Proverbs 7 9-7-18

The biggest reason to come to Christ: We can never know His peace, true love, or real joy until we do. But, how?

Proverbs 7:7-8 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment. [8] He was going down the street near her [the adulterous woman] corner, walking along in the direction of her house…

He’s “looking for love in all the wrong places.” God wants to meet his need for fulfillment. In other words, the young man has urges; he thinks that the only way to meet those urges is through what the world offers. If we read the rest of the chapter, we realize that IT’S A TRAP!

Proverbs 7:22-23 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose [23] till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.

God offers us:

  1. Forgiveness of sin (we not only miss the mark of godliness, we purposely do not aim for it!),
  2. Adoption into His family,
  3. His presence in our lives from now on,
  4. His abounding love, inexpressible joy, and peace that passes all understanding,
  5. Guidance for today,
  6. Hope for tomorrow,
  7. And assurance for eternity.
  • If you do not know the Lord Jesus, may He call you to Himself. Plead with Him to save you. Keep asking until you are SURE that he has and has taken up residence in your life. He will–once you have given Him everything!
  • If you know the Lord, but are living like you don’t, plead with Him to:
  • Psalms 51:10-12, 17 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. [11] Do not cast me from your presence or take [the guidance and assurance of] your Holy Spirit from me. [12] Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

    [17] The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

    Our God is the God of Second Chances. Every time we come to Him, He forgives us and helps us move on. In fact, He’s excited that we are trying! It’s called SANCTIFICATION (becoming like Christ). We will work on it all our lives. Only in death will we be glorified (actually like Christ). So, let’s cut each other some slack, shall we? Let’s forgive each other’s shortcomings and errors in judgment and move on, helping each other along the way. THEN we will be more like Christ than ever before!

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