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Life Application Truth-Seek Good Not Evil

March 23rd, 2012

JOHN SHIRK – From Amos 5:14.

“Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.”

The people were taught to hate evil, love good, and maintain justice in the courts. We take great comfort in the Scriptures that say, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”  How do we know that God is on our side? One way of learning the answer to that question is to assess where our focus point is.  Are we seeking the good that God intends for us to pursue? Or are we focused on selfish ambitions that seek to honor ourselves first.  God is stronger than our foes, so if He is for us, then we are in a holy alliance that cannot be overpowered.

But not everyone is on God’s side.

First Peter 5:5 says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” If pride is in the way of our relationship with God, we can confess it to God and ask Him to take our lives in a new direction that loves what He loves and hates what He hates.

Loving what is good in the eyes of God is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk


  1. Vickie Stansbury
    March 27th, 2012 at 22:10 | #1


    Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to guide your words! I work for Jubilee ministries. Jubilee is a prison ministry. My husband and I are house parents at the Jubilee transition house. I go into the Lebanon county prison to play games with the inmates. I felt like I wasn’t doing any good at the prison and “I” didn’t feel like going anymore. I volunteered to help at a church activity that met on Tuesdays which meant I couldn’t go into the prison anymore. I was very surprised when the Pastor said they had enough help till next fall. I was shocked. Didn’t really feel like going to the prison but no one else was going so I went. I was truly blessed tonight. They were happy to see me and 1 lady hugged me and thanked me for coming and asked me to pray with her. After reading yours words I realized how selfish I was being. I pray that God will also show me the way to share your thoughts with the prisoners and the transition house residents. God Bless you! Please thank everyone at WJTL for their ministry!

    Vickie Stansbury

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