(NIV) An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends: he defies all sound judgment.
“Right Action follows Right thinking”
… And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
John 7:7>The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil.
Gal.1:4>who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
Eph.2:2>in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
1Pet.1:14>As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
Eph.5:10,17>and find out what pleases the Lord. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Col.1:21-22>Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
Focus Points: One of the functions of angels is to watch over believers (Hebrews 1:14) There are examples of guardian angels in Scripture
Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”
My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
Luke 16:22; Acts 12:13; Acts 27:23-24) Angels are not visible, except on special occasions
Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.)
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
verses 11 and 12 were quoted by Satan when he tempted Jesus
(Matthew 4:6; “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone
Luke 4:10-11 For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’)
It is comforting to know that God watches over us even in times of great stress and fear.
As we abide in the light of our Father, we are given protection beyond all comprehension. These heavenly angels are encamped all about us as they guard our every path throughout this life. Indeed, absolutely nothing shall ever prevail against us as we walk in the light! For He is our rock! He is our mighty fortress!
John 8:31,32> Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Jesus himself is the truth that sets us free. He is the source of truth, the percept standard of what is right. He frees us from the consequences of sin, from self-deception by Satan. He shows us clearly the way to eternal life with God. As we seek to serve God, Jesus perfect truth frees us to be all that God meant us to be.
Ps.119:45> I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
Isa. 61:1> The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
Rom.6:14> For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
If we’re no longer under the law but under grace, are we now free to sin and disregard the Ten commandments? Paul says, “By no means”. When we were under the law, sin was our master the law does not justify us or help us overcome sin. But now that we are bound to Christ, he is our Master, and he gives us power to do good rather than evil.
2Cor.3:17,18> Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Focus points: Those who were trying to be saved by keeping the Old Testament law were soon tied up in rules and ceremonies. But now through the Holy Spirit, God provides freedom from sin and condemnation (Rom.8:1) When we trust Christ to save us, he removes our heavy burden of trying to please him and our guilt for failing to do so. By trusting Christ we are loved, accepted forgiven, and freed to live for him. “Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.”
2Corinthians 10:4,5> And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.