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 7 Stupid Things People Do To Mess Up Their Lives


Published: December 20, 2010

We are all guilty of behaving foolishly at one time or another. For some, it may have been in the distant past; for others, it may be right now or in the near future. Foolishness is a destructive force. Left unchecked, it can wreak havoc in one’s life.


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Ephesians 5:15-17 states, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” I like the Contemporary English Version: “Act like people with good sense and not like fools. These are evil times, so make every minute count. Don’t be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do.”

I believe the majority of people want to walk in wisdom. We want to have successful, rewarding lives. It shouldn’t be a surprise to us, however, that the areas in which we succumb to folly are common. With this in mind, I have compiled a list of seven of the most common things people do to mess up their lives and what the wise do to overcome them. I hope that as you read through the list, you choose to heed the instruction of Proverbs 15:5 and be prudent, receiving wisdom and correction.

Living like God doesn’t exist. Psalm 14:1 says,“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” You may think only the sinner would live this way, however (and tragically, too) many Christians make the same mistake. When you live as if God does not exist, He is not honored, recognized or acknowledged. You do everything independently of God, living according to your own dictates and desires. Your actions proclaim that you cannot allow God first place in your life or He might direct you in ways you won’t want to go. The reality of His supremacy is too much. The smart thing to do would be to say, “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust (Psalm 91:2).’”

Choosing pride over humility. The “big head” syndrome is deceptive and deadly. When we walk in pride, we think of ourselves more highly than we ought. Pride is one of the seven things God hates (Proverbs 6:17). Now, it’s in line with Scripture to think of yourself highly, but do so in respect of the Word and as God defines it. You are the apple of His eye and the summit of His creation, but you can’t walk around thinking you’re better than the next person. Pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18). Andrew Young said, “We rise in glory as we sink in pride.” The smart thing to do would be to humble yourself and let God exalt you.

Talking too much. Proverbs 10:19 shares that in the multitude of words, sin is not lacking. In fact, there are many instances in Proverbs where too much talk is the defining feature of the fool. You know the old adage, “Loose lips sink ships.” James 3 concurs. Our tongue is a very small rudder that steers the course of our lives. As saints of the Most High God, we should be mindful to use our tongues for constructive purposes instead of for destructive purposes. We need to live by James 1:19. “Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” The smart thing to do would be to get a handle on your tongue. Make it a vehicle of life so that you can speak faith, life, peace, healing and prosperity. Use it to minister grace to the believers and to yourself.

Trusting in stuff. “He who trusts in his riches will fall (Proverbs 11:28).” You might have a lot of money, but when calamity comes it will not be your salvation. It may provide medical assistance, but it can’t heal you. It might buy you Prozac, but it can’t buy you peace. Jesus told us that it is hard for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God. That doesn’t insinuate we must be destitute to enter the kingdom; it simply means that we will have a hard time trusting and experiencing what the kingdom has to offer if we place too much emphasis on things. The principle is this: if you seek first the kingdom of God, all else will be added to you. The smart thing to do would be to trust in the Lord and operate like 1 Timothy 6:17-19, using material wealth to do good, to advance the kingdom of God.

Mismanaging resources. The Message Bible translates Proverbs 17:18 to read, “It’s stupid to try to get something for nothing, or run up huge bills you can never pay.” We should manage what we have and not focus on what the Jones’ have. Everyone should have a budget. It should be realistic – even to the point of eliminating some things you simply cannot afford. Hardworking, smart-working people will always be satisfied, according to Proverbs 12:11. The smart thing to do would be to recognize that everything we have comes from God and we should be faithful stewards of it. We must be mindful of Luke 19:13 where Jesus told us, “Occupy till I come.” In other words, He wants us to take care of business and do all according to God and not men (Colossians 3:3).

Looking for love in all the wrong places. Proverbs 6:32 warns us that whoever commits adultery destroys his own soul. I want you to consider adultery in a broader sense. Our God is a jealous God. When we’re living in violation of covenant and looking for love, affirmation and approval outside of Him or the ones He’s placed in our lives, we will be led down the wrong road. Distractions can be fatal. We know from Proverbs 6 that the adulteress’ guests are in the depths of hell. Don’t be foolish, as described in Proverbs 9:13. Don’t be simple, stupid or naive. The smart thing to do would be to walk in wisdom and remove ourselves from the adulterous woman (Proverbs 5:8).

Destroying the family. Proverbs 14:1 tells us that the fool tears down his own house. Did you know, ladies, that showing a lack of respect for your husband’s thoughts and ambitions will tear down your home? Men, did you know that withholding that tender love and affection from your wife will tear down your home? The smart thing to do would be to live out Ephesians 5:22-33: Wives, you should submit to your husbands as to the Lord. Husbands, you should love your wives as Christ loved the church. Respect and love are integral to the success of your marriage and ultimately your family. Choose to operate according to the biblical model, and you will naturally foster a secure and healthy home.

Beloved, if we do the smart things, our lives will be rid of foolishness and we will enjoy the favor and blessing of God. I know you want to be wise. That’s why you’re reading this message and consulting the Word of God. Even if you’ve failed in walking in wisdom consistently, you can turn from foolishness today. You can make the commitment to be wise and thus invite wisdom’s blessings into your life: safety (Proverbs 1:33), victory (Proverbs 2:7), salvation (Proverbs 2:12), guidance (Proverbs 2:20), power (Proverbs 8:14), peace (Proverbs 3:17), honor (Proverbs 3:35), promotion (Proverbs 4:8), health (Proverbs 4:22), long life and increase (Proverbs 3:16). You can be sure that through His grace and direction, you will live successfully and be pleasing in His sight.

© Pastor Lawrence Powell. All rights reserved.


 Seven Ways to Waste Your Time


Published: October 20, 2010

Did you know there’s a difference between being busy and being fruitful? Did you ever stop to think that just being busy – running around in circles all day but not accomplishing anything – is the same as wasting your time? It’s frustrating to expend so much energy and time and not have any fruit from your effort! I think a lot of our busyness is an attack from Satan, and I believe there are seven different ways that he causes us to waste the time God has given us.


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The first way we waste time is through what I call “dead works.” A dead work is trying to make something happen and no matter what you do, it’s just not working. The reason it’s not working is because it’s your work and not God’s. There’s a difference between working the works of God and the works of the flesh. Dead works wear us out and produce no fruit. They are done with wrong motives and only bring us frustration. They steal our time and distract us from what God has for us.

The second way we waste time is through worry. Worry will actually fatigue you and can even make you sick. Worry pulls you away from your fellowship with God. Matthew 6:25-26 says, Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? (The Amplified Bible). These verses remind us that God will take care of us! But when you choose to worry, you open a door for the devil to work in your life. When you pray instead, you open a door for God to work.

The number three time-waster is reasoning. Are you a “figure-outer”? I used to be. In fact, I was addicted to figuring things out. If I had a problem or if there was something going on in my life that I didn’t understand, I would rotate my mind around and around it until I felt like I had an answer. I couldn’t have any peace until I felt like I knew what was going on. I wanted to be in control. It’s important to realize that there will always be unanswered questions in life and things you don’t understand. Trying to figure these things out will only make you more confused.

The fourth thing is guilt. I was tormented with guilt for years and years. In fact, it was so bad that if I didn’t feel wrong, I didn’t feel right! But I have learned what Romans 8:1 means, about not living under condemnation. And if you have asked for God’s forgiveness and truly repented…you are forgiven! You are the righteousness of God in Christ, and you have nothing to feel guilty about.

Number five is anger. Whatever is making you so angry, it’s time for you to give it to God and get over it. Life isn’t fair, but God is. He will bring justice into your life, but you must drop that offense, leave it, let it go, and trust God to bring resolution in His perfect timing.

The sixth way we waste our time is by trying to fix someone who doesn’t want to be fixed. Even Jesus Himself couldn’t heal or deliver or rescue someone unless they really wanted His help. And if He couldn’t do that, we surely can’t.

The seventh way to waste time is through dread. What is the point in dreading something that will happen anyway? You may dread paying bills or doing the dishes or even going to the grocery store. But it’s time for you to get a new attitude. God said to have dominion! It’s time for you to take the authority you have in Jesus and overcome dread.

Now is the time to start being productive and to stop wasting time. Make the positive choice to start bearing good fruit in your life every single day.

© Joyce Meyer. All rights reserved.


 Job Interview Questions

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1. How would you describe yourself?

2. What influenced you to choose this career?

3. What do you think it takes to be successful in this career?

4. How do you determine or evaluate success? Give me an example of one of your successful accomplishments.

5. How would you describe yourself in terms of your ability to work as a member of a team?

6. What motivates you?

7. What challenges are you looking for in a position?

8. What are your short-term and long-term career goals?

9. Where do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years time?

10. What personal weakness has caused you the most problems on the job?

11. Tell me what you know about our company.

12. What suggestions do you have for our organization?

13. Why have you decided to seek a position in our organization?

14. What salary range are you expecting?

15. Describe a time when you were faced with problems or stresses that tested your coping skills.

16. Give me an example of an important goal which you had set in the past and tell me about your success in reaching it.

17. What kind of supervisor do you work best for? Provide examples.

18. Describe a difficult customer service experience that you had to handle. What was the outcome?

19. Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult person. How did you handle the situation?

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 Kingdom Tips From the Queen of Talk


Published: September 20, 2010

So much hype surrounding the premier of Oprah’s Farewell Season was generated through the media and in casual conversation until I intentionally TIVO’d the show. I honestly watched with no anticipation of learning anything. But the longer I watched I started to recognize what I thought were valuable lessons that church leaders, business executives and people from all walks of life could learn from the Queen of Daytime television. 


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Oprah is undoubtedly the most successful television mogul of all time. For starters, The Oprah Winfrey Show has been the number one talk show for 25 seasons, has won dozens of Emmys, seen by an estimated 30 million viewers a week in the United States and is broadcast internationally in 111 countries.

An entrepreneur at heart, she founded her own production facility, Harpo Studios. Today Harpo Inc. employs around 250 full-time people. The Oprah Magazine, another brainchild of Oprah’s, has a circulation of more than two million monthly readers. She is the first African-American female to become a billionaire and she has been singlehandedly responsible for launching the careers and financial success of scores of other people.

These accomplishments among many others and the extraordinary premier of her Farewell Season caused me to pick-up my laptop and take note of some Kingdom Tips from the Queen of Talk. Here they are:

Create Memories. Oprah and her talented team do a phenomenal job of creating and capturing lasting memories for her audience and TV viewers. I was amazed to see all of the old footage from past shows including her very first show. People in their lifetime may acquire a lot of possessions such as dream homes, favorite cars and fancy wardrobes. But father time will eventually take his toll on these earthly and temporal items. But memories on the other hand, are treasured sentiments that will outlive fads and fashions. Businesses, families, as well as churches should take every opportunity to create and capture memories for people.

Be Kind. As I watched the premier of Oprah’s Farewell Season, I surprisingly caught myself on a couple of occasions tearing up (Shh! Don’t tell anybody) as I watched people respond to the kindness and generosity of Oprah. However, I am reminded that the idea of showing kindness did not originate with Oprah. Scripture admonishes us on several occasions to, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted…” What a difference our world, our churches, even our homes would be if everyone looked for opportunities to show kindness.

Be Creative. It was very obvious to me and I am sure to everyone that watched that a lot of creative effort and energy went into the production of the premier show. Those working behind the scenes did not just show up and expect things to automatically happen in excellence. In one of the scenes, Oprah’s staff made Harpo Studios parking lot look like a public parking deck. A group of Oprah’s fans were made to believe they were driving into this deck when in reality they were literally driving onto the set of the Oprah Show after a long road trip funded by Oprah. How much more could we all do for God’s kingdom if there was more prayerful and intentional creative planning given to our worship services, class projects, work assignments etc.

Develop Dream Team. Of course, Oprah has the resources and financial wherewithal to attract and hire the most talented and skilled team players. But the fact remains that if we want to put our best foot forward in any endeavor we must intentionally place the right people in the right positions that can get the job done in a manner that gives God’s name glory and honor. The bible says, “Whatever you do in word or deed do it all to the glory of God.”

Share Credit. I so appreciate Oprah for not “hogging” the credit when it comes to the success of her show. She constantly gives public shout-outs to her team for the great work that they are accomplishing. Great leaders are not intimidated by sharing their platform and success with those who are unselfishly working behind the scenes. Abraham Lincoln once said, “It’s surprising how much one can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit.” People want and deserve appreciation and affirmation when a job has been done well.

Give Back. Oprah’s life is a prime example of Galations 6, “Give and it shall be given…” Throughout the entire 25 years of daytime talk show she has built a major reputation as a philanthropist. I only wish I would have been sitting in the audience as she gave away a free trip to Australia to everyone who was present. Some people marvel at her unsurpassed success but she is a reminder that good givers are great getters. Giving activates God to give his best.

© Pastor Wilbur Purvis. All rights reserved.


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