Proverbs 14 5-14-22

We don’t need to see the whole picture to hear Jesus and respond to His directions.

Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

Yesterday, we learned that freedom in Christ frees us from following rituals and rules. We are already pleasing to God because we believe in Jesus. Today, we will look at the fight inside of us that goes on every day. It’s the fight to relinquish control to Him.

Galatians 5:13-14, 16-18 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

The Spirit in us reveals to us what is the next right thing to do. We don’t have to know why or how, especially the complexities of how each decision links with other decisions in our lives and the lives of others. Nor do we need to know what is wrong for others. We just need to hear from the Spirit for ourselves today. What we learn tomorrow may change the way we view things today, but that’s tomorrow. Leave it there. I am reminded of Jesus’s words,

Matthew 6:33-34 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

The Bible is a great resource for learning how to be godly, but it is the Spirit within us to whom we must listen and obey. We cannot trust our gut or our intellect; only Jesus knows the right thing to do or say at the right time in accordance with all that connectivity I mentioned earlier. Still, we must decide to follow His leadership. That part is up to us.

Tomorrow, we look at putting off our old ways and putting on His new ways.

Abba, thank You for wanting to be intimately involved in our lives. Your Spirit makes all the difference in us knowing what to do and say from moment to moment. May we learn to live our lives walking in step with Your Spirit. Amen.

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