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Proverbs 4:22 (Mini Sermon)

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22. Pro 4:22 - "For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh."
A. For they are life unto those that find them,
i. The words of God are life (Joh 6:63).
a. Life n. - 1. a. Primarily, the condition, quality, or fact of being a living person or animal. 2. fig. Used to designate a condition of power, activity, or happiness, in contrast to a condition conceived hyperbolically or metaphorically as ‘death’.
b. Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly (Joh 10:10).
c. Not only did He give us eternal life, but He gave us His word that when found and put into practice will give us an abundant life.
ii. The words of God are life unto those that find them.
a. In order to find them, we must first seek for them (Mat 7:7-8).
b. God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6).
c. Those that hear, watch, and wait will find life and obtain favour of the Lord (Pro 3:22; Pro 8:33-35).
B. and health to all their flesh.
i. The word of God when kept in our hearts will bring health of our bodies.
ii. Health n. - 1. a. Soundness of body; that condition in which its functions are duly and efficiently discharged.
iii. Understanding the word of God brings us joy (Neh 8:12).
a. Joy gives us strength (Neh 8:10).
b. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine (Pro 17:22).
c. Therefore, reading the word of God and keeping it in our hearts brings us good health (Pro 3:7-8).
iv. Hiding the word of God in our hearts also keeps us from sinning (Psa 119:11).
a. Sin brings us sickness (1Co 11:30) and death (Rom 6:23).
b. Therefore, keeping the word of God keeps us in good health.
c. Bodily exercise profits little, but godliness (living according to God's word) is profitable unto all things including life and bodily health (1Ti 4:8).