Kingdom First

THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY

That was the title of an old Star Trek Movie. It dealt with relating to a former enemy (Klingons) that experienced an economic and technical breakdown and was forced to end a long cold war with the Federation. It was also political commentary on the “end” of the cold war of the 20th century. Now we know that cold war is not all that cold in the 21st century. We have another reality being revealed though. We are discovering that our nation is not as great as we were told. Corruption in the political world is true to the biblical perception. But we have an undiscovered nation of our own. It is time to adopt the wisdom of God and focus on our citizenship in the Kingdom of God. The kingdoms of this world are on a destructive path which the bible revealed many centuries ago. We have a nation of light if we will embrace the Kingdom of God. Here is the wisdom of the new undiscovered nation.

Proverbs 15:1-11

1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

If meeting anger is met with diplomacy and friendship it may depart as an agreement to disagree agreeably. But if fed the venom of contempt it may become explosive with lasting damage.

2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

If we understand the word and mind of God we can build a case on godly reason. But if one has no foundation in wisdom then words are a flood without direction.

3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

No one hides crimes forever because God is all seeing. At the same time an act of kindness will never be hidden from reward. Watch a politician during an election and wait for the dirt to appear in the news media. Then a common citizen rescue an abused pet and his weaknesses are made heroic. God can bring justice even in this life.

4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

There really is no reason to have our words peppered with profanity. It closes doors to some people and shrinks the number of people who want to be close enough to help. But rough language is not as offensive as falsely polite insults. Hate is transparent, and marks you as a host of evil.

5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

When your father is gone you will miss the opportunity to be protected by his wisdom. Good parents can’t stop protecting their offspring and their aim is for your survival. This is wisdom that you can inherit as much as you are willing to.

6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

An honest man should expect rewards, but not all are material. There is reward in a clear conscience and in a healthy family. Forgetting these in favor of greed can harvest a world of pain and regret for the unwise.

7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

True wisdom is found in this bible, and has the proof of ages in the lives of real people. Simple common sense is good, but this comes with the help of the author. God helps those who trust him, not those who try to help themselves. We are saved by faith, not works and this is the education we share. To rebel against God is the ultimate foolishness, and there is no science that can repair that.

8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

There is the nature of man, to do good works, but this is offensive to God. Our gifts are worthless without letting God by our hope. We are saved by faith, not works so the prayer is our communion with our only hope. We will receive from God, and then we can do works that truly are good.

9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

There are people in authority in our nation who live by corruption. Our votes are stolen and sold to the wealthy by self serving “public servants”. God knows that our worldly leaders are evil, and he will remove them in his time. God also sees the suffering of the righteous and their losses will be compensated.

10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.

Oh just try to make a suggestion when you see a friend missing the mark! I have gone to church with people who have known God and still prefer the darkness of human nature. We are not to seek revenge or to force our will on others but still many want their political leaders to do just that. By making alliances with the rich, the corrupt and the carnal we will join them in their destruction. Yet the most obvious liars are embraced by people who should know better. If we cannot point to the word of God as direction these will die in their sin. But they will go out raging against the people who try to pull them out of the fire.

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