Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)
There are two things that I want you to do. There are two things that you must do if you want me to bless your life. I want you to bless my life, that is for sure. What do you want me to do? What must I do if I want you to bless my life? I think that you can answer both of your own questions. You do? Yes, I do. Your statements sounded like you were going to tell me about something that I did not know. No, that’s not it. My statements are meant to call to your attention something that you already know. So, let me hear your answers. What two things must you do? I must turn away from evil of every kind. I must not think what evil thinks. I must not speak what evil speaks. I must not do what evil does. What else? I must not go where evil goes. I must not stay where evil stays. Anything more? I must give no ground to evil. I must not let evil entice me. I must not let evil surround me. I must not let evil allure me. I must make a complete break from evil in every form. That’s right.
Will it be difficult to make such a complete break from evil? Will you be able to resist every evil and stand against every temptation? On my own strength, with my own abilities, I will be unable to resist every evil and stand against every temptation. My own strength and abilities will leave me completely vulnerable to evil and temptation. What will you do? I will rely on you. How will you rely on me? I will allow you to change my heart, transform my mind and protect my life. I will allow you to make me able to resist every evil and stand against every temptation. How will you allow all this to happen? What will I use to change your heart, transform your mind and protect your life? What will I use to make you able to resist every evil and stand against temptation? You will use your word. Your word will change my heart, transform my mind and protect my life. I will meditate on your word day and night. Your word will feed me. Your word will sustain me. Your word will strengthen me. Your word will mold and shape me. Your word will guard and guide me. Yes, my word will do all of these things for you.
Will you remove yourself from evil of every kind as you meditate on my word day and night? Yes Lord, I will. Then your life will be blessed. Then your life will be like a well-watered tree planted by a stream of water. Then your life will prosper and bear abundant fruit for my kingdom and glory. That is what I want. That is my hope and dream and desire. That is very good.
Lord, I will meditate on your word day and night. I will allow your word to change the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. Use your word to help me turn away from evil and resist temptation. Sustain and bless my life with your word. Amen
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