Faithful are the wounds of a friend

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” - Proverbs 27:6

 

This is such a universal truth!  I think every culture would have a similar proverb.

 

It is our friends, our true friends who put their “neck on the line” to tell us the truth – and often our worst enemies that just “sweet talk” us into all sorts of trouble!

 

Someone put it this way:  “You can kiss a fool, and a fool can kiss you, but don’t ever let a kiss fool you!”

 

Obey or Don't

“…what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” - 1 Peter 4.17

 

Often the Bible says things in a way that we have not thought of before.  The above verse says something that I find very interesting:  A person’s eternity depends on simple obedience.

 

“...the gospel…”

 

The LORD, Deceived Me?

O LORD, thou hast deceived me,”?

 

What sort of person would say such a thing!?

 

 O LORD, thou hast deceived me,”

 

It sounds bad.

 

And, who would dare to talk to God like that?  Especially someone in the Bible?  Is it the wicked King Ahab?  Or maybe his evil wife Jezebel?  Maybe it is King Herod, or Pilot?

 

Baptism is ONLY A PICTURE

“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,

even so we also should walk in newness of life.”  - Romans 6.4

     

Baptism - A Picture Only.

 

It was a blessing to baptize five people in to the membership of our church Sunday.  It was also a good time to keep the message clear and plain.

 

Yet Trouble Came

“…yet trouble came.” - Job 3.26

 

Somehow that doesn’t sound very good…

 

“…yet trouble came.”

 

Here Job says that he is struggling.  He says that his life is difficult and he is seriously and honestly trying to understand why this is so. 

 

He is not ignoring the issues, whatever they may be.  He is not trying to avoid any responsibility.  He is not trying to think these troubles will “just go away”… he states, “I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet…”

 

Thoughts of Peace

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”  - Jeremiah 29:11

 

I love this verse and it comes to my mind often.

 

Sometimes it truly amazes me that God has chosen to love me, and bless me and there is really little I need to do but follow by faith and lean on Him. 

 

We should never lose sight of the fact that it is the Lord’s will to bless us!

 

The Duty of Every Day Required

“…as the duty of every day required” - Ezra 3.4

 

The above says, “as the duty of every day required…”.  The word “duty” there has a very long definition!  It basically means anything and everything that might possibly need doing!  “Duty”.

 

It is the sort of word that has been in famous speeches I think.  “Duty”.

 

What a privilege.  To actually be a part of anything and everything that might possibly need doing!

 

Blow The Alarm

“...ye shall blow an alarm...” Numbers 10.9

 

Do you have an alarm on your house?

 

We don’t.  We do have a couple of fire alarms, but not an alarm like the above verse is talking about.  Mainly because we live in a very quiet neighbourhood and a fairly peaceful country.  If things changed we could get an alarm... on our physical house.  But what about our spiritual houses?

 

The LORD Opened The Eyes

And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man...

2 Kings 6.17

 

Do you ever try and try... and try - to help someone see something that they just can’t seem to see?

 

Of course we do - if we have anything to do with serving the Lord – just like the situation with Elisha here.

 

We must understand the part we play in the lives of people by simple PRAYER.  (Because God does hear it!)

 

If Ye Love me

If ye love me…” - John 14.15

 

In the verse above it is Jesus who is saying these words, “If ye love me…”

 

The first thing I think is, “Who am I that I could ever even love Him like He has loved me!?”  But then I must consider that Jesus expects me to go on and address what He is saying.  He is saying, “If ye love me…”.

 

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