On Your Guard

3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.

4 Lord, do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart.
5 But those who turn to crooked ways the Lord will banish with the evildoers.

Peace be on Israel. Psalm 125:3-5

The psalmist admitted that good and righteous people can be corrupted given the right circumstances. We know this because we see it all the time. We don’t like it, and would love to shove it under a rug so no one can know about it, but it happens.

That’s why it’s critical for Believers to keep short accounts over their lives. What does that mean? It means if we harbor unforgiveness, jealousy, bitterness, anger, and hate towards someone else, we need to resolve it quickly. Otherwise, as Ephesians 4:27 states, it will give the devil a foothold. In other words, if there’s sin in our life, we need to throw it before the cross of Christ. Soon.

More than 20 years ago I attended musician Steve Green’s concert. As he rose in fame and fortune in the Christian music industry, his brother told him, “Steve, many strong Believers have gone further than you in their walk with Christ and have fallen. You are not immune to the temptations of the world just because you are well-known. Be on your guard.”

Good word indeed.

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