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depart from evil

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    “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”

    It wasn’t until I came to Plainfield that I learned about personal sense. Personal sense definitely is being wise in its own eyes. I am learning that when I am willful, pushing my plan, rushing around, or feel personal responsibility I am being wise in my own eyes. It is the opposite of spiritual sense. In order to hear God I need to slow down and get my self out of the way.

    Matthew Henry Commentary
    “There is not a greater enemy to the fear of the Lord in the heart, than self-conceit of our own wisdom… We must not faint under an affliction, be it ever so heavy and long, not be driven to despair, or use wrong means for relief. The father corrects the son whom he loves, because he loves him, and desires that he may be wise and good. Afflictions are so far from doing God’s children any hurt, that, by the grace of God, they promote their holiness.”

    1. Properly, having knowledge; hence, having the power of discerning and judging correctly, or of discriminating between what is true and what is false; between what is fit and proper, and what is improper; ( Websters 1828 )

    Below is something I heard and kept that helps remind me to stop focusing on the human drama.

    The Set Aside Prayer
    God please help me set aside everything I know
    and everything I think I know
    about myself, You, and everyone
    so I can have an open heart.

    “Think the way God would think about everybody.” Bicknell Young

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