sábado, 27 de julho de 2013
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED.
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful" (Psalm 1:1).
Happiness, joy and prosperity are what everyone wants. However, you must know what means to achieve them. Unfortunately many people are not aware of how it all starts. This psalm describes two kinds of people from the standpoint of God: the wicked and the righteous.
The paths of the wicked
Ungodly people have no commitment to God or to his word, his advice completely contradict the commandments of the Lord, are fatal and destructive; their ideas are conformed to the world, so we should never share with them (Ps. 1.1 b .) Three things to avoid: Walking with the wicked, stop them in his way and sit in the seat of mockers.
"A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray" Prov 12:26.
"Enter not into the path of the wicked, nor follow the path of evil. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away, because not sleep if they do evil, robbed of sleep unless they make someone fall; "(Prov. 4:14-16)
"Do not be deceived. Bad company corrupts good morals "I Corinthians 15:33.
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? ... (2 Cor 6:14-18).
Our friendships or partnerships with bad people negatively affect our attitudes, physical wellbeing and spiritual, ie, we are influenced, for better or worse, by those with whom we associate, so beware!
The wicked are like the chaff which the wind scatters. They may even prosper financially because material goods are also fruits of labor: yet God's blessings fall upon the wicked, but they do not recognize, and therefore fall outside the realm of God.
The Fair and your pleasure
The Fair is characterized by righteousness and the love of God in obedience to his word, he is known for their separation in a sinful world. People who are friends of the world become enemies of God (James 4:4, I John 2.15,16; Jn 15:19), so that separation is necessary. The wicked walk in darkness, or in the darkness of sin, so there is no partnership between darkness and light (2 Cor 6.14-17; 7.1). The Fair has its delight in the law of the Lord, he has all the time to meditate in His commandments (Ps. 119.97,98). The recommendation of God to Joshua was key to its success in the mission (Joshua 1:7-8). Faithfulness to God leads to a life of prosperity, not the one desired by many, with no commitment to the truth of God, because anyone can experience the divine blessings, without, however walk in truth. The text of Joshua reveals the only way to preserve our free life and free from contamination by sin, and live in full meditation in word and communion with God.
The Lord compares the fair a tree planted by the river of water, source of life and food, water, action of God's Spirit that gives life, so it will be fair, its fruits and leaves are conditional on their obedience to God. The expression "whatsoever he doeth shall prosper" does not mean that Christians never have problems, but he will understand that God's will is sovereign over your life.
God wants everyone to enjoy true happiness, but it is necessary to be cautious in relation to friendships, because our way of living does not conform to the world system, as said the apostle Paul (Rom. 12:2). The wicked have no complete happiness; may even have the feeling that may have riches, but the fair still has nothing, possess everything feels (2 Cor 6.4-10). The vision focused on wealth prevents the wicked to serve God, for no one can serve God and mammon. The presence of God in the heart is who produces all the joy and satisfaction of living.