Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

For who resists His will? Part 3.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

ROM 9:18-21,  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?

Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use, and another for common use?

Who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?

ROM 9:19... “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?”
and not be occupied with the opinions of others.

The Bible does warn us to be very careful in the selection of friends. Because if that person is an opportunist, one who takes advantage of any opportunity to achieve a personal goal, you will be shocked at how fast they will take advantage of you.

The word of God warns us about the friend who will take advantage of you and deceive you for personal gain as Jonadab did to Amnon in
2SA 13:3.

2SA 13:5, Jonadab said, “Here’s what you do, Go to bed and pretend you’re sick. When your father comes to visit you, say, ‘Have my sister Tamar come and prepare some supper for me here where I can watch her and she can feed me.’”
2SA 13:7, David sent word to Tamar who was home at the time: “Go to the house of your brother Amnon and prepare a meal for him.”

2SA 13:9-11, When she took the cooking pot and served him, he wouldn’t eat. Amnon said, “Clear everyone out of the house,” and they all cleared out. Then he said to Tamar, “Bring the food into my bedroom, where we can eat in privacy.” She took the nourishing dumplings she had prepared and brought them to her brother Amnon in his bedroom. But when she got ready to feed him, he grabbed her and said, “Come to bed with me, sister!”

2SA 13:12-15, “No, brother!” she said, “Don’t hurt me! This kind of thing isn’t done in Israel! Don’t do this terrible thing!” Where could I ever show my face? And you - you’ll be out on the street in disgrace. Oh, please! Speak to the king--he’ll let you marry me.” But he wouldn’t listen. Being much stronger than she, he raped her. No sooner had Amnon raped her than he hated her. An immense hatred. The hatred that he felt for her was greater than the love he’d had for her. “Get up,” he said, “and get out!”

In 2SA 13:28-29, Absalom commanded his servants to kill his half-brother Amnon, and they did.

The word of God warns us about the friend who will take advantage of you and deceive you for personal gain as Jonadab did to Amnon
(2SA 13:3).

PRO 19:6, “Many will entreat the favor of a generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.”

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.

PRO 27:14  “He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, It will be reckoned a curse to him [the one who is being blessed].”
ROM 9:19... “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?”

2CO 5:16, Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

We are told to be very careful of the ones who are friendly with you for your wealth
The loss of prosperity will test the reliability and the faithfulness of your friends.

Friends who will forsake you and flee from you when you need them the most.
These are the ones who use you and never return the kindness that you showed them
LUK 15:16.

JOB 19:19,  “All my familiar friends scorn me, And those I love have turned against me.”

It is a tremendous wake up call concerning the nature of humanity when you realize that there were people in your life who you truly loved and who you would lay down your life for, who will turn against you when you don’t live up to their expectancies.

It is a very shocking experience and something that I do not believe you can ever get use to, to have someone that you trust turn on you for personal gain.

The Psalms for Today: A New Translation from the Hebrew into Current English by R.K. Harrison
PSA 55:20, “He used his power against his friends; he violated his agreement.”

Lucifer was the Messiah’s personal angel in authority.
Joseph’s brothers sold Joseph into slavery.
Korah, the cousin of Moses attacked Moses.
Prince Absalom attacked King David.
Judas was very close to TLJC.

A doubtful friend is worst than a certain enemy.

Jer20:10,  For I have heard the whispering of many, “Terror on every side! Denounce {him;} yes, let us denounce him!” All my trusted friends, Watching for my fall, say: “Perhaps he will be deceived, so that we may prevail against him And take our revenge on him.”

PRO 17:17,  “A true friend loves at all times and as a brother is born for adversity.”

They are there to defend you when someone is trying to take advantage of you.

Friendship makes prosperity marvelous and lightens adversity by dividing and sharing it.

David tells us that your true friends will never stab you in the back.
PRO 17:9, “He who covers a transgression seeks love but he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.”

When your so-called friend doesn’t cover your sins or transgressions and repeats them to others, then the intimacy of that friendship is gone. One of the many blessings of true friendship is that you can afford to be stupid with them.

True friends also don’t use the things you say against you,
PRO 10:12, “Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.”

Your true friends aren’t competing with you, and therefore they will never stab you in the back socially or economically.

PRO 27:6,  “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.”

When you have a true friendship, remember that friends are not designed to be deceived.

Anyone to whom you must give a false impression can never be a true friend.

In fact, some people never have true friends because they are arrogant and proud of their hypocrisy and their ability to deceive others. A friend cannot be known in prosperity: and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.

1PE 1:8  And even though you have not seen Him, you love Him [occupation with Christ]; and though you do not see Him now but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with inexpressible happiness [+H] and full of glory.

Capacity to love someone who is invisible requires a tremendous amount of information in the right lobe of the soul.

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