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Rejected by God

God’s Word is plain as to what displeases Him, for before the inhabitants of the Southern Kingdom of Judah were carried away captive to Babylon, the Israelites of the Northern Kingdom were taken captive to Assyria for their sins against the LORD God. The sins the Northern Kingdom repeatedly committed against God had reached full capacity of His cup of wrath which was poured out upon them for their disobedience.

Twenty years prior to being taken captive to Assyria, the Prophet Hosea warned the inhabitants of the Northern Kingdom it would come to pass they would say, “We have no king, because we feared not the LORD… None at all would exalt Him,” (Hosea 10:3; 11:7). Recorded in 2 Kings 17 is the sins that brought the Northern Kingdom to its demise:

  1. They feared other gods
  2. They walked in the statutes of the heathen
  3. Did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD
  4. Built high places in all their cities to worship idols
  5. Set up images and groves in every high hill and under every green tree
  6. Burnt incense to idols
  7. Wrought wicked things to provoke God to anger
  8. Served idols

“Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep My commandments and My statutes, according to all the Law… Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God,(2 Kings 17:13-14). Therefore they:

  1. Rejected His statutes and His Covenant
  2. Followed vanity and became vain
  3. Went after the heathen round about them
  4. Left all His commandments
  5. Made them molten images
  6. Made a grove to idols
  7. Worshipped all the host of heaven (sun, moon, and stars)
  8. Served Baal
  9. Caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire
  10. Used divinations and enchantments
  11. Sold themselves to do evil to provoke God to anger

“Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of His sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only… The LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until He had cast them out of His sight. For He rent Israel from the House of David.”

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A Virtuous Woman vs. A Godless Woman

The virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 is the model set forth by King Solomon as a godly woman, one who pleases her husband, cares for her children and her neighbors. In contrast, the Apostle Paul speaks of the characteristics of the ungodly in Romans 1, those who do “not like to retain God in their knowledge” (vs.28), and live their lives accordingly. The differences between the two are striking.

A Virtuous Woman – Proverbs 31:10-31

Does good and not evil all the days of her life

Works willingly with her hands

Gathers food for her family

Rises early from sleep to care for her family

Buys property

Plants a garden

Strengthens herself

Works hard day and night

Helps the poor and needy

Provides warm clothing for her family

Faithful to her husband

Makes and delivers goods to the merchant

Maintains her honor

Speaks with wisdom

Shows kindness

Takes care of her household

Keeps busy

Reverences The LORD

 

An Ungodly Woman – Romans 1:18-32

Filled with unrighteousness                                                Hates God

Involved in sexual sin                                                             Despiteful

Wicked                                                                                          Proud

Desires what others have                                                     Boastful

Seeks to harm others                                                             Invents evil things

Full of envy                                                                                 Disobedient to parents

Full of murder                                                                           Without understanding

Contentious                                                                               Covenant breaker

Deceitful                                                                                      Without natural affection

Has bad character                                                                   Unreasonable

Secret slanderer                                                                       Unmerciful

Backbites                                                                                    Has pleasure in wickedness

 

“Who can find a Virtuous Woman?

for her price is Far Above Rubies.”

Proverbs 31:10

Fighting Evil in JESUS’ Name

Follow along as David Eubank with Free Burma Rangers (FBR), “a humanitarian service movement for oppressed ethnic minorities,” offers prayer, hope and love to those affected by the ongoing battle against evil in the Middle East. A former U.S. Army Special Forces and Ranger officer, David prefaces all he does in JESUS’ Name. (Be warned… there are several seconds of graphic video showing the bodies of two slain enemy soldiers, and also the treating of a wounded leg.) For more information concerning how God is using this group, visit their website here.

How to Love Life and See Good Days

      “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him:lovelife1

  1. Refrain his tongue from evil
  2. Refrain his lips that they speak no guile (deceit)
  3. Hate evil
  4. Do good
  5. Seek peace
  6. Pursue peace  

     

    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.”

    I Peter 3:10-12

 

 

 

Fret Not Thyself

In Psalm 37 of the Holy Scriptures we are told to  Fret not thyself because of evildoers,” but instead:

“Trust in the LORD”  (v.3)

  “Do Good”  (v.3)

 “Delight thyself in the LORD”  (v.4)

“Commit thy way unto the LORD”  (v.5)

“Rest in the LORD”  (v.7)

“Wait patiently for the LORD”  (v.7)

“Cease from anger”  (v.8)

“Forsake wrath”  (v.8)

“Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil”  (v.8)

“For evildoers shall be cut off:  But those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”

Psalm 37:9

Standing Against the Wiles of the Devil

The battle is raging, and has been since the early days in the Garden of Eden. Since that opening salvo Satan made against God and His people, horrific destruction and misery has ensued and lives have been lost. The Apostle Paul who bravely fought against God’s foe during his lifetime, records in Ephesians 6 the battle fatigues that must be donned to overcome the self-proclaimed enemy of the One True God (Isaiah 14).

Paul brings encouragement to the believers at Ephesus in present-day Turkey by first writing to them in the closing remarks of his letter, “Finally, my brethren, Be Strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. This admonition is only available to those who have trusted Christ as Savior. All those who have not trusted in Christ’s offer of salvation stand alone on their own in the war against evil. He then tells the Ephesian believers, For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but:

  • against principalities,
  • against powers,
  • against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
  • against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

 Paul, who five times received thirty-nine stripes, was beaten three times with rods, stoned once, suffered three shipwrecks, was in perils of waters, of robbers, by his own countrymen, by the heathen, in the city, in the wilderness, in the sea and among false brethren for the cause of Christ, knows full well what is needed to survive the onslaught of the Devil and those who do his bidding (2 Corinthians 11). Paul continues in Ephesians 6, Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day.The armour Paul is speaking of consists of six items that are most important for survival in a spiritual battle:

  • gird your lions about with Truth
  • have on the breastplate of Righteousness
  • shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace
  • carry the shield of Faith to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked
  • put on the helmet of Salvation
  • carry the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God

The battle being waged across the world today is most definitely a spiritual battle, the forces of good against the forces of evil. The battle lines are clearly drawn. Satan, who has been waging war since time began against the God who made Heaven and Earth and all that is within them, is about to run out of time to do his dastardly deeds. His end is much nearer than it has ever been before but he will continue to kill, steal, and destroy until he is finally cast into the Lake of Fire which Jesus told His disciples has been “prepared for the Devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

“Be able to withstand in the evil day,

And having done all, to stand.”