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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 | Author:

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate.” Proverbs 8:13

“I love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me.” Proverbs 8:17

“But he who sins against me injures himself; all who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:36 (The I in verse 13 and the me in verses 17 and 36 is wisdom)

There are many instances of these words in Scripture. Love and hate are powerful contrasts. They clearly lay out what God cherishes and abhors. The goal of EVERY believer is to do that which God loves and shun that which He hates. This is to always do that which is pleasing to Him and this demonstrates our love and adoration of Him.

A clearer understanding of wisdom here is in these verses.

“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.” v. 12

“The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. From everlasting I was established, from the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills I was brought forth; while He had not yet made the earth and its fields, nor the first dust of the world. When He established the heavens, I was there, when He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep, (note: the Bible has always said that the earth was round, not flat) when He made firm the skies above, when the springs of the deep became fixed, when He set for the sea its boundary so that the water would not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth; then I was beside Him, as a master workman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him, rejoicing in the world, His earth, and having my delight in the sons of men. Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, for blessed are they who keep my ways. Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts. For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor (grace) from the LORD. But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.” vss. 22-36 NASB

Wisdom and the LORD are virtually inseparable. To love one is to love the other. To hate one is to hate the other. Wisdom is one of the attributes of God. We are wise to seek this wisdom so that we may always please Him.

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Monday, October 14th, 2013 | Author:

A fascinating bit of truth comes from the Old Testament that is extremely appropriate to the USA today. The Israelis were led, protected and provided by their God and King, as America has been since our beginning. They did not know how well off they were. When they were well established in their nation, they decided that they no longer wanted God to rule over them but wanted to be like the other nations and wanted a king. Many of our elected officials, the media and Hollywood are trying to do away with God and His influence in this great nation. Please take the time to read the following selection from the Bible and then form your own opinions.

‘Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah; and they said to him, “Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD. The LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day–in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods–so they are doing to you also. Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them.” So Samuel spoke all the words of the LORD to the people who had asked of him a king.

(Note the similarities with today’s government structure.)

He said, “This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots. He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves and give them to his servants.

(imminent domain as per the recent Supreme Court decision)

He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants. He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use them for his work. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants. Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.” Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No, but there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 1 Samuel 8:4-20

What a total similarity to us today. Many Americans have said to God, “We don’t want You to rule over me/us but we want government to take care of us. The problem is that the bigger the government, the more invasive it becomes in our private lives. The king will not fight your battles but he will take your sons, he will take your property, he will collect exorbitant taxes, he will take your private property and you will become his servants. Remember, we have asked for it and God will allow us to have our own way until we wake up and smell the roses. The worst thing is, “Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.” Have we begun to cry out yet? It seems to be exactly where we are now. Sadly, many Americans are still blind to this and want to elect those who would oppress us even more and make government even bigger and more controlling than it is now. It seems that we, as a people, need to return to God as our King and restore His authority over this great nation as our founding fathers did at the beginning. Americans need to look at the original documents rather than listening to talking heads and reading revisionist historians. We are a Christian nation! Now, let’s live like it again.

This sure makes a theocracy look good doesn’t it? God is still willing to be our King and meet every need we have IF we will only make Him number one in our private lives and in the nation as a whole. I hope that this will make you think and do some reading on the exodus from Egypt. God did just what He said that he would.

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Monday, October 07th, 2013 | Author:

I was watching the Jimmy Stewart Show on line the other night and he looked right at the camera and said a profound statement. Here it is.

“What this country needs is fewer politicians and people to keep and eye on the ones we have.”

I just had to say an AMEN to that. Man are things messed up all over America now. May God show us mercy and let us see a heaven-sent revival in His church.

You see, the church should be the moral conscience for this country. The pulpits should be aflame with preachers who are filled with the power of the Holy Spirit preaching the WHOLE Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Far too much of the Bible is off limits to far too many preachers today. It is time to make up our minds as to whether we will serve the LORD or the world. Joshua made this decision for him and his family and so must each Christian family in America, especially those who preach and teach.

Joshua 24:15 NASB says, “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living, but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

All true believers should add a hearty AMEN to these words. It is time for “the church to rise and move the gates of hell.” (Song title)

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