The Cost of a Mislabeled Gear

Here is a story for last season. One of the guys was chasing speed and they just could not get the numbers they wanted. The team decided they needed make a gear change late in the day and hoped it would getting them back at least close to where they wanted to be. The got it in and qualified, not as well as they hoped and they raced and struggled. They went out to the feature and the car did not have the speed they are accustomed to. Come to find out the gear was out of a box labeled correctly but the gear was not what the label said. Someone had mistakenly placed the gear in the box and when the guys grabbed the right box the wrong gear was used but it was too late and they lost a lot of points that night and were not able to regain them. What a great lesson we can learn from that.

If we are trying to reach heaven as our goal, like the team reaching for the championship, we need to make sure what we are reaching for is the right thing. Now there are a lot of mislabeled religions and churches and people out there so we need to be careful. We need to look at them closely. Had the team taken just an extra minute or two they would have seen, “oh that is not the gear we need” and fixed the problem but they did not check it. We don’t want to assume we are good we need to check it and we check it by putting the message up against and alongside of the Bible and seeing if they match, if there is anything added or missing. Don’t miss out on this. Don’t miss salvation. Don’t miss heaven. DON”T MISS JESUS! He is God and He is the only way and the only hope for sinners like you and me.

Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know!
God Almighty (Gen17:1); The Lord Jesus Christ (Phil 2:11); Elohim (Gen 1:1; Ps 19:1); El-Elyon (Gen 14:17-20); El-Shaddai (Ps 91;1); Jehovah (Gen 2:4) and Yahweh; Adonai Mal 1:6); Jehovah-Rohi (Ps 23:1) just to name a few. It is a great study to know and think on the names of God and who He is. One more of the great, powerful, authoritative names of God, Jesus is Hayha (Ex 3:14) combined with John 8:58. Surely you know! This needs to be very firm. Isaiah 42:8 ties to Phil 2:11 to proclaim and exclaim that Jesus is LORD and LORD God!

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
I have been waiting patiently to get to this verse. The NIV says every word of God is flawless. The KVJ uses the word “pure”. The NASB uses “tested”. And Cohen Proverbs study in Hebrews uses “tried”. When we look at the original
language it (traraph) points us to a verb meaning to test or to fuse a metal, to refine a metal to the point of pure. In any case we see every word, EVERY WORD, of God is exact, true, pure, flawless. Do you marvel at that? Does it place you on your knees in worship as you read this?! DO you value God and His word over all else? (Ps 119:114) That is followed by the powerful reminder that God is our shield if we are taking refuge in Him. What a great verse! Maybe camp out here for a while and come back to it often. Those two verses are a feast! So sit back in your chair or on your knees and bask in the glory of God and His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to worship and lift your hands to cry out to Him.

Proverbs 30:6 Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
And as only Proverbs can balance, the other side of this is – don’t mess with God’s Word! Check out Rev 22:18 and see how serious God is about adding to His Word.

Proverbs 30:7-9 Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.
What a great thing to pray. We should want to truthful and honest. We should be satisfied with what God gives us. We should be able to say we have enough. We, I, should eat right and not overeat so much. Did you catch how dangerous overeating is? The verse say it can blind us from God. This is serious. Dear Lord, get my attention please. Look at what those sins can lead to, being poor and stealing and profaning the name of God. Ouch!

Proverbs 30:10 Do not slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.
We need to be careful how we talk about others. We should not ever tear each other down and apart like many do. We should be encouraging each other. When is the last time you shared a kind word with someone or about someone else? I was going to continue on to a few more verses but there is plenty to chew on here. Take your time and think on them.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

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