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47 Take Control

July 20, 2018

Proverbs 20:1

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Don’t let things in your life cause you to lose control. The proverb today speaks literally about alcohol. Alcohol has the ability to good and an even greater ability to do bad. For instance, alcohol is needed to make some medicines. You can even use it to make herbal tinctures for your own medicine. If you drink too much alcohol you stand to become an alcoholic. It is a progressive disease that has ruined and ended many lives way to soon. Keep control of your life. If you feel yourself losing control stay away from whatever it is, even if it is socially acceptable.

46 Give and get back

July 19, 2018

Proverbs 19:17

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Have you ever pulled up to an intersection that has a beggar with a sign that says, “Need Help” and you fill compelled to give something? Then other times feel nothing and don’t give?

Most human beings have this gut feeling. We should listen to it. Just like we should listen to it when it tells you to walk away or even run as fast as you can. The Lord may at times choose you to do good things that may need to be done at that instant. If we follow his direction in our lives we stand to prosper from it both spiritually and maybe even financially.

45 Calming advice

 

July 18, 2018

Proverb 18:4

The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

We should do our best to give people good advice. I have a thing with my brain that I can feel a situation and can become passionate about it when people tell me of things that have happened to them. It is almost as if it happened to me. I find myself emotional at times about it. I must control this emotion so that I don’t give bad advice. What people need is someone from the outside to ask them a series of questions to get to the bottom of the issue. We as humans have the ability over all other creatures on this planet to predict future outcomes in our mind. If you have emotion in the way you may give advice on the wrong outcome like you may do if it happened to you. Sometimes it is best to think on things for a while before giving advice and think about those possible outcomes

44 Exception?

July 17, 2018

Proverb 17:9

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends

If we care for someone we should not repeatedly criticize their faults of the past. They may quit being friends with you. One day you will wonder why they don’t come around anymore. If our friend does something that you do not think is kosher then tell them only once. If they continue to do it then you must decide. You must either except their faults or stay away from them.

43 People Watch

July 16, 2018

Proverb 16:3

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Today’s message tells us to surround our self with what we want to become. If you want to come smart then educate yourself. If you want to become rich then you should study what rich people do. Just be careful studying becoming rich. If the rich person you are studying is evil you may think it is ok to be evil and then become evil. When you become evil then your life is spent running and looking over your shoulder. I think we should strive to become good people. When you are good and follow the wisdom of the Lord you may not become rich materialistically but you will have a happy soul. You will sleep well at night.

42 A sharp tongue is no asset.

Proverb 15:1

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger

Wow, how much better of a place would the world be if we could implement this in all of our lives. Now I am not saying that we should not criticize our peers especially the ones we care about. We should get better at it so that it doesn’t cut like a double-edged sword. We should think about things before we let them loose from our mouth or before we hit post on the web page. Once it has been released you cannot get it back again.

41 Don’t do it the rotten way

July 14, 2018

Proverb 14:10

The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

Most likely we have heard the following statement, “They are crooked why are they so rich?”

Well they may look be rich on the outside but on the inside, they are a constantly bombarded by the thought of, “will someone take this from me”. When you get rich this way it eats at the deepest parts of your inner being and rots you from within

40 Youth will fade

July 13, 2018

Proverbs 13:11

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Today’s proverb basically says don’t rely on your looks for they will only take you so far. You had better become good at something so you can provide sustenance for yourself

39 Advise

July 12, 2018

Proverbs 12: 25

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad

How awesome is it to get a compliment? How super awesome is it to get a compliment when you are feeling weary or blue? Today’s Proverb tells us to encourage each other.

In the world of self-reliance there are times when we set goals that for some reason or another do not go as planned. You may plant a crop of food and then heavy rains ruin it or birds eat all your seed. I know these things are a learning experience on when not and how not to do things, but they can get you down. It is our responsibility to encourage each other in this community. If your friendship is only online via written messages it can be hard to tell if someone is down. Look for key words. Offer the assistance of wisdom if you have been through it before. Even if it doesn’t seem as though someone is down if you see a struggle because you know it is hard, remember to encourage them.

38 Ready for Wrath?

July 11, 2018

Proverbs 11: 4

Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

In a biblical sense this proverb says that by living a good life you will have eternal life by living a righteous life.

In the here and now we will see wrath in many forms. In Southeast Texas wrath comes in the form of Hurricanes. I live 46 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and when Hurricane Ike went through here the wind blew at 100mph for 16 hours or so. That’s my most likely for of Wrath that can come into my life. When the systems go down you can have a million dollars in the bank and you cannot access it. At that moment you are just as poor as anyone else. If you are prepared for such a thing you are in much better shape. All of your food stays fresh since you have a generator. Your family stays happy since you can run a window unit in a bed room to keep things cool. You can take a warm shower since you have natural gas or propane fired water heater. You have all the food you need since you store 6 months of food.

So, start preparing today. It is a major part of being Self-Reliant.

So what other forms of Wrath can come into your life and how are you prepared for them?