Google+ 09/17/13 Identify Evil and Banish It From Our Lives Forever!

Micah 2:1-3

 

What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night, thinking up evil plans.
You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out,
    Simply because you have the power to do so.
When you want a piece of land, you find a way to seize it.
When you want someone’s house, you take it by fraud and violence.
You cheat a man of his property, stealing his family’s inheritance.

But this is what the Lord says:
“I will reward your evil with evil; you won’t be able to pull your neck out of the noose.
You will no longer walk around proudly, for it will be a terrible time.”

 

In part nine of our thirteen-part devotion series entitled, "The Best Laid Plans," we turn to Micah for some much-needed, but hard to hear, words.  Micah lived during the reign of King Ahaz, one of the most wicked kings of all of Judah.  The dark tone and harsh words of this "sister-book" to Isaiah can probably be explained by this one central fact.  Today's Scripture is an example of King Ahaz's evil plans and the swiftness in which he carried them out upon the people of Judah.  Notice that Micah proclaims that these evil plans are carried out simply because the king has the power to do so.  Micah identifies them as "evil" plans.  When I preach about "evil," I get some very strange looks from some people.  None of us like to hear negative things.  We would all like to live in a perpetual state of joy and happiness.  Why does that not happen?  Here it comes, so don't dismiss me!  Satan is alive and well and working against God in the world.  How does he do that?  Satan uses us in our weakest moments.  In the case of King Ahaz, the devil took advantage of his greed.  In our cases, Satan will use whatever he can to remove us from the joy and happiness of God.  Satan will tempt us with those things that we like, but don't need or want.  The world will seek to derail everything God ordains for our lives.  Notice our Scripture closes with God speaking.  God says He will reward evil with evil.  This is a very important distinction.  Please understand that God identifies this kind of folly as "evil plans."  Those are God's words, not mine.  In order for us to realize God's holy plans for us, we must first admit that some of our plans are evil.  By identifying these evil plans, we can remove ourselves from their negative and destructive influence.  We can then proceed in doing God's will and holy plans for our lives.  Listen carefully to Micah.  We don't know the exact Day of Judgment, but we do know it is coming.  We have the very same power that Christ had when Satan tempted Him.  Like Christ we must, "Identify Evil and Banish It From Our Lives Forever!"