Monday, January 30, 2012

Pharisee or Publican?

Which are we? Proud or contrite?

“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Luke 18:10-14

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9-10

Our heart is our greatest adversary! It deceives us, leading us to make  idols out of our “own” good works (i.e. honesty, temperance, charity, etc. like the Pharisee) So that, being filled with haughty self approval, we trust in ourselves and our works to stem the flood of God’s wrath and retribution instead of seeking refuge and resting in the One that has saved us and bought us with His own blood. Who alone can bear us safely through life and grant us repentance and conversion, bringing us at last to the heavenly shore! It (our heart) makes us think “I am righteous, therefore the Lord is blessing me. I have been given much, because I am a good person. Etc.” also “They don’t have/know as much as I do, so they must be sinners/sinning etc.”. We are self-righteous and proud, knowing nothing! We forget what manner of man we were (and are), and Who it is, that is to be praised for any good in us or blessings given to us. We proudly look down on our neighbor, claiming to be better than him. We forget that: “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” That we would be worse than the worst, apart from God’s mercy and grace.

All of this does not mean that we have no responsibility to strive after conformity to Christ or, as Paul put it, to run the race to obtain the prize. The Lord Himself said “If you love me you will keep my commandments”. But we must remember that our works, even the “good” ones, are as filthy rags before our God! We do/have not save(d) ourselves. We are not better than others because we have been given truth or are able to walk in light of that truth. We only know what we know, and can do what we can do, by the grace of God and because He did not choose us based on anything in us, but only be His mercy!! He renews His mercies to us every morning. He is longsuffering and gentle to usward! We should humbly acknowledge what we have been given, giving praise to God alone. We should not “look down our noses” at the brother who has been granted less knowledge and speak condescendingly to him, but humbly and graciously speak (giving much glory to God) the truth in love.

If we become more critical of ourselves, we will, in turn, become less ready to judge our brothers, less apt to be vainly puffed up, and/or take offense. Humility and Charity are sisters who walk hand-in-hand. If we are lifted up in pride, how can we fulfill our God ordained duties to our brothers and sisters? If we walk about in our self-righteousness, how can we “walk humbly with our God”? If we despise our brothers, how can we love God? “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?” If we think that treating those who we deem as “under us”, or more sinful, less worthy, etc., in a prideful condescending way is loving them, all I can say is, God will have the last laugh when He casts us into the lake of fire.

We can rest assured that if we be lifted up in pride, the Lord will abase us. Let us humble ourselves, therefore, under the mighty Hand of God and fervently say, with a true brother, “God be merciful to me, a sinner!” I want to be “as this publican here”! Humble and contrite!

“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Comfort for the Single Girl:

Do not long, do not pine, for you have a Husband that is better than any “Prince Charming” you can dream up in your mind!

“For thy Maker is thine Husband; the LORD of hosts is His name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall He be called.”

Isaiah 54:5

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Do Not Be Discouraged!

Be of good courage!

I found a sweet verse yesterday in Deuteronomy! Sometimes it is easy to “yawn” and speed read your way through the Old Testament, thinking there is nothing for you there. But the Lord gave us ALL of His Word for a reason, and there are so many wonderful “nuggets” or “gems” for us in the Old Testament! Praise the Lord for His goodness! Here is the verse that I “discovered”:

“The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you…” Deuteronomy 7:7,8a

Praise God! It convicted me to be more thankful, and to say my thanks to God, for my “tiny” church body! Who cares about numbers! God has always chosen minorities! Think of Gideon and how the Lord paired down his army, or even Samson, who killed a whole lot of Philistines on his own, or Jonathan and his armor bearer! There are many more examples! Consider, then, if you are in a majority, perhaps there is a problem! When the Lord is on your side, numbers no longer count!

If you are down in the “swamp of despair” today, rejoice in the Lord! You are like Elias, despairing and wallowing in self-pity. But the Lord was kind to him and showed him that He had “saved His seven thousand that had not bowed the knee to Baal”. Even if we are alone, and we do not see anyone else following the Lord, we should trust in Him and be content in where He has us. Shame on those of us, then, that have a church body! Brothers and sisters to worship God in spirit and truth with! Brethren to love as we love ourselves! We who are not alone as Elias was! And yet we complain and whine and bite and devour each other in a selfish, ungrateful way! Oh God be merciful to your foolish children! Help us to be content in You and You alone, regardless of anyone/thing else! And to love and serve the brethren that you have placed us with, without strife, bitterness, etc. And, dear Lord, comfort those who are alone. Let them know that they are Yours and need none else besides! Lord be with us all!

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

“Rejoice evermore.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16

“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord…” Philippians 3:1a

thoughtfulness

p.s. My family listened to a wonderful, convicting, sermon last night that went very well with my post from yesterday. I would like to share the link with you:

http://www.letgodbetrue.com/mp3/sermons/2006-09-24/2006-09-24-am-sermon.mp3

This sermon is on Galatians 5:13-21

The Lord bless His children with repentant hearts!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Love~ Feeling or Choice?

 

“Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 97:10

When someone says “love”, we get all kinds of pictures in our minds. Our picture could look something like this:

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But! Is this really love? When the Bible tells us to love one another, what does it mean?  Is it that “thing” that men feel when they see a woman (or visa versa)? Is it a fuzzy, warm, cuddly, feeling?  No! It’s not. Love is a choice! Love is the fruit of a spirit that is walking in righteousness before God. Let us look at some descriptive verses to help our feeble minds understand what love truly is.

 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22,23

“Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:10

“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:18 Love doesn’t bear grudges or extract a “pound of flesh” from it’s neighbor, but loves them with as much love as she already and naturally has for herself.

“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” Proverbs 10:12

“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3 (think of how longsuffering the Lord was with Israel, (and us too, for that matter) to forgive her time and time again! That is love!)

“For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? “ Matthew 5:46  Have you ever thought “Well, I CAN’T love them! I don’t like the way they act. or They don’t treat me with love. or They treat me poorly. Why should I care about them?” Just think about it.

“But love ye your enemies,” (He is going to tell you some ways to do that now) “do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” Luke 6:35

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” John 13:34 When was the last time that Jesus kissed you (like in that picture above)? So think. How does He love you? He shows you mercy, longsuffering, compassion… Keep going!

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”   John 15:13 Don’t think “jumping in front of bullets”… think: sacrificing yourself, your wants, your likes, your time, etc. for your friends.

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 We are not God, so cannot forgive people of their sins unto salvation of their souls like He can, (though if they are repentant we mustn't hold anything to the charge of God’s elect, but forgive them.) But, we can forgive/overlook the sins of others against us.

“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” Romans 12:9 So, love is not dissimulating, and it cleaves to good and hates evil.

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” Romans 12:10 We are to have a brotherly love for each other (this verse is assuming that you love your brother…) it gives us a way to show that love: Preferring each other over anyone else. (this is specifically talking about those in your local church body)

“And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” 2 Corinthians 12:15 Paul says that love is laying down your life (spending yourself) for others. Even when they hate you while you are loving them! Yes, it is a hard place to be! But think of what Christ spent for thee, and how much you didn’t deserve it!

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” 1 John 4:10,11

“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?” 1 John 4:20

Okay, so, there are many more verses on love in the Bible! Total, there are 281 verses that have the word “love” in them. Some are telling about the good/righteous love, others about unrighteous love (or lust). Many marriages end today because people believe that love is a feeling. Churches fall apart for the same reason! Let us seek wisdom and knowledge to know the truth about love! Let us examine ourselves. 

So then, in light of these afore quoted verses,  we choose love! Alright: What should we do? How do we show our love for others? Here are a few practical points (not an exhaustive list) to think on. Then we can delve deeper into God’s Word to find instruction on how to continue in reformation and conformity to Christ in love!

We should:

  • Pray for each other (Eph 3:14-19; 6:8; James 5:16)
  • Greet one another with affection like close family (Romans 16:16; 1 Cor. 16:20) –friendliness, warmth, kindness. In one word: Charity
  • Edify and build each other up! (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • Prefer another and their things more than our own (Roman 12:10; Phil. 2:3-4) We should not be interested in talking about ourselves or doing our own thing, but about others.
  • Easily part with all/any matters of liberty to please others (Romans 15:1-7)
  • Commiserate/empathize with one another in sorrow and joy. (Romans 12:15,16; 1 Corinthians 12:26)
  • Aim for perfection as measure by God’s standards
  • Teach and admonish one another in all graciousness and charity (Pr. 27:17; Romans 15:14; Col. 3:16; Heb. 5:12-14)
  • Forbear one another (Eph. 4:2; Col. 3:13)
  • Forgive one another (Col. 3:13)
  • Be gracious to all! (Pr. 17:27; Col. 4:6; Eph 4:29; Eccl. 10:12; Pr. 16:13; James 2:13; 1 Cor. 13:4-7; Phil. 2:3,4)
  • Speak building and encouraging words and seldom rebuking or correcting words to each other (James 4:11; Col. 4:6)

Again, not an exhaustive list, just a start! Let us choose to love one another, brethren! This applies to husbands and wives, children and parents, siblings and church members alike! Lord help us all!

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:” 1 Peter 3:8

Lovely girl

Friday, January 20, 2012

For All The Saints

“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:8-14

For All The Saints

(one of my many favourite hymns)

“For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be for ever blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!


“Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress, and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.
Alleluia! Alleluia!


“O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win with them the victor's crown of gold.
Alleluia! Alleluia!


“The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest;
Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!


“But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of Glory passes on his way.
Alleluia! Alleluia!


“From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
Alleluia! Alleluia!”

By; William W. How

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

 

Ephesians 1:18-23

lavender picking

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

But Rather

Conclusions drawn from the study of forgotten sins:

“Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” Ephesians 4:28

1. Repentance: Compunction followed by reversal

A. Compunction: A pricking of heart; poignant grief or remorse proceeding from consciousness of guilt; the pain, sorrow or regret for having offended God, and incurred His wrath.

B. Reversal: A change or overthrowing; to turn upside-down; to turn to the contrary; to put each in the place of the other.

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Revelation 3:19

Now that we have established what repentance is, (namely the conviction of and sorrow for sin, followed by the replacement of sin by it’s opposite) we need to find out just what we should be replacing the afore posted sins with!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22-25

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-13

So, now we have our work cut out for us!!! Wow! Don’t be overwhelmed at this “daunting” task of repentance. Our dear Lord has promised to never leave or forsake us, that He would give us nothing that was too hard for us, and that His burden is easy and His yoke light! Thank you Lord! I am going to put the definitions of the fruits of the spirit here, but charity defines herself in the verses above. May the Lord help His children to zealously repent!

2. Love: Affection or benevolence; charity.

A. Benevolence: The disposition to do good; good will; kindness; charitableness; the love of mankind, accompanied with the desire to promote their happiness.

3. Joy: Cheerfulness; calm delight; gladness.

4. Peace: Quietness, rest, set at one; unity. Freedom from agitation or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety, or the like; quietness of mind; tranquility; calmness; quiet of conscience. Harmony, concord.

5. Longsuffering: Forbearance or fortitude; patience. Bearing injuries or provocation for a long time; not easily provoked.

6. Gentleness: Excellence in character or demeanor; goodness; kindness. Softness of manners; mildness of temper; sweetness of disposition; meekness.

7. Goodness: Virtue or beneficence. Kindness; benevolence; benignity of heart; but more generally: acts of kindness; charity.

A. Beneficence: The practice of doing good; active goodness, kindness, or charity.

8. Faith: Constancy in profession; truth itself; assurance, belief, fidelity. The assent of the mind to the truth that is declared by God, resting on His authority and veracity.

9. Meekness: Humility; gentleness of spirit.

A. Meek: Free from haughtiness and self-will; piously humble and submissive; patient and unresentful under injury or reproach.

10. Temperance: Self control; The practice or habit of restraining oneself in provocation, passion, desire, etc.; rational self-restraint.

These fruits give a good list of things for us to work on, but search the scripture and examine your heart and ways in light of it to see what else the Lord has for us there!

“Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” Revelation 2:16

reading and petting

Friday, January 13, 2012

Last but not Least…

Part 14: Last but definitely NOT least in the forgotten sins

1. Unthankful: A lack of appreciation for things God has done on your behalf.

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” 2 Timothy 3:2


“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 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: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” Romans 1:18-25


“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Are you thankful to the Lord? If your answer was “Yes”, then do you express it? Out loud? This is not a choice! It is a command! God hates the unthankful. God punishes people and nations with sodomy for their unthankful attitudes! (Romans 1:21-27) America has a day set aside for, what used to be, giving thanks to God Almighty for His provision, protection, and blessings. But corruptible man has changed it into “football day”, “turkey day”, “Gluttony day,” anything but “Thanksgiving day”! We should not be surprised at the immoral state of our country. The perverting of Thanksgiving is only one example of the selfish, God-hating, unthankful, state of this place. We deserve the Lord’s wrath! Every day should be “Thanksgiving day” in a Christians life! He has saved us from ourselves! Can’t we give Him some praise, thanks and glory for it? Or are we too embarrassed; are we too busy; we don’t have anything to be thankful for, what am I talking about? Just the fact that you are reading this, and I typing it, means we have something to be thankful for! Every breath we draw is a gift from our Father in Heaven!

Copy of red rose on black

THANK YOU LORD FOR YOUR SON! THANK YOU FOR YOUR MERCY! THANKYOU FOR YOUR FORGIVENESS! THANK YOU FOR EACH BREATH I TAKE! THANKYOU FOR YOUR LOVE! THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR BLESSINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Follow Peace With All Men!

Part 13 Forgotten sins

In America today, the following sins are EVERYWHERE! The sinners defend themselves by saying they have the right to free speech, or they have a right to their opinion, or those leaders/owners aren’t any better than them (as a matter of fact, they say they are better than the leader, know more, are wiser, etc.)  If you have a problem with anyone in authority over you, then you should humbly and respectfully take your problem to them in private. There is no room for sharing rebellion with others under authority. Labor unions are a profane and wicked example of seditious conduct against business owners. But sedition doesn’t stop there! It happens in homes, in churches, in government, etc.! Shame! Then there are tumults. Again, Labor Union’s strikes are a perfect example of this sin. There is no room in any church meeting for raised voices, party strife, or lines being drawn unless absolutely necessary based on specific Bible instruction or precedent. Not ones own preferences and opinions! A sin that is similar to the above, and  usually walks hand in hand with sedition and tumultuous behavior, is extortion. This is extreme bargaining in the purchase of something. This is  anything akin to blackmail or high pressure to get someone to do something against his will. It does not have to involve force or blackmail to be extortion, as any powerful influence to get another person to do something they do not want to do is extortion. (This can be loosely applied to the seduction efforts by guys or girls against the opposite sex.) Some people pride themselves on always being able to get a “deal” and pressure people into things. In reality they are  badgering, swindling, thieves and treacherous and deceitful above all! Lord help us to reject popular opinion of what is right and good and tear out the sins that so easily beset us, rending our hearts and repenting!

1. Sedition: Violent party strife; an instance of this, esp. a factious contest attended with rioting and disorder. A concerted movement to overthrow an established government; a revolt, rebellion, mutiny. Conduct or language inciting to rebellion  against  the constituted authority in a state.

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21


“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?” 1 Corinthians 1:10-13

“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?” 1 Corinthians 3:1-4

2.Tumult: Commotion of a multitude, usually with confused speech or uproar; public
disturbance; disorderly or riotous proceeding.

“For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” 2 Corinthians 12:20-21


“And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.” Mark 5:38-39
“And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle.” Acts 21:34


“When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.” Matthew 27:24

3. Extortion: To obtain from a reluctant person by violence, torture, intimidation, or
abuse of legal or official authority, or by importunity, overwhelming arguments, or any
powerful influence.

“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” 1 Corinthians 5:11


“In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 22:12


“Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.” Psalm 109:11


“It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.” Proverbs 20:14

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Vanity of Vanities!

Part 12 Forgotten sins

 

1. Self-love: Loving one’s own self; preferring  and thinking highly of one’s own self; self-esteem, self-respect, arrogance, conceit.

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” 2 Titus 3:2


“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.” Proverbs 26:12


“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. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” Romans 12:3,10,16

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” Psalm 8:4


“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:” James 2:8

2. Self-will: Willful or obstinate persistence in following one’s own desires or opinion.

“But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” 2 Peter 2:10


“They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;” Psalm 49:6


“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.” Proverbs 26:12,16


“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;” Titus 1:7

3. Heady: Headlong, precipitate, impetuous, violent; passionate; headstrong; ‘hurried
on with passion.’

A. Headlong: With unrestrained course; without regard to where one is going; precipitately. Rushing forward impetuously; wildly impetuous. 

B. Precipitate:  Of persons, or their dispositions,  etc.:  Actuated by violent or sudden impulse, without deliberation; acting with excessive or  unwise haste; over-hasty, rash, inconsiderate, headstrong.   Impetuous. Acting with or marked by great,  sudden,  or  rash  energy; vehement, violent, passionate, ardent.

“Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” 2 Timothy 3:4


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


“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20


“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17


“Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.” Proverbs 19:2

4: Scorn: To treat with ridicule, to show extreme contempt for, to mock, deride. To
hold in disdain, to contemn, despise.  To feel it beneath one, to disdain indignantly to do something. 

 A. Scorner:  One who scorns, derides, mocks or contemns; esp. one who
scoffs at religion. 

B. Contemn:  To treat as of small value, treat or view with contempt; to despise, disdain, scorn, slight.

“Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.” Proverbs 22:10


“The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.” Proverbs 24:9


“For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.” Isaiah 29:20-21


“Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.” Proverbs 19:25


“When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.” Proverbs 21:11

(there are many more verses on scorn, this is just a few!)

This is saucy, disrespectful, haughty, and arrogant  attitude,  speech,  or conduct.

5. Swelling: Inflation by pride, vanity, etc.; proud, haughty, or indignant feeling; also,
proud or arrogant behavior or talk, swagger; puffed up.

“For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” 2 Corinthians 12:20-21


“For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.” 2 Peter 2:18


“These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.” Jude 1:16


“But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.” 1 Corinthians 4:19


“And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.” 1 Corinthians 5:2


“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,” 1 Corinthians 13:4


“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,” Colossians 2:18

6. Without Understanding: Acting without knowledge; senseless, foolish; morally reprobate.

“Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:” Romans 1:31


“Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.” Job 34:35
“Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.” Job 35:16


“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.” Job 42:3


“But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.” Proverbs 6:32


“And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,” Proverbs 7:7


“He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.” Proverbs 7:22-23


“Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.” Proverbs 9:16-18


“Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.” Proverbs 19:2


“For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.” James 1:24

 

Self-love  is  one  of the most popular “cures” of our generation that is said to solve most every ill. Teachers teach it, psychologists laud it, James Dobson prescribes it, and all against the Bible!  There is no longer any rebuke or punishment  for  pride  and  selfishness,  which  are synonyms for this evil attitude about oneself. The message  of Christianity is  to  love others as much as we already love ourselves, for our natural love of self is very great. Self-will is rebellion and stubbornness. The man who thinks he is wise is more dangerous than a fool. There is safety in a multitude of counselors, not in thinking you have a good idea about anything. The human heart is very deceitful, and you need to check your ideas with others, who may not be emotionally or financially involved. It is wisdom to subject all your thoughts to the judgment of other wise men. Emotional reactions, rash purchases, wild speeches, impetuous decisions, and impulsive actions are all examples of the sin of being heady. God expects us to be sober, calm, circumspect, cautious, careful, slow, prudent, discreet, and wise. A scorner hates being  corrected,  instructed, reproved, or warned. A scorner also hates the one doing the correction. Fools are dumb and ignorant; but scorners are much worse. Scorners are closer to the sons of Belial despised in the Bible. A scorner actual despises learning, wisdom, and change due to an arrogant haughtiness  and profane wickedness of spirit. They cannot be helped. They are to be avoided at all costs. The only hope for peace is to get rid of scorners! Swelling is a puffed up, blown up, swelled up opinion of oneself, which should be expected with all the emphasis on self-love, self-esteem, and self-confidence. Without understanding is action without thinking. This is a scornful rejection of instruction and learning, especially in a moral or spiritual sense. This is a synonym for Solomon’s fool. Lord help us to be humble and to love Thee and Thy children better than ourselves!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Be Sober! Your Adversary is Walking About, Seeking Whom he May Devour!

Part 11 Forgotten Sins

Another set of sins having to do with the tongue. Jesting and joking are VERY popular today. It is everywhere! Modern sitcoms, stand-up comedians, jokes,  anecdotes,  babbling  without purpose, inane cackling, and all other vain talking fits this sin. In a foolish generation like the present one, it is hard to imagine that this is a sin that God condemns severely. BUT He does and will! Keep the door of your lips! It is a fearful thing to fall into the hand of the Living God!

1. Foolish Talking: Talking that is fool-like, wanting in sense or judgment.   Ridiculous, amusing, insignificant, paltry, poor, mean, or trifling speech. This is the opposite of gravity and sobriety.

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Matthew 12:36

“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 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.” Ephesians 5:3-5


“The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.” Proverbs 15:2


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

“Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel. After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them. And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.” Job 29:21-24


“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.” Titus 3:9


“But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.” 2 Timothy 2:23

 

2. Jesting: The action of joking, pleasantry; trifling; ridicule. 

A. Sport: To indulge in sport, fun, or ridicule, at, over, or upon a person or thing. 

B. Sportingly: As a matter of amusement or diversion; in or with jesting words or speech; not earnestly or seriously.

“Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.” Ephesians 5:4


“If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.” Job 29:24


“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12


“As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?” Proverbs 26:18-19


“It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.” Ecclesiastes 7:2


“Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,” Isaiah 57:4


“And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.” 2 Kings 2:23-24

(For the intemperate ones who want to know how much jesting is allowed, the  answer is  none! If  and when  you  become too sober and grave to please God and good men, then we will look for those verses suggesting levity, mirth, and hilarity. Your difficulty with  understanding this prohibition is due to this foolish, inane, asinine generation; but one second at the judgment seat of Christ will cause you to understand. It is to learn this lesson that Solomon valued  the  house  of  mourning  over  that  of feasting.)

God commands His children to be sober! Yes we are to be joyful, but being joyful does not include jesting and foolish talking! One of the verses above gives an example of exemplifying your joy in a godly fashion: Giving of thanks. Many people have said to my family members and I, “Why are you so sober?!” Answer: because the Lord commands it; because our adversary is seeking to devour us; because jesting is as inconvenient as fornication and filthiness! Let us walk soberly and gravely in this world!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Keep Thy Vows Which Thou Hast Promised!

Part 10 forgotten sins

We have duties to perform when we take any covenant. If we do not perform our vows, we sin, and do not the truth. Are you married? What are your duties to your husband/wife? Are you member of a church body? Are you upholding what you promised you would, and/or what you should? We need to examine every aspect of our lives and conform them in all ways to Christ’s! He has a covenant with us, He hasn’t and never will  break!

1. Covenantbreaking: Violating  or  failing to keep a mutual agreement between two or more persons to do or refrain from doing certain act.

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:” Romans 1:29-31


Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” 2 Timothy 3:4


“When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.” Ecclesiastes 5:4-7


“In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.” Psalm 15:4

Modern divorces, sexual depriving,  and marital dysfunction are all plain acts of breaking the marriage covenant. This sin has added implications for those who
made more detailed marriage covenants, but it impacts us all. For if we do not love our spouse with the love covenanted, then we are breakers of it. What about  a  church covenant? Covenants do not need a written document, especially among Christians. We have actual or implied covenants in jobs, loans, families, partnerships, etc., etc.

2. Defraud: Defrauding in this context is denying, resisting, or neglecting the sexual needs of your spouse. Since the man's sexual drive is usually greater than the woman’s, she must be conscious daily of this fact. No woman can understand a married man’s pain for a lack of sex in his marriage. A woman should suspect it, even if he does not complain to her. She was made for him, so she better get busy before meeting the Man Christ Jesus on the day of judgment. And men must also remember that normal and healthy women need and want it often; and they are capable of much more than the man due to little or no refraction time between orgasms, so the text works both ways equally well. If God made the woman capable of more, a good husband will act accordingly.

“Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.” 1 Corinthians 7:1-5


“If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.” Exodus 21:10


“Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.” Proverbs 5:19


“His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.” Song of Soloman 2:6-7


“His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me. I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.” Song of Soloman 8:3-4

I am not married, but it is good to be prepared for it! So, all should take heed to this subject of God’s Word! This world is filled with effeminate, ungodly, men and prudish, odious, women. Take heed against such sins and fulfill your duties found in God’s Word both in marriage and your church etc.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Praising the Lord for His Goodness!

 

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.”

Psalm 122

Sunday is my favourite day of the week! I am so very thankful for my church this morning! As I get ready to meet with the Lord’s saints to worship Him in spirit and in truth, I lift up His name and magnify Him that I am not alone! I know many who are alone. They have none to meet with to glorify God and edify one another together! May each of His dear children who are alone today be comforted by the Lord, and rejoice that they are not completely alone here on earth, but there are others who are seeking Him and His truth! If we do not meet on this earth, then we shall in that heavenly country which we seek! Then shall we ever praise the Lord together! AND, those of us who have a church body, rejoice! Don’t take it for granted! Do your duties to  each other as unto the Lord! In everything give thanks!

“For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.”

Psalm 69:9

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Blessed Are the Pure in Heart!

Part 9 Forgotten Sins

This is a long list of 10 sins, that are very common and even laughed at and encouraged today! Let us not only hate this heinous sin and have no part in it, but have no pleasure or love for them that commit such things! There are MANY verses that I could include with each sin, but because of the volume, I am only going to quote 1 or 2 with each.

1. Chambering: Sexual indulgence, lewdness; luxury, effeminacy; esp. in a chamber for it.

“Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.” Romans 13:13


“For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed. With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.” Proverbs 7:6-23

2. Concupiscence: Eager or vehement desire, especially libidinous desire, sexual appetite, lust. Paul admitted this sin was identified in his own life by the law against lust, or coveting; therefore, we understand it to be the sinful desire and lust that leads to fornication.

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:” Colosians 3:5


“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7

3. Fornication: Voluntary sexual intercourse between two people who are not married to each other; a large category of sexual sins including adultery and sodomy

“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” 1 Corinthians  5:11 Note: Notice this verse says the man is called a brother, this doesn’t say a reprobate!


“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
Romans 1:29-32

4. Lasciviousness:Inclined to lust, lewd, wanton. 

A. Lewd: Lascivious. Unchaste.

B. Wanton: Of persons: undisciplined, ungoverned; not amenable to control, unmanageable, rebellious.

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:21-23

5. Filthiness: Moral  corruption or pollution; obscenity; vileness, wickedness, lewdness.

A. Filthy:  Disgraceful, contemptible, low, mean, scurvy, disgusting. 

B. Filth:  A vile creature; a scoundrel; slut, drab, whore.

C. Obscene:  Offensive to the senses, or to taste or refinement; disgusting, repulsive, filthy, foul,  abominable,  loathsome.  Offensive to modesty or decency; expressing or suggesting unchaste or lustful ideas; impure, indecent, lewd.  

D. Vile:  Despicable on moral grounds; deserving to be regarded  with abhorrence or disgust;  characterized by baseness or depravity. 

E. Lewd: Bad, vile, evil, wicked, base; unprincipled, ill-conditioned; good-for-nothing,  worthless,  ‘naught.’ Lascivious, unchaste

“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 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.” Ephesians 5:3-5

“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” Colossians 3:8

6. Incontinent: Want of continence or self-restraint; inability to  contain  or  retain;  with reference to the bodily appetites, esp. the sexual passion: unchastity.

“Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;” 1 Timothy 3:3


“Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.” 1 Corinthians 7:5

7. Naughtiness: Wickedness, viciousness,  depravity.

A. Naughty:  Characterized by moral badness or wickedness; bad, wrong, blameworthy, improper

“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:21

8. Uncleanness: The quality or state of being morally or spiritually unclean; moral impurity; sexual fornication or filthiness; an instance of this

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

9. Whoremonger: One who has dealings with whores; one  who  practices  whoredom;  a fornicator, lecher. 

A. Whoredom:  The  practice  of playing the whore, or of intercourse with whores; illicit sexual indulgence in general; fornication, harlotry.

“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.” Ephesians 5:5


“For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” 2 Corinthians 12:20-21

10: Wantonness: Undisciplined, ungoverned; not amenable to control, unmanageable, rebellious.  2. Lascivious, unchaste, lewd.

“Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.” Romans 13:13

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Glory Not, My Brethren!

Forgotten sins part 8

The sins covered in this post are mainly caused by 2 things":

I. Personal offense (we are offended by our brother, it is not that our brother is sinning against the Lord)

II. Jealousy (covetousness, resentment)

1. Bitterness: Characterized by intense animosity or virulence of feeling or  action:
virulent.

A. Animosity: Excitement of feeling against any one; hostility of mind tending to break out into action, active hatred or enmity. 

B. Virulent: Violently bitter, spiteful, or malignant; full of acrimony or  enmity. 

C. Acrimony: Sharp or irritating bitterness of disposition or manner.

“Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.” Psalm 64:2-4

““Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:” Romans 3:14


"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

“Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.” Colossians 3:19


“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:14-17


“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” Hebrews 12:15

2. Envy: Malignant  or  hostile feeling; ill-will, malice, enmity.  Active evil, harm,
mischief.  The feeling of mortification and ill-will occasioned by the contemplation of
superior advantages possessed by another.

“Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?” Proverbs 27:4


“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21


“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” James 3:14-16


“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.” Titus 3:3


“But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.” Acts 17:5


“But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.” Acts 13:45
“And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,” Acts 7:9


“And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.” Genesis 30:1


“And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” Romans 12:15

3. Grudge: To murmur; to utter complaints murmuringly; to grumble, complain; to be
discontented or dissatisfied. Ill-will or resentment due to some special cause, as a
personal injury, the superiority of an opponent or rival, or the like.

“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:18

“Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.” James 5:9

“Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.” Psalm 59:15

4. Malice: The desire to injure another person; active ill-will or hatred.

A. Malicious: Of persons, their dispositions, etc.; Given to malice; addicted to sentiments or acts of ill-will

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,” Romans 1:29


“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:” Ephesians 4:31


“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” Colosians 3:8


“Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1Corithians 5:8

“Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” 1 Corinthians 14:20


“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.” Titus 3:3


“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” James 3:14-16


“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,” 1 Peter 2:1


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


“Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.” 3 John 1:10

5. Malignity: Wicked and deep-rooted ill-will or hatred; intense and persistent desire to cause suffering to another person; propensity to this feeling.

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,” Romans 1:29


“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.” Matthew 5:21-26


“Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her. Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.” Matthew 26:6-16


“False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother. But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.” Psalm 35:11-16


“Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?” 1 Corinthians 6:7

My brethren, these things ought not so to be! We should not have bitter envy in our hearts! We should rejoice with our brethren if they have/get blessings from the Lord! We should not envy their station, wealth, talents, looks, anything! We should not be murmuring against brothers and sisters in the Lord! Look what God did to Miriam(Numbers 12:8-10)! He is the same Righteously Indignant Judge, Who will execute judgment upon all those who commit such grievous sins as these! We are worthy of hell fire when we have malice and malignity in our hearts toward each other! Murderer! You shall pay for your misdeeds. LORD help us to forgive, AND FORGET!!! Not to lay anything against our brother, but to gloriously overlook his offenses toward us, or his “advantages over” us. Not despise him, hate him, repudiate him, etc. Grow up! Your/my little feelings do not matter. The offenses of others give us no excuse for sin! Everyone offends other people. You offend people! What are you going to do when someone offends you, or has something you want/ don’t have? Become bitter? Envious? Hold a grudge? Be full of malice? Build up malignity in your heart? OR… Forgive, overlook, be longsuffering, rejoice with your brother, love your brother, be charitable, be gracious… etc. etc. etc.?

 

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hope, Believe & Endure!

Part 7, Forgotten Sins

1. Backbiting: The action of detracting, slandering, or speaking ill of one behind his back.

“Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,” Romans 1:30

“A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:19

“A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.” Proverbs 11:13

“He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.” Proverbs 20:19

“The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.” Proverbs 25:23

“Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.” Proverbs 26:20-21

“For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” 2 Corinthians 12:20-21

2.Slander:The utterance or dissemination of false statements or reports concerning a
person, or malicious misrepresentation of his actions, in order to defame or injure him;
calumny, defamation. 

A. Calumny:  False and malicious misrepresentation of the words
or actions of others, calculated to injure their reputation; libellous detraction, slander.  A false charge or imputation, intended to damage another’s reputation; a slanderous report.

B. Defamation:  The bringing of ill fame or  dishonour  upon  any one;  disgrace, shame.  The action of defaming, or  attacking any one’s good fame; the fact of being defamed or slandered

“He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.” Proverbs 10:18

“And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,” Numbers 14:36

“And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt? Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD’S anointed. Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it. The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee. As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee. After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea. The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.” 1 Samuel 24:9-15

“For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.” Psalm 31:13

“Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.” Psalm 50:20

“Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.” Psalm 101:5

“And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.” Romans 3:8

“Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.” 1 Timothy 3:11

3. Talebearing:The carrying of injurious or malicious reports.

A. Talebearer:  One who officiously carries reports of private matters to gratify malice or idle curiosity.

Officiously:  In an unduly forward or obtrusive manner; with importunate forwardness without being asked or required; gratuitously.  (As opposed to officially: Informally on the part of authority or its agents.)  

“Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:16

“A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.” Proverbs 11:13

“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” Proverbs 17:9

“The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” Proverbs 18:8

“He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.” Proverbs 20:19

“Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” Proverbs 26:20-22

4. Whispering: The action of saying or reporting something quietly or secretly; suggestion or insinuation (by whispered speech);  faint  mention  or  rumour;  esp. malicious insinuation, secret slander or detraction, backbiting.

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:” Romans 1:29-31

“For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” 2 Corithians 12:20-21

“All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.” Psalm 41:7

“A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.” Proverbs 16:28

5. Evil Surmising: An allegation, charge, imputation;  esp. a false, unfounded, or unproved charge or allegation; conjecturing or suspecting evil of another.

“He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,” 1 Timothy 6:4

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

These sins are too easy to fall into! We should not be prone to think the worst about any person or situation. We should be trustworthy, and cover the sins of our brothers. We should think and speak no evil about our brother.We should hate to fault others in there absence, not love it as the world does! We should not tell false information to turn others against another. That is slander. Slander can be easily committed by slighting twisting the events, the tone, the motives, or the degree of others’ actions. Even if the information is true, we should not spread it around! Everything we say about another person should be positive, edifying, and helpful. There is no need or room for criticism! Gossiping is sinful and should be removed from our speech. It is harmful to relationships, and causes disunity and strife in the church. Lord give me good thoughts about others and a critical eye that is sensitive only to the good in others!

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Talk Back, Sass, Retort…

Part 7, forgotten sins

Here are some more sins that are easy to direct at children :) We say, “Don’t you talk back to me!” But, we should take heed as employees, wives, even as brothers and sisters in the Lord. So here we go with the definitions and verses:

1. Answering Again: To make a rejoinder to anything authoritative or final, or where silence or acquiescence would be proper; to reply impertinently. 

A. Impertinently:  Intrusively,presumptuously, saucily; in a manner contrary to  what  is due towards superiors or strangers. 

B. Gainsay:  To  speak  against,  contradict.  To speak or act against, oppose, hinder.

“Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;” Titus 2:9

“But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.” Romans 10:21


“Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.” Jude 1:11


“It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.” Proverbs 21:19


“A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.” Proverbs 27:15


“He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.” Proverbs 18:13


“The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.” Proverbs 30:17


“But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.” 2 Timothy 2:23

2. Clamour: Loud shouting or outcry, vociferation; esp. the excited outcry of vehement appeal,  complaint,  or  opposition:  commonly, but not always, implying a mingling of voices.  General  vehement expression of feeling, especially of discontent or disapprobation (often including noisy manifestation); popular outcry.

A. Vociferate:  To utter in a loud voice; to shout out clamorously; to declaim or  assert  with  loud vehemence.

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:” Ephesians 4:31


“A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, To call passengers who go right on their ways:” Proverbs 9:13-15

“She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:” Provebs 7:11

“And the same time there arose no small stir about that way. For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.” Acts 19:23-29

“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” 1 Peter 3:4

3: Prating: To talk, to chatter: usually dyslogistic, implying speaking much or long to
little purpose; formerly also to speak insolently, boastfully, or officiously; to tell tales,
blab. 

“The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.” Proverbs 10:8

“He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.” Proverbs 10:10

“Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.” 3 John 1:10

“For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 7:6

So we see that it’s not just talking back (answering again) that is a sin here, but included in that sin, is loudly and vehemently expressing your feelings or emotions instead of ruling your spirit and keeping your thoughts in until afterwards (Proverbs 29:11; Proverbs 16:32) Also speaking to no purpose, just to hear yourself speak. It makes me think of the verse about vain repetitions in prayer, and the one on vain babblings. (Matthew 6:7; 2 Timothy 2:16) In the multitude of words, there wanteth not sin. Lord, keep the door of my lips!

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