March 14, 2017

The wicked and the righteous

Proverbs 15:29, "The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous."

Who would the Lord declare are "wicked" people?

Webster's defines "wicked" as evil, or morally bad in principle, or practice.

Do you practice righteousness?

Are you the righteousness of God?

If so, what does that look like, act like, and think like?

What did Jesus say was the same as hate?

Murder, right?

I think everyone would agree that murder is evil, yet some would justify it.

And many would justify hate, and many more than that, I believe, would justify anger.

Scripture says that in our anger we are not to sin (Ephesians 4:26, and see also Matthew 5:22).

There is righteous anger.

What gets your blood boiling?

Is it injustices toward you, or others?

Do you want to just kill someone sometimes?

Do you wish to never see someone?

That is an anger that is not righteous, and is an anger that is motivated by hate, and hate is murder.

Wicked people murder others literally, and in their minds.

And many, if they could literally get away with murder, would do so.

If that describes you, then wicked also fits.

Hate, and its equivalent, murder, is the sin that puts one in the category of an evil one.

Hard to believe isn't it?

The deception that abounds in the church today is that many think that they are saved yet they harbor hate, or murder in their hearts. They are led to believe that God hears them when they pray. He does not hear the prayers of the wicked, but many believe that they are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and all the while they wish someone dead, and would do the shoving over the cliff if only....

If only they would not get caught.

They are trapped (caught) already in sin.

They are not told to repent by the preacher; he likes their money.

They do not know what it means to repent; the preacher has never done it, and knows not of it.

They are told to turn from sin (not the same as repentance), yet they continue in sin, thinking that just because they have not literally pushed anyone over the cliff, then they are fine.

They are not.

Jesus dealt deeper than physical pushing.

He deals with the heart, and the heart of the issue are thoughts.

He said to "think" murder is to do it.

Do you think about doing the pushing over the cliff?

Repent.

Then righteousness will be given to you. Love like a river will flow from you. You will be saved.

Or continue in your sin, and perish in it.

Life is short.

Choose this day to repent, and the rest of your days will be free of trying to live for God.

The yoke is easy and the burden is light for those who are in the Vine.

God's holy spirit does the righteous living for, and through his children.

Are you righteous?

Those in Christ are not good and bad (Matthew 7:17).

They walk only on the narrow road with no "tripping" into sin (Psalm 121:3).

If you are righteous, then you hate no one.

You are jealous of no one.

Inside the heart of the righteous, there is no hate (murder), or manipulation (similar to witchcraft).

You malign no one.

You simply love.

Do you love God with all your heart?

Or do you seek after this world's goodies, and are never satisfied, always wanting more things?

Do you seek after righteousness?

Is righteousness an activity accomplished by the saved?

Or is it only a term (word) that is applied to a person?

How is it defined in a life, and does it have a certain "look" to it?

Where is your heart, and what is in it?

Do you love your husband, and submit to him always?

Do you love your neighbor as yourself sometimes, or always?

Do you believe that righteousness is a part-time activity in the saved?

If yes, then how "part-time" can one be and still have their prayers heard by God?

In other words, how wicked can one be and still have an audience with God?


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