Mathew Vroman

From the pulpit

Mathew Vroman is the pastor of the Sikeston First Baptist Church.


Take responsibility for yourself

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Proverbs 4:20-27: “20My son, attend to my words; Incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21Let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22For they are life unto those that find them, And health to all their flesh. 23Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life. 24Put away from thee a froward mouth, And perverse lips put far from thee. 25Let thine eyes look right on, And let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26Ponder the path of thy feet, And let all thy ways be established. 27Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: Remove thy foot from evil.”

We all have met or know people who said they were going to do something like lose weight, go back to school or get their finances in order. After posting and telling everyone you, months and years later are still talking about doing it, but never actually take steps. These people’s root issue is they are not taking responsibility for themselves.

Proverbs 20:6- “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?”

What that verse focuses on is there are a lot of people that will talk about their goodness (intensions, plans, and anything they see good in their life), but are not faithful (or follow through).

The passage from Proverbs gives great advice on what anyone should be doing to go forward.

In verse 20-22 the writer puts emphasis on the Word of God or listening to what the Bible teaches.

In 23, he says the issues of life come from our heart and that is why we must manage it.

Further in 24, he says don’t have a corrupt mouth (froward and perverse).

In 25 it is the point of being careful what you look at with your eyes.

26 and 27 focuses on thinking about where we are going.

The final point is don’t deviate from the good path God has you on and take responsibility to remove yourself from any evil place.

Reread and think about where you need to take responsibility for your life.

Finally, make sure you are saved and have believed in Jesus Christ.

John 3:36- “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Don’t forget that this Sunday is the continuation of the Bible course called “End Times 101.” This short 5 week course will give you insight into the Bible’s teaching about the end times.

Come to First Baptist Church (1101 N. Main) to learn more this Sunday at 6 p.m. (fbcsikesotn.org).

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