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Keeping to the Path of Life

My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your sight;
Keep them in the midst of your heart.
For they are life to those who find them
And health to all their body. –Proverbs 4:20-22

How do you stay on the path of righteousness? Many have asked that question and many have failed. It wasn’t for lack of desire, I’m sure, but Solomon gives us a key here.

It involves your whole self.

You can’t just read the words of God, you have apply yourself and dig into them. You also need to hear them, not just once, but over and over. You have to see them and constantly look at them in practice. And adding to that, you have to maintain them in your heart–the very core of your being.

You need to be curious and search out His word too, and in turn your entire body, physically and spiritually, will receive health.

He doesn’t mention tasting, but it seems this application of wisdom is a full sensory experience. It’s not confined to the mind, where so many of us get stuck.

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. –John 6:63

As we have physical senses, we also have spiritual senses. To embrace wisdom and walk its path, we can’t simply try to process things in the natural because what Jesus spoke and what He continues to give to us is spirit and life.

One aspect of your spirit man is not enough to take in the fullness of His word. You need the sanctified imagination, the eyes, the ear, the heart, the intellect, the emotion–they help to bring life to your “whole body.” Sure, it will affect your natural body, but your spirit man will become healthier and stronger as you grow and grow.

What are your thoughts? How do you engage the senses as you study and take in God’s word and life?

Another in a series of posts where I go through Proverbs a verse (or more) at a time and share what the Holy Spirit impresses on me (click here for more verse by verse posts).


  1. I was talking with a friend the other day about how many sermons and bible studies I’ve been through these 50 years of my life. Literally they number in the thousands. I cant remember the specifics of but a few, but the lifelong saturation of God’s word has impacted my being — my very senses. And I think this is how it should be..
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    • I totally agree. There are things that will be with me forever because I was in God’s presence and anointing--sermons, songs, and more. It’s a part of me and I am thankful for it. Good thoughts, David. Thank you.

  2. It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. –John 6:63
    Love this scripture…really love all the scriptures but some hold memories of when God drove them deep within my heart where the still live today and will forever. It is true the move we read, hear, memorize, speak the Word the tighter it hold us as we live on this earth and will be the vehicle that takes us to heaven. I love to read and cannot even count the books I have read in the 67 years on this earth but only the living Word changed me for eternity. Good reminder brother.

    • Amen. Thanks so much, Betty.

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