How to Conduct Your Life I

Monday, August 8, 2022

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post. 08/08/2022 8:00am

Restrain Yourself


23 1-3 When you go out to dinner with an influential person,

    mind your manners:

Don’t gobble your food,

    don’t talk with your mouth full.

And don’t stuff yourself;

    bridle your appetite.


4-5 Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich;

    restrain yourself!

Riches disappear in the blink of an eye;

    wealth sprouts wings

    and flies off into the wild blue yonder.

-Proverbs 23:1-5 The Message

When you sit down to eat with a ruler,

    observe carefully what is before you,

2 and put a knife to your throat

    if you are given to appetite.

3 Do not desire his delicacies,

    for they are deceptive food.

4 Do not toil to acquire wealth;

    be discerning enough to desist.

5 When your eyes light on it, it is gone,

    for suddenly it sprouts wings,

    flying like an eagle toward heaven.

-Proverbs 23:1-5 ESV

Verses 1-3 studies: This proverb is a warning. Be careful when you eat with an important or influential person because they may try to bribe you. Don’t get caught up in over-indulgence in pleasure with a ruler when eating. At that point, no good will come from the meal. Control yourself.

Verse 1 study: This is an emphasis on greed. Do not allow a meal to cloud your judgment, or it will enable you to be attentive to a ruler and not the food.

Verse 3 study: Being greedy with food can deceive your relationships and the advantages.

Verses 4-5 studies: We heard of people who won millions of dollars and have nothing to show. It’s not worth ruining someone’s health for riches in the habit of disappearing. An average person can quickly spend an inheritance or a paycheck and have nothing to show for it. Spending your time chasing momentary earthly treasures is a waste of time. Store your treasures in heaven; those will never be lost.

33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. -Luke 12:33-34 ESV

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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