THE ISSUE OF LIFE–part 4

Pondering the Principles of Proverbs

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Guarding our heart requires that we be proactive with respect to those things that would tend to corrupt it—and those things are as many as the sands on the beach.

Therefore, it is NOT possible to take a preventative action against a certain type of enemy. We must have some sort of protection that will protect our heart against ANY kind of invasion.

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THE ISSUE OF LIFE–part 3

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Pondering the Principles of Proverbs

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Pro. 4:23 NLT) 

In Part 1 we learned that your heart determines your life, which basically means that YOU determine your life. I say that, because it is up to you to guard your heart. 

In Part 2, we  learned that evil actions are preceded by evil thoughts. If that is the case, then it is necessary to learn how to control our thoughts.

How is that possible? Thoughts just seem to zip in and out of my head with complete randomness. I can be going along minding my own business, not thinking about anything in particular, and BAM! Out of nowhere a thought pops up—sometimes good; sometimes not so good. 

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THE ISSUE OF LIFE–part 2

Pondering the Principles of Proverbs

 

FALLING ASLEEP ON DUTY

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Pro. 4:23 NLT)

In Part 1 we learned that your heart determines your life, which basically means that YOU determine your life. I say that, because it is up to you to guard your heart.

If you guard it, you have control.

If you do not guard it, you do not have control over your life, but are at the effect of anything and every thing that comes along.

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THE ISSUE OF LIFE–part 1

Pondering the Principles of Proverbs

GuardHeartSnoopy “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Pro. 4:23 NLT)

I heard Billy Graham say, in effect, “I looked over the newspaper this morning and read about murders, rapes, robberies, adulteries, embezzlements and other problems in this city, and I wasn’t bothered.

“And that bothers me.”

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THE MAIN THING

Pondering the Principles of Proverbs

Confucius_“Life-is-really-simple-but-we-insist-on-making-it-complicated.”-640x640The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. (Pro. 4:7 NAS)

 

The beauty of wisdom lies in its simplicity.

 

We so often overlook the obvious, but this proverb shows us that it is helpful to state the obvious: The beginning of wisdom is to get it.

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THE REWARDS OF WISDOM

Pondering the Principles of Proverbs

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Surely most people would agree that wisdom is its own reward. However, there are promises of provision attached to the acquisition of wisdom.

 

Stop and think about it, and the truth of that statement will be self-evident.

 

Consider it from the opposite side—stupid kills.

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WHERE WISDOM IS FOUND

Pondering the Principles of Proverbs

ImageWisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:”  (Proverbs 1:20-21)

Wisdom is not something for a select few. It is not the singular domain of gurus. It does not belong only to the formally educated. It is not limited to the aged or only to those who have graduated from “Knocks College.”

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