The mind of the [uncompromisingly] righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. (AMP)
For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar. (ESV)
  • Pride causes the Lord to withdraw…humility brings him near.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. http://www.esv.org

God, I’m not trying to rule the roost, I don’t want to be king of the mountain. I haven’t meddled where I have no business or fantasized grandiose plans. 2 I’ve kept my feet on the ground, I’ve cultivated a quiet heart. Like a baby content in its mother’s arms, my soul is a baby content. (THE MESSAGE)

Scripture quotations from The Message. Copyright (c) by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. http://www.navpress.com

If the Lord does not build a house, then those who build it work in vain. (NET)

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me–practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (ESV)
  • In this familiar passage we often are reminded to control our thought life. What is unfortunately often forgotten is Paul’s directive to actual take action – its about more than just thoughts!

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. http://www.esv.org

For a dream cometh through the multitude of business, and a fool’s voice through a multitude of words. (DBY)
  • Has God given you a dream? If so, temporary roadblocks and difficulties too often distract us from such things. In Ecclesiastes we are reminded that dreams often take work to achieve – NAS uses the phrase “much effort.” First pray that your dreams would align with His will, then when direction comes – pursue it with persistence!
Give me a desire for your rules, rather than for wealth gained unjustly. Turn my eyes away from what is worthless! Revive me with your word! (NET)

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The LORD will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (NIV)

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Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to the words of knowledge. (NET)
  • In all things, effective learning requires active listening and a strong determination to grow. In the things of God, these attributes are doubly important.

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    “Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame! Look, you priests, my complaint is with you! (NLT)
    • In Hosea, the priests were attempting to blame the people for the mounting problems of the kingdom. Truth is, the priests were in fact to blame for allowing, if not promoting, the ensuing moral decay. Bottom-line, don’t live a life of rebellion and then blame God for the consequence.

    Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. http://www.newlivingtranslation.com

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