Are you guarded and delivered?

February 10, 2021

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
(Psalms 97:10 (NIV))

Do you truly love the Lord?

Based on this passage, perhaps I need to ask this another way. Do you truly hate evil?

I think that it is safe to say that we have all known someone who claims to love the Lord, but they don’t act like it? They give lip service, but their actions say otherwise. They seem to embrace their own personal sins and only occasionally stop to think about the Lord. Do they ever stop to think about their actions and how their actions break the very heart of God? Perhaps this rebellious trait goes all the way back to Adam and Eve. Perhaps it even goes back to the rebellion of Satan and the fact that he wanted to be God. He simply took Adam and Eve, and consequently all of humanity, down with him.

In essence, evil is anything that goes against the very nature, the very essence, the very fruit of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
(Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV))

If we are told that these are characteristics that we are to possess, then anything that goes against these traits is what God calls evil.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
(Galatians 5:19-21 (NIV))

If we profess to love the Lord, then we are to love the things that He loves. We are to walk in the ways that reflect what He loves. We are to guard our hearts and minds so that the things that the Lord calls evil do not have any way to infiltrate our lives. If we choose to walk in His light, we are to hate the darkness of evil.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
(1 John 1:5-7 (NIV))

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:7 (NIV))

Are you guarded and delivered?

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Are your heart and mind guarded by the peace of God?

May 6, 2020

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:7 (NIV))

With everything that has been happening and is happening in the world, what is the state of your heart and mind?

We have all seen the news. We have all seen the shortages at the grocery stores. We have all seen far more than we care to want to experience, yet, some people are at peace while others are experiencing panic and much worse. Where do you fall in this wide array of responses? Are you at peace during all of this?

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
(John 16:33 (NIV))

Think about that for a moment. The whole world has been having trouble. Jesus has overcome the world. He has overcome the trouble. He brings peace in the midst of trouble to all who proclaim His name as their personal Lord and Savior. This doesn’t mean that the trouble goes away. It does mean that we get a better understanding of the world and its troubles. We realize that this world is not our home and that we have something so much better to look forward to. Think about this concept in this context. You are going on vacation to your favorite place in all of the world. Along the way, you end up sitting in some traffic. Does the traffic make you take your eyes off of your destination and the joy that you will experience once you have arrived at your destination? Since the promises of God are so much better than any earthly vacation that we may take, our joy should be so much greater. All that we have to do is keep our eyes on Jesus, after all, we have God’s promises of paradise for those who believe.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))

I don’t know about you, but the promise of eternal life gives me complete peace. Please don’t misunderstand me. I sometimes worry. That is human nature, but I have a Savior who helps me overcome human nature. All that any of us need to do is take our eyes off of the world and forever place them on Jesus and the peace of God will continually amaze each and every one of us.

Are your heart and mind guarded by the peace of God?

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