Proverbs 20 7-20-18 Getting What We Always Got

“If we always do what we’ve always done, we will always get what we always got.” This is possibly a quote from Henry Ford, but definitely one that my pastor, Bryan, uses.

[10] Differing weights and differing measures–the LORD detests them both. [23] The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please Him.

Duplicity is not a characteristic that God likes. We need to be who we are on the inside on the outside. If we are His:

  • Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb,
  • Washed clean of this world’s filth,
  • Been given white robes to wear,
  • Seated with Him in heavenly places,
  • Received the Holy Spirit–the Helper,
  • Transformed by the renewing of our minds,
  • Given the mind of Christ,
  • Named brothers and sisters of Jesus,
  • And made co-heirs with Him,

then we will seek to honor Him in ALL things and to become like Him in ALL ways. WE CANNOT HABITUALLY SAY THAT WE LOVE HIM AND THEN NOT OBEY HIM. It doesn’t work that way.

John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commands.” [21] Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” [23] “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

God sets store on obedience because it shows that we really do love Him–but it’s more than that. He LOVES US and wants us to not destroy ourselves with sin. SIN DESTROYS. The literal definition of “sin” is “to miss the mark.” But it’s not because we can’t hit the bull’s-eye, it’s that WE DON’T WANT TO! Sin is looking at something other than Jesus and then aiming for it. Satan would have us aiming all over the place if we don’t keep our eyes on Jesus, setting our sights on Him every morning, noon, and evening!

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they [us] may have life, and have it to the full.”

So, as we go through this day, let’s CHANGE what we always do from doing things our way to seeking Him in everything, reading His Word and praying, giving our lives to Him and following His leadership throughout the day, striving to be like Him in character, paying close attention to the Spirit within, fellowshipping with the family of God at every chance (like Sunday School and worship), and letting our light shine wherever we are and whatever we are doing–basically, dying to self and living for Christ.

It’s EASY–with the Spirit!

 

 

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