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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Living the Proverbs 31 Life - Proverbs 31-16

By Patricia Samuels

Proverbs 31:16 She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.

The Proverbs 31 Woman is a good businesswoman and also a good steward of what God has given her. The operative word in this verse is "considers." She doesn't just run out and buy property on a whim. She "considers" a new field before buying it. Too many people go through life without thinking. Now, some of us, on the other hand, spend too much time thinking. Without yielding to the Holy Spirit, I would likely think myself right out of a blessing by over-analyzing it. Following the Holy Spirit's leading is key.

Remember, the whole Proverbs 31 passage is an illustration of godly wisdom. To have God's wisdom, you have to understand God and his Word. This understanding comes through relationship with God's spirit, the Holy Spirit. The more you yield to the Holy Spirit, the more you'll understand God. You will hear him say, "Buy," or "Don't buy." You will hear him say, "No, this will interfere with your present duties," or "Yes, this will work fine with what you're already doing." Your listening to the Holy Spirit will save you time and strength and cause your life to be fruitful, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Again, don't feel that you have to take the text too literally. If you don't desire to purchase property or plant vineyards, you don't have to. Just know that you could if you wanted to. Of course, you do have to catch the spirit of the text, in that you take a moment to think (consider) before acting and never forget to rely on the wisdom of God.

Be blessed. I'll see you in the next article.

Min. Patricia D. Samuels, MA is the founder of Patricia Samuels Ministries, Inc., an international ministry focusing upon the upbuilding of the Body of Christ, especially women in the Body of Christ.

Patricia Samuels Ministries stands behind the belief that everyone can live a wonderful, victorious life if they follow the principles found in the Word of God. The ministry's motto is "Success...by The Book! Victorious Christian Living." Anyone tired of losing in life and/or anyone seeking new strategies to win in life will benefit greatly from this ministry!

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