Hold On To Instruction, Do Not Let It Go!

Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.
I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evildoers.
Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.
For they cannot rest until they do evil;
they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.

Proverbs 4

He Who Is Of A Proud Heart Stirs Up Strife

He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife. (Proverbs 29:25)

It’s so easy to fall into strife with someone… no matter how much we pray and fast.

It’s like that “old man” is lurking in the shadows… he gets his life from our pride, finding strength in the strife that results.

Christians, we’re not doormats, but that pride that rises up in us needs to die… somehow to be starved.
It’s only through embracing the dealings of God that this happens. That hand of authority over us that humbles our hearts, softening us, refining us to reflect His own heart.

Religion thrives on pride. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

Our only hope is the cross! That continuing outworking in us of that complete work he’s accomplished… that work our pride so resists.

  • Mark Saunders