Saturday, June 4th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 26)
Don't Dream Evil Schemes
These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)
Regarding the fourth abomination, I felt pretty sure I wasn't guilty. I can't remember lying in bed or spending a day devising wicked plans. Quite the opposite: I love helpful plans. I don't wish evil upon anyone. I take pride in having good intentions. Aha! Up pops a little puff of pride.
How easily the righteousness of Christ can be twisted into self-righteousness: surely a leading Christian temptation. So what bad angles has my heart devised? Perhaps assigning evil to others: too quickly pointing a finger of blame or rushing toward faithless conclusions.
Or, I'm assigning evil to myself by harmful thoughts of self-condemnation. Why do I keep making the same mistakes? Why can't I speak and act more perfectly? I forget transformation's a process. I forget God's love and my worth to Him, so when I hate myself, I'm hating God.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You've been assigned most wonderful plans, 'To give you a future and a hope' (Jeremiah 29:11). You're brighter than my generation, and you've seen the effects of bad plans:
Plans herding saints into church corrals, plans keeping their lights undercover, plans condemning different people, plans dividing Christians from culture, plans harming children by media, plans promoting immorality and plans preventing your own progress.
In knowing you're the body of Christ, remember your hearts belong to Him--and defend them like well-armed soldiers. 'Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life' (Proverbs 4:23). Each day put on the armor of God, because only He can protect you.
Don't think because you're a believer the enemy will give up on you. If He didn't stop testing Jesus, he's not going to stop testing you. Your heart is his primary target.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.