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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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GOD IS GREAT
He is great and we are to praise Him, He is a refuge, loving kindness, tell the next generation. He is great in knowledge, He knows all there is to know nothing is hidden there are no secrets, all that people do or think He knows all about. Great in power He is all powerful He can calm the oceans and wind nothing is too hard for Him. Great in love, so great is His love that He was willing to become a man to pay our penalty for sin and suffer and die on the cross of Calvary. He desires all people to be saved “..not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. “” 2nd Peter 3:9.But each must make the decision to accept Him or reject Him as the only way of salvation. He is also a just God and the penalty for sin must be paid so He paid it and offers it to all men to take the gift. We in our minds may find it hard to comprehend God but we can look around and know that He exist, read His word and know He loves us and wants to forgive and cleanse us from sin. Its our choice. Psalm 48 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain. 2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King. 3 God, in her palaces,
Has made Himself known as a stronghold. 4 For, lo, the kings assembled themselves,
They passed by together.5 They saw it, then they were amazed; They were terrified, they [a]fled in alarm. 6 [b]Panic seized them there, Anguish, as of a woman in childbirth. 7 With the east wind
You break the ships of Tarshish.In the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God;
God will establish her forever. [c]Selah. 9 We have thought on Your lovingkindness, O God,
In the midst of Your temple. 10 As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. 11 Let Mount Zion be glad, Let the daughters of Judah rejoice Because of Your judgments. 12 Walk about Zion and go around her; Count her towers; 13 Consider her ramparts; Go through her palaces, That you may tell it to the next generation. 14 For [d]such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us [e]until death.

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The Heart
Out of the heart comes our thoughts, speech and actions. For a pure life keep the heart clean. What’s put in through the eyes, ears in to the mind will come out. What’s in the heart, mind will come out in life eventually. Dwelling in the heart on the inner beauty of Christ, His might, glory, majesty and character will come our in our daily life in our thoughts, speech and actions. One day all the wrongs we see will be made right when Christ returns to reign on earth. Christ loves righteousness and hates wickedness, sin. As Christians we need to never tolerate, compromise on the sins, wrong and wickedness we see today even the “little sins”. But as we remember Christ’ love for us with out us deserving it, we should show that love to others. Love the person but hate the sin. Never let our hate for sin be directed to hate for the person. Just remember, pray for their need of salvation or restoration to fellowship with Christ. Always remember what Jesus did for you so we could be forgiven and have fellowship with Him. He paid our price of redemption as He suffered and died on the cross of Calvary all because of His love for us, all sinners. Read Matthew chapter 27 often as a reminder of what price He paid so we/ you and I could be forgiven. Psalm 45 My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. 3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. 4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. 5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee. 6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. 7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. 9 Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir. 10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; 11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him. 12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour. 13 The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. 14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee. 15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace. 16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. 17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

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Four words in life
Desire, tears, why and hope are four words that are part our lives that we all experience at times. DESIRE, what is your main desire in life, remember time and actions reveal the truth so lets be honest with ourselves. Many people profess Christianity but do you have a desire, or as the psalmist says a thirst for God (Psalm 42). Two questions; do you have a desire to spent time with the Bible reading and praying personally? What priority is attendance in Church to hear the Bible taught and preached , and singing praised to God? TEARS, we all experience heartaches, disappointments, sorrow and just some hard times in this life. Some falsely teach that as Christians we will not have those times but hard times come to all one way or another, just read the examples in the Bible of men who were dedicated to God. That leads to the third word WHY the psalmist ask of himself why am I cast down set aside, without any present hope for the future. Why am I disquieted no rest for the mind, spirit ,emotions, no peace of heart just troubled in life. In all the psalmist troubles he begins to think that God has forgotten him and he is all alone. In the depths of his troubles he reminds himself as we also should to look to God. HOPE in God. As we read Gods’ Word the Bible and many times the testimonies and experiences of others our hope is renewed our spirit is lifted. The Word of God as we read it think on it and remember Gods love and care for us and His promised faithfulness our hope is restored, it may take time. But we must wait patiently on God to provide the hope encouragement and the relief it will come. Whatever the day brings remember the psalmists’ admonition hope in God. Psalm 42 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? 4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. 5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. 6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. 7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. 8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. 9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? 11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and 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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In Psalm 22 the Psalmist wrote the cry of Jesus on the Cross “My God My God why hast thou forsaken me” and describes His suffering  about a thousand years before it happened. The answer to Jesus’  cry on the cross is …because of me and my sin it’s personal. It’s difficult to comprehend His love for us. In Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Verse 10 says we were His enemies. It was love that sent Jesus to the Cross His love for us, the unlovely. Our only hope to see our sin forgiven and to become a child in the family of God, to escape the eternal torments of Hell. In this Psalm we see the sufferings  of crucifixion foretold and in Matthew twenty-seven we read of the event as it takes place. Today we see the beheadings and burnings by ISIS and we are horrified. But crucifixion with spikes driven through the hands and feet we can not comprehend the hours of physical suffering of Jesus. Then He takes on all our guilt and shame to pay the penalty of death in our/my place. Then in verse 22 of Psalm 22 the psalmist say too declare His name(witness), praise the Lord, glorify Him lift Him up to be seen as the awesome almighty God He is then fear Him. Show great respect and admiration for who He is, the one who knows all, has all power, is present everywhere and sees all. He knows all the hardships we face, the good and wrong things we do. He gives us a way to avoid sin and when we fail He still loves us. He is awesome His love is awesome, let’s live for Him daily like we believe it.  Psalm 22: My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.  But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.  Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.  They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. 11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. 13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. 19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me. 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. 21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. 22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. 24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. 25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. 26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. 27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. 28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations. 29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. 30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. 31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

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