I didn’t want to make the sermon too long and in writing, this felt like it was already very very long. Therefore, I decided to continue writing this and schedule it for today. I would now like to do some praise and worship with you to begin. We will begin by singing Draw Me Close To You, Close, Open The Eyes Of My Heart, and lastly, Let Your Fire Fall.
Plotting Evil In Your Heart And Gloating Over Doing Kn Evil
O Lord, we thank you so much for gathering us again today to learn more about Your precepts and laws as stated here in Proverbs 6:18-19, and that we are learning of the things that You love and the things which You hate. Help us, O Lord, to be more like You in our every-day conduct and transform us from glory to glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Proverbs 6:18, TPT says, “Plotting evil in your heart toward another, gloating over doing what’s plainly wrong,” and this is our theme verse for today. I want to begin before I move forward by saying that if you have missed last week’s sermon or just can’t remember it, click here.
Now that we have that ground covered, I want to go back to memmory lane a minute. I wrote earlier an open letter to the pro-life movement, explaining some woes in our movement. I mentioned the hate that comes from murdering an abortionist just because of the job he/she is doing. Now, I’d like to talk to everyone reading. It is never a good thing to plot evil against someone in your own heart. If you with someone who wants to assasinate someone els, you must repent right away. Genesis 6:5, NKJV says, “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Jeremiah 17:9, NKJV says, “The heart is deceitful above all things;
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?”
Without Christ, this is true; for Jesus said that apart from Him, we can do nothing (see John 15). This is not just about salvation. To be “in Christ,” (2 Corinthians 5:17), one has to be surrendered to Him. It is not just about making Jesus your Savior, but you must make Jesus your Lord. In Romans 8:ad TPT, it says, “The mature children of God are those that are led by the impulses of the Holy Spirit.” In other words, they are lead every second of the day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may say, “But that’s impossible.” Well, Kat Kerr does such. There are a select few that do this. However, as they themselves will tell you, this is not the call of an elete class of Christians. As Romans tells us, this is the call of every believer in the world. This is what maturity in Christ looks like.
This is how your heart will no longer be “desperately wicked.” This is because you are connected not just by belief only as some teach. You cannot say that you are seated in heavenly places and act otherwise as some seem to claim.
Let’s now look at Psalms 36:4, TPT which says, “They lie awake at night to hatch their evil plots, always planning their schemes of darkness, and never once do they consider the evil of their ways.” Proverbs 24:2, TPT says, “For they’re obsessed with causing trouble and their conversations are corrupt.” This next verse the Lord has in different ways been highlighting. Revelation 18:4-5, AMP says, “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, ×Come out of her, my people, so that you will not be a partner in her sins and receive her plagues; for her sins (crimes, transgressions) have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her wickedness and crimes (for judgment). I won’t for the sake of your time and space on this blog go into the different ways via links that the Lord has highlighted this, but prayerfully consider what the Lord God is saying to the Churches. Let’s come out of the world systems. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are evil in their own ways. Every sincere believer in the Lord reading this needs to consider re-registering as an independent. You can vote for who you may (as long as it fits the Lord’s heart for this country), but we need to come out of these political parties and show the world that it isn’t really about Democrat or Republican; for the Word says that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
Jeremiah 18:18, AMPC says, “They (my enemies) said, Come and let us devise schemes against Jeremiah; and the law (of Moses) shall not perish from the priest (as this false prophet Jeremiah predicts), nor will council from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us smite him with the tongue (making a charge against him to the king), and let us not pay any attention to his words.” Remember what the House of Representatives did with the impeachment of President Trump? They “smote him with the tongue,” as is described in the above verse. Some of you, I’m sure, felt or feel like it was a just proceeding. I will not make a case here as to if it was or was not, but I charge you to sit with the Spirit on this and ask Him if it was just. Ask Him to show you through research and whatever means He chooses in His heart for this matteren This is to no disrespect to those who voted against Trump, but it is me getting you, my reader, to think carefully about what recently happened and possibly repent for your part in the enemy’s schemes.
In Mark 14:1, TPT, we read, “Two days before the passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the leading priests and religious scholars were commited to find a way to secretly arrest Jesus and have him executed.” By no means do I equate Trump with Jesus, for Trump is as imperfect as you and I are, but again, think back to the impeachment and in the future, think about this verse as other coup attempts may happen. According to the Media, Joe Biden has officially won the election. However, as we established last night, Trump has won. It’s the voter fraud getting in the way. Believe what you will about the fraud, but pray and ask the Lord if voter fraud is really happening and ask Him to open your eyes to this subject; for that is exactly what’s happening, but the Spirit needs to be the one to show you so it will sink in deeply.
Again in Mark 14, this time in verse 43 on down to verse 46, TPT, it says, “At that moment, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, along with a large crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent to arrest Jesus by order of the chief priests, the religious scholars, and the Jewish leaders.” This essentially is similar to the verse before mentioned.
In 2 Kings 5:20-27, NLT, it says, “But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, the man of God, said to himself, ×My master should not have let this Aramean get away without excepting any of his gifts. As surely as the LORD lives, I will I will chase after him and get something from him.∘ So Gehazi set off after Naaman. When Naaman saw Gehazi running after him, he climbed down from his chariot and went to meet him. ×Is everything all right?∘ Naaman asked. ×Yes,” Gehazi said, ×but my master has sent me to tell you that two young prophets from the hill country of Ephraim have just arrived. He would like 75 pounds of silver and two sets of clothing to give to them.∘ ×By all means, take twice as much,∘ Naaman insisted. He gave him two sets of clothing, tied up the money in two bags, and sent two of his servants to carry the gifts for Gehazi. But when they arrived at the citadel, Gehazi took the gifts from the servants and sent them back. Then he went and hid the gifts inside the house. When he went into his master, Elisha asked him, ×Where have you been, Gehazi?∘ ×I haven’t been anywhere,∘ he replied. But Elisha asked him, ×Don’t you know that I was there in spirit when Naaman stepped down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to receive money and clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and cattle, and male and female servants? Because you have done this, you and your descendants will suffer from Naaman’s leprosy forever.∘ When Gehazi left the room, he was covered with leprosy, his skin was as white as snow.” (Italics added).
This is why I sounded so harsh on this week’s second Prayerful Thursday called greed. God is very rough in dealing with greed, so I am too. It is bad enough when the world gets greedy, but what do you expect of them. However, this verse, in and of itself, is an indictment against the Prosperity Preachers who say, “Go on. Call the phone right now. The Lord has told me that 1,000 people will sow a 300 dollar seed into this ministry tonight and this is seed faith that you are hearing the Spirit of God talk to you pertaining to this message and are ready to heed it and step out in faith.” To me, even if these people say, you can’t buy a blessing from the Lord, but . . .” what they say negates what they previously said. If you know that I cannot buy a blessing, why are you asking the Lord to speak to 1,000 people to sow 300 dollars into a certain ministry? Your actions speak louder than your words, my friend.
I repeat: I am not against prosperity. What I am against is preachers merchandising off of the saints to get it.
Isaiah 59:7, AMP, says, “Their feet run to evil,
And they rush to shed innocent blood.
Their thoughts are thoughts of wickedness (of sin, of injustice, of wrongdoing);
Devastation and destruction are in their highway.” Romans 3:15, TPT says, “They are infatuated with violence and murder.” Now, I turn your attention to what I said previously about abortion. Also though, I want to give it another twist. I have linked to this before. If you watch this clip, and imagine yourself in there and like the feelings you have, you need to repent. Ask the Lord to cleanse your heart of all unrighteousness. Sometimes, I don’t realize the sin that is in my heart, so I am speaking to the one who has an ear to hear, yet finds themselves enjoying violence in some ways. Let’s ask the Father to search our hearts and purify us.
Lies (False Testimony) and Strife
Proverbs 6:19, TPT says, “Spouting lies in false testimony, and stirring up strife between friends. These are entirely despicable before God.” (Italics added). The following that I wrote down is taken from a footnote from The Passion Translation:
The Aramaic is translated, “Deception among brothers.” Now, back to the verse. The same verse in the Amplified Classic says, A false witness who breathes out lies (even under oath), and he who sows discord among his brethren.”
I am not saying that I’m perfect in my presentation on this blog, but so that you will hear from the person the whole sermon or read the whole context of the article that I’m alluding to, I will link to it when pointing people out. This way, you are not making an uninformed oppinion about someone else. Beloved, this is the way it should be when talking about ministers–either that, or not mentioning the name or names at all, but just the doctrine. Perry Stone in the video which I posted in the first blog discusses a lady who said she originally, upon the word of another preacher, would not want to listen to Perry. However, when she started looking into it herself, she loved his teachings. Selah!
Psalms 27:12, TPT, says, “Don’t let them defeat me, Lord. You can’t let me fall into their clutches! They keep accusing me of things I’ve never done while they plot evil against me.” In some ways, this sounds like when people will not contact Kim Walker-Smith, but will only speak evil of her reputation without ever hearing her heart. “Perjury won’t go unpunished, and liars will get all that they deserve.” Says Proverbs 19:5, TPT, and Revelation 21:8, TPT says, “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the despicable, the murderers, the perverts, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all dcvers, they shall find their place in the lake of fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Proverbs 19:9, TPT says, “Tell lies and you’re going to get caught, and the habitual liar is doomed.” Selah!
Matthew 26:59-66, TPT says, “The chief priests and the entire supreme Jewish council of leaders were doing their best to find false charges that they could bring against Jesus, because they were looking for a reason to put him to death. Many false witnesses came forward, but the evidence could not be corroborated. Finally two men came forward and declared, ×Th man said, ×I can destroy God’s temple and build it again in three days!∘” Then the chief priests stood up and said to Jesus, ×H you nothing to say about these allegations? Is what they’re saying about you true?∘ But Jesus remained silent before them. So the chief priest said to him, ×I charge you under oath–in the name of the living God, tell us once and for all if you are the Anointed Messiah, the Son of God!∘ Jesus answered him, ×Y just said it yourself. And more than that, you are about to see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of God, the Almighty. And one day you will also see the Son of Man coming in the heavenly clouds!∘ This infuriated the chief priest, and as an act of outrage, he tore his clothes and shouted, ×What blasphemy! No more witnesses are needed, for you have heard this grievous blasphemy.∘ Turning to the council he said, ×Now, what is your verdict?∘ ×He’s guilty and deserves the death penalty!∘ they answered.
As I was preparing this sermon, this reminded me of what we do many times with new teachings. For example, Joseph Prince. By no means am I comparing even Joseph Prince to Jesus Christ; for that would be absurd. What I am saying is that they in some respects are similar.
In Jude 1:8-13, TPT, it says, “In the same way, these sensual ×dreamers) corrupt and pollute the natural realm, while on the other hand they reject the spiritual realms of governmental power and repeatedly scoff at heavenly glories. Even the Archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil over the body of Moses, dared not insult or slander him, but simply said, ×The Lord Yahweh rebuke you!∘ These people insult anything they don’t understand. They behave like irrational beasts by doing whatever they feel like doing. Because they live by their animal instincts, they corrupt themselves and bring about their own destruction. How terrible it is for them! For they have followed in the steps of Cain. They have abandoned themselves to Baalam’s error because of their greedy pursuit of financial gain. And since they have rebelled like Korah rebelled, they will experience the same fate as Korah and likewise perish. These false teachers are like dangerous hidden reefs at your love feasts, lying in wait to shipwreck the immature. They feast among you without reverence, having no shepherd but themselves. They are clouds with no rain, swept along by the winds. Like fruitless late-automn trees–twice dead, barren, and plucked up by the roots! They are wild waves of the sea, flinging out the foam of their shame and disgrace. They are misleading like wandering stars, for whom the complete darkness of gloom has been reserved.” (Italics added). The previous passage of Scripture describes:
- 1. Some religious leaders of our day. Selah!
- 2. The fate of all fase teachers or prophets of any generation.
Proverbs 6:14, TPT says, “Their twisted thoughts are perverse, always with a scheme to stir up trouble, and sow strife with every step they take.” In 1 Corinthians 1:11-13, TPT it says, “My dear brothers and sisters, I have serious concern I need to bring up with you, for I have been informed by those of Chloe’s house church that you have been destructively arguing among yourselves. And I need to bring this up because each of you is claiming loyalty to different preachers. Some are saying, ×I am a disciple of Paul,∘ or ×I follow Appolos,∘ or, ×I am a disciple of Peter the Rock,∘ and some, ×I belong only to Christ.∘ But let me ask you, is Christ divided up into groups? Did I die on the cross for you? At your baptism did you pledge yourselves to follow Paul?”
As I was writing this verse on my blog, I was reminded of the different denominations and sects in Christendom. I have some questions for you on the same note and spirit as Paul’s:
- 1. Did Martin Luther die on the cross for you?
- 2. Did Kenneth Copeland, Shane Idleman, or any other preacher you follow die on the cross for you?
- 3. Did you, in your baptism, pledge to follow . . .?
I could go on and on and on and on. There are people who don’t follow any movement because of the bad in all of them, but that is a flawed reason to not follow any movement; for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and all in some respects disobey the commands of Christ. However, we must not call ourselves “Pentecostal,” or “Baptist,” or “Episcopal,” or “Trenitarian,” or “a Calvinist.” Did Calvin die on the cross for you? If any pledge loyalty to me, did I? Selah!
In Jude 1:4, TPT it says, “Dearly loved friend, I was fully intending to write to you about our amazing salvation we all participate in, but felt the need instead to challenge you to vigorously defend and contend for the beliefs that we cherish. For God, through the Apostles, has once for all entrusted these truths to his holy believers.” (Italics added). Beloved, I now understand why preachers don’t just preach against doctrines that are heavy on law and light on grace. If a preacher is preaching too heavy on the law, they are just as guilty as the one who preaches too extreme on the grace end. Hyper-grace is not the grace found in the Holy Writ. In verse 4, Jude goes on to say, “There have been some who have sneaked in among you unnoticed. They are depraved people whose judgment was prophesied in Scripture a long time ago. They have perverted the message of God’s grace into a license to commit imorality and turn against our only absolute master, our Lord Jesus Christ.” Some teachings are taught by well-meaning teachers that seem to indicate that we can do whatever we want. However some of these teachers will tell you that if you are truly under grace, you will not look for a license to sin. Other teachers, however, will have different motives in preaching this type of message.
In verse 16, on down to 19, Jude continues, “These people are always complaining and never satisfied–finding fault with everyone. They follow their own evil desires and their mouths speak scandalous things. They enjoy using seductive flattery to manipulate others. But you, my delightfully loved friends, remember the prophecies of the apostles of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. They taught you, ×In the last days, there will always be mockers, motivated by their own ungodly desires.∘ These people cause divisions and are followers of their own natural instincts, devoid of the life of the Spirit.”
As I was writing this blog and wrote the above Scriptures, the Lord brought to my memmory some Scriptures we should consider in closing. In 2 John 1:9, TPT it says, “Anyone who wanders away and does not remain faithful to the teachings of Christ has no relationship with God. But those who remain in the teachings of Christ have a wonderful relationship with both the Father and the Son.” Folks, we have to get back to the Word of God and its power as was established both here and here! We cannot afford to follow and obey one movement/denomination/sect’s teaching over that of the Word of God. We have to make sure that, say, the Reformed Movement, or the Word of Faith movement is exclusively teaching the whole council of God. If not, blind faith must not be the faith by which you opperate. Even if so, Christ is not a follower of any particular movement. He is Himself. He is the Word of God (John 1:1). Follow the Word of God and leave the movement titles out of it.
Our next Scripture is a very familiar passage of Scripture. It reminds me of the sermon preached by Jonathan Edwards called Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God. If even a Christian leaves the teachings of Christ, this person cannot think that they are immune to the judgment of God as is described in the sermon and the verse which I will quote. In John 3:36, AMPC, it says, “And he who believes in (has faith in, clings to, relies on) the Son has (now possesses) eternal life. But whoever disobeys (is unbelieving toward, refuses to trust in, disregards, is not subject to) the Son will never see (experience′ life, but (instead) the wrath of God abides on him. (God’s displeasure remains on him; His indignation hangs over him continually.)
I now want to leave the virtual altar open for anyone who needs to come. First, if this sermon has resonated with you in any way and the Spirit is calling seek Him. Reach out to Him as He may be found. Second, if you have not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, pray something like this:
God, I confess that I am a sinner. I have heard Your call today and I am ready to come to You. I believe that You have raised Jesus Christ from the dead. I understand that You are ready to receive me with open arms Just as I am. I ask now that You would feel me to overflowing with Your Spirit, in Jesus’ name, amen!
The song linked above is for you who want to receive Jesus as Lord, but here is the song and plea of God for those who know the Lord and are hearing His call. For those that want to come to the Lord, you can use both if you like.
For those that have just received Jesus as your Lord and Savior or rededicated your life to Christ (the prayer above is for both), plug into a local Church who can disciple you in the Lord and challenges you to go higher spiritually. God bless!