Proverbs 17 5-17-18

A good test of a person’s spiritual depth is how well he/she takes criticism–especially a rebuke!

Proverbs 17:10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.

In order to get anything out of Proverbs, we need to assume the role of student and let God teach us through Solomon’s words. If we hold back final judgment for ourselves, we will have thwarted God’s place as Lord of our lives. We must get off the throne and climb onto the cross. It’s a continuous process and is called, “sanctification.” The more we do it, the more like Jesus we become.

Consider this verse:

[16] Of what use is money [spiritual knowledge, insight, power, influence] in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom [seek God’s advice or intend to use it]?

What is your desire today? Ask God to give you His higher desire, “the want-to to want to.” Dying to self is tough, but necessary. Only in death do we get to experience heaven–I’m talking about here on earth! Dying to self allows us to experience what our spirit is experiencing in the presence of God Himself!!! Imagine what it will be like when we finally get there…

Paul experienced it (2 Corinthians 12); so did John (Revelation-all of it). We can, too, on a smaller scale; make yourself available to Him and allow Him to lead. One of His biggest tests is how well we receive rebuke from others.

Here are two passages to consider throughout today:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, [17] so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Psalms 141:3-5 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; [YOU] keep watch over the door of my lips. [4] Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies [enticements]. [5] Let a righteous man strike meit is a kindness; let him rebuke meit is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it.

Let’s allow God to mold us and shape us today. Sure, it hurts; so what? A dead person feels no pain…(Gal. 2:20).

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