Crown of Sonnets-Seven Things The Lord Hates

Proverbs 6:16-19  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

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1. A Proud Look

It sadly leads a man to such disgrace.
A proud look first begins within the heart,
then manifests itself upon the face,
and to the soul, it’s like a piercing dart.

The Scripture mentions satan’s sin of pride.
He wanted so to be like the Most High.
It drove him, and it led him to decide
‘gainst God rebel, His holy will defy.

The lofty scheme of satan came to naught.
For one who thwarts God’s plan, it’s never well.
Devil’s pride like a web, and he got caught.
His destination is a burning hell.

If character of man toward pride is bent
the only remedy is to repent.

2. A Lying Tongue

The only remedy is to repent
if lying words from your lips do proceed.
Deceitful speech can cause a heart to rent;
is like sore wound inflicted that does bleed.

For uttered falsities, the price to pay
in Acts 5th chapter, story we do tell.
Husband and wife both lied on the same day,
died at apostles’ feet and went to hell.

Though judgment for our lies may not be swift,
God gives us time so that we can confess.
Be sure that with your Maker there’s a rift.
Continuing in lies leaves life a mess.

If telling of lies be your sinful plight
you best do a 180, get it right.

3. Hands That Shed Innocent Blood

You best do a 180, get it right
if you have caused death of the innocent.
Such acts, they are so grievous in God’s sight.
Taking of lives, for us it is not meant.

How sad to read the tale of Abel and Cain,
first murder ever, spawned by jealousy.
The anguish of a brother that was slain
caused both their parents untold misery.

Each day the countless deaths of the unborn
regarded as just tissue, swept away.
Oh how the heart of God must truly mourn
as precious lives are trashed like worthless clay!

The path of such a sin, where does it start?
It’s deep within the bowels of the heart.

4. An Heart That Deviseth Wicked Imaginations

It’s deep within the bowels of the heart
where thoughts of murder, rape and lust do spring.
Way down inside a man the crime does start.
The human heart is such a wicked thing.

Ill musings that are born of hate and greed
like venom that’s a poison to the soul,
when brooded on eventually will lead
to birthing of ungodly, evil goal.

The doing of all wrong first starts within.
It grows inside the heart before its birth;
does incubate and manifests as sin
and causes untold pain upon this earth.

Devising wicked imagination
bringing serious trepidation.

5. Feet That Be Swift In Running To Mischief

Bringing serious trepidation
feet that run fast to do an evil thing
to their victims, a source of frustration
through infractions such trouble they do bring.

They cause tribulation, pacing the streets
with purpose in mind, never to do well,
race to computer spewing vicious tweets
perhaps inspired by the imps of hell.

Their wily unrest mostly in the night
scarcely aided by flashlight or candle,
upon spoil of others they take flight
to pillage, steal, maim, destroy and vandal.

The ones possessing mischief running feet
from such evil ways they ought to retreat.

6. A False Witness That Speaketh Lies

From such evil ways they ought to retreat;
cease from character assassination.
Untruthful words they ought not to repeat
that ruin some poor soul’s reputation.

Some, they choose to speak such fabrication.
Do they think it might make self look better?
In the end it will be their damnation,
turning them into eternal debtors.

Don’t spin tales to make someone look bad
or secure a desired position.
It’s not worth it, and you will not be glad.
It leads to your personal perdition.

A false witness that speaketh cruel lies,
he is a foolish one that is not wise.

7. He That Soweth Discord Among Brethren

He is a foolish one that is not wise
sowing seeds of discontent and discord.
Maker of division, it’s no surprise
his subtle dealings, hated by the Lord.

When he feels to him, there has been offense
immediately to blabbing he does go.
To him it only makes perfect sense.
His perceived injustice all should now know.

The devil uses him to cause church splits
in assemblies that have sweet unity.
The discontented throws his hissy fits,
for turmoil makes opportunity.

When grumbler gets all up in your face
it sadly leads a man to such disgrace.

 

I Have Or I Will?

I think it was one of the verses our students were memorizing this week that got me thinking along these lines. The verse was 2 Timothy 4:7.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”

This is a short and easy verse to memorize, especially with the repetition of “I have” in the verse. As I was thinking about these words written by the apostle Paul, another verse of Scripture came to my mind.

” For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Isaiah 14:13,14

There is such a great contrast in these verses. The words we read in Isaiah were spoken by Lucifer(aka satan)and show the rebellion that lead to his fall.

I noticed that:

  • He spoke in the future tense.
  • His plans left God completely out of the picture.
  • He started out in right standing with God, but because of his willfulness became the enemy of God.
  • Nothing that he said he was going to do came to pass. God saw to that, and we can read on in this chapter and in other verses in the Bible of his fall.

 

Paul on the other hand :

  • He speaks in the present perfect tense.(The present perfect  expresses an action that is still going on or that stopped recently, but has an influence on the present. It puts emphasis on the result.)
  • Paul’s past, after his Damascus road experience and conversion, clearly had an influence on his present and would also influence his future and eternal destination.
  • Paul started out in wrong standing with God(as all of us do)but through his faith and obedience became a friend of God.
  • Because of Paul’s “I haves” he would have a glorious future.

In 2 Timothy 4:8, Paul goes on to say:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

And we will have a glorious future too when our time of departure comes, if we’re living right!

 

In reading of two speakers

Their words, I ponder still

One of them said “I have”

The other said, “I will”

 

The one who proclaimed “I will”

Spoke purely out of pride

Inappropriate ambition

That in him, did reside.

 

Of all he said he would do

None of it came to pass

Then judgment came upon him

He fell from heaven at last.

 

The second, of which I read

The great apostle Paul

Who considered himself to be

The chiefest sinner of all.

 

On the road to Damascus

His conversion did take place

And this once so proud Pharisee

Became a trophy of God’s grace.

 

He went on to do a work for God

Served faithfully , and then

Near the end of his life

These  “I haves”  he did pen

 

The first I have we read

I have fought a good fight

Through battles in body and spirit

He clung to God with all of his might.

 

And then the following phrase

I have finished my course

He ran the Christian race

Pressed on with no remorse

 

I have kept the faith

The next phrase that he penned

Aided by God’s strength

On which he did depend.

 

Lucifer spoke in the future tense

Grandiose words he did proclaim

Paul spoke in the present perfect

Gave glory to Jesus’ name.

 

Realizing in past and present

God was with him all the way

And would give him the crown of righteousness

On the judgment day.

 

In reading these scenarios

We see two points of view

An influence for good or bad

In what we say and do.

 

We can boast of our future like satan

And leave God completely out

Scheme through our own ingenuity

To bring all our goals about.

 

But when that judgment day comes

And our lofty dreams come to naught

We will realize too late

The lie that we have bought.

 

Or like the apostle Paul

We can give ourselves to God

Allow Him to direct our steps

That path that we do trod.

 

And as we live and labor for Him

Walking in His glory and strength

When we reach the end of our journey

We will stand in heaven at length.

 

9/23/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Angel Of Light

Satan is transformed into an angel of light

With clever craftiness, he makes wrong seem right

It’s no wonder his ministers do the same thing

With ear  pleasing doctrines that they do bring.

 

Bringing deception to a new height

Satan is transformed into an angel of light

Injecting his lies into our society

The masses then believe they are propriety.

 

He endeavors to infiltrate heart and mind

With ideals, the misleading and subtle kind

Satan is transformed into an angel of light

Seeks to make God’s Word appear trite.

 

When Lucifer’s rebellion in heaven erupted

He was cast down to earth, his wisdom corrupted.

Now this has become his pitiful plight

Satan is transformed into an angel of light.

 

8/19/16

 

2Corinthians 11:14-15  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

 

2Corinthians 4:3,4  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 

Isaiah 14:12-15  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

 

Ezekiel 28:14-17  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

 

Isaiah 5:20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

 

 

p r I d e

It goes before destruction.

It goes before a fall.

It’s growth can be phenomenal,

although it starts out small.

 

You can fall into its’ trap,

be mastered and be caught,

by thinking of yourself

more highly than you ought.

 

Of all the things God hates,

this one tops the list.

When it gets inside your spirit,

it becomes what God does resist.

 

It may start with just a look;

something that seems so small,

but as it grows and festers

it’s the greatest sin of all.

 

Only by surrender

of our stubborn human will

can this fierce beast be defeated,

and once again lie still.

 

Only through dying daily;

our flesh being crucified,

can we achieve the victory

o’er this terrible thing called pride.

written 11-3-11

Proverbs 6:16-19

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

 

A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Proverbs 11:2

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

 

Proverbs 13:10

Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

 

Proverbs 16:18

 

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

 

Proverbs 28:25

 

He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

 

Romans 12:3

 

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

 

James 4:6

 

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Joy Of Power Steering

 

For the past 3 or 4 weeks the power steering in my car has not been working. At times, this made driving a real challenge, especially when it came to navigating those tight turns. When doing on street parking, I needed to park in a spot where no other cars could park in front of me, because I might not be able to get out without hitting another vehicle.  In short, I just couldn’t always get to where I wanted or needed to go, because I didn’t have enough strength on my own to turn that wheel.  One day while I was driving to work, I started thinking about what my life was before I knew God. Even though I had some sense of right and wrong, I often found myself in situations where it seemed I couldn’t go the right direction, even though I was trying and had a desire. I can remember particular instances where my conscience told me that what I was doing was wrong, and yet, I persisted in the thing I was doing. My problem was that I had no power.

I’m thankful that all of that struggle started to change when I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost as a teenager! Jesus tells us in Acts 1:8

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

I found that after I received the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, not only did I have power to be a witness for the Lord, but He gave me power over the sin with which I struggled.  Almost immediately I stopped using foul language which was something I really tried to do on my own, but I found that curse words would slip out of my mouth without me even thinking about it. God just took that away! He also helped me to break off a relationship which I knew was taking me in the wrong direction. It is amazing what the power of the Holy Ghost can do in a person’s life! When my daughter was just a toddler, I remember a young man who came and visited our church one day. This guy had a shaved head, goatee beard and just looked like a trouble maker. You could tell he had lived a rough life. I learned later that he had been invovled in gangs and drive by shootings. To make a long story short, he ended up repenting of his sins, being baptized in Jesus’ name and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. If you were to see him today, you would never know that he was a former gang member. He is completely different – changed by the power of the Holy Ghost!

Since the time I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, there have been times when I started to veer off course. Perhaps I wasn’t praying like I needed to or I had slacked off in reading the Word or I wasn’t faithful to the house of God. I would start to mess up, and I could definitely tell that the “powering steering fluid” in me was low. Thank God He gives us the opportunity to repent and get back on track when we start to go in the wrong direction! We can get a refilling and a renewing in the Holy Ghost so that we can have power to continue living in a way that is pleasing to Him.

I am happy to report that the power steering problem in my car was fixed yesterday. No more trying to crank that wheel with just my own strength!

 

 

But Amnon Had A Friend

I have an unusual hobby that I engage in every so often. Every time I attend a church conference, I always try to take at least one of the messages I hear and put the essence of it into poetic form. One of the messages that was preached by Elder Frazier was entitled “But Amnon Had A Friend”. It was a warning to avoid the downfall of Amnon, which was confiding in and listening to the bad, ungodly advice given by his friend, Jonadab. I am thankful for this timely message for young people.(and us older folks too)We really need to be careful about the friendships we have, because if they are not right, we could lose out with God and have our lives become a disaster.  To read about what happened to Amnon in 2 Samuel 13, click here.

Here is my poem. This form of poetry is called a quatern.

 

“But Amnon had a friend”

To whom he did attend

But what Jonadab did advise

Led to Amnon’s sad demise.

 

 

 

These words we cannot amend

“But Amnon had a friend”

May their message be your guide

Take care in whom you confide.

 

 

 

The struggle that raged in his heart

He could have taken to God at the start

“But Amnon had a friend”

Whose counsel led to a tragic end.

 

 

 

When temptation, your mind comes to haunt

Let God be your true confidant

Lest the same error make you descend

“But Amnon had a friend.

 

written 6/24/11

Heart and Mouth Disease

Remember me? I have no respect for justice. I break hearts & ruin lives. I’m malicious. I gather strength with age. The more I’m quoted, the more I’m believed. I flourish at every level of society. My victims are helpless. They can’t protect themselves against me because I have no face. To track me down is impossible…. I’m nobody’s friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it’s never quite the same. My name? Gossip.  – Unknown