Proverbs 23 4-23-19

As long as we feel we can do things ourselves, we will not experience the power and encouragement of the Holy Spirit.

1 When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, 2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. 3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.

Our tendency toward sin is to indulge (gluttony). We are tempted to partake in that which is not for us, not for now, or too much of a good thing. We have an ENEMY, the devil, who wants us to fail.

We tend to be guided by how we feel. DON’T LISTEN! Instead, turn to Him who is inside you and listen to Him. He will guide you into all truth.

Solomon knew human nature:

4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust in your own cleverness.

6 Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies;

17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,

The good news is that Jesus came to save and heal sinners. We were sick with sin; Jesus healed us. We were dead spiritually; Jesus resurrected us. We now walk in newness of life with Him (Romans 6:4-7)!

Jesus set the example the day He called Matthew to be his disciple. Matthew threw a big party and invited all of his friends and cohorts.

15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s (Matthew’s) house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

When we recognize our limitations, we will allow the Spirit to make us into Christ’s image. Let’s let Him!

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