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Summary: God created human beings to be social, reasoning creatures. His Word advises us about how to get along with others, how to relate to others, and how to live wisely and reasonably.

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Working With Human Nature

(Proverbs 19:3-4, 6-7)

1. ABC News reported a strange story this week:

Arthur Livingston, of Prosperity, S.C., may feel prosperous and alive, but his credit report says, "File not scored because subject is deceased."

That’s because Livingston’s bank, Bank of America, has been reporting him as deceased to the three major credit agencies since May 2009, he said.

Bank of America has still not resolved the issue, even after media attention, causing headaches for Livingston, 39, and his family in South Carolina.

A regional manager of a chemical company, Livingston, discovered the dilemma when he tried to obtain a loan from a mortgage company in October…Bank of America still does not have a solution, and his mortgage company has not been able to obtain his credit score to give him a loan for his new home, which he said is the "major problem" with being "deceased."

2. Human beings feed information into computer systems. People make mistakes.

3. No matter how sophisticated we become, we have to work with the realities of human nature. When we consider how complex we are, we have a challenge.

Main Idea: God created human beings to be social, reasoning creatures. His Word advises us about how to get along with others, how to relate to others, and how to live wisely and reasonably.

I. Fools Expect God to OVERRIDE Their Idiocy (3)

A. This proverb is about the bad CONSEQUENCES we earned

• Sometimes bad things happen to us even if we have a godly walk

• The Holy Spirit is restraining sin and evil in the world; when something bad happens, we should remember it would be worse with the HS’s restraint

B. Acting like an idiot RUINS things

• Many bad things happen because of poor choices on our part

• God made us so that in order for us to sin in a great way, we have to climb over the wall of our consciences. The wall gets lower every time we climb…

• We sometimes make our beds and must sleep in them

• How often have we wished we could go back in time and stop ourselves?

• Achan wished he could have gone back and not buried some gold in Jericho

C. We should not blame God for our own FOOLISHNESS

Jude 1:15b-16, “and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage…

D. We love the CREDIT but hate the BLAME

E. When we are foolish, we should HUMBLE ourselves

Micah 7:9, “I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication.”

I Peter 5:6, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”

• Confessing our sins to God

• Contemplating how what we have done has harmed others or ourselves

• Making amends where possible

• Fasting and weeping

• Accepting God’s forgiveness (Christ died for our sins, we do not need to)

God created human beings to be social, reasoning creatures. His Word advises us about how to get along with others, how to relate to others, and how to live wisely and reasonably.


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