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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"!

Proverbs 21:22 Obstacles don't stop wise me. They scale walls and win.

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There is an enemy of mankind.  He erects walls to stop men from discovering and fulfilling their God-ordained purpose.  Wise men understand that when they decide to scale these walls, they will receive power to win!  Those who are passive and fearful have refused to believe God's word,  but rather conclude that they are too weak to climb over.

Proverbs 15:22 Success in life does not come without  help.

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Success in life does not come without  help.  A wise man once said, "we have  nothing that was not given to us".  It is foolhardy to believe that we don't need wisdom.  If we refuse to seek out wisdom from God and wise men, we will fall short of our true potential.   Never be too proud to ask for help!  Pride precedes failure.


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