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So, I did the unthinkable among my OCD friends (and sort of myself I’m a start at 1 kinda girl). I am starting this Proverbs Study Group on the 15th and we are starting at Proverbs 15 and don’t worry there is a reason for that.
I don’t really care how you read this, if you need to listen to it and read it, etc. however you do it…do it. I tend to be a listener and reader. I like to listen and then read it. If you don’t know how to listen to it you can do one of these things that may help: 1. Download the Bible app or She Reads Truth app on your phone, iPad, tablet, etc. or you can go to Bible Gateway & click on the little speaker at the top of the passage. The main idea is that you are spending time in the Word of God and doing it with us.
After you read your passage or listen to it or both answer the discussion question and follow the prompts below (:
Proverbs 15 (NASB)
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable,
But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Watching the evil and the good.
A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
A fool rejects his father’s discipline,
But he who regards reproof is sensible.
Great wealth is in the house of the righteous,
But trouble is in the income of the wicked.
The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
But the hearts of fools are not so.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But He loves one who pursues righteousness.
Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way;
He who hates reproof will die.
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord,
How much more the hearts of men!
A scoffer does not love one who reproves him,
He will not go to the wise.
A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,
But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
All the days of the afflicted are bad,
But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
Better is a dish of vegetables where love is
Than a fattened ox served with hatred.
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,
But the slow to anger calms a dispute.
The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns,
But the path of the upright is a highway.
A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man despises his mother.
Folly is joy to him who lacks sense,
But a man of understanding walks straight.
Without consultation, plans are frustrated,
But with many counselors they succeed.
A man has joy in an apt answer,
And how delightful is a timely word!
The path of life leads upward for the wise
That he may keep away from Sheol below.
The Lord will tear down the house of the proud,
But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord,
But pleasant words are pure.
He who profits illicitly troubles his own house,
But he who hates bribes will live.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
The Lord is far from the wicked,
But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
Bright eyes gladden the heart;
Good news puts fat on the bones.
He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof
Will dwell among the wise.
He who neglects discipline despises himself,
But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.
The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility.
- What 1 or 2 verses stood out to you most while reading this passage?
- How would you summarize this passage or write it in your own words?
- What does this passage teach me about God or His character?
- Does this chapter challenge me? How so?
- How can I apply this chapter to my life TODAY?
Share the questions # and your answer in the comments below. Or do you have other questions? Something you don’t understand or doesn’t quite make sense? Do you have any prayer requests? Be sure to add those or email them to me for the group prayer list to: lacymlain[at]gmail[dot]com
Today is the first day of this study. Make a list of 31 things to pray for. Starting with anything you feel that you need to confess to the Lord. Do you ever feel like you don’t know what to pray? Or feel like you really don’t have anything to pray for at the moment? Everything is good? There are still things to pray for. Here is a list of things that you can use to help you if you can’t think of what to pray. AND just for the record…it is okay to sit in silence with the Lord too!
- Do you have a family?
- Husband? or future husband?
- Are you single?
- Best friend(s)?
- Job or lack of a one?
- Something you can’t get off your mind lately?
- Stressed or Worried?
- Excited or Anxious?
- Everything is going great? THANK HIM
- Need His guidance or wisdom?
- Your pastor
- Missionaries (if you don’t know any, you could pray for all of them)
- Ministries (Here’s one of my personal favorites for many reasons)
- Ask God for opportunities to share about Him today
- Ask God for boldness to walk in His will for your life
- Our President and Our Leaders
- That “Hard-to-Love-Person” (let’s be honest we all have one)
- Something you struggle with
- Eventually you’ll have prayer requests from your friends here in this very study
As a part of this study my desire is that we not only dig into God’s Word, but we spend ample time in prayer really and truly spending time with our Father. Not just reading a passage, saying “Thanks for Your Word, Lord!” and being done with Him for the day.
For our prayer time, I challenge you to get up from wherever your at, finding a quite place and getting on your knees before God (yes, actually on your knees..I’m not going to go all weird on you, I just think there is a humbleness that comes when we bow before Him..unless you can’t then just a quite place by yourself…just you and God). You can write your prayers out or just say them in your head or out loud. It doesn’t matter, He just wants to have a relationship with you and that’s hard to do without communication. Whatever you are comfortable with.
If you haven’t ever prayed before other than the giving Him your life…which in a lot of cases were “repeat after me” situations here is a good and simple way of going about it. It’s called ACTS: A-Adoration: Tell Him how awesome He is and say praises to Him (or sing ’em your by yourself with Him, why not? He loves a joyful noise) C- Confession: what do you need to confess to Him today? Tell Him and confess your sins T-Thankfulness: Tell Him why you are thankful today? Even in our valleys we can find something to be thankful for and we should tell Him. S-Supplication: Ask Him for help or guidance or wisdom. Make your requests know to Him. Even the craziest of things…He wants to hear them from you.
At the end of the day, just spend time talking to Him. We serve a relational God who cares for us and wants & always has time with us.
P.S. If you like journaling….this is a great place for you to see your prayers answered. As you go through the study or in a year or whatever. If you are a writer, then writing your prayers and discussion answers is fun and when you look back it’s pretty awesome to see how God moves and grows you.
He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof
Will dwell among the wise. -Proverbs 15:31
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