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The Names Of Christ: “Mine Elect”

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Christ Is Chosen By God To Rule and Judge Both Jew And Gentile

 

Isa 42:1

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.“

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The Christians Labor Day

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Share Christ With Others This Labor Day Holiday!  Labor Day Devotional…

Speaking for myself, I always look forward to Labor Day, enjoying an additional paid day off work and much needed time with my family. But as much as I enjoy the US Labor Day celebration, there is a much greater Labor Day in the future for those of us that are servants of the Lord. Let’s take a few minutes and learn more about the eternal Labor Day that the Lord has so graciously promised to us.

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.  (Rev 14:13)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 22:1-4

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Increasing Life’s Joy: Seeking To Honor Our Creator: Proverbs 22:1-4

1) A [good] name [is] rather to be chosen than great riches, [and] loving favour rather than silver and gold.
2) The rich and poor meet together: the LORD [is] the maker of them all.
3) A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
4) By humility [and] the fear of the LORD [are] riches, and honour, and life.

 

In this chapter, Solomon explains several factors that cultivate the experience of joy during our earthly life.

One of the greatest factors that increases our joy is the pursuit of honor for our Creator…

EXPOSITION:

1) A [good] name [is] rather to be chosen than great riches, [and] loving favour rather than silver and gold.  2) The rich and poor meet together: the LORD [is] the maker of them all.
1. A reputation that is pleasing and honoring to God, and desired by man, should be selected in the place of the overflowing, temporal, wealth  offered by the world.
2.  To show others mercy and kindness that beautifies our Lord should be selected over silver and gold that only exist temporarily.
3.  Both those who are wealthy, and those who have little, find common ground…
4.  They are both created by God, and as such, are under His authority.

Note the two basic principles….
Our lasting testimony is far more important than that of temporary, overflowing wealth and the things of supreme earthly worth that this world offers.   

When we understand this very important truth, we also come to an understanding that:
a.   those who are poor in this world can be very wealthy in the eyes of the Lord; likewise,
b.   those who are wealthy with the riches of this world, can be impoverished in the world to come.

How these truths change the way we look at this world, its benefits, and the people who are living in this world!

No matter how wealthy or how poor, we all will stand before our Creator and give an account for what we have done with our lives.

Regardless of the level of earthly wealth we may possess, we can be joyous knowing that we are striving to cultivate a testimony with which our Creator is pleased.  In doing so, we are accumulating eternal wealth that can never be taken from us.

 

3) A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
1.  A man who is discerning and wise will be able to recognize that which causes harm and, wisely, conceal himself from it.
2.  Those who do not understand the true nature of the evil, will continue on the path that intersects with the evil and harm.

A part of a Godly testimony involves recognizing that which is evil, discerning its future affects and then avoiding it.  For those who are naive and inexperienced in the ways of darkness,  they will be easily enticed and entrapped by them.

4) By humility [and] the fear of the LORD [are] riches, and honour, and life.
1. The two lynch pins of an honorable testimony are: a spirit of submission to the Lord and merciful kindness towards others; along with the proper respect for God and fear of His chastening hand.
2. Eternal spiritual wealth, glory, and communion with our Creator are the results.

When we humble ourselves before Christ in saving faith we are afforded and eternity with Him, when we then seek to honor Him with our lives, many rewards will await us.  Knowing these truths will bring great joy to our hearts and lives no matter what situations we may be facing in this life.

 

SUMMARY:

For the Christian, living a joyous life on earth is the direct result of placing Christ and His honor first in our lives.  When we choose to live our lives for Him, instead of living our lives for the wealth of this world, we can joyously expect living among His blessings while we are on the earth and in the life to come.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.  May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Our Lord Is Victor Over Spiritual and Eternal Death!

SIH HALTAL ICON “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death.  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”   (Romans 6:20-23)

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Death: Lost Man’s Victorious Enemy… The Christian’s Defeated Foe (Part #3)

SIH STSTA ICONThe Bible’s usage of the term “death” involves the basic foundational principle of separation.  There are three different types of death that are described in God’s Word:

1. Physical death – this is the condition of the spirit when it is separated from the body

2. Spiritual death – this is the condition of the spirit when it is separated from God hereby it is lacking acceptance by, communion and accompaniment with God

3. Eternal Death – this is the permanent condition of the spirit when it is separated from the presence of God for an eternity while suffering torment in the Lake of Fire.

As you can see from the above, there is no aspect of death that is friendly to mankind.  This is why death is said to “sting” us bringing about harm and pain upon each one of us.

In our study for today, we will be looking at how our Lord Jesus Christ has won the victory over the spiritual and eternal death of His people and through His work offers to us eternal life.

THE SCRIPTURES:

20) For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

21) What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death.

22) But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

23) For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 (Romans 6:20-23)

 

THE STUDY:

Do you remember the three different types of “death” found in the Bible?

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, has gotten the victory over all three types of death (we have previously looked at His victory over physical death, we will now look at His victory over…

2. Spiritual death – this is the condition of the spirit when it is separated from God hereby it is lacking acceptance by, communion and accompaniment with God

And….

3. Eternal Death – this is the permanent condition of the spirit when it is separated from the presence of God for an eternity while suffering torment in the Lake of Fire.

 

In Romans 6:20-23, we find that Christ has won the victory over spiritual death and eternal spiritual death that we all face as a part of fallen mankind….

 

Romans 6:20-23

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

Prior to the salvation experience, all of lost mankind is described as being the “servants of sin”.  This description helps us to understand the domination and control that sin exercises in the life of the lost individual.  Apart from the saving grace of God, the lost individual is incapable aligning himself with the laws of God, performing any sinless act, or pleasing God in any way …

 

But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”   (Isaiah 64:6)

 

An high look, and a proud heart, [and] the plowing of the wicked, [is] sin.”   (Proverbs 21:4)

 

for whatsoever [is] not of faith is sin.”   (Romans 14:23)

What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death.

Because of the lost’s inability to please God, or find His acceptance, the fruit that a lost person bears is shameful and it only works physical, spiritual, and eternal death in their life.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” 

 (Galatians 5:19-21)

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”   (James 1:14-15)

 

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”   (Romans 5:12)

 

Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”   (Ezekiel 18:4)

 

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”   (Ezekiel 18:20)

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God,

Following the Lord’s gracious intervention in the life of a lost person granting them life, forgiveness and peace with Him, we find that the saint is now released from sin’s bondage and made servant of the living, true, God.  For the very first time in his life, He is able to please His Lord and willingly submit to His Lordship.

This is the Lord manifesting His victory over spiritual death in our lives.  It is shown to all by our newly found, willful, longing to please Him and submit to His desires for our lives…

[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

(Romans 8:1-4)

 

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”   (Galatians 5:13-14)

As free, and not using [your] liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.”  (1 Peter 2:16)

 

ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

In direct comparison to the fruits of the spiritually dead that are shameful and result in death, the fruits of the saved person are separated from the sinful acts of the world and are made complete in the experience of eternal life.

This shows us Christ’s victories over our spiritual death and eternal death that awaits the lost.  But now bearing fruits unto holiness, we can see the Lord’s victory over the condition of spiritual death, by everlasting life now awaiting us, He is showing His victory over the eternal death for which we were previously destined.

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”   (Galatians 5:22-24)

 

 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful….”  “… And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”    (Revelation 21:1-5, 27)

 

Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.  For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”   (Revelation 22:14-15)

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

What wonderful truths to know that our Lord Jesus has won the victory over physical, spiritual, and eternal death.  How did He gain that victory over death?  It was through His work on the cross as He took our sins, and their punishment, upon Himself.  It was this suffering for our sins that allows us to enjoy communion and union with the Father, both now and throughout eternity.

Christ, was a perfect sacrifice, fully completing the work of salvation for His people while hanging on the cross. His work does not need to be repeated, nor re-applied. He has saved us from our sins past, present and future and now is constantly making intercession for the sins that we continue to commit…

 

Hebrews 9:24-28

For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, [which are] the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Why did He do this for us?  Because He placed His love upon us from eternity past, not because of anything we would do, nor because of who we would be, but He did all this based upon His own purposes and grace.   It was through His self-sacrificial love that He died for us and gave us life (displaying His victory over spiritual death) and immortality (displaying His victory over eternal death).  It is simply through placing our faith in Him as our Lord and Savior that we can receive this gracious gift of spiritual life, eternal life and participate in the upcoming resurrection of the saints…

2 Timothy 1:8-12

Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;  Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:  Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.  For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

 

Won’t you trust in Christ today making Him Lord of your life and Savior of your soul?

 

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

 

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Saturday Video Pick Of The Week

John MacArthur On Larry King:  

What Happens After We Die? Pt. 1 of 2

Sin Holds No Lasting Gain For Anyone…

SIH HALTAL ICON“The sacrifice of the wicked [is] abomination: how much more, [when] he bringeth it with a wicked mind?   A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.  A wicked man hardeneth his face: but [as for] the upright, he directeth his way.  [There is] no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.  The horse [is] prepared against the day of battle: but safety [is] of the LORD.”    (Proverbs 21:27-31)

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The Names Of Christ: “I Am The Door”

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Joh 10:7-9 – “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.  All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 21:27-31

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Practical Life Principles: The Vanity Of Wickedness: Proverbs 21:27-31

27) The sacrifice of the wicked [is] abomination: how much more, [when] he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
28) A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
29) A wicked man hardeneth his face: but [as for] the upright, he directeth his way.
30) [There is] no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
31) The horse [is] prepared against the day of battle: but safety [is] of the LORD.

 

This text emphasizes for us that living a life of wickedness yields no lasting value, only short-lived, fleshly, pleasure …

 

EXPOSITION:

27) The sacrifice of the wicked [is] abomination: how much more, [when] he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
1.  The moral acts of the man in rebellion against God is disgusting and abhorred by the Lord,
2.  how much more when he presents the moral act to God after making ungodly plans?

The righteous acts of the wicked are hated by God, especially when they are a part of the wicked man’s corrupt plans to find favor with the Lord.

 

Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.  To what purpose [is] the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.  When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?  Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; [it is] iniquity, even the solemn meeting.  Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear [them].  And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.  16) Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;  17) Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.  18) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”   (Isaiah 1:10-18)

 

 

28) A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
1. A person who testifies untruthfully shall come to utter ruin
2. but the man that has a teachable spirit will choose his words with confidence of their truthfulness.

A person who lies will be ruined by his own speech while a man who is submitted to the Lord will carefully choose his words, making sure they are true and sincere.

The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue [is] but for a moment.”   (Proverbs 12:19)

 

29) A wicked man hardeneth his face: but [as for] the upright, he directeth his way.
1.  An ungodly man shows his stubbornness in his appearance
2.  The upright man watches over his walk of life.

The man who is in rebellion against  the Lord, shows his stubbornness in both his appearance and walk of life, however, the just man guards his appearance and walk, making sure they are following the paths of God.

 

And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.  O LORD, [are] not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, [but] they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.  Therefore I said, Surely these [are] poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, [nor] the judgment of their God.

 (Jeremiah 5:2-4)

 

 

30) [There is] no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
There is no:
1.  wisdom – application of teachings to one’s life
2. understanding – discernment of the true nature of things
3. counsel – advice and plans
That can oppose and overcome the Ruler of All.

The Lord, being Sovereign God over all, cannot be overcome.  His wisdom, understanding, and counsel are perfect and far superior than any other in existence.

 

Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.  Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God [is] with us.”   (Isaiah 8:9-10)

 

 

31) The horse [is] prepared against the day of battle: but safety [is] of the LORD.
1.  Armour and weaponry is placed upon the horse to prepare for battle
2.  But true security and protection is only found in the Lord.

Although men can prepare for the battles they may face, it will do no good apart from the decrees of the Lord. The Lord, as Sovereign is in control of the battle and the results of that battle.  It is only based upon His decrees that any army can be victorious and protected.

 

Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because [they are] many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!”   (Isaiah 31:1)

 

SUMMARY:

Every aspect of a wicked man’s life is of no lasting value, whether it be his actions, plans, preparations, thoughts, or desires.  It is only through submission to the Lord’s desires for us will we find lasting value and worth for our lives.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Selfishness Is Shown By Unguarded Speech, Uncontrolled Anger and Laziness

SIH HALTAL ICON“Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.  Proud [and] haughty scorner [is] his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.  The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.  He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.” (Proverbs 21:23-26)

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The Names Of Christ: “The Desire Of All Nations”

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Christ Is The Precious Beloved One For Whom All Nations Eagerly Await

 

Hag 2:7 – And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 21:23-26

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Practical Life Principles: Selfishness Brings Harm To Others and Self: Proverbs 21:23-26

23) Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
24) Proud [and] haughty scorner [is] his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
25) The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
26) He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not. 

 

This text emphasizes for us that living a life of selfishness brings troubles and death…

 

EXPOSITION:

23) Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
A selfish lifestyle is revealed by unguarded speech…
The man who diligently guards speech will guard his life from distress and anxiety

Many times our ill-spoken words will harm others, which will create future problems for the speaker.

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and] able also to bridle the whole body.  Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.  Behold also the ships, which though [they be] so great, and [are] driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.  Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!  And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.  For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:  But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so [can] no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.  Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. (James 3:2-13)

 

24) Proud [and] haughty scorner [is] his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
A selfish lifestyle is revealed by uncontrolled anger….
Those who are presumptuous and who arrogantly mock are known when they exhibit arrogant, out of control anger towards others.

When a person’s life is filled with uncontrolled anger, they are showing themselves to assume there will be no retribution for their actions.  This type of lifestyle and attitude makes a public mockery of the Word of God.

Better [is] the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: [and] the patient in spirit [is] better than the proud in spirit.  Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.”   (Ecclesiastes 7:8-9)

 

25) The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.  26) He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
A selfish lifestyle is revealed by laziness…
1.  The longings of the lazy will destroy him Because he abhors and rejects work.  The lazy will hungrily selfishly to satisfy his flesh all day.
2.  Those who are in alignment with the desires of God will give of himself to help others and will not hold back.

When a person is not willing to work to meet their own needs and the needs of their family, they are headed for sure ruin.  They live a totally selfish existence, while the Godly man will work and then share his gain freely with others who possess legitimate needs.

I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;  And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, [and] nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, [and] considered [it] well: I looked upon [it, and] received instruction.  [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  So shall thy poverty come [as] one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.”   (Proverbs 24:30-34)

SUMMARY:

Living a life of selfishness is revealed by unguarded speech, uncontrolled anger and laziness.   It results in a variety of troubles for both the lazy person and those who come in contact with them.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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What Are We Seeking To Possess In This Life?

SIH HALTAL ICON“[It is] better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.  [There is] treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.  He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.  A wise [man] scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.”  (Proverbs 21:19-22)

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The Names Of Christ: “Deliverer”

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Christ Rescues From Sin

 

 Rom 11:26

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 21:19-22

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Practical Life Principles: Godly Desires Reap Peace: Proverbs 21:19-22

19) [It is] better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

20) [There is] treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

21) He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

22) A wise [man] scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

 

The Lord, through King Solomon, expounds the value of Godly desires is found in a contented life.

 

EXPOSITION:

19) [It is] better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

It is beneficial and pleasing to the Lord to settle down in the wilderness rather than to settle down with a spiteful, mean woman who desires to quarrel.

Keep in mind, this basic principle applies to both sexes.  Far better to live alone with the barest of essentials than to live with someone who loves to stirs up strife.

My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.  I [am for] peace: but when I speak, they [are] for war.” 

 (Psalms 120:6-7)

20) [There is] treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

1.  In the house of the wise we can find both riches and necessities of living

2.  A foolish man will devour and ruin the things of genuine value, so that none of them can be found in their dwelling.

A wise man seeks after, holds onto and multiplies that which is truly important in life…. The things of God.  In comparison, the fool wastes and destroys Godly things while seeking to hoard the earthly riches that hold no eternal value.

Praise ye the LORD. Blessed [is] the man [that] feareth the LORD, [that] delighteth greatly in his commandments.  His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.  Wealth and riches [shall be] in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.”   (Psalms 112:1-3)

21) He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

The person that eagerly seeks to be submissive to the Lord’s will and show humble kindness to others, will also possess life, acceptance by God and the high opinion of others.

Marks of those who possess eternal life, the righteousness of Christ, and a Godly testimony are those whose desires center upon living a God pleasing life and serving others who are in need.

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  For he that in these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men.  Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”   (Romans 14:17-19)

22) A wise [man] scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

1.  A person who applies God’s Word to their life can ascend the walls of the dwellings of the champion

2.  and brings to ruin the abilities of those who rely upon themselves.

Through Christ, His people are given the ultimate victory and the ability to be overcomers in any situation that may come their way during their walk on this sinful earth.

Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty [men] which are in the city.”   (Ecclesiastes 7:19)

SUMMARY:

When God’s people actively pursue the things of God their life will be filled with the peace of God and spiritual victories.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Are You In The Congregation Of The (Spiritually) Dead?

SIH HALTAL ICON[It is] joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity.  The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.  He that loveth pleasure [shall be] a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.  The wicked [shall be] a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.  (Proverbs 21:15-18)

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The Names Of Christ: “Dayspring From On High”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist Is The Dawn Of A New Day Sent From Heaven

 

Luk 1:78 – Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

 

 

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 21:15-18

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Practical Life Principles: Sin Brings Misery (4): Proverbs 21:15-18

15) [It is] joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity.

16) The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

17) He that loveth pleasure [shall be] a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

18) The wicked [shall be] a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright. 

 

Solomon continues to emphasize the end result of sin in our lives…. misery

 

EXPOSITION:

15) [It is] joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity.

Sin results in terror and ruin…

1.  For those who seek to submit to the laws of God, to treat others properly and fairly brings great gladness.

2.  For those who habitually practice lawlessness, instead of joy, only terror and ruin await them.

For those who desire to obey the Lord, when they treat others as they should, it gives them great joy knowing they are fulfilling God’s will for their lives.  But those whose lifestyle is one of abuse and selfishness, they will miss out on many temporal blessings and will face eternal destruction at the hands of a just God.

Praise ye the LORD. Blessed [is] the man [that] feareth the LORD, [that] delighteth greatly in his commandments.”   (Psalms 112:1)

 

16) The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Consistent foolishness is an outward symptom of inward spiritual death…

When a man continues to stagger apart from the path of spiritual discernment, he will continue to be spiritually blinded and dead.

It is only when a man gains spiritual discernment, seeing his spiritual need that he will come to a saving knowledge of Christ.

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

 (2 Peter 2:21-22)

 

17) He that loveth pleasure [shall be] a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

Living life for worldly pleasures will bring to poverty…

1.  The person that places their affections upon satisfying their fleshly desires will find themselves spiritually wanting and impoverished

2.  The person that places their affections on the possessing wine and oil will not be spiritually prosperous.

When a person lives their lives in the pursuit of fleshly fulfillment and worldly pleasures and luxuries, they will not benefit spiritually, but will find themselves spiritually destitute.

And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.  And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.”   (Luke 15:13-16)

 

18) The wicked [shall be] a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

Sin results in retribution in like kind…

1.  The lawless man shall be the price of redemption for the lawful.

2.  The deceitful, who “step across the line” (go beyond the limits God has set for them), will become a ransom for those who are in alignment with the desires of God for their lives.

(This verse is teaching us that many times, the wicked will receive the punishment that they had intended for the righteous.  In other words, the wicked are punished with the same ill-treatment they have shown to the righteous. Note the example of Haman who, when he was hung on the gallows meant for Mordecai, became the ransom for Mordecai. (Esther 7:9-10).   Also, the accusers of Daniel who were cast in the den of lions, replacing Daniel Dan 6:23-24)

The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.”   (Proverbs 11:8)

SUMMARY:

The miseries that come from sin our lives include:

1.  When we are lax in our spiritual responsibilities, we can expect to face spiritual loss and discontentment.

2.  Anyone seeking earthly riches through the use of deceit, is pursuing that which will bring loss and ruin to himself.

3.  When the wicked choose to ignore the testimony of their conscience, they will be brought to ruin and uselessness.

4.  The nature of the wicked leads them to perform acts that are detested by God and man.

5.  An argumentative, critical attitude hinders intimacy with others by taking away joy and other benefits of fellowship and intimacy.

6.  A lifestyle that pursues sin will cause others to look upon us as hateful, merciless and harmful.

7.  When truth is rejected, it results in judgment at the hands of the Lord, the Author of all truth.

8.  God will dominate and ruin the wicked because of their rebellious lifestyle.

9.  He who refuses to hear the pleas for help from those who are in need, will find his pleas for help ignored.

10. Anger, when not treated with an attitude of grace, will allow anger and a hot, flaring temper to continue.

11. Sin results in terror and ruin

12. Consistent foolishness is an outward symptom of inward spiritual death

13. Living life for worldly pleasures will bring to poverty

14. Sin results in retribution in like kind

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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The Catastophic Results Of A Lifestyle Of Sin…

SIH HALTAL ICON“The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.  When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.  The righteous [man] wisely considereth the house of the wicked: [but God] overthroweth the wicked for [their] wickedness.  Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.  A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.” (Proverbs 21:10-14)

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The Names Of Christ: “David”

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Christ Is The Descendant Of David, And He Is The Loving One.

 Jer 30:9 – But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

Eze 34:23 – And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

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