Are you programmed?
Do you know the word of God? Is it hidden in your heart?
(Hos 4:1) Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
(Hos 4:2) By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
(Hos 4:3) Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
(Hos 4:6) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
I read these verses and I cannot help but see America. Verse 1 says not truth, no mercy and no knowledge of God in the land. Verse 2 says By swearing and lying and killing and stealing and committing adultery….hmmm. Yes, that verse fits this country too.
Verse 1 tells us that there is no knowledge of God in the land. Why?
Verse 6 tells us that people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Why?
Scripture tells us that we have no knowledge because we HAVE REJECTED KNOWLEDGE. Because of rejecting knowledge from the one who gives it He will also reject us.
In verse 6 the word destroyed in Hebrew means CUT OFF. So, my people are cut off for lack of knowledge.
How do we change this? How do we turn things around? Can we?
1Sa 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
Psa 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD. (I find it interesting that this is said again word for word in Psalm 53:4.)
Let’s pray. Dear Father in Heaven, as we read Your words written for us in your Holy Bible help us Lord. Convict each of us however you need to. Help us to look at our own lives. Help us to see where we each are lacking. Help us Lord God to cry out to You, to seek You, to search for You. Help us Lord God to have the ears to hear You. Circumcise our hearts. Circumcise our ears. Cut away all our wickedness. Teach us what the meaning of “fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”. Help us to read the scriptures and give us understanding as only You can. Open our eyes and ears and our hearts. Deuteronomy 30:6 says…And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of they seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all they soul, that thou mayest live. Help us Lord God Almighty to learn from You and Your perfect ways. In these days we see darkness growing and we desire to be a light in the darkness as You have called us to be. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Keep our lamps full of oil. May we be ready on that blessed day when we hear the trumpets blow. Thank you for hearing our cries and our prayers. Thank you for not turning your back on us and cutting us off as we know we all deserve. Thank you for your mercy and your grace. Help each of us to repent where your holy spirit reveals to each one of us. Help us then to turn from our wickedness and not go back. In your strength and your strength alone, help us to stand and not be shaken. It is in the name of Jesus Christ we ask all these things. We give thanks unto You! We praise You!
Psa 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Pro 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
Pro 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Pro 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
Pro 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Pro 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
Pro 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Israel’s Only Savior (Isaiah 42:43)
43 But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
If you have been lied to and especially by someone close to you then you were probably wounded. It is usually not something that heals overnight.
People are going to let you down. People might shred you to pieces. They might claw your eyes out and then try to pretend it never happened.
When you have been there, that is where the sweet TRUTH couldn’t taste or sound better. Do you have 7 minutes for some sweet truth? Just 7 minutes.
It seems to be the way many are headed today. What? Down the wrong path. Pastors are leading many to eternal damnation and not eternal life. In the book of Jude we read in verse 4 that many will be in the churches that will try to tear the children of the Lord apart and cause division and lead many in the wrong way. (I PARAPHRASED THAT). I find it interesting that it says, long ago many were designated for this condemnation. God warned us about everything. We have to pull ourselves away from the things of this world and make time for Him and His word so that we are not deceived and we know the truth when we hear it.
We seem to have a huge movement saying there are many ways to get to Heaven. There is more than one way to God. NO, THERE ISN’T!
We must be careful and not go with the flow. We are responsible too. We cannot blame not knowing the truth is the fault of someone else or because of our pastor. They WILL answer to the Lord themselves for leading the flock the wrong way. We will also have to stand before the Son of Man and we will have to answer why we didn’t know we were being deceived. You see, if we are reading the Bible, the words of the Lord God, and we are following its instruction and are praying to our Father in heaven and are seeking Him and His righteousness and His divine wisdom. IF we are doing these things will we not know the truth when we hear it? Will we not know when we are hearing lies from the pulpit? Yes, it means you may have to separate yourself from friends and family who are following false doctrine. Sometimes the path to the Lord God feels lonely. God is with us and you are not alone. You will find others along the path, it simply seems a path less traveled. That is because it is.
REMEMBER, there’s but one way to the Father in heaven and we are each responsible to know when we are on the wrong path. We each must choose whom it is we will serve. If you are unsure then cry out to God and ask Him to reveal Himself to you, to reveal His truth to you. To open your eyes and ears to see and hear the truth according to Him and not man. He will not withhold the truth, or His wisdom from any who seek Him and pray and ask for His guidance.
Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
We are all poor and needy – desperately needing the Lord Jesus. This is where confession begins, and where our relationship with God flourishes. Remember always that we need Jesus, and we are enabled to love Him only because He first loved us. We were mired in our transgressions and trapped in the cost of our sin. With no way to free ourselves, He offered His sinless life to break the power sin held over us. Resurrected with Him to our loving Father in Heaven, we have been set free to love Him, to know Him, to delight in relationship with Him. God is able to hear your prayers, and He is able to reach you and love you through anything.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
Depending on your age or if you knew someone personally that will determine your deep feelings many of us have on every anniversary of 9/11. Today I am wondering if it, apart from being the worst thing many of us have experienced or watched in complete shock and surprise. Was it also in many ways a blessing in disguise? I don’t mean to offend anyone, but consider this. That day we were clearly shown we are not safe. Didn’t you believe you were? For the most part? I certainly never expected anything could happen in America like what DID occur 13 years ago today. Our dependence must be on Christ and not ourselves or our government.
Today as I repent first on behalf of my OWN sins, and if you say you have none then think again. There is not one of us, even if one who many have considered a great man or woman, they are still a man or a woman and do sin and maybe we don’t see it but God sees all things and knows all things. Repent for our sins and those of our nation. I think 1 Timothy is fitting.
1 Timothy 1:15-17
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I can’t help but to laugh a little bit as Paul refers to himself as the “chief” of sinners. (NKJV) I laugh because I think the same thing sometimes. Is it possible that Paul sinned worse than me? Is it even right to look at sin like that? Paul’s story is one of 180 degrees. He was going full force one direction and persecuting the church, Jesus Christ Himself, and there was really no stopping him. Then he encounters Jesus on the Damascus road and everything changes. Everything. From that encounter, Paul’s life changes into a testimony of God’s grace, patience, mercy, and unfailing love. Paul’s salvation testifies that there is no distance or depth that can dodge God’s sovereignty or the election of His chosen people. God hears you and knows you, and He most certainly can reach you and change everything.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
http://www.sounddoctrine.net/Nick/Questions_Roman_Catholicism_pope.htm Have you ever wondered about the pope? I always heard that Catholic faith is wrong and heard things like, “they worship Mary” and so on. I was watching something on the Vatican and it said something about how the pope stood in place for Christ. WHAT? That led me on a search and I found this article. Whatever you believe I hope the Holy Spirit speaks truth into your heart soul and mind. I pray the same for myself.