Getting Ready For Christmas: Advent.

Getting Ready For Christmas Advent

Daily Spirit & Word: 646:

Getting Ready For Christmas: Advent.

Avoiding The Ways Of The Wicked

Good morning my friends, as Christmas approaches again this year, how can we get ready so that we’ll have JOY when the day arrives and we continue to celebrate on Christmas Morning without regrets?

Thankfully the LORD has provided a way, for the meek to inherit the Earth.

Continuing with Psalm 37: We saw how in Psalm 37:1-11 Believers are to; Trust (not fret), Delight in the Lord to get our heart’s desires, Commit our ways to Him, Wait Patiently for Him (not fretting), Be Still (not struggling in our own strength for things to happen),  Refrain from Anger, (because it only leads to evil).

NOW, today; we’ll see God’s reasons why?

Because when we don’t; trust, delight, commit, wait, be still and refrain from anger: we will become God’s Enemies (wicked).

Anyone who does what they want instead of what God decrees is a wicked person from God’s point of view.

Look at the next few verses of the Psalm and you’ll see; they are doing the opposite of what Believers are directed to do;

Psalm 37:12-17 (The Way of the Wicked).
12  The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;
13  but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.
14  The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.
15  But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.
16  Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;
17  for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous. 

What Do The Wicked Do?

They are plotting evil instead of trusting in, delighting in and committing to the Lord.

They are being violent; instead of refraining from anger.

What Will Happen To The Wicked?

  • Their POWER: Will be BROKEN.
  • The way of the wicked will perish.
  • Their POWER will be broken. 
  • They WILL BE Crushed by the LORD.

Why? Because the LORD upholds, protects and watches out for those who TRUST in HIM>

Why? Because the LORD pays back the wicked.

REALITY CHECK:

Does that mean we won’t experience horrors? NO! Because, the wicked do terrible things that really do hurt the; innocent, the weak, the poor, the vulnerable. However, the LORD is watching and will PAY BACK the wicked for their evil one day.

What Can Believer Do?

Even in the face of trials and tribulations, Christians will; continue to: TRUST in the LORD: Commit to Him: DELIGHT in Him: Wait Patiently for Him, Be Still in His presence, REFRAIN from Anger. Because, He’s got great plans for those who are gentle, humble, patient and meek. (The LORD is a rewarder of those who LOVE Him: Either in this life or the next). (THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT)…

We don’t know when we’ll experience the LORD’S Powerful Hand: Against our enemy or to reward us; it might be in this life or it may be in Eternity, but it’s better to live with His blessing, even if we’re being ill-treated in this life, than to respond in sinful ways; with anger, rage, malice etc… BE God’s Blessed People in this world: He’s got great plans and rewards waiting for you.

WHY? Because the meek shall inherit the Earth.

When do we get an inheritance? When the TIME is right.

In God’s TIMING:

So TRUST in Him, because His Timing is Perfect.

Christians will turn to the LORD, seeking the fullness of the Holy Spirit to live God’s way.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, as Christmas approaches this year, I plead with you to help me to; Not fret, to wait on You and Trust You, Help me to Delight in You Lord, Help me to be still in Your presence, Help me to refrain from anger and reacting in wrong ways, even if I am wronged. Help me to be an influence for good and for Your glory in this world today. Amen.

Every blessing for an awesome day with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Don.

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Like A Withered Tomato Plant.

Drought, Dryness, Thirst, Hunger,

Daily Spirit & Word 558:

Like A Withered Tomato Plant.

Good morning my friends, I’ve had a wonderful week so far and I’m looking forward to an exciting weekend. The School came to church yesterday for their end of term assembly, it was so good hearing all the children singing and watching their dance before the Lord. You can learn a LOT from children: out of the mouths of babes.

I’ve shared with folks a few time how a few days ago, I ventured into my garden and was horrified. It strange when you’ve set your mind to relax and enjoy a break from your labours then disaster strikes. Well it was only a little disaster, but well worth sharing, because the LORD has been speaking to me about it since.

I was just sitting down when I glanced over to my tomato plants, they’d all began to wither, their leaves were curled-up and the tops drooping terribly. What had happened? I’d not watered them for a day, it was a HOT day, and though I’d planed to water them, as usual, in the evening, they’d already begun to wilt in the heat of the sun. So I quickly got my garden hose and sprayed them, then soaked each plant in turn, the soil in their pots was so dry and hard that the water just floated and would not sink into the soil. I kept soaking them for over an hour. Then I returned to my labour in another part of the garden, fearing the worse that the tomatoes had been withered beyond salvation. They gotten so dried up they’d never be able to soak in the life-giving water.

However, after another hour, I glanced at my plants again, and though their leaves were still much softer than normal, they’d begun to lift and their heads were standing up again. Another hour passed, I’d watered them again and then they were standing tall, firm and ready to face the heat of the sun again.

Well, since then the LORD has been showing me from His Word in so many places that we NEED to come to HIM every single day if we’re going to prosper and live as Christians. If you truly want to be known by God as a Follower of Jesus Christ, then you need to stay connected to Christ or you too will wither and die. It will be as if you are just like a non-Christian, you will be so dried-up Spiritually that your head will droop, your desire for spiritual things will not be there, you’ll be hardened against instruction and correction. Just like the plant that had gotten so hard that it couldn’t drink-in the very thing it needed to survive.

CURSED: Cursed is the man (person).

Jeremiah 17:5-6 5  This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6  He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no-one lives.

Let’s read that again in another translation:

Jeremiah 17:5-6 5  Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
6  For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.

  • Whenever we’re tempted to BE independent of God.
  • Whenever we’re fooled into THINKING “I can do it by myself”.
  • Whenever we’re tricked into doing things in WORLDLY ways.

Then we’re CURSED. (Be shocked my friends, because it’s introduced to us like this, “This IS what the LORD says”, i,e. it’s not a man saying it to you, it’s not a book saying it to you, it’s the LORD Himself. It’s a warning from Heaven; “Don’t trust in yourself, don’t trust in man’s cunning, man’s wisdom, man’s strength or anything else MANKIND tells you how to be, how to live and how to succeed in this world. TRUST ONLY IN GOD. (He’s revealed HIS will in HIS Word).

Let’s see it unpacked just a little more for today: On Sunday I’m going to be opening up God’s WORD on this subject a little more.

BLESSED: Blessed is the man (person).

Now just sit and soak in God’s WORD (Like my tomato plant; and BE revived, be renewed, have your thirst quenched, feel the goodness surge through your veins, let Him lift your head).

Jeremiah 17:7-8 7  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
8  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Notice in the KJV “Her leaf shall be green” That’s awesome, I hadn’t noticed that before. AWESOME! This really does apply to both men and women my friends.

 

BLESSED by the LORD is the person who trusts in HIM.

 

But NOTICE: The reason why?????

The reason God doesn’t want you or me or anyone to TRUST in their flesh or the advice of other men or women in their ‘worldly’ wisdom, is this:

Jeremiah 17:9 9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Why? Because your HEART is: DECEITFUL (it will trick, fool and lie to us).

Because our HEART is: DESPERATELY WICKED: the heart will lead you away from God into wicked and foolish things. It will be desperate for the things that God has said are NOT GOOD for you. Your Heart will lead you away from God because in our natural un-redeemed condition our HEART is deceitful and desperately wicked. (Even for Christian’s who’ve begun to walk in the flesh, the heart will lead you further away from God if you trust it’s inclinations).

It’s like my tomato plant, it desperately needed water, but was rejecting the water at first. Even though I was soaking it, it had gotten so HARD, it would not and couldn not drink in the precious life-giving fluid.

Oh my friends, is the LORD shouting out to you this Friday? Stop, stop trusting in your flesh, the arm of your strength, your heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, it’s telling you things that are lies about God, lies about how to be a great success in this life. STOP listening to your flesh and the wisdom of the men of the world. STOP trusting in your own desperately wicked heart and trust the LORD.

BE BLESSED: You will always have what you NEED from the LORD, even when disaster strikes, you will continue to flourish.

Have an awesome weekend and SOAK in God.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 7  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
8  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

It’s funny how the ordinary things in life, like my withered tomato plant can teach us God’s TRUTH so that we can remember it forever.

When we turn away from the LORD (or neglect to do or be in His presence daily), we’re beginning to trust in the flesh for our Spiritual survival, we’re going to get dry, thirsty, parched. It will be like we’re all alone in a desert place, away from all that’s good. Don’t trust in the flesh or the strength of human wisdom, but turn again and trust in the LORD.

I need YOU LORD JESUS, every single day. Fill me up Lord. Amen.

Don.

Read: John 4: John 15, Luke 15, 1 John 3:16,

Especially the Woman at the Well:

 

 

A Child With A Sharp Knife.

Rebuke a wicked person

A Child With A Sharp Knife

Daily Spirit & Word: 536: A Child With A Sharp Knife.

Good morning my friends, have you ever been in the kitchen preparing food with toddlers running around your ankles? When you notice out of the corner of your eyes a little hand reaching up and grabbing for the biggest, sharpest knife in the house? Even now, just thinking about it, it makes my stomach churn. Why? Because in the hands of a child a sharp knife is lethal. When you watch a child with a sharp knife, they don’t seem to know or care that one side is blunt, but the other side is deadly.

So it is with WISDOM: A wise person will be prudent, but a fool will rush in where angels fear to tread.

 “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; 
whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.” Proverbs 9:7 

THE MOCKER:

I don’t know if this has been your experience, but when a person is a KNOWN mocker of others, if we try and correct them when they are obviously wrong, then they will insult us, they will mock us. You see my friends, a mocker is not open to correction. So when you innocently or foolishly try and correct a mocker; you’ll offend them and hurt yourself too. It’s like when we stand upon the tail of a venomous-snake unaware, they will turn quickly a spit their venom at us. It’s pure poison my friends, so it is with the mocker. Watch yourselves.

THE WICKED:

It’s the same with a wicked person, a person who’s loving his / her sinful lifestyle, whenever a righteous (not self-righteous) person tries to correct a wicked person, all they’ll get is abuse. You see my friends, a wicked person is not open to correction either. TRYING to rebuke or correct a wicked person is like a child with a knife; you are going to get hurt, because a wicked person will turn into an abuser, because they don’t want their wickedness exposed or interrupted.

Wisdom is telling us in Proverbs 9:7-9 that attempting to correct or rebuke: the wicked, the sinful and the mockers will only result in getting them even more angry and annoyed and will result in an overflow of what’s already in their hearts. Their hearts are heavy with sin.

We had an incident in Church recently:

A man dressed as a woman came into the Foodbank dressed in the most revealing clothing you could ever imagine. No woman in her right mind would dress as he did. Everything was on show and some of the folks in the church were quite rightly offended and some shocked. The Manager tried to have a quiet word with the man; but all she got was his anger and rage at being told his dress was inappropriate for a place of worship. It really was like standing upon a snake. I’ve seen that reaction from him before, a few times, and sometimes he even gets violent with people who don’t like the way he dresses or try to have a quiet word with him.

What does wisdom tell us to do? Put the sharp knife out of reach. Don’t let the children get hurt. Don’t stand on the tail of a venomous snake, don’t try and correct a wicked, immoral, greedy, drunkard, violent, mocker or proud person; because all you’ll get is abuse and anger and hatred in return.

Reaching The Wicked

So how can we ever hope to reach those who are in such a condition? Wisdom tells us in Proverbs that we can’t or we should be very careful in our approach, but God’s Word and the Holy Spirit tells us that we can: Because faith comes by HEARING THE WORD OF GOD. Yes, we will be abused, insulted, mocked and hated by those who are steeped in sin, that’s what happened to Jesus and John the Baptist and the Apostles and Christians down through the ages. But LOVE compels us to bring the LIGHT of the LORD into their darkened lives. But HOW?

What any wicked person needs is to have them preach, correct and rebuke themselves: They need to have their dead, dulled and quieted conscience re-activated. It’s like putting the batteries back into the annoying smoke alarm, they’ve been removed because every time you burn the toast the alarm sounds. So annoying right? But the conscience is like that, when we sin it’s loud at first, but the more we ignore it the quieter the conscience becomes, until like the mocker or wicked person it’s totally silent.

However, we have an inward ally within the heart and life of every single person in the world today, their God given Conscience is still there, but it needs to be revived, to be re-activated, to be awakened out of slumber. How? How can the Conscience be revived?

Don’t talk to the Mocker about his mocking: Don’t talk to the wicked person about his or her’s obvious wicked ways; but use God’s LAW revealed in His Commandments. They will very effectively re-awaken a silenced and deadened conscience and bring about the desired conviction. The Holy Spirit uses the Law to convert a soul and let them know their need of a Saviour. (Remember the first believers preached the Gospel using only the Scriptures that were available at the time: The Old Testament)

Psalm 19:1-14 (NIV)
 [For the director of music. A psalm of David.] The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. 4  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, 5  which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6  It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat. 7  The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8  The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9  The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring for ever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. 10  They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. 11  By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12  Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13  Keep your servant also from wilful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Can you see it my friends? How is a Mocker or Wicked person to be corrected? First CREATION speaks to them, then;

  • The Law of the LORD: Revives the Soul or Converts the Soul.
  • The Statutes of the LORD: Are trustworthy (we can trust them): They make simple people wise.
  • The Precepts of the LORD: Are alway right (never wrong): They give JOY to the heart.
  • The Commands of the LORD: Are radiant (bright, light, like a searchlight in the heart). They enable us to see our moral condition.
  • The Fear of the LORD: Is Pure (the beginning of wisdom): Enduring forever.
  • The Ordinances of the LORD: Are sure and righteous: They will never be taken away.

By ALL of these things is your servant warned (rebuked), kept from willful sins, set free from sinful bondage.

The Holy Spirit works on the conscience and brings about conversion using the WORD of God.

Jesus said about people like this, stubborn, hard-hearted people, they will be forever hearing, but never able to perceive. That’s why He taught them in parables. However, guided by the Holy Spirit there are ways to reach even the hardest-hearted persons for the Lord. But Jesus didn’t waste his precious time on the earth chasing after the rich young man, He loved him and let him go.

Watch out for the knives, the snakes and the scorpions in life.

Wisdom is saying, be very careful when you try to correct or rebuke a wicked person. It’s like a child playing with the sharpest knife in the kitchen.

Don.