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THE FOOL AND THE FOOLISH
The fool says there is no God, that there’s no one to answer too. I alone determine what is right or wrong. Many would never say there is no God but live daily saying no to God, no to His commands, no to His teachings and no to His instructions, warnings and guidance in life. It’s not that one would say there is no God or live as if there is no God. The question is do we really believe that there is an almighty, Holy and just God, real belief is shown by our actions. As God views mankind He sees none that doeth good, none that understand, none that seek God, they are filthy not a one that is acceptable in His view. Some rely on doing the best they can, some believe that their sin/wrong will be overlooked by God because of their circumstances neither is acceptable to God. God is love but He is also just, all sin must be dealt with. Jesus paid the price with His suffering and death on the Cross of Calvary. Our part is to confess our sin to Him, repent and forsake it. Gods invitation to come for Salvation of and from sin is open to all. Titus 2:10-15” 10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”
Psalm 53: The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. 2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. 3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God. 5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them. 6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

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The wrong path
Our nation was founded on Biblical principles, the founders prayed for guidance and the blessing of God in the beginning. Sadly our nation has turned away from the God who so greatly blessed this country for over 200 years. Today as a nation we accept and promote any false religions, beliefs and any life styles. Remember when we tolerate evil we then accept evil and finally we will embrace evil. In the book of Romans chapter one verses 21-32 He says “God gave them up to uncleanness….” then “God gave them up unto vile affections..” and finally “God gave them over to a reprobate mind..” . The path of rejecting God and His Word.
Romans 1:21-32 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

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MISCHIEF & MERCY
When we think of mischief we think of something annoying not really bad. But mischief is also wrong doing causing loss, pain and harm. All thoughts, words and actions come out of the heart of people. What is in our heart man times comes out in words, attitudes and actions. Our nation, its people are moving constantly toward a love for evil. Evidenced by TV programs etc. promoting sex without marriage, polygamy, homosexuality, profanity and social drinking as a normal good lifestyle. In Psalm 52 verse 2 speaks of the tongue working deceitfully, that is saying evil is good and good is wrong. Many today even professing Christians are turning against what God says is wrong to accepting sin as just different life styles and beliefs. Wrong is first tolerated, then accepted and finally embraced leading to the downfall of many and eventually our nation. We need to get back to calling what God says is wrong sin. Gods’ judgment is coming one day we will see Gods’ longsuffering come to an end. I believe God is sending a warning even through secular TV etc as many are talking about a coming disaster, financially, food shortages and even the need to prepare to defend and protect yourself. The Bible tells us to be ready time is short death is sure. The Christians will be taken out of this world before the coming Tribulation shown in the book of Revelation in the bible. But we don’t know how bad things will get before that time, just look at other countries it can happen here. Gods’message is simple be ready time is short death is sure. He is not willing that any should perish but He leaves that decision up to each individual. 1 Timothy 2:4-5 Who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men the man Christ Jesus. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. The Gospel is simple we are all sinners and need forgiveness that can come only through Christ alone, no church, religion or anything we can do. Jesus paid our price for sin on the cross of Calvary. The invitation is open will you accept his gift. Psalm 52 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually. 2 The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. 3 Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. 4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. 5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah. 6 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him: 7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness. 8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. 9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before

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Christian, you and I still sin! Maybe not as the Psalmist David did but in different ways before a holy God. What do you do now? In Psalm 51 David goes directly to the only one that can help that is God Himself. “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” 1 Timothy 2:15. He relied on the character of God, His mercy and his lovingkindness. He looks to God alone to blot out his sins, to make him clean again. He is repentant he turns away from his sin confesses that he did wrong, offers no excuses. He was troubled by his sin , he had no peace. As with the psalmist a Christians’ sin always troubles him. The psalmists’ plea blot out my transgressions, wash me from my iniquity, cleanse me from my sin, purge me. Hide thy face from my sin. He wanted to be restored to that pure, clean close fellowship he had with God is the past. As Christians we have the invitation from God to confess and repent of our sin He promises to forgive them and also to forget them . The Psalmist wanted the joy of his fellowship with God restored when Christians sin in any way we lose the joy we have of God in our daily life. With the Psalmist there was confession without excuse, forgiveness by God. His joy in God, His Word and life was restored. We have the opportunity to follow the same path confession, repentance and restoration to intimate fellowship with God. Because of the price Jesus paid on the Cross of Calvary. But always remember God will forgive and restore our relation with Him. But the consequences of our sins don’t vanish, the fruit produced by sin may well come to its’ full hurt. We never know where the first step toward sin will lead a look a action or a word will end. When David was restored He committed to teach, tell others of the ways of God so others could be restored. Christians tell others of your salvation and the love of God. In our daily walk lets follow the hymn writers words “let between my soul and my savior”.
Nothing between my soul and my Savior, Naught of this world’s delusive dream; I have renounced all sinful pleasure; Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between. Nothing between, like worldly pleasure; Habits of life, though harmless they seem, Must not my heart from Him ever sever; He is my all, there’s nothing between. Nothing between, like pride or station; Self or friends shall not intervene; Though it may cost me much tribulation, I am resolved, there’s nothing between. Nothing between, e’en many hard trials, Though the whole world against me convene; Watching with prayer and much self-denial, I’ll triumph at last, there’s nothing between. . Refrain: Nothing between my soul and my Savior, So that His blessed face may be seen; Nothing preventing the least of His favor; Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.
Psalm 51 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

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GOD HAS SPOKEN
Psalm 50. When God speaks that’s the end of the discussion and debate. The truth has been revealed there is no other argument to be made on the subject. Today God has given us His Word in writing so there is no question on what He has said on a subject. Read all He says on a subject not just one verse by itself, but compared to others on the same subject. He speaks of calling His people into account and judgement. As Christians we will never be judged for our sin, that was done at the crucifixion of Christ on the cross. But let us remember we will at the judgement seat of Christ give account of how we lived our lives after we were saved. Some will receive rewards and many will be ashamed as we stand before the one who gave His all to pay our price for sin. Let us set our goal to live for him to please Him every day of our lives. He also gives us a great promise of comfort, call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver thee, and you shall glorify me. We must take a stand against sin, judgement is coming, time is short. Christ is the only way of salvation the only hope, let’s tell it to all. Romans 3:23 “ For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 10:9 & 13 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Psalm 50:1 The Mighty One, God, the LORD, has spoken, And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone forth. 3 May our God come and not keep silence;
Fire devours before Him, And it is very tempestuous around Him.
4 He summons the heavens above, And the earth, to judge His people:
5 “Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” 6 And the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is judge. [b]Selah. 7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify [c]against you; I am God, your God. 8 “I do not reprove you for your sacrifices, And your burnt offerings are continually before Me. 9 “I shall take no young bull out of your house Nor male goats out of your folds. 10 “For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills.
11 “I know every bird of the mountains, And everything that moves in the field is [d]Mine. 12 “If I were hungry I would not tell you, For the world is Mine, and [e]all it contains. 13 “Shall I eat the flesh of [f]bulls Or drink the blood of male goats? 14 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High; 15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.” 16 But to the wicked God says, “What right have you to tell of My statutes And to take My covenant in your mouth? 17 “For you hate discipline, And you cast My words behind you. 18 “When you see a thief, you [g]are pleased with him, And [h]you associate with adulterers. 19 “You [i]let your mouth loose in evil And your tongue frames deceit. 20 “You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son. 21 “These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you;
I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.
22 “Now consider this, you who forget God, Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver. 23 “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who [j]orders his way aright
I shall show the salvation of God.”

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HEAR
The psalmist starts Psalm 49 with the call to all people to hear, listen and pay close attention. What is going to be told is most important. Whether you are living in luxury, or just the average or even in extreme poverty there is a message you need to hear. Many today are focused on getting more money to live better but let the spiritual part of their life take a lesser priority. I see many professing Christians who talk and tell about many things in their lives but rarely if ever mention their relationship to Christ. All that we have will one day belong to others or will be burned in fire.
Three things we should take to heart in this life: 1. Death is sure we know not when. 2. Eternity is for sure lasting forever with two places to spend it Heaven in joy or Hell in torment. 3. All need to be saved, forgiven and cleansed of sin. The message is simple romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 10:9, 13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. The final choice to accept or reject His love is yours.
Our priorities will be shown in our daily living with work, Church, the Bible and God, prayer and family. Each must ask where are my priorities and where should they be in view of eternity.
Psalm 49:1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: 2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together. 3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. 4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp. 5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about? 6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) 9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. 10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. 12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish. 13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah. 14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah. 16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; 17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. 20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

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