Persuasion vs Oppression

Proverbs 19:2 Dissected & Defined

Also, that the soul (our mind, will, and emotion) be without knowledge (information gained), it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet (quick to act) sinneth (to know good, but to do it not).

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

The simplified truth of the hidden life teaches us that God intends to lead man through internal persuasion. It is delivered by God, through Jesus to the Holy Spirit. His Spirit will then communicate with our spirit direction for our life. Our spirit then instructs our soul. Our soul, when submissive to our spirit’s leading will direct the body and we will carry forth God’s will (Romans 12:2). 

However, Satan’s goal is for us to reject internal persuasion in exchange for outside pressure. That is oppression. He will place outside pressure on our body (where sin dwells) to negotiate with our soul. His goal is to convince our mind, will, or emotions to do what he wants. If our mind conforms to the devil’s pressures, then our “will” follows and our emotions soon line up. 

We “know” in our spirit what is right, but we reject it for what we think (mind), want (will), or what we feel (emotions). If he succeeds, we 0yield to outside pressure and reject Holy Spirit internal persuasion. This is sin. Whether you are eating forbidden fruit or “hearkening to the voice of your wife” (Genesis 2:17), it is still yielding to the wrong presence. 

Knowledge Is Not Liberty For Hasty Decisions

Solomon says it is better to be knowledgeable than to be an ignoramus. However, just because we are knowledgeable does not give us the liberty to make hasty decisions that are driven by improper thinking, stubborn wills, or fluctuating emotions. He encourages us to slow down our decision-making process. 

By slowing down your decisions you can determine the direction of your Internal Persuader. Persuasion is less pervasive than pressure. Inner persuasion is discerned. Outside pressure is deliberate and obvious.

Learn all you can about yourself and this life. However, when faced with decisions, be careful that you take your time to listen to God. Learn to live within His leading. Or you will find yourself “almost persuaded.” 

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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