Bible Devotions

Seven Things to Avoid Part 1

These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: Proverbs 6:16 NKJV

A Proud Look

Top of the list is pride. Probably the number one reason people don’t trust God is their pride. Why? It’s because prideful people are unwilling to let God reign in their life. The proud would rather have complete control.

Behind every perfectionist, control freak, critical or judgmental person is pride. The “it’s not right unless I’m running the show” mentality will always be offensive to God. After all pride is what got Lucifer kicked out of heaven. Now he is banished from heaven and the presence of God. What did pride gain Lucifer?

Self check: Where am I still clutching to my pride?

A Lying Tongue

Let the truth be told. Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no. God is perfect and cannot lie. He is completely trustworthy and He expects His children will be too.

We can lie with our mouth by saying untrue things are true. We can lie by our silence covering up what’s really going on inside. We can lie with our actions by manipulating the situation to appear different than it is. All these are wrong. God hates falsehood of every kind. First Corinthians 13:6 says love does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

Satan is the father of all lies. Have you ever considered when we lie we show our allegiance to him rather than God? As Joshua said to the Israelites choose this day who you will serve. As for me and my house we choose to serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)

Self check: Where am I lying to myself and others? Am I lying with my words, my silence or my actions?

Shed Innocent Blood

Most people don’t go around murdering people. But don’t think that excludes you from this part of the lesson. Jesus taught us even if we are angry against others without cause we are filled with murderous thoughts. Those thoughts are enough to condemn us to hell fire. (Matthew 5:22)

Remember that Tom Cruise movie where they knew what you were thinking? If you thought about murdering someone, they arrested you before you committed the act. Well, Jesus knows our thoughts and intentions better than we do our self. Our angry, judgmental, critical thoughts are the equivalent of murder in His book!

Self check: Am I harboring any angry, judgmental, critical or murderous thoughts?

Remember these things should be the catalyst causing us to fall on our knees. Humbly admit our weakness and call upon the grace of God. “What does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

Lord, thank you for your word and Spirit to guide us into all truth. Help us to avoid pride, lying and murderous thoughts. Teach us to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with you. In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.

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Same Measure

Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble. Proverbs 3:34 NKJV

The word scorn in the noun form means to openly dislike or disrespect an object of extreme disdain, contempt or derision. To scorn means to treat with scorn, reject or dismiss as contemptible or unworthy.

God rejects those who openly despise Him. God considers them contemptible. Those who are scornful judge God not worthy of believing or following. Or perhaps they are just too pride to admit they need Him.

But God gives grace to the humble, why? When we are humble, we admit our need for God. We accept His offer to save us. We welcome Him into our lives. We acknowledge He is God and we are not. Knowing even the humble are not perfect or completely worthy by our own merit, God gives us grace.

This verse brings to mind another verse. Matthew 7:2 NKJV says “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” If we reject God, He will reject us. If we accept God, He will accept us.

Are there any areas of our life we are rejecting God? Ask God to help us turn everything over to His control, for He is worthy of our trust.

Lord, thank you for opening our eyes to see the truth and freeing us from a life of scorn. Thank you for the grace poured out on the humble. Enable us to extend grace to others as you have extended it to us. In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.

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