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  • Writer's pictureJoseph A. Bias

Considering Psalm 34— Part 9


“Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”Psalm 34: 13-14

 

I was just watching the movie Jurassic World Dominion, and suddenly I heard the character, Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, speaking to a room full of young genetic research students. Here is what he said. 

“Human beings have no more right to safety or liberty than any other creature on this planet We not only lack dominion over nature, we’re subordinate to it. And now here we are with the opportunity to rewrite life at our fingertips…You, you control the future of our survival on planet earth… In order to instigate revolutionary change, we must transform human consciousness.” 

 

When I heard it, I was immediately surprised by the blatancy of an assault against the Word of God. 

 

Here is what the Word of God says.

 

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26  
 
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28

 

And it reminded me that this was the same tactic the serpent used in the Garden of Eden with Eve to convince her to eat the forbidden fruit. God said, “in the day you eat of it you will surely die.” The serpent then comes along later and said to her, “You will not surely die. You will be like God.” It’s the same voice that opposes God in all things. The scriptures are full of his lies that have led countless people and nations to rebel against God’s laws, and receive their destruction, the judgement of God and evil consequences of their chosen ways. 

 

Now some might say, “Joseph, It’s just a movie. Lighten up! Nobody believes what they hear in movies. It’s all fantasy!”  

 

Yes, it is fantasy, but what better way to drop the seed of false notions and destructive ideas into the minds of naïve, gullible children and individuals who are not aware of the truth. 

 

Even those who know the truth can be tempted to doubt when they hear over and over again and again the seductive messages that play to their fears, or their natural inclination to lust for power and control.  

 

But when that doesn’t work fast enough for the devil, he then moves to force people into accepting prescribe behavior.  Watch this video from the CEO of Blackrock Investment Corporation, the largest in the world. 

 

(To view the video, open your Facebook page first, then click on this link) 

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God has not called us to be in bondage to anyone or any institution or mega corporation. Even God does not force us to obey Him. He gives us the choice to believe or not to believe. The devil and those sold out to him are the only ones who are deliberately working to force our behavior to conform to their image, not God’s.  

 

Therefore, we must be sober, and vigilant to be alert to the devil’s subtle and not so subtle tactics to bend us to his evil ways.  

 

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1Peter 5:8  

 

and do good; seek peace and pursue it

 

Good deeds cannot save us nor assure us a place in heaven. Only faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone for salvation can do that.  Doing good is then a natural response of gratitude to God for His amazing grace, prompted by love. We want to do good because that is a marker of our new creation nature. 

   

“Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.” Ephesians 4:28

 

Some ways of doing good––

§  Giving thanks to God, always in everything

§  Worshipping Him in Spirit and in truth,

§  Giving to the poor, 

§  Speaking words of kindness, comfort or encouragement in season,

§  “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11

§   Encouraging those in Christ, 

§  Supporting God’s ministers, Apostles, (missionaries), Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers in their work of ministry to equip the saints for the work of ministry. 

§  Defending the cause of the poor

§  Helping the weak, 

§  Living the Word by faith, 

§  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit and 

§  Watching out for all the saints, 

§  Fighting the good fight of faith, 

§  Weeping with those who weep, 

§  Rejoicing with those who rejoice, 

§  Singing praise to God, 

§  Assembling together with the believers regularly, 

 Loving your enemies, 

§  Doing good to those who hate you, 

§  Blessing those who curse you, 

§  Praying for those who spitefully use you. 

§  Turning the other cheek, 

§  Giving also your shirt to the one who steals your coat. 

§  Visiting widows and orphans in their distresses. 

§  Being thankful to God in everything

 

Ultimately, doing good is acting as much like Christ as you can. 

 

Seek peace and pursue it – 

 

Look for peace in every situation where it is in your power to bring it about. And pursue it, run after it, stay on track with it.  Make it your aim to bring the peace of God into every situation especially where there is the threat of division or strife. 

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