January 23, 2019

AFTERWARD

Proverbs 20:12 (NLT) — 12 Ears to hear and eyes to see— both are gifts from the Lord.

Because our ears and eyes are gifts from the Lord I would think that we would want to honor Him with these gifts. So how is what we listen to on a daily basis affecting us. What is happening because of what we are listening to? What is the aftermath of what we are watching? Our lives get programmed by what we hear and what we see. Isn’t that how dictators were allowed to take over countries? They monitored what the people listened to and what they read. It was called propaganda. Well what propaganda are you allowing yourself to listen to and watch? Synonyms for propaganda are: information, publicity, advertisement etc. Remember the old sayings, “Garbage in garbage and What you hang around the longest becomes the strongest.”

Proverbs 20:13 (NLT) — 13 If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!

There is a time to sleep and a time to work so make sure you know the time because the outcome of your life depends on it. Laziness leads to poverty. Keeping your eyes open means that you are up and getting on with the day. Don’t fall asleep on the job:)

Proverbs 20:14 (NLT) — 14 The buyer haggles over the price, saying, “It’s worthless,” then brags about getting a bargain!

Know the value of what you have so that you are not taken advantage of and then afterward you have a bad taste in your mouth. Once you know the value you will not be deceived by words of the potential buyer. Also know the value of God’s word so you are not deceived by those critical of the Bible. Some have been turned away from the faith because of good sounding arguments. Remember the ‘afterward’.

Proverbs 20:15 (NLT) — 15 Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.

Wise advice will help you handle the money that you do have. Pursue wisdom rather than money. When the money runs out wisdom will help you get through tough times. Children need wisdom more than they need money. If you had to make a choice between wisdom and a bundle of money, choose wisdom. Wisdom will keep you from spending your money foolishly. Wisdom will keep you from having a regrettable ‘Afterward’.

Proverbs 20:16 (NLT) — 16 Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.

If you cover another person’s debt get something of value from them in case they can’t pay back the debt then you won’t lose out. Or treat it like a gift so that if they can’t pay it back you will be okay with that. Then either way you will be fine with the ‘afterward’.

Proverbs 20:17 (NLT) — 17 Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth.

Earn what you want and don’t depend on other people or unscrupulous means to achieve your wants. It may seem good at first to not work for something but in the end it will bite you. A perfect example of this > Eve in the garden >

Genesis 3:6 (NLT) — 6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.

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