TEXT: PROVERBS 20:16-30

🔑KEY VERSE: “The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly” (PROVERBS 20:27)

A Christian preacher once said that the Spirit of God in a true Christian is a bulb in His presence. It is full of light anywhere it is, chasing away darkness all around it

There are sundry lessons in our text. It talks about our relationship and how to treat others. It also cautions us to respect our parents so that our lamps are not put out in obscure darkness. It further instructs us to avoid the get-rich-quick syndrome that has pervaded our society

It likewise enjoins us not to recompense evil but to wait on the Lord. There is also a warning about using “diverse weights”. Cheating is an abomination in the sight of the Lord. It is established that only through the spirit, the candle of the Lord, can we hear and obey His precepts

In modern-day terms, we can say the spirit of man is the bulb of the Lord. It gives illumination. When a bulb is turned on, darkness is dispelled. In the same way, when you become a new creature in Christ, your spirit is made alive unto God. When God dwells within you, communication with Him through your spirit is made possible

Unfortunately, many believers today have become careless with their devotional lives. They hurry off to work every morning, thereby, having little or no time for God and His Word

To sustain the presence of the Spirit of God, one must read, study and meditate on the word of God regularly. We must let God give us more light on the Scriptures and expound on their meaning until the Word becomes a living reality in our spirit. By so doing, we will brighten the corner where we are and illuminate the dark world.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Feed your spirit with the Word to keep the light burning.

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