Sunday Devotional: Psalm 1:1-3

Sunday, November 27, 2016

1. Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2. but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

Good Morning! These verses speak heavily.  They truly do! I think too often people make the excuse to hang out or be "bff's" with people that are bad influences JUST because they enjoy the influence the friend has, the things they can offer, or things they do with them.  Not because they want to influence them.  It is so important to guard our hearts and mind from worldly views, actions, and words so that we can prosper in our relationship with God, and the first step is cutting off those relationships that drag us down.  That first step can be very hard, but it can be practically impossible to grow when others are pulling you down (even though they may not be doing it intentionally).  The second step is to do just what verse 2 says.  Meditate on His law- on His word!  Read the Bible, put his words into action, pray to Him, and let Him change you.  You will be a tree with strong roots that can so much!  It is then that you will want to go back to those relationships you had to cut off, but only to influence, love, and help them.  It is so important to have relationships with non-believers, because God will use you to change them.  However you have to constantly be aware and do what God wants, because that is when Satan will try to take hold and pull you down again.  So let those relationships with others prosper in Godly ways!
Dear God, I ask that you will guard our hearts, and that you will help us cut off the relationships that have become toxic to us.  It is so important that we let our relationship with you grow and prosper so that you can use us to help others, and I ask that will help us do all that you ask with a joyful and obedient heart.  It is in Jesus' name I pray, amen. 

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