If you are wise, then You are also listening to God and doing what He says. You are keeping His commandments and not your own. You are not doing what you think is right but what the Lord says is right, by studying His Word. The Lord calls us and says 2“hear, O my son, and receive my sayings.” To His daughters, He calls them also to Him, that they would give ear to Him. God teaches us in the ways of wisdom. He does so by way of His Word, prayer, and other Christians. God can speak to us through any willing vessel, in order to share His truths with others. All we have to do is open our mouths and He will fill them. The harsh reality is, that most people do not listen to God and those that do, do not act on His promptings. To these people, God 1“gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.” So Called Christians are among these people. Unfortunately, they are on the wide path to destruction and don’t even realize it. They feel like they are safe in their salvation with God, though their hearts are far from Him. Jesus calls these people out and says, 3“this people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Look at your life. If you aren’t living for God, then your belief and worship is also in vain. Beware, lest you be found a hypocrite in the eyes of God.
The Bible makes it clear how we can know how to live and act for God. He teaches us to 2“take fast hold of instruction” and 2“let her not go” but keep it. Only then, can we be led by the Lord. Through this, can we walk on the path of righteousness, that leads to God. If you are on this road, then you understand that God is leading you and therefore you are safe. You are able to escape the temptations of the evil one, with God’s hand in your lives. There is no false belief inside your heart, for your thoughts are given over to God for instruction. It is important to come to God often, lest we go astray. Never be too high on yourselves lest you fall flat on your face. The reason why most people are lost and not secure in their salvation is, their faith is weak and has not led them to live differently. 4And if they are not born again, they will continue living for the flesh and not the Spirit. I pray that you will listen to God’s counsel when He says, 2“enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.” Can you see the importance of this counsel? If you continue in your sinful ways, then you will continue to do mischief and stumble. 2“The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness.” Ponder on these things and allow God to 2“remove thy foot from evil.” You are capable of so much more, if You put your trust in God.
Let us pray:
Lord, thank You for coming into my life. Thank You for Your wise counsel. It is a pleasure to be used by You. Your promptings have led me to live differently and I am so grateful. I was so lost without You. My life was in shambles until You lifted me up and led me to the light. As I confessed my sins, Your forgiveness was for me. As tears streamed down my face, I could feel Your mercy. Thank You Lord. Thank You for leading me from the darkness. I no longer stumble but walk assured of my faith that leads to salvation. If I do anything Lord, it is to do Your will. I pray that Your desires, become my desires also. May my life be shining light to the lost. Help me reach them and share the truth of Your words with them. May they be responsive in a good way and receive prayer. I pray that many more people will get off of the wide path, that leads to destruction, and follow You, Lord. I know that all things good reside in Your presence. Lead us from evil and on Your righteous path. I trust in You Lord. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below
1Psalm 81 (KJV)
1 Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
2 Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
3 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
4 For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
5 This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.
6 I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.
7 Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
8 Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me;
9 There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
10 I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.
12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
13 Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!
14 I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.
15 The haters of the Lord should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.
16 He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied the
2Proverbs 4:10-27 (KJV)
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
3Matthew 15:1-9 (KJV)
1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
4John 3:1-7 (KJV)
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.