Proverbs 4 5-4-19

We’re gonna follow someone. If we really want to be in charge of our lives, we ought to choose to follow Christ.

10 My son, accept what I say…11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths…20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight; keep them within your heart.

With Christ, we know exactly what we are getting: Eternal life, a close relationship with the Father, His Spirit within us, and an ADVENTURE! He promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. What He doesn’t promise is health, wealth, and to fulfill all our wants and desires, hopes and dreams. He asks, instead, for us to give up our wants and desires, hopes and dreams for His sake. He doesn’t promise an easy road or a safe one, only a secure road. Look at it:

  1. We live in a sin-sick world;
  2. It has been ravaged by sin–the Great Flood, which nearly split this world apart (I have a 3-D globe that shows the fault line; it goes clear around the earth!), death, pestilence, volcanoes, drought, tornadoes, hurricanes, the ice age, etc.
  3. Mankind has treated itself badly: Wars, inquisitions, slavery, torture, betrayal, murder–we get the picture.
  4. Jesus wants us out of this world and into His. He has a plan.

The problem is that WE HAVE AN ENEMY. His name is Satan. He wants whatever God doesn’t want. God doesn’t want us to destroy ourselves with sin, but Satan does. He will let us think it’s our idea even as he leads us down a dark road. The only way to be sure is to walk in the light of God’s love and His Word.

Jesus came to give us the opportunity to know the truth. He says, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:31. He continues, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

What IS this truth of which He speaks? We find it in John 3:19-21,

19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Let’s walk in the light of His love today. Call on His name. Worship Him. Fellowship with Him. FOLLOW HIM.

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