In reading Psalm 1 it is easy to look for straightforward instruction from Almighty GOD, our Abba Father. The first verse of this Psalm, however, does more than tell us three things a blessed man (person) does not do, it also exposes part of the play book of the god of this world, our enemy, Satan. It shows us three steps Satan uses to entrap us and ensnare us into his kingdom; often leaving us thinking there is no escape. This he does even to the point of getting us to actively participate in his kingdom’s advancement, sometimes without even realizing we are doing it.
I believe most people are aware of the idea of putting a frog in a pot of water, and very slowly turning up the heat. Well, Satan, the enemy of our souls is a master at this; particularly putting people in the pot and turning up the heat in such a way that many people are not even aware they are in the pot to begin with.
Let’s look at Psalm 1:1 again:
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Satan has a simple and effective three-step plan to slowly bind, thread by thread, and entrap people into his way of thinking and believing, and into his kingdom of darkness:
1. The counsel of the ungodly.
2. The way of sinners.
3. The seat of the scornful.
A devastating effect of this is, at the end of this path you could find yourself defending or arguing for all the right things, but not in the right way or even for the right reasons; thus, participating in spreading Satan’s kingdom while you think you are arguing against it. Remember LORD Jesus’ warning:
Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Remember, no matter what we do, if we do not do it in love it is of no true value. So, what is all this warning about?
We are inundated with the counsel of the ungodly. We are constantly being told what to think and how to think, what our lives should look like and how to live. This comes at us from the time we are small children with the messages in cartoons; teachings in schools with the messages of their integrated, and overall government controlled agendas; TV programs; movies and entertainment; colleges and universities; media of all types; family, friends, and neighbors; government; etc. We are nearly constantly fed a diet of the counsel of the ungodly to the point of overstaturation, where anything that we touch or touches us is smeared with the same ungodly counsel as a matter of course. We hear ungodly counsel so much that it becomes part our way of thinking, part of our belief system, part of our regular language, and sadly, part of us. Even when we attempt to communicate the Truth of the WORD Of GOD, our communication is corrupted by the counsel of the ungodly in our misquoting of Holy Scripture, or our misapplication of Holy Scripture that has been tainted by the belief system we have been corrupted by when being deluged with the counsel of the ungodly.
Think about it. Have you ever heard somebody say something Biblical or Biblical sounding and at first thought, “Yah, I so agree with you,” only to later reflect on what has been said and think, “Wait a minute, something just is not right here. I can’t put my finger on it, but something is just not right.”? Have you ever been the somebody doing the telling without realizing it until later when you see the fruit it bore and think, “That is not what I intended. That is not what should have happened.”?
The counsel of the ungodly will sometimes take the time to put on the airs of righteousness, but is not interested in truth. The counsel of the ungodly is only interested in what it wants, and what it wants is to separate the people Almighty GOD created from Him, and drive as big a wedge between people and Almighty GOD as possible. So big a wedge that people will give up on Almighty GOD because they believe they are beyond redemption and are no longer of any value to Almighty GOD Who created them. And while doing this, the counsel of the ungodly will convince people that Almighty GOD, The One Who has all wisdom, is actually the one that is wrong and is sinning against them.
The way of the sinner is equally deceiving. Have you ever heard the saying, “Christians are not perfect, we are just forgiven”? Please, just for a moment, think of the deception in this statement. It ignores the command of our LORD Jesus Christ:
Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
The way of the sinner that is running rampant in the “Church” is exactly why so many people reject Christianity, and even why so many Christians reject “going to church”. As Christians, we are called to be a sanctified, set apart, and holy people who do not belong to the kingdom of this world, but belong to the Kingdom Of GOD; we are invaders in this world. We are here, bearing the Name of the LORD Jesus Christ, to bring the Kingdom Of GOD (the Rule and Reign of GOD’s Way through LOVE) to this world to overcome the evil in it. We have been given the grace (unmerited favor that empowers us to do what we are called to do and be who we are created to be) to overcome this world in Christ Jesus our LORD, by the Authority of His Holy Name, empowered by Holy Spirit. We are not called to be one way within the walls of the buildings we meet in, and another way the rest of the week. If our meeting together does not actively change us, then what we are doing is NOT of the LORD GOD Almighty. We cannot meet together and have the Spirit of the LORD GOD Almighty in our midst and still be the same when we leave; not unless we are purposely living in rebellion, or we are fooling ourselves as to if we have actually gathered in the Name of the LORD GOD Almighty, His Son LORD Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit.
Christians are born again into a Kingdom that thrives by following the Laws, Commands, Torah (Teachings) of Almighty GOD. We are not called to look like the world. We are called to look so different from the world that it causes them to ask us, “What is this difference in you? What is this light that you have? How can you love those who hate you like that? How can I have what you have?”
Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, WE ARE NOT SINNERS SAVED BY GRACE!!! We were once sinners, and being born again we have been and daily are SAVED BY GRACE!!! We are a holy people, a royal priesthood, created, called, commanded, and empowered to bring the LOVE Of GOD to the world and live according to the Way of Almighty GOD which was put on Perfect Display in the Life of our LORD Jesus Christ. We no longer bring the sacrifice and blood of bulls and goats and lambs and various birds; Our LORD Jesus Christ came as the Perfect Lamb Of GOD and shed His Blood and His Life once, for all people, and is applied to whosoever will believe. We bring the sacrifice of our obedience, the selflessly charitable and totally giving love that we are created to be as the Image and Likeness of Almighty GOD our Creator, WHO IS LOVE. When people meet us, they should be scratching their heads thinking, “What is it about him/her that makes me so enjoy being in his/her presence?” To which our simple answer is, “The Holy Spirit of the LORD GOD Almighty.”
The way of the sinner prefers the knowledge of good and evil, because the world’s father claims it will make them like gods knowing good and evil. The Way of the LORD Jesus Christ is The Way of Life and Godliness and all that pertains to Life in the Kingdom Of GOD.
The person who would be blessed by Almighty GOD refuses to live according to the way of the world, the way of sinners; no matter how good, or pleasurable, or easy, or rewarding it looks. The way of the sinner is the way of death; it separates us from our Abba Father, the LORD GOD Almighty Who created us to be His Image and His Likeness. Human beings are favored by Almighty GOD above all the creatures of this earth, and we are given the responsibility to have dominion over this earth and everything on it as the representatives of Almighty GOD. Thus, we are called to serve this world and all the creatures on it in love, causing all to thrive according to the original purpose of its creation before our sin corrupted it.
The way of the sinner, in its fullness, does whatever seems most enjoyable for the self at the moment; regardless of how it affects others. The way of the sinner is “self”-ish, self motivated, and self pleasing. Others do not matter, only the pleasure and enjoyment of the self. It often starts small with a tiny peek at something we ought not do. Then, it invites us to have a lingering peek at it. After a time it shows us others who are enjoying it. When we seem to be at a low point and are looking for some relief from the pressures and stresses of life, it invites us for a little taste test. If we like it, it invites us to come again and have some more; to fill our “self” up with its pleasures to satisfy our desire. If we don’t like it, it will present to us another pleasure of the flesh. These “pleasures” lead us away from Almighty GOD, and separate us from being able to receive the LOVE of Almighty GOD our Creator and Abba Father. Should we attempt to turn our backs on these pleasures, the counsel of the ungodly will assure us that Almighty GOD no longer loves us or even wants us to repent because we are too far gone. Should we have the fortitude, given us by the grace of GOD, to say, “No. I no longer want this. I want what is good, and right, and true,” then we will be confronted by those who sit in the seat of the scornful.
The seat of the scornful is the third step in this plan of Satan. It is when we embrace evil to the point that we mock and scorn, deride and belittle, everyone who does not embrace the evil ways of this world as we do. At this point, we, ourselves, have become utterly corrupted and possessed by evil; evil now owns us. It doesn’t matter what you think you believe, or what you tell others you believe; out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. When what comes out of your mouth as a matter of course is putting others down, belittling them, mocking them, using words to put them to utter shame and embarrassment to the point they are speechless and have no idea how to respond to you, you have given yourself over to the god of this world. You are speaking his lies, his thoughts, and you have joined yourself spiritually to him as an accuser of the brethren. You are either accusing those who thought you were their brother or sister in Christ Jesus, or you are accusing those who are your brothers and sisters after the first Adam. Either way, when you turn on another human being, you are attacking your own family. The log in your own eye has become so enlarged that you only see is seen through the lense of hate. You have become so accustomed to this hatred that the slight lessening of its intensity, to you, is thought of as like, or even love; yet, there is no love there: only darkness, a touch less darkness, or utter darkness. People in this condition, apart from the grace of Almighty GOD, are unable to recognize their condition; often accusing others who are truly telling them the Truth in LOVE, in a patient, kind, humble, merciful, graceful, and loving way of themselves being evil incarnate. To them, good has become evil and evil has become good. Do not disagree with them, because they are seated, waiting in ambush, to attack with a barrage of accusations, proclamations, and decrees of evil about and against you.
How do we deal with such people? LOVE the LORD your GOD with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. LOVE your neighbor as yourself. LOVE the brethren (brothers and sisters) as our LORD Jesus Christ LOVES you. LOVE your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you. And rejoice before Almighty GOD that He has entrusted you to be in such a position that you must rely upon His Grace and Holy Spirit to grow in and display in your life His True LOVE that He created you to be.
The plan of Satan, the Enemy and Adversary of our souls, is straight forward. The Standard Almighty GOD holds up to squash the plan of Satan is simple: LOVE, true selflessly giving, eternally deep, overflowing abundant LOVE straight from the Heart of our Abba Father, LORD Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit, poured out through us as His Image and His Likeness; the Image and Likeness of Pure, Holy, True, Selfless LOVE.
Christians, we must also be aware of what I call the Pharisee Syndrome that seems rampant in many of us who call ourselves “Christian”.
Have you noticed how some people build entire “ministries” on attacking or coming against other Christians and Christian ministries? It seems the larger and more successful a ministry grows, the more in quantity and the more adamant the Pharisee Forums become in number and intensity against them. Mind you, no human being, and therefore no ministry run by human beings, walks, talks, lives, and teaches to utter perfection. However, there are Biblically mandated ways of addressing such shortcomings, and even sins, when they become apparent. Publicly coming against them seems to have become an industry of “ministries” and a sport on social media. In short, it is gossip and sitting in the seat of the scornful. We must be mindful that it was the religious leaders of the day, filled with a religious spirit, that mocked and scorned our Saviour, the LORD Jesus Christ. Much because He was a threat to their control over the people that followed them (and the religious spirits controlling them), and also because He shed Light upon the thoughts and intents of their hearts. Should we find such Light discomforting, humble repentance is what is needed on our part, not joining with the seat of the scornful.
The religious leaders of New Testament Gospel times accused LORD Jesus of being a drunk (a winebibber), of going about and carrying on with sinners, casting out demons by the power of Beelzebub, of being of Satan, and likely many things that are not recorded in Holy Scripture. Our LORD Jesus responded by saying that these blasphemies against Himself, and even against His Father (our Father) would be forgiven with true repentance; but such blasphemies against Holy Spirit would never be forgiven. Thoughtfully consider, how many preach against the full work of the Holy Spirit today and accuse such work as being of the devil, or of being a Kundalini spirit. This could be because they (the accusers) have been falsely taught, because they do not understand, or because they are of the same spirit and mindset of the Pharisees and Sadduccees who came against our LORD Jesus Christ. It is better to hold our peace and let the Light of our LORD Jesus Christ shine His Truth through us than to mistakenly accuse another of error; especially when doing so from the seat of the scornful, in public, for all the world to see. If you find yourself questioning the teaching or ministry or behavior of some person or minister, then follow Biblical teaching: make sure to remove the log from your own eye, humble yourself before Almighty GOD, then go in the Spirit of the Peace of GOD and Reconciliation and meet with that person, reason together concerning what you disagree with. Do not think you have the right to expose them and their sin (if it be sin) to the entire world. If you cannot shine the Light of GOD in you brighter than any sin you perceive to be in them, your Light is not up to the task of correcting them in private; and neither you or I qualify to sit as their judge, nor do we want to be joined to the accuser of the brethren.
All Holy Scripture is given in the King James Version, 1769.