Modern Proverbs

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I’ve owned several Bibles over the course of my life. For many years, my perfectionism kept me from writing in any of them. But eventually, I began to highlight verses. That led to writing references. And pretty soon, I was just taking notes in my Bible. I’ve used my current Bible as my primary one for probably 15 years or so. During this time, I’ve compiled a list of quick tips and useful phrases which I’ve heard during various messages. The list is not nearly as large as it should be, given the time span that I’ve used the Bible. But seeing as how I rarely took it to church until the past few years, it’s not bad. Having looked through the list last night, I’ve decided that these nuggets of knowledge sound almost like modern proverbs. And so I believe they are worth sharing. Here they are, in no particular order:

  • Do not rely on yourself.
  • The only scriptures you believe are the ones you obey.
  • It’s in the heart, stupid.
  • Growing up in a church is churchianity; growing up in Christ is Christianity.
  • Spend time with the Lord and “have to’s” becomes “want to’s.”
  • You recognize Jesus because He is clothed in scripture.
  • Glorify = make God famous
  • Service is always valued over gifting.
  • Service = doing what is inconvenient or difficult
  • If there is hope, there is faith. If there is faith, there is fruit. If there is fruit, there is more hope.
  • If you push Christ on someone too hard, you may cause a premature birth.
  • Fear of God drives out the fear of man.
  • God sees you for who you are; you can be completely honest with Him at all times.
  • Repentance holds back the judgement of God. He only judges those who refuse to repent.
  • Always remember that we deserve God’s judgement. It is only through His grace that we are saved. Praise God!
  • Kingdom of God = government or reign by God
  • Intimacy = influence
  • Many times we hate the world. We are called to love. It is the world that should hate us. That is how the early church worked.
  • Sometimes problems are spiritual warfare; sometimes we just make stupid decisions.
  • It is through trials that we are emptied so we can be filled with Christ.
  • Prayer = spiritual breathing
  • Glory = give evidence to
  • Take thoughts captive and exchange them with Christ for peace.
  • A single encounter with Jesus is not enough; we need to have a lifetime of encounters with Him.
  • We have just as much of God as we want.
  • God wants to be more involved in my life.
  • Compassion = suffer alongside
  • You change your mind and God will change your perspective.
  • We will never be perfect in this life – but when we accept Christ, we are in His eyes.
  • Repentance = change in behavior due to understanding


2 Responses to “Modern Proverbs”

  1. Steve Horn on March 2nd, 2009 3:21 pm

    Inspiring list, Greg!

    Don’t know if you’ve seen this before, but I’ve found it to sometimes be a good resource to see what others have noted on a particular scripture: Check it out…

  2. glaycock on March 13th, 2009 3:30 pm

    Ya know, I hadn’t gotten a chance to check out that site until today, but I’m glad I finally did. I don’t know if it’ll prove to be a good thing or not, because anyone can post their own interpretation, which could potentially cause a lot of confusion. But I’ll have to keep an eye on it and see if it is dominated by amateurs or scholars. It should be interesting.

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