Proverbs 4:14-15 Where To Avoid Walking

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Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. Proverbs 4:14-15 

There are many different paths in life for a person to take. It is most common for a person to take the path that the most people have taken.

Choosing that path is easy because it goes with the flow, it does not create ripples or hardships and there are others on that same path. It appears to be the best path because many others are on it.

Solomon says that one should not set foot on the path of the wicked at all. One should avoid it at all costs and go another direction.

The path that the majority of people take in this world is one of selfishness and sin. It is usually a path that goes against God and leads one into more sin. The paths are ones of hatred, vengeance, greed, violence, pride, gossip, jealousy, and more.

There are many ‘believers’ who are taking the path of those in the world, the path of the wicked. They choose to watch, listen or do sinful things, because that is what every one else is doing. Often they do it with the claim that they are free in Christ and not bound by the law.

Jesus did not die to allow a person to sin more, but to free him from the bondage of sin’s punishment. It is to free the believer from continuing to sin on purpose. He has given a new path to walk on that is narrow and straight and leads to life and victory in love, grace and mercy.

Turning towards sin and accepting it as a part of life is to deny Christ and what He has done. The believer must avoid all paths of sin and run the other way, flee temptation.

The world will strive to get you to walk on their path. They will make it look and sound good for you. Avoid it, run from it. Avoid walking in any type of evil or sin.

God’s path for you has true life. It may be narrow and difficult, but it is full of life, leading to eternal life. Do not walk it to earn your salvation, but because you are saved. Walk it to thank God for what He has done for you. This is not to be done out of legalism, but out of love for God.

I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that God will reveal to you paths that are wicked; that God will guide you from paths of the wicked; and that God will give you strength to avoid sinful paths. 

Psalm 82:2 The Wrong Support

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“How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Psalm 82:2 

All around the world are various groups who have their agendas to change laws of a nation. They want to get support for their group in ways that has never been done or allowed before.

While there are many that are fighting for good things to occur, there are also many who are fighting for things that go against God. They want support for sin.

Nations and groups often support these groups who are promoting sin and demanding that they be defended. In America there are some who have been shown great partiality to the point that anyone who opposes in any way is considered as one who hates.

Asaph is coming against the leaders and people of Israel. They had been defending the unjust and giving partiality to the wicked, those who do not follow or believe in God. He questions them as to how long they will continue to do these actions.

Many in the church have begun to act as the Israelites had been acting. They are supporting and defending the unjust and wicked. Multiple churches have begun to say that one can live in purposeful sin and still be a believer. Sometimes this is done because the sinful person is donating a large sum of money to the church.

Giving preferential treatment is wrong and giving it to a wicked person is even worse. One who does it is supporting a fight against God and His ways of living.

Every believer needs to stand strong and true to God and His word. They need to support those who stand for God, rather than those who stand for wickedness.

God defends the weak and upright, not those who are powerful and wicked. Believers must follow God’s ways.

You will have times where you will be around someone who is living in a purposeful sinful lifestyle. Or it may be around a person who treats others with injustice.

You have a choice in what you do with that person. You can join him and support the sin and wickedness, or you can point him to God and His ways of living.

Work in your own life to defend the weak and upright. Then make sure that you are supporting those who do the same.

Everything that you say and do must be about what God wants said and done. Supporting or doing anything less than this is going against God. Who are you for?

I pray today that you will God’s love for all people; that you will live by God’s standards; that you will support those who live by God’s standards; and that you will turn from and discourage all sin and sinful lifestyles that God hates. 

Job 20:29 The Fate Of The Wicked

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Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God. Job 20:29 

The world sees trouble coming for the world. They see the pollution and destruction of the land occurring and they believe that people are destroying the world. In an attempt to combat what is happening, the world strives to enact laws to get people to be more careful with how they use this planet earth, believing that this world is all there is.

Most of the people of this world believe that there may be a god, but they don’t think that they can really know him. They also believe that there may be more than one god controlling everything. Atheists deny that God exists in any form or with any religion, believing that this is all there is.

Zophar, one of Job’s friends, decides to speak. He begins this chapter describing in great detail the final destruction of the wicked, those that do not believe in God. He goes into detail as to the loss of health and wealth, loss of peace and destruction of everything. This is one thing that his friends said that is true. There is coming a day of judgement against all who do not follow God, it is their inheritance for disobedience.

While all of these things will eventually happen, they may or may not be happening to people right now. Many in the church will quickly say that it is God’s hand of judgement coming upon people when a major disaster occurs. Zophar was implying this was the case with all that happened to Job, which is not the truth, there was no judgement occurring. Job was in a proving ground.

Believers in Jesus must warn people of the coming judgement and what that will mean. They have to let people know about Jesus and His offer for salvation from the coming destruction. The world will end, but life can go on.

As a believer, you must not fear when things are going bad around you. Have no fear when all you see is death and destruction. While those things are bad, they are not the end of life. God is still in control.

Focus your life and trust in Jesus. Trust that He will save you from your sins and the coming judgement. Then you will have peace that the world cannot understand.

As you do this, warn others of the coming judgement. Be a witness for Jesus to save as many as possible.

I pray today that you will know the salvation that Jesus provides; that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world; that you will know the peace God gives; and God will remove all fear of coming destruction. 

Job 18:21 A Bad Implication

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Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who does not know God. Job 18:21 

Generalizations of people happen on a regular basis. Because someone is something specific, other rules ‘must’ apply to him also. This is where racial prejudice usually comes in. Because a person is of a certain color, then he must be like something bad or especially good.

People are often categorized according to one or two things in their lives, rather than looking at their entire life. It is easy to judge someone with just a little bit of evidence, but that does not mean that the judgement is correct and accurate.

Bildad chooses to talk about how the life of a wicked man is. In this chapter he describes one who is abandoned by God and people and loses everything. It is a picture of total hopelessness and destruction. Job was going through total loss and destruction, but it was not eternal. It was not because of his sins. It was God testing and proving him.

It is true that in the end the wicked man will be completely abandoned by God and destroyed. He will lose everything in the end. However, that ‘end’ is when Jesus returns to judge the earth. That loss is when he is finally cast into hell with the devil and all others who have rejected Jesus.

While a person is still alive on this earth living in sin does not mean he will automatically prosper or not prosper. There are people who reject Jesus today that are living very well, by earth standards. They are not being rejected and have everything going for them, at least it appears that they have it going for them.

However, when Jesus returns, if they have not chosen to follow Jesus, they will lose it all. They will be rejected and destroyed in eternal punishment.

Believers today may be tested and proven by God, but that does not mean God has abandoned them.

You may be going through a time of testing and proving. Stand strong and true in your belief in God. Do not waiver or give up. In the end you will not lose everything, but will gain everything.

When Jesus returns and finds you faithful, despite the struggles on this earth, He will invite you into heaven for eternal life. Be careful how you judge what others are going through and what you are going through.

I pray today that God will reveal His presence to you; that you will see God’s hand in all you are going through; that you will know God’s peace in the midst of any trials; and that you will be proven faithful to God. 

Job 13:7 Speaking Wrong Words For God

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Will you speak wickedly on God’s behalf? Will you speak deceitfully for him? Job 13:7

Speaking for another person is a common practice among people all over the world. Someone says something and everyone talks about it and reinterprets what the person is saying to meet their own agenda or thoughts.

This can be see in the news and social media all the time. A famous person makes a statement about something meaning one thing, and half the online media turns it around to say something different and shreds the person up.

It is also seen in the level of just a family. A parent says something, and one sibling takes and runs with it against another sibling, making it something it was never supposed to be.

As Job was going through an extremely tough time, losing everything, he had some ‘friends’ come by to give some counsel. Their focus was that Job must have sinned some great sin to cause God to strike him so. They were speaking lies on behalf of God, sin had nothing to do with what was occurring in his life.

These types of words and more are very common among believers in a church. People are very quick to judge someone on God’s behalf, often not knowing the full story. In reality, no one can fully understand what God is doing and why He does it. His ways and thoughts are way above any person’s ways and thoughts.

People are also very quick to judge those outside the church in ways that are not always truth. In doing this, they are not showing any compassion or love, both of which God is known for. Jesus did not just go around constantly condemning, but showed love and compassion for the people. There is a time for judgement, but it is not all the time.

Think about the things that you say and do in God’s name as a believer. Things that you state that God has said. Are you taking everything within context or are you twisting God’s words to meet a personal agenda?

Study God’s word from beginning to end. Learn what God’s heart is like and how He acts and reacts to things. As you fill your heart with His word and His love, you will begin to speak the right words each and every time. You will not speak lies or deceit when giving counsel to another person.

I pray today that you will know God’s word; that you will know God’s love and compassion; that you will speak God’s word correctly; and that you will not say or do anything God has not directed you to do or say.