Day: June 1, 2021

Magnify Proverbs 12 – It’s just a game

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The internet is full of quick resources and self-help advice amidst times of calm and times of crisis. You can find help on literally anything on the go anytime, anywhere. But how much of it is true and actually helpful and how much of it is just click-bait and sensationalism. Thankfully, we have a book that has stood the test of time. King Solomon, the wisest man to have ever lived (excluding Jesus fully-man of course). Solomon, Son of David, when asked by God he can have anything he wants, Solomon responded  “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10). It is through this godly wisdom that we have the book of Proverbs today! Today we focus on Proverbs 12 – It’s just a game.

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Let’s journey through Proverbs!

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It’s just a game

Proverbs 12

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
    but whoever hates correction is stupid.

2 Good people obtain favor from the Lord,
    but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.

3 No one can be established through wickedness,
    but the righteous cannot be uprooted.

4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,
    but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

5 The plans of the righteous are just,
    but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.

6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
    but the speech of the upright rescues them.

7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
    but the house of the righteous stands firm.

8 A person is praised according to their prudence,
    and one with a warped mind is despised.

9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant
    than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals,
    but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

11 Those who work their land will have abundant food,
    but those who chase fantasies have no sense.

12 The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers,
    but the root of the righteous endures.

13 Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk,
    and so the innocent escape trouble.

14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things,
    and the work of their hands brings them reward.

15 The way of fools seems right to them,
    but the wise listen to advice.

16 Fools show their annoyance at once,
    but the prudent overlook an insult.

17 An honest witness tells the truth,
    but a false witness tells lies.

18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
    but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

19 Truthful lips endure forever,
    but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
    but those who promote peace have joy.

21 No harm overtakes the righteous,
    but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

22 The Lord detests lying lips,
    but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves,
    but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.

24 Diligent hands will rule,
    but laziness ends in forced labor.

25 Anxiety weighs down the heart,
    but a kind word cheers it up.

26 The righteous choose their friends carefully,
    but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

27 The lazy do not roast any game,
    but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.

28 In the way of righteousness there is life;
    along that path is immortality.

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Be the light

Lately, God has been showing me that I need to be a light in this dark world, and it has happened within my own life…I have been through a very dark place in my life and it took some drastic measures and decisions to find the light. I have learned that I have to step back and simply enjoy my life. I’ve learned to adopt “It’s not my monkey, it’s not my circus”, but rather enjoy my life, my wife, and my two dads living with us. Instead of focusing on what’s happening around me that is dark, I focus purely on the joy they each bring me.

The first line in Proverbs 12 says, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.” (Proverbs 12:1)

That is a hard one to swallow, isn’t it? Who likes to be disciplined? And look at the last part – if you don’t like to be corrected, you are stupid. Yikes!

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Think about it

My question for you today is, “How is God trying to discipline you so you gain some knowledge about who you are and who God is to you?

What is it that makes you simply lose your mind about? Is it traffic, long queues, people been late to a function annoying neighbours…what is it?

Then step back. Pray about it and let God guide you through what He may need you to correct. There are so many things in our lives that get us all worked up, but sometimes we simply have to tell ourselves, “it’s just a game.” Enjoy life! Enjoy your family, your marriage, and God!

My correction now is that I just love and live life – no more focusing on the negativity, but focusing on where I can correct myself to be positive. It’s just a game.

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Don’t Quit

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Hard work beats talent over and over again. I believe God gives us all of the tools needed to reach the level of success we desire. You can accomplish all you desire through hard-work, determination, and a willingness to never give up. NEVER! Biblical perseverance is unrivaled. Don’t slow down, never give up, don’t quit. Failure is only failure if you don’t try again.

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Don’t quit

Imagine if there was a way to look back at past mistakes and see just how close you were to succeeding.

Every time you stopped running when the finish line was just around the corner. 

Every time you stopped pushing on when you were just about to break through.

Unfortunately, many times we give up just when we should have persevered a little big longer.

I believe that the problem in life is rarely ever failure. Instead, it is the decision to quit right when you are on the edge of a breakthrough that kills what could have been. It isn’t a lack of skill, nor a lack of talent. It isn’t bad luck. It’s a lack of willpower.

But how do we remain positive and focused when chaos is all around us? 

It’s easy to keep at something when you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Forcing yourself to push through without seeing the fruits of your labor is much more difficult. Your will to succeed has to outweigh the painful process in order to be successful.

Quitting just isn’t an option. It is a permanent end to what can often be temporary problems. A bad day does not equate to a bad life. Just because you can’t do something today doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to do something one day. Every champion, every master, every expert has failed before. It isn’t the failure that dictates their level of success, it is whether or not they can come back after that failure. Press on, even when it is easier to quit. You’re never a failure until you quit. Failure isn’t fatal. Failure is only permanent when you quit.

You can’t allow yourself to make that decision!

Do not quit.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 
Galatians 6:9
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Keep going

What if success is just around the corner, and you don’t know it?

The path of least resistance often bares the least amount of fruit. The road to success is not paved, it isn’t easy, and it shouldn’t be. Everything that is worth doing in life is going to be difficult, but God has already instilled in you all of the tools necessary to be successful. I tell the members of the team I lead to stay positive and focused. The profession that they are in is grueling. Often, they make call after call without getting any momentum. They can make ninety-nine calls and give up, but the one-hundredth call could be a sale.

You won’t know if you stop. Failure is a detour, not a dead-end. You can’t allow a setback to throw you off course, or discourage you from trying again. I have personally failed over and over again. My success is not found in never failing, but in never allowing myself to stay in failure.

The Israelites wandered through the desert for forty years. What if they had given up after thirty-nine? What if they decided one day that the destination wasn’t worth the trip that it took to get there? They had to persevere. They were in a brutal environment, making a journey that took four decades to make. Their willingness to keep going and to keep pushing forward allowed them to reach The Promised Land.

You don’t know what your life is going to look like. 

You have greatness in you. Choosing to stop and to remain stagnant won’t solve your problems, it will keep you in them. You have to hang in there, because there really is no alternative. Do not live your life in fear that you may fail. You cannot stop.

Keep going.

The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the Lord. For the Lord had sworn to them that they would not see the land he had solemnly promised their ancestors to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Joshua 5:6
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Press on.

If you are doing something worth doing, then you are going to face resistance. The Bible shows that nearly every key person who set out to do the work of God faced adversity. A life without adversity is a life that has not yet been lived. It is when you begin to gain traction and momentum you will run into walls.

But you can’t let the walls stop you from reaching your potential. You have to find a way to go around, to go over, or to go through that barrier!

Pressing on looks different to every person. For some, this means gritting your teeth and simply working through the pain. Sometimes you can press on with the weight on your shoulders and make it out. For others, it may require you to take a step back, and analyze the task at hand. Slowing down isn’t the same as failing. There is a difference between taking a step back to assess the situation, and sitting on the sidelines and giving up.

You have to press on. There is a strength that comes with doing something that you don’t want to do. It is said in Corinthians that God will never put more on you than you can handle. When you feel the weight of your circumstances piling up on you, understand that you are being made strong. That by pressing on in the face of adversity, you are going through a season of growth.

You are becoming something greater than you were before.

Trust the process. God is developing you for the plan that He has created for you. If you want to be great, you MUST go beyond the place where those who aren’t going to stop.

When problems arise, don’t dwell on them, go past them.

Press on.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 
1 Corinthians 10:13

Push through

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People will do one of three things when they reach their rock bottom.

They will break out.

They will break down.

Or they will break through!

The time where you reach your lowest point is the same time where you will reach your greatest moment of growth. Growing pains happen when you are on the verge of a breakthrough. When you’re following the word of God and you’re adhering to the path that He has placed in your life, then you will go through growing pains. There will be seasons in which you will feel stretched. It won’t feel good. It won’t be easy. But if you maintain your focus and continue to push back against the resistance that you are facing, then you will eventually push through!

Your will to succeed has to be able to overcome the resistance that you will face along the way. You have to want it more. You have to be willing to change and transform. If you dream big, then your obstacles will be big. You can’t view them as the end of the road, but as a minor detour along the way.

Every story of success started with a road of resistance. Success doesn’t come easy; it comes to those who are willing to push through the pain until they reach it. Often it is these obstacles and outside circumstances that provide us with the strength and knowledge to reach success in the first place.

Everything that God does is done for a reason. It is done with a plan already in place.

If you’re going through something, then keep going.

Walk the extra mile.

Move the mountain

Push through.

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 17:20
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