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Today’s Bible Reading:

1 Kings 2:1–3:2
Acts 5:1-42
Psalm 125:1-5
Proverbs 16:25

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Proverbs 16:25 (NLT): “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

In the verse that I have chosen for today, we are reminded that we don’t know enough to live life on our own. We struggle with the three S’s: sin, self, & Satan.

Sin: the sinful world system that tries to conform us to its image.

Self: the sinful propensity within us that calls us to reject God and His Word.

Satan: the evil foe who seeks to destroy all that is precious to God.

With these three things working against us, it is no wonder that we frequently make sinful choices. Sometimes, we aren’t even aware that our choice(s) is opposed to what leads to freedom and life.

Proverbs 16:25 (NLT): “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”

So, what are we to do? 

Get into God’s Word! God knows how we are wired. He knows what our needs are. He knows what we are up against. And He has given us His Word to instruct us and correct us.

If we study and obey His Word in this broken world, we will enjoy the freedom that comes from not being entangled in sin. We will enjoy reflecting the very life of Christ to those who are watching. They will be able to see “Jesus” in us.

And God may use this to draw them to Himself so that they receive the gift of eternal life. This is God’s desire. 

So, live in such a way that the content and result of your story is life, not death.

Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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