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Day 18 Proverbs Challenge: Poison or Fruit —You Choose

by Latricia C. Bailey

“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”
Proverbs 18:21 (MSG)

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t.”

These are the chants and boastful words from prizefighter and champ, Muhammad Ali, taunted towards another notable fighter. On October 30, 1974, 32-year-old Muhammad Ali became the heavyweight champion of the world for the second time when he knocked out 25-year-old champ George Foreman in the eighth round of the “Rumble in the Jungle,” a match in Kinshasa, Zaire. The fight was impressive because of many reasons. But the thing that always makes the difference to me with any fight are the words that initiate it.

Professional boxers fight and often use trash talk to incite fear or doubt in their opponents. Muhammad Ali to me was the king of trash talk not because he wanted to hurt them, but because his strategy was to initiate fear of him in them. Continue reading

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Day 12 Proverbs Challenge: Preparation & Opportunities

by Latricia C. Bailey

 “He who gathers during summer and takes advantage of his opportunities is a son who acts wisely, But he who sleeps during harvest and ignores the moment of opportunity is a son who acts shamefully.”
Proverbs 10:5 (AMP)

God’s Word tells us that man plans his way, but God directs his path. I often think of this verse to mean that no matter what my plans are, God is going to direct me. While this may be the case, Proverbs 10 encourages us to make wise use of our seasons, especially summertime, to plan. Proverbs tells us that this time of the year is when strategizing and preparing for the remainder of the year are instrumental in allowing us to be ready to reap. Continue reading

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Day 10 Proverbs Challenge: Love Covers

by Latricia C. Bailey

“Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.”

Proverbs 10:12 (NLT)

 

Have you ever been angry or upset with someone and while trying to argue your point, they just got silent and stopped talking? There is a saying that silence is golden. Most people would agree without a doubt that hurt people usually hurt other people. Proverbs makes it clear that hatred is often to blame as the source of the pain inflicted. When we live our lives out of a hateful place, love is usually missing. Continue reading

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Day 9 Proverbs Challenge: Lady Wisdom or Madame Whore

by Latricia C. Bailey

“Having dismissed her serving maids, Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place, invites everyone within sound of her voice: “Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on? Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me! I’ve prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines. Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning”

Proverbs 9:3-6 (MSG) (emphasis added)

The Word of God constantly and consistently reminds us that the fear of the Lord will lead us into understanding Him and our purpose in life. This fear is not one of being “scared”, but it is a reverent and holy fear of an awesome and righteous God. It is only through living a life of worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome that you will start to understand wisdom in order to gain spiritual insight into life. This wisdom is called Lady Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs. Continue reading

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