Proverbs 23:1-3 — 1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider who and what are before you; 2 for you will put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to desire. 3 Be not desirous of his dainties, for it is deceitful food [offered with questionable motives (AMP).
As I mentioned yesterday, I believe the message behind this passage is two-fold. The practical application is for you to live a healthy life. But this passage not only challenges us not to overeat, but also to avoid giving into temptation, period. There are some valuable lessons you need to learn concerning temptation.
Avoiding sin is only possible if you make a proper judgment call at the moment you are tempted. The devil disguises temptation by making it look attractive to you. If he initially showed you the ugly effects sin has on your life, you likely would not have a problem saying no. Often times the decision is tough because the line between right and wrong has been blurred.
As it is, sin is made to look fun and beneficial, so giving into temptation has become commonplace both in the world and in the church. Most people do not feel remorse until they have to face the consequences of their actions. Much guilt and shame could be avoided if we would simply heed the advice offered in Proverbs 23:1-3.
When you are faced with a decision, and you don’t have clear direction as to what to do, the Bible says to consider who and what is before you. Do not act impulsively. Ask God to reveal to you what is right. If you are someone who is prone to jumping at opportunities that look good but really are not, restrain yourself. Satan tempts us with things that are desirous, but his motives are evil. You must discern which potential blessings are godly and which are wicked. Then you can make the correct decision.
Matthew 26:41 — “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” (NLT)
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