Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Living Life Proverbially

We often hear, " A penny saved is a penny earned." or , "A closed mouth catches no flies.". Proverbs have been used in every country in every era and the best ones are carried on for generations. Proverbs are universal statements that contain advice on how to live. As they say, "A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs."
But we are not of this world, Christians, it says in Hebrews, "But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city." As "nomads of the earth" we have a complete set of proverbs to live by. We are given by Solomon thirty-one chapters of principles to learn. Unfortunately I do not think that we take them to heart as we should. I found forty life principles in the first six chapters. While I will not share all forty, I would like to share the themes the principles rest upon.

1) Fear the Lord - Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 3:7
- He is your shield and protector - Proverbs 2:7-8
- Trust in the Lord - Proverbs 3:5-6
- Give God the first of all you have - Proverbs 3:9
- Do not reject His discipline - Proverbs 3:11
- There are seven things the Lord hates - Proverbs 6: 16-19
- Pride
- Lies
- Murder
- Malicious Heart
- Desires Evil
- False Witness
- Contentious One

The Proverbial Challenge:
Try living up to the standards of Proverbs. Once we know these things we can't ignore them. It is hard, but who said being a Christian was easy?

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