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The Marks Of Those Who Are Spiritually Weak…

SIH HALTAL ICON8) He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
9) The thought of foolishness [is] sin: and the scorner [is] an abomination to men.
10) [If] thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.
11) If thou forbear to deliver [them that are] drawn unto death, and [those that are] ready to be slain;
12) If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider [it]? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth [not] he know [it]? and shall [not] he render to [every] man according to his works? (Proverbs 24:8-12)

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The Names Of Christ: “Governor”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist Is Our Authoritative Leader

 

 Mat 2:6
And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 24:8-12

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

 

Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Wisdom Not Weakness 2: Proverbs 24:8-12

8) He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
9) The thought of foolishness [is] sin: and the scorner [is] an abomination to men.
10) [If] thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.
11) If thou forbear to deliver [them that are] drawn unto death, and [those that are] ready to be slain;
12) If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider [it]? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth [not] he know [it]? and shall [not] he render to [every] man according to his works?

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

 

EXPOSITION:

He continues our study by emphasizing the need to cultivate an attitude desiring to be wise and not weak.  In this section, he describes for us several marks of those who are foolish and weak…

8) He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
A foolishly weak person is one that deliberately plans to perform evil against others…

A person who plans to bring to ruin the innocent shall be given the title “Master of Wicked Devices”.
Through:
a. making plans to perform evil actions;
b. making plans to harm those who are innocent and defenseless;

By doing these, they are clearly showing themselves as extreme in their rebellion against the Lord.

Although the wicked will attempt to hide his wickedness, his sinful ways will eventually be seen by his associates and will become known as one who has mastered acts of rebellion against the Lord.

There is [one] come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.”   (Nahum 1:11)

 

9) The thought of foolishness [is] sin: and the scorner [is] an abomination to men.
A foolishly weak person is one that rejects the teachings of His Word…

1.  To make plans, without the application of God’s Word is an act of rebellion against the Lord
2.  Those that scoff and mock God’s Word are thoroughly disgusting to men.

When men make plans without considering God’s Word, they are mocking His Word, rebelling against Him, and making themselves thoroughly disgusting to those around them.  Their actions not only harm the cause of the Lord, but, many times include bringing harm to others.

O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?”   (Jeremiah 4:14)

 

10) [If] thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.
A foolishly weak person is one is weak in times of trouble…

1.  If a person grows weary and slacks off when faced with troubles it is a sign that their abilities and supplies are very limited.

The Lord promises that He will be with His people in times of need and will give them overflowing sustaining grace to meet their every need.  Therefore, if a person is weak in times of distress, it shows that their relationship with the Lord is lacking:
a. Either, they are yet in their sins (unsaved);
b. or, as Christians,  they have unconfessed sin in their life resulting in a breach in communion with the Lord.

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;  But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”   (2 Corinthians 4:1-2)

 

11) If thou forbear to deliver [them that are] drawn unto death, and [those that are] ready to be slain;
A foolishly weak person is one that is not gracious or kind to those in great distress and need…

A person liked this holds back from defending:
1.  those who are unjustly facing ruin or physical death
2.  those who are wavering or slipping down a slope into a slaughter.

One of the great roles to be played by the wise is the defense of those who are being mistreated and cannot defend themselves.  When a person hold s themselves back from showing kindness to the afflicted is to outward display their foolishness and lack of understanding of God’s will.

[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?  [Is it] not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?”   (Isaiah 58:6-7)

12) If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider [it]? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth [not] he know [it]? and shall [not] he render to [every] man according to his works?
A foolishly weak person is one who excuses their sin and forgets the Lord knows their heart…

If a person excuses their sin by saying they did see the opportunity to help others in need, their actions deny that:
1.  the Lord closely examines their desires and motives.
2.  the Lord sustains their physical life and observes all aspects of their life
3.  the Lord will give back to men what they have given to others.

Those who are wise know that the Lord cannot be fooled, nor can sin be justified.   The attempted justification of sin, is an outward display of foolishness and a pride.

The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity [that is] in me.  Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. “   (Psalms 7:8-9)

SUMMARY:

Some of the marks of the person who is spiritually weak due to their foolishness:
1.  A foolishly weak person is one that deliberately plans to perform evil against others…
2.  A foolishly weak person is one that rejects the teachings of His Word…
3.  A foolishly weak person is one is weak in times of trouble…
4.  A foolishly weak person is one that is not gracious or kind to those in great distress and need…
5.  A foolishly weak person is one who excuses their sin and forgets the Lord knows their heart…

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

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 Lifespan Of The Local Assembly

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And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.”   (Matthew 28:18-20)

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Do Experiences Lie Or Do They Reveal The Truths Of God?

SIH HALTAL ICONAnd then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (2 Thessalonians 2:8-14)

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The Importance Of The Local Church -3 “The Nature Of The Church: The Lifespan of The Assembly”

SIH TOA ICON“…The house of God, which is the church of the living God,

the pillar and ground of the truth.”   (1 Timothy 3:15)

In this third lesson of our study on the Lord’s church, we will begin looking at the church’s promised span  and purpose of existence in this sin darkened world.

 

THE STUDY:

Our Lord has clearly shown us the “lifespan” of His local assemblies on earth… 

1. The Lord’s church began with the call of His disciples to form an assembly of followers: 1 Corinthians 12:27-31, Mark 3:13-19, Luke 6:12-20

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.  [Are] all apostles? [are] all prophets? [are] all teachers? [are] all workers of miracles?  Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”   (1 Corinthians 12:27-31)

Here, we are told that the first members of that the Lord called into His assembly were His apostles.  In the beginning times of the Jerusalem assembly, you have the Lord as the Pastor/Teacher of the assembly with the other apostles making up the membership of the church. The only other office that was existing in the beginning days of the church was the office of Treasurer into which Judas was placed (John 13:29).

Keep in mind, all of the Apostles, as well as Christ Himself, had been baptized by John the Baptist. This baptism followed the apostles’ fruits of repentance and made them eligible to obtain church membership (Mark 1:4). This is one aspect of John the Baptist’s ministry of which it was said that he was to “prepare the way of the Lord” (Mark 1:2), by making them eligible for membership in the Lord’s first assembly on earth.

The actual beginning of the Lord’s church is described for us in detail in two passages that describe the same historical event..

And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth [unto him] whom he would: and they came unto him.  And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:  And Simon he surnamed Peter;

17) And James the [son] of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:  And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the [son] of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite, And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.”   (Mark 3:13-19)

In these verses, we can see that the Lord chose these original twelve apostles to fulfill specific duties, one of which was to BE WITH HIM.  In other words, they were chosen to accompany Him and be pastored by Him.  Christ fulfilled His role of pastor to them as He led them, taught them, and protected them.  All of this was done to prepare them for their future, permanent, ministries that would begin at Pentecost (the EMPOWERING of the local assembly for ministry in Christ’s absence by the Holy Spirit) (Acts 2:1-36).

 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.  And when it was day, he called [unto him] his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;  Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,  Matthew and Thomas, James the [son] of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes,   And Judas [the brother] of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.  And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;  And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.  And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed [them] all.  And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed [be ye] poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.   (Luke 6:12-20)

The Lord began His church by choosing, and assembling His apostles (here they are called “his disciples”), who are separated from the crowds that had gathered. Then they rejoined the crowds and ministered to them.

Following their ministry to the crowds, the LORD BEGAN TO TEACH HIS CHURCH (ie His disciples) as He shared with them the Sermon on the Mount.  This is clearly seen by Him looking directly on His disciples as He taught.   In other words, when the Lord taught the Sermon on the Mount, He was teaching His disciples (ie His church, His apostles) as the crowds looked on.

2. The Lord’s church will continue to exist on earth until He comes back at His second coming: Matthew 16:16-20, Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 11:25-26

And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.”   (Matthew 16:16-20)

In the above text we can see that the Lord is making a clear promise that the His church will not be overcome, die a slow death and go out of existence.  Not Satan, not the powers of darkness, NOTHING will gain a lasting complete victory over all of His assemblies on earth.   Individual church assemblies may come and go, but there will always be at least one of the Lord’s churches in existence to minister to His people and the lost world around it.

Also note the phrase “will build”.  This phrase is translated from a Greek word that means “to strengthen”, “to edify”, “to add to”.  This is teaching us that, at the time Jesus spoke this, the church was already in existence and He is promising He would strengthen it, prepare it and “build it up” to be able to exist until His second coming.

He did this in many ways… His personal teaching during His earthly ministry, His completion and accreditation of the inspired Word and ministry of the church of God by 100 AD, the giving of the Holy Spirit to empower His assembly at Pentecost, the establishing of other offices that would be used to further “build up” the assembly, the adding of believers to the first assembly at Jerusalem and the sending of the gospel to (and establishing His churches) throughout the Gentile world.  All of these strengthened the Lord’s assemblies which enabled them to exist in His absence and in the face of all types of opposition.

(There will be much more about the “rock” being mentioned in this text in the next section of our study.  For now, the only important point to be seen is that the church will not die and go out of existence.)

The Lord also explains the event that will cause His churches to go out of existence… it would not be the opposition of the powers of darkness, but the end of the current age. This will take place at His second coming….

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.”   (Matthew 28:18-20)

 

A part of the Great Commission that the Lord delivered to His local assembly was the promise of His continuing accompaniment with His churches until the “end of the world”.  The term “world” was translated from a Greek word that means “age” or “specific time period” or “period of duration”.  This is teaching us that the second coming of Christ, which will bring about the end of the current age in which we are living, will also bring an end to the existence of the Lord’s churches on earth.

This same principle is also supported in 1 Corinthians 11:25-26…

 

After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me.  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”   (1 Corinthians 11:25-26)

 

The ordinance of the Lord’s supper is a church ordinance, therefore, it is under local church authority and is to be observed, and controlled by His local assemblies.  Here, we are told that His churches are to be observing His supper consistently until He comes back. For His churches to be able to keep this command, His churches must be in existence until His second coming.

The Lord’s church, which started with Christ’s call to assemble given to His Apostles, will exist until the second coming of Christ.

THE SUMMARY:

 

Based on our studies so far we can see that the nature of the Lord’s church includes:
1.  An assembly of individuals
2.  A local assembly
3.  A visible assembly
4.  A called our assembly
5.  A unique assembly

In the second part of our study we saw that the church, as an assembly offers to Christians the three-fold blessing of:
1.  the teaching of God’s Word – to strengthen, mature and ground them.
2.  the care and fellowship of other believers
3.  opportunities of service to Christ.
4.  enriched worship of the Lord through the observance of the ordinances and enhanced prayer effectiveness.

In the third, and last part of our study on the Nature of the Church, we can see that:
1.  The Lord’s church began with Christ’s call for His Apostles to assemble and to accompany Him.
2.  The Lord’s church would go out of existence during the age in which we live
3.  The Lord’s church will not be overcome by the powers of darkness in this world
4.  The Lord’s church will cease to exist at the end of this age, brought about by the second coming of Jesus.

Why should we should attend, join and support the ministries of a local church?  It is promised to remain in existence until Christ comes again, therefore it can be a consistent source of instruction, fellowship, worship and opportunities of service as we live our lives on earth.

May the Lord bless us as we seek His truth.

 

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Personal Experience Or God’s Word, Which Is Our Standard? #2

SIH STSTA ICONShould we trust the Word instead of our life experiences?

Throughout our lifetime, we are called upon to choose between trusting the revelation of God’s Word or placing our faith in our life experiences. Phrased another way, are we to make our life decisions based upon what our senses have revealed to us, or do we look to God’s Word as the only unquestionable standard by which our life is to be directed?

This is study I would like us to come to an understanding of God’s will on this all important issue. There will be three parts to our study for us:

1. Should we trust the Word when we lack life experiences?
2. Should we trust the Word instead of our life experiences?
3. Should we trust the Word based upon Biblical revelation?

THE SCRIPTURES: 

And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast [it] before Pharaoh, [and] it shall become a serpent. And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said. (Exodus 7:8-13)

Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, [there is] a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me [him] up, whom I shall name unto thee. And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die? And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, [As] the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing. Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou [art] Saul. And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. And he said unto her, What form [is] he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he [is] covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it [was] Samuel, and he stooped with [his] face to the ground, and bowed himself. (1 Samuel 28:7-14)

The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, [It will be] fair weather: for the sky is red.
And in the morning, [It will be] foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O [ye] hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not [discern] the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. (Matthew 16:1-4)

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. (Matthew 24:21-28)

And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha. And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side. (Mark 8:10-13)

For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ: (Ephesians 4:11-15)

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 2:8-14)

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all [men], as theirs also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of [them] all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them]; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:1-17)

I charge [thee] therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:1-6)

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
(Jude 1:3)

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. (Revelation 19:19-21)

THE STUDY: 

Can our senses, and the events that take place in the physical world around us, be reliable sources to discern, and validate the will of God? This is a very important question that deserves a careful, comprehensive study of the Word of God for its answer.

With the establishment of the Lord’s churches on earth came the clear declaration of the existence of false teaching and purposeful attempts to deceive God’s people….

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:… That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;… (Ephesians 4:11-15)

We must pay attention to  the descriptive phrases that are used in this passage to describe the attempts that are used by Satan to deceive the people of God. For it is in these phrases we can clearly see willful intent, the motive of this deception, and the basic way in which the deception is brought upon Christians.  Please notice:

1. “sleight of men” – this phrase refers to seducing those who are unskillful. It was a term used to describe the experienced taking advantage of naive youths in games of chance.
2. “cunning craftiness” – this phrase refers to trickery, or cleverness, that misleads. It is speaking of the ability to lay plans ahead of time to mislead and take advantage of others.
3. “lie in wait to deceive” – to stay among travelers, or a well-traveled path, for the purpose of taking advantage of the travelers. It is describing something like a lion, who crouches along a much-used path waiting for an innocent animal to appear.

In the above, we can see the nature of Satan’s workings as he makes plans to use trickery and deceit to mislead the people of God. What was God’s remedy that He supplies to us? He graciously has given us the different offices of teachers that will share His Word, whose principles give us the ability to discern and resist Satan’s attempts at misleading us. These offices are listed in this text, “apostles” , “prophets”, “evangelists”, pastors and teachers”

So from this text we learn two very important truths…

First, as Christians, Satan is out to deceive us during our physical walk on earth. He will try to deceive us using various tricks and false teachings.

Secondly, the Lord has given us His Word, and those who minister His Word, both past (Apostles and Prophets who gave us the completed Word) and present (Evangelists and Pastor/Teachers who now minister that completed Word), to us to enable us to overcome the trickery of Satan.

In this text, He establishes the principle that His Word, when used as our standard for living, will thwart any deceitful plans of Satan that are sent our way in an attempt to mislead us. This principle is also presented in 1 John 4:1-6…

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world… Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:1-6)

Please notice that Satan’s use of false teaching (and false teachers) is emphasized. We are told in this passage that we must “believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:” How are we to try the spirits? We do this by comparing the truth of God with the teachings that come our way. This is presented to us in this text in two different ways:

First, teachings concerning the person of Christ are used as the basis of recognition of the deceitful teaching of Satan, “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” This tells us that we need to compare the teachings of man with the truthful and reliable truths of Christ found in the Word.

Secondly, please note the closing sentence of this text, “Hereby know we the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, and the SPIRIT OF ERROR.”  What is the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error?
This is further explained in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15…

“For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

In this passage we see emphasized the deceitful nature of Satan’s plan. His teachers claim to be sent by Christ. They claim to be doing the works of Christ and they even appear to our senses to be the servants of the Most High.   In these two texts, Satan uses the proclamation of error through false teachers, false prophets etc. in an attempt to deceive the people of God. This is the “SPIRIT OF ERROR”.

In the 1 John 4:1-6 passage, the term “truth” refers to that which is genuine, actual to fact, verifiable truth. It is this very body of truth that is contained in God’s Word. The Word is the only source of absolute truth that is available to man…

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
(Jude 1:3)

Here we find the need to stand fast and defend the set of doctrinal truth (or “the faith”) God has given to man is found in His Word.  This is the “SPIRIT Of TRUTH”.

Notice what is said about “the faith”…
1. it was “once delivered” – in the original language this phrase means “to be delivered in its entirety once and for all”. This clearly refers to the Word of God, once handed down and brought to completion in about 100 AD.
2. it was delivered “unto the saints” – it was given to those He had selected to be the writers of His Word…. the OT prophets and NT apostles, and their associates. These men were inspired by God to write down the very Word of God recorded in the Bible, which now makes up “the truth” and “the faith” that upon which we base our entire system of beliefs and teachings.

It is this “SPRIT OF TRUTH” that is in a constant spiritual struggle with the “SPIRIT OF ERROR” we have previously seen.

But the Bible goes farther.  As it looks ahead in time, we find that we are told that this struggle will increase and be brought to fruition as the last days draw closer…

… Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

… Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. (Matthew 24:21-28)

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come… Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all [men], as theirs also was…. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them]; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:1-17)

… And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. (Revelation 19:19-21)

In the last three passages, please notice that Satan’s attempts to deceive the people of God are not limited to the use of false teachers and error filled teaching.  We see also the usage of “great signs and wonders” (Matt 24:); misleading miracles, “Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth:” (2 Tim 3: and Exod 7:8-13); “wrought miracles” (Rev 19:).

Both in the days in which we are living, and in the days which must yet come, we can see the Bible is warning us about Satanic use of “miracles” and “signs and wonders” which will be used in an attempt to mislead God’s people.

Think about it, our physical senses observe that these false teachers are able to perform great acts that mirror the acts of the Godly men in the days of old. Based upon our senses, we are tempted to accept Satanic teachers based upon their display of “supernatural powers”. Then on top of it all, we hear with our ears messages that scratch “our itching ears” (2 Tim 4:), in other words, the messages are be pleasing to us and bring satisfaction to our sinful, fleshly, nature.

In these life experiences, our senses will certainly be working hard to mislead and deceive us. The only hope for us is clearly presented in the 2 Tim 3: passage, “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them]; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

It is only through the use of the completed, inspired Word of God, that we can possess a standard to compare all teachings and workings of man.

In closing let’s notice a few things about the Word of God from the 2 Tim 3: passage:

1. The Word is what we have “learned” – to come to acknowledge and understand as genuine truth
2. The Word is what we have “been assured of” – to be trustworthy
3. The Word is “known of whom we have learned” – Godly, reliable men have given us this Word.
4. The Word is “able to make thee wise unto salvation” – was applied to our heart when we were saved.
5. The Word is “given by inspiration of God” – spoken by God Himself, it is “breathed out” by God
6. The Word is “profitable for doctrine” – it benefits us by supplying the truths of God
7. The Word is “profitable for reproof” – it benefits us by supplying warnings from God
8. The Word is “profitable for correction” – it supplies direction on how to correct error in our life
9. The Word is “profitable for instruction in righteousness” – it supplies truths on how to live a Godly life
10. The Word causes us to be “perfect” – it supplies what we need to be spiritually mature
11. The Word causes us to be “throughly furnished unto all good works” – it is ALL WE NEED to be furnished to please God in every aspect of our life.

The above description of God’s Word reveals several important facts to us about the Word. Of these facts let me emphasize four of them:

Notice we have learned it is trustworthy… our physical senses, which are touched by sin, are not trustworthy witnesses of that which is Godly and that which is against God. But the Word can be relied upon to reveal the true nature of what we may experience in this life.

We also saw that it was the Word that has revealed the way of salvation to us. If we can trust this Word to give us reliable discernment that affects our eternal destiny, surely we can trust it to give us Godly discernment our experiences in life.

The Word through its own testimony, and the examination of men for over two centuries, has been proven to be perfect, without error, and absolutely trustworthy. Surely, we can continue to rely totally upon this Word to lead us from error as we seek to serve the Lord.

Finally, in the last sentence of 2 Tim 3:, we are told that the Word is ALL THAT WE NEED to become spiritually mature and to perform “all good works” that we are called upon to do. This statement confirms for us the need to rely totally on the Word of God to discern to true nature of our life experiences. We do not need our life experiences, apart from the Scriptures, to show us the will of God. But we need the Scriptures for Godly discernment of all that our senses perceive as we experience life on earth

The revealed Word, as found in the Holy Scriptures is all we need and ALL WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN by God to give us a standard for comparison of all teachings and works of the men that minister unto us.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Getting to the heart of our study for today…

The Word is our completed guidebook for Godly discernment and leadership as we seek to serve our Lord on earth. If we rely upon our physical senses and physical experiences alone to discern the Lord’ will for our lives, we are headed for doom.

How does this apply to us in a practical way? Here are just a few examples….
1. When we hear teaching on spiritual things we must run to the Word and compare its teachings with the teachings we have heard. Any teachings that are in alignment with the Word we can cling to as much fine gold, and any teachings we hear that are in opposition to the Word we must cast aside as chaff.
2. When we see works performed by those who claim to be God’s messengers, we are to grasp our “gold standard” of the Word to see if these works will stand up against its teachings. Does God say that these works will be used by His ministers? Does God say these works will be done during the time in which we are living, or have they fulfilled their purpose and no longer exist? Are the works accomplishing the proper end? Etc etc
3. When we see methods being employed by churches and ministers we must not be caught up in the idea that “the end justifies the means”. Just because a certain method APPEARS to have great results for Christ, it does not justify their use. We are to take the Word, and see if the methods being used are glorifying to the Lord and sanctioned in the Word.

It is these type of issues that Satan uses to reap havoc and chaos among God’s people. It is only through the use of God’s Word as our final authority concerning the teachings, works, and methods of ministry that we can see the true nature of the ministries and ministers that may come our way.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth concerning this very important subject.

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Spiritual Strength Comes Through Wisdom…

SIH HALTAL ICONThrough wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:  And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.  A wise man [is] strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.  For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.  Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.  (Proverbs 24:3-7)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 24:3-7

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

 

Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Wisdom Not Weakness: Proverbs 24:3-7

3) Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4) And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
5) A wise man [is] strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6) For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.
7) Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

 

EXPOSITION:

He begins our study by emphasizing the need to cultivate an attitude to be wise and not weak…

3) Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
1.  It is through applying God’s Word to our lives that our family is spiritually rooted and grounded
2.  It is through the use of Godly discernment that our family is built up

When we recognize the importance of understanding and applying the Word, we will hand these things down to our children.  In doing so, it will strengthen and ground our families spiritually.

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him:  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”   (Colossians 2:6-8)

 

4) And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
The truths of God fill our living quarters with treasured spiritual wealth

By learning and passing down the truths of God, our homes will be overflowing with the invaluable, and pleasurable, blessings of God.

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him:  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”   (Colossians 2:6-8)

 

5) A wise man [is] strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
1.  A man that applies the Word to his life possesses spiritual strength and boldness.
2.  A man that possesses the truths of God will add to his spiritual strength and the ability to serve Him

The more of the Word that we know and apply to our lives, the greater our spiritual power and boldness.

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

 

6) For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.
1.  Using experienced guidance a decision should be made to go to war.
2.  Using an abundance of advisors deliverance from error and harm can be found.
A decision to go to war is a very serious, important and potentially lethal decision, because it not only affects our lives but the lives of others as well.  This is used as a picture of any important life decision that we are called upon to make. Before making an crucial life decision multiple, experienced guidance should be consulted.  When we look to many advisors that have previously faced the same decision, we are able to make wise, safe, and proper decisions.

Note the two basic principles concerning making crucial life decisions…
1. We are to go to those EXPERIENCED in making the same type of decision we are about to make.  Why? It is only through those who have experienced similar situations in life that we can expect to receive advice that is applicable to our circumstances and tested by experience.
2. We are to go to many COUNSELLORS to obtain many opinions before we make the important decisions of life.  By hearing the counsel of many, we can receive advice that is coming from different views of our situation.

As we speak to our counselors we are to seek their opinion about the nature of God’s will for this situation.  We never go to counselors to seek their opinion of what should be done. Ultimately we are held accountable to follow the counsel of God for the matter at hand.  In some cases, God’s counsel will be found through the advice given to us by others. In other cases, it will be through our own personal study of His Word and the witness of the Holy Spirit within us.

His counsel is most valuable because… the Lord knows EXACTLY what we are going through at the time, no one else does.  Also, our Lord’s counsel is far greater than the counsel of multitudes, His counsel will never fail us.

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

 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”   (Proverbs 15:22)

  

7) Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
1.  The application of God’s Word is exalted above those who do not keep His Word
2.  The fool has no right, nor ability, to add his opinion to decision making.  The best he can do is keep silent so that his foolishness will not be heard.

 As we look for Godly counselors we are to avoid those who do not apply the Word to their lives.  The counsel of the fool is not only worthless, but harmful as well.  For any that follow his counsel only an experience of loss will follow.

 For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.  O LORD, how great are thy works! [and] thy thoughts are very deep.  A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.”   (Psalms 92:4-6)

 

 

SUMMARY:

Strength that finds it source in Godly wisdom affects many areas of our lives:
1.  Strength for our families
2.  Strength for eternal gain (rewards for service)
3.  Strength for enabling for personal service on earth
4.  Strength for Godly decision making.
5.  Strength to resist foolish worldly counsel

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

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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Do Not Be Envious Of Those Who Harm Others

SIH HALTAL ICON1) Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

2) For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.  (Proverbs 24:1-2)\

 

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The Names Of Christ: “Great High Priest”

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Christ, Our Sacrifice, Through Whom We Have Communion With God

Heb 4:14

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 24:1-2

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

 

Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Helpful not Harmful: Proverbs 24:1-2

1) Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
2) For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

                                                                                                                               

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

 EXPOSITION:

He begins our study by emphasizing the need to cultivate an attitude to be helpful not harmful to others…

 

1) Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
1.  Do not burn with desire to be more evil than other wicked men
2.  Do not long to accompany evil men in their acts of sin and abuse of others
Our attitudes should always push us away from wickedness and those who commit it.  For the Christian, our contact with those who live selfish, hurtful lives is to be limited to witnessing and to be in contact only when necessary.  To form close friendships, business partnerships, or spousal relationships with the wicked is in clear opposition to the Word of God.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”   (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
 

“Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].”   (Ephesians 5:4-11)

 

 

2) For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
Solomon now gives us sound reasons to refuse to join with those who are wicked…
1.  Their desires are fixated upon selfish gain through bringing others to ruin
2.  Their speech talks of bringing harm to others, while many times results in harm to themselves.

To summarize… why should we not desire to follow after those who are wicked?  They harm others, and eventually, they bring harm upon themselves and all those associated with them.
The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek [after God]: God [is] not in all his thoughts.  His ways are always grievous; thy judgments [are] far above out of his sight: [as for] all his enemies, he puffeth at them.  He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for [I shall] never [be] in adversity.  His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue [is] mischief and vanity.  He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.  He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.  He croucheth, [and] humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.  He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see [it].”   (Psalms 10:4-11)

 

SUMMARY:
For us to be living sacrifices for our Lord we need to cultivate the proper attitude in service to Him.  That service involves cultivating a Godly attitude of serving Christ by helping others.  By doing this, we can become living sacrifices for His honor and glory and for the benefit of others.

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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A Clear Warning Against Drunkeness…

SIH HALTAL ICON29) Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?  30) They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.  31) Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright.  32) At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.  33) Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.  34) Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.  35) They have stricken me, [shalt thou say, and] I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I felt [it] not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.  (Proverbs 23:29-35)

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Our Lord Is Truly God Alone!

The Names Of Christ: “The Good Shepherd”

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Christ Died For His People To Protect Them

Joh 10:11-14 – I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.   But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.    The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 23:29-35

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

 

Sources Of Ruin For Our Lives: Drunkeness: Proverbs 23:29-35

29) Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
30) They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
31) Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright.
32) At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
33) Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
34) Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
35) They have stricken me, [shalt thou say, and] I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I felt [it] not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

 Solomon now shares with us teachings on many different sins that can ruin our lives…

 

EXPOSITION:

To conclude the chapter, Solomon now addresses the sin of drunkenness…

29) Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
Solomon gives us a quick list of several results of excessive alcohol consumption:
1. woe – to express grief due to loss
2. sorrow – excessive lack
3. contentions – arguing and brawling
4. babbling – to converse with yourself (others unable to understand)
5. wounds without cause – splits in the flesh gotten for unknown reasons
6. redness of eyes – blood shot eyes

 

30) They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
Who exhibits all the above symptoms?
1.  Those who delay their departure from drinking fermented wine
2.  Those who actively pursue the possession of spiced, fermented wine

Who exhibits those symptoms?  Anyone who longs for wine and, therefore, drinks it excessively.

 

31) Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright.
Because of the results of the abuse of wine, Solomon now instructs his students…. Do not gaze longingly upon fermented wine:
1. when it is blood red (the deeper the red color the more attractive to the eye)
2. when it shows it deep color while it stands in the cup (when it is deep red when it stands in the cup it was a sign of a very rich wine.)
3.  when it is highly carbonated (a crucial part of the fermentation process is the release of CO2 gas.)

In this verse, Solomon is describing a very desirable intoxicating wine.  His point is for us to not give into temptation by allowing these characteristics to cause us to lust after it due to its superior quality.

If we give ourselves over to this wine, there are very harmful results…

 

32) At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 
When all is said and done it…
1.  bites like a snake
2.  wounds like a viper (poisonous snake)

Overt time, it will be transformed from a pleasurable satisfying experience to an experience that causes great pain and harm

 

33) Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
1.  Your eyes will look longingly (lust after) on women that are profane, adulterous
2.  Your desires will speak of fraudulent things

It will lessen your resistance to temptation to sinful thoughts and acts

 

34) Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
1.  You will choose to sleep while your boat is in the midst of the sea
2.  You will rest at the top of the mast where you should be watchful and can easily fall.

It will give you a false sense of security when vigilance and great care is needed due to impending danger

 

35) They have stricken me, [shalt thou say, and] I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I felt [it] not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
1.  You will say you have pain and aching as if someone has beaten you but you were not sick
2.  You will say you were beaten and yet you did not remember the beating.

It will give you physical pain and suffering along with loss of memory

But, in spite of these results, due to addiction, you will still actively search for it and partake of it.

 

SUMMARY:

Anyone who longs for wine and, therefore, drinks it excessively is committing the sin of drunkenness. This results in:
1. grief due to loss
2. excessive lack
3. arguing and brawling
4. others unable to understand speech
5. unable to remember actions
6. blood shot eyes
7. eventually it goes from being a pleasurable experience to an experience that causes great pain and harm
8. it lessens resistance to sinful thoughts and acts
9. it gives a false sense of security and ease when impending danger is close
10. it gives physical pain and suffering

But, in spite of these results, due to its addictive nature, it is continued to be sought after and partaken of.  What a horrible sin is drunkenness.  Sadly this sin not only affects those who partake of the alcohol, but also those who are their spouses, family, friends and acquaintances and our personal testimony for Christ…. Is a temporary numbing of the senses worth this great cost?

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 Lord’s Warning to Avoid the Sinful World’s Enticements…

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26) My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
27) For a whore [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit.
28) She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.  (Proverbs 23:26-28)

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The Names Of Christ: “Glory Of The Lord”

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Christ Displayed The Jehovah’s Glory Throughout His Earthly Ministry

 

Isa 40:5

And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 23:26-28

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Sources Of Ruin For Our Lives: Giving Attention To The World: Proverbs 23:26-28

26) My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
27) For a whore [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit.
28) She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.

The Lord, through Solomon, continues to address sins that can ruin a Christian’s life.  Out of concern for our welfare, as a parent would instruct a child, the Lord now looks at placing our attention on the things that the sinful world has to offer…

 

EXPOSITION:

26) My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
The Lord speaks to us as a loving father instructs his child…
1.  Willingly, turn over your desires to me.
2.  Willingly, turn your eyes to, and consider thoroughly, the paths I have laid out before you.

In this opening verse, the Lord encourages us to make a two-fold commitment to Him…
a. Make a commitment that our desires will be pointed toward things of God.
b. Make a commitment to keep our eyes and attention on the Lord and His ways.

These two commitments go hand in hand, when we turn our desires over to Him, we will then naturally watch Him and follow His ways for us.  This will lead to a victorious life in Him.

When we place our desires on the world, we will have to be force ourselves to look to Him and will struggle to follow His ways.  Eventually we will be spiritually shipwrecked.

27) For a whore [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit.
The all the enticements of the world are now being pictured by one of its greatest enticements… that of a prostitute (much like Prov 7:10-23 etc)
1.  the prostitute is like a deep ditch that will hold us once we fall into it.
2.  a foreign woman (who will lead us into idolatry) is like a pit which is describing a tight place that is leaves us no way of escape.

A woman (or man) that uses sexual desires to attract their prey, are very dangerous indeed.  They are using the base, carnal desires of our fallen nature to distract us from the things of the Lord.  So it is with the enticements of the world… they appeal to our sinful, fleshly, fallen, corrupt nature to lead us astray.

In the above, we find the need to avoid the enticements of the world.  Why?

In both cases the principle is that, if we allow them to ensnare us, they are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to escape.  It is FAR better for us to avoid falling into them, than to fall and be forced to escape its clutches.   In these warnings, we can see the Lord’s love and concern for us being clearly shown, as He teaches us a way to avoid these pitfalls… keeping our desires and eyes upon Him.

 

28) She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
1.  The enticing woman is ready to ambush her victim
2.  The enticing woman’s goal is to multiply those who step over the bounds God has set.  Their lives are lived selfishly in an effort to please their flesh.

This basic principle helps us to understand the motives of the enticement of the world.  It is not to bring us great fleshly joy and pleasure, it is to attack when we least expect it and to cause us to go beyond the area of safety God has given to each of us.

Keep in mind, when the Lord restricts us from following the world’s enticements, He is giving us these limits for our safety and our long-term benefit.  When the world entices us to step beyond the Lord’s limits for us, it is an attack against us, attempting to harm us and bring our eventual downfall.

 

SUMMARY:

One of the greatest keys to overcoming the enticements of this world is to place our desires on the things of the Lord and then to keep our attention and thoughts upon Him.   When we do this we will not be distracted by the enticements of this world.

When we allow ourselves to be distracted, we will fall into traps that are very difficult, nigh to impossible to escape.  Not only that, but the end result of our actions will be to be taken unawares and brought to spiritual ruin.

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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Get The Word Of God…. And Keep It!

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23) Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

24) The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise [child] shall have joy of him.

25) Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

(Proverbs 23:23-25)

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