Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge,

will give me on that day. (2 Timothy 4:8)

Weekly Words of Wisdom

Proverbs 28:4, 5

4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But such as keep the law contend with them.  5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all.

When a person abandons God’s law and does not value their relationship with Him, they lose sense of what is right and just, and starts seeking the material things of this world at “whatever cost”.  Their praises turn from the things of God, to the things that are wicked and pleasurable to the flesh.  The Bible describes this as falling away, and warns that the person in this state is in danger of never returning back to fellowship with God. Hebrews 6:4-6 say, “4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance.” 

The world offers a lot of exciting and glamorous enticements that make living a life dedicated to God boring, cumbersome and unnecessary.  Just as Satan was able to deceive Adam and Eve into thinking God was holding something back from them that could be gained by eating the forbidden fruit, he will try to lead you astray the same way.  He will try to convince you that activities engaged in by the wicked are alright for you to engage in as well, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. It was explained to me this way by a good friend of mine, “Although some things are not illegal or immoral, they may still not be what a Christian should do.”  What she meant was, even though they are not described as a sin in the Bible, they are not a good representation of Jesus, or they lead to activities that are a sin.  So be careful about the company you keep.

When a person does not have a close relationship with God, their activities do not seem evil in their eyes, because they are lead by the flesh and not the Spirit of God.  They will not have an understanding of what God requires of their life.  Because they are living good and prospering, they will focus their efforts on pleasuring the flesh more and more and not serving God.  They do not understand God will bring them into account in the end for how they lived their life and their relationship with Him.

God bless you