The Hubs loses his keys…often…not as often as he used to. After we were married I installed a key hook in our house…keys go there. If he doesn’t hang his keys up then they are lost. We invent “treasure hunts” for the kids to find his keys, his glasses, his wedding ring, and occasionally his wallet. But the key thing…well, this week he lost his keys and his spare key to his vehicle and of course it didn’t become a priority to find them until he needed to go to work. Always with the keys.
The funny part about this, if there is a funny part (for me anyway…I find myself telling my family that God didn’t place me on the earth to find their things), is our last name means ‘keys”.
Yes, we’ve known this for years. We believe there is a spiritual significance to this that ties into our God-given purpose. We are called to unlock things.
Today, I’m want to help you unlock blessings in your life.
Several years ago someone gave us some financial advise. I don’t remember what the advise was. I don’t remember because I didn’t take the advise. I didn’t take it because the person giving the advise was not enjoying financial freedom in their life. They were giving me advise that they either had not followed, didn’t really believe in or it could have been bad advise. Not sure. The point is, I told the Hubs, we are going to get our financial advise from the Bible or from Christians who are financially successful. This made sense to me.
This past year, we have been working with the boy to memorize scripture. He memorized his first scripture when he was about 3 years old. We still repeat it. II Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” We have signs for it and are teaching it to our baby. We decided to take on a summer project. For the summer, the Boy is memorizing Psalm 1. He is half way through. He has memorized first three scriptures. Yes, I’m totally bribing him. When he can quote it to me without my help, we will take him to Chuck E. Cheese. I’m getting the Word into my kids whatever it takes…he want’s to go to Chuck E. Cheese…it’s his currency so that’s what we are doing.
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Every day I am reading this and I begin seriously contemplating it. I’m meditating on it. God showed me one day that I’ve been “sitting in the seat of the scornful”. To scorn is “a feeling that someone or something is not worthy of any respect or approval: harsh criticism that shows a lack of respect or approval for someone or something” (According to http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scorn) I began consider this.
Then I thought, wow, (I realize this is pretty obvious but I memorized this passage in 6th grade and It took 30 years for me to have an “ah-ha” moment), “If we want to have a blessed life the Bible tells us right here what to do”.
I don’t want to be scornful of anyone but how many of us have taken our counsel from sinners? How many of us have sat in counsel with sinners rather than seeking the advise of believers?
Stop asking Oprah what to do. She isn’t a Christian (that I know of). Stop getting advise from people named Jenner and Kardashian (seriously, I’m not going to be scornful here…but seriously). Maybe it’s not Oprah any more..maybe it’s your neighbor or your hair stylist or someone whose blog you read. Stop asking people who do not know Jesus for advise. It’s not godly counsel. Young people, stop asking for advise from people because they are “popular” or “hot” or whatever…ask yourself, “Are they godly? Do they know Jesus and will their advise be based on the Word of God.”
How many of us maintain close relationships with people are sinners? I’m talking about people who know they are sinning and are unrepentant and who are NOT going to stop sinning. We are hanging out on their path with them. This is how young men end up going to prison when they were simple in the car with someone who is selling drugs. Seriously, if someone is breaking the law, and they are not going to stop, and you know it and you still hang out with them…then you are positioning yourself in the path of sinners. You cannot spend all your time with sinners and not become one. I can tell you from experience, if your close friends are sinning (and they know it) they will minimize and justify until it’s okay for you too. Besides…when the police start arresting people…they aren’t going to be asking you if were participating…they arrest everyone and it MIGHT get sorted out later.
If you want to be blessed…this is Psalm 1 revamped….stop getting advise from ungodly people (I don’t care if they have a PHD in “wisdom”…true wisdom comes from God), stop hanging out with sinners and criminals and stop disrespecting and criticizing everything and everyone. Cut it out. If you do these things, then you will be successful, you will bear fruit, you will be well watered and everything you do will prosper.
There you go.