THE ROD OF CORRECTION



 Scripture: Proverbs 23:7-14

“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” Proverbs 22:15 (KJV)

Children are by default, prone to foolish deeds because they have little or no knowledge of the consequences of their actions. It takes the extra effort of good and godly parents to grow young children, especially in this modern era, into responsible and wise adults. One of the ways parents raise good children is through prompt and continuous correction.

THE PAINS OF INACTION



 Scripture: Proverbs 3:27-28

“Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1 (KJV)

No one feels happy when what is due them is intentionally delayed; yet we often find ourselves doing so to others. Postponement or procrastination of any event that will lead to loss for the next person, with no tangible reason is not a character any Christian should exhibit.

THE DANGER OF INDECISION



 Scripture: James 1:2-15

 “But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” Revelation 3:16 (NLT)

Hesitation, procrastination and distractions are the outcomes of indecision. The Greek word for double-mindedness “dipsuchos”, literally translates as two-minded; that is someone being pulled in two different directions, constantly shifting between decisions. For this person it is impossible to ever steadily commit to anything. Such a man or woman is unstable emotionally, financially and spiritually.

CONFIDENCE IN WISDOM



Scripture: Proverbs 3:21-26

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7 (KJV)

Everyone has, at some point in time, succumbed to fear and many still currently live in constant fear. In an attempt to deal with the fear, some resort to substance abuse while some enter into destructive relationships. They usually end up in a bigger mess than where they started.

BEWARE OF MAN’S PHILOSOPHY



Scripture: Colossians 2:1-8

 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV)

Feedback: Consider the benefits of studying God’s word.

God's word can help shape our mindset and build up our faith in him but philosophy based on the wisdom of men contrary to the knowledge of God can ruin our faith. These principles are built after the tradition of men and the rudiments of the world rather than the word of God. Any philosophy contrary to the word of God is from the devil.

KEEP GOD’S INSTRUCTION



Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-12

“But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it." Luke 11: 28 (KJV)

God's words and principles are timeless truths that do not require any addition or subtraction. Be that as it may, some people are still not receptive and hardhearted towards the Word of God thereby making themselves impossible candidates for the blessings that lie within.

GOD’S WORD



Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:8-18

 “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:21 (NIV) \

The Bible is the word of God. It is his voice to help and direct us daily. The Bible is an absolute necessity for every believer because it contains everything he needs to be successful in every area of life. This book of wisdom is a detailed manual that contains lessons and instructions for living.