Bible Devotions

Test Yourself Part 1

on October 22, 2008

A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth; He winks with his eyes, he shuffles his feet, he points with his fingers; Proverbs 6:12-13 NKJV

The Bible points out some behavior that is worthless. Let’s study it to be sure we don’t develop these negative traits our self.

Perverse Mouth

The definition of perverse means to turn away from what is right or good: corrupt and to be obstinate in opposing what is right, reasonable or accepted. Someone who is perverse chooses to be that way. They stubbornly refuse to accept evidence of truth. They purposefully turn away from what is right or good. Marry perverseness with the mouth and what do we get? We get someone whose speech is corrupt, obstinate and opposing.

Self check: How many times do I do my own thing without consulting God in prayer first? Do my words more often than not oppose God’s Word?

He Winks

Picture something “shady” going on, like the boss just took a bribe and an employee witnessed the deal. Rather than blow the whistle, the employee winks his right eye, as if to say, “your secret is safe with me.”

Self check: How many times have I witnessed wrong doing without saying anything to change it?

He Shuffles

To shuffle our feet is to slowly drag our feet. Someone who does this is demonstrating movement against their will. Meaning they rally don’t want to go but feel forced to go. They don’t put their whole effort into it.

Self check: When God asks me to move, do I shuffle or drag my feet or do I spring into action?

He Points

It’s always easier to point out someone else’s flaws. Remember Jesus taught us to deal with our blank first before trying to help someone with their speck. When we are about to point out someone’s flaw, stop long enough to remember only one fingers points at them, but three fingers are pointing back at us.

Self check: Am I more likely to point out other’s flaws than deal with my own?

Lord, thank you for your clear word to us. Help us be brave enough to face the truth about our self. Give us the courage and power to deal with sinful behavior properly. In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit today.


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