Friday, 3 March 2017

The Fool And His Folly

Proverbs 26:4 Don't answer a fool according to his foolishness or you'll be like him yourself.

      Yiddish saying: "If he were twice as smart, he'd be an idiot!"
      The Apostle Paul warned us about arguing over words, or as some call it, "Alternative facts." Truth is truth. Whether someone hears it or not is not up to us, but rather the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in the Gospel of John: "The Holy Spirit would do all the convicting, convincing and reproving." John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. 

      Christians are to influence the world with the love we have for one another. We are to be ready to explain and demonstrate why we love the Lord and the reasons for the joy and peace that leads us toward following Christ, regardless of circumstances. 2 Tim. 2:14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 
      The reason we are instructed to not argue, fight, and bully concerning the word of God is simple; arguing with a fool will go nowhere and amount to nothing. Prov. 26:4 Don't answer a fool according to his foolishness or you'll be like him yourself. If a person has chosen to speak out his folly by declaring there is no God, then we are dealing with a soul issue that only God Himself can heal. 
      Psalm 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. This kind of stubbornness is deeply influenced by the enemy of our soul and only the love of God can break through such hardness of heart. The Holy Spirit can shed light on the hidden darkness of any soul.
      The world is awash in foolishness and half-truths that have become mainstream. In some circles foolishness has become the normal direction being chosen by governments, school boards, and numerous companies who have through legislation maneuvered their ways into our lives. 
      Big medicine, agriculture, banking, and industry have lobbied their way into positions of influence and have moved into our everyday normal existence. Day by day we become deeply connected to these systems and must keep our spiritual ear tuned to what the Holy Spirit is saying so that we do not become wholeheartedly dependent on them for the nourishment of our souls. 
      We often cringe at the foolish choices being made by our leaders and authorities and realize why God instructs us to pray for them. They do not have the wisdom of God; therefore, are found in need of divine help. 1 Tim. 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. God asks us to pray for our leaders so that we may live peaceful lives. It does not guarantee there will be peace on earth, but rather we would remain in peace regardless of what foolishness is manifesting. Pray for them so we may be at peace.
       Peace is not the absence of war. The world's example of peace is living without war and is the only peace the world can offer. However, real peace can be had within our beings in any place and time if we are fully in Christ. Matt. 5:9  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. The world system, often through its own methods, brings great chaos and harm to multitudes of people. Then when there is mayhem, they turn around and blame God for the terrible consequences inflicted on humanity. Now that is foolishness on a grand scale.
      Saints, the fool and his folly is all around us because the wisdom of God is not accepted as truth. People claim to have there own truth and will argue their view to the point of ridiculousness. Prov. 14:12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. 
      In Christ, we have a great and wonderful God whose love we have responded to. Yes, there will be times when we will be foolish and do foolish things, but God will guide us into all truth if we let Him. The Kingdom of God is not just all about talk. It is a Kingdom of power and blessing that can remove foolishness from our hearts. 1 Cor. 4:20 For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God's power. May we all become wise in the name of the Lord. Amen!

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