Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
Disobedience is something extremely dangerous. But worse is to show defiance and pride when one is reprimanded. You can have lots of knowledge but if you do not have humility to admit mistakes, especially when it is others who see your faults, yours is nothing but a complete lack of wisdom. Rejecting a rebuke is but a vulgar show of the pride that nests in the depths of our hearts. This pride is a sign that we do not want to walk in the fear of God. By contrast, arrogance is what separates us from the path of life to lead us into the footsteps of doom. Some modern philosophies and others which are not so modern teach that we must listen to our hearts. This really only applies if ours is a heart transformed by God. Otherwise, we would end up being guided by our sinful nature which opposes God and everything that has to do with His authority.
Have you been rebuked recently by something you know you’re doing wrong? How did you respond to the warning? Did you accept it willingly or else turned it down to go along with the pride of your heart? Only God is perfect. No one else is. So it is more likely that we commit many faults. The idea is that we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us through the transformation by the renewing of our mind and the wisdom that only he can give us to learn how to make fewer mistakes every day. The recognition of our mistakes is the first step toward transforming our lives, for how to correct what we think we are doing right? Always seek God’s guidance through His word and heed the rebuke that comes from those who truly love us. Only to God be the glory!
Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
We often wonder why God allows the existence of towns and cities where his name is despised. These towns and cities are populated by wicked people who have misbehaved for years and years, despite the many warnings against it. Towns and cities are known worldwide for using the questionable lifestyle of those who inhabit them as a trademark. Thus we have, for example, San Francisco, California where there is a large community of people who live according to the gay lifestyle. Las Vegas, Nevada, is known for gambling and prostitution. They even call it “Sin City”! Both the principality of Monaco and Macau, one of the Special Administrative Regions of China have been important centers for gambling for a long time. The mountain fortress of Alamut in Iran, now in ruins, used to represent the ultimate place where you could find a murderer for hire. Indeed, the English word assassin comes from the word hashashin, which means smoker of hashish in the Arabic language. But that’s another story.
Many times we complain about violence, poverty and other ills that prevail in the places where we live. We say that the fault lies with the civil authorities who have, by their gross inability, allowed crime to advance freely and without reins. But when was the last time you prayed for your city? Abraham interceded beyond reason with God to save Sodom and Gomorrah. After intense negotiations God accepted that if ten righteous people were found in Sodom he would cancel the sentence of destruction he had imposed on the two cities because of their collective sin of homosexuality. Unfortunately for the sodomites, only four people were found, so the punishment was carried out as it had been decreed. By contrast, the city of Nineveh was spared by the prompt intervention of the repentant king and the obedience of its people to his call for collective fasting. Intercede for your city, chances are that’s all that remains for God to begin to pour out his blessings on it. Only to God be the glory!
I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
I crushed them so that they could not rise;
they fell beneath my feet.
The children of God are always involved in a very special battle. Unlike the wars that we hear about every day in various parts of this wide world, Christians do not have to fight with other human beings. The struggle of the Christians is against the passions that war within themselves. James, the brother of the Lord Jesus described it this way: “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”  He also says: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  The apostle Paul puts it this way: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” 
Our enemies are not our fellow believers, not even those who do not believe in God or who believe in false gods. Our enemies are within our own being and also in the spiritual realm. The hardest part of dealing with this situation trying not to make it personal against those who adverse and harass us. They are not who should be the object of our attacks or those against who must make a defense. Behind each of these people there are a lot of spiritual beings of various ranks organized to do battle against us. If we do not know who our enemy really is on the battlefield how can we point our guns against the troops that oppose us? So let us humble ourselves before the Lord and he will exalt us and grant us victory over our real enemies. To God alone be the glory!
 James 4:1-4
 James 4:7
 Ephesians 6:12
Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.
Separated from God we are nothing and we can do nothing. Our Lord Jesus is the life and without life there is nothing left but death. Our Lord Jesus is the vine and we are the branches and no branch can bear fruit by itself, but must remain on the vine. Why walk separated from God if we know that away from him we can only find frustration, death, sorrow and pain? The Lord Jesus chose simple examples to explain these things to us so that we would all understand that we need to be close to him in order to live. However, many people hear these words and as soon as they stop listening they forget them. They are like the seed that the farmer scattered and fell among thorns. They fail to bear fruit because their cares and concerns are always more important than the cultivation of the word of God, which is what can bring solution to all their worries. Their scope is limited to the problem and they do not realize that Christ, the solution, is at hand.
Do not be so quick to identify these faults in others because it has happened to us all in a greater or lesser degree. What matters is that in God we have the solution and it is he who we must seek in prayer at all times and under all circumstances to maintain our soil good and prepared, so that when the seed of the Word of God s dropped, it can sprout, grow and produce a yield of thirty, sixty or a hundredfold. As the Lord Jesus: “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Again, let us stick close to the Lord, for separated from him we are nothing and we can do nothing. To God alone be the glory!
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