Proverbs 19 7-19-18 Knowledge Over Desire

Leaving Jesus’ side is unwise. We just don’t realize how dangerous it is out there!

[2] Desire without knowledge is not good–how much more will hasty feet miss the way.

Learning to be godly is very much like learning a skill. My desire to sing and make music (guitar, piano, sax, etc) was enough to get me started, but to learn to do them well took instruction, practice, performances, and time. Self-teaching only goes so far, too. There’s just something about the touch of a master’s hand to give us insight, technique, and motivation.

In our Christian walk with the Master, we must learn to walk as Jesus walked–completely connected and obedient to the Spirit, who was His connection to the Father. How do we start? By reading the manual: the Bible! Here is a good place to start:

Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. We must recognize that we are different now. Let’s stop trying to be like the world again. (We are butterflies–not caterpillars!

[9] (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) These attributes are the essence of God. We should consider everything we say and do based on these three virtues.

[10] and find out what pleases the Lord. Here’s the rub. We want what we want. But to do the Lord’s will, we must set aside our desires and focus on His desires. What we often fail to realize is that He has our best interests at heart all the time, so His desires are the best thing for us even as we do His will. He DIED for us; can’t we live for Him?

[11] Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. [12] It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. [13] But everything exposed by the light becomes visible–and everything that is illuminated [us!] becomes a light. The Christian Culture is based on these verses. The problem comes when Christians focus on exposing dark deeds rather than reflecting the glory, love, and grace of Christ. We are to be different from the world. How? By loving the family of God, by exuding love, joy, peace, hope and grace, by practicing patience, kindness and goodness on each other and on unbelievers, by being faithful to Jesus and each other, being gentle in every area of our lives, and living in constant self-control. In fact, it is in overcoming our desires with discipline that makes us most like Christ:

Philippians 2:6-8 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage [hung onto]; [7] rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. [8] And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death–even death on a cross!

Do we love Christ? Of course we do! Do we love Him enough to set aside our desires for His desires? THAT is the daily question. Our motto: He Died For Me. I’ll Live For Him.

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