BE PRAYERFUL AND DISCERNING
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*BE PRAYERFUL AND DISCERNING.*
Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: *but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Be prayerful and discerning of the schemes of the wicked.
Though we are in need of favor but there is a gift of favor that may not be good for us at a particular time (1 Sam 18:17).
There are many scriptures that warn us about the wicked.
Who is the wicked?. The wicked is the evil and immoral person. Their evil is open to us, but we need to be discerning when they come to us through favorable gestures in order to catch our attention and emotion.
There are wicked people in this world. Some make it known that they are wicked and declare themselves as such. Some are subtle, crafty, and will do anything to entice you to believe they are good people.
To mention a few in the bible, Ahab was a wicked king of Israel, and so was his wife, Jezebel. Jezebel was evil personified that even long after her death, her name was synonymous with witchcraft, adultery, (the Jezebel spirit, Rev 2:20).
The tender mercies of the wicked are witchcraft and cruelty.
At what point could we know the tender mercies of the wicked?
These are some cues that may help us.
First, it may be hard to notice, but Prov 31:30 teaches us to scrutinize favor when given to us. *Favour is deceitful,...."*
Everybody loves favor, and we pray for it.
There are, however, two sides of favor. It is good on one side but deceitful on the other side.
What should be mercy and love are in an evil man, only wickedness, hard-heartedness, and cruelty.
Second, another way we could know is marking them. Paul says in Rom 16:17-18 *".....mark them which cause offenses....and avoid them.*
Third, we can mark them by watching for the fruit of the Spirit in them before you get carried away by the gifts of the Spirit in them.
Matthew 7:16 says, *"Ye shall know them by their fruits...."*
In all, prayer is key so that God will unmask every tender mercies of the wicked in our lives.
The wicked tender mercies are snares! (Jer 5:26, Ps 64:5.
Be prayerful and discerning.
There is no mercy with the devil.
*Call to Word action.*
Prov 12: 20 *Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
The wicked man's tender mercies or kind treatment are cruelty. He does not have you in mind.
It is a setup!
Lord, please disappoint, *"....the devices of the crafty, so that their hands can not perform their enterprise*, in Jesus name. (Job 5:12).
Good morning all and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.