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Scripture Union Daily Guide 7th April 2021 Wednesday Message

TOPIC: Exercise self-control

Opening Prayer: Help me to understand the exceeding greatness of your power as I read through this passage, dear Lord.

Text: Proverbs 23: 1-14

Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow? • Is there any warning for me to heed?

Observe the warning in vs.1-3. Be careful with free meals from rich people. It often comes with strings attached – to influence or bribe you. It may lead or force people to do what they did not plan to do (compromise conviction). What are you to do to avoid being bribed or influenced to do what you did not plan to do (v.2)? Instead of being overcome by the aroma and appetizing appearance of the food, think twice before accepting the offer. Control your desire so you will not be trapped or enticed to lower your guard.

Vs.4-11 show how to handle threats to life, integrity and relationships. Have you experienced any one of them in recent time? It is useless chasing fleeting earthly treasures. The way to prevent wealth from flying away is to invest it. We should also store it in heaven as we give to the poor, Christian ministries and worthy causes (Luke 12:33, 34). Find out how you can gain knowledge and save children from destruction (vs.12-14). Willingness to listen and pay attention to what others are doing is a strength and ways to learn and grow spiritually.

• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?

Closing Prayer
• Pray for grace and wisdom to respond appropriately to opportunities that emerge from your daily interactions • Pray that the political leaders will act and conduct themselves in a manner that promotes peace and unity of their country.

Offer a prayer of faith in line with
• Lev. 8-10; Heb. 9

Scripture Union Daily Guide 7th April 2021.Scripture Union is an international, inter-denominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.

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