Read Proverbs 5
A greedy heart will quickly lead you astray. The wise person learns to be satisfied with what God gives them. He always gives you what you need. Practice letting go of desire and being satisfied with what you already have. It is hard to entice or cheat or trick someone who is already deeply satisfied. Wisdom grows in the soil of satisfaction. Foolishness takes root in longing. Listen to my paraphrase of Proverbs 5:7-14.
So listen, child, and don’t forget what I say: Stay away from the harlot. Don’t even go near her house or you will give away your honor and suffer a lot. Strangers will take everything you have and you’ll spend your life working for people who don’t care about you. You’ll end up in misery, sick and wasted, moaning, “Why didn’t I listen and control myself? I didn’t listen to my teacher’s wisdom! Now I’m completely ruined and despised!”
And this from verse 15-20:
Drink the clean, pure water from your own well. Why would you drink water from the sewer and let strangers take a bath in your drinking water? Keep your drinking water clean. It’s for you and your wife only, the beautiful one you’ve always loved. Be captivated by her love alone and let her satisfy your most intimate needs. Why should you trust a whore with such vulnerable and sacred moments?
Be satisfied with what you have. Go further, cherish and thank God for it. You will realize how blessed you are and have no need or desire for the filthy things the world offers.
"Father, help me to appreciate all the pure and lovely things You have given me and so see I don't need to lust after the disgusting things of this world. Amen."
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Proverbs Day 5
I'm a pastor, dad, husband, and child of God. I'm broken, but blessed. The cracks are where the Light shines through. My mission is to help people grow closer to God with every breath and step I take. I gave my life to Christ at an early age and have grown closer through the years, spurred on by the study of the Bible, my church family, and the Chrysalis and Walk to Emmaus Communities. I accepted the call to full -time ministry as a pastor in 1999 and have served 4 different churches in Georgia. Music, preaching, and teaching are the heart of my ministry. Outside of the pulpit, I enjoy many hobbies that help me blow off steam. These include martial arts, woodworking, blacksmithing, gardening, cooking, and being creative. I'm a jack of all trades and a master of none. My philosophy is use what you have, do it yourself if you can, learn something in the process, and have lots of fun. This blog is a place to share it all with you.