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  • New King James Version | NKJV

    Proverbs 29:11

    A fool vents all his feelings,
    But a wise man holds them back.

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    Reflective Thinking

    I’ll have to research how many verses in Proverbs specifically talk about our speaking. Once again, seemingly over and over and over, God is giving us wise counsel about controlling our communication. Using the comparison of what a fool does and then what a wise person does makes it very clear what to do and what not to do. We can take this as an additional lesson on communication.

    Another thing that comes to mind on this verse is if we look at King David’s example in many of the Psalms that he wrote, he did vent and express his inward feelings… the important thing to note is who he was talking to in those situations… it was God. With that, we can say with confidence that God wants us to go to Him when we want to vent our feelings and frustrations and not to others.

    Action Idea

    Let’s use discipline and train our thinking to stop venting to other people, including just talking to ourselves, but instead have a good conversation with our Father. What’s great is He’s the best listener, comforter, friend, and advisor we could ever imagine or hope for.

  • New King James Version | NKJV

    Proverbs 28:1

    The wicked flee when no one pursues,
    But the righteous are bold as a lion.

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    Reflective Thinking

    The easiest and fastest way to get to a state of strong confidence is righteous living. Do you want to be bold as a lion… or the person who runs away from an opportunity, when there is nothing to be afraid of? Exactly. So what’s righteous living? The only true way of living a fully righteous life is through Jesus Christ. We can never become righteous without Him. You know this to be true. The choice is yours.

    Action Idea

    Be bold today. Take some time and pray. Have a conversation with Him even if you’ve never done it before. It’s time to believe in Jesus… and it’s time receive His love and righteousness. He’s the source of true boldness and He’s ready to be that for you for the rest of eternity. Believe. Be Bold. Be You!

  • New King James Version | NKJV

    Proverbs 27:19

    As in water face reflects face,
    So a man’s heart reveals the man.

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    Reflective Thinking

    Let’s not forget this, it’s impossible for any notable length of time to conceal the state of our hearts. It’s going to eventually come out… one way or another. Most of the time it’s hard to miss because it’s all over our face, as it talks about in this verse. There are other times when it’s less noticeable. If we know and fully understand how the heart limits us by the beliefs we choose, we will start to see words, actions, attitudes, and situations that line up with those beliefs. I love how Dr. Jim Richards puts it in his book Wired for Success, Programmed for Failure, “Beliefs are like a thermostat. They monitor our life just like a thermostat monitors the temperature. Any change in our quality of life will be allowed up to a certain extent. But if we move too far from our core beliefs the heart sends signals to our brain, our body, and our environment to bring things back to the current setting! The invisible boundaries that we encounter over and over are not really “out there.” They are “in here”! Nothing will change to any sustainable degree until we learn to reset the thermostat—our heart’s beliefs.”

    Action Idea

    The first step to solving any problem is clearly defining it. Let’s identify and understand the beliefs of our heart that are limiting us, that are hurting us, that are preventing us from living out our God-given purposes. Then let’s start controlling the thermostat so we can make the permanent changes necessary to live, lead, and love like we are called to. Buy and read Wired for Success Programmed for Failure or Moving Your Invisible Boundaries (or both). You won’t regret it.