The Bible tells me that ever since my birth, evil has been in me. Psalm 58:3 CEV. This has been proven true by my placing a thumb tack on a girl’s chair in junior school, stealing candy, lying, and cheating on test. I did it all. I have continued to sin throughout my life and even today try as I might not to, I sinned again by engaging in gossip. I cannot avoid it until either I die or I am transformed for heaven.
So, like it or not, and for the record I do not, I understand that non-believers and especially I as a Christian, will be tested continually by Satin, the ruler of this world. It’s his kingdom and he is in control for the time being.
Today is no different than in the Old Testament times. All throughout God’s word people have struggled just the same as I am. I read example after example of kingdoms rising to full glory (when God is praised, honored, and obeyed). Then I read of kingdoms falling into total despair (when evil is rampant and there is an overall disregard for God). Unfortunately, I believe that at the present we are another falling nation and sadly, at times I am a part of the downfall.
Everywhere, chaos, lawlessness, resistance to good and embracing what we know in our hearts is wrong. Jeremiah 10:23 AMPC I am guilty of acting by myself in evil desires but I strive to walk with Jesus. Evil is all around and even though God is real, I don’t see him and slowly I let my feelings override common sense. I begin to make my own plans, chose my own direction, solve my own problems and feebly take over control of my own life. Proverbs 14:12 AMP Thank goodness for God’s mercy.
God’s word is the foundation to every successful nation. As a child we stood and recited the Lord’s prayer every morning in school. The ten commandments were cast in bronze and embedded in the walls of banks, government buildings and on display in public parks. Oh, “The Good Ole Days” do you remember them? I do. Value was placed on home, family, and friends. Together we played sports, camped out in nature, attended summer vacation Bible school. We helped one another. Sunday was truly honored as the Sabbath. Families and friends grouped together for church, gathered in parks and restaurants for fellowship and drove the back roads admiring God’s natural wonders. Mom and dad, the kids, maybe grandma and grandpa and sometimes aunt, uncle and cousins, joined together at home for a shared meal or an afternoon of board games and music or of reflections on the past. We were in touch with each other, grounded in good values and morals.
But gradually, Satin has had “The Ten Commandments” torn down, prayer and Bible readings have been removed from schools. He has introduced greed to open stores and malls for an extra day of profit. He has us working on the Sabbath, stop attending church regularly and there is no time for family and friends.
We, and I included, have become ignorant of what is right and what is wrong. I stopped pursuing the truth when I presented with a Facebook post. Lazily I waited for someone else to take the lead and I followed along based on my feelings. Feelings without knowledge and understanding has proven to always be wrong. Without knowledge I am easily misled. When misled I am made to believe wrong is right and right is wrong. Then when I realize we have been deceived I become angry and what happens then is, I lose my ability to think and reason. It’s rage over reason. Proverbs 15:1 ESV This proverb, I am guilty of not obeying especially on Facebook. I found myself trusting in my own feelings and spouting off at the mouth. I push the “like button” on social media or share the post without any further thought or investigation.
I have been praying for wisdom and I believe that my prayers have been answered. This scripture made me aware of my folly. Proverbs 14:15 ICB Ouch!
I must stop sharing titles, logos, slogans and catch phrases based on my feelings. I mean, I don’t judge a book by its cover, I read it first so why not do the same on Facebook.
Are you guilty of following along in my same footsteps? Pray and ask Jesus as your teacher to give you wisdom.