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Proverbs 23 9-23-19

September 23, 2019

So, you’ve given your life to Christ. Are you now trying to walk in your own cleverness? You have received the Spirit! Listen to Him.

(4) …do not trust your own cleverness.

We need to learn to walk according to the Spirit and His leading rather than according to our own concepts and ideas, opinions and feelings. We have ZERO spiritual discernment, therefore it would be foolish for us to continue in life expecting to live a godly life without consulting God.

(9) Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn the wisdom of your words.

Our arrogant attitude is what got us into a sinful mess in the first place. It is the very thing that needs to change in our lives as followers of Jesus. Humility is the foundation of salvation. When we realize that we cannot please God on our own, that we cannot outwit Satan, and that we cannot even please ourselves, then we will be in a position to accept what the Spirit has to offer.

(12) Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.

The more instruction and learning we can get, the more handles the Holy Spirit has for our lives. When we study the Bible, when we read books and watch videos or listen to sermons and interviews, our minds tend to stay on the path of learning. We ponder what we have seen, read and heard, thus allowing the Spirit to interpret for us. When we put our knowledge into a godly perspective, we begin to think like God. We see from His perspective, which is what wisdom is.

Here is what God thinks of us when we are wise:

(15) My child, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed; (16) my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

Satan would have us put off any reading of the Bible or taking the time to watch a video. He will try to convince us to play secular music instead of Christian music, or music in general instead of listening to a sermon or interview. He would rather we read the newspaper or play a game than read God’s Word.

So, the question is: Who are we trying to please? Is our happiness first on our list? Or, have we crucified ourselves with Christ on the cross and now live for Him and Him alone? We must ask ourselves this question everyday–sometimes several times a day.

Romans 12:1  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform 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.

The problem with living sacrifices is that we can crawl off the altar. Let’s stay on the altar today, shall we?

Abba, I place myself squarely on the altar right now. When I feel the urge to slide off, please rebuke me, teach me, correct me, and train me in righteousness. I will enjoy our interaction along with the peace, love and joy that come from simply basking in Your presence. I am Yours, Lord. I am following You. Amen.