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 several things that are absolutely certain. What’s that? I want to walk with you. I want to know and do your will. I want to live my life in ways that are pleasing to you. I want to shine like a bold and bright witness in the world. I want others to be drawn to you through the testimony of my life. To sum it all up, I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. These are very good desires. Yes, I know. These desires come from you. Yes, they do.
How will these desires be fulfilled in and through your life? You have already given me your very clear answer to this question. That’s true. Let me hear your answer. First, I must separate myself from evil of every kind. I must remove anything from my life that would hinder my walk with you. Like what? There are people that should not be in my inner circle. There are people that should not be allowed to speak into my life. There are people that should not be my close confidants. There are people that would not be good examples for me to follow. I should never allow myself to become a companion of someone that is putting forth evil of any kind. That’s true. What else? There are places, circumstances and situations that would certainly attempt to feed my thoughts, words and actions with evil. I should separate myself from anything that might lead me into temptation or cause me to sin. I must never allow myself to flirt with evil of any kind. When evil approaches, I must run from it, even before it attempts to overtake me. That’s also true.
You have talked quite a bit about what you must not do; what must you do if you want to live and walk in ways that please me? I must meditate on your word day and night. I must take your word deeply into my heart and mind. I must let your word dwell in me richly. I must devour your word because it will feed the life you have called me to live. Your word will change my heart and transform my mind. Your word will change the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. Your word will make me able to stand against temptation and resist evil. Your word will help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, it will. Will you separate yourself from evil and meditate on my word day and night. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. Then my blessing will be on your life.
Lord, I will separate myself from evil of every kind. I will leave behind everything that might hinder my walk with you. I will meditate on your word day and night so I can know your will and walk in your ways. Help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and glory. Amen
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