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  • Writer's pictureBishop Keith Butler

The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. (Proverbs 10:8)

According to this proverb, wisdom doesn’t start in the mind. Wisdom comes from the heart. It’s not about having a high IQ or a substantial amount of education; it’s about having a heart that knows the difference between truth (God’s Word) and fact (what the “experts” say). The only way to have a heart that is wise is to constantly operate in the five elements of faith. First, hear God’s Word. Find out what God has said, deciding to receive it, believe it, speak it, and finally, put God’s Word into action.

Wise people are usually very humble in their pursuit of wisdom. I know many Christians who have been quick to offer their opinions, quick to tell others how to do things, but not quick to listen to the Holy Spirit and resist the guidance of those God has placed in their lives.

The opposite of those with a wise heart are the prating fools, according to Proverbs. The fool refuses to hear from the Word of God or wise counsel. When someone shares wisdom with them, they react with anger. I’ve met many fools who show up at churches on Sundays. When God gives them wisdom in the message that He directed the Pastor to teach, instead of hearing and changing their lives, they get angry at the messenger! Our world is full of YouTube theologians and personalities who yell their opinions on any platform available but will not listen to those who have wisdom from the Word of God.

Because our world is full of these opinionated, foolish personalities, finding people who operate in humility can be challenging. I want to be counted among the wise in heart.

Practical Application

What has God instructed you to do? Listen attentively, receive His guidance, and step out with purpose to follow His wisdom.

Proverbs 14:16; Proverbs 12:1

  • Writer's pictureBishop Keith Butler

A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. (Proverbs 9:13)

Have you ever met someone that you would call foolish? I can think of many moments in my life when I met individuals who, like the foolish woman described in Proverbs 9:13, were clamorous and created chaos wherever they went. When you meet a foolish person, you should respond with patience and wisdom. A wise person will maintain their peace and follow the Holy Spirit when the foolish are making all the noise. Proverbs also tells us that the foolish are those who believe their own way is right, no matter what wisdom is shared with them. We should examine our own hearts and attitudes when it comes to dealing with problems. True wisdom comes from being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and hearkening to the wise counsel that God has placed in our lives.

Proverbs explains we are called to embrace humility and seek counsel, recognizing that our own fleshly understanding is limited.

Let’s try to improve our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and our patience to endure troublesome people and difficult moments. Then, let’s refuse to be clamorous simply because we don’t like the present moment. Be the peacemaker God has called you to be.

Practical Application

When voices get loud and a situation becomes tense, decide to be the person who makes peace in the atmosphere and seeks understanding, not the person who makes a commotion to be heard.

Proverbs 7:11; Proverbs 5:6

  • Writer's pictureBishop Keith Butler

A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers. (Proverbs 6:12-13)

The Bible talks about the wicked person many times, but can you recognize a wicked person in front of you? How does the Bible describe a wicked person?

Proverbs gives us a lot of material to help us understand and discern when a wicked person is in our midst. Not only are their actions and speech specifically perverse, not only do they use the Lord’s name in vain and use curse words in their speech, but the most telling quality of a wicked person is that how they live. They never edify or uplift others.

There are many people who claim to be Christian and can act very spiritual, but their lives show that they only care for themselves. They do whatever it takes to make themselves look good, even if it means destroying the reputation or opportunities of others. They will even use deception or destruction, regardless of how it affects other people.

Christians must be discerning when it comes to recognizing the wicked tendencies of the people around them. As the old idiom goes, “If someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Scripture tells us we can tell what a tree is by the fruit it bears. If this person is always the victim, always against others, and you never hear an uplifting or encouraging word out of them, they have exposed the wickedness in their heart. People's actions and behavior are the most accurate indicators of their true character.

Practical Application

Before hiring an employee, before choosing friends, and especially before choosing who to date, examine the character of individuals. Are they uplifting, encouraging, and righteous in their speech and actions? Or do they display the traits of the wicked?

Proverbs 17:23; Exodus 23:8


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