Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Proverbs 23: 19-28 A wise lifestyle, part II

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Did you have a chance to search for some verses that illustrate the points we gleaned from Solomon's words? Here's a refresher of his tips for a wise lifestyle:
  1.    What we eat and drink (he advises against drunkeness and gluttony)
  2.    Whom we listen to (he says listen to our father)
  3.    How we live (live a life of truth, wisdom and discipline)
  4.    What we think about (give me your heart)
  5.    What we look at (let your eyes delight in my ways)
Here are some that I found:

1.  I Corinthians 10:31 -- So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.   I guess that cuts to the heart of the issue.... when I eat more than I should, I'm not doing something that glorifies my Father, because it certainly doesn't help me to be ready for service. It makes me sleepy on the short term, and pudgy on the long term! Got my own toes on that one!

2. Psalms 32: 8 -- I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.  What a wonderful promise from our heavenly Father! When we read in His word, pray, and listen to His spirit, he can teach us and guide us.

3. Ephesians 6: 10-18  -- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
This is Paul's idea of a life of truth, wisdom, and discipline. It's still true, today.

4.  Philippians 4:8 -- And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. It stands to reason that if we fill our minds with "junk" then that is what we'll continually think about, and perhaps even live out. Let's fill our minds with good things, and let those flow out of our lives.



5.  Proverbs 4: 25-27 -- Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

I'll be trying to stick to this wise lifestyle; how about you?

1 comment:

Belinda said...

Those are good ones! Here are mine:

1. 1 Cor 6:19-20
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's
(This is one that stabs me and helps me continue with Weight Watchers for my health's sake)

2. Rev 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. ( I pray my ears are open to the Holy Spirit)

3. James 4:13-15 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (We must live as God wills, and make our plans according to His purpose and desire)

4. Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (dwelling on His word is in our best interest)

5. Ps 101:3a I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
and
Matt 5:28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
(Be careful little eyes what you see. I've turned the tv off or changed channels often due to what is showing)