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Proverbs 9:1, “Wisdom hath builded

her house, she hat hewn out seven


pillars.”

Provers 9:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of


wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is
understanding.”

Love – Sacrifice of self for God foremost and then your


neighbor (Deut 6:5, Mt 22:37-39, Mk 12:29-31, Lk 10:27, 1
Cor 8:3, 1 Jn 4:7) - the royal law. Our obedience to God is our
love toward God (Jn 14:15, 21, 23-24, 15:10, 1 Jn 5:2-3, 2 Jn
1:6). Jesus said: John 15:12, “This is my commandment, That
ye love one another, as I have loved you (also Jn 13:35).” AND
John 15:17, “These things I command you, that ye love one
another.” God first loved us and sent His Son to die for us (Jn
3:16, Rm 5:5, 8, 1 Jn 3:16, 4:19). Love worketh no ill to his
neighbour (Rm 13:10. 1 John 5:2, “By this we know that we
love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his
commandments.” God is love (1 Jn 4:7-8, 16)! God’s mercy is
found in our love toward Him: Exodus 20:6, “And shewing
mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my
commandments (also Deut 5:10).” The Lord says: Proverbs
8:17, “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early
shall find me.” faith which worketh by love (Gal 5:6). Joshua
23:11, “Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love
the LORD your God.” The Lord loves with an everlasting
love (Jer 31:3).Jude 1:21, “Keep yourselves in the love of God,
looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
Love never fails (1 Cor 13:8).
Mercy – Mercy is God’s forgiveness and grace whereby the
Holy Spirit dwells in you and works God’s purposes through
your faith (Gal 3:14, 5:5). God’s grace teaches us to be
righteousness and holiness (Lk 1:75, Rm 5:21, 6:19, 22, 2 Cor
7:1, Ti 2:11-14, Eph 4:24, 1 Thess 4:7, Heb 12:14). The Spirit
of Grace leads us to live God’s will and changes us into the
image of Christ (Jn 14:26, 15:26, Rm 8:11, 1 Cor 6:11, 2 Cor
3:3, 18, Eph 3:16, 1 Jn 2:27, 3:24). Romans 8:14, “For as
many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
We are redeemed and made nigh (peace and reconciliation) to
God through Christ’s blood (Rm 3:25, 5:9, Eph 1:7, Col 1:14,
20, Heb 9:12, 14, 13:12, 1 Pt 1:2, 1 Jn 1:7, Rev 1:5,
5:9). God is a meciful God (Deut 4:31, Ps 103:8, 116:5, Lk
6:36, Heb 2:17, 8:12)!1 Chronicles 16:34, “O give thanks unto
the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”
AND Psalms 118:4, “Let them now that fear the LORD say,
that his mercy endureth for ever.” God’s throne is upheld in
mercy (Pv 20:28, Is 16:5).Luke 6:36, “Be ye therefore
merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”
Judgment - Involves the ability to come to a wise decision.
Scriptures say of the Lord: Proverbs 8:20, “I lead in the way of
righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment.” True
wisdom and righteous judgment leads us to freely love,
surrender to, obey, trust and be devoted to God (faith). True
wisdom and righteous judgment also leads us to depart from all
evil and anything that opposes or is contrary to God (Pv
16:17). Job 28:28, “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of
the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is
understanding.” The Lord says: God loves judgment! Psalms
37:28, “For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his
saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked
shall be cut off.” AND Psalms 33:5, “He loveth righteousness
and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.”
Those who “fear God” also “know” God: Jeremiah 9:24, “But let
him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and
knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise
lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for
in these things I delight, saith the LORD (also Ps 9:16,
19:9).” God loves judgment and is a God of judgment (Is
30:18, 61:8, Ps 33:5, 37:28)!Psalms 97:2, “Clouds and
darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are
the habitation of his throne.”Psalms 111:7, “The works of his
hands are verity (truth) and judgment; all his commandments
are sure.”Psalms 9:7, “But the LORD shall endure for ever: he
hath prepared his throne for judgment.” The Lord will establish
the kingdom of God with judgment and with justice from
henceforth even for ever (Is 9:7).”
Righteousness - Purity of heart and rectitude of life and
conformity of heart and life to the divine law; doing the will of
God; walking in faith (Ps 106:3, Mk 3:35, 7:21, 12:50, Lk
11:28, Jn 9:39, 1 Jn 2:17). The Lord he leads in the paths of
righteousness for his name's sake (Ps 23:3, 37:6, 85:13, Pv
8:20, 11:5). We must hunger and thirst after righteousness (Mt
5:6). We must seek first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness (Mt 6:33). Our faith (love surrender, obedience,
devotion, trust toward God) is our righteousness before God
(Rm 1:17, 3:22, 4:5, 9, 11, 13, 9:30, 10:6, Gal 5:5, Php 3:9,
Heb 11:7, 2 Pt 1:1). He that doeth righteousness is righteous,
even as he is righteous (1 Jn 3:7). God judges according to
righteousness (Ps 7:11, 9:8, 35:24, 72:2, 94:15, 96:13, 98:9,
103:6, Is 11:4, Rm 2:5, 2 Thess 1:5, Rev 16:7). For the
righteous LORD loveth righteousness(Ps 11:7, 33:5, 45:7,
Pv 15:9). Psalms 145:17, “The LORD is righteous in all his
ways, and holy in all his works.” This is his name whereby he
shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer 23:6).
The LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth
(Dan 9:14). The Lord is the King of righteousness (Heb 7:2).
Hebrews 1:8-9, “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God,
is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre
of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated
iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with
the oil of gladness above thy fellows (also Ps 45:6-7).” The
Lord speaks righteousness and declares the things that are
right (Is 45:19). His Word goes out of His mouth in
righteousness (Is 45:23). The Lord says: “My righteousness
shall not be abolished (Is 51:6). AND My righteousness shall be
forever (Is 51:8).
Truth - God’s commandments are truth (Ps 119:151). God’s
law is truth (Ps 119:142)! John 17:17, “Sanctify them through
thy truth: thy word is truth.” Psalms 33:4, “For the word of the
LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.” God’s Word
is the truth (2 Cor 6:7, Eph 1:13, Col 1:5, 2 Tim 2:15, Js 1:18).
Psalms 119:89, “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in
heaven.” The Word of our God shall stand forever (Is 40:8).
Psalms 119:160, “Thy word is true from the beginning: and
every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” God
sends forth His mercy and truth (Ps 57:3). Grace and truth
came by Jesus Christ (Jn 1:17, Eph 4:21). John 14:6, “Jesus
saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The Holy Spirit is
truth (Jn 14:17, 15:26, 16:13, 1 Jn 5:6). For the fruit of the
Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth (Eph 5:9).
Jesus said: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but
by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Mt
4:4, Lk 4:4).” Psalms 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my
feet, and a light unto my path.” Man must come to the
knowledge of God’s truth and walk therein. 1 Timothy 2:4,
“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the
knowledge of the truth.” AND 2 Timothy 2:25, “In meekness
instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure
will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.”
John 8:31-32, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed
on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples
indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make
you free.” From the beginning chosen you to salvation through
sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth (2 Thess 2:13)
AND Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth
through the Spirit (1 Pt 1:22). Man will be judged by God’s
truth – Christ’s Words (Jn 12:48). There will be judgment unto
truth (Is 42:3). Psalms 96:13, “Before the LORD: for he
cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the
world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.” We
must walk before God in truth, and in righteousness, and in
uprightness of heart (1 Kgs 3:6, Ps 15:2, 85:10-11). The LORD
liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness (Jer 4:2) - I
will be their God, in truth and in righteousness (Zech 8:8). The
Lord is a God of truth (Is 65:16). If you are not found in God’s
truth, then you are not found in God. Jesus is holy and true
(Rev 3:7, 6:10). Jesus is also faithful and true (Rev 3:14,
19:11, 21:5, 22:6).
Meekness – Forbearance under injuries, self denial (placing
others ahead), longsuffering, gentleness, humility, lowliness,
and submission to God’s will. We are told: Matthew 5:5,
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” The
meek of heart will hear and apply what the Lord teaches them
(2 Tim 2:25). Psalms 25:9, “The meek will he guide in
judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” Psalms 37:11,
“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight
themselves in the abundance of peace.” The Lord watches over
the meek: Psalms 76:9, “When God arose to judgment, to save
all the meek of the earth. Selah.” Jesus is meek! Matthew
11:29, “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
(also 2 Cor 10:1).” AND Matthew 21:5, “Tell ye the daughter of
Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting
upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass (and Zech 9:9).”
Jesus, as a man, demonstrated “perfect” meekness. Scriptures
reveal of Christ: “LORD hath anointed me to preach good
tidings unto the meek (Is 61:1, Lk 4:18).” Jesus bear the
iniquities of man (that we should live unto righteousness) and
suffered man’s condemnation (Is 53:1-12, 1 Pt 2:24). God is
longsuffering (Ex 34:6, Num 14:18, Ps 86:15, Rm 2:4, 9:22,
Gal 5:22, 1 Pt 3:20, 2 Pt 3:9, 15)! God forbears the injuries of
others (Rm 2:4, 3:25, 9:22, Is 53:7, Acts 8:32)! Therefore,
God is meek! The Lord says: Psalms 45:4, “And in thy majesty
ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and
righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible
things.” We must be meek if we want to inherit the kingdom of
God: Colossians 3:12-13, “Put on therefore, as the elect of
God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies,
kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness,
longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one
another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ
forgave you, so also do ye.” AND We are to: Ephesians 4:2,
“With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing
one another in love.” We are told to follow after meekness (1
Tim 6:11). The meek shall have everlasting life: Psalms 149:4,
“For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify
the meek with salvation.” Zephaniah 2:3, “Seek ye the LORD,
all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his
judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye
shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger. Meekness is an
eternal and enduring quality (Is 57:15.
Holiness – Purity, freedom from sin, perfect, being Holy. God
sitteth upon the throne of His holiness (Ps 47:8, 48:1, 60:6).
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty (Is 6:3, Rev 4:8).
God’s name is Holy and He dwells in the high and Holy place (Is
57:15). God is the Holy One of Israel (Is 41:16, 20). The Holy
Spirit is referred to as the Spirit of holiness (Rm 1:4). We are
called unto holiness: 1 Peter 1:15-16, “But as he which hath
called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Jesus said:
Matthew 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father
which is in heaven is perfect.” Hebrews 12:14, “Follow peace
with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the
Lord.” We are to be partakers of His holiness (Heb 12:10). 1
Thessalonians 4:7, “For God hath not called us unto
uncleanness, but unto holiness.” AND Romans 6:19, “I speak
after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:
for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness
and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members
servants to righteousness unto holiness.” AND Romans 6:22,
“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to
God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting
life.” We are to perfect holiness in the fear of God (2 Cor 7:1).
We are told to serve Him: Luke 1:75, “In holiness and
righteousness before him, all the days of our life.” 1
Thessalonians 3:13, “To the end he may stablish your hearts
unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” Since God is
Holy, holiness is and eternal and enduring characteristic. Jesus
is holy and true (Rev 3:7, 6:10).
Hatred – The opposite of love. The sacrifice of God and your
neighbors for the benefit of self. Hatred always seeks self at the
expense of another. This canon of hatred is the opposite of
Christ’s two great commandments of love (Deut 6:5, Mt 22:37-
39, Mk 12:29-31, Lk 10:27, 1 Cor 8:3, 1 Jn 4:7). This is to
walk in envy, strife, contention. Those that are proud no
nothing, but only bring about envy, strife, railings, evil
surmisings, perverse disputings and denial of the truth (1 Tim
6:4-5) – such things lie against the truth (Js 3:14). This is to
do unto others to realize your will/gain. Proverbs 29:22, “An
angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in
transgression.” AND Proverbs 28:25, “He that is of a proud
heart stirreth up strife…” AND Proverbs 17:19, “He loveth
transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate
seeketh destruction.” James 3:16, “For where envying and
strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” We are told:
Philippians 2:3, “Let nothing be done through strife or
vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better
than themselves.” Those who are carnal and walk after the
flesh produce envying, strifes and division (1 Cor 3:3). The Lord
says: Leviticus 19:17, “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine
heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not
suffer sin upon him.” Those who walk in love do not desire evil
upon another (witchcraft). 1 John 2:9, 11, “He that saith he is
in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until
now. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh
in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that
darkness hath blinded his eyes.” Furthermore: 1 John 3:15,
“Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that
no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” The devil is a
murderer and so are those who follow him (Jn 8:44). The devil
disregarded God and all creation in order to seek his will (Is
14:12-17). The devil led man to transgress God’s will in Eden,
knowing that it would produce misery and death. Seeking self is
disregard of God and hatred toward God. Disregard of God’s
commandments is hatred toward God. 1 John 4:20, “If a man
say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that
loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love
God whom he hath not seen?” The Lord says: Proverbs 8:36,
“But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they
that hate me love death.”
Unmerciful – Not forgiving, unkind, cruel, hardened. The Lord
God has freely provided forgiveness to us for a debt that we
could not pay. This forgiveness was obtained at great sacrifice
of God (Jn 3:16). We are also expected to walk in God’s nature
and must be forgiving. Jesus told a great parable to this effect
(Mt 18:23-35). Matthew 6:15, “But if ye forgive not men their
trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses
(also Mk 11:26).” We are told: Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the
merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” To be merciless is to
obtain no mercy. James 2:13, “For he shall have judgment
without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy
rejoiceth against judgment.” Psalms 18:25-26, “With the
merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man
thou wilt shew thyself upright; With the pure thou wilt shew
thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself
forward (also 2 Sam 22:26).” To be unmerciful is to oppress
others (such as the poor, Pv 14:31). The tender mercies of the
wicked are cruel (Pv 12:10). Proverbs 11:17, “The merciful
man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth
his own flesh.” The unmerciful will not inherit the kingdom of
God (Rm 1:29-32). He that does not follow after mercy findeth
death (Pv 21:21).
Foolishness – Walking contrary to the dictates of wisdom;
choosing the wrong course of action; wrong/corrupt judgment;
folly. Psalms 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no
God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good (also Ps53:1). Some may
consider that there is a God, but deny Him through their daily
actions. Man chose very foolishly (Pv 1:7) in following the devil
in the garden of Eden (that which opposes God). Wisdom is to
fear God and depart from evil (Job 28:28, Ps 111:10, Pv 8:13,
Pv 3:7, 16:6, 17, 34:14, 37:27). Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the
LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom
and instruction.” AND Proverbs 14:16, “A wise man feareth,
and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.”
Foolishness would be to disregard God (seeking self) and
embrace evil (that which is contrary to God). For example,
foolishness would be to sit in front of the television set taking
pleasure in unrighteousness. Wisdom leads us to seek God first
in everything we do. Foolishness leads one into seeking self at
all cost (including God and neighbor). Foolishness leads one
into wicked and evil behavior. Even so: Proverbs 12:15, “The
way of a fool is right in his own eyes…” AND It is abomination
to fools to depart from evil. (Pv 13:19). However, they do not
see clearly (Jer 5:21). This is because: Proverbs 18:2, “A fool
hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may
discover itself.” Isaiah 5:21, “Woe unto them that are wise in
their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Be warned:
Proverbs 28:26, “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool…”
The foolish man lacks good judgment. Proverbs 28:5, “Evil men
understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD
understand all things.” The foolish do not seek after or think
upon God (Pv 10:4). Therefore, the foolish man reproacheth
God daily (Ps 74:22). There is no “fear of God” with the wicked,
and neither do they abhorreth evil (Ps 36:1, 4). Fools walk in
darkness (Eccl 2:14). The Lord says of foolish men: they have
none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good
they have no knowledge (Jer 4:22). AND They know not the
way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God (Jer 5:4).
Foolishness is marked by following self rather than God (Ez
13:3). Proverbs 14:2, “He that walketh in his uprightness
feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth
him.” AND Proverbs 19:3, “The foolishness of man perverteth
his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.” Let us
understand: 1 Corinthians 3:19, “For the wisdom of this world
is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in
their own craftiness.” All foolishness shall be put down.The
thought of foolishness is sin (Pv 24:9).
Unrighteousness – To live contrary to the will of God (every
transgression); disobedience to God’s commandments. All
unrighteousness is sin (1 Jn 5:17). The devil appeals to man’s
lusts and desires to foster continued transgression to the
will/commandments of God. The unrighteous are lawless and
disobedient, ungodly, sinners, unholy, profane, murderers and
contrary to the truth (1 Tim 1:9-10). We are told very plainly:
1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall
not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor
abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor
covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall
inherit the kingdom of God.” An unrighteous man seeks first the
lusts and desires of the flesh. An unrighteous man loves self
with all his heart, mind, soul and strength. An unrighteous man
does not “fear” God, but may fear the thought of hell. The
unrighteous are rebellious and will not hear the commandments
of God (Is 30:9). The Lord says: Isaiah 65:2-3, “I have spread
out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which
walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; A
people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face…”
The devil’s desire is to keep man in rebellion to God. The
unrighteous have a revolting and a rebellious heart (Jer 5:23).
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness (to do
God’s will) is as iniquity and idolatry (1 Sam 15:23). Psalms
9:8, “And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall
minister judgment to the people in uprightness.” God hates
unrighteousness (Ps 11:7).
The Lie – Violation of the truth; deceitful. The devil is the
author of the lie that you can sin against God and not die. God
told man that if he ate from the forbidden tree that, “thou shalt
surely die (Gen 2:17). The devil told man that he could eat
from the forbidden tree (transgress God’s will) and “ye shall not
surely die (Gen 3:4).” The devil lied (Jn 8:44)! No lie is of the
truth (1 Jn2:21). The devil changed the truth of God into a lie
(Rm 1:25). The devil led man to trust in a lie and taught man
rebellion against God(Jer 28:15-16, 29:31-32). The truth is
that God is sovereign over His creation and that man must
surrender to and obey God. Obedience to the will of God results
life and disobedience to the will of God results in death – an
eternal truth/fact. The devil taught man to seek his will over
God’s will – to be as gods (Gen 3:5). Jesus came to destroy this
lie or work of the devil (Heb 2:14, 1 Jn 3:8). The working of
Satan is with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them
that perish; because they received not the love of the truth,
that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send
them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they
all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had
pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thess 2:10-12). This lie is
darkness to the light of God’s truth. Those who love the
darkness walk in the devil’s lie (Jn 3:19). To love darkness is to
walk contrary to the will of God. The Lord says: Revelation
21:8, “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.”
AND Revelation 22:14-15, “Blessed are they that do his
commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life,
and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without
are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers,
and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” These
verses are alluding to those who follow the devil in the tenets of
his lie. Satans lie shall not stand!Proverbs 12:22, “Lying lips are
abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his
delight.”
Pride – The exaltation of self – thine heart is lifted up; failure
to recognize God in one’s accomplishments. Proverbs 21:4, “An
high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is
sin.” Jeremiah 48:29-30, “We have heard the pride of Moab
(symbolic of Lucifer, Is 14:12-17), (he is exceeding proud) his
loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness
of his heart (also Is 16:6).” I know his wrath, saith the LORD;
but it shall not be so; his lies shall not so effect it. Pride says, “I
WILL…for my glory. Consider Satan: Ezekiel 28:15-17, “Thou
wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast
created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy
merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence,
and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out
of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering
cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was
lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy
wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the
ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold
thee.” The Lord said of the devil: thine heart is lifted up, and
thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst
of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set
thine heart as the heart of God (Ez 28:2). The prideful are
concerned with self. Psalms 10:4, “The wicked, through the
pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in
all his thoughts.” These are self-centered rather than God-
centered. These seek their “own way/will” and walk comfortably
in the devil’s lie presuming that they can disobey God and that
they will surely not die. Pride is an abomination (something
hated) to God. Proverbs 16:5, “Every one that is proud in heart
is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he
shall not be unpunished.” AND Proverbs 8:13, “The fear of the
LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way,
and the froward mouth, do I hate.” When pride cometh, then
cometh shame (Pv 11:2). Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before
destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” The Lord will
abase the proud in heart (Mt 23:12) - A man's pride shall bring
him low (Pv 29:23, Is 2:12, 13:11). God resisteth the proud,
and giveth grace to the humble (Job 40:11-12, Js 4:6, 1 Pt
5:5) - a proud heart will not I suffer (Ps 101:5) - scattered the
proud in the imagination of their hearts (Lk 1:51). To be lifted
up with pride is to fall into the condemnation of the devil (1 Tim
3:6). The proud do not inherit the kingdom of God (Rm 1:29-
32). Malachi 4:1, “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn
as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly,
shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up,
saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root
nor branch.”
Wickedness – Evil disposition or practices; living outside the
will of God (neglecting fear and worship of God); evil; corrupt;
perverse; wrong; ungodly; sinful; failure to comply with God’s
commands (froward – not willing to yield or comply with what
is required); disobedient; peevish (apt to mutter or complain).
Psalms 5:4, “For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in
wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.” The Lord’s Holy
Spirit will not dwell within those who are not submitted to God.
Saul would not obey God’s explicit directions (rather doing his
own), so the Lord took His Spirit from Him and gave it to David,
a man who would obey (1 Sam 16:13-14). Proverbs 11:20,
“They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD:
but such as are upright in their way are his delight (also Pv
3:32).” AND Proverbs 15:9, “The way of the wicked is an
abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth
after righteousness (also Pv 21:27).” AND The thoughts of the
wicked are an abomination to the LORD (Pv 15:26). The wicked
hate God because of their disregard for His ways. AND Psalm
36:1, “The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart,
that there is no fear of God before his eyes.” They say: “Who is
the LORD, that I should obey his voice? I know not the LORD
(Ex 5:2, also Ps 10:4).” Therefore: Job 8:22, “They that hate
thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the
wicked shall come to nought.” Psalms 7:11, “God judgeth the
righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” - the
wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth (Ps 11:5).
The wicked shall be destroyed from the earth (Job 18:5, 21:30,
36:6, 38:13, Ps 9:17, 37:10, 20, 34, 38, 104:35, 112:10, Pv
2:22, 10:30, … etc.). Psalms 37:17, “For the arms of the
wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.”
Salvation is far from the wicked (Ps 119:155). The wicked are
confident, yet totally lost: Proverbs 4:19, “The way of the
wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”
The Lord promises: The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon
him (Pv 10:24) - the expectation of the wicked is wrath (Pv
11:23). Isaiah 57:21, “There is no peace, saith my God, to the
wicked.”
The Kingdoms
In considering the seven godly pillars above, we can note that
God is the “I AM” of each of these characteristics (they are all
intertwined) and thence these qualities are all eternal,
established, and unchanging (Ps 100:5, 102:27, 119:89, 160,
Heb 13:8). God is Love, mercy, judgment, righteousness, truth,
meekness and holiness and these characteristics are the
foundation of the Lord’s kingdom. From this foundation we can
derive, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, godliness,
purity, prudence, temperance (self control), humbleness,
happiness, contentment, joy, sacrifice, longsuffering, charity,
compassion, forbearance, surrender and obedience to the will
of God, etc. Jesus Christ was/is the personification of these
characteristics and is the rock or foundation that must be built
upon. 1 Corinthians 3:11, “For other foundation can no man lay
than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Some may consider
that faith shoul have been a pillar, however, faith is what man
is required to live. Faith is inclusive of these godly
characteristics and the exercise (implementation, performance,
demonstration) thereof.
If you desire to see the kingdom of God, then you must be
“born again,” “renewed” or “re-created” (different terms for the
same thing) to take on these qualities/nature. John 3:3, “Jesus
answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of
God.” Being born as a citizen into the kingdom of God can only
be done of God. John 1:12-13, “But as many as received
him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even
to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of
blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of
God.”
A man must first sincerely repent of his wickedness
(symbolized by water baptism, Mk 16:16) and then receive the
Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and
be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
Ghost.” All things in order: first repent and then receive the
Spirit. John 3:5-6, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto
thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he
cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the
flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John
the Baptist said: Mark 1:8, “I indeed have baptized you with
water (unto repentance for forgiveness of sins, Mt 3:11): but
he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost (the power to walk in
God’s will).” Jesus first calls us unto repentance (Mt 4:17) and
then imparts His Spirit upon our faith and obedience (Acts
2:33, 5:32, Gal 3:14, Rm 5:5). The Spirit instills God’s nature
in our very hearts and leads us therein (1 Cor 3:3, Heb 8:10,
10:16). The Spirit works in us to bring forth acceptable fruit
unto God. Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” AND
Ephesians 5:9, “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and
righteousness and truth.”
Man’s nature is corrupt according to sin. Man transgressed the
will of God by seeking the will of the flesh (its lusts and
desires). Therefore, man does not naturally bring forth the fruit
that God’s desires, namely the characteristics noted above.
Jesus said: Matthew 7:17, “Even so every good tree bringeth
forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.”
These evil fruits are the direct opposites of the godly fruit noted
above (see kingdom of darkness chart). From this evil
foundation springs forth all manner of wickedness: adultery,
fornication, envy, lusts, strife, sedition, jealousy, bitterness,
unforgiveness, lying, deceit, witchcraft, uncleanness,
lasciviousness, idolatry, inordinate affection, variance,
emulations, wrath, heresies, murders, drunkenness, revellings,
vileness, maliciousness, gossip, malignity, Backbiters, haters of
God, disobedience, inventors of evil things, evil eye, imputent,
stiffhearted, stubborn/obstinate, perversion, whorish heart,
covetousness, etc.
You must therefore be “born again” of God with the Lord’s
nature to enter into the kingdom of God. God doesn’t “reform”
the old man – oh no, no, no, the old man must die. God creates
a new man. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in
Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.” The old things relate to
seeking the desires of the flesh rather than the will of God. We
are talking about a complete change in your life! You must take
on an opposite nature just as the pillars above are opposite.
Galatians 5:24, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the
flesh (put to death) with the affections and lusts.” Ephesians
4:24, “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is
created in righteousness and true holiness.” Notice that this
new man is in the image of God as man was originally created
to be (prior to the fall and corruption of man; Gen 1:26-27).
Colossians 3:10, “And have put on the new man, which
is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created
him.” God’s image is found in love, mercy, judgment,
righteousness, truth, meekness and holiness. The “new man”
no longer seeks the things the “old man” did. The “old man”
must die in you. Romans 6:6, “Knowing this, that our old man
is crucifiedwith him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Ephesians 4:22, “That
ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man,
which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts (also Col 3:9).”
Following the flesh is retaining the corrupt nature and
continuing on in transgression to the will of God. Romans 8:1-
2, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are
in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made
me free from the law of sin and death.” Those who walk after
the flesh are led in constant temptations of the devil (through
their own lusts) unto sin and death (Js 1:13-15). These will
realize God’s full condemnation of “thou shalt surely die (Gen
2:17).” Those led of the Spirit die to (crucify) the things of the
flesh - the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the
pride of life (1 Jn 2:15-17). 1 Peter 4:2, “That he no longer
should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men,
but to the will of God.” These fully realize God’s mercy and are
pardoned from the condemnation of “thou shalt surely die.”
It was stated above: “as many as received him, to them gave
he power to become the sons of God (Jn 1:12).” This power is
the Holy Spirit working in you through your faith - that we
might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Gal
3:14). Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy
Ghost is come upon you …” AND Luke 24:49, “And, behold, I
send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the
city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
Citizenship in the kingdom of God is not realized through
human ability (pride – self exaltation), but through humbleness
and submission to the will of God – being led of God. Romans
8:14-16, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are
the sons of God. Notice that “power to become the sons of God”
= Holy Spirit = “as many as are led by the Spirit are the sons
of God.”
One is born into the kingdom of God. Romans 8:15-16, “For ye
have not received the spirit of bondage again (to the lusts of
the flesh) to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption,
whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness
with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” AND Galatians
4:3-6, “Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage
under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the
time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman,
made under the law, To redeem them that were under the
law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because
ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your
hearts, crying, Abba, Father (also Eph 1:5).”
God is the Father to those who do His will. Consider what Jesus
said: Mark 3:32-35, “And the multitude sat about him, and
they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren
without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is
my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on
them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my
brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is
my brother, and my sister, and mother (also Mt 12:47-50).”
AND Luke 8:20-21, “And it was told him by certain which said,
Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see
thee. And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my
brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.”
Christ’s eternal family are those who submit to the will of God –
they receive God’s Word and walk therein. The kingdom of
heaven is one big family!
Therefore: 1 Peter 1:5, “Who are kept by the power of God
through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last
time.” The power of God is the Holy Spirit working in you
through your faith (love, trust, devotion, surrender and
obedience to God). So it can be said: 1 Corinthians 2:5, “That
your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men (man’s ways
– religious or whatever), but in the power of God (the Holy
Ghost working in you).” This produces the fruit in you that God
desires. It is God: Colossians 1:13, “Who hath delivered us
from the power of darkness, and hath translated usinto the
kingdom of his dear Son (also Gal 1:4).” 1 Thessalonians 2:12,
“That ye would walk worthyof God, who hath called you unto
his kingdom and glory.” - being fruitful in every good work, and
increasing in the knowledge of God (Col 1:10, Eph 1:4, 4:1).
These gates of hell or principles of the world will not prevail
(triumph, overcome) against Christ’s church (followers,
disciples, called out ones, peculiar people, Mt 16:18). 1 John
5:4, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and
this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
Through faith, we die to the things of the world and walk in the
nature of God. We are no longer led of the flesh, but are led of
the Spirit. We are a special people unto God – those that
choose the Lord over the desires of the flesh. 1 Peter 2:9, “But
ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation,
a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him
who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”
Jesus gave Himself to make this happen: Titus 2:14, “Who
gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good
works.” By following and obeying the direction of the Spirit (i.e.
faith), we are purified from the principles of the darkness.
Jesus said: Revelation 3:21, “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.” Christ overcame
and those who follow Him must overcome also – for this is
where the Spirit is leading them. In conclusion, Revelation
21:7, “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be
his God, and he shall be my son.” The Holy Spirit leads us to
overcome so that we are the sons of God.

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