Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
Hi I don't know if this is th right page to ask stuff but I couldn't find a better blog. I've lately been told by a lot of friends that God doesn't exist and I know he does but my faith does seem not as strong as before. I was wondering if you had any words of encouragement or maybe a passage in the bible I could look at? Thanks
Don’t let the devil get you down! Discouragement is the devil’s favorite weapon. Stand firm in your faith. Fight discouragement with prayer and the Word! Ask God for help. Tell Him your faith is weak, and ask Him for strength. “Faith comes from hearing the Word of God,” (Romans 10:17) so if you want to keep your faith, you must continually hear God´s Word.
Here are some scriptures from the bible on Faith, Seeking God & Believing:
For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1)
without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to Him
must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who diligently
search for Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
The fool says in his heart, “God does not exist.” They are corrupt; they do vile deeds. There is no one who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven at the human race, to see if there is anyone who is wise and seeks God. All have turned away; all alike have become corrupt. There is no one who does good, not even one. Will evildoers never understand? They consume My people as they consume bread; they do not call on the Lord. (Psalm 14:1-4)
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. (Romans 1:20)
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your
God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my
victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! (1 Chronicles 16:11)
You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. (Matthew 21:21)
Jesus said to Thomas, “You believe because you’ve seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me but believe.” (John 20:29)
Immediately the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23-24)
But for us, “There is only one God, the Father. Everything came from Him, and we live for Him. There is only one Lord, Jesus Christ. Everything came into being through Him, and we live because of Him.” (1 Corinthians 8:6)
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, "Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,“ and he says in reply from within, "Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything." I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.
"And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
I took a really long walk in the woods yesterday, and I stopped to read my Bible for a bit. And I just started to read the Psalms. I was trying to memorize Psalm 1, and it turned into this big long sermon/ prayer. So I’m going to write it down.
The last line is what strikes me about this psalm. The way of the wicked will perish. The way and the will to be wicked needs to perish within us in order to stand before God. In the first few lines that we can’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, stand in the way of sinners, not sit in the seat of scoffers. We can’t make our decisions based on what the world, not God, tells us. We can’t stand in the world the way sinners stand, and we can’t constantly scoff and argue with God. Instead, we need to walk in the counsel of God, stand in the way of Jesus, and sit at the seat with the Spirit.
And when we do this, amazing things will happen. We will be like a tree next to streams of water, constantly flourishing because of the water that feeds them. We need to let God be this water, feeding us to bursting with God’s love and grace. If we do this, we will prosper. God is going to make our lives so amazing. We will be strong and steady like a tree, not able to be blown away at the slightest wind.
God is able to do amazing things for us. We will change inside and out when the way of the wicked perishes, and God’s way of righteousness lives within us. We need to delight in the Lord and meditate on the law day and night. Walk in the counsel of God, stand in the way of Jesus, sit at the seat with the spirit.
God, I want to be able to sit in the congregation of the righteous. Let the wicked ways within me perish. I want to be a tree God, fed constantly by the streams of your love. Let my delight be in you, and keep my heart meditating on what you ask of me. In your name I pray, Amen