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Out Of Context, But Still The Truth

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Out Of Context, But Still The Truth

With my Reader’s permission, I am attempting to take a scripture out of context to illustrate a point. Knowing that doing so is dangerous; I will try to be careful. The scripture phrase that caught my attention comes from Psalms ninety-one.

Psa. 91:6… the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

“The Destruction That Wasteth At Noon Day.”

The original meaning of the impending judgment in this verse gets obscured when I think of a secondary application.

The life of a man, I suppose could be loosely classified using three basic stages of life, Youth, Middle Age, and Old Age.

Adults understand that young people can make mistakes. With the maturing process sometimes come tears and maybe even a little heartache. Older folks sometimes look at a young person with problems and tell themselves, “They’ll grow out of it!” Most often, they do. It’s called maturity.

By the time a man is retired, and his hair has fallen out, he is expected to act like he has some sense. As Bill Cosby once quipped, “He’s an old man trying to get into heaven now.”

The middle-aged group, however, is my focus. Society has a term for a guy who ‘acts out’ or does something stupid when he is middle age. They call it a mid-life crisis. Pick up on the word crisis. To me, that crisis can be the ‘destruction that wasteth in the noonday’ of a man’s life.

Of late, I’ve heard way too many stories of such destruction. I understand that all of us go through hormonal changes before we die. It’s no secret. We know about it. We all know about it even before it happens. Even with all the warning signs, some men (occasionally a woman, but mostly men) surrender to their primal urges. They no longer think of family, church or God. All they can focus on is their own desire. They selfishly trade all their family’s future peace and joy for what they imagine is the ultimate pleasure.  The forbidden.

Why do some Spirit filled men ignore all the warnings and throw moral caution to the wind. I know some that made it through their youth and remained pure.  Then, they messed up when they got older. That’s pure stupidity. Right when you have the most to lose, you throw it away for a fling.

Look again at the faithful bride you were once were head over heals in love with. The one God gave you. You can’t afford to let her walk away! And your children! Man, are you crazy? How do you face your babies when they know you’ve just destroyed their home? What’s going to happen to them? You’ve just brought your own house down on top of yourself. It’s not worth it… ever!

Esau threw away a birthright for just one meal. Heb. 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

Don’t do anything stupid. Keep your flesh under subjection. It’s possible or God would not have required it. It’s what normal people do. It’s certainly what Spirit-filled people do. Die out to your carnal lusts. The Apostle Paul told us he did. He said he died daily. If Paul had too, we don’t have an excuse.

Every one has to keep their flesh under subjection and in control. Quit thinking that you are an exception. You’re not. Everyone’s flesh is weak. We all need God’s help. We also need to purpose in our own hearts to be faithful.

I can’t make you be faithful to your wife, sir. Ma’am, I can’t make you be faithful to your husband either. I sure can’t make you love each other. Actually, no one can make you do anything. The price you will pay for your personal pleasure will be greater than you could ever imagine. It will end in disillusion and shame.

There are three scripture verses encouraging men to love their wives.

  • The first one explains that she should be loved with all your heart.
  • The second scripture admonishes the husband to let go of the past problems in the relationship, and in spite of those hurts, love her!
  • The third one commands husbands to love their wife like they love themselves. If you don’t love your wife, then you don’t even love yourself.

Eph. 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Col. 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Eph. 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Purpose in your heart to protect yourself and protect your family from the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Be the man your wife needs you to be.

Be the man your children believe you to be.

Be the man God has called you to be.

Be a Man!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

April 27, 2011 at 12:52 am

Posted in Failure, Family, Love, Marriage, Regret

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  1. Amen Elder!


    April 27, 2011 at 1:09 am

  2. Excellent!!!


    April 27, 2011 at 1:19 am

  3. Good one Elder! You nailed it again!

    D. Morris

    April 27, 2011 at 2:44 am

  4. All wise men are not smart. Thanks again.

    Steve Epley

    April 27, 2011 at 10:14 am

  5. That Truth, could not have been better said, by anyone that I know.

    Howard Davis

    April 27, 2011 at 12:24 pm

  6. P.S.
    This article should be published in every “Apostolic” , “Pentecostal”
    Magazine, Tabaloid and, or, Paper that is in circulation today. So many Articles there in, are trivial in comparison. The Official Media Publications, of those purporting themselves to be Oneness, Apostolic and, or, Pentecostal, are much like the Public Media of TV, Radio, Print, … they are afraid of being labeled, ” Uncorrect.”
    But the Scripture asks … “WATCHMAN, WHAT OF THE NIGHT?”

    Howard Davis

    April 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm

  7. Where is this scripture at where it says the husband to let go of the past problems in the relationship, and in spite of those hurts, love her? I tried to find it but I couldn’t. I wanted to write it down in my book.

    Sammy June

    April 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    • Col. 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

      When we hang on to the past and can’t get it out of our mind… that sure sounds like ‘bitter’ to me. The commandment is BE not bitter. In other words, let it go.

      Good advice for all. It’s a shame some won’t even let go even if the Bible says to forgive. Ask ourselves, “How long am I going to let this battle go on? Think of the great family harm that is done on BOTH sides. The children of bitterness are forever damaged.


      April 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      • Thank you Bro.Ballestero.

        Sammy June

        April 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm

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