God’s Success vs. Our success (Proverbs 16) part 2

God’s view of what is really important & successful is so different from the world’s view, perceptions & perspectives.

This is part 2, looking at 4 focal points in Proverbs 16 (plans, success, wisdom, kings)

Ask the LORD to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.

It is better to have a little, honestly earned, than to have a large income gained dishonestly.

The LORD wants weights and measures to be honest and every sale to be fair.

It is better — much better — to have wisdom and knowledge than gold and silver.

Those who are good travel a road that avoids evil; so watch where you are going — it may save your life.

It is better to be humble and stay poor than to be one of the arrogant and get a share of their loot.

Pay attention to what you are taught, and you will be successful; trust in the LORD and you will be happy.

A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.

Wisdom is a fountain of life to the wise, but trying to educate stupid people is a waste of time.

(“Do not give what is holy to dogs — they will only turn and attack you. Do not throw your pearls in front of pigs — they will only trample them underfoot.
Matthew 7:6 GNB)

Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive. Kind words are like honey — sweet to the taste and good for your health.

A labourer’s appetite makes him work harder, because he wants to satisfy his hunger.

Long life is the reward of the righteous; grey hair is a glorious crown.

It is better to be patient than powerful.

It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities.

Proverbs 16:3‭, ‬8‭-‬8‭, ‬11‭, ‬16‭-‬17‭, ‬19‭-‬24‭, ‬26‭, ‬31‭-‬32 GNB
http://bible.com/296/pro.16.3-32.GNB

Success is all relative.

One person’s idea & formulation of success is to formulate plans that will bring in a materialistic fortune while others seek a wealth that can not be measured.

Jesus says,

“Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. For your heart will always be where your riches are.”
(Matthew 6:19‭-‬21 GNB)

for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also. MATTHEW 6:21 AMP

“And when you fast, do not put on a sad face as the hypocrites do. They neglect their appearance so that everyone will see that they are fasting. I assure you, they have already been paid in full.

When you go without food, wash your face and comb your hair, so that others cannot know that you are fasting — only your Father, who is unseen, will know. And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you.”

Again,

“Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. For your heart will always be where your riches are.”

“No one can be a slave of two masters; he will hate one and love the other; he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

“This is why I tell you not to be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn’t life worth more than food? And isn’t the body worth more than clothes?

Look at the birds: they do not sow seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them!

Aren’t you worth much more than birds?

Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?

“And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow: they do not work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers.

It is God who clothes the wild grass — grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burnt up in the oven. Won’t he be all the more sure to clothe you? How little faith you have!

“So do not start worrying: ‘Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?’ (These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.)

Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things.

So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.
Matthew 6:16‭-‬21‭, ‬24‭-‬34 GNB
http://bible.com/296/mat.6.16-34.GNB

Back to Proverbs 16

Ask the LORD to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.
Proverbs 16:3 GNB

Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].
PROVERBS 16:3 AMP

THE PLANS of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart). [I Sam. 16:7; Heb. 4:12.]

Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

The Lord has made everything [to accommodate itself and contribute] to its own end and His own purposeeven the wicked [are fitted for their role] for the day of calamity and evil.
Proverbs 16:1‭-‬4 AMPC

Now, going on to part 3,

  • God’s Wisdom vs. Our Wickedness
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God’s Plans vs. Our Plans (Proverbs 16) part 1

We all need direction. We all need a plan.

I noted 4 main subjects in Proverbs 16 this morning –

  • God Plans vs. Our plans
  • God’s Success vs. Our success
  • God’s Wisdom vs. Our Wickedness
  • God’s Kings vs. Our king

The first focus is on plans.

We may make our plans, but God has the last word.

You may think everything you do is right, but the LORD judges your motives.

You may make your plans, but God directs your actions.

What you think is the right road may lead to death.

People cast lots to learn God’s will, but God himself determines the answer.
Proverbs 16:1‭-‬2‭, ‬9‭, ‬25‭-‬25‭, ‬33 GNB
http://bible.com/296/pro.16.1-33.GNB

Meditate on how God’s plans are different from ours for a few moments.

Personally I recall, when I was in the thick (busiest time) of administration and minisrty using a day timer as a way to try controlling & organizing every aspect of my life.

In many ways the daily appointments, weekly goals, monthly statistics, yearly reports, 5 year plans and overall scheduling of everything from important business meetings, counseling sessions with others to family time and personal recreation had to fit into the same 24 hours everyone is given.

One day, stressed out by everything, I drove to a local beach to try to escape it all.

Still dressed in my official uniform that presented others with the impression that I was ‘the one in charge’ I stepped out onto the sand and took a closer look at the vast ocean before me. I felt the wind on my face & smelled the salt in the air. My eyes and my mind geapsed how much larger the world was in comparison to me, just a grain of sand. The lingering weight of responsibility, expectations and a certain amount of authority pulled me to the ground. My knees buckled & I collapsed. The bottom edges of my dress pants absorbed the salt water, my shoes began to fill with sand and my mind longed to be free again. An internal little voice beckoned me to throw my daytimer (daily planner) into the vast sea, ‘throw it way out there, cast it far and let it sink to the bottom.’ Then I heard my Heavenly Father whisper, ‘Your plans are nothing. My plans are all you need…

“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.”
(Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 GNB)
…be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things. So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.”
(Matthew 6:33‭-‬34 GNB)

I got up from there and went back to work, with my daily planner, but began to use it in a whole different way. It became just another utensils. God was the source for what was to take place and not the other way around.

Plans, Pathway and God’s Provision

A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. [Ps. 37:23; Prov. 20:24; Jer. 10:23. Below]
Proverbs 16:9 AMPC
http://bible.com/8/pro.16.9.AMPC

The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]. Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.
Psalm 37:23‭-‬24 AMPC
http://bible.com/8/psa.37.23-24.AMPC

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:6‭-‬9 NIV
http://bible.com/111/2co.4.6-9.NIV

because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:14‭-‬18 NIV
http://bible.com/111/2co.4.14-18.NIV

Show me your ways, Lord , teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, Lord , your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord , are good. Good and upright is the Lord ; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. For the sake of your name, Lord , forgive my iniquity, though it is great. Who, then, are those who fear the Lord ? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land.
Psalm 25:4‭-‬13 NIV
http://bible.com/111/psa.25.4-13.NIV

Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
Psalm 25:20 NIV
https://psalm.bible/psalm-25-20

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:1‭-‬8 NIV
http://bible.com/111/pro.3.1-8.NIV

he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Psalm 23:3 NIV
https://psalm.bible/psalm-23-3

I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees. Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law. I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, Lord ; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding. Teach me, Lord , the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
Psalm 119:26‭-‬37 NIV
http://bible.com/111/psa.119.26-37.NIV

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. [Prov. 6:23.]
Psalm 119:105 AMPC
http://bible.com/8/psa.119.105.AMPC

An inheritance hastily gotten [by greedy, unjust means] at the beginning, in the end it will not be blessed. [Prov. 28:20; Hab. 2:6.] Do not say, I will repay evil; wait [expectantly] for the Lord, and He will rescue you. [II Sam. 16:12; Rom. 12:17-19; I Thess. 5:15; I Pet. 3:9.] Diverse and deceitful weights are shamefully vile and abhorrent to the Lord, and false scales are not good. Man’s steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can a man understand his way? It is a snare to a man to utter a vow [of consecration] rashly and [not until] afterward inquire [whether he can fulfill it]. A wise king winnows out the wicked [from among the good] and brings the threshing wheel over them [to separate the chaff from the grain].

The spirit of man [that factor in human personality which proceeds immediately from God] is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts. [I Cor. 2:11.]

Loving-kindness and mercy, truth and faithfulness, preserve the king, and his throne is upheld by [the people’s] loyalty.

The glory of young men is their strength, and the beauty of old men is their gray head [suggesting wisdom and experience]. Blows that wound cleanse away evil, and strokes [for correction] reach to the innermost parts.
Proverbs 20:21‭-‬30 AMPC
http://bible.com/8/pro.20.21-30.AMPC

For the shepherds [of the people] have become like brutes, irrational and stupid, and have not sought the Lord or inquired of Him or required Him [by necessity and by right of His word].

Therefore they have not dealt prudently and have not prospered, and all their flocks are scattered. Hark, the sound of a rumor! [The invading army] comes!–a great commotion out of the north country–to make the cities of Judah a desolation, a dwelling place of jackals. O Lord [pleads Jeremiah in the name of the people], I know that [the determination of] the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man [even in a strong man or in a man at his best] to direct his [own] steps. [Ps. 37:23; Prov. 20:24.]

O Lord, correct, instruct, and chastise me, but with judgment and in just measure–not in Your anger, lest You diminish me and bring me to nothing.
Jeremiah 10:21‭-‬24 AMPC
http://bible.com/8/jer.10.21-24.AMPC

Plans are established by counsel; So make war [only] with wise guidance.
PROVERBS 20:18 AMP
http://bible.com/1588/pro.20.18.AMP

I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the [uncompromisingly] righteous forsaken or their seed begging bread. All day long they are merciful and deal graciously; they lend, and their offspring are blessed. Depart from evil and do good; and you will dwell forever [securely]. For the Lord delights in justice and forsakes not His saints; they are preserved forever, but the offspring of the wicked [in time] shall be cut off. [Then] the [consistently] righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever. The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks with justice. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. The wicked lie in wait for the [uncompromisingly] righteous and seek to put them to death. The Lord will not leave them in their hands, or [suffer them to] condemn them when they are judged. Wait for and expect the Lord and keep and heed His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; [in the end] when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. I have seen a wicked man in great power and spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil, Yet he passed away, and behold, he was not; yes, I sought and inquired for him, but he could not be found. Mark the blameless man and behold the upright, for there is a happy end for the man of peace. As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together; in the end the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation of the [consistently] righteous is of the Lord; He is their Refuge and secure Stronghold in the time of trouble. And the Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they trust and take refuge in Him.
Psalm 37:25‭-‬40 AMPC
http://bible.com/8/psa.37.25-40.AMPC

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11‭-‬13 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jer.29.11-13.NIV

A closer look at Proverbs 16… Coming soon

Story in Song “Sudden Death” Servant

Watch, listen to, “Sudden Death” by – Servant – from World of Sand album (1982)” on YouTube

Here is a playlist of all the songs from that album:

Servant – World of Sand (1982): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkqgN5HdHFuZm7C4EmKPzC4VPKLDNQkjP

Here is the whole album uninterrupted:

This is what I grew up on in Christ. Songs like this, bands that ROCKED for Christ’s sake. And this is still what encourages me.

FREEDOM!

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom). [Isa. 61:1, 2.]
2 Corinthians 3:17 AMPC
http://bible.com/8/2co.3.17.AMPC

FREEDOM, yes, but we are not the ‘church of do what you want to’, we are the bride, the body, the branches of Christ, who is the groom, the head, the vine.

We don’t use our liberty from sin as a license to become a slave to sin again. We don’t sin more, in order to get more grace. He loved us at our worse but wants us to be at our best.

GOD wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:4 NIV
http://bible.com/111/1ti.2.4.NIV

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:9 NLT
http://bible.com/116/2ti.1.9.NLT

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
http://bible.com/111/2co.5.17.NIV

Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims.
1 Corinthians 6:12 MSG
http://bible.com/97/1co.6.12.MSG

You say, “I am allowed to do anything” —but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.
1 Corinthians 10:23 NLT
http://bible.com/116/1co.10.23.NLT

Celebrating my freedom from sin & death by living pleasing to Him as I live in this life.

Hating Life, Need an Escape (suicide)

Suicide, the causes vary from person to person. It could just be a chemical imbalance in the brain, could be pressures & too much stress, could come from regrets…what ever the reason, we’ll never fully understand it any more than others will understand us.

I do know & understand one thing, something has got to die, stop, change.

Something needs to die but it is not another human.

Maybe you’ve never been or felt suicidal but many do.

Here are two songs on this thought.

Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been lyrics:

I watched the proverbial sunrise
Coming up over the Pacific and
You might think I’m losing my mind,
But I will shy away from the specifics

‘Cause I don’t want you to know, where I am
‘Cause then you’ll see my heart
In the saddest state it’s ever been.

This is no place to try and live my life.

Stop right there, that’s exactly where I lost it.
See that line, well I never should have crossed it.
Stop right there, well I never should have said
That it’s the very moment that I wish that I could take back.

I’m sorry for the person I became.
I’m sorry that it took so long for me to change.
I’m ready to try and never become that way again
‘Cause who I am hates who I’ve been.
Who I am hates who I’ve been.

I talk to absolutely no one.
Couldn’t keep to myself enough.
And the things bottled inside have finally begun
To create so much pressure that I’ll soon blow up.

I heard the reverberating footsteps
Sinking up to the beating of my heart,
And I was positive that unless I got myself together,
I would watch me fall apart.

And I can’t let that happen again
‘Cause then you’ll see my heart
In the saddest state it’s ever been.

This is no place to try and live my life.

Stop right there, that’s exactly where I lost it.
See that line, well I never should have crossed it.
Stop right there, well I never should have said
That it’s the very moment that I wish that I could take back.

Stop right there, that’s exactly where I lost it.
See that line, well I never should have crossed it.
Stop right there, well I never should have said
That it’s the very moment that I wish that I could take back.

I’m sorry for the person I became.
I’m sorry that it took so long for me to change.
I’m ready to try and never become that way again
‘Cause who I am hates who I’ve been.
Who I am hates who I’ve been.

Who I am hates who I’ve been
And who I am won’t take the second chance you gave me.
Who I am hates who I’ve been
‘Cause who I’ve been only ever made me

So sorry for the person I became.
So sorry that it took so long for me to change.
I’m ready to try and never become that way again
‘Cause who I am hates who I’ve been.
Who I am hates who I’ve been.

Songwriters: Matthew Thiessen

Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

Music:


Be my escape:

Lyrics

I’ve given up on giving up slowly,
I’m blending in so you won’t even know me
Apart from this whole world that shares my fate
This one last bullet you mention is my one last shot at redemption
Because I know to live you must give your life away
And I’ve been housing all this doubt and insecurity and
I’ve been locked inside that house all the while You hold the key
And I’ve been dying to get out and that might be the death of me
And even though, there’s no way in knowing
Where to go, promise I’m going because
I gotta get outta here
I’m stuck inside this rut that I fell into by mistake
I gotta get outta here
And I’m begging you, I’m begging you, I’m begging you to be my escape.

I’m giving up on doing this alone now
‘Cause I’ve failed and I’m ready to be shown how
He’s told me the way and I’m trying to get there
And this life sentence that I’m serving
I admit that I’m every bit deserving
But the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair

‘Cause I’ve been housing all this doubt and insecurity and
I’ve been locked inside that house all the while you hold the key
And I’ve been dying to get out and that might be the death of me
And even though, there’s no way in knowing
Where to go, promise I’m going because
I gotta get outta here
‘Cause I’m afraid that this complacency is something I can’t shake
I gotta get outta here
And I’m begging you, I’m begging you, I’m begging You to be my escape.

I am a hostage to my own humanity
Self detained and forced to live in this mess I’ve made
And all I’m asking is for you to do what You can with me
But I can’t ask You to give what You already gave

‘Cause I’ve been housing all this doubt and insecurity and
I’ve been locked inside that house all the while you hold the key
And I’ve been dying to get out and that might be the death of me
And even though, there’s no way in knowing
Where to go, promise I’m going because
I’ve gotta get outta here
I’m stuck inside this rut that I fell into by mistake
I’ve gotta get outta here
And I’m begging you, I’m begging you, I’m begging you to be my escape.

I fought you for so long
I should have let you in
Oh how we regret those things we do
And all I was trying to do was save my own skin
But so were you

So were you

Written by Matthew Thiessen • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol Christian Music Group

Music:


EXTRA

“SPEAK TO ME” BY AUDIO ADRENALINE:

https://youtu.be/KqgxE368SIU

All The Lonely People

While Women Weep… by William Booth

While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight
While little children go hungry, as they do now,
I’ll fight
While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now,
I’ll fight
While there is a drunkard left,
While there is a poor lost girl upon the streets,
While there remains one dark soul without the light of God,
I’ll fight-I’ll fight to the very end!

SCRIPTURE:

Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.
Hebrews 13:16 MSG
http://bible.com/97/heb.13.16.MSG

Song & video Heart to God Hand To Man by Geoff Moore:

Song Isolated by Servant

Music:

Lyrics:

I’ve got a secret
Nobody knows about it
My wife and I are fighting
We’re almost separated
And there’s nothing I can do to stop it

So I sat there
Silent in the Bible study
I could not communicate
There was no way I could relate
And I was too afraid to tell anybody

Somebody tell me
I really want to know
Somebody tell me
Why are we so
So Isolated, so isolated, isolated, isolated
So Isolated, so isolated, isolated, isolated
So Isolated, so isolated, isolated, isolated

I called up the church
And they put me on hold
The secretary said
The Pastor out to lunch
But I could catch him after 18 holes

So much later
After a toke or two
I was feeling a little bit better
A thought occurred to me
If I just see you once a week
Then why do we need each other

Somebody tell me
I really want to know
Somebody tell me
Why are we so
So Isolated, so isolated, isolated, isolated
So Isolated, so isolated, isolated, isolated
So Isolated, so isolated, isolated, isolated

Come next Sunday we’ll all get together again
I’ll have a lonely six days and I’ll be all messed up by then
Come next Sunday we’ll all get together and then
(Spoken)
We’ll sing about the power, share for an hour, shake hands

And we’re on our own again

I really need some money
And it’s isn’t a joke
But I’m afraid
You wouldn’t even speak to me
If you knew that I was broke

I got the finance company
And they take good care of me
But it’s such a shame
Why can’t we be a family
Like He wants us to be
Stop playing this silly game.

Somebody tell me
I really want to know
Somebody tell me
Why are we so
So Isolated, so isolated, isolated, isolated
So Isolated, so isolated, isolated, isolated
So Isolated, so isolated, isolated, isolated

isolated, isolated, isolated, isolated


2 more song lyrics to consider:

While My Guitar Gently Weeps
By Santana

Lyrics:
I look at you all
See the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor
And I see it need sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you
How to unfold you love
I don’t know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I don’t know how you were inverted
No one alerted you

I look at you all see the love that’s there sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at you all
Still my guitar gently weeps

Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Still my guitar gently weeps

Songwriters: George Harrison

While My Guitar Gently Weeps lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, The Bicycle Music Company

Eleanor Rigby

By The Beatles

[Refrain]
Ah, look at all the lonely people!
Ah, look at all the lonely people!

[Verse 1]
Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice
In the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window
Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?

[Chorus]
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

[Verse 2]
Father McKenzie
Writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near
Look at him working
Darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there
What does he care?

[Chorus]
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

[Refrain]
Ah, look at all the lonely people!
Ah, look at all the lonely people!

[Verse 3]
Eleanor Rigby died in the church
And was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father McKenzie wiping the dirt
From his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved

[Chorus]
All the lonely people (Ah, look at all the lonely people!)
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people (Ah, look at all the lonely people!)
Where do they all belong?

EXTRA

Early Church

Looking at the early church, I don’t mean the 9am service, I’m looking at when “The Church” (the body of Christ) first started.

To see what it was like when the first followers of Christ gathered I go to the book of Acts.

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.

So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people.

And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2:42‭-‬47 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/act.2.42-47.NKJV

May we continued steadfastly daily in Him.

Self destructive (GOD’S VIEW)

I beat up myself all the time. I know that in Christ I am made new. I know that He forgives & frees me from being a slave to sin; however, it takes a constant reminder from Him & His Word to keep me convinced (steadfast in my faith) that He is my righteousness, He is my mediator and in Him I find life, more life, abundant life.

God uses The song ”

When I Hear the Praises Start” by Keith Green to remind me of Christ’s grace (giving me what I don’t deserve), His mercy (not giving me what I do deserve) and His unconditional love & boundless salvation.

Lyrics:

My son, My son, why are you striving
You can’t add one thing to what’s been done for you
I did it all while I was dying
Rest in your faith, my peace will come to you

For when I hear the praises start
I want to rain upon you
Blessings that will fill your heart
I see no stain upon you
Because you are my child and you know me
To Me you’re only holy
Nothing that you’ve done remains
Only what you do for Me

My child, My child, why are you weeping
You will not have to wait forever
That day and that hour is in My keeping
The day I’ll bring you into Heaven

For when I hear the praises start
My child, I want to rain upon you
Blessing that will fill your heart
I see no stain upon you
Because you are My child and you know me
To me you’re only holy
Nothing that you’ve done remains
Only what you do in Me

My precious bride, the day is nearing
When I’ll take you in My arms and hold you
I know there are so many things that you’ve been hearing
But you just hold on to what I have told you

For when I hear the praises start
My bride, I want to rain upon you
Blessings that will fill your heart
I see no stain upon you
Because you are My child, and you know Me
To me you’re only holy
Nothing that you’ve done will remain
Only what you do for me

Songwriters: Keith Gordon Green / Melody Green
When I Hear the Praises Start lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


EXTRAS

Go to 👉God’s View of Us👈 for more on this thought.

https://youtu.be/-55gBA_0_cM

Lose Salvation?

Watch “”Can I Lose My Salvation – Part 2″ Pastor Bob DAILY!” on YouTube

Although it is hard for us to grasp God’s unconditional love it is the type of love He tell us He has for us through His own Words.

As we fall deeper in love with Him on our part we react to His love and we are effected from the inside out.

The strange thing about this life is that, as humans, we just can’t fully grasp the sacrifice He has made for us & the fact that only He can make us right in His sight, we can’t do it on our own and regardless of our behavior, what we do & don’t do

Jesus Saves

Nothing changes that fact.

I do believe that

  • Continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ

We must believe & have faith in Him, He is the source of salvation and full dependent on Him is the key. Without Him there is no salvation.

Without diving too deep I believe the only thing that would keep anyone from being saved (from sin & death – in this life & the next) is that individuals own will standing against God’s will (rejecting, revolting, reluctance -blasphemy of The Holy Spirit).

Here is the perfect Bible reference for this:

Jesus said,

“So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come.
Matthew 12:31‭-‬32 NLT
http://bible.com/116/mat.12.31-32.NLT

Personally I am bombarded from within & sometime from others with a false guilt. Man-made religion & religious legalism weighs heavy on my mind and tries to fill my heart with doubt, fear & twisted opinions stated as facts. I must constantly & consistently develop my relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ or I too begin to believe that somehow I can lose my salvation.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long ; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered .” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:31‭-‬39 NASB
http://bible.com/100/rom.8.31-39.NASB


Extra –

People debate all of this for the simple fact that we all want to be in control and we want to say what is right & wrong, worthy & unworthy but God alone is the only One who can do that.

Part 1