#The Trouble Maker
The trouble maker will not call themselves trouble makers. The trouble maker will disrupt the life of as many people as he or she can. They do not have a conscience. The trouble maker will make itself out to be a victim. The trouble maker will destroy you if you don't watch out.
The trouble maker comes across as wounded, a victim, until they find a place to spread their poison. The trouble maker will wine and complain; is never satisfied. The trouble maker will stir up strife, is proud, boastful and evil.
The trouble maker will pretend to like you, will compliment you, give things to you only to come against you before it is over. The trouble maker hides behind smooth words. He or she is able to win a persons confidence by pretending to care. Little by little, if you pay attention, the trouble maker will start to manifest itself. Back biting and gossip becomes their conversation. Trouble makers are able to win over the weak minded very easily.
Trouble makers set their own rules. But, whoa unto the trouble maker. Whoa unto that one that causes trouble for the people of God. The wicked shall be cut down. The wicked shall be turned into hell along with every nation that forgets God.
"The wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it." Proverbs 2:22
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." Psalms 9:17
You do not want to be a trouble maker!!
Solomon was the son of King David. He was given the task of building the temple for the dwelling place of the Lord. Solomon was a man of prayer and sincerity. He prayed so until God came down and visited him. He prayed so until God answered. What did Solomon pray for? He prayed for an understanding heart to judge the people and to be able to discern between good and bad (I Kings 3:9). God answered his prayer (I Kings 3:12). God also gave him riches and honour I (I Kings 3:13).
He performed his first act as king with the wisdom of God in him. He judged between two harlots concerning a child (I Kings 3:16-27). The wisdom that Solomon displayed caught the attention of the people (verse 28). Oh, what a man of God he was!! He began building the house of the Lord. He was even allowed to build himself a house. It was grand and beautiful too.
But, prior to asking the Lord for wisdom and understanding, Solomon had married Pharoh's daughter (I Kings 3:1) and brought her into the city of David. No more is said of her in this chapter. But in chapter 9, Pharoah had burned Gezer and slain the Canaanites as a gift for his daughter, Solomon's wife (I Kings 9:16). Solomon even received horses and linen yarn brought out of Egypt. Then his heart changed.
I Kings 11:1 says, "But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites. These strange women turned away his heart. These strange wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father (I Kings 11:3,4). The Bible goes on to say, "And the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice. And, because he allowed his heart to turn away from the Lord, God rend the kingdom from him and gave it to his servant (I Kings 11:11).
The Bible teaches us that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (Galatians 5:9 and I Corinthians 5:6). For the Church today, leaven represents sin and Egypt represents the world. At no time is wise or good for the soul to partake of the world. Just a little bit of worldliness will lead to more worldliness. You have to guard your heart. You have to pay attention to what you allow your eyes to see and your ears to hear. You be mindful of who you fellowship with. Just a little sin, just a little bit of being off, just a little bit of 'it's ok every now and then' is enough to cause you to sin in the eyes of the Lord.
The world we live in today makes it seem so harmless to do somethings. But I stand on the oracles of scripture today to say there are just some things Saints, Holy Ghost filled people do not do. Holy Ghost filled people do not partake of the world. Holy Ghost filled people are to be in the world but not of the world. I John 2:15 says, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
The conclusion of this lesson? You can start out right and end up wrong if you allow the world to change your heart. For there is no such thing as once saved always saved.
The book of John 18:5 says, "Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto the, I am he. And Judas Also, which betrayed him, stood with them"
When I looked at that scripture this morning, I saw something. The betrayer of the Lord, Jesus was standing with those that opposed the teachings of the Lord. Judas, that sat with Jesus, eat with Jesus, followed after Jesus was now standing with those that would seek to silence Jesus. John 13:18 says, "i speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the Scriptures may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me." Who was the lord speaking of? Judas. Then in verse 21, Jesus said, "One of you shall betray me".
The Lord knows the intent of the heart. The Lord admonishes His people to try the spirit by the Spirit. Just because some one walks with you, eats with you and sits with you does not mean he or she is for you. Jesus was betrayed by one of His own.
Don' be a Judas. Eternity is a long time.
tSitting here, getting ready for Church. And, it this thought resonates in my soul, "remember what Jesus did for you". Then I thought of the song by Donnie McClurkin that speaks of how Jesus came and did it just for me. Salvation is personal.
Just thinking about how Jesus let them beat Him, pierce Him in His side, pluck out His beard, lead Him from judgement hall to judgement hall trying to find fault. And Jesus took it and never said a word? Why? Because, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Jesus came to die for the sins of the world. My Lord and my God!!! Jesus came and did it just for me.
Do you know Jesus as Lord? Savior? Have you repented of your sins so the blood that Jesus shed on Calvary's cross can be applied to wash your sins away? Have you been baptized in Jesus Name for the remission of your sins? Have you been filled with the Holy Ghost according to Acts 2:38? Have you been washed in the blood of the lamb?
Sin has a price, eternity in hell. Do not let time run out on you. You do not have a lot of time. Jesus is soon to come.
Repent before it is too late.
The Bible teaches that fear has torment. As a matter of fact, the scripture says, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." I John 4:18. The bible also says, "The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites". Isaiah 33:14 The definition that seems to explain fear is: 'anticipation of the possibility that something unpleasant will occur:"
God commands us in His word to fear not. Have faith in God. Fear and faith can not dwell together. You can not have fear and have faith.
The Bible says to take no thought saying, 'what shall we eat? or, what shall we drink? or, where withal shall we be clothed?' God commanded man to do this because God already know what you have need of. Instead of taking thought about tomorrow, God commanded us to "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:31-33
Some fear what tomorrow is going to bring. Some fear the 'what if's they assume about situations. Stop it. God did not give His people the spirit of fear. But rather, "trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.: Psalms 3:5,6
In the day and hour in which we live, it is truly time to seek the Lord until you find Him. It is time to be saved like the Bible says. It is time to be Holy like the Bible says.
For the Lord says in His word, "Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you." Isaiah 35:4
Seek the Lord, now. Salvation is still in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Abraham was tried by God to see if he would give up all for Him. To see if he would deny and give up his son Isaac because the Lord told him to. Abraham was tested to see if he would obey the Lord concerning that which he loved, his son. The Bible lets us know that without hesitation or question Abraham rose up early and took two men along with his son to go and make the burnt offering, his son. Abraham built an altar, laid the wood in order, bound his son and laid him on the altar. Then Abraham stretched forth his hand and took the knife to slay his son. Then God stepped in. An angel of the Lord called out to Abraham. The angel of the Lord told Abraham not to lay hand on the lad nor do anything unto him. For Abraham proved to God that he loved God more than anything or anyone. And, in the thicket Abraham saw a ram and offered the ram for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And for the act of willingness to offer his only son up to God the Word says, "That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; BECAUSE THOU HAST OBEYED MY VOICE.
The blessing of God are based on obedience and a heart and life that puts the Lord first in all things. Nothing should be put before the Lord. Nothing and no one.
"The said Jesus unto his disciples, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me." Matthew 16:24
To obey is better than sacrifice.
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