Becoming A New Man


6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. 8 The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin. 9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. 10 Whoever winks the eye causes trouble, and a babbling fool will come to ruin. 11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. — Proverbs 10:6-11

This section of text represents a great use of an inclusion and parallelism. Either side of this text is bookended by an inclusion and then the lines sandwiched between run parallel to each other. For example, if you reread this section, you will notice that verses:

  • 6 and 11 are the inclusion or the bookends.
  • 7 and 9 are parallel to each other.
  • 8 and 10 are parallel to each other.

When we read the text this way, we will see that Solomon is showing us a comparison between two men and their activities. The two men are — a righteous man and a wicked man. And the three activities are:

  1. The talk of the righteous man compared to the talk of the wicked.
  2. The actions of the righteous man compared to the actions of the wicked.
  3. The heart of the righteous man compared to the heart of the wicked.

And if we organize it this way, we will see a list of outcomes develop. One for the righteous man and one for the wicked man. The righteous man's outcomes include blessing, a lasting name, wisdom, security, and abundant life. The wicked man's outcomes include violence, decay, ruin, and crookedness. So the point is if you want different outcomes in your life, then maybe it's time to address the inputs. But it isn't just about the inputs. It's about being a different man. And the way to becoming a different man is found right in the middle of the parallel. Right in the center of the text, Solomon says, "The wise of heart will receive commandments." Thus we discover we need a new heart to become a different man. We need a heart that will receive God's commandments. A heart that results in new talk, action, and different outcomes.

So today, I want you to think about all the things you're putting into your heart. But I want you to focus on one that might be negatively affecting your heart, talk, and action. One that you and others don't like. And then I want you to name it and eradicate it from your heart. Confess it to God. And never let it enter your heart again. And let's strive to be righteous men that talk and act differently.

ASK THIS: What is one item you need to stop subjecting your heart to?

DO THIS: Confess it below. And eradicate it.

PRAY THIS: God, purify my heart of all ungodliness.

PLAY THIS: Purify My Heart — Jeremy Riddle.


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20 thoughts on “Becoming A New Man

  1. Timothy says:

    Thanks Vince. Your insight to thw scriptures is what I need each day. Lustful fantasies and thoughts plague my mind at times. Lord, clear my mind in times of temptations.

  2. Nick s says:

    Lust of the flesh and honoring my mother and father. My father is a very angry, judgmental and prideful man and it is so difficult not to just turn my back and ignore him.

  3. Mark says:

    Lust. As someone who has been delivered from an addition to porn and sexual immorality, and while there is no temptation…. the lust still exists as something I am keenly aware of. I need to work through this and spend more time in prayer so that this doesn’t cause problems in my recovery.

  4. Chris Adkins says:

    Thanks for breaking the scripture down like that Vince. It really helps me understand the intent of the author.

  5. Mark Palfenier says:

    In this devotional you said after confessing the bad inputs into your heart, then eradicate it and never let it enter your heart again. Confessing thus is easy but if one struggles with addictions how do u suggest one to never let it come back especially if you are battling cravings and intense withdrawals. I think your advice is rather simplistic and incomplete. Please elaborate on the how ? Especially since our humanity is not always strong enough to push back against these forces that assault our thoughts , spiritual sense of well being , emotional feelings, and body.

    • Chris Adkins says:

      The concepts are simplistic. I think that’s the point. I would like to be a prayer partner for you Mark if that’s okay with you.

      • Vince Miller says:

        Good job Chris. A man indwelled by the Spirit has power over all addiction. Once we discover the Spirit we crave the Spirit, not the addiction. Confess is just the first step, the next is replacing the craving with something we crave more GOD!

    • Mark says:

      Mark, I understand your struggle with this, as someone who experiences addiction and does the daily battle with temptation, I get it. God is good, and once I completely gave it over to him, He took it, all of it. Our addictions are different, mine doesn’t necessarily leave me with withdrawal but the desire and the battle is real. I’ll pray for you brother and if you’d ever like to talk, reach out and I’ll gladly talk with you about how God led me through it, and what I’ve done to overcome the daily “fix” with my addiction.

  6. Tom says:

    LUST in any form. Thanks Vince! Your daily dose of insight never ceases to amaze me! May THE anointing, of THE God of all Grace continue to rest mightily upon you and your gift. I appreciate YOU! May we endeavor to become Slaves of Righteousness, leading to Sanctification – Romans 6: 19.

  7. Jason says:

    Amen, Vince!! That’s the Gospel! The Good News that Jesus sets us free from the power that sin held over us. Thank you for bringing that message so powerfully. Ephesians 4:7 hit me in a new way last night: “By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the PRIVILEGE of SERVING HIM by SPREADING THIS GOOD NEWS!!” Paul was excited to share about Jesus, just like you are, and I am. I pray that every man who is in Christ will accept this opportunity, privilege, challenge and purpose for our lives. Thank you Vince.