Proverbs 16 7-16-18

Who do you want to be? Like whom would you like to be? The world says, “emulate him or her.” God wants us to emulate Christ.

[9] In his heart man plans his course, but the LORD establishes his steps.

Making a mental image of ourselves can be dangerous. Deciding on an image that we want to project is tantamount to making a graven image (Exodus 20:4-6). Why is it so important that we keep an open mind about who we are and who we want to become? Because Christ wants to create within us who we were intended to be. Whoever it is that we have in mind will get in the way of who Christ wants us to become.

Twelve o’clock is twelve o’clock. Anything else is NOT. The same goes for godliness. If we would be like God, then we will take on the characteristics of God–and nothing else! We cannot be peaceful and loving, gentle and kind if we are trying to give off the aura of being a “bad person” who “takes nothing off nobody.” It’s the difference between the old and the new:

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 o the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

We must stay sensitive to the Spirit, which means that we will need to stay in the Word, listen intently for His voice, and be obedient to Him. If we play the game of trying to create an image of who we think we might want to be, then we “build” a graven image in our minds that will distract us from the True Person we are to emulate. Taken to its logical end, we lose our ability to discern His right from the world’s wrong.

Ephesians 4:19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

Ah, but look at verses 20 and 21:

[20] That, however, is not the way of life you learned [21] when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.

So, what is Christ like and how can we emulate Him?

[25] He always deals in truth, so we deal in truth;

[26-27] He deals with anger by not letting it provoke Him to sin, so we do the same. In fact, we never go to bed without dealing with whatever has made us angry. How? By passing off the injustice to Him. He has our back, so receive whatever comes as being allowed by Him. Anything else gives the devil a foothold in our lives.

[28] He would have us be honest and useful, sharing what we have with our Christian brothers and sisters who are in need.

[29-30] We keep a muzzle on our mouths (Ps. 141:3) and “speak only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Anything else grieves the Holy Spirit, “with whom we were sealed for the day of redemption.”

[31] Gentleness, patience, kindness and goodness are the antipathy of “bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, long with every form of malice.”

[32] We are to be “kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave us.”

We can’t be like Christ on our own. We need the HELPER. With Him leading us, we can “live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and” we can “find out what pleases the Lord.” Ephesians 5:8-10

Let’s be about the Father’s business today allowing Him to shape us into His image and guide us along the paths of righteousness and peace.

 

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