Proverbs 18:14-15, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.”
 
Many people in this world are ineffective because they have a bitter heart or a discouraged heart. Dealing with people day after day can cause us to become bitter and discouraged. God gives us six keys in this passage to overcome that bitterness.
 
1. Guard your spirit.
Walk with your God. Make sure that you spend time on a daily basis with God.
 
2. Confess your sin.
Sin will hurt your spirit. Sin in your life will separate you from God. Sin in the life of those you admire will hurt your spirit. I cannot tell you how many times in our ministry, I have watched people stop serving God because someone they admired did something wrong. Sin in the life of your friends will wound your spirit. Therefore, be careful who you fellowship with.
 
3. Busyness and a lack of attention to spiritual matters will wound your spirit.
Don’t be too busy for God. Oftentimes people are promoted by God because of the time they spend with Him. Yet, when they get a position of prominence, they ignore the God that promoted them and wind up failing in their pursuits.
 
4. When your spirit is wounded, there is nothing to sustain you in time of trouble.
Therefore, if you have a wounded spirit, confess it to God. Ask Him to show you where your spirit is wounded so that you can get back on the right path.
 
5. Seek God in His Word and your spirit will be strong according to verse 15.
 
6. Listen to the instruction of wise God-fearing men and you will strengthen your spirit.

God established the local church as a place where we can get together to encourage one another to love and good works. Don’t forsake the assembling of yourself together with men and women who love the Word of God.

Your friend,
David Teis

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