Today’s Scrip-Bit 30 December 2010 Proverbs 30:12‏

Proverbs 30:12.    There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
Oh Friends, it’s the eve of New Year’s Eve! Wow! What a profound and potent statement! (smile) I guess all the preparations are in full swing for the numerous parties, the countdown, the hoarse and off-key singing of Auld Lang Syne, because most of the people are already in their cups when that happens, and the many New Year’s resolutions we’re going to make, plus all the hugging and kissing and the ‘Happy New Year’ greetings that will be so lavishly dished out. But Friends, please don’t go overboard. It’s surely nice to party and have fun and ring in the New year, but unfortunately nothing much changes. Two days later we’re right back where we began. In fact many people open the New Year in worse shape than they closed the Old one. it’s all part of the worldly, money grabbing, fleshly lusts, where we allow our feelings and emotions to run riot. But do sit down and take notice. Nothing really changes from one day to the next, except possibly our false expectations are brought back to reality. It does nothing to curtail the unconscionable violence, hatred, poverty, oppression, corruption, hunger, sickness and the myriad of other problems under which our world is currently labouring and suffering. Even all our Happy New Year greetings are empty, because a few days later we either pass those same people on the street or at work without even a smile or a nod of recognition, and the resentment we felt in the Old Year raises its ugly head again. As for the resolutions…hn! Before the week is out, we’ve either broken most of them or retired them to oblivion because we just can’t be bothered to keep them. The old ways were so much nicer and easier. (smile) And as I heard a guest on a radio show last night quite rightly say: If the resolution is worthy, then there’s no need to wait until New Year’s, it ought to be started RIGHT NOW! And I say Amen to that! Oh Friends, don’t think that I’m ‘dissing’ New Year’s Eve partying, because I have wonderful memories of some, and I won’t be doing any partying this year because of my knee problems, but like Christmas just past, we have to know and understand the whys and wherefores of the celebration. It’s fine to ring out the Old and ring in the New Year, but it must be done from a sensible standpoint, feet firmly planted on the ground, not from a giddy sense of worldly pleasure, because our world certainly doesn’t need just another feel-good moment, with no real substance behind it. But enough of my whatever you choose to call it. Let’s get to our Bit, which Agur, the sage, prophetically diagnosed so long ago. ‘There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.’ That’s the living truth Friends! Many of us, especially in this free-for-all, ungodly society of today, feel we are the cat’s meow, in our own eyes, so clean and pure, noble and righteous, when in reality we’re servants of Beelzebub. We put on all the airs and graces in company, but behind closed doors, hn, it’s a completely different story. And if our hearts are analysed, the dirt and evil contained therein would be most worthy of Lucifer, but definitely not of Almighty God. Oh my people, though some of us might truly believe that we’re pure and holy, that is the work of the enemy, since our actions don’t corroborate our words. And to clarify it all, let’s hear some scripture that deals with this particular problem. We’ll begin with wise words from Cousin Sol: ‘All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.’ (Prov.16: 2) Yes Friends, the Lord searches our hearts and souls for right motives, while man can only see our outward colours. Now hear the Lord talking of the punishment for the rebellious, through His prophet Isaiah: A people ‘Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose (cause my wrath to smoke), a fire that burneth all the day. Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom.’ (Is.65:5-6) Oh mih breddren, when we make those holier than thou decrees, we’re only stoking the Lord’s anger against us. And we all know people who behave like that, so it’s not merely a figment of my imagination. Now listen to Jesus tell it like it is. With His superb understanding of human behaviour, He puts it into a true practical perspective. ‘Two men went into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican (tax collector). The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote (beat) upon his breast, saying, God be merciful unto me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased: and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.’ (Luke 18:10-14) Oh Friends, that’s self-explanatory! But for good measure, here are some words of Bruh Paul to Titus, re warnings against false teachers. ‘Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate (disqualified).’ (Titus 1:15-16) My brethren, those are words of truth and wisdom, I implore us to heed them if we want to remain in the Father’s good graces, for we’re each responsible for our own salvation. Much LOVE!…remember…the world sees our outer man…but God judges us by the inner being…

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