Backsliding – we’ve all heard the term and some Christians are even in this state as I’m writing this. The term is not used in the New Testament but is found in Jeremiah:

Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. ~Jeremiah 8:5

According to Noah Webster, the word perpetual means:

1. Never ceasing; continuing forever in future time; destined to be eternal; as a perpetual covenant; a perpetual statute

Notice Jeremiah uses the terms perpetual, holding fast to deceit, refusing to return. The born-again Christian who is stirred by the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, will be under conviction when he/she sins against God. It is when we quench the Holy Spirit that we find ourselves in a state such as this. (1 Thess. 5:19) We all go through a dry spell from time to time. But when one is in this state all the time, it is very dangerous. We blaspheme the Word of God with our actions.

A Christian will either be moving forward for the Lord as he submits himself to God’s will for his life or moving backwards. Standing still can be just as bad as going in reverse, my friend. Neither one of these produces anything positive for the Lord. A believer who is stirred in his spirit by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit cannot stand still and will not go backward. He will move forward as he submits to the hand of the Potter. (Jer. 18:6) The stationary believer, as well as the one who is going back to his old ways, is submitting to the work of the devil in his life.

~James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (7) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. ( 8 ) Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. (9) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (10)

When one is in this condition, he has strayed from God – he has not submitted himself totally to His will for his life. That is why the devil can “have his way.” James 4:7 says that if we submit to God and resist the devil’s tactics in our lives, he (the devil) will flee from us. James was writing to believers and, therefore, he is not talking about being demon possessed here. The devil can influence us with distractions – he can entice the lust of our flesh to work against us. The devil can even use God’s work to distract us. If we are all consumed with doing the Lord’s work yet leaving our spiritual life aside, it is a distraction and it is keeping us away from our First Love! (Rev. 2:4)

Notice verse 8: Many quote the first part of this verse but they fail to quote the rest, which is what we must do to draw nigh to a Holy God: Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

  1. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners – I doubt the Lord is telling us to wash our hands here – I believe He is asking us to examine our lives and wash away what is unpleasing to Him: ungodly music, unacceptable TV programming, etc. (you know what your weaknesses are). ~ James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
  2. Purify your hearts – Christ must be at the center of our hearts after salvation. Purify (according to Noah Webster) is to free ourselves from pollution. What is polluting your life today? It could be the things you discovered about yourself in the previous verse. It could be your walk with the Lord. Are you praying? Are you reading the Word? If not, go back to 12 o’clock in your spiritual walk and start over. Again, remember your First Love. When you don’t feed your body food, it becomes weak and you waste away. If you do not feed your spiritual body the Heavenly manna found in the Word and follow its convictions, you starve spiritually and your spiritual self will waste away. To the believer, conviction should be hard at work in the heart at this point. Don’t just listen to conviction but apply conviction to your life. This is the only way you will experience change and forward movement in your spiritual walk.
  3. Ye double minded – When you are away from the Word long enough, you become double minded. You do not hold the same “standards and convictions” as before. You begin to doubt your convictions or slack off. You are unsettled in your thoughts. God provides your with conviction and you do not heed His command for you. This is not of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. That is why you are unsettled in your heart and you are not at peace.

So what do you do to get out of this rutt?

~Rev 2:4-5 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. (4) Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (5)

Return to the joy of your salvation. Remember when you were in the Word every chance you got and you obeyed the voice of God when He told you to repent from a certain sin? Get back into the Word – obey His voice. As you start your new plan, don’t over schedule your time in the Word to the point where you will fail. Some people have the right intentions and spend 2-3 hours in the Word right from the git go. Although this is admirable, it may not be what is needed right here and now to keep you motivated and continuing forward. The devil will see your intentions and will cause all kinds of distractions to come your way. Instead, until you have re-established your habit, keep your time in the Word manageable. Schedule it like any appointment in your life. A scheduled appointment is more likely to be kept than to face the day with a list of things to do and no rhyme nor reason in its timing.

It’s O.K. to say no to too many commitments. After all, we don’t have to do everything that we are asked to do. Saying no is not that bad 🙂 Look over what things you have committed to. See if some can be eliminated. If you’re in a quandry as to which one to eliminate, ask your husband or a spiritual adviser and get their opinion. A wife’s primary role in life is the Lord – right after that, she is to be a helpmeet to her husband. Then next on her list is to be a good mother. Church activities, ladies meetings, etc. must not take priority over these. When we have our priorities in order, everything else falls into place. If you must say no, simply say, “I would love to do this, however, I will have to say no at this time.” Simple – to the point – and usually no one pushes for a better answer after they hear no. 🙂

Don’t delay – don’t procrastinate – don’t give up! You’re under conviction for a reason and that is because of the Holy Spirit’s work in your heart. Once you are back in the Word, being nourished by the Spirit and heeding His convictions, you will see this discouragement melt away!

Most Christian women who are married to an unbeliever have husbands who are good and kind – and they are willing to live at peace with their Christian wife. Their husbands are not abusive and are decent men. I know a handful of women who are in this situation. In fact, I am in that situation, too.

The topic that kept cropping up in my own spiritual life was being an obedient wife to my unsaved husband. What does the word of God have to say about this? I use to say, “Ya, but what IF he tells me to do something that’s wrong?” The fact of the matter was that many of the “what if’s” never came to pass. I was worrying over situations that never occurred. This worry is old slew foot’s way of distracting the Christian woman and keeping her from moving forward in her role of submission.

Let’s look at what the Scriptures have to say about being submissive and obedient to our husbands:

~Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

~1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

~1 Corinthians 11:8-9 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

~Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

~Ephesians 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

~Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

~Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

~1 Timothy 2:11-12 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

~Titus 2:4-5 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

~1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

~1 Peter 3:5-6 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

I find it interesting that six times we see the appearance of the phrase “own husbands” – we are not to submit to someone else’s husband. Submitting to my husband’s leadership in our family is essential for a biblical marriage. He may not be saved, but he is still the leader in our home. It does not mean that he has the right to rule as a little ‘Hitler’ with a fist of iron. It does not mean that he has the right to demand that I go against the Scriptures. That is not leadership. Granted, if my husband would ask me to go against the Scriptures, I must obey God. 

God’s Word says we are to submit to our husbands – not just on the outside but on the inside as well. Submitting is easy as long as it goes along with what we want. However, when the rubber meets the road, are we as willing to submit when we do not agree with what our husbands want? For example, your husband wants to purchase a new car with your income tax refund and you want a new washer and dryer. The two of you do not agree and you make a plea to your husband. That is where the Holy Spirit’s work comes in. Let it go and let the Lord work in the situation. If your husband still buys the car, let it go. 🙂

Submitting is not an option – we are commanded to do so. When we do not submit, we will be “spanked” by the Father. Just as our children’s punishments get harsher when they continue to do what we tell them not to do, so will our punishments be more severe if we refuse to obey God’s Word and submit to our husbands. God gets our attention one way or another.

I hope all this makes sense to you ladies. I find it is much easier to obey the Holy Spirit and submit to my husband than it is to resist and suffer punishment as a result. Once we “get this,” our relationship with our husband improves dramatically.

~Proverbs 15:1-2 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. (1) The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. (2)

I think we have all been through one of those arguments with our dear husbands where we know that he is wrong but he doesn’t know that he is wrong! 🙂 Yes, we can chuckle at this statement but what do we do as submissive wives during times like these?

Today’s verses tell us what to do. I have used these verses and applied them to my relationship with my beloved. After I remained quiet and didn’t try to prove my point, I discovered that God had the opportunity to work in the situation.How many times do we step in and have things work out horribly?!

If I had “fought back,” God would not have been able to show His glory. More times than not, when I apply Proverbs 15:1-2 in my conversations/arguments with my beloved, the Lord works it out and works in my husband’s heart. When I jump the gun, I don’t give the Lord the opportunity to work in the situation and I make it worse.

I hope that makes sense to ya’ll 🙂 Try to apply these two verses today with your beloved. God honors His Word!

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. ~James 3:1-12

Our tongue is little in comparison to the rest of our body but it sure can be a sharp little tool if it is not trained! (James 3:10) One minute it can praise God and the next minute it can gossip about another!

So how can we train our tongue? (Psalm 39:1) Firstly, we must change the condition of the heart, amen? (Luke 6:45) Starting the day with the words from Psalm 19:14 is an excellent beginning 🙂 When my heart is right, the words coming from my lips will be also.

As I read today’s text, the Lord impressed upon my heart Colossians 4:6 – my speech should be seasoned with salt. Just what is the purpose of salt in our lives? Why would the Lord use this analogy? Meditating on the little word salt and comparing it to our everyday life opened this part of scripture so much more. I don’t know about you, but I really get more out my reading when analogies are used. The Lord sure knows His creation 🙂 He knows we learn better with real life applications. So what does salt actually do for us?

(1) It adds flavor to food – Again, Colossians 4:6 says my speech should be “seasoned” with salt. We all know what food tastes like when too much salt is added. It’s just not edible! But the right amount of salt makes food taste awesome! So does my speech add flavor to a conversation?   Do I contribute something from God’s Word when someone opens their heart to me? When someone comes to me discouraged, do I have the right words to encourage them? (Psalm 19:14) We should strive to share verses with everyone we talk to, saved or unsaved, and add flavor to our conversations. Remember, God promises that His Word will not go out void.

(2) To preserve foodDo your words preserve? There are lost souls everywhere and their souls need to be preserved, if you will. They need to hear the Gospel and they need to hear it with “flavor.” (John 6:68) We have the words of life and they are lost! Do you see a Christian friend heading toward distruction? That friend needs to be preserved – that friend needs you to love her and show her through the scriptures what she is doing wrong. I am close to two dear ladies and both are not hesitant in preserving me 😀 They would rather see me living for the Lord than to stray and be chastised. That is a characteristic of a good friend!

(3) To heal open soresWe have all gargled with salt water at one time or another. It helps to heal mouth sores. Do your words bring comfort and healing?  (Proverbs 12:18) To the lost, your words should be the Gospel.  (John 6:68) To the saved, your words should be full of mercy rather than judgment. (Luke 6:36) We say that we love the sinner yet hate the sin – do we really ? We need to remember that we all are sinners. (Romans 7:24) Not one day goes by that we are not tempted and sin because of it. So who are we to consider ourselves better than the one who has fallen? We are told to love one another – only then will our words bring healing to those who are hurting!

Our goal should be to draw others to the scriptures. (Acts 8:31) Just as salt causes us to thirst and to heal, so should our speech be to others. God’s words will not return to us void – He promises us this! (Isaiah 55:11) Every time I look at a salt shaker, you can be sure I look at it differently! 🙂


We know that what is in our hearts will reflect by the words we speak, amen? (Matthew 12:34, Matthew 15:18, Luke 6:45) What can change a heart? Romans 10:10 tells us that with our heart we believe unto righteousness and with our mouths we profess our salvation. Once the sinful heart is made clean by the precious blood of the Lamb, we are a new creature (II Corinthians 5:17) and we now have the power to stay away from sin. So how can we do that?

It is the scriptures which cleanse us when we obey them. (Psalm 119:9) We are who we hang around with and who we spend more time with, amen? A woman who is a busy body will not be able to stay away from this awful sin if she continues the same path she’s been on. God’s word warns us about this sin so if she heeds His word, she will be able to be “cleansed” from that sin. It takes action on our part – heeding God’s word – taking control of our spiritual life and actively giving up that sin. It is doable because we possess the Holy Spirit of God who desires to help us during each and every temptation. (I Corinthians 10:13) This is a promise – if this verse does not work for you it is because you chose to continue in the sin rather than say no.

We have a new day, each and every day, to dedicate it to the Lord and consecrate it especially for His good pleasure. What is more beautiful than a woman beginning her day by dedicating her mouth to the Lord? What a beautiful verse to memorize for each and every one of us:

~Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

What is in our heart will come out of our mouth. Therefore, when we begin our day by dedicating the words from our mouth to the Lord, we are going to make a conscious effort to guard our words, amen? We must weigh our thoughts before speaking them.  I think of the wife of an unsaved husband. If she begins her day in this manner, her husband will receive kindness and understanding even if he does not deserve them. Since the woman was created for man (and not vice versa), it is our God-given duty to strive to be the godly helpmeet He wishes us to be. (I Peter 3:1-2)

Speaking only kindness takes practice. Holding your temper or sarcastic retorts takes work. It’s easy to speak our minds but it takes work to control the tongue. (James 1:26) Just think of the wonderful benefits you receive when you obey this verse: (1) you’re in God’s will in doing so, (2) you are being a godly testimony to those around you, and (3) the unsaved will see Christ in you and be won over!

When we speak kindness, we are showing our love to the Lord! God sees this and He is pleased. Aren’t you pleased when your children do something good? God is the ultimate parent! He is pleased when we obey His words and put them into action.


~Proverbs 21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

~Proverbs 25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

I’m sure you have found yourself at one time or another in the same room with someone with a bad temper. Your main thought is to get as far away from the contention as possible. A house cannot be big enough when it contains a woman who is ranting and raving her displeasure. Do we behave like this Proverb’s woman with our own husband?

We can try to justify our actions all we want. We can say that we are trying to make a point. We can say “He’s my husband, he needs to see how he makes me feel!” But does he really have to know exactly how you feel? If yes, does he have to hear it through screaming words?

There is nothing appealing or admirable about a woman who cannot control her anger. I once knew a woman who would throw her wedding ring at her husband during a fight and then she would storm out the door and go for a ride in the car. Is that Christ-like to you? You might say she got her point across, but did she? I doubt it. What she did get across to her husband was that she was childish and if she didn’t get her way, she would throw a fit. By the way, there are husbands who act this way as well but that’s a whole other devotional 🙂

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

This speaks for itself, doesn’t it? There are quite a few verses dealing with a woman being the contentious woman. It is probably because we women are emotional creatures. Therefore, we must learn to control those emotions in a godly manner.

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

Ugh! A continual dropping? Oh my!! I use to have a bathroom faucet that dripped like that. I could hear it in the still of the night and could NOT fall asleep!  I can see why they called this Chinese torture as a joke! It’s funny to think of but it’s not funny when a husband is stuck with a wife whose anger and brawling is compared to this annoying scenario!

If an unsaved man has a Christian wife who is like this, do you think he will be quick to come to Christ? If he is saved but disobedient to the Word, do you think her testimony will be quick to draw him back? Do you think this type of emotional outburst will allow the Holy Spirit to woo him? There is nothing Christ-like in her behavior so why should he thirst for Christ?

So what kind of testimony are we to our husband? They are watching, believe me. Are you a contentious woman? Self examination is so important to the wife of an unsaved man. Being in Proverbs daily is a good start to self examination – there is no better book for spiritual discipline. The scriptures cleanse us and keep us on track.

Our day should start with sincere prayer like Psalm 51:10:

~Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

The Lord desires to help us be in control of our tongues, our attitudes, and our actions. He desires to help us be the helpmeets we need to be, despite our husband’s spiritual condition. No, it’s not easy being married to an unbeliever. However, that does not prevent us from having a right relationship with the Lord. In fact, we are only responsible for our own spiritual condition, not our husband’s. It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to work in his heart, not ours.

Someone is always watching – including our husbands. Challenge yourself today … ask the Holy Spirit to shed light on areas that are not pleasing to Him and that are hindering your husband’s salvation or hindering his return from backsliding. Ask Him to give you your husband’s eyes so you can see how he (your husband) views you.

After all, no one wants their husband to prefer living in the wilderness than to be around them  God bless you as you strive to be sanctified and meet for the master’s use!!

~Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

I’ve seen study after study and devotion after devotion on this verse. But until you personally experience a series of trials in your own life, and experience this verse, you really can’t fully appreciate what others are trying to explain. So it was for me! Although I was greatly blessed by reading those studies, I have to admit that it wasn’t until I experienced some heavy-duty trials that I was able to have the compassion I needed to help others.

It is the first part of the verse that spoke to my heart, actually. The Lord knows the way that I take! This brings me much comfort knowing that my Shepherd knows my way. He has seen the future and knows the results of all that is going on in my life! My Creator, who has numbered the very hairs on my head (Luke 12:7), knows me intimately and cares for me. No matter how discouraged I may get, I can turn to the Word and the Lord gives me something that encourages my heart! (Psalm 61:2) From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Our Heavenly Father hears our pleas of despair and comes to our rescue! (Psalm 18:6) In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. Thank You, Lord! I glorify Your Name on high!

Job’s reputation has followed him through the ages because he was able to claim this verse in the bible. Even to this day, we hear the phrase “He has the patience of Job.” The trials that this man suffered are unbelievable, aren’t they? Job was attacked on every side by ole slew foot! The devil attacked Job’s character, he attacked Job’s belongings (cattle, etc.), he attacked Job’s servants, he attacked Job’s family, and he attacked Job’s own body! He even used Job’s friends to attack him emotionally! There is no one that I know of personally who has been through each of these in his life time – let alone within just a few weeks! I have learned that the Lord never gives us more than we can bear! With each burden, he provides us encouragement along the way. It is up to us to search out that encouragement! The word of God should be our main source of encouragement! That source is: (Psa 121:1) [A Song of degrees.] I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. (Psa 121:2) My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

I also noticed that Job did not get to the point where he cursed the day he was born until after his friends came to “comfort” him! The devil kept attacking him and saw that he could not succeed; so he sent along people he could “use” to accomplish his goal – discouragement. Where do you sit today, my friend? Are you one in need of encouragement or are you to be used of God to do the encouraging? Are you the type of friend that Job had? As I searched my heart, I realized that although I was experiencing trials of my own, there are many out there who are going through things that make mine look like child’s play! What kind of friend am I to those dear ones who are suffering?

If you are one who is experiencing trials today, do you surround yourself with whiners, complainers and nay sayers? It is these types of friends who will drag you down spiritually. Surround yourself with people who love the Lord, will pray for you and are there to lend an ear just in case you need one. Turn to your spiritual mentors who will not allow you to wallow in self-pity but will help you out of the pit of despair. You cannot expect someone who cannot swim to rescue you from drowning! Therefore, do not turn to those Christians who will nurture your discouragement instead of lifting you up in the Lord.

I don’t know why the Lord laid this on my heart today. Maybe I will need this down the road – or maybe you are going through a similar trial and need to be encouraged! With that said, won’t you say as Job did, (Job 23:10) But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

~Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, is coming soon. It may not be today – but it will be soon. Just look at the condition of our earth! Yet, the Word says that these things are merely the beginning of sorrows!

Jesus did not want us to be in the dark because we are children of light! He was quite clear in His Word as to what we should be on the look-out for.

~Mat 24:4-5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (4) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (5)

Here are just a couple, but we read about them almost every day now.

Russia’s Messiah

Jesus of Suburbia — Has He Risen Again in Houston, Texas?

One need only do a Google search on news items and you will find a lot more!

~Matthew 24:6-7 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (6) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (7)

One need only have the news on for a few minutes or read the first page of any newspaper to hear about nation rising against nation. It is part of our everyday life any more. Just in the past seven days, there have been countless earthquakes, according to USGS. Pestilence is running rampid all over our planet. Famines are not restricted to third world countries any more.

(Mat 24:8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.

So what, may you ask, does all of this gloom and doom have to do with Jesus being called Wonderful? The born-again Christian need not worry about what is going on around him. He is secure in his salvation because it was purchased by God Himself. The born-again Christian looks forward to the Rapture and being taken away from this cursed earth until the day that Christ will come again to make the earth new again and will reign as King!

~Matthew 24:50-51 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, (50) And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (51)

For the one who does not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah and Saviour has much to fear. Go ahead and have your fun for your hour comes quickly. Not only will you have to suffer through the seven-year Tribulation, but you will have to spend an eternity in the Lake of Fire.

Are you ready? Can you truly call Jesus Wonderful today? It’s not too late! If you truly desire the truth, please visit my salvation page. Contact me if it was a blessing to you!

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This study was done by Lee Pierson! Not only is it powerful but it is backed up by Scriptures. I pray that it will be as much of a blessing to you as it was to me! Thank you, Bro. Lee!


There are a few things that I have found in my Christian walk that we should always remember.

Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Galatians 6:8
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

We reap what we sow! You may be saved but if you sow to your flesh you will reap corruption. This is very evident in drug abusers and alcoholics. It shows up among many Christians (guilty) in slothfulness and gluttony. And sins of the flesh will lead us toward afflictions of the flesh. That does not mean that all afflictions of the flesh are due to sin but if we sin in the flesh there will be a price.

Also Though our soul has been saved we can suffer loss.

1Corinthians 3:10
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

1Corinthians 3:11
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1Corinthians 3:12
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

1Corinthians 3:13
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1Corinthians 3:14
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

1Corinthians 3:15
If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

I don’t know what our rewards will be like in heaven but I do know that the Bible teaches that there will be some. The biggest reward that I can think of is finding out that through my witness I played a roll in another soul coming to the Lord. How precious the thought that we in some part have added to the body of Christ!

I don’t think we will know the full extent of our ministry here on earth but on the day of the Judgement Seat of Christ we will find out all of our successes and failures. How sad it will be and how the tears will flow (The very tears that are wiped from our eyes) when we realize the people we hurt through our sin and neglect. Did drinking in my youth lead someone into alcoholism? Was my testimony ruined with someone due to profanity? Did I fail to visit or pray for someone when God gave me a burden for them?
Yes I fear we will all suffer some loss.

The last thing I want to point out is a loss of fellowship. Sin causes us to loose fellowship with our brothers and sisters, with our family, with our friends and neighbors, and especially with our Lord.

1John 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

1John 1:2
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

1John 1:3
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

1John 1:4
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

1John 1:5
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

1John 1:6
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

1John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Of course we know that we all sin but it is that continued and unrepentant sin that is the real problem here.

1John 1:8
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1John 1:10
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

I thank God for His grace but I not only want that grace I also want that closer walk with Him!

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K. A fool does not regard correction.

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

~Proverbs 17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Remember the fool despises his parents, he hates instruction and knowledge.

One of the vehicles used to teach instruction, and present knowledge is correction.

So the fool despises being corrected.

The story is this: there is a married woman, whose husband is away on a trip. So the wife dresses in the clothes of a harlot, goes to the street corner to do wicked business. The young man foolishly walks by and she convinces him to commit sin.

The Bible says he “goeth after her straightway”, meaning he went after her (made his decision) suddenly, or impulsively. He did not think through the answer, seek counsel, he foolishly made his decision to commit sin with her.

The fool only looked at the pleasure for the present; he did not look at how it would effect his future. He blindly, unawares followed her into sin.

King Solomon then describes to Reheboam an ox going to slaughter.

That ox has no clue where he is headed. He just follows the bucket of food they put in front of him and he follows it right to the slaughter house!

Those are both stories of a fool going to the stocks, or to the place of correction. He is blind to why he is going; he is unaware of his sin being the cause.

“Do you know why you are in trouble, and in detention?”

“No, I did not do anything wrong.”

“It is not my fault, somebody else is to blame.”

Remember the fool is deceitful, he lies to himself, deceiving himself and convincing himself that he could not possible do wrong!

So it continues until he is entrapped and it takes his life.

Fool’s Story: Seven or eight years ago, some guys worked at Boeing, they stole a raft for a 747. They were smart enough to sneak it out of the plant. They took it to a river to have some weekend fun and they pulled the string to inflate it, and started to float down the river.

They were shocked when a Coast Guard helicopter came hovering over them. When they pulled the string it activated a homing device signaling a need for help.

They no longer work at Boeing and they qualify to wear an “I am a fool” sign!

REVIEW: So we have learned the description of a fool.

I taught a fool is clamorous (carnal, sensual, and quarrelsome).

I taught a fool is deceitful. Deceiving himself and others.

I taught a fool is proud. He has no need for trusting in God.

I taught a fool has “wandering eyes”, or an unsettled mind.

I taught a fool trusts his own heart, which is unscriptural.

As I described the fool, I said it might be best if a fool wore a sign that lets everybody know he is a fool!

III. Instructions and warnings concerning fools.

King Solomon had not always lived as a wise man; he spent part of his life being foolish. He could use that experience to teach Reheboam.

So he instructed Reheboam and he warns Reheboam concerning fools, foolishness and folly.

A. The fool and his mouth.

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

~Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

One of the greatest tools used by a fool is his mouth.

One of the easiest ways to detect a fool is his mouth.

A man looks foolish when he speaks out of turn, before he fully understands a matter.

It is foolish/unjust to give judgment in a matter before you fully hear the case.

It is likewise foolish to interrupt a conversation. This can be combined with meddling in business that is not yours.

It can also be understood the reason the person interrupts is he thinks what he has to say is more important than what you have to say.

~Proverbs 29:20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Only a word in anger, But it wounded one sensitive heart;

Only a word of sharp reproach, But it made the teardrops start;

Only a hasty, thoughtless word, Sarcastic and unkind;

But it darkened the day before so bright and left a string behind.

Not all people who speak hastily are fools, but they sure leave themselves open to looking like one!

“PERVERSE IN HIS LIPS” means crooked in his thoughts.

This is the fella who conceives dishonest plans to prosper.
So the poor man who is honest is better than this crooked/dishonest thinker and the fool.

~Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Though the fool sees himself knowledgeable and smart and wise, he is not and when he speaks he reveals the folly of his foolishness.

Notice it is referring to speaking at the gate.

There was a time in Old Testament days when the leaders and the wise men would sit at the city gate to lead the people. Job and David did this.

But a fool is not to sit (and would not be allowed) at the city gate counseling others.

It is instruction and a warning to Reheboam and you and me not to allow fool to be in office leading us.

If we let the fool run for office, and we elect the fool, then we will get what we deserve!

So, a fool is not to speak at the city gate!

~Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Abe Lincoln said,

“I would rather keep my mouth shut and let folk think I am a fool, than to open it and reveal that I am a fool.”

This is one time when a fool can be perceived wise, when he keeps his mouth shut!

“As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have least wisdom are the greatest babblers.” – Plato.

ILLUSTRATION: When Thomas Aquinas was in school he was called the “Dumb OX” by the other students. One day a teacher of his discovered that Thomas was actually a genius and the teacher told the students if that “Dumb OX” ever “bellows the world will be filled with its noise”. Thomas became St. Thomas Aquinas and he was later called the “Angel of the Schools”.

Even a quiet fool can be considered understanding and wisdom.

B. Avoid the foolish man!

~Proverbs 14:7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

~Proverbs 17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

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

King Solomon made it very clear, in his teaching to Reheboam, “When you recognize that a person lacks knowledge, and he is a fool, leave!”

If you see a man who refuses to be instructed, avoid him!

A man who refuses to be instructed will be foolish, foolishness is sin, and he will end up being evil (sin that is hurtful) and Apostle Paul said to avoid all appearances of evil. Avoid the foolish man!

Why corrupt our own springs with the pollution of the foolish?

Why avoid the foolish? His folly will be hurtful, it is dangerous!

In Hosea 13, it tells the story of the man who sees a bear in the street and he runs from the bear, only to be met by a lion, he runs from the lion, enters the house and leans up against the wall to catch his breath.

As he leans against the wall, he is bit and poisoned by a serpent.

King Solomon is teaching Reheboam it would be better to have been caught and devoured by the bear than to be caught by a fool in his folly.

The big brown Syrian bear, when enraged was considered the fiercest in Israel. You could tame the fierce, big, brown Syrian bear, but not a fool in his folly!

King Solomon even taught Reheboam who to walk with.

Be a companion of wise men!

Wise men are knowledgeable, wise men are righteous, wise men are soul winners, walk with wise men!

We will notice later that a fool is destroyed, but, it says in this verse that the companion of the fool is destroyed too!

If the big, brown, Syrian bear is fierce and feared, then how much more so when you have stolen her cubs!

We should fear a fool in his folly even more!

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This Bible study is from a dear friend, Lee Pierson. I pray that it is a blessing to you!


Things That We Need From Hell


Luke 16:19-31

Points:

1- Vision – Verse 23 – “He lift up his eyes in torment”
a) If we could see that place of torment
b) If we could see the tormentors
c) If we could see those flames up close our mindset would change
d) We need a vision of being engulfed in flames looking out at those being comforted in safety
e) We need a vision of being in a place of safety and looking on as men, women and children are engulfed in flames.
f) If we could actually see what hell was like wouldn’t we be more motivated to warn others of that place?

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish…



We need to get a vision of hell

2- Crying – Verse 24 – “He cried, have mercy on me.”
a) God is a God of mercy
b) God is a God of love and grace
c) But God is also a God of judgment and wrath
d) We need to learn to cry for those that are under Gods judgment and wrath
e) If we cared enough that it brought us to tears maybe we would be more motivated to do something about it.

Amos 5:16-20
16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing. 17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD. 18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

We need to learn to cry out to God for the lost.

3- Thirst – Verse 24 – “Dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue”
a) If we had a few minutes in hell maybe we would thirst more after righteousness. It would not take long in a place that was devoid of any righteousness to develop a desire for just one drop of it to cool our unrighteous tongues.
b) If we could spend some time in a place of eternal death maybe we would thirst more for that eternal life.
c) Just a few minutes in hell might give us a thirst for some of that living water.

John 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.

We need to learn to thirst after righteousness and that living water

4- Flame – Verse 24 – “I am tormented in this flame”
a) If we had some of the flames of hell burning in our hearts perhaps we could get on fire for the Lord
b) We need to have a burning desire to see the lost get saved
c) We need to be burning with the fire of God yet not consumed, in our service to the Lord, a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable.

Exodus 3:2
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

We need to kindle a little flame into our lives.

5- Remembrance – Verse 25 – “Remember that thou”
a) As born again Christians we need to remember where we came from and what we have been saved out of. Not in discouragement because of our past sins but out of encouragement of those sins forgiven. As God forgave us He will forgive others if they have a chance to hear the gospel message.
b) We need to remember where we would be right now if we had died in our sins.
c) If we could only remember what it was like to be in slavery to sin maybe we could do a better job of helping others escape from that bondage.


Acts 20:35
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

We need to remember what we have received so that we can be even more blessed by what we give.

6 – Separation – Verse 26 – “There is a great gulf fixed”
a) We need to put some separation between the world and us. A sinner that is on his way to hell should be able to look at us and see that there is a difference, and that there is something good about what we have.
b) We need to fix a gulf between us, and the sin that abounds around us.

2Corinthians 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

We need to separate ourselves from unclean things.

7 – Prayer – “I pray thee therefore father”
a) We need to get a burden for the lost before we are ever going to see anyone get saved. Many Christians have the attitude of “Me and my three and no more.” But if we could just spend a few minutes in hell we would surely have a great burden to keep even our worst enemies out of that place.
b) And like the rich man in our scriptures, just a few minutes in hell and we would be begging and pleading in prayer for our lost family and friends.

Psalm 55:22
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.



We need to have a burden for the lost so that we can pray and cast our burden upon the Lord.

8 – Understanding – Verse 31 – “If they hear not”
a) We need to understand that the lost need to hear the gospel message while there is still time. They need to hear the Law of Moses so that they can see their sin before a Holy God. They need to hear the prophecies of the coming Messiah and they need to hear how those prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus’ death burial and resurrection.
b) We need to understand what it is to die in sin with no hope and no peace.

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

We need to understand and gain wisdom.

Hell is a place of:


Darkness – 1 Samuel 2:9, Matthew 8:12, 2 Peter 2:17

Destruction – Job 31:3, Psalm 103:4, Proverbs 10:29, Matthew 7:13

Eternal Separation – Proverbs 15:29, 2 Thessalonians 1:9

Fear – Psalm 73:18-19, Proverbs 10:24

Fire – Deuteronomy 32:22, Psalm 11:6, Isaiah 66:24, Matthew 18:8

Desolation – Isaiah 59:10, Ezekiel 26:20

Humiliation and shame – Isaiah 5:14-15, Ezekiel 32:24

No Hope – Job 8:13, Proverbs 11:7, Ephesians 2:12

No Mercy – Psalm 36:5, Psalm 109:17

No Peace – Isaiah 57:21, Ezekiel 7:25

No Rest – Isaiah 57:20, Revelation 14:11

Torment – Luke 16:23

Let us all take the things that we have learned from hell and use them to pull others out of that pit.

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H. The fool does not honor his parents.

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. ~Proverbs 10:1

He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. ~Proverbs 17:21

The word “fool” here has the same meaning as before but with an addition ~ to fall away, despise, disgrace, dishonor, lightly esteem, fade and come to nothing.

It is speaking of a child (could be of an adult age) that falls away from proper instruction and knowledge; he despises the knowledge, disgraces and dishonors his parents, his name, his reputation.

He lightly esteems the ways of God, the teaching of his parents and he will finally fade into oblivion and come to nothing which will bring grief, shame and dishonor to his parents.

He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. ~Proverbs 5:23

How many parents have died prematurely due to the foolish behavior of their children!?!

May we not bring our parents down to an early grave due to our foolish living!

By the way, remember one of the Ten Commandments is “Honor thy parents, that thy days may be long”

That is the first commandment with promise.

If you want to die early, dishonor your parents!

If you want to honor your parents, be a child of knowledge and wisdom!

I. Fools are soon angered and exalt folly.

He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. ~Proverbs 14:17

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

I taught earlier that the fool is clamorous; one of the descriptions of being clamorous is being controlled by one’s emotions.

A fool is too often controlled by his quick temper/anger.

A fool is hurried by his passions.

It is this behavior that makes us look foolish, and promotes folly and rewards us with a sign that reads “I am a fool”!

How many times have we blown up in anger, only later to realize how foolish we were, and how foolish we looked and how we exalted folly!

Too many times we “fly off the handle” only to realize later that it was not the person who angered us that looked fl, but it was our reacting that looked foolish!

J. A fool does mock sin and does not leave sin.

Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour. ~Proverbs 14:9

Remember that a fool says “NO GOD”!

To make light of sin, is to make light of Christ.

Realize the fool laughs at sin, and at your sin and encourages you to join him in sin (see PROVERBS 1) for foolish/folly is a sport/hobby and joy to the fool.

The foolish Christian says, “It is not that bad”, “what is wrong with it?” and the foolish Christian look’s for ways to live as close to sin without being guilty as he can.

The wise Christian avoids even the appearance of evil.

The wise Christian considers all sin a rattlesnake and he works and strives to stay far, far away from the sin!

The fool mocks sin, laughs at it.

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil. ~Proverbs 13:19

Fools hate the idea of leaving their hurtful sin. (lying, deceit, pride, striking others down with their mouth.)

Here is the scenario of this verse: 2 sick people go to the doctor; each with the same illness. The doctor gives both the same prescription, avoid alcohol. The one follows the instructions completely and has better health, joy and years to live thereafter. The other continues to drink alcohol, hates the prescription, but has no sweet results of the desire accomplished.

The fool mocks at sin, laughs at sin, encourages others to sin and he has no desire to leave his sin and he fails to enjoy the sweet results of accomplishment.

Guest Poster: Pastor Don Moore

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D. The Fool Does Enjoy His Folly.

Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. ~Proverbs 15:21

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom. ~Proverbs 10:23

When I was a teenager, I loved football. I would go to church early, and most of the other teen guys, and we would have a football and would play ball in our church clothes in the parking lot until we were called in for church.

One game after the morning service at Verona School, and one game before church on Sunday evenings. A game Monday evening before teen choir practice. A game Tuesday evening at Verona School. A game before church on Wednesday evening. A game before teen soul winning on Thursday evening. A game Friday evening at Verona and then go watch the Bearcats play football. Of course we played a game after bus calling on Saturdays as well. I broke my collar bone and I was playing two weeks later. I loved it, I lived it almost as much as I did church. I had a football and clothes in my car; I had a football in my room, and on my mind, and while I was at school.

A fool loves his folly and the sport of foolishness even more!

This is the fool’s life, this is what he knows! This is sin!

E. A Fool Does Meddle in the Business of Others.

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. ~Proverbs 20:3

Realize a fool will be into business that is not his. This will cause strife.

How many times do we enter a conversation mid-stream then find ourselves looking foolish?
A fool wants to reveal what he knows (about himself) and a fool will jump into business that is not his and it causes problems.

FOOL STORY: A lady at work was seen putting her credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly. When she was asked about it, she said she was shopping on the internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM “thingy”.

G. The Foolish Woman Does Tear Down.

Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. ~Proverbs 14:1

This is speaking of foolish house management.

It is foolish by negligence, by bad administration, by self indulgence (neglects the home by being selfish), and it is provoking God’s displeasure!

This is a person who has no fear of God.

This woman does not fear the results of tearing down her children and husband. She neglects the opportunity to build them up, for she does not have or properly utilize the Holy Spirit of God in her administering.

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. ~Proverbs 11:29

Can you predict the wind? Can you calm the wind?

Can you control the wind? How much damage can the wind do?

That is the result of poor house management!

It is this fool who goes from having the opportunity of having a valuable treasure, a good home to being controlled by others. This fool is enslaved by misery!

What it is referring to is the fool has no influence over others especially is this so if there is Holy Spirit influence with you.

This fool is unable to maintain his freedom and is ruled by those in his home. This fool has an unruly family/home.

In how many families today do the children actually rule?

Or the wife rules the husband?

Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. ~Proverbs 10:14

Notice what is so often used by the fool to tear down the house. The mouth!

A cutting statement; name calling, or criticism are used.

Are you “appreciating” or “depreciating” the value of those in your life?

You have the great opportunity of building folks up, or tearing down what is built up.

May we strive to be appreciaters!

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Pastor Don Moore has allowed me this awesome opportunity to post his Bible studies on my blog as a guest. I hope you enjoy his study as much as I did! It is quite long so I will post it in several parts.

This is a Bible study that I taught over several weeks time, so it is going to be long here. This is just one chapter in a series on PROVERBS which I presented to the church I was pastoring in the early 2000’s.

I trust it will be beneficial in your life!

Brother Moore

Introduction:

All of us have done foolish things, and all of us have known people who are fools.

Apart from wisdom, there is probably no subject discussed more in the Proverbs than the subject of fools.

Now, for almost every occasion in the Proverbs, the words fools, foolishness, and folly all have one thing in common – the word means “stupid“.

Dr. John R. Rice said,

“A fool may be intelligent, but he is also arrogant and of a stubborn mind.”

Just because somebody possesses knowledge, that is not a guarantee that he is wise.

I have a friend that sends me email articles of people who should be given a sign to wear – a sign that says “I am stupid.”

Fool Story:

A fella from Arkansas wanted some beer real bad. So he took a cement block and threw it at the window of a liquor store. The block bounced back, hit the man in the head and knocked him out. The window was made of plexiglas and it was all caught on video tape.

Give the man his sign! He is a fool!

Another thing about foolishness is that it is sin! Wicked, vile!

As we go through the verses, I will give examples of each of the definitions, but all the words combined teach us that a fool, foolishness, and folly is somebody who is perverse ~ they change good into bad ~

Example:

Grain is good, beer is bad; grapes are good, wine is bad.

The words generally mean silly, to despise, disgrace, dishonor, to lightly esteem, to fall away, or come to naught.

There is the story about David and Abigail in the Bible. Abigail was married to a man, his name is Nabal. Abigail asked David, “Did not my husband behave as his name defines/describes him?”

One of the Hebrew words for fool; is nabal. He wore a sign!

So fool, foolishness, folly means stupid, silly, and is sin. Perversion!

As we look at these verses, we will place them in one of four groups.

Description of a Fool.

Displaying Foolishness, and Folly.

Warnings, and Instruction concerning fools, foolishness, and folly.

What to do with a Fool.

I. DESCRIPTION OF A FOOL

A. She is clamorous

A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. ~Proverbs 9:13

The word here means stupid, or silly. “A foolish woman is clamorous:”

In chapters 8 and 9, we have wisdom personified as a female; that is also true here with foolishness.

This foolish woman is a picture of carnality (worldliness), sensuality and she is quarrelsome.

So this foolish woman is worldly, controlled by her emotion, she is quarrelsome.

When Mrs. Job suggested that Job die, he said, “You are speaking as one of the foolish women speaks.”

B. A fool is deceitful

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

A man who will lie to hide hatred; and a man who will slander another is a fool.

He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him. ~Proverbs 26:24

This fella is foolish for a couple of reasons:

1. He lays up deceit. He listens to deceit, then allows deceit to reside in his mind, and then lodge in his heart.

2. Then he begins to dissemble the one he hates.

Psalms 15:1-3; Psalm 101:5 “Whoso privily slandereth his neighbor, him will I cut off: him that hath a high look and proud heart will I not suffer.”

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the follow of fools is deceit. ~Proverbs 14:8

A fool lays up deceit. He deceives himself and others.

What this fool is doing is cheating himself and others.

It is like the child who does not study for the test, but convinces (deceives) himself he knows the material. When the test does come, and the test of life comes, he finds that he has cheated himself and has failed!

The phrase “know thyself” is a good lesson for us!

We should know what we are: a sinner, a dust ball (we were created from dirt.)

We should know our capabilities and work to improve them.

We should know our limitations and not be deceived.

We should know that we can do all things through Christ.

But the fool deceives himself in ignoring what he is and is not and convinces himself that he is what he is not.

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Thank you Pastor John Walls, Pastor of Freedom Baptist Church in Smithfield, NC, for yet another wonderful message.


~Psalm 105:1-5 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. (1) Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. (2) Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. (3) Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. (4)

~Psalm 105:42-45 For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. (42) And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: (43) And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people; (44) That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD. (45)

Introduction:

There are many songs that have been written praising the Lord. It should be as natural for us to praise God as it is to breath. In fact we are commanded to do so in Psalms 150:6 “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” Not only David pen these words of the command he made sure he practiced it in the last part of the verse. Praise in the Hebrew means to shine, to boast or be boastful, to be made praiseworthy, be commended or be worthy of praise. In fact you cannot praise the Lord too much. He never gets the big head.

We also see a word, which does not show up, in our text in the English but it does in the Hebrew. It is the four words in the last of verse 45, which is “Praise ye the Lord.” It is just one word in the Hebrew and it is the word HALLELUJAH. Hallelujah is the sound of the language of Heaven. Hallelujah is the spice of the language of Heaven. Hallelujah is the substance of the language of Heaven.

Hallelujah is a word that we should practice saying. In fact, if we would say it more often, it would sound forth the praises of our Great God, King and Lord. Plus it would sound better than many of the things most people say. Hallelu of the word hallelujah means praise. Jah is the shorten form of Jehovah. Even the scribes of the Old Testament would make a copy of the scriptures and came to the name “Jehovah”, they would stop, wash themselves, change their clothes because the name “Jehovah” is one of the most powerful and awe stricken names of our Lord. When we say Hallelujah, we are sounding forth the power of our mighty, marvelous, matchless Lord. We are basically saying “Praise Jehovah”.

The verses selected for our text gives many of the functions of praise. They are:

  1. Recall the works of our God
  2. Record the works of our God
  3. Recite the words of our God
  4. Rejoice for the works of our God

These functions are so easy in that they require just doing the simple instructions given by the Lord.

The word HALLELUJAH is found at least twenty-two times in the Book of Psalms with a total of twenty-four times in the Old Testament. Before going further, let’s look at these twenty-four places together.

~Judges 5:2 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.

Joshua was calling folks to praise God for his vengeance.

~Psalm 104:35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.

~Psalm 105:45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.

David is excited about observing God’s statutes and keeping the law that it causes him to come out what should be natural for the child of God–HALLELUJAH

Psalms 106:1 “Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

DAVID IS SHOUTING OVER THE MERCY OF GOD.

~Psalm 106:48 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

David is not ashamed to encourage people to give praise unto the LORD who alone is worth of such praise.

~Psalm 111:1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

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I found this message by Pastor Mike Walls which totally blessed my heart this morning! I wanted to share it with you because its applications are not outdated. All of us reading this right now are going through some kind of trial or time of testing.

Please take a moment and let it sink into your heart. Allow the Lord to speak to you and show you His grace.


I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. ~Philippians 4:13

I am resolved by the help of God that I will:

  • Like Paul, forget those things which are behind and press forward;
  • Like David, lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help;
  • Like Abraham, trust implicitly in my God;
  • Like Enoch, walk in daily fellowship with my heavenly Father;
  • Like Jehoshaphat, prepare my heart to seek God;
  • Like Moses, choose rather to suffer than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
  • Like Daniel, commune with God at all times;
  • Like Job, be patient under all circumstances;
  • Like Caleb and Joshua, refuse to be discouraged because of superior numbers;
  • Like Joseph, turn my back to all destructive advances;
  • Like Gideon, advance even if my friends be few;
  • Like Aaron and Hur, uphold the hands of my spiritual leaders;
  • Like Isaiah, consecrate myself to do God’s work;
  • Like Andrew, strive to lead my brother to a closer walk with Christ;
  • Like John, lean upon the bosom of the Master and imbibe of His Spirit;
  • Like Stephen, manifest a forgiving spirit toward all who seek my hurt;
  • Like Timothy, study the Word of God;
  • Like the heavenly host, proclaim the message of peace on earth and good will toward all men;
  • Like my Lord Himself, overcome all earthly allurements by refusing to succumb to their enticements.

Realizing that I cannot hope to achieve these objectives by my own strength, I will rely upon Christ, for:

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. ~Philippians 4:13

I want to give you four thoughts from this scripture to help us in this life as a Christian.

I. PERSONAL – “I”

This scripture was written with every believer in mind to be used personally in his or her lives. This is one of the few exceptions when you can use the pronoun “I” without having the taint of pride involved.

II. PERFORMANCE – “CAN DO ALL THINGS”

Anyone can do any thing the Lord wants him or her to do if they want to do so. The problem is that people don’t want to do the tasks that God wants to do. That is one reason why the minority of the people do most of the work of the church. The word “all” involves all of the things found in God’s Word that are for our dispensation of grace.

III. POWER – “THROUGH CHRIST”

The key to the success of any Christian is through Christ. Christ is the only reason why we can do the work of God anyway. The word “Christian” has three letters at the end of it. It is the letters “i”, “a”, “n”. Without Christ, I am nothing. That is what those three letters represent to me.

Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

IV. PEACE – “WHICH STRENGTHENETH ME”

When I do all things through Christ, I can do all things for they will strengthen me for the next thing. By doing these things, it gives me the peace of God.

~Pastor Mike Walls~
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Note from Kate: Before you read Mr. Yusko’s study, let me clarify the Pre-Tribulation viewpoint. Post and Mid Trib proponents claim that the Pre-Trib theory was only recently “invented,” however, please note the year that Pseudo-Ephraim wrote this Pre-Trib statement in about 300 AD:

All the saints and elect of God are gathered together before the tribulation, which is to come, and are taken to the Lord, in order that they may not see at any time the confusion which overwhelms the world because of our sins.

-Pseudo-Ephraem (c. 374-627)

Now on with Bro. Yusko’s study:

Start with Dan 9

– This lays the foundation for all Bible prophecy

– If a person understands the 70 weeks prophecy they will not be confused with all the wrong views of prophecy “out there”.

– We will cover the 70 week prophecy and see where the rapture fits in.

Daniel 9
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

**Note: notice that the 70 weeks are ‘determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city’. This is the Jewish people of Israel and Jerusalem. (not the Church)

Notice that 70 Weeks of years (490 years) are determined upon the people of Israel accomplish these 5 goals:

– finish the transgression (between God and Israel)
– to make an end of sins
– to make reconciliation for iniquity
– to bring in everlasting righteousness
– to seal up the vision and prophecy
– to anoint the most Holy (The Lord Jesus in the Millennial Kingdom)

All this has NOT yet been fulfilled. It will yet be fulfilled upon the nation of Israel just like Daniel was told.

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

These verses are talking about the 7 weeks and 62 weeks of years which add up to 69 weeks.

Verse 26… at the end of the 69th week the Messiah will be cut off.

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Points to consider:

– The prophetic 70 weeks stopped at the rejection and death of the Lord Jesus Christ, The Messiah.

– That occurred after 69 weeks or 483 years.

– There is a gap between the 69th and 70th week. Unknown to Daniel but known to us today

– The church began at Pentecost where the Holy Spirit infilled believers. Believers became the body and bride with the Lord Jesus as the head.

– God has been using the Church (invisible body of Christ) during this gap as the salt of the earth and the restrainer of evil. The antichrist cannot rise to power with the church in the world.

– After the rapture the restrainer of evil is removed and the antichrist rises to power and Israel enters their 70th week. This time is also referred to as the time of Jacobs trouble or the Tribulation period. The restrainer is the Holy Spirit working in and through the Church.

– The Holy Spirit is omnipresent and cannot be removed. The Church is not and will be removed at the rapture.

– The existence of the church in the world prevents the 70th week from beginning. If the antichrist cannot rise to power the 70th week cannot begin.

WHAT IS THE RAPTURE?

What exactly is the rapture and what does the Bible say about it?

Most Christians have heard the term and the unsaved don’t know what a Christian is talking about.

Here are the foundational verses in the Bible that describe the rapture:

1 Thessalonians 4
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

What is the rapture? The answer is this: It is a description of an event that will occur when God removes His Church supernaturally from the earth. Christians will literally disappear as they are called up to the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. There will be one generation living on earth that will not know physical death but will be instantly translated into the very presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. At the rapture each Christian will be transformed and receive their eternal resurrection body.

Lets look a bit more closely at the Scriptures previously quoted about the rapture starting with 1 Thess 4:

1 Thess 4
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

This verse is by the “word of the Lord”. The event of the rapture is a fact and it is coming by the authority of the Word of the Lord.

Next, we are told that there will be some Christians alive when the Lord Jesus returns at the rapture. This verse also mentions Christians that are asleep or who have previously died.

This hints at a great reunion at the rapture. Those living will meet their Christian loved ones and friends who have previously died.

There is also an order to the rapture where God will honor the dead in Christ first. The order is this:
1) first the dead in Christ are resurrected
2) second those who are alive on earth are resurrected.

The Lord is very detailed. The rapture will occur very fast. In just a fraction of a second, it will be over. Yet the Lord will order those who will be raptured/resurrected first and second. This shows the amazing precision of the Lord as He exercises His almighty power.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Here we are told that the dead in Christ will be given their eternal resurrection bodies first. Remember the order of events hinted at in verse 15 First the dead in Christ then secondly the living.

We are also told that the Lord Jesus will come Himself and will give a shout – a command: possibly ‘come up hither’ see Rev 4. The rapture occurs as a result of a command from the Lord.

17 Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

We are told that Christians still alive will be given their resurrection body as well in the rapture. All the raptured Christians (alive and previously dead) will meet in the air in the clouds. There Christians will meet the Lord Jesus and have a great reunion with each other.

This verse also uses the term “caught up” when referring to the living Christians in the rapture. What does ‘caught up’ mean? It literally means to be caught up, to snatch out, or to seize. God will use His almighty power in the rapture!

Here is another thought to consider. Some may say that the word ‘rapture’ is not found in the Bible therefore, it cannot be true. Consider this, the word ‘Bible’ and the word ‘Trinity’ is not found in the Bible either. However, the concepts certainly are found in the Bible. The rapture describes a Biblical event. The concept of the rapture is found in the Bible even though the actual word ‘rapture’ is not. In verse 17 above the rapture is described by the words “caught up”. A person would be correct by calling this Biblical event the catching up of the Church. However, the term rapture is shorter and it describes the same concept.

In the rapture, the Lord Jesus will not set foot on earth but will rather call Christians up to Himself in the clouds to meet Him there. This can be contrasted with His second coming when the Lord will set foot on earth at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. At that time everyone saved and lost will see Him return. However, at the rapture, only blood bought Spirit reborn saved Christians will see the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds. As a result, we clearly have two separate events

1) The rapture when Jesus meets the Church in the air and takes them to heaven and
2) The Second Coming which occurs at the battle of Armageddon. At the battle of Armageddon, the Lord Jesus comes back to earth at the mount of Olives in Jerusalem and sets up His Kingdom.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

-This teaching of the rapture is a comfort to God’s people
– comfort in trials of all kinds
– comfort with the death of loved ones

Next, lets look at the rapture in 1 Cor 15:

1 Corinthians 15
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1 Corinthians 15
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

The rapture is a mystery that God through the Apostle Paul has revealed.

The next question is: What is a mystery? Well a mystery is a new truth. Something not previously known or revealed. Further thoughts on the mystery of the rapture are:

– Could the mystery be the second coming of Jesus? No as the disciples and Christians already knew that Jesus would return again. Look at Acts 1:9-11 where the Lord Jesus is taken to heaven. The Lord will return in like manner, bodily, physically. His Second coming is nothing new.

– Could the mystery be the general resurrection of all believers? No! God had already revealed that: See Daniel 12:2, Heb 11:17-19 Job 19:25-27. It was general knowledge that there would be a general resurrection of the righteous and the damned.

So then what is the mystery, the new truth that God through Paul is revealing? Verse 51 tells what the mystery is. ‘We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed’.

1) We shall not all sleep. This means there is a generation of believers that will not die physically but will go straight to heaven. That is certainly new and unrevealed information!

Here is an interesting point….. What does sleep mean? Why did the Lord Jesus and His disciples use the term sleep as opposed to dead? Well the word sleep in their culture also included the fact that the dead person had a future. Death is not a final thing but there is a glorious future for the believer after physical death.

2) we shall all be changed. This literally means we shall be transformed. All born again, blood bought Christians will be given a new body. It will be a resurrected body of flesh and bones. The believer will have a heavenly body just like the Lord Jesus had after His resurrection.

So to sum up verse 51…. what is the mystery? The mystery is that there is one generation that will not die physical death but will be instantly transformed into their resurrection body as they meet the Lord in the clouds at the rapture. What a glorious way to go to heaven!

If you had a choice, which way would you prefer to go to heaven?…by death or rapture? What a glorious new truth and a blessed hope!

Lets look at another aspect of the rapture: How long will the rapture take?

Verse 52 answers this question:

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

How long will the rapture take? The rapture will be just a moment or a twinkling of an eye. How long is a moment or a twinkling of an eye? It will be so quick that the time frame cannot be humanly divided. The rapture will be instant in a small fraction of a second! For example take 1 second and divide it up into 1000 tiny sections of time. The rapture will be faster that 1 of those small sections of time! Remember the precision of the rapture.

RAISED and CHANGED

The dead = raised
We the living = changed

We are given new resurrection bodies suited for heaven

A body just like the Lord Jesus had after His resurrection.

Therefore: rapture is joy and a hope.
– new body (no sickness, pain, death)
– Forever with the Lord and see Him face to face to face!

Lets read further:

1 Corinthians 15
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Our new bodies will be eternal, incorruptible, and glorious! This is compared to our current mortal and corruptible bodies prone to sickness, pain, and death.

Death will be no more. This is what that statement “Death is swallowed up in victory” means.

The rapture is a blessed hope and the rapture is going to occur soon!

WHO WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE RAPTURE?

The answer is simple. Only those who have trusted/accepted the Lord Jesus as their Lord and Saviour will be a part of the rapture. In this world there are only two types of people: SAVED or LOST. Which category do you fit in? Only the saved people will be going up in the rapture.

John 3
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Notice that only those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus are saved.

All others are lost and will die in their sins and perish forever in the lake of fire. The rapture is only for saved people who have their sins washed in the blood of the Lord Jesus. Saved people have trusted in the Lord Jesus alone for salvation!

So, all saved people will be included in the rapture. The lost will be left behind to go through the terrible reign of the antichrist and all the judgments of God found in the book of Revelation.

Only requirement for the rapture is salvation. All saved people will be raptured

1 John 1
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

– Look at the word … all
– what does all mean
– how many sins were future when the Lord Jesus died

Rom 4
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

– this talks of imputed righteousness
– The Lord Jesus bore our sin on the cross – we have imputed righteousness.
– we all stand before God because of the merits of the Lord Jesus

WATCH AND BE READY! NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY OR THE HOUR

The Bible speaks of an unknown time when the Lord Jesus will return. Many will be found asleep and caught by surprise. These people thought the Lord would delay His coming and got distracted with the things of the world such as: the quest for wealth and money, love of entertainment, and other worldly pursuits. The end result is the sudden return of the Lord Jesus!

Here are some verses that describe the unknown time of the return of the Lord Jesus:

Matthew 24
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

– datesetter warning
– fancy date model, plug in stuff out comes a date (always wrong)

37 But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

– rapture will be on a routine day
– the battle of armageddon will not be routine after the 7 seals 7 trumpets and 7 bowls of God’s wrath are poured out upon the earth.

down to verse 42

42 WATCH THEREFORE: FOR YE KNOW NOT WHAT HOUR YOUR LORD DOTH COME.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

– watch and be ready
– do not be caught sleeping with eyes on worldly affairs, affections, or treasures
– like the arrival of a thief

This command to watch and be ready is repeated again and again. The Lord does not want His people to be caught by surprise. Therefore, God’s people are warned to watch and be ready.

Matthew 25
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Mark 13
31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
32 But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
34 [For the Son of man is] as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, WATCH.

v36 another warning not to be found sleeping

Here is another point that the Lord reveals in the below verses.

Luke 12
36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
37 Blessed [are] those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find [them] so, blessed are those servants.
39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
40 BE YE THEREFORE READY ALSO: FOR THE SON OF MAN COMETH AT AN HOUR WHEN YE THINK NOT.

Notice verse 40. The Lord warns that He will come at a time when He is not expected. This means life will be routine when the rapture occurs.

The Lord will not come in the midst of a nuclear war when things are falling apart and massive numbers of people are dying.

Instead, the Lord will return on a routine day. People will get up after a night’s sleep and get ready for the activities of that day. They may work, buy, sell, marry or whatever. Others will still be sleeping in the middle of the night! Life will be normal and routine. The strong warning from the Lord is to watch and be ready because on such a day He will suddenly return to rapture home His people.

– Verse 37 above says “Blessed” are those servants who are ready and watching when the Lord suddenly returns. This means that not everyone will be sleeping and caught up with worldly pursuits. Some of God’s people will be wide awake and watching for the return of their Lord.

To those people the Lord says: Blessed!

A CROWN FOR WATCHING FOR THE RAPTURE

– after the rapture — resurrection and great renuion
– bema reward judgment (not for sins – the blood covers that)
– crowns are one such reward

Paul speaking…
2 Tim 4
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The above verse states that everyone who watches, waits, and loves His appearing will receive a crown of righteousness. This is a great blessing from the Lord! All that is required to receive this crown is for Christians to watch, wait, and look forward to the return of the Lord Jesus.

– I want everyone to get that crown at the bema judgment!

SEE THE DAY COMING!

Below is another unique promise in the Bible.

1 Thessalonians 5
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6. Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us WATCH AND BE SOBER.

– verse 4 where we are told that that day (the return of the Lord) should not overtake us like a thief. Here is what it means. Even though we cannot know the exact day, we can see the day coming. As we look at Bible prophecy and world events we can see the final prophecies getting ready to be fulfilled. This means the rapture must be very close!

Christians have great incentive to stay awake and watch for the return of the Lord because Christians can see the setups of the end time Bible prophecies. All this points to the nearness of the rapture. Therefore, watch and be ready!

1 Peter 4
7 BUT THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND: be ye therefore sober, and WATCH UNTO PRAYER.

CONCLUSION

We covered:
– basics of the rapture including Dan 9
– how long will it take
– who will be included in the rapture
– the exhortation to watch and be ready because the rapture will occur suddenly and unexpectedly.

THE RAPTURE IS OUR BLESSED HOPE

Titus 2
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

The rapture is a blessed hope to the Christian. Watching for and expecting the rapture is a blessed hope that encourages a person to stay close to the Lord.

A person watching daily for the rapture will go on with life but be constantly looking for the return of the Lord each day. This blessed hope also has a purifying effect. A person will not get caught up in worldliness or wrong things if he thinks His Lord could come back at any moment.

This message covers the blessing for a Christian who will be found by the Lord watching when the rapture occurs.

The Lord calls that person, “blessed”! I would say it is a good personal goal for ones life! Make it your hearts goal and desire to be ready and watching when the rapture occurs. This way you will not be caught by surprise when the rapture occurs in the very near future!

Rev 22
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Closing…

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

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Get the message out! Judgment is coming and it has already started! It is long past time to repent and get right with God! The Lord Jesus (second person of the Trinity and God in human flesh) is the Only Saviour. Come to Him today before it is too late for you!

An in-depth look at the Rapture!
By Alan Yusko

– feel free to copy, print, or to use this sermon outline as a sermon message.

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The Word of God is known as “living water.” It is not a coincidence that God would use this terminology to describe the Bible, in my opinion. Nothing can live without water. It is the source of life. As well, the Bible flows like water. It reminds me of this picture – tributaries/rivers flowing into the ocean. All are water – all are composed of the same molecules. Each tributary is important as it travels along its way – nourishing the land in its path; but together, when they become one, they are greater.

Rivers are made of fresh water and yet they flow into the ocean, which is salty. When we are born again of the Spirit of God, we are given a fresh new start – a new beginning – free from sin. As we grow in Christ and flow into the Main Source (the ocean symbolizing being more Christ like), we become saltier – causing the unbeliever to thirst after what we have and will see Jesus in our lives through our testimony!

As I meditated on the Word’s spiritually nourishing effects this morning, I found today’s Name for Jesus 🙂 One of the previous Names we covered was Jesus being called “The Word.” However, today’s name is “The Word of God.” I am taking liberties in my view of this particular name – and you will see how beautifully it fits 🙂

It is not a coincidence that God would use different names for Jesus – each name describes a characteristic of our Saviour and God – each points us to the Main Source – God, the Three-In-One! According to Revelation 19:13, we see that Jesus is called the “Word of God”:

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. ~Revelation 19:13

If you replace the phrase “Word of God” with the word “Jesus,” you will see how interchangeable they are. Again, this is not a coincidence, seeing that the Word of God is Jesus and Jesus is the Word of God. How beautifully put together is the Bible – the Holy Spirit’s work flows with each verse describing the Saviour! Just as the tributaries flow into the ocean, each verse flows and points toward Jesus Christ!

Let’s look at more verses and apply this concept. I will list the verse first and then my own emphasis below.

And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God. ~1 Samuel 9:27

“that I may shew thee Jesus.”

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. ~Mark 7:13

“Making Jesus of none effect through your tradition,”

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. ~Luke 4:4

“man shall not live by bread alone, but by Jesus.”

But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. ~Luke 11:28

“blessed are they that hear Jesus and keep Him.”

For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. ~2 Corinthians 2:17

“For we are not as many, which corrupt Jesus:”

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. ~2 Corinthians 4:2

“nor handling Jesus deceitfully;”

For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. ~1 Thessalonians 2:13

“when ye received Jesus which ye heard of us, ye received Him not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, Jesus, which effectually worketh in you that believe.”

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. ~Revelation 19:13

“and his name is called Jesus.”

There are many more verses like these, but I think you get my point! One of my favorite Sunday School teachers once told us that since Jesus fulfilled the whole Law, we can easily take Psalm 119 and replace each of the following words with Jesus. Each of these words describes the word “law” in a different way:

Law, scriptures, precepts, testimonies, ways, statutes, commandments, word, and judgments

I challenge you to do this! It will have you whoopin’ and hollerin’ in the Lord 🙂

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I can remember my mother telling me when I was growing up, “Just wait until your father gets home! He will have the final word in this matter.” My Dad was the head of our household and when he said something, that was it! 🙂

This title for Christ as the Amen, is quite appropriate. I can see Him having the final word in all matters! He is the Creator of all things in the beginning of time and, therefore, it is appropriate that He is known as the Amen.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ~John 1:1-3

It is also appropriate that our Creator would have the say so as it relates to our lives, how we live our lives and what we do with His Word. Jesus thought it was important enough to teach on in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The Lord has left us His Word to teach us and guide us. With His Word, we can be faithful servants and can fully use the talents He has given to us. Christ’s words to us are a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). He does not wish for us to fall off a cliff or be deceived. Surely the path to salvation is not one that can be easily seen. It is one that has to be sought. Many will think they are on the right path because their church says they are or because it “feels right” but Jesus said that the way to heaven is a narrow path. Jesus said that many will seek to enter and won’t be able to enter! If anyone will have the final say in this matter, it will be Him – not the catholic church, not a pastor – but The Amen will have the final say.

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. ~Luke 13:24

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the word Amen as:

Dependable; faithful; certain.

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the AMEN, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. ~Revelation3:14-15

This word, with slight differences or orthography, is in all the dialects of the Assyrian stock. As a verb, it signifies to confirm, establish, verify; to trust, or give confidence; as a noun, truth, firmness, trust, confidence; as an adjective, firm, stable. In English, after the oriental manner, it is used at the beginning, but more generally at the end of declarations and prayers, in the sense of, be it firm, be it established.

And let all the people say amen. Psalm 104.

The word is used also as a noun.

“All the promises of God are amen in Christ;” that is, firmness, stability, constancy.

Jesus is “dependable, faithful, certain, firm, and stable! What wonderful attributes to be given to the Lord! Our Rock and Chief Cornerstone is faithful and will have the final word in all things. His Word will be fulfilled to the tiniest jot and tittle!

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. ~Matthew 5:18

Paul warned the Romans about those who would try to twist God’s Word and would try to preach a lie. Every known major religion today is based on a written word of some kind. They have taken doctrine(s) and formed an entire religion based on that doctrine. Changing God’s Word will surely bring judgment.

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 1:25

Which some professing have erred concerning the faith… ~1 Timothy 6:21a

Jesus will have the final word. What have we done with His Word today? Have we followed it? Have we given the responsibility of reading and interpreting the Word to other? Catholicism will have its members believe that they cannot interpret the Word of God for themselves because they do not have the ability to do so. The Apostle Peter stated otherwise:

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. ~2 Peter 1:19-20

Why would Peter state that interpreting God’s Word was not privy to any one person? Noah Webster’s definition of private is:

PRI’VATE, a. [L. privatus, from privo, to bereave, properly to strip or separate; privus, singular, several, peculiar to one’s self, that is, separate; rapio, diripio, eripio; privo for perivo or berivo.]

1. Properly, separate; unconnected with others; hence, peculiar to one’s self; belonging to or concerning an individual only; as a man’s private opinion, business or concerns; private property; the king’s private purse; a man’s private expenses. Charge the money to my private account in the company’s books.

Therefore, Peter was of the belief that anyone could read God’s Word and understand it. Why should the poor catholic not have the awesome privilege of reading and understanding God’s Holy Word? Why should anyone be deprived of the living water that will quench their thirst? Jesus Christ, wants to speak to us through His Word so that we can come to know the Amen intimately!

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