A quick look at Proverbs 12:23

A quick look at Proverbs 12:23

This is almost like a dagger to the heart. The verse reads: The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly”. I did a little bit more digging, and looked to one commentator. He says this about the verse: Unlike the fool who makes all hear his folly, the wise person is a model of restraint and humility, speaking what he knows at an appropriate time.

Haven’t we all blurted things out?

Those of you who personally know me, may say that “Josh is a wise fool”. Kinda oxymoronic, but true nonetheless. Why? Because when I’m having an intelligent conversation I will hold my tongue until there is something that needs to be said.

However, I love to joke around, and everyone knows that. Sometimes, I blurt out the dumbest stuff. I ask the Lord to help me with that, because I know that most times, it isn’t appreciated. How about you? Do you hold back or blurt out your folly? Or, are you a combination like me?

I urge you to hold your tongue, and maybe pray that I would be able to do the same.

Look, I Am coming soon…

Look, I Am coming soon…

There are many passages in the Bible about enduring to the end. There are also many passages about the reward we’ll receive when the Lord does come back. What a glorious day that will be. I often ask God, in prayer, “When will you return? Why do we continue to suffer here?”

Today, my studies lead me to Revelation 22: Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Can you imagine, that one day we will all have to stand before the God of Creation and give an account for what we’ve done here while on earth? Should put things into perspective for you. I know that it does for me. I want to please God. I don’t want to be one of the dogs who practice the bad stuff.

Don’t confuse what the Lord is saying though. He does not mean that what we do here on earth will get us into heaven. We know that we are saved by grace. But, because we are saved, we want to do good for the Lord.

I urge you to look forward to the Lord’s coming, and to practice the good that is expected of us.

A conversation with the Most High, and His response from Luke 9

A conversation with the Most High, and His response from Luke 9

Oh, my God, I struggle with my own abilities every singe day. I am not good enough to proclaim an Everlasting Savior. Am I? I don’t have what it takes, Lord. Find someone else to do it. I will work for you in another way.

The Lord’s response with his Word (a paraphrase of Luke 9):

My child, when I sent out the twelve, I gave them power and authority to drive out demons and heal sicknesses. I sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. I told them to take nothing extra for their journey–just what they had on their back. I told them to stick with sharing the Gospel with others, until the others would not hear it any longer. And when this happens, shake the dust off of your feet as a testimony against them. Very truly, I tell you: it will be worse for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgement than for these people (Matt 10).

Have I not given you the same power? Do you not have the same Spirit? Doesn’t the Spirit of the Most High dwell within your body? Aren’t I enough? You need nothing more. Why then do you think you cannot proclaim the Gospel? So, again I urge you, my child “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned (Mark 16:15).”

The Victories of King David: And His Response To Them

The Victories of King David: And His Response To Them

You’ve likely heard that David was “a man after God’s heart”. Great verse, but not what we’re focusing on here. Instead, we are going to focus on 1 Chronicles 18. When you first start reading these verses, you may think, wow, this dude was on fire. Everywhere he went, he conquered. I don’t disagree with that. He did conquer everywhere he went.

Though he was the guy doing it, he was just an instrument in a greater plan. In the first six verses, we discover that David beat the Philistines, the Moabites, Zobah and the Arameans. He did this in a short time frame, but that isn’t really the point. The point, is what we learn at the end of verse six: “The Lord gave David victory wherever he went”.

Have you ever experienced victory before? What was your response to this victory? Did you say something like: “wow, I did that? Awesome!” How do you feel after a victory? You feel great right?

Well, what about God? How does HE feel when you have victory? Does he get any of the glory? Well, let’s use David as an example again. How did David respond to the victories over his enemies?

Listen: When Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer king of Zobah, he sent his son Hadoram to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer, who had been at war with Tou. Hadoram brought all kinds of articles of gold, of silver and of bronze. King David dedicated these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold he had taken from all these nations: Edom and Moab, the Ammonites and the Philistines, and Amalek. 1 Chronicles 18:9-11.

So what’s the answer? He gave the glory to God. God gave David the strength to do all that he had, and in return, David gave God the glory.

When was the last time you gave God the glory in a victory that you had?

 

A License to Sin: A quick look at Jude’s Epistle

A License to Sin: A quick look at Jude’s Epistle

Let’s take a step back here, and look at apostasy. What is it? How does it come about? Well, the shortest answer would be to say that apostasy is: defecting from the true Biblical faith-John MacArthur. To break it down even further, these people can come in all shapes and sizes. But, they all have one thing in common; that is, one way or another, they all try to pervert the Gospel message so that it says what he/she wants it to say.

A lot of the time, these people make Jesus to fit their image. When, in fact, we were made in his image. Jude’s Epistle gives us a warning in verse 4. But before we get to that warning, let’s take a look at why he was writing this letter to begin with. He was going to write to them about salvation. That’s what he wanted to do. But, he felt compelled (obviously in the Spirit) to write about the apostates. Thus, this letter is in our Bible for a reason. It was that important.

Verse 4 states: For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about  long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

So, what is the warning here? The people are already among us. They have secretly slipped in. They are ungodly, and they pervert the Gospel. What’s worse? They are among us, trying to pollute our godliness as well (verse 19).

But, in verse 16, Jude tells us what to look for. Listen: These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

I urge you to read your Bible every day. That way, should you come into contact with someone like this, you can call upon the Lord for your help.

False Prophets are Condemned: Ezekiel 13

False Prophets are Condemned: Ezekiel 13

Have you ever seen one of those televangelists who say something like: “if you give generously, the Lord will give back to you 10 fold! He told me so!”. Right. There may be a few cases where that happens. But, as we see from how Jesus lived, we are going to have a hard time here on earth. Jesus himself, as our example, was homeless.

But, let’s get back to what the Lord says about people who say “the Lord says” when he doesn’t actually “say”.

Ezekiel 13: “Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: Hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!” Whoa, he said woe to them.

When the Lord says woe to anything, stuff is going to start being bad for them.

Have you ever said, “but the Lord says” when you are talking to someone? I know that I have. But, are  you always sure that the Lord actually said that? This is where it gets a bit tricky. A lot of the time, we like to sound like we know what we’re talking about, only to find out that it isn’t exactly what God said. I always try to preface it with “I’m not sure of the exact wording” or “Don’t quote me on this, but…”.

I urge you to be careful when you quote the Lord and his Word.

He later goes on to say: “Their visions are false and their divinations are a lie. Even though the Lord has not sent them, they say, ‘The Lord declares’, and expect him to fulfill their words.” This may seem like an Old Testament type of thing, but there are people out there who purposely do this all the time. They claim that the Lord spoke to them, when nobody knows if that is true, except the Lord.

The only way to be safe, is to read through your Bible each day. Learn what it says, and test the “prophets”of this generation. If what they say doesn’t line up with Scripture, it might not be true (1 John 4:1).

Do you have a demon that steals your speech? A quick look at Mark 9

Do you have a demon that steals your speech? A quick look at Mark 9

Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. But one thing that I can be sure of, is that I don’t always share the gospel when given a chance. Let’s look at the verse I want to focus on:

“Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” Jesus replied “You unbelieving generation. How long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

The father says:…”But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

Jesus almost seems offended when he replies with one of the most famous verses in the Bible:”If you can? Everything is possible for one who believes.”

Everything is possible. Even the ability to talk to others about the Son of the Most High God. So I urge you to take up your cross and examine yourself daily. Are you thrown to the ground in defeat when given the chance to share a witness? Do you foam at the mouth, not knowing what to say? Do you become rigid with fear.

Or, do you let the strength of Jesus himself enter you to let his Holy Spirit guide your words? Believe what Jesus says is true, and trust in him.

Pray with me: Father God, please let me have the faith to believe what you say. Please give me the strength needed to be a good witness for you, God. Because I know that it is your desire for all to be saved. Please, Father, help me to be more like your Son Jesus when he lived here on earth. In Jesus Precious and Holy Name, Amen

A Quick Note About Freedom

A Quick Note About Freedom

I can walk in freedom because I have sought your precepts. I will speak of your statutes before everyone and not be put to shame (Psalm 119:45-46).

Contrasted with the New Testament:

Lord, I know that you were sent to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and give sight to the blind (Luke 4:18). Lord, I know that you left us your spirit. And wherever your spirit is, there is freedom. I reflect your glory as I am transformed into your likeness with the ever increasing glory that comes from you (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).

Even though I am free, I must not indulge in sinful nature (Galatians 5:13). Rather, I must look into the perfect law that gives freedom. I must not forget this law. I must practice it. If I do, I will be blessed (James 1:25)

Selah

Though the Bible is one seamless unit, it is sometimes a good idea to break different verses down and contrast them against each other. When you do this, you get clarity of Scripture. What did God mean when he said “I can walk in freedom because I have sought your precepts”? We know that we aren’t saved by what we do here on earth, but by the blood of Christ. And yet, because we are saved, we want to look at the law as something that we should do anyway. Why? Because it honors God.

How do you honor God with what you do and say while staying here on earth?