things we ought to PROTECT pt6: EYES

O Timothy! keep that which is committed to thy trust,” (1Tim 6:20).

We’ve been taking a closer look at the 7 things we ought to protect.

This next one is about protecting our eyes. Jesus said,

But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matt 5:28). In the Old Testament, JOB said, “I made a covenant with mineeyes; why then should I think upon a maid” (Job 31:1)?

Theeyes are said to be windows to the soul. I’m not sure about that, but I do know that the things of the heart defile a person. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts…” (Mark 7:21-23).

Things enter our hearts through oureyes, and ears. So, let’s guard oureyes.

The EYES have it.

Pr 3:7 Be not wise in thine own EYES: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

 Pr 3:21My son, let not them depart from thine EYES: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

 Pr 4:21 Let them not depart from thine EYES; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

 Pr 4:25 Let thine EYES look right on, and let thine EYELIDS look straight before thee.

 Pr 5:21 For the ways of man are before the EYES of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.

 Pr 6:4 Give not sleep to thine EYES, nor slumber to thine EYELIDS.

 Pr 6:13 He winketh with his EYES, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;

 Pr 6:25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her EYELIDS.

 Pr 7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine EYE.

 Pr 10:10 He that winketh with the EYE causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

 Pr 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the EYES, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

 Pr 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own EYES: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

 Pr 15:3 The EYES of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

 Pr 15:30 he light of the EYES rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

 Pr 16:2All the ways of a man are clean in his own EYES; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

 Pr 16:30 He shutteth his EYES to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

 Pr 17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the EYES of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

 Pr 17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the EYES of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

 Pr 20:8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his EYES.

 Pr 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing EYE, the LORD hath made even both of them.

 Pr 20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine EYES, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

 Pr 21:2Every way of a man is right in his own EYES: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

 Pr 21:10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his EYES.

 Pr 22:9 He that hath a bountiful EYE shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

 Pr 22:12The EYES of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

 Pr 23:5 Wilt thou set thine EYES upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

 Pr 23:6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil EYE, neither desire thou his dainty meats:

 Pr 23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine EYES observe my ways.

 Pr 23:29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of EYES?

 Pr 23:33 Thine EYES shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.

 Pr 25:7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine EYES have seen.

 Pr 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the EYES of man are never satisfied.

 Pr 28:22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil EYE, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

 Pr 28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his EYES shall have many a curse.

 Pr 29:13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their EYES.

 Pr 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own EYES, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

 Pr 30:13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their EYES! and their  EYElids are lifted up.  Pr 30:17 The EYE that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

Lessons from Proverbs 6: the WICKED man

A WICKED man, Proverbs 6:12-19

Walks w/ a perverse mouth. 12

“A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.”

Innocent people get hurt. 17

“A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,”

Conceited, arrogant, proud. 17

“A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,”

Knowingly tells falsely. 13,17,18

“He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;”

“A false witness that speaketh lies”

Evil imaginations, perversity in the heart. 14,18.

“An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,”

Devises mischief, sows Discord, 14,19

“A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

4 Wise Little Creatures pt4/4 Spiders are BOLD

God uses nature to teach spiritual lessons. “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee.” (Job 12:7).

This article looks at another wise creature, the Spider (or perhaps a “lizard” ASV?); “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.” (Prov 30:28)

The wording can either mean, the creature can grab, or it means that it can be caught easily in your two hands. In either case, the wisdom of the spider is about being BOLD & cunning. Even though it is small, it is found in the King’s own palace!

The need for bravery cannot be overstated. The scriptures teach that vocal Christians (and even non-vocal) shall face persecutions from their preaching. Consider the words of our Lord; “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” (John 15 18); and “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2Tim 3:12). From these passages we can see the need for boldness.

How do we become BOLD? Here are four keys we can use to become BOLD.

The first key is to repent and be BLAMELESS before God. Knowledge is power, and through the knowledge of God we can know how to be BLAMELESS before him. Consider these passages…

Fear is an indication that some action must be taken. When we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, then we can be BOLD.

The second Key, going along with the first, is we must OBEY GOD even when we’re afraid. When you recognize that God’s commands are for our good, then any fears we may have in doing them will evaporate. His commandments are not burdensome. Look at the command to have no fear…

When God commands us, we can have confidence & boldness.

FEAR of loss demotivated the one talent man – Matt. 25:24-31.

FEAR of doing difficult things makes us useless in the service of God: “fearful and afraid” (Judges 7:3) – 22,000 departed.

The third key is LOVE, perfect love casts out fear. (1John 4:18.) We are to Love God, Mat 22:37; Love others, Mat 22:39; Love enemies, Luke 6:27; and it’s love that spreads the Gospel.

The fourth key is to place your trust in God by DRAWING NEAR to Him, (James 4:8). We try to become bold through wealth, but those are uncertain. (1Tim 6:17) We trust only our own selves, but that will end in disaster, (Prov 3:5) “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;” We sometimes replace God with Gov, but that’s no help. (Daniel 4:17; Acts 5:29). And certainly, the world is not to be trusted: “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.” (Prov 29:25)

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.” (Phil 1:20).

4 Wise Creatures Pt1/4 the ANTS

Wise Little Creatures pt1/4

ANTS

God uses nature to teach spiritual lessons. “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee.” (Job 12:7).

In Proverbs 30 there are several lessons being taught using nature. This article and the next 3 will look at “four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise.”

(Prov 30:24-28)

The first little creature in the text are the ANTS (25; cf. Prov 6:6-11).

The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;”

The ANTS are among 4 little creatures that are called exceedingly wise. What makes that so? Here are at least 4 lessons from the ANTS.

ANTS are ALL in ALL the time. Not only do they gather enough for their current needs, they also gather for the coming winter. “Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” (Prov 6:8)

What are the lessons for us? There are two types of lessons, physical and spiritual. First the physical lesson; We ought to be working while we can and while we’re able more than our present needs. The scriptures point out a few physical needs. 1) Needs of others. “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” (Eph 4:28; cf. Ac 20:35; 1Th 4:11) and 2) Needs of our family when we can no longer work, the winter of life. “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1Tim 5:8-16). The spiritual lesson is in the third point.

The second lesson from the ANTS is that they NEVER give up. If you try to block the way of a line of ants, they will climb over, go around, he’ll go under, or move whatever is blocking them. They NEVER quit. That’s a great lesson for us. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,” (Eph 5:15). They press on, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:14). They fight the good fight, they run and they strive for their purpose.

A third lesson from the ANTS is they THINK ahead in the summer. (I don’t know what an ant thinks, but the proverb tells us what they do) “…they prepare their meat in the summer;” “Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” (Prov 30:25; 6:8)

The spiritual application is what’s important. Man doesn’t live forever on the earth and must make arrangements for eternal life. We can’t be so naïve as to believe that summer lasts forever, neither does our physical life. The Hebrew writer wrote, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Heb 9:27). Paul wrote, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;” (2Cor 5:10-11). The wisdom from the ANTS instructs us to be reconciled to God through obeying the gospel of Christ before it’s too late. (cf. Heb 5:9; 2Thess 1:8-9).

The fourth lesson from the ANTS is they START immediately. On the first warm day of spring, they’re out working. At the first opportunity, the ANTS go marching on to find their food. The proverb writers contrasts those that slumber too much with the diligent effort of the ANTS. “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?” (Prov 6:9). In the NT, sleep is a metaphor for those that are dead spiritually (1Cor 11:30) and for those that aren’t watching (1Th 5:6). “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” (Rom 13:11).

You can easily tell which denominations believe that baptism is not necessary for salvation; THEY SCHEDULE BAPTISMS. That is completely opposite to what the scriptures teach. “And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.” (Acts 16:33). The Eunuch, upon hearing about Jesus asked, “See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?” When your ‘pastor’ teaches about salvation, will his hearers have the same response as the Eunuch? The lesson of the ANTS is that they START immediately. When is the best time to obey the gospel? TODAY! “For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2Cor 6:2).