Bible In One Year-Day 260 (Tuesday, September 17, 2013)
Commentary: Psalms11-15. In life, foundation is very important. It determines the solidness of the structure and the ability to stand the inevitable storms that confronts life. This is the message of the Psalmist
Psalms 11:2-3 “For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
This is a clear picture of the assignment of the wicked; to shoot at the upright in heart. Every life will definitely, at one time or the other, be confronted with the wickedness of the wicked and also undergo a refining moment in life. If that life has no solid foundation, the life cannot withstand the arrow of the wicked and refining moment; it will rather turn to ashes. However, a solid foundation endures this moment and stands out well refined and adorable. Two powers are involved in the test of life; that of the wicked (i.e. the devil) and that of God.
Psalms 11:5 “The LORD trieth (tests) the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.”
When the wicked one is involved, its agenda is to steal, kill and destroy. But when God is involved, He takes you through bearable trials and the purpose is to add value to that life.
MLB 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation except what all people experience has laid hold of you, and God is faithful, who will not permit you to be tempted beyond your ability but will, at the time of temptation, provide a way out, so that you will be able to stand it.”
He is righteous and for us to walk with Him, He wants us to be righteous as He is. He wants us to be in agreement with Him without which it is not possible to walk with Him.
Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
Agreeing with all that is God is what righteousness is all about; His purpose, thoughts and conforming in action. Jesus demonstrated this action when John the Baptist wanted to deny Him water baptism.
Matthew 3:15 “And Jesus answering said to him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.”
The work of the wicked one is to pervert this righteousness so that the foundation can be destroyed.
Acts 13:10 “And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the demon, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?”
Once the wicked one succeeds, he steals the life of the victim, kills and destroys it; he did it once in the Garden of Eden. We need to be conscious of Satan’s tricks. He subtly starts from the little things to gain entrance into our lives. We need to be watchful and vigilant and not to be over confident of ourselves. Satan is no joker and but a serious personality who means business of stealing, killing and destroying the souls of men. He loves quenching the light of glorious destinies.
Luke 11:35 “Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.”
The warning, therefore, is be careful.
1 Corinthians 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
The truth remains that there is nothing of us, naturally, that can withstand the enemy when he comes. This is why God, in His graciousness, has poured out His Spirit upon us to be empowered against the enemy of our soul. The fullness of His Spirit can only be received through the Lord Jesus Christ. Only in this revered name could the Holy Spirit find a place within us. As soon as this happens, Jesus becomes our righteousness and the foundation becomes strong enough to withstand the wiles of the wicked.
Isaiah 59:19 “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”
The wicked one has not change his assignment and agenda. But Jesus came to pave way for a stand against it.
John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Psalm16-20. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries