Seven Things God Hates

Today’s lesson is brought to you from Proverbs 6:16-19 ” These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations,feet that be swift in running to mischief, A False witness that speakth lies, and he that soweth discord among brethern.”
Shall we take a moment to look at this scripture. Proverbs is filled with wise lessons and it does not take a rocket scientist to understand them if one only reads and learns with an open mind. Breaking these few scriptures down tells us exactly what the Lord hates and why. He hates a proud look. Why you might ask. The reason is simple when one has a proud look- that more than likely shows their heart is proud and haughty. When a heart is proud then there is no way it will open up and learn. We know that pride leads to a conceited scense of one’s superiority. When that occurs then in the prideful person’s mind everyone else is beneath them. Look around that is what is happening to our country. People are prideful full of their own conceited sense of superiority. Proverbs 16:18 plainly states this “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” All the great empires fell because of pride. The Greeks, the Romans and the Bablyonians all fell because they were prideful. Now, let’s look at the second part of verse 16 in Proverbs 6. God also hates a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood. We are now in the thros of both lying tongues and the shedding of innocent blood. Nancy Pelosi stated in a news confernece which I saw that they as politicans deliberately hand the media hounds lies to perpetrate on the unsuspecting public. Once the lie is out there then the politicans use those lies to sell their platform. They speak those lies as truth and facts. In doing so they are part of the crime of shedding innocent blood. Those lies incited riots incited hate and incite bloodshed. Again read your history of all of the fallen empires. The next verse is one of my favorites because in my mind’s eye I see this happening. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief. Now, just think about that one for a moment. The lies are handed to the media. The hearts of those in office planes wicked imaginations also known as lies. Then once those lies are formed they run quickly to mischief, that is to the media and the unsuspecting public feeding them like feeding milk to a newborn. God hates that. And it stands to reason as to why he hates it. This action creates division, hate and destruction of his people. Which brings me to the last verse in toda’s lesson, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. Ladies and gentlemen, all we have to do is look around us. Look at the destruction of our cities, our businesses, the burning, looting and hate that has been perpetrated on us. This is what God hates. And yet, we as sheep fall for it. We are stirred up with a spoon in a pot of water that is boiling – then the politicans and media sit back and let the hate mongers add their spices of vitrol to divide us to the point that no one feels safe. God hates this. My question to each of you is this. Why do you allow other people to pull your strings? Why do you allow other people to dictate to you? Why do you allow other people to control your emotions and line of reason? God has the answers and God is the one we answer to in the end. It is not a matter of if we die, it is a matter of when we die. It is not a matter of how we die, we do not get a choice in that, but we do get a choice in where we are going. That is unless we allow others to make that choice for us. So my question to you today is this. Are you going to be one who does those things in your life that God hates, are you going to be that person who allows someone you don’t eve know to dictate where you spend eternity which is a very long time or are you going to determine where you spend eternity? If your answer is that you are going to determine your eternity, then I suggest that you get off the sheep train. That you start thinking for youself and that you put your faith not in man, but in God. He is the one with the answers. #eternity,#God,#pride,#evil

The Foolish

Today’s lesson is taken from Proverbs Chapter 10. I have always found Proverbs to be filled with wise instructions. Common sense instructions that are often lost in the translation and understandting of life in general and the Bible in particular. Proverbs instructs man on the ways of behaving, treating others and being wise by gleaning knowledge. Then instructs man on the correct way to put all of this information to good use. Chapter 10 is filled with nuggets of knowledge.
For Instance, Verse 1 starts the theme of the chapter “The proverb of Solomon. A wise man maketh a glad father: But a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.” If one read only that verse it should hit them right between the eyes. When a child is born, most fathers are struting around like a proud peacock. Beating their chest and saying to the world, “Look at me. I am a father.” A mother worries over that child from before the day it is born until the day either she dies or the child dies. When that child makes foolish decisions that mother grieves – looses sleep and worries to the point of many times becoming ill. A child does not understand that concept until they also become a parent.
Now in light of all that is going on in the world, let us look at those folks who are destorying the very country in which they live. Verse 11 states “The mouth of the righteous man is a well of life, but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.” Why in the world would a child want to place a burden on its parent such as this? Why would a child want to be seen in a public place, no matter that the child is now an adult- and cause it’s mother such a heaviness of heart by creating violence knowing there is a big chance that child might die at the hands of stupidity.
Verse 12 brings this point home even better. “Hatred stiffeth up strifes, but love covereth all sins.” Why would a child not want to make its mother proud? Hate is evil, hate is sinful and hate only destroys. Hate begets hate. Hate is destructive as we see on a daily basis. Hate brings death from which there is no coming back. No mother wants to bury her child or see her child locked up for crimes that child committed because of hate.
Moving down to Verse 14 we see this ” Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the fool is near destruction.” All of the people who are destroying this country both on the streets and in politics are creating destruction. Destruction that will never be reversed. Dectruction which will change the face of the country and not for the better. With that destruction will come changes that even those who are doing the destroying will not be able to live with.
Verse 23 ties it all together “It is a sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.”
They are not laying up knowledge because they are not being wise. They are being fools. They do not think about the fact that the consequences of their collective actions will fall on those who gave them birth or who raised them. That the future of the country will change in a way that will be detrimental to all. They have forgotten or maybe they never wanted to be someone’s child, sister, brother, niece or nephew, or grandchild. All they are thinking about is the right now. The “me” in the equation. The destruction of a country that is more free than any other country around. They also are not wise enough to know there will be a reckoning. The reckoning will be here and at death. They will have to answer for all of their actions. They will have to answer for all of their words and thoughts. Those mothers have a heaviness on their hearts that will never go away.
Those who are doing mischief- are according to Proverbs fools and there will be a price in the end. God is still in charge and he is still allowing spoiled and foolish children to tear up their playground. When he has had enough, he will disicpline and he will be heavy handed. #proverbs#wisdom#errentchildren,#foolishchildren

Destroying History

After another night of restlessness, I opened my Bible this morning. I did not have a specific scripture in mind. I just needed to listen to God. The page found me and it is very pointed and shouts to the rooftops the consquences of the bad decisions that are currently being made in this country and world wide. Now, I know there are those of you who do not believe in God and that is okay. There are those of you who will attack this post and that is okay. However, for those of you who understand that God is in charge and God knows what is coming you will understand this post.
Daniel 5 is where my Bible opened up to. The back story is the Children of Israel had been in captivity by the Babylonians. They had destroyed the Temples of God and taken the gold and silver vessels from the Temple. To add insult to injury – the King – King Belshazzar decided he would drink his wine and have his guests drink their wine from these vessels which belonged to God. During the course of this feast and this desacration, a hand mysteriously appeared from nowhere and started writing on the wall of the room where the feast was being held. The king’s soothsayers, and prophets were called in to translate. They could not.
However, there was one in the kingdom who was a captive who knew the translation. His name was Daniel and he was still a faithful child of God even in captivity.
This is what was written on the wall, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Opharsin. Translation :
Mene: “God hath numbered they kingdom, and finished it.
Tekel: Thou art weighted in the balances, and art found wanting.
Peres: They kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and
Persians ( Daniel 5: 25-28)
And that is exactly what happened. The point of this lesson in history is this. God has numbered this Country, he knows down the road, maybe we have been weighted in the balances and found wanting, and maybe our Country will be given over to foreign agents. We as a nation have not learned from any history, not the Greeks, nor the Roman or the Babylonians. We as a nation believe that we are in charge, that we have the final say in all things. We do not. We as a nation have become to self- centered, to self- righteous, to self- consuming, feeling to entitled that it is all about “me.” It is not. We as a nation believe that we are in control, unstoppable, infalilable and not answerable to anyone. We have allowed what is wrong to become right, what is criminal to become non- criminal, to hate authority of any kind, to hate our fellow man for whatever reason and to put God somewhere in left field. We have no anchor, no center and our ship is sailing off the edge of the world when it is not spinning around in a circle like a dog chasing it’s tail. And through it all we in our own finite minds really believe we are still in charge. We are so smug, so full of our own selves we really believe that we are indestructable. Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, at the risk of losing even more folks from my page, I am here to tell you. We are not indestructable. We are not in charge and we will be held accountable at the end of the day. Whenever that may be. Just like Bablyon there will be a reckoning, there will be a day when we all stand before God and give an account of our actions. There will be a day when we are weighted in the balance and will be found wanting. The question is this will that day be before or after our Country is complete consumed by others or will God become tired of our disobedience and return like a thief in the night separating the chafe from the wheat.
Eternity is a long – long – long time. In fact it is never ending.
Hate me if you will. The truth will stand even when the world is on fire. There is still time to turn this thing around. To understand that God is in charge and he expects us to do as he asks. It is also time to understand that with a word or a wave of his hand, the world can end in the blink of an eye. Ask yourself this question what do you want to be doing when that happens? And feel free to share this. #takingastand,#God,#eternity

Before Destruction

Today’s lesson is brought to you by Proverbs 18: 12. I know there will be those of you who do not believe in God or the Bible and that is okay. However, after much prayful thought and sleepless nights, I feel that since social media has been a platform for hate, destruction and vitriol is it time to go in a new direction. That is one of love, God and the results of sin. I have sat quiet too long and not spoken out about my yardstick. So, if this lesson reaches one person and changes them, then God’s work is fruitful.
So back to Proverbs 18:12 “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humilty.” Ladies and gentlemen we are on the eve of destruction. We see people who have no respect for the property of others, who have no respect for the lives of others and who have no respect for the history of this country. Their hearts are haughty, self serving and destructive. They go to and fro looking for ways to destory the country. They use the 1st Amendment to justify destroying everything in their wake.
We as a nation have become haughty, selfish and self serving. We as a nation and as a world have lost humilty. We have in the course of becoming haughty and self serving have turned on each other like a pack of ravenous wolves at the carcass of a dead deer.
Proverbs 16:18 tells us this, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” We have not learned anything throught the rise and fall of the great civilizations of the world, They became proud and haughty, truly believing they were mighter than God. They believed that anything was okay and that what was wrong was right and what was right was wrong. If the facts of history didn’t suit a faction they either destoryed it or re-wrote it. Example Egypt go back and read some of their history. Some of the Pharoahs statues were torn down and their writings scratched out and written over. Hundreds of years from now if the earth is still around those who study the past and dig up history- you know archeologies, those guys, they will see how foolish Americans were, how sad they were in the fact that some believed they could hide the parts of history that did not suit them.
Parents are told to train up their children in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6. Sadly, it would appear that some parents have trained their children to be destroyers and haters. As they grow old, this will only become more evident, it will become generational. So the hate and destruction will continue until, we are overtaken by outside forces or God gets enough and destroys us himself. Something to think about. #God,#destructionofAmerica,#trainingupourchildren

Where is the Church Located

In light of what I have been reading about the destruction of “church Buildings” today’s lesson is brought to you from Psalms 11:1-7 “In the Lord I put my trust: how say you to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain? For,lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make read their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snare, fire and brimestone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portio of their cup. For the righteous Lord leth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.”
Men today as in the past may come through and destroy buildings with the status of “church” attached to them. They may burn them down, tear them apart or whatever they feel is necessary to destory someone’s faith. However, a faithful person understands that God does not dwell in a building. He dwells in the hearts of the faithful. This is just another trick of the devil who is walking to and fro seeking those whom he may devour. He is seeking those he might claim as his own. He doesn’t go after those he already owns, he goes after those who are faithful to God. We as a nation are playing right into the hands of the Devil. We have abandoned our post as the faithful and the Devil has walked in – They can destroy every church building around, tear down every “religous” icon- but for those of us who are faithful, they can never tear down the in dwelling of God. Bottom line it matters not what “color” Christ was as a human. What matters is he was sent to earth, from his father to die for our sins. He paid the ultimate price for us. He did it willingly- when we as people understand that, the building, the icon and whatever else man has placed in place does not matter. A Building is not necessary in order to worship God. While having a building is nice for the fellowship and the coming together, it is not necessary. What is necessary is the indwelling of God, the coming together of each other whether it is in a home or a parking lot. God has a plan –

If You are Not Happy Where You Are, You will Never Be Happy Where You Go

 

 

 

 

During my travels on this earth, I have come across so many people who are not happy. They are not happy in their relationships, their solitude, their jobs, their faith, their whatever. No matter what happens in their lives, they are not happy. In fact, they are happiest when they are unhappy.

Being happy is not a state of mind, it is a state of being. It is an internal thing, it comes from the soul, the heart, and the mind. It is not something that can be purchased or given away. It is not something we can own or sell.

I have heard people say things like, “If I could just…” you fill in the blank, I could be happy. That is a lie. I have heard folks say, “If people would just do….” You fill in the blanks, I could be happy. That is also a lie.

No matter where you go, or what you do if you are not happy where you are, then you will never be happy where you go. The reason is simple, you have to carry yourself with you. You can never get away from the “you” that you are unhappy with. You cannot put the “you” in a closet somewhere when you move to a new place and expect to be happy. You have to make up your mind that no matter what life throws at you, no matter who disagrees with you and no matter your station in life, that you are happy. Paul stated that in all things he had learned to be content. In other words, he knew that he had baggage, her knew he would be beaten, jailed, shipwrecked, and left for dead. But he also knew it was up to him to be happy and contented. He knew that no one could make him happy and he knew that if he were not happy where he was – he would never be happy anywhere he went.

So, before someone decides that a change of scenery, a new place of worship, a new home, a new car, again fill in the blank, remember this, you carry you everywhere you go. If you are not happy where you are you will never be happy wherever you go.

Spiritual Starvation

As I sit in my house, in isolation due to something that I didn’t create didn’t make happen I wonder why there is a sadness. Yesterday, Sunday it hit me. I am not the only one who feels this. The reason for this sadness, the emptiness, the lacking is Spiritual Starvation. Which is worse than being physically starving.
When we physically are starving it takes roughly 30 days for the body to start shutting down, for the organs to refuse to work because they have no fuel. For most of us it has been a bit longer for the Spiritual starvation to begins it work of spiritual destruction. For me it has been seven weeks since we met as a body. Think about that seven weeks without the Spiritual uplifting, edification and love that we as a body require. Seven weeks since we all came together as family.
While some will say, “Well, there are online services, watch them.” I agree there are online services and I do watch them, but it is not the same thing. It is not being together. It is like having a broken limb, the rest of the body does not function properly. We are told to meet with each other for a reason. One of the reasons is that we are a body collectively. That body cannot function unless the body is together. Pretty soon, the different parts of the body will strike out on its own. We all know how well that works out. It doesn’t.
I am sad, that we as a Spiritual family have forgotten how important being with one another is. How much strength is gained by being in the presence of each other. I think about the disciples and how strong they were when Jesus was around. And when he left, there was a piece missing from the body.
Will we ever meet again as a body? Who knows? If we do what will we have lost never to be regained? How many will have fallen into the crevice of life never to return? How many will be unwilling to meet again? These are all valid questions in the environment we find ourselves. How many will continue to live in the fear of “the disease” because we have become conditioned to become an island? How many will become comfortable sitting at home and watching streaming sermons, because they still live in fear?
I cannot answer these questions. Each of you will have to search your hearts. Each of you will have to understand if you are spiritually starved for the company of each other for uplifting, edification and strength. I know what my answers are. And I know that I am very sad. I miss my spiritual family. I miss my sisters; I miss the love we show each other every time we meet. I miss the rest of my body.

Repairing the Leaks

As usual I find things that inspire me to write. I read something that really resonated with me. It was the story of a man who was hired to paint a boat. While painting the boat he found a small hole. Quietly he fixed the hole and went about his job of painting. He did not tell the customer he had repaired the hole; he just received the amount he was given for the paint job. The next day the customer came to the man with a bigger check. The man said that he did not ask for that much for painting the boat. However, the customer told him that his children had taken the boat out to fish while he was not at home. When he returned and saw the boat gone, he became worried because the children did not know the boat had a hole in it. When he saw the children returning to shore safely, he looked for the leak and found it had been repaired. The customer told the man that he did not have enough money to repay him for fixing the leak. He told the man that because he had fixed the leak his children were safe.
How many times do we quietly fix the leak in the boat of life of others? How many times are we willing to patch their hurts, their doubts, their flaws without payment?
When we fix others leaks, we receive blessings beyond measure, we may even save a life. Even when we are at our lowest, reach out and fix someone else’s leak, it will make you feel better and it might even save your life.

What will You do After?

As all of you know I go places that most people don’t. I told them at Bible Study when we were asked what was our purpose, that I was their conscience. There was an audible and collective gasp in the room and then total silence for about five seconds. Now those of you who have ever had to give a speech or have been interviewed know that second can and do seem like minutes. So with that being said, here goes today’s food for thought. America was built on Christian values. The very core of our existence is on Christian Values. Sure there have been many who have tried to squash those values because they either didn’t understand, didn’t want to understand or refused to understand there is a greater Creator. We were not just zapped into being. Madeline O’Hare comes to mind. For those of you too young to remember go look her up. There are others, but I will let that dog lie for the moment. On every side, Christians since the beginning of the Lord’s Church have been persecuted, maligned, put down and even at times killed. ( See the Middle East). And yet when tragedy strikes people come out in droves with their hidden faith. Take 9/11. Now, we are in yet another event. That being so different, that churches have chosen to not assembly (well with the exception of a few). in order to keep their faithful safe. I respect that, I understand it.But, I have an observation. It is this, throughout the Bible, God’s people have been tested. As they were tested their faith grew stronger, Remember the furnace of fire, the Lion’s Den just to name a few. We are now in that arena. We are being tested. It is so easy to say we have faith when the ship is sitting on a calm sea. It is to easy to say that we trust in our Creator when the sun is shinning and the sea is like glass. It is so easy to say we have faith when the Captain is steering the sea and not sleeping. However….. When there are storms and the ship is broken apart and we are set adrift each to his own devices, my question is this how much faith do we have? Do we really believe that our Captain will carry us to safety and if we do, once on that dry shore do we continue to have a strong faith or do we say, “Thanks” and move on in our life without putting our ship back together in order to go out and fish again. Attending worship is like that ship that is now broken apart. We no longer go to a place to worship, we watch it on live Facebook. How comfortable will we be when the doors are opened again? Will we make the effort to get dressed to get in our cars and make that drive to meet with those of like minds? Or will we say, I can watch it here, I will go next week. See where I am going with this. See how soon we forget that we have strength in numbers. That we need that physical closeness with each other in order to grow. I have thought about this often, thought about how much I miss gathering with like minds. How much I starve for that. I cannot wait to be with them. To sing with them, to read scripture with them to study with them. We are like sheep that have been scattered. Separately we are vulnerable to the wolves. I guess what I am asking is that each of you examine yourself and ask yourself, what will I do when the doors are once again opened. Yes, it is just a building, but it is a place where we come together in strength. #faith, #God,#prayer, #strengthinnumbers