Scripture Memorization for January – Proverbs 4
Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 61:1 – 3
Read a previous post from this passage – “Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out”
Read the “Evening and Morning” devotion for today.
“Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan; Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places: And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it. … But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.” – (Numbers 33:51-53, 55)
In our reading this morning, we see that God commanded Moses to tell the people of Israel to remove all of the inhabitants that were in the land of Canaan. God knew that if His people were to coexist with the heathen that dwelled in the land they would soon pick up some of their bad habits, and become like them. God wanted His people to be holy, set apart for Himself. He also wanted them to be happy and fruitful, which would be impossible once the sinfulness of the Canaanites had gained a foothold in their lives. In the flesh there is pleasure in sin, at least for a season, but ultimately it only brings pain, misery, and death.
Canaan is a picture of the Spirit-filled Christian life. When a man trusts Christ as his Saviour today, if he wants to enjoy the abundant life that God desires for him, he will have to remove some things from his life as well. God intends for His people to be separate from the world, and there is certainly a lot about this world that is inconsistent with a spirit-filled Christian life. I once heard the great radio preacher, J. Vernon McGee tell a caller on his radio show that a Christian can do many things in life, but if that Christian wants to shine for the Lord, he will have to refrain from doing some things. There is a lot of wisdom in that. God knows what is best for us, for our happiness, and for His kingdom. Let’s try to stay far away from the things that this sinful world has to offer. There will simply be some things (and possibly some people) in our lives that will have to go if we are to be all that God wants us to be.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” – (1 John 2:15-17)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – (Romans 12:1-2)
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” – (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
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