wisdom’s ways

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Rev. A. Linford

FAVOUR AND DISFAVOUR

“He that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked”Proverbs 29:26,27

The Hebrew for “favour” is literally “face”. How revealing is a person’s face? A man’s thoughts and feelings can be read in the expressions on his countenance. There is, of course, the poker-face, with its deliberate expressionless look. But this is a game: in life we say a lot by our looks; a smile denotes acceptance, a frown displeasure, a pursed lip indecision, a smile some wry or misplaced humour, a wink some subtle intent, a raised eye­brow surprise – and so on.

 

FAVOUR (vs 26). Here we see men seeking to turn the face of a ruler toward them. By bribery, flattery, fawning or feigning they endeavour to make him well-disposed toward them. His judgements may be wise or warped, clear or corrupt – he is but a man. Man may make mistakes but ultimate judgement belongs to God. Should we be charged with offences of which we are innocent, and unjustly condemned for deeds we have not committed, we should not become bitter or hate-ridden. If we fear God, He who is Judge of all the earth, will do right by us. If our conscience condemn us not, we can leave our judgement with our God who will have the final word. 

DISFAVOUR (vs 27). Oil and water won’t mix. On this principle the whole business of off­set printing is based. And on this principle there is an abiding antipathy between good and bad men. Those who refuse to compromise with the wicked are regarded by them as their natural enemies. Wrong-doers hate the upright, plot their ruin and devise their downfall. Should a righteous man slip, the wicked rejoice. They scan his life for moral defects, they boost his pecadilloes to mammoth proportions, they even magnify his innocent idiosyncrasies into major deformities. For the just man is a living condemnation of the sinner’s ways, a constant rebuke to his deceptions and a perpetual hindrance to his plots.

On the other hand, “an unjust man is an abomination to the righteous”. He loathes his evil ways, despises his lack of principle and cannot tolerate his bent and twisted practices.

This mutual hostility will extend throughout our mortal existence; the moral battle will never cease. It is a fight to the finish: but the whole message of the Bible is that victory is with the righteous, good will triumph over evil, Jehovah will discomfort Lucifer. The wise man will join the winning side – “Who is on the Lord’s side”, cried Moses. It is the best side, the blessed side, the winning side. Join us!

PRAYER:

Let me ever bask in Thy favour, O Lord!

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sermon starters

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Rev. E. Anderson

A WICKED RULER

This is a simple outline for you to think about and meditate on. The introduction, main thoughts and conclusion need further material to be added. It is an outline for you to expand, develop more fully and fill in to spiritual profit and inspiration.

Daniel 8

God’s servant is the recipient of yet another vision and it informs us when and where it occurred – vv1-3. What he saw unveiled before his eyes was somewhat connected with the previous one he had witnessed and is an expansion of it in some measure. It is like another piece of the jigsaw being put in place adding to and making clearer what is to actually occur in human history. God wanted His people to know what was going to be with regard to the ultimate future and prospects with regard to His elect household. In no way did He want them to be in the dark but in the light of the things that were to take place, so the prophetic light shines to illuminate.

1/. WHAT HE SAW IN THE VISION- vv4-14

It commences with the manifestation of two ferocious creatures, a ram and a he-goat and they are representative of nations. One is to follow the other and to make great impact upon the world of nations, especially the latter. Many believe the latter speaks of the tremendous conquests of Alexander the Great of Greece. Arising out of the divided kingdom is a small horn of power that arises and comes to enormous prominence that was to have evil sway in the heavenlies and on earth and would directly affect God’s people and sanctuary – w9-13. It seems he does what he wills and is full of evil.

2/. WHO HE SAW IN THE VISION – vv15-25

Even Daniel found it difficult to understand and required an angelic interpreter, Gabriel – vv15,16. 27. He made known that there would come into being a vile monarch who would have such powerful evil influence and dominance and devastate leaders and the Holy People -vv23-25. He will be ruthless and merciless and make manifest his evil ways. Paul gives added illumination and description in 2 Thessalonians 2 and calls him “he Man of Sin’ v3 and speaks of his prevailing rule.

3/. WHEN THIS VISION WILL ULTIMATELY BE REALISED – v26

It is made clear to Daniel that this will be at the end of time and will be the final years of human civilisation – vv13,14,23,26.It refers to the awful days of tribulation that is to take place in the final stage of history and focuses attention on the vicious experience of the people of God referred to in Matthew 24. It was portrayed in part in the earlier history of the Jews but will be magnified in the end days. The nation is to be put through an awful time of tribulation.

4/. WHY THIS VISION WAS GIVEN

It was given to reveal the omniscience of Jehovah and to let His people know He was in charge and that they had a future beyond this evil period. There will come an end to the Evil One and all evil by His intervention and rule.

CONCLUSION

In this world there will be tribulation especially for the saints. The assurance is, the Lord will overthrow the Wicked One and Wickedness.

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powerful quotes

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Rev. Leigh Goodwin

POWERFUL QUOTES

“Mediocrity is living below our true potential” Myles Monroe

“Mediocrity is the spirit of the average, the anthem of the norm & the heartbeat of the ordinary”  – Myles Monroe

“It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us” – Isaac D’Israeli, 1834

“If you think that meekness is weakness then try being meek for a week.” 

“The person who is meek will not asset themselves in their importance or authority; they have every instinct & every passion, every notion of their minds, hearts, tongue and desire under perfect control”William Barclay 

“Meekness is the strength to back down from a fight you know you could win.” 

In James 3: 13 it speaks about `the meekness of wisdom’. It is not calling for weakness or spinelessness. The Greek word used for meekness means `strength under control’. The term was used in secular literature to describe a wild horse that had been tamed.

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