Proverbs 24 2-24-22

Perversion- Aberration, corruption, twisted from its original purpose. Satan does this all the time–and we believe him!

1Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.

In order to give us free will, God gave us complete free will. We make all our own decisions–not to say that God is not in overall control of our lives and therefore the universe. He is the One who choses to whom we belong, where we are born and in what time period. Still, throughout the day and every day of our lives, we make decisions. Although we were never intended to make these decisions on our own, but rather with God, Satan deceived Eve and successfully tempted Adam to believe him and rebel against the Father. In doing so, sin darkened our eyes and we could no longer see the Father clearly, if at all. We were enslaved by our own desires and learned to pervert everything, especially our emotions. Let’s look at some of this perversion:

Humility and goodness—>Entitlement, pride, vanity
Kindness—>Impatience
Compassion and gentleness—>Anger, rage
Self-control, love and pure thoughts—>Lust
Faithfulness and forgiveness—>Hate, spite
Temperance—>Gluttony
Submission—>Rebellion

The good news is that the Father loves us and had “bound us all over to disobedience so that He could have mercy on us all” (Romans 11:32). His Spirit is now permanently embedded in us so that we never walk alone again! Having seen His light and responding to it, we now peer intently into the face of Christ and are renewed, transformed, and conformed into His image in ever-increasing glory.

The only hiccup in the process is our free will; we still must choose godliness and righteousness over what we have all known, perversion. Any one of these perversions mentioned above tempts us to turn away from the face of Christ and back to darkness, but we were designed to be like Him, so we choose to ignore any different voice that temps us to not trust God. Besides, we’ve been to the dark side and we don’t want to go back!

Here are some encouragements that we know the Father is saying to us:

  • “Choose to believe what I am saying in your heart is true.”
  • “Trust Me when I say that your sins are forgiven.”
  • “Turn to Me and I will receive you with much rejoicing and great pleasure!”
  • If you want to know my peace, turn everything over to Me: every decision, feeling, answer, perception, thought, word and deed, and allow me via my Spirit to lead you.”

It is this daily communion with us that our Father craves. Do we? The point of salvation is to be joined with the Fellowship of the Trinity:

“He who has the Father has the Son” (1 John 2:23 adapted).
“He who has the Son has life” (1 John 5:12).
“The Spirit gives life” (John 6:63).
“God has given us eternal life [in the new age], and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:11).

Abba, writing the truths on this page was easy; living them is hard. If I could see You with my eyes and feel You with my hands–but I see You with my mind and feel You with my heart, which is actually better for me because my faith in You is tested every day. But I KNOW You called me to be Yours, and I rest in that knowledge. My foundation is on the Rock of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! Amen.

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