Saturday, January 5, 2013

Living Right

"In all the years I've worked with people, I've yet to meet someone whose life was all messed up because he or she kept God's commands ."(Joe Stowell)

This quote really struck me because of its truthfulness. Many people want lives that reap the result of God's commands, but they don't want to believe or follow God's commands. So we are in a free for all - everyone doing what they want and hoping that they come out fine. Sometimes people look for the easy way out and rationalize, that if it's not clearly stated in the Bible, then it can be done.

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Psalms 1 covers many situations relevant to our world  - let's take a look:


1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
So the real question is - who are the wicked? The simple answer, those who don't follow God
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Your beliefs determine your actions; no point in having beliefs if you do nothing with them. If you love God and believe what He says, you will search the Bible for truths for living.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
I  like to garden - a well watered tree or plant thrives; they have deep roots and are stable; it takes alot for them to cave. When you are like a well watered plant in God's word, the troubles of life draw you closer to your Source; you handle problems different from others; you have a confidence that is not braggadocio, but is peaceful and sure; others want what you have.
4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Because this person is not content, they jump on every bandwagon or every fad that may lead to happiness - they may buy more things, try illegal substances, drink more, indulge in fleshy pastimes - and reap the consequences of all of these actions. They may have an over-inflated sense of self and believe that they are entitled to the good life. For them, life is about the next experience, the next high.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
There is nothing to judge; their actions have doomed them to the place of the wicked.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
The Lord preserves and the wicked destroy themselves.

Use the rubric of God's word to live right - no one has ever been sorry who has done so.

Righteous or wicked - which are you?




1 comment:

  1. that is powerful! God's way is so simple and makes like easy. It is insane that people are so against what is so straightforward and easy,

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