King James Bible Study – “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Mark 8:34
Date: Saturday, June 08, 2019
Chapters: Proverbs 16-18
Message: Rush To Conflict
Hello My Friend,
Yesterday God laid it on my heart to talk about Christians who receive the grace of God in vain, today, it is just the opposite. In fact, this passage comes to mind, “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” – I Kings 19:18. As wicked as this nation is getting, and as Christianity becomes more obsolete by the day, God still has some of His honorable warriors around who will not bow down to Satan no matter how much he attacks them. And then I read this from Charles Spurgeon, “Quail not before superior numbers, shrink not from difficulties or impossibilities, flinch not at wounds or death, smite with the two-edged sword of the Spirit, and the slain shall lie in heaps. The battle is the Lord’s and he will deliver his enemies into our hands. With steadfast foot, strong hand, dauntless heart, and flaming zeal, rush to the conflict, and the hosts of evil shall fly like chaff before the gale.”
“rush to the conflict,” Far too many of Christ’s warriors are sitting on the sidelines afraid to stand up out of fear of the bullies attacking us. Over the years Jesus has revealed something in me that I never knew I had in me, gumption. He has given me the boldness to speak up, the confidence to be who He made me to be without shame, and the strength to stand up to the bullies that not only attack me, but all my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We belong to Christ, we bow down to no one, but Christ, instead of avoiding conflict, rush to it with Christ leading the way. This battle is not ours, it is Christ’s, and we will have the victory. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” – I John
“even our faith.” It is our faith in Jesus Christ that gives us the victory already when we leave this earth. Amen! Something occurred to me as I have been struggling so much with keeping a set schedule this year, my priorities have gotten shifted with a bunch of little things that keep grabbing my attention. The reason we lose focus to begin with is that we take on too much. I will tell you that I have work, school, church duties and activities, my ministry, freelance work, and family. Couple all that with trials of life, lack of sleep, improper nutrition, and it is no wonder why I have lost focus on everything. In all that we do, our number one priority ought to be spending time with God, and not necessarily in serving Him, rather in prayer and His Word. God is the one who brings our heart back into focus on the things that we are to be doing that He calls us to do in the first place.
“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right. A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” – Proverbs 16:1-9.
“but the LORD directeth his steps.” You know, while God will never give us more than we are able to handle in His will, we are very capable of taking on more than we can handle doing things in our own will. Jesus has an incredible way of conforming us into someone who walks like Him, talks like Him, thinks like Him, corrects like Him, and even loves like Him. And there is a reason why true Christians go from mere laymen to high ranking positions in such a short amount of time, their Jesus is with them every step of the way, He directs their steps when their focus is on Him. “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” – Colossians 2:6-7.
“Rooted and built up in him,” The more we walk with Jesus the more He build us up, not to be proud and conceded in all that He has blessed us with, but to be examples of our faith. We are established by Christ, everything we succeed in is only achievable through our hard work and faith in the abilities He has given us. And let me tell you, it takes a lot of endurance with Christ through those conflicts that we ran to instead of away from to be victorious. Just think about all the things Christ has helped you endure, and you will find that He has helped you through a lot more than you thought. God uses conflict to try us, and get our heart right, which in turn gets our priorities right.
“The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD. Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it? A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.” – Proverbs 17:3,8-9,15-18.
“even they both are abomination to the LORD.” Those who sit back quietly and not even speak out about sin to avoid conflict, those who condone and allow sin to avoid conflict, and those who condemn those who do speak out to avoid conflict, will all be held accountable to Jesus. Jesus knows our heart and intentions, those who are truly seeking Him for redemption from more than death and hell learn the value of repentance, and seek His help to remove the sin in their lives. True Christians are not sinless, they sin less because they are faithful in their walk with Christ. So many Christians walk around in bitterness, envious of their fellow Christians who have have been blessed by God, and yet they could have the same thing if they would repent, and turn away from their sin. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” – I John 1:8-10.
“he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,” This is different between our confessing that we need Jesus as our Saviour for our salvation and asking forgiveness of our sins. Yes, when we confess that we are a sinner and ask Jesus to save us through our faith in Him alone, He grants us permanent salvation, but that does not mean we do not need to go to God in confession daily. Sin of any kind separates us from the presence of Jesus. I mean, would you want to be around someone who constantly tells you they are sorry and still continues to do the same thing? Yes, Jesus will help us overcome sin if we repent, and are willing to put it away completely. Worldly Christians have somehow got it in their heads that Jesus condones sin, He forgives sin, He does not nor ever has condoned sin, period. The man he healed of his infirmity, He said, “Sin no more.” The woman taken in adultery, He said, “Sin no more.” We are not saved in order to live a life of sin, we are saved to be an example of Christ in us.
“Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom. A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach. A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” – Proverbs 18:1-3,7-10.
“and with ignominy reproach.” Ignominy; Incurring disgrace; cowardly; of mean character. Did you ever get verbally or even physically attacked by someone because of your faith? These people are cowards, fools, disgraced, and convicted by their own actions. The fool only cares about how unfairly they were treated or underprivileged they are. The fool only cares about who they can blame for their problems. The fool appears to care about the welfare of others to see what they can get out of it. The fool only seeks Jesus to be fed. And yet the fool does absolutely nothing to rectify their situation. We are responsible for our own actions, while we cannot avoid all the evils that take place in this world, we can act responsibly when they happen. Jesus is our strong tower, the mere mention of His name brings such power, strength, and wisdom. And when we walk with Him there is nothing He cannot help us overcome. “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:2,4-6,10.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” – Proverbs 18:10.
Today’s Prayer: God, Thank You for Your amazing grace to save a sinner like me the second I received Your Son as my Saviour. You have a perfect plan for each and everyone of us, whether we are here to love You or be an example of what happens when wickedness has hardened our hearts toward You, it is Your plan, and only You have the power to change it through our faith in You. If we want things to change in our lives, we must follow Your plan, Your way, and that begins by accepting Your Sons innocent death, burial, and resurrection as our only means of salvation, and walking with Him daily. Lord, You are our strong tower, lead us and guide us, cover us in Your mercies and grace, and the courage and wisdom to rush to conflict. Let us be the Godly examples we need be, to seek Your help at all times, and not overwhelm ourselves with so many things that we lose our focus on our priorities. I ask these things in Your name, Jesus. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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