I feel compelled to write about some tips that hinder our success found directly from the book of Proverbs.
Did you know the book of Proverbs contains five types of fools?
1.The Keciyl Fool (Self-Confident Fool)
2.The Eviyl Fool (The Stubborn Fool)
3.The Pethiy Fool (The Simple Fool)
4.The Nabal fool (The Ultimate Fool)
5.The Luwts Fool (The Scorning Fool)
Out of all five fools listed above, God has the most to say about the Self-Confident Fool. There are over 40 scriptures that describe this fool. I was so intrigued by how often the self-confident fool is talked about in Proverbs that I did an in-depth study and developed a children’s curriculum to help young people avoid the pitfalls. I believe your writing career can benefit as well if you take some time to analyze this fool’s attributes so you will be equipped to know what not to do as you step out in faith and write for God’s glory.
First, self-confident fools have a lot of trouble with their mouths. They talk about whatever is on their minds and hold nothing back; Proverbs 29:11 and 14:33. They don’t listen well and see no reason to change their behavior because they hate to learn, Proverbs 1:22. They also hate correction as well, Proverbs 17:10. In fact, the self-confident fool is so unteachable that God warns it is better to meet a bear robbed of her whelps than to correct this fool when he makes a mistake, Proverbs 17:12.
As Christians, how many times do we disregard what comes out of our mouths and are shameless as we say negative things about ourselves or others? How do we handle being told about this? Remember the fool disregards the wisdom of others, Proverbs 23:9, but the wise man accepts correction, learns from his mistakes and increases his understanding.
I am finally starting to understand that what I say shapes my destiny. In conclusion, I would like to leave you with a “part-one summa” of how to avoid the self-confident fool’s pitfalls:
1.Watch your words- do not speak your mind, flee from bad situations where you are weakened to speak negativity (Proverbs 14:16).
2.Hold your tongue from slandering yourself and others (Proverbs 10:18).
3.Develop a teachable spirit and be open to correction (Proverbs 17:10).
4.Pray Psalm 141:3 daily- Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.
If you are interested in developing a more positive outlook that ultimately affects the words you speak, then you can email me and I will send you a list of positive confessions that I use on a daily basis. If we work at this together, then we will see more fruit and greater increase for God’s glory. I will post part 2 of the self-confident fool next week. God Bless You!
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