I am impressed that we shall be something rather than do something as a result of delighting in and meditating on God's Word.
Insight for Today
Written by Chuck Swindoll, these encouraging devotional thoughts are published seven days per week.
In the first three verses of Psalm 1, the psalmist describes the one who chooses to live a righteous life, the one who consciously resists the subtle inroads of compromise.
The First Psalm is brief and simple, direct and profound. Even a casual reading of these six verses leads us to see that it is filled with contrasts between two different walks of life—the godly and the ungodly.
“No, child. Always love. That’s the final word. That’s what I want you to do. Always love.” Always love.
Have you ever played for a coach who wasn't tough? If so, guess what you did all season—lose! Great coaches are tough-minded; they attract people who do their best for them. Winning requires being tough!
People who are grown up keep their vows. They don't run around on their mates. Don't sneak around having an affair and try to rationalize your sin by telling your friends how tough it is at home. Nobody has the interest or time to listen to that. Everybody has it tough at home. They have to live with you, don't they?
Isn't it about time you take responsibility for your own actions? When you do what's wrong, say it was wrong. You're the one who caused the problem? Admit it. That's what adults do. You tell someone you'll do something, then do it!
In spite of our adversary's subtle and deceitful strategy against Christians, we are certain of this: In the end, God wins. What we need until then is a courage transfusion.
Be aware of the bait that's being dangled before you that causes you to yield a little more in an area of weakness. Be alert to the fact that there is an enemy against you. When your day starts, apply EWO—Eyes Wide Open.
We face a very real, insidious enemy. And, as I mentioned yesterday, in order to step intelligently and wisely into the battle with Satan and his demons, we need clear marching orders. God has given them to us in the pages of Scripture.