Proverbs 27 8-27-18

Our wants and desires are trainable, especially with the Spirit leading us. He gives us His desires and the power to live them.

Proverbs 27:7 He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

There is a process that needs to happen everyday to Christians; it’s the process of emptying out ourselves of ourselves and asking to be filled with Him. Paul put it like this:

Ephesians 5:7-10 [NLT] Don’t participate in the things these people do. [8] For though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it! [9] For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. [10] Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.

[17] Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do.

Many things that are bitter to us are that way because we have been trained to crave sweet stuff. According to the experts, sugar is more addictive than heroin. It wraps the brain’s pleasure center around the desire for it. When compared to sugar, everything tastes bitter. But, through time and training, we can change our tastebuds to like flavors other than sweet. How long it takes depends on how faithful we are. Any “fudging” sets us back in the process.

The same goes for any habit we are trying to break. Statistically, it takes 21 days to create a new habit (thus breaking an old habit). What would happen if we agreed to read Ephesians for 21 days–in a row, three chapters a day?

Why three chapters? There is a natural break in the book between chapters 3 and 4. The first part is teaching (doctrine), whereas the second part is mainly instruction (application). I promise you, it would change our lives if we were successful in reading all 21 days without fail (add two days for every day we fail to read).

Any takers? Would that we all take the challenge to read His Word consistently for 21 days straight–anywhere in the Bible! I’m starting Ephesians today; how about you?

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