Proverbs 4:14-17 (NIV)
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 4:14-17 (KJV)
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.
For those matured in the faith, I don’t believe you’re going to just set foot on the path of the wicked. When you become immersed in His Word, it becomes very easy to spot the path of the wicked from the path of righteousness. You’re not going to, one day, just switch paths. The devil knows this, and because of that he isn’t going to put all his effort into tempting you in the big things. Instead he uses the many men and women of this world to tempt you int the small areas. There are 100s (about once every 11 mins of the 18 hours your awake) of the times that the devil tempts us in small ways. He sometimes uses the closest people to us, to tempt us. It could be through a ‘harmless’ movie, through hanging out with a certain group of people, going to a particular place that you know tempts you in whatever way, and many other ways. It is easy for us to avoid the big things, but the small things can often slip through our radar. If a missile, just one missile, would slip through a military radar a lot of damage and lives would be lost. The same goes in our life, one small missile can do a lot of damage. It destroys a part of our defense system. Soon, because of the destruction of the one missile, more will be pushed in through our weak spot. It causes us to stumble and fall.
Keep your guard up at all times, the enemy will never stop trying to penetrate you. The devil knows your weaknesses, and will use them against you! As christians, we need to identify our weakness and give them to Christ. We need to do everything in our power to stay away from our weakness. Like the evil doers drink the wine of violence, we will drink the wine of our weaknesses. Once you have one slip, it’s hard to not have two, and then three. Eventually you just can’t help yourself, and keep on drinking in on our weaknesses in enjoyment. That’s the scary thing. Once we get past the first few drinks, we begin to enjoy what makes us weak and we ask for more.
Because sometimes we are tricked into thinking we are in the path of righteousness, when we are rather on the path of evil, stop for a moment and look ahead, where are your actions leading you, what do they say about you and Christ? It is easy at first to stay on foot with God, but we must be on a look out for all the small things. All big things, started small, watch out and be warned! The devil is always looking for ways to tempt you, stay in God’s Word and keep yourself protected!
- Bible Examples of God’s Sovereignty (keyword-power.com)
- Friday Proverb – Wisdom is Life and Health (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- Asking God to save us, then putting Him in the back seat. (pastormikesays.wordpress.com)