Tempted with Bad Advice: Psalm 1:1

The Temptation: Life is not easy. We all at times find ourselves in need of the instruction or insight of someone else. Sadly though, there are times in many of our lives where the advice we seek may not be coming from the right source, or as well intentioned as it may be, the advice we receive feels wrong. To make things worse, bad advice often puts us in situations where it takes more effort to do the things God would want us to do. Those such times, when Godly living is not easy, are often the times when bad advice ultimately leads us to stumble. Bad advice is a great way for the enemy to tempt us without us even realizing it.

The Passage: “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.” Pslam 1:1 [ESV] (Click for: NLT / NKJV / HCSB)

The Examples:

Advice for dealing with hidden guilt – Look bro, what your wife doesn’t know about won’t hurt her. (Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked!)

Advice for dating relationships – Sex is a natural expression of love between two people who love each other, so why wait? (Blessed is the man who stands not in the way of sinners!)

Advice for treating people – If I were you, I wouldn’t give one penny to that homeless guy. He looks like a drunk and has earned what he’s getting. (Blessed is the man who sits not in the seat of scoffers!)

The Challenge: We all get bad advice at times. It may not be as obvious as the examples above, but I am sure the enemy has some out there waiting just for you or me. All we can do is take the time to get to know the counsel of our Holy God! If we are blessed for not giving into the instruction of the wicked or sinful, this means we will not be blessed if we do give in. As you turn to others throughout the day to come for their thoughts on whatever situation you face, I hope you will seek the advice of a wise and good God. When you do, be ready to see His blessing flow into your life!

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