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All His Thoughts

April 30, 2016

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All  His Thoughts

People have not changed.     There are those  who believe  and trust God  —  and there are those  who lift their noses  in the air  and with a sneer,  boldly claim,  “There is no God.”     They are at odds.

We look  at the world  around us  and see  how the wicked  are always devising sneaky plots  to cheat  and take advantage  of God’s children.     And they seem  to be getting away  with it  much of the time.     With a sick smile  and chest proudly jutted out,  the wicked  are proud  of their deceits  and oppressions,  their lies  and mischievousness.     They think  it’s funny  that no one is  “smart enough”  to outwit them.     They boast  about their ability  to take advantage  of others  and get a free ride  through life.

The writer  of Psalm 10  lamented  about the evil,  underhanded ways  of the wicked.     In verses 3 and 4,  he says,

For the wicked boasts  of his heart’s desire,
And the greedy man curses  and spurns  the LORD.
The wicked,  in the haughtiness  of his countenance,  does not seek Him.
All his thoughts are,  “There is no God.”

Ones does not have  to live long  on this earth  to experience  such wickedness  and arrogance.     There evidently is  a rapidly growing number  of those who claim,  “There is no God.”     They feel  that whatever parameters  they set up  for their own standards  of living  are their prerogative,  simply because they think  they are superior  to everyone  around them.

Feeling  the affliction  of such constant wickedness,  the psalmist asks  and answers  in Psalm 10:13,

Why has the wicked  spurned God?
He has said  to himself,  “You  will not require it.”

The wicked  actually feel  God does not care  what they do.     They don’t see their wickedness  as a punishable evil  because everyone else  is doing it  and seemingly getting away  with it  —  so,  why shouldn’t they?     In their grandiose self-deception,  they refuse  to believe  what the apostle Peter says  about them  in 2 Peter 2:3,

In their greed  they will exploit you  with false words;  their judgment  from long ago  is not idle,  and their destruction  is not asleep.

For now,  we do have  to live amongst such people  in this world,  but we need  to always remember  that all the wicked  will be judged  with eternal destruction.     They will all pay dearly  for their wickedness.

In the mean time,  how are we supposed  to be amongst  so many godless people?     Are we  to nonchalantly say,  “Well,  if you can’t beat’em,  join’em”?     Hardly.     The number  of God’s children  is much fewer,  but we are  to follow  Paul’s instructions  in 1 Timothy 6:11-12,

But flee  from these things,  you man  of God;  and pursue righteousness,  godliness,  faith,  love,  perseverance  and gentleness.     Fight  the good fight  of faith;  and take hold  of the eternal life  to which  you were called.

God’s children  have good reason  to flee  all ungodliness.     God is the Victor  and the Judge  of all things  —  us included.     Jesus Christ  suffered  and died  to pay  for our sins  and we have sinned more than enough already.     It is time  to start living  in the love  and truths  of God.

As we live  for the one and only Lord God,  He will lead us  in all righteousness,  and we say,  “Hallelujah!     Savior  and Shepherd,  Your leading  is so good,  and right,  and true.     Lead us  through  this weary land   to Your home above.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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