THURSDAY June 1, 2017
Inventors of Evil
Then I sent to him, saying, “No such things as you say are being done, but you invent them in your own heart.”
Nehemiah stood on the truth. He simply refuted Sanballat’s, Tobiah’s and Geshem’s lies. He simply told them, their false accusations were not true. The Jews were not rebelling and Nehemiah was not setting himself up as their king. Nehemiah knew these things were a fabrication; his enemies, from within their own hearts, had invented evil lies.
Seriously, as Christians if we were not walking in the Spirit, or remaining in God’s Word, we can begin to invent evil things in our minds against another person. Perhaps a person did not smile at you in church on Sunday. It irritated you to the point of talking about that person. Before you know it, you have invented a whole story behind the reason of them not smiling. But maybe they did not feel like smiling because someone in their family had died. Imagine you just slandered them! At times we can act so ungodly.
The Apostle Paul told of God’s anger against ungodly men who suppress the truth of God in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). Paul, in Romans 1:28-32 gave a detailed description of the ungodly:
… being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
Notice within this long list, Paul mentioned, inventors of evil things. We can be guilty of fabricating untrue scenarios in our hearts and minds. Ask the Lord to help you to be a man or a woman of truth.
Truth exists; only falsehood has to be invented.