Psalm 97:10 Love God, Hate Evil

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Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10 

Promotion of what is evil can be found all over the place in many different forms. The world does not see evil as evil, but as good, fun and entertaining. People feel that they have the right to think, listen, say, and do whatever they want, how they want and when they want.

Music, games, movies, TV shows and books will promote lies, cheating, killing and other evil deeds as acceptable, or just ‘not as bad as….’ Many evil things are hidden behind the mask of comedy, making light of something bad and evil.

The psalmist encourages those who love God to hate evil. The reason for that is that God is protecting the lives of those who are faithful.

Loving something that is evil is putting oneself into the enemies hands and danger. It is purposefully allowing oneself to be harmed. It is also putting oneself against God, bringing on His wrath and anger.

Jesus died to remove all sin and evil from the life of every person. To follow Jesus and turn back to that evil is to deny Christ.

Seeing any evil, in any form, should break the heart of a believer. What is being seen is sin and shows people who do not really know God or have allowed themselves to walk away from Him.

Love will only want what is good, right, holy and pure. Every believer is to live their lives as Jesus lived, only doing what is good, right, holy and pure. They will allow God to control their thoughts and actions to do only what will please Him. This is not done to earn salvation, but because one is saved, it is done out of love.

Jesus has removed all sin from your life. Do not allow yourself to go back into it or be entertained by sin. Hate all evil, in every form and flee it. Allow your heart to break at those being bound up in evil.

Fill your heart with God’s love, knowing the love God had and has for you. Love what God loves and hate what God hates. God loves people, but hates evil and sin.

Doing these things will fill your heart with God’s love and peace, rather than fear and death.

I pray today that you will allow God to transform your thinking; that you will love God with all of your life; that God will help you to hate all evil doing; and that your life will shine God’s love in this world. 

Romans 12:2 Change Your Mind

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

A person’s mind is a powerful thing. It can control how a person acts very quickly. It can give a person power to do something, or has the power to keep a person from doing something.

It is the mind that thinks about fear of something. Many people throughout the world live in a constant spirit of fear. It could be fear of failure, fear of letdown, or fear of others. When there is fear, it paralyzes a person from getting something done that needs to be done.

After fear is the thought that one can do anything on his own. Many people in this world believe this way. They feel that they have full control of their own lives and their own destinies.

God does not want His people to have any fear, because He is perfect love and perfect love casts out all fear. And God does not want anyone to do anything completely on his own. 

God is seeking a relationship with all people. He wants to be with them to guide them and strengthen them. God wants His people to lean on Him and trust Him.

There are many believers who struggle with fear and with the belief that they can do everything on their own. They are not relying upon God.

In order to change this, there must be a transforming of the mind, a change of the way the mind is thinking. This can only be done by actively focusing upon God and allowing Him to change the mind.

Knowing God’s word will allow the believer to change his mind to what God is saying, not what the world is saying. It will allow God’s love to penetrate the mind and transform the way it is thinking. Fear will be pushed out. Selfishness will be pushed out.

As you look at your life, think about how you think. What is your mind focusing on? Is it focusing on the failures, mistakes, others, or fear of failure?

Or is your mind focused on God and His power, abilities, love, and faithfulness?

Do not allow your thinking to be like the world’s thinking. Allow God to change your way of thinking.

I pray today that you will know God’s word; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide your life; that you will allow God to change the way you think; and that you will know God’s perfect love and faithfulness to you.

Psalm 119:95 When The Enemy Is Out To Get You

The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes. Psalm 119:95

When a person knows that an enemy is ahead of them, waiting to get them, they do one a several things. Some will take a different route in fear. Some will call for help from others in fear. Some will just stop moving forward and give up in fear. A few will go forward and face the enemy.

Most of the actions that people will do in facing an enemy is have fear. They see that the enemy is out to destroy them and they get locked up in fear.

The psalmist knew that the enemy was out there waiting to destroy him. This was not just to make life rough for him, but to literally kill him off. Instead of being filled with fear, he chose instead to think about God’s Word. What did God’s laws say about this situation is what he chose to think about.

This thinking about the laws of God was not just some quick passing it thought. It was taking time to really think about it, and figure them out. How did God’s laws apply to the situation he was in?

God had said from the beginning that He would be with His people. Throughout the Bible it states that God would never leave or forsake anyone who believes in Him. It also states that He will win the battle in the end, the enemy will be destroyed.

Today as a believer you also have the statement that God’s perfect love casts out fear. This is the fear that cripples a person in the face of the enemy. When you study and think about God’s word, you will see that God is doing His best for your best. As that happens, you can rest assured that God will not allow the enemy to win in the end.

Despite the power and size of the enemy, you do not have to fear anything at all. Turn your eyes and thoughts on to God’s Word and see what He has to say about the situation. Then realize that God is still in control and will be with you.

Believing in Jesus will put you on God’s side, and God will win the battle. If God wins, you also will win. Do not fear when someone is out to destroy you. You cannot be destroyed, unless you allow the enemy to win in your life.

I pray today that God’s love will remove fear in your life; that you will seek out God’s Word; that you will think about God’s Word constantly; and that God will give you victory over your enemy.

Psalm 111:2 What To Think About

Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Psalm 111:2

Over the centuries there have been many different great thinkers or philosophers. Some of the known names are: Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Confucius, John McDowell, and Judith Butler. Some are ancient and some are modern. One thing common in each of them is that they each look at life and ponder or think about what the meaning of it is.

Not every person thinks very deeply about the meaning of things in life all the time, but every person does think about at times. This especially occurs when things are not going very well, when life throws them a curveball and makes it very difficult. People wonder why there is death and sickness, pain and suffering. The reasons that people give for answers to these questions are of a great variety.

Scientists are trying to figure out why there is life on this planet and how it all began. Philosophers are trying to figure out what all this life really means.

In searching for answers to these questions, the answer can only be found in God. He is the one who started everything and He is the one who can bring it to an end.

Those who believe in God can look at all the works of God and be amazed. The works of God are all the things He has created on this earth and His work in the lives of men and women around the world.

Just take a moment and think about all the things God has done for you. He has provided air to breath, ability to think, move and talk, the beauty of trees, animals, sunrises and sunsets, food and water, and much more. Along with these things He has given you His presence, being by your side at all times.

The ultimate works that He has done is giving you forgiveness and salvation.

Take time to ponder all these things and be delighted in what God has done in and for you.

It will take you all of eternity to think about all the things God has already done for you, if you will just take the time to list everything. The list is too enormous to ever fully finish.

What are you pondering about?

What gives you great delight to think about?

I pray today that you will see the things God has done; that you will think about what God has done and is doing; that you will take delight in God’s work; and that you will give God praise for His great works.