|Proverbs 21 |
1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; as are the rivers of water, he turns it wherever he will.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD examines the hearts.
3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than the blood of sacrifice.
4 A haughty look, and a proud heart, and the lamp of the ungodly, is sin.
5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty; but of everyone who is hasty, only to poverty.
6 Obtaining treasures by a lying tongue is pursuing vanity on the snares of death.
7 Destruction comes to the wicked because they refuse to do justly.
8 God sends perverse ways to a perverse man; but as for the pure, his work is right.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman in a large house.
10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise; and when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
12 The righteous man wisely understands the hearts of the ungodly, and despises the ungodly's wickedness.
13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, shall cry himself, but shall not be heard [in Hell].
14 A gift in secret pacifies [God's] anger, but he who fails to give stirs up wrath [of God].1
15 It is joy to the righteous to do justly, but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
16 The man who wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.2 [The congregation of the dead is the assembly of those who are still sinning and think they are righteous and favored by God because they believe. They are dead to the life of God, just like the demons who believe in God and Jesus and are dead to the life of God.]
17 He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man;3 he that loves wine and oil shall not be rich.
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious, angry woman.
20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spends it away.
21 He who follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.
22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and casts down the strength of its [and their] confidence.
23 Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue, keeps his soul from troubles.
24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who deals in proud wrath.
25 The desire of the slothful kills him; for his hands refuse to labor.
26 He covets greedily all the day long, but the righteous gives and spares not.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination, how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind?4
28 A false witness shall perish, but the man who hears and obeys [God], speaks cautiously.
29 A wicked man hardens his face, but as for the upright, He directs his way.
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but safety is of the LORD.
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1 A gift in secret pacifies [God's] anger, but he who fails to give stirs up wrath [of God]. A gift in secret is not looking for men to approve of your giving, like the Pharisees, who blew a trumpet to announce their alms to the poor. A gift in secret is only seen by God. As Peter said: Love covers a multitude of sins.
If you see a need and you fail to give immediately, this results in your condemnation.
2 The man who wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. Why do you seek the living among the dead? Luke 24:5. And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These things said he that has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know your works, that you have a name that you live, and are dead. Rev 3:1. The congregation of the dead is found in Babylon, where the whole world worships the dragon, who is Satan. I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. Rev 13:11-12. This beast looks like a lamb, but speaks from the devil. It is from the earth: the traditions and things of men. This is the false church, that looks like Christ's church, but whose words come from the carnal mind of man, which is from the devil, rather than words from the Spirit of God. This beastly spirit, deceived all men on the earth to worship an image of the first beast; the image being a religion that reflected many of the same religious practices of the heathens, (ceremonies, rituals, pomp, pageantry, money). And anyone who did not worship that image, was killed. The Roman church's inquisitions and slaughters throughout Europe in the Middle Ages (800 AD to 1500 AD) murdered nine million souls, accused of witchcraft. This was followed by the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Congregationalists of England and America who in 50 years imprisoned over ten thousand Quakers and killed over 869 Quakers in the 17th Century, including three men and a woman hung in Boston by the Bible-believing Puritans. This beast caused the all the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, who is powered by the devil; and so all the earth is still worshiping the dragon, or the devil.
Now, the whole world, thinking they are worshiping Christ, are worshiping the devil. How can this be? Because the Jesus they worship excuses all manner of sin; the false Jesus they worship is going to marry a bride who is full of adultery, covetousness, anger, lust, profane language, lies, etc. Their false Jesus allows them to live their life in sin until they die, and then is supposedly going to embrace them into heaven. Their false Jesus makes sin easier, by supposedly making sin, guilt free. Their false Jesus embraces sin and evil. Their false Jesus says, you can live however you please, making decisions for yourself based on what you think is good and bad. People, this is a description of the devil who told Eve they would be like God, knowing good and evil. This false Jesus is a god who approves of man walking after the imagination of his own heart, which is worse than worshipping wooden and stone idols, Jer 16:11-12. This false Jesus approves of man being his own God. This is not the real Jesus.
Jesus is holy and pure. The bride of Jesus must be holy and pure too. Jesus said: Sin no more! Repent or perish! [to lose you soul]. And Jesus said, If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell. Mark 9:43,45,47-48. Jesus is desperately trying to tell us that to enter the Kingdom and escape hell, sin has to go. He knew false ministers with false gospels promising freedom to continue to sin would arise after he left. Changes in our heart through the missing cross to purity can take away the desire of the hand, foot, and eye to cause us to sin.
Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Heb 12:14. So then those who are in the flesh cannot please God. For if you live after the flesh, you will die; but if through the Spirit you mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body, you will live. Rom 8:8,13. And those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh [the sinful nature] with its passions and desires [lusts and affections]. Gal 5:24. And You can be sure: No sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an is idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6. So all of the 41,000 sects of Christendom, who ignore their members' sinning until death, are worshipping the devil, but who wears a Jesus nametag. Paul warned us about "different Jesus'" and different gospels. 2 Cor 11:4.
3 He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man because he will never save and accumulate his wealth; instead he will spend whatever he receives. Such a person is insatiable.
4 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination, how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind? For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Rom 8:6-8.
For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. 1 Cor 2:16. One has the mind of Christ if he knows all things. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 1 John 2:20. And if you don't know all things, then you haven't yet been anointed by the Holy One, which means you are still carnal minded, which means your mind is enmity to God, which means your prayers are an abomination because they come from a wicked mind. See Why Silence for how to be renewed of the mind.
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