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Like a Trampled Spring and a Polluted Well

December 9, 2019

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Like a Trampled Spring and a Polluted Well

There are some things  that make us spiritually  dirty.      Proverbs 25:26 points out  one thing,

Like a trampled spring  and a polluted well
Is a righteous man  who gives way  before the wicked.

It is God  who makes us righteous  through faith.      God’s word  often tells us  that there is nothing  we can do  to make ourselves righteous.      It is  a grace of God  to mercifully cleanse us  and forgive all our sins  for Jesus’ sake.      So,  when we have  the gift of righteousness  through Jesus Christ,  we have something  that is eternally precious.      We should cling tightly  to this gift  and never give it up.      At least  we should be realizing  just how precious  God’s grace is.

But,  some people  forget about  or don’t appreciate  their gift of righteousness.      Consequently,  they give in  to all sorts wickedness.      They are  turning away from God — and no longer love,  honor,  or respect Him  for all that He has done.

It is interesting to note  that in  Proverbs 25:26  above,  the word  trampled  includes the implication  of stamping oneself down.      Imagine that!      A person  tromping his own self down  into the mire.      He has no self-respect.      And the word  polluted”  includes the idea  of being morally corrupted  and perverted.      It’s also helpful to know  that the word  wicked  is referring to those  who are guilty  before God Almighty.      So,  this proverb  pictures a person,  who has been made righteous  by God,  but he stomps his own self down,  and turns back  to the moral corruptions  of those who are guilty  before God — that is the corruptions  of unbelievers  and idol worshipers.

The Bible talks about  this sort of thing  many times.      Just a few examples  can include:

Romans 16:17-18

Now I urge you,  brethren,  keep your eye  on those who cause dissensions  and hindrances  contrary to the teaching  which you learned,  and turn away  from them.      For such men  are slaves  not of our Lord Christ  but of their own appetites;  and by their smooth  and flattering speech  they deceive  the hearts  of the unsuspecting.

 

Titus 1:13-14

For this cause  reprove them severely  that they may be sound  in the faith,  not paying attention  to Jewish myths  and commandments of men  who turn away  from the truth.

 

2 Peter 2:21

For it would be better  for them  not to have known  the way of righteousness,  than having known it,  to turn away  from the holy commandment  delivered to them.

 

Jude 1:4

For certain persons  have crept in unnoticed,  those who were long beforehand  marked out  for this condemnation,  ungodly persons  who turn the grace  of our God  into licentiousness  and deny  our only Master and Lord,  Jesus Christ.

All of these verses  talk about those  who had been made righteous  by God’s grace,  but then turned away  from the truths  they had learned  about God.      They knew  all about God  and claimed  to believe — but  they pretended to be Christian,  while using their  “flattering speech to deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.”      They were trying  to change the grace  of God  into licentiousness — that is,  they were shameless  and morally unrestrained  in the things  they tried to push  onto others  in the congregation.

So,  what am I getting at?      Today  we still have people  in the church,  who are always trying  to push heathen practices,  philosophies,  myths,  and false doctrines.      They claim  to be liberated  in their faith  and superior  in their knowledge  regarding what is  “okay”  in God’s eyes.      They claim  one can freely take part  in myths  and heathen practices  and still be approved of  before God.      They assert  that the philosophies  of this world  are superior  to God’s word  in helping us through  this life — and they defiantly promote  false doctrines.

Proverbs 25:26  pointed out  that they are stomping themselves  down  when they give way  to the wickedness  of this world.      We all need to be  on guard,  so that no one  will take us away  from the grace of God.      It’s absolutely necessary  to daily become  more grounded  in God’s word,  so that  no one will be able  to deceive us  into giving up  our righteousness  in Christ Jesus.

Believing and abiding in Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You  for making us righteous  and giving us  eternal life  through Your sacrifice  on the cross.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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