Proverbs 9 8-9-18

We need to make sure that we are Holy Spirit-driven in all conversations and situations. Let’s not go off half-cocked.

Proverbs 9:1-2 Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars.[2] She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table.

There was a lot of prep work done before Wisdom made her appeal. She made sure that her house was structurally sound. THEN she gave her invitation.

In contrast, there is no preparation mentioned for Folly. In fact, she was all about the thrill:

[17] “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!”

What can we do to ensure that our foundation is strong and that we are Holy Spirit-driven? Let’s look in Romans:

Romans 12:9-18 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. [10] Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. [11] Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. [12] Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. [13] Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

[14] Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. [15] Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. [16] Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

[17] Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody [according to God’s Word and the Spirit’s leadership]. [18] If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

An impossible list? It certainly is–unless we first put into daily practice the first two verses of this chapter:

Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. [2] Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind [by the Word of God]. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Let’s start this morning by spending time with our Savior and then walking in step with Him throughout the day. Let’s be Holy Spirit-led today!

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