Be Shrewd… and Pure

Some verses and thoughts to consider:

2 Sam. 22:26,27 –“[God], to the faithful You show Yourself faithful… but to the crooked You show Yourself shrewd.”

Matt. 10:16 –Jesus said, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

Luke 16:8 –“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.” This parable that Jesus told I do not totally understand, but I believe that it has something to do with the balance between “turning the other cheek” (Matt. 5:39) and “not giving dogs what is sacred.” (Matt. 7:6) In other words, when we are attacked (including verbally), we are to be calm and quiet; but if possible, we should also walk away –maybe for good.

2 Cor. 6:17 –“‘Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.'” If we “touch” –hang out with or align ourselves with– those people, places, entertainments, philosophies, religions, etc. that are not clean, we jeopardize God’s acceptance of us. We are not to allow filth into our spirits through our eyes or ears –which is often what triggers perverse thoughts… which then lead to evil actions… which is then rebellion against God.

1 Cor. 15:33,34 –“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’ Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning…”

James 4:4 –“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?” This doesn’t mean that we can’t befriend anyone who is not right with God, but it does mean that in doing so, we call them to a higher walk, not the other way around. And if we give in even one inch toward their temptations to slide backwards, then that’s the time to step away. This is why it is so dangerous to have friends that SAY they love and obey God and His Word, yet don’t. Because they PRETEND to be something they are not. They tout their “Christian” belief as if it’s just another “spoonful of lemonade” that wants to happily mix itself in with the good living water; but in reality, it is arsenic they want to mix in with our purity and truth. When the world tries to give us its spoonfuls, they don’t hide their arsenic undercover of sweet lemonade, so we know right off to say no… and there’s an understanding: “Okay, you and I believe differently. I respect your belief.” But when it comes to those who PRETEND our belief (which is total allegiance and obedience to Jesus as Lord and King of our lives), yet they don’t have actions that match accordingly, then confusion and contamination seep in. So… how to deal with pretenders? –LEAVE THEM.

Ps. 101:7 –“No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.”

Prov. 14:14 –“The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good man rewarded for his.” Yes, the Lord will see to it… May we thus be found faithful. Because the payment for faithlessness against God, is not going to be a good thing. –At all.

So be shrewd, careful, and wise. And pure.

Because I love.


~ by smilesback on September 2, 2009.

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