Daily Devotional: Psalms 36:1-4
An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin. The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good. Even on his bed he plots evil; he commits himself to a sinful course and does not reject what is wrong.
2 Peter 2:12-14
But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish. They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed-an accursed brood!
Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Since before the flood, there has never been a shortage of people who reject God and refuse to honor him or obey him. One of the problems with sin is that the more we become involved, the more it controls us. This is why Paul said that we are all slaves, either we are slaves to sin, or we are slaves to righteousness. We serve that which controls us. We all either serve God or we serve Satan.
The way of true freedom is found in the gospel of Christ. It frees us from sin, from the consequences and also from the guilt. In Christ we are free from The Law of Moses, but we are also free from the common but false concept of law-keeping for our salvation. We are free from the never-ending pursuit of more and more material possessions. We are free from the stress, anxiety, and doubt that fills the hearts and lives of so many. In Christ we are free from the constant longing for happiness and peace because it is given to us in Him and given abundantly.
My Father, who dwells in heaven, holy and reverend is your name. Jesus, who sits at the Father’s right hand, worthy is your name to be praised, both in heaven and on the earth. I am so thankful that I can be a part of your family and know that by the blood of the Lamb, my sins are forgiven. Thank you for the joy that comes from living for you and the hope of eternity in your presence. Use me here on earth to help others serve you and to encourage those who are weak, or hurting, or who are filled with doubt. Thank you for my family. I pray in Jesus' name.