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Prayers of the Unrighteous

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God will not hear the prayers of the unrighteous who refuse to confess and let go of sin in their lives. Do today’s Christians really understand what God’s Word says about how to make sure God will hear and answer our prayers? It seems that people forget now a-days that God is Holy and therefore we are to be Holy. Because He is Holy, He will not hear our prayers if there is some sin that we have not confessed or that we refuse to let go of. Our prayers do not go any higher than our ceiling if we are living as the unrighteous. It is a good habit to get into each day to go before our Lord and ask Him to search our hearts, as we search our hearts for un-confessed sin.

To live righteously simply means to do our best to live right according to our Lord and his Word; to live by Godly morals and values that He teaches in His Word. When we ignore sin in our lives and live according to this world’s low standards, therefore satan’s standards, we create a separation or break in fellowship with the Lord God and He will not hear our prayers.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. See what His Word says for yourselves. And if you are not sure if some of the things you are doing are sin, just go to Him and ask Him and He will sure let you know.

John 9:31 “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”

Proverbs 28:9 ” He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”

I Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”

Psalms 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”

Proverbs 15:29 “The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

James 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2018 in God's Truth

 

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Lot’s Disobedient Wife

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Lot’s wife personifies the classic wisdom “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21). Jesus used her as an example of someone who started the right way, but looked back, because she was not completely willing to give up her old ways to follow God in obedience – Luke 17:31-33 “Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”

Okay, we read in God’s Word that Lot was a rich and very influential man, but nowhere does it say much about his wife. We see no mention of her name, nor her family or even her race. However, it is indicated that she was a worldly, materialistic woman. She definitely failed in the spiritual nurturing of her children – her daughters married men of Sodom, and then committed incest with their own father – Genesis 19:30-35 “And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.”

This also speaks to us about the effects of alcohol on our minds, and why God’s Word warns us against even looking at it – Proverbs 23:29-35 “Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. LOOK NOT thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.”

SIDE NOTE: Way too many Christians fail to understand that most places the Bible mentions wine, like when Jesus turned water into wine, that it is not speaking of alcohol. This Scripture in Proverbs explains about the wine that has turned to alcohol and why we are to not even look upon it. What Jesus made for the wedding was grape juice. Jesus is pure and holy, He would never make something that is unholy and corrupts men’s minds. When grape juice turns to alcohol, it becomes something rotten. Wine in the Bible when used in the right sense speaks of “the pure blood of the grape.” Our Saviour who, throughout the Bible, urges people not to drink would certainly not create something to contradict His own word and to ruin the men He came to save! I spent many years of my life letting the enemy deceive me into thinking that because the Bible says not to be ‘drunk’ with wine, it was okay in moderation. Jesus has revealed His truth to me that even in moderation, it is not what He and His Word are telling us at all. He tells us to be filled with His Holy Spirit. If we consume even one sip of alcohol, or any substance that affects our minds, it grieves the Holy Spirit to the point that we are not Spirit-filled. He is there, but he is numbed. And I have learned by experience that the joy that comes with being Spirit-filled far surpasses any temporary high that this sinful world has to offer. AND, there is no convicting guilt!

Lot’s wife did not have to die. She was offered a choice–obedience and life or disobedience and death in pursuit of the pleasures of the world. We do not know where Lot met his wife, nor when they were married, but we do know that they had two daughters (Genesis 19:16). The kidnapping of Lot and his family (Genesis 14) would have included his wife, and she would have been among the company that was rescued by Abraham since Abraham “brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people” (Genesis 14:16) This means that she may well have heard Melchizedek’s witness for God (Genesis 14:19, 20). In other words, she was well aware of the Lord and His dealings with Abraham. BUT the lifestyle of Sodom had a strong hold on her.

Sodom was a sophisticated town, offering a wide variety of cultural opportunities. The immorality had degenerated to the lowest point of sexual perversion so much that our term “sodomy” comes from the name of this city. (Today, Sodomites have twisted and changed the word to describe their lifestyle as gay and homosexual, so in their minds it does not sound so bad, and more people will accept their sin.)

Lot, though called a “righteous man,” seemed also to be entangled in the grip of Sodom’s influence – 2 Peter 2:7, 8 – “And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)”

Unfortunately, Lot chose to raise his family in Sodom, even though it’s reputation for depravity was well known. Still, the Lord sent messengers to rescue this family from their own destructive choices.

God wanted to save Lot’s wife. He sent angels to warn, to escort, and finally they had to physically pull her out of harm’s way. Whether she understood exactly what would happen is uncertain, but being escorted by angels in this fashion surely had to alert her to something supernatural.

The destruction most likely began with a violent earthquake, which set fire to the gases and sulphur. Firebrands were falling around her. Though she had followed her husband into the wilderness, she had the same problem the Israelites did in the wilderness as they “in their hearts turned back again into Egypt” (Acts 7:39). Just like the Israelites, she was destroyed. But she did not have to be.

This can be an example to us that once we are saved, we must never let ourselves look back and yearn for Egypt (our past sinful ways). We must stay the course until we see Him face to face!

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2018 in God's Truth, Uncategorized

 

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Gratitude – a Thankful Appreciative Spirit

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A truly thankful spirit will show gratitude when it acknowledges who God is and what He has done for him/her. This gratitude is a heartfelt emotion and it is not dependent upon the response of another person nor the nature of the gift it received.

Ingratitude, on the other hand, begins with a heart that refuses to be satisfied and rejects the Giver as well as His gift – Romans 1:21 – “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

Our very lives are a gracious gift from God. There can be no thankfulness except that which is built on this foundation. A spirit of gratitude must be learned, and then passed on to others, especially to those in our own households, by example. Here are some ways we can accomplish this:

  • Remember that a grateful person is humble and focused on God, while the ungrateful heart is full of pride and focused on self. Ruth was a beautiful example of such a spirit of gratitude and humility – Ruth 2:10 “Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?” Hers was a very gracious response even to a small kindness.
  • Never take even the small, ordinary daily blessings for granted – Matthew 6:11 – ” Give us this day our daily bread.”
  • Anticipate each day’s blessings from God, and take care that you do not miss out on the subtle, indirect gifts our all-wise and generous Father gives us each and every day – Colossians 4:2 – “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;” At the same time, it is important to remember that not every desire we have is beneficial to us. God, the all-wise, all-knowing Giver knows and sincerely wants only what is best for us. Earnestly think about His plan and priorities for your life, while taking care not to lose sight of the bigger picture because of a tragic but small interruption.
  • Remember to thank God even in the midst of adversity and trials – Habakkuk 3:17-19 – “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
  • Not only ought we to show our gratitude to God and others regularly, but publicly as well – Psalm 35:18 – “I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.” John 11:41, 42 – “Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.” We should never take our family and friends for granted.
  • Make a record of your blessings and take note also of God’s great faithfulness to you each day.
  • And finally, we can pay it forward when we reach out and give to others in the Spirit of Christ – 2 Corinthians 9:12 – “For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;”

It is an essential part of a life lived Holy to God to cultivate a grateful spirit and a thankful heart in all things. Of course, it does not come easily, nor does it happen over night. It is an on-going work in each Christ-like person’s life until we go be with Jesus. The woman who is thankful and has a heart full of praise brings joy to her Heavenly Father and glory to His name. An attitude of gratitude will bring to our hearts a host of blessings, while at the same time, make us a means of blessing to others.

Psalm 100

1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2017 in Godly Women

 

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The Doctrine of Man – Part 10

VIII. The Human Heart

Without a doubt, the most often mentioned part of our being, and the most important part of our being is the heart. It is mentioned 600 times in the Old Testament! It is mentioned 103 times in the New Testament! The plural, “hearts,” is mentioned 54 times in the Old Testament and 61 times in the New Testament. Other forms of the heart besides these include:

  • Wise hearted – 7 times
  • Willing hearted – 1 time
  • Broken hearted – 2 times
  • Faint hearted – 3 times
  • Hard hearted – 1 time
  • Merry hearted – 1 time
  • Stiff hearted – 1 time
  • Stout hearted – 2 times
  • Tender hearted – 2 times
  • Heartily – 1 time
  • Hearty – 1 time

All in all, that comes to about 840 references in the Scriptures to the heart. Obviously, the heart of our being is the part of us that the Bible gives the most attention to, and we should do the same – Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” We are not speaking of the physical muscle, or pump, that circulates the blood in a person’s body. Almost without exception, the Scriptures refer to “the core of our being” when it refers to the heart.

Sometimes you will hear someone say, “with all my heart and with all my soul.” They mean “with all their being.” They do not say “with all my body and with all my spirit.” Those are often very shallow.

The heart is what we are – “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…,” Proverbs 23:7a.

The heart is what we say – “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh,” Matthew 12:34b.

The heart is what we will not do – Daniel 1:8, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the King’s meat, nor the wine which he drank.”

The heart is what we will do – 2 Corinthians 9:7, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

The heart is where evil originates from within us – Mark 7:21-23, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

The heart is the origin of a God-implanted faith that can believe unto righteousness – Romans 10:10, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 6:17, “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.”

Sufficeth to say, the heart is what we are, and who we are.

A. Hebrew words translated into the English word “heart” and their definitions, from the Old Testament:

1. Leb – the feelings, will, intellect of the heart or center of someone, the midst.

2. Lebab – the heart, the most interior.

3. Nephesh – the vitality, soul, heart.

4. Sekviy – the mind or heart.

5. Meah – the bowels, intestines, stomach.

6. Labab – to be enclosed.

7. Gereb – the center or nearest part.

8. Lebab (chaldee) – corresponding to the heart.

9. Bal – anxiety seated in the heart.

10. Libbah – the heart.

B. Greek words translated into the English word “heart” and their definitions, from the New Testament:

1. Kardia – the core of the thoughts or feelings. The Latin derivative of Kardia is cor from which we get the English word “core.” The heart is the core of our being.

2. Sklerokardia – hard-heartedness, destitute of spiritual perception.

3. Psuche – the soul as where the heart is seated.

4. Kardiognostes – one who knows hearts.

5. Apopsucho – to breathe out, the failure of the heart.

C. We are made in the image of God. God has a heart. Some examples include:

1. Genesis 6:6, “And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”

2. Genesis 8:21, “And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”

3. Jeremiah 3:15, “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” The Lord Jesus was troubled in spirit at times in His ministry. John 11:33, “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in his spirit, and was troubled, ” John 13:21, “When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.”

The Lord Jesus was troubled in His soul once. John 12:27, “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.”

Never is it said that Jesus was troubled in heart. In fact, He taught the opposite: John 14:1, 27, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. Peace I leave with you, my peace I unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid,” and also in Luke 24:38, “And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?”

Some things should trouble our spirits and our souls; things like our sins or our burdens. Nothing should be allowed to trouble our hearts.

If we obey the word of God, Jesus should be allowed to dwell in our hearts richly. Why then should the heart be troubles? Ephesians 3:16-19, “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

 
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