Friday, July 7, 2017

We each lug what we a load.. no karma at all.. we just reap what we sow. We'll each have to answer for what we say and do. So why listen to or look at evil stuff that tears people down, when you and I can instead listen to and see what builds em up? Why think, go do, muse on, or say stupid evil stuff, when you and I can say what pleases the Lord and really helps people?

Do you need some prayer today to avoid evil and the consequences of it? Need God's help...right now? You can call out to Him ANYTIME and He will be there

Here are five indicators that you may be dealing with an evil heart rather than just an ordinary sinful heart.  If you are, it requires a radically different approach. I'm a saved sinner and I like to spend some time with sinners who still love sinning. I want to listen to em some and help them if they are open to hearing the Gospel and Bible principles on how to overcome. Not to come off a uber-negative here, but sometimes we have to hear the bad news before we can really appreciate the Good News. The bad news is this.. we've all sinned, blown it, fallen short of God's holy standards. Some people have opted to being evil in an ongoing manner, but the Good News for them and us is that God still loves us and He (because of Christ's Cross) can save any of us here who will turn from evil.. from pet sins.. to Him. 

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:6 Read more...

Ever met an evil person? Ever been for a time influenced by one? Evil people need to hear it straight -- the Gospel. Paul the Apostle ask Saul was an evil religious man, but via repentance and faith he was changed in a moment by Jesus Christ.  

1. Evil hearts, I mean people of evil (who have have directly or indirectly made the choices to be evil) are experts at creating confusion and contention.

They twist the facts, mislead, lie, avoid taking responsibility, deny reality, make up stories, and withhold information. (Psalms 5:810:758:3109:2–5140:2Proverbs 6:13,146:18,1912:1316:2016:27, 2830:14Job 15:35Jeremiah 18:18Nehemiah 6:8Micah 2:1Matthew 12:34,35Acts 6:11–132 Peter 3:16)

2. Evil hearts are experts at fooling others with their smooth speech and flattering words.

But if you look at the fruit of their lives or the follow through of their words, you will find no real evidence of godly growth or change. It’s all smoke and mirrors. (Psalms 50:1952:2,357:459:7101:7Proverbs 12:526:23–2626:28Job 20:12Jeremiah 12:6Matthew 26:59Acts 6:11–13Romans 16:17,182 Corinthians 11:13,142 Timothy 3:2–53:13Titus 1:10,16).

3. Evil hearts crave and demand control, and their highest authority is their own self-reference.

They reject feedback, real accountability, and make up their own rules to live by. They use Scripture to their own advantage but ignore and reject passages that might require self-correction and repentance. (Romans 2:8Psalms 1036:1–450:16–2254:5,673:6–9Proverbs 21:24Jude 1:8–16).

4. Evil hearts play on the sympathies of good-willed people, often trumping the grace card.

They demand mercy but give none themselves. They demand warmth, forgiveness, and intimacy from those they have harmed with no empathy for the pain they have caused and no real intention of making amends or working hard to rebuild broken trust. (Proverbs 21:101 Peter 2:16Jude 1:4).

5. Evil hearts have no conscience, no remorse.

They do not struggle against sin or evil—they delight in it—all the while masquerading as someone of noble character. (Proverbs 2:14–1510:2312:1021:27,29Isaiah 32:6Romans 1:302 Corinthians 11:13–15)
The Bible clearly tells us that among God’s people there are wolves that wear sheep’s clothing (Jeremiah 23:14Titus 1:10Revelations 2:2). It’s true that every human heart is inclined toward sin (Romans 3:23), and that includes evil (Genesis 8:21James 1:4). We all miss God’ mark of moral perfection. However, most ordinary sinners do not happily indulge evil urges, nor do we feel good about having them. We feel ashamed and guilty, rightly so (Romans 7:19–21). These things are not true of the evil heart. 

Today, I loathe what I used to love (stuff I used to do that destroys), and love what I used to loathe (reading the Bible and worship of the Lord, and friendship with real Christians interested in growing). 

The change in me -- not really my fault. I made some choices to turn and trust in Christ, but He did a work in a moment.. on the inside. We each lug what we load, no karma, we just reap what we sow. Why do, listen to, muse on, or look at evil stuff that literally tears people down? Let’s glorify the Lord and when it comes to people.. add value and edify em. 

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