Repent Submit Be Blessed

Repentance, Submission, and Blessing

Book of Job Chapter 42

What we will see in this last chapter of the Book of Job is that although Job had not sinned, there were many things that he did not have the right understanding of about the Lord.

Job did not have the Bible that we have today to guide Him, Job only had those things of knowledge that had been passed down from his forefathers and what he could learn talking face to face with the Lord.

Job was not very many generations from Noah, so the fear and the power of God should have been near to Job’s heart.

We should clearly understand that we are to take the Word of God He has given to us, to learn all we can about our God and fools not to do so!

We are only temporary residents of this place called earth.

My mom is 91 years old, but many of us will not live that many years, but we will live eternally with the Lord so this little time we live now, is nothing compared to eternal life.

2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

The one thing every child of God knows is, that our Heavenly Father has a plan, and we are smack dab in the middle of it and we will not be left out of God’s plan.

We serve a Great Big God of All Power and we are blessed that He is a Loving and Merciful God!

The greatest wrong we do today may be the fact that, we speak too much before we have the right understanding!

This becomes really serious when we are speaking of our Lord and Savior.

*Job 42:1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Job 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

What is awe? Awe is fear mingled with admiration or we could say, fear mingled with reverence.

Psa 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Psa 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
Psa 33:9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

In the days of Job, the rainbow had much more significance than it does today for it reminded the people of the awesomeness of God.

Today most people do not give the rainbow a second thought, but we should!

If we do not have these same thoughts that Job had, then we are the sinners, not Job.

There is nothing that God cannot do except sin. God cannot sin and God cannot lie, and God cannot be unrighteous!

It can never be said that God will do foolish things and it be true!

God can hear the smallest whisper because God can hear the thought that is in our heart before it gets to our mind and causes some action good or bad!

Job admitted he had talked about things that he had not clearly understood.

*Job 42:3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

What is the one greatest thing that Job had learned in all this?

We have no right to question the ways of God!
We have no right to complain to God for the things we go through!
We have no right challenging God’s wisdom!
We have no right challenging God justice!

We should think about these things as we have seen the results of the recent elections!

Did we vote according to the Word of God?

God does what God does anytime God wants to do so!

What did Job learn?

That he must bow in humble submission before His Creator and admit, it is God who is sovereign!

Isa 14:24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:

Isa 46:8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
Isa 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Isa 46:11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

To be honest, we must accept all the things that God does as the right things to do, no matter how we feel about them!

Jehovah is a righteous God!

We may not ever understand all the Word of God, but the more we study ourselves, the more we listen to the Preacher, the more we attend Sunday School, the more we will understand how our Lord works in this world.

In fact God will never go against anything He has given to us in writing!

We do need to have an accurate Bible written, according to the Greek and Hebrew Manuscripts of the Received Text.

We will never understand the Bible unless the Holy Spirit lives within us and we will never have the Holy Spirit live within us, until we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.

The world can never know the truth of the Scriptures unless a child of God, led by the Holy Spirit, teaches them and of course the Holy Spirit is the greatest of all teachers and He will always, “always” lead us to Jesus the Messiah.

God has every right to demand we live according to His Word!

*Job 42:4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

We must also understand that we must be willing to live without our questions being answered!

This is what “faith” provides!

Faith allows to go on with our life knowing that everything that God does is the right thing!

We serve a righteous God!

When our “faith” is strong our suffering will be short!

Satisfaction comes with the knowledge of the truth!

We must clearly understand, that because we have accepted the truth of God, the truth of the Lord Jesus, we are the children of God and the Lord knows best what we need in this life, and He has prepared us a place for us to live in our eternal life, where there will be no problems at all.

Another thing we must know is that we are not perfect, and we always have some sin to repent of.

Our thoughts are not always pure!
Our actions are not always right!
Our non-actions can be sin!

There are always some things that we have not done knowing we should have done!

You see, the closer we get to the Lord the better we will be in this life!

The more we know about the Lord the better we will be in this life!

When we pray, we should have a greater knowledge of the Lord’s answer, if we are familiar in what the Lord has done in the past.

If we are God’s child, then we can know that He will answer our prayer and we will get what we ask if we ask in faith.

The key to our relationship with the Lord and answered prayer is our “faith”!

As one man wrote “we should be crushed under the weight of God’s “greatness”, if we think about it!

*Job 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
Job 42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

As God had said, Job was the most perfect man on the earth at that time, yet Job had never grasped the greatness of God.

I believe we all fall short in this category!

It is a true statement “that we need to get off self and get on the Lord”.

We are nothing more than a sack of dirt, yet in the eyes of our Savior and our Creator, we are the most brightest shining jewel, upon this earth.

He is not going to harm us!
He is not going to allow this world to harm us until it is time for us to go home!

The Lord never said it was going to be easy being a Christian in fact, the Lord said just the opposite.

Joh_16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

We need to be over-comers of all the things that happen to us in this world!

The Lord teaches us to hate evil.

Joh_7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

The works of this world are always evil in some way!

The world sees an act of goodness as the first step of domination.

We must see sin as something that needs to be eradicated from this world!

We cannot allow corruption to be victorious!

For the most part we tolerate sin, when we need to express that hatred for sin the Lord teaches us to have.

This does not mean that human being, but it does mean that sin!

If Jesus testified of the works of sin, then if we are “like Christ” (Christian) then we need to testify of the works of sin!

The world does not see that being a Christian is being like Christ Jesus!
The world does not see that being a Christian is to live according to the Word of God!

We must always repent of any sin that we have, and this does not mean to tolerate the sin of others!

We are not found sincere in these things unless we have submitted to the Lord!

Now God speaks to Eliphaz.

*Job 42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

You see it was right for Job to reject the error of these three so-called friends and Elihu.

The things they had said to condemn Job, were wrong!

It was Job who had said things that were right according to the truth of God!

Eliphaz had been a bad example for those other three who followed after him in accusing Job.

We see that Jehovah had chastised Job, but His wrath was against those three men.

God’s own children will never see God’s wrath upon them!

This is another type in the Book of Job.

God does chastise His children and will keep His children from His wrath to come.

Rom_5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, “we shall be saved from wrath through him”.

But the children of disobedience will see the full force of the wrath of God.

Rom_1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against “all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness”;

Rom_2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Job had remained true to God through the assault of these worldly men!

Eliphaz was a type of the world and those with him were his followers.

And the Lord does not ever change, He will reward those He has justified, and He will punish those who are disobedient sinners who refuse to accept the Lord Jesus Christ, and refuse to repent!

When we have been “justified” by the Lord it does not matter if we are wrongly judged by the world.

The world thinks we are all hypocrites, anyhow!

We are not of this world just pilgrims passing through this world!

The world that rejects the ways of God cannot then judge the godly!

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Then God shows mercy to these men rather than “judgment” at this time.

*Job 42:8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

As I said at the beginning of our lessons in the Book of Job, we see Job was considered a Priest in his day.

This is also another proof of Job’s innocence.

Here again we see that Job was told to do these things before the 613 laws were given to the Jews.

2Ch 29:21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the LORD.
2Ch 29:22 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and sprinkled it on the altar: likewise, when they had killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar: they killed also the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar.

That word “folly” means foolishness, but it also means wickedness.

Those who defend these three men should know that Jehovah said they were wicked!

Wicked people do wicked things, insisting they are only trying to help, just as corrupt people do corrupt things insisting that is was only for the good of our nation, and everyone to vote in our recent elections and they do not see the wrong in doing so to achieve their goal, a quest for power.

This is the same goal of the Antichrist, “power”!

These three men did exactly what the Lord told them to do, and we can be sure Elihu was watching and listening just as he had been doing all along, but was probably not near 30 years of age.

*Job 42:9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Before Job could offer up a sacrifice for these three men, he would have first had to offer up a sacrifice for himself and God had accepted that sacrifice along with this sacrifice for these three men.

Remember these three men had been inspired and used by Satan, and God put a stop to it, and again placed that hedge of protection around His child Job.

What did Solomon teach after such things?

Ecc 9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
Ecc 9:8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.
Ecc 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
Ecc 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

We also see that the Lord also took Satan out of the picture for the rest of the days of the life of Job!

Once Job was healed and his grief ended, we see that Job was accepted again by his friends and family who had also been influenced by Satan.

*Job 42:11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

Job had suffered for no wrong that He had done and when we suffer in this way God smiles! Why?

Because we are growing to be more like His Son.

Again we see Job as a type of Christ.

1Pe 2:19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
1Pe 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
1Pe 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1Pe 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

Job was humbled by his conversation with the Lord and he now knew much more about the ways of God.

These are the reasons that the Book of Job, and all the wisdom books are in the Bible.

This is why the Book of Job is considered a wisdom book, because we can learn the ways of our God and we are very wrong when we do not try to learn about Him.

We need to understand the way the Lord deals with sin and His children.

We say the patience of Job and Job was a great man of God, but I still do not understand why the Lord puts up with us.

I do not know how God could have sent His Son to pay for my sin and all our sin.

Notice how Job’s friends and family return, still blaming God for bringing evil upon Job, still not claiming God to be a righteous God.

They do now show the signs of true comforters.

1) They came in respect. We must show respect to our brothers and sisters in their time of need.
2) They brought food. We should bring food because many will not fix for themselves.
3) They brought money. When possible or when needed we may have to provide for their necessities.
2Co_8:14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:
4) They came with the intention to comfort. We must come as comforters and not accusers!

Yes, God allowed these things, but we should be thanking God for these valuable lessons we have learned and can learn for the Book of Job.

Notice how God will always make us pay for the harm we cause our brothers and sisters.

Their comfort was not in their money nor that gold, their comfort was in remembering that they should have supported Job from the beginning and not have abandoned him.

It is God who blessed Job!

*Job 42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

Notice how Job was now twice as rich as he had been before.

We do not know the time frame for all these things that happened to Job, but I do not think it was a long period of time.

We see that God knew exactly how many animals Job had before they had vanished.

God knows more about us than we know ourselves!

As the children of God there are some things we need to understand!

1) All our earthly troubles will sooner or later have a blessed ending.
2) Our success in this life is not what we have in the beginning but what we have at the ending.
3) Our afflictions are not penalties but for correction and sanctification.
4) At the end of this day if it ends in peace, we should be devoutly thankful and press onward till we reach that ending that sums up our lifetime upon this earth, remembering that we need to cling to our integrity as a “Born Again” child of God.
5) All true blessings come from our Heavenly Father!

Jas_1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

The Lord also blessed Job again with seven sons and three daughters and this time we know their names.

*Job 42:13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
Job 42:14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.

The greatest treasure that God allowed to be restored was children.

Job again had seven sons and three daughters.

Some would say why not 20 as with the animals.

Job had the knowledge that those first ten were in Heaven!

As head of the family, it was still Job’s job to try to make sure that these ten would live righteously and when Job got to Heaven and when their time on earth ended there would be twenty of Job’s children in Heaven.

Jemima a beautiful child meaning “as beautiful as the day” some also say it has the meaning of “dove”.

Jezia (Cassia) meaning, “sweet-scented”.

Psa 45:8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

Kerenhappuch (Kehren Happook) meaning “horn of cosmetics” taken from the Hebrew words meaning “ivory” or a ray of light added to “glowing” as in “glowing eyes”.

No doubt Job’s three daughters were the fairest in all the lands in their day!

*Job 42:15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

In the day of Job it was the men who were left an inheritance and the women were expected to marry and that husband provide for his wife but Job decided to go against the grain and he equally left all ten of his children an inheritance and Job was rich, that inheritance was great.

So many say that the Bible does not treat men and women equally but we see God always treats everyone equal but he also insist in the order of the family with the man the head of the family in a Christian home led by the Lord.

There will be order in the Church the Lord the Head of the Church and that Christ called man of God to be the shepherd of the Church.

But God was not through blessing Job.

*Job 42:16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.
Job 42:17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

Job lived to see his grandchildren, his great grandchildren, and his great-great grandchildren and Job’s life was full.

Full meaning, abounding in love and grace and peace for a hundred and forty more years.

Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

The Lord Jesus was very compassionate and merciful also, but today He has patience greater than Job as that old accuser is constantly in His ear accusing those Jesus died for.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

The Lord’s patience has an ending and according to many scriptures the Lord could return at any time and redeem His children!

Amen!

The Fear Of The Lord Will Lead To A Confident Life

Wisdom Guides Us To A Confident Life

Proverbs 11-14

A guide is someone or something that will instruct and direct us in the correct path in this life.

We already know that in typology it is the Lord Jesus Christ who represents true “wisdom”!

We should also know that Jesus said when He returned to Heaven, He would leave us with another “Guide”.

Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Joh 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Joh 16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

With these things in mind let’s continue in the Book of Proverbs.

*****Pro 11:5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

The Book of Proverbs is a collection spiritual principles to apply to the practical life of God’s people.

A basic fundamental of this book is that “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap”.

This one thing is denied by modern day humanism!

We cannot live as we like and expect moral results!

History has told us all, that this thing cannot be true!

The trouble with this is, that our leaders forget history and history repeats itself over and over again.

There has only been one perfect man and He is the Lord Jesus Christ!

Notice it is only the righteousness of the Lord that can direct our way because we simply have no righteousness of our own!

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.

The righteous man who is not blinded by his own passions, can follow the safe and direct path of true life by his own “faith” in the Lord.

Those who are wicked, those who are evil in their principles and their practices, will fall by their own wickedness!

Job 27:7 Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.
Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?

Life is much more than this short period of time we spend on this earth.

True life means no death!

True life comes only by Jesus Christ and only by His righteousness!

*****Pro 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

All the ways of the world lead only to false hope.

The way to life is to conform to the ways of God and the will of God, which is holiness.

1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

To be holy is to be perfect and we can only be perfect because Jesus Christ is perfect!

True life is not only life along the way but it is life in the end!

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

There is no death along God’s pathway!

*****Pro 13:13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

The truth is anyone who despises the Word of God will bring destruction upon themselves!

Destruction is not just an arbitrary act of God, destruction is the self-ruin or the suicide of the unbeliever!

It is the same with reward!

We have it within our own selves to be rewarded by God, it comes from being guided by the Lord and led by the Holy Spirit!

*****Pro 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Walking with the wise is sharing the wisdom of God with each other!

This why we should gather together more often and not less often in these end times.

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

We must not be fooled, the “day of the Lord” is fast approaching!

Walking is a motion that we all choose.

Walking with others shows friendship.

Walking with the wise shows wisdom!

Walking in the ways of the world shows foolishness.

Wickedness is useless for the greater purposes of life!

We may have the right to free speech here in America but that does not mean that we are to make enemies of those around us!

The company of others should be used to temper and form the manners of each man.

We may not agree on everything but we should have a desire to come to an agreement.

This is what is lacking in our government today, everyone wants to have things their own way without yielding at all.

The only One who is always right is the Lord and the Word which He gave us!

Bad men and fools are not only useless for the greater purposes of life but they downgrade our society and we can see this happening in our world today even in America.

We must be very careful in our choice of friends and companions!

Bad company creates confidence in sin!

Wisdom creates an earnest concern for salvation!

Society is necessary to human life.

Remember Adam could have lived his entire life in innocence but Adam was not complete until he had a companion.

Society is necessary for human life but a society without the wisdom of God is doomed to failure!

The truth of society is that a man is known by the company he keeps and God says a companion of fools will lead to a life of destruction!

*****Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Mankind may be the greatest of God’s creation but it seems that we are always stumbling in life!

Man did not evolve from the animal kingdom because man is much more complex than any animal!

The truth of mankind is that everyone is born as equals!

All mankind are born into this world in a state of helplessness and ignorance!

Everyone that is born then begin to find out the ways of life!

All the ways of life are not safe and there are many things this world does not show until we have gotten older.

In many cases while they are young, our children are deceived in the ways of life and this is a major problem in this day we live in.

There are ways that seem to be right to them but they will not realize the wrong in these ways until they have experienced the wrong of them!

It is also a fact that wicked and evil men are busy to beguile them!

Everyone of us were taught the way we are suppose to act in this life but these things only recognize our external life.

We may never understand right from wrong with this method because we will only imitate what we have learned.

Most of the Scribes and the Pharisees of the Bible were super religious and most all of them were rotten to the core!

Religion is no more than a mechanism just as the teachings of this world!

There is no true religion beyond Christianity which is a living faith in Christ Jesus!

When we try to go our own way we will only find the way of destruction!

What is wrong with America today?

Pro 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

Tit 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
Tit 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

No humanistic reasoning can ever lead us to true life which comes only by Christ Jesus!

*****Pro 14:23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

The truth of the Book of Proverbs is that what is good in Heaven, is good for this world we live in now!

In order to leave this world in happiness we must first be wise in our choices while we live!

As far as our labor in this world, whatsoever we do in this world “that is worth doing” then do it well!

What’s wrong with the humanism and liberal movement of today?

They seem to forget, that for a nation to survive and prosper there must be many more workers than there are talkers.

No doubt we need those with the ability to talk and to teach but we cannot sustain a government with more talkers than workers!

The largest employer in America is the government who are supported by the tax payer who is struggling to make ends meet.

Penury is poverty and this the life that socialism offers.

When labor no longer provides a profit then there is little enthusiasm to perform that work to the best of our ability and to be quiet honest this is sin against God and ourselves.

Our labor should be profitable to our physical health.

Our labor should be profitable to our character.

Our Labor should be profitable to our comforts.

The only talk that truly profits is that of God’s called preachers who teach the truth of God but even that will not be of profit if we lack faith.

Heb 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

In most every case, hard work will give our mind a rest from the troubles of this world.

It is those who are weak in faith and weak in Spirit who try to talk themselves out of work!

Ecc 5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

Wisdom truly has it’s riches!

*****Pro 14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.

We must remember, the wise are those that have a reverent fear of the Lord.

It is this wisdom of the Lord that becomes a crown for others to see.

Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

The wisdom of the Lord wears like an ornament, a thing of great price for others to see and the gift of knowledge and understanding of the Lord are certainly of great value.

The truth is foolishness can never be anything but folly!

Folly is always sin!

The folly of fools can never be considered wealth!

Riches to a foolish man, can never make him wise!

Pro 27:22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Most all things of wisdom are wasted on a fool because his foolishness will not depart from him!

*****Pro 14:25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

The truth is a faithful witness will not lie!

Those that speak the truth of God show forth their righteousness.

Therefore a true witness saves persons who are in danger of false accusations!

Deu 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

So a witness of the truth of Jesus Christ, a faithful minister of the “Gospel”, not only saves himself but saves them that hear him!

Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Pro 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Soul-winning is the object of each child of God!

The Lord Jesus had these words for all His disciples:

Luk 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

Those that are deceitful speak only lies who serve the god of this world!

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.

Those that fear the Lord are of the truth!

*****Pro 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

The fear of the Lord is much more than just “faith”!

We must have “faith” or we cannot begin to please God!

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The “fear of the Lord” not only includes “faith” but also includes “hope”, “love”, a godly walk, and every “grace”.

**Those the fear the Lord are in awe of His majesty:

Mat 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

**Those that fear the Lord are very aware of God’s presence.

Isa 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

**Those that fear the Lord understand His might:

Luk 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

**Those that fear the Lord are aware of His displeasure:

Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Heb 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

**Those that fear the Lord have strong confidence in the truth of the “Gospel”!

Our God does not ever change, what He did in the past, He will also do in the future!

Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Num 23:20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

A “refuge” is a shelter for protection from danger or distress!

We see that it is not the father or the mother who have refuge but it is His children!

Every child that comes into this world is God’s child but it is impossible to be God’s child and not know that you are!

Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Our true place of refuge is the heart of Christ Jesus and if we ask Jesus, He will let us into His heart!

Psa 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

We are never to young or to old to seek refuge in Christ Jesus!

*****Pro 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Life is somewhat like a fire.

A fire needs some form of energy to keep burning.

Life cannot continue without food!

Spiritual life is similar in that it needs the fear of the Lord which is our fountain and is continuous, is inexhaustible and is pure!

A fountain is a natural source of living water.

What did Jesus tell the woman at the well in Samaria?

Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

And Jesus added these words:

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.

Jesus Christ is the key to avoiding the snares of death!

*****Pro 14:28 In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

If we could get our own president to understand that a happy people, dwelling safely and securely, is a much better honor than a divided nation!

Wise legislation can foresee and remedy many difficulties that arise.

These are the signs of a good government!

To push a single agenda designed to alienate a people will bring his downfall and also those that follow who keep the same agenda!

This proverb is true for any and every nation!

The unique blessings of God on America can be attributed to our founding fathers and the early Christian pioneers. The farther we stray from the wisdom and the principles of these people the closer we get to the downfall of our great nation.

America was founded by people seeking a place to worship the Lord Jesus Christ not a place to worship just any false religion!

*****Pro 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

It is not a sin be get angry!

Eph 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.

The downfall of anger is that we become angry at the person rather than the action they caused!

Unjust anger is always sin!

Excessive anger is always sin!

Selfish anger is always sin!

Personal anger is very seldom without sin.

God said if you get mad “get over it quickly” before it becomes sin!

The truth is that those that are slow to anger show great wisdom!

The downfall of anger is a desire for vindication, which will lead to sin!

Those that are hasty for vindication only seek revenge which then becomes the sin of pride and it was pride that was the downfall of Satan!

Pro 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Remember “folly” is a sign of weakness and the actions of a fool!

Pro 13:16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

*****Pro 14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

A sound heart is a heart that has been given to the Lord Jesus Christ.

All other hearts are rotten!

Even physical health requires a strong heart!

With the influences of emotions such as grief, disappointment, anger, jealousy, and revenge, which spring from envy and pride, derange the the bodily system and become a major health risk.

This is the truth of science.

BECAUSE, This is the truth of the Scriptures!

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Envy, is the uneasiness that comes when we have made someone else our superior!

We are fools when we envy those who are wicked!

Envy only keeps the mind at a continual boiling point and wastes the body till the “rottenness of our bones”!

There is no confidence in our own life when we allow others to influence our own good health!

*****Pro 14:31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

Every society should be an organization of rational people but we already know that this is not true as much today as it was in the past.

God says it’s only going to get worse in all societies!

2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

This is God’s warning to the Church but the Church is remain obedient to the commandments of Jesus even during this time.

It is not only a crime in most places to oppress the poor but it is more important, a reproach to our Maker, our Creator!

No matter what we think of our leaders and our politicians and no matter what they have said, the truth is, the poor have gotten poorer and the rich have gotten richer!

This is a reproach to our Maker and to society!

No matter what social programs have been put in place, our leaders have only allowed those in need to grow up around those programs with no end in sight and in most cases this is because they are only kept on a leash for political purposes.

This is a reproach to our Maker and to society!

Our leaders have allowed and even caused the truth of Christian principles to be abandoned in favor of the lies of false science and philosophy and the great minds of our youth have been brainwashed so that mankind will continue to struggle in the future.

This is a reproach to our Maker and to society!

It is because God knows the hearts of man that He gave us this Scripture:

Deu 15:11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

No matter what this world does or our own politicians do, we are always to help the poor with their needs.

Those that hate God also blame God for the evil things that happen in this world and it is because the Church has not done many of the things that God has said for us to do!

Helping those who are poor and in need is included as a part of our worship of the Lord!

Isa 58:6 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?
Isa 58:7 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?

Those that honor the Lord will also have mercy on the poor!

*****Pro 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.

For the most part, the child of God is full of peace and comfort and hope for a wonderful future.

We know at our death we will join Christ Jesus in Heaven!

2Co 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
2Co 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

For those that do not know the Lord it is not the same!

Wickedness is the real foundation of guilt and fear!

Wickedness is the real foundation of horror and despair!

Those that die in their wickedness, die in a hopeless state that most only realize as they get closer to death!

What do we know to be the truth of those that die without Christ Jesus?

Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23 “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments”, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

It is only those wise in the fear of the Lord who miss out on Hell!

*****Pro 14:33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.

Those that are wise in the Lord should not always be making a display of that wisdom.

We cannot just shove the Bible down the throats of everyone we meet.

We cannot just rub Hell in their faces!

It is only our job to show them the way to get to Heaven!

God has already condemned the lost, it is our job to show them the path of righteousness!

If God is not already working on that individual, what we say will not make any sense to them!

The wisdom we have in the Lord cannot be used until God gives us the occasion to use it with effect!

Pro 12:23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

Someone of great worldly wisdom sees this to be an advantage and they will certainly make known their great intelligence in the fact of those that are wise in the Lord, therefore becoming even more foolish.

A wise man wrote: “the heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of the wise is in his heart”

The truth is righteousness, doing things the way God said to do them, is the only means of making a great nation!

*****Pro 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

As Christians we understand why America became a great nation.

It is because our nation was founded on the principles of the Lord and according to the Word of God!

Since that time, evil men and seducers have allowed many evil things to take place in the name of freedom.

God did not give us the freedom to sin!

God did not gives us the freedom to abort innocent children!

God did not give us the freedom to live by immoral standards!

God did not give us the freedom to interact sexually with anyone we so choose!

God did give us the freedom to choose but only if we have been given the opportunity to hear both sides of good and evil and both sides of right and wrong!

Today America is not known as a righteous nation but only a powerful nation and many other nations despise us for that reason.

The moral standards of America has sunk so low that we are hated as much as loved in todays world because sin is a reproach to any people!

When any nation serves the god of this world, then that nation will die!

2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

There is only one way to overcome the evils of this world!

1Jn 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

*****Pro 14:35 The king’s favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

If we remember the story of Joseph in the Bible, he did not gain the favor of Pharaoh because he was a great man of God.

Joseph used the tools and the wisdom God had given him! It was the Lord that allowed Joseph to interpret dreams and it was this thing that impressed Pharaoh.

It was Daniel’s great wisdom that came from the Lord that allowed him to used by Nebuchadnezzar and by Cyrus.

It was only while these two great men held these positions that they could be mighty in the work of the Lord.

If we use the tools and the wisdom God has given us to get in the right positions in society, then we can also do a mighty work for the Lord while being a benefit to our own nation and impress the king’s favor.

When we foolishly cause shame to any leader, we will see his wrath!

Jesus said:

Mat 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Mat 10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
Mat 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
Mat 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
Mat 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

We are to be wise as the serpent while remaining harmless as the doves!

This is when God’s wisdom will guide us to a confident life!

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