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  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on October 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    (#82) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:12-What Were You Thinking? 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 14:12: “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” This is also repeated: “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 16:25).

    If ever there was a wise statement that warns everyone against following only their own instincts, judgment, conscience, or knowledge, this is it! No one is capable of deciding his/her own way, for if God is not allowed to influence every decision a person makes, the Devil will! “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). Our desire either “exalts itself against the knowledge of God, [or we are ] bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). There is no such thing as absolute “freedom” from all law or restraint, and those who “promise liberty” are often “themselves are slaves of corruption: for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage” (2 Peter 2:19). What “seems right” is not the only criteria for prudent judgment, for “’he who glories, let him glory in the LORD.’ For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:17-18). The TV show, “Breaking Bad” surely illustrated this proverb, as has the history of mankind! To those “who trust in their wealth And boast in the multitude of their riches” [whose] “inner thought is that their houses will last forever, Their dwelling places to all generations” (Psalm 49:6,11), which is faulty thinking (1 Timothy 6:9). “Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately” (Luke 19:11), so Jesus corrected their wrong idea. When Simon converted to Christ, he “thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money” but he was commanded to “repent…and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven” (Acts 8:20-22). Jesus corrected the thinking of the Laodiceans when He said: “”Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ –and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17). NO ONE can testify they have been saved by God unless they have “conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29), and know this because The “Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16). The Holy Spirit would only “acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37), in other words the Holy Spirit only “bears witness” through His inspired Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17)! Those who have not followed Scriptures do not have “witness” from God they are right!

    There is no question as to where living one’s own selfish life will lead. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). “Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later” (1 Timothy 5:24). “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?” (1 Corinthians 6:9). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

    It’s not what “seems right” but what is actually is right that should matter!

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • Mike Riley 3:59 pm on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Toughest Question 

    The toughest question I was ever asked, was by an elder in the church before I became a Christian. He asked me, “Have you thought about your soul?”: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2008/10/05/have-you-thought-about-your-soul/

    I was 15 years old at the time, and I had never been asked that question. For some time, my grandmother had been urging me to obey the gospel. After pondering this question in light of Scripture, I came to the conclusion that my soul was indeed in great jeopardy of being eternally lost.

    I quickly decided that my soul was far more important than anything else I could imagine. There was no rational reason whatsoever to delay my obeying the Lord in baptism any longer, and thus I was baptized on January 1, 1960.

    I’ve never regretted the decision.

     
  • Mike Riley 11:08 am on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    What If The Preacher Stayed Home? 

    Here’s a thought-provoking “what-if” question: What if the preacher stayed home? http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2011/02/14/what-if-the-preacher-stayed-home/

     
  • Mike Riley 9:57 am on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    God Is The God Of Absolutes 

    In response to today’s nudge regarding the character of God, I am posting an article entitled, “The God Of Absolutes”: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2007/11/30/the-god-of-absolutes/.

    Even though the thoughts and whims of man are constantly changing, God’s promises do not change (Hebrews 6:10-20). We can count on Him to be with us in every situation and trial that we face (Psalm 23:4; cf. Isaiah 43:1-2).

    “Time is filled with swift transition; Naught of earth unmoved can stand; Build your hopes on things eternal, Hold to God’s unchanging hand”: http://www.paradisepbc.org/singing/Hold%20to%20Gods%20Unchanging%20Hand.mp3

     
  • Mike Riley 3:12 pm on November 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Favorite Verse From 1st and 2nd Corinthians 

    1) Today’s Nudge: “From 1-2 Corinthians, choose a favorite verse or short passage and explain why it’s special to you”:

    My favorite verse in 1-2 Corinthians is 2 Corinthians 10:5:

    “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

    This verse provides us the key to living a successful Christian life. We must be willing to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Paul obviously employed this principle in his life, for he stated in Galations 2:20:

    “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

    2) “Name a commentary or book on some part or the whole of these two letters that you find especially helpful”:

    I’ve used the Bible as its own best commentary in this article http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2006/01/09/the-6-8-10-principles/, emphasizing the “6-8-10″ principles found in 1st Corinthians Chapters 6, 8, and 10.

     
  • Mike Riley 4:11 pm on April 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The most influential person in my life (excluding family) was Bro. Dan Gibson, former preacher for the Montana Street congregation. He (along with his wife Joy) were great examples of what a Christian should be in both thought and conduct. Due to health problems, they had to move closer to their children. We really do miss Bro. Dan and Sister Joy.

     
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