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The Proverbial Journey 29

March 29, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 29

Today, I wanted to pull out some individual passages that are great life principles to live by.

6 An evil man is snared by his own sin,
but a righteous one can sing and be glad.

Have you ever seen an animal caught in a snare?  Certainly they aren’t going anywhere, but also they thrash about and struggle in fear.  You ever feel that way? That is what missing the mark (sin), transgressing (sin: doing the wrong thing, knowing it’s wrong, and doing it any way because you want to), and iniquity (sin: things that have been passed on to us) does to us.  It is sin and it snares us – puts us in bondage.  When we are returning to the same issues over and over, when we are drowning in the same habits, when we are frustrated with our consequences – we need to take an inventory of our lives and see where we need to repent and be set free.

When we begin to walk in the righteousness of Christ given to us by becoming new creations through salvation, we can rejoice!  Sin no longer makes us a slave unless we let it.  Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave.  He paid the price for our sin.  We can sing and be glad because we have become the righteousness of God!

2 Corinthians 5:21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

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7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.

My first thought in reading this verse was, “I am a wicked man”.  If we were to make two lists, one of all the things we are concerned about for ourselves and one for all the things we are concerned about for the poor, how would we stack up?  I get concerned about buying a new phone, getting home in time to watch a T.V. show, deciding which fast food restaurant to eat at, which pair or all the shoes I own to put on, and so many more little things.  Righteousness is walked out in pouring out to love of Christ to others in action.

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18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
but blessed is he who keeps the law.

One of the reasons we need to make sure we are reading the Bible, pursuing God in prayer, submitting ourselves to be mentored by wise believers, and abandoning ourselves in worship is because we need revelation from God.  We need that growing, dynamic, living relationship with God.  It places boundaries in our lives.  Because of the intimacy I have with my wife, there are certain things I will not do.  She is precious to me and I don’t want to violate that relationship.  We need to keep the commands of Christ and dig deep in that relationship – it keeps us in paths of righteousness and saves us from a bowl full of consequences.

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20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Submit your words and opinions to the Lord before you shoot off at the mouth.

21 If a man pampers his servant from youth,
he will bring grief [a] in the end.

Work hard! There is value in earning your way in life.  It teaches us value, servanthood, and faithfulness.

22 An angry man stirs up dissension,
and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.

Seek God about the root of anger in your life!  Submit it to the control of the Holy Spirit and it will save you from damaged relationships and sin.

23 A man’s pride brings him low,
but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.

We need to serve like Jesus.  We need to lead like Jesus.  We need to be like Jesus!

What are your thoughts today?

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