“And more than that, the preacher was wise; he still taught the people knowledge. Yes, he listened, and looked, and set in order many proverbs. The preacher sought to find out pleasing words; and words of truth written by the upright. The words of the wise are like goads; yes, their collected words are like nails driven home; they are given from one Shepherd” (Ecclesiastes 12:9-11 MKJV).
In the middle of the night of April 15-16 of 2007, it was given me to write proverbs. Like a tap of water turned on, they came, one after the other, 78 in all. Then, as fast as they began, they ended, like a tap turned off. There was no premeditation, no expectation and when the end came, there was nothing I could do to continue. They were just there.
Since then the Lord has given me more, when I am quiet, in His way, and when He wills.
The principles of life have many manifestations, each of which can be expressed as a proverb. A proverb can appear simple on the surface, stating the obvious, as even to give the impression that a simpleton speaks. As one contemplates the words and seeks a deeper meaning, however, he or she can be rewarded with counsel and understanding that serve well in many applications of life, should God give to that one.
2251. When you follow in what’s wrong, you die and kill. When you lead in what’s right, you live and make alive.
2252. The test, duty, and power of the wise are to recognize that even the fool is purposed.
2253. The prophet of the Kingdom of God bows before the king on earth because earth is his realm of authority, but when the king desires the benefits of the Kingdom of God, he bows before the prophet whose authority is in Heaven.
2254. It doesn’t occur to the offended one that he offends more than those who offend him.
2255. To the winner, everything is gold but to the loser, all is shit.
2256. There’s nobody with 20/20 eyesight like the blind.
2257. God is a Single Perfect Gem of a Zillion Facets.
2258. Better to be free in jail than jailed in freedom.
2259. The believer’s enemy is the doorman into the Kingdom of God, hence the flaming sword guarding the way to the Tree of Life.
2260. We need to be crucified to enter the Kingdom. Our friends won’t do it, so the job is left to our enemies.
2261. If we were perfect or good, people should rightfully worship us, for perfection and goodness can only be found in God.
2262. The anointing of God is separate from our person like water is separate from its container, though in it.
2263. It is folly to think we can be the Essence of God in our own right like it would be for a glass to assume it can be its contents.
2264. If a man boasts of his virtue or vice, let nobody believe him.
2265. It’s not what it is but what you do with it.
2266. By the grace and power of God, all things are possible.
2267. What was will no longer be and what will now be has never been.
2268. If you try to do a worthy thing, that’s half the battle won. If you don’t quit, that’s the other half won.
2269. There is nothing that can’t be used for good or for evil, be it a gun, a knife, a wall, a skill or tool, a rock or pillow, a stick, a car, a bed, a pie, a talent, a song or musical instrument, a dog or fellow human being, a strength or weakness, medicine or poison, knowledge or ignorance, riches or poverty, religion or secularity, a smile or frown, a word or silence… goodness or evil.
2270. If a righteous man falls into a trap, it will do him little evil but it will do the trapper no good.
2271. Even if a righteous man falls into a trap, the trapper will not prosper.
2272. Those in some evil become suspect to all evil.
2274. It is not always what is consumed but also what falls to the ground that produces.
2275. There’s a saying: “Give until it hurts.” But I say, there is no true giving unless it hurts.
2276. Beating swords into plowshares is a heartbeat.
2277. False hopes don’t die but fools clinging to them do.
2278. Men live as devils and are buried as saints.
2279. Like the song, singing comes not from the body but from the heart.
2280. You never lose because you fail to make connection; you only lose because connection’s so important to you.
2281. Where were you when the world was without you? Where will you be when it goes on beyond you?
2282. Those who have spent their lives for an earthly income will in the end discover they wasted a lot of time and energy.
2283. Accomplishment first begins with a dream, then a desire, then a complete commitment to the death.
2284. Whether in the secular or sacred, the holy or profane, the earthly or heavenly, men must learn the lessons appointed them.
2285. Jesus Christ, the Person, Almighty God, Creator of all, by Whom and for Whom all things were made, is THE Answer to every possible problem. Faith in Him is the Key. There is no other answer.
2287. If you don’t conduct yourself respectfully, you can’t expect to be respected.
2288. A closed door doesn’t let anything out, but it doesn’t let anything in, either.
2289. Whether a small lie or a big one, whether a thing is weak or strong, big or small, it’s all the same.
2290. The wicked are always innocent and the innocent are always wicked.
2291. One who fears the consequences of not fearing God instead of fearing God is called a hypochondriac.
2292. A hypochondriac is one with a guilty conscience. He’s afraid of judgment because he refuses to believe and to obey God.
2293. One who lives in fear lives in sin. He can rebuke the spirit of fear or try to resist the Devil’s influence, but he must get down to the root of the problem, which is sin. And once he deals with his sin, he’ll no longer be fearful.
2294. Freedom comes with obedience and bondage with disobedience.
2295. God’s mercy is an undeserved blessing, but oh, what a fearful price to be paid for taking it for granted!
2296. Smoke is the evidence of destruction.
2297. Retirement is the fast lane to the grave.
2298. There should be no shame in being wrong, only in choosing wrong.
2299. Covetousness is more evident in what one does with another’s goods than with his own.
2300. True wealth is always within, never without.
2301. When one is rich, he has no need of anything.
2302. Your opponent is never the issue; the issue is your opponent.
2303. When time and chance come for you, resistance is futile.
2304. Your battle will be won when you don’t mind your opponent being wrong; it will be doubly won when you don’t mind being wrong.
2305. Instead of condemning yourself by shading the Truth, stand in Its shadow where you’ll be perfectly safe.
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