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The true measure of applying the heart to understanding

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by Copper25, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. The true measure of applying the heart to understanding

    Psalm 90:12) So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

    How often to people fail to see things through more of a perspective that God views things. (Isaiah 55:9) “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Now can we comprehend or begin to imagine how God sees things? (Psalm 139:6) “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.” Of course not to all that the Almighty knows which is all, but there is one thing that is painfully clear, how much he does not like iniquity, how (1 Peter 3:12) “the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” Applying (Proverbs 2:2) “thine heart to understanding”, means to start to utilize the word of God and applying it to our lives. Without understanding as such can one prosper? Can this be the reason that the parable on the fig tree that was fruitless and the parable on the sower are so important? (John 8:31) “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed”, now can one be fruitful without the word? (Mark 4:8) “And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.” And of course the seed is the word, so no. Now can being friends with the world choke out the word (Mark 4:18-19) “And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” So worldly lust, pleasures and riches will choke out the word, so what is acceptable because lust can refer to a whole variety, sexual, materialism, greed, covetousness over any worldly thing, (1 John 2:17) “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

    So then the question is what is the will of God because only that person will have success, (Matthew 7:21) “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Is God’s will for us to flee from evil, sin, and iniquity, (Deuteronomy 5:29) “O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!” (Psalm 97:10) “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil”, (Amos 5:15) “hate the evil, and love the good”, (Deuteronomy 30:15) “life and good, and death and evil”, notice how evil corresponds with death and good corresponds with life. In a world of confusion the word of God makes it that plan and that simple. (1 Thessalonians 5:21) “prove all things” to see whether they be good or evil and certainly shouldn’t we abstain from evil?

    The Lord died for us and was made sin for us, (2 Corinthians 5:21)“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Now Christ was made a curse for us, (Galatians 3:13) “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”, he bore our sins, (Isaiah 53:5) “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” And gave his life for us, (Romans 8:37) “Nay, in all these things we are more then conquers through him that loved us” and (Galatians 2:20) “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Now do you think that Christ Jesus our Lord died for us to live in our sin that he died for, I think not. (2 Corinthians 5:21)“he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”, now would Christ support iniquity or the workers of it, (Matthew 7:23) “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”, I think not, (Matthew 13:41-42) “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” How deadly is an offense!? (Matthew 5:30) “And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Again, (Matthew 5:29) “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” How important is it not to offend.

    (1 John 1:6) “if we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth” and (John 3:21) “he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” and certainly presumptuous sin and following habitual sin is unacceptable else what would separate one that is hot and passionate for the Lord from a Laodecian-type Christian who is (Revelation 3:17) “poor, and blind, and naked”, who can’t discern right from wrong, good from evil, who for that reason is snared still in the bondage of iniquity, sin, and transgression and does not abide in Christ, but is rejected by him violently in description, (Revelation 3:16) “I will spue thee out of my mouth”. Listen while we are covered by the Lord’s blood, can we continue as acting like a child of disobedience, I think not, and is there any excuse for sin, presumptuous sin because (Proverbs 20:11) “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.” And (John 15:22) “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.” And (Acts 17:30) “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent”, to turn from sin but not to stay in it presumptuously and purposefully and willfully because there is a huge difference between ignorance and purposeful sin and frankly, if one chooses to purposefully stay in sin, stay in iniquity, then that person is choosing perdition because they heed not the exhortation of the bible, which is one of its biggest exhortations, to flee from sin because by and by everyone will be judged by their works, and faith without works is dead, and faith without obedience is dead. Christ blood saved by, but only if one abandons and flees from sin and fleshy ways, and the way of the carnal mind which is willful disobedience and habitual sin, else one is just lukewarm and rejected. Can one live in sin and acknowledge, take up the offer of Christ while choosing to willfully live in sin, I think not. We are not perfect but when people choose to be patronized rather then to heed and fear the warning and the Lord, they choose destruction (Psalm 9:17) “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” And who are the wicked but they that refuse to be obedient to the Lord.
  2. That's a great post!

    I don't believe the Lord ever warns in vain.

    "So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11

    "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

    I believe His warnings serve at least a two-fold purpose. 1) "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." [ Rom 8:28 ] I believe that includes warnings and correction. And I belive He perseveres His elect permalink, "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved." [ Matthew 24:13 ], "But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD." [ I Corinthians 1:30-31 ] and that "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." [ Ephesians 2:8-10 ]

    2) I believe those warnings will condemn those who are not His sheep, who don't hear His voice, who He never knew, whom He did not choose. "What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?" [ Rom 9:22 ]

    "You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you." [ John 15:16 ]

    I belive the Lord Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. When I was called to Christ, (formerly an enemy of God and dead in my sins), and made His own, I was changed, and given a new heart that wanted to follow Him and obey Him, despite the old sin nature that still wars in me. He called me, convicted me, led me to repentance, and brought me into His covenant, begging for mercy and forgiveness from my sins at the feet of Jesus. He did not have to choose me or have mercy on me, but thank I thank Him that He did, or else I would be forever lost, blind, and still under the dominion of Satan. [ Acts 26:18 ] If a believer disobeys God in a matter, the Holy Spirit will convict him of his sin, and lead him to repent. If many are called and resist His Spirit, and are not chosen, that is no fault of God. The few that are chosen, are chosen by the will of God, and not man. Nor is a man chosen based on works of righteousness, but by grace.

    "also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will," [ Eph 1:11 ]

    "For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified." [ Rom 8:29-30 ]

    I think warning is also used to persevere His elect and will condemn those who He will say 'Depart from me, for I never knew you.' Although they will have said 'Lord, Lord' to Him, He never knew them.

    "Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." Revelation 3:2-3

    Here, all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags [ Isa 64:6 ] and anything but the perfect righteousness of Christ His Son in the sight of God, is incomplete; anything not built on Christ [ His Spirit working through us ] will burn up and is built on the sand. Only Christ's fulfillment of the law is accepted in God's sight. When believers start to trust in their own good works or righteousness or obedience, instead of the imputed righteousness of Christ, it becomes stubble, and an idol. Christ warns everyone who hears His Words to remember what they had received and heard-the gospel-the message of Christ-by faith-and hold fast, for our own works are not complete in His sight. If we are not found clothed in His righteousness, and if we do not have the Spirit of Christ, we are not His.

    "Then He said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.' Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests. But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, He saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?' And the man was speechless." Matthew 22:8-12

    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us." [ Ephesians 1:3-8 a ]

    All sin is evil, and if one does not have a new relationship with sin; they do not have a new relationship with Christ. May God grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth. Repentance that leads to life.

    1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.


    God bless Copper

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