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Proverbs 22:17-19 Wisdom comes when we listen to, consider, cherish,and speak truth.

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Many people believe that wisdom is all about how much you know.  However, this definition is not complete.  Wisdom comes from a Hebrew word that means "Skill".  Wisdom is the ability to skilfully use knowledge to produce beneficial outcomes.  Proverbs 22 instructs us on HOW to acquire this power.  1) Listen carefilly to the words of the wise, 2) Take the time to carefully consider this information, 3) Commit these truths to memory and give voice to them, and 4) Submit what you do to what you have learned.  God will empower you and work on your behalf as you trust Him. We must subnit to the process to attain wisdom and the blessings that come with it.    

Proverbs 21:13 When we are attentive to the cry of the poor, the world becomes better and we insure our future

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  There was a day in man's past when God brought the beasts and birds to Adam to see what he would name them.  Whatever Adam called each living creature , that was its name.  This is but one example of the authority and power given to man in the earth. We have been given the power to shape this planet!   We can enhance life for  mankind or bring pain.  What we do not only affects others, but also determines our future.   This is the secret of Proverbs 21:13.  We must take time to consider  the needs of the oppressed and less fortunate and DO what we can to help.  This also ensures that our crying is heard when we are in need.  God continues to watch to see what we will do!

Proverbs 30:32-33 Hiding sin produces trouble, repentance brings freedom

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This Christmas season, my family decided to establish a new tradition.  Each year we will "adopt" one or more needy families and help to make their holiday season brighter.  This, of course, is a "good deed" and good deeds tend to make us feel better about ourselves.  Sometimes we mistakenly think that good deeds cover up the selfish or evil things that we do.  Certainly, there are benefits to doing good, but this activity does not absolve us from sin!  God is loving, compassionate and forgiving, but He does not accept our good deeds as a covering for our sins!  This Proverb teaches us that hiding our sin produces trouble and wrath.  In order to be free, God requires that we acknowledge our sin and seek his forgiveness.  This is difficult because none of us likes looking into a mirror that reveals who we really are.  The good news is that God has provided a way for us to be cleansed.  Acts 17:30 declares that "...but now (God) commands all men everywhere to repent".    "Putting your hand over your mouth" (v. 32)  symbolizes a recognition of wrong-doing and a willingness to turn away from it.  This opens the door for forgiveness and freedom.  (Also see 2 Cor 7:10 and 2 Pet 3:9)

Proverbs 2:10-12 Wissdom protects you and gives you peace

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Wisdom is not about what you know!  Many people KNOW right from wromg, but then choose to DO the wrong thing.  Wise people are free.  Wisdom is the ability to see the results of the long game and the skill to lay the foundation on which that result is produced.  Simply put, it is the power to DO the right thing.  Wise people are confident and possess inner peace because they trust truth.  The best thing about wisdom is that you can have it despite your past mistakes!  Jesus said, "Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) 

Proverbs 23:29-30 Alcohol abuse opens a door for evil spirits, but God's Spirit brings joy unspeakable!.

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Wine tastes good and makes you feel good.  It is even more attractive to those who want to escape the pressures and disappointments of life.  We have to learn to say "No more" at the edge of moderation or risk being taken captive!  In the U.S., 88,000 people die and 2.5 million years of potential life are lost each year to alcohol abuse.  Alcohol abuse opens a door for unclean spirits.  God will give us the power to rule our flesh if we will come to Him.  Only His Spirit [can give us "joy unspeakable and full of glory"!


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