Day 21

Day 21 | Be Open To Spiritual Awareness



  • P.A.C.T.—Pray | Ask | Confess | Thank
  • P.A.S.S.—Pray PriorAuthor's Intent | Stop when Convicted | Share

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Prepare your heart for growth in spiritual awareness.

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  1. Jay says:

    A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
    Proverbs 14:30 I believe that one way to have a peaceful heart is to practice all the disciplines that we are learning or being reminded of in this challenge. Rather than sitting back in envy of those who do.

  2. Dean Wendler says:

    Verse 29 stood out; talks about a patient man and a quick-tempered man. With age I have found anger, irritability and touchiness come quickly. My pray today is for God to control my quick temper and give me humility and repentance. That I might be a Christ- like example for those around me. Especially my kids and grandkids.

  3. Brian Grundhauser says:

    Be aware of the temptation around you. Stay righteous on your path. Do not be a fool. Everything you do, do it in God’s name.

  4. Bryce says:

    29 Whoever is patient has great understanding,
    but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

    My Bible translation puts it this way, “People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.”

    As a manager of employees I find myself sometimes losing patience when someone makes a decision that I don’t agree with. It often isn’t an outward display but internally I think to myself things like, “What we’re they thinking! Why in the world would they do that! How foolish!” This verse convicted me that I need to be better at asking questions and seeking understanding. Just because someone doesn’t do something the way I would have done it doesn’t mean that it was wrong. In fact, sometimes I may be the foolish one for reacting the way I did!

  5. Matt Bollinger says:

    verse 23
    All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

    I like to think this “profit” means so much more than money. We as men and as the Christian church need to do less “talking” and more doing of “hard work.”
    Have a great day guys.

  6. Dave Benson says:

    As we start to engage in accountability I got stopped on verse 12 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” That’s what’s so powerful about us having a brother that will help us see things God’s way which probably isn’t the path of least resistance that we were heading on.

  7. Dave P says:

    Proverbs is all about “buts” and “ands”, and Chapter 14 is no exception. It struck me how simple being wise is in our daily living if we just think briefly and seek wisdom before acting because there will be consequences.

  8. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    Verse 30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
    Lord Thank You for helping me rest in You.
    Striving or Envying after worldly
    things is So Very Consuming and Destructive not only to yourself but your family also.

  9. Anthony Gjorvad says:

    The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. Its is wise to not act in haste, but to think through your actions and act wisely.

  10. Dave P says:

    Proverbs is all about “buts” and “ands,” and Chapter 14 is no exception. It struck me how simple wisdom is if we just think before we act or speak and understand there will be consequences.

    • Wayne D says:

      Verses 17 & 29 warn against a quick temper and its results. Two reminders in the same chapter tell me to think and slow down before shooting off my mouth with stupid thoughts.

  11. Pete says:

    Surround your selfs with wisdom and knowledge of god. Avoid those situations that cause you to stray. Focus on the lord.

  12. Ben says:

    While doing these daily assignments and Bible readings does get done, I confess my schedule gets full of whatever and I don’t allow much time for meaningful relationships.

  13. Bryan H says:

    What a awakening chapter on living and thinking ahead before we speak each moment of our daily lives.

  14. Nick says:

    Day 21:
    Again, I think verse 12 reiterates to me the importance of Godly counsel and receiving wisdom from other men. I know this may shock you, but I CAN BE WRONG and when I am not relying on God’s Word for instruction and brothers in the Lord for accountability, eventually I will get off. Verse 15 comes from that same vein. I need God’s word in my heart to guide my steps.

    “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:105‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    “ There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

    The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭14:12, 15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  15. Troy says:

    Really heard from Jesus today in this reading………the stronger our faith, the more wisdom we gain, we then make better decisions and that whole “Salvation” road given to us by Jesus is so visible, delivered from sin and its consequences.

  16. Addison Waite says:

    27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
    turning a person from the snares of death.

    Seeking God to keep my heart right in that I know Him deeply, but still fear Him in a healthy way.

  17. Bill says:

    Not reacting the way Judas reacted when I get publicly admonished. Do I lash out, internalize it and plot to get even or do I accept it, pray about it and respond in a manner worthy of God’s love?

  18. Eric says:

    What a challenge. Meeting with a brother from another mother. Tip. To walk on the path of righteousness. Heed Solomons warnings about the foolishness we can so easily get wrapped up in.

  19. Tim Kelley says:

    King Solomon was rich in wisdom, look at your friends are they many? We are indeed rich with the brothers we have in our lives to help us, hold our feet to the fire and walk beside us when we fail. Thank you Jesus for my friends who are there to the end.

  20. Brian Hays says:

    Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.
    I pray that we (Donna and I) have a secure fortress for our children.

  21. Steve Roarke says:

    Have a purpose in your life, live for the Lord and walk in his ways, avoid the snares of this world and you will be blessed.

  22. Pat says:

    5 An honest witness does not deceive,
    but a false witness pours Out lies.
    Pray for our country during this impeachment trial that the truth will prevail

  23. Edward says:

    23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. This is convicting me. I’ve been slacking in working hard at my secular job for quite a while now. I have been lazy in my work ethic. Thank you, Lord, for kicking me where it hurts. I need your loving guidance everyday!

  24. Rich says:

    Verse 2 “Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly” I realized that these last 3 weeks I have basically been following this verse. By not wanting to disappoint the Lord, my relationship with him and all the people in my life have improved.

  25. Dan says:

    I see a message of security in the heart/confidence of a listener to wisdom. And a hopeless, or empty hope covered by envy, lies, or foolish talk from the self-loving.

    Where is my confidence? This morning it feels far away from God.
    I want confidence in Him. Faith, not sight.

  26. Denny says:

    The reference to the parable caused me to read Matt 13. Verse 22 says “the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.” That is where I am at. Please pray that I return to my first love.

  27. Derek Blumberg says:

    “The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭14:16‬ ‭MSG‬‬

    Truth and command.

    Lord, thank you for showing me how to lower my pride and surrender all. I openly am following you. Today, I surrender all over again. Thank you for all you’ve done for me. I love you Lord and I am at your service. In Jesus Name, Amen.

  28. Bill Fuess says:

    This has definitely solidified the power of prayer !! Help me Lord as I deal with life everyday !!

  29. Steve b says:

    Vs 26 really struck me: who ever fears the lord has a secure fortress and for children it will be a refuge. I look at our grandchildren and see how important this Godly house is to them. We are so blessed.

  30. Lebron Eller says:

    8. The wisdom of the prudent is to give thoughts to their ways. 15b The prudent give thought to their steps. Lord lead my steps today.

  31. Josh says:

    I couldn’t help but think of one word here, and that word is LOVE. We all need more patience and understanding, the level we can get to on our own is not nearly enough but with Christ in us can we can get there. It begins and ends with Love, after all without love any other good thing is considered meaningless.

  32. Brian says:

    Day 21: v 23 All hard work brings a profit,
    but mere talk leads only to poverty.

    This reminder is good for me as I have developed a new emphasis in my territory to truly follow that plan and not slip back toward the “easier” but less productive sales calls

    V 29 Whoever is patient has great understanding,
    but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

    A reminder for me to be patient with my kids. In doing this, I will be able to be more careful in discipline as I read yesterday

  33. Ian says:

    All my devos today line up with proverbs 14. Be slow to anger and be wise in your listening, especially active listening.

  34. Dave says:

    It is vital to evaluate my actions. I believe that is why we need others in our life that can speak into it and tactfully open our eyes when we are walking off God’s path. We all can make choices to live foolishly or wise – we build that base one choice at a time every day.

  35. Buddy says:

    Today’s scripture spoke to me in several ways. I believe the author is warning us against scoffing and possibly being simple-minded. But to be prudent. And fear for the Lord this seems to be something we have lost. Verses 26 and27 speak to this

  36. Michael Swalley says:

    I pray that engaging in accountability will increase spiritual awareness, soften my heart more to the truth and transforming work of the word!

  37. Dennis says:

    Out of this whole Psalm, I want my fear of the Lord to be a secure fortress for my children. I hope that is what I have done so far. If we are faithful He is faithful!

  38. Chuck says:

    Two verses for me to reflect on:
    29 Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
    31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

  39. Gavin says:

    21 It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,
    but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.

    Love your neighbor as yourself!

  40. Michael says:

    Verse 14, I’ve backslidden several times, and the fruit each time is always bitter, following God is much better than any sin, and the times I’ve fallen have taught me how to have a steady walk with Christ

  41. Massimo says:

    verse 34 “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.”
    Humility is the beginning of integrity and righteousness. God promises when we humble ourselves we will be exalted. And when we are exalted, our homes, our churches, our workplaces, our cities can be exalted.

  42. Mike says:

    29 Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
    For me it is some times hard to be patient when someone is intentionally making false statements about me or doing things that make a unsafe work environment .

  43. Ryan Gatzlaff says:

    I find myself far too often trying to obey the Word in my own strength. That can work for a moment, but it cannot be sustained. Keeping my focus on what I am called to do is important, but I cannot take my eyes off the One who is calling.

  44. Kevin says:

    Verse 29. When i feel anger swelling, this is a signal to turn to God to help channel this into effective action through humility and repentance. This allows God to help me have understanding with what is happening in my life.

  45. Scott H says:

    Todays theme through the passages brought the word integrity to my mind. My employeer has integrity listed as one of their 5 company values. Verse 2 sums it up: Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways. My work defines integrity: “We hold ourselves to an exceptional standard. We gauge our success on achievement, not activity. We work in a high-trust, high-performance setting that allows us to decided how to best deliver for our clients and our company.”

  46. Isaiah says:

    I felt convicted by verse 29, which says “Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.”
    Lord, help me to seek out your grace so that I may extend it to others, as you have done for me.

  47. Brian Menk says:

    9 Fools mock at making amends for sin,
    but goodwill is found among the upright.

    Imagine a world where we are all accountable for our actions and our sins. We all sin fellas. We all make mistakes. Asking forgiveness from God and from those around us effected by our sins is incredibly important.

  48. Nate Hill says:

    As I read through Hebrews, Chapter 7 this morning, it stated that we should put aside the elemental teachers of Christ and move to spiritual maturity.

    As I meditate on it, the one thought came to mind that Jesus said we will do more things, mainly because His Spirit is in us and therefore staying in Him, we will do His will, reflect His character and move to make the world a better place.

    I know I was created for His purpose and to glorify Him in all I do! What do I have that wasn’t given to me.

    The valley He takes me through is pruning and shaping me into His image. Not always fun, but forced growth if it is embraced.

    To Christ be praised!

  49. Patrick says:

    Verse 4: Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty,
    but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.

    Praying for an abundance of servant leader disciple makers!

  50. James says:

    My verse today is 8, “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.” I’ve been distracted the past few days. It was helpful to attend engage tonight. The open discussion and reading of God’s Word helps to bring focus and thoughtful examination to the forefront, driving out the distraction. The greatest deception is sometimes the fool deceiving himself.

  51. Troy says:

    With all the comparisons, wise-foolish, prudent- lazy, righteousness- wicked, and there results we are being instructed on how to live our life, it’s our choice now. Thank you Lord for your word.

  52. shane.young says:

    V9 Fools mock at making amends for sin,
    How true that the seriousness of sin is continually downplayed by society at large and us as individuals. I pray we men of faith will be humble enough to repent.

  53. Dan says:

    Stay righteous and honorable in the eyes of the Lord. Do all things for him and through him. This will please the Lord and take you down the path that leads to His kingdom.

  54. Jeff Carter says:

    The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

    A fear if the lord leads to understanding

  55. Chris says:

    There were many points in this passage. Met up with a brother yesterday and God continues to amaze me and place me in conversations that will challenge me. What a blessing to seek Gods will for our life.

  56. AZ says:

    Can’t help but feel like I’m catching a beat down during the reading of this book…spiritually that is. But Vince called it, “spiritual awareness”. I’ve been exactly throughout this challenge, it’s like the challenge of a new diet and achieving the loss of weight. So it is here too, the gain of spiritual awareness,…keep growing!!

  57. Vault says:

    The simple believe anything but the prudent give thought to their steps.

    My nature is to believe and encourage others and while those can be good qualities, a guardrail for me to prevent being simple is to discuss an idea or a problem with my shield lock. Take a beat and ask my trusted brothers before jumping into action.

  58. Will says:

    9 Fools mock at making amends for sin,
    but goodwill is found among the upright.

    How often do I go out of my way to make amends for my sin? I apologize typically, but do I truly strive to make it right? To make efforts to repair the broken relationship, to build the other person back up where I have caused hurt and torn them down?

  59. Jacob says:

    V1 “The wise woman builds her house
    but by her own hands the foolish woman tears it down.”

    Through wise decision making and seeking Godly counsel we better our lives, and succeed in what we do (building house)
    however foolish decisions burn bridges and leave us with many regrets(tearing down house). Its parallel to the sowing and reaping principle in Galatians.

  60. J.T. Fetherolf says:

    Verse 3
    I always reckon back the saying that “it is better to say nothing and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” I personally struggle immensely with this as silence in a group of people is very uncomfortable for me and I always feel the need to add something to a conversation. Sometimes the most profound thing that we can say is nothing. God created our bodies (and mouths) to have lips so that there is a literal “gate” to control the words that we speak. I ask that He continue to give me the strength and knowledge of when to keep my lips shut.

  61. Eddie says:

    A dire warning I heard in verse 13, even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief, which is something I think we ALL need to remember from time to time. And a reminder of past actions in verse 21, it is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy. When I was in the military, I DEFINITELY hated some of the people I worked with, my neighbors, but I have grown a lot spiritually since then, so I still look back on that difficult time in my life with some heartache for the way things happened, but I no longer despise the people that were simply holding me accountable for mistakes I had made.

  62. Matt Karasek says:

    Two verses struck me:
    12 “There is a way that appears to be right,
    but in the end it leads to death.”
    So many people living in this world try to be “good” and think this is the “right path,” but “in the end it leads to death.” It is hard to help people see past this “good” for humanity, rather than doing good for God.

    29 “Whoever is patient has great understanding,
    but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”
    I am a culprit of this verse. I have become better at being patient, but on occassion my “quick-temper” is displayed, which truly does show my “folly.”

  63. Sprocket says:

    FWIW, I have never regretted being slow to speak… But I have often regretted a quick tongue.

    The best advice anyone has ever given me is to respond in heated moments simply by saying, “I need to think about this for a little bit… Let’s talk tomorrow“

    Works every time

  64. Bert says:

    12 There is a way that appears to be right,
    but in the end it leads to death.

    Only God and give true perspective. I must ask Him on all things.

  65. Gordon says:

    One proverb says, “but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God.” So the book of Proverbs is good for eternity, as well as this temporary life.

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