He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)
Temptation: Keys To Opposing It: Prov 5:1-2
1) My son, attend unto my wisdom, [and] bow thine ear to my understanding:
2) That thou mayest regard discretion, and [that] thy lips may keep knowledge.
In this chapter we will be looking at the need for wisdom to overcome the fleshly temptations of life.
1) My son XE "son:My son, attend unto my wisdom" , attend XE "attend:My son, attend unto my wisdom" unto my wisdom XE "wisdom:My son, attend unto my wisdom" , [and] bow XE "bow:bow thine ear to my understanding" thine ear XE "ear:bow thine ear to my understanding" to my understanding XE "understanding:bow thine ear to my understanding" :
Solomon now emphasizes two great prerequisites for understanding the true nature of the temptation, looking past the seductive appearance and seeing the true essence of the temptation...
1. giving special attention to words of wisdom (teachings of God applied to the life)
2. listening very closely to words that give understanding (seeing the things as they really are)
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:19-21)
2) That thou mayest XE "mayest:Thou mayest regard discretion" regard XE "regard:Thou mayest regard discretion" discretion XE "discretion:Thou mayest regard discretion" , and [that] thy lips XE "lips:thy lips may keep knowledge" may XE "may: thy lips may keep knowledge" keep XE "keep: thy lips may keep knowledge" knowledge XE "knowledge:thy lips may keep knowledge" .
The two main parts to the Godly opposition to temptation involves our actions and speech.
1. the highly valuing protection of a lifestyle that is designed to glorify God in all things. One way to do this is by seeing temptation for what it is and then turning from it. (This involves our actions).
2. speech that is intended to promote the truths of God. One way to do this is by understanding it’s deceptive nature and then warning others about it. (This involves our speech).
Solomon teaches that both of these aspects to our resistance to temptation are affected by the amount of wisdom and understanding that we possess.
“The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God [is] in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.” (Psalms 37:30-31)
The increase in wisdom and understanding in the lives of God’s people brings a proper understanding of the true nature of temptation. This, in turn, aids in a Godly opposition to temptation through our actions and words. This combination results in a lifestyle that is in alignment with God’s will brings honor and glory to God and allows His people to fulfill the purpose that they have been given…
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.
May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.
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