LIFE TO THE FLESH OR ROT TO THE BONES?

Pippa’s first birthday.

Pippa’s first birthday.

Our little great granddaughter Pippa doesn’t always do what her fine parents want her to do.  Do you know why? She thinks she has a better way than those who have lived 20 or 30 years longer. But, by experience all of us understand that her parents know way better than she does about everything. Any good parent loves their children and want to lead them in the way that will cause them the least harm and the most benefit.

Let’s make a parallel of sorts to our lives in relationship to God. I’ve been thinking lately about how God wants to bless our lives in such a way that we flourish from our very inner self all the way to our outer relationships. Even our physical bodies receive benefits from embracing God’s instructions concerning life.  I’m not talking about living a moral life that merits us Heaven, because that is impossible. Our only hope of Heaven is tightly tied into the forgiveness God gives us as we wholeheartedly believe Jesus died in our place to satisfy the wrath of God against our sins. But rather I mean paying serious attention to what God says about living as He has given it to us throughout the Bible.

 An example of what we may ignore, or take lightly, would be this incredible verse. “A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.”(Proverbs 14:30) Take a minute to contrast a couple of things: a tranquil heart as opposed to an envious soul and life-giving as opposed to bone-rotting. When we ignore God’s instructions concerning envy, we set ourselves up for rotten bones. However, if we take to heart what God says our tranquil heart will give life to our body. Oh, that we would not be like little children, preferring their own self-destructive way over the life-giving instructions of their parents.

This Thursday morning we will be covering Day Four and Five of Chapter 7. Envy will be our main concern and it’s contrast—a tranquil heart. Please plan to join us for a great time of encouragement to live wholeheartedly for the Lord.

ANGER AND ANGRY PEOPLE--THE DIFFERENCE

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We live in an increasing angry country. What has caused this anger? And am I part of this angry force? What is the difference between anger and angry people? How is God’s anger different than most human anger? Consider this: Romans 1:18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” Now make a contrast with this: Ephesians 4:31 “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice…” God and people have anger for two very different reasons—God’s being holy and perfect, and man’s being generally selfish and irritable.

If you would like to understand better about anger, be sure to join us Thursday morning at 9:30 as we look at Day 3 of Lesson 7—”Churning Milk and Twisting Noses.”

THINKING OF YOURSELF LESS

 

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"Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility."—Proverbs 18:12 

The following quote from C.H. Spurgeon refers to the verse printed above.   

 —Almost every event has its prophetic prelude. It is an old and common saying, that "coming events cast their shadows before them;" the wise man teaches us the same lesson in the verse before us. When destruction walks through the land, it casts its shadow; it is in the shape of pride. When honor visits a man's house, it casts its shadow before it; it is in the fashion of humility. "Before destruction the heart of man is haughty;" pride is as surely the sign of destruction as the change of mercury in the weather-glass is the sign of rain, and far more infallibly so than that. "Before honor is humility," even as before the summer, sweet birds return to sing in our land. Everything hath its prelude. The prelude of destruction is pride, and of honor, humility. There is nothing into which the heart of man so easily falls as pride, and yet there is no vice which is more frequently, more emphatically, and more eloquently condemned in Scripture. Against pride, prophets have lifted up their voices, evangelists have spoken and teachers have discoursed. Yea, more; the everlasting God has mounted to the very heights of eloquence when he would condemn the pride of man; and the full gushing of the Eternal's mighty language has been most gloriously displayed in the condemnation of the pride of human nature.—

Do you consider yourself to be pretty humble? This Thursday morning at 9:30 we will look deeply into what God has to say about real humility, as well as, pride. Please plan to be with us for this valuable and timely class from the book of Proverbs.