Proverbs 14 11-14-18

Our source of knowledge shapes our belief system. Be aware–and careful–of yours. Make sure that God is your source.

Proverbs 14:7 Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.

In our society, “staying away” takes on a whole new meaning with tv, radio, and electronic devices. Even what we read has the capability to influence our knowledge base.

Consider this:

Truth is everything God has revealed about Himself in His Word, in nature, His people, and through our own experiences and interaction with Him.

Propaganda is the tool of the devil to overwhelm us with lies. He does it through our culture: Fashion, entertainment, work, play, what we read and watch, etc.

If we consider what we hear/read/do in sheer amounts, would our scale tip toward Truth or propaganda?

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

Let’s not be deceived by our own folly (our own preferences, our own choices–that are really us responding to the temptations around us); instead, let us give thought to our ways by reading His Word and running everything by the Holy Spirit before deciding what to watch, read, and with whom we spend time.

We have this promise:

Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD [considering His opinion over our own] is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.

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