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Bible Reading: Proverbs 22.13-16

Proverbs 22.13-16
The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside; I will be killed in the streets!” 14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; He who is cursed of the Lord will fall into it. 15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him. 16 He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

I love going to the zoo with my family.  There are times we will be at an exhibit looking at other animals and we will hear the roar of a lion.  When we hear the power of his voice it builds the anticipation more and more to go see the strong beast that the lion is.  Scripture tells us in 1 Peter 5.8, to “be of sober spirit, be on the alert.  Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”  This is a reality that we wake up to every day, but we should not live in fear or think we can hide or avoid the enemy, but we can overcome him through Jesus who gives us the power to fight sin through the Holy Spirit.  We are to be valiant warriors each day when we arise that empowered by the Spirit of God. 

So, what does this mean?  It means we fight the temptation to be lazy and instead we work.  We don’t make excuses like the crazy example Solomon gives of a “lion outside”.  We are to behold the great calling we have to work just like God modeled from the beginning for us in Genesis 1 and 2. 

We also are to fight the temptation of lust.  The enemy wants to lure us into the net and the entrapment of adultery.  Instead seek to please God pursuing purity and holiness.

We all without Jesus have hearts that are corrupt.  Scripture tells us, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17.9)”  Only Jesus can change our hearts.  As parents, we are given the great responsibility to train our kids in the ways of God.  That training includes discipline and at times physical discipline.  Loving discipline removes the wickedness.  Don’t shy away from this as parents.  This is God’s will.

Lastly, let us not be tempted with greed, but instead care for the poor and the most vulnerable.  Let us not also be tempted to show favoritism to others become they are wealthy.  Let God meet your needs and then care for the needs of those who are need (Ephesians 4.28).

Be a Spirit-empowered and valiant warrior today fighting off laziness, lust, greed and ultimately the enemy.  This is what Jesus died for, so you can fight sin each day.  Let’s go to battle.       

Memory Verse: He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor. Proverbs 22.9