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  • John T. Polk II 8:25 am on 2016-09-12 Permalink | Reply
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    9-9-2016 Opinion About Salvation 

    “A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident” (Proverbs 14:16 NKJV).  “A fool” is anyone arguing against this moral distinction between good and evil, and “is self-confident” without God’s approval.  People may say, “I know I’m saved, regardless of what you show me in the Bible!”  Solomon said: “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV).  When Jesus says to “every creature,” “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), how can anyone “know they are saved” if they claimed “salvation” before being baptized?  Salvation is not man’s to claim, but God’s to give, and on His terms!  “For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:32 pm on 2015-03-07 Permalink | Reply
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    3-2-2015             Raising “Stupid” 

    Proverbs 12:1: “Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid.” “Instruction” is discipline by truth, “knowledge” is acceptance of truth. A good student thirsts for “knowledge,” so Jesus Christ taught: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).  There is no learning where there is no discipline. Children whose egos are fed more than their desire to be taught are “stupid” (i.e., “brutish,” like an animal, with unused human ingenuity). “Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge” (Proverbs 14:7). “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20). “I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You” (Psalm 73:22 NKJV)

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-02-18 Permalink | Reply
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    (#157) The Proverbs of Solomon 21:22-Weak Shall Overcome 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 21:22: “A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the trusted stronghold.”

    The worldly method of winning involves might, strength, power, force, violence. All strongholds can be overcome, for attacking armies can: build a surrounding fire and “burn ‘em out” (Judges 9:45-49); build up earthen ramps and go over the wall (Ezekiel 4:2; 17:17); or cut off water and food supplies (2 Chronicles 32:9-11). There is no completely invincible location on earth that cannot be overcome! The mightiest strengths of mankind always have inherent weakness(es).

    God’s way, however, is the way of wisdom, as He has said: “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9). God’s wisdom is also opposite to what humanism teaches: “For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” (James 3:16-17).

    This is certainly true of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).

    What God does to overcome the strength of mankind uses finesse and apparent “weakness.”  “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Corinthians 1:25-29).

    The love of God (Romans 5:8), the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (John 10:17-18), and the inspired written instruction of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13) can conquer sinners all over the world with peace (Galatians 6:16). Jesus Christ said: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
    • Gede Prama 2:31 am on 2014-02-18 Permalink | Reply

      And I love all the posts in this blog really interesting touch words, thank you friend 🙂

  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-10-21 Permalink | Reply
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    (#90) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:35-Who Is Responsible For Good Government? 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 14:35: “The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, But his wrath is against him who causes shame.”

    Any government leader is wise to desire the wisdom of God, even if it is through “a wise servant.” “A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles” (Proverbs 1:5-6). Daniel was a “wise” choice: “Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm” (Daniel 6:3). Even counsel for war should be based upon wisdom: “Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war (Proverbs 20:18); “For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 24:6). Jesus reflected this in His teaching: “Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:31-33).

    A “king” shows what kind of heart he has by his speech(es). “He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend” (Proverbs 22:11). It is up to the government leader to determine his direction: “A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters all evil with his eyes” (Proverbs 20:8); “It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established by righteousness. Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And they love him who speaks what is right” (Proverbs 16:12-13); “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2). A “king” who is not diligently filtering the purity of those around him cannot be helping his people.

    Many, however, seem to surround themselves with fools and liars! “Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness” (Proverbs 25:5); “If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked” (Proverbs 29:12). It is impossible for government to be staffed with “the wicked” and rule rightly! Government is no better, or worse, than those who run it! Haman incurred the wrath of his king because he had abused the king’s influence: “And Esther said, ‘The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!’ So Haman was terrified before the king and queen. Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life, for he saw that evil was determined against him by the king” (Esther 7:6-7). If a government is unjust, ungodly, willfully ignorant of God’s Wisdom, then the leader(s) should be replaced!

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-09-24 Permalink | Reply
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    (#76) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:3-You Said Wh-a-a-t? 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 14:3: “In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.”

    A fool’s mouth speaks with the empty authority of “pride,” but Wisdom had already declared   fool’s rejection with: “Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate” (Proverbs 8:13); so it should surprise no one that when pride speaks, God replies! “And Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go’” (Exodus 5:2), to which God responded: “And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained” (Exodus 14:27-28). It may have been because of Pharaoh’s example that David depicted what a fool would say: “May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks proud things, Who have said, ‘With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; Who is lord over us?’” (Psalm 12:3-4). Other proverbs deal with a fool’s mouth: “A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart” (Proverbs 18:2); “A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul” (Proverbs 18:7); “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words” (Proverbs 23:9). The reason a fool’s mouth “is a rod of pride” is because he/she has no understanding in the heart (and out of it the mouth speaks, Matthew 12:34), despises words of wisdom, and it becomes his/her own destruction with no one else to blame! God offers His Wisdom to make life better now, and best in the time to come, but all who reject this better way are fools! All who think they are smarter than God are fools, and should be avoided like a skunk on the highway!

    The “wise” are preserved by their speech, for they are showing by their language that they have accepted God’s Wisdom into their hearts. This is repeated in Proverbs 15:7: “The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, But the heart of the fool does not do so.” The lips of the wise are also good for others to hear: “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge; For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips, So that your trust may be in the LORD; I have instructed you today, even you” (Proverbs 22:17-19).

    To whom are we listening?

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
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