May 23 / Proverbs 23 / Luke 9

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Proverbs 23:9

Don’t speak in the ears of fools; they will only ignore your wise words.

People will learn more from what you do than what you say.

When people are steeped in their own ridiculosity, they are tuned out and turned off to hearing wise counsel. There are times we just keep quiet so as not to worsen the situation or attitude.

Pray for supernatural opening and keep doing good.

Luke 9:62

Jesus said, “Anyone who plows a field but keeps looking back is of no use in the kingdom of God.”

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Those who half follow Jesus and half follow the world are of no use in the kingdom of God. They are not fit. Those who halfway train for  a marathon are not then fit enough to run a marathon.

If you are not single-mindedly focused on following Jesus, then you are doubly minded focused, and a double-minded person is unstable in every way of life. Some say to be focused on many things is to be focused on nothing. This does not mean you do nothing except read your Bible, pray, and witness all day, but rather that your focus on Jesus is behind everything you do, which will of course include these things out of love for Him. Whatever you do in word and deed, do in the name of the Lord Jesus. A single-minded focus will inevitably cause many trivial activities to fall away.

In my experience, as well as many people I’ve talked to about this, being double-minded really sucks. For example, following Jesus vigorously while simultaneously trying to make sure everybody likes me. That is double-minded. That is stressful. That is tiring. That is dumb.

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