—my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
for their feet rush into evil,
they are swift to shed blood
The world and his followers have but one purpose: to destroy our soul. To that end they use all kinds of tricks to make us deviate from the straight path that leads to God. All the kingdoms of the world and their splendor will parade before our eyes to attract our undivided attention and separate us from God’s plans. The will try to trick us into believing that our position in Christ is worthless and that following the teachings of the Lord is of no avail. They will make us believe that following Christ is something antiquated and dogmatic and that in light of scientific and philosophical breakthroughs it can be demonstrated that Christianity is just a myth. The world will use everything at its fingertips to confuse us so that we turn away from Christ. If all of God’s children would realize how subtle the world gets through our eyes and tries to take control of our minds and our hearts there would not be so many cases of Christians who have fallen and feel defeated.
Let us seek, therefore, the wisdom that comes from above, from the throne of God so that we can move through the world without falling victim to its tricks and deceptions. With our gaze fixed firmly on the goal and forgetting everything that lays behind let us strive to run the race with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith so that we will never tire or lose courage. With love let us hope for his return that is not long in coming. Instead of running to do evil, let us always hasten to do good, which pleases God. In this way we will be honoring the name of Christ, which is above every other name in all of creation. Only to God be the glory!
Evil will never leave the house
of one who pays back evil for good.
One thing we can be certain of is that every action has its consequences. If the actions are good, the consequences will also be good. The opposite also applies. Bad behavior has bad consequences. It’s amazing that something as simple as this is overlooked when we are making decisions. One reason may be that we never stop to think before making a decision. A vast majority of our decisions are made in a split second without thoroughly analyzing and calculating the consequences that they will bring. Our natural reaction is to respond in kind with which we have been paid. ¿Defense mechanism or need for revenge? In addition, we have been trained to quickly make decisions and to not waste time to react appropriately. The mixture of these two things makes us continually incur in many mistakes.
There are two things we can do to reverse these dangerous trends that seek to control our life and take over our will. The first thing is to obey what the Lord Jesus Christ instructed us: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” This is possibly one of the commands most difficult to fulfill for our sinful nature is very strong in this regard. The other thing we can do is not rush to make decisions before they have been consulted with our heavenly Father and only after asking if we are doing something that pleases him, unless of course, the situation in question is a matter of life or death. In any case, we can only achieve these things under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and never on our own though it may seem that we are capable.
Let us then remember the Lord’s instructions and let us be guided by his Holy Spirit. Soon you will notice how good deeds will bring good consequences. Only to God be the glory!
[Wisdom will save you from men]…
who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
The way of the wicked is laid out very near the path of the righteous but leads to a very different destination. Its proximity to the path of truth makes it easy sometimes for those who walk the path of the righteous to get confused, forget about their goal and stray into the path of wickedness. Fortunately for the children of God the path of evil shows situations that when analyzed with the wisdom that God has granted to their children allow the wanderer to realize his error and return promptly to his rightful path as a child of God. The wisdom that God gives us through reading his reliable word serves, therefore, as a guide and guardian to helps us stay the course without turning. It also frees us from falling into the traps and pits that can be found in excess on the road to perdition.
Let us therefore continually check the health of our relationship with God and ask ourselves what we need to do to grow closer to our heavenly Father. A strong relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ will keep us firmly attached to him and focused on the path that God has prepared for us from before the creation of the universe. Search for wisdom as he who seeks for a hidden treasure, this will help you to understand what the fear the Lord means and deepen your knowledge of God. Possessing it, we will be protected at all times of the temptations and confusion that might divert us to the path of the shadows. Read the word of God every day. Only to God be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged crooked, delight, devious, evil, path, perverseness, salvation, ways, wicked, wisdom, wrong
“If you play the fool and exalt yourself,
or if you plan evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!
For as churning cream produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.”
There are people who get into trouble very easily without realizing what they are doing. All starts as a game, as a joke, a prank, but then they do not know where to stop and end up creating an argument from which they cannot get away easily. These are foolish and ignorant people who never stop to measure the consequences of their actions and to make matters worse, they are always blaming others for what happens to them. Everything begins as an “innocent” game that ends in disturbed relationships and even hatred that never heals. His actions are devoid of the slightest trace of love because they can care less of what others may feel.
Want to live in peace and free of misunderstandings? Restrain your tongue. Do you want to restore calm and keep your relationships free of disputes and discussions? Think about what you are going to say before opening your mouth. People are complex beings and very unpredictable, so you will never know with certainty how the other person will react to your jokes. Do not try to have the last word because it will lead to conflict and dissatisfaction. May there always be on your lips a word of encouragement and edification and may your life be peaceful and just at all times. That’s what I wish for you. To God alone be the glory!
From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;
with arrogance they threaten oppression.
The wicked hide their true and grim intentions. As much as they simulate and make an effort to hide what is really behind their actions, it is generally easy to see where they come and what they want. Pride and arrogance make these people feel optimistic about getting their ill will go unnoticed in order to do more damage or more profit. Unfortunately many people, boasting an incredible naiveté come to accept without question all the false promises and lies that these people offer. Many, unsuspectingly end up entangled in the traps of these vile creatures. The product of their misdeeds is erroneously considered by the ignorant as a personal victory and a demonstration of intelligence and leadership.
The children of God must be very careful when they observe the actions of these individuals to not be swayed by their lies and their honeyed words. God has given us the discernment to not be misled by the siren song of these evildoers. The more we rely on the word of God the better we will be protected from the scams and traps that they will try to use against us. let us not neglect, then, the daily study of God’s word which along with the application of that word to our lives will result in strength and intelligence not to believe the lies of these slaves of Satan or get carried away by their bad examples. Close to God nothing can deviate us from the path of righteousness.To God alone be the glory!
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.
The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews tells us: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Although we can not see God, we know that he exists and that he is aware and watchful of all those who have accepted His Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives. Just as we know that he exists we are sure that his eyes are constantly upon us to protect us from the attacks of our enemies. Some believe that God exists, and that after creating the universe he devoted to other things and he no longer was interested or wanted to have anything to do with what happens in this world. This is just a way of approaching atheism without leaving all of theism.. It’s a kind of middle ground that is neither hot nor cold but lukewarm. Either you believe in God and everything he represents and everything he claims to be and be able to do or you do not believe in him at all. God can not be heedless of his creation. It was for the sake of all mankind that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to take upon his shoulders the death sentence that we deserved as sinners.
In the same way we believe in the existence of God we are convinced that God is opposed to evil and injustice. All those who have made his life a source of evil, a shedding of innocent blood and an abuse of power are under the cross hairs of God’s sight. Judgement, punishment and painful retribution for all their wrongdoing are the things that God has in store for them. It is likely that at this time you are being subjected to persecution or injustice. It is very likely that you think that God is taking too long to respond or has completely abandoned you. Those are the lies that the enemy loves to use to make our life impossible. Remember what God’s word says and continue to put your hope in the Almighty and in his powerful name. To God alone be the glory!
Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
Here is a recipe for those who want to know what it is and live in the fear of the Lord. Although the recipe looks simple at first glance it is not so when we look at it in some detail. At first sight, the prescription consists of four ingredients: restrain the tongue from evil, refrain from deceitful lips, stay away from evil and do good and seek peace and pursue it. The first ingredient, restrain the tongue from evil is almost impossible to achieve in this world where people talk and talk without end. Many think that if they talk pretty using convoluted and fanciful words they will be counted for wise when in fact the opposite is true for the more you talk, the more mistakes you’ll make. Additionally we have that people love to grumble and complain about everything and just for nothing and finally, people delight in criticizing others, ignoring the plank that they have in their own eye. Also, we have the issue of lies. Of all the seeds that Satan has planted in the heart of man the one that has put more roots is the seed of deceit. Everybody makes use of lies thinking they will resolve their issues and all they achieve is to dig themselves deeper into the hole.
Departing from evil by itself would allow us to go a long way in our path toward spiritual maturity but we know it is not easy to depart from evil when we are surrounded by it on all sides and our flesh is weak. How much more difficult to do good! Departing from evil is hard work, doing good requires a titanic effort from us. Finally the search for peace is not an activity encoded in the human genome, by contrast, we argue and fight for even the smallest things. We are never satisfied until we impose our ideas and our views on the ideas and the criteria of others. If we coming up with any of the four ingredients is difficult, imagine how much more arduous and tenacious it will be to put all four ingredients together. Through our own efforts we will never achieve anything. Only the transforming power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives without restrictions will allow us to enjoy the advantages and benefits of living in the fear of the Lord. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged Christianity, evil, fear of the Lord, God, good, good times, Holy Spirit, Jesus, lies, life, peace, Psalms
Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
Hypocrisy is just a lie. Lies have many ways to manifest and one of them is hypocrisy or duplicity. Culturally we are taught to keep quiet about what we think which in itself is not bad but eventually it transforms into not showing what we feel and accepting, at least externally, what we do not approve. Sometimes we do it to avoid conflict but that does not stop it from being what it is: deceit. Social conventions often guide us to assume attitudes that make us acceptable to those around us but we forget that lying is a sin and that sin has serious consequences on our lives. Of course we can’t go around saying the first thing that comes to mind. Sometimes we hurt others because we use words laden with intentionality without analyzing the impact that they may have in the life of the recipient. We must be careful of what we say to avoid hurting feelings but we must take care that what we say is a sincere expression of our thoughts and our hearts. Lying, in whatever form, comes only from its father, Satan. Being disingenuous and assuming misleading attitudes makes us disciples of the enemy.
Jesus Christ said: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” If we are truly disciples of the Lord Jesus, we must always speak with honesty, calling a spade a spade, with no duplicity but always with love. The apostle Paul reminds us in his letter to the Ephesians that we need to put off our old self and put on the new. “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” Let us do what pleases God and not what satisfies our corrupt nature. Let us always act honestly allowing the truth to reign in our lives. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged Christianity, earthenware, evil, faith, fervent, God, heart, hope, Jesus, life, lips, love, Proverbs 26, righteousness, silver, spirituality, wisdom
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
but those who promote peace have joy.
Deception is an integral part of evil and evil can not exist without deception. These two are linked in such a way that we can not find them separate from each other. And this is not surprising since both of them have the same father, Satan. For those who spend their lives looking to profit from the misfortunes of others, deceit is a powerful weapon that seduces, fascinates, numbs and captures hearts and minds. Most people live with the illusion that some day they will find their fortune and therefore they are easily manipulated by lies and false promises. There are even those who justify lying as something that should be used to achieve the greater good. We know where these ideas come from. We who are disciples and followers of the Master Savior should not have any affinity with this pernicious practice because Jesus is the truth and light has nothing to do with darkness. In this postmodern world where people prefer to believe that nobody has the absolute truth but they all have a little bit of it, even if they hold diametrically opposite positions, a lie is easily disguised and runs free without being detected.
In contrast, we find that the search for peace is something that is righteous and brings joy to those who practice it. One of the greatest satisfactions a person may have is to live without conflict. This does not mean we can live in a kind of protective capsule that isolates us from the world for this capsule does not exist. Conflicts will always be just around the corner, looming to make our life more difficult. But if we are wise we will see them coming and with God’s help we shall be able to find a way to avoid them or to mitigate them. Let us flee from deceit and let us always promote peace. This way we will find truth and joy, and we will remain focused on the way of righteousness, which God prepared for us before creation. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged deceit, evil, Jesus, joy, life, love, peace, Proverbs 12, religion, spirituality, wisdom