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Bible League: Living His Word
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
    but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

Our verse for today makes a distinction between the person who trusts his own mind and the person who walks in wisdom. To use the terminology of the Apostle Paul, one might say that Proverbs 28:26 is referring to the distinction between the mind governed by the flesh and the mind governed by the Spirit (Romans 8:6).

"Flesh" is Paul's metaphor for the sinful spiritual state of human beings. A mind governed by the flesh is a mind governed by the sinful spiritual state of an individual person. Instead of using the mind in service to God, the flesh uses it in the service of its own sinful self. As Paul goes on to say in Romans: "the mind governed by the flesh is death" (Romans 8:6). This is because the mind of the flesh leads people to oppose God and the things of God (Romans 8:7). Our Proverbs verse says that anyone who trusts his own mind, that is, who trusts his own mind in service to the flesh, is a fool. After all, opposition to God can only end badly for us.

"He who walks in wisdom," in contrast, walks in accordance with a mind governed by the Spirit. Instead of using the mind in service to the sinful spiritual state, the Spirit uses it in service to God. As Paul also goes on to say in Romans: "the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace" (Romans 8:6). This is because the mind governed by the Spirit leads people to obey God and the things of God. Instead of opposition to God there is peace with God and life from God. Our Proverbs verse says that anyone who walks in wisdom, that is, who walks in the wisdom born of the Spirit of God, will be delivered. After all, obedience to God can only end well for us.

We have a choice to make. We can trust the thinking of our own minds governed by our sinful selves, or we can walk in the wisdom born from minds governed by the Spirit of God. With the first option we get to do things our own way, but the end result is death. With the second option we must humbly submit to the leading of the Spirit, but the end result is life.

The choice is ours.

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
Psalm 38, 39, 40


Psalm 38 -- O Lord, don't rebuke me in your wrath

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Psalm 39 -- I will watch my ways, so that I don't sin with my tongue.

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Psalm 40 -- I waited patiently for the Lord. He turned to me, and heard my cry.

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New Testament Reading
Acts 23:12-35


Acts 23 -- Paul before the Sanhedrin; Warned of Plot; Transferred to Caesarea

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Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
Insight
Jesus says that the good life has nothing to do with being wealthy, so be on guard against greed (desire for what we don't have). This is the exact opposite of what society usually says. Advertisers spend millions of dollars to entice us to think that if we buy more and more of their products, we will be happier, more fulfilled, more comfortable.
Challenge
How do you respond to the constant pressure to buy? Learn to tune out expensive enticements and concentrate instead on the truly good life—living in a relationship with God and doing his work.
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
1 John 1:7  The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

"Cleanseth," says the text--not "shall cleanse." There are multitudes who think that as a dying hope they may look forward to pardon. Oh! how infinitely better to have cleansing now than to depend on the bare possibility of forgiveness when I come to die. Some imagine that a sense of pardon is an attainment only obtainable after many years of Christian experience. But forgiveness of sin is a present thing--a privilege for this day, a joy for this very hour. The moment a sinner trusts Jesus he is fully forgiven. The text, being written in the present tense, also indicates continuance; it was "cleanseth" yesterday, it is "cleanseth" today, it will be "cleanseth" tomorrow: it will be always so with you, Christian, until you cross the river; every hour you may come to this fountain, for it cleanseth still. Notice, likewise, the completeness of the cleansing, "The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin"--not only from sin, but "from all sin." Reader, I cannot tell you the exceeding sweetness of this word, but I pray God the Holy Ghost to give you a taste of it. Manifold are our sins against God. Whether the bill be little or great, the same receipt can discharge one as the other. The blood of Jesus Christ is as blessed and divine a payment for the transgressions of blaspheming Peter as for the shortcomings of loving John; our iniquity is gone, all gone at once, and all gone forever. Blessed completeness! What a sweet theme to dwell upon as one gives himself to sleep.

"Sins against a holy God;

Sins against his righteous laws;

Sins against his love, his blood;

Sins against his name and cause;

Sins immense as is the sea-

From them all he cleanseth me."

Daily Light on the Daily Path
1 Thessalonians 5:25  Brethren, pray for us.

James 5:14-18  Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; • and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. • Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. • Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. • Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.

Ephesians 6:18  With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

Romans 1:9  For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you,

Colossians 4:12  Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

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