The Gift of a Good Wife

Posted Dec 1st 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 18:22-24, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly. A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
 
This passage tells us much about how to select a godly wife. Five things in particular stand out.
1. Make sure you marry a good woman.
A good woman loves good things and does good things to other...

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Be Careful How You Use Your Tongue

Posted Nov 26th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 18:20-21, “A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
 
It is very easy for us as believers to allow the wrong words to come out of our mouth. Jesus taught us this truth, “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matthew...

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How to Settle Disputes

Posted Nov 24th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 18:17-19, “He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him. The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty. A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.”
 
Often times as servants, we find ourselves in the midst of contention with others who are either fighting with each other or wanting to fight with us. This passage...

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Use Your Gift Properly

Posted Nov 19th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 18:16, “A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”
 
This statement can be very positive or it can be very negative. A man can bribe great men with gifts. We have seen that throughout the history of our world.
 
When we talk today about political corruption, we talk about people being on the take. It is sad when it is obvious that good people can be bought and sold. In this Proverb, we are going to...

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How to Guard Your Heart from Bitterness and Discouragement

Posted Nov 17th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 18:14-15, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.”
 
Many people in this world are ineffective because they have a bitter heart or a discouraged heart. Dealing with people day after day can cause us to become bitter and discouraged. God gives us six keys in this passage to overcome that bitterness.
 
1. Guard your spirit.
Walk with your...

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How to Avoid Shame

Posted Nov 12th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 18:10-14, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit. Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility. He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can...

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Posted Nov 10th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 18:5-9, “It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment. A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a...

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Ten Keys to Success in Any Culture

Posted Nov 6th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 18:3-4, “When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy (dishonorable conduct) reproach. The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.”
 
From this Proverb, there are ten admonitions that, if applied, will promote you. However, if they are ignored, they will bring your demise.
 
1. Don’t be wicked.
Wickedness is deliberate disobedience to the law of God.
 
2. Don’t associate with the wicked.
This does not mean we need to be...

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Posted Nov 3rd 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 18:1-2, “Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom. A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.”
 
There are four keys here to knowing God’s wisdom.
1. A desire to know God’s wisdom.
Not everyone desires to know the wisdom of God. Verse 2 tells us about the fool. We do not want to be like the fool. He doesn’t seek God’s wisdom. He doesn’t seek the advice of godly men....

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Three More Characteristics of a Fool

Posted Sep 25th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 17:24, “Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.”
 
The fool’s mind cannot focus on the job at hand. The fool’s mind is always dreaming of other places and other things. We can avoid foolish behavior by applying the following disciplines to our life.
1.      Learn to do what you can. Do not focus on what you can’t.
2.      Learn to live by priorities.
3.    ...

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Proverbs 17:21 & 25

Posted Sep 23rd 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 17:21 & 25, “He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.” “A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.” Since these two statements are true we must determine not to raise fools. Is there anything that a parent can do to make sure that his children do not live foolish lives? The answer is, “Yes.”
 
Proverbs 22:15 tells us, “Foolishness is...

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Proverbs 17:7-28

Posted Sep 21st 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


In this passage of Scripture, Gods talks about three types of men – the Fool, the Evil Man, and the Wise Man. We will be examining these three people over the next several studies.
 
God’s thoughts on the Fool
Proverbs 17:7, “Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.” A person that has been foolish should not try to wax eloquent on issues of morality. It makes him look even more foolish.
 
Proverbs 17:10, “A reproof entereth more...

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Honesty is Better than the Comfort of Lies - Proverbs 17:4

Posted Sep 17th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 17:4, “A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.” The Devil has a multitude of lies, but there is only one God-given truth. That is true in salvation. There is only one way to Heaven and that is through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Though the world will tell us there are multitudes of ways to get to Heaven, God’s Word tells us there is only one...

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Trials are Better than Ease - Proverbs 17:3

Posted Sep 15th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 17:3, “The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.”
 
Silver needs to be purified in a refining pot, a crucible and gold in a furnace, but God shows us our hearts by allowing us to experience trials. Isaiah 48:10, “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” There are certain qualities that do not come out of our life unless we...

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Wisdom is Better than a Good Family Heritage - Proverbs 17:2

Posted Sep 7th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 17:2, “A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame,”
 
Two individuals are spoken about in this verse – a Foolish Son that causes shame and a Wise Servant. Let’s examine them both.
1. The Foolish Son that causes shame is described in several ways
a. Proverbs 10:5 – he is lazy
b. Proverbs 9:26 – he wastes his father’s money
c. Proverbs 19:26 – he won’t heed his mother’s warning
d. Proverbs 29:15 – he got his way all his life...

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