I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
As I grow, I'm starting to realize: I've committed all seven sins God hates. Praise God for continued revelation. Praise God for the cleansing Blood of Jesus. Praise God for His Example, sacrifice, forgiveness, redemption and constant love. So let's examine our next Do Not Do.
He commands us: Don't run toward trouble. Like speeding around with bad-acting friends. Like shooting over to hear some gossip. Like rushing to grab a tempting offer. Like hastening to the wrong conclusion. Like climbing a snobby social ladder. Like flying to naughty internet sites. Like making a move without God's counsel.
Because 'Bad company corrupts good character' (1 Corinthians 15:33). Because 'The companion of fools will be destroyed' (Proverbs 13:20). Because our direction means everything. Because The Lord is straight forward and up, and our feet must be swift to follow Him.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Some brethren with blinders on their eyes might say you're running toward evil. If you were chasing your own success without prayer and preparation, they might have a point to consider. But if you're acting for His success, then you're walking right behind Jesus.
So in all your gettings and goings, don't get caught by the world's gotcha's. Get your Bible and go where God goes. 'Pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart' (2 Timothy 2:22).
'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!' (Romans 10:15).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.