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Consider

The holidays and Christmas are coming. We see all the ads on TV for wine etc, they always increase at the Christmas season. All showing only the joy associated with wine etc. couples, friends and families in joyful social settings. (Please read to the end) But is there a deception to the ads being shown is there any possible deception in the end. Ads are an enticement to use the product being sold not always a bad thing.

Take time to consider four words from the dictionary.

  1. Entice: to attract by offering hope of reward or pleasure.
  2. Deceive: to ensnare, cheat, to take unawares by craft or trickery, mislead, to be false to betray, to cause to believe the false.
  3. Pervert: to overturn, corrupt, to cause to turn from what is considered right, natural, or true, misdirect, lead astray.
  4. Mock: to hold up to scorn, contempt ridicule, to lead on and disappoint, to defy make futile, defeat.

Consider three statements from God in His Word the Bible. Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.    Proverbs 31:5 Lest they drink, and forget the law and pervert the judgement of any of the afflicted.   Proverbs 23:31-32 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

God has given us a clear warning on what wine is, what it does and what it causes.   It’s a mocker, it causes deception, it causes wrong judgement , it bites like a serpent. Beware Bewarned

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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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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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