September 26 / Proverbs 26 / John 20

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Proverbs 26:16

The lazy person thinks he is wiser than seven people who give  sensible answers.

Chances are, if seven or more people are saying you’re a jackhole, then you’re probably a jackhole.

Let’s be honest, we’ve all been that guy or gal (I think we should bring the word “gal” back!) who’s been fired four times and blames all those “screwed-in-the-head bosses.”

Or dumped by a dozen “wenches” all for the exact same reason.

Hmmm, what’s the common thread?

Face it, we tend to be lazy and prideful, not wanting to see that the common thread is me nor out in the effort required to live at a higher level of living.

Proverbs 26:20

Think for two seconds what would happen if we all determined not to speak ill of anyone, ever.

John 20:8

He saw, and he believed.

There’s but one way for people to really change- to see the truth for what it is, and believe it. Then you live accordingly.

Trying hard to change behavior will never work long term. You must encounter Christ at your center. Living to please Him from your innermost depths makes the root of the tree good, and therefore its fruit. It cannot be the other way around.

It is God and His power, not us.

This reminds me of I Corinthians 2:1-5:

This is how it was for me too, my dear family. When I came to you, I didn’t come and proclaim God’s mystery to you by means of a superior style or speaking or wisdom.

No: I decided to know nothing in my dealings with you except Jesus the Messiah, especially His crucifixion.

I came to you in weakness, in great fear and trembling.

My speech and my proclamation were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in transparent proof brought home powerfully by the Spirit, so that your faith might not be in human wisdom but in God’s power.

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