Daily Discipline #79
By Colleen Donahue
The man of our studies over the past months has been Solomon - third king of Israel-- and Son of King David. During the early days of his life, he had a sincere love for God and lived his life to please Him. But as the years went by, Solomon's fame, fortune, and responsibilities increased, and then he began to live life his own way. He tried everything "under the sun" and nothing satisfied him. Nothing that is until he went back to living for and loving his Father in Heaven. Now Solomon in writing the Proverbs is writing as the Hebrew father giving advice to his own son. In this important study, he shares with us......
Proverbs- Part 8 - The Pathway to Death ...and...The Pathway to Life
I.THE PATHWAY TO DEATH-- IMMORALITY
Day 1- What characterizes an "adulteress"? (A married woman seeking an affair with someone else other than her husband).
Proverbs 2:16-17 / 5:3 / 7:10-12
Day 2 -If you listened to her where would she take you both eventually?
Proverbs 5:4-5 / 6:26
Note: Solomon is instructing his son about immorality and thus talks about only the immoral woman but of course it is both ways.
Day 3- The immoral person has one thing in mind and that is to gratify themselves and their own physical lusts. What aren't they concerned with?
Day 4- In fact what is their general attitude?
Day 5- There is always a way to make the sin of sexual immorality seem right and good.
Day 6- The sin is first committed in our mind.
Proverbs 7:21 / Matthew 5:28 / James 1:14
Day 7- When we are convinced that it's not so bad just this once, then the acting out of sin will follow quickly.
Proverbs 7:22-23 / James 1:15
THE PLEASURES OF SEXUAL SIN MAY BE GREAT FOR AWHILE BUT WHAT IS SURE TO HAPPEN?
Day 8- You give up your honor.
Proverbs 5:8-9 / 6:33
Day 9- Your physical and emotional strength and money go to someone outside your own home.
Day 10- Utter ruin.
Proverbs 5:11-14;22-23 / 6:32
Day 11- Revenge.
Day 12- Death - spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
Proverbs 2:18 / 7:26-27
Day 13- Although a person may repent of sexual sin and be forgiven by God, yet, its consequences may stay with them for all of life.
Day 14- Thus, how does Solomon describe the person that falls prey to an adulteress or more broadly speaking commits sexual immorality?
Proverbs 6:32 / 7:7
DEFINITE STEPS FOR AVOIDING SEXUAL IMMORALITY
Day 15 -Know and keep the Word of God and the truths taught at home.
Proverbs 5:1-2,7 / 6:20-24 / 7:1-5
Day 16- Stay far away from him/her.
Proverbs 5:8 / 6:27-28
Day 17- Do not even take a look!
Job 31:1 / Proverbs 6:25
Day 18- Do not only stay physically far away but keep your heart far away too!
Day 19- What is Solomon's advice to the married man or woman?
II. THE PATHWAY TO DEATH--PRIDE
Day 20- What is pride? It is a heart attitude in which there is always a comparison involved so that one's self is raised to a level above someone else. Most often this "comparing" is not spoken openly but is just in our thoughts.
Isaiah 14:13-14 / Isaiah 47:10B
Day 21- How do we become prideful?
Galatians 1:10 / James 4:4 / 1 John 2:15-16
Day 22- Here are a few examples.....
A) King Uzziah - 2 Chronicles 26:16
B) King Hezekiah - 2 Chronicles 32:23-25
C) King Belshazzar - Daniel 4:29-32/ 5:22-23
Day 23- How can we recognize pride in ourselves or someone else?
Proverbs 21:4, 24 / 25:6-7 / 30:12-13
Day 24- What does pride lead to?
Proverbs 11:2 / 16:18-19 / 18:12A / 29:23
Day 25- How does God react to pride when He sees it in us?
Psalm 138:6 / Proverbs 15:25A / Isaiah 2:12-17 / Isaiah 10:12 / I Peter 5:5B
Day 26- What can we do when we see pride in our own life?
Luke 14:7-11/ Luke 18:9-14 / Romans 12:16 / James 4:10 / I Peter 5:5A,6
III. THE PATHWAY TO DEATH -- WICKEDNESS
Day 27- What are the 15 things that are abominations to God?
Proverbs 3:32/ 6:16-19/ 11:20 / 12:22/ 16:5/ 17:15/ 20:10,23/ 21:27/ 28:9
Day 28- How will the following people die?
A) The Simple - Proverbs 1:32A
B) The Wicked - Proverbs 2:22A /5:22-23/ 6:12-15/ 10:29/ 11:5
C) The Treacherous - Proverbs 2:22B / 11:3
D) The Fool - Proverbs 1:32B / 10: 21B
Day 29- All sin leads to death. What other transgressions does Solomon specifically point out?
Proverbs 15:10/ 20:20/ 21:6,16/ 28:17/ 30:17
THE WAY TO LIFE
Day- 30 & 31 Solomon took great care to illustrate to his son the things that would kill his life spiritually, emotionally, and finally physically. What advice does he give him to find deliverance from death and the way to life?
A) Listen to Instruction.
Proverbs 10:17A/ 19:16/ 23:22
B) Fear the Lord.
Proverbs 10:27A/ 14:27
C) Get wisdom and understanding
Proverbs 15:24 / 16:16
D) Live Righteously.
Proverbs 10:2B/ 11:19A/ 12:28A/ 21:21
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