Don’t Dismiss God’s Instruction

Evil people run [flee]·even though 
[or when] no one is chasing [pursues] them 
but good [righteous] people are as brave 
[confident] as a lion (Proverbs 28:1 Expanded Bible).

This one verse says relates to the many promises and warnings of God in Leviticus 26. God’s people must follow His commandments. Jesus affirmed he came to fulfill the Law, the psalms and the prophets! Solomon encourages the righteous and helps them stand strong in difficult times.

The Righteous

The righteous man has no need to fear, because what leads and follows him is the goodness and mercy of God—not his past or wrong doings. Psalm 23 says it wonderfully:

Surely your goodness and love [loyalty; mercy] 
will be with [pursue; follow] me all my life,

and I will live in the house of the Lord forever 
[ for length of days] (Psalm 23:6 Expanded Bible).

The Holy Spirit, also known as the Helper within the believer, encourages us to follow God’s ways and learn of Him. Our job is to step into that encouragement. What a blessing that the Helper enables us to know God in ways non-believers cannot.

The Wicked

However, the wicked, or ungodly, walk in confusion and fear because they do not follow God’s Word and ways. For disobedience to the Holy One there is an awful price to pay.

The kindness and severity of God can be seen throughout history—from Adam through our Savior Jesus Christ. By God’s kindness – through Jesus—we’ve been grafted into the cultivated tree—of Abraham. Solomon’s message is to encourage the righteous and help them stand strong in difficult times.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the Helper who leads us into obedience, truth, and confidence. He helps us know you better day by day.

Because I Live, You Shall Live Also

Eyewitness: pp.226, 227
Eyewitness Stories: John 14:17, 19, 26
John 14: 17, 19, 26 NASB
Romans 8:2, 6 NASB
In Your Bible: John 14:26; Romans 8:2 and 8:6

Jesus abruptly told his disciples he must go away and counseled them with encouraging words. These words would empower them to tell everyone they encountered about the Son of God. He said, “Because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19b NASB).

Life in Christ

Paul writes. . . For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. That was for a purpose . . . In order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us [believers], who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8: 2,4 NASB).

Other versions of Scripture, use a picture to embrace sin as a yoke or a burden we’re attached to or actually binding us. And that is precisely what life can be if we allow sin to run in our life. Jesus came to set us free . . . . the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace (Romans 8:6 NASB). Selah.

The Holy Spirit

John writes what Jesus promised . . . “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (John 14:26 NASB).

This should bolster confidence that God, the Father continues to help, guide, counsel and encourage the believer in his daily walk. Thank you Jesus for saying, “Because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19b NASB).

Prayer: Father, Your Spirit within helps me remember what Jesus taught all the disciples, as I am one with them.

Questions: When did you realize that sin is a burden we carry but can be obliterated by faith in Jesus? How has that become powerful for you?