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Proverbs of a 39 yr old man

Nabal was a hard man. We need to practice humility constantly to fight back the flesh and it’s desires. To kill that religious and prideful spirit in us that is destroying the work of Christ in his body, the Church. Are you a hard person to please? Do you make it impossible for others to live at your standards? Do you think by being real you are speaking the truth in love? Here is a story in Scripture that will help us to practice humility daily. In 1 Samuel 25 is a story about Nabal and his dealings with King David. Nabal was a hard man. Harsh and evil in his dealings with people. Scripture says he was bad mannered and mean. One translation says he behaved like a dog. Maybe wealth made him that way because he was extremely wealthy, and his greatest asset was his beautiful and intelligent wife Abigail. He was blessed beyond measure but offered no humility to David in his time of need running away from King Saul. Nabal was an affluent man in Israel’s society, he would of known David’s anointing as future king. His wife Abigail actually saved him the embarrassment and vengeance of David that was coming his way. He actually died of a heart attack, scripture says The LORD struck him and he died. If you are a hard ass all the time your heart for God will not last. You become filled with wickedness, greed, insolence, and arrogance. Drunken, slandering, and hostile to those outside our circle, Nabal is the archetype of what God hates. Nabal’s fate should be a warning to us all. God will not be mocked. We reap what we sow. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Nabal lived to please himself but at the end of his life had nothing that would count for eternity. It's only God’s pleasure that matters. When we live to please the Lord, we benefit not only in this life but for all eternity. We need more men with a gentle spirit. So gentle they are respectfully called Gentlemen.

Study 1 Sam. 25:3





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