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Loyal
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 7:44 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Oh, To Be Like Thee, Blessed Redeemer.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Proverbs 27 (Select vv. NASB).

Do Not Boast

1 Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
5 Better is open rebuke
Than love that is concealed.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.​

Not one of us knows if he or she has tomorrow. It is not guaranteed us. Anyone of us could die at any moment, at the spur of a moment, via an auto accident, a natural disaster, a mass shooting, or a plane crash, etc. In fact, the way things are going these days, it is pretty much guaranteed we are going to be seeing more and more uprisings, factions, and mass killings, etc.

The reason? We live in the last days. We are seeing the fulfillment of prophecy of scripture regarding these days on a daily basis. The “beast” is rising, and he (it) is taking over the world, one nation and one people group at a time. And, a good number of these uprisings and mass killings are either fully faked, or partially faked (staged), but fully orchestrated by this “beast” New World Order, and the blame put on someone else. The purpose is obvious for anyone who has been paying attention. It is to bring in the rule of this “beast” New World Order and one world religion. So, they have to first create the chaos in order to bring in this new order out of the chaos.

Satan is, of course, behind all of this, and he is our enemy, as well as are those who carry out his bidding. But, his servants often disguise themselves as servants of righteousness and they will act like they are our friends, and that they care about us, and that they are thinking about what is best for us, but don’t trust them. Deceitful are their “kisses,” for their goal is to steal, kill and to destroy, not to save. We cannot trust many people, even those who claim to be ministers of the gospel, or our politicians, or our news media, for many of them are liars and deceivers. So, just because it sounds good does not mean it is good. Better to have someone love you enough to tell you the truth, than to buy into the lies of an enemy who wants to steal your soul.

Do Not Wander

8 Like a bird that wanders from her nest,
So is a man who wanders from his home.
12 A prudent man sees evil and hides himself,
The naive proceed and pay the penalty.
17 Iron sharpens iron,
So one man sharpens another.​

In light of the fact that tomorrow is not guaranteed anyone of us, especially, we should take note of how we are living our lives, to see if they are in line with the Word of God and with his holy and righteous character, or whether we are living for sin and self and self-pleasure. Are we walking in holiness, obeying the Word of God, or have we wandered off from our pure devotion to Christ, and are we living in sin (addiction) and in spiritual adultery? Is Jesus Christ truly our Lord (owner-master), or do we mouth loyalty to him while we go on about our own business living life how we want?

If we are to be wise, and to be living what we say we believe, then we need to be prudent (sensible and discerning) about what we think, say, look at, listen to, participate in, and take into our minds, eyes and hearts on a daily basis. And, I am not speaking here merely about obvious evil, sin, rebellion, wickedness, and immorality, but about the subtle lies of Satan that come at us via TV, movies, music, the internet, games, magazines, advertisements, and social media, especially the memes, etc. Too many people take at face value everything they see and hear on the news, for instance, without ever questioning whether it makes sense, or even if it is true. We need discerning minds which see the evil in deception, too, or we will be caught in their trap.

So, we must be people first of all committed to Jesus Christ and to walking in his ways, not holding back anything from the Lord, and not holding on to addictive and/or secret sins, though not secret from God. We must listen to our Lord when he speaks words of correction to our hearts and not go on our own stubborn way, thinking we know what is best. Also, we need to humble ourselves and be willing to receive loving and caring rebuke or correction from those who have close walks with the Lord, who are following his Word, and who see that we are in danger or that we are being deceived. We should not write them off as religious fanatics or as “conspiracy theorists,” just because maybe they see something we are not willing to see. Perhaps, we need to have our eyes opened to see that we have been following after lies.

The Heart Reflects

19 As in water face reflects face,
So the heart of man reflects man.
20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied,
Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.
22 Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain,
Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.​

The Bible says that out of the heart the mouth speaks, and if it speaks out of the heart of mankind (of the flesh), it is likely to speak what is evil. Our words often reflect what is in our hearts, as well as our hearts reflect what is filled up in our minds. If what we are taking into our minds and hearts every day is what is sinful, immoral, wicked, and hateful, such as backbiting, gossip, mockery, and adultery, that will be what is in our hearts, and that is what is going to come out of our mouths. But, if what we are taking in and following with our lives is what is righteous and holy, this should be reflected in how we live, think, act and speak. Yet, it is not all black or all white, for we are continually growing, learning, and changing, hopefully for the good.

Yet, there will be those who will ever be learning, but who will never come to the knowledge of the truth, because they are stiff-necked, self-sufficient, prideful, stubborn and unwilling to yield to God’s control over their lives. So, they live their lives like someone driving a vehicle around and around in a cul-de-sac, but never going anywhere, but just repeating the same mistakes over and over again, and never maturing or changing. Or, if they do change, it is superficial, at best, which is why they keep returning to their vomit. And, there isn’t anything you can do or say that will change them, because they don’t want to hear it, and so they continue on a sinful course.

Not Forever

23 Know well the condition of your flocks,
And pay attention to your herds;
24 For riches are not forever,
Nor does a crown endure to all generations.​

About tomorrow, not only are we not guaranteed life, but we are not guaranteed a particular quality of life. What we have today could all be gone tomorrow, in an instant, at the touch of a key pad on a computer, for instance, and all could be wiped out - all we have ever saved for. Yet, we are not promised wealth and success in this life, but we are promised grace, peace, joy, contentment, security, protection, comfort, encouragement, strength and power in our lives, with Christ, which are everlasting lives. Our houses, lands, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, 401Ks, Social Security, and pensions, etc. could all be gone tomorrow, and then what?

Our trust cannot be in the things of this world, which are passing away, but our trust must be solely in God, in His Word, and in our salvation from bondage to sin that we might forever live with Christ to his righteousness.

Oh, to Be Like Thee, Blessed Redeemer
Thomas O. Chisholm / W. J. Kirkpatrick

Oh, to be like Thee! blessèd Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.

Oh, to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wandering sinner to find.

O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer others to save.

O to be like Thee! while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love;
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above.

Oh, to be like Thee! Oh, to be like Thee,
Blessèd Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

 
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Sue..your post made me wonder if should just pack in my job and stay at home. Cos the run is just going round town at the moment doing what to me is pointless fluff for other people who dont appreciate it. Its not growing food or anything practical. And I get abused.

But such is life for the landless and potentially homeless. 40 hours a week I could spend putting time into my own 'field' instead of a polluted carpark. The only thing is, mum would nag me 'when you getting a real job' if stayed at home and did homework all day. Because its not technically my home, I am meant to save and buy my own which is impossible. Unless I move to Bluff. Daughters do not inherit. We are meant to marry out but I dont really fancy living in australia (theres a man drought here) and all my single sisters just live with their parents. I think the situation is so dire, am considering renting a home for abused women, and we all just live together, but rents are so steep these days. Lots of people are just living in cars or tiny homes. We cant realistically save for anything cos the govt is taking our money till we are 65 and using it to fund God knows what. Actually by the time I reach 65, if that happens...they will have put the age limit up and probably abolished the pension.

I was asked at my three monthly review where do you see yourself in 3-5 years time, well I have no idea how to answer that question. My brain does not think that far. I just live day to day really. If I manage to make it by Friday still intact I celebrate by having a long nap.

Lol i live in a cul de sac. Dad likes it here, its not too bad, I would rather live here than on the main road with all the traffic. Our city wasnt really designed for people, i think its become more like a monopoly board really.

Monopoly is an evil game!!!
 
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Loyal
Lol i live in a cul de sac. Dad likes it here, its not too bad, I would rather live here than on the main road with all the traffic. Our city wasnt really designed for people, i think its become more like a monopoly board really.

Monopoly is an evil game!!!
I never cared much for that game, but that was my personal preference. Cul-de-sacs can be very nice places to live for the reasons you stated.
 
Loyal
Sue..your post made me wonder if should just pack in my job and stay at home. Cos the run is just going round town at the moment doing what to me is pointless fluff for other people who dont appreciate it. Its not growing food or anything practical. And I get abused.

But such is life for the landless and potentially homeless. 40 hours a week I could spend putting time into my own 'field' instead of a polluted carpark. The only thing is, mum would nag me 'when you getting a real job' if stayed at home and did homework all day. Because its not technically my home, I am meant to save and buy my own which is impossible. Unless I move to Bluff. Daughters do not inherit. We are meant to marry out but I dont really fancy living in australia (theres a man drought here) and all my single sisters just live with their parents. I think the situation is so dire, am considering renting a home for abused women, and we all just live together, but rents are so steep these days. Lots of people are just living in cars or tiny homes. We cant realistically save for anything cos the govt is taking our money till we are 65 and using it to fund God knows what. Actually by the time I reach 65, if that happens...they will have put the age limit up and probably abolished the pension.
Lanolin, sorry to hear of your circumstances, but sadly enough, although we are culturally different in many respects, much of what you shared here is happening in America, too, and we know it is only bound to get much worse the closer we get to our Lord's return.

God has placed you where he has placed you, though, so pray that he would direct your life, and where he wants you to be, and to show you how you can be used of him for his glory right where you are.
 
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The scripture 'the meek will inherit the earth' comforts me when the world tells me I have to do this this and this to 'get ahead'. Get ahead of what?

Back in the 80's I remember the govt bringing in something called 'tomorrow's schools' that changed the school system, basically what happens is the schools in rich areas get richer and the ones in poor areas get poorer, they are meant to be subsidised, but, it's like they got turned into businesses. That's why most of our universities were keen to attract foreign paying students to keep afloat. Education is big business now, as is everything else that used to be state owned. Not advocating a return to socialism, or welfare dependency but, I think many people were better off when there was a lot more equity - we used to have a cradle to grave welfare system - and one of the highest living standards, for everyone in my country. It was 'egalitarianism' and a relatively classless society but that is a distant memory now.

In the bible it does talk about equity and the haves not defrauding those with less. We never used to have many homeless people here. Now we see them all over town. :-(
 
Loyal
The scripture 'the meek will inherit the earth' comforts me when the world tells me I have to do this this and this to 'get ahead'. Get ahead of what?

Back in the 80's I remember the govt bringing in something called 'tomorrow's schools' that changed the school system, basically what happens is the schools in rich areas get richer and the ones in poor areas get poorer, they are meant to be subsidised, but, it's like they got turned into businesses. That's why most of our universities were keen to attract foreign paying students to keep afloat. Education is big business now, as is everything else that used to be state owned. Not advocating a return to socialism, or welfare dependency but, I think many people were better off when there was a lot more equity - we used to have a cradle to grave welfare system - and one of the highest living standards, for everyone in my country. It was 'egalitarianism' and a relatively classless society but that is a distant memory now.

In the bible it does talk about equity and the haves not defrauding those with less. We never used to have many homeless people here. Now we see them all over town. :-(
Equity among the poor is certainly in our future, but I am not certain that won't mean that we will not be homeless. It will probably mean the opposite, or it may mean us living more communally, perhaps in FEMA camps or in group homes where multiple families all live together, because I am expecting the market to crash, and for all of us who are not among the independent wealthy to not have the financial means to live in homes or even in apartments without a bunch of people living together and pulling resources together, and then we may not even be able to afford that. Right now my husband and I live in a small 1 bedroom apartment. I believe one day soon, but I don't know how soon, we won't be able to afford this, since we live on Social Security, which is going to go away one day, and then those who don't take the mark of the beast won't be able to buy or sell, but that is ok, because our God will take care of us here until he takes us home.
 
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Its easy for older people to say well Im just waiting for the Lord to take me home. They have lived life.
Not so if you are young and supposedly meant to have a future ahead of you. There are too many youth suicides. Early this year attended a funeral of a young man who killed himself, he was only 25.

Why would anyone kill themselves at 25?
 

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