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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 28

Scripture: Proverbs 28:14Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity. Observation: Fearing God is not circumstantial. It is a position of the heart regardless of the situation. Fearing God leads to a softening of the heart and a willingness to submit and obey, even in difficult and costly times. When we harden our ...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 27

Scripture: Vs 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. Vs 9 ... and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel. Vs 17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Vs 21 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is tested by his praise. Observation: Solomon here is analyzing different co...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 25

Scripture: "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters. Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give. With...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 26

Scripture: Proverbs 26:18-19 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I am only joking!" Observation: The sluggard, the drunkard, the wicked are being described in chapter 26 of Proverbs. A lot of comparisons are being made with things in this world that you would compare to the person that acts in certain w...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 24

Scripture: Proverbs 24:26 Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips Observation: A true friend/brother, who has wisdom, will not avoid or overlook problems but honestly share them with someone. The friend, if wise, will receive the constructive correction. Application: There are many ways how a need for change can be presented and received. In today's society, ...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 23

Scripture -Proverbs 23:17 "Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day" Observation -Much of Proverbs chapter 23 reads like a father giving a son advice for his life. In much of this advice the fatherly voice urges the son to not forsake his future for momentary pleasure or quick gain. In life it is not always doing the right thing th...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 22

Scripture: "Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked. Whoever guards his soul will keep far from them." Prov 22:5"Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise and apply your heart to my knowledge-for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, (and) if all of them are ready on your lips. (So) That your trust may be in the Lord I have made them known to you ...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 20

Scripture: Proverbs 20:1Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. Observation: Alcohol doesn't lead to anything good. Using either is not wise. Application: I understand the draw of alcohol. Numbing of the senses, less inhibitions, relaxing the nerves. We live in a keyed up, on the go, high stress society. Who wouldn't wan...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 21

Scripture: Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom,no insight, no plan that can succeed against theLord. Observation: There can be no wisdom without God. He is our creator and he makes everything possible. There is no wisdom, no understanding and no wise council that can stand up to Him or surpass Him. Man against God is no match. Any attempt by man to outwit, out plan and/o...

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Good Life Church - Proverbs 19

Scripture: Proverbs 19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape. Observation: Lying seems like the best way to get out of a bad situation or to buy time until a straight story can be given. However, lying always gets found out. Lying never works out. Application: Speaking the truth all the time is hard. Truth can hurt. It ...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 18

Scripture: "A fool takes no pleasure in understanding but only in expressing his opinion. A fool's lips walk into a fight and his mouth invites a beating. If one gives an answer before he hears it is his folly and shame.""Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits." Prov 18:2, v6, v13, v21 Observation: So much godliness is ...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 17

Scripture: Proverbs 17:9 - Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. Observation: The person that is willing to look past being wronged and forgive is showing love to the person that offended them. While an individual that can't bring themselves to get over a wrongdoing and keeps bringing it up will cause that relations...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 16

Scripture : "The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." - Proverbs 16:9 Observation : Ultimately God is sovereign. Much of Proverbs 16 looks at the differences between man and God. This verse perfectly represents that by showing that no matter what plans a person may make it is ultimately the Lord's plan that will prevail. Application : How...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 14

Scripture: There is a way that seems right to a man,butits end is the way to death. Observation: Man isn't as smart as he thinks he is. He thinks he knows what is best for him but it is actually what is worst. Application: I feel like I am pretty smart. I have a formal education. I read. I study. I am problem solve. However, I am not as smart as I think I am. If l...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 15

Scripture: "To make an apt answer is a joy to a man and a word in season-how good it is! The tongue of the wise commends knowledge but the mouth of fools pour out folly.""A soft answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. A gentle tongue is a tree of life but perverseness in it breaks the spirit." Proverbs 15: v23; v2; v1; v4.Observation: I notice that a bu...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 13

Scripture:Vs 1 A wise son hears his father's instruction,but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.Vs 10 By insolence comes nothing but strife,but with those who take advice is wisdom.Vs 13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.Vs 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,that one may turn awa...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 12

Scripture: Proverbs 12:26 25Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. Observation: Wickedness and righteousness compared as well as a lot of lying and truthfulness compared. There are only two types of people according to the Word. The wicked and the righteous. The honest and dishonest. The saved by grace and the one who is cond...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 11

Scripture: "A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight." Prov 11:1 Observation: Sometimes I have to think about what is being said in Proverbs; there are layers upon layers to find and see... Application: So I think I can discern what God is saying? Hah!! I know He chuckles and sometimes has a belly laugh at my poor attempts to unr...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 10

Proverbs 10:8 The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin. Observation- Solomon is providing advice by comparing and contrasting the actions of the wise verses that of a fool.Much of what he is observing has to do with our heart and our words. In verse 8, we learn that a wise person will listen and follow commandments while a fool...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 9

Scripture :"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight." Observation :Proverbs 9 offers two different voices. One is the voice of wisdom, the Godly voice. The other is the voice of folly and of the world. The voice of folly is loud and seductive but the author of proverbs 9 urges the reader to not listen to it but focus...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 8

Scripture: Title: I, Wisdom"The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up at the first; before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth when there were no springs abounding with water.When He established the heavens, I was there. When He made firm the skies above, established the fo...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 6

Scripture: Proverbs 6:6-9 Vs 6 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Vs 7 Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, Vs 8 she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. Vs 9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? Observation: The writer has very strong warnings and advi...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 7

Scripture: Proverbs 7:1 My son,keep my words and store up my commands within you. Observation: This is a lesson from a father to a son. It is told through a story of a young man who is led by a prostitute. It is a story of a simple mean who get seduces by a temptress. This man does not go looking for trouble but it finds him and he falls victim to her words. While he ma...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 3

Scripture : Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths. Observation: This advice is given from the perspective of a father to a son or child. We are given counsel to trust the Lord with all of our heart or in all matters. We are not to rely on our...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 4

Scripture: "Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure." Prov 4:26Observation: Straight talk, clear speech, nothing ambiguous here. How often do I consider one simple thing?Application: Action-result. It seems simple enough. Do this and that will be the result. A promise of God.Not so simple in real life, though. Perhaps it is because we have mispl...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 5

Scripture: For a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths.Observation: The warning is against adultery in this section of Proverbs. The wisdom that the son needs in these moments is to know the deception in the adulteress woman and the one whom also sees all that we do.Application: For me when I read this I was immediately convicted an...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 1

Scripture: "The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:To know wisdom and instruction; to understand words of insight; to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth-Let the wise hear and increase in learning and let the one who understands obtain guidance; to...

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