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Advice 

Genesis 3:2,4 KJV[2] And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

 [4] And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
“A problem shared is a problem half-solved” only if you share it with the right people. When you open up to the wrong people, you open yourself up to wrong advice. “Never take advice from someone you wouldn’t trade places with” (Kelly Clarkson)

Greener Pasture 

Genesis 2:16-17 KJV[16] And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: [17] But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
The grass always seems to be greener on the other side. You may have it all but if you don’t value what you have, you will lose what you do have as well. “The earlier you learn that you should focus on what you have, and not obsess about what you don’t have, the happier you will be” (Amy Poehler).

Prison

Genesis 3:12-13 KJV

[12] And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. [13] And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

The scariest thing about prison is the lack of freedom. Blaming others for one’s choices is giving up one’s freedom of choice. You give up personal power when you blame others instead of taking personal responsibility. “Taking personal accountability is a beautiful thing because it gives us complete control of our destinies (Heather Schuck).

Romans 8:11 KJV

[11] But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

“The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” is no more an excuse not to do the right thing in our dispensation. The grace of God is available to help us in our weakness. “In God’s economy, God’s strength can shine through us more easily when we are weak” (Karla Hawkins).

Mr. Nice Guy

2 Samuel 6:6-7 KJV …Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it…And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. 

1 Samuel 15:22 KJV 

[22] to obey is better than sacrifice, 
Nice guys, they say, finish last. Unfortunately, this may be true for even Christians. Being a good Christian is not necessarily being ‘nice’ all the time, it is all about obeying God even when the instruction seem senseless. God does not call us to be ‘good’ people as much as He calls us to be holy. Actions which may seem good, may have grave repercussions. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux). 

Wild Oats

Psalm 90:12 KJV[12] So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

When young, we think we have our whole lives ahead of us. But just as today is the “Someday” we thought about some time ago, the future will come as quickly. If you use your youth as time to sow wild oats, you will reap the same in old age, and vice versa. “Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them” (Dion Boucicault).

Confidence 

Genesis 40:14,23 KJV [14] But think on me when it shall be well with thee…and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: [23] Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him. 

Psalm 118:8 KJV : [8] It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. 

Sometimes God allows the people we try to depend upon to disappoint us, to teach us to trust in Him alone. Where there are no expectations, there are no disappointments. “Unlike people, God will never turn His back on you. Trust in Him with all your heart, and you will never have to worry about being betrayed” (Edmond Mbiaka).