Proverbs 2:11 Protection And Understanding

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Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Proverbs 2:11 

As a person goes through life, he will have many choices to make. Some of these choices will be large ones, while many will be smaller choices. Some will be easy to make, while others will be very difficult to decide which way to go.

In the process of making a choice there will be times when the person can just somehow ‘know’ which one is the better choice or which one he should not choose. There will be an inner feeling of what is the wrong choice.

However, many people will refuse to follow that feeling and make the wrong choice. They will throw out all discretion in favor of pleasure at the moment. This then will lead to trouble and danger.

Solomon states that discretion and understanding is what helps a person. They protect and guide a person.

While the world will call that inner feeling a person’s conscience, in reality it is God’s Holy Spirit. It is God who is trying to direct and guide a person on the correct path in this life.

Looking at the paths that are in life, they show many different things. A path may look nice and clean and easy to walk, but is right on the edge of a dangerous cliff and a spot where many rocks come tumbling down the hillside unexpectedly. Falling off the edge or being hit is a very high probability.

Discretion will see the dangers and keep one from going down that path. Understanding will know that it is better to walk another path to stay safe from harm.

These cliffs and rocks are temptations and sin in this world. While a person is free to do what he wants, being led by the Holy Spirit will bring discretion and understanding to do what is best. Please take a moment to fill out an Apple Feedback to let me know how I am doing. I look forward to the next class with ___. Have a wonderful night! Teacher Tom

Just like every other person you are on a path in this life. You will have choices to make that can help or endanger you. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to give you discretion and understanding as to what is before you on the path in this life.

Be willing to be led by God to make the correct choices. Do not allow yourself to be selfish and in the moment only to where you make foolish choices that put you in danger.

God loves you and will only guide you in the path that is best for your life. Trust Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will hear God’s Holy Spirit guiding you; that you will trust God’s leading in your life; and that God will fill you with discretion and understanding as you walk with Him.

Proverbs 1:10 Don’t Fall For Sinful Fun

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My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. Proverbs 1:10 

Getting someone to do something is seen everywhere. The largest area it can be seen in is with advertisements. There is a not a spot that a person cannot go that he will not see or hear some type of advertisement for something.

Businesses strive very hard to get people to purchase something, often things that they really don’t need or cannot afford. They make the item or service enticing to make a person feel that they have to have it at all costs.

On a lower scale, people will often ‘advertise’ things or actions to get someone else to follow along. They are also trying to sell something as being good and fun, worth it.

Solomon warns his son that if an evil person tries to entice him into something, that he should not give in to them.

Very often, the things that are being advertised or pushed by a person are not always the best. They usually are things that pull a person away from God or take his focus off of God. It is very common for the actions to step into sinful ways of thinking or acting.

Sinful men will say that pornography, drugs, alternate lifestyles, violence, hate, sex out of marriage and many other things are acceptable and should be done. They push that these things are fun and worth it. Freedom is pushed, making the things look and sound good.

However, they are sinful and deadly. The believer must not in any way give in to the pressure to follow and walk into sin. Enticements like these are temptations to sin against God. Believers are to turn away from sin and flee it, rather than embrace it.

No matter where you go, there will be people who will try to get you to walk in sin. This can happen even inside the church. Some in the church, who are not true believers, will try to get you to accept gossip and lies, backbiting, hatred, and other sins. Flee it.

Wherever you go, there will be temptations to step into sin and accept it. Turn away from it. Do not fall for their words that sin is good and you are free to do what you want.

Instead of falling for the sin, turn to God and worship Him. Seek His strength and help to overcome all temptation. Walk with God, not sinful man.

I pray today that you God will reveal to you those pushing for sinful ways; that you will seek God’s direction to live your life; that God will guide you to turn from all sin; that you will hear God’s Holy Spirit’s guiding your life; and that you will live for God. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 A Way Out

 

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No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Temptation is the desire to do something that is usually wrong to do. It is doing something that a person is not supposed to do. Temptation started in the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and has never stopped. It is not sin in itself. The act of acting upon that temptation is what becomes sin for a person.

The power of temptation is different for each person, depending on what the temptation is. For some people, the temptation to smoke is never a problem. They are so much against the idea of smoking that there never seems to be any real temptation. While with another person, just seeing a cigarette causes them to want one and smoke it.

Many people, however, claim that they cannot help but give into the temptation. They feel that they have no option but to give in. Often they state that they are addicted and cannot help but do the temptation. Most temptations are dealt around self and pleasing self. If it was immediately harmful to a person, most likely he would not do it. But most temptations are pleasing at the moment.

Paul says that is not the truth. Every temptation that a person goes through is a common temptation. One is not the only person to have ever felt that temptation. In the process of being tempted, every person has an option, to follow that temptation, or to flee from it. God always makes a way out of that temptation.

The easiest way to get out of that temptation is to flee somewhere else and get the mind on God and His word. One needs to focus on praising God and praying to God. Turn away from the temptation to sin against God.

Once you turn away from a temptation and turn to God, it becomes easier to turn away from that temptation. The more you give in to that temptation, the easier it will be to give in to it.

If your eyes, heart and life are focused on God and loving Him and other people, all temptation will be destroyed.  It will no longer be about self. God made the way out of it. Walk that path.

I pray today that you will seek God when temptations arise; that you will focus your life on God; that God will keep a song of praise in your heart to keep you in His will; and that God will reveal the way out of all temptations. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 A Way Out

 

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No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Just prior to making this statement, Paul points out the blessings the Israelites were given, yet the fell into temptation and sinned against God. Because of those sins, they were punished multiple times.

Every person is tempted to do something that they should not do. It is a common thing to happen for every person regardless of age, nationality, sex, or any other factor determining who the person is.

The world sees the temptation as being tempted to break their own laws. Those laws are very fluid and not always agreed upon. Many will deny that following those temptations are bad, as long as it does not appear to hurt anyone.

Believers are to follow the rules God has laid out for them. The temptation arises to break those rules. Many believers have fallen into temptation, only to say that the temptation was too great for them.

They often feel that they need to do the wrong thing, because of other factors. The reasons are many: peer pressure, fear of failure, past mistakes, not knowing another way out, fear of standing out as different, fear of persecution or ridicule, along with many other reasons.

Every temptation is really no different from one person to the next. No matter what the temptation is, someone else has gone through it at some point. The good news for believers, is that God always provides a way out from that temptation.

The way out may be as simple as walking away. Or it could be changing your thoughts by doing something else. Taking time to pray or worship God. Just saying no to the temptation. Begin doing something for God.

You will be tempted. Even Jesus was tempted. However, you do not have to give into the temptation. You do not have to sin.

When being tempted ask God for the direction out and away from that temptation. And then be willing to move in that direction.

God will always make a way out, however, you must be willing to follow God’s directions. There is no reason to sin. You are a new person in Jesus. Be the new person.

I pray today that you will see God’s way out of temptation; that you will seek God when tempted; that you will turn away from all temptation; and that you will live to please God in every area of your life.