The Heart Of The Human Problem

Gettng to the Heart of the human problem—

——Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart. Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit. Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts. Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them. A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Proverbs 26:23-28 –

Earthenware was basically the common pot made of clay, nothing spectacular there, but through a deceptive layer of silver dross coated on top, it looked valueble. Dross also is not spectacular either but was the impurities of melted metal in the rifining process. What this tells us- talk is so cheap if coming from the deceptiveness of an evil heart. People who want to harm others often will flatter them into a trap, or trip them. Eloquent as some may sound, it is still a chocolate coated chunck of rat poison. A truffle to cause death. Laced delecacies. “Malice may be concealed by deception”

Lets look here:

They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?” But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

Matthew 22:16-21

Jesus knew this better then anyone how people can opperate, he knew that they were flattering him by saying what he would want to hear “Teacher we know you are a man of integrity and you teach the way of God ” and these people failed to see Jesus was already one step ahead of them and knew their hearts.

Lets examine what Jesus already taught before:

—-Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ 5 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ 6 they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: 8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’” Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

Matthew 15:1-11 –

The disciples acted clueless as to what Jesus was getting at, but he explained the first importantance of a clean heart.

Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.” 16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

Matthew 15:15-20

The sin of the Pharisees was that of a rotten heart, though outwardly they obeyed the Laws of God, it was drivin by pride, self centeredness, lust for power and prominance and greed. (See Also Luke 16:14-15) and (Matt 23:13-39)

What amazing truths we see in the Word for our time even. There is a religious form of a wicked heart as well as the flat out open rejection of Christ in our days. The Pharisees though strict and religious were on the road to hell not because of what they did as much but how God was not truly the love of their heart and they did all things for show. There are both groups. People who do not know Christ but pretend to be loyal to him, and those who reject the Bible all together and have no interest altogether.

The good news is that Jesus came in the flesh of a man to die for both groups so that those who do believe his Gospel can be made new in their hearts. Be freed from the truest problem of sin living enthroned in the heart. All our actions are a byproduct of what comes from our heart. And only Jesus Christ can cleanse that rotteness out that is by nature lurking in us from day one. We must be willimg though to let him do this.

—-Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile —the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Romans 10:3-15

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Lessons From Two Kings and One Commander.

The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command. [1 Kings 11:9-10]

Then the Lord raised up against Solomon an adversary, Hadad the Edomite, from the royal line of Edom. Earlier when David was fighting with Edom, Joab the commander of the army, who had gone up to bury the dead, had struck down all the men in Edom. [1 Kings 11:14-15]

Earlier on Solomon was walking faithfully with God and had Joab put to death because of needless bloodshed Joab had commited. I assume from reading this that there was a culmination of events that God wove together to punish Solomon for turning away after foreign women to serve their gods. Last phrase in 1 Kings 11:14-15 “Joab the commander of the army, who had gone up to bury the dead, had struck down all the men in Edom. [1 Kings 11:14-15]

Now we we see Hadad resurface as a result of Joab, even though Joab had long before been executed. Yet because of Solomon’s own sin “The Lord raised up against Solomon an adversary.”

What an incredible lesson for us also that just as God warned the Israelites to not turn away to follow the nations around them in the days of Moses – “Be sure your sins will find you out” and they do and I have personally in the 9 years of beinf a Christian seen this first hand on some painful levels throught the many years it seems but God has good in store for us when we repent and seek him wholeheartedly. We will reap what we sow but even if you or I reap some negative consequences from sin yesteryear, that does not mean it is no use to turn back to him today or wholeheartedly seek him. David reaped hardship from his affair with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah, and as he ran from Absalom his son who wanted to kill him years later, David could have given into despair and thought God had totally forsaken him, yet David unlike his son Solomon who became king after- David turned back to the Lord and died later faithful to God as the king again. Solomon whoever seemingly became more unfaithful and suffered more.

The whole message here is that sin does not pay in this life or eternity- but even when we truly seriously blow it, we can either turn to God and expect his grace or turn farther from him and see bitter fruits of that. Just because you have blown it yesteryear does not mean God cannot give you a future, but do not rebel or grow discouraged and plumit farther and miss out.

What God Wants.

The only real thing of value that we could ever offer God is faith yet even that too is something he develops in us or brings about. If a man had a woman he was captivated with and delighted in- the thing most reasonable and good men want out of a woman they are in love with is her adoring trust- yet if she distrusts him and sees him in a bad way and then even the things she did that were “favors” or “things he wanted” would be only from a begrudging heart that felt it was duty as a good wife. And what crushes a man more then to be head over heels for a woman who always saw his romantic gestures or acts of love as something to be suspicious of or worse to be taken for grantid? Any man who reads this could most likely say that he would be crushed inside over this, angry and sad.

How much more the a God who knows how good he is and how deep his love is for human beings made in his image who regard him with disgust? If a man who adoringly tried to kiss his wife or show her affection ans she shrinks back with suspicion or disgust- can you feel the agony in your bosoms now men? Or what about that grief of a loving father who sees how little his children once they grow into young adulthood act as though he is just some hinderance to their fun and like rebellious wayward youths pursue a life of poor choices to their harm and vent against him when he tries to warn them of the life of pain he knows they will bring on themselves in their foolish naivity. First that father is grieved by the pain he knows they create for themselves but feels the sharp quils of rejection. What if a man had a daughter that he looked after and she was special to him but as she grew, her sweet innocent “I love yous” became “I hate you dad, get out of my life”

Can we not also see how God must be grieved by faithless people?

Can we not see how doubting his love as his elect and redeemed cuts his heart too?

What then if a man who adored his wife and rejoiced over his beloved met her hostility and she grieved him by only doing what he wanted to get him off her back? What if a man thought the world of his wife but she recipricated with distrust and acted as though the marriage was just “duty”

Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 2:12 –

When one rejects the Lord God by unbelief and see his greatest act of love as nothing – that is like a man who gives it all to prove his love to a woman he desires but sees him as nothing. Yet when one asks, “How could a loving God send anyone to hell?” Let me just say, “God has a heavenly home for his Bride the church and goldiggers that are only after his estate but do not want Him get left outside these glistening gates”

Moments of Doubt

But David thought to himself, “One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand.”

1 Samuel 27:1 –

David was a great man of faith but had his moments of weakness we see here. Years before God made him a promise that he would be the next king over Israel, yet years go on doubts can grow and we too can hit moments where we give into doubt instead of living by faith. David most likely was not supposed to go live in the land of the Philistines during that span of time anymore the Abram ans Sarai in their moment of doubt were doing right in trying to accomplish God’s plan by Hagar. Yet great people of faith have had their moments of failure- and this is encouragement fot us. For it is written,

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:11-13 –

Doubt can be temptation, we usually think of other thing when we think of temptation but may overlook where doubt can lead us- it created a doorway to other sins in the lives of them who lived long ago and so is true with us today.

We must arm ourselves with “The Shiele of Faith” and remind ourselves of their examples of both faltering and victory and perseverance overall. Trust God to keep his Word.

Fight The Lion In The Pit

So was in my car and some thoughts entered my mine that began to make me start to feel really negative and discouraged. The snow in kansas is coming down and do not like cold weather, that adds to the meloncholy of it all, but remembered a Bible verse about one of David’s mighty men who went down into a pit on a snowy day to square off against a lion. He killed the lion and was held in esteem as one of David’s mighty warriors.

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

1 Peter 5:6-9

Those days we feel are pits can be golden opportunities, in the pit alone on cold days of life we face our struggles alone but not truly alone with God and Our Lord and savior, we must take up the sword and fight for victory.

Satan is defeated by Christ because of The Cross and resurection- yet we must lay hold of the victory that has already been secured: Satan cannot steal your eternal salvation but can devour you in doubts and fangs of lies that leave you emotionally dejected and feeling hopeless.

He also may swipe with claws of temtation to injure your witness for Jesus Christ so the world will gaze on your spiritual wound and mock- but block with the shield of faith and swing with the Sword of the Spirit which is God’s Word, and hide in the stronghold of prayer by “Casting all your anxiety on the Lord” –

I find quoting verses that controdict the negative voices to be quite powerful, though my soul felt like saying in dark moments “I may never see happy days again” I by will said “Surely I would have despaired life itself if I had not thought I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” Psalm 27:13

And my doubts roared, “God is witholding enjoyment from you” but I replied “The Lord is a sun and a shield, he bestows favor and honor, no good thing does the Lord withold from him whose walk is blameless” Psalm 84:11

When the Lord left some Caanenites in the land in the days of Joshua it says, “These are the nations the Lord left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience):

Judges 3:1-2 –

What bad people, sin, temptations, hardships and the devil would use to defeat us God wants to use to train us to be overcomers and mighty warriors! Do not fret the attacks that come but pray in advance for wisdom and grace to defeat them, overcome them and gain strength as a result of them!

Broken For Only A Short Time

Arrived at the job a little early and was about to park in my usual spot when saw this- just the other day I had recalled something in a sermon I heard once about ancient times where shepherds that had a sheep wander would find the sheep, break the legs and then nurse the sheep back to health and wholeness. Seems like from our modern perspective inhumane and cruel but in those times sheep were very easy prey for wolves, lions and other predators that would end the sheeps life permanently. The shepherd was more concerned with the straying sheeps life then it’s temporary comfort. The way the sheep would not do that again and endanger its life was often not the most pleasant of circumstances. God allows pain to try to turn us from death- eternal and long term life sorrows. Many people who now are following Christ probably have stories of how they hit rock bottom before they were rescued. I have heard some powerful testimonies. That cane there beside the handicap spot reminds me of how God sometimes disables and wounds us for a short time to bring us to a place he can bestow his even greater favor! Psalms 30 tells us, “For his anger last only a moment but his favor lasts a lifetime, weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.”

A few applications-Trust God’s compassion and loving character when you know someone who you love may be far from the Lord and also entrust your very soul also to him because there have been many times he broke my spiritual legs also but brought greater wholeness out of it. Like a doctor fixing a broken nose- he has to rebreak it to reset the bone. Now you trust a doctor to fix a broken nose so how much more can God fix our broken souls. Jesus died to save us from our brokeness and sin- and he was in a sense broken too in the process under the weight of your sin and mine because he loved us/Happy good friday

Trojan Horses Of The Heart.

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; [Psalm 66:18]

In Joshua 7, Israel went to battle and a man named Achen disobeyed the instructions of the Lord and siezed some of the plunder from the defeated enemy that was in the camp. In a later battle Israel kept getting defeated and Joshua distraught went before the Lord to find out why.

The Lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.

Joshua 7:10-12

Who did Achan steal from? Dead enemy soldiers? No, but God. So often as Christians we find ourselves falling into defeat and succumbing to sins, temptations and traps because there is a need for God to cleanse our hearts of “Devoted desires of sin” and if we let our hearts trap us by wrong attitudes, motives or desires we will be easy pickens when temptation comes through our flesh as well as flaming arrows of the Evil One. Take for example Ephesians 4 where it says, “And do not let the sun go down on your anger and do not give the devil a foothold.”

Resentment is a great example of something we can easily allow into the camp of our hearts like the devoted things for destruction- in the story of Achan. We may be tempted to hold onto anger but it ensures defeat.

There are many other things that this can happen with but persomal challenge- What things devoted to destruction have you possibly allowed to grow in your heart? How will you in accordance to Scripture deal with it? See 1 John 1:9 and Proverbs 28:13!

Remodling Projects

Years ago mom and dad had the house remodled, namely the kitchen and bathroom. Now that I look back, we used to have a penisula countertop in the kitchen that mom was not to fond of.

Then it got me seeing a paralel- The Lord often seems to rip things out of our lives and we grieve that certain things, people or what we thought was awesome got removed! However, the new kitchen was far more nice then the old one.

Often we may say, “Lord why did you yank that? Or why are you witholding from me!”

First off, just as the house we live in is for our enjoyment and our use, the house did not build itself or exist for itself- if the house could protest it might say during the process_ “My poor kitchen, why did you rip my kitchen out, my poor kitchen of where you eat and entertain and feed family and guests? Oh this does not make sense! Your plan seems so cruel and I hope you did not move into me to destroy me!”

However, the house was being improved and though there was a season of kitchenlessness- poor house lost some nails and screws all across the ground like we often drop tears over what God does we do not understand.

We are made by God, and for God, and our selfcentered wills can trap us into a lie if we do not watch closely. The lie is, “You can experience more happiness and fulfillment without God managing your life” Yet the Devil used this approach with Eve and her husband in the garden also- he baited them with the lie that the fruit God told them not to eat would give them some enjoyment God held back! So they settled to follow a lie that ended in misery and sin to this day.

So indeed, what if the house I live in had despaired that it would never see another day of laughter and gathering in kitchen life again. Yet the kitchen was not gone forever, it was being remade into something more able to be used for it’s original purpose. The peninsula countertop made it difficult for all of us in wheelchairs, and besides mom did not particularly like the look of it.

The point is, God may seemingly cut into us and remove things or allow us to suffer loss of a dream- kitchen, or so it seems. Yet in reality he is often up to something more magnificent then we could dream up. God’s first objective in us as Christians, according to the Bible, is to conform us to the image of Christ. He wants us to reflect more of Christ’s attitudes, love, humility, patience, purity, holiness, wisdom and more!

See—(Romans 8:29, Romans 12, John 15)

God uses difficulties to develop in us greater faith, deeper love and stronger endurance.

See—(Hebrews 6:12, Hebrews 10:35, and James 1.)

God is not witholding good from us but wants us to trust that his time and his deffinition of good is better then our own. For example: A father who is wise knows that his son is not ready to handle a fire arm and go hunting until he is shown proper gun use. And a father of a teenager does not just let the teenager use the car without knowing how to drive and legally being able to.

So God has times where he delays and puts us on hold yet we may be temoted to doubt his willingness to give us good things.

God always has reasons for his no’s and yes’s or “Wait” and if one is tempted to fall into the error of thinking- I have to do enough good to merit God’s blessing- wrong- God blesses us like a father would with what is best, not making us work for it- though he may look at how we conduct ourselves and show us that we may not yet be fully ready but that is different then him making us a quota of good things to do to have his favor. His favor is in Christ’s work for us, and many of us may have escaped the erroneous and herretical idea that salvation can be earned but for me, there was years that I struggled to believe that God would bless me for good after he saved me if I did not have perfect performance! Wrong! Obeying God brings blessing but does not strong arm God into being favorably inclined toward us- Christ Jesus bought us that. So God now makes all his decisions for us from the standpoint of “Will it be best to give them this and now-“ and “Will it help my plan for their lives succeed?”

God’s Word says “For my ways are higher then your ways and my thoughts are higher then your thoughts”

God does not reason from “Were they good enough to squeese this blessing out of my hand?” No- For us who now know the Father through Christ we believe, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

[Romans 8:28-29]

God works in our lives and does this or that with a purpose- His end result- which by no means leaves us high and dry either- but we see that God does what he so does not because we earn his blessings or in contrast “I was bad so now God is punishing me”- he will correct, convict and discipline because of our need for growth, improvement and correction not repayment for sin. Christ paid our sins in full so we would not be condemned and demolished in the end. Yet as it says “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?

Hebrews 12:7 –

So when we go through hardships, it is not as though God is whipping us for revenge- no but he is working good, bad and seemingly mundane things to shape us so we may truly prosper in the end.

Unpack The Trash

Not too long ago I knew someone who moved out of a particular living situation that was not to ideal. It turns out that when this person finally got out of that place the person who they had stayed with helped them pack and added in a few of his own fairwell gifts, trash. I am remimded of what Jesus taught about the devil. Jesus taught about the true wheat from the false wheat, and taught a parable about the work of the evil one in the world.

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” [Matthew 13:24-30]

Jesus was teaching a parable here to convey the truth that there would be conterfeit Christians that are raised up by Satan to sow doubts among the non Christians about faith in Christ.

Jesus also taught a parable of the sower,

in contrast the farmer sowing in this story is good, and sows good seed, the Word of God but the events unfold like this:

Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

[Mark 4:1-9]

One thing that particularly stood out was the teaching of how the birds came and ate up the good seed on the paths. Jesus later explains the meaning of each of the four soils to his disciples:

15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” [Mark 4:15-20]

“Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.”

How does he succeed in this? He sows deception, doubt and confusion. Personally in my life there have been times where I read in the Word and felt so refreshed but not long after something hits me to start to doubt God’s love for me or his feelings toward me and paint him im the wrong light. Or other times I will be convinced God has spoken something really awesome into my life and then doubts shortly after pop in, “It’s too good to be true” or “You are getting delusional and that could never happen.”

For Christians too Satan would love to deceive into unproductive instruments. He cannot steal our salvation but will steal whatever he can get his hands on. For non Christians, he loves to sow early on skepticism about the faith, who we are as individuals and he uses a world system under the power of sin to lie to us from childhood, “You will never measure uo or be anything special or significant” or “Your ugly and people will only accept you if you look a certain way, have a certain status and have lots of money, only the strongest survive!”

He uses people and events that have been chained by the powers of sin to deceive. He often tells the non believer their sinful ways of living or doing things is just what it takes to survive, thrive or get ahead. The devil would say, “Those things you are told are sin, you cannot help it, you were born this way and cannot change.” And when people accept his garbage and sown ideas and lies they identify themselves with the negative things they do. If Satan can tie our identity to our sin, we may despair change because we may feel that we wont be our unique selves anymore. Yet like the man who scattered trash among the articles of clothes so the devil also sows deception among the lost and tries to do what he can to spoil the influence of Christians also.

“For the god of this age has blinded the eyes of the unbeliever” Paul writes, and Satan is a deceiver, thief and “The father of lies” as Jesus said.

We must refuse to let him sow what is his among us and as The Lord Jesus Christ said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Trust God For His Best, Don’t Steal His Cookies!

These are two translations of Proverbs 12:12- and this was a verse attached to this evenings devo. Yet so true and timely. We may all get tempted to get angry over what we wanted that maybe someone else seemingly unfairly laid hold of that we had, or maybe wanted. For some it’s the promotion, others a relationship, others still may want more money and material possessions. Now imagine that someone you think was less honorable then yourselves got the things you wanted and you grew envious. Well how foolish it is but it is truly tempting to all of us in someway. In Isaac’s life, the son of Abraham, he was living in the land of the Philistines at the time and on several occassions dug a well for water, yet for the first couple of times the Philistines grew envious and stopped up his wells and quarelled with him. Isaac on the other hand calmly relocated. Abraham his father also had a similar issue with his Nephew Lot, both of them came to the land God swore to gove Abraham and Lot’s men quarelled with Abraham’s men about the land so in response Abraham graciously gave Lot first preference into what part of the land lot wanted. Abraham’s selfless sacrifice od first choice truly ended up to his benefit because the first choice Lot made for himself ended up getting him in trouble. Likewise Abraham’s son Isaac instead of fighting with his jealous Philistine neighbors just took the higher road too and was blessed by God for it.

He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.” [Genesis 26:22]

What today can we learn? Could we not ask ourselves, “Maybe what I lost or did not aquire was for a good reason and the Lord sees best to give me something else or move me somewhere else in my life?”

Trust in God to be wiser at what you truly want and need then what you think you want or need. Does not mean God dies not have good blessings for us, but God opperates according to his way and time- to aquire what we want and in a time God does not see best is in a way stealing from God and gets us into trouble!