Proverbs 1:10 (KJB) My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
Our Pastor Chad Hayes started an RU Chapter in our church and we have been attending these meetings and the principal from a recent meeting was principal #3. We invite you to join us Fridays at Caesarea Baptist Church. It is easier to keep the heart clean than it is to clean it after it has been defiled. There is, of course, the immediate application for addicts which is NOT making the decision to participate in the drug/alcohol/tobacco/etc or whatever the addiction is. I can clearly understand this principle and how it applies to me is by making small decisions. I’d like to say that temptations go away and we are never bothered again when you learn to say no but that would be a flat out lie. I stopped drinking many years ago but Satan that old serpent finds many ways to tempt me. Now, it may be my own wicked heart but nevertheless the temptations are very real.
I would like to share a principle that I have learned many years ago that may help you and it is the verse I provided above: Proverbs 1:10 (KJB) “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” It’s very short and excuse me for paraphrasing the word of God but this is who I keep this in my mind – JUST SAY NO!!
In a college class on the book of Proverbs the professor has this to say – “Temptations can be overcome, but they will come. ” He went on to say understand that you can overcome temptations. An interesting point is most temptations come through people. If you want to learn how to overcome temptations, learn how to say “no.”
Temptations will Persist!
Proverbs 1:11-12 (KJB) If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
In the two verses above four times the wicked person comes back and doesn’t give up, the temptation persists. He says first-come; then three times let us, let us, let us. They are not going to give up trying to drag you down into their sin. We all have these types of friends they want you to participate in their sin… They can be relentless and generally know us well enough to say just the right words to push us towards what we know is wrong. It’s easy to say God why are you testing me so much. Here is a hard lesson I already mentioned in passing – it’s not God. It’s our friends but in the end, our own heart that gives in.
James 1:13 (KJB) 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:
Proverbs 4:23 (KJB) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 1:13 (KJB) We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
The Temptation will Make Many Promises
The Devil will make you any promise that you want to hear. Sin will promise that you will be popular. Sin will promise that you will be wealthy. Sin can promise you pleasure but even if it delivers it won’t last. Sin is incapable of delivering any real promise that is going to last. How many times has that friend you always get into trouble with tempted you with many promises about how great it will be, or how much you’ll make.. Only to find out later that those things really didn’t happen. Again, win the small battle just say no. Don’t get put into the place to start with when tempted learn to say NO.
Responsibilities of the Wise
The person that wants to perform God’s will in their life are going to have to do some things. Wisdom does not come naturally you’re going to have to work at it. The best place to start? Proverbs 1:10 (KJB) “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” JUST SAY NO! But God’s Word doesn’t stop there here are some practical lesson for us all.
Proverbs 1:15 (KJB) My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
- Avoid their deeds – Proverbs 1:15 (KJB) “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path.” The word way here means customs. This means don’t get close to sinner’s patterns of behavior or their custom of sinning. let’s be honest if you’re not walking with them then how are they going to tempt you? You can’t get in trouble if you’re not there.
- Avoid their direction – Proverbs 1:15 (KJB) “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path.” The reason there is a path is that someone has been traveling that way for a long time. I have been a part of making many trails but figuratively and physically. The only way a path remains a clear path is if it’s used constantly otherwise nature reclaims it quickly. In this context, this means somebody has some bad habits, and we should avoid that path. We need to watch their direction. Anybody can avoid one sin, but the person who keeps going back and doing the same sin has a path.
- Avoid their desires – Proverbs 1:16 (KJB) “For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.” It used to be when a person is confronted with a temptation they hesitated weighing out the pros and cons. Once a path is developed, you will find that the sinner is going to run to their sin.
- Avoid their danger – Proverbs 1:18 (KJB) “And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.” An interesting point is a sinner is running as fast as they can to sin, but this verse says it will be their blood that is going to be shed. It’s their life they are going to lose. Sin becomes so pleasurable that we lose sight of the one the hammer is going to drop on is the sinner.
The resources of the wise – Proverbs 1:19-22 (KJB) “So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?”
Here when the Bible talks about wisdom, it sounds like a person. 1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJB) “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” Here Paul tells us that Jesus Christ is made wisdom for us. In the Book of Proverbs when you find wisdom described as a person you might want to write down Jesus Christ.
I pray that this article is helpful to you. If you can please join us Fridays at 7:00 PM at Caesarea Baptist Church. Always remember:
Psalm 1:1-6 (KJB) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
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