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One of the worst punishments GOD can lay upon us individually, is to be filled with our own ways

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Saturday, July 26th

Today's Daily Verse is found in Proverbs 14.14

" The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways, and a good man shall be satisfied [or saved] from himself."

Let's tackle the word "backslider" first...

  • A backslider is a person who has given up ground once taken for GOD

Note that the verse says...The backslider in heart...

  • That's where the problems stem from - the "spiritual" heart
  • Believers give up in their thought-life and allow their imagination and conscience to be contaminated - a long time before it is manifested
  • When the truth loses its hold on the thought-life and self-judgment does not kick-in... the result is predictable

Peter denied the LORD three times. Where was the break-down? It was in his heart. Peter struggled in his thought-life.

The Prodigal Son is an example...

We are our own worst enemy!

  • every spot is not leprosy
  • every mistake does not slip us into a backslider status

A man may be overtaken in a fault...

Galatians 6.1

"Dear brothers, if a Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help him back onto the right path, remembering that next time it might be one of you who is in the wrong."

It may be a sin of ignorance...

Leviticus 4.2

"“Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. This is how you are to deal with those who sin unintentionally by doing anything that violates one of the Lord’s commands."

Hebrew 5.2

"And he is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to the same weaknesses."

Or when hating to sin, resisting the sin, yet still having problems...

Romans 7.15-24

"I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?"

  • backsliding implies a "willful" determination to sin
  • backsliding is hidden until it becomes evident

It is caused by allowing world-opinion and influence to control our thinking...

Hosea 7.8 "“The people of Israel mingle with godless foreigners, making themselves as worthless as a half-baked cake!

- mingling and conforming - a dangerous combination which results in verse 9

"Worshiping foreign gods has sapped their strength, but they don’t even know it."

Judges 16.20

"Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!”

When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him."

  • David wants Bathsheba
  • She belongs to Uriah
  • David plans for Uriah's death

2 Samuel 11.1-2

David and Bathsheba

11 In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem.

2 Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath

The punishment...

A man needs no other rod from GOD than to become a slave to his own ways and appetites...

Note - "shall be filled with his own ways..."

Man becomes a "fountain" of his own misery!

  • unable to escape from himself, his thoughts, his anger, his misery...

Note that the "good man shall be satisfied from himself..." and that is what we all strive for -

Philippians 4.11-13

"Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.

12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.

13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."

The good man has a different "fountain"...

The backslider is the "fountain of his own misery" - but the good man has a fountain from a different source...

John 4.14

" But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life."

  • This is the higher fountain

The Holy Spirit of GOD dwelling in the "spiritual heart", filling it with His goodness and fullness.

Which one do you want?

See you tomorrow...

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