Frienimies

A friend makes you feel special and you want to make them feel special. You can feel the love of a true friend. There are people who say are friends but are really enemies. They are really  “frienemies” Frienemies are in the Bible:

Psalms 41:9 – Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, Who did eat of my bread, Hath lifted up his heel against me. 10 But thou, O Jehovah, have mercy upon me, and raise me up, That I may requite them. 11 By this I know that thou delightest in me, Because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. 12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, And settest me before thy face for ever.

The friend in verse 9 is same person who is the enemy in verse 11.

Holy Spirit help us to identify our true friends from our frienemies.

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Dr. Himie Pickett
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The Sin of Jeroboam

Theology And Inspirational Moment

After the death of Solomon, the Kingdom of the 12 tribes of Israel was split due to civil war. 10 tribes in the North would be lead by a king of the name Jeroboam. Read what God says to Jeroboam:

2nd Kings 11: 31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee: 32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:) 33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to dothat which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.
34 Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant’s sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes: 35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes. 36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light always before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there. 37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel. 38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.

God Himself spoke to Jeroboam. God told Jeroboam why He was giving him 10 tribes to rule over. He also admonishes Jeroboam to walk right before Him. God admonished Jeroboam to lead the people in truth. Jeroboam did not do what God requested him to do, and as a result, the 10 tribes went into captivity and many consider them lost to this day.  Scripture says:

2nd Kings 17:20  And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight. 21 For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin. 22 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them; 23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

God set Jeroboam up as king and gave him a powerful kingdom, but Jeroboam failed to follow the Word of the Lord. And as a result his kingdom went into captivity.

My friends God is not playing with the church’s rebellion. We see precedence that God deals with sin.

Dr. Himie Pickett
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Theodicy

Theodicy – noun – defense of God’s goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil.

Many are asking for a theodicy in the wake of the massacre in South Carolina. Tell me how can a good God allow a pastor and eight congregants be killed by a demon possessed racist.

I nor anyone else can provide a theodicy. But what can be said is:

Revelation 14: 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

We are saddened by what has happened, but those slain are happy in the presence of Jesus.

If there is a theodicy, it is that one day all of our sadness will be over and we will be made glad.

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