How have you been doing? Keeping up? I’ll be honest, it’s been a rough last couple of days trying to write. The freshness has worn off and I’ve struggled to try and keep my heart open to what the Lord is trying to say to me. I don’t ever want to pull something out that isn’t there, or worse, miss what He has put there. Today’s chapter hit me right where I am. The Lord is good like that! When I am weak, he is strong. When I can’t… He can!
Proverbs 8 is titled “Wisdom’s call.” I feel like it makes so much sense that I would be struggling after a week. The devil knows that my personality (and I dare say the personality of most people) is to get bored quickly and want to move on to something new and exciting. He’s trying to discourage me, but let me tell you, I am here to stay! The Lord has put this call in my heart to write. It’s been there my whole life but I’ve only recently been able to grab hold and let him lead me to do this! I am not here to stand on my words though, NO, I’m here to stand on His Word!
I’m a firm believer that the Bible is God’s living word. That means it is relevant to today, to me, and this life… MY LIFE! When we read the Bible, we allow the Lord to speak to us through it. This is how we commune with Him.
In verse 8 & 9 it says about wisdom, “All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge.” Another translation puts it this way: “You’ll only hear true and right words from my mouth; not one syllable will be twisted or skewed. You’ll recognize this as true—you with open minds; truth-ready minds will see it at once.” – The Message.
What it is saying here is that wisdom will only be true and right. It’ll never be crooked or perverse. Remember that the biblical definition of wisdom comes down to not having bitter envy or selfish ambition, but by deeds done in humility (read more about what the bible says about wisdom here). Therefore, wisdom is the discernment for what is right. We then exemplify it by being humble, selfless and not envious. I think most people have a good idea of what is right and wrong. I think the Lord gave us a basic understanding of this concept.
To summarize, if we know right from wrong (in our heart of hearts, we do) we can recognize right and turn from wrong. This is exactly what the devil hates; he hates it when we use God’s word to build strength. He doesn’t want us to think we know what is right, and especially not to follow it. In what areas of your life is the devil trying to convince you that you don’t know how to do right? Proverbs 8:17 says, “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.”
So how was Proverbs 8 encouraging to me today? It confirms to me that what I am doing is right (even though the devil is trying to attack). Reading and seeking discernment for my life is the right thing! Remember Mary and Martha? It’s the only thing that is needed. Let me encourage you to sit as his feet today!
When the devil tries to attack, lean on God’s word. It says in James 4:7, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
How do we resist the devil?
Philippians 4:4-9 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
The next time the devil plants seeds of doubt, worry, envy, anger, frustration, sickness, disbelief, fatigue, hate, ungratefulness… the list goes on… RESIST HIM!
How can we practically resist him daily? Here are 5 ways:
- Rejoice in your salvation that no matter what, the devil has already been beat by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
- Find something in which to be thankful!
- Think on the truth! In the situation you are in right now, the truth is that GOD is greater!
- If anything is good or happy or lovely, think about that!
- Think on the blessings that God has given you (even if they are in the past).
What are some practical ways that you have found to resist the devil’s seeds of destruction? Please share in the comments below!