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How reliable are you?

What could possibly go wrong?

How reliable are you?  I suppose the answer we would give would be, “it depends.”  But, when we look at things like cell phones, for example, we don’t want an answer like that,  we want it to be reliable right now.

Our measure of reliability comes from some place else; it comes from our life.  Is your life reliable? Are you willing to do God’s will and live like He exists?  Do you regard God as though He actually is there, or do you ignore Him and just live your life?

In other words, how reliable are you when it comes to following God?

Amount of Laziness 

Now this hits at the heart of the teenagers and adults alike.  I mean what would it be like for anyone to actually jump out of bed in the morning in excitement for the day?

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! – Proverbs 6:6

Ants get the job done and they don’t need a whole lot of pushing to make it happen.

In comparison, someone who is a sluggard makes excuses, does things half-hearted and just sits around.  If they were an ant, they would just sort of hang out and enjoy the sunshine until one day winter comes and the seeds are gone.

The Mouth 

A scoundrel and villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth, – Proverbs 6:12

There are some key areas that we can take a look at here.  A corrupt mouth simply means that it does not always speak wholesome things.  Does your mouth always speak good?  Do you even slander or make fun of or gossip?

Proverbs 6:17 also says that a lying tongue is a problem here. Lies have become such an important part of our lives that we probably don’t even realize how much we do it.  Notice, though, God does not take delight in lies.

a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. – Proverbs 6:19

Dissension is fighting, bickering, squabbling and dividing.   Some people have more drama in their  life than others. Also, some people probably cause a lot of that drama by things that are said.

Pride 

Another area addressed in Proverbs 6 is what is called  “haughty eyes.”  This could also be called arrogance.

Pride gets us into a lot of trouble, really.  If I think I am really awesome than I behave that way and other people suffer.  We all deal with this.  Pride says, “I don’t need help or input”

Pride will get you into trouble and is a sin because we are not to be first.

Heart of a rebel 

  a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, – Proverbs 6:18

How is your heart?  Are you putting on a show?   Are you looking for ways to get around rules?  Being a rebel is in our nature as people, so it is not a surprise when we rebel against God.

Reliable? 

I think if we are honest we realize that we are not all that reliable.  We cheat, steal, lie, are lazy, gossips who try to do rebellious things.    Well, this is significant because the Bible talks about us as it relates to sin.

The truth is that we are only going to be reliable in life if we trust in Jesus Christ and take Him as our Lord (meaning we follow Him) and our Savior(meaning we trust Him to forgive and remove our sins)

You will never be as reliable as Jesus Christ.  It is time to follow Him instead of yourself!

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  1. authormjlogan
    July 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm | #1

    Kind of interesting you posted this today. Yesterday I had gone looking for a particular Psalm to post in Roll Call on Facebook. My bible is tabbed, so it’s easy to find the different books quickly. I had Psalms open and when I done, I noticed Proverbs (next book) and thought to myself that I hadn’t read there in a while and sort of made a mental note to do some reading there.

    • July 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm | #2

      You should take some time to read through it. There are so many things to take away. There are also many things that make me shake my head because following these truths would prevent so many problems in our society today.

      • authormjlogan
        July 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm | #3

        I will definitely read through it. I’m not getting to make much time this week because I’m taking care of Mom while Dad is at my uncles funeral. That probably sounds like an excuse…

        • July 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm | #4

          I don’t know if it is an excuse or not. I do know that you will be blessed by reading through Proverbs no matter when you get to it.

          • authormjlogan
            July 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm | #5

            I read some last night. Started at the beginning and it was worthwhile right off.

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