In part 1 of “What Does Your Life Exemplify” we looked at Psalm 1:1 and we are told what NOT to do. Which is, believers are not to take advice from those whose heart has not been given to Christ,the wicked.
If you missed What Does Your Life Exemplify – What Not To Do Part 1 then you might want to read this first.
Now we will look at Psalm 1:2 and in this verse we are told what to do.
Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Before we can learn what to do we must know who we are. Every person has this and is born with this and no one escapes. So what are we talking about? Yep, that yucky word most people don’t like, SIN. Are you one of them?
Who Are The Sinners
In Ecclesiastes 7:20, Romans 3:23, James 2:10, etc. we find that everyone is a sinner. Believers were sinners before God called them out of darkness into the marvelous Light (Jesus Christ).
What Are We Told To Do
In Psalm 1:2 it draws a clear picture of what to do. Which means, as a believer I do not ask the ungodly for advice or take my stand with them. That is, there is knowledge the ungodly have that is of value but only if it agrees with the word of God and understood with the attitude of God. I am not to share the same attitude or outlook on life as the ungodly because it is hostile to God.
What Is a Picture Of a Sinner
Having walked with the wicked and stood with the sinners, I know where this leads.
Galatians 5:19 KJV Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
This is not a complete list but enough. It addresses physical sin, attitude sin, and ungodly words. Sinners indulge their flesh which is in opposition to godly ways.
So, we as believers are not to stand, that is agree, with the actions, attitudes, or words of the ungodly. We are now re-created in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2) and we are a new person on the inside (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Sin Has No Part In Heaven
Our sin cannot get us into heaven. Sinners carry guilt and shame which stops them from having true joy and peace. They are ever chasing the elusive happiness. Why, because they have no part in inheriting “the kingdom of God.”
Romans 14:17 KJV For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
There is only way to allow us into heaven. That way is through Jesus the Christ, Christ alone.
When believers choose to follow the ways of the world, their view of sin softens which leads to compromise. So when does unacceptable become not that bad. At this point we no longer “hate all sin” (Psalm 97:10) and we no longer look to Christ to set all standards.
This has been happening since the fall of mankind. Cain was the first to decide to set his own standard (Genesis 4).
Will Look Away From Your Sin
The question to ask is, do you blend in with the world? What do you see as an acceptable lifestyle? Do those around you see that you are different from them?
I know without doubt to take advice from and stand with sinners as if I have something in common with them, will lead to one place only, destruction.
Proverbs 14:12 KJV There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
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