It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

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Obedience Should Be Chosen Over Service or Sacrifice

Many people would rather serve God than obey Him. In servingthey can feel justified in their efforts of doing good deeds, while in their heart they continue with their acts of unkindness, hate and resentment toward others. In their act of sacrifices they can rationalize their refusal to forgive those who have wrongedthem. God has called us to forgive and love others and He wants obedience rather than sacrifices. Refusing to obey is rooted in stubbornness and rebellion which God calls,witchcraft and idolatry. When we obey God our life will be one of true service and sacrifice for the love of God. 

1 Samuel 15:22-23a  So Samuel said: “ Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings an sacrifices, As in obeying the vice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry… NKJ

To be obedient to God we must love, forgive and pray for those who hate and despise us. Some people want to hold on to their anger, because of their pride and arrogance, but God has commanded His people to love their enemies and do justly to the unjust. This can only be done through the power of God and the Holy Spirit. If you refuse to forgive can you really say you know God and have the Holy Spirit living within you?

Matthew 5:44-46 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. That you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes the sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? NKJ

There is a philosophy that is being taught today to young parents that they should not teach their young children to obeythem. They are to instruct their children and then allow the child to choose to obey or not. Even though they are children, some parents still believe their children have the right to make their own choices. How ludicrous and foolish is this, children have no since of right or wrong until they have been taught and corrected. This is spiritual wickedness that is trying to corrupt our children and teach them stubbornness and rebellion, which is as witchcraft before God. 

Proverb 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of correction will drive it far from them. NKJ

Some people are saying we should not train, correct or regulate our children, but this is how they learn to live in a society. There are rules regulations and laws, for which there are harsh consequences if people fail to obey.  Children who have not been taught to obey or respect authority in the home will grow up thinking they can choose not to obey the law and those in authority. As they grow older and continue in this way they may find themselves in court or a detention service which couldput them in correctional facilities, to correct and discipline themfor their unwise choices. There is a way that seems right to a person but only ends in destruction!

Proverb 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. NKJ

Some people would rather lean to their own understanding and life experiences, rather than take the Bible as the true written instructions from God. He has given instructions for His peopleas to how to live a good life. Sometimes because of the ill representation of their parents, harsh treatment and mean ways, some people will ignore God’s word and refuse to follow His way. Needless to say, people are not perfect in raising childrenand this could be seen as a misrepresentation of God’s word.  

Some parents try do the best they can with their ability and knowledge they have at the time, even though it may have been wrong. Some Parents do not have a good understanding of God’s word and instruction while training their children, butlet’s hope, when they learn better, they will do better! Some parents are just wicked and ungodly and that is why God tells us to obey our parents in the Lord, that is in doing what is right and not evil. 

Proverv3: 5-7  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes: Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. NKJ

God’s word is never wrong and His love, forbearance and mercy toward us is continuous. This is why we must search out the real truth of Jesus’ love in His word and not allow our emotions, history and social influences dictate what is right or wrong in training and correcting our children. The word of God is given for correction, chastisement, edifying, instruction, enlightening and improving. Discipline and correction can come from the word of God. When God speaks on a matter let His word be the rod that corrects.  

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. NKJ  

God knows we were born in darkness under the curse of sin and Satan has blinded the eyes of the lost. Christ came that we might know the truth of God’s word, be set free from the curse of sin and that our eyes would be open to the light of His gospel. The good news of Christ is the return of God’s Kingdom on the earth that we do not have to continue in darkness and walk in obedience to God’s word according to His way.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. NKJ

Jesus is our example, and many people will say they cannot love like Jesus because He was the Son of God. God has called us sons and daughters of the Most-High God and has given us His Holy Spirit to lead us in all truths. We are to acknowledge God in all we do and ask that the power of the Holy Spirit will lead and strengthen us to do His will. Jesus in His flesh did not want to go through the trial that was before Him. He asked the Father to remove that cup, but asked for the Father’s will to be done above His own. It was in His suffering that Jesus learned obedience to God. We being born of sinful flesh must set aside our rights to self and humble ourselves before God and ask Himto give us the will to obey and let His will be done in our lives.  

Matthew 26:39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. NKJ

Hebrews 5:7-9 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. NKJ

We are to teach our children not only to listen but to obey. Learning to obey and honor the parent is a forerunner to theirlearning to obey and honor God. We as a people must learn how to obey the word of God in order to teach our children a godly respect for those who are in authority. How will they respect God, the One who created the world when they do not respect those who brought them into the world, if they have not been taught? This is a scheme of wickedness from Satan to destroy our children and those created in God’s image. God is looking for those who not only hear the word but will obey it also that it may go well with them and they will have long life.

Ephesians 6:1-3 Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother.” Which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” NKJ

Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” NIV

Guard The Condition of Your Heart!

We must learn how to guard our hearts because from the heart comes the concerns, questions and disputes of life. Even though the battle for our souls is fought in our minds, to determine how we think and live, it is to win the condition of our hearts. Because it is the heart that will determine our choices, our motivation, consciousness and preferences. Which will ultimately influence and govern our future and the outcome of our eternal soul.

Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. NLT

From the time we are born we are being taught the things we need to know in order to navigate and live in this world. We are taught to speak, how to eat and live with family and in community. The focus is on our natural abilities to perform well financially and commercially, yet instructions to the soul and spirit is often times left uneducated, uninformed and neglected,which will determine our destiny.  

Provervb15:7 the lips of the wise spread knowledge (sifting it as chaff from the grain): but the hearts of (shortsighted): fools are not so. AMP

People will go to great extremes to ensure that their children are educated well in the area of intellect.  But they will allow fools and jesters to mislead them and speak into their lives and heartsto corrupt their minds and those of their children. It is the instruction of the soul and spirit that will determine the condition of the heart, a person’s will and their eternal destiny. 

Matthew 12:34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good thing? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. NKJ

We must take time to nurture, cultivate and educate of our soulsand spirits to the truth of God’s word. Which is more importantthan our intellectual education because it impact not only this life but eternity. In times past people were instructed in what was right and wrong according to God’s principles. They were taught self-discipline and kindness as a cornerstone of their education. Society judged a person on how they valued and served others and a person of great character was considered a person of great worth. A society that cared for their old, theiryoung and those who were without were seen as great nations. But now we have seen the values of mercy, grace and compassion replaced with self-importance and the all-consuming need for financial gain. 

Matthew 15:11, 18 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man. 

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. NKJ

If we learn to prioritizes our efforts and focus on the things that will affect eternity we will become a better people, a better nation and a better world. We would no longer allow money,prestige and selfishness to be our main focus but would make the hearts and souls of all mankind a priority.

Some people think they are the successful only if they have thebest of everything, the highest education, most expensive home, car or obtain great fame. Yet they lack in character, integrity and a since of compassion for others, because they have allowed their souls to be fed on the daily diet of greed, self-admiration and hate. This type of rage feeds the heart and produces self-absorption, narcissism and distrust of others. Their moral compass only points to conceit and looking to obtain more for self. None of this is part of our created purpose,which is to reflect the image of God, show His love and to love others. If hate and self-indulgence are all they allow their hearts to feed on it will only produce destruction.

Proverb 23:7a For as he thinks in his heart so is he…

More time should be given to the development of a person’s moral character and integrity, which allows them to make the best decisions for their life. Many people do not have the ability to allow the compass of their souls to point to the true north,which is the principles of God, His love and compassion for all mankind. 

Mark 12: 30-31 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  This is the first commandment.  And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” NKJ

We must guard our hearts and those of our children as to what we allow them to view, hear and what enter their hearts. The tongue is a pen that writes on the hearts of people, especially the hearts of young children whose souls are open and geared to receive instruction. We should use our words to write songs of love and compassion, rather than hate in the hearts of people,because love is our God given calling. 

Psalm 45:1 My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. NKJ

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. NIV

Crisis Reveals Character!

A crisis will only reveal what lies within us and what we really believe and will show our true values and ethics. Crisis does not make people do weird or abnormal things, it only provides the avenue for the true character to be exposed and uncovered. Crisis does not add anything to a person’s disposition, temperament or actions, it only creates an opportunity to exhibit what they have been embracing, concealing and harboring in their hearts all along.  

This nation is in a crisis of hate, anger and resentment. The toxic venom of hate, pride and anger and resentment has been unleashed upon this country. It has been spewed out upon every sector, city and culture and not in this nation only. As individuals, races and cultures lift their self-interest and the traditions of men above the word of God we see more disunity and divide. 

We see the fallout of that poison as it settles on every walk of life and creeps into the very fiber of our natural genetic makeup, as people rise up in fear, pride and hatred. In this crisis people’s true character and allegiance are being displayed. It is in crisis times that we see what is really important to people and at this time they display the effect and the consequences of their“little g” gods, that are really ruling their lives. 

Mark 7: 6-9 He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This peoplehonors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. NKJ

This uprise in disunity and hate is just another ploy and strategy of Satan, the enemy of God to try and destroy the image of God in mankind. He is using the same coin to destroy humanity, just different sides to that coin. On one side he uses hate, pride, arrogance, entitlement and privilege to stir up hate. While on the other side he uses fear, resentment, bitterness and vengefulness to stir up hate and both sides lead to death and destruction. No matter which way the coin is tossed it falls upon self-centeredness, selfishness, self-pity and pride. It is all about self and not the love of God. If nothing changes the end result will be eternal destruction for whichever side one chosesto fall.

All these reactions are natural responses of fallen mankind as the result of sin in the garden and are the character traits of Satan which are pride, arrogance and destruction. The first reaction of fallen mankind was fear.  Fear is what Satan cultivates to get people to respond out of hate rather than lovethey were created to be.   The enemy also wants them to believe they are being personally attacked, through their life, theirfamily or possessions. Thereby, they feel they are justified in their position of un-forgiveness and hate which leads to destruction.

Romans 10:2-3 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.   For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

Mark 11:25-26 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” NKJ

Jesus came to restore what the enemy has stolen from us, the love of God, and to give us a new way of living, in the love and the truth of God’s word. Jesus proclaimed that He was the truth and the life and showed us how we are to come to God our Father through Him.

Jesus showed us that the way to the Father is through love of the brethren and to die to self. The only way, we can truly love our enemies and brothers is by the power of the Holy Spirit and dying to our self-interest, self-centeredness and pride. 

John 12: 24-25 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 

God has told us what He wants from His people; to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. 1. We are to do justly: that is to do the right thing and never stop even, if we are not treated justly. 2. We are to love mercy: to forgive everybody everything,because God has done the same in providing forgivenessfor us in all things. 3. We are to walk humbly with our God: to walk in humility we must die to self and this can only be done through trust in Jesus as our Savior and the power of the Holy Spirit. 

As we die to our self-interests we allow God to use us as His instruments of change in those around us and even to those who may be persecuting and mistreating us. We can trust God with our circumstances and with the outcome. 

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy,And to walk humbly with your God?

Most people judge according to their personal affinities, sympathies, cultures and traditions. That is why some people feel justified in their minds to hate and destroy others as a way to keep their place of high esteem and privilege. While others feel justified in their minds to seek vengeance, to live-in anger,hate or resentment because of what they or their culture haveexperienced. When the natural attractions rise above the spiritual truth of God, Satan wins the battle on both sides of that coin. 

The only way out of this downward spiral of degradation of pride, hate and resentment is through the love of God which is displayed in the life of Jesus. He displayed the love God has for the eternal soul of all humanity. The soul of a person is eternal and will live forever while the natural resemblances and likenesses that are seen in the flesh will die and cease to be. We should make a priority the things that are eternal, the souls of mankind, rather than the things that are passing away, race, ethnicity with is the flesh.

Let us pray for God to open our eyes to see the truth of His spiritual kingdom so that we may walk in His love. Also, that He will create in us a clean heart and right spirit that we may show His love and bring Him glory on the earth. 

2 Kings 6: 7 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

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