Proverbs 22 5-22-21

To not walk with Jesus everyday through everything is to miss the best part of our salvation. He wants us to trust Him for more than heaven; He wants us to trust Him with our lives.

3 The prudent see danger [in taking control and doing things our way] and take refuge [in the LORD by calling on Him to protect us and lead us], but the simple [those who don’t know any better] keep going and pay the penalty.

Zechariah 4:6 tells us, “‘Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD.” Let’s rephrase it for clarity, “Not by our might or power, but quite the opposite; it’s either by His Spirit or it’s of our flesh–or worse, the evil one! We respond to the prompting and empowering of the Holy Spirit. Period.

What does that look like?

1. He will always build us up; He will never tear us down;

1. He is always specific and never vague;

3. He convicts but never condemns or shames;

4. His conviction always includes solutions and encouragement;

Everything–all of our thoughts, every action we are about to take–must be run through the filter of the Holy Spirit. Before we do anything, even while we are considering something, we must be asking the Holy Spirit (Jesus) about it. He will guide us through EVERY decision, every thought process, and every action if we will only allow Him to guide us. It’s not that Jesus is a control freak; it’s because He loves us. WE are the simple ones in verse 3! He is the wise One who knows the best route through the mine field of life. We must learn to trust Him. The good thing is that the more we do, the more trustworthy He is.

We owe Him everything. Without Him, we would still be dead in our sins, lost and going to hell. Now, we have a personal relationship with our heavenly Father, and a continuing relationship with the Son who has taken up residence in our hearts–can you believe it?! He is worthy. He is trustworthy. He is deserving of our worship, our very lives. Let’s give them to Him!

Abba, I give You my life today. You are my All in All. I cannot trust anything in this world to make me happy, keep me safe, give me health, or that offers me eternal security. All I have is You–and that’s plenty! Much more than I deserve. Thank You for loving me and for going to such extremes for me to be Yours. I love You. Let’s do life together. Amen.

P.S. I am looking forward to the day when You turn to me as You did Enoch and say, “Hey, it’s closer to My house than yours; let’s go to Mine.”

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