Proverbs 19 6-19-18

Our walk with Jesus requires us to look at Him: to gaze, peer closely, to study Him. To what end? TO BECOME LIKE HIM!

Proverbs 19:1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.

This verse poses the question, “What are we willing to sacrifice in order to be blameless?” So, what does it mean to be blameless?

The word means “guiltless,” or, “not guilty.” So, Christ’s sacrifice on the cross made us blameless, and according to Romans 8:1, Ephesians 5:27, and Jude 24, we are part of the Blameless Bride of Christ! What this means is that we have everything we need to be like Him: holy and righteous, bearing all the fruit of the Spirit, and being pleasing to our Heavenly Father.

Hebrews 13:20-21 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, [21] equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

2 Peter 1:3-4 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. [4] Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

Paul tells us in Phil. 2:13 to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling,” or, “work your salvation from the inside out (Kelly’s Translation).”

How?

The process is simple: Die to self. Quit doing things the way YOU want to do them. Figure out what the Spirit wants you to do, to act, and to be, AND THEN DO IT!

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

John 3:30 He must become greater; I must become less.

Psalms 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Ephesians 5:10 and find out what pleases the Lord.

There IS a catch: Jesus will only do as much as you will allow. He will not force Himself or His character upon you. We have been given Free Will, and that free will continues into our relationship with Him.

Let’s not quench the Spirit (Eph. 4:30); instead, let’s live set aside our childish ways (1 Cor. 13:11) and live like this:

Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; [23] to be made new in the attitude of your minds; [24] and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

We become like the company we keep, so let’s keep His company today!

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