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Pathways Through Proverbs
Daily Devotional

April 9, 2008

Today's Reading - Proverbs 9
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Proverbs
Chapter 9
  1. Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
  2. She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
  3. She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
  4. Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
  5. Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
  6. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
  7. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
  8. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
  9. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
  10. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
  11. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
  12. If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
  13. A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
  14. For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
  15. To call passengers who go right on their ways:
  16. Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
  17. Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
  18. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.


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Proverbs 09:17

"Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant." - Proverbs 9: 17

 Today's verse deals with the subject of immorality. However, once again the principle contained in this verse can be extended to other areas of life as well.

 Sin is fun. This is not an amazing revelation, and anyone who is honest will admit that it is true. The Bible Itself says so, for we are told that Moses chose

"rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season" (Heb. 11:25).
Common sense tells us this also, for if sin weren't fun, people wouldn't be so anxious to get involved in it. How often have you seen young boys get in trouble, and their excuse was "We were just having some fun"? It happens all the time.

 We as believers are going to have to decide what is more important: our personal pleasure or our obedience to the Lord. Men participate in certain vices because they find them enjoyable. Yet since the Scriptures forbid these types of behaviors, the Christian is going to have to decide which master he will submit to: Master Jesus or Master Flesh. There are styles of music that are appealing to the flesh, but not to the Spirit of God. There are dress styles that may help us to fit in with the world, but do not glorify God. There are forms of entertainment that may bring me amusement, but ultimately rob me of the joy that comes from being under the control of the Holy Spirit. I must determine which direction I am going to go.

 Sin may be pleasurable, but it will always destroy us. Decide today that "fun" will not dictate your choices, but that the Bible will be your guide.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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