“Then the angel who was speaking to me came forward and said to me, ‘Look up and see what this is that is happening.’
I asked, ‘What is it?’
He replied, ‘It is a measuring basket.’ And he added, ‘This is the inequity of the people throughout the land.’
Then the cover of lead was raised and there in the basket sat a woman! He said, ‘This is wickedness,’ and he pushed her back into the basket and pushed the lead cover down over its mouth.
Then I looked up – and there before me were two women, with the wind in their wings! They had wings like those of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between heaven and earth
‘Where are they taking the basket?’ I asked the angel who was speaking to me.
He replied, ‘To the country of Babylonia to build a house for it. When it is ready, the basket will be set there in its place.’” (Zechariah 5:5-11)
The Scriptures profess many versus in regards to wickedness. But, Jeremiah 17:9 is a very interesting verse, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Wickedness can be very deceiving. If we think what we are doing is good, but in Truth, it is wickedness, how truly deceived we really are.
Jesus of Nazareth defines what comes out of a man is what makes him unclean, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile the man.” (Mark 7:21-23)
The Apostle Paul encourages the church in Galatia to walk in the Spirit and pursue Spiritual Truths. A worldly spirit and a Godly spirit have nothing in common. “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:16-21) These are powerful words written by a Man of God.
Did you notice in Zechariah 5, there was a piece of lead that was positioned on top of the basket? Wickedness, sin, and worldly desires will always feel as if a lead “ball and chain” is attached to us. We are constantly dragging around this heaviness, which we cannot seem to get out from under. Christ proclaimed, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
As Christians, we have to make a choice everyday, to follow Christ or to follow the world. Christians are to follow the Spirit with these characteristics, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control”. (Galatians 5:22-23) Our minds are to think on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things”. (Philippians 4:8-9) We are to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of Christ (Philippians 1:27).
My husband says the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again thinking you will return a different result.
Proverbs 26:11 states, “As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” If we admit, believe, and confess our life towards the Lord Jesus Christ, how can we continue in our worldly attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors? If we continue in our fleshly desires and ways, we will never have victory of wickedness, this constant “ball and chain” we carry. We are to cast all of our care on to the One who can deliver us from this sin (1 Peter 5:7). I do not want to be a dog returning to it’s own vomit. It is a vile and disgusting picture, but that is the image God gives as to what we look like if we continue in our wickedness. Let’s pray and lay our behaviors, thoughts, and desires at the cross.
Let us pray out loud and CONFESS the Word of the Living God; a prayer for repentance and wicked behavior
Give ear to my words and consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God for to You I pray. In the morning You will hear my voice before You and I will wait in expectation. You are my God who does not take pleasure in evil, with You the wicked cannot dwell.
The arrogant cannot stand in Your presence and You hate all who do wrong. But I, by Your great mercy, will come into Your house; in reverence will I bow down toward Your holy temple. Led me in Your righteousness, make straight Your way before me.
Lord, I do not want to be one who is not trusted. I do not want to be filled with deceit or declared guilty before You. I do not want to fall or be banished for my sins because I have chosen to rebel against You. Open Your arms to the ones who take refuge in You. I pray to ever sing for joy when I consider Your love, mercy, and forgiveness.
Spread Your protection over me, blanket Your love over me as I rejoice in safety. I know You bless the righteous and surround them with Your favor as a shield (Psalm 5). In the name of Jesus of Nazareth I pray, amen.