Proverb a Day Challenge ~ Week 1

Psalms 19:8, "The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes."   Let's encourage each other with a Proverb a Day.

Read through the chapter of Proverbs corresponding to the current date and comment on your thoughts, reflections, praises, prayer, etc.

 

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1. Pastor wrote:
Amazing how a proverb can contain so many nuggets of wisdom. Reading it in several translations, God's Spirit seemed to bring to light several themes today... Honesty gives confidence, so always go back to the Truth and draw strength from it. In looking for government leadership, look and evaluate for "a leader of real understanding" and not just rhetoric. Don't turn blind eyes to the poor and needy... whether it is someone I pass by or comes across my face by following the hurricane. Seek justice even when no one else agrees or understands it... time will expose the Truth (and sometimes people are just in it for the debate.) Constantly practice listening to God and renew trust Him... "He who begin a good work in you will be faithful to complete it."

Sun, August 28, 2011 @ 7:23 AM

2. Joshua Abel wrote:
"Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people." - Proverbs 28:15

Those who have their entire lives centered around the "here and now" are poor. Because they are either working for what they have or wallowing in what they don't. Either way, their lives revolve around "...where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal." (Matthew 6:19)


The ruler of this world, Satan...is looking around for those he can devour.

"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." - 1 Peter 5:8

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10


Therefore, take charge of our "Invite and Invest" for Sundays! Realize that there are people who are being trampled by the enemy daily and need a stronghold to cling to. I don't know how I could handle life without Christ Jesus...so why do we let others try it?


"Without Him I would be dying. Without Him I’d be enslaved. Without Him life would be worthless. But with Jesus thank God I’m saved!"

Sun, August 28, 2011 @ 9:13 PM

3. Rebecca wrote:
26 If you think you know it all, you're a fool for sure;
   real survivors learn wisdom from others." the Msg

Thank God for great friends who share wisdom!

 2 When the country is in chaos,
   everybody has a plan to fix it—
But it takes a leader of real understanding
   to straighten things out." the Message

Today we learned in order to fix a heart issue you can't simply just have a plan to fix your behavior...you have to get to the root of the issue. I pray I won't continue to gloss over and have a quick- fix only at the surface level towards my struggles. But instead, have the courage to dig those roots up to begin the process of a forever change in my heart....which will overflow into my life, ultimately showing God's love to others...the whole point of my life.

Sun, August 28, 2011 @ 10:27 PM

4. Pastor wrote:
Proverbs 29

There is far reaching impact on others when the leader participates in gossip. (vr12) "When a leader listens to malicious gossip, all the workers get infected with evil." We are responsible for what we let in as much as what goes out.

(vrs18) Constantly seek the Lord and cast vision to accomplish His plans and purposes.

(vr25) The fear of human opinion disables (leading you around like a bull with a nose ring) ;trusting in God protects you from that.

Mon, August 29, 2011 @ 9:45 AM

5. Joshua Abel wrote:
"When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan." - Proverbs 29:2

What is OUR church culture and what would WE each do to rejoice in it?


Righteousness Increasing?

- are we honest at church or do we think of things to share and hold back because of fear? "The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted. - Proverbs 29:25"

- are we giving the "church answers" and leave putting into action the things of the world?

- are we coming to church to glorify God, or do we look at elements of church as they pertain to our needs, preferences, and likes?

- can we confess our sins to one another because: 1) there is trust and commonality in that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) and 2) we model Christ's love and forgiveness of sin. "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."

- do we add numbers just to be bigger? Quality? Quantity? or Both? ""For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His." - 2 Chronicles 16:9 I say both!


The Lord has started a wonderful and exciting adventure with us at Northshore Family. Stay charged, stay engaged, stay plugged-in! We will see His glory!

""For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay." - Habakkuk 2:3

"Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary." - Galatians 6:9

Mon, August 29, 2011 @ 10:06 PM

6. Rebecca wrote:
25 The fear of human opinion disables;
   trusting in God protects you from that. " the Message

I shouldn't worry or even care what others' opinions are regarding me. I would only care what they think because I'm getting self worth for myself from their approval. I should only seek approval from God to glorify Him. Why would I seek it from anyone other than Him anyway, when He is the only One who is worthy of living for and 2) He is the only One who will never fail me? He keeps me safe. So comforting!

Mon, August 29, 2011 @ 10:42 PM

7. Mike H. wrote:
Proverbs 29:1 MSG - "For people who hate discipline and only get more stubborn, There'll come a day when life tumbles in and they break, but by then it'll be too late to help them."

Ezekiel 36:26 MSG - "I'll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I'll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that's God-willed, not self-willed."

Having a heart that's moldable and shapable prevents breaking. The only way a rock or stone changes shape is to break. Which heart do you have?

Mon, August 29, 2011 @ 10:45 PM

8. Pastor wrote:
Proverbs 30
Bless Your Name! Thank you for welcoming me to run into your arms. Your promises are true and bring life! God, help me learn to think wisely like Solomon. It's not enough to memorize all the lists of wise sayings and behaviors. You taught him to notice and apply traits of wisdom not only from destroyers of wisdom, but also from the wiring of the simplest creatures around us. Attract my eyes and ears to wisdom in action. Strengthen me to timely respond in word and action with Your grace to the people and situations I encounter today. In Jesus Name.

Tue, August 30, 2011 @ 6:50 AM

9. Rebecca Abel wrote:
I am loving all the comments! The church truly is a body, because I haven't thought of everything you all have when I read Proverbs, but appreciate so much you sharing so I can learn even more.

"14 Don't be greedy,
merciless and cruel as wolves,
Tearing into the poor and feasting on them,
shredding the needy to pieces only to discard them." The Message

I think one thing to glean from this verse is not tear others down to elevate yourself. The only place I should seek confidence in is God, and He surely gives me more than enough - He died just for me. I am very loved by Him, so I shouldn't be greedy, merciless, and cruel to others just to feel powerful. God's powerful love is ALL I need to fill me up.

Tue, August 30, 2011 @ 3:33 PM

10. Joshua Abel wrote:
Proverbs 30:5

"Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him." (NASB)

"The believer replied, "Every promise of God proves true; he protects everyone who runs to him for help." (The Message)

"Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him." (HCSB)

"Every word of God is tried and purified; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him." (AMP)

"“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him." (NIV)

""Every word of God is true. He guards those who come to him for safety." (NCV)

"Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection." (NLT)

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My mind goes to the hymn...

"Have faith in God, He's on his throne; Have faith in God, He watches o'er His own; He cannot fail, He must prevail; Have faith in God, have faith in God."

Tue, August 30, 2011 @ 11:54 PM

11. Pastor wrote:
Proverbs 31:8-9, "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of those who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."

Isaiah 1:17, "Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow."

On Mission... need to keep my eyes fresh and open for those who need someone else to notice they need a hand today.

Godly Wife... blessed and thankful for a mate that is pursuing God... on mission in the work place to open up ministry opportunity.

Wed, August 31, 2011 @ 6:42 AM

12. Pastor wrote:
Proverbs 1 Lord, give me a heart to pursue Your wisdom...James 1:5 Your Word breeds LIFE! Spirit fill me with understanding and overflow my lips with the Truth. Empower me to choose and lead wisely. Give my family and my church an appetite for Your wisdom so that we can be full on mission for Your glory. In Jesus Name

Thu, September 1, 2011 @ 6:51 AM

13. Rebecca Abel wrote:
7 Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
   only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning." proverbs 1:7

I need a humble heart...I can't do life alone, and certainly need eve bit of God's wisdom.

Thu, September 1, 2011 @ 9:56 PM

14. Pastor wrote:
It's Friday... Proverbs 2 contains some amazing encouragement to pursue Godly wisdom... for those that consistently seek His wisdom, here are some of the overflow rewards mentioned in the chapter... Truth, answers to questions, adventure, victory, protection, pure thoughts and words, common sense, wise choices, connection with the Spirit's leading, strength, light, straight paths, peace, power to overcome temptation, joy, legacy, LIFE.

"For wisdom will enter your HEART, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul."

Fri, September 2, 2011 @ 9:53 AM

15. Joshua Abel wrote:
"Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; For the LORD will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught." - Proverbs 3:25-26

"For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11

Sat, September 3, 2011 @ 2:39 AM

16. Pastor wrote:
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your HEART and lean no on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

How easily we let the enemy gain victory over areas of our heart when we do not diligently and consistently seek to surrender all access to the Spirit's control.

..."the Lord be your confidence."

..."do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when you have the power to act."

...[He] gives grace to the humble."

Sat, September 3, 2011 @ 11:14 AM

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