“The fool says in his heart there is no God.” -Psalm 14:1
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already; because he has not believed in the Name of the only Begotten Son of God…… for God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 & 18
This blog is no doubt the longest of any I have written, and yet while writing it, the most thought-provoking piece based upon today’s Scripture theme. All of us can stand to gain in patience, not only in the reading and especially the viewing of the ending video; because every one of us can relate to this thought; coming from it, and seeing loved ones and friends around us stuck in this thought that can lead to an eternal devastating conclusion of a life. That said, please pray before you read on, and ask the Holy Spirit to draw near and teach you to understand just what the will of God is for you today, this moment.
“The fool says in his heart there is no God.” -Psalms 14:1
The Holy Spirit persuades and enables men to not be as a Psalm 14:1 who see God as emblem on a shirtsleeve or bumper sticker on a car, good for whoever needs it, but not foe their own lives, to answer all the questions of the heart. The Holy Spirit enables a fool to accept Jesus and begin to enjoy the benefits of the Gospel message right now! But….if anyone refuses to submit to the gracious constraint of the Holy Spirit, and prefer to call good evil, and evil good….how can the Gospel mean anything to him. To him Psalms 14:1 becomes that bumper sticker, that emblem on his shirtsleeve.
A deliberate refusal of the grace of God is the One sin which by its very nature is irremediable. According to Matthew 12:32 anyone who rejects the Holy Spirit’s convicting influence and does not repent will not be forgiven, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
When Jesus taught and performed a number of miracles at Capernaum, in the end, most of the people there remained unrepentant. Like the religious Pharisees, they persistently rejected the conviction of the Holy Spirit who was bearing witness of the true identity of Jesus Christ as their Messiah. They turned away from the abundant light graciously provided to them, and chose to remain forever in their unbelief.
They persistently refused to listen to anything the Holy Spirit was telling them. they chose self-imposed blindness. For this reason, they were strongly judged. Luke 12 :48 says: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” Capernaum was mentioned in Matthew 11:21-24 by Jesus about their absolute rejection of Him: “It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for thee.”
“The fool says in his heart there is no God.” -Psalm 14:1
As we read these words today, we might picture an atheist someone who has come to believe, most likely for just ‘Philosophical’ or ‘Scientific’ reasons, not in the sense of a Supreme Being.
Hebrew scholar Jon D. Levenson describes this type of fool as “not a harmless simpleton, but rather a vicious, materialistic, and egocentric misfit” Professor
Marvin R. Wilson characterizes the nabal as a “practical atheist” not so much someone who says there is no God as someone who “says no to God.” The nabal, in his self-centered arrogance, refuses to acknowledge a higher authority in his life.
The Bible is a most incredible and marvelously written book inspired by the Holy Spirit reveal Himself to a fallen man, providing instructions and examples through a way that has befuddled the fallen nature of a Natural man for thousands of years; even in this statement, that only ‘a fool says in his heart there is no God’.
I Samuel 25, relates an example in the story of a man whose name was Nabal. God uses this man Nabal to reveal a vivid personification of the vile traits of a God-denying fool. In His mercy, and loving-kindness, with a sharp contrast, God gives this God denying man a courageous wife Abigail who embodies the true wisdom of one who walks with God.
When King Saul of Israel sought to take David’s life, David took refuge in the Judean wilderness. There he was joined by a group of about four hundred men who were “in distress or in debt or discontented” (I Sam. 22:2, ). While trying to stay a step ahead of Saul, David and his ‘mini army’ provided protection for people in the area, including the shepherds of a wealthy rancher named Nabal.
I Samuel 25:2-3`A certain man in Maon, who had property there at Carmel, was very wealthy. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing in Carmel. His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband, a Calebite, was surly and mean in his dealings.”
Nabal was a wealthy man, and as we read on we see that this wealth was what mattered most to him; he even seems to have valued it above the priceless treasure of an intelligent and beautiful wife. And in spite of the great blessings he had been given, he had what we might call a ‘disagreeable personality.’
Sheep-shearing Season was a season of great celebration and thanksgiving. David was hoping that since his men had protected Nabal’s shepherds and sheep from harm, Nabal would see fit to reward them with some much-needed provisions. And so David sends ten of his men to Nabal with a request for a suitable compensation (vv. 4-9). However, sadly, Nabal answers their polite request with a stinging rebuke:“Who is David, and who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants nowadays who break away each one from his master. 11 Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men when I do not know where they are from?”
The reply showed that Nabal no doubt lived up to his name. It is thought that it was more of ‘an outburst, then a speech” Through this we see not one, but two Biblical statements about Nabal’s personality.
Proverbs 17:7: “Excellent speech becometh not a fool.”
Isaiah. 32:6: “For the foolish person will speak foolishness,
And his heart will work iniquity: To practice ungodliness,
To utter error against the Lord, To keep the hungry unsatisfied,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.”
As I compare Scripture with Scripture it’s interesting what we get when we compare Nabal’s response with that of Moses when he received this from the Pharaoh of Egypt in Exodus 5:2: “Who is the LORD, that I should obey Him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go.” I do not what? “I do not know the LORD…..” This is so compelling when we look at those around us who do not know the LORD, and as a result, end up doing the things contrary to what God wants for our live. And so we see that Nabal sees in David only what Pharoah saw in this ‘uppity’ Hebrew slave. Pharoah, in his refusal to acknowledge God’s authority was actually a Nabal in the same way here in Psalms 14:1. In the same way, Nabal defied God in the way he went about treating David, by not providing for the needs of David and his hungry men.
Additionally, Nabal’s words can also be compared to those of Gaal son of Ebed (which literally means something like `Loathing son of a slave”) against the judge Abimelech in Judges 9:28: Look what the Word says; `Who is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we should be subject to him?” As a result of Gaal’s mouth it ended up prompting retaliation from Abimelech, and much bloodshed resulted.
The ten young men returned to David and `reported every word” of Nabal’s wicked response. David was inclined to leave retribution in God’s hands, but this time he lost his temper and looked like he was following the same footsteps of Abimelech. Just like Proverbs 15:1 says, it often happens that `a harsh word stirs up anger.’ With four hundred men, David sets out for Nabal’s estate, vowing to kill Nabal and all of his servants; yikes!
It doesn’t take a genius to look around this world, universe, the complexity of life in general and see that none of these things could possibly have happened by an accident, and that kind of thinking is portrayed here as, “The fool who has said in his heart, there is no God.”
# 1 “The…fool” is essentially a person who disregards there is a God and denies that a God had anything to do with his own being or anything else or things around him.
Proverbs 1:1-7 describes the fool as one who despises wisdom and instruction.
A fool does not listen to or heed the Word of God.
Matthew.7:24-27: “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. but everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
The Wise man who hears and obeys the words of Jesus is compared to a man building his house on a rock so that it survives the storms, while the Foolish man who does not listen to Jesus and his life is like a house built upon sand and is destroyed by the storm.
In Luke 12:13-21 the Rich fool was not prepared to meet his Maker and in Matthew:25 the five foolish virgins were not prepared for the arrival of the bridegroom.
Charles H. Spurgeon writes, “Sin is always folly, and as it is the height of sin to attack the very existence of the Most High, so is it also the greatest imaginable folly. To say there is no God is to belie the plainest evidence, which is obstinacy….”
#2 “…The fool says in his heart”–
Saying with his lips one thing, but his heart says another.
The heart is considered the seat of the will of a man, the place where the very essence of our desires reside behind all of our choices……Many people go to church, get to have a knowledge about God, but inside have no regard for the things of God.
“This people draw near with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, while their hearts are far from Me…” Isaiah 28:13
Truth be known, we each have the capacity to tell lies to ourselves and believe them. We choose to believe what we want to believe at the time. Have you ever had a long conversation with yourself to convince yourself that you could sin and get away with it? As if God won’t know what you are doing! This is exactly what the fool in vs. 1 is doing. We can justify all of our wrong actions and attitudes in this manner; we tell ourselves, No God!
#3 “They are corrupt…” The word corrupt means to destroy, spoil, ruin. ”
Kind of sad that this , of all Biblical Doctrines is the one that every day we awake and go about our regular routines proves itself true, and yet we deny our condition and present ourselves as anything but what we are.
Billy Graham, now in his 90’s, was honored for all his achievements, and was quoted as saying, “Some people look at my life and say that Billy was a great Evangelist, and a great teacher, but I say no, ‘Billy is a sinner, still in need of God’s forgiveness, there is no other way of salvation except through the Cross of Christ. Jesus said, “I’m the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by Me, the only way to the Father is through His Son, Jesus Christ, He’s the only One born into this world without sin, but more than that, He was the Righteous One; and when you come to Him, you’re clothed in His Righteousness. God no longer sees your sin. He no longer sees your own heart, He sees Jesus.
Every day in the lives of every person Jesus is denied. Not many people will look at themselves and say, “I am a corrupt sinner!” Yet this is exactly what is needed in order for us to repent and follow Jesus every day. Our society likes to use this word, corrupt, but usually only in relation to politicians. The fact is that spiritually, we are all corrupt by nature, we all need to ask God through Jesus for forgiveness.
Many celebrities dismiss the truth that Jesus is the only Way by which man can come to God. Grammy winner Sheryl Crow, once a church youth group leader, told the New York Post in September of 2005 that she “believes in Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed and all those that were enlightened.”
Celebrities have also treated the teachings of Jesus with a pick and choose approach – take this principle, leave that one. “I like this. I’ll take it and apply it. But I don’t like these others, so I won’t worry about them.” Mel Gibson, director of The Passion of the Christ, defied that school of thought in an interview for ABC when he told Diane Sawyer that a person either believes the entire Gospel, or they believe none of it. I applaud Gibson’s boldness in making that statement.
Many people in Hollywood fail to understand Jesus because they’ve never really been exposed to the truth about who He is and what He did or did not teach. Others may have had negative experiences with church early in their lives. And then there’s the narcissistic environment in Hollywood. Fame and fortune, coupled with acclaim and praise, breeds self-absorption, which ultimately breeds self-worship.
The presence of Christians in Hollywood today could be viewed as being very much like the arrival of Jonah in that ancient city. It is my prayer that God uses these people and their message to shine a light in a dark place to reach many people within the entertainment industry, and that many lives will be changed by the power of His Spirit.
And so just WHAT has History said about Jesus?
Famous French General Napolean was quoted as saying about Jesus:
“I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.”
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political leader about Jesus: “A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.”
Sholem Asch, Jewish author said about Jesus: “Jesus Christ is to me the outstanding personality of all time, all history, both as Son of God and as Son of Man. Everything He ever said or did has value for us today and that is something you can say of no other man, dead or alive. There is no easy middle ground to stroll upon. You either accept Jesus or reject Him.”
Historian Kenneth Scott Latourettesaid about Jesus: “As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that, measured by His effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet.”
Oprah Winfrey when asked about Jesus said: “There couldn’t possibly be just one way . . .” [Lady in the audience: “What about Jesus?”] “What about Jesus? . . . Does God care about your heart or does God care about if you call his son Jesus?”
Leo Tolstoy, the great genius of Russian letters was quoted that: “For thirty five years of my life I was, in the proper acceptation of the word, nihilist, a man who believed in nothing. Five years ago my faith came to me. I believed in the doctrine of Jesus Christ and my whole life underwent a sudden transformation. Life and death ceased to be evil. Instead of despair, I tasted joy and happiness that death could not take away.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Russian Author spoke these words about Jesus and faith: “Even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it, in their inmost being still follow the Christian ideal, for hitherto neither their subtlety nor the ardour of their hearts has been able to create a higher ideal of man and of virtue than the ideal given by Christ of old.” ……and… “The most pressing question on the problem of faith is whether a man as a civilized being can believe in the divinity of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, for therein rests the whole of our faith.”
Einstein – Scientist and Mathematician said about Jesus: “I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase-mongers, however artful¡¨. He further added: “No man can read the gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. Theseus and other heroes of his type lack the authentic vitality of Jesus.”
General Lew Wallace wrote “Ben Hur” was quoted: “After six years given to the impartial investigation of Christianity as to its truth or falsity, I have come to the deliberate conclusion that Jesus Christ was the Messiah of the Jews. the Savior of the world and my own personal Redeemer.” — General Lew Wallace, one-time atheist, military general and literary genius, who along with Robert Ingersoll agreed together they would write a book that would forever destroy the myth of Christianity. Mr. Wallace studied for two years in the leading libraries of Europe and America for information to destroy Christianity. While writing the second chapter of his book, he suddenly found himself on his knees, crying out, “My Lord and my God.” The evidence was overwhelmingly conclusive.
Charles Dickens, British writer said: “I commit my soul to the mercy of God, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I now most solemnly impress upon you the truth and beauty of the Christian religion as it came from Christ Himself, and the impossibility of going far wrong if you humbly but heartily respect it.”
C.S. Lewis – British author said: “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
Watchman Nee – Chinese Bible Teacher said: “God will answer all our questions in one way and one way only. Namely, by showing us more of his Son.”
Florence Nightingale – “People talk about imitating Christ, and imitate Him in the little trifling formal things, such as washing the feet, saying His prayer, and so on; but if anyone attempts the real imitation of Him, there are no bounds to the outcry with which the presumption of that person is condemned.”
Blaise Pascal – French mathematician, Physicist, and Religious philosopher says: “Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.”
Henry Morris, known as the father of Creation science: “The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. If the resurrection did not take place, then Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God and the Christian faith is absolute truth.”
Philip Schaff – Swiss-born theologian said: “Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander the Great, Caesar, Mohamed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, he shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of school, he spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, he set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.”
Unknown: “Buddha never claimed to be God. Moses never claimed to be Jehovah. Mohammed never claimed to be Allah. Yet Jesus Christ claimed to be the true and living God. Buddha simply said, “I am a teacher in search of the truth.” Jesus said, “I am the Truth.” Confucius said, “I never claimed to be holy.” Jesus said, “Who convicts Me of sin?” Mohammed said, “Unless God throws his cloak of mercy over me, I have no hope.” Jesus said, “Unless you believe in Mme, you will die in your sins.”
Vincent van Gogh was quoted: “It is a very good thing that you read the Bible… The Bible is Christ, for the Old Testament leads up to this culminating point… Christ alone… has affirmed as a principal certainty, eternal life, the infinity of time, the nothingness of death, the necessity and the raison d’être of serenity and devotion. He lived serenely, as a greater artist than all other artists, despising marble and clay as well as color, working in living flesh. That is to say, this matchless artist… made neither statues nor pictures nor books; he loudly proclaimed that he made… living men, immortals.”
John Grisham writer“The Firm”, “The Pelican Brief”, “The Client”,: “I came under conviction when I was in the third grade, and I talked with my mother. I told her, ‘I don’t understand this, but I need to talk to you.’ We talked, and she led me to Jesus. The following Sunday I made a public confirmation of my faith. In one sense, it was not terribly eventful for an eight-year-old, but it was the most important event in my life.”
Former guitarist and co-founder of the nu-metal group Korn, Welch’s guitar skills were enough to land him at No. 26 on Guitar World’s “100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of all Time” list in 2004. But fame and fortune weren’t enough for Welch, who developed addictions to alcohol, methamphetamines and sleeping pills. Finally, in 2005, Welch found God. He was baptized in the River Jordan in March 2005. As he later explained in a Full Armor of God radio interview. “I was walking one day, just doing my rock and roll thing making millions of bucks, you know success and everything, addicted to drugs and then the next day I had Revelation of Christ and I was like, everything changes right now!”
“The fool says in his heart there is no God.” -Psalm 14:1
#4 “…Finally a Fool does abominable deeds…” Deeds are the out working of our hearts. If our hearts are corrupt then all our deeds will be abominable.
Abominable means loathsome, detestable, abhorred and rejected by God. Apart from God’s grace, when we are not in Christ, prior to our conversion, all of our deeds are abominable in God’s sight.
Paul writes in Rom.14:23 “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Prior to our salvation we have no faith in Jesus Christ, therefore, none of our actions or thoughts proceed from faith and are sinful. Apart from a saving relationship with Jesus Christ all of our deeds are abominable in God’s sight.
Isaiah writes that “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.”
Ezekiel writes in 36:17 describing how God viewed Israel’s deeds. “…there is none who does good.”
In Mark 10:18 Jesus says, “No one is good except God alone.”
And so the very words of God, Himself is today speaking to those who, in their hearts, say that there is no God, the practical and philosophical atheists, those who have no faith in Jesus Christ, that all you do outside of a relationship with Jesus Christ will all amount to any good deed in God’s eyes. It will not be all the works of philanthropy, that will remove the stain of corruption, your money will not remove it, your wealth and giving away will not change it; only acknowledging God and His Son will make the difference.
Good deeds between hell-bound sinners whose minds never acknowledge God do not impress God; they are still corrupt, abominable and not good in the ultimate sense of the word.
Truth be known, poor people are just as corrupt and abominable as the rich. We are all sinners in need of forgiveness, to remove the yolk of corruption in our minds and hearts. The deeds of the poor practical atheist are equally not good right along with the wealthy atheist. The point that Paul makes in Romans 3 where he uses Psalm 14 is “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (vs.23).
No one is exempt from falling short in our understanding, acceptance, and obedience to God. This verse must first apply it to ourselves, to we who are already believers. To the fullest extent we need to understand that we disobey Jesus Christ when we are saying, “No God!, not right now, I’m busy crafting evil through my sins.
Sin is inconsistent with our calling, with our new nature, and with the Spirit of Christ who indwells us. It’s high time we as believers stand from our ‘lazyboy’s’ and get back into running this race we were callled for. There are brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, grandfathers, grandmothers, friends, and yes, strangers who fall in line with this passage today; and they need to be told, that all those deeds, will not get them to heaven!
Therefore, when we see or meet someone who is obviously apart from Jesus Christ, and who is living their life in a corrupt and abominable manner, we should have compassion on them by sharing the Gospel with them. All too often we shun or shy away from notoriously bad sinners, forgetting that our heart, apart from Christ, is also corrupt.
How shocking it is also that our largest mission fields is the Church itself. Many within our congregations are lost and have no saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, living their lives as practical atheists.
There are so many denominations that have slowly drifted away from obeying simply what God spoke and accepted practicing sins and deny the authority of God’s Word, and yet tens of thousands of ‘believer’ still attend those ‘churches’.
The Church is a mission field. And don’t forget the young people! The teenagers may be cute and be raised by godly parents, yet until they repent and trust in Christ they too are corrupt sinners.
In conclusion we must understand that all of us were natural-born atheists and so to remain in that condition until God’s grace overpowers our unbelief and we see the condition of our hearts and do the right thing, ask God to fix it. It’s amazing how when we get sick physically, how fast we run to the pharmacy to get a solution to our illness and hope it will get better. It’s the same way with so many within the church, still sick spiritually, and yet living foolish spiritual lives with a ‘form of godliness and no power therein’. As we look at witnessing to those who claim to be atheists, agnostics., we can do so confidently because we know that Scripture says this kind of person is a fool.
But instead of holding the atheist in contempt, we need to identify with him/her because we know that at times, when we choose to sin, we too are proven fools by denying God who has saved us. Remember the fool is a man who is dominated by his pride The person of pride also has desires, even as we have desires, but his thoughts are not related to God.
What does a fool, who say’s ‘there is no God’ like?
“The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.” He cannot relate his thoughts to God, and so his needs are not related to God and His purpose. This kind of person is one where God is not in all of his thoughts, and as a result, there is no gratitude and thanksgiving to God. He thinks with all his being that he did everything himself, Paul says, “What do you have that you did not receive?” 1 Corinthians 4:7 This kind
He challenges us to try to think of something that has not ultimately come from God. that is how corrupt our hearts are, pride does this. Pride forces a person to think only about himself, his world, and what is important to him. Pride can blinds us to the reality of God’s intimate involvement in our individual lives.
In closing, we have so much to consider, and reconsider, especially when we remember what the Holy Spirit says about His written Word in 2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The fact is that people reject belief in God due to a desire to live free of the moral constraints He requires and to escape the guilt that accompanies the violation of those constraints. “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them … men are without excuse … their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools … Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie” Romans 1:18-25.
‘The fool says in his own heart, there is no God’
The sobering aspect of all this is that ‘any of us can fall into this state… Look at how this passage is summed up in verse 5. “There they are in great fear, for God is with the generation of the righteous” Just like us, the fool can’t help, but be aware of God around him. Sadly, when the Judgment of God does come, then….the fool, because of what he knows of God, will also know great fear.
Even more sad will be the throngs of those religious in line that day of Judgement who will hear the words in Matthew 7:22: “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? and in Thy Name have cast out devils? and in Thy Name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.”
Like us, the fool being aware of God. when the punishment, the curse, for sin comes—when God begins to reveal Himself as the Judge of sinners—then the fool, because of what He knows of God, also knows great fear. If he only had thought, “There is no God,” the fear would not exist, but he knows that there really is a God, though his life belies it.
Luke 18:10 is a good starting place for us today as Jesus said: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Maybe there are some of you, who happened to be browsing the worldwide web, and stumbled onto this reading today. You know who you are, you know the pride that has held you back from being free of the confusion in your life. God is ready to forgive you, ‘As far as the East is from the West…..He is ready to forgive your sins and cast them into the depths of the ocean, never to be remembered by Him again.” The Bible says in Romans 10:8 that: “ The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved……for with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation……For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed…….For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”
You can pray this passage, and ask Him, “God I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He was born sinless, and bore my sin on His cross, I believe,that He died for all my sins.and that He was raised from the dead, and lives today, giving me eternal life. I confess all my sins and give my life unto you. Fill me with the Holy Spirit, and write my name in the book of life. Amen. The cool thing is that the Bible says that when you prayed that prayer, ‘all the angels in heaven were rejoicing over the repentance of your sins.”
For those of us who know God, and need to keep on being reminded, as I do; and recognize that you need help remember this as God has promised to help you if only I would ask…. according to Your Word in Psalms 139:23: ” Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
This video is MUST SEE! Please take the time to look at it. If there is someone you know who has the characteristics of a fool in his heart, there is hope!
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” 1 Corinthians 1:18