Peace Is Better Than Oil - Proverbs 17:1

Posted Sep 4th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 17:1, “Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.”
 
These sentiments are repeated over and over in the book of Proverbs (15:17, 21:9, and 21:19). What good is it to have plenty if you are sick with strife?
 
Many years ago, I was invited to the home of a very well to do man. He was a developer, an entertainer, and somewhat of a world traveler. When I got to his home to...

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When You Become a Teacher - Proverbs 16

Posted Sep 2nd 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


As you read this title you may be thinking, well that is not me; I will never become a teacher. The truth is you are a teacher. Every time you open your mouth, someone is listening. We teach by what we say. We teach the people we interact with. We teach by our lifestyle. You are a teacher.
 
The question is how can you be an affective teacher? The Bible gives us some suggestions from Proverbs 16.
1. Keep on learning. Verse...

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Advice to a Servant - Proverbs 16:12-21

Posted Aug 31st 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Advice to a Servant
Proverbs 16:12-21
 
Each of us have different authority figures in our lives. There is parental authority, civil authority, authority at work, and spiritual authority. How we respond to our authority will either feed success in our life or cause us to fail. Much can be learned about our response to our authority in this passage.
1. Don’t think a leader approves of wickedness.
When a person is in leadership, they understand that those that do right, will do right by...

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Six Keys to Righteous Leadership

Posted Aug 28th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 16:10-15 gives fifteen very special keys for being a righteous leader. Let’s examine them.
1.      Get direction from God. If I want to be a righteous king, or righteous leader, I need to be in God’s Word on a daily basis.
 
2.      Be just with everyone. Treat rich and poor the same. A godly king cannot be bought.
 
3.      Don’t live wickedly. Righteousness will bring stability to your leadership. Proverbs 16:12, says, “It is an abomination...

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How Do I Get in Tune With God?

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


Proverbs 16:6, “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.”
 
The only way a person can get right with God or be in tune with God is by knowing Him. We get to know Him by putting our faith and trust in what He did for us when He suffered, died, was buried, and rose from the dead to pay for our sins. We are saved by mercy and grace, not...

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Proverbs 16 - Commit Thy Work unto the Lord

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


Proverbs 16:3, “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
 
What is it that you would like to accomplish with your life? What is your life’s work? God wants us to recognize His control in our lives. He wants us to allow Him to have control of the work He has for us to do. God gave Joseph a dream. Joseph knew He had to work to for God. He went through many trials. Yet, Joseph committed...

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Proverbs 16 - Commit Thy Work unto the Lord

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


Proverbs 16:3, “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
 
What is it that you would like to accomplish with your life? What is your life’s work? God wants us to recognize His control in our lives. He wants us to allow Him to have control of the work He has for us to do. God gave Joseph a dream. Joseph knew He had to work to for God. He went through many trials. Yet, Joseph committed...

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Proverbs 16 - God Is in Control

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


Proverbs 16:1, “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.”
 
Why do people worry? People worry and they freight because we forget the very simple truth that our God is in control of all things. We also forget that God cares about us and that His Word promises that He will work all things together for good.
 
It is very clear from this passage of Scripture that God knows what man is planning...

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The Autopsy Continues: The Heart

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


Today we will conclude the autopsies of Mr. Wise Listener and Mr. Foolish Scorner.
 
First we are going to examine the heart of Mr. Wise Listener.
1.      The Bible says that God knew his heart
2.      He had a merry heart because of a right relationship with God – verse 13
3.      His heart was filled with understanding because he sought knowledge – verse 14
4.      His happy heart was caused him to have a continual feast...

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The Autopsy Continues: The Ears

Posted Aug 14th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Now let’s examine their ears.
 
Mr. Wise Listener
1.      His ears were clean and he could hear reproof and was prudent – verse 5
2.      He heard when he was reproved and was able to abide with wise men and God – verse 31
3.      His ears were filled with humility, the fear of the Lord, and wisdom
 
Mr. Foolish Scorner
1.      His ears were clogged with pride – verse 5
2.      This started young by despising...

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The Autopsy Continues: The Eyes

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


Last time we looked at the mouth of our two subjects. Today, we will examine their eyes.
 
First, we will look at Mr. Wise Listener:
1.      He saw God was with Him – verse 3
2.      He looked for light in everyone and everything. It is easy to see the negatives in people. Sometimes we have to work hard to find the good.
3.      He always looked for a way to encourage others – verse 30
 
Now, Mr. Foolish...

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The Autopsy Begins

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


Today we will begin examining Mr. Wise Listener and Mr. Foolish Scorner. As we begin the autopsy, we will begin with the tongue. Let’s just take a look at how Mr. Wise Listener used his tongue compared to Mr. Foolish Scorner.
 
Mr. Wise Listener
1.      He always had a soft answer – verse 1
2.      He used what he knew in a righteous way to help others – verse 2
3.      His tongue was a tree of life....

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The Obituary of Mr. Foolish Scorner

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


It is not likely that many people will mourn the passing of Mr. Foolish Scorner. He was not a very pleasant fellow to be around. His life on this earth amounted to very little and eternity will not be very pleasant for him either.
 
He had material possessions, but much trouble with it according to verse 6. He was an abomination unto the Lord (verse 9). He had great treasures, but could not seem to avoid trouble (verse 16). He ate...

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The Obituary of Mr. Wise Listener

Posted Aug 5th 2015, 12:00 by Sumner Wemps Spiritual Encouragement & Motivation on Christian Living


Proverbs 15
Today, we begin a study in Proverbs 15. In Proverbs 15, we see a spiritual autopsy.
 
There are two patience. One is Mr. Wise Listener. The other is Mr. Foolish Scorner. First we will examine their obituaries and then we will go through their autopsies.
 
The Obituary of Mr. Wise Listener
 
Mr. Wise Listener had so many wonderful qualities. He is in Heaven today because he put his trust in Jesus Christ as his Lord, Savior, and God. He recognized the fact...

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Proverbs 14:29-35

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


Proverbs 14:29-35
Today we come to the end of Proverbs 14. These last seven verses will give us great insight on how to have a positive relationship and a lasting impact on other people’s lives.
 
Proverbs 14:29, “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.”
It is clear from this verse that a wise man does not get easily angry. Foolish men are hot headed. Years ago I learned that anger is...

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