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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)


Sources Of Ruin For Our Lives: Uncontrolled Lusts: Proverbs 23:1-3


1) When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee:
2) And put a knife to thy throat, if thou [be] a man given to appetite.
3) Be not desirous of his dainties: for they [are] deceitful meat.

Solomon now shares with us teachings on many different sins that can ruin our lives…


1) When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee: 
1.  When we share a meal with a ruler…
2.  we are to be on guard and understand what we are about to do.

If we cannot control our fleshly desires, when we sit down to eat the delicious food of the rulers, we are to be on high guard realizing we can be easily persuaded to make unwise decisions.  We can be persuaded to make these decisions by those who are appealing to our fleshly desires.  This would apply to fleshly appetites for food and drink, intimate relations, wealth, fame, etc.

(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ:  Whose end [is] destruction, whose God [is their] belly, and [whose] glory [is] in their shame, who mind earthly things.)  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”   (Philippians 3:18-21)


2) And put a knife to thy throat, if thou [be] a man given to appetite.
1.  We are to be ready to take our life
2.  If we are totally controlled by the hungers of our flesh

We are to be willing to give our all (including our physical life) before we compromise our stand for Christ…

This statement is similar to Matthew 18:7-9…

Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!  Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast [them] from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.”   



3) Be not desirous of his dainties: for they [are] deceitful meat.
1.   do not long uncontrollably for his delicacies
2.   they are meant to deceive and manipulate

Many times, those who live for wealth and power seek to control others for their selfish purposes.  They will use bribery and manipulation through temptation that is centered on our fleshly desires.

Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.  Incline not my heart to [any] evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.”   (Psalms 141:3-4)


Our fleshly desires can be a very weak point for a Christian.  Many times, in pursuit of their fulfillment our service to the Lord can become greatly compromised, our testimony destroyed, and many future opportunities for service to the Lord lost.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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  1. […] of the day as part of my study routine for years, one of my favorite of Rob’s is his ‘Think on These Things‘ series.  I love how he takes sections of Proverbs and organizes them based on wisdom […]

  2. Terry says:

    the miracle of doing wrong is God’s ability to forgive. thanks for today’s message Rob

  3. “We are to be willing to give our all (including our physical life) before we compromise our stand for Christ…” I wish more believers understood this concept. Our society and culture has led us down a path we should have gotten off of long ago! We are such a selfish generation. This comment is the desire of my heart for every fully devoted follower of Christ. Thank you dear Brother! :)


    Your wisdom teaching on this lesson is well received. Thank you my friend for sharing such powerful lessons. May God continue to bless you and lift you higher and higher in His Kingdom work.

  5. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Have you fully considered the temptations of power and wealth? Are you certain?

    Consider. Don’t we all believe the longer a man stays in political office, the more corrupt he becomes? So what is the fix? Term limits. Right?

    But what about this observation?

    We cuss the lawmakers. But I notice we’re always perfectly willing to share in any of the sums of money that they might distribute. — Will Rogers (from here)

    Unfortunately, to be tempted by dainties, we do not need to sit with a ruler. When we see someone with something we want, we just to be envious.

    • Citizen Tom says:

      BTW Pastor Barkman, that comment in my reblog is not aimed at anyone in particular. When we read your post, I think it important we realize that temptations it discusses apply to us, that we do not have to sit in close proximity to a ruler.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Very well said Tom. You are so right, the need to avoid envy and temptation of dainties can come upon us with anyone we may associate with. Thanks for this great reminder for us. Lord bless you my friend. Thanks for the reblog and your continued reminders to us of the condition and great need in our government. Lord bless you.

  6. Thank you Rob. This message was quite convicting for me. I pray that my heart’s desire would be to honor my Savior no matter the cost.

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