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Proverbs 28:9 If you refuse to listen to God's word, your prayers will not be heard

There are many voices in the world.  When most people hear the word of God, they recognize a difference.  God’s word speaks to the human condition and seeks to lead mankind to a better life.  When people decide NOT to listen to it, they unknowingly sabotage their own prayers.  This is like a man forced to his rooftop by flood waters and refusing help from boats and helicopters while declaring, “I'm OK, God is going to save me”. 

Proverbs 22:15 Spare the rod, and you will spoil the child.

No loving parent wants to see their child suffer or experience pain.  We hurt when they hurt!  However, a wise parent understands that without proper discipline, their child WILL hurt themselves and others.  True love corrects and punishes despite the pain it may cause. 

"Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it."  Hebrews 12:11

Proverbs 20:1 A wise man does not allow alcohol to mock him!

Everyone likes to have a good time.  However, when it comes to alcohol, there is a hidden danger. Alcoholism is the third leading cause of PREVENTABLE deaths in the U.S.   More than 10%of U.S. children live with a parent with alcohol problems.  Alcohol destroys families and destinies.   The joy of the Lord is our strength and that joy comes when we are filled with His Spirit!   "And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit" -Ephesians 5:18

Proverbs 14:15 Test what you hear against the truth

There are many voices in the world vying for our attention and assent.  We have to distinguish between the harmful and the helpful.  Jesus said it this way, "Beware of the leaven of the Scribes and Pharisees!".  Some people do not take the time to consider what they hear and test it against the truth.  This proverb calls these people SIMPLE.  God imparts wisdom to those who take the time to seriously CONSIDER what they hear in the light of His principles.  Failure to follow this pattern results in spiritual blindness!  Each morning, we should ask God to give us OUR daily bread!

Proverbs 7:1-2 The secret to power and abundant living

There is a scientific law called entropy.  It means that everything moves from order to disorder.  We live in a time when the very earth itself is being shaken  (see the Links section).  Nevertheless, we can live a productive and purposeful life if we treasure God's word.  If we take the time to consider His word and hide it in our hearts, God says, "we will live"!

Proverbs 31:22-23 A virtuous woman makes men envy her husband

Every wise man wants a woman of virtue.  He knows that he has one when other wise men voice their respect for her!  A virtuous woman (Psalms 31) is compassionate and industrious. She protects and nourishes her fanily.  She presents herself to the public with modesty and dignity  She delights greatly in helping and exalting her husband.  A woman is not born virtuous.  She becomes virtuous because she trusts God to help her become better each day.  Her beauty and royalty is pictured here as silk and purple garments.  Her worth is far above rubies.

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