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This One Thing Makes God Very Angry

Does God get angry? God is a God of love and peace. Could God ever get mad?

A preacher in the 1700s preached a famous sermon called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. In the message Jonathan Edwards helped to influence the Great Awakening in America. These spoken words caused many people to change their minds about God and choose to do things His way. The sermon made people recognize the power of God, the authority of God, and understand truly He was right to be angry.

Mark 3:5 tells what makes God angry. It is the “hardness” of the hearts of men. It is the unwillingness to listen to Him, to change, and to do things His way.

How do you feel when you have something beneficial for someone and they turn their nose up, go in the opposite direction, or call you a liar about wanting to do something good for them?

Think about how God must feel. He is good and can do nothing but good. Men in all the ages have hardened their heart toward God. Mankind has chosen to continue in the wickedness of their own hearts, unmoved by the love of God, teaching of God, and redemption of God. This heart of stone makes God angry.

God wants to give us a heart of flesh. He wants to take out our heart of stone and replace it with a heart that He writes His laws and commandments on. (Ezekiel 36:26)

Today be soft toward God, ready to hear His word, and do what He says. Don’t be a sinner in the hands of an angry God.

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7 RULES FOR EATING GOD’S WAY

Do All to the Glory of God “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.  Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.  . . . If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
I Corinthians 10:23-31

Rule One – Eat To The Glory Of God

Take food in and nourishment for your body with a view of God’s great value, praise, and honor in mind.

Rule Two – Eat To The Advantage of Many

Consider if some of the food you have, or the money you spend on food, could be shared with someone else for their advantage.

Rule Three – Eat With God’s Eternal Favor In Mind

John 4 provides a circumstance where Jesus was too “weary” to go in to town and waited at the well for the disciples to come back with food. When the disciples got back, Jesus did not eat. His conclusion was his fulfilment was doing the will of God. Jesus was more concerned about God’s eternal favor than his own temporal fulfilment.

Rule Four – Eat To Help

The Bible speaks of many foods people ate such as fruit of trees, animals, milk, honey, locusts, figs, grain, bread, etc. God wants the food we eat to help us, add value, and promote the health of our body.

Rule Five – Eat To Build Up

The food and drink you take in should build up. God desires you to treat your body as His Temple. He doesn’t want you to destroy your temple or to eat foods that tear you down.

Rule Six – Eat To Benefit Others

Others are watching what you eat and how much you eat. Consider eating to benefit others. This translates into “example”. Eat to be an example to others. Eat in a manner that God would have others to eat.

Rule Seven – Eat With Thankfulness

When eating, always acknowledge God’s grace. God has favorably leaned towards us to provide what our bodies need to live and move. It is because of God’s “leaning towards us” which provides us the food and nourishment our body needs.

~EATING LAWS TO LIVE BY ~
~RULES TO HAVE IN PLACE FOR EATING~

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What Makes Psalm 23 So Loved

The Lord is my shepherd . . . .” Did you finish it? Most people can recite this beloved Psalm from memory. It is a comfort at funerals and a help in times of difficulty. What about this Psalm makes it so loved?

David, originally a keeper of sheep but then chosen by God to be King, wrote these well-known verses. It was David who declared, the Word of God was a lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path. (Psalm 119:105)

With this in mind, let’s let look at the meaning conveyed in Psalm 23. This will enable the Word of God to lighten our way and brighten our path as we walk day by day.

PSALM 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and

I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

DEFINING WORDS GIVES A RICHER MEANING TO SCRIPTURE
Here’s a sample list of words and their definitions from Psalm 23

  • Shepherd – person who leads, guards, and escorts sheep vigilantly
  • Want – desire, crave, be deficient
  • Restoreth – gives back
  • Leadeth – guides, be ahead of
  • Righteousness – God’s approval
  • Name – reputation
  • Shadow – darkness of a shaded area
  • Rod – correction
  • Staff – support
  • Comfort – console
  • Table – a spread, a meal
  • Enemies – binders, distressers
  • Anoint – satisfy
  • Oil – fruitful
  • Goodness – bountifulness
  • Mercy – loving-kindness

PSALM 23 WITH LIGHTENED AND BRIGHTENED MEANING

The Lord God, Maker of Heaven and earth, is my leader, guard, and the One who vigilantly escorts me. I shall not desire, crave, be deficient, or need anything.

He causes me to rest in places of nourishment. He escorts me beside tranquil refreshment.

He gives life back to me, gives me meaning and purpose. He goes before me in the way of God’s approval because of who He is and the greatness of His reputation.

Even when I walk in the shadow, the place where the light is hidden. Even when I walk in the places where there is something blocking the light, I will not be afraid of something bad coming my way or happening. I’m not afraid because my shepherd is with me. My leader, guard, and the One who vigilantly escorts me is with me. It is not that nothing evil or bad will ever happen to me. It is that I’m not going to be afraid of the evil. I’m not afraid of the evil because the One who with me is greater than the evil, stronger than power of darkness, and more right than the wrong. This One who is with me corrects me and supports me which gives me great consolation. My trust and confidence is not in my freedom from calamity but my help and protection is from the One who is with me.

The One with me makes a table of provision, meal-time spread in front of me. He does this even when the ones who distress me, desire to cause me harm, and bind me are close to me, bothering, and harassing me. The one who is escorting me vigilantly satisfy my ruling principles with fruitful living. The holding tank I have is full and running over. I am sufficiently supplied with all good and precious things that supply my every need.

It is absolutely apparent bountifulness and loving-kindness shall follow me. It shall splash all out of my holding tank all the days of my existence. Then, after I have been full to overflowing, I will also remain in the family of the Maker of Heaven and Earth forever.

What makes this Psalm so comforting and loved?

The sheep didn’t do anything but follow, cling, and cleave. Did you notice who was doing all the action in Psalm 23? It was the Lord, the Shepherd doing all that was being done. The sheep didn’t earn or deserve this place in the care and protection of the shepherd. We do not do anything to earn the provision and protection of our Shepherd.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

Psalm 23 is so loved because it speaks so highly of the love God sets upon His people. David, the writer of this Psalm, experienced first hand the continual love, care, and protection of his vigilant escort. Even when David disobeyed and walked away, God went after him to bring him back. David agreed with God that he had left the care and protection of the Savior.

If you today have never come into the love and care of the great Shepherd of the sheep, He welcomes you today. If you have come into His love and care and have drifted away, He welcomes you today.

HOW TO BE A SHEEP OF GOD

  • Agree with God you do not deserve to be under His care. (Romans 3:23)
  • Recognize that God is the maker of heaven and earth. (Genesis 1:1)
  • Believe God sent Jesus because he wanted to be your Shepherd, your guide to eternal life, bountifulness, and fruitfulness. (John 3:16)
  • Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to have eternal protection from evil. (Acts 16:31)
  • Believing comes by faith, and faith comes by hearing God’s Word. (Romans 10:17)
  • Hear and do the words of God. (Matthew 7:24-27)
  • When you love God, you will cling and stay close to Him and do all He says. (John 14:15)
  • Be God’s sheep by hearing Him and following all He says in His Word. (John 10:27)

Psalm 23 is so loved because it so well describes God’s great compassion and kindness to vigilantly escort through all of life and eternity those who depend on Him.