Who did this?!!!…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 10:5-14

  Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury!

 Against a godless nation I send him, and against the people of my wrath I command him, to take spoil and seize plunder, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

 But he does not so intend, and his heart does not so think; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few;

 for he says: “Are not my commanders all kings?

 Is not Calno like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad? Is not Samaria like Damascus?

 As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols, whose carved images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,

  shall I not do to Jerusalem and her idols as I have done to Samaria and her images?”

 When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes.

  For he says: “By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I have understanding; I remove the boundaries of peoples, and plunder their treasures; like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones.

  My hand has found like a nest the wealth of the peoples; and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken, so I have gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved a wing or opened the mouth or chirped.”

Circumstances do not determine the condition of the heart and soul.  They do not confirm righteousness or ability.  Our heart condition, the health of our relationship with God determines that.  The king had success but deceived himself with thoughts of his own greatness and ability.  Pride goes before a fall; the greater they are the greater they fall.

We can take care of our inner self; keep it righteous in Christ, keep it tuned to the Spirit of God.  We can know who our source is and keep our thoughts and words full of His thoughts and words.

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Head and tail…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 9:8-17

 The Lord has sent a word against Jacob, and it will fall on Israel;

  and all the people will know, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, who say in pride and in arrogance of heart:

 “The bricks have fallen, but we will build with dressed stones; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place.”

  But the LORD raises the adversaries of Rezin against him, and stirs up his enemies.

The Syrians on the east and the Philistines on the west devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still.

  The people did not turn to him who struck them, nor inquire of the LORD of hosts.

  So the LORD cut off from Israel head and tail, palm branch and reed in one day—

  the elder and honored man is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail;

  for those who guide this people have been leading them astray, and those who are guided by them are swallowed up.

 Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over their young men, and has no compassion on their fatherless and widows; for everyone is godless and an evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still.

The head and the tail; the leaders and the followers, all are guilty of rejecting God.  When he punishes, they do not turn to him in repentance, rather the pride that brought judgment remains and they obstinately rebuild. These are not a people who did not know God, they are his people, carry his name.  Their history tells them of His greatness and all that He has done for them.  As a people we see a turning away from our past, our history, our heritage.  We become proud in ourselves and boast of what we have accomplished.  We forget the One who provides, gives life and graces with gifts and abilities.  Time to take inventory and see the true nature of our hearts.  There can be no pride in ourselves; only trust in the Lord.

 

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Be wary of deceit…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Colossians 2:1-10

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face,  that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,  in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

When we hear of a “new” idea, a new take on philosophy or even scripture, a new take on religious faith, we need to be on alert, beware of the subtle deceit.  When we are filled with the Holy Spirit who guides into all truth, knowledge and wisdom, and when we are filled with scripture we can be assured those ‘plausible arguments’ will be seen for what they are; typical of the Father of lies in that they often contain a kernel of truth that is distorted.  Remember the original question: “did God say…?”  followed by the plausible argument “you shall not surely die…”  And on the surface of the event they did not fall dead.  On the inside they were dying already.  When we reject the truth of God we condemn ourselves to a slow death not just physical, but also spiritual and its evidence is in our spoken words, thoughts and actions.

 

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Out of the heart, the mouth speaks…

Acts 5:1-11

But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.  And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”

Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.

Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?”

She said, “Yes, for so much.”

Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”  Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things. 

Out of the heart the mouth speaks.  We cannot lie to God without consequences.  God  is truth, lies are of the enemy of our soul.  Who was being glorified?  The gifts were intended as a gift given in response to the move of the Holy Spirit.  Acting as if the gift was their all when in fact it wasn’t was what was wrong here.  Putting on a show for the benefit of self and others does not deceive God.  It deceives the one putting on the show.  We cannot lie to God.  The money was laid at the feet of the apostles, but those gifts were given to God, not men.  What was the true intent of this gift.  Was it to glorify God or self?  How subtly the self begins to rise up.  If we lie to God, we also lie to self and others and so deceive our selves.  “Search me O God and know my thoughts I pray, try me and….see if there be some wicked way in me, lead me in the way everlasting. “ Psalm 139.