Skip to comments.PROFITING FROM PROVERBS – 5/14/2022
Posted on 05/14/2022 12:38:33 AM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress
“Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit” (Proverbs 14:7).
This is just good old fashioned Bible separation. Don’t spin your wheels around somebody that isn’t a Bible believer. Unless you are on a job and you are working with them, the only real purpose you have in dealing with that person is their soul, whether they are saved or lost. Your concern should be whether they are going to heaven or they are going to hell.
When folks get saved, then you can fellowship with them in other aspects of life, assuming that they are walking in the light of the Lord and His Word. “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother” (II Thessalonians 3:14-15).
Anyone that is unsaved is a fool. A man that rejects the Bible thinks the Bible is foolishness unto him. He thinks that your God is a fool and wants nothing to do with Him or His Word. So you go from the presence of that man, no matter whether he says he is saved or not. The Bible demands that you separate yourself from the lost (II Corinthians 6), but from the saved man that is not living for God. You run around with some Christians and they’ll get you in more trouble than some lost people will.
“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat” (I Corinthians 5:11).
The thing is that your guard is down when you are around some Christian people and you don’t think that they will do you in, but they will do you in in a heartbeat. Do you know Christians that are covetousness? They desire things that other people have? Have nothing to do with them. Isn’t a man foolish in spending his life in covetousness? ““Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.” The danger is that his attitudes might rub off on you, and you’ll be just as covetous as he is before long.
The principle is in Haggai. If you hang around holy things, you’ll be holy. If you stay around dirty things, you’ll just gravitate toward it. That’s because our human nature is dirty anyway, and there is a gravitational pull toward it.
Proverbs 13:16 shows that a prudent man is a man having sound judgment,, cautious (he knows when to keep his mouth shut): “Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly” (Proverbs 13:16).
The prudent understand his way, that is, God’s way. A fool’s deceitful heart causes him to revel in his ignorance. They follow their heart instead of following the Bible, therefore they don’t understand even the simplest things. The wise man seeks God’s way, and not his own way. With the foolish man, it is not so:
“All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits” (Proverbs 16:2).
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