Sunday, August 7th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 90)
Bad Fights? Don't Go There
The violence of the wicked will destroy them,*
Because they refuse to do justice.
Proverbs 21:7 (NKJV)
Do not say, 'I will do to him just as he has done to me;
I will render to the man according to his work.'
Proverbs 24:29 (NKJV)
Fighting and violence cause men to bleed, so consider how God regards blood.**
To the Inventor of all creation, blood embodies the force of life itself. It marked covenants and sacrifices. It distinguished God's people as unique from all the other peoples of the world. A respect for blood showed respect for God, from Abraham's day until Jesus.
Because to sacrifice what is precious, to recognize its kinship to the heart, stimulates a bleed-out of selfishness and a revitalizing transfusion - with the cleansing, atoning Blood of Christ. For all of these reasons and many more, blood should not be devalued, but it is.
Monstrous assassins enjoy blood-letting. Wars, gangs and abominations abound. Violence on TV makes blood look cheap, expendable and even alluring. Millions are drawn to attractive vampires or the shows of bull, cock and dog fighting. Modern gladiators fill stadiums as much or more than in the days of Rome.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Reconsider the redeeming Blood of God's Own Son, Who hung on a Cross. Because through It, you've been forgiven, and you've received everlasting life. Reconsider the indifference of Americans to blood and gore, because Hollywood has embraced them as acceptable entertainment.
The Lord told us to fight the good fight, but He warns us away from bad fights, like vengeance, blood sports and sick stories. 'For the life of the flesh is in the blood' (Leviticus 17:11), 'For we know Him Who said, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay' ' (Hebrews 10:30), 'For In Him we have redemption through His Blood' (Ephesians 1:7),..
To overcome Satan 'Because of the Blood of the Lamb and because of the word' (Revelation 12:11) of our testimonies, 'To shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His Own Blood' (Acts 20:28), 'To Him Who loves us and released us from our sins by His Blood--and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father--to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen' (Revelation 1:5-6).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.