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Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

July 22, 2020 GET RID OF IT!

There are many things we put off in life. We may put off cleaning out our closets or our kitchen cabinets. We may put off our spring cleaning and getting rid of the dirt and dust from the winter. We may put off organizing other rooms in our homes to get rid of things we just don’t need any more. When we put these things off, we end up having to deal with the dirt, the clutter, and the mess.

There is one thing we don’t need to put off and that is our spiritually cleansing. God tells us to get rid of all evil behavior. The longer it is with us, the harder it will be to get rid of it. The longer it is with us, the stronger it will become. The longer it is with us, the more we will get used to it and begin to make excuses for it and begin believing it is okay to do.

The crazy thing about wrongdoing is people who do wrong don’t believe it is wrong. They justify it with an excuse or a reason that helps them believe it is okay for them to do. They are blinded by sin. They have allowed Satan to cloud their minds with evil so they don’t even remember what is good. Evil behavior is not of God but of this world. It is all around us but with God’s help, we can get rid of it in our lives.

SCRIPTURE:
1 Peter 2:1 “So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write about any evil in your life.
2. List reasons you need to be rid of it.
3. Ask God to show you how to remove the evil from your life.
4. Seek God’s help and trust in Him to give your strength.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, examine our hearts and our minds. Show us where there is any evil and help us to turn from it. We want to be filled with Your word and Your love and Your peace rather than have any evil lurking within us. We rebuke the devil in the name of Jesus to leave us. We pray for peace in this world and that those doing evil will be revealed and stopped. We pray You will take control of our nation and our world and show kindness and love through us to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
We are to get rid of any evil behavior and show kindness and love to others.

Ephesians 4:31-32 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (NLT)

When we turn to evil rather than doing what is right, nothing good will come from it.

Ezekiel 33:18 “For again I say, when righteous people turn away from their righteous behavior and turn to evil, they will die.” (NLT)

We are to turn from evil and choose to do good.

FOCUS:
James 1:21 “So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” (NLT)
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