A Good Fear

Not all fear is bad. Proverbs 14:16 says: “A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is arrogant and careless.”  The word “cautious” in this verse is literally “fears” in Hebrew. A wise man “fears” — and turns away from evil. What does he fear? Continue reading

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The Most Important Thing

Though surrounded by difficulties and trouble in Psalm 27, David said there was ONE most important thing to him — and it had nothing to do with his problems: “One thing have I asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to meditate in His temple.” The first word of this verse tells us how important this is to him — and should be to us as well: Continue reading

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Prayer For A Backslider

Most of us know someone who had previously had (or seemed to have had) a commitment to the Lord, but who have fallen away from it. Maybe they grew up in church, had godly parents and good spiritual influences in their life, but now they have turned their back on it all. You are praying for them, I trust, but what do you pray?  Continue reading

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Are You A Wise Son?

Proverbs 13 opens: “A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.” We need to understand that these words apply to more than just young children: Continue reading

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Influence

Proverbs 12:26 declares: “The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” This verse speaks of the infuence that one has on those around him. Those who righteous “guide” their neighbors (implied is that this guiding is in a good and healthy direction). But those who are wicked “lead them astray” — they influence them in an ungodly direction.

This verse should cause each of us to evaluate what kind of influence we are on those around us. Continue reading

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Are Your Thoughts Just?

Proverbs 12:5 declares: “The thoughts of the righteous are just, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.” Like many Proverbs, this verse gives a striking parallel between the righteous and the wicked. Most of us would undoubtedly tend to think of ourselves in the former category: “the righteous.” But are we? Look at what the verse teaches us about “the righteous”: Continue reading

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With The Humble Is Wisdom

Proverbs 11:2 says: “When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom.” Why would humility help lead you to wisdom?  Continue reading

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