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What is a ‘fool’?

Scripture reading for June 5: Psalms 13-18

“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”  They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Psalm 14:1

The fool in Scripture is the one who denies the existence of God.  Why would anyone want to deny that God exists?  Hasn’t God placed eternity in the hearts of all men? (Ecclesiastes 3:11)  Isn’t God evident to all through creation?  (Psalm 19:2-4)   The reason this kind of fool exists isn’t because of an intellectual problem.  It is something much deeper than that!

According to Psalm 14, the reason the fool says that there is no God is because of corruption of character.  These people are vile and do not do anything that would be considered ‘good’ in God’s sight.  These people avoid seeking God so that they do not have to answer for their wicked deeds.  They prefer their corruption and want no ‘God’ to interfere with their evil ways and thoughts.  It is convenient to do away with God or any knowledge of Him, thinking this liberates them from responsibility and judgment.

The Apostle Paul describes the fool’s way of thinking in Romans 1:18-23.  These people have known about God and His ways but have suppressed this truth in unrighteousness.  Having suppressed truth, the lie of their own ‘godhood’ based on their own futile thinking darkens their hearts and souls.   God allows them to follow their darkened understanding and worship creatures and creation rather than the creator. 

The next step is sexual perversion.  (Romans 1:24-27)  When a person rejects God because of their wickedness, God allows that person to be deluded and go deeply into perversion and further depravity in the breaking of God’s laws.  This results in all kinds of sexual sin, lying, greed, envy, malice, strife,  and idolatry.  This is where every ‘fool’ in Scripture ends up without the grace of God.

There is no excuse for staying a fool however, for God is always ready to save, heal and forgive.  We must humble ourselves and admit that He exists and that He will reward and forgive those who seek him.  (Hebrews 11:6)  If you have been foolish in your words or attitudes about God, take time today and repent.  God is faithful and just and will forgive you!  (1st John 1:7-9)

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Pressing on to the goal!

Scripture reading for February 14th: Exodus 32-34, Philippians 3

Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Inside of each person is a dim knowledge of eternity. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) We are all creations of God who had our existence in God before the creation (Ephesians 1:4). When we are born again through faith in Jesus Christ and study and receive His Word as truth, we begin to understand and long for our true home and the fullness of salvation. The fullness of salvation will include a glorious body, like Christ’s resurrected body. It will not suffer from the effects of sin or pain or sorrow or sickness or disease. There we will behold God face to face in His glory, not needing the light of the sun or moon or stars. This is the goal of our faith that Paul focuses his mind and attention on. Moses had a taste of that transformation spending time in God’s presence. He refused to leave unless God went with him!

Philippians 3:18-21 “For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the down-payment of our salvation, the Holy Spirit living inside of us. Thank You for the ongoing work of transformation here on earth that fits us for eternal life with You. But I long for the fullness of life in Your presence, seeing Your face and worshiping You in Your glory in a glorified body! May I reflect Your glory here on earth to those in darkness.

Exodus 34:29-30 “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.”

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Jesus understood the time!

Scripture reading for November 1st: John 7

Key Scriptures: John 7:2-8 “Now the Jews’ Feast of Booths was at hand. So His brothers said to Him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that you are doing.” For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show Yourself to the world.” For not even His brothers believed in Him. Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify about it that its works are evil. You go up to the Feast. I am not going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.””

According to Scripture, everything has a time and wise people recognize the appropriate time and timing of every activity. Jesus, being Wisdom from God, understood God’s plan and timing through prayer and perfect obedience to God’s Word. His earthly brothers tried to convince Jesus to go up to the Feast of Booths and do His miracles that the world might believe in Him. Jesus wisely knew that His time was not yet fully come. He must not force anything, but wait for the Father’s perfect timing and clear instructions. We would be wise to always consult God about the timing of our activities and choices. Each phase of our life is ordered by the Lord if we allow Him. God’s will and timing for us involve eternity in our hearts!

John 7:17 “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory, but the One who seeks the glory of Him Who sent Him is true, and in Him there is no falsehood.”

Faith Confession and prayer: Father God, I invite you each day to order my steps and enable me to do Your will. I study Your Word to know Your will and timing. Give me wisdom each day to understand the time and timing of my activities, travels, and works to reach the lost and be an effective witness for Your glory!

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11 “For everything there is a season, a time for every matter under heaven: . . .” “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”

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Fools fail to connect with God!

Scripture reading for June 6th: Psalms 13-18

“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”  They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Psalm 14:1

The fool in Scripture is the one who denies the existence of God.   But hasn’t God placed eternity in the hearts of all men? (Ecclesiastes 3:11)  Isn’t God evident to all through creation, who’s voice has gone out to all mankind?  (Psalm 19:2-4)   The reason this kind of fool exists isn’t because of an intellectual problem.  It isn’t because there is a lack of proof that God is really real.

According to Psalm 14, the reason the fool said there was no God was because of corruption of character.  These people were vile and didn’t do what would be considered ‘good’ in God’s sight.  These people avoiding God so they would not have to answer for their wicked deeds.  They preferred their corruption and did not want God interrupting  their evil ways of living.   This liberated them in their thinking  from responsibility and possible judgment.

The Apostle Paul described the fool’s way of thinking in Romans 1:18-23.  These people knew about God and His ways but have suppressed this truth in unrighteousness.  Their own futile thinking darkens their hearts and souls, claiming that there is no God!   God allowed them to follow their darkened understanding and worship creatures and creation rather than the creator.  (Romans 1:21-23)  This takes them into idolatry.

The next step is sexual perversion.  (Romans 1:24-27)  When a person rejects God because of their wickedness, God allows that person to be deluded and go deeply into perversion and further depravity in the breaking of God’s laws.  This results in all kinds of sexual sin, lying, greed, envy, malice, strife,  and idolatry.  It is where every ‘fool’ in Scripture ends up without the grace of God.

No one has an excuse for staying a fool because God is always ready to save and forgive.  We must humble ourselves and admit that He exists and ask for His forgiveness.  (Hebrews 11:6)  God would rather forgive and show mercy than to judge.  If you have been foolish in your words or attitudes about God, take time today and repent.  God is faithful and just and will forgive you!  (1st John 1:7-9)

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