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“Sins Of The Eyes And Heart”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE INTRODUCTION:

There is a clear relationship between what we see with our eyes, what we sinfully desire in our hearts, and the fallen outward actions that we commit.  Our Lord, Himself, addressed this relationship in Matthew 5:27-28 when He said…

 

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

This is a very important issue that we need to understand clearly. In this study we will seek to come to an understanding of the Lord’s teachings (and other related verses) on the relationship of our eyes, heart (desires) and the acts of sin we commit.

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

Job 31:1-8

(1)  I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

(2)  For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

(3)  Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

(4)  Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

(5)  If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;

(6)  Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.

(7)  If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;

(8)  Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.

 

 

Pro 23:7

(7)  For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

 

Mat 5:27-28

(27)  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

(28)  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

 

Jas 1:13-16

(13)  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:

(14)  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

(15)  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

(16)  Do not err, my beloved brethren.

 

 

THE STUDY:

 

Mat 5:27-28 – Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

In our Lord’s teachings found in Matt 5:27-28, we are taught that sin can occur within the heart (desires) of a man.  Please notice that “lusting after her” is counted as committing the sin of adultery “in his heart”.  In other words, possessing sinful lusts is one type of sin that can be committed by man.

This also helps us to understand that there are two different ways that any sin can be committed:

  1. First of all, sin can be committed in the heart when we hold burning desires to perform an act of sin.  In the case of Jesus’ teaching, the desire to commit the act of adultery, is, in and of itself, counted as a sin.
  2. Secondly, sin can involve the outward act of the sin.  In Christ’s teaching this would be the physical act of adultery being committed with the woman after whom the inward lust is being committed.

Please note that both the sin of the heart and the actual commission of that sin are recognized as two separate sins. To lust in the heart is sinful, to go farther and actually commit the physical sin of adultery is recognized as a second commission of sin.  We should never think that if we commit sin in our hearts we had “might as well do the act”.  This is a lie that comes from Satan himself, being told to us in an effort to increase our guilt and the sin that abides in our lives.

 

Jas 1:13-16 – 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: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.   Do not err, my beloved brethren.

In the above verse, James explains to us the steps that produce acts of sin in our lives.  James teachings helps us to better understand the relationship between our eyes, heart and the outward performance of sin.

Every commission of sin begins as a temptation.  These temptations are wholly based upon the desires that we hold within us.  Notice what James says… “Every man is tempted when he is drawn away OF HIS OWN LUST and enticed.”  Folks, anytime an opportunity to sin arises, but we have no desire to commit that sin, it is not a temptation to us.

A very simple example is a person who is on a diet and HATES vanilla ice cream.  I can offer that person vanilla ice cream over and over again and they will never be “tempted” to eat it and break their diet.  Why?  Because they have no desire to eat the vanilla ice cream.   However, if the same person LOVES chocolate ice cream, the moment I offer it to them, the offer becomes a “temptation” to them to break their diet.  Because they desire it, the opportunity to partake of it becomes a temptation to them.

James then goes further and explains that when the person recognizes the opportunity to sin is open to them (they are enticed by it), the sinful lust in their heart then gives birth to the outward act of sin which leads to their death.

WOW!  What a horrible chain of events that leads to all men’s downfall, reminds us of a fish that is caught by a fisherman…

  1. The bait is seen by the fish (using its eyes)
  2. The bait attracts the fish because it is hungry (its desires)
  3. The bait is taken by the fish (the outward act of taking that which is sinfully desired)
  4. The fish is killed by the fisherman (death occurs as the direct result of sin)

The commission of sin takes place in the same way…

  1. We see an opportunity to sin (we place our eyes on it)
  2. We then take advantage of that opportunity (because we desire to commit that sin)
  3. The natural result of the commission of that sin is physical and spiritual death.

 

 

Job 31:1-8 – I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?  Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?  Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?  If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;  Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.  If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;  Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.

Job understood the two types of sin when he said… “If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes”.

  1. Job described the outward acts of sin as “If my step turned out of the way”
  2. Job described the role of inward sinful desires as “mine heart walked after mine eyes”.

 

Job also understood how sin develops in our lives:

  1. He was describing his sinful desires being fulfilled following the seeing an opportunity to sin… “mine heart walked after mine eyes”:
  2. This results in the outward commission of that sin “If my step hath turned out of the way”.

 

Because of Job’s knowledge of these truths, he was able to successfully avoid sin in his life.  This is why he was able to boldly ask the Lord to look at his life and see that his life was dedicated to pleasing Him.  So what is the secret to Job’s success?…

“I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?”

 

He saw the need to control what his eyes looked upon to avoid these times of temptation that so easily come upon all mankind.  he understood that, due to our fallen, sinful natures we all possess sinful desires.  The one of the most effective ways to avoid cultivating and fulfilling those desires was by controlling his eyes…

“I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?”

 

In other words, if Job avoided the opportunity to sin, he would not be feeding his sinful desires nor would he be bringing them to fruition.  What a very important lesson for us all.  By controlling what our eyes look upon we can keep our sinful desires at bay and not “live them out” in our actions!

Job said that the result of this covenant he made with his eyes, he was able to sincerely invite the Lord to examine his life without guilt or hesitation… “Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity”

 

CONCLUSION:

Do we attempt to control our eyes and avoid temptations whenever we possibly can?  The answer to this question speaks volumes about our character, the person we are within.

King Solomon understood this principle when he wrote in Proverbs 23:7 … “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he;”

In response to Solomon’s writing, lets close by asking ourselves this simple question … “Who are we?”  The answer can be found in our attempts to rule over our eyes and the desires that dwell in our hearts.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 23:29-35

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Sources Of Ruin For Our Lives: Drunkeness: Proverbs 23:29-35

29) Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
30) They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
31) Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright.
32) At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
33) Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
34) Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
35) They have stricken me, [shalt thou say, and] I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I felt [it] not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

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

 

EXPOSITION:

To conclude the chapter, Solomon now addresses the sin of drunkenness…

29) Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
Solomon gives us a quick list of several results of excessive alcohol consumption:
1. woe – to express grief due to loss
2. sorrow – excessive lack
3. contentions – arguing and brawling
4. babbling – to converse with yourself (others unable to understand)
5. wounds without cause – splits in the flesh gotten for unknown reasons
6. redness of eyes – blood shot eyes

 

30) They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
Who exhibits all the above symptoms?
1.  Those who delay their departure from drinking fermented wine
2.  Those who actively pursue the possession of spiced, fermented wine

Who exhibits those symptoms?  Anyone who longs for wine and, therefore, drinks it excessively.

 

31) Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright.
Because of the results of the abuse of wine, Solomon now instructs his students…. Do not gaze longingly upon fermented wine:
1. when it is blood red (the deeper the red color the more attractive to the eye)
2. when it shows it deep color while it stands in the cup (when it is deep red when it stands in the cup it was a sign of a very rich wine.)
3.  when it is highly carbonated (a crucial part of the fermentation process is the release of CO2 gas.)

In this verse, Solomon is describing a very desirable intoxicating wine.  His point is for us to not give into temptation by allowing these characteristics to cause us to lust after it due to its superior quality.

If we give ourselves over to this wine, there are very harmful results…

 

32) At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 
When all is said and done it…
1.  bites like a snake
2.  wounds like a viper (poisonous snake)

Overt time, it will be transformed from a pleasurable satisfying experience to an experience that causes great pain and harm

 

33) Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
1.  Your eyes will look longingly (lust after) on women that are profane, adulterous
2.  Your desires will speak of fraudulent things

It will lessen your resistance to temptation to sinful thoughts and acts

 

34) Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
1.  You will choose to sleep while your boat is in the midst of the sea
2.  You will rest at the top of the mast where you should be watchful and can easily fall.

It will give you a false sense of security when vigilance and great care is needed due to impending danger

 

35) They have stricken me, [shalt thou say, and] I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I felt [it] not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
1.  You will say you have pain and aching as if someone has beaten you but you were not sick
2.  You will say you were beaten and yet you did not remember the beating.

It will give you physical pain and suffering along with loss of memory

But, in spite of these results, due to addiction, you will still actively search for it and partake of it.

 

SUMMARY:

Anyone who longs for wine and, therefore, drinks it excessively is committing the sin of drunkenness. This results in:
1. grief due to loss
2. excessive lack
3. arguing and brawling
4. others unable to understand speech
5. unable to remember actions
6. blood shot eyes
7. eventually it goes from being a pleasurable experience to an experience that causes great pain and harm
8. it lessens resistance to sinful thoughts and acts
9. it gives a false sense of security and ease when impending danger is close
10. it gives physical pain and suffering

But, in spite of these results, due to its addictive nature, it is continued to be sought after and partaken of.  What a horrible sin is drunkenness.  Sadly this sin not only affects those who partake of the alcohol, but also those who are their spouses, family, friends and acquaintances and our personal testimony for Christ…. Is a temporary numbing of the senses worth this great cost?

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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 23:26-28

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

 

Sources Of Ruin For Our Lives: Giving Attention To The World: Proverbs 23:26-28

26) My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
27) For a whore [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit.
28) She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.

The Lord, through Solomon, continues to address sins that can ruin a Christian’s life.  Out of concern for our welfare, as a parent would instruct a child, the Lord now looks at placing our attention on the things that the sinful world has to offer…

 

EXPOSITION:

26) My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
The Lord speaks to us as a loving father instructs his child…
1.  Willingly, turn over your desires to me.
2.  Willingly, turn your eyes to, and consider thoroughly, the paths I have laid out before you.

In this opening verse, the Lord encourages us to make a two-fold commitment to Him…
a. Make a commitment that our desires will be pointed toward things of God.
b. Make a commitment to keep our eyes and attention on the Lord and His ways.

These two commitments go hand in hand, when we turn our desires over to Him, we will then naturally watch Him and follow His ways for us.  This will lead to a victorious life in Him.

When we place our desires on the world, we will have to be force ourselves to look to Him and will struggle to follow His ways.  Eventually we will be spiritually shipwrecked.

27) For a whore [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit.
The all the enticements of the world are now being pictured by one of its greatest enticements… that of a prostitute (much like Prov 7:10-23 etc)
1.  the prostitute is like a deep ditch that will hold us once we fall into it.
2.  a foreign woman (who will lead us into idolatry) is like a pit which is describing a tight place that is leaves us no way of escape.

A woman (or man) that uses sexual desires to attract their prey, are very dangerous indeed.  They are using the base, carnal desires of our fallen nature to distract us from the things of the Lord.  So it is with the enticements of the world… they appeal to our sinful, fleshly, fallen, corrupt nature to lead us astray.

In the above, we find the need to avoid the enticements of the world.  Why?

In both cases the principle is that, if we allow them to ensnare us, they are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to escape.  It is FAR better for us to avoid falling into them, than to fall and be forced to escape its clutches.   In these warnings, we can see the Lord’s love and concern for us being clearly shown, as He teaches us a way to avoid these pitfalls… keeping our desires and eyes upon Him.

 

28) She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
1.  The enticing woman is ready to ambush her victim
2.  The enticing woman’s goal is to multiply those who step over the bounds God has set.  Their lives are lived selfishly in an effort to please their flesh.

This basic principle helps us to understand the motives of the enticement of the world.  It is not to bring us great fleshly joy and pleasure, it is to attack when we least expect it and to cause us to go beyond the area of safety God has given to each of us.

Keep in mind, when the Lord restricts us from following the world’s enticements, He is giving us these limits for our safety and our long-term benefit.  When the world entices us to step beyond the Lord’s limits for us, it is an attack against us, attempting to harm us and bring our eventual downfall.

 

SUMMARY:

One of the greatest keys to overcoming the enticements of this world is to place our desires on the things of the Lord and then to keep our attention and thoughts upon Him.   When we do this we will not be distracted by the enticements of this world.

When we allow ourselves to be distracted, we will fall into traps that are very difficult, nigh to impossible to escape.  Not only that, but the end result of our actions will be to be taken unawares and brought to spiritual ruin.

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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Get The Word Of God…. And Keep It!

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23) Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

24) The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise [child] shall have joy of him.

25) Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

(Proverbs 23:23-25)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 23:23-25

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

 

Sources Of Ruin For Our Lives: Devaluing The Truth: Proverbs 23:23-25

23) Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
24) The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise [child] shall have joy of him.
25) Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

 

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

 

EXPOSITION:

Solomon continues to address sins that can ruin a Christian’s life.  He now looks at devaluing the truth…

23) Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
1.  We are to be willing to give of ourselves to gather up that which is reliable (the truths of the Word) and not give it up for anything.
2.  Along with the reliable Word of God, we should be willing to sacrifice of ourselves for:
a.  the application of the Word to our life,
b.  the teachings that proceed from and explain the Word,
c.  the teachings that proceed from the Word that help us to discern the true nature of this world and the world to come.

Folks, every aspect of the Word and the many lessons that proceed from the Word are reliable, practical, instructive and insightful.  We are to give our all to acquire these things.

But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ,”   (Philippians 3:7-8)

 

24) The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise [child] shall have joy of him.  25) Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
Keeping in mind, that Godly parents will greatly desire to see their children live for the Lord…
1. The father of those whose lifestyle is aligned with God’s desires will jump for joy exceedingly.
2. A child who consistently applies the Word to their life will be a source of gladness to their parent.
3. Both the father and mother shall share in gladness
4. The mother of the Godly child will also find themselves “jumping for joy” knowing their child is spiritually secure and faithfully serving the Lord.

Not only does the application of the Word to our life bring joy to us, but also to those who love and hold a spiritual concern for us.

Of course, in most cases, Godly parents hold the greatest concern for our spiritual wellbeing.  By “parents” we are speaking of those who have given us physical life and our “spiritual parents”, those who have led us to Christ and have been our spiritual mentors.

Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech [thee], being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.   I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:”   (Philemon 1:9-10)

Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,  I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;  And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:”  (1 Kings 2:1-3)

 

SUMMARY:

Are we counting the Word of God as a valuable asset worth the investment of our lives?  By investing our very life in learning and applying the Word, we will be bringing great joy to ourselves and those who love and care for our spiritual well-being.

Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.  Therefore I esteem all [thy] precepts [concerning] all [things to be] right; [and] I hate every false way.”   (Psalms 119:127-128)

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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“SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 23:20-22”

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

 

Sources Of Ruin For Our Lives: Lacking Self-Control: Proverbs 23:20-22

20) Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
21) For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.
22) Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

 

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

 

EXPOSITION:

Solomon continues to speak lovingly to us, as a father would speak to a son, addressing the sin of lacking self-control…

20) Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:

1.  We should not be numbered among those are known as drunkards,

2.  or those who eat food uncontrollably.

Both of these types of individuals lack the ability to control themselves as they satisfy the desires of their flesh.

For the time past of [our] life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:  Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with [them] to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of [you]:  Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.”   (1 Peter 4:3-5)

Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”   (1 Corinthians 5:10-11)

Throughout the Scriptures, Christians are to have their fleshly desires under control at all times….

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”   (1 Peter 5:8)

 

21) For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.

Why avoid the sin of uncontrolled fleshly desires?

1.  Those who drink to the point of drunkenness and eat to the point of gluttony will end up poverty stricken.

2.  Those who continually rest to the point of laziness will only have rags to wear as clothing.

When a person is controlled by their fleshly desires for food, drink and sleep, they will no longer be giving adequate attention to their responsibilities of life.  They will become slaves to their desires always putting their fleshly satisfaction ahead of their other needs.

Please note: our flesh’s need for liquids, foods, and rest are not sinful.  It is only when our desire for those things becomes the controlling force in our life, that they become sinful.   This list can also include the physical desire for sexual intimacy.  When these desires become our masters, they become our sinful acts as well.

(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)

22) Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

1.  We are to listen with our attention to the instructions given to us by our physical and spiritual father.

2.  We are to not put aside our mother’s instructions when she becomes old.

In both of these cases, great words of wisdom can be learned, when our parents share experiences and life lessons they have learned. Many times, one of the chief lessons that they will teach us is the need to be diligent in our labors and controlled in our demeanor.   Keep in mind, if our parents are Godly people they will love us and only desire what is for our good.  Therefore, the advice and counsel they give us can be counted upon as sincere and meant for our benefit.

For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:” 

 (Mark 7:10)

 

SUMMARY:

What better summary for the lesson for today than …

Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”   (1 Thessalonians 5:6-10)

AMEN!

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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 23:17-19

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Sources Of Ruin For Our Lives: Envy: Proverbs 23:17-19

17) Let not thine heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
18) For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
19) Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

 

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

 EXPOSITION:

Solomon addresses the sin of envy…

 17) Let not thine heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
1.  Our desires should not produce jealousy of those who are lawless and disobedient to God.
2.  Instead, our desires should produce a reverence and fear of the Lord throughout the day.

Do we desire the lifestyle and possessions of those who are disobedient to the Lord?  Instead we should desire to live lives of submission to His will and ways and the temporal and eternal blessings that await those who are obedient to the Lord.

 

[A Psalm] of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.  Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.”  (Psalms 37:1-3)

 

 

18) For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
2 reasons to desire obedience to the Lord over rebellion against Him:
1.  The things that are enjoyed by the lawless will be short-lived and abruptly terminated.
2.  That which the Godly live for and expect will be long-lasting and will continue through eternity.

Envying that which is temporal will only reap disappointment, living for that which is eternal will reap true lasting joy and peace.

 

What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death.  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”   (Romans 6:21-22)

 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.”  (Jeremiah 29:11-12)

 

 

 

19) Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
Solomon speaking out of a heart of love and concern, as if he is instructing his own son…
1.  Be wise… apply the Word to our lives
2.  Apply the Word to our life by allowing it to affect our life goals and desires.

When a saint’s desires are pointed toward wisdom, they will naturally possess a Godly lifestyle.

My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”   (Proverbs 23:26)

 

SUMMARY:

The desires we possess within us will dictate our way of life.  If we desire the things of the world, our way of life will be earthly and sensual and will lead to eventual disappointment and ruin.  If we desire the things of God, our way of life will be Godly and spiritual and will lead to eternal joy, peace and lasting value.

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.  I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.  When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.  Take fast hold of instruction; let [her] not go: keep her; for she [is] thy life.  Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil [men].  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.  For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause [some] to fall.   For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.  But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.  The way of the wicked [is] as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.  For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.

 (Proverbs 4:10-23)

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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 23:12-16

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

 

Sources Of Ruin For Our Lives: Laziness In Child Rearing: Proverbs 23:12-16

12) Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
13) Withhold not correction from the child: for [if] thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
14) Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
15) My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
16) Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.

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

 

EXPOSITION:

Solomon addresses the sin of laziness in child rearing…

12) Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
Proper child discipline is a matter of submitting to the teachings of the Word…
1.  Conform your desires to the dictates of God’s Word (allow the Word to affect your life)
2.  Turn your ears towards the teachings of God’s Word (receive God’s Word into your mind)

By parents listening to the Word, desiring to keep the Word and then applying the Word to their actions, they will find themselves rearing their children in a way that pleases God.

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.   For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”   (James 1:21-25)

13) Withhold not correction from the child: for [if] thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.  14) Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
1.  Do not hold back from a child: instruction, warnings, corrective teachings and chastening (when the child is willfully rebellious)
2.  if the parent properly strikes them with a rod made for discipline, the child will not die.
3.  when the parent properly strikes them with the rod of discipline, they are only protecting the child from eternal separation from the Lord.

Here, the need for proper guidance by the parent is necessary for the future welfare of the child.   By proper guidance the Lord makes plain the need for a multi-faceted approach that includes:
1. instruction – teaching the child the truths of God’s Word in a practical way
2. warnings – teaching God’s warnings against sin and the results of sin in our lives
3. corrective teachings – teaching Godly principles on repentance and principles on how to avoid, overcome and stand against the sins of this world.
4. corporal punishment – when willful, purposeful, commission of sin is exhibited in the life of the child.

How do these help a child concerning their eternal destiny?  By doing all of the above the child learns to submit to higher authorities (especially the Ultimate Authority, God Almighty).  By teaching them to submit to the authority of God… the quality of their earthly life, their salvation from sin, and their receipt of an eternal destiny with the Lord will be ensured.

Foolishness [is] bound in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”   (Proverbs 22:15)

Not only will these principles be of benefit to the child, but also the parent will reap much benefit from a child who has been properly reared…

 

15) My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.  16) Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
1.  My child, if your desires are pointed toward the application of the Word to your life,
2.  your Godly parent’s desires will be fulfilled, giving them great reason for exaltation.
3.  also your parents will most sincerely feel great joy when the child’s lips profess their faith in the Lord and the truths of God’s Word.

The Godly parent has much to gain by properly raising up their child when they are young.  The parent’s life can be greatly enhanced as they grow older, knowing their children are following the path that the Lord has laid for them.  In doing so, they can see the Lord’s hand of blessing on their family, and they will be reaping the fruits of their faithfulness to the Lord.

One of the saddest experiences for a parent is to see their children live an ungodly life, and to feel as if they are failures in child rearing and recognizing their children are facing spiritual ruin.

One quick note: although it is possible to properly raise up a child and, yet, see them go astray in life, when the child matures, many times, they will come back to the Lord based upon the Godly instruction they have received from their parents….

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  (Proverbs 22:6)

 

SUMMARY:

By raising our children in a Godly way, we are showing to others our desires to follow the Words of the Lord; acting on behalf of our children to lead them to live a Godly lifestyle that will be spiritually, and physically, beneficial to them;  we will be working towards giving ourselves a joyful life, seeing our children are living lives of obedience to the Lord and recognizing the Lord’s hand of blessing upon our family.

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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 23:9-11

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

 

Sources Of Ruin For Our Lives: Self-Centeredness: Proverbs 23:9-11

9) Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
10) Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
11) For their redeemer [is] mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.

 

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

 

EXPOSITION:

Solomon addresses the sin of Self-Centeredness

 

9) Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
1.  Do not instruct those who do not apply God’s truth to their life.
2.  Because he will not show respect to the application of truth you speak

We are to always put the Lord’s glory and a Godly testimony as primary motives for our teachings.  When we become self-centered, we forget these priorities.   Because we think so highly of ourselves, we look down upon others and think we have a right to dictate to others what they are to do with their lives. We believe that our words alone can soften the hardened heart of the hearer.  We then choose to unwisely share God’s Word with those who will despise, mock and reject the truths of God.

A humble spirit will cause us to think twice before sharing our thoughts; seek God’s will beforehand; and recognize that if our advice helps anyone, it is only because of the Lord’s gracious intervention in our speech and the prepared heart of the listener.

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”   (Matthew 7:6)

10) Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
1.  Do not take away the boundary markers from times past
2.  Do not trespass onto the land of those who are defenseless

A spirit of self-centeredness causes us to feel as if we have a right to that which is not ours.  It makes us feel justified to take advantage of others and mistreat others for our gain.

Why is this attitude dangerous for us to possess?

Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?  [Some] remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed [thereof].  They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow’s ox for a pledge.  They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.  Behold, [as] wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness [yieldeth] food for them [and] for [their] children.  They reap [every one] his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.  They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that [they have] no covering in the cold.  They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.  They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.  They cause [him] to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf [from] the hungry;  [Which] make oil within their walls, [and] tread [their] winepresses, and suffer thirst.”   (Job 24:1-11)

 

11) For their redeemer [is] mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
The Lord takes special interest in His people who are abused and mistreated by others…
1.  The One that paid the ransom for their sins possesses all authority and strength.
2.  It is this same Lord that will make their case for them as He stands against the abuser.

A self-centered attitude is only asking for the Lord to intervene in this situation.  If the Christian continues on in willful disobedience by possessing a consistent attitude of selfishness will feel the chastening hand of God.

For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set [him] in safety [from him that] puffeth at him.”   (Psalms 12:5)

SUMMARY:

Our selfish, self-centered attitudes can be the downfall of a Christian and his testimony for Christ.

As we work with others, we need to always remember to seek to help (not take advantage of) them with a spirit of humility and love …

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”   (Galatians 6:1-3)

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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 23:4-8

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

 

Sources Of Ruin For Our Lives: Love Of Worldly Pleasures: Proverbs 23:4-8

4) Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
5) Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for [riches] certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
6) Eat thou not the bread of [him that hath] an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7) For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart [is] not with thee.
8) The morsel [which] thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

 

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

 

EXPOSITION:

Solomon addresses the love of worldly riches

4) Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
1.  Do not exhaust yourself to accumulate worldly riches
2.  Put off the worldly wisdom that encourages the hoarding of wealth

Putting the accumulation of wealth as our chief priority of life is to live a wasted life.  This type of lifestyle is motivated by the worldly wisdom that says we must rely upon our worldly possessions for our future security, exalted social standing and fame.   Little does the world understand that, in reality, wealth can only bring to us a temporal type of exaltation and security while, with faithfulness to the Lord, we can find eternal exaltation and peace…

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.   (1 Peter 5:6-7)

 

5) Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for [riches] certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
1.  Will we turn our attention upon that which does not permanently exist?
2.  These temporal things of the world will disappear, much like an eagle who spreads it wings and flies away.

Why should we place our attention and diligently seek for those things that give us no lasting benefit?  Only those who do not understand the temporal nature of the things of this world, in comparison to the eternal nature of the things of God, would be silly enough to live for that which is temporary and fleeting.

But this I say, brethren, the time [is] short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;  And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;  And they that use this world, as not abusing [it]: for the fashion of this world passeth away.”   (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)

 

6) Eat thou not the bread of [him that hath] an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
1.  Do not partake of the bread offered by those who possess lawless view
2.  Do not place our affections on the delicacies that he possesses

When we allow our fleshly desires to control us, we will be placing ourselves in a position to be manipulated and used by the wicked.  When our flesh is uncontrolled, the wicked man can use worldly riches to entice us to ruin our lives pursuing those riches.

And he said,  That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.   (Mark 7:20-23)

 

7) For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart [is] not

with thee.
1.   What a man’s desires concentrate on, that reveals the man’s true nature.
2.  The wicked offers for you to partake of his delicacies, but his actions are based upon other motives than being generous and kind. His desires are in opposition to your good.

The true nature of an individual is shown by what he desires, not what he says with his lips.  A wicked man will offer us his enticements, saying that all he desires is to help us to satisfy us, but really he knows they will only harm us and our testimony for the Lord.

They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: [with] flattering lips [and] with a double heart do they speak.”   (Psalms 12:2)

“God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.  He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.  [The words] of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war [was] in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet [were] they drawn swords.”   (Psalms 55:19-21)

 

8) The morsel [which] thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
1.  When we partake of these small pieces of meat, they will be vomited back up
2.  Then, we will no longer think highly of the wicked, nor the delicacies that he offers.

After we are enticed by the gifts of the wicked, we will understand the harm that we have partaken of.  We will attempt to rid ourselves of them and learn a very difficult lesson.  Many times, these things can actually destroy our testimony for Christ.  It will only be by God’s grace, if these things do not permanently ruin our testimony and render us ineffective in our service to the Lord.

As a result, we will not speak well of the wicked, not of his enticements.  It will be a lesson that was learned the hard way.  However, if we listen to the Lord’s teachings found in His Word, we will not have to go down this path of learning through experience that following our fleshly lusts is dangerous for the Christian and his testimony for Christ.

HE. Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it [unto] the end.  Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with [my] whole heart.  Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.  Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.  Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; [and] quicken thou me in thy way.  Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who [is devoted] to thy fear.”   (Psalms 119:33-38)

 

SUMMARY:

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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 23:1-3

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…

 EXPOSITION:

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)

SUMMARY:

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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