Proverbs 26:4-5 “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.”
There are some people who are just so content in their ignorance, hatred, wickedness, self-justification, etc., that the wisest of all statements would mean nothing to them. In such cases, don’t waste your breath in trying to teach, for their pride would not allow them to receive it. It would be wasted value, which is why the Bible tells you to do things like “shake the dust off your feet” for those who reject light, and:
“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” (Matthew 7:6)
In such, don’t allow such a fool to rile you up in anger and become entangled in dispute, for their ignorance is not worth your peace. Simply keep it moving!
Only in those cases whereas to let the foolish know that you are NOT fooled by their foolery, should you answer them according to it, that they may be humbled, and at least for a moment in you, realize they they can’t always get over on everyone. Chances are, they will then go back and trash talk about you because despite the haughty words, it does burn them that you rejected their ignorance, and their insults then become what soothes them, yet, for you, your peace should remain.
Overall however, let not the foolish drag you into their ignorance, for it is like a raging fire that shall sooner or later consume them; don’t be entangled then, that you shall also get burned. Ignore ignorance, and flee foolishness… it is not WORTH your time!
Put your hands in the air! (Psalm 134:2 – Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.)
Give me all your money. (Luke 6:38 – Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.)
Now, it’s time to die! (Romans 8:13 – For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.)
Now THIS is a glorious stick up, an anointed robbery. For everything that is taken from you shall be restored, but in a greater, better, more honorable way!
May the Lord hold us up (make us wait: Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.) that we may experience life greater. (John 10:10 – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.)
Bless you indeed!
“Salvation is the greatest miracle!”
This is what they shout from the pulpit in the corporate modeled church, but where is the scripture to acknowledge this?
A miracle is an act of divine, unnatural, or unusual type of event. It is something that is performed by someone. Jesus/Yeshua’s first miracle was turning water into wine.
Show me in scripture where following Jesus, or accepting salvation, is considered a miracle! Out of all the people who became disciples – even the boisterous Simon/Peter – the Bible does not refer to their conversion as a miracle.
Where does this statement come from then?
I’ll tell you where… This is a statement made to validate weakened faith. Normally this type of statement is made in churches that seem to not really believe in the full power of the prayers where they are praying.
I’ve been to the churches where though they read the scriptures and even pray, they act like they don’t believe in what the scriptures say about divine healing, casting out spirits, prophecy, gifts of tongues, restoring life from death, and so on…. despite that these are things that the very scriptures attest.
These churches will address medical science procedures as miracles.
Why? Because, by calling something they know is common as a miracle will protect them from the let down something bigger not happening. In other words, it is playing it safe and basically saying that, “if this is all I can get to prove my faith, I’ll take it.”
God’s miracles, however are REAL miracles. God’s miracles are things like: bringing someone back from death, healing leprosy with the restoration of lost limbs, multiplying food massively, casting out vile spirits, and causing a plant to die from just speaking it. God’s miracles are not figurative, but they are REAL.
When we are ready to truly walk in faith, we will no longer call the non-miraculous as miracles, but believe in true miracles. Yes all these other things are great, but God is truly able, and we don’t have to weaken our expectations of faith to help Him out!