Let’s Catch Up: The Journey of Proverbs

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Good evening beautiful people. Although I’ve been posting daily this month for the Journey of Proverbs , outside of Monday, I have not been updating you on the specific verses that you should focus on each day . So right off the back I would like to apologize for not doing so. Nevertheless, I have been reading the Word for myself and would love to share with you the chapters and verses  that you would need to read to receive a closer look on how you can gain wisdom, knowledge and understanding from the book of Proverbs. The list is below. God bless!

 

Proverbs 7

 

Understanding: 7:4

Proverbs 8

Wisdom: 8:1

Knowledge: 8:8, 8:9, 8:10

Understanding: 8:1, 8:5, 8:14

Proverbs 9

Wisdom: 9:12

Knowledge: 9:10

Understanding:9:6, 9:10

Proverbs 10

Wisdom: 10:8, 10:11, 10:14, 10:23, 10:31

Knowledge: 10:14

Understanding: 10:13, 10:23

Proverbs 11

Wisdom:11:2, 11:29

Knowledge: 11:9

Understanding:11:12

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Verse of the Day: Proverbs 3:25

 

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Good morning beautiful people and happy Wednesday! Before hopping out of bed this morning, God placed it on my heart to remind His people to be encouraged and keep the faith.  For those who are not aware, earlier this morning the votes of many citizens were counted and the candidate selected for the President of the United States of America was none other than Donald Trump.  Since this historic decision was made, many individuals have already began to think negative and come to the assumption that the world, as we know it, is about to take a turn for the worse.

Now, although God has forewarned us of the days that are to come in 2 Timothy 3 , He has also told us in Philippians 4:4,7  not to be afraid but to rejoice  in the Lord ALWAYS and again rejoice, for His peace will be with us and will guard our hearts and minds. 

By carrying this feeling of peace and solitude, we are to remember who truly has the victory and the final say so when it comes to what happens in this world. So, that my brothers and sisters in itself is something to be happy about. For we serve a God that is greater and powerful than any person or thing this world could ever fathom. So, if that’s the case, why should we be afraid?

Beautiful people, I say it’s time to rise up and truly take a stand for what God has called us to be. For we are NOW living in a time of grace and God has some phenomenal things He is ready to show to us, question is are we ready? It’s time out for worrying about what things look like and letting fear take control of our lives. For we are to walk by FAITH and NOT by sight and believe that God has the victory because in the end He truly does.

Grace and Peace.

Consider Your Options

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Guest Blogger: Tra’Shawn Standifer

As today is election day, it’s important to understand that you have more options that are not on the ballot. We as a nation will choose today the path we take. We will choose lawlessness, or arrogance. People have been saying that neither Trump or Hillary are worthy applicants for the White House. Regardless of who is elected, both paths will lead to the same thing, the coming of Jesus Christ. It sounds like the same scenario that Israel were in when God brought them out of the land of Egypt, helped them cross the Red Sea to flee from pharaoh’s army, and sent down manna from heaven for the people to eat.

God blessed his chosen ones with nearly everything they could imagined, but it was not enough. God was their one and true king. He led them with a mighty hand, but Israel said it was not enough. They wanted a king that they could physically see to rule over them. At one point and time in this country, God was enough. He was all that we needed, and somewhere down the road we said that God wasn’t good enough to take care of us. We have taken many things we have for granted. When we look at both the U.S. and Israel, we can say that we are like Israel in today’s time. But let’s look at the message behind this story in 1 Samuel 8-15.

Samuel the prophet at the time was listening to the people of Israel. “We want a king!” they said. Samuel prayed to God, he told the people that it wasn’t a good idea to have man lead you. But you know how stubborn we are at times. Samuel went to God one more time, and God said, go and anoint Saul. This broke God’s heart because God had done everything for his children, and they were not satisfied. God said that he will give them a ruler who reflected Israel.

If you look at today’s candidates, we will see that both are the reflection of the country we live in today. We have one side who is arrogant, mean, ruthless, and with an untamable tongue. One the other side, we have lies, cheats, steals, and cover – ups. So yes, there may not be any good options on the table, but this should be a wakeup call for us as a nation. We have gotten away from God, and he is saying we need to turn back. The lawlessness, chaos, and everything else, He didn’t create. We see that the truth is being exposed, and people still with not do anything.

As the story goes, Saul became caught up in his riches, power, and authority, he forgets God which then costs him to be still be in position as king, but rejected by God as king. The people of Israel didn’t understand what happened. They did not think to seek God about their appointed king. People began to get upset because what they believed to be perfect, turned out to be just the average joe. Saul reflected the people and the people could not handle it. The candidates we elect today are the reflection of us, and people are so in a rage that we can’t stand to look at ourselves.  the question is simple. Has God rejected us as a nation? Has God decided that enough is enough?

I urge you brothers and sisters to consider your options. We have Trump, Clinton, third parties, but overall we have God. He is the sustainer of our being. As you go and vote, I pray that it’s the vote God wants for this nation. He’s God and he is mighty and can set a fire in us, but he leaves it to us to keep the fire alive. Consider your options. My vote is Jesus Christ.

To read more of Tra’Shawn’s work, be sure to check out his Facebook page and his feature stories on the upcoming website http://www.refreshthemagazine.com come January 1, 2017! God Bless!

Proverbs 5: That is not Bae

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Good evening beautiful people. Happy Monday!  Tonight’s focus is on Proverbs chapter 5 , the main topics being wisdom,understanding and knowledge. Although only two verses expound on these topics, Solomon does an astounding job on explaining to his sons  why it is important NOT to get attached to someone who is already married or in a relationship.

With today’s hottest hits and seductive t.v. shows, the world has made it okay to do these things, however, after reading this passage you will know that it is not. As always if you do not understand the text below, please check out the message version right here or ask me. Grace and Peace. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. (John 13:17)”

Wisdom: 5:1

Understanding: 5:1

Knowledge:5:2

The Peril of Adultery

My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
Lend your ear to my understanding,
That you may preserve discretion,
And your lips may keep knowledge.
For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey,
And her mouth is smoother than oil;
But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death,
Her steps lay hold of hell.[a]
Lest you ponder her path of life—
Her ways are unstable;
You do not know them.

Therefore hear me now, my children,
And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
Remove your way far from her,
And do not go near the door of her house,
Lest you give your honor to others,
And your years to the cruel one;
10 Lest aliens be filled with your wealth,
And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;
11 And you mourn at last,
When your flesh and your body are consumed,
12 And say:
“How I have hated instruction,
And my heart despised correction!
13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers,
Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!
14 I was on the verge of total ruin,
In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”

15 Drink water from your own cistern,
And running water from your own well.
16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad,
Streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be only your own,
And not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
And always be enraptured with her love.
20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman,
And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord,
And He ponders all his paths.
22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man,
And he is caught in the cords of his sin.
23 He shall die for lack of instruction,
And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

Proverbs 4: Got Wisdom?

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Good evening beautiful people. Tonight our focus will be on Proverbs chapter four. Be sure to read the chapter first, then on the second go round solely focus on the verses in regards to wisdom and understanding. During this time you should write down questions, sayings and phrases that stick out to you.  Lastly you should read the chapter  for a third time and figure out ways to incorporate these proverbs into your daily life routine. Always remember if you do not understand the text below, check out the Message version right here. God Bless and I’ll see you Monday!   

Verses

Wisdom: 4:1-9; 4:10-11

Understanding: 4:1-9

Proverbs 4 (NKJV)

Security in Wisdom

Hear, my children, the instruction of a father,
And give attention to know understanding;
For I give you good doctrine:
Do not forsake my law.
When I was my father’s son,
Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,
He also taught me, and said to me:
“Let your heart retain my words;
Keep my commands, and live.
Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.
Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
And the years of your life will be many.
11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
And when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life.

14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun,[a]
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble.

20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.