A Prudent Man

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A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished (Proverbs 22:3 NKJV)


Last week, we heard the news that hurricane “Irma” would touchdown in Florida on Sunday. What would you do, going there exactly where the hurricane would touchdown or stay away from that place? Here we directly see the benefit of wisdom and consideration in regards to what we are going to do. A prudent man, the Bible says, using his wisdom will stay away when he foresees evil coming his way. A prudent man will not leave home without praying, a prudent man will not take any action prior to consulting God, a prudent man will hide himself when he foresees evil coming his way.

 

 

Love Not The World

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"15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever." (1 John 2:15-17 NKJV)


Have you ever wondered why God has so much concern about us His children loving the world? First of all, though we still live in the world we are not of the world (John 17:16) and the world is the place where God is not wanted for the world is centered on all the pursuits and pleasure of the flesh as mentioned in 1 John 2:16. Satan is the god of this world with its corrupt value system contrary to God's (2 Corinthians 4:4). Therefore, God in His mercy and grace wants to protect us from loving the world with its corrupt value system than His.

 

 

 

Have Mercy Upon Us O God

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Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord (Psalm 25:7 NKJV)

 

This is the cry of David as he acknowledged his sin and his transgressions against the Lord as he was asking the Lord to have mercy on him. If others sin against us, we will cry for justice, will we not? Can you imagine if we pray right after we acknowledged our sin, "Lord, have justice on me" - what will happen to us? But that is not how we pray because we know that He is a good God full of mercy and grace. Instead, we pray David's prayer as quoted from Psalm 25:7 above.

 

The Loving God And Suffering

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16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16 NKJV)

 

If God is so loving, why do I see so much suffering in this life? This is the question that people love to ask just to prove that God is not “love” or there is no God who is love. From reading the quoted above verse we know that the loving God was willing to sacrifice His only Son to redeem man from the wages of their sin. Why did He do that? Did He not love His only Son anymore? What went through God's mind when He sent His only Son to die on the cross for the sake of sinners? Was He pleased or was He sad?

The Power Of Confession

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The Power Of Confession

 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

 

32 "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 10:32-33 NKJV).

 

The word "therefore" is a conclusion of the thought prior to the current statement made by Christ. Five verses before Christ was talking about the fear of God and He concluded His thought in verse thirty-two by saying, "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven." This is a promise made by Christ Himself that He will not cast out anyone who confesses Him before men but rather him He will also confess before His Father who is in heaven. Christ did not give any promise that was based on deeds but rather about confession that was based on faith.