King Ahab let his pagan wife Jezebel do all the dirty work. She conspired to get Naboth’s vineyard for him, as he pouted on his bed, face turned to the wall. The Lord sent his servant the prophet Elijah to confront him, at the very moment he was taking possession of the vineyard.

Ahab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!” “I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, 1 Kings 21.20 NIV.

Contrast what Elijah said about Ahab, selling himself to do evil, with what the Lord Jesus Christ did: Continue reading

There is a beautiful promise in Psalm 37: Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (v.4). It is, perhaps, legitimate to translate this as meaning not only the fulfillment of our desires, but even the inspiration of our desires, the inbreathing of His thoughts into us so that our prayers shall be in accord with His will and bring back to us the unfailing answer of His mighty providence.

via Simpson Devotional.

Textually, this idea may not be the best, though it is possible. NET translates the phrase about God giving the desires of the heart this way, “he will answer your prayers.” Continue reading

Time to do the will of GodBefore, we lived to satisfy evil desires. Selfish desires. Corrupt, immoral desires. Now, as God’s people, we ought to live with another goal in mind.

… live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.
1 Peter 4:2 ESV

The time we wasted was enormous. The time left to us is short. There’s no time to lose. The day to start is called today.

God of saving will, may my goal be to cease from sin and to continue with obedience. Because that’s what Christ did. Amen.