April 30, 2016
Our eyes are a gate. They can open the door for good and godly images or extremely impure pictures. And, what our eyes are permitted to see, our minds think and ultimately, our lives engage. In fact, this is one of the primary ways the devil himself gains access to “steal, kill, and destroy” our lives.
The Psalmist had a way to deal with this. He made a covenant with his eyes.
""I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me."" (Psalm 101:3)
This is a great verse to memorize and step to take. It gives us...
""I hate the work of those who fall away.""
The Psalmist was saying, ""I have come to the point to recognize who is behind this and what it is doing to me and others and I despise their work. I do not enjoy it, but I abhor it.""
""I will set no worthless thing before my eyes.""
Think of all this could apply to in our visual age. What are the things that we put before our eyes that open the door to wrong thinking and sinful actions? (And, if you think you can watch anything with no effect upon your soul, the Psalmist would not agree.)
""It shall not fasten its grip on me.""
The Psalmist understood the underlying nature of sin. It never just presents itself. It comes to take over. To grip us and dominate us and control us. And so the Psalmist commits to stopping it at the door, never allowing entry.
Where does this apply to your life and what will you do?
July 02, 2022
July 01, 2022
In each generation there are wicked rulers leading nations to do wicked things, oppressing those around them with senseless violence and evil. Hitler had his day and Stalin, and now Putin as he ravages Ukraine.
Where is God in all of this? The small, one-chapter book of Obadiah gives us the answer: God will always, ultimately judge wicked men nations. Justice wins the day. Notice God’s word through Obadiah to the wicked nation of Edom. No nation that ignores God will escape His judgment.
June 29, 2022