Proverbs 20:1

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging and whoever is deceived thereby is not wise KJV

Are their things or behaviors that attempt to rule our lives? Any form of substance abuse would certainly be one. We have to be in denial to say otherwise. Just between alcohol and fentanyl over 160,000 people die each year in the United States. Proverbs 8:1-4

Emotions like anger also try to take control we read in verses 2&3. How about laziness in verses 4 and 13? Differing weights come up in verses 10 and 23. How about deception, or worse yet, self-deception?  We read in verse 6, Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find. KJV

All of these examples are evident because they stem from the sin nature we were born with. We as Christians are in a battle with our sin nature. It is good for us to identify our strengths but we must be aware of areas in our life that are weaknesses for this is most likely where the battle will be waged. Here are some verses to consider in the battle. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 and Hebrews 12.

Let’s make verse 11 our goal!