Thursday, July 14, 2016

July 14 - Prov. 14

The gullible believe anything they’re told; the prudent sift and weigh every word.
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭14:15‬ ‭MSG‬‬

The call to listen and consider Biblical wisdom is not a mindless or blind exercise. We're encouraged to consider the outcomes of our decisions and to be fully aware of the consequences of our actions.

The New Testament writers were of the same mindset; encouraging Christ's followers to de disciplined in their thought life. In 1 John 4:1 we read that we are to "test" every spirit. The Apostle Paul wrote that we take "every thought captive" to make it obedient to the Lord Jesus (2 Cor. 10:5). In Romans 12:1-2 we learn that our act of offering ourselves as living sacrifices is part of the transformation and renewing of our minds. The Philippians were encouraged to think on those things that were true, noble, right, pure, admirable, praiseworthy and excellent (Phil. 4:8).

This takes work and effort; it is a disciplined life that learns to listen to the voice of God and discern how to put biblical principles into practice. It involves spending time in God's word, meditating upon it, and allowing it to settle deep into our souls. It's a lifestyle of opening our hearts and minds to what the Lord would say to us. It's the attitude of the boy Samuel who was trained to say, "Speak Lord, for your servant is listening."

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