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Proverbs 1:20-33 If we refuse to regard God's voice, our cry for help in times of trouble will not be regarded

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Why does the book of Proverbs exist?  Simply put, God loves you and He wants to keep your butt out of trouble!  God did not start with Proverbs, He started by creating a universe that "speaks" to us (Psalms 19:1-3).  His glory and His voice are on display for all to see and hear!  Everywhere we go, God is speaking.  This  passage reveals the extent to which God has gone to "speak" to us.  He is constantly crying out.  If we refuse to stop, listen and consider His voice, our butts will not be delivered!  When distress, anguish and worse come our way and we pray for help, He will not answer!  The good news is that if we choose to regard His voice (Isaiah 55:6), He will respond and pour out His Spirit to us (Proverbs 1:23).

Proverbs 6:32-35 People who understand the deadly consequences of adultery, will not do it!

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Modern American culture has attempted to normalize adultery.  The goal is to minimize the stigma and consequences of the behavior.  This, however, will never happen.  A covenant breaker is a covenant breaker.  A cheater is a cheater.  A liar is a liar.  Words, philosophy, and feelings will never dismiss the reproach, dishonor, emotional injury, and desire for revenge  that are irrevocably attached to this behavior.  This proverb also carries a deeper message,  God is telling us how he feels and what He will do when we cheat on Him!  If we truly understood the consequences of adultery, we would NEVER do it!  Selah..

Proverbs 24:30-32 God gives wisdom to those who take the time to consider what they see

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Everyone wants to be successful.  We all want life to be joyous, purposeful and fulfilling.  Unfortunately, most people never discover the secrets that lead to an abundant life. The information and the ability to apply it successfully come from God.  This proverb actually reveals the secret of acquiring wisdom!  "When I saw it, I considered it well...and received instruction".  When reading this proverb it is easy to overlook the principle of consideration. God gives us Instruction when we choose to "see" and carefully consider His word, works, and wonders.  This is why the Apostle Paul writes in Romans chapter 1 that the "invisible attributes" of God may be clearly seen and understood by the things which exist.  Our success is hidden in our willingness to see and consider that which is all around us.  Selah (means pause and think about it).

Proverbs 20:22 God provides solutions to those who pursue His way in the midst of persecution.

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When evil people attack us, the natural reaction is to strike back.  We get angry and search for ways to retaliate.  Our solutions generally will make the matter worse.  This word of wisdom advises us to "wait on the Lord".  This does NOT mean that we do nothing.  Instead, we fight the urge to react irrationally and pursue wise council.  We refuse to speak emotionally because that makes it easier to do what is unproductive. The wisdom we need to deal with the issue is available to us. "Waiting" is not easy, but it is worthwhile.   God has promised to deliver us if we choose to "wait". 

Proverbs 23:12 Effort spent to understand and apply the Word of God transforms your life.

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One of the great mysteries of the human condition is the depravity of man's heart.  This is why we continuously see war and misery throughout the history of mankind.  God has declared that man's heart is "deceitful and desperately wicked, and who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9).  Today's proverb opens the door to the solution!  Did you know that God has promised to CHANGE the hearts of those who will listen to His Word and work to understand and apply it?  Think about that for a moment.  God has promised that He will change our heart!  This promise is found in Ezekiel 36:25-27 and throughout the Bible. You may be set in your ways, but God wants to change your heart!  You may believe that you are only human and bound by human desires, but God wants to change your heart!  How does this happen?  How do you unleash this power into your life?  Proverbs 23:12 describes how to get started.

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