【Bible Study】Proverbs 23: The Tragedy of Indulging the Flesh
Bible Study: Proverbs
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 01: Learn Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom!
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 02: Apply your heart to understanding and find the knowledge of God!
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 03: Trust in The Lord with All Your Heart, and Lean Not on Your Own Understanding
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 04: Whoever holds on to instruction is a wise man
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 05: Keep Away from Adultery
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 06: Do Not submit to the vices of your flesh
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 07：The Way Of Adultery Is The Way Of Perishing
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 08: Seeking Wisdom
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 09: Your Attitude Decides Whether Or Not You Listen To Wisdom Or Folly
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 10: Wisdom And Folly Are All In People's Words And Their Thoughts
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 11: Look Closely At The End Of Being Human!
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 12: To Love Discipline Is To Love Wisdom, To Hate Discipline Is To Be a Beast
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 13:The Attitude toward Money Is The Defining Factor Between Wisdom And Ignorance
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 14: Beginning with the Filling of the Holy Spirit
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 15: Being Able To Talk Is Wisdom
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 16: My Heart Should Seek Only To Please God
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 17: Only God Tests the Heart
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 18: Judging A Person's Wisdom Through Relationships With Others
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 19: The Corruption of Ignorance and Foolishness
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 20: Two Kinds of Weights (Self-Righteousness) are Detestable to God
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 21: God Rules Over the World
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 22: Humility Is The Fear of The Lord
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 23: The Tragedy of Indulging the Flesh
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 30: This Is A Man of Wisdom!
- 【Bible Study】Proverbs 31: Manage What God Has Entrusted To Us
Hello everyone, let's learn Chapter 23 of the Book of Proverbs. If you can understand the Book of Proverbs, it's difficult to remain stupid. Why don't people want to become smart? Because people don't know how, when they don't know, they will follow the little bits of knowledge they know, and as a result, they will become more and more foolish. You will find that no one intentionally messes up things, nor do they intentionally ruin it. It's just that because there is a force in him and he follows that force. There is a set of knowledge in it, and he will follow that thing. That's how the tragedy of human life comes. Have our brothers and sisters changed after reading Proverbs? If you still hold onto your own beliefs and live with the same things as before, you will end up living in disaster.
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine who go to sample bowls of mixed wine, Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end, it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things. (Proverbs 23-29-33, NIV)
These are all very spiritual things. This passage is talking about food and drinking. So the theme of Chapter 23 is The tragedy of indulging the flesh. To live, one must learn to observe. When one does not observe, they do not know what is going on, and then they blindly do things.
How does Alzheimer’s occur? Why do some people suffer from Alzheimer's disease, while others do not? Recently, it has been discovered that many elderly people have Alzheimer's disease, and I have also dealt with many patients with Alzheimer's disease and depression. I tell everyone that Alzheimer's disease is a tragedy of indulging the flesh. Do you want to get Alzheimer’s when you're old? It's too easy to get Alzheimer's, as long as you take good care of your fleshly desires. If you guys try to fulfill your flesh’s desires, then there will be disaster.
Let's carefully observe those who have needless bruises. They will worry when they are considerate of their bodies. If you observe, you will find that many people are greedy. There is a saying: "At seven, look at the old", which means that through a seven-year-old child's behavior, you can see what kind of person the child will be in the future. To put it more deeply, a person's behavioral habits influence their entire life, but the fact is that some children are greedy, while others are not so greedy. If you are still greedy at the age of twenty, then you are in trouble.
If you were greedy when you were a child, and your parents helped you to be greedy, then you will develop the habit of greediness. When you are older, you will have lots of problems and be greedy. So we need to know that caring for the flesh means dying, caring for the flesh means being an enemy of God, and caring for the body means not believing in God's words. A person who is considerate of the body will have nothing but tragedy.
Some people cannot make money, but their ability to spend money is quite high, and this kind of thing is quite common. As a person, I don't usually order takeout for more than thirty dollars. If you get close to know me, you will find that I am a money saver. Don't think that saving money leads to a poor life. I don't like eating and drinking, and I'm not too greedy either. But when friends from afar come, it's normal to still take them to eat and drink.
For a while, many friends came over, and I kept entertaining them to eat, and drink. After a while, I would become sick.
Later on, I found out that if someone eats and drinks all day long, they can easily become sick. When I was a child, I grew up in the courtyard of hundreds of families. I didn’t hear that people were getting sick, and no one had ever had cancer. It was people who ate well and drank well that got sick. In those days, no one had ever heard of diabetes.
Diabetes is the result of a good life. Having a big mouth is a tragedy.
We need to think carefully about the extent to which our mouths have grown and whether we can change them because human mouths have demons inside. Some people are born with more greedy demons, while others are born with fewer. You don't know whether the food got into your stomach or a demon's stomach, and then you keep him fat, and the demon comes to make you more greedy every day. Isn't that a tragedy? The entire Bible talks about things like flesh, and the earliest sin of humans was to satisfy their flesh. So I have a suggestion for everyone, if you don't deal with the devil, he will deal with you, because greed is a very evil devil.
Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things. You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.“They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it! When will I wake up So can I find another drink?” (Proverbs 23:33-35, NIV)
The most straightforward thing about a person who indulges the flesh and loves the world is that their mind is filled with strange thoughts, they hear strange sounds, and their eyes witness strange things. When one hears or sees strange things in their mind, what else could it be but spirits? These are the spirits attracted by indulging the flesh.
Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! (Proverbs 23:31, NIV)
Then from now on, people should have a profound understanding of indulging the flesh.
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die. Punish them with the rod and save them from death. (Proverbs 23:13-14 ,NIV)
To treat someone who cares too much for the flesh, you need to use a stick to discipline him. If the child is too old, you can’t control it, but if you can control it, you must control it because when they were young, they didn't have enough discipline and they didn't know how to be disciplined. Many mothers are more considerate of their children's bodies than their own, and then children become spoiled to being considerate of their bodies and will end up having depression.
When a child is young, his mother cares about her child's body and says she wants to love her child. The result can be turning her children into something neither human nor ghost. I am here to give the child medicine, she is over there to give the child poison. I am here to deal with the child's body, and she is there to be considerate of the child's body.
A mother told me: "I do discipline my child and I often beat him". One day when we met, her child was making trouble over there. As a result, I saw her attempting to discipline the child, raising her hand high, and just as she was about to hit the child, she slightly patted him. If today's punishment is as light as tickling, and tomorrow's punishment is as light as tickling, isn't it harmful to the child over time?
When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive. (Proverbs 23:1-3, NIV)
The master will not invite anyone to eat casually. The master invites you to eat just to see what you can do. If he sees you are a greedy person, he will perceive you as worthless. This is a very evil thing done by the evil spirit behind it. The master asked you to have dinner because you are a talented person. However, he found out that you are an idiot and you are lucky that he didn’t kick you out. So the term 'deceptive' here refers to devils deceiving people.
There is a very famous story about eating. In the Book of Esther, there was a man named Haman who was invited by Queen Esther to a meal, and while eating, he ended up dying on the cross he prepared for someone else. So when sitting at a table with officials, we need to know what we are doing, not just greedy people who come to eat and drink. Stupid people start talking nonsense and don't think about anything. The tragedy of indulging the flesh is right here, eventually, indulging the flesh makes one forget about important matters.
The first thing a person feels when they fulfill the flesh is the mouth, which is a very spiritual organ, so not being able to handle it properly is a tragedy. Those who are greedy will attract devils if they don't get rid of this habit. This demon is the old horse. The old horse is very cruel, and people who are scared by the old horse will have Alzheimer's. Once these people do this, they will become more lazy.
You rarely see experts in an industry being fat and chubby people. A person who is considerate of their flesh will become lazy, and when they eat too much, they will become drowsy, and then start to sleep, which will lead to poverty. A group of people also want to make money. Do they have wisdom when it comes to making money? No.
They still feel like they are smart people and they rely on their intelligence to work hard, hoping to earn more money, eat more food, and sleep more. As a result, they become more poor and then they hope to have more money, so they have to use their intelligence and efforts to earn more money. Being considerate of the body and not following the right path is a tragedy.
The first spiritual organ is the mouth, and the second spiritual organ is the genitals. The mouth is a very spiritual organ, you will find this delicious, and that delicious. If you eat everything with the same taste, then it's not much fun. Another fascinating organ is the genital organ. In the category of caring for the body, the mouth and genital organs are both very evil things, and the evil things they produce will push people towards corruption.
So people should be careful. The mouth and genitals are both bodily organs, so their sensations are very strong. This thing is very scary. It is good for you if you control it well. If not, it is your fate. In reality, it's easy to control, just hold it up and it's over, you don't have to hold it up for too long. If you encounter these things and want to deal with them, you can win. If you want to deal with them twice or three times, you will certainly win. This is not only confidence, but it is indeed a fact.
Everyone must know that Jesus Christ nailed his own body to the cross and completed one of the greatest works, that is, before Jesus Christ was crucified, no one could surpass his flesh. But the fact that Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross achieved a great miracle that has never been seen before, and that is, the Spirit of God can help us deal with the flesh.
Everyone must know that the Spirit of God can help you, and you should give it a try. For example, if you are extremely hungry or experience discomfort in your genitals, what will you do? Go to your pastor and pray, don’t try to stay at home and do nothing. If you don’t do anything, there can be problems. If you could overcome it, you would have done so already. If you find it challenging to overcome, you must find your shepherd, which is called herding.
Some people can be herded, while others cannot be herded. Some people listen, while others don’t listen and follow their path. This is the will God established before the creation of the world. God has a great plan to make people victorious through Jesus Christ.
“They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it! When will I wake up So can I find another drink?” (Proverbs 23:35, NIV)
After yielding to the desires of the flesh, the discomfort is overwhelming. Even if you reach out to me once and happen to falter again next time, it is ok. Dealing with the desires of the flesh is an ongoing challenge, but the key is seeking assistance and understanding.
For an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well. like a bandit, she lies in wait and multiplies the unfaithful among men. Proverbs 23:27-28 NIV
Why does the Bible spend so much time talking about not being considerate of the body? Because this matter is fundamental, demons are not the root of the problem, the body is the root of the problem. If you mess up and become confused, don't come to me to cast out demons. Come to me to confront your flesh. The reactions of the human flesh are diverse. If I can help you deal with your physical body, it will solve problems such as disasters, worries, fights, pain, and even eye problems. It is not difficult to deal with the human body, because nothing is difficult to achieve through the help of the Holy Spirit.
Christ died on the cross so that we can achieve glory. But today there is almost no teaching about dealing with the body. Many churches care about people's bodies, and after caring about them, they put you amid disasters and even say that this is God's blessing. I think if we continue to mess around like this, these pains, disasters, illnesses, and curses will fall on that pastor. Being considerate of one's body not only harms others but ultimately hurts yourself.
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die. Punish them with the rod and save them from death. (Proverbs, 23:13-14)
We must discipline children, no matter how they grow up, children need to be disciplined. When a person first believed in the Lord, he was a spiritual baby. So how can a spiritual baby grow up and be victorious if its body is not developed? The most important part of shepherding is dealing with the flesh, but dealing with the flesh is also very difficult. But if you think it's normal because you don't know, and then you walk into the disaster. Why? Because indulging the flesh means death, indulging the flesh means the enemy to God.
We need to choose to be a spiritual person or a physical person, a person who is obedient to the body or a person who is obedient to the Holy Spirit. If you choose to obey the flesh, you will obey the flesh. No one can stop you, it's all your own choice. You must be willing to let me stop you. Then you must first choose to be a spiritual person and choose to obey the Holy Spirit. At first, it doesn't matter if you can't obey God. I can come to help you, that is called wisdom.
For their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you. Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. (Proverbs 23:11-12 ,NIV)
A physical person's hope will be cut off, while a spiritual person's hope will not be cut off, so we need to start a new wisdom and obey it. People always like to go astray, always wanting to make quick money, and the result becomes a tragedy.
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. (Proverbs 23:4-5 ,NIV)
We should have a thorough understanding of money. I observed for some time and found that many wealthy people do not quite understand why they have money. Their money seems to have been blown in by strong winds, and of course, there are times when it has been blown away. Money is a worthless thing, but our God is real. If you fix your gaze on the elusive money, you will find that it's completely unclear how money comes and goes. Some people's money is calculated in billions. But others' money is calculated in one or two cents, and yet they don't have much even until death. However, once humans indulge in the flesh, their perception of money becomes very strange.
I have observed many patients with Alzheimer's and found that this disease is closely related to loving money. If your parents are still in love with money at the age of 70 or 80, then they are not far away from Alzheimer's. Love of money will attract the spirit of Alzheimer's. Some people are almost 80 or 90 years old, and they don't need much money in their daily lives. However, they just want to have more money. When people love money, they attract the evil spirit of Alzheimer's.
Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path: Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat. Proverbs 23:19-20 NIV
What is said here is not to interact with those who are considerate of the body, but if that person is your mother, you still need to interact. In addition, never find another person with Alzheimer's to be good friends with. This type of friend often gathers to eat and drink, which is not good. They are full of evil spirits. We should give our hearts to Our God and let our eyes delight in God's way, which is called wisdom.
I'm here to give advice and ideas to the families of elderly parents with Alzheimer's. If you have a soft heart, then you won’t be able to help them, they will be caught with Alzheimer's. It should be noted that patients with Alzheimer's are very capable of bullying their families and causing trouble, so when you are fighting Alzheimer's, you need to be more aggressive.
On the other hand, you can comfort sick patients. For example, tell him that there is absolutely no problem with being alive. I will take care of it for you. I have plenty of money and can support you. My money is yours, so there's no need to worry from now on. But don’t become foolish or else I will need to discipline you.
Can you explain to the patient again how demons manipulate him behind his back? If he becomes unconscious, then we need to discipline him. We need him to be strong and follow my method to heal people. If you can hold him down, you will have a lot less trouble and he will also have a lot less trouble. I didn't use this idea well. People thought we were torturing the elderly, but in fact, it's not torture. Behind it is the demon of Alzheimer's. You need to have a spiritual perspective. I will heal any Alzheimer's patients.
Not only do elderly people misbehave, but children also misbehave. I also have a way to serve children. This is closely related to the shepherd, who has a close relationship with the patient. You need to assure the child that you are caring for him and not trying to harm him. Once the relationship is in place, everything can be done. If you want to harm him, don’t think he doesn’t know, even dogs know. So if you can't control people, you can take a look and watch a video called Caesar Dog Taming.
Caesar from Mexico came to America and later started training dogs. His way of training dogs is not to make their owners care about the dog's desires. The owner often cares about the flesh of the dog, which turns the dog into a crazy dog. When Caesar tames the dog, the dog will become obedient, the dog will be comfortable, and the people will be comfortable.
Similarly, fulfilling the desires of the flesh can also be harmful. If the person is trained well, the person being trained will feel comfortable. Some people may confused about why I compare humans and dogs. Let me explain, a person who is focused on physical desire and considerate of the flesh is an evil beast. Somebody becomes a beast if their flesh takes control of them. If a person has the wisdom and intelligence to become a spiritual person, their body will not turn into a beast, and their reactions will not be the reaction of the beast in him. Although humans have two legs and dogs have four legs, the reactions of a dog and a human who has fleshly desires are similar.
If a person has Alzheimer's, there is no chance of training them to become a person with a purpose or destiny. Until today, I have not successfully trained a person with Alzheimer's to become a destined person, but I have trained the children of Alzheimer's patients to have destiny. Although we can’t train them to have spiritual destiny, we can solve his problem. Don't talk to him about destiny anymore. If you tell him this way: "My money is your money, my house is your house, and your retirement is all on me. Don't worry." Then you can discipline him again. Everyone should know that if a person belongs to the flesh, their soul will descend to hell. Remember, caring for the body is death, caring for the body is a tragedy, and all tragedies begin here.
May God bless everyone.