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The ills of refusing the wisdom of God

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It Depends Upon Who is Making The Invitation

We all know the old folk lure phrase “don’t take any wooden nickels”
DON'T TAKE ANY WOODEN NICKELS - "First recorded in about 1915, this expression was originally a warning from friends and relatives to rubes leaving the sticks in the great migration from rural areas to the big cities at the turn of the century.
According to the Wooden Nickel Museum, the first wooden nickels didn't come around until the 1930s:
On December 5, 1931, the Citizen's Bank of Tenino, Washington failed and created a shortage of money. This left the merchants of the area unable to get change without traveling about 30 miles over mountainous roads in automobiles ill suited to that purpose, on roads that were built for horses and mules to traverse. The average round trip was about four hours. Much too long for merchants to be gone from their stores. A meeting of the Chamber of Commerce resulted in the local newspaper printing up the first issue of wooden money in the United States. Several other places, mostly in the Pacific North-West, issued wooden money after that. [...] In 1934 a new use for wooden nickels was found-a combination of advertising for civic celebrations and providing souvenirs of the celebration. Binghamton NY was one of first places to embrace this concept. Wood continued to be used to enhance civic celebrations such as centennials through the mid 1930’s.
It is the source of the appeal that must be taken into consideration.
a. Is the person or company making the appeal reputable?
b. How long have they been in business?
c. Do they have a good business record.
d. Are there a list of references.
2. What are the consequences of me accepting the appeal?
3. What the consequences of refusing the appeal?
4. What does my choice say of me?
5. We are given choices every day that may or may not have an impact on our lives.
Some have little or no consequence ( A big mack or a Whopper )
While some have life-long impact ( the choice of a spouse, the choice of a college or university ) ( to drink and drive) (to ride with the drunk driver)
6. At the least these choices only are temporal. They only last for a term ( a bad loan)
or just to the end of your life. (Till death do you part).
7. But there is a call or an invitation that has eternal consequences. And this choice of acceptance or refusal should be made with the utmost care and consideration.
8. After this life there is a life that is guaranteed that will be unending and everlasting.
: 53 the apostle Paul states that corruptible shall put on incorruption and the mortal shall put on immortality. Referring to the coming of the Lord.
Though he is basically referring to the glorifying of the saints, the fact remains for the eternal existence for the saved and unsaved is an eternal state of existence.
How many times have you regretted signing a new cell phone contract or a satellite deal and realized it was not a deal after all and you had to wait the two-year term out to change?
You can get over that.........
But the length of eternity is permanent unending.

The Invitation of God

Let us look at our text for today:
Proverbs 1:24–33 KJV 1900
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, And would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, And your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; When distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; They shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29 For that they hated knowledge, And did not choose the fear of the Lord: 30 They would none of my counsel: They despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, And be filled with their own devices. 32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, And the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, And shall be quiet from fear of evil.
Proverbs 1:24-
Let us revisit the points we made earlier about the appeal:
It is the source of the appeal that must be taken into consideration.
1. The appeal is coming form God and the Lord Jesus
a. Is the person or company making the appeal reputable?
Besides Me There Is No God
  Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 
  Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. 
He cannot lie
  In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
God will not change you: 
For I am the Lord, I change not; Therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
He has all Authority
Jesus spoke to his disciples after his resurrection in He said all power (authority (exousia) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
b. How long have they been in business?
God has been in business for ever before time.
Says in the beginning God.
St. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
Verse 14 says and the word was made flesh and dwelt among us (Jesus)
c. Do they have a good business record.
I am the Lord your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God.
Moses sang
My Help and My Deliverer
  , A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 
  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 
  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. 
  Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust,
Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord
  Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 
  Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 
  The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. 
Jesus had a good costumer sanctification ratio;
Jesus Ministers to Great Crowds
  And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 
  And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. 
d. Are there a list of references.
Moses The children of Israel Abraham Jacob David Blind Bartimaeus the woman with the issue of blood Saul of Tarsus The Hebrew boys in the furnace WHAT ABOUT YOU SOME OF YOU.
2. What are the consequences of me accepting the appeal?
God says accept him you accept life;
Deu 30:19  I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 
God gives you a new spirit and heart:

Ezekiel 36:26

26 eA new heart also will I give you, and efa new spirit will I put within you: fand I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, fand I will give you an heart of flesh

Jesus says
  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 
  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 
  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 
  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 
  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 
3. What the consequences of refusing the appeal?
Deu 30:16  In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 
Deu 30:17  But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 
Deu 30:18  I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 
Deu 30:19  I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 
Jesus rewards the unbeliever
  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 
  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 
  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. 
4. What does my choice say of me?
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