August 23, 2023

Proverbs 7:1–5 (NKJV) — 1 My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you. 2 Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your nearest kin, 5 That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.

Keeping the Word, the commandment of God is a matter of life or death. Sin is lurking at the door. Sin is hiding in the darkness. Stay away from temptation. Run from evil. Know the power of sin and remove even the most microscopic form of sin from your life. How many have fallen to the lust of sin?

Maybe the deadliest of the “Seven deadly sins” is pride. It got Satan kicked out of Heaven. Some examples of pride in the Bible were an overconfident Peter, an Arrogant Nebuchadnezzar, a defiant Pharaoh, and a self-righteous Saul. Sin lurks in the darkness and silently works in the life of a person. If a Christian is not staying in the Word of God and is putting more confidence in the ways of the world sin soon takes over his life.

Many take pride in their humility, which is not humility at all. Many take pride in their spirituality, which is more of a self-focused than a God-focused spirituality.

I am thankful God puts people in our lives. We need others to walk the path of life with us. We need the fellowship of other Christians; we need the teachings of godly men. We need those who have walked the path of righteousness and lived through the struggles of temptation and sin. But never put them on a pedestal. Do not allow their words to replace the Word of God.

Always compare what another person says with the Word of God. If their words do not line up to God’s Word, then they are wrong. How do we know what is aligned with God’s Word? We read, study, and hide God’s Word in our lives.

2 Timothy 2:15–17 “15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer.”