Do We Destroy The Very Things We Say We Love
By Bob Lawson
All scripture taken from the King James Version
2017 Bob Lawson
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[+ THE ACTIVE POWER OF CHOICE AT WORK+]
[+ ACTIVE POWER TO ACCOMPLISH A GIVEN EFFECT+]
I woke up early with thoughts on my mind, but that sounds rather strange; for we are truly never without thoughts. A thought that kept running through my mind was: How thoughts have such an effect on our lives.
Thoughts: They enable us to learn. They enable us to investigate the laws of nature. Laws of physical, moral and spiritual things. Thoughts: they control our likes, dislikes, and our desires. For example: Do I want to see a movie? What type of movie do I want to go see? Desires: Do I desire to become successful in my endeavors. Thoughts control every aspect of our lives. Thoughts surround our every action throughout our every day and invade even our nights with dreams.
Thoughts: Where do they come from? They enter our lives by what we see with our eyes, they enter our minds with what we hear, taste, smell, touch, etc. which are the natural senses and they do control our lives. For example: If you have ever put your hand on a hot panhandle, after the pain; your thought was most likely, get a pot holder in the future.
Thoughts: They can control us or we can control our thought. The choice is ours, for God Almighty gave mankind the right of freewill to choose as he will. Inspired of God: Phil 4:8 KJV Paul writes; “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Throughout the word of God, we are instructed to not be as those that live after the flesh, seeking the things of the world. God has given mankind the free will to choose, therefore; He said in His Word: (Col.3:1) “If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” We are also instructed in (Col.3:2) to “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Look around you. What do you see people like on a whole? Is your heart crying out to open the blind eyes before it is much too late? I see so much of the human race continuing to destroy all that God created for their pleasure. The earth that God filled with such beautiful wonders, is being filled with the pollutants of waste from mankind’s desire to prosper in his own greed; yet he says, I love this earth. Do we destroy the very things we say we love? Now that we have looked at the whole of life around us, how about us taking a good look at ourselves. Just what are, our thoughts set on? I know that it is one of the hardest things to do for us to take a truthful inventory of ourselves, but let us try. We say: “I want truth, but we lie. I want honesty, but we cheat, justness, but are never fair, purity, but degrade and defile, and most of all we ask for love, but give hurt and build hate in so many things we say and do. Do we destroy the very things we say we love? Could it be that we are truly, only saying—yes, only saying that we love those things? Perhaps it may be because we have not learned the true meaning of Love, as Christ loves; not as the world loves in word only. Thoughts go through our minds continually, but are we thinking on whatsoever things, are true, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things? God had Paul write, if there be any virtue. Let’s really take a look at that Word VIRTURE and its meaning and truly understand. VIRTURE: Conformity or obedience to a of right, an active power to accomplish a given effect. Now I’m going to give you something to deeply ponder. That active power is our own Free Will to Choose. For an example: (Luke 8:46) “and Jesus said, Some- body hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.” An active power to accomplish a given effect went out of Him and the woman was made whole. Does this not prove that Virtue truly does have an active power? That active power is the free will to choose and what so ever you choose will accomplish a given effect. We were created in the image of God. ( GEN 1:26) “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” God truly has a free will to choose and by his choice everything was created. (GEN 1:3) “…God said, let there be light: and there was light.” Speaking was an act of his free will and it surly had an active power to accomplish a given effect. He said let there be – and the active power accomplished the effect that it was sent forth to do – and light became. The task of his words where accomplished and so it is with our words. We have been talking about words having an active power, well look at this; (MATT 8:8) “the Centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” (MATT 8:13) “…and his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.” Again, we see that Virtue: conformity or obedience to a Standard of right. (MATT 8:7) “…Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. Was there virtue in the words of Jesus? Yes, for his words conformed or obeyed and the servant was healed. Was there virtue in the words of the Centurion? Yes, for he said, “…speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” Did his words conform to a standard of right when his servant was healed? Are we created in the image of God? Was there not truly virtue in the words of both Jesus and the Centurion? But what do we speak? Do we destroy the very things we SAY we love? To answer that all you need to do is listen to others and your own words? Think on it.
The Active Power Of Choice At Work
Let’s take a good look at a man that fought so hard to be Pharaoh in Egypt. He kept telling himself from boyhood, “I will be Pharaoh after my father and this will be my wife.” All he did and all that he gained was in vain, for the very things that he so loved he, himself destroyed, because he would not be virtuous. He would not conform to a standard of right. Yet he had the active power within himself to choose what was right and did not use it time and time again. He chose a standard of wrong. When people use their active power to choose wrong in life is it the fault of God? Absolutely not! God gave to very person a free will to choose and God was not, nor is a respecter of person, Romans 2:11 and Acts 10:34 therefore Pharaoh had the active power to conform to a standard of right to accomplish the given effects that he said he wanted. Do we destroy the very things that we say we love? Then do we truly love those things? Pharaoh had the power to just say a word and the people of God would have been free, would he act on what was right? No! Did Satan really, make him say no I will not let your people go? No! Like so many today, use the excuse like Flip Wilson; “The Devil made me do it.” The truth is, he did it out of his own free will to choose until God was tired of his disobedience and hardened Pharaoh’s heart. Keep in mind, (ECC. 1:9) “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the son.” Therefore, God will harden the heart of a stubborn person today just as well as He did with Pharaoh. Do we destroy the very things we say we love? Why do People do that and yet say they love the very thing they are destroying? One reason is found in (Prov. 16:18) “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” I believe Pharaoh is such a good example of that, so let’s look at his pride and haughty sprit, that formed wrong thoughts. 1. Pharaoh would not listen to Moses and Aaron, for he was Pharaoh and just who are these people, but mere men of no position. Pharaoh and Moses were raised up in the same house, but was Moses a mere man when he stood before Pharaoh as the representative of God Almighty? That haughty spirt had pharaoh blinded and deaf to God and all pharaoh could see was Moses, a man. The Lord God Almighty displayed His strength as Aaron took the staff of Moses and laid it down before Pharaoh and the staff became a serpent. Was that enough to make him listen? No! He just restored to calling upon his sorcerers to duplicate the same act with their rods, but the serpent of Moses ate up the others and returned to just a staff as Aaron picked it up again. Did Pharaoh destroy the thing he loved by the displaying of his haughty spirited pride? I would say yes, for in doing so, pharaoh only proved that the God of Moses was more, mighty then Pharaoh himself. He exhorted his active power of choice without virtue: the conformity or obedience to a standard of right. Yes, he destroyed a part of himself which was the faith of his people in his power as Pharaoh. In many ways are we not the same when Jesus sends a representative to instruct us and we look at the man and not the message? We can read this and ask ourselves, how can a person’s eyes of understanding be so blind, but how many times have we repeatedly made the same mistake without learning to change it? Isn’t that the same? Did his wrong decision making, stop there? No! 2. Pharaoh again would not conform to God’s standard of right and it caused all the waters of Egypt to be turned to blood causing his own people to suffer for seven days. They began to hate Pharaoh, therefore he himself was destroying the love that he wanted so greatly form the people in the way he heard the people shouting, Moses – Moses in times past, but are they shouting with joy at what their Pharaoh is causing them to suffer? Again, destroying the very love, he wanted from the people. Do we destroy the very things we say we love? Did that open the eyes of his understanding? No! 3. The frogs came and Pharaoh made a vow to let the people of God go and Moses ask God to let the frogs live in the waters only and God did and Pharaoh did not keep his vow. Isn’t that a haughty spirit? After all the things, he had seen, his active power of choice was yet negative and he could not be changed. Yes, we have thoughts and we can let those thoughts control us or we can control our thoughts, for we have been given the active power to accomplish a given effect, by the act of our Free Will, which is God given to all mankind. But what did Pharaoh choose? He chose to destroy the very things that he said he loved. How did he do this? (Numbers 30:2) “If a man (or woman) vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his (or her) soul with a bond; he (or she) shall not break his (or her) word, he (or she) shall do according to all that proceeded out of his (or her) mouth.” Again, he could have done what was right, but through an act of his own will, he activated the power to accomplish a given effect, but it was not one that he would enjoy, nor his people. for there came another blight upon Egypt. The very place he fought so hard to be Pharaoh over. Was he destroying the very things that he said he loved and fought to have. What are we destroying that we have dreamed of all our lives and say we love it? Because he would not keep his word the people he said he loved were the people that suffered once again. When a man will not keep his word can he command respect? You know the answer to that question. 4. The dust of Egypt was turned into lice through all the land of Egypt. It is easy to look at someone else and wonder what it will take for the person to wake up and see that they are only destroying things pertaining to themselves. Aren’t people truly destroying their country little by little and say they love the country they live in? Not just America, but all over the world? 5. Then came the flies and Moses (the man of God) warned Pharaoh to not deal deceitfully with him, any more, but Pharaoh did so again. This continued as the heart of Pharaoh remained hardened and the Lord than hardened his heart and with a hard heart his eyes of understanding were blinded that Pharaoh could not reason with understanding and it was by the active power of his own free will that was destroying all he held important in life. It was not the faulty of Moses, Pharaoh’s wife or anyone else that he might choose to cast blame on. It was easy then, and it is easy today for people to cast the blame on other things or people for the wrong choices they have made through their freedom of choice. We have seen the blame game in the garden, we saw it with Pharaoh, we saw it with the Children of God in the wilderness and we see it today with people that every time something is not liked in the country the President is blamed and Like so many in life, Pharaoh just would not stop to take a look at what his own words and action were causing in his life until all that he said that he loved was destroyed and at the end even himself. God said, that which has been shall be and that His word would not return void. That is so true, for we see men who are renowned that cheat in business dealings to get ahead in life and when they feel they got away with it they begin to cheat on their wife and other things, never thinking they will get caught. God has news for them: Numbers 32:23 “…and be sure your sin will find you out.” God’s word did not return void and they were found out and their reputation was destroyed; just as Pharaoh destroyed his reputation as a god and king over Egypt as the people seen that he had no power to stop all the plagues or anything else and it was by an act of his own will. Do we destroy the very things we say we love? You, be the judge in your own heart and mind. Another good example of foolish destructive attitudes is a man called Balaam whose life was saved by a talking donkey. Numbers 22:28-33 “…the Lord caused the donkey to speak! “What have I done that deserves your beating me these three times?” she asked. 29. “because you have made me look like a fool!” Balaam shouted. “I wish I had a sword with me, for I would kill you.” 30. “Have I ever done anything like this before in my entire life?” the donkey asked. “No,” he admitted. 31. “Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes and he saw the angel standing in the road way with drawn sword, and he fell flat on the ground before him.” 32. “Why did you beat your donkey those three times?” the angel demanded. “I have come to stop you because you are headed for destruction.” 33. “Three times the donkey saw me and shied away from me; otherwise I would certainly have killed you by now, and spared her.” Yes, he was saved by an donkey that he would have killed if he could have. What will you call a friend that tries to save you? Balaam was like so very many today that just will not take some good advice and this is what happened. To Balaam as he pressed on in his wicked and deceitful ways. Numbers 31:8 “…Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.” Do we not love even ourselves that we would press on until all is destroyed as Balaam? You can read the entire scenario and you will find that Balaam choose to run with the wrong people and today running with the wrong people can destroy you and your life, for that which has been shall be. Take note: God’s word will never change nor will it return void. We have seen it in God’s Word again and again and we have seen, heard, and done likewise in this day and age. That is only saying that you love yourself when you give empty Words only and not in deeds, but with thoughts that go unchecked and turn to actions that can only destroy. How sad, but true; some people won’t even learn when God has a donkey talk to them. So sadly, in life, I see the unwise choices of mankind and they don’t understand the virtue God placed within them. That Virtue is the freedom of choice. That Virtue is the conformity of one’s life and conduct to a moral and ethical principles of which I will speak of more latter. First think of life today and all that we see and hear, for example some do not like something and the first thing they want to do is march in protest and others what to go out to confront the protest knowing this action, most likely will cause confrontation that have proven to bring damage and harm to something or someone, but like Balaam they cannot stay away. God’s Word said: James 3:16 “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” There is no time that God’s word ever return void. The Virtuous choice would be, I believe, if your beliefs about a thing is different stay home and let them talk. When it is over, then have your own protest latter for your side, virtue is an active power to accomplish a given effect. What given effect do you want to accomplish? Freedom of choice. Will we choose to conform to God’s moral and ethical principles as He said: Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” I sit and watch the clouds floating by and think, oh, Lord if only mankind desired to be called; Children of God. What mankind could accomplish by working and building together? Yes, it is a dream, but the ability to dream wonderful dreams in a world that so often destroys the very things they say they love is a marvelous thing of God. I am sure you will agree. Amen and Amen!
Active Power To Accomplish A Given Effect
That active power is the free will to choose and what so ever you choose will accomplish a given effect. We were created in the image of God, Genesis 1:26 “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness….” God truly has a free will to choose and by his choice everything was created. Genesis 1:3 “…God said, let there be light: and there was light.” Speaking was an act of his free will and it surly had an active power to accomplish a given effect. He said let there be—and the active power accomplished the effect that it was set forth to do- and light became. The task of his words, were accomplished and so it is with our words, for He will keep them as we conform to His will. We have been talking about words having an active power, well look at this; Matthew 8:8 “The Centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou should come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” Matthew 8:13 “…and his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.” Again, we see that Virtue: Conformity or obedience to a Standard of right. Matthew 8:7 “…Jesus said unto him, I will come and heal him.” Was there virtue in the words of Jesus? Yes, for his words conformed or obeyed and the servant was healed. Did the Centurion’s words conform to a standard of right when his servant was healed? He said, speak the word only and it was so, wasn’t it? Are we created in the image of God.? Was there not truly virtue in the words of both, God and man? But what do we speak? Doubt and despair over our lives. Do we destroy the very things we we love? To answer that all you have to do is open your ears and listen to what is said around you. Deuteronomy 10:14 “Behold (look very carefully), the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. You are in this earth therefore you belong to the Lord and how will you care for yourself? Will you go on not being a watchman as the Lord requested of us all? Whatsoever you destroy belongs to God, as He said: “…the earth also, with .” Yet, I look and I listen to mankind destroying the very things he says he loves. Be honest with yourself, about yourself. Are you destroying the things you say you love? What do you desire to be given? Perhaps we should take a better look at what we are giving. Are, by our own giving taking away from ourselves? To answer that all you have to do is look truthfully at your life and the life you see others living. Have we from day to day forgotten that, God’s Holy Word will not return void? Again, it is written: Luke 6:38 “Give, and it shall be given unto you.
DO WE DESTROY THE VERY THINGS WE SAY WE LOVE?
The things we say we want The very things we give
Just what is your STANDARD? Is it a standard in your life to conform to God’s Word? Or are you straddling the fence between God’s Word and the ways of the World with no standard at all? That has always been the question in life. Do you know that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, but it seems that more people want to find something to frown about in life. To answer the question, do we destroy the very things we say we love, let me give an example that all, today can relate with. We say, as Americans, that we love America, But when an election does not go the way we wanted or hoped it would what do we do? We use the active power of freedom of choice to Fight at every point and disrupt all that we can. Think if you were trying to accomplish something and others kept side tracking your thoughts and those that should be working with you, would not do their best, wouldn’t it keep you from accomplishing much? We destroy our own America just as Pharaoh in his stubborn pride only destroyed all that he said he loved. It is stubbornness that brought him down, not an army. Where is the virtue in this America gone? Let me remind you of the definition of Virtue: Conformity or obedience to a standard of right, an That active power is our own Free Will to choose. How long will mankind choose not to conform or be obedient to a standard of right? Only a fool destroys the things that he says he loves, for that only hurts himself. Make following God’s Word the standard of right in your life and be Virtuous. Amen! and Amen!
KEEP YOURSELF IN CHECK
No one likes to have someone put them in check, then keep yourself in check and God; nor anyone else will have to put you in check. We all have the freedom of choice then let us choose the effect we truly want by our Active Power Of free Choice. Proverbs 8:33 “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.” God sent Moses and Aron to instruct Pharaoh, but out of his free will; he chose not to listen; and activated a power to accomplish a given effect of destruction. Yes, that choice of disobedience accomplished all that he held dear to himself being destroyed. Proverbs 8:34 “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the Posts of my doors.” Matthew 7:7 “… Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” If you shall seek the wisdom of God and allow his instruction to come in, you will understand the will of God in your life. Pharaoh would not let God’s wisdom in and look what happened. Make this your choice and Activate the power of your freedom of choice to accomplish the good in your life, no longer destroying the things you say you love. Really love them and care for them, its your free choice.
I pray these words of instruction have been clear, and fallen upon fertile ground giving you a life changing joy. Amen and Amen!
Mankind has been plagued with the question: Do we destroy the very things we say we love? The next question is: why does mankind destroy those things that he says he loves? It has to do with his thoughts. As it is written, Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he….” Thoughts: They can control us or we can control our thoughts. The choice is ours, for God Almighty gave mankind the right of freewill to choose as he will. Inspired of God: Philippians 4:8 KJV Paul writes; “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” We are going to take a look at some lives and just what their thoughts activated through free will of choice. We will see what they loved, we will see how their thoughts controlled their actions, and we will see the affect it had on the future of their life, and how it could have been avoided in the hopes that our lives will not suffer a like destruction. I have heard over the years, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could see into the future and know what needed to be changed and change it?” Yes, that would be nice and in a sense, we can, by looking back at what has been. God said in Ecclesiastes 1:9 “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be….” We will see the mistakes man has made in the past and are being made in this day and age. That makes me ask, will mankind ever learn from the past or is he just not looking. Throughout the word of God, we are instructed to not be as those that live after the flesh, seeking the things of the world. God has given mankind the free will to choose, therefore; He said in His Word: Colossians 3:1 “If you then be risen with Christ, seek those thing, which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” We are also instructed in Colossians 3:2 “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Look around you. What do you see people acting like on the whole? Is your heart crying out to open the blind eyes before it is much too late? I see neighbor against neighbor and mankind fighting and destroying because of differences of ideas and allowing attitudes to become contentious. As a boy, I was taught, “watch the mistakes of others and be a wise decision maker by letting their mistakes be your teacher and you will not have to suffer as they did in the past.” We are going to find out what virtue is. Luke 8:46 “and Jesus said, somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.” We will find out the role virtue plays in mankind’s life and just what it was that went out of Jesus when He was touched by somebody. May your life be truly blessed by the receiving of this understanding. Amen.