Particular

Are you careful at getting the tire pressure just right? Are you careful what stagger you have? Are you careful what fuel you put in the car? To be good on the track you have to be careful, particular about these things and many more.
How about what fuel, what food, what drink you put in your body. I know I should be better, I should be more careful at what I eat and drink and the amounts I consume. If we want to be healthy we have to be careful, we have to be particular about what we eat and drink.
It is the same with our spiritual lives. Are we careful what we put in our minds? Are we careful what we look at and listen to? We need to be careful, we need to be particular if we are going to be spiritually healthy.

Proverbs 22:8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.
Would you call yourself a just person? Are you fair? On the other side of that we see a heavy punishment.

Proverbs 22:9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
Listen to the blessings God wants to give you. He wants us to give to the needy, to the poor. Do you? I am reminded of what that someone else said, God is not so much concerned with how much we give but more importantly He is concerned with how much we feel we need to keep.

Proverbs 22:10-11 Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease. He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.
So which one are you? Is your heart pure or is it not? God wants us to be pure in all areas of our life. He wants us to be gracious in our speech.

Proverbs 22:12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the traitor.
God sees everything. Nothing is hidden from Him. How much would change, how many choices would be different if we really understood God is watching. Stop and really think about that. What you are about to do is, IS, going to be seen by God. Are you still going to do it? I know if I kept this in front of my mind more I would stop some things, some words.
(Good place to stop and pray, confessing and repenting)

Proverbs 22:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!”
This verse illustrates how deceptive people can be and are. It is important we have a discerning spirit by the Spirit. Every day we talk to people and we need to discern if they are speaking truth or not. Are you careful as you listen, as you hear?
This does remind us of James that warns the evil one the devil, is a lion looking to devour and destroy us. He just does not give up. We have to be on our guard and we have to be in the Word of God and on our knees in prayer and surrounded by those that are serous followers, believers. Are you doing those things? Do you see the power of God at work in them?

Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of forbidden women is a deep pit; he with whom the Lord is angry will fall into it.
We have spent much time in our study on purity and here again God gives us warning. Men and women can use their worldly beauty and seduction. There is so much sex and immorality all around us. I know it has been a problem for all of time, we can trace the sin Biblically to the beginning of Genesis, but in today’s world images are available everywhere we turn. We have to be able to turn away, not take the second look, and not fixate on images that will draw us in to the snare of the evil on. He will lie to us about it.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

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