Sunday, November 12, 2017

A mini-lesson on the arrogance of man

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

The most recent Hollywood sex scandals reveal that Scripture is absolutely correct about man’s “fallen nature,” and how secrets always have a way of coming out. Although it took decades for some of the secrets to come to light, we suddenly see an avalanche of filth coming out of the closets of Hollywood’s “elite” – those whom America has idolized to the point where we've even allowed these hooligans to influence our political decisions.

Daniel 2:22 He reveals deep and secret things; he knows what lies in the darkness; and light dwells with him. (CJB)

Luke 8:17. For there is not anything that is hidden that will not be revealed, nor that which is concealed that will not be known and come out openly. (AENT)

Luke 12:2 And whatever is concealed shall be revealed, and whatever is hidden shall be known. 3 So, whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms shall be proclaimed on the house-tops. (ISR)

Throughout history we’ve seen empires crumble and powerful, decadent people brought to their knees. Scripture makes no secret about the fact that ALL the arrogant will be brought down, in the end. No one can hide!

Psalm 46:6 The gentiles shall rage, Reigns shall topple; He shall give forth His voice, The earth melts. 7 יהוה of hosts is with us; The Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ is our refuge. Selah. 8 Come, see the works of יהוה, The ruins He has wrought on the earth, 9 Causing all fighting to cease, Unto the end of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the chariot with fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am Elohim; I am exalted among nations, I am exalted in the earth! 11 יהוה of hosts is with us; The Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ is our refuge. Selah. (ISR)

Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the pride of men shall be bowed down, and יהוה alone shall be exalted in that day. :12 For יהוה of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up, so that it is brought low; 13 and against all the cedars of Leḇanon that are high and lifted up, and against all the oaks of Bashan; 14 and against all the high mountains, and against all the hills that are lifted up; 15 and against every lofty tower, and against every strong wall; 16 and against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the desirable craft. 17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the pride of men shall be brought low. And יהוה alone shall be exalted in that day, 18 and the idols completely pass away. (ISR)

We cannot fool YHWH! He knows our hearts. He knows those who are truly His – and “His” refers to the humble, meek and broken; those who live by His Divine Instructions because they have realized that the ONLY way to live a proper and fulfilling life on earth is to become a holy/set apart servant of YHWH …

Take a look at this awesome parable which perfectly illustrates that truth:

Luke 18:9 And He also spoke this parable to some who relied on themselves that they were righteous, and looking down on others: 10 “Two men went up to the Set-apart Place to pray – the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.:11 “The Pharisee stood and began to pray with himself this way, ‘Elohim, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men, swindlers, unrighteous, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 ‘I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 “But the tax collector standing at a distance would not even raise his eyes to the heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘Elohim, show favour unto me, a sinner!’ 14 “I say to you, this man went down to his house declared right, rather than the other. For everyone who is exalting himself shall be humbled, and he who is humbling himself shall be exalted.” (ISR)

YHWH isn’t looking for perfection. He isn’t looking for those who view themselves holy in their own eyes. He is looking for those who are willing to drop their silly, human pride and recognize that "they” are NOT in charge of anything except their God-given free will which allows them the choice to do things according to HIS Holy Ways … or not.

The following scriptures illustrate what happens to those whose lives are centered on "the ways of the world":

Isaiah 13:11 And I shall punish the world for its evil, and the wrong for their crookedness, and shall put an end to the arrogance of the proud, and lay low the pride of the ruthless. 12 “I shall make mortal man scarcer than fine gold, and mankind scarcer than the gold of Ophir. 13 “So I shall make the heavens tremble, and the earth shall shake from her place, in the wrath of יהוה of hosts and in the day of the heat of His displeasure. (ISR)

Galatians 5: 19. For you know the works of the flesh, which are these: adultery, impurity and lasciviousness, 20. idolatry, witchcraft, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, stubbornness, treacheries, heresies, 21. Envy, murder, drunkenness, revelry and all like things. Those who do things like these, they will not inherit the Kingdom of Elohim. (AENT)

Galatians 6: 7. Do not deceive yourselves, as Elohim is not deceived; for what the sons of men sow, they will also reap. 8. That which is from the flesh, sowed from the flesh, reaps corruption. But for those who are sown in the Spirit, from the Spirit eternal life is given. (AENT)

The Apostle Paul summed it up thusly:

Romans 12:1. I plead to you, therefore, my brothers, by the mercies of Elohim, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, Set Apart and acceptable to Elohim by a rational service (of him). 2. And be not conformed to this world; but be you transformed by the renovation of your minds: and discern you what is the good and acceptable and perfect pleasure of Elohim. 3. And, by the grace given to me, I say to you all: Do not carry thoughts beyond what you should think; but think with modesty, as Elohim has distributed to each one his measure of faith. (AENT)

My prayer for all who are reading this little teaching is that you would choose to follow YHWH and not the world whose sinful pleasures will eventually reap carnal rewards with a less than desirable ending…. Let what is happening right now in Hollywood be a lesson for you! There will be NO sinners in Heaven!

2 comments:

  1. Carmen, do you think non-believers fear the coming judgement and want to take the people around them down their hellish path?

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    1. No Kevin, I don't think non-believers even know Judgment is coming. They just live day-to-day, blindly doing what they do, without ever realizing that one day, their life is going to "change on a dime."

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