The peril of a wicked man – Part 2
We see the example of Matthew 25, the parable of the talent. Jesus gave one five talents, to another two talents and to another one talent. Those given five and two talents multiplied their talents and made a profit, but the one given one talent did not work according to the master’s expectation because his heart was wicked. He hid it so that people will not benefit from it. Not being a blessing is an act of wickedness. Hiding your talent or what could be of benefit unto others or service to God is wickedness unto yourself and not unto God because you are hindering your light from shining.
“His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed,” Matthew 25:26.
You should note that this servant is a servant of Jesus, one of the trusted disciples, but he had mischief in him. Jesus called the man wicked and slothful.
You Must Understand This:
• God will always keep the feet of His saint. “He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail,” 1 Samuel 2:9.
Those who do wickedness do not shine as light. You do not hide your talent and expect to shine as light. Wickedness is a habit that must not follow you into the New Year. God does not empower or anoint a wicked man; He anoints those who put their talents on display. So, they can do more. As saith, the proverb of the ancients, “Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee,” 1 Samuel 24:13.
He called those who do wrong within the household of faith wicked; those who plan mischievous against the church or individuals are called wicked.
“Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart,” 1 Samuel 30:22.
Even David had a few of them in his camp that is called wicked. God said among my people are found, wicked men.
To excel in the New Year, we must avoid all forms of wickedness. God will establish the just and not the wicked. You cannot afford God’s daily anger. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. Psalm 7:11.
Not preaching the gospel, pulling people down and oppressing the poor are acts of wickedness. I pray that we will not be like the wicked, who will be cut off from God.
To walk in covenant help, we must learn the art of doing good and service to God.
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. Proverbs 6:12
• God will always bless the head of the just, but violence will cover the wicked. “The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked,” Proverbs 10:11.
• While the labour of the righteous tends to life, the fruit of the wicked leads to sorrow and destruction: their memory is lost and forgotten. “The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin,” Proverbs 10:16.
• The tongue of a just man is like a choice gold, but the wicked will be ignored by all. “The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth,” Proverbs 10:20.
• The hope of the righteous is gladness, the expectation of the wicked shall perish with them. “The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth,” Proverbs 10:30. While the righteous are not moved, the wicked will fade away.
• The way of the just man is pleasing to God; the wicked shall fall in his own destruction. The wicked not only dies, but his hope also perishes forever. “The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness,” Proverbs 11:5.
• When it is well with the righteous, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish there is rejoicing in the land. The wicked man always wrought deceitful work. “The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him, that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward,” Proverbs 11:18.
• There is always a sure reward for the just, but the wicked shall not go unpunished. “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered,” Proverbs 11:21.
• Jesus was not betrayed by a sinner, but a wicked man called Judas Iscariot. We must live our lives in such a way that God will have joy and enact a covenant with us as He did with David and as David and Jonathan did.
Like Psalm 37:3: “Trust in the Lord, and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
To do good is an act of righteousness. God honours and respects men that do good.
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