Stirring Conflict!

Stirring Conflict!

A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth, who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers, who plots evil with deceit in his heart— he always stirs up conflict.Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy. Proverbs 6:12-15 NIV

Listening to all the “arguments” from political candidates–both nationally and locally–reminds me of a number of things, but mostly it reminds me of Judas Iscariot and Haman’s plot to rid himself of Mordecai.

While walking with Jesus, Judas stole money from what they collected from people on their travels, and because his heart was hardened against anything good thing that Jesus attempted to move forward, he looked for opportunities to give himself an advantage. The one advantage–betraying Jesus for the 30 pieces of silver–led to the arrest of Jesus, the insufferable beating, and crucifixion. But more importantly, the greed that drove Judas to the betrayal also led to his death.

Before Judas Iscariot was, Haman plotted to rid himself of the Jews–and greed, position, status drove his thinking and eventual demise. And his plot to get rid of the Jews–backfired when the king allowed the Jews to defend themselves against any attack.

This is what happens to people–then and now–when we plot to do evil, incite hatred and bigotry. Whenever we think we can outwit God–who is never surprised by anything that happens and indeed–knows exactly what we’ll do, long before we ever do it. It is He who has planned our lives and any time–evil comes against those He loves and those who love Him–He is the standard bearer who will avenge all the wrongdoing.

So, why do we stir up conflict–deliberately lying–to make something out of nothing? The same driving force that led to the death of Judas and Haman–is still residing in the hearts of many people today. The desire to have more than they deserve–greed, pushes their need to wrangling for position and status. In that unchecked desire to achieve what they do not rightly deserve, people lie and then they lie about the lies that have already been told. And in order to make the lie believable–at least to themselves–they repeat lies that have already been exposed in hopes of making the repetition lead people to believe the repeated lies.

A perfect example of repeated lies is the attempt to negate the legitimacy of President Barack Obama by repeating the lie that he wasn’t born in this country. Another repeated lie–that has been exposed–is having a plan to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act or that cutting taxes will reduce the national debt. Economists–those with experience in tackling the issue–have repeatedly said, cutting taxes will not reduce the national debt.

Of course the ultimate stirring of conflict has been in demeaning women or any other minority or those with disabilities. When a person does not exercise discipline over their own mouth, how can anyone expect them to exercise right governance of a nation?

The natural remedy to avoid the conflicts is simply this--tell the truth at all times, even if it hurts or one has to admit being wrong; stay focused on the task at hand, and build bridges, not walls–to cement relationships and garner support to achieve all goals. Reaching out, not blocking out, opens the door for better outcomes, alleviates the need to stir up conflict and controversies, and sets the stage for the ultimate success of all one desires to accomplish.

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When Evil Is Plotted!

When Evil Is Plotted!

You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor. Psalm 52:2 NIV

A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth, who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,who plots evil with deceit in his heart— he always stirs up conflict.Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy. Proverbs 6:12-15 NIV

A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire. Proverbs 16:27

Whoever plots evil will be known as a schemer. Proverbs 24:8 NIV

Whenever anyone plots to do evil against another person, they risk a Hamanesque result in the process.

Some would say, karma–has a boomerang effect.

Others might say–if you dig a hole for someone, you just might be the one who falls into it.

I’m saying, never start a fire you’re not prepared to extinguish.

And of course, when Haman plotted evil to get rid of Mordecai, the gallows he constructed for Mordecai, became his final gasp for breath.

Plotting to do evil always has dire consequences for the person doing the plotting, thereby igniting the Hamanesque result.

We cannot be foolish enough to think that God does not know the evil that lurks in our hearts when we plot for the destruction of others. When our actions–whatever they are–attempt to undermine or destroy others–we open the door for a turn-around effect–especially when we have lied about our own behavior and yet attempt to manipulate truth to destroy others. God is not mocked and His Word is true.

The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. Proverbs 15:4 NIV

“If you play the fool and exalt yourself, or if you plan evil, clap your hand over your mouth! Proverbs 30:32 NIV

A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool.Ecclesiastes 5:3 NIV

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. Proverbs 17:28 KJV

Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool how much worse lying lips to a ruler! Proverbs 17:7 NIV

There is so much more that could be said, but if we allow Holy Spirit to fill our hearts, then whatever is in our hearts will be heard when we speak.

If evil fills our heart, then that will be heard when we speak as well.

We all have choices to make in life and I prefer making my choices align with the Word of God rather than in opposition to it. For if we support a fool and his foolish ways, what does that say about us? Are we, too, plotting evil? If we are, then we put ourselves in a position for our plots to turn on us.

If we must plot to do anything–let’s plot to spread love and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever we go, with whoever we meet. That is the only plot, I’d love to see turn back on us–the circle of love, rather than a continuum of hate, bigotry, and evil.

What goes around, will come back around and if we are the ones who start a fire without an extinguisher, we’re bound to get burned.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!

Beware The Gallows We Build…

Beware The Gallows We Build…

Then Haman told them of his great riches, the multitude of his children, everything in which the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and servants of the king. Moreover Haman said, “Besides, Queen Esther invited no one but me to come in with the king to the banquet that she prepared; and tomorrow I am again invited by her, along with the king. “Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.”Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Let a gallows be made, fifty cubits high, and in the morning suggest to the king that Mordecai be hanged on it; then go merrily with the king to the banquet.” And the thing pleased Haman; so he had the gallows made. Esther 5:11-14 NKJV

And Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!” So Haman was terrified before the king and queen. Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life, for he saw that evil was determined against him by the king. When the king returned from the palace garden to the place of the banquet of wine, Haman had fallen across the couch where Esther was. Then the king said, “Will he also assault the queen while I am in the house?” As the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, “Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king’s behalf, is standing at the house of Haman.” Then the king said, “Hang him on it!” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath subsided. Esther 7:6-10 NKJV

The evil we plan to do for others,

Will reach the heart of The King,

And whatever we devise for them,

Will be what is done to us.

Be it digging a ditch with a wide hole

Or a gallows on which to they could hang

Or a plot to disgrace and cause an uproar

Thinking we can intimidate or bully to control

The outcome of what God has already planned,

Nothing we do can thwart the fate that awaits,

Our own plan to do evil and cause others to hate.

Believers, it is time to take a stand against all the forces of evil so we might enjoy the peace of God and not incur His wrath by encouraging the falsehoods that are lies and promoting hatred and bigotry simply because others don’t agree with us. It is time for us to act like we are Children of the Most High God–defending the rights of the poor and the needy, not helping the corrupt and the greedy–giving them license to do whatever they want–abusing, misusing others at a whim–stealing the joy of others because of their celebrity.

Yes, God is good, merciful and forgiving, but before forgiveness is granted, there must be repentance, a complete change of heart–turning from the evil that so easily besets us when we do not want to concede–without Him in our lives, we are absolutely nothing.

Choosing to live for The Lord up above and living the life He has outlined in His Word here below, is a demonstration for all to see just how much we love Him, who loves us for all eternity.

We should never get caught up with pointing fingers at others without cause or alleging anything that cannot be proven with credible evidence. For if we do, we must remember that though we point one finger at others, there are three pointing back at us.

Don’t dig a ditch or build that gallows before reflecting upon your own life and what may happen if your life is exposed for all the world to see.