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Spiritual Stability

The Blessing of Spiritual Stability

Book of Ephesians 3:14-21

 

Stability can be defined as: Steadiness; stableness; firmness of character; strength to stand without being moved or overthrown.

We live in a world of hopelessness. This is another great reason why we cannot allow the world to get into our places of worship.

Hopelessness is a state of being desperate, being without hope of any kind.

As the Apostle Paul continued to write such graceful words, guided by the Holy Spirit, some people could look at his situation, in prison and awaiting execution, and decide that there was not a great future in this thing called being a Christian.

The Apostle Paul understood the thoughts of such a people, but we must realize that the benefits of having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ far outweighs the hopelessness of not knowing our Savior!

Another great thing we will learn in this passage is that the church that prays together, stays together!

The greatest prayer in the Bible is the prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ in Chapter 17 of the Book of John.

The model prayer, the Lord teaches us in the Book of Matthew 6:9-13 may be the most quoted prayer in the Scriptures but this prayer of Paul, guided by the Holy Spirit may be the greatest prayer of the Church.

We should also remember how the Lord Jesus Christ prayed for Peter.

Luk 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Luk 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Jesus also prayed for this lost world as we should. This world is ignorant of the truth of God!

Luk_23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; “for they know not what they do”.

When Satan has lost any power, he held over us when we gave our heart to Jesus Christ, then Satan still has a great desire to ruin the testimony of each Christian.

The Lord Jesus Christ prayed for the Church.

Here we will see where the Apostle Paul prays for the Church.

It is in our best interest for us all to pray not only for the Church but for each other!

So, let’s hear Paul’s prayer for the Church.

*****Eph 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

If we bow in prayer to anyone or anything other than our Father in Heaven we are committing blasphemy.

Even the Lord Jesus Christ bowed to His Father in Heaven!

We should also realize that this phrase by Paul means we need to have the right attitude of prayer.

There is no specific bodily posture that is necessary for Spiritual worship! For some kneeling may be impossible.

Kneeling denotes humbleness and we must always be humble before our loving but very powerful God!

Kneeling also denotes a desperate need. There is a desperate need for the church to be strong today and we also need to pray as Paul prayed for the church.

We must also have an attitude of submissiveness!

We must submit to the Lord! If we cannot submit to the Lord, then we are not saved!

We can talk to God anytime we so choose, when we have a prayerful attitude.

Even more times than that, we will have a “cause” to go before the Lord.

When we have a specific cause, then we must be willing to explain things very well before the Lord. We can have unspoken request within a body of believers but not when we have a specific request while in our closet!

We cannot say to the Lord, I have an unspoken prayer request even though He already knows!

We have a great need for many things in our war with evil and the things of this world, so one of our greatest needs is the “strength” to deal with them.

We should notice that this prayer of Paul was in the will of God. God wants His Church to be strong against the evils of this world to do this we must be in the will of God.

The safest place for any of us is being in the will of God!

It is God who gave birth to the Church and it is God who will see the Church succeed until the time of the fulness of the Gentiles!

Notice Paul does not just pray to a father but to the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is the Lord Jesus Christ who came into this world to reveal the One true God to us!

Having “faith” in anyone but the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ will yield no results and no salvation!

We must be utterly dependent on this God. Jehovah God of the Bible, the God that saves, there is no other God!

The world may know a god who is distant and unconcerned with humanity but because of the Lord Jesus Christ we can know the true God who likes it up close and personal and in fact will abide within each of us.

When Paul prayed to the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, he prayed to the God who could hear his prayer and then also able to answer his prayer.

Our God is alive!

*****Eph 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

The truth of our God is that He is the Father of every believer from the time of Adam, all those who have trusted in the fulfillment of His promises!

There is the family of angels who have trusted and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ rather than go after Lucifer and there are the “children of God” who have placed their faith in the things of God.

Just think when we get to Heaven, we will not only see the Lord Jesus but, we will see Adam, and Abraham, and David and every Saint that is mentioned in the Scriptures who have gone on Home, before us.

Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

They may have carried the name Christian on Earth, but they carry the name “child of God” in every location!

Paul knew that to survive the evil in this world would require strength but not just any strength but the strength of God, the Holy Spirit.

*****Eph 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

The Lord Jesus Christ indicated that after Pentecost, the Holy Spirit(Holy Ghost) would begin a new ministry to believers in the Church Age, that was unlike the Old Testament Ages.

Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Joh 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

In the Old Testament, except for a few instances, (Joshua, David and a few others) the Holy Spirit was with the Old Testament Saints, but He was not “within” the Old Testament Saints.

In the New Testament Saint, the Holy Spirit will live within each believer, as a gift from God and He will never leave that believer!

2Co 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
2Co 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

1Th 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit

1Jn 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

This event takes place at salvation!

Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

When we have strength that we do not understand. it is because we are endowed with God the Holy Spirit!

1Co_6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

Being endowed with the “gift” of the Holy Spirit at “salvation” shows the ownership of God!

This strength is needed not for some miracle like as the time of the Apostles, but this strength is needed by our inner man to take control of our flesh in the name of the Lord!

The glory of God is in Himself and no one can match the resources of God! The strength mentioned here is would be spiritual firmness against the evils of this world.

As Christians we must be “tough” in a Spiritual sense. We must have the energy to come face to face with this world and win!

We win because we are on the “Winning Side”!

Without this strength we could not overcome this body of flesh and we would be wide open to being made useless to God.

Without this strength we would never be able to lay claim to the blessings of God.

Without this strength we would fear everything that the natural man fears!

How do we know God will answer our prayer, He lives within us and the riches of God’s glory are in His Son Jesus Christ?

It says, who do you love? If you truly love the Lord, you will able to receive the riches of God’s glory!

2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

God’s “Grace” is sufficient because within us, lies the greatest power in all the universe!

*****Eph 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

The key to be a Christian is for Jesus Christ to dwell in our heart, “by faith”.

We receive the absolute fulness of God into our own spirit with that thing called “faith”!

When we go forth filled with God there is no obstacle we cannot overcome. There is no battle with evil that we cannot win and there is no evil that can break us down!

A.W. Tozer said, “A man who is intimate with God is not intimidated by man”

When Jesus Christ dwells in our heart then He will rule, and that word dwell means to set up a permanent residence and not a temporary dwelling.

Jesus Christ not only lives within our heart, but He makes us aware of it!

When the entire body of believers of any congregation have such an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, that church will be a force in the community where it resides.

Just as the mighty oak tree is rooted to withstand the nature of this world, each Christian must be deeply rooted in Jesus Christ and each member of each congregation must be deeply rooted in that Church to grow as a weapon in the army of God.

In electrical work, a system of electricity must be bonded, grounded, to make a sure connection, to provide the system to work properly and for the safety of those things that are handled by those who use them.

As Christians we must be bonded to Jesus Christ with a sure connection that will endure forever.

The Love of Christ is that sure connection and it works both ways.

Joh 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Joh 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

When we look real hard at this prayer of Paul for the Church it was much like the Prayer the Lord Jesus prayed for the church!

When we understand that we have the entire Holy Trinity living within us and through “faith” that power is available to us, we should be able to notice the difference in our actions because it will be God working within us!

We do all these things so as Christians we have the same understanding of the Word of God, God’s love letter to everyone who will believe in “faith”!

*****Eph 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
Eph 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

That word “able” means having sufficient knowledge of God to make the right decisions for the good of the Church.

Having a full understanding of the Spiritual things of God!

God explains His plan repeatedly in most any part of the Scriptures and it this plan that must be down in the inner part of each believer, so each believer can act on this knowledge in this physical world.

These things can only begin once we have the Lord Jesus Christ living in our heart.

We should understand, just because God wanted to, He has done so much for us while we were His enemies, that we just cannot comprehend it all!

God’s love for is such a quantity that it cannot be measured!

Job 11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
Job 11:8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
Job 11:9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

One of our greatest prayers should be for God to increase our understanding of Him!

The more we understand, the simpler it will be for us to be an outreach to teach God’s plan to others and as a body of believers we should all be on the same page.

When we add all these things up, being rooted and grounded, deeply fixed, firmly established in His love, and with one another as He commands, we will also have an amount of “love” that we cannot even fathom!

In fact, this applies to all the things of God!

1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1Co 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

It is obvious, that to understand these things, we must have a close and prosperous and very personal relationship with the Holy Spirit that lives within each of us!

We should also understand that only a very small but a very important part of the words of Christ have been preserved, the rest we will learn when we get to Heaven.

Joh_21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

The vastness of the love and knowledge of the Lord just simply cannot be measured!

The ultimate goal for each believer is to reach the fulness of God, which is perfection!

Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

It is only those who are perfect that will dwell with God throughout eternity!

There is nothing that anyone can add to these words! For anyone to detract from this truth, would be an attempt change the truth of God!

Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

It is extremely important that we take on the image of Jesus Christ!

Mat 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

To be the image of Christ is so important that it could be said to be the theme of the New Testament and it is!

Rom 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Rom 15:14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

Col 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Col 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

We should surely understand that it is not only the Holy Ghost that lives within us, but the entire Holy Trinity abides within each believer.

The fulness of God is the Triune God!

Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

First the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.

Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Then the Lord Jesus, the Son and His Father, who is also our Father!

To be saved we must pray to the Lord Jesus Christ that He would move into our Heart.
We must pray to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit.
Now we see we must pray for the fulness of God to move into our soul!

We are to constantly pray for all these things and the Lord Jesus has already said the Comforter will never leave us, nor would He ever forsake us.

This means the Holy Spirit will never leave us for any reason and this means we cannot lose the gift of salvation that God has freely given to us!

We can miss so many things when we do not study the Scriptures!

So, who can truthfully do all these things?

*****Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Eph 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

It is our “faith” that limits the blessings of God and not that He is able to go far beyond our request!

God simply says, we limit our own blessings for a lack of “faith”!

Jas_4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

We limit our own blessings, but God has no limit to His power!

God is able to go far beyond what we ask of Him!

Jer 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

Jer 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

God said if we had enough “faith” we could move a tree:

Luk_17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

In fact, God said if we had enough faith we could move a mountain:

Mat 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

As much as we talk about our faith, the only faith we have is the faith that God gave us to be saved and we must increase our “faith” as we know more about our Savior!

Rom_12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

We ought to be begging God to increase our “faith”!

Jesus said we lacked much fasting in our prayer life.

We must give up something for God to give up something to us!

Food and water sustain our life so, to fast shows God, we are willing to trust Him for our life.

So as Paul closes out this passage, he makes us aware that God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask.

The most important thing we can do for ourselves is to live our lives so that we know our prayer will reach into the throne room of God.

God can go far beyond what we ask and believe it or not, God can go far beyond even what we think, but God will only give us what we need to remain in His will even if we ask in the greatest “faith”. Sometimes God’s best answer to our request is “No”!

We know that God first created each us from the elements of the soil, but God could just as well have used stones!

Luk 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

God can even fulfill promises that are humanly impossible!

Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

God can subdue all things to Himself!

Php 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

God can save us to the uttermost!

Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

That power that works within us is the Holy Spirit and it is from Him where this power comes from according to this Scripture and God will never lie to us!

Above all we must remember that God will only do these things if they bring Him the Glory, as it should be!

How long is God to be glorified? Throughout all Ages, world without end!

God lives in infinity and we will soon join Him there!

As these days pass by, let’s do our best not to limit the power of God in our lives.

We need to pray that God will increase our faith and realize that if it is important enough to us then we also need to fast!

Amen.

Let’s Pray!

Having The Right Relationship

Wisdom Keeps Us In Right Relationships

Proverbs 8-10

The word relationship actually means the state of being relative to someone or something else.

The word relationship can also mean, not existing by itself such as belonging to someone else and or depending on someone else.

Most of this world denies a Supreme Being, A Creator of our world and God says they are fools who have no excuse for what they say they believe.

Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

The fact remains that God wants a close and personal relationship with each of us!

It is only through the wisdom of God that we can have a “right” relationship with our Creator and our God!

God may operate in realms far beyond what we can comprehend but He longs for us to explore and personally experience things that are not obvious to us in this world He made.

It does not require some unique ability or some great intellect to search the things of God, we just need to listen to His Words!

When we come under Holy Ghost conviction, God is then speaking to us about what He is about to do and it is always our invitation to adjust our lives to His will and not our own will.

This is where our “Faith” will be demonstrated by our actions!

For the foolish to become wise we must listen to the instructions in the Word of God!

1) Wise people will have that reverent fear of the Lord.

2) Wise people will associate with others who have a reverent fear of the Lord.

3) Wise people will be good stewards of the things that God as provided, especially our “faith”.

4) Wise people will “flee” from sin!

5) Wise people will seek to influence others to trust the Lord with God’s truths!

6) Wise people will understand the love of God and show that love to all others!

*****Pro 8:5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
Pro 8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
Pro 8:7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

Truth is conforming to the facts and/or reality!

The Bible does not just contain the Word of God, the Bible “is the Word of God”!

Wisdom is then personified in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Therefore wickedness is anything that does not conform to the Word of God!

It does not matter what the wisdom of this world teaches, you will find that the Word of God is always the truth!

Rom 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
Rom 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

God’s truth will still be standing as we see this world fall into more wickedness!

2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Wickedness is contrary to the truth, therefore false lips are an abomination in the sight of God!

Righteousness comes by the Word of God!

*****Pro 8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
Pro 8:9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

Without righteousness there is no eternal life!

We already know that our own righteousness is as filthy rags.

Isa 64:6 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.

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Without the righteousness of the Lord we can never make it into God’s Heaven!

Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus Christ is not Allah’s servant, Jesus Christ is God and the only way to Heaven!

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

There is nothing perverse about saying Jesus Christ is God for He himself said He was!

If you have seen the Lord Jesus then you have seen the Father!

I have not yet seen Him with my own eyes, but I know that day is coming!

These words of God are very plain to all those that have understanding!

All those that listen and accept the words of “Wisdom” find the Word of God to be simple and to the point!

The Word of God will form an even path to righteousness and then Heaven, without any means to stumble along the way!

Remember “discernment” also comes from “Wisdom” and we will make the right choices most of the time.

None of us are perfect and will not be, until we meet the Lord in the air but the Lord is always extending His arm of strength to overcome life’s miseries.

The “Wisdom” of God is the most valuable commodity in our universe!

*****Pro 8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
Pro 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

Knowledge must be “received” by way of instruction!

Instruction is necessary, because it does not come naturally!

God gave us the Scriptures for the purpose of teaching:

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Teaching the Word of God is the answer to false doctrine.

Teaching the Word of God produces love among believers.

Teaching the Word of God provides nourishment to the Church!

1Ti 4:6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

Teaching the Word of God provides a proper focus on life!

1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
1Ti 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
1Ti 6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Teaching the Word of God makes disciples.

2Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

There is nothing in this world that can compare to the Wisdom of God!

It is the Word of God that shows us what life is all about!

*****Pro 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

God gives us the ability to choose and why would we not choose life rather than death?

Deu 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

To choose life over death, is to choose the way of “understanding” instead of the way of fools!

The world teaches just the opposite!

The world calls a man a fool if they do not make the things of this life their desire.

Our world is failing because mankind is in pursuit of worldly riches and worldly honors and ignoring the true riches of the knowledge of a Holy God!

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Mat 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Life is all about choices and true wisdom is in the Lord Jesus Christ!

*****Pro 9:7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
Pro 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Pro 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

Reproofs are a means of correction and making things right if properly used. Reproofs can be like sharp knives, needful and useful, but should not be in the hands of children.

Reproofs are wasted on a scorner!

A scorner is someone who hates anyone who is trying to rebuke them!

We see this today on our college campuses and in the many movements going through our nation today.

To be quiet honest, we have a president who absolutely hates to be rebuked for the things he does and says!

Scorners harden to any attempt to convict their actions!

A man of true wisdom welcomes and is thankful for godly correction!

A scorner will magnify himself above all those that disagree with him!

There are some people beyond the reach of constructive criticism and it is worse than a waste of time to try to improve their ways!

A scorner in the midst of his followers, seems to have power but get them alone and they are meek individuals!

A wicked man will only see someone trying to help them as their enemy because they do not see themselves as being guilty!

What did Jesus teach of these things?

Mat 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

A man of true wisdom is just the opposite, he will cherish those who are only trying to help him.

What is the truth?

Godly wisdom promises life, but is silent about enjoyment!

Those that ignore the Word of God offer much enjoyment but are silent on the death that is sure to come!

*****Pro 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

We already know that the fear of the Lord is the whole duty of all mankind!

Even as Christians that know the love of God, we are still to honor a reverent fear of the Lord.

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

It is not so much our own pleasure that is important, as realizing the things we do that will bring joy to the eyes of God!

Those who fear the Lord are blessed!

Psa 112:1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

Those who fear the Lord enjoy God’s goodness!

Psa 34:9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

Those that fear the Lord enjoy God’s provisions and the reality of God promises!

Psa 111:5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

It is only by the Lord Jesus Christ that life has any real meaning!

*****Pro 9:11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

Patience, calmness, moderation, freedom from the mind altering substances of this world, and control of our appetites, will in most every case add days to our lives.

Wisdom in the human life, is to use the enjoyments of this world so that they themselves do not shorten our time to enjoy them!

The fear of the Lord is to hate every evil thing!

The knowledge of the Holy is understanding all the things that can cause us harm!

There is true wisdom in living the Christian life!

As Christians we are prepared to go home to Heaven at any moment and at the same time we would live as long as possible in order to serve the Lord in this life!

As Christians we know that the longest life we live on earth is but a blink of the eye in the eternity of God’s Heaven!

In the world we see that mankind has the tendency to destroy themselves!

There is very little wisdom in self-destruction!

Men may be wise in all the things of this world but have no real wisdom for themselves.

This is not God’s way!

Without the wisdom, that comes from a reverent fear of the Lord, life is meaningless!

*****Pro 10:6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

To be justified is to have already received the gift of God’s “Grace”.

Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Through justification we can have a personal relationship with God!

“Blessings” as used in this verse means “prosperity”.

“Prosperity” is the good and desirable things of a godly life!

Those that are wicked are all those that reject the Word of God.

Have you ever noticed that when a wicked man gets caught, the first thing they say is they want a lawyer because they know if they open their mouths their wickedness will be exposed.

Those that are wicked are always damaged by the things they say!

The wicked man’s ways will turn out to be his shame, when his body is in the grave and his name is spoken in contempt.

Psa 7:16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

*****Pro 10:7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

There is coming the day when we will all cease to live and be nothing but a memory!

Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Most all of us would like to be remembered in a good way after we have left this world!

The true good man will strive to honor God first with his life but most all men want to be remembered as being a good man or at least good at what they accomplished while they lived.

The truth is, we will never hear what those say about us after our death, good or bad!

It is in our best interest to honor the Word of God because we will certainly hear His words after our death!

These are the words we should all desire of the Lord:

Mat 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

A good reputation comes by proper motives and by proper means.

To be justified by God before our death and it show in our life, is a much greater reward in this life!

Life on this earth is very short as compared to eternal life but everyone will leave behind some memory in this world!

We should all strive to make that memory a good one and to be called a Christian and it be the truth, by those you leave behind, is as good as it gets.

In most cases those that lived wicked lives, will continue to live on in their children.

Wicked men are never content to travel on the road to Hell alone. This is Satan’s greatest act upon the people that God has made!

It is Satan’s desire to take as many of God’s children with him as he can and he instills that in all his followers!

Psa 34:16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

*****Pro 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

The truth of our world is that the wise will accept advise but fools only give advise! If you do not believe this just watch any news channel and see it displayed daily!

The results of true wisdom is that it receives rather than gives!

The wise heart will long for and live for the Word of God!

Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Prating, suggest idle talk or babble, add that to a fool who is an idiot, destitute of understanding and you have a self-conceited human being who will never accept the truth of God and will certainly fall into the depths of Hell.

Pro 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

*****Pro 10:9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

Walking represents our daily lifestyle.

Uprightly means “in perfection” or as close as we can to being perfect and means “with integrity”!

When we are sincere and pure in all the things we do, it will not go unnoticed.

Those that are upright are always on firm ground and he builds on safe and solid principles.

To walk upright is to be secure in your salvation and walk with others who are also upright and secure in their own walk.

Isa 26:7 The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.

The Lord Jesus is the only righteous one to have ever walked on this earth and to walk uprightly is to walk with the Lord!

We can only be justified by faith in the Lord so the closer we walk with the Lord the better life will be now and forever!

Those that pervert the Word of God will be exposed and punished and put to open shame!

Those that pervert all the laws and who’s sin are so great, they will receive instant condemnation from all.

Those that are perverts reject all truth!

*****Pro 10:10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

To wink in the Bible is always associated with sin!

Pro 6:12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
Pro 6:13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
Pro 6:14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.

To cause sorrow means to cause pain and I don’t know of anyone that can say they love pain!

Sorrow always comes with sin and is part of sins punishment.

The Lord Jesus felt all our sorrows when He took all our sin upon Himself on Mount Calvary!

Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Jesus Christ took our shame and our sorrows along with our sin and nailed them to His cross because we were unable to do this and live!

Now we can rejoice in our own sorrows!

2Co 6:10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Again a babbling fool is incapable of understanding the beauty of the Cross!

*****Pro 10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Those that have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ are like a well of life:

Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Anyone who denies the Lord Jesus Christ is a waterless well, dry all the way to the bottom, enticing from a distance but all hope is lost upon arrival.

You can only tell the good well by it’s flow and a good well will flow for the benefit of all others!

There are some wells that are not empty but are still useless because they are filled with bitter water. This is the path of the modern day church, the last of the church ages and some of these even contain stagnant water!

The mouth of the wicked can only speak of violence!

Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

*****Pro 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

Hatred is inconsistent with the knowledge of God!

1Jn 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
1Jn 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Love on the other hand is the greatest attribute of God!

1Jn 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Love is the perfection of God’s divine nature!

God’s love is not an emotional impulse but is truly a rational and voluntary affection for those of faith and grounded in truth and holiness and comes because God has chosen to be this wonderful thing called love.

Even though we are worthless sinners we can still have the perfect love of God!

It was love that went to the cross!

It is love that covers all sin!

1Pe 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
1Pe 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

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