Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Living Life Proverbially - Continued

Last time I began the key themes in Proverbs with Fearing the Lord

2) Pursue Wisdom - Proverbs 1:2, Proverbs 2:2
- Don't Follow Sinners - Proverbs 1:10-12
- Calamity will come if you do not - Proverbs 1:27-30
- Those who listen will be safe - Proverbs 1:33
-If you seek her, you will find her - Proverbs 2:3-6
- Wisdom is more precious than jewels - Proverbs 3: 13-20
-Keep Wisdom with you always - Proverbs 3: 21-23
-Prize her - Proverbs 4:4-8

3) Listen to your parents' teaching- Proverbs 1:8, Proverbs 3:1, Proverbs 4:1-2
- Do not be wise in your own eyes - Proverbs 3:7-8
- Do good always, at any time - Proverbs 3:27-28
- Put away deceitful speech - Proverbs 4:23-24
- Obey your parents - Proverbs 6:20
- Be guided by your parents - Proverbs 6:21-23

These are only a few of the themes in Proverbs, but still it takes a lifetime to apply them.

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?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Coming of Age

Lately, I haven't been as good about blogging. From life decisions to jobs and looking for scholarships I haven't had much time to read or pretty much do anything. Somewhere in the midst of it all I lost a my focus on the big picture and forget to apply what I have learned in the last few years to life now. You would thing after reading as many coming-of-age and advice for life books as I have I would at least know what to do, but apparently everyone has to live it for themselves and learn that pursuing God is the only way to live. He has a plan and He will guide me. I just need to trust Him and be patient. I know that even if what I want now falls through I can trust Him with my future and live life laterally.
Hopefully, I will be blogging more often. I just picked up a George McDonald Treasury and the Manchurian President to read. Also I am reading Proverbs right now and listing all the principles to live by. I can't wait to share all of this with you.