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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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We see here the contrast with the blessed man and the ungodly man. Many today in their desire not to offend tone down the condemnation of sin and sinners presented in the Word of God. We have seen in Ferguson ,Mo. The riots, stealing, destroying innocent peoples property all in the name of protesting the death of a 300 lb. over 6ft 19 yr old teen young man who had just robbed and pushed a clerk for items is a store he wanted but didn’t want to pay for then punching a police officer setting in his car and grabbing for his gun when questioned. That is where ungodliness can lead. We are all born with an ungodly nature. “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one” Romans 3:10, some will travel further down that road than others but their end is the same. To clarify the ungodly, they are those who have not repented and accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour. There are only two classes of people the saved and the lost. Those with Christ’s forgivenesss and those without Christ’s forgiveness. The ungodly have no solid base, foundation for their beliefs and actions the only solid foundation is the Word of God. Their foundation is what they and others think is right and wrong not what the Word of God says. The ungodly may also do much good to their fellow man on earth. But when they stand in judgment it’s only have you personally received Jesus or not, no excuses accepted. Their end will be eternity in Hell the lake of fire and torment forever, something true but we can’t comprehend in our minds, but true never the less. Psalm 1:4-6 “The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
The Bible ends with God’s final call to all “ And the spirit and the bride say, Come. And let hi that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17

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Three witnesses
Two or three witnesses were required to confirm an important matter in the O.T. Deut 17:6, 19:15.The apostle here brings three witnesses to confirm the deity of Jesus Christ. In heaven the Father, the Word(Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. On earth the Father confirmed Jesus was His Son at His baptism. The Spirit confirms the deity of Jesus in the hearts of men. The Water could refer to baptism, a testimony to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Water could also refer to the Word of God as we are washed and cleansed by the Word. The Blood as in the ordinance of communion, we remember the scourging and the shedding of His blood at Calvary in payment for our sins. And to remember His promise of His return. These all point to Jesus Chris as the Son of God paying the penalty of sin for all mankind who will receive it. In court trials witnesses are brought in to testify to the alleged truth being proclaimed. Some witnesses will be believed others will be questionable. God’s witness written and confirmed by the Holy Spirit is a sure trustworthy witness we can rely on. The question also before each of us is our own witness is it believable or questionable with regards to what we proclaim as professed Christians. How is our witness professed and live in reference to; the Bible, the Church, Heaven and Hell? Does our daily living priorities support what we profess? 1st John 5:7-9 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his son.” As the hymn writer put it for our witness.
1. I know not why God’s wondrous grace To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love Redeemed me for His own.
2. I know not how this saving faith To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word Wrought peace within my heart.
3. I know not how the Spirit moves, Convincing men of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word, Creating faith in Him.
4. I know not what of good or ill May be reserved for me,
Of weary ways or golden days, Before His face I see.
5. I know not when my Lord may come, At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I walk the vale with Him, Or meet Him in the air.
o Refrain:
But “I know Whom I have believed, And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed Unto Him against that day.”
We can believe the witness God has given us in the Bible and the Holy Spirit confirms in to every man Titus 2:11-12. As we look at the world today and see things lining up to be like they will be in the tribulation period, after the Rapture of Believers . Be sure you are ready only two options for eternity …Heaven or Hell.

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Trust but verify was Presidents Reagan strategy in dealing with some foreign governments. This was good advice then and would be good advice for today with our government officials. It’s also good advice for Christians today as it was when the apostle wrote” believe not every spirit but try the spirits”. Just because some teaching sounds good we each must test it with the whole Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to show us the truth. We can be assured He will if we are sincere in our wanting to really know. There are many false spirits/teachers out today teaching a false gospel, false doctrine and false lifestyles for those claiming to be Christian. The true gospel includes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He alone is the only way to God, the one and only mediator between God and man. Mans only hope rest alone in the shed blood of Jesus at Calvary. Any who deny or reject it are lost and will spend eternity in hell, the lake of fire. Some of the doctrines and lifestyles taught and accepted are against what the Bible presents. The wonderful thing about the Bible is that anyone, yes anyone willing to read, study and pray will be taught the truth by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God will reveal to those whether what they are hearing or reading from others is the truth. God calls and uses many teachers and preachers to help us along our way as we desire to learn His Word. We can avoid error as we verify with the Scriptures what we hear while relying upon the Holy Spirit as our final teacher. The apostle Paul (Acts 17:11) praised the believers at Bera because “..they received the Word with all readiness of mind and searched the Scriptures daily whether those things were so.” They took time to verify that even what Paul and Silas were teaching was in accordance with the Scriptures. Oh, that is what id desperately needed for Christians today, verify. Satan uses counterfeits , and the closer to the truth they are the better to be accepted. Satan’s goal is to keep people from receiving Christ and to lead Believers away into false teaching and away from Christ. Beware, Trust, Verify. The Bible is our sure foundation. The hymn, the Bible Stands
1. The Bible stands like a rock undaunted
’Mid the raging storms of time;
Its pages burn with the truth eternal,
And they glow with a light sublime.
2. The Bible stands like a mountain tow’ring
Far above the works of men;
Its truth by none ever was refuted,
And destroy it they never can.
3. The Bible stands and it will forever,
When the world has passed away;
By inspiration it has been given,
All its precepts I will obey.
4. The Bible stands every test we give it,
For its Author is divine;
By grace alone I expect to live it,
And to prove and to make it mine.

o Refrain:
The Bible stands though the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands.

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