"The Path to Honour"
"Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured."(Proverbs 13:18)
"Regardeth Reproof" Learning to listen is a very valuable lesson in ones life. Admittedly, we hear things that sting a bit but it's up to us what we do with the new revelation in our lives. If the people in our lives really love us, they will tell us the truth. I'm sure some of our friends that we receive councel from could use a little more tact in their speech at times. The word "Reproof" in this text means to correct, so we must categorize the people in our lives that are wanting to correct us in love or those that are simply just judging us. If you are going to grow in Christ, you will have to make an active choice of your will to allow your spirit to be reproved. There is one safeguard that I would suggest you put in place in your spirit before you go and get all submissive. Beware of people that feel they have been placed on earth as God's gift to correct humanity, especially you. But please be aware that God rewards those that respond to His reproof by way of His Word, His Spirit or by one of His servants. "Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you."(Proverbs 1:23) When God calls us to turn back and we turn, we will be blessed!! If we refuse to listen to His counsel and do not heed His warning we are headed down a destructive path that will have consequences beyond anything you can imagine. "They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices."(Proverbs 1:30-31) In our verse for today we are promised honor if we regard His reproof. The level of reproof is based upon the level of correction needed. Sometime a parent may yell loudly at a child if they are stepping in front of a car but only whisper in other circumstances. God has been speaking to the Boatner Family about our future and revising our vision. God does this by revealing things to us by His Word, His Spirit and sometime circumstances can speak to us to tweak our course. Please don't refuse His instruction but listen to Him thereby being honored and blessed!!
Scott Boatner Ministries International
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