Proverbs 26 11-26-18

Until we realize that our hearts are vain and corrupted, we will never see our need for a Savior.

Proverbs 26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

As Christians, we have pledged ourselves to Christ. Do we call on Him and seek His advice on every decision? Do we see the need? I had a leader of a church once say to me that he had the mind of Christ, therefore whatever he thought was right and was according to Christ. He was mistaken about the process of sanctification where we learn to not trust our hearts, but to put on Christ by being transformed by the renewing of our minds.

What’s wrong with our hearts?

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

Jeremiah 9:14 Instead, they have followed the stubbornness of their hearts; they have followed the Baals, as their fathers taught them.”

What, then, is the first thing we should do everyday?

Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, [we are] holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.

How do we go about this “offering our bodies as living sacrifices?”

[2] Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

How do we renew our minds?

Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

What about our flesh, the old nature that keeps trying to gain control–and WILL if we are not diligent and steadfast in our walk with Christ?

We must remind ourselves often (many times a day) that:

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved [loves] me and gave himself for me.

We must remember the cross and how much Jesus loves us (John 3:16, Eph. 3:18-19), and that He calls us His little children (Mark 10:15). His manner is gentle and humble; we, to should be gentle and humble if we want to be like Him.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Let’s strive to be just like Jesus today. Let’s walk with Him and bask in His countenance, where we find joy and peace, and all eternal pleasures (Psalm 16:11, John 14:27).

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