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Proverbs 16 by Doug for September

Proverbs 16

September 16, 2009

by Doug


Proverbs 16:1 (NIV) →Whose tongue? My own? Or perhaps that of Godly counselors to whom I share my plans in my heart? And that from their tongues I hear the reply of the Lord, of His wisdom. Nehemiah 2 seems to contain an illustration here.


Proverbs 16:2 (NIV) →I've often heard people defend action or inaction with “God knows my heart.” Yes He does. Do you still have a viable defense?


Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) →Because you will pursue His glory!


Proverbs 16:4 (NIV) →His ends. His purposes. His will. When will we realize all of creation is about Him?


Proverbs 16:6 (NIV) →Faithfulness takes time to demonstrate. Just an observation.


Proverbs 16:7 (NIV) →Notice, he still has enemies.


Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) →Determines. Not recommends.


Proverbs 16:10 (NIV) →People automatically assume leaders speak truth. Leaders? How you doing with this?


Proverbs 16:12-13 (NIV) →Kings should elevate those who speak truth, even if they don't like the truth they hear.


Proverbs 16:16 (NIV) →But colleges shouldn't try to bankrupt you!


Proverbs 16:17 (NIV) →Avoids. Not goes into the midst of it to show off his awesomeness.


Proverbs 16:19 (NIV) →Among the oppressed. Not just poor, but mistreated too. Ready for it?


Proverbs 16:21 (NIV) →Teach well.


Proverbs 16:26 (NIV) →Say hungry enough to be driven.


Proverbs 16:32 (NIV) →Conquer yourself. Yet we train and teach young people to idolize those who conquer others. Are we prepared to reap the consequences of that? Are we already doing so?


Doug


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