Open Heaven 23 November 2022
MEMORISE: Proverbs 26:28 – “A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.”
BIBLE READING: Acts 12:20-23 (KJV)
20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king’s chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king’s country.
21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.
22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.
23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
Flatterers are dangerous people. They come like friends, but they are really enemies, even though some of them don’t know it. In the Bible reading for today, Herod was destroyed not because he said any proud words, but because he was being flattered and did not run from the flatterers or tell them to stop. These were people who hailed him because of what they could get from him, not because they really felt he was a great orator. Proverbs 26:28 says:
A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
Flatterers will ruin you if you don’t run away from them. If you are being flattered and it feels good, you had better check yourself because the people flattering you are not your friends; they are trap-setters sent by the devil to you. Proverbs 29:5 says:
A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
Someone who only tells you that you are perfect and never tells you that you did anything wrong is not your friend. When you bring those who flatter you closer to you, that is like the bushmeat going to play in front of the hunter’s house; destruction is near. Psalm 5:9 says:
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
Their inward part is not ‘ordinary wickedness’ but described as “very wickedness”. Their throat – from where the flattery comes, is an open grave. You are to run from such people. When they advise you, take their advice with a pinch of salt because they don’t mean well for you at all. Psalm 62:4 says they advise you so as to bring you down from your exalted position.
Sweet as their tongue may be, don’t take the advice of flatterers; run from them!
PRAYER POINT: If there is someone who is always praising you excessively, stay away from that fellow henceforth.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Acts 16-18
Thank you for studying today’s Open Heaven – Run From Flatterers – written by Pastor Enoch A.
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Open Heaven 23 November 2022