Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today! It’s Wisdom Wednesday! I am sometimes just overwhelmed by man’s focus on one’s self. What a battle is fought for self to rule over everybody and everything. Thus today’s post…may the Lord bless and keep you!

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So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Philippians 2:1-4Arrogance 3

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As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. James 4:16Arrogance 5Arrogance 6

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,

    but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. Proverbs 28:26

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I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.


Ephesians 4:1-3

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Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14

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Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
1 Peter 5:5

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A firm warning

Hebrews 10.31

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31

I know, I know, I know! In the world’s eyes and even some believers, I am suppose to skip over the verses above. Surely, a God of love would not say such things. There is only one problem, He did. And just as He is not a man that He should lie in regards to my finances, my marriage, my health, my need; He is not a man that He should lie about the due wage for sin. The wage of sin is death, separation from God and hell.

I know, I know, I know! You get to make your own choice! You do, you do, you do! But know, God is not a man that He should lie. It is a dreadful thing for a man who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, who has insulted the Spirit of Grace, to fall into the hands of the living God.

We are privileged to make our choice, but not to determine the consequences of our choice. God has already told us the consequence. I plead with you, choose wisely!

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

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Forgiven

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16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”

17 Then He adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”
18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
Hebrews 10:16-17

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Hope for today: create in me a pure heart

Hope10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Psalm 51:10-12

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The other robber

Hebrews 9.27

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. Hebrews 9:27-28

Blessings today! Honor, glory, majesty, and thanksgiving to our God!
As I was reading Hebrews 9 and came to verse 27, it is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment, it rose in my heart that I had shared on this verse before. I looked back to find the post. It was during our Resurrection Celebration and I would like to post it again praying that a heart is drawing closer to our High and Holy Priest and the Lamb of God by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

The Other Robber

SSsssooo Jesus assured the one robber,And He said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise Luke 23:43).” Got it! Shout now, Hallelujah!!!

What about the other robber? Let’s look at his words to Jesus, One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us (Luke 23:39)!” His focus was on the here, the now, on his present situation with no confession of his sin (crime). There is no remorse for his sin. Just a “I don’t like this situation I’m in and if you really are a king, do something about it.”

Jesus came to seek and save the lost and gives every man a choice for eternal life or eternal death.

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:16,36).”

God offers every man a choice. Each of us gets to choose God is or God isn’t. Each of us gets to choose Jesus is the Son of God and Son of Man or Jesus is not.  Each of us is given the right to choose Jesus is Lord and Savior, the Christ or to make another choice.

What God does NOT allow man to do is to choose the consequences of his choice. The consequences are already defined in the Holy Bible, God’s love letter to man. Choose Jesus and receive eternal, abundant life. Any other choice yields the consequence of eternal separation from God, forever.

God has already declared this truth, And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).”

 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).”

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).”

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).”

But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works (Romans 2:5,6).”

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might (2 Thessalonians 1:5-9).”

 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).”

There is no neural ground. There is no Jesus plus anything. There is no Jesus plus anybody including self.

“How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will (Hebrews 2:3-4).

Today is the day of salvation! “As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion (Hebrews 3:15).”

“For He says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).”

Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart. No greater invitation has been or ever will extended, ““Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool (Isaiah 1:18).” “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).”

10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on ALL who call on Him. Romans 10:10-12Isaiah 1.18

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Christ is the Mediator

Hebrews 9.15

For this reason Christ is the Mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:15

O please, read the Word of God, slowly…

Christ

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THE

Mediator

of a New Covenant.

For there is one God, and there is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

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Hope for today: come now

Hope18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson,  they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 1:18-20

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Hope for today: repent

HopeBut do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

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Living and powerful

Hebrews 4.12a

For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13

I am praising the Lord today for His Word…that The Living Word of God is able to cut right through the mess in my heart to defeat the enemy and I can walk in the victory in Jesus died to give me. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10″.

And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent. John 17:3 AMPC

So thankful that the Word of God is not dead but lives and has the power to change the heart, to turn the heart of stone into the heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). This truth is so important because as Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” The LORD is the One who knows every man’s heart and His Word is able to change it. The Word is able to penetrate the heart of man more than any two edged, sharp sword…deep into the innermost being and it exposes the heart of man.

The Word judges the thoughts, attitudes, motive, and intent of a man. This is why I often pray from Psalm 139, search me and know my heart…lay it bare. Show me the ‘Pat’ You know.  Let there me no evil unbelief in my heart. Let me not cherish sin. Give me a clean heart that loves You with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength…that I might serve You and display Your glory!

Only the Word of God teamed with the Spirit of God can pierce even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow” to reveal to man the true inner workings of his soul and spirit. There is no hiding or room for getting it twisted, verse 13 assures us that God sees us all, every heart, through and through, nothing is hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”  The LORD is the Great Reveal-er  and is no respecter of persons. No one will be excluded.

What a blessing it is that God loves us so much that He deals with our hearts in this way. For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God (Romans 14:10-12}.”

The Word of God leads us in the way of repentance, renewal, and refreshment as our loving Father washes us by His Word and causes us to walk in obedient faith and claim His promises.  The Day of accounting is coming, what a joy to know that because of the Living and Powerful Word of God that transforms and keeps hearts, it is possible for us to hear the LORD say, Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master (Matthew 25:21).”

So looking forward to that Day when we will bow before the Almighty, Holy, and Righteous God and proclaim

“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to Your Name be the glory,
because of Your love and faithfulness.” Psalm 115:1

 

 

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do not harden your heart

Hebrews 3-8

“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
    on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test
    and saw my works for forty years.
10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known My ways.’
11 As I swore in My wrath,
    ‘They shall not enter My rest.’”12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.  Hebrews 3:7-19

May I just begin by saying how loving, gracious, and merciful the Lord is for showing us righteousness versus wickedness, wisdom versus foolishness, right versus wrong, love versus hate, obedience versus disobedience and rebellion, faith versus fear…He so lovingly and graciously reveals Truth and warns us of the consequences of choosing to live opposite of His righteous standard.

There are various warnings throughout the Bible and Hebrews 3:7-11 is an example of such. The writer begins with “if you hear His voice.” It would be good to recall that it is generally agreed that the book is written primarily to Jews who fall into 3 groups.

  • Jewish believers – true Christians who have left Judaism and received Christ as Lord and Savior
  • Jews who have intellectual agreement but have never committed their lives to Christ, never acted on what they know
  • Jews who have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ but made absolutely no response at all

To hear the voice of God and not repent and choose not to commit your heart to the Lord that you know is real, that you intellectually agree exists is to harden your heart and will bring God’s judgment. To say this in a different way, to know that God is real and love your sin and self more than the God who loves you, created you and gave His Son for you is dangerous. To say this another way, to place your trust in self or any other “g”od is sin and rebellion that is due a wage. The Lord warns us not to do this for an hard heart reaps the wage “For the wages of sin is death… (Romans 6:23).” Look at verse 11, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’

In these verses, the Holy Spirit gives a warning along with an illustration to make His point. It is interesting that the is word for word the same as David uses in Psalm 95:7-11 and it is just as instructive today.

We know the story of the Israelites being in Egyptian bondage and how the Lord heard their cry from heaven, was concerned, and chose Moses as His tool to deliver them from the cruel heart and hand of Pharaoh. The Israelites were great recipients of the grace and mercy of God but instead of drawing near and trusting God, once out of Egypt and in the wilderness they became a stiff-necked, obstinate, rebellious people (Exodus 32:9). After all the Lord had did for the Israelites- all the signs and wonders, the every revelation of His love, power, provision, defense, and care, the Israelites did not trust His goodness and their unbelieving hearts caused them to be murmurers instead of worshipers. 

As a result, God was angry and paid the wage their sin and rebellion demanded. The Israelites were judged and all but two of the original Israelites who left Egypt died in the wilderness. In verse 10, the Lord declared this to be an issue of their hearts, ‘always going astray. As a result, “they shall not enter my rest.”

Oh my, what a Word for a world, a nation, a people, a person who shakes their fist at God. He who has spiritual eyes can see hard hearts all around us today. The Lord warns in 2 Timothy 3:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Galatians 6:7-8

Oh Heavenly Father, thank You for Your loving warnings of grace and mercy. We pray for repentance in the hearts of the people, including our own. Search us, O God, and know our hearts! Try us and know our thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in us, and lead us in the way everlasting! In Jesus Name, Amen!

Galatians 6.7

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