Skip to comments.PROFITING FROM PROVERBS - 3/24/2019
Posted on 03/24/2019 6:47:00 AM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress
The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men (Proverbs 24:9 KJV).
James presents this to us: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death (James 1:12-15 KJV).
One old bromide suggests that it is not possible to stop the birds from flying over our head, but one can stop them from building a nest in our hair. The world is filled with tempting delicacies that entice our desires and lusts. These are not thoughts, however. Thoughts come when one sees that item of interest and decide that that is something that they would like. Perhaps it is a neighbors apple tree, or an item in a store to be pilfered. Perhaps it is dwelling upon an illicit affair that has captured our attention. James says that it is our lusts, or desires, that draw us to the object just as a fish is drawn to that meaty, fat worm on a hook, and we grab for it. Sin begins with the thought, but when it is finisheddeath is the real prize.
James pattern for sin is repeated for us by John: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (I John 2:16 KJV).
This is the very pattern which befell Eve in the garden: And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat (Genesis 3:6 KJV).
Eve saw that the tree was good for food, which was the lust of her flesh; then that it was pleasant to the eyes, which speaks of the lust of the eyes; and that the tree was desired to make one wise, speaking of the pride of life. Those three elements were present in the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eves actions plunged the world into sin and death.
When you find yourself considering a thing, run down this list and see how your thoughts are being ruled by your lusts and flee the temptation. Rush immediately to the Cross and confess your thoughts and agree with God that it is wrong, and then allow the Blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse you of every stain.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9 KJV).
Let’s read a chapter of Proverbs a day and see what God might have for us. As the Lord leads, share with us what God has shown you in a special way and by His grace let us build up a devotional repository. Let’s keep our knives and forks handy for some daily bread!
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