The book of Proverbs seems to refer to two women in a typical way.  They are wisdom and folly.  The good woman, Wisdom teaches in the way of true understanding while Folly seems to be presenting more against right understanding always pushing toward destruction rather than Heaven.  Folly is called in verse 2 a strange woman.  I hope I am clear enough on this way of wisdom and understanding.
Now the question is put to you.  Is your path the path of wisdom and understanding or are you listening to the voice of this strange woman called Folly.
The rest of our verses seem to give a warning to the way that we take.  In another Proverb which I don’t know where it is now, it says this, “There is a way that seems right to a man but the ends thereof is the ways of death.”
We (I) must always try to be on the right road because it is easy to slip off the path.
By Pastor Curt Darling

 
The word “heart” is used twice and all is used once.  Whenever this little three letter word is used nothing can be added.  In the first time we have the four letter word keep.  If we have the right heart, we will keep His commands.  It will most likely add more days and they will be better days.
We have the phrase, “mercy and truth”. We can use mercy without truth and it may not work.  Sometimes mercy is used without truth and may not be right.  Truth alone can be cold and even legalistic.
In light of the above statements I will use the word understanding.  Without this I could be cold and even legalistic.  I cannot properly judge anything without it.
The last phrase I will write about is, “In all (there we have that word again) thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct they paths.” I should not do anything without God.
By Pastor Curt Darling

 
The word “heart” is used twice and all is used once.  Whenever this little three letter word is used nothing can be added.  In the first time we have the four letter word keep.  If we have the right heart, we will keep His commands.  It will most likely add more days and they will be better days.
We have the phrase, “mercy and truth”. We can use mercy without truth and it may not work.  Sometimes mercy is used without truth and may not be right.  Truth alone can be cold and even legalistic.
In light of the above statements I will use the word understanding.  Without this I could be cold and even legalistic.  I cannot properly judge anything without it.
The last phrase I will write about is, “In all (there we have that word again) thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct they paths.” I should not do anything without God.
By Pastor Curt Darling

 
 Notice the words, "If sinners entice thee." We all must have heard words of parents, "Our son is easily led." If that is true, these parents can lead them to Christ or they can get them in contact with someone who will lead them.
Notice the smooth speech of those who do entice unaware souls saying, "Come with us."
Laying out what they say are wonderful plans but they are as crooked as snakes.  I would say to every young fellow or girl.  Don't go that way!  You will regret it eventually.
As a way of testimony I can say I was on that way too, until the age of 21 when I found Christ as Savior.  that was a change of mind which is the best definition of repentance.  Richard Roberts who is a revival preacher says it best, a changed mind.  That happened to me 61 years ago.  I never regretted it.

by Pastor Curt Darling


 
The word spots in our love feasts are an interesting term.   It means everyone who eats and fellowships in so called Christianity are not saved.  Clouds without water?  What are clouds for, to bring rain.  Trees without fruit, what good are they?
They are like waves of the sea bringing filth to the shore.  Now what good are sailors of the sea in that day when stars give no direction?  Christians need to give direction so people know where to go. 
Next we have a prophesy of Enoch.  This is a prophesy of Revelation 19:11.  How true but I am not aware of how Jude got it. It might have been a book Enoch wrote.  Some seem to think they know something about it but I don’t.  However Jude writes that Enoch’s prophesy is also like Revelation 19:11 and also Psalm 110:1.  “Sit at my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool.”  Next he adds, “but you beloved”, meaning that we know what is the right way. 
by Pastor Curt Darling

 
I find it interesting that we are standing on a sort of powder keg that will someday explode and burn up.  This however will be because of the condition of the ungodly.  Right now in our day it is difficult to explain all this.  Interesting too is the Lord's reckoning of time.  One day is as 1000 years.  Some have gone overboard about this saying that creation took seven thousand years.  However evening and morning were mentioned for each day which would be 24 hours. Ephesians 1:4 says we are chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world meaning God knew about me before I existed. Next the Lord is longsuffering (patient) like waiting for more to come to Christ.  God's purpose is salvation not hell.
For many that coming will be like a thief.  All their hopes and dreams will be gone. Now what kind of people should we be who know His grace.  If they see us they may want what we have however the word hastening means we want Him to come quickly.
by Pastor Curt Darling



 
What a catalogue of the ungodly men we have.  I would ask you, "Has the world changed?" Yes it has but not for the better but for the worse.  There was even a time in previous history when professing Christians killed others who did not believe the same way.  Peter uses the terms brute beasts.  This means they are like vicious animals tearing up any that get in their way. 
Farther down Balaam is mentioned and we have a term wages of unrighteousness and rebuked by a dumb donkey.  His goal was to curse Israel which were God's people.  He found a way which was to mix up the people of God with the women of that land.
All these things can be lessons to us.  Be pure and remain pure.  Give the Lord your life.

 
When Peter here says, add to your faith, he doesn't mean to get saved and put nothing to it. I know we are saved by grace alone, by faith alone, in Christ alone but I made something that faith plus nothing equals nothing.  Think on that for awhile.
Now Peter has a list of ingredients that we add to our faith.  This however does not gain us anything to get us into Heaven, but it probably will help us with rewards at the judgment seat of Christ.  Brotherly kindness will also help us prevent fights in churches.

Now Peter says if these things are in you and about you, you will not be barren or unfruitful. We are saved to bear fruit and to reproduce.  When is the last time you led someone to the Lord and taught him enough to lead someone else to the Lord.  This was a principle of Dawson Thotman of the Navigators.
The last verse here speaks lack and a believer nearly blind. We don't want that.
by Pastor Curt Darling

 
 Grace is a wonderful thing. In Romans 3:25 (New King James Version) God has passed over the sins previously committed when we find God’s righteousness in Christ. 
Now Paul is saying “shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” I like the KJV words, “God forbid.”
Baptism is mentioned in two ways in these verses.  The first is by the Spirit which says into Christ and into His death. The second mentioned is buried with Him and rising with Christ to walk in newness of life.  This to me is the water baptism testimony. The next is the release for the slavery of sin having our old man crucified with Christ.  Then we have the term dead to sin and alive to God.  We are to reckon ourselves as that.
In our last verse we are not to let sin reign in our mortal body.  Once upon a time sin was king before I accepted Christ.  Now it can’t be that any longer. As Paul repeats, “God forbid.”
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Paul uses an interesting phrase, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision”.  This of course is Christ speaking from Heaven.  I know we can’t copy that, but do we have anything to compare with this.  To me the whole Bible is a heavenly vision.  It changed my life and I was not disobedient to it.  Somewhere in the Proverbs there is a phrase, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” About 50 years ago I attended a revival.  The preacher spoke of something by Amy Carmichael.  She told of blind people about to run over a cliff and a number of people who could have done something were delighted in making daisy chains. I am afraid this is true of much of Christianity today.  We pay someone to do the work we should be doing.  Perhaps the part about daisy chains is fictional but the principle is true.  Is there anyone who will learn by this?  Paul gets an answer from Agrippa.  You almost persuaded me to be a Christian.  Are we able to persuade someone or do we even want to?

By Pastor Curt Darling