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CONSIDER
“Blessed is he that considereth the poor” Psalm 41. Our first thought is to give money, but that’s not what it says. We are to consider, take note of , study their case and cause, what will help them in the future. Their immediate need may well be financial, the necessities. But then we consider how we can help them for their future. Are they in need because of their immoral life styles, lack of education the basics, lack of working job skills or just laziness. True inability to work at some type of job is really a rarity. The goal would be to help them to not need help. The Bible gives the guideline for helping in 2nd Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” That would motivate some today to find work. A willingness to make a change in their life style immoral to moral, get needed job skills and or education to be more able to provide for their needs. Consider the poor is not just giving money but also getting to the foot of the problem with those wanting and willing to change. And letting those who won’t suffer. And yes we should and must help those willing and trying . As we follow God’s Word He has promised us untold blessings, but let also remember it may not be financial wealth as some falsely teach. True riches and wealth last for eternity. Psalm 41 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. 2 The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. 3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. 4 I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. 5 Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? 6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. 7 All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. 8 An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more. 9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. 10 But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them. 11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. 12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. 13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.

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Just though this would be good to share,because the Bible is God’s final word on a subject.
75 Reasons God Is Against Alcohol
W. Albert Smith
Too long we have listened to the pious expression, heard from many quarters, which says, “Let the preacher stick to his Bible and leave the liquor question to laymen and politicians.”
One has only to examine the Bible to find abundant references condemning the drink evil. In fact, if the preacher is to preach the whole truth, and be fair with the Word of God, he must preach against sin. I have taken Young’s Concordance and other helps, and have made a study of the Bible on the subject. It is indeed revealing! Here one finds scores of direct references comprising one hundred and sixty-two verses of Scripture. This is more Scripture than one will find on any of the subjects of lying, adultery, swearing, stealing, Sabbath-breaking, cheating, hypocrisy, pride, or even blasphemy.
Below Is a summary of these Scriptures for handy reference:
1. Genesis 9:20-26 – Here is the first mentioned drunkenness in the Bible. Note the concomitant immorality, – behavior ever since inseparably associated with alcohol consumption.
2. Genesis 19:30-38- In this instance drinking resulted in Lot’s debauchery of his own daughters.
3. Genesis 27:25 – Isaac was drinking wine when he blessed Jacob.
4. Leviticus 10:9 – Here is an express command not to drink.
5. Numbers 6:3 – No Nazarite should ever drink wine or liquor.
6. Deuteronmy 21:20 – Drinking leads to stubbornness, rebellion, and gluttony by young men; and brings dishonor to parents.
7. Deuteronmy 29:2-6 – Abstinence assures better knowledge of God.
8. Judges 13:4,7,14 – Samson’s mother; an example to all womanhood, was commanded to drink no wine. Was alcohol recognized even then as a protoplasmic poison, injuring posterity in the parents?
9. 1 Samuel 1:14-15 – Hannah, an example of all honored motherhood, practiced total abstinence.
10. 1 Samuel 25:36-38 – Nabal, a rich but churlish man who opposed David, died at the end of a drunken spree.
11. 2 Samuel 13:28-29 – Amnon, while in a drunken brawl, was murdered by his brother Absalom.
12. 2 Samuel 11:13 – Only by strong drink could David lead Uriah into a trap.
13. 1 Kings 16:8-10 – While a king was “drinking himself drunk” in his own home, one of his captains conspired against him and slew him.
14. 1 Kings 20:13-21 – No drinking army can hope to win battles. While Ben-hadad and thirty-two other kings were drinking themselves drunk in their pavilions, a small band of Israel’s men fell upon the Syrians and put them to flight.
15. Esther 1:5-22 – Drink wrecks homes and separates man and wife. At a drinking party which lasted a week, King Ahasuerus drunkenly subjected his queen to the beastly gaze of inebriated nobles and thus brought on the separation of the royal husband and wife.
16. Job 1:13-19 – The children of Job were drinking wine when blown away in a great wind.
17. Proverbs 4:17 – Through drinking the wicked become violent. They are bad enough at best, but drink leads them to violence.
18. Proverbs 20:1 – No wise man will take wine or liquor.
19. Proverbs 21:17; 23:21 – Strong drink leads to poverty.
20. Proverbs 23:19-21 – Young men should shun the company of drunkards.
21. Proverbs 23:29-30 – Strong drink produces woe, sorrow, contentions, babbling, wounds without cause, redness of eyes.
22. Proverbs 23:31 – We are urged not to look upon intoxicants.
23. Proverbs 23:32 – The Word of God says it hurts every one who drinks: it bites like a snake and stings like an adder.
24. Proverbs 23:33 – It fills men’s minds with adulterous and impure thoughts.
25. Proverbs 23:33 – It produces vain talk “every idle word” of which must be accounted for at judgement.
26. Proverbs 23:34 – It brings on insecurity.
27. Proverbs 23:35 – It brings on insensibility, which paves the way for every evil and dangerous act of the drunkard.
28. Proverbs 23:35 – It is habit-forming, one drink always calls for another.
29. Proverbs 31:4-5 – It is not for Kings, nor presidents, nor officials to drink.
30. Proverbs 31:6-7 – The only sanction given in Old Testament times for the use of strong drink was that it might be used as a medicine or anesthetic for those about to die. Let not one construe this as a command to take strong drink. We now have far better medicines and anesthetics than whiskey, wine or beer.
31. Ecclesiastes 2:3 – The writer of Ecclesiastes tried strong drink, but in the end was forced to acknowledge that it, too, is vanity.
32. Ecclesiastes 10:17 – Blessings are promised to the temperate and abstaining nation.
33. Isaiah 5:11-12 – Woe to the drunkards.
34. Isaiah 5:22 – More woes to them that drink wine.
35. Isaiah 22:13 – Drinking and carnality go together.
36. Isaiah 24:9 – Strong drink bitter to them that drink it.
37. Isaiah 28:1 – Woe to the drunkards of Ephraim.
38. Isaiah 28:3 – The pride of drunkards will be trodden down.
39. Isaiah 28:7 – Prophets and priests erred through drink.
40. Isaiah 28:7 – Prophets and priests put out of the way by drink.
41. Isaiah 28:7 – Prophets and priests finally swallowed up by wine.
42. Isaiah 28:7 – Drinking brings on spiritual blindness.
43. Isaiah 56:9-12 – Rebuke to drinking church leaders.
44. Jeremiah 35:5,6,8,14 – Total abstinence of the Rechabites cited as an example of obedience on the part of God’s people.
45. Ezekiel 44:21 – Priests are not to drink wine.
46. Daniel 1:5,8,16; 10:3 – God honored Daniel because he abstained from the king’s wine. Daniel, the man, was true to the home training he had received as a boy.
47. Daniel 5:1 – Belshazzar exhibited an example of a leader who drank and taught his people to drink. What of America’s leaders?
48. Daniel 5:2,23 – What becomes of a nation when its women resort to drinking?
49. Daniel 5:5-9, 26-29 – Ruin and downfall is certain to come to nations when their rulers and leaders cause them to drink.
50. Daniel 5:3 – Belshazzar’s sacrilege in using sacred temple vessels for liquor glasses.
51. Amos 2:8 – Wine of the condemned.
52. Amos 2:12 – Sin to give liquor to the priests.
53. Amos 4:1 – Oppressors of the poor and needy call for their liquor.
54. Amos 6:6 – Drinkers are not concerned about God, nor about the welfare of the people.
55. Hosea 3:1 – Part of the degradation of Hosea’s wife was induced by drink.
56. Hosea 4:11 – Strong drink and immorality go hand in hand.
57. Hosea 7:5 – King and people reproved because of their drinking.
58. Joel 1:5 – Drunkards called to awake from their drinking.
59. Joel 3:3 – Young womanhood sold for the price of strong drink.
60. Nahum 1:10 – Drunkards to be destroyed.
61. Hebrews 2:5 – Strong drink is a transgression against God’s law.
62. Hebrews 2:15 – It is wrong to give one’s neighbor strong drink.
63. Hebrews 2:16 – Strong drink leads to shame and humiliation.
64. Matthew 24:49 – Drunkards warned against the return of Christ and His judgement.
65. Luke 1:15 – Greatness of John the Baptist linked with his total abstinence.
66. Luke 12:45 – Christ warns against becoming enmeshed in drink evils.
67. Luke 21:34 – Warning against drunkenness and the cares of this life.
68. Romans 13:13 – All are admonished to walk honestly and not in rioting and drunkenness.
69. Romans 14:21 – Drinking will cause one’s brother to stumble.
70. 1 Corinthians 11:22 – The Lord’s Supper no place for feasting and wine drinking.
71. 1 Corinthians 6:10 – No drunkard shall inherit the Kingdom of God.
72. Galatians 5:21 – Revelers in drunkenness shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.
73. Ephesians 5:18 – Here is a direct command not to become drunk.
74. 1 Thessalonians 5:7 – Sobriety, as opposed to drunkenness, is enjoined upon the Thessalonians.
75. 1 Timothy 3:8 – Deacons must not drink.
by W. Albert Smith

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Waiting and telling.
Waiting for something important is the thing most of us don’t like to do and usually when we have to its hard to do with patience. We cry out to God and He has promised to hear and give us an answer. It may not be what we wanted to hear or on our time schedule but remember He knows what’s best for us. Now we need to wait for His guidance and or deliverance. The Psalmist gives his testimony (Psalm 40) he waited, he was raised up out of the pit and mud, and set on a solid foundation. His ways were set straight, established in accordance with God’s purpose and will. He then could sing praises a new song in his heart to sing. Our testimony can be used to lead others to see God and trust Him for their salvation and daily walk through life. Gods blessings if we will just stop and consider are more that we could count. As with the Psalmist in Psalm 40:10 speak up about the faithfulness of God and His gift and way of salvation for all who will receive it. We should not conceal His loving kindness and His truth in His Word. Its sad when one who has been forgiven for his sin, saved from the eternal fires of hell will not share what God has done for him in praise and thanksgiving. Keep it to yourself is sad and against what God has told us to do. Just tell what happened to you , that He paid your price for sin and forgave you. Let’s all share the testimony of our salvation .Psalm 40: I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. 4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. 5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. 6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, 8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. 9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. 10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. 11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me. 12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me. 13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me. 14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil. 15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha. 16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. 17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

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Take Heed
Take heed consider your ways, the psalmist here is speaking of being careful of what you say , think before you speak. What effect could your words have for the future for yourself and others. We also need to take heed to what we need to do to grow spiritually and walk close to our Lord daily. Time reading and studying His Word the Bible and praying. Consider what part really the Bible has in your daily life, are you spending time reading what Jesus wrote to you in His word. Some rarely read the letter from the one they claim to love. As a professing Christian, I almost never read the Bible, went to church because it was what Christians do, but had many excuses for missing. Then in March 1968 I was led to take a good look at myself and realized I was not a Christian, then I got saved and all that changed. I believe many professing Christians are like I was little if any evidence of a changed life and living to please the one who died in their place so we could be forgiven. As the psalmist says in Psalm 39:5 time is short be sure be ready. One day I believe soon, Christians will be taken out of this world, caught up in the Rapture to be with Jesus. Then God will release the most horrific judgements upon the earth and those left behind. Take close heed, be honest with yourself as you examine yourself to see if you are really a Christian. Faith in Him alone brings salvation to those who will confess their need. The life you live shows the evidence of your true beliefs. Psalm 39 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. 2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. 3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, 4 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am. 5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. 6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. 7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. 8 Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish. 9 I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it. 10 Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand. 11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah. 12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. 13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

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The psalmist (Psalm 38) speaks of the cost we pay when we allow sin in our lives. Fear, sorrow, unrest at times even physical sickness, not all sickness is because of sins.. He prays for God not to deal with him in anger, though he admits he has sinned and deserves punishment. Admitting to our sin is the first step to receiving Gods’ mercy the second is asking for His mercy because we have nothing to offer and there is no other hope for forgiveness and salvation. The psalmist speaks of the cost he is paying because of sins; no rest mentally and physically, burdened down caring the weight of his wrongs. In verse five he accepts the responsibility for his sins, without excuses. He is in sorrow, depressed and troubled all the days. He suffers physical diseases.This is not to say that all sickness is because of sin, we know that is not the case. Then he reminds himself that nothing is hid from God, you and I have no secrets from God, He sees and knows all. At times sadly friends and even family put distance from us, and he offers no defense for his failures. In verse he is ready to change and acknowledges his sins. His final plea to God is don’t leave me stay rear, God is his only hope. Today with the Holy Spirit within Christians when they accept Christ as their savior we have His promise to never leave us or forsake us. When sin enters and we fail we repent and are restored, made clean just as if it never happened in Gods’ eyes, but there may be a price we pay as the results of our sins. Stay close to Christ daily in reading the Bible and prayer. Psalm 38: O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. 2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore. 3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. 4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. 5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. 6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. 7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. 8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. 9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. 10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. 11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off. 12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long. 13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. 14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs. 15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God. 16 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me. 17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me. 18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. 19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied. 20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is. 21 Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. 22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

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TRUST AND WAIT
Today we see much wrong in our land, in politics , families and even in churches. The psalmist (Psalm 37) reminds us to not let the wrong doers get us down, don’t be discouraged. It seems at times thy have more success and less problems but their end is coming that’s not our desire but it is a fact with God, unless they turn to Him in repentance , as an old preacher once said “pay day someday” . We are to trust in the Lord, keep looking too and for Him. Doing good is to be our lifestyle, our daily walk delight in the Lord, that should come as we remember the price He paid for us and His watch care over us and our daily provisions, even our ability to work comes from Him. Our love and attitude toward Christ will bring out our desires so that they will be in accordance with His will. Commit our ways to Him follow His path in life will give us the right desires, then we live in His will daily. Then in verse 8 he gives us three words that are easy to tell others but in reality are at times difficult for us to follow. Rest in the Lord, because of our nature within we find that hard to do. Then wait and we don’t like to wait its difficult we want it to happen now or at least let us see the light at the end of the tunnel. Trusting the unseen and waiting in rest is extremely difficult for most of us. Joseph in the Bible was sold by family then wrongfully accused and imprisoned for years, helped others and they forgot him as he waited in prison for years before God moved him out into the light. Finally wait, trust and don’t fret while going through it. In difficult times we can only just turn to Chris and ask Him to keep us walking with Him in trust and confidence with a peaceful heart. Psalm 37:1-9 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. Be Ready, Be sure. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 24:44

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We look today and see what’s going on in our country and world and see the truths of this psalm. When men have rejected and have no fear of God. We see in Psalm 36:3 where it leads. But we Christians need to take note of verse 4, they do not hate evil. Today even within churches professing Christians are soft on sin. It’s tolerated as we have seen in the past sin tolerated, then is accepted and finally embraced we see that happing today in many areas. Then comes judgement. Evil can easily be defined as that which is contrary to the will of God. Remember sin begins in the heart, the thoughts before it manifest itself in actions.. Adultery, pornography and drunkenness all started with in the thoughts/ heart, it’s ok this time, I deserve it because.. I myself won’t go that far I will control it. A deceptive lie of Satan himself to catch his prey. Then the Psalmist talks of the mercy of God His faithfulness, His righteousness and judgements and that He preservest man. Then because of His loving kindness some people put their trust in Him. He has made the only way of forgiveness of our sin through the blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary. In that alone we trust for our salvation and He promises to forgive , cleanse and make us His own children . We move from the enemy into the loving family of God. We are loved forever. Psalm 36 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. 3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. 4 He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil. 5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. 6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. 7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. 8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. 9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. 10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart. 11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me. 12 There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise. As the hymn writer put it in . And Can It Be That I Should Gain?
1 And can it be that I should gain An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain? For me, who Him to death pursued?
2 He left His Father’s throne above, So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love, And bled for Adam’s helpless race;
3 No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head, And clothed in righteousness divine,
Refrain;
Amazing love! how can it be That Thou, my God, should die for me?
Amazing love! how can it be That Thou, my God, should die for me!

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