Imitating

“Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.” 3 John vs 11 NKJV

The “fight fire with fire” rule doesn’t apply to evil.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your great goodness that overcomes evil.  And here’s a simple poem  . . .

Evil’s a foot
and running rampant
there’s only one thing
that will trip it up

living lives surrendered
to our Good Shepherd
makes evil recoil
and slink on off.

God bless you as you resist evil today!

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Those Negative Voices

“Then David said, ‘I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness to me’.”  2 Samuel 10:2
“Then the princes of the people of Ammon said to Hanun their lord, ‘Do you think that David really honors your father because he has sent comforters to you?  Has David not rather sent his servants to you to search the city, to spy it out, and to overthrow it?'”  2 Samuel 10:3

How often is something good seen as something bad?

Lord, help us reject the negative voices today that want to discourage and destroy Your good in our lives.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

The Good Nudge

So much negativity
in the world today

trying to destroy what’s good
so listen when you pray

to My Holy Spirit
and what I have to say

if something isn’t right
I will nudge you away.

Nothing Missing

“Now one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, ‘Look, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master, and he reviled them’.”  1 Samuel 25:14

“But the men were very good to us, and we were not hurt nor did we miss anything as long as we accompanied them, when we were in the fields.”  1 Samuel 25:15

Good was done to Nabal, even though he was unaware.

Lord, thank You for Your hand that guides others to care for my family and I,  even when I’m not aware of it. I desire to be more and more generous and gracious in this life.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Beholden

I want to say thank you
more and more each day

to all those who help me
along this narrow way

who guard me with prayers
strengthen me with faith

I may not know all the names
but my heart beholds the grace.

Published in: on November 23, 2011 at 6:39 am  Comments (25)  
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Good Wise

“For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.” Romans 16:19

I have seen the evil planned for me not come about as I continued to do what God asked me to do.

Lord, we ask for the wisdom to know what is truly good in Your eyes and how to go about it today. Please deliver us from evil and the temptation to be wise concerning it. And here’s a simple poem . . .

What Is Good

There is a wisdom
in knowing
what is good
and then setting
ourselves to it
without planning evil
for the evil
that threatens.

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Overcome Evil

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

I always get a little shaky when confronting evil. There is instantly the temptation to overcome it with anger or submit to it in fear.

Lord, we thank You for Your goodness in us that can overcome all evil, whether it be our own or from an outside source. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Dissolved

Evil drops in like a bomb
ready to explode

so we tend to tiptoe around it
and put our lives on hold

but we can stand in His righteousness
and let His goodness flow

watching what happens to evil
when the Holy Spirit flows.

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Every Good Thing

“So you shall rejoice in every good thing which the Lord your God has given to you and your house, you and the Levite and the stranger who is among you.” Deuteronomy 26:11

The people were taught to practice thankfulness as a way of life.

Lord, I chose to see the good in each day over the bad , and rejoice. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Seeing The Good

We come down sick
can’t leave the house for days
yet, we’re saving money on gas
and food this way. . .
each time something bad happens
I know God is doing good
because He has promised
and said that He would.

They Did Good

“Thus the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so they camped by their standards and so they broke camp, each one by his family, according to their father’s houses.” Numbers 2:34

Often we point out the times when the children of Israel disobeyed, rebelled and grumbled. So I loved seeing this, where they did all that the Lord commanded.

Father, please forgive me when my mind wants to dwell on the wrongs I’ve done or that have been done to me. Help me to actively look for Your good each day in everyone and everywhere. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Looking For Good

Why should I dwell upon
the wrongs, the bad, the evil
when all it serves to do
is pull me down?

I will look hard for the good
the just, the noble
and rejoice in the One
Who makes it all to be found.

Happy New Year’s Day! 🙂

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