Day 14 | Moving from Private to Public
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
Continuing these two patterns:
- P.A.C.T. in prayer—Pray | Ask | Confess | Thank
- P.A.S.S on scripture—Pray Prior to reading | identify Author's Intent | Stop when Convicted | Share what you learn
7 My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and to insight, “You are my relative.”
5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words.
6 At the window of my house
I looked down through the lattice.
7 I saw among the simple,
I noticed among the young men,
a youth who had no sense.
8 He was going down the street near her corner,
walking along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight, as the day was fading,
as the dark of night set in.
10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is unruly and defiant,
her feet never stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the squares,
at every corner she lurks.)
13 She took hold of him and kissed him
and with a brazen face she said:
14 “Today I fulfilled my vows,
and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.
15 So I came out to meet you;
I looked for you and have found you!
16 I have covered my bed
with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed
with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning;
let’s enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband is not at home;
he has gone on a long journey.
20 He took his purse filled with money
and will not be home till full moon.”
21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer stepping into a noose
23 till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
little knowing it will cost him his life.
24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
pay attention to what I say.
25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
or stray into her paths.
26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is a highway to the grave,
leading down to the chambers of death.
Goal: Moving from Private to Public
Hey, gentlemen, it’s the end of week two, and we are on day fourteen. Our green progress bar is moving, and thanks for hanging in there.
Moving forward, we’re going to continue to practice these private disciplines. I want you to continue to pray using the P.A.C.T. in prayer method and maintain the P.A.S.S. on scripture process. So please keep it going. As you get more proficient, we will take some liberties with this and change it up but lock in on these two processes as the fundamental processes that you should come back to time and time again.
Tomorrow we are going to move toward public activities and disciplines. The private disciplines like praying and reading scripture are activities that we do on our own. These are important for men called to act as they establish unseen daily habits that fortify momentum. They are fundamental disciplines. But now we need to address the supplemental public activities that keep us moving forward. The first public activity we are going to focus on is brotherhood. We are going to learn how to build friendships with other Christian men and how these activities accelerate spiritual growth in a man’s life.
Today you know your activities; if you need a reminder, they are below. Continue praying and reading, and we will see right back here tomorrow.
My son, keep my words
and treasure up my commandments with you.—Proverbs 7:1
Some treasures we are quick to spend, others we invest, but this one we store up (keep) within. For when we store them up, their value multiplies in impact—on us first and then on others. They are words of wisdom to which we should not quickly pass over but bury in the deep within our soul. These words tell a timeless truth. They should direct and guide our life. They are words written exclusively for men. We should perhaps read them many times and burn them in our hearts. King Solomon thought they were so vital he dedicated an entire chapter to this one topic. But have you read them? Do you know the wisdom of Solomon, or will these words pass you by?
DO THIS: Read Proverbs 7, if you haven't already.
PRAY THIS: God, may I ever hide the words of King Solomon within my heart. Amen.
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