity in the affairs of life. Respect others' property as your own, whether you know them or not. Especially don't take advantage of the weak or the poor for your own gain, whether personal or business. Remember, God is watching. For an example of someone who did not heed the warning in this verse, read 1 Kings 21 and see how he was punished for his theft.

Proverbs 22:13

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"The sluggard says, 'There is a lion outside!'
or 'I will be murdered in the streets!'"-22:13.

A lazy person's creativity is often channeled into excuse-making. Yet their laziness is often rooted in unwarranted ear. What are you afraid of that is keeping you from taking steps to achieve your dreams and purpose? What creative excuses are you offering to justify your inactivity? You may also want to read what Jesus said in Matthew 8:18-22.

Proverbs 21:22

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"A wise man attacks the city of the mighty
and pulls down strongholds in which they trust" - 21:22.

You are involved in a spiritual war and you should not take a passive posture. Is your prayer life making a difference in your community, family and world around you? Are you praying only for personal protection or are you pushing back forces of evil with which you come in contact?  You can see an example of this in Acts 16:16-19 and then read more about aggressive prayer in Colossians 4:2-4.